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We got your weekend: Sushi, soul food, and a Sonesta luncheon

The Royal Sonesta hosts a Round Table luncheon that will feature a panel of local authors who have written about Katrina-related topics.

The Royal Sonesta hosts a Round Table luncheon that will feature a panel of local authors who have written about Katrina-related topics.

Wednesday / Ladies (and gentlemen) who lunch : As we approach the ninth anniversary of Katrina, The Royal Sonesta has topically incpororated the pivotal storm into their monthly Round Table Luncheon. From noon to 1:30 PM the hotel will hold a three-course meal, hosted by Margarita Bergen, and joint book discussion, featuring four local writers: Angela Carll, author of “Where Writers Write’; Nathaniel Ricj, author of “Odds Against Tomorrow”; Laura Roach Dragon author of “Hurricane Boy”; and Michael Moffitt, author of “Grandad’s Dictionary, all of whom have produced works that engage with the hurricane and/or its aftermath.

Lunch will include Butter Lettuce with Buttermilk and Pecan Currant "Debris, a duet of Pork Belly and Amberjack with Camellia Beans and Braised Greens. Finally, and Orange Ginger Crème with a Myers Rum poached Pineapple and Raspberry glaze. The all-inclusive meal, which will be held in the hotel’s Fleru de Lis suite, is $50 per person in advance and $55 at the door. For reservations contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or email her at [email protected].

Friday / Impov practice : Weeks before comedy house The New Movement Theater will relocate to a bigger space in the St. Claude art district, they will give their audience a taste of what their classes are all about in an improv recital featuring TNM’s Level 2 and 3 classes at the Shadow Box Theater (2400 St. Claude), from 9 - 10 PM. Following the recital, TNM's faculty will deliver another improv performance for patrons. Oh, and BYOB is welcome, if not thoroughly encouraged. $5 at the door.

The Fair Grounds Race Course hosts an exotic animal race this weekend, set to include zebras and ostriches.

The Fair Grounds Race Course hosts an exotic animal race this weekend, set to include zebras and ostriches.

Saturday / Place your bets : The Fair Grounds Race Course (1751 Gentilly Blvd, Gentilly) will revive their unconventional summer racing event featuring exotic animals. In addition to 10 quarter horse races, the event will include an ostrich race, a zebra race and a pony hop race. The horse races will begin at 4 PM (doors open at 2:30) and the zebra race, followed by the ostrich race and pony hop, will begin at 5 PM. General admission is $5.

Saturday / Soulful art : Soul food pop-up We've Got Soul has joined forces with collective studio, The Studio, home to a two dozen artist’s studios, featuring works that range from glass to metal to pottery to paintings, for a joint event at Bywater cafe Jim's (3000 Royal) from 6 - 10 PM. The studio will open its doors to the public, allowing them to explore the intriguing space as We've Got Soul offers folks some good old down-home cooking, with  menu highlights (priced from $5 - $15) such as: popcorn-crusted soft shell crab, rib bone cheese grits, and country fried chicken with sausage gravy. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday / Shane's shout out(s) : 

Johnny Sansone and Seth Walker at The Botanical Garden at City Park, 6:00, admission $10

The Garden Parties in City Park are some of the best kept secrets in the city, offering the chance to catch some great live music in an oak-lined garden that feels like your filthy-rich friend's backyard. This weekend, the series features bluesman Johnny Sansone and singer-songwriter Seth Walker. Get there early, bring a chair, and snag a front row seat for some live music under the stars.

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Cardinal Sons at One Eyed Jack's at 9 PM , tickets $10.

The band will celebrate their EP release at One Eyed Jack’s this Saturday, with support from Vox & the Hound and Gold and the Rush. Read more about the band and their upcoming album in our interview with group guitarist and primary songwriter John Shirley.

Sunday / Sushi fest : Because the bevy of festivals New Orleans orchestrates is not extensive enough, New Orleans Magazine has added another. The publication hosts the inaugural New Orleans sushi festival from 2 - 5 PM at the River CIty Ballroom next to Mardi Gras World . The star of the fest will naturally be a smorgasbord of sushi (as well as other Japanese-inspired dishes) from local restaurants, sushi and non-sushi alike, all of whom will compete in a a multi-category competition. Entertainment will include a performance by local rock band Bag of Donuts, a Japanese art room featuring origami, fan painting and Japanese bookmark painting, and an inflatable Samurai wrestling ring with wrestling match demons. General admission is $20.

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