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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz