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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a Los Angeles building designed by Rafael Moneo, NOMA's Friday Night lecturer presented by Tulane School of Architecture.

THURSDAY / Occupy Earth: If you need a refresher on the Power of the People, who better to hear it from than renowned social theorist Jeffrey C. Alexander? He's the leading figure in the study of the power of culture to motivate action and shape social life. Alexander will give a public lecture, “Making Meaning in Public: The Performative Politics of Obama, Egypt, and Occupy,” discussing the role of culture in key events in global civil society. Following his presentation, a distinguished panel of Tulane Sociology faculty will discuss the relevance of Alexander's work to Post-Katrina New Orleans: Dr. Diane Grams, “Meaning-making in public parades”; Dr. David G. Ortiz, “Collective trauma and online activism in New Orleans after Katrina”; and Dr. Stephen Ostertag, “The rise of a post-Katrina blogosphere and its implications for professional news making and civil society.” Guests are encouraged to "occupy" a light reception before the event and arrive early at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6-7:30 pm. Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane University (Broadway at Oak Street).

FRIDAY / Modern Pillar: Forget 18th-century French mansions (for a night). NOMA and the Tulane School of Architecture host a lecture with Rafael Moneo. Moneo is a Spanish architect who chaired the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1985 to 1990 and has worked lately on the extensions of the Prado Museum and the Bank of Spain, respectively. Among his most prominent works in the U.S. is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Moneo's designs are grid-like and edifice-strong, standing out in the aged and historic cities where he designs. The full night's events include an art-making activity with YAYA from 5 to 8 p.m., music by jazz harpist Patrice Fisher from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Moneo's lecture at 6 p.m.. Friday, January 27, 2012, 5 – 9 p.m.

FRIDAYOffbeat Generation: All year they provide the best of the "offbeat" in print to New Orleans music lovers and enthusiasts. Friday night at Generations Hall, Offbeat Magazine transitions from page to stage (a location where they are equally comfortable), with the Best of the Beat Awards at Generations Hall. The event is complete with two stages and a star-studded lineup with such greats as GIVERSLost Bayou Ramblers, and Big Freedia. Click here for a full lineup. Multiple 45-minute music sets will flank the 8 p.m. awards ceremony hosted by WVUE’s Liz Reyes and Rob Masson with OffBeatublisher Jan Ramsey. (Next week, look for an article and photo gallery on Best of the Beat from Wesley Hodges, NolaVie contributor and editor of LMBNola, a NolaVie partner.) Friday, January 27, 2012, first set at 6 p.m., awards at 8 p.m. Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr. Tickets are on sale now for $30, $35 the day of the show.

SATURDAY / Pom Poms and Circumstance: Especially if you enjoy sipping for social change, march on over to the Pussyfooters Marching Club's "Blush Ball 2012: Party with a Purpose." The Party will feature Big Sam’s Funky Nation, DJ Brice Nice, other local performers, and of course, special performances by the Pussyfooters. Fabulous items and prizes will be raffled and Trixie Minx will emcee the show. The Pussyfooters are an 11-year old marching club with a service mission focused on empowering women. The group is 100 members strong, all women over 30, who are featured performers in many parades, second lines, and special events in the New Orleans area. The Blush Ball 2012 celebrates the 11th anniversary of the Pussyfooters and benefits METRO: Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. The Pussyfooters have a $15,000 giving goal to support METRO’s services: a crisis line, counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, and medical care. Saturday, January 28, 2012 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph Street. Tickets will be available at www.pussyfooters.net or through any Pussyfooter marching member. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

SATURDAY / Do the Monster Mash: Though the beloved arena was renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last year, this Saturday at 7 p.m., it will be home to some less luxurious, more intimidating vehicles. Monster Jam is coming to New Orleans, showcasing such vehicles as The Gravedigger, Maximum Destruction, and El Toro Loco. Between the racing, wheelies, and freestyling, it's impossible not to get revved up watching these wrecking machines. If you want to get closer to the auto behemoths and the daredevils who drive them, tickets are available for the Pit Party from 2-5 p.m. at the Dome. Tickets for Monster Jam start at $18.

Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans happenings for NolaVie.