We've got your weekend: An historical birthday, drive-in movie and day in the country
Friday / Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis : Local theatre company Goat In the Road Productions will present its latest production, Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis, at the Ether Dome (3625 St. Claude) at 8 p.m. The original play is an adaptation of Chekhov's 1897 production, Uncle Vanya, fused with elements of the 2009 U.S. recession. The show will also feature installations produced by Momma Tried, a New Orleans-based interdisciplinary arts project, designed to encourage the audience to think about the ways in which artifacts depcit a sense of "natural history." The production will run each Thursday through Sunday, at 8 p.m. all days, through November 21. Tickets are $20 -- available online and at the door.
Friday / Baroness Pontabla Birthday Bash : For the second year, the shops at the Upper Pontabla at Jackson Square host their now-annual Baroness Pontabla Birthday Bash. Highlights of the free event include live music from New Orleans Opera; a book signing with Dr. Christina Vella, author of Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness Pontabla; and historical reenactments from Baroness Pontabla, Andrew Jackson and John James Audubon characters. The event is open to the public and runs from 5 - 7 p.m. on the 500 block of St. Peter.
Saturday / Drive in movie : New Orleans Film Society has partnered with Broad Community Connections and Whole Foods Market to offer a free drive-in double feature on the roof of Whole Foods Market on Broad Street (300 N Broad), beginning at 7 p.m. Cult classic Carrie will first screen, followed by Sharknado. The event is open to the public.
Saturday / A day in the Country: The Creative Alliance of New Orleans and the Torres I Burns Trust will host an event set in the Louisians country, presenting guests with art to view and make, as well. Groups of artists organized by Diego Larguia, Ron Bechet and Juliette Paul will be doing "Plein Air Painting," painting the natural view around them on canvasses propped on easels. Pastels, crayons, and color pencils with clip boards will be provided for attendees to join the art-making; guests are also welcome to bring their own supplies. The event will also include a walking trail that features sculptures made of organic forest materials.
A Day in the Country is free and open to the public (complimentary light snacks provided); it will be held at the River House I Crevasse 22 from 11am - 4pm. RSVP here.
Saturday / The Surge exhibition opening : Southern artist George Dunbar presents a new collection of mixed media paintings, entitled The Surge, that depict floating debris Dunbar observes during storms from his studio overlooking Bayou Bonfouca. The exhibition's opening reception, housed at Callan Contemporary (518 Julia Street), will be from 6 - 9 p.m. The show will be on display through December 23.