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We've got your weekend: Let's worship the arts

Wednesday, February 8/THNOC’s Williams Research Center (410 Chartres St.): As part of its exhibition about Louisiana photographer Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985), The Historic New Orleans Collection will present two special events before the show closes on Saturday, March 25. New Orleans Museum of Art’s Freeman Family Curator of Photography Russell Lord will discuss Laughlin’s vast private collection of photographic prints on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:00 p.m. This means you will have interesting and pleasing aesthetics for both your eyes and your ears. The event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 8/Dixon Hall (6823 Saint Charles Ave):  Lately, if you have been thinking, 'I could use some more strings in my life,' well, whatever you mean by that, we think we have an indulgent satisfier. The Elias String Quartet will be at Dixon Hall on Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. to delight your ears with the following:
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95
Bartók: Quartet No. 4
Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Tickets range from $18 to $35, and you can purchase them here. To learn more about the Elias String Quartet and the concert, you can check out the event page.

Friday, February 10/Nola Community Print Shop (1201 Mazant St.): First things first, it is important to know that Second Saturday is happening this Saturday, February 11 all around the St. Claude Arts District. On Friday, there will be an opening for Second Saturday with new works by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon at the Community Print Shop. The opening starts and 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and these events are free and open to the public. For more information on the artists and the event, check out the event page.

Saturday, February 11/Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center (3900 General Taylor St.): Whole Village Art Therapy is bringing something we love to New Orleans: glitter and paint and creativity (oh my!). On Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. they will have a free community art making experience intended to promote joy, understanding, and peace among your fellow New Orleanians. There is no art experience necessary, just a willingness to try something new and be creative with new friends. The art making from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. is for adults only, which will then be followed by a family creation time from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free and no registration is necessary. See www.wholevillageart.org for more information.

Saturday, February 11-Sunday, February 12/1005 Anson St. (that's in Gretna, LA): We are going out of bounds for this last weekend jaunt because it involves costumes. What we're saying is: There are only three weeks until Mardi Gras Ya'll and go ahead and sound the trumpets for the annual Hollywood Thrift Sale. Take this opportunity to get some incredible costumes, wardrobe, and accessories for men, women, and children from local and national TV and film productions, on sale to you at cheap(er) prices. Le Bag Garage will return where you buy a bag for $15 or $30 and fill fill fill it up with clothes. This event is free and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. You can also shop before the crowds with the purchase of a VIP or Early Bird ticket, which you can order here. For more information about this event, you can check out their event page.