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We've Got Your Weekend: Faux pirates, faux brides, real dance

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 8.05.05 PMThursday / Thursday Thriller: If you're heading for the French Quarter, stop by Antieau Gallery for Third Thursday fun. The evening begins with a 7 p.m. showing of a short video by local videographer Michael Lancaster about Chris Roberts-Antieau’s fabric-appliqué piece “The Death of James Brown” (shown at left). And then? It's a James Brown/Michael Jackson Dance Party. The gallery is located at 927 Royal St.

Thursday / Stunt show: Cirque d’Licious is a sexy monthly circus variety show featuring vaudevillian circus arts, aerial acts, acrobatics, burlesque, contortion, stilting, fire, magic and sideshows. This month's cast will feature acrobatic strong man Aaron Lind, the clowning antics of Chatty TheMime, high flying aerial talents of Jenny Gilliot, sideshow stunts from Darling Darla James, special guest from Tampa, Florida, Franki Markstone and hostess Lady Ginger Licious. Doors open Thursday at 9 p.m., with the show at 10 p.m., at Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. Admission is $10 ($15 for reserved seating.)

Friday / Honky Tonk woman: A new round of Friday-night Concerts in the Courtyard kicks off at The Historic New Orleans Collection this week, with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue in the spotlight. Based in New Orleans and inspired by folk and bluegrass, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue is known for its vintage rockabilly. Now in its eighth year, the HNOC concert series offers music by local favorites (Banu Gibson on Oct. 16 and Little Freddie King on Nov. 20), as well as a bar with white wine and beer. At this week's opener there will also by Ramos Gin Fizz cocktails from Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with the show from 6 to 8 p.m. at 533 Royal St. Admission is $10 and includes three beverages.

Saturday / Greening of New Orleans: Always wanted to grow a vegetable garden but didn't know where to begin? The horticulture staff at Longue Vue Gardens can help, with a two-hour workshop titled Eat Your Greens. Participants will plant an edible container garden for the home and learn tips to maintain it. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; purchase online.
Saturday / Ahoy, mates! Saturday is Talk Like A Pirate Day. So the Mid-City Business Association is celebrating with a pirate pub crawl called Hooked on Mid-City. Registration and pre-party shenanigans will kick off Saturday at 5 p.m. at Tréo at 3835 Tulane Avenue. At 6:15 p.m. the group of pirates will head to the Tulane Avenue Bar, followed by Twelve Mile Limit at 7 p.m. and Finn McCool’s at 7:45 p.m. The night concludes at DMac’s with live music and an after party. Participants are encouraged to both dress and talk the part, and there will be a best pirate costume contest, the best pirate joke contest and the best Arrrggg contest. Tickets are $25 and include access to each bar, admission to the after party and five specialty rum cocktails that will be served at each bar along the pub crawl route. Tickets are available online at www.hookedonmidcity.eventbrite.com or at Tréo for $35.
bridalcrawlSaturday / Speaking of pub crawls: Phony brides will be swarming the French Quarter on Saturday at The Creativity Collective’s third annual Bridal Crawl. The day begins at 2 p.m. at Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar with awards for the classiest, craziest, and most creative ensembles. The faux brides are then routed to designated locations with drink/food discounts, balcony access, free wedding cake, dancing, a bouquet toss, live music, and more. Participating venues include Antoine’s/Hermes Bar, The Marriott’s 55 Fahrenheit, House of Blues, Razzoo, Bourbon Heat, and Saints & Sinners. This year Waterbeams, New Orleans’ own synchronized swim team, will perform two shows at the rooftop pool of the Marriott. And the X-Factor Drumline will bring its own high-energy stylized percussion to Bridal Crawl 2015. Proceeds benefit Gradeuxity, a positive reinforcement education initiative that awards graduating high school seniors a check of $50 in a booklet of life skills. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Look for updates at bigeasybrides.com and the Facebook event:, https://www.facebook.com/events/276486119219233/

Saturday / In step: New Orleans' native performing artists will be celebrated Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center with a dance production,  HOME GROWN: Journeys of Euphoria. The showcase highlights a blend of dance styles that will take the audience on a journey through the infectious energy and colorful Creole, Spanish, French, and West African influences on the city. Each of the six performances feature dancers and choreographers raised here in New Orleans. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for a 30-minute talk with the show’s choreographers. The show starts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the CAC, 900 Camp St. Admission is $20.

Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]