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We got your weekend: Spooky, scary, sweet

Friday / Wine is bottled poetry : From 7 PM – 1 AM, at the Big Top Gallery (1638 Clio), Hasbin Wilby and New Orleans Poetry Brothel, an eccentric organization that hosts “poetry reading[s] for people who hate poetry,” will present In Vino Veritas, headlined by everyone’s favorite poet: Wine. French wine, to be exact.

The evening begins with an hour and a half French wine tasting, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Following, will be an art auction, burlesque performance, live music by Sirens NOLA, and $3 absinthe cocktails. Wine tasting tickets are $15 (advance only), and general admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation fee.

The 1850 House, where the Ghostly Galavant Party will be held

The 1850 House, where the Ghostly Galavant Party will be held

Friday / Happy GALAween : Friends of the Cabildo say “eat, drink, be scary.” (Sounds like the first three commandments of being a good New Orleanian, right?). From 7:30 – 10 PM, Friends of the Cabildo will host their annual Ghostly Galavant Costume Party at the 1850 House (523 St Ann). Tickets ($35 in advance; $45 at the door) include unlimited wine and beer; as well as food from Tableau, Kingfish, Court of Two Sister’s and more. There will also be music by DJ Brice Nice and a silent auction. Wear a costume (obviously).

Saturday / Any excuse for a fête : If (pre)Halloween isn’t your jam this weekend (sigh), you can celebrate French culture and the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, while supporting Washington Square Park’s maintenance at Fete Marigny. There will be live music headlined by Sweet Crude, food, raffles, and crafts. Highlights include the ‘let them eat cake’ event at 4:30, with free cake from Cake Cafe and Bakery, followed by a water balloon ‘Storming of the Bastille’ (sorry, kids only for the latter). The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday / Lookin’ in the kitchen : Look, eat, walk, repeat. From 11 AM to 4 PM, SoFAB hosts Cirque de Cuisine: A Kitchen Tour, a walking-eating tour of historically unique, privately-owned kitchens that have been restored. Along the way, participate in raffles and enjoy food and drinks from the kitchens of Herbsaint, Dickie Brennan, Purloo, French 75, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at he door. For the list of addresses, click here.

Psycho's famous shower scene

Psycho’s famous shower scene

Saturday / LPsychO : Craving something spooky? Nothing does it like a Psycho screening. Saturday night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Psycho’s original soundtrack, as the film screens from above. The performance will begin at 7 PM, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Tickets start at $20.

Just don’t forget to lock the door when you shower after the show.

Saturday / Shane’s shout out : He’s got your music.

What/ who: Banks Street Halloween Ball (feat. Sundog, Big Fat & Delicious, Skeletor, Sirens, The No Shows)

Where: Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)

When: 9 PM

How (much): FREE

One of Mid City’s best watering holes is hosting a Halloween show this Saturday, with a costume contest ($50 bar tab for the winner!) and impressive lineup. Get there early for Sun Dog, one of the the city’s most innovative and exciting artists, as he creates intricate songs out of thin air using loop pedals, samples, and his versatile voice.

Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at


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