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We've got your weekend: It's booming and blooming with activity!

Thursday, April 21/Dogfish Reading Series (2448 N Villere St): Two poets are spotlighted this Thursday for the Dogfish Reading Series, and one of them is NolaVie's own poetic historian, Cassie Pruyn. Novelist Bill Loehfelm will be joining her as they read from their different writings. The reading begins at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 21/NOVAC +BYO (1225 N. Rampart Street): There is some math that we love, and when you are putting together NOVAC's Sync-up Cinema with BYO...that's an addition problem that's no problem at all. There will be 8 storytellers recounting tales that focus around the theme of "(Not) for the money." Each storyteller gets 7 minutes to recount a true story and delight the audience. The event starts at 7:30 PM (drinks and treats) and the stories begin at 8:00 PM.

Friday, April 22/Fair Grounds (1751 Gentilly Blvd.): You know how sometimes you get together with friends and the entire time people are looking at their phones? Well, someone has finally organized that into a specific event. It is literally called the "Phone Staring" event, and it's exactly what it sounds like. People are going to get together, power up their phones, and ignore each other. It starts at 5:00 PM and runs the whole weekend. If you are looking for the event, just look for the larger than normal group of people all staring at their phones.

Friday, April 22/Nunemaker Hall (Loyola University): If you are looking for some design inspiration, some inspiration about design, or a reason to be inspired about design, then the lecture behind held on Friday will give you the delights you desire. Keynote speaker and Loyola alumnus, Nessim Higson, will focus his lecture around his core belief that good design equals good business (another math problem we can get on board with). The lecture runs from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and it is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 22/The Art Garage (2231 St. Claude Ave.): This is an event that really emphasizes how art can give life a punch. Art Box is a mixed wrestling event where local artists, equipped with paint-filled gear, will duke it out to raise funds for local non-profit BreakOUT. The event is hosted by The Art Garage on St. Claude and curated by Alice McGillicuddy. The games begin at 9:00 PM, and the event is open to the public.

Saturday, April 23/The Bayou (809 Moss Street): The sounds of Jazz Fest will be filling the air of mid-city this weekend, but will the jazz musicians be the early birds that yogis can be? We shall see. If you are up, rearing, and ready to go early Saturday morning then head over to the Bayou for a yoga jazz class. This yoga class will be set to funky music, and as the hosts say, "This fun yoga flow will get you ready to shake your tail feather at Jazz Fest." I mean, how can you say no to that? The yoga begins at 8:30 AM, and it is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 24/Kawaii Nola (3512 Magazine St.): There is nothing better than walking along the jasmine filled streets of New Orleans. This is the time of year when the city smells so amazing that you wonder how anyone can live anywhere else (although, I'm pretty sure we ask ourselves that everyday). The jasmine is not the only blooming artifact in the city, and Kawaii Nola is putting on the Nola Cherry Blossom Festival to show that. The festival will include music, food pop-ups, fashion shows, and the celebration of springtime in New Orleans blended with Kawaii's love for Japanese culture. The festival runs from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Sunday and is open to the public.

Monday, April 25/Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart Street): That's right, the weekend is extending to Monday because one of New Orleans's greatest, Evan Christopher, is having a CD release for his newest album. Being released by local label, STR Digital Records, Clarinet Road: Bayou Chant & Other Textures was recorded live over three concerts during the 2015 Festival Season. New Orleans natives and musicians David Torkanowsky and Roland Guerin accompany Evan Christopher on the album and will continue to accompany him as they all show off their licks, tricks, and talents on Monday evening. The event is from 7:00-9:30 PM, and it is open to the public.


Kelley Crawford is a professor, writer, mentor, dancer, and constant questioner. If you would like to contact Kelley Crawford, you can email her at kelley@nolavie.com.