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March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

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.

 

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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