We've got your weekend: And it's going to be tasty!
Wednesday, April 6/Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (404 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy): It's crawfish season, we all know that, and the Fair Housing Action Center is bringing together those little bugs we love to eat and conversation. They are hosting a community crawfish boil to get us out in the sun to eat and talk about the housing crisis in New Orleans. The event will be housed at the center (address above), and it is free and open to the public. The crawfish and conversation starts at 5:00 PM and goes until 7:00 PM.
Wednesday, April 6/Star party (Tulane campus): The Tulane University Observatory will be open to the public at 8 p.m. Wednesday for a free glimpse of the heavens through the school's 16-inch telescope. It's part of a new series of monthly public viewings. Tune in to NolaVie on Thursday for a conversation with physics professor emeritis Dan Purrington about the new program. The Observatory is located on Tulane University's Uptown campus on the roof of Joseph Merrick Jones Hall (across the parking lot from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library).
Thursday, April 7/The Old No. 77 Hotel (535 Tchoupitoulas): Drinks, art, and the Old No. 77 Hotel are coming together this Thursday for the unveiling of the new art work for the hotel. Old No. 77 pairs up with Where Y'Art and Nocca for a new curration that will begin this week. This new exhibit will feature of work of three local artists: Tony Nozero, Andy Levin, and Tony Hollums. In order to celebrate this intersection of art + music, NOCCA student musicians will be performing during the event. The night starts at 5:30 PM and runs until 8:00 PM.
Thursday, April 7/The Stacks (900 Camp Street): Nothing tastes better then blending thought and food together, and that is what Tina Antonlini does in her podcast Gravy. Plus, things just got a whole lot thicker. This Thursday the launch party for the spring issue of Gravy Quarterly Magazine (published by the Southern Foodways Alliance) is taking the food and thought to the page. Their launch party will be this Thursday at The Stacks, which will include readings by various people and small plates by Port City Pantry will be served. The event is free, open to the public, and runs from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.
Friday, April 8-Sunday April 10/St. Mary Majaks (918 St Mary St.): The plays are back this weekend, but they're all new ones for the Five Times play festival (we're calling it a festival because it lasted two weekends, and it's New Orleans). If you missed last weekend, then have no fear. This weekend Five Times includes plays by: the Cobbleslop Ensemble, Milena Martinovic, Joshua James, Timothy Adams, and Harry Bartle. Tickets are $8 per show, and they can be purchased at the venue (918 St. Mary Street). For a full line-up of showtimes, check out their event here.
Saturday, April 9/Second Line Brewing (433 N Bernadotte St.): Beer and yoga is back. Although, did it ever really leave? No matter. This Saturday you can blend the two again. It doesn't matter if you're a casual yogi and master beer drinker, or at novice at both, this class it aimed at opening minds and brain cells while quenching your thirst for tasty hops. Oh, and it takes place in the morning, so what better way to start your morning with a cold brew and stretching? Tickets, which can be purchased here, are $15 and that includes the class, a post yoga pint and a VIP tour to see how beer is made. The event runs from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.
Saturday, April 9/Press Street Gardens (All along Press Street): It is time to get planting now that the rain and the sun are in somewhat perfect balance! If you are looking for a place to peruse some plants for the season, then head over to Press Street Garden, who will have edible plants ready for you to put in the ground. They have 25 varieties of tomato and not a single one is run-of-the-mill! The sale runs from Saturday-Sunday, and it is a fund raiser for the garden. You can take a walk and purchase plants from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Sunday.
Sunday, April 10/The Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.): It's that time of the month to eat and then immediately work it off with some dancing. That's right, the Cajun Brunch and Dance is on this Sunday! They have everything from quiches to Jumbo gulf shrimp in a low country sauce over Anson mills grits on the menu (and lots in between), which will keep your calories high for the dancing you will be doing. The live music will be provided by member of Bobby MIchot & Guests. The brunch runs from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM with dance lessons for beginners around 1:00 PM. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.