We've got your weekend: Time to get hopping!
Wednesday, April 5/Williams Research Center (410 Chartres): The Historic New Orleans Collection presents the 18th annual Bill Russell Lecture—“A Tribute to John Robichaux”—on Wednesday, April 5 at its Williams Research Center (410 Chartres Street). Robichaux (1866–1939), a native of Thibodaux, is considered to have been the most continuously active dance bandleader in New Orleans. To add to the fun, the New John Robichaux Society Orchestra, led by Tom Hook and Wendell Brunious, will join forces with the Louisiane Vintage Dancers to recreate an evening of 19th-century entertainment. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation. Admission to the lecture is $15 per person and reservations should be made in advance; seating is limited. You can find information about tickets and the event here.
Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 8/Old No. 77 (535 Tchoupitoulas) and Where Y'Art (1901 Royal St.): The masterminds behind Where Y'Art are bringing another new perspective to curation, and it all starts this Thursday. They are focusing on community curation. Unlike your typical visual arts curator, they are choosing people who have great style and taste, visionaries and leaders in the community, people you’d want to have a beer with, but may or may not specifically have a visual art background. So what is a perfect way to set off this new community and art engagement? Soul. DJ Soul Sister, that is. She will be the curator behind (Somebody’s Got) Soul, Soul, Soul, which focuses on the state of mind that people encounter with music and culture. You can check out the show on Thursday, April 6th at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and April 8th at the Where Y’Art Gallery. For more information, check out their event page for Thursday and Saturday.
Friday, April 7/The ALLways Lounge (2240 St Claude Ave.): Lumins is coming. In case you have no idea what that is (like me when I first read the press release), Lumins is short for Luminaries and a lovely, flattering nod to Humans of New York. Each show will feature an ebullient personality who makes New Orleans more New Orleans. The first session will be burlesque star, Bella Blue. We will be joined on stage by a professional Stage Kitten. Stage Kittens perform the unheralded but essential job of scooping up discarded clothing and errant feathers in between acts. That's right. The show on Friday will be at 11:00 p.m., and this will be a monthly (more or less) event, so be on the lookout for more.
Saturday, April 8/Manning’s (519 Fulton St.): What would an April weekend be without some sort of bunny (and costume) activity? Well, the Big Easy Bunny Hop officially debuts in New Orleans on Saturday, April 8. The inaugural event offers a trinity of adult, holiday entertainment including an Easter Egg Hunt, a costume contest and a unique, springtime pub crawl through the Warehouse District, all benefiting the New Orleans Second Harvest Food Bank. It begins with registration at Manning’s between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.“Bunnies” are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets for $20 at www.bigeasybunnyhop.com. You will get a golden egg, there will be an adventurous hop around the city (well, its bars), and there are even cash prizes. For more information, hop onto their Facebook event page and learn more.