Our top picks for this month’s events
King Cake Festival
There are so many delicious king cakes to try in New Orleans, but so little time to eat them in Carnival season. Thankfully, the King Cake Festival on Jan. 28 gives aficionados a chance to sample as many varieties of the delicious dessert as possible in Champions Square. Proceeds will benefit the Ochsner Hospital for Children. KingCakeFestival.org.
Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera
This comedic opera was first performed in 1894 and has not been staged in its entirety since the 19th century. It follows a shipwrecked sailor searching for an acceptable spicy ingredient for an Ottoman ruler’s lunch. This is an official event of the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission. It will be held Jan. 25-28 at Le Petit Theatre. NewOrleansOpera.org/Tabasco.
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to the Saenger Theatre for day only on Jan. 21. It will be a matinee and evening of laughter and music featuring Martin’s bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. SaengerNOLA.com.
Guests at the 3rd annual Link Stryjewski Bal Masque will experience an evening of cuisine from celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Nina Compton, Maggie Scales, Paul Kahan and more. Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer will present Caribbean-inspired and classic NOLA cocktails. The event is January 20th at the Sugar Mill. Proceeds benefit The Link Stryjewski Foundation, helping local impoverished children. BalMasque.linkstryjewski.org.
Events, Exhibits & Performances
Sept. 30-Jan. 21
Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner and Giuffrida Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information, OgdenMuseum.org.
Oct. 6-Jan. 7
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, noma.org.
Jan. 1-Jun. 30
The Church in the Crescent: 300 Years of Catholicism in New Orleans, Old Ursuline Convent. Information, OldUrsulineConventMuseum.com.
Jan. 1 - Feb. 25
Prospect.4, Various Locations. Information, ProspectNewOrleans.org.
Romance and Fantasy with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Katy Perry Witness Tour With Guest Carly Rae Jespen, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Phunny Phorty Phellows Streetcar ride, St. Charles Ave. Information, PhunnyPhortyPhellows.com.
King’s Day Celebration, Fireworks, and Kick-Off to Tricentennial Mardi Gras, Mississippi River. Information, 2018NOLA.com.
Todd Snider with Special Guest Luther Dickinson, Joy Theater. Information, TheJoyTheater.com.
Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc, French Quarter. Information, JoanofArcParade.org.
Tricentennial Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis Cathedral. Information, StLouisCathedral.org.
Brahms Symphony No. 1, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Milky Chance - Blossom Tour, Joy Theater. Information, TheJoyTheater.com.
Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
Datsik 2018 Ninja Nation Tour, Joy Theater. Information, TheJoyTheater.com.
A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
Jurassic Park with Live Orchestra, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Wild Kratts Live, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
Johnny Mathis - The Voice of Romance Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
My Favorite Murder, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Tango Fire, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
Jan. 30-Feb. 4
An American in Paris, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.