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We've got your weekend: dance, drama, football, and books

crescent parkThursday 12/31 (laid-back):
Head to Crescent Park for some late night New Year's Eve celebration. Crescent Park will have extended hours on NYE, Thursday December 31, 2015, and remain open until 1 A.M. January 1st, 2016 to accommodate public viewing of the Crescent City Countdown Club fireworks on the River. For more information on Crescent Park visit  https://www.frenchmarket.org/eventrentals/and our Facebook page.

Thursday 12/31 (a bit fancier): The Cannery, a Mid-City event venue and reception hall, plans to host a New Year’s Eve celebration complete with live music and food. The New Year’s Eve party will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Cannery, which is located at 3803 Toulouse St.

The Mid-City New Year’s Eve extravaganza offers live music by The Benchwarmers, a gourmet buffet, a premium bar and secure parking. After enjoying live music and dancing, guests will second line to the Cannery’s fourth floor rooftop to watch the city’s firework celebrations and indulge in a champagne toast to ring in 2016. Tickets to New Year’s Eve at The Cannery are now available online atwww.cannerynola.com/NYE.

Thursday 12/31 (ring in the New Year free): If buying tickets in advance or paying a rather exorbitant cover charge isn't really your thing, then head to 12 Mile Limit. They are having a NYE party with DJ Ann Glaviano (Heatwave) with no cover, lots of records, and moves that you get to create yourself.

Friday 1/1 (there's a football thing?): Well, it's not the Saints, but it is Oklahoma State versus Ole Miss, and it is at the Superdome. So, if you have recovered from NYE and are looking to scream and shout around 7:30 PM, head over to the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl.

TeenFriday and Saturday 1/1 and 1/2 (teens and adults): The CAC is once again hosting the Teen 24-Hour Theater Festival, which is a theatrical experiment created for, and by, New Orleans teens. High school students can sign up to be directors, actors, playwrights, costumers, or prop/set designers who will work to create a 5-play theater festival in only 24 hours. Sounds crazy? It is!

On the evening of Friday, January 1st, all teen participants will gather to choose the festival's theme and go over the rules. Overnight, our 5 teams of playwrights will write their plays, and submit them to our directors and actors the following morning. Working with local, professional theater-makers, teens will work to produce their plays until 7 pm on Saturday, January 2nd, when the show opens to the public!
Participation is free and first come-first served. Check out the link to learn how to participate.
Saturday 1/2 (when you're ready to dance again): In case you haven't hit the Hi Ho for DJ Soulsister's dance parties on Saturdays from 11 pm-3am, this is a New Year's resolution that you should start now. It's a come as you are, all positivity and fun night that will have you sweating and smiling. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school funk, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.
MapleSunday 1/3 (feed the mind): There has been a rather fantastic New Orleans survival story surrounding the Maple Street Bookstore. It was in danger of losing its store, which has been at 7529 Maple Street for 50 years, but with the help of Nola citizens coming together and buying books to save them, they are sticking around! They still need help to sustain themselves, though, so after a fun-filled weekend, go ahead and browse through their books for a little mental candy.