Jazz Fest, way back when
Lots of people claim they were at the first Jazz Fest; now, evidence is available, as the Friends of the Cabildo and the New Orleans Film Society screen seven 16 mm film reels of the 1970 Jazzfest at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Old U.S. Mint, third-floor performance space. Films show artists such as Duke Ellington, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker and Mahalia Jackson. $10, cash bar. Call (504) 523-3939.
IN CITY PARK
Threadhead Thursday, an annual pre-Jazz Fest showcase of New Orleans artists, brings the New Birth Brass Band, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Creole String Beans and Alex McMurray to City Park’s Robert B. Haspel Garden Stage in the Botanical Garden. Chairs and blankets welcome; food and drinks available for purchase. Thursday, 6 p.m., $10.
Treehouse and Toussaint
“A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Treehouse Adventure,” with music by Allen Toussaint, will have four performances at the Contemporary Arts Center. Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Freeport-McMoRan Theater at the CAC, 900 Camp St., in New Orleans. $25 and $10. Call (504) 528-3800.
‘The Crossing’ premiers at Tulane
Tulane University and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present the world premiere of the choral “The Crossing,” by Cuban-American composer and Newcomb College alumna Odaline de la Martinez in commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation. Saturday , 8 p.m., at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Free.
Freaksheaux to Geaux
The neo-vaudeville show celebrates its second anniversary with live music, circus arts, burlesque, sideshow and magic. Special guest: Jesse Belle-Jones from Sinner Saint Burlesque in Seattle. 10 p.m. Saturday at the AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave. (504) 218-5778. $10-$15.