Today, support our neighbors in Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey at a benefit concert at The Willow. The LGBT Community Center hosts a cocktail party. Gasa Gasa screens a film about LCD Soundsystem, while Burgundy Picture House kicks off their horror film series. On this day in 1839, Captain Salvatore Pizzati, an immigrant and leading importer of tropical fruit to New Orleans, was born in Palermo, Sicily. During his lifetime, he was one of the principal benefactors of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and donated the iconic gate to City Park. Now, learn more about tonight's festivities.
Houston Flood Relief Concert (The Willow, 5PM)
New Orleanians know how to band together in the face of tragedy. Tonight, raise funds for Houston with a benefit concert and food drive. The lineup rivals any major festival in the city, featuring Cyril Neville, Rockin Dopsie Jr., Hot 8 Brass Band, Michael O'Hara, Claude Bryant and the All Stars, The Revealers, DJ Charles Belonge, Sam Price, Higher Heights Reggae Band, and Aaron Cohen Band. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Houston Food Bank, and the team at The Willow will be collection hard good and non-perishable foods during the event for Houston.
Wine & Cheese Party (LGBT Community Center, 5:30PM)
The New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) hosts a cocktail reception for volunteers, allies, and community members. Interested in joining NOAGE's efforts? You can learn more about volunteer opportunities, and enjoy some wine and small bites tonight.
Cure (Burgundy Picture House, 8PM)
The Burgundy Picture House's annual Horrorgasm movie series kicks off with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1997 film, Cure. The psychological horror film follows a detective who investigates a series of bizarre and seemingly unrelated murders, as he begins to suspect a sinister force is at play. Cure was a breakthrough feature for the Japanese director, and has been listed as one of the greatest films of all time.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (Gasa Gasa, 9PM)
Tonight, Gasa Gasa turns their attention from bands on the stage to one on the screen. Shut Up and Play the Hits covers two days in the life of James Murphy, frontman of LCD Soundsystem while the band plays their farewell gig at Madison Square Garden. Granted, the group is back together (LCD Soundsystem's fourth album American Dream was released this month, and they will headline Voodoo Fest next month), but it doesn't change the power of this emotional look into rock n' roll.