We've got your weekend: Flowers, kitchens and arts
Thursday / Flower Hustle: Press Street Gardens and the New Orleans Flower Growers' Alliance host Flower Hustle, a free, public flower market from 5 - 8 p.m. at Press Street Gardens (2800 Chartres). In addition to the array of purchasable fresh flowers, the event will also feature live music, seasonal cocktails and raffles.
Friday / Marigny Opera Ballet season premiere : The Marigny Opera Ballet kicks off their second season with a performance at 8 p.m. At the Marigny Opera (725 St. Ferdinand Street). The performance will feature the company's eight dancers, accompanied by music from 13 New Orleans classical musicians performing the contemporary ballet "Orfeo," which has an original score by local composer Tucker Fuller. Following, there will be an after party at Feelings Cafe (2600 Chartres) for all ticket holders. Tickets are $75.
Saturday / Art for Art's Sake: The CAC (900 Camp Street) hosts its annual kick off to the arts season with Art for Art's Sake, a gallery hop throughout the Warehouse District from 6 - 9 p.m.
The CAC will put on an exhibition reception from 5-8 p.m., featuring a cash bar; free entry to REVERB, the CAC’s current exhibition; and the grand opening of The Stacks at the CAC, a curated selection of contemporary art books, exhibition catalogues, monographs, artist books, theory publications, and a wide range of international magazines.
One gallery highlight among the many art shows this evening is Callan Contemporary's (518 Julia Street) "Recent Sculpture" exhibition, by New Orleans based sculptor David Borgerding from 6 - 9 p.m. The exhibition will feature s collection of contemporary, fabricated bronze sculptures that translate expressionist paintings into three dimensions.
All Art for Art's Sake programming is free and open to the public.
Sunday / Nickel A Dance : Throughout October, locals and visitors of all ages are invited to attend Nickel A Dance, a series of free jazz concerts at various venues in Frenchmen Street each Sunday from 4 - 7 p.m. This Sunday's show will be held the The Maison (508 Frenchmen), featuring a performance from Shannon Powell's Traditional All Stars. View the full month's lineup here.
Sunday / Cirque de Cuisine : From noon - 4 p.m., the Southern Food and Beverage Museum hosts Cirque de Cuisine, a French Wuarter kitchen and culinary tour. The tour will take guests in to 6 private, historic kitchens, each of which will offer bites from popular local restaurants (including Shaya, Compere Lapin, Cane and Table, Johnny Sanchez, Eat and Salon by Sucre), as well wine.
The Tour begins at Tableau restaurant, 616 St. Peter Street where you may obtain your wristband and map and enjoy a special Cirque de Cuisine libation and a tasty bite. Tickets are $50 at the door, $45 in advance and $35 for SoFAB Members.