Thursday: BAL DES ARTISTES LIGHTS UP THE OLD CASINO BUILDING
The Bal des Artistes lights up the Old Casino Building on Thursday in City Park in bohemian Carnival style with live entertainment by Tabitha Pearl and the Courtyard Kings, a mask boutique, and a fashion show with vintage society gowns and cutting-edge designs. Local artists featured include Tabitha Bethune, Elsa Brodman, Tracy Thompson, Bob Tannen and Sally Heller. A benefit for Creative Alliance of New Orleans. 7 p.m., $75. Call (504) 218-4807.
Friday: KERMIT RUFFINS AND THE BBQ SWINGERS
The jazz trumpeter and his quintet bring their distinctive style to the Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. Friday, 7 p.m. (504) 948-2583.
Saturday: LEON RUSSELL AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES
The Tulsa native with the snowy locks has a career dating back to the mid-1960s, but his sound never fails to please. He’s played with a roster of rock ’n’ roll greats from Bob Dylan to the Beatles. Saturday, 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. (504) 310-4999, $27.50 general admission, $75 balcony seating.
Sunday: KREWE OF ORPHEUS 13TH NIGHT PARTY
The parading superkrewe celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party on “13th night,” and the public is invited. Music by Mixed Nuts, live auction, open bar and food. Sunday, 8 p.m., at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. (504) 581-4367, $60.