We've got your weekend: Haitian music, wild edibles and narrative burlesque
Thursday / Shane's shout out: Stoop Kids, AF THE NAYSAYER and The Easy at Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) / 10 p.m. / $7 cover
Hi-Ho Lounge showcases a night of local original music this Thursday with three artists that fully understand the power of the groove. Local superstars-in-the-making Stoop Kids have been on a hot streak since their excellent new album Already Out of Time dropped a few months ago, and this will be the last chance to see them in town before they head out on a summer tour. The Easy, hailing from Baton Rouge, use a heavy dose of trombone and a dash of hip-hop to craft laid-back grooves that feel just right for a breezy summer night, and rising local producer AF THE NAYSAYER crafts the type of dreamy beats that explore the psychedelic side of electronica.
Thursday / Garden-to-Glass Workshop : Longue Vue House and Gardens hosts a cocktail workshop, lead by instructor Max Messier of Cocktail and Sons, that will teach participants about the history of classic cocktails and how to craft mixed drinks using ingredients from their gardens, such as lemon verbena, mint and honeysuckle. The event will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road). Tickets are $35 per person / ages 21 and over.
Thursday / Haitian hospital benefit concert : Haitian musician Wynn Walent presents a donation-based benefit concert, supporting St. Luke’s Hospital in Haiti, at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude) at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature New Orleans musicians Vincent Marini, Michael Harris and other special guests to be announced. No cover charge.
Friday / Wild Edibles discussion and tasting : As part of the Eat Local Challenge programming, SOFAB co-hosts a hands-on presentation, led by Colorado State University Senior Botanist Dr. Charles Allen, about edible and useful species of wild flora. Following the presentation, participants will be able to taste and smell several will edibles -- from freshly brewed teas made of New Jersey Tea leaves, blackberry leaves, persimmon leaves, to jars of dried leaves such as red bay and mountain mint. The event will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 at SOFAB (1504 OC Haley). Tickets are $3 for Eat Local Challenge members and $8 for the general public.
Saturday / Summer Lovin : New Orleans burlesque troop The Bluestockings will present “Summer Lovin,” a comedic theatrical performance inspired by local storytellers. The show will feature 6 local storytellers sharing intimate and personal experiences about love; each of these storytellers provided The Bluestockings with 2-3 sentences either from or about their story, which will be used as inspiration for the routine. The performance will be held at 10 p.m. at Bar Redux (301 Poland Ave.). Admission is free and open to the public.