We've got your weekend: NOLAween
Thursday / Shane's shout out: Moon Taxi at House of Blues
The Nashville rock band delivered one of the best sets of the weekend at Voodoo 2013, and this kickoff to the big weekend will undoubtedly see the versatile band stretch out for longer jams and bust out some covers (they did an incredible set of Rage Against the Machine songs at this year’s Hangout Festival). Bonus: Voodoo attendees with VIP credentials can get a free ticket to the show (by RSVPing to [email protected]) and 3-day GA credentials can get 2 tickets for the price of 1 (by entering code VOODOO2014 here).
Thursday - Sunday / UndeadCon: For the Halloween enthusiasts who prefer to turn the holiday into a multi-day marathon, a spooky comic con will be in town for the weekend. The UndeadCon (at the New Orleans Downtown Mariott at the Convention Center (859 Covention Center Blvd) is a four-day conference concerned with supernatural literature and the pop culture cult that surrounds it. Highlights from the weekend include a Vampire Ball, a cemetery picnic and several panels featuring the authors of an undead-oriented novella.
Friday - Saturday / Rocky Horror Picture Show screening: The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- it's cliche, yet any Halloween without it seems sacrilegious. The Prytania Theatre will be screening the cult classic both Friday and Saturday (10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Friday and 12:15 a.m. Saturday), with a shadow cast present for the Friday screening, guiding participants through an audience participation musical movie show. Tickets $10.
Saturday /Day of the Head Feast : Local dining group Mosquito Supper Club will offer a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-themed meal. Highlights from the four-course (each consisting of a few different plates) feast include crab claws with Steen’s and local peppers; braised duck and pork belly with a plum cardamon glaze; tobacco smoked rabbit; blue crabs stuffed with sprouts, mustard and a lemon shallot vinaigrette. Reservations are $100 per person. The meal will be held at 3308 Magazine Street
Saturday / All Saints Day workshop: Once the hedonism of Halloween has come and gone, locals traditionally turn to more contemplative pursuits come All Saints Day. So what better date to seek spiritual growth with one of America's best-known ministers? Will Willimon of Duke Divinity School has written 60 books that have sold a million copies -- and also has mastered the art of the podcast on iTunes. He was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in an international study by Baylor, and, while he doesn't tweet personally, there's a Twitter feed of wise words from Will. Willimon will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St., and will talk at the 8:30 and 10:30 services there on Sunday.
Saturday / Deities and Demons : New Age visual artists Alex and Allyson Grey have orchestrated an All Saints' Day "Deities and Deomns Ball NOLA: A Celestial Circus," a visionary costume ball, which will be held at the historic Carver Theater at 10:30 p.m. Highlights include a fashion show, live painting, circus arts performances, storytelling, Shanti tea house, arts market and several live music sets. Tickets start at $45.
Sunday / Shane's shout out : The Suffers at 12:30 p.m. at Voodoo's Flambeau Stage
The Suffers' soul-revue sound will sound right at home in NOLA as the Houston band kicks things off on the final day of the fest. Boasting a charismatic frontwoman and a killer horn section, The Suffers will get you up and dancing to finish out Voodoo strong.
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Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]