friday nights at noma: louisiana late night
Friday Nights at NOMA are special, but this Friday, the venerable museum will really burn the midnight oil. Amanda Shaw and Michot’s Melody Makers will provide music, two gallery talks will focus on Louisiana and there will be a lecture by Howard Sutcliffe, of the River Region Costume and Textile Conservation, a screening of the classic film “Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte,” shot at Ascension Parish’s Houmas House, and specialty cocktails and food. $10 adults. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org/events.
covington white linen night
Historic Downtown Covington dons sartorial brights for White Linen Night, a fundraiser for the Public Art for Covington Fund. With music, light projections, interactive light painting, food and drink specials, the event takes place throughout several blocks of the St. Tammany Parish community. More than three dozen galleries, retail shops and restaurants will participate. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Covington.
610 stompers try-outs
Saturday and Sunday
The world-famous 610 Stompers, the all-male dance team that delights Carnival crowds and are again headed for an appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, will hold tryouts for coveted spots in the ensemble. This first set of auditions has 50 spots per day for men who can learn a routine, add their personal touch and “show some panache.” Callbacks will be Aug. 23. The public is invited to watch for a $10 donation. 11 a.m., The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. 610stompers.com.
New Orleans Sushi Fest & Competition is a celebration of Japanese-inspired cuisine, as chefs and restaurants from around the area vie for bragging rights. Sample-sized dishes and Japanese beverages will be for sale, there’s a marketplace for crafts, karaoke is available and Flow Tribe provides entertainment. Also, there will be a raffle for airline tickets to Japan that will benefit the Japan Society of New Orleans. $15 advance, $25 door. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Lakefront Arena, UNO, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. neworelanssushifest.com.
stage door idol finale
For weeks, the contenders have been whittled down to this final group. The Stage Door Idol 2015 Finale will select the best vocalist who can conjure images of the dulcet tones of World War II-era singers. 6 p.m., BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 528-1944, ext. 267. nationalww2museum.org.