We've got your weekend: Bicycles, Oscars, and Chinese New Year
Friday / American Denial Screening : The Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 O.C. Haley Blvd.) hosts a community cinema event, featuring PBS documentary American Denial, which focuses on Gunnar Myrdal's landmark 1944 study of American race relations and the patterns of racial bias that continue to affect black Americans. A discussion will follow. The screening begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Saturday / Cookies and cocktails : To celebrate the beginning of Girls Scout cookie season (starting February 27), the annual Girl Scouts East Cookies & Cocktails benefit will be held at Harrah’s from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. The event will feature food from local restaurants including Besh Steak, Cafe Reconcile, Victory Ba and others; cocktails; entertainment from the 610 Stompers and band Groovy 7; and silent auction. Tickets are $60 each/ $75 to attend the patron party (begins at 6:30 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to wear green.
Saturday / Bicycle Maintenance and commuter workshop : New Orleans-based bicycle community Bike Easy leads a workshop that will teach cyclists to maintain their bikes and diagnose technical problems commonly associated with commuting with hands-on practice. Following, there will be a brief discussion about bicycle commuting and repair. Participants are welcome to bring bikes they have maintenance questions about. The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Green Project (2831 Marais Street). RSVP here; $5 suggested donation.
Saturday / Chinese New Year at SOFAB : At the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s (1504 O.C. Haley) free Saturday, families are invited to explore the museum and partake in food-oriented activities designed concerned with Chinese New Year traditions. Participants will receive complimentary Chinese take-out boxes filled with edible treats. The event is free and open to the public.
Sunday / Oscars party and screening: The New Orleans Film Society hosts an Academy Award screening party at the Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania) emceed by actress Amanda Rose and Second Line Show Show Sketch Comedy Troupe. In addition to the awards show screening, event highlights include film trivia games, two costume contests (one for best costume inpsired by a nominated film and another for best red carpet costume) and snacks. Tickets are $20 for NOFS members / $25 for non-members (inclusive of food and non-alcoholic drinks). Doors open at 6 p.m.; events and screening begin at 7 p.m.