New Orleans area calendar for Sept. 27, 2013

Performing Arts Society presents ‘Blueberry Hill’

Jefferson Performing Arts Society performs an original show by Butch Caire featuring songs by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Ernie K-Doe at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 27. Performances will be at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie. Call (504) 885-2000 for tickets and information.


Museums offer free admission Saturday

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors to Museum Day ticket holders free of charge as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday. Participating museums include: The Historic New Orleans Collection, Contemporary Arts Center, Hermann-Grima Historic House, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Louisiana Children’s Museum, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for tickets and more information.


Comedy, BreastFest benefit cancer research

Nell Nolan presents “Monologues & Musings ... for Money, Honey II” at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mid City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. The evening of original one-acts and creative stand-up comedy will benefit cancer research. $25.

The 3rd annual BreastFest celebration is Friday, beginning with a patron party 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Acme Oyster House, 724 Iberville St., New Orleans. Guest entertainer is Susan Cowsill. Tickets to the party, which also includes admission to the gala, are $125. At 7 p.m., a second line will take party goers through the French Quarter to Hard Rock Cafe, 125 Bourbon St. Inside the Hard Rock will be more food and cocktails, dancing with live music by Rites of Passage, and a silent auction. Gala tickets are $50 per person, $75 per couple.


Sculpture collaboration highlights Miss. River

Longue Vue House and Gardens at 7 Bamboo Road in New Orleans presents “The River Between Us,” a collaboration between Longue Vue and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis.

The exhibit explores objects, ideas, and experiences related to the Mississippi River through contemporary commissions and historical works from local institutions. Participating artists include Ken Lum, Mel Watkin, Matts Leiderstam, Bernard Williams, Courtney Egan and Helen Hill, Henry Lewis, Sarah Quintana and Kat Sotelo, Alec Soth and more.

The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 1. Admission is free. Call (504) 488-5488 for more information.


Play explores dark side of stamp collecting

Mid City Theatre presents “Mauritius,” a play about two estranged half-sisters who discover a book of rare stamps after their mother’s death. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Oct. 12 at 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. $25.


Book Shop, CAC will host authors

Ava Leavell Haymon discusses and signs copies of her poetry collection, “Eldest Daughter,” 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Pamela Binnings Ewen will discuss and sign copies of her novel, “An Accidental Life,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. will hold a “House Proud” book signing and launch with Valorie Hart 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday. Guests will enjoy cocktails and meet the author. Free.


Film festival highlights horror movies

New Orleans Horror Film Festival will take place this weekend at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Events include parties, film screenings and live music. Tickets range from $9-$75.


Outdoor garden party benefits NOMA

Love in the Garden takes place 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Collins Diboll Circle. The event offers dining and dancing under the stars and the oaks in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. There will be an open bar, cuisine from many New Orleans restaurants and caterers, and live music including the Brass-A-Holics. Attire for the event is garden party casual. In the event of rain, LOVE will be held in NOMA’s Great Hall. Call (504) 658-4121 for details.

Car show includes live country music

Don Bohn Ford, 3737 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, will host a Wounded War Heroes Car Show 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Nashville recording artist Michelle Murray will be the featured performer. All proceeds will go to the Wounded War Heroes Fishing Rodeo and directly benefit wounded soldiers.


Auditions set for winter production ballet

The Jefferson Ballet Theatre and Jefferson Ballet Theatre II, the junior company, will hold auditions for membership and for the winter production of “The Snow Queen” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 3621 Florida Ave., Kenner. Dancers pay a $15 audition free. Roles are available for dancers as young as 3½ years. For more information, call (504) 468-1231.

Female musicians perform for benefit

The Pinettes all female brass band and other women musicians of New Orleans will be performing Thursday to support and celebrate the women and children of Hagar’s House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church at 3401 Canal St., New Orleans, and include food, wine and a silent auction. Child care will be provided. Admission is $40 or $75 for couples. For details, call (504) 210-5064.


Compiled by Red staff