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We've got your weekend: It's all about the late nights

Wednesday, October 12-October 20/Movie theaters of New Orleans: There are some events you eagerly anticipate taking over the city,  and the New Orleans Film Festival is one of them. They are celebrating their 27th year, and the Oscar-qualifying festival will be in the city for the next eight days. That means eights days of different screens filled with documentaries, shorts, music videos, experimental films, and films that do not get projected on screens. In other words, it's eye-candy of a different nature. To peruse the full schedule of films, you can check out their website, and you can purchase tickets to the festival here.

Wednesday, October 12/Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude): Late nights are always a part of New Orleans, and sometimes we celebrate the night sky with talking, questioning, and drinking. In fact, there's a late night show dedicated to this and more, and it's season opening is on October 12. Spotlight New Orleans with John Calhoun presents its season opener by  featuring Tony award-winner Michael Cerveris, actor, singer, and guitarist; the Honorable Desiree Charbonnet, a judge who has embraced new diversion court programs; and musical guest, ”The King of Treme” Shannon Powell, virtuoso jazz drummer. NolaVie's own Sharon Litwin talked with John Calhoun, so you can learn more about him and Spotlight in Sharon's WWNO interview. The season opener on Wednesday starts at 8:00 pm.

Thursday, October 13/Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude): New Orleans is one of the most poetic cities, and we have been spotlighting that here at NolaVie through our "The Poetic City" series, and now you can hear some poetry live on Thursday with The Waves. The Waves is a quarterly LGBTQ reading series, and on Thursday they will present Jonathan Penton, Alison Barker, Spencer Silverthorne, Gabrielle Douglas, Mack Guillory and more at 7:00 pm. The series features local and visiting writers alongside emerging and student voices to encompass a multigenerational LGBTQ perspective. For more details about the event, you can check it out here.

Friday, October 14/St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church (7100 St. Charles): The words "volunteer" and "orchestra" are not often ones that you hear together, but this is definitely an orchestra where you will want to have open ears. The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra is a community of dedicated volunteer musicians of all levels creating engaging music and providing performance and educational opportunities to the Greater New Orleans community. They will be playing Mozart's Symphony no. 40, as well as music from Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and other Miyazaki films. The concert begins at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00), and the tickets are $10 (general) and $8 (military and students). For more information about the concert, you can check it out here, and you can purchase tickets here.

Saturday, October 15-October 16/The Fly (Audubon Park): After several years on hiatus due to major levee reconstruction on The Fly at Audubon Park, Southern Pacific SteamLocomotive #745 is returning.  The historic engine and her exhibit train will be parked on the rails at “The Fly” for all to see Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. And that's not all.  Showcased inside the theatre cars will be a special exhibit of the many historical monuments of New Orleans and their creators. The exhibit will cover monuments to real people erected from before the Civil War to the present. There will also be displays on the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad as well as the Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) which maintains and operates SP 745. Can we get a choo! choo!?

Saturday, October 15/Art Klub (1941 Arts Street): In the spring of 2015, a beautiful space was found on Arts Street. You know this narrative well. You find the perfect space, you fall in love with it, you buy it and then comes the reality that you need a new roof, new electrical, new plumbing, and...well, you know the rest. Aimed at becoming a multi-shared space for artists who can work independently and together, Art Klub has formed and is progressing toward its final stages. They are throwing a fund raiser to not only show how far they have come since the spring of 2015 but also to show where they would like to go. The event is free and open to the public; although, they are asking for a $20 donation, and with music, dance, food, and drink, your money will go a long way. For full details about the event, you can check it out here.

Sunday, October 16/Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles): We all have those secret bars, bands, or experiences that we never want to tell anyone about because they are sacred and personal. Well, I'm giving you one of mine this week. The Circle Bar on Sunday nights hosts a singer/songwriter showcase with Micah Mckee and Little Maker as well as Blind Texas Marlin taking the stage somewhere between 7:00pm and 10:00pm. The bar is dark, there is a small potluck with food made by one of the band members, and the music is unlike any you will hear throughout New Orleans. It's a mix of original music and covers with the emphasis on the originals. It's dark, it's personal, and it's one of those magical spots you hope never leaves this city.