We've got your weekend: Let's get dark
Friday, November 18/Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand Street): Betrayal, madness, and redemption are hard to resist on their own, but when you throw in unique musical compositions and distinctive body alignment, there's no reason to even try to resist. And, we don't have to. The Marigny Opera Ballet presents the world premiere of the full-length, two-act ballet choreographed by Maya Taylor, featuring a newly-commissioned orchestral score by acclaimed local composer Tucker Fuller. Set in the Faubourg Marigny in 1930, Giselle Deslondes includes all the darkness you would like with some serious heart break thrown in. Tickets for the show, which begins at 8:00 p.m., are $35 general and $25 students/seniors. You can learn more about the performance here and purchase tickets here.
Friday, November 18/New Orleans Airlift (4557 N. Rampart): Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia are making a one-night only appearance together on Friday. A powerhouse of energy and talent, Tarriona 'Tank' Ball of Tank and the Bangas is taking the reins as musical director to give audiences a rare treat in the Music Box Village. Come see what she does with the Bangas behind her and special guests that include the Queen Diva herself, Big Freedia and the musicians Tank connects with most. The show runs from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information about the event, you can check it out here and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, November 19/Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas): Shotgun Cinema is bringing back the no-chairs, all-dancing screening of Jonathan Demme's seminal 1984 concert documentary, Stop Making Sense. This electric film captures the brilliance of the Talking Heads, taking you into the audience at one of their inimitable shows. Sing along with David Byrne, prance like Tina Weymouth, and toast the late (and immeasurably great) Bernie Worrell at the Urban South Brewery. There will also be bike races and a Big Suit showoff. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. with the screening taking place at 9:00 p.m. For more information on the event, you can check it out here and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, November 19-Sunday, November 20/ 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans: If there is something we love in New Orleans, it is small community supporting big voices. This weekend that is happening in print form with NOCAZ (New Orleans Alternative Comic and Zine Festival). NOCAZ is an attempt to make a space for self published artists and thinkers to put their work out in the public sphere and be able to reach other people without the constraints and expense of the commercial publishing industry. The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and will end at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information on the festival, you can check it out here.