thursday and friday, jan. 17 and 18

  • ew orleans comedy festival: 8-10 p.m., La Nuit Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Headliners include Nick Vatterott from Comedy Central’s “Mash Up,” Neal Hamburger from the Tom Green show and Ashley Barnhill. All tickets include a pint of beer from Nola Brewing.

thursday, jan. 17-saturday, jan. 19

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Meeting: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Come see the latest scientific research in a diverse array of topics – secrets and privacy online, stereotypes and prejudice, morality, status and power, happiness, openness in data, free will, relationships, and more. More than 3,000 scientists will be attending the meeting. Researchers from New Orleans-area universities will be presenting new research as well.

friday, jan. 18

mardi gras baby doll exhibit: 6 p.m., Presbytere, 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Books signing by Kim Vaz, author of “The Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. Panel discussion with historian Karen Leathem and several generations of Baby Dolls. Baby Doll performances by Millisia White’s New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies and masks created by McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School. Light hors d’oeurves and cash bar. Music by DJ Hektik. Free. (504) 523-3939 or

sweet 610 debutante ball: 8 p.m., The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. This 80s inspired event will feature food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants, open bar, live performance from Band Camp and tunes by DJ Hammer. The all-male dance krewe 610 Stompers will debut their new moves. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. $40, advance; $50, door.

saturday, jan. 19

COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by Jerry Hess beginning at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods and more.

Mardi Gras, Cajun Style: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte national Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Join artists Georgie and Allen Manuel as they doff their homemade screen masks and “suits du Mardi Gras” and tell stories of Mardi Gras in rural Louisiana. (504) 589-2636 ext. 1 or

Sunday, Jan. 20

USA Dance Chapter 5031 monthly dance: 2-5 p.m.; Free dance lesson from 1:30-2 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. Several mixer dances are planned; light refreshments and cash bar available. Great mix of music by Jim Steven. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non members and $5 for students under age 21. For more information, call 504-258-2220 or 504-607-1041.