We've got your weekend: It's a New Orleans hootenanny!
Wednesday, March 9/The Joy Theater: If you are looking for a battle of wits and words then you want to head over to the Joy Theater on Wednesday for the Moth Grandslam II. There will be ten story slam competitors all telling tales focused around cat versus dog people, fire versus ice, and all those opposites that light up our lives. That's right, it's going to be about the binary oppositions! Words will be their weapons, and it will be a battle to the end. The event begins at 8:00 PM, and you can purchase tickets ($20) here.
Thursday, March 10/ Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane University: Sometimes on a Thursday night you want to take your brain cells out for a date (and not one that ends with the cells being destroyed), so attending the "Social Justice and The City: Implications for Race and Equity," might be just what you are looking for. The keynote speaker is Dr. Mary Pattillo, who is coming from Northwestern University, where she is a Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Policy Research. The talk begins at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 10/Nims Blackbox Theatre (NOCCA'S Campus): In partnership with the New Orleans' New Writers Literary Festival, Rickey Laurentiis will be reading at the Nims Blackbox Theatre (2800 Chartres Street). His will be reading from his book of poems "Boy Without a Thorn," which was elected by Terrence Hayes last year and awarded and published through the "Cave Canem Literary Prize" reading series. It is also a finalist for The Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Add to that the extra bonus that BECNO professor and Nola-based writer Max Henderson will be reading for the opening, and this sounds like a "don't you dare miss this" event. It begins at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 10/Warehouse Grille: It's time for beer. Well, we realize that it might always be time for beer, but New Belgium Brewing is bringing their 2016 Sour Beer Symposium to New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday March 10th. New Belgium's Wood Cellar Team- Sensory Specialist and Blender, Lauren Salazar (named Imbibe Magazine's 2016 Beer Person of the Year) and Cellar Meister, Eric Salazar (of Eric's Ale fame)- will be hosting. This will be one of five events held this year across the US. The two events run from 5:00-7:00 PM and 8:00-10:00 PM at the Warehouse Grill (869 Magazine Street), and you can purchase tickets ($50) for either (or both) events here.
Friday, March 11/Generation Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive): It is time for a little hootenanny. Yes, we are going to use that word as much as possible now. What is a hootenanny? Well, the Hootenanny is a dynamic, uniquely southern event featuring local restaurant fare, craft cocktails, live music, and dancing.
Local musicians will transform the party into a true hoedown and inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Not to mention that the Hootenanny is a benefit for Grow Dat Youth Farm. I mean, who wouldn't have a hootenanny over that? The Hootenanny is from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, and you can get your tickets here.
Friday, March 11/ Fulton Street: Celebrate the beginning of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week at the at the opening party, which will have live music from Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet. There will be free bites and specialty cocktails from Beam Suntory, NOLA Brewing, SoBou, and Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar for the first 500 attendees! And the other great part, there are no tickets necessary. That sounds like good business.
Saturday, March 12/Museums: The Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live is happening this coming weekend, which means free admissions to certain museums. The participants are: The Historic New Orleans Collection, Longvue House and Gardens, the Ogden Museum of Art, and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The Museum of American Cocktail. Whether it's smelling the flowers, viewing paintings of flowers, or learning the history of flowers, there is a museum waiting for you this weekend, and it may be free.
Saturday, March 12/ Robert E. Nims Theater: Stellaaaa! Oh wait, not yet. But...presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Southern Rep has its opening of Orpheus Descending this coming Saturday. There's drama, there's sadness, and some sweetness that makes it perfectly Tennessee Williams. If you are looking to take all those emotions in on a Saturday night, you can purchase your tickets here.
Sunday, March 13/The Fly: There has been a lot of buzz surrounding The Fly lately, which does not hinder activity around The Fly in any way. On Sunday the The New Orleans Croquet & Cocktail Society will be putting on the Croquet and Cocktails event, which is exactly what it sounds like - you drink cocktails while attempting to play croquet. It begins at 10:00 AM and goes until 1:00 PM. A buggy ride might be what we all need on a Sunday afternoon.