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We've got your weekend: Water, board games, and Mardi Gras

The New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies present their second annual Mardi Gras ball at Gasa Gasa this Sunday.

The New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies present their second annual Mardi Gras ball at Gasa Gasa this Sunday.

Wednesday / New Orleans and the Spanish World : The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and The Historic New Orleans cohost a free concert directed by Carlos Miguel Prieto at the St. Louis Cathdral at Jackson Square at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) The performance -- part of an annual concert series dedicated to Louisiana’s contributions to classical music -- will explore the cultural and musical connections between Spain and Louisiana, featuring compositions by Ricardo Castro, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri and Louis-Hector Berlioz and Damián del Castillo of Spain on the baritone and Abdiel Vázquez of Mexico on the piano.

If you can’t attend the concert in person, the LPO will live stream the performance online; WWNO will stream it online, as well as on the radio (89.9 FM).

Thursday / WWNO talks water : WWNO news director Eve Troeh and coastal reporter Jesse Hardman will cohost a live, interactive presentation of the station’s coastal erosion program from Vietnam, “Delta Blues: Water and Climate Change from the Mississippi to the Mekong,” focused on how Mekong River Delta communities are planning for coastal land loss and how the region’s communities adapt to rising sea levels on a daily basis. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine).

The presentation is free and open to the public; attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the discussion. Bahn mi and spring rolls will be available for purchase.

Friday / Shane's shout out : Colin Lake at Circle Bar, 10 p.m. / Tickets $10
One of the city's best bluesmen will blow the doors off the Lee Circle tavern in the wake of Friday night's parades, converting some new fans in the process. Lake has been steadily honing his craft over the past few years and has recently been laying down some flawless sets in clubs across the city. Catch him at Circle Bar for an up-close introduction.

Sunday / NOLAFLY Crystal Ball : All-female, Nola-based network of arts and culture entrepreneurs The New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies will host their second annual Crystal Mardi Gras Ball at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret) at 8 p.m. The multi-disciplinary arts celebration will feature live music from rock band Yojimbo, Quickie Mart, and CJ Nice Rack; a dance performance from BUKU Dance Krewe; a mixed media mural installation and gallery exhibition; body painting; a fashion show; and tarot reader. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

Sunday / Board game night : Mid City book store Tubby & Coo’s Book Shop (631 N Carrolton) invites folks to stop in for low-key night all about board games. For $1 per person, attendees can enjoy snacks, drinks and four hours of games. The event is from 6 - 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their favorite games from home.