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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

We suggest making the weekend after Mardi Gras a low-key one. Take the family to Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Saturday afternoon for Chinese New Year crafts and activities, or enjoy the inaugural Tulane Film Festival on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a bike workshop aimed at commuters and a new exhibit showcasing the private works of Edgar Degas. If you’re interested in letting Mardi Gras linger, stop by the Garden District Gallery on Washington Avenue – their Carnival! exhibit ends on Sunday.

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A new exhibit at the Newcomb Art Gallery highlights private works of Degas, such as this equestrian scene. (Image: Newcomb Art Gallery on Facebook)


Tulane University Film & Arts Festival – The inaugural festival carries with it the promise to “laissez les bons films rouler.” Festival-goers can expect a mix of screenings (like the 2014 Sundance selection, Rudderless) plus discussions, live music, and art installations on Friday and Saturday. Head to the Uptown campus for this free event.


Chinese New Year Treats and Traditions – Though Chinese New Year is technically on Feb. 19, children and families can learn about the holiday through crafts, activities, and cookie decorating on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Bicycle Commuter Maintenance Workshop Bike Easy will host a two-hour workshop upstairs at The Green Project at 11 a.m. The hands-on session covers the basics of bike maintenance. Participants will learn to diagnose problems on their bikes plus solve common issues like flat tires. Space is limited; contact or call (504) 945-0240 to RSVP.


Carnival! at Garden District Gallery – In its picturesque location near Lafayette Cemetery, Garden District Gallery exhibits a collection of paintings, photography and sculptures that all feature Carnival as its muse. Sunday is the last day to view the works. Group show of paintings, photography and sculpture featuring Carnival as its muse. Sunday is the last day to catch the exhibit from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist at Newcomb Art Gallery – Get to know Degas through his paper works and the work of other artists within his circle (Paul Cezanne, Gustave Moreau and Mary Cassatt, to name a few). The free exhibit, which opens Wednesday, Feb. 18., features three rare self-portraits and intimate depictions of family and friends.

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