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We've got your weekend: From 16mm films and puppets to poets and Bobby Jindal


The Passion of Joan of Arc

Friday-Saturday/ Shotgun Cinema: Shotgun Cinema is launching an avant-garde-focused series called Full Aperture, with their first installation highlighting films from American filmmakers that have helped shape and propel non-narrative film. Co-curated by Christy LeMaster of The Nightingale (Chicago) and Ben Balcom of Microlights (Milwaukee), this program will be presented on 16mm. Screenings take place at The Marigny Opera House on Friday, January 8, at 7:00 PM, and entrance is $5.00

Head back to the Marigny Opera house on Saturday for a screening of the magical silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc on 16mm. The film will have live accompaniment by renowned cellist Lori Goldston. The film will be screened on January 9 (once again at the Marigny Opera House) at 7:00 PM. Entrance is $25.00 (general) and $20 (students and senior 65+)

Friday-Wednesday/"Fire with Fire": This weekend there will be puppets at The Mudlark Theater, and this is a puppet performance that sounds like no other. It's almost impossible to summarize the show, and Jules Bentley did an awesome write-up on it in the Gambit that you can read here. The show, "Fire with Fire," will run Jan. 9, 10, 12 and 13 at 7 PM at the Mudlark Public Theater, 1200 Port St. Admission is sliding scale, $5-$20, with no-one turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday/ Nola Social Ride: If you feel like riding your bike mid-morning (10 AM) on Saturday, then you could join up with Nola Social Ride. They will be riding the MRT to witness the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the first time since 2011. This is a 50 mile round trip ride to and from, so cruisers are not recommeded. Fishing poles and kayaks, however, are not off the table. For more information, like their Facebook page and get some details.

Saturday/ Piety Street *Carnival* Market: It's the time of the year to pull down the costume box, suitcase, trunk, etc. and start thinking about how you will decorate yourself this Mardi Gras season. To help you out, Piety Street Market kicks off Carnival season with a festive array of Mardi Gras costumes, masks, decor, and festoonery, along with their fabulous bounty of art, crafts, vintage & flea.

50+ vendors offer creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage clothes & collectibles, used books and flea market finds in a bustling neighborhood setting. The market is from 11 AM-4 PM at 612 Piety Street.

Sunday/ SNO Semi Finals: 11 of the top poets in the city compete for a spot on Team Slam New Orleans 2016, and you can be there to witness the spoken word wonders!  Each poet has won at least 1 slam this year at the monthly shows, and they are ready to go head to head for a spot on the 5 person team. Top 8 poets advance to the finals, which will be hosted on January 22nd, 2016. This Sunday, January 10, the semi finals are held at Old Marquer Theater (2400 St. Claude). Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts promptly at 7 PM for the two round slam.

Sunday/ Bobby Jindal's last day: Just sayin!