Thursday, Jan. 30
Southern Rep presents the premiere of The Totalitarians, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dark comedy about nefarious politics and a deceptive doctor in Nebraska, at Mid-City Theatre. Info here.
The New Orleans Film Society screens the Golden Globe winning Italian film The Great Beauty, about a lavish-living novelist and social fixture who has to reevaluate his life on his 65th birthday. Info here.
The avant-garde Mudlark Puppeteers interpret the weather-appropriate The Snow Queen with large-scale puppets. Info here.
Marilyn: Forever Blonde is a one-woman play based on the life of Marilyn Monroe that finds the star on photo shoot before her death. Catch the show at the Joy Theater. Info here.
Friday, Jan. 31
Tonight begins preview performances of Skin Horse Theater's radical rendition of the Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth. Info here.
Photography and the American Civil War, an expo of more than 200 photographs, opens today at NOMA. It will be on view until May 4. Info here.
The Fox series "So You Think You Can Dance?" holds auditions today and Saturday if you, well, think you can dance. Info here.
Saturday, Feb. 1
The Newcomb Art Gallery hosts a free pottery symposium in conjunction with the exhibit Women Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Info here.
New Orleans Magazine cover star Kermit Ruffins headlines the House of Blues' 20th anniversary party. Info here.
Actors memorize half a scene — written by local writers — and are paired with improvisers who fill in the rest in the dangerous and hilarious "You Don’t Know the Half of It" at Cafe Instanbul. A band featuring Sam Craft and Alexis Marceaux of Alexis and the Samurai, plus other local musicians, will perform at the event. Info here.