At first blush, it seems to be a pink-a-palooza of a party, but Friday's BLUSH BALL — A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE is the Pussyfooters marching group's signature event to raise funds for Metro Center for Women and Children, with costumes, music, performances by the group, auction, raffle and more. 9 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. $40 and up.

Carnival season has a culinary counterpoint with BAL MASQUÉ, two days of dining delirium with some of the nation's best chefs and mixologists to raise funds for New Orleans youth through the Link Stryjewski Foundation. A chef's dinner Friday and the grand event Saturday feature chefs including Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, Nina Compton and Nancy Oakes, and music includes Lost Bayou Ramblers, RAM of Haiti, Roots of Music performers from New Orleans. Saturday's event is $300 and up. 7 p.m., Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans.

It's a three-D event — dinos, drums and drama — when the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra provides three changes to hear the John Williams music live and watch Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning "JURASSIC PARK" about a theme park built around reviving the age of dinosaurs. Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. $10 and up. (504) 523-6530.

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