We've got your weekend: Piano, latkes, Petit Noel
Wednesday - Saturday, December 20 / MirrorFugue : As part of Prospect 3+, the Historic New Orleans Collection hosts immersive exhibition MirrorFugue by new media artist Xiao Xiao. The installation presents a new experience of New Orleans piano music that puts the performer back into recorded music. Four artists from varying backgrounds and genres participate virtually, while visitors may sit down at the piano and reflect on the music as played, learn a riff or two, or even play along.
This display (housed inside THNOC’s Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres Street) will be on view for 10 days, closing Saturday, December 20 (gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Admission is free. Learn more about the installation here.
Thursday / Latkes with a twist : The Jewish Children’s Regional Service hosts a Hanukkah benefit at craft cocktail lounge Bellocq (936 St. Charles, inside The Hotel Modern) at 8 p.m. The event will feature a latke bar by Chef Alon Shaya of Domenica, live music from bassist/tubaist Mark Rubin and His Fellow Travelers, drink specials from Bellocq and a silent auction.
Tickets (inclusive of food) are $25 each, purchasable online or by calling 504-828-6334. Event proceeds will support the PJ Library program (which provides free monthly gifts of books and music to Jewish children through age 8) and directly assist greater numbers of vulnerable Jewish youth and families with college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to families with children with special needs.
Friday / Shane's shout out: Monthly makers showcase This Is NOLA, featuring the works of local up-and-coming musicians, chefs and mixologists. 8 p.m. at the Joy Theater. Admission (first come, first serve is free); VIP tickets are $15 . Learn more about the event here.
Saturday / Le Petit Noel: For the second year, NolaVie, NOLA Art House Music and Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant present a one-night-only holiday jazz tribute, Le Petit Noel, held at the restored historic Le Petit Theatre (616 St. Peter Street) at 8 p.m.
Hosted by New Orleans morning news personality Jay Galle and with a band led by trumpeter Edward Anderson, the evening will feature internationally renowned clarinetist Evan Christopher, soulful rising star vocalist Erica Falls, singing legend Wanda Rouzan, the great guitarist and bassist Papa Don Vappie, pianist, composer Matt Lemmler and others. A post-concert reception for all ticket holders, featuring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, will immediately follow at Tableau. Tickets (available online or by calling 504-522-2081) are $30.
Sunday / Cinema Reset's Open Screen : Experimental film initiative Cinema Reset hosts its next community screening event at 6 p.m. in the Marigny at the Old Firehouse (720 Mandeville Street).
Open screen nights are an opportunity for local filmmakers -- amateur, home and so on -- to share their bits of their work with the community and receive feedback. Films (limited to ten minutes so that others may also screen their works) may be of any genre and any stage of completion. Screening priority is based on first come, first screened, limit one film per filmmaker; the films should be in 1 DVD, Quicktime, or MP4 format (for celluloid formats, you’ll need to bring your own projector). Viewers without films are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public.