With a voice and style to make her contemporaries green with envy, Idina Menzel has made a name for herself as an accomplished actress and powerful voice. Whether it be as Elphaba in “Wicked” or Maureen in “Rent” or as the voice of Elsa in “Frozen,” Menzel has captivated audiences — and the Crescent City will have a chance to hear her live. $57.40 and up. 8 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com.
‘High Society’ screening
Kick off the fun and frolic of the French Quarter’s own Satchmo Summerfest with a screening of the memorable “High Society.” Grace Kelly (in her final motion picture before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco), Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong are just some of the giants of the silver screen in this madcap comedy musical. A gala reception will follow. And attendees are encouraged to dress for the spirit and the season: hats, gloves, seersucker and more. $150 screening and reception, $25 and up for screening only. 6 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Reception at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. (504) 522-5730. www.fqfi.org/satchmo.
Thursday through Saturday
You’re looking swell, Dolly, in this Tulane Summer Lyric production of “Hello, Dolly!” The musical merriment and magic centers on a matchmaker who has a knack for flair, song and meddling that includes some of Broadway’s most beloved music: “Hello, Dolly!,” “It Only Takes A Moment” and “Put on Your Sunday Clothes.” $30 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Dixon Hall Performing Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 865-5269. www.summerlyric.tulane.edu.
Friday through Sunday
The temps may be soaring but the music will be wailing and the food lip-smacking good at the French Quarter Fest’s Satchmo Summerfest. The three-day happening salutes the life, music and city that gave the world Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Look for two stages of live music, symposia on Armstrong and history, plus bunches of bites from local restaurants. Leave the pets and coolers at home, though. $5 daily; under 12 free. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. www.fqfi.com/satchmo.
White Linen Night
The temperatures aren’t the only things hot in the city during the summer. White Linen Night is a sizzling evening of art, music, food and festivities throughout the Arts District with coordinated openings at 20 museums and galleries of visual and performance art. Three stages on Julia Street will provide the sounds while 25 local restaurants will provide a taste bonanza. The Contemporary Arts Center is the site for the after-party from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with more entertainment. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 300-700 blocks of Julia Street, New Orleans. CAC After-Party, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. www.cacno.org.
‘Heavenly Host of Stars’ gala
The Sisters of the Holy Family will be hosting a musical gala, “Heavenly Host of Stars” benefit concert. Proceeds from this star-studded event benefit ministries and needs of the order founded in New Orleans by Henriette Delille. Guest star vocalist and actress Vanessa Williams is joined by Wanda Rouzan, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Davell Crawford, Sharon Martin and the Chris Severin Band, with Leah Chase as celebrity chef. $75. 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave. (504) 241-3088.