Jazz in the Park bops back to Armstrong Park with soul singer and keyboard player Nigel Hall, backed by his band the Congregation and supported by rising young horn player Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill. Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Cory Branan performs at the Beatnik. And while most of us have adjusted to the Sometimes-Picayune, media scholars are still debating its import. Plus, weekend theatre picks tonight:
We Live to Eat Restaurant Week (Participating restaurants city-wide)
You don’t need an excuse to try a new restaurant in New Orleans, but perhaps you need a nudge. Through Sunday, the talented chefs at some of the city’s finest establishments will offer special prix-fixe lunches capped at $20 and dinners for $39 or less per person so you can taste the season’s harvest without breaking the bank. Read NoDef’s full preview, and check the We Live to Eat website for the full list of restaurants and their participating menus.
Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 4-8p.m.)
This week’s jam in Armstrong Park features Nigel Hall and His Congregation and Trumpet Black and the Heart-Attacks. The Sophie B. Wright High School Marching Band will perform on the kids’ stage. The outdoor Marketplace at Armstrong Park opens at 3p.m., and over three dozen food and craft vendors will be available to provide concertgoers with snacks and gifts. Free admission.
The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World (Garden District Book Shop, 6-7:30p.m.)
New Orleans’ local paper of record made national headlines itself when it switched to thrice-weekly publication in 2013. A new study, The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World, examines the paper’s hotly debated format switch in the context of a changing landscape for print and digital information. Lead author Sherry Lee Alexander, a communications professor at Loyola University, leads a panel discussion and book signing tonight with co-authors Alfred Lawrence Lorenz and Vicki Mayer.
Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6-8p.m.)
This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features the New Orleans Concert Band. Plus, an activity table to occupy kids and Miss Linda’s Soul Food to cater to your dinnertime cravings. Admission $10.
Cory Branan, Erin Miley (BEATnik, 8p.m.)
Cory Branan didn’t quite take the usual path to recognition as a singer-songwriter; the Mississippi native started out as a teen in a Black Sabbath cover band. As an adult, his music has earned comparisons to contemporaries like Ryan Adams and Pete Yorn, as well as praise from influential musicians like Dashboard Confessional and Chuck Ragan. See him at the BEATnik tonight; tickets $10.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.)
Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy transplants Chekhovian figures to present-day Pennsylvania. Ron Gural directs the show’s first New Orleans production. Tickets start at $35.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.)
The NOLA Project celebrates the launch of its 10th anniversary season with Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel. Award-winning director Mark Routhier leads the production. NoDef theatre critic Michael Martin has a full review. Tickets $30.