Take your fun with a side of social justice this weekend in New Orleans: a themed dance party kicks things off while Friday and Sunday serve up a “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement” concert and “New Orleans Writers Resist,” respectively. Should you need a little fresh air, seek out Piety Street Market or the Courtyard Brewery’s “Midnight in the Courtyard.” Keep reading for the full scoop.
1. Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement Concert Tribute — Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel hosts this musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 p.m. The concert includes performances from saxophonist Houston Person, the Herlin Riley Quintet, and singer Leah Chase (not to be confused with her mother, the Queen of Creole Cuisine). Call (504) 283-8822 for more information.
2. Friday the 13th Dance Party at Hi-Ho Lounge — Pairing ’80s and ’90s music with classic slasher films on the screen and Mario Kart on the Nintendo, this themed dance party features food by Fry and Pie and $2 “Jason” shots. No cover charge; music starts at 10 p.m.
3. Piety Street Market — From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 50 vendors offer handmade jewelry, crafts, vintage clothing, collectibles, and more near the “Rusty Rainbow” bridge in Crescent Park, just across the street from Pizza Delicious. Free.
4. Writers Resist New Orleans — Part of a day of nationwide readings that celebrate freedom of expression (appropriately, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday), this event features acclaimed writers Tom Piazza and Katy Simpson Smith, among many others, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Art Garage on St. Claude Avenue. Free.
5. Midnight in the Courtyard — OK, so technically this starts Sunday at midnight, but for all intents and purposes, that’s still Saturday night. Courtyard Brewery hosts this event, featuring food from aptly named Midnight Noodle. They’ll also have king cakes (by the cake or by the slice). Admission is free.