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We've got your weekend: Two days and seven events

Thursday, January 12/Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd): On Thursday, January 12, 2017 Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO's Louisiana Eats!, will team up with New Orleans-based French Market Coffee to present the first in a series of dinners with some of the region’s top chefs to benefit the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB).That evening, guests can enjoy a three-course demonstration-style dinner with award-winning Chef Slade Rushing of Brennan’s Restaurant in the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air at SoFAB. Priced at $85 per person (all inclusive) dinner will include wine pairings curated by Bin 428, as well as specialty gifts provided by French Market Coffee. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 12/The Old No. 77 Hotel (535 Tchoupitoulas): Where Y'art presents "Southern Abstraction, Part One," starting on Thursday, January 12. Beginning with pioneers of abstract art in Louisiana, like Ida Kohlmeyer & George Dunbar, Southern Abstraction, a two part exhibition, tells a visual story using the language of shape, form, line and composition to explore the tradition of abstract art as it relates to contemporary New Orleans artists. This exhibit includes 24 artists, and it is curated by Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation. The opening is on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more details about the event and the presented artists, you can check out the event here.

Thursday, January 12/Circle Food Store (1522 St. Bernard Ave): Bring Your Own is back for the month, and this month's live story telling revolves around the question, "Where does it hurt?" The NOHD is launching a health equity initiative and is ready to expand its definition of what 'health' means for a city and its residents. This means looking beyond physical illnesses like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, and broadening horizons to include mental health, trauma, food access, access to healthcare, regular incomes, affordable housing, and education. Together, the NOHD and Bring Your Own (with help from NOCCJ) join forces to ask: What’s chipping away at our health? And what can we do to heal? The evening begins at 7:30p.m. with their BYO happy hour and the stories start at 8:00 p.m. For more details about the event, you can check it out here.

Saturday, January 14/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.): New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentationMélange. Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist's vogue performance, this assembly of genre-bending works frames both Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion. The opening party takes place on Saturday, January 14 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more details about the performance, you can check out the event's site here.

Saturday, January 14/Joan Mitchell Center (2275 Bayou Rd): Town Hall is being held at the Joan Mitchell Center on Saturday, January 14.  This will be their annual call and response panel discussion. Panelists and visitors will share a dialogue on the complexities of changing neighborhoods and community spaces, featuring a collaborative installation by artists Sharita Towne and Shana griffin. The panel discussion and talkback runs from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a reception and art-making workshop running from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. For further details about the event, you can check it out here.

Saturday, January 14/New Orleans Photo Alliance (1111 St. Mary Street): Shotgun Cinema begins 2017 with their second season of Full Aperture, co-presented by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, featuring the hand-manipulated animation of Harry Smith. On Saturday, they will be presenting his feature length film Heaven and Earth Magic, which features arresting mecha-humanoid collage-beings, on 16mm. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the film starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for NOPA members and $6 general admission. For more details about the screening, you can check it out here.

Saturday, January 14/Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude): The theme at Antenna on Saturday is going to be clay. Clay is harvested from the earth where waters once flowed. This summer too much water hit the hard earth in and around Baton Rouge and Alligator Clay, a major clay distributor, flooded. A congregation of artists: Rachael DePauw, Miki Glasser, MaPo Kinnord, Nikki Jackson, and Sarah House, use clay in their creations, and and they will be exhibiting their work on Saturday. The exhibition celebrates the artistic and practical uses of clay and shows its appreciation to Alligator Clay as they get up to full production again. A portion of sales from the exhibition will be donated to Alligator Clay. For more details about the exhibit, you can check it out here.