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We've got your weekend: Tornados, air sex competitions, and Super Sunday

Wednesday, March 15/Dixon Hall (6823 Saint Charles Ave): One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt, who regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, is coming to New Orleans. She will be performing a  solo program of the music of Schubert, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Haydn, Albeniz, and de Falla. The show begins at 8:00 PM, and the tickets are  $35 (general) $18 (young professionals) $5 (students) and  free for Tulane students.

Thursday, March 17/The CAC (900 Camp St): We don't hear as much about tornados down south, but the tornado that ran for 132 miles across Alabama and Tennessee on April 27, 2011 - obliterating two towns, striking a state prison and barely missing one of the nation’s largest nuclear power plants - left a trail that Justin Nobel followed. Nobel, a New Orleans-based science journalist walked the tornado’s path three years later, and his journey is what he will be sharing on Thursday night. He will read from his story, Walking the Tornado Line, and accompanying Nobel on singing saw will be Karen LeBlanc, an accomplished musician who has played for musical theater in New York City, and with several lives bands here in New Orleans. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and it is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 18/One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St): The ever popular Air Sex Championships are returning to New Orleans for a show and competition. Hosted by New Orleans’ own comedian Chris Trew, the competition, billed as the worlds first SPART – a combination of sports and art, each Air Sex show combines the pageantry and prestige of professional sports with the excitement and creativity of a first-rate talent competition.  The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to sign up to compete. Well, why not, right? The show begins at 10:00 PM (doors open at 9:00 PM), and the tickets are $10 at the door or online.

Friday, March 18/Marigny Opera House (725 Saint Ferdinand St): The third program in the Marigny Opera Ballet's 2015/2016 Season, "Emerging Choreographers" presents new short works by four of the Company's own dancers: Trey Mauldwin, Anna Iosipiv, Kellis Oldenburg and Gretchen Erickson. The four premieres are shorter works set to live acoustic music performed by Kate Withrow, violin; Philip von Maltzahn, cello; and Brian Hsu, piano. The chamber works accompanying the dances will be "Sonatine" by Maurice Ravel; Brahms' Cello Sonata #2 in F Major (Adagio); Common Ground by Nico Muhly; and Cafe Music By Paul Schoenfield. The show begins at 8:00 PM, and tickets are $30 (general) and $20 (student and senior), which you can purchase here.

Saturday, March 19/Restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine Street): Every year, the Feast of St. Joseph honors the Patron Saint, St. Joseph, who is said to have ended the great famine in Sicily. Feast or famine, New Orleans is full of food lovers, and we love it even more when the food is free. Prepared by Restaurant Avo’s Executive Chef & Owner, Nick Lama, and blessed by Rev. Michael Schneller from St. Francis Catholic Church, a traditional altar will be presented in the courtyard of Restaurant Avo offering food to the public. The event runs from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM (meals will be served to the public from noon until the food runs out).

Saturday, March 19/Cane Bayou: It's that ideal time of year. Jasmine is start to scent the streets, the mosquitos are not out yet, and it's warm in the days and cool at night. That is why the Canoe & Trail Adventures is hosting a moonlight paddle of Cane Bayou. They will explore Cane Bayou at dusk - launching two hours before sunset. They'll watch the sunset over Lake Pontchartrain then head back by moonlight. You can find exact details and to tickets for purchase here.

 

Sunday, March 20/A.L. Davis Park (Washington and LaSalle Streets): Aside from Mardi Gras Day, the most significant day for the Mardi Gras Indians is their Super Sunday. The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council always has their Indian Sunday on the third Sunday of March, around St. Joseph's Day. Their festivities begin at noon.