Watch What Happens Live
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen might at first seem like opposites, but anyone who’s seen the CNN anchor in a giggle fit knows he has a silly side, and Cohen asks the tough questions of his network’s “Real Housewives.” Anderson, who provided emotional coverage of Hurricane Katrina for his show “Anderson Cooper 360,” and Cohen, Bravo executive producer and host of the nightly booze-soaked talk show “Watch What Happens Live,” are longtime friends, and they’ll host an “intimate evening” at the Sanger on June 24. The event, in which the two will interview each other and take questions from the audience, promises to be an “interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.” Information,


Essential Viewing
His performance at this year’s Grammy’s made everyone else’s look like a dress rehearsal in comparison. Kendrick Lamar stole the show and that year in music with his politically charged magnum opus To Pimp a Butterfly. He headlines Essence Fest (June 20-July 3) along with Mariah Carey and Maxwell in the Superdome. Information,


Music and Lyrics
With new artistic director Michael McKelvey at the helm, the 2016 season of Tulane Summer Lyric fittingly has a theme of adventure and exploration. This year’s season includes the biblical Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 16-19), the funny flapper musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (July 7-10) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-based Big River (July 28-31). Information,


through June 9. Wicked, Saenger Theatre. Information,

June 2 and 9. Jazz in the Park, Armstrong Park. Information,

June 4-5. New Orleans Oyster Festival, Woldenberg Park. Information,

June 1-19. Southern Rep Theater presents Colossal, UNO Performing Arts Center – Robert E. Nims Theatre. Information,

June 11. Fleur de Tease, One Eyed Jacks. Information,

June 12. Weezer and Panic! At The Disco in concert, Champions Square. Information,

June 11-12. Creole Tomato Festival, French Market. Information,

June 13. WWE Raw, Smoothie King Center. Information,

June 14. Selena Gomez and DNCE in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information,

June 17. An Evening With Bianca Del Rio, Joy Theater. Information,

June 17-19. New Orleans Pride Festival, various locations. Information,

June 18-19. Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, Armstrong Park. Information,

June 19. R. Kelly in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information,

June 25. Whoopi Goldberg, Saenger Theatre. Information,

July 4. Go 4th On the River, Riverfront. Information,