• “DON QUIXOTE”: 7 p.m. Friday; Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project mounts a new production of the tale of the Spanish knight and his practical sidekick, Sancho Panza, and their hilarious adventures. $24, $18 Backstage Pass holders, museum members and students. (504) 302-9117.


  • “WICKED”: Various times, Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The other side of the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda, the “good” witch, this Broadway smash brings stellar sets, imaginative costumes and a different perspective on “The Wizard of Oz” story. $62 and up. Day-of limited number of orchestra seats offered in lottery two-and-a-half hours prior to each show for $25; must be present, limit two per person. (504) 525-1052.


  • “DAWLIN’ AND HAWT”: 8 p.m., Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Enjoy a hilarious look at New Orleans and its residents. $15 advance, $20 door. (504) 287-4707.


  • “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. A hilarious romp through ancient Rome is the setting for one of Broadway’s greatest musical comedies, with music by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Ricky Graham. $35 and up. (504) 522-2081.


  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St. Food demo by Erin Broussard of Covington Brewhouse and music by Joe Barbara.
  • KAYAKING THE BAYOU: 10 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Join for a fun-filled introductory trip down Bayou Castine in a kayak with David Woodard.
  • “THE BEST OF PETER FINNEY, LEGENDARY NEW ORLEANS SPORTSWRITER”: 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Peter Finney Jr. discusses and signs his collection on his father’s sports career. (504) 455-4929.
  • FIRST SIP OF SUMMER: 5 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Party with members of the National Pan Hellenic Council and enjoy free food and music provided by DJ Ike T. Sexy.


  • MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION: 12:30 p.m., Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 lead will include a color guard, bagpiper and remarks from post members.


  • MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIONS: 10:30 a.m., National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Events throughout the day include band performances, descendants of World War II casualties, guards from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the traditional bell ringing.
  • MEMORIAL DAY CRAWFISH BOIL: 11 a.m., Industry Bar & Kitchen, 240 Decatur St., New Orleans. This event will help local police, firefighters, first responders and their families in their times of need.


  • BAROQUE AND BEYOND: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2; Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Lyrica Baroque performs works form the period, including a world premiere by Benjamin Atherholt of the ensemble. $30. $10 students.


  • “ADAM PENDLETON — BECOMING IMPERCEPTIBLE”: Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. The exhibition frames the artist’s oeuvre as a complex dialogue between culture and system. On display through June 16.
  • “AWASH WITH COLOR — SELDOM-SEEN WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS BY LOUISIANA ARTISTS, 1789–1989”: The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. Features some of the institution’s extensive holdings in watercolors. Free. Through June 4.

Group Art Exhibition “Interpretations” Including “New Heritage Trail” by Morgan Molthrop: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Art Center, 3330 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans. A group exhibition featuring more than 15 local artists, as well as special interactive exhibition. On display through June 5.

  • MERRY AS THE DAY IS LONG — SHAKESPEARE’S HAND IN NEW ORLEANS: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. The exhibition features original designs, such as Momus’ 1878 float inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Hermes’ Lady Macbeth tribute from its 1949 parade. Other items on display include materials relating to the Shakespeare Club in New Orleans, which had a building at the corner of Canal and Dryades streets. On display until June 4.

Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. Features more than 200 original objects — including coins, paper currency, printing plates, political cartoons, counterfeit detectors and paintings — that illustrate the history of money in America, with a special focus on Louisiana.

  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African-American Experiences in World War II” will be shown through Monday.
  • VOICES OF PROGRESS — 20 WOMEN WHO CHANGED NEW ORLEANS: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. The stories of 20 women who helped shaped the city, through photographs, letters, diaries and personal effects. On display through Sept. 11.

Compiled by Marchaund Jones