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We've got your weekend: The old and the new

Thursday, August 11-13/The Carver Theater (2101 Orleans Ave.): The Louisiana Architectural Foundation is hosting the first Architecture & Design Film Festival, and they are kicking it off with a party (as if there's another option in New Orleans). The party will be on the first night of the festival, August 11 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Carver Theater. The party will have an open bar, DJ J.Bacqués bringing in some Euro vibes, and food catered by MoPho Chef Michael Gulotta. Following the party will be the opening film, Infinite Happiness. The tickets are $80 and can be purchased here. Check out the event here for information about the films being shown at The Broad Theater as well as all the events throughout the weekend affiliated with the film festival.

Friday, August 12/Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret Street): The dance parties in New Orleans are growing like our infamous Cat's claw vine, and we have no complaints. There's another dance party to add to the calendar this Friday. DJ Doug Funnie presents the fourth edition of "Yeah You Right!" at Gasa Gasa. This is a free monthly Louisiana dance party where they spin records straight from the hot swamp. From blues to bounce and everything in between, this is a party to celebrate the diverse dance music of the great state of Louisiana. The dancing begins at 10:00 P.M. and goes until 2:00 A.M. For details about this hot, swampy dance party, you can check out the event here.

Saturday, August 13-September 9/Antieau Gallery (927 Royal Street): With an event name like, "Muggers, Sluggers, and Other Buggers," it is almost impossible not to shout "Oh yeah!" when asked to attend. Add to that the fact that it's a new exhibit displaying the works for John Pappas and the deal seems even better. It doesn't stop there. Every year the Antieau Gallery chooses one artist that embodies their ideals in art, and this year it is John Pappas. It's a night of superlatives, and the opening reception takes place during Dirty Linen Night this Saturday.  It begins at 6:00 P.M., and not only will drinks and art be in the house but so will John himself. For more details about the opening party and the exhibit, you can check it out here.

Sunday, August 14-28/New Orleans Art Center (3330 St. Claude): When people hear the name Lizzie Borden, they often tremble in fear. That is, unless they are attending the new musical that is based off the brutal murders that took place in the small New England town during a sweltering summer. I mean, what else would you make a musical about? This musical, which is put on by See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company, includes, "four women who front an electrifying rock band and bring the historical legend to life with wall-rattling glee" (that's right, that is a direct quote). Performances run from August 11 until August 28 at 8:00 P.M. (with some exceptions). Tickets are $25 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating. For tickets and information, you can check out the event here.

Monday, August 15/The Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way): Movies have often been about escapism, and there is no better way to escape a Monday than a movie shown on the big screen. Did we mention it is shown on the big screen inside the renovated Orpheum Theater? Did we also mention that all the screens for the summer series are free. This coming Monday you can take a step back in time and geography with their screening of "An American in Paris." Not only is the film free but all proceeds for concessions go to the Tipitina's Foundation. The film begins at 7:00 P.M., and you can find a full listing of upcoming summer series films here.