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We've got your weekend: Getting ready to kick off Carnival

Thursday, January 4-8/All over New Orleans (Festival PiaNOLA): PiaNOLA is here! This six-day festival of celebrating the piano includes a community masterclass, orchestral performances, and a salon concert by festival artist Anne-Marie McDermott while concluding with the grand finale of Concerto Showcase IX featuring the top three Medalists of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Concerts will be taking place all over the city, so for tickets and more information you can check out the organization's website.

Friday, January 6/The Historic New Orleans Society (533 Royal Street): Carnival Season is almost upon us, and The Historic New Orleans Collection will soon host Mardi Gras-themed tours of its Louisiana History Galleries at 533 Royal Street, entitled Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. These guided tours will explore our city’s unique Carnival traditions – from celebrations of the colonial period to today’s popular superkrewes and everything in between. The one-hour tours will begin on the first official day of the Carnival season, Friday, January 6, and will continue through February 24. Tours are offered daily and cost $5. For more information you can check out THNOC website.

Friday, January 6/One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse Street): Most of us know DJ Soul Sister from the upstairs of Mimi's (remember those days) or the hot Hi-Ho where she spins her 45 collection. Well, on Friday, January 6, she is not kicking it so far back. Specifically, she's going to be spinning classic, underground 80s funk, hip hop, boogie, electro, and old-school jams. That's right, it's all from the 80s. This is a 12th Night Party to Benefit the Krewe of King James: The Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers. The dance party begins at 10:00 p.m., tickets are $10 (advance) or $15 (door). You can purchase your tickets and find out more information here.

Saturday, January 7/The Carver Theater (2101 Orleans Ave): In case you missed Shane Colman's coverage of the new line-up for The Carver Theater, we got you. Some highlights from the article is that The Carver will be putting on free concerts every Saturday into February, and that starts this Saturday. The show begins with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Water Seed at 10:00 p.m. (doors at 9:00). For more information about upcoming concerts and films, you can check out Carver's website.