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We got your weekend: Cheese, culture, and chocolate covered critters

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Brian Haas performing

Thursday / I love it when we’re groovin’ together : Ease into the long weekend with a gentle, yet lively set from Brian Haas with the Johnny V Trio, who will perform at the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) at 11 PM, with a $10 cover. Read a review of Brian Haas and Jonny Vidacovic's music here.

Saturday / An arthropod a day keeps the doctor away : First it was quinoa, now it’s bugs we’re supposed to include in a healthy diet. Audubon Insectarium has got you covered. Starting at 10 AM, they will celebrate National Chocolate Covered Insect Day (we really do have a holiday for everything) and make creepy crawlers more palatable by incorporating them into a variety of sweets. Enjoy chocolate chirp cookies, tarsal toffee, campfire fudge, and a chocolate fountain to dip uncoated insects in. The event and treats are free with admission ($16.50 for adults, $12 for children, $13 for seniors, and free for Audubon members).

Saturday / Land of the Rising Fun : For a day, the Big Easy gets a taste of Japanese culture, as NOMA hosts its annual Japan Fest. Highlights from the exhibition include a performance by Kaminari Taiko Drummers, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on origami, Haiku, and food from Ninja Sushi. The event is from 10 AM - 4 PM, inside NOMA, as well as in the Walda and Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Admission is $5; NOMA members and children under 6 are free.

Saturday / Silly person, treats are for dogs : Trick out your furry friends in ghoulish gear for Canine Connection’s BARKtoberfest, a pre-Halloween celebration for pooches and their human plus-ones (or -manys). There will be a costume contest and ‘trick-or-treating’ for the dogs; and music by the Hurricane Levee Band, games, raffles, dog adoptions and refreshments for humans. Receive a free raffle ticket by donating canned dog and/or cat food to support the LA/SPCA. The event is from 4 - 8 PM at Canine Connection (4920 Tchopitoulas); it is free and open to the public.

A shot from Tradition is a Temple, with Shannon Powell

A shot from Tradition is a Temple, with Shannon Powell

Sunday / All that jazz : Get your film and music fix at once, and I’m not suggesting you rent a musical (thank God). As part of New Orleans Film Fest, the CAC is premiering Tradition is a Temple, a documentary about New Orleans’ modern jazz masters, with performances and interviews from notable local artists such as the Treme Brass Band, Shannon Powell, Topsy Chapman, and many others. After the screening, director Darren Hoffman and featured musicians will participate in a Q&A session. A reception with a 360 video installment and refreshments will follow, at the CAC’s Cinema Reset exhibit. The film starts at 8:15. Tickets are $10.

For a full line-up of New Orleans Film Fest events and screenings, click here.

Monday / This may sound cheesy : St. James Cheese hosts a cocktail and cheese pairing competition among eight local chefs, with a panel of judges including Top Chef Masters alum Sue Zemanick, of Gatreau’s, and Top Chef contestant Justin Devillier, of La Petite Grocery. The $25 ticket includes a vote in the competition, 8 cocktails, cheese, cured meats and catered food. The event will be held at Rosy’s Jazz Hall (500 Valence) and starts at 7 PM.

Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]

Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]