Thursday / Public library pop-up: New Orleans Public Library Foundation hosts a fundraiser at the New Orleans Cooking Experience (1519 Carondelet), catered by Southern pop-up Purloo, to support the library’s African American Resource Center.
The four-course menu ($50 / $60 wine paring) will feature a lemongrass and ginger rum mojito paired with pimento cheese and house made crackers; a seasonal salad; grilled jumbo Gulf shrimp with a sweet pea, arugula, and lump crab risotto; and Alabama peach cobbler with toasted pecan and cane syrup ice cream. Jerry Taliaferro, the photographer of the “Women of a New Tribe” exhibit currently on display at the Main Library, will be a special dinner guest and will discuss his motivation in creating this nationally recognized exhibit, as well as some of his most memorable photographic subjects. Dinner starts at 7:15. RSVP at 504-596-2597 or by emaling Ldevezin@neworleanspubliclibrary.org.
Saturday and Sunday / An artsy anniversary: In its final stretch, Jose Torres-Tama’s current art exhibition, “New Orleans Free People of Color,” at Le Musee, focuses on depicting Creoles of Color who fought to dismantle the racial prejudices of their era.
As part of the exhibit, Le Musee and Torres will host a two-day “Sesquitenennial Celebration” of the 150th anniversary of the original Tribune, one of America’s oldest African-American newspapers. Events will feature special panels, presentations, a champagne brunch, portrait unveiling, and music — all pertaining to the anniversary. You can find a detailed schedule of events here. The celebration is free and open to the public. Torres’ exhibition will run through July 27.
Saturday / Daiq Day: It’s not every day people wander the streets of New Orleans with go-cups. No, wait, it is every day. But in this case. we’re partaking in the debauchery under the pretense of a parade for National Daiquiri Day (also known as all days ending in a “Y” in New Orleans).
The first annual Daiquiri Day Parade, featuring dance troupes The Organ Grinders, Roux La La, and The Chorus Girl Project will, appropriately, begin at Gene’s Curbside Daiquiris (1072 Elysian Fields) and end at the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres, where an after-party will follow. The public is invited to join and/or watch the secondline; if you choose to march, please email email@example.com with your name. The parade will congregate at 3:45 PM and roll at 4:30 PM. Costumes encouraged; go-cups implied.
Saturday / Are you smarter than a Dumbledore? Dust off your capes, comb your owls, and head to Platform Nine and Three Quarters (but actually, Bruno’s Tavern) for a Harry Potter geek-out. As part of Bruno’s weekly trivia series, hosted by Geeks Who Drink, the watering hole will dedicate Saturday’s quiz to all things Harry and Hogwarts. The quiz, which begins at 4 PM, will cover questions from all of the Harry Potter books and films, so you should start studying last week.
$5 per person to play (register at Bruno’s the day of, beginning at 3 PM); teams capped at 6 persons. The winning team
wins the entry fee pot. Costumes encouraged; if you’re a a real Harry Potter fan, you must have something wizardly lying around.
Sunday / So you think you can dance? The Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart) co-hosts a special evening of all things tango with New Orleans tango orchestra Orquesta Fleur. The event will feature a tango lesson from 6:30 – 7 PM, followed by live music by Orquesta Fleur, as well as a DJ set from 7 – 10 PM. Little Gem’s kitchen will be open during the event, if the dancing leaves guests a little peckish. The event is free and open to the public.