We've Got Your Weekend: Cultural season openers
Wednesday / 'Tis the season: Join NolaVie and some 60 other arts organizations at the seventh annual Culture Collision. The arts preview of what local nonprofits have coming up this year offers program details, schmoozing, a happy hour and artistic celebration, all under one roof. The fun takes place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Culture Collision 7 will take place at The National WWII Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, and is free and open to the public.
Thursday / Park plays: Jazz in the Park returns for an eight-week fall run at Armstrong Park. The free concerts start every Thursday with a second-line and a DJ happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by weekly headliners, including Kermit Ruffins, Little “Freddie Kin, Erica Falls, Mike Soulman Baptiste, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Raw Oyster Cult, and Partners & Crime, to name a few. New this year is a DJ competition, with a different DJ each week competing for a $500 prize, to be awarded at the end of the series. Food and craft vendors round out the fun. The event is sponsored by People United for Armstrong Park.
Thursday / In their cups: The Art of the Cup pours it on with creative tumblers, spigots and teapots at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Some 60 artists join the annual invitational that celebrates the aesthetics of this shapely ceramic medium. The fun begins at Ogden After Hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the museum at 925 Camp St.
Thursday / Forget Honey Boo Boo: The NOLA Project lifts the curtain on the new season with the regional premiere of Marie Antoinette, a scintillating new play by hot American playwright David Adjmi. The play gives a voice to the 18th-century version of today's reality star, who, love her, despise her, or behead her, was never someone who could be ignored. The new play has played Yale Rep, SOHO Rep, A.R.T. and Steppenwolf Theatre, and now comes -- appropriately -- to a city that knows a thing or two about French royalty. Three-time Big Easy Award-winning director Mark Routhier (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Balm in Gilead) will direct and Big Easy Entertainer of the Year Cecile Monteyne will star as the controversial queen. The play opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 30 at NOCCA's Nims Black Box Theatre. General admission is $30.
Friday / Drum roll, please: Elegua Dance and Drum Company, an internationally renowned women's percussion ensemble from Venezuela, will make a rare appearance in New Orleans this weekend. The group (whose rhythms will make you want to get up and move) plays a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashe Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd. Admission is $10.
Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]