We’ve got your weekend: To the Max

Oktoberfest (photo by: Valerii Tkachenko)

Thursday, October 5/City Park: Some press releases are so golden that we don’t want to rewrite one word. When it comes to this Sukkoth event, that is exactly how we feel. So…here you go: Ladies and gentlemen and all human beings! Animals and angels and all things between! As the season turns and the outdoors become habitable again it’s time to celebrate with us the Festival of Huts! (The criminally under-enjoyed Holiday of Sukkoth!) From the people who brought you Radical Sedar at the Church. What is Sukkoth? Some call it “Jewish Thanksgiving,” “Wilderness Cosplay,” or just “Shanty-house Party-time!” Basically, it’s to celebrate the harvest and to remember times when we have been wandering without a real home, and to ask that the rainfall in the next year be a reasonable amount.  Jews build a hut outside and are supposed to maximally chill there for a week! We will be building and then inhabiting a Sukkah in City Park. And… they want you to join. Building begins at 9:00 AM and goes all the way until sundown. There is even more to this joyous event, and you can see it all here.

Thursday, October 5/Glitter Box N.O. (1109 Royal Street): Are you looking to tap into your inner crafty self? Are those cotton balls and pipe cleaners of your past calling your name? Well, now you can add some glitter to that fantasy because Glitter Box will be holding a “Full Moon Hello: Clothing Swap and Indigo Dye Workshop” as well as a “Stitch and Bitch with Kate McCurdy.” The “Full Moon Hello” will include clothing swap from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM (bring by your clothes, accessories, art supplies, whatever you’re looking to clear out) following by the Indigo Dye Workshop with Saint Lydia from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. There is a $15 suggested donation with granny panties included! You read that right! The “Stitch and Bitch” is a traditional bring your own materials (or they will provide you with a starter kit for $10), and you will work your way up to making a koozie! There is a suggested donation of $10-$15 with 10% donated to Girl Code NOLA

Friday, October 6/New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle): The New Orleans Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, will be on view October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018.  In association with NOMA, this exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history—19th-century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River. It all opens this Friday, and you can find out full details here.

Friday, October 6/1700 Moss Street: Can you smell the bratwurst? The beer? The bubbling bayou? Hmmm…that last one doesn’t sound so appetizing, but Oktoberfest sure does! Oktoberfest is presented by the non-profit, Deutsches Haus, and it is held three weekends in October (only on Fridays and Saturdays).
Fridays run from 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM and Saturdays run from 1:00 PM until 11:00 PM, and they all start this weekend. That means German music, German beer, German dance, Germans, German fashion, German food, you get the idea. For a full line-up for Oktoberfest, check out their site here.

Saturday, October 7/Magazine Street and Downtown: It’s that time of the year again. Art for Art’s Sake is here, and there is a whole list of galleries, venues, and street corners that will be participating. Too many for us to list here, so click on this link, and have fun plotting your journey through art.

Sunday, October 8/Tigermen Den (3113 Royal Street): It’s time to get to two-stepping again with Tigermen Den’s Cajun Brunch. Opening Day at The Tigermen Den is this Sunday, which means you will need your dancing shoes, smiles, and appetites. Tigermen Den will provide live traditional music, hot coffee, cold drinks, and Cajun 2 steppin.’ The Tigermen Den will be serving up its homemade Gumbo and The Fete au Fete Food Truck will be rolling up serving there home grown style Cajun Breakfast bites. The brunch begins at 11:00 AM, dance lessons begin at 1:00 PM, and it will cost you $5-10 at the door for live music, dance lessons, and dancing. For full information, check out their site here.
Monday, October 9/Saturn Bar (3067 St. Claude Ave): Every now and then we like to give you an event that keeps on giving. Our pick this time is King James and the Special Men, who play at Saturn Bar every Monday night. This down and dirty, lovable and nasty band brings their brass and their sass to Saturn Bar at 10:00 PM (that’s a New Orleans 10:00 PM). This Monday or the next, go get your drink and dance on.
Tuesday, October 10/Freeman Auditorium (Tulane University): A Studio in the Woods and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf (Nola Gulf South) are hosting Edward Ball, who will be presenting “Slave Trail of Tears: The Forgotten Journey of a Million.” Edward Ball tells the story of a migration twice as large as the wagon train journey that would carry half a million whites west, a movement twenty times bigger than the Native American “Trail of Tears” that led into Oklahoma. During the fifty years before the Civil War, close to one million people, enslaved African Americans, were pushed out of the Upper South and forced to journey to the Deep South to work the cotton and sugar plantations. On the “Slave Trail of Tears,” people marched 1000 miles in chained “coffles” of 20 to 100 from the Chesapeake to Louisiana. Or, they were herded onto ships that sailed from near Washington, DC, around Florida, and up the Mississippi River to be sold in New Orleans. All of this and more will be discussed, starting at 7:00 PM. For full details on the lecture, check out their event page here

Wednesday, October 11/Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant (616 St. Peter Street): The Historic New Orleans Collection and Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant are planning an event that will bring food and local history together in an unforgettable way! It is called “A Historic Storyville Dinner,” and that includes exploring the food, libations and businesses that shaped New Orleans’s former red-light district, Storyville. We can get even deeper by saying there will be a six-course feast crafted by Tableau’s Executive Chef John Martin coupled with period-inspired cocktails and historical commentary. And what else? Speakers, such as Elizabeth Pearce, founder and owner of Drink & Learn and the author of “Drink Dat New Orleans” (Countryman Press, 2017) and Pamela D. Arceneaux, author and senior librarian and rare books curator at THNOC and co-curator of THNOC’s current exhibition, “Storyville: Madams and Music.” Tickets will run you $100, and you can find out full information about procuring one here.


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