We've got your weekend: Coloring books, card printing and a new fest
Thursday / Wine and coloring : Mid-City Branch Library (3700 Orleans) hosts an evening of wine and coloring (open only to participants over 21 years old). The library will provide coloring books, pencils, crayons and wine; participants are also welcome to bring their own coloring supplies. The event is free and open to the public. Attendance will be limited to the first 90 people at the door.
Friday / Opera Masquerade : From 8 - 11 p.m., the New Orleans Opera will kick off their 2015 season with a masquerade ball at the Opera Guild home (2504 Prytania Street). The event, themed Storyville, will feature a fashion show, raffles, food and drinks. Tickets are $70. Costumes are encouraged.
Saturday / Holiday card printing : The Southern Letterpress (3700 St. Claude) hosts a holiday card printing workshop from 1 - 5 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of letterpress printing -- setting their own words in metal or wood movable type and then printing an edition on a Vandercook SP-15 flatbed printing press, producing 35 letterpress prints. No experience necessary. Paper, ink and other supplies included in the cost of the workshop ($60). Register by emailing email@example.com or calling(504) 264-3715.
Saturday / Dancing Grounds pop-up studio: Bywater dance organization Dancing Grounds (3705 St. Claude) will present a multidisciplinary salon performance featuring eDGe Dance Festival previews from the Narcisse Movement and Flock; live music from Keisha Slaughter; spoken word by Akeem Martin, A$IM and Justin Lamb; hip hop dance performances from R.E.D. of NOLA and BUKU Dance Krewe; and a dance off, for which winners will receive cash prizes. The event is open to the public, with a $5 donation fee at the door.
Saturday/ Shane's shout out: Mid-City Masquerade / 5:00 p.m. / $25
New Orleans' newest music festival manages to stand out from the crowd thanks to a unique locale, an eclectic lineup, and details shrouded in secrecy. The idea for the festival was birthed from hometown indie stars Sweet Crude, who chose both the venue (a Mardi Gras float warehouse along Bayou Saint John) and the lineup (Lost Bayou Ramblers, Tank and the Bangas) to make for a truly local experience. Costumes are strongly encouraged, offering the perfect chance to test drive your Halloween getup before next weekend