The V Side: Swing, Classical, Night Market, Second Line, Chalmette
FRIDAY / A Swinging Good Time: Do you need to go back to school for a cocktail education? Brush up on your mixology? At the World Cocktail Week Swing Ball, do so while you nosh on snacks provided by Arnaud's, MiLa and Cafe Adelaide. Meschiya Lake and her little Big Quartet will provide swingin' tunes. Mixologists Dale DeGroff and Chris McMillian will concoct in The Casablanca Room, where you can sing at the piano bar, while Jeff "Beachbum" Berry will hold forth in the Tiki Room. For those who are hot to trot but lack the moves, dance lessons will be provided! Friday, May 18, 6-9 p.m., Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1 Poydras St, #169, tickets $30 - $40.
SATURDAY / Kindred Sounds: Puerto Rican brother and sister Raul Gomez, an orchestral conductor, composer, violinist and violist, and Andrea Gómez, a cellist, will share the stage at UNO performing classical and latin jazz music. Aigerim Magavina, staff pianist at Tulane Department of Music, will also perform on piano. Rachmaninov, Piazzolla and Friends, a special concert by local classical and jazz musicians, is unique in its "marriage of different genres of music," as the Gomezes will begin with classical and pull off tango, jazz, funk and even some salsa before the night is through. Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., free.
SATURDAY / It'll be In Tents: St. Claude Main Street's Night Market was postponed last week due to the heavy rain, which will only have made it stronger. Hosting more than 30 vendors offering snacks (Pizza Delicious), art (Community Printshop), music (DJs Bunny and KRISTEN), crafts, and myriad other curiosities, the Night Market serves to unite St. Claude Avenue over goods and services. Going to market and going out on the town are one. Saturday, May 19, 6-10 p.m., St. Claude Avenue and Port Street, near St. Coffee. Free.
SUNDAY / Roll Out: Bayou Boogaloo revelers will be taking it to the streets this Sunday with an 11-mile, family friendly city tour. Like all good second lines, there will be plenty of stops on BikeEasy's Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Second Line, and there will also be an after party. The Healing Center, French Market, and Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will serve as stopovers for a refill, tire change, or a chance to mingle with other two wheelers, while the after party is held after the ride at Bayou Boogaloo itself. Naturally, the second line also a fundraiser -- a parade pace of 7-10 mph will leave you plenty of time to put some money in the hat as you roll on. Sunday, May 20, 2012, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., starts and ends by Bayou St. John at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Lafitte Street. Register here.
SUNDAY / In His Father's Footsteps: If you're looking for a good film this weekend, Chalmette Movies and the New Orleans Film Society are teaming up once again to present Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, in which filmmaker Raymond DeFelitta visits Mississippi. DeFelitta's father, Frank, had visited the same areas in 1965 to record a film about racism in the American South, and interviewed a waiter, Booker, whose candid telling of the African American experience at the time changed his family's existence forever. Booker's Place debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and NOFS and Chalmette Movies have elected to screen it three times. Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. Chalmette Cinema, 8700 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA. Tickets $6.50 NOFS members, $8.50.
Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans people and events for NolaVie.