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We've got your weekend: The present, the past, and the future come together

Wednesday, September 21/Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (1440 Canal Street): Wednesday is still part of the week, so we are suggesting an event that will have you out and socializing while also keeping a professional stance on for the bosses. The fall 2016 Health, Race, and Communication Seminar Series is continuing, and it is covering communication skills focused on health and race specifically for community organizers, neighborhood groups, and public health students, professionals, faculty and researchers. These seminars are free and open to the public, and not only will you get to hear and think about all kinds of issues, but there will also be a light lunch provided. The talk runs from 12:00pm until 1:00 pm. You can check out full details about the event here.

Wednesday, September 21/George and Joice Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1205 N. Rampart): We gave you some great talks to fill your ears with on Wednesday afternoon, and now we are suggesting some great tunes for your ears on Wednesday night. The New Orleans International Sound Exchange (www.noise-nola.org) is putting on their fourth annual HIP Fest - Hosting Improvising Performers - Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. The legendary New Orleans free jazz saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan will perform a set of improvisatory music with Chicago-based guitarist Jeff Parker, New York violinist Mazz Swift and Italian drummer Cristiano CalcagnileTickets are $15 in advance at www.noise-nola.org, or $20 at the door, and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Thursday, September 22/Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square (1520 Sugar Bowl Drive): You know you have made it to serious stardom when the "details" section of your Facebook event simply says your name, and that is exactly what has happened with Alabama Shakes. We couldn't agree more that Alabama Shakes needs no other introduction than their name. We don't have to say that they are a Grammy-winning American blues rock band that will have you moving and shaking all night long. You already know that, and you can reconfirm your love for them on Thursday night. The doors for the concert open at 7:30 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

Friday, September 23/The Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal Street): Shopping season isn't just a season, it's a work of art, and The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for a new exhibition that focuses on shopping in a whole new way. "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925" invites visitors to explore 100 years of the city’s cosmopolitan retail scene. The display will include a replica shopwindow, period showcases and more than 150 artifacts. Guests will also have an opportunity to see merchandise from showrooms that lined Royal, Chartres and Canal Streets in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Articles on display include ceramics, silver, furniture and clothing. An interactive map and historical records will show the shops’ locations, their dates of operation and descriptions of their wares. "Goods of Every Description" will open on Friday, September 23, and it is free and open to the public. For more information and specific exhibit times, you can check out THNOC's website.

Saturday, September 24/Catapult Performance Space  (609 St. Ferdinand Street):  Sometimes we wish we could turn back time and go to that play or concert that everyone talked about but we didn't get to see. Well, Saturday is that time-travel day because to kick off the 2016-17 season, Goat in the Road Productions is bringing back its Big Easy Award-winning show, Numb.  The show was developed in association with the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and this original work explores the early 19th century quest for pain-free surgery, the ecstasy and intoxication of drugs that alter human consciousness, and the often forgotten human stories that accompany advancement. Doesn't sound numb at all. It sounds invigorating, and you can see it for $15 (advance tickets) or $20 (door sales). You can purchase tickets here, and the show times are 2:00pm and 8:00pm on Saturday. For full details as well as a list of showtimes, check out Goat in the Road's website.

Saturday, September 24/Where Y'Art (1901 Royal Street): When people announce "The kids are taking over," it's not usually a good thing. That is not the case this Saturday. Kids with Krowns, New Orleans born, independent art brand presents "Bon Voyage," a screen print, pop-up gallery that will be hosted in the Where Y'Art gallery. This show will exhibit the works of the creator and CEO of the brand, Harold Hernandez, featuring extremely limited screen printed shirts, hoodies, sweaters and much more. Like all our amazingly wonderful New Orleans events, this one will also be a multi-tasking event. You can look at street art while listening to the sounds of Matt Scott, DJ Nice Rack, Quickie Mart, DJ Q and sipping on Gingeroo. Sounds delicious. The pop-up runs from 7:00pm until 11:00pm.

Sunday, September 25/Longue Vue House and Gardens’ East Lawn Gardens (7 Bamboo Rd): After a fun-filled weekend of art and lectures and so much more, there is nothing better on a Sunday afternoon than a beautiful New Orleans garden. Oh, and food and booze. Oh, and a philanthropic cause. Luckily, Longue Vue has all you need for that blissful Sunday afternoon. Longue Vue house and Gardens invites the community to enjoy tasty eats and bountiful booze as they take a chance to be one of three winners of a total of $4,000 in gold coins in the draw-down raffle at the third annual Grand Golden Gamble fall fundraiser. The event runs from 4:00pm until 7:00pm, and the funds raised by the Grand Golden Gamble will enable Longue Vue to serve as a center for youth and adult education, offering horticultural, science, preservation, and arts programming inspired by the historic site and founded in the needs of the community. To learn more about the event as well as RSVP, you can check out the details here.

Sunday, September 25/Your house: Seriously, get some rest. Next weekend is going to be just as busy. By the way, I think we all know this, but we live in the best city in the world.