We've got your weekend: Dance, theater, music and Earth Day
Wednesday - Sunday / Boudin : WWOZ and Southern Rep’s present “Boudin,” a new performance mash-up that combines visual art, storytelling, live New Orleans music, and New Orleanians’ stories about how the city’s music has saved their soul. The performance officially commences Saturday, April 18 and will run Thursday - Sunday (8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday / tickets $20 -40) through May 17; preview showings this Wednesday through Friday ($25) at 8 p.m. All Saturday performances will feature panel discussions at 7 p.m.; all Sunday performances will feature post-performance talk-backs with cast and crew.
All "Boudin" performances will be held at the Ashe Power House Theatre (1731 Baronne).
Friday / Concerts in the Courtyard : The Historic New Orleans Collection’s (533 Royal Street) outdoor concert series, Concerts in the Courtyard, continues with a performance by popular New Orleans-based contemporary and early jazz clarinetist Evan Christopher at 6 p.m. The event is $10 at the door / free for THNOC members and includes three complimentary drinks (wine, beer, and Ramos Gin Fizzes).
Friday - Sunday / Marigny Dance Company season finale : The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand) presents the final program in its dance company’s inaugural season through the weekend. The three-night performance features three new productions, including two world premieres: “The Rooftop” by Donna Crump, with original music by violinist Donald Surtain and Ace Washington; “Under a Glass Bell” (premiere) by Maya Taylor, set to original music by internationally-acclaimed pianist Dustin Gledhill; and “Salterelle” (premiere) by Diogo de Lima, set to newly-commissioned woodwind quintet by composer Scott King. The program starts at 8 p.m. each night.
Tickets are $30 general/ $20 students and seniors; they are available at box office the night of performance or online.
Saturday / NOLA Earth Day Festival : From 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Louisiana Bucket Brigade hosts a free Earth Day Festival at Palmer Park(Claiborne at Carrolton). The celebration will feature Louisiana’s first ever solar derby; craft, food and green vendors; live music from Theresa Andersson, EarPhunk, Mia Borders, Stooges Brass Band, and Africa Brass; solar demos; and a silent auction.
Saturday / Shane's shout out : The Breton Sound, Sounds Del Mar, Saint Bell at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret), 9 p.m., tickets $10
Celebrate Record Store Day with three rock bands that know vinyl is great, but live music is always better. NOLA-grown rockers The Breton Sound had a triumphant French Quarter Fest last weekend, playing Zeppelin tunes with NOJO and rocking out the House of Blues' Voodoo Garden. A show in the intimate confines of Gasa Gasa will be the perfect victory lap. Also on the bill are Austin-based garage rockers Sounds Del Mar and acclaimed electro-rock band Saint Bell.