A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Enjoy a varied weekend, whether you’re craving something cultural like a performance at the Marigny Opera House or an artist workshop at The Ogden, or down and dirty (for a cause) with a Monster Jam fundraiser. Or maybe you’re just craving king cake? If so, Sunday’s King Cake Festival is a must. A music performance rounds out the list, this weekend the city’s smoothest yacht rock cover band, Where Y’acht.
1. American Portraits at Marigny Opera House — At 7 p.m. on Friday, the striking Marigny Opera House hosts Tyrone Chambers, Elana Gleason, and Jonathan Levin in their “American Portraits” performance, a cross-section of history and culture in the southern states that incorporates folk songs, poetry, jazz influences, and more starting as early back as the Civil War period. Tickets (online or at the door) are $20 general admission, $10 for students and seniors.
2. Monster Jam Son of a Saint Fundraiser — From 3:30 until 5:30 p.m., experience an exclusive VIP party ahead of Saturday’s Monster Jam event. This special fundraiser benefits Son of a Saint, an incredible local organization that pairs fatherless boys with mentors. All proceeds from your tickets ($20 each) benefit the foundation; tickets include catered Chick-Fil-A, a chance to meet the drivers, viewing of a 20-minute practice, and raffle prizes plus an event ticket to Saturday night’s Monster Jam at 7 p.m.
3. Artist Workshop at The Ogden — Artist Jacqueline Bishop hosts a conversation and workshop, using her gorgeous painting “From the Vine to the Vein” as inspiration. Tickets are $35 for non-members ($30 for members).
4. Where Y’Acht Covers Hall & Oates — The cover band presents a full set dedicated to ’70s/’80s crooners Daryl Hall and John Oates to kick off their show at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday. Doors at 9 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
5. King Cake Festival — On Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Mercedes-Benz Superdome becomes king cake central with tastings, a family fun run, and more. Admission is free with cake samplings available for an extra charge (tasting tickets are available inside the fest). It’s worth the extra cost and the calories: proceeds directly benefit Ochsner Hospital programs for babies and children.