We've got your weekend: Pirates, sketch and sci fi
Thursday - Sunday / Black Futures Fest : Over four days, feminist-of-color collective Wildseeds’ Black Futures Fest will showcase the works of African American visual artists, writers and cultural workers in New Orleans whose works deal with Afrofuturism, as well as Black science and speculative imagination as vehicles to examine and represent contemporary social issues in Black and Brown communities. Events include film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, art exhibitions and live music performances. Locations and times vary. View a full schedule here.
Thursday - Sunday / Birdfoot Festival : The annual Birdfoot Festival, a celebration of chamber music, is back for its fourth year with a slew of live performances (for the first time ever, including a spoken word showcase). Times and locations vary. View the full schedule here and read more about the festival from Artistic Director Jenna Sherry.
Saturday / Pirate’s Ball : Addiction-focused, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization Odyssey House Louisiana hosts a pirate-themed benefit at The House of Blues (225 Decatur). The event will feature music from Pigeon Town, Lagniappe Brass Band and Johnny Angel & Helldorado, as well as open bar and food from Shaya Pizza Delicious Dooky Chase and other local restaurants. Following the event at House of Blues, there will be a second line to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, where an after party will take place. Pirate attire is encouraged. All-inclusive tickets are $100 each; all proceeds will benefit Odyssey House. Attendees must be 21.
Saturday / Karate Fight: New Orleans-based two-man sketch group (featuring Joe Cardosi and Andrew Polk) Massive Fraud presents Karate Fight!, a part-filmed sketches, part-live stand up show at Marigny theater Indywood Cinema (628 Elysian Fields) at 9:30 p.m. Guest stand up comedians include Mickey Henehan (Hell Yes Fest, Co-Host of Think You're Funny), Duncan Pace (The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun, Memphis Comedy Festival, Super Serious Show), Peter Honan (Comedy Beast, Local Uproar). Guest sketch groups include Hush Money, Ron Babcock, Comedians In Public, 2 Kids in a Trench Coat.
The event is BYOB (although free beer will be offered) with popcorn and snacks available for purchase. $5 at the door. It is advisable to arrive early in order to secure a seat.
Sunday / Lyrica Baroque: In collaboration with the New Friends of Music, the New Orleans Opera presents a concert from Lyrica Baroque, an ensemble that fuses chamber music and operatic drama. Their performance, Baroque and Beyond, will feature baroque music, as well as mozart;s famous “Dev Vieni, Non Tardar” from the marriage of Figaro and his Piano Trio in G Major, K. 496. Performers include Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano; Joseph Meyer, violin; Jaren Atherholt, oboe; Benjamin Atherholt, bassoon; Daniel Lelchuk, cello; and Angela Park, piano. The performance will be held at Tulane’s Dixon Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission / $15 for young new Orleanians under 35 / $5 for students.