Thursday / Something old : You know what they say: fashion always comes back. Well, hopefully not always, since our wardrobes are better left without large chunks of the 90s, but you get the point. Whether you’ve been holding on to retro hand-me-downs (because you knew you’d eventually need them), you’ve curated a wardrobe from the best vintage shops, or you’re simply interested in retro Americana, you’ll want to be at the NOLA Vintage Fashion and Lifestyle Expo, at the Old US Mints (400 Esplanade). Highlights from the event include men and women’s vintage fashion shows (inspired by the 20s, 30s, and 40s), a pin-up photo booth, a vintage bike ride, a free cocktail hour with Sailor Jerry Rum, a burlesque performance, and shag dance contest with music by Tuba Skinny. The vent is from 7 PM – 12 AM (vintage bike ride opens at 6 PM, at the entrance to Armstrong Park). Tickets are $25 at the door (cash only). Vintage and/or vintage-inspired dress is encouraged.
Thursday / Something new(ish) : From 6 – 8 PM Tulane’s Newcomb Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, the largest exhibit Newcomb has seen in nearly three decades. The multi-medium exhibit has been curated to examine the role the pottery enterprise played in not only improving the lives of Women, but also bettering New Orleans’ businesses and cultural communities after the Civil War. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails by Cure will be provided. Reception and exhibition will be held in Woldenberg Hall at Tulane University. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through March 9.
Fri – Sat / Something borrowed : The Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 OrethaC Haley Blvd) presents a “A Stevie Wonder Opera,” which borrows music from Wonder’s 1976 recording “The Key of Life.” Through reproductions of Wonder’s original music, the performance tells the story of an urban family whose lives are changed by an unexpected event. The show will also run next weekend (the 10th – 12th), as well as the following weekend (the 17th – 19th); all showings are at 8 PM. Tickets available online for $20.
Sun / Something brew : Celebrate Oktoberfest with a thematically appropriate beer pairing and sausage/charcuterie dinner at Cleaver and Co. (3917 Baronne). Highlights of the five course meal include a sausage board with pretzel bread and accouterments; wiener schnitzel, roasted fingerlings, caramelized sweet onion with porcini aioli; and braised rabbit and wild boar belly, sage spätzle, toasted horseradish and green apple slaw — to name a few (It’s a light meal). Each course will, as ‘beer pairing’ obviously suggests, be come with a complimentary brew. Service starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by calling (504) 227-3830.
If you’re looking for a festive German brew without the feast, head over to Avenue Pub, where, beginning this weekend, they will offer several traditional, small batch German brews, including four unpasteurized cask lagers. For more information on the beer selection, as well as small batch German brewing, visit the Avenue Pub’s Oktoberfest event page.
Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at email@example.com.