Thursday, Oct. 24
Divas, Frank Marino's Las Vegas-style female impersonator revue, opens tonight at Harrah's. The performers imitate a range of divas, including Britney Spears, Beyonce, Cher and Lady Gaga. Info here.
Friday, Oct. 25
Kicking off a spooky pre-Halloween weekend is a screening of The Thing, John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi horror about a parasitic alien life form that infiltrates an Antarctic research station. The film screens tonight and Saturday as part of a horror series at Canal Place. Info here.
Another Halloween film tradition is seeing the audience participation-heavy Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. The Prytania screens the film tonight, Saturday and on Halloween. In years past, a "shadow cast" has performed along with some showings of the film. Info here.
The Ashe Cultural Arts Center presents Pretty Ugly, Before Pretty, Pretty, a play about Mardi Gras Indians featuring real-life members of the Guardians of the Flame. Info here.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Taking the cake for this week's Halloween film experiences is a screening of Psycho accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra playing the famous soundtrack. Horror goes high-brow. Info here.
Cry You One, an outdoor, site-specific theater piece about disappearing coastal wetlands from Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions, opens today. Audiences of the play, which takes place at the Los Islenos Heritage and Cultural Museum in St. Bernard Parish, should be prepared to be taken on a theatrical nature walk of sorts by the play's characters. Info here.
Washington Square Park is the site for Fete Marigny, a free fest celebrating the neighborhood. Sweet Crude, Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, Helen Gillet's Wazozo Zorchestra and Sarah Quintana perform. Info here.
The Louisiana Children's Museum hosts a non-spooky Halloween event for children, Museum Mash. Kids can participate in Halloween crafts, join a dance party, play games and more. Info here.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosts its annual fundraiser, O What a Night tonight. There's silent and live auctions, food by chef John Folse and an awards presentation honoring George Rodrigue (check out this story on his struggle with cancer in this month's New Orleans Magazine). Event info here.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Just in time for Halloween, the First Family of New Orleans vampiric lore, Anne and son Christopher Rice, return to the city to sign their latest books, The Wolves of Midwinter and The Heavens Rise, respectively. Info here.