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We've got your weekend: Shakespeare, Bastille Day and 60's music


Bastille Day festivities return to New Orleans this weekend.

Friday and Saturday / Shane's shout out :New Orleans Suspects at the  Maple Leaf Bar, 10:30 p.m.

There's nothing like catching live local music in the summertime in New Orleans. Not only are your chances of running into tourists low, but the cool temperatures at night make sitting outside almost bearable (just remember that bug spray!). The Maple Leaf is the perfect bar to catch a show in the summer thanks to their funky back patio and commitment to providing quality entertainment year round. Maple Leaf favorites The New Orleans Suspects will play two nights this weekend, keeping the party going late into the night.

Friday - Sunday / The Tempest : As part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Promethean theatre company presents a production of Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest. The production,  which was built from the talents of several local talents -- from actors, to set designers, to musicians -- will be performed in the Bywater at the Old Iron Works (612 Piety Street) at 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $15.

Saturday / Bastille Day dog costume contest : As part of Alliance Francise's Bastille Day programming, the organization presents its annual dog costume contest (at the Spanish Plaza - 500 Port Street), for which all canine participants are encouraged to attend in French-inspired attire. Winners in "most French" and "best dressed" categories will be awarded gift certificates for Canine Connection and Bark Market. Following the contest (1:30 - 2 p.m.), dogs and their owners will parade around the plaza. Registration is free, with a suggested donation of $5-15 to the LASPCA. View the full Bastille Day programming here.

Saturday / Heatwave dance party : From 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., Mid City bar Twelve Mile Limit (500 S Telemachus) will host a 60's themed dance party, with DJ Ann Glaviano spinning Motown, garage rock, R&B, soul and oldies. 60's-inspired costumes encouraged. No cover.

Sunday / 61 Bullets screening : In conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection’s (533 Royal Street) current exhibition “From Winnfield to Washington: The Life and Career of Huey P. Long,” the organization will screen 2014 documentary 61 Bullets, focused on the deaths Huey P. Long and his alleged assassin Dr. Carl Weiss. Following the screening, which will begin at 4 p.m., there will be a Q & A session with filmmaker Yvonne Boudreaux and interviewees Alecia Long, associate professor of history at Louisiana State University, and Michael Wynne, a collector of Huey P. Long materials. The event is free and open to the public.