If you see a dizzying blur of fake beards and red and white velvet this weekend – don’t be alarmed – it’s just another krewe of drunk Santas. Besides the Krewe of Kringle on Saturday, there’s a more family-friendly holiday event this weekend with Louisiana’s version of The Nutcracker at the Southern Rep Theater. Over Christmas already? Not to worry – there’s a festival for us photophiles and two plays of the indie and classic varieties. So greet the day – or night – New Orleans is waiting for you this weekend!
Thursday, December 8:
1. PhotoNOLA’s Festival of Photography – From Thursday to Sunday, PhotoNOLA hosts their sixth annual photography festival. The festival commences on Thursday with an introductory multimedia class led by renowned filmmaker Dave Anderson and Claire O’Neill from NPR followed by the PhotoGALA Benefit Party and Auction of contemporary photographs from 7-10 p.m. with musical guests Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns. The rest of the weekend is full of stimulating panel discussions, lectures and presentations for seasoned, aspiring and merely pedestrian photographers as well as city-wide photography shows for lovers of camera-crafted pictures.
Friday, December 9:
2. Sarah – Sarah, intended originally for Prospect 2, is continuing with encore performances through December 18. Strategically located at the Skin Horse Theater in the Bywater, an intimate, bare-bones house under renovation, the venue is a fitting backdrop to the dramatic theme of this uncomfortably satisfying play about a troubled young woman struggling at a dinner party among friends. See Sarah this Thursday – Sunday and next Thursday – Sunday at 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 10:
3. Krewe of Kringle – In New Orleans we have krewes. Without getting into the great tradition of Mardi Gras krewes, I’ll just say if there’s a chance to join a krewe, you should take advantage of it. In this case, The Krewe of Kringle is an inebriated army of Santas – sexy and otherwise – frolicking through the French Quarter, stopping at bars stocked with complimentary Abita and shot specials to all participating Santas.
4. Romeo and Juliet – NOMA’s Great Hall is the deliberate and celestial set of Romeo and Juliet co-presented by the NOLA Project. The award winning cast will act out Shakespeare’s most famous play within the confines of the Great Hall’s soaring walls and balconies. There are six shows on December 8,10, 11, 15, 17 and 18, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.
Sunday, December 11:
5. The Pecan Cracker – We all know about The Nutcracker, whether you’ve heard Tchaikovsky’s score thousands of times or you’ve seen the ballet live every Christmas. Now, the Nutcracker’s Cajun cousin from the bayou comes to town in the form of The Pecan Cracker – a musical tale featuring alligators and cockroaches instead of dancers and snowballs in place of sugarplums. The play premiering at the Southern Repertory Theater will surely instill new Christmas memories and traditions for the whole family. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through December 23.