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We've got your weekend: We're jumping around

Thursday, July 13-22/Valiant Theater (6621 St. Claude Ave): The sweltering heat of summer often raises images of Tennessee Williams and the south he couldn't stop writing about. It's dramatic, to say the least, which means we might as well enjoy some drama from it. Lucky for us, Valiant Theater is hosting "Two Rooms," (Lee Blessing) a drama about Michael Wells, a man kidnapped in Beirut, and his wife, Lainie, who is waiting at home in the U.S. The first room of the title is Michael's holding cell, and the second is his office at home -- which Lainie has emptied completely in order to feel somehow connected to him. Meanwhile, she meets with Ellen Van Oss from the State Department and reporter Walker Harris, who have dramatically different ideas of how she should manage the crisis. In other words, drama will abound, and you can check it out starting this Thursday. Tickets are $20 (general) or $15 (students), and you can get your tickets here. For more information about the performances, which begin at 8:00 PM, you can check out their event page.

Friday, July 14/Friday Night Fights Gym (1632 Oretha Castle Haley): It is rare that an event can shock us over here at NolaVie. We've heard about pretty much everything happening in this lovely city of ours, but public boxing matches have somehow slipped by us...until now. On Friday, July 14,  Freret Street Boxing will be hosting "Friday Night Fights" where they put out a ring, people gather around, and you watch a fight. The fights are male and female, and they will also have special guest B.Y.O.B Friendly. Tickets are $15 (advanced) or $20 (door); although any military or anyone dressed in a swimsuit gets in for free (?). Saucy! The fights run from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM, and you can find out more details here.

Saturday, July 15/Hollygrove Market and Farm (8301 Olive Street): Maybe canning was to the generations past what fermentation is to this generation. Either way, if you are looking to learn how to sugar and spice some food into nice bites, then head to the fermentation workshop on Saturday. You'll learn what fermentation is, the history behind it, and the health benefits. There will also be a hands-on sauerkraut demo, and you´ll learn how to make fizzy water kefir (and bring some water kefir grains home so you can make your own probiotic drinks). Kombucha all around! The class cost $10, and you will want to bring pen, paper, questions, and a  quart-sized mason jar for your new water kefir grains. The workshop begins at 10:00 AM, and you can find out full details here.

Tuesday, July 18/Tibetan House (4900 Tchoupitoulas): Perhaps your mind has been going going going lately, and you are looking for some meditation. Head over to Tchoupitoulas where meditation and mind awareness will be aglow from July 18-July 22. Chamtrul Rinpoche is the recognized reincarnation of a great master and scholar from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest school in Tibet, and he will be the leader of these events. Each day offers a different form of mental awareness, so you can check out their full schedule here.
Wednesday, July 19/Boyd Satellite (440 Julia Street): Before White Linen night takes over Julia Street, there are some pop-up exhibits that are free, open to the public, and absolutely worth checking out! Asher Moss, photographer known for capturing the beauty of the female form in his debut book Miss Lonely, is hosting a pop-up art gallery  on Wednesday July 19, accompanied by Slow & Low cocktails. That's right, you get to go have drinks from Slow & Low while gazing at photography, and you can wear whatever color outfit you want. The pop-up begins at 7:00 PM and lasts until 10:00 PM.