Thursday, November 2/New Orlean Museum of Art(1 Collins Diboll Circle): Celebrating the so-called sloppy (as well as de-stigmatizes labels) is something we like to do here, and if you are looking to go on that mindwhirl, then NOMA is the place to be on Thursday. In conjunction with the exhibition “Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection,” Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, will take you on a whirlwind tour of trends in contemporary ceramics, including the use of video, performance, social engagement and “sloppy craft.” The event begins at 6:00 PM, and you can find out details here.
Friday, November 3/Antenna (3718 St. Claude Ave): There are room you may want to call your own, but Antenna will have a room you will want to share with others when Friday hits. Room 220 presents Amy Berkowitz in celebration of her book Tender Points at 7:00 PM, which means a reading and wonderful trips through words. For the added bonus, this event will also feature readings by New Orleans women’s workshop members Chanel Clarke, Aran Donovan, Elizabeth Gross, Megan McHugh, and Cassie Pruyn. The event is free, open to the public, and you can find out details here.
Friday, November 3/500 block of Royal Street: It’s not often that you can boast, “I saw the longest po’boy in New Orleans history today,” but on Friday, you can say exactly that. The longest po’boy in New Orleans’ history is coming to the French Quarter on National Sandwich Day. Say that 10 times fast. On Friday, the 500 block of Royal Street will house one supersized po’boy (approximately 350 feet long) created by Blue Plate, Leidenheimer and Chisesi Brothers. The po’boy will be cut and given away to the public from 12:00-2:00 PM. After grabbing their po’boy, patrons will be directed to the courtyard at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), located at 533 Royal Street, where they can enjoy complimentary Luzianne iced tea and a free presentation on the history of New Orleans’ most beloved sandwich. Presentations will take place at 12:15 PM and 1:00 PM. Friday is going to be a big day!
Saturday, November 4/New Orleans Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi (4210 St Claude Avenue): Remember the 80s and all those mainstream karate movies? Okay, maybe that was only the Karate Kid series, but what an inspiration they were. What we’re saying is…you can learn self-defense this Saturday for free. This workshop is for all beginners age 16+, and 3rd-Degree Black Belt Sam Killpack will teach how to
– use your body in a forceful way
– efficiently incapacitate an attacker or multiple attackers
– defend yourself when standing or on the ground
– reduce the debilitating effects of fear
That sounds like a kick-ass Saturday (you know we had to). The workshop is from 3:00 until 4:30 PM, and you can find out full details here.
Saturday, November 4/New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle): Luckily, New Orleanians do not need Halloween as a reason to have a party, and this weekend, the New Orleans Museum of Art is throwing their annual ball. This year they will be hitting the metaphorical seas with “L’Odyssée: A Celebration of 300 Years in the Making.” Odyssey 2017 features NOMA’s fall exhibition, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography. The evening kicks off with the Patron Party from 7:00 -8:00 PM, and continues with the gala from 8:00 PM-midnight. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and DJ/Violinist Timothee Lovelock will provide musical entertainment, while the LSU vs Alabama tailgate à la NOMA occurs in the Café NOMA courtyard. The gala will be catered by 1718 Events, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, with event design by Z Event Company. For tickets and more information, you can check out their event site here.
Sunday, November 5/Nola Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas): On a Sunday, it always feels good to give back (and drink), and Nola Brewing is giving you both. They are holding a fund raiser for the US Virgin Islands, which took direct hits from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Generators, water filters and other essential tools are needed to get things back in order, and Nola Brewing is asking you to help by coming out to an event that features great music, beer and BBQ. All proceeds benefit the Virgin Islands Relief Fund. The music starts at 4pm with an acoustic tribute to Tom Petty. This tribute to the recently departed legend will include Paul Sanchez, Jimmy Robinson, Lynn Drury, Jamie Lynn Vessels, Vanessa of Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, ‘Westbank’ Mike Doussan and many others!