THE TRIO FEATURING JOHNNY V & SPECIAL GUESTS: Midnight, Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., New Orleans. (504) 866-9359 or http://mapleleafbar.com.
Friday, Jan. 18
MICRO FEST: 7 p.m., Café Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The Network of Ensemble Theater’s MicroFest USA initiative is a nationwide exploration of art and community, whose members include performance ensembles from all over the U.S. Part festival, part think tank, the MicroFests are galvanizing local and national artists/activists/thinkers around placemaking efforts, while creating opportunities for learning exchange and inspiring new models across the United States. For more information and registration visit www.ensembletheaters.net. Reduced rates exist for locals and NET members.
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
CANDIDE: 7:30 p.m., Friday and 3 p.m., Sunday, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The Loyola Opera Theatre brings the legacy and genius of American composer Leonard Bernstein to life with its new production of the fast-paced comic operetta. A complimentary wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association will precede Friday’s performance at 6:30 p.m. http://cmfa.loyno.edu.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
SHUT UP SWEET CHARLOTTE: 8 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte converts and subverts the Southern Gothic film “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” http://www.midcitytheatre.com or call (504) 488-1460.
THE CLASS OF ’70 SOMETHING: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The original hit musical. $30-$35. http://www.rivertowntheaters.com or (504) 461-9475.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
AVENUE Q: 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 3 p.m., Sunday. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. No one under 17 admitted without parent. Adults, $30; military, $27; senior (65+), $27; student, $20. (504) 885-2000.
SLIM GOODBODY PRESENTS LIGHTEN UP!: 9:45 and 11:15 a.m., Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. Lighten Up! addresses the problem of childhood obesity. It is a highly interactive, 50-minute musical show designed to help children in grades K-6 learn the value of exercise and good nutrition. The show deals with the serious problems of excess weight and obesity in an entertaining and totally non-threatening way. http://www.jpas.org.
3X3: THE ONE ACTS: 7:30 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. 6 ten minute plays by six playwrights. Part of Southern Rep’s New Play Program. $10. http://www.southernrep.com.
VENUS IN FUR: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 6 p.m., Sunday, The Freeport-McMoRan Theater at The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street, New Orleans. Performance by Southern Rep. (504) 522-6545 or http://www.SouthernRep.com.
JERSEY BOYS: Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, New Orleans. Through Jan. 27. Check website or call for performance times and ticket prices. http://www.mahaliajacksontheater.com or (800) 745-3000.
RUNNIN’ DOWN THE MOUNTAIN: 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday until Jan. 27 (no performance Saturday, Jan. 19), Dryades Theater, 1232 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. “Runnin’ Down the Mountain” is the story of Everett and Margaret Riddle, a brother and sister, grown and living alone on their family’s orchard in the Great Smoky Mountains. This innovative new performance mixes original and traditional music, live looping and soundscapes with New Noise’s own brand of visual storytelling. $15, general admission, $12, artists/students/seniors. http://www.newnoise.org.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH: 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, Friday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 21. The AllWays Lounge, 2240 Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans. Skin Horse Theater revives its award-winning production of “˜Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. “Hedwig” tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just an “angry inch.” Whom Do You Work For get the party started with an opening set at 7 p.m. $15.