OPERA NOUVELLE — "CHAMPION — AN OPERA IN JAZZ": 7 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Concert in advance of the opening of the story of Emile Griffith, the welterweight boxer who accidentally killed his rival, Benny “The Kid” Paret. New Orleans’ own Terence Blanchard composed this work in 2013. (504) 529-3000. neworleansopera.org.
STARRY NIGHT GALA: 7 p.m., New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Fundraiser for Waldorf School, with silent and live auction, raffles, music, food and beverage. $55. waldorfnola.org.
GREATER NEW ORLEANS BOAT SHOW: 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Boats, information booths, kids' activities, supplies and accessories for the marine enthusiast. $10, $5 ages 5-12. boatshowneworleans.com.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S "CORTEO": 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world between heaven and earth. cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.
ITALIAN AMERICAN ST. JOSEPH SOCIETY PRE-PARADE CELEBRATION: 11:45 a.m., Newman Band Stand, Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Food, music, with 80 maids dancing the tarantella, with Queen Giovanna Fay Cortello. italianamericansociety.org.
BEAN MADNESS KICKOFF PARTY: Noon, French Quarter Visitor Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Who’s got the best red beans in New Orleans? Pick a winner with the Krewe of Red Beans’ annual competition. (504) 589-3882, ext. 221. nps.gov/jela.
WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT: 6 p.m., Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Ave., Metairie. Fundraiser for Henry Aucoin Foundation to benefit pediatric heart patients and their families. $50 and up. henryaucoinfoundation.org.
A LYRICAL AFFAIR: 7 p.m., Ashtanga Yoga Room, second floor, 2521 Jena St., New Orleans. Lyrica Baroque annual fundraising gala, featuring music, food and a silent auction. $85 and up. lyricabaroque.com.
OPERA CLUB DINNER: 7 p.m., Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. Final black-tie event for "Champion — An Opera in Jazz." $125 nonmembers, $100 members. (504) 267-9534. neworleansopera.org.
SOUL REVIVAL: 7:30 p.m., 1530 Third St., New Orleans. Legacy Donor Foundation event with entertainment and dining. $150 and up. (504) 558-8900. soulrevivalonline.com.
SOUL FEST: 10 a.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Annual celebration of music and culture with jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel artists, including Eric Benet, Naydja Cole and the Hot 8 Brass Band. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
LOS ISLEÑOS FIESTA: 11 a.m., Los Isleños Museum Complex, 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard. Celebration of the heritage of the Spanish immigrants from the Canary Islands, with music and food. (504) 277-4681. losislenos.org.
CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Jazz and Heritage Foundation festival with music, arts market, kids' activities, Mardi Gras Indians "battle," food, competitions, African drum circle and dance workshops. (504) 558-6100. jazzandheritage.org.
"THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER": 2:30 p.m., Roussel Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs the music of J.K. Rowling's favorite boy wizard. Francis Scully conducts. Costumes encouraged. Preshow interaction with musicians at 1:45 p.m. $15, free for ages 16 and under. lpomusic.org.
MAD HATTER'S LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW: 11 a.m., New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. Benefit for New Orleans Opera Association, with hat contest, silent auction and more. (504) 267-9534.
GOT GUMBO? COOK-OFF: 5:30 p.m., Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. United Way of Southeast Louisiana annual culinary contest featuring gumbo and desserts from top restaurant and hotel chefs. $30 advance, $35 door. unitedwaysela.org/gumbo.
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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.