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February 20th

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10PM

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)

 

Detox to Retox

Big Easy 'Bucha, 6:30PM

Free yoga and kombucha for a mid-Carnival cleanse

 

Jazz Manouche Mondays

The Dragon's Den, 7PM

Cover all your bases with a gypsy jazz jam session, dance lesson, and dinner potluck 

 

Blue Velvet & Kuwaisiana & Green Gasoline

The Allways Lounge and Theatre, 7PM

A triple threat lineup of independent rockers

 

Alexis & The Samurai

d.b.a., 7PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7PM

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Alex McMurray

Chickie Wah Wah, 8pm

A New Orleans classic, belting out fox-trot slot-machine music

 

Bluegrass Pickin' Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

Bring an instrument and join in 

 

Comic Strip 

Siberia, 9PM

Burlesque and standup ($5)

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

Weekly poetry open mic with live music ($5)

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 10PM

NOLA brass with a touch of DC go-go

 

 

MARDI

February 21st

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Film Screening

Burgundy Picture House, 8PM

John Cassavetes' 1970 film Husbands

 

Comedy Beast

Howlin' Wolf Den, 8:30PM

Free comedy show

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Intergalatic future funk at this high-energy show

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 10PM

Benny Jones and friends keep classic NOLA music thriving

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters play their weekly gig

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 11PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9AM-1PM

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


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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