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We've got your weekend: Museums, songs, blood, and Pikachu

Thursday, August 4/Museums around the city: People may complain about not being able to breathe in the humid air of August, but we have a solution. Go to the museums. Not only are they cool and crisp, but many of them are free this month. It's New Orleans Museum Month, which is a collaboration among museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area. It offers museum members the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, free of chargethroughout the month of August. If you are not a member of a museum, do not worry. Find a friend who is because they get some free passes. For a list of participating museums as well as details about the free month, you can check it out here.

Friday, August 5/Dixon Hall (150 Dixon Hall Annex): There is a performance happening at Dixon Hall called "Magnificat." At first, we were drawn to this event because it has the word "cat" hidden in the title, but it turns out there is much more to the event than the name. Soprano Amy Pfrimmer is the featured soloist in the world premiere of Magnificat, which is composed by the acclaimed Tucker Fuller. Maxim Samarov conducts and Phillip Larroque performs the famous Oboe Concerto in C minor by Marcello. Vivaldi's "Rustic Concerto" and Grieg's Holberg Suite complete the program. That's right, Samarov, Fuller, Lorroque, Marcell, Vivaldi, and more. That's definitely worth a meow. The performance starts at 8:00 P.M., and tickets are $20 (adults) or $10 (students). For details and tickets, check out the event here.

 Saturday, August 6/The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (535 Tchoupitoulas): It is time to take to the streets in your white threads to soak in the heat and the art in New Orleans' CBD. That's right, it's White Linen Night. We absolutely suggest hopping from gallery to gallery to sample the art (and free drinks), and there are also some "must visits," including "Fairer Sex: Part One" at the Old No. 77. This exhibition features work by Ember Soberman, Lori Sperier, and Saegan Swanson exploring what it means to be a female artist in New Orleans. Did we also mention that there will be complimentary cocktails mixed by Old No. 77's Abigail Gullo? Support the ladies of the art world, whether they be visual artists or mixologists, and also enjoy the free cool-down! The walkabout begins at 5:30 P.M., runs until around 11:00 P.M., and it is free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 7/Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave.): We all know that New Orleans doesn't do things like other cities, so when there is a blood drive in town it doesn't just involve gurneys and blood bags. What does it involve? Well, music, t-shirts, dance troupes, and a Hawaiian theme, of course. The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and The Organ Grinders pair up to host a Hawaiian-themed blood drive with the help of the Blood Center and everyone is invited -- whether you can give blood or not. The drive begins at 11:00 A.M. and runs until 4:00 P.M. For more details about the drive and how you can be involved, you can check it out here.

Sunday, August 7/Black Label Icehouse (3000 Dryades): Evan Taylor Jones from The Voice is coming through New Orleans on his summer tour, and he is stopping by the Black Label Icehouse to put his pipes into action. He and his eight-piece band will take the stage around 9:30 P.M. To learn more about Evan Taylor Jones, you can check out his page.

*As a little extra fun, go and check out the Pokemon statue that mysteriously arrived in the Lower Garden District this week. Check out WWL's video about Pikachu, who is a new resident of the LGD.