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We got your weekend: Outer space, suffrage, and so much food

Thursday / Shane's shout out: Pink Martini at The Civic Theatre, 8 PM. Tickets $35-100.

The orchestral band Pink Martini brings its charming arrangements to life this Thursday at the Civic Theatre.  Their latest release, Dream a Little Dream, features The Von Trapps (relatives of the Sound of Music Von Trapps) singing enchanting melodies, as bandleader Thomas Lauderdale mixes his original compositions with a tour of songs from Sweden, Rwanda, China, and Japan.  New Orleans certainly knows how to update classic sounds for modern ears, making this a fitting stop for Pink Martini.
Support Edible School Yard New Orleans and enjoy offerings from local restaurants at garden-themed Edible Evening.

Support Edible School Yard New Orleans and enjoy offerings from local restaurants at garden-themed Edible Evening.

Thursday / A not-so-secret garden party : Edible School Yard NOLA hosts their annual fundraising event, An Edible Evening, which will bring 30 acclaimed restaurants (including Atchalfalaya, Peche, Maurepas Foods, and Pizza Delicious), sustainably-produced wines from Presqu'ile Winery, beer from NOLA Brewery, signature cocktails, and three hours of live music, all together at Samuel J. Green Charter School (2319 Valence St.) for a garden-themed, starlight soiree. Following the main party (starting at 6 PM for Patrons and 7 PM for general admission), will be a Late Wave Party, with dancing to DJ Brian Boyles and more restaurants and bars (Company Burger, Cure, 12 Mile Limit, Taceaux Loceaux, and others) serving from 9 to 10 PM.

All of the proceeds from An Edible Evening support garden and kitchen educational programming for 2,800 children in five schools across New Orleans. Tickets start at $50.

Thursday / Speak easy : As part of WWNO's monthly speakeasy series, where the team discusses various topics of interest with featured guests at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal), WWNO News Director Eve Troeh will speak with David Weinberg -- former New Orleans resident, current contributor to podcast 99% invisible and reporter for national business show Marketplace -- about his reporting on national economic trends and his approach to radio storytelling. The public is invited to listen in and meet Weinberg, Troeh, WWNO  staff, and other listeners. 6 - 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Intergalactic Nemesis will feature more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res comic book images projected on a two story screen; live sound effect production; and live vocal performances.

Intergalactic Nemesis will feature more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res comic book images projected on a two story screen; live sound effect production; and live vocal performances.

Friday - Saturday / Comic booking 2.0 : Remember reading comic books alone in the dark solitude of your adolescent bedroom (tell me I'm not alone in this)? Well, the Intergalactic Nemesis comic book experience at the CAC will certainly not be that.

Intergalactic Nemesis is a set of touring, live-action graphic novel performances that combines radio drama with comic books, inspired by 1930s pulp serials, like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. The serial at the CAC concerns a story of a fictional Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and assistant traveling across Earth and into space to defeat an invading force of intergalactic sludge monsters that threaten the future of humanity. The show will feature more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res comic book images projected on a two story screen; live sound effect production; and live vocal performances. Seating begins at 7:30 PM/ 7 PM for CAC member. Tickets are $35 / $25 for CAC members).

Saturday / Peddle to the pork : The number of food-oriented events happening this weekend is daunting (Hogs For the Cause, The Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, NOLA Food Festival, and the Brooklyn Brewery Mash dinner on the Grow Dat Youth Farm); the number of calories you'll likely consume is downright terrifying.

Knock out two food festivals in one day, avoid the hellish scenario that is festival parking, and keep yourself from busting your pants zipper mid-fest (full-disclosure: this once happened to me) by participating in Nola Social Ride's Hog's For the Cause bike ride. Start out in the Quarter at the Oyster Jubilee (festivities begin at 9 AM), then peddle over to Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park, where a group will meet at noon and bike together to City Park for Hogs. The ride is free and open to the public; the Oyster Jubilee is free and Hogs tickets start at $15.

Sunday / Girls just want to have fun: For the end of Women's Month, there will be an event -- Sirens, Suffragettes, and Super-Heroines -- celebrating women's power and progress acquired through the generations. The event,  at the Dryades Theatre (1232 O.C. Haley Blvd) from 6-10 PM, will include dance, poetry, live music, and raffle prizes. Local artists and educators Claudia Baumgarten and Diana Shortes will host, as guests enjoy performances from Felice Guimont, of local band The Overtaker; muralist and painter Max Bernardi;  producer, writer, and performing and visual artist Reese Johanson; Teaching Artist at the CAC Jennifer Pagan; and more. $10 donation at the door.

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

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