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We've got your weekend: From dress-up and lesbian oral histories to history and dance parties!

Soundtrack

Soundtrack '63 (courtesy of CAC)

Thursday, January 14/ Louisiana State Museum Collection Storage Facility: For all you hardcore Carnival fanatics, join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for two nights only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts.  Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of years past through a tour of the storage rooms of the State Museum, usually off limits to the general public.

Hidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum: Carnival Edition takes place Tuesday and Thursday, January 12th & 14th.  Tours are at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Louisiana State Museum’s Collection Storage Facility, located at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter.  Cost is $25.00 per person or $20.00 per person for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana Museum Foundation members.

Reservations are required, and space is extremely limited.  No tickets are sold at the door.

Thursday, January 14/The Theater at St. Claude: Alleged Lesbian Activities is a denim-clad, glitter-crusted, power-ballad performance of oral histories from the New Orleans lesbian community. For the past three years, they've been interviewing members of the community about their experiences in the thriving local lesbian bar scene of the 1960s-80s---a time when the first rumblings of the Gay Liberation movement were being felt in New Orleans and across the country. Last Call is inviting you to peek behind the curtain at a work in progress performance of their full length production.Tickets available on a sliding scale $5-$25

Presale tickets are
$10 Student/Artist
$15 General Admission
$25 Sponsor
No one turned away for lack of funds

Thursday, January 14/ 30/90: If you are feeling the desire to harness all the moves and grooves of the 90s then head on over to 30/90 (520 Frenchman) for the 90s Dance Party. They'll be playing great music from the most ridiculous decade! 90's attire strongly encouraged!

Friday, January 15/ Ashe Cultural Center: The Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-César Chavez Commemorative Luncheon takes place.  The event will be held at the Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans; noon until 2:00 p.m.  Renowned speakers Rev. Alvin Herring and Jerry Tello, two revered experts in the areas of compassion, diversity, peace and healing, are slated to give addresses. The speakers will focus on race relations, current social issues, cultural similarities and future directions.  Tickets are $25.  Table reservations are encouraged for groups of 8 or 10.  Tickets can be purchased online at https://bitly.com/KingChavez2016 or at Ashé.

Friday, January 15-February 28/The Foundation Gallery (1109 Royal Street #A): From January 15th to February 28th, The Foundation Gallery will be transformed into a magical kinetic costume wonderland filled with wearable art, unusual accessories, and two-dimensional works that capture the vibrant spirit and ecstatic movement of costuming in New Orleans. Curated by Nina Nichols, local party physic and fabricator, and gallery manager, Alice McGillicuddy, this exhibition is a celebration of the animated quality brought to disguise and revelry by New Orleanians every day. With fantastical headdresses, local vintage, and a pre-Mardi Gras pop-up with local artist M.A.D. Nails, Momentum Indumenta has your 2016 transformation covered.

25% of proceeds from all sales will be donated to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in an effort to support their mission to archive and teach the traditions of African American community-based masking and processional traditions. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will open daily from 11am to 7pm, by appointment Tuesdays.

Saturday, January 16-18/ CAC: Presented by the CAC and Junebug Productions., "Soundtrack ‘63" is a multi-media, live music performance that takes the audience back in time with a cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement from 1963 to the Black Lives Matter Movement. For advance tickets, it's $35 General Admission and $25 CAC Members. On the day of the show, it's $40 General Admission and $30 CAC Members. Here is a breakdown of the dates and time:
Saturday, January 16, 2016 | 7:30pm
Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 7:30pm
Monday, January 18, 2016 | 7:30pm

Sunday January 17/ The Blue House: Each month, the Blue House takes turns sending out a short creative piece—a story, poem, essay, book excerpt, graphic novel, you name it. The piece can be your own work-in-progress or something from your favorite author or website. Either way, their goal is to come together, have meaningful conversations, and grow as readers and writers. It's open and free to the public, and for an added bonus, snacks and beverages are provided.