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Our top picks for this month's events

Crawfish Mambo

If you like crawfish and supporting the University of New Orleans and development programs for its students, you’re in luck. On May 12, the Crawfish Mambo is a crawfish boil contest held at the UNO Alumni Center. There will be live music and dancing. It is a family-friendly event and children 7 and under get in for free (advance tickets $25, on-site tickets $35). Information, CrawfishMambo.com

Bayou Boogaloo

Bayou Boogaloo is one of the fastest rising stars in New Orleans’ festival season. From May 18-20 on the banks of Bayou St. John, there will be live music from a variety of local artists, food, arts and crafts, as well as other fun activities like paddle boat races and games for children. Information, TheBayouBoogaloo.com

Nunsense: A Musical Comedy

This hilarious spoof follows five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser for the burials of the rest of their sisterhood following their accidental poisoning caused by their cook, Sister Julia. The remaining nuns—ballet-loving Sister Mary Leo, streetwise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert—stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed. Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. The show is at the museum’s Stage Door Canteen and runs through June 30. Information, NationalWW2Museum.org

ZZ Top

On May 20 at the Saenger Theatre, classic rock legends ZZ Top return to New Orleans for a promised concert after missing a scheduled November tour date due to bassist Dusty Hill’s illness. The tour follows the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits from Around the World. Information, SaengerNOLA.com


Events, Exhibits, Performances

January 1-June 30

The Church in the Crescent: 300 Years of Catholicism in New Orleans, Old Ursuline Convent, OldUrsulineConventMuseum.com

March 1- May 28

The Founding Era Exhibit, Historic New Orleans Collection, hnoc.org

March 14 - May 30

YLC Wednesdays at the Square, Lafayette Square. YLCNola.org

April 27-May 6

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds, NOJazzFest.com

May 3

The Revivalists - Against All Odds, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com

May 3-6

Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream, UNO Lakefront Arena arena.uno.edu

May 4

Gov’t Mule, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com

May 4

Galactic w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joy Theater, TheJoyTheater.com

May 4

Whitney Zoo to Do, Audubon Zoo, AudubonNatureInstitute.org

May 4-20

Little Shop of Horrors, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, RivertownTheaters.com

May 5

Cinco de Mayo Fest, Kenner’s Laketown, VisitJeffersonParish.com

May 6

Petty Fest, Southport Hall, NewSouthport.com

May 6

Riverfront Tricentennial Fireworks Show, New Orleans Riverfront, 2018nola.com/events

May 11

An Evening with Chicago, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com

May 11

Beethoven’s Beginning with Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

May 18-20

Alice in Wonderland - A Storybook Ballet, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, jpas.org

May 18-19

Carmina Burana, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

May 19

Joe Bonamassa, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com

May 19-20

NOLA Motorsports Park NASA Club Race, NOLA Motorsports Park, NOLAMotor.com

May 20

KEM & Johnny Gill, UNO Lakefront Arena, arena.uno.edu

May 22

Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Smoothie King Center, SmoothieKingCenter.com

May 23-27

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Various Locations, NOWFE.com

May 24

David Crosby & Friends, Joy Theater, TheJoyTheater.com

May 25

NOBT Presents Giselle, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

May 25-27

Greek Fest, New Orleans Hellenic Cultural Center, GreekFestNOLA.com

May 25-27

Bayou Country Superfest, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, BayouCountrySuperFest.com


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