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We've got your weekend: Boudin, ballet, brunch

The meatiest celebration of the year, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, returns this Friday.

The meatiest celebration of the year, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, returns this Friday.

Thursday / Shane's shout out :  Voodoo Fest may be over, but the arts and electronic music events continue.

Self-described “open-genre, multimedia-drive” event series Check Yo Ponytail Tour to Tipitina’s for a one-night show in NOLA. Electronic duo, hailing from Australia, The Presets will headline the show, with additional performances from electric hip hop rapper Antwon, Aussie electronic pop singer Chela, trippy electronic band Chilldren, and electronic soloist and drummer Franki Chan. In addition to music, the show will feature live animated visuals, original illustrations, mixtapes and photography, all of which will coalesce to produce an immersive experience.

The show (tickets $16 ) starts at 9 PM, with doors opening at 8 PM. Short on change? Enter NolaVie's Check Yo Ponytail giveaway.

Friday / Boudin Bourbon & Beer: The Emeril Lagasse Foundation brings back their carnivorous dream of an evening Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, set to be bigger and better than previous installments, moving the party to Champions Square this year. As the event’s name suggest, the focus is various preparations of each boudin, Buffalo Trace bourbon and Abita beer, featuring creations from fifty notable chefs from around the US (including Lagasse, John Besh, Donald Link, Hugh Acheson, Ashley Christensen and Justin Devillier). The party will also include live music (including Grace Potter, Sweet Crude and The Lone Bellow), dancing, silent auction and cigar bar.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $111 each and include unlimited food and open bar.

Friday / Stars of American Ballet : For one night, New Orleans Ballet Association will gather an ensemble of the country’s most elite dancers from New York City Ballet and Houston Ballet at the Mahalia Jackson Theater (1419 Basin Street). A highlight from the evening will be the late American choreographer Jerome Robbins’ famous master choreography about the escapades of three footloose sailors on shore leave in Manhattan, Fancy Free (1944), the brilliant precursor to the full-length stage and screen productions of On the Town.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $24 - $129.

Friday - Sunday / Web Weekend: For three days, the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will present Web Weekend, a series of panel discussions, conversations, parties and featured video content concerned with web series, their creators and the methods of storytelling within the somewhat restrictive framework of web-based productions. All events will be held at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (1441 Canal Street).

Tickets $20 - $30 each. You can find a detailed list of events here.

Sunday / Alternative Sunday service: New Orleans is a city that tends to offer a seemingly endless slew of alternative-type celebrations. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center’s Soul Full Brunch series offers an unconventional iteration of Sunday service.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ashe CAC invites the whole family to indulge in an early supper while enjoying a performance from local Christian contemporary dance company Silhouette Dance Ensemble. Silhouette Dance will present scripture-inspired “Fallin’”, depicting Biblical concepts from 2 Corinthians 7:14.

Tickets are $35 / $25 for ages 4 - 11 / $25 per person for groups of eight or more.


Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]