We've got your weekend: Hair, history and a printing shop
Friday / Free Longue Vue day : As part of National Public Gardens Day, Classic Revival estate Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Rd) will hold a free admission day, invites the public to roam its house museum and 8-acre garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Download the admission coupon here.
Friday & Saturday / Twelve Years a Slave book discussion : The Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal Street) presents a book club discussion, led by Erin M. Greenwald, curator of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, on Solomon Northup's infamous slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave, based upon the true story of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Topics of the book discussion will include the importance of slave narratives, Northup’s forced journey from the Upper to the Lower South, New Orleans’s role as the largest antebellum slave market in the country, and the psychological abuse inflicted upon enslaved individuals. Following each session, participants are invited to a complimentary tour of the Hermann-Grima House.
Each session will be held at 10 a.m. Attendees should bring their own copies of the book, available at the HNOC shop. Registration (call 504-523-4662) is $15 per person.
Saturday / Southern Letterpress grand opening : Bookbinding and printing shop Southern Letterpress celebrates the launch of their first New Orleans location (3700 St. Claude) with a community party from 6 - 10 p.m. Attendees can meet the printers and book artists and shop the in-house collection of merchandise, including greeting cards, broadsides, artists’ books & stationery. Activities include custom notebook printing and button crafting. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday / Shane's shout out: Sufjan Stevens at the Saenger Theatre, 8:00 p.m.; Tickets $35-45
Sufjan Stevens boasts more than just one of the most difficult to pronounce names in popular music; he has also been called one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation and often earns accolades for continually reinventing himself with every album he records. His most recent record, Carrie & Lowell, is a tender meditation on Stevens' conflicted relationship with his estranged mother and her death in 2012. Gently fingerpicked guitars and hushed vocals make this one of the most personal and emotional albums of the year. A few tickets are still available here.
Saturday & Sunday / De-Tangled : Pelican Bomb, a New Orleans-based hub for critical writing and thinking about art, launches "De-Tangled," a five-weekend, mixed-medium exhibition exploring historic and contemporary attitudes around hair and the politics of beauty. The highlight of the exhibition is an interactive gallery that allows attendees to view themselves as works of art in which their own hairstyles will be photographed, drawn live by a cartoonist, self-named and added to the gallery wall. The gallery will be held each Saturday and Sunday through June 7 at the UNO St Claude Gallery (2429 St. Claude) from noon to 5 p.m. The opening reception on Saturday will feature a live, hair-themed DJ set by Bouffant Bouffant.
Monday / Play/Write showcase: New Orleans-based theatre company Goat in the Road Productions will present a showcase for their Play/Write program, a year-long arts integrated curriculum designed to teach loacl youngsters the craft of writing a play, while simultaneously strengthening their writing skills. The final showcase pairs ten of the 100+ students, from four different schools, with local performance companies that will bring the students' productions to life. The showcase will be held at 7 p.m. at Dillard University Cook Theater (2601 Gentilly Blvd.) / $10 at the door or online. Learn more about the program here.