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We've got your weekend: It's all right here

Wednesday, March 29/2541 Bayou Road: Southern Rep Theater is ready to work hard and play hard, and that is exactly what they are doing on Wednesday night with their fundraiser party that begins at 6:00 p.m. There will be drinks, dancing, tours, fortune tellers, food, and maybe even a little drama. There are two parts to this event, the "Get Fancy" ticket (starts at 6:00 p.m.), which cost $45 and gets you a whole docket of perks, which you can check out here, or the "Stay Late" ticket (starts at 7:30 p.m.), which will run you $10 and have you dancing to the tunes of Ann Glaviano. This event is open to the public, so come one, come all. Check out full details for the event here.

Thursday, March 30/Joy Theater (1200 Canal Street): Sometimes you just need to laugh on a Thursday night--a good chuckle to get you through the rest of the work week. Well, Stand-up NOLA aims to please. Stand-Up NOLA produces comedy shows featuring nationally-touring headliners, regional comics, surprise drop-ins, special guests and local talent from the New Orleans comedy scene. They will be holding a show at the Joy on Thursday from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Tickets range in price, and you can purchase them here.

Friday, March 31/Milton H. Latter Branch (5120 St. Charles): Do things seem doomed? Are you feeling lost? Are you looking for some kind of paradise? Really we are asking these questions in order to string together the phrase "paradise lost" in your mind. Why? The New Orleans Public Library will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of Paradise Lost with a participatory public reading of the poem held over the weekend of 3/31-4/2 reading four of the poem's 12 books each afternoon. Come for fifteen minutes, the whole event or however long works for you. Lend your voice to Milton's lines or just hear your fellow New Orleanians do the same. I mean, what better way to drift into your own paradise then through the words of Milton at the Milton branch. Whoa, meta! You can check out more details about the reading event here.

Saturday, April 1/Hyatt Regency New Orleans (601 Loyola Ave.): Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will be presenting its Jewish Roots: Past, Present & Future Gala at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. This will be their 6th JCRS Jewish Roots event and since beginning this series, the annual gala has become the largest upscale Jewish gathering in New Orleans with nearly 500 people from across the community and across the Mid-South in attendance.  Tickets are available at www.jcrs.org or by calling the office at (800) 729-5277, and what you will get with those tickets is a: cocktail reception, seated dinner by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts and friends, music, shared conversation, and philanthropic wonder.