We've got your weekend: Karaoke, a flash mob and a Jindal roast
Thursday - Saturday / National Dance Day programming : In celebration of National Dance Day, July 25, community dance center Dancing Grounds, along with a handful of other New Orleans dance studios, is hosting several $5 classes -- from ballet to pole, bounce to salsa (view the full schedule here). The programming will culminate on Saturday with a flash mob. From 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. the public is invited to join a flash mob instructional at the U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade). Then from 12 - 1 p.m., the flash mob and a second line will proceed through the Quarter with Red Hot Brass Band and the Disco Amigos (route starts on Decatur and Barracks). Following, several local dance studios and programs will offer free classes, from 1 - 4 p.m., also at the Mint.
Saturday / A Very Saintly Pairing: Bywater food hall St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude) hosts an all-day (1 - 10 p.m.), five-course beer pairing menu, featuring provisions from half of its vendors. The menu, which patrons can enjoy at their own speed, consists of the following dishes:Elysian Seafood
shrimp mousse with toasted baguette, pickled fennel and a malted orange syrup (Elysian Seafood); dirty mac with tasso and crawfish, served with pulled pork (Dirty Dishes); stone ground grits with shrimp and smoked sausage, in a creamy tomato basil sauce (King Creole); brisket with collards, butter beans, black eyed peas and pickled squash (PDR); homemade Va Va Voom Vanilla ice cream & a hops infused iced coffee (The Sweet Spot & Coast Roast Coffee). Each course will be served with a beer pairing. Tickets are $40 in advance / $45 at the door.
Saturday / Crawfish 2016: A Boil of Bobby Jindal : The Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) houses a Bobby Jindal roast, hosted by comedian Paul Oswell, and featuring a dozen other comics, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Complimentary boiled crawfish and ice cream from New Orleans Ice Cream Company will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday / Shamarr Allen’s Birthday Bash and Welcome Home: For the sixth year, Tipitina's (501 Napoleon) hosts an annual birthday celebration for New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen. Because Allen and his band the Underdawgs were selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve as cultural ambassadors to the Democratic Republic of Congo and recently returned stateside, the birthday bash will also have a "welcome home theme." The show lineup includes Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Big Freedia, Hot 8 Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band, Da Truth Brass Band and DJ DNA. Tickets are $12. The show starts at 10 p.m.; doors open at 9 p.m.
Sunday / See 'Em on Stage Party : The Old Marquer Theatre (2400 St. Claude) hosts a Grease-themed karaoke and cocktail fundraiser at 7 p.m. The event, which will feature special three special Grease-inspired beverages, will begin with a patron karaoke contest using only original Grease songs. Following, a slew of New orleans singers, actors and dancers will entertain with karaoke from Grease 2 Tickets are $10 at the door.