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We've got your weekend: Circus arts, cocktail classes, clothing & cooking popups


Hi Ho Lounge presents a circus arts variety show Thursday evening.

Hi Ho Lounge presents a circus arts variety show Thursday evening.

Thursday / Swanksgiving: Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Street) presents an unconventional post-turkey Thanksgiving installment of their Cirque d’Licious series, a set of variety show performances focused on circus arts. NOLA-based burlesque emcee, producer, actor, and comedian Ben Wisdom will host the event, which will feature aerial arts and stilting by Lady Ginger Licious, burlesque by local dancer Charlotte Treusse, juggling by Chatty the Mime, acrobatics and contortion by acrobats Andrew Zutell and Ashley Fransien Brown.

The show starts at 10 p.m.; doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $10 - $15.

Friday & Saturday / Ethical holiday pop-up : Online fair-trade and eco-friendly fashion distributor Good Cloth is hosting a pop-up market from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Uptown furniture and homeward store Modern Market (3138 Magazine Street). The ethically conscious store sells a range of fashion products -- women’s, men’s and baby apparel; bags, accessories and jewelry -- most of which is priced under $200.

Friday & Saturday / Mixology class : Local mixologists Steven Lemley Jr. and Cheryl Charming have launched a weekly cocktail class series at the Bourbon “O” Bar (730 Bourbon), which runs Fridays and Saturdays from 4 - 6 p.m. Award-winning mixologists Charming and Lemley teach participants their craft in small, hands-on classes, which include bites, three drinks, take-home recipes and prizes.

The classes ($50 for Fridays’ Happy Hour Lab -- featuring a mix of non-New Orleans-related cocktails and $60 for Saturdays’ Big Easy Class -- featuring classic New Orleans cocktails) are open to public. Reservations available at 504-532-2222.

Saturday / SOFAB holiday shopping : The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host a holiday shopping event and cookbook author and historian meet-and-greet at their new location (1504 OC Haley Boulevard) from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cookbook authors Kid Chef Eliana (Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana), Kit Wohl (New Orleans Classic series) and Addie and Jeremy Martin (Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition)  will be autographing their books and giving talks as guests puruse the museum’s food and cooking related gifts.

The event is free with museum admission ($10 adults / $5 students / free for children under 12). Museum members will be permitted early admission from 10 - 11 a.m., during which they can enjoy complimentary snacks.

Saturday - Sunday / Draw-a-thon : Press Street has organized a 24-hour marathon that even the laziest and commitment-weary souls should be able to participate in. Their Draw-a-thon, which runs from 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning to 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the Art Klub (519 Elysian Fields), will be a loosely organized event consisting of a series of classes and programs. Highlights include costume making for a robot parade, followed by the actual parade; still life scavenger hunt; and Speed Figure Drawing, where drawers will take a new piece of paper every 30 seconds and sketch live nudes. Find the full schedule here.

The event is free and open to the public. All art materials will be provided.

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