We've Got Your Weekend: High heels, a magic lamp and Red Bull art
Thursday/ Red Bull fun: So how do you like your Red Bull? Twenty New Orleans artists will get to answer that when Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project stops in New Orleans on Thursday as part of an eight-city tour. Each artist has one day to transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a work of art customized for permanent display. The pieces will be exhibited in a one-night only public showcase at Eiffel Society. Attending guests and a panel of judges will vote for the coolest coolers, ultimately selecting two artists to represent the city at SCOPE Art Show, running concurrently with Art Basal Miami Beach in December. The fun takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the Eiffel Society at 2040 St. Charles Ave. Admission is free with a Facebook RSVP, which you can do here. Follow @redbull504 on Twitter using the hashtag #CanvasCooler.
Friday-Saturday / Family fun: The late Buzz Podewell, founder of Patchwork Players and his troupe of zany actors had been acting silly for so long that grandmothers remember coming to his shows as kids. Members of the troupe dance, sing, tell jokes and interact with audience members, engaging several tots in the cast at each performance. Now Podewell's daughter Jessica continues the tradition, directing the Patchwork Players in Aladdin at Rivertown Theaters. This weekend's performances place at 11:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts Lagniappe Stage, 325 Minor St., in Rivertown in Kenner. The play runs through June 28 and admission is $8.
Friday / Sun stroking: For National Solar Day (who knew?) the Uptown Whole Foods store at 5600 Magazine St. will be showcasing (10 to 4) solar-powered ovens (they can reach 350 degrees), have a solar cell phone charging station and offer cooking demos using solar power.
Friday / Concert reel: Tis the season for outdoor film screenings. Next up: Jazz on a Summer's Day, part concert documentary, part pop-cultural time capsule, chronicling the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This precursor to Woodstock is the granddaddy of all concert films, in which music greats like Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jakson and Dinah Washington gave electrifying performances. Bring a chair or blanket and find at spot on the lawn at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., for the 8:30 p.m. screening. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased here.
Saturday / Embrace your inner diva: It's the first ever Stiletto Stroll & Sprint, where girls -- or guys -- get to strut their stuff in, yes, spike heels. First up is the Stiletto Sprint, a two-block race down Bourbon Street in three-inch heels (alert: there will be a height check); sign-up begins at 5 p.m. (race is at 5:45) at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St. After the race, stick around for the Stiletto Stroll, led by industry legend Lisa Sins accompanied by such local marching greats as the Pussyfooters, NOLA Cherry Bombs and Sirens of New Orleans. The stroll rolls from the Monteleone at 7 p.m. and winds up at Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St, for an After Glow Party from 7:30 to 9 p.m. It's all part of FestiGals, an annual weekend of Crescent City fun for women. Tickets for the Stiletto Stroll and Sprint are $40, and include races, strolls and after party with nibbles, cocktails and a Bourbon Street balcony view. It's all for a cause, too: Proceeds benefit the Breast Center at Ochsner Baptist Hospital.
Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]