We've got your weekend: Cinema, sips and unconventional opera
Wednesday - Saturday / MirrorFugue : As part of Prospect 3+, the Historic New Orleans Collection hosts immersive exhibition MirrorFugue by new media artist Xiao Xiao. The installation presents a new experience of New Orleans piano music that puts the performer back into recorded music. Four artists from varying backgrounds and genres participate virtually, while visitors may sit down at the piano and reflect on the music as played, learn a riff or two, or even play along.
Wednesday / Opera on Tap : A special holiday installment of Opera on Tap -- the New Orleans Opera’s informal, 90-minute performances, set outside the opera house in unconventional locations -- will be held at the Four Points Sheraton (541 Bourbon, in the Puccini Bar) from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The performance will feature operatic renditions of popular holiday tunes as well as traditional opera pieces. The event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday & Thursday / Conversations on gun violence : John Richie -- documentary director focused on gun violence and the brains behind Shellshocked and, in-progress, 91% -- will lead community discussions about gun violence in New Orleans. On Wednesday, Richie will speak at a panel discussion hosted by the Youth Empowerment Project at the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (400a Julia Street) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., which is free an open to the public.
On Thursday, Richie will co-host a tasting and group dialogue at Marigny wine bar Faubourg Wines (2805 St. Claude) from 6 - 8 p.m. Entry is free; tasting tickets ($20, $10 of which will support the making of 91%) will include five pours, each from a different country of origin, as well as complimentary snacks from PJ'S Coffee of New Orleans and sliders by StickBall "A Meatball Pop-Up". Learn more about Richie's projects here.
Friday / Shotgun Cinema anniversary celebration : Local educational film organization Shotgun Cinema will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a double feature screening. The evening begins with the New Orleans premiere of Kelly Reichardt’s eco-terrorist suspense-thriller Night Moves (showing at 7 p.m.), followed by a screening of Jacques Tati’s French classic slapstick comedy Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (showing at 9:30 p.m.), both held at the Freeport Auditorium inside the CAC (900 Camp Street). After the screenings, the event will move to the Rusty Nail for an after-party sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Pabst Brewing.
Doors for the first screening open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for each film (patrons will receive a $1 discount on all drinks purchased at the after-party by presenting a screening ticket) and will only be available at the door.
Friday / Shane's shout out : Good Enough for Good Times, d.b.a (618 Frenchmen Street) at 10:00 p.m. $10 cover
Local funk band Good Enough for Good Times formed post-Katrina when four friends realized their regular bandmates were displaced across the country and unlikely to return anytime soon. The band, featuring Robert Mercurio and Jeff Raines of Galactic, continue to play together a few times a year and effortlessly display some of the best improvisational funk in the city. The intimate and inviting confines of d.b.a. provide a rare opportunity to see these guys rock a small room.