Insulate yourself from political dramas with a fun and full weekend in New Orleans (or maybe try to laugh about it at The Allways Lounge’s “What a Joke” event, benefiting the ACLU). Live arts performances at The Saenger and Mahalia Jackson Theater transport you to the Serengeti and China, respectively, or you can stay firmly rooted in the Crescent City with performances from local artists like the Lost Bayou Ramblers. We’ve also got the cure for Monday blues: a glass-blowing demonstration at New Orleans Glasswork & Printmaking. And maybe some red beans.
The Lion King — Head to The Saenger for multiple performances now through Jan. 29 of this crowd-pleasing musical. The costumes and sets are showstoppers in and of themselves, but the music is the “‘mane’ event.” Tickets vary.
Shen Yun — On Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., this classical Chinese dance and music group performs at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Dazzling sets, animated backdrops, and meticulous costumes will delight audiences. Tickets from $70.
Music and wine at the Old U.S. Mint — Local experiential platform Joieful has put together a fun Friday night from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Browse the collections on display from the New Orleans Jazz Museum as you sip on complimentary refreshments from Pearl Wine Company. Local (and Grammy award-winning) blues artist Kenny Neal will perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 for those who download the app.
What a Joke New Orleans — Part of a nationwide event with 100% of proceeds benefiting the ACLU, What a Joke New Orleans at the Allways Lounge brings the laughs for a good cause. Tickets are only $5 online (plus small service fee) with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Lost Bayou Ramblers at Preservation Hall — Fresh off a new single (and a new beer), Lost Bayou Ramblers take the stage at Pres Hall on Saturday at 4 p.m. for a live, acoustic set. General admission tickets are $20.
Glass and sugar blowing demonstration at New Orleans Glassworks — On Monday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then again from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., the glassworks shop pairs up with New Orleans chefs for a side-by-side glass blowing and sugar blowing presentation. Under master sugar blowing instructor Sidney Galpern, creatures like alligators, crawfish, shrimp, and crabs will come to life — all made using blown brown sugar. Glass blowers will mimic the sugar creations for a fun “duet.” Free.