Nola Home Show

Friday through Sunday

11 a.m. to 9 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Hall I. Home and garden exposition, featuring guests including The Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, plus Matt Muenster, of DIY, and chef Michael Sichel, of Galatoire’s. $11 online, $13 door, $5 children. (504) 733-0088.

Hoda Kotb book signings


Hoda Kotb, the local media personality who made the network jump and is now a daily fixture on television, discusses and signs her book of inspiring stories, “Where We Belong — Journeys that Show us the Way,” at two area book stores. 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. (504) 455-4929. 5 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 895-2266.

Ellis Hall and the LPO

Saturday and Sunday

“Ambassador of Soul” Ellis Hall will join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for two shows that will include the music of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. “Soul Revival: The Music of Ray Charles and More” will feature such hits as “Georgia On My Mind,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and more. $20 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. (504) 523-6530.

New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival

Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 23

A host of performances will be the focal point for the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival to open Wednesday and run through Saturday, Jan. 23. Regional and national comics will perform; industry reps and others will be on hand. Times and prices vary. NOLA Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans.

Superball Sweet 610 Debutante Ball


The 610 Stompers will dance their golden shoes off at the “London Calling”-themed event in homage to the classic Clash album. Proceeds will help fund the Stomper’s trip to London to dance in the New Year’s Day parade in 2017. English punk attire from the 1980s is encouraged. The 610 Stompers will hold their annual Sweet 610 Debutante Ball fundraiser slated for 8 p.m. to midnight, Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. $40; patron party tickets at $100. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Blush Ball


It doesn’t take much to get the Pussyfooters dancing in the streets. So when you combine a good party with a good purpose, well, let’s just say it’s on with the Blush Ball. Proceeds once again go to benefit Metropolitan Center for Women and Children for the “Are You Blushing?” event. Music by The Soul Rebels headlines the event along with DJ Ronnie Roux, MC Fresh Johnson and a special performances by the Pussyfooters. $40 and up. 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.