We've Got Your Weekend: Artful happenings and barbershop quartets
Saturday / Rights and Revival: Locally, the Civil Rights movement was birthed by New Orleans leaders who wanted to secure jobs for African-Americans along what is now Oretha Haley Castle Boulevard. Today, that corridor is home to a burgeoning array of restaurants, galleries, small businesses. The Myrtle Banks Building joins the area rejuvenation with Jack and Jake's Market and, until Jan. 25, "Rights and Revival," a P.3+ group exhibition by local artists, sponsored by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. The exhibit, featuring works by artists who lived in the area as well as those who portray the continuing struggle for racial equality, is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An Artists Walkthrough is held every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Find out more at www.cano-la.org.
Thursday-Sunday / Four by fours: It's not a quartet -- it's a quillionet! Or whatever. More than 1,600 singers from around the world have gathered in New Orleans this week for the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Midwinter Convention at the Hilton Riverside and New Orleans Convention Center. Reigning quartet champs Musical Island Boys from New Zealand will be featured performers, and attendees include more than 500 singers in 17 youth choruses as well as contestants in Saturday's Seniors Quartet Contest. Barbershop shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Morial Convention Center theater are $25 at the door. Get all the scoop at www.barbershop.org.
Friday-Sunday / Wizards unite: We all need an alternate universe these days, and where better to find one than Comic Con 2015, a three-day fest where the pop world comes to life. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Notables include (but are by no means limited to) the Incredible Hulk, Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Ian Somerhalder (local guy!), Tom Felton (harry Potter's Malfoy -- bad guy alert!), Shannon Doherty and more. Get all the details at www.wizardworld.com.
Saturday / Orchestrating the lines: John Craun, poet and carpenter, says of Joseph Bradshaw, fellow poet, "His first book, In The Common Dream of George Oppen, was 'serious' poetry and took him four or five agonized years to write, and garnered just acclaim. Since then he’s taken truly weird turns. Much of his work of the last couple years has been raunchy and juvenile and obsessively scatalogical." The two poets team up for a performance this weekend that takes text-to-speech translations of Bradshaw's poems and sets them to music, or surrounds them with music. It's called Fucktown Orchestra, and it will take place at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Thank Tank (2433 St. Claude Ave.).