Don’t Miss for Dec. 27-Jan. 2, 2012

Dr. John and the Lower 911

The inimitable piano professor returns to the House of Blues for two year-end shows: Friday with blues harmonica wailer Johnny Sansone, and Saturday with vocalist and guitar player Colin Lake. Tickets start at $40; $90 for balcony seating. 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999.

‘Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte’

In a parody of the Gothic “Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” Ricky Graham stars in the Bette Davis role of Charlotte Hollis, and Jeffrey Roberson is Varla Jean Merman in the Olivia de Havilland role of Cousin Miriam. At Mid City Theatre from Dec. 29 through Jan. 19.

For tickets, go to http://www.midcitytheatre.com or call (504) 488-1460.

New Year at the Children’s Museum

It’s confetti at high noon Monday when the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., hosts its annual countdown to the New Year geared to the early bedtime set. Make noisemakers, puzzle over the words to “Auld Lang Syne” and toast 2013 with bubbly — soft drinks, that is. Tickets start at $10, $5 for members. Call (504) 523-1357.

A New Orleans New Year’s Eve

Head to Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square on New Year’s Eve to see fireworks by the river and hear a live simulcast choreographed to New Orleans music. At midnight, a countdown takes the crowd to 2013. Free. Call (985) 630-4604 or visit http://www.crescentcitycountdown.com.