We've got your weekend: Spooky time and dancing for Be. U. Know. U
Thursday, October 20/Felicity Church (1220 Felicity Street): The houses are decorated, the pumpkins are not quite molding yet, and it is time for A Dark and Stormy Night. Join youth writing nonprofit Big Class at the Felicity Church for A Dark and Stormy Night 2016. This literary Halloween party will center around a ghost story cocktail contest, and it will feature ghoulish goods from the New Orleans Haunting Supply Co., a spooky auction, phantasmal food, and much more. A Dark and Stormy Night benefits Big Class’s programs that help young people become published authors with the support of volunteers, building their toolbox of literacy skills and boosting their confidence in the process. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 10:00 p.m. You can get your tickets here.
Thursday, October 20/Dogfish (2448 N. Villere): If you just can't get enough of those stories that make you think things go bump in the night, but also want some authentic talent behind the tales you crave, then you want to head to the Dogfish Reading Series. A large group of writers, readers, and listeners will be gathering at 7:00 p.m. in order to huddle together and tell ghost tales and stories that come from the underworld. There will also be some food and drink to lighten the scary vibe. For more details about the event, you can check it out here.
Friday, October 21/Castillo Blanco Art Studios (4321 St. Claude): Now it's time for some transformation. Facial transformation in the form of make-up and prosthetics. On Friday night Shotgun Cinema will be screening John Carpenter classics They Live (1988) and The Thing (1982). There will be prosthetics that will make you cringe as well as be curious as to how they got the eyes to look that way. Arrive early, and you'll be treated to some They Live-inspired swag, and if you arrive in costume, Shotgun Cinema will treat you with other goodies. Tickets are $10, and the screening begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, check out the event here.
Saturday, October 22/Castillo Blanco Art Studios (4321 St. Claude): The Krewe of Boo will be rolling through the Marigny and the French Quarter from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and after the 95,000 expected spectators, we are all going to need a place to let off some energy. What better way to shake off the ghosts and goblins than with a dance party hosted by the New Orleans Ladies Arm Wresting? With a $5-10 sliding scale charge at the door and lots of potions and jams (music, not the sticky kind), you can dance with the dead all night long. NO LAW requests that you bring your hexes and your exes. For more information on the event, check it out here.
Saturday, October 22/The Art Garage (2231 St. Claude): Dancing Grounds and the New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies are throwing a multidisciplinary arts event in support of DG’s youth programs and the Dance for Social Change Youth Arts Summit. The event will also celebrate the launch of Be.U.Know.U., DG’s resident hip hop dance company and lifestyle brand created by choreographer, Kristal “M2DaE” Jones. Be.U.Know.U. encourages people to embrace their individuality and collaboratively create performances that celebrate every artist’s unique contribution. The event starts at 7:00 p.m., and costs $10 at the door.