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We've Got Your Weekend: Horror Projections, Poetry, and Social Change

Wednesday, February 17/Cafe Istanbul: Versipel New Music presents their visiting concert series of Iktus Combo. It's an exciting evening of powerful new chamber music from Louisiana, New York, and beyond. This year, ensemble director and percussionist Christopher Graham will return with a larger group – a quartet with the instrumentation of saxophone, guitar (electric and classical), piano and percussion. This unique group performs exciting repertoire for the entire quartet, but also breaks down to perform duos and trios of prismatic instrumental combinations. The show begins at 8:00 PM at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Ave), and you can purchase tickets here.

Thursday, February 18-Sunday February 21/The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation presents the first annual RETROPERSPECTIVE, a documentary showcase, featuring the best in documentaries by and about southern Louisiana, with classic feature-length films paired with upcoming works-in- progress by current New Orleans filmmakers. This four-day showcase aims to connect the legacies of documentary filmmaking in the region with new and innovative works happening today.The long weekend kicks off with a cocktail reception on Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 PM at the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart). To see a line-up of the films as well as get more details about the events, you can check out their event page here.

Friday, February 19/Bar Redux: If you have ever wanted to see horror films displayed before your eyes while you dance to the wonderful spins of Mange, then New Orleans is going to make your dreams come true. Head over to Bar Redux (601 Poland Ave) on Friday night for Psychobilly Riot. The dancing and horror projections start at 9:00 PM, and they go until the gas runs out.

Saturday, February 20/Lemann Playground: If you love that beautiful greenway that makes bikers' commutes safer, faster, and just plain fun then you can help keep that greenway lovely and free from trash. The Penn Club of Louisiana is hosting a get together on Saturday at 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM at Lemann Playground (628 N Claiborne Ave.). There will be talk about the greenway's history, its addition to the city, and while everyone is talking, they'll also be picking up trash and keeping that greenway green.

Saturday, February 20/Joan Mitchell Center: Team Slam New Orleans has made its picks, but that doesn't mean that slam poets all over the city aren't still sharing their poems, rhymes, and inimitable play on words with everyone. The open mic "Pass it On" is taking place at the Joan Mitchell Center (2275 Bayou Rd.), and it is open to the public. You can perform, you can listen, you can interact if you want. There isn't one type of poetry read, so go with an open mind for words and see what you hear.

Sunday, February 21/Dancing Grounds: Dancing Grounds is putting on the Dance for Social Change: Raising Student Voices  in order to bring some of New Orleans’ brightest, most talented youth artists together to advocate for change and catalyze action through the arts. An innovative, youth-driven arts summit, Dance for Social Change asks students to imagine their ideal school communities and express - through artistic presentations - their visions of change. The event is free, open to the public, and will be hosted at Akili Academy (3811 N. Galvez St. NOLA 70117). Dance for Social Change begins at 5:00 PM.