We've got your weekend: Drag, dance and comedy
Wednesday / The Big Issue: Tulane Hillel (912 Broadway) kicks off its Big Issue Series, an ongoing series of panels/speakers on issues impacting local communities, with panel about sexual assault on college campuses from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Rape 101: How Do We End Sexual Assault on Campus? will be moderated by Tulane Law Professor Tania Tetlow. Panelists include a student survivor/activist, a Loyola researcher, Tulane’s prevention/support leads, a Tulane legal compliance lead and Louisiana State Senetor JP Morrell, who recently enacted ground-breaking anti-violence legislation in Louisiana. The panel is free and open to the public.
Wednesday - Sunday / Hell Yes Fest!: Local comedy group The New Movement hosts their annual festival featuring over 40 shows. Find the full schedule here, and learn more about the festival from TNM comedian CJ Hunt here.
Thursday / Urban swing dance class: Each Thursday through December 18, Propeller (4035 Washington) invites the public to a series of swing dance classes hosted by the Who Dat Steppers. Classes will cover several foundational swing components including timing, rhythm, patterns, balance & direction. Classes are held from 7 - 8 p.m. RSVP here; walk-ins welcome. There is a $10 fee per class.
Friday / Hunger is a Drag benefit: In partnership with WhyHunger, Hard Rock International hosts Hunger is a Drag, a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Mission Food Bank. For a $5 cash donation or five non-perishable food items, guests are invited to enjoy a LGBT talent showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe (125 Bourbon) featuring local drag talents such as Mona Fontaine, Coco Mesa and Gia Giavanni, as well as food and drink specials. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday / Shane's Shout Out : Native America Record Release Party: 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jack's, $10
Local garage rockers Native America only pop up for a show a few times a year, but when they do the wait is always worth it. Their 60s acid pop, which has grown more focused and catchy with time, will feel right at home in the timeless palace of One Eyed Jack's (615 Toulouse).
Sunday / Keep History Alive Saloon: From 4 - 5 p.m. members of Keep History Alive Louisiana -- an organization dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s cultural roots through historically-based theatrical performances -- will retell the story of soldier, businessman and 3rd Louisiana Lieutenant Governor C.C. Antoine. The play, held at the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude) will trace Antoine’s life from his birthplace in New Orleans through the Civil War, Reconstruction to the early days of Jazz. There will also be a special appearance by John James Audubon.Tickets are $10.
Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]