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We've got your weekend: Storyville jazz, wild things and free books

Shane's shout-out: Generationals, Saturday, One Eyed Jack's, 10:00, $15.

Since the release of their debut album in 2009, the New Orleans duo Generationals has become one of the breakout stars of the local indie rock scene thanks to their irresistibly catchy pop songs. Their recent release, Alix, sees the band honing a mix of electro-pop with some of their strongest songs to date. Their local shows have become increasingly rare; don't miss this chance to catch them in one of the best rooms in town.

Thursday / The ultimate bar food: Omagasse! That's name of a new five-course tasting to be offered by Emeril chef David Slater at the Tchoupitoulas Street restaurant on the third Thursday of the month (starting this Thursday, Oct. 16) -- exclusively at the nine-seat eat-in bar. A play on the Japanese style of dining, Omakase, which translates to "I'll leave it to you," Omagasse will offer spontaneous dishes based on whatever is fresh and available that day. Expect things like rabbit muffuletta or cast iron sizzling shrimp, at $65 per person. And yes, you can make a reservation.
Evan Christopher plays Storyville-era tunes on Saturday at the Little Gem Saloon.

Evan Christopher plays Storyville-era tunes on Saturday at the Little Gem Saloon.

Saturday / Happy BD, Mr. Morton: New Orleans clarinet ambassador Evan Christopher and banjo/guitar virtuoso Don Vappie team up to play homage to New Orleans jazz with their new ensemble, "The Storyville Centennial Project." Combining Vappie's brand of what he calls Creole Jazz with Christopher's emphasis on keeping early New Orleans music contemporary, the new group transforms repertoire from the traditional New Orleans canon of the Storyville era. The Storyville Centennial Project makes its debut with sets at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the historic Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., which was a music nightspot on the frontier of "The District" as early as 1904. Oh, and it's Jelly Roll Morton's birthday, too, so what better way to celebrate? Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Wild Things

Wild Things: a party with Mother Nature

Saturday / Wild times: Wild Things, a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, is one of the most popular nature/conservation events in the state, with an expected 5,000 people turning out this weekend for all sorts of outdoor attractions: canoe and pontoon boat rides, a hayride shuttle, live animals, a casting pond, selfie photo station .. well, you get the idea. But the big draw, of course, is Mother Nature,  with trails and grounds begging to be explored.  The fun is free, and it takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe at 61389 Hwy 434.
Seventeen Little Free Libraries in NOLA throw a party on Saturday

Seventeen Little Free Libraries in NOLA throw a party on Saturday

Saturday / Book fete: The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library invites you to join us as we celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Little Free Libraries coming to New Orleans.  Saturday, October 18th, 2014, Little Free Libraries (LFL) around the city will celebrate their third birthday with celebrations to promote literacy and other programs this weekend. In New Orleans, a city with a functional illiteracy rate of 44 percent, Little Free Libraries can make a big difference, as they offer free books for the taking in residential areas 24 hours a day. Seventeen different Little Free Libraries will each celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in its own unique way --readings, storytelling, refreshments, face painting, stilt walking, book swaps, or photo booths. Find out more at www.facebook.com/NewOrleansReads.


Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]