Joyeux Weekly Wins Wednesday, tout le monde! We’ve got plenty for you to do this week, including some Bastille Day fêtes that are parfait for all you Francophiles, even if you’re just a fan of rosé and champagne. Amusez-vous bien!
Movie Night: Jurassic Park
“Hold on to your butts,” and leave the teetotale-rexes at home. Everyone’s favorite dino-mite 90s film is coming to the back courtyard at Effervescence wine bar. Perfect for all you wino-saurs, the bar recommends you “pair with a glass of Jura-ssic crémant, or enjoy a glass of Champagne poured from a magnum, because it’s also big Wednesday!”( Effervescence // 8pm // Free)
New Found Glory- From the Screen to your Stereo to your Town
Come “Dressed to Kill” and relive the early double ‘aughts with a concert that definitely won’t be “Hit or Miss!” “The Story so Far” is that the Florida rockers are heading to Nola for an 18+ show, and it’s standing room only, so no one has to choose “My Friends Over You.” See what we did there?( House of Blues // 6:30pm // $24 )
OMunity Hatha Yoga at Bastion
Grab your mat and join the Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation, Bona Fide Yoga & Wellness, and Bastion for an all-levels community yoga class. No experience required- all you need is a “willing spirit” for this introductory class that “focuses on developing clear and safe alignment in foundation poses.” The best part? It’s totally free! Don’t you feel more zen already? ( Bastion Community // 6:30pm // Free )
Friday Nights at NOMA: French Fête, NOMA
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Parlez-vous français? Où est la bibliothèque? Whether you know any more French than that or not, all Francophiles are invited to NOMA for a full lineup of programs à la française. Listen to music by Susanne Ortner’s Ambiance Française, enjoy a French cooking presentation, a Degas themed guided tour of French art, a Porta-Puppets Parade, and a screening of film Haute Cuisine. Comment magnifique! ( NOMA // 5-9pm // Free )
Boogie For Your Right, The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to get down. This fundraiser for reproductive rights has “an amazing lineup including Miss Mojo, Valerie Sassyfras, DJ Soul Sister, spoken word performances, standup comedy, and more.” What “more” could you possibly need? Sign us up!( The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans // 9pm // $15)
Margarita Crawl New Orleans
Bar crawl experts Bar Crawl Unlimited are heading to the Big Easy to help us stay cool through the heat wave with everyone’s favorite summer cocktail, the margarita. You’ll hit up five different venues, all of which will offer up discounted drinks, then head to a marga-rockin’ after party to dance the night away. The first 100 people even get take-home swag. Tickets available online. ( Old Absinthe House // 2-8pm // $20).
13th Annual Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party
Aux armes, citoyens, formez vos bataillons! Where better to celebrate France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, than in Faubourg St. John, the historic “neighborhood of French Creole aristocracy”? Tons of neighborhood merchants will have food and beverage specials. An arts market will be selling Francophone goodies, and two bands will keep you dansant in the streets! Don your best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon Bonaparte costume and try your luck in the costume contest. Bonne chance!( Ponce De Leon // 4:45-9:45pm // Free)
ThE SurrealisT S a L o N
Break out the Mardi Gras gear and select your most surreal costume for a night inspired by the famed 1972 Rothschuld Surrealist Ball. This “evening of collage, community, and culture,” is a part of Kolaj Fest New Orleans. Participate in performance art pieces, a film screening, and watch the costumed parade competition. As Gogol says, “perfect nonsense goes on in the world,” and the Salon will be a not-to-be-missed nonsensical celebration! Tickets available online.( Cafe Istanbul // 7-9pm // $10 ).
3rd Annual National Mac & Cheese Day
It’s creamy… it’s gooey… it hits the belly like a warm ray of sunshine. Is there anything not to love about mac n’ cheese? They might serve mac n’ cheese all over the country, but we in the South know how it’s really done right. Celebrate this down-home favorite’s special day with tastings, drag queen bingo, a game alley, a raffle, and Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and a full bar.( Civic Theater // 12-4pm // $30 )
The Rolling Stones: No Filter 2019 Tour, Superdome, 7:30pm
They might’ve missed Jazz Fest, and it seemed like we couldn’t get no “Satisfaction,” but Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie are making it up to us this week with their No Filter tour. Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and locals The Soul Rebels will “Start Me Up,” as the openers. You can get your tickets online.( Superdome // 7:30pm // $70 ).
Yes- The Royal Affair Tour
Are you the “Owner of a Lonely Heart?” Head out for this Classic Rock fan’s dream come true concert! Legends and prog rock pioneers “Yes” are taking the stage for this special tour, a “celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.” Joining “Yes” is Asia, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Tickets available online. ( The Saenger Theatre // 7pm // $60 ).
Walking out of your house in the daytime is like walking into an oven, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fitness goals! Get your sweat on by night instead with this peaceful evening group paddle. “Experience the Lunar Effect every full moon on the bayou,” then hang out with your awesome group of paddlers afterwards for some food and music. ( Bayou Paddlesports // 7-10pm // $20 )
NIGHT Paddle, Bayou Paddlesports
Tales of The Cocktail
This annual festival brings together the cocktail and hospitality community in New Orleans, taking place over five days there are seminars, workshops, tastings, competitions, networking and much more. Don’t feel like you have to attend the entire five days, there are events that you can pick and choose as you like! ( Royal Sonesta New Orleans // 7/16-7/21 // $65)
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