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We got your weekend: Valentine’s, Vieux, and All-Stars after hours

Friday / What’s love got to do with it? : This Valentine’s Day, say “no” to the Love Actually and Sleepless in Seattle cable marathons. Instead, head over to Le Nuit Theater (5039 Freret) for some off-the grid comedy. As part of their lineup, New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival, running Wednesday through Friday, is debuting a new program — a comedy shorts film fest. The full set is comprised of 15 local and national submissions; and if you’re deeply afraid of long term commitments, don’t worry, each submission is only between 1 and 12 minutes. Tickets are $10 and include a free pint of beer from Nola Brewing Co. The show starts at 9 PM.

Head to Bacchanal for a French-themed Valentine's Day.

Head to Bacchanal for a French-themed Valentine’s Day.

Friday / International love : Although the Marigny Opera House suddenly had to cancel their Valentines Day Ball, Bal des Guinguettes, have no fear — you can still celebrate like a Frenchmen. The French-inspired party has been moved to Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave.). The public is invited to dance, sip, and dine from 7:30 – 10:30, while enjoying the sounds of French cellist and singer Helen Gillet and her Wazozo Orchestra. Admission is free; donations to the artists are always welcomed.

Friday / Love bites : If stomach really is the way to your heart, check out the special Valentine’s Day pop-up dinner hosted by My House NOLA and Good Eggs, featuring culinary delights from Communist Swine Taco Social. The 4-course Central American-inspired dinner will feature dishes such as slow braised pork shoulder, grilled pina, garlic confit, pickled pepper and pear tacos on homemade tortillas; and peppers stuffed with oyster mushrooms, garlic and onion, potatoes and Mauthe’s Progress eggs, and Country Girls Creamery Mozzarella cheese. The event starts at 6:30 PM; dinner will be served at 7:30PM. It will be held in the Good Eggs warehouse (1746 Tchoupitoulas). Tickets are $45 prix fixe/ $60 with unlimited sangria and beer / $100 all-inclusive for two. Vegetarian options will be available.

Read more about Communist Swine Taco Social here, and check back on NolaVie tomorrow for their covetted tortilla recipe.

Saturday / Flower children : Get yourself outside for the annual Camellia Gardens Open House at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refugees Complex (61389 Hwy 434 Lacombe, LA). From 9 AM – 3 PM guests are invited to explore the Bayou Gardens — a 110-acre property, boasting over 400 blooming cultivars of Camellias — independently or on guided walking tours. If you like what you see, camelia plants will also be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refugees. Free and open to the public.

Get costume ready, like this Harem couple at Krewe du Vieux 2012, before the parade at King Pin.

Get costume-ready, like this Harem couple at Krewe du Vieux 2012, before the parade at King Pin.

Saturday / Dress to impress : Just in time for Krewe du Vieux shenanigans, King Pin (1307 Lyons) is bringing out the big costume guns . The bar has invited local costumiers, including Love, Marigold; Costumes by Barbara; Lesley Nash; Outfitting by Rain; Dante’s Masquerade, to showcase and sell a variety of Carnival apparel — from fur stoles to sequin jackets; vintage headdresses to handmade leather masks. The event is free and open to the public. Cocktails will be available for purchase, if your 5 o’clock starts early.

Saturday / Shane’s shout out : Rock On Alt-Star Party with the Walkmen and Lost Bayou Ramblers. One Eyed Jacks — doors at 9 PM. $40.

Why you want to catch this show — straight from the horse’s mouth.

Chelsea Lee is associate editor at nolavie. Email comments to her at


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