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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


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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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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