Friday, October 13-Sunday October 15/The New Orleans Advocate (840 St. Charles Avenue): The 28th New Orleans Film Festival has already started, but don’t worry, even though you are late, there are plenty of films to still see. Along with the NOFF is Cinema Reset, which will presents a Virtual Reality Showcase at The New Orleans Advocate. Eagle Bone (Ch’aak’ S’aagi) is a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous. Through freestyle spoken word by artist Nahaan, Pacific Northwest scenes and ceremonies, we enter into a journey of reflection on the lessons of the old ones. Like an eagle bone we are all individual vessels of spirit and transformation. All of this will be starting on Friday at 4:00 PM and running into the evening. Cinema reset if free and open to the public.
Friday, October 13-October 15/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street): There are times when you feel like that proverbial fourth wall in a theater is broken. The Contemporary Arts Center is proving that to be ultimately true with the Louisiana Premiere of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a selection of works drawn from Brown’s earliest task-based works to her more recent lush and musical dances. These works created between the 1960’s and 2000’s will animate the CAC’s Galleries, the Black Box Theater, and the Warehouse spaces with the audience following the nine dancers throughout the building. Repertory selections will include excerpts from among the following works: Sticks; Accumulation; Locus; Figure 8s; Group Primary Accumulation; Geometry of Quiet; Solo Olos. Does this mean you could be a part of Solo Olos? We aren’t sure, but report back if you are and its revolutionary. Tickets are $35 (advance) or $40 (day of show), and shows run at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM. For more details and tickets, check out their event here.
Saturday, October 14/Staple Goods Gallery (1340 St. Roch Avenue): It is Second Saturday time on St. Claude, and we are highlight Magenta Alert. Magenta Alert is an ongoing endurance performance by Jenna Knoblach which takes place at waterway sites in Louisiana. Staple Goods features photography as well as audio installation from the series. The project involved several collaborators including but not limited to Kristina E. Knipe, Jaclyn Rawls, Alahna Moore, Talise Hendrix, and Roy Blanchard. Staple Goods Gallery will be holding the opening reception for Magenta Alert on Saturday at 6:00 PM. Lucky for you, the exhibit is on display until November 5, and the gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM. For more information, check out their page.
Saturday, October 14/New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle): People sometimes call New Orleans the “big small town,” and we pretty much explode that reputation by having festival that celebrate all the various cultures living and adding to our vibrant city. We talked about Oktoberfest last week, which is still going on, and this weekend is also the 23rd year Japan Fest. Now in its 23rd year, it is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the Gulf South. It’s a day to enjoy traditional dance groups, martial arts demonstrations, tours of our Japanese art collection, a fashion show, and much more, including Japanese food. Organized by NOMA, the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville and the Japan Club in New Orleans, the 2017 festival brings together more than 30 community groups and presenters. The fest is free, open to the public, begins at 10:00 AM and goes until 4:00 PM. For full details, you can check out their event page here.
Sunday, October 15/Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps Street): Sometimes you just need that Sunday morning stretch. A free one. That’s exaclty what Parleaux Beer Lab is offering. They have free yoga at 11:00 PM, $1 off pints for Yogis at 12:00 PM, and Saigon Slim’s food truck coming at 1:00 PM. So you can stretch, drink, and eat (and maybe nap). For full details on the event, check out their page here.
Sunday, October 22/Audubon Park (6500 Magazine Street): Oh, the Oaks. No, this is not the start of self-indulgent poem. Instead, it is an invitation to bring your lawn chairs and join the music for a special spring and fall concert series to celebrate the Audubon Park Conservancy. What does that mean? A concert that’s free; although, any contributions to the Conservancy directly support the annual care and improvements of Audubon Park, including ongoing needs such as lawn care, seasonal flower planting, and the protection of historic live oak trees. Food and drink will be available to purchase, and the concert begins at 5:00 PM. For full details on the event, check it out here.