We've got your weekend: Film, pianos and wildlife
Friday - Sunday/ Let's Play NOLA: In an effort to make musical instruments more accessible to the community and encourage people to play music, LaFargue Pianos hosts Let's Play Nola, inviting the public to exercise their skills on a beautifully painted piano in Audubon Park (between the St. Charles entrance and the walking track). The event is free and open to the public.
Friday - Sunday / "Ritual Murder": With Chakula Cha Jua Theatre Company, the Ashe Center (1712 OC Haley) presents the premiere of "Ritual Murder," a one-act play concerned with Black-on-Black violence. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $15.
Saturday/ Acadian weaving screening and discussion: The Historic New Orleans Collection (410 Chartres) hosts a free screening of Coton Jaune—Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story, a film documenting the history, tradition and artistry of hand-spun and handwoven Acadian cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them. Following the screening, filmmakers Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux and local scholars will discuss the film and Acadian traditions.
Saturday/ The King of New Orleans screening : A hyperlocal highlight in the New Orleans Film Festival lineup is the screening of New Orleand-shot and produced film The King of New Orleans, set in each pre- and post-Katrina NOLA. The screening will take place at 10 p.m. at Canal Place (333 Canal Street). There will be an additional screening of the film on Wednesday, October 21 at 9 p.m. at The Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania). View the full festival lineup here, and read more about The King of New Orleans here.
Saturday/ Wild Things: As part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the Bayou Lacombe Center (headquarters for the eight National Wildlife Refuges found in Southeast Louisiana) hosts Wild Things from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly event (at 63489 Hwy 434, Lacombe, Louisiana) features Pontoon boat tours on the bayou, archery, target shooting, a hayride shuttle, a local art showcase, children's crafts, food and live music.