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We've got your weekend: P.3, king cake and storytelling

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The Ochsner King Cake Festival returns to Champions Square this Sunday.


Thursday / Bring your own : New Orleans-based nomadic storytelling series Bring Your Own teams up with Southern Rep’s storytelling project, Boudin, for an evening of anecdotes loosely centered around the the theme “saved.” Prior to the stories, BYO will host a happy hour featuring beer, food from Jeff’s Backyard Barbecue and music from Lost in the Holler. The event will be held at Myrtle Banks Building (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd), home to the soon-to-open Jack & Jake’s Market, as well as a gallery space curated by CANO, for BYO.

Happy hour starts st 7:30 p.m.; the stories begin at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public (food and beer for a charge). Reserve a storytelling spot here.

Friday / Shane's shout out: Stoop Kids at the Howlin' Wolf / 8:00 p.m. / tickets $10

Stoop Kids have spent the past two years quietly building a name for themselves with a unique sound that spins elements of hip hop, indie rock, doo-wop and psychedelia into one irresistible package. They're currently in the midst of a national tour, but this weekend they take over the Howlin' Wolf to celebrate the release of their newest record, Already Out of Time, with some of their best NOLA friends. Get there early for a set from the always-incredible Tank and the Bangas.

Friday / 9th Ward improv opera : The Creative Alliance of New Orleans will host a closing P.3 and opening Post.3 9th Ward improv opera from 7 - 9 p.m. Friday at St. Maurice Church (605 St. Maurice Avenue). The performance will narratively focus on the coming back of the Lower 9th neighborhood, with lead artists Chuck Perkins, spoken word; Kidd Jordan, saxaphone; David Torkanowsky, piano; Monique Moss, dance. The interactive opera will also call upon audience members to share their 9th ward stories, whether that be in spoken word, music, vocals, or movement.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations by calling 504-218-4807.

Sunday / Ogden free day : To celebrate the final day of art biennial and to honor the closing of don't miss  Ogden P.3 exhibition "Basquiat and the Bayou presented by The Helis Foundation," the museum (925 Camp) will host a free day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. "Basquiat and the Bayou" is a collection of important Southern-oriented work's of the late artist Jean Michel Basquiat that have never been displayed publicly in America before.

Sunday / King Cake festival : It's like speed dating with king cakes.

For the second year, the annual Ochsner King Cake Festival returns to the Big Easy at Champions Square. The highlight will be the king cake spread, featuring versions of the pastry from over 21 bakeries. including Nonna Randazzo's, Food Drunk Food Truck, Rue Chow and Fare. Additional event features include live music from Old Sole, Dr. Jazz, Cowboy Mouth; a costume contest; and a fitness challenge (9:30 A.M.; registration here).

The festival is free and open to the public (king cake tasting tickets sold separately, online or at the event). All proceeds benefit babies and children at Ochsner.