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VENDREDI

August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure

 

Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora

 

Pecker

NOMA, 7PM

Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival

 

Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle

 

Armnhmr

Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph

 

Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom

SAMEDI

August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event

 

610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions

 

Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest

 

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK

 

We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out

 

Brewsiana

House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival

 

Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF


Short Work of a Long Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Events in NOLA



If you haven’t noticed by the gradual slowdown in work, Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us. Although some locals may be leaving town there is plenty to do here including three fests, a big boil, movies, and a more somber celebration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

 

National WW II Museum

Memorial Day is much ore than barbecues. The holiday was created to honor those who died for this country and and the National WWII Museum is an appropriate place to do so. Through their “Remember Them” programming, attendees can listen to the Marine Corps Big Band Saturday (5.28) and Sunday (5.29) at the US Freedom Pavillon: The Boeing Center.  On Memorial Day (5.30), the US Freedom Pavillon, a full day of events and remembrances including a performance from the Marine Corps Quintet, a moment of silence and bell ringing, and several speakers.

 

NOWFE

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is really kicking it up in 2016. The ever-popular Royal Street Stroll (this year on Friday! 5.27) and the Grand Tasting (5.28) will return, but they will be supplemented by an impressive roster of special events ranging from fishing with Donald Link to a Franco-Spanish Hog War. Plus, Thursday (5.26) will feature a series of wine dinners.

 

First Folio

This is the last weekend to check out the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit. The installation is a stop on national tour featuring Shakespeare’s famed “First Folio.” The book contains the first known publication of 18 plays including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It. The show runs until Tuesday (5.31).

 

 Greek Fest

Opa! This weekend is also commemorating Greek culture in New Orleans at the Greek Festival (5.28-5.29). For seven bucks, festival-goers can eat Greek food, learn traditional Greek dances, and tour the Cathedral. However, the true joy of the festival may be found at the bottom of tiny cups that come with the big bottles of wine. But, be sure to get a gyro to soak it up.

 

Barman’s Fund Crawfish Boil

For the fourth year, members of the city’s service industry, their friends, and the public will convene in front Industry (240 Decatur St.) to eat some crustaceans for a cause. The afternoon will feature a block party with live music, vats of crawfish and jambalaya, raffle prizes, and lots of characters. Last year's boil raised over 13k dollars for Help For Heroes in just 6 hours. This year aims to be twice as large.

 

Wicked

The popular musical begins a return run at the Sanger this weekend. The premise of Wicked takes on the challenging question of “What is good?” The operatic Glinda, shows that maybe even bubbles have a dark side beneath that shiny, polished surface of happiness. On the other side of the yellow brick road, is Elphaba (known to many of us as the The Wicked Witch of the West.), who stands up for those who are oppressed, embraces her “greenness” even though it brings nothing but ridicule, and turns her back on fame and fortune—only to be ostracized and hunted down like…well, a witch.

 

Birdfoot Festival

The fest has been going strong for the past few days, but expect the chamber music celebration to ramp up as we approach the final day on Sunday (5.29). On Saturday (5.28) night, the final gala performance will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Ricercar in 6 parts (Musical Offering, BWV 1079); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet K. 465 “Dissonance”; Gustav Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder (Five Songs on poems by Friedrich Rückert) arranged for chamber ensemble; and  Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).

 

Cinema

Memorial Day Weekend is always a popular time for blockbuster releases. A new X-Men flick is out as is Alice: Through the Looking Glass with Johnny Depp, Mia Wasilkowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Borat. For all of the Canal Place times, click here. If you’re looking for a classic, the Prytania is screening the masterpiece “To Have and Have Not” with Bogart and Bacall on Sunday (5.29).

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