This weekend in New Orleans is for music and art lovers. So if you’re looking for a little more culture in your life, this would be the weekend to find it. There is the Afrikan Film Fest all weekend long, the longest New Orleans art walk on Magazine Street, a Broadway caliber 50s rock and roll tribute, plus two awesome music tours to catch.
1. Afrikan Film Fest – The New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival presents three days of African screenings, authentic cuisine, lectures, music and more at Café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center. There will be many enlightening documentaries, shorts and features on Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each day or a festival pass can be purchased online.
Friday, October 5
2. Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll – Hearken back to the gold old days of that rock and roll music at the Old U.S. Mint performance hall from 8 to 11 p.m. Levi Kreis, star of Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet and his band will channel Jerry Lee Lewis in a 1950s tribute to the groundbreaking music of the era. Tickets can be purchased online to just the main event or the patron party as well from 6:30 to 8 p.m. which includes dinner and drinks.
Saturday, October 6
3. Art for Art’s Sake – The art event of the season hits Magazine Street this Saturday! The famous New Orleans strip will open its shops and galleries to the public from 5-9 p.m. These venues will bring out the best of what they offer for attendees to peruse while sipping glasses of wine and enjoying background music provided by various New Orleans bands sprinkled along Magazine Street. Julia Street will have their own celebration with a free block party on the 300 through 600 blocks from 6-9 p.m. There will be cocktails, cuisine and DJ-spun jams plus the debut of compelling CAC exhibitions, like Cinema Reset – a literally massive screening of experimental film and new media entitled “Have One on Me.”
4. Pretty Lights at Mardi Gras World – The electro-hop musician will play a set on the river at Mardi Gras World as part of the Illumination Tour with special guests 12th Planet, araabMUZIK and SuperVision. With the danceable ambient beats from this lineup combined with the sunset over the Mississippi, this concert is sure to be a multisensory adventure to kick Saturday night into high gear. The music starts at 4:00 p.m.
5. Menomena – The Portland trio stops by One Eyed Jack’s on their American tour off the heels of their 2012 release, “Moms.” Their multi-layered and dimensional sound is part calculated, part poppy, part fuzzy rock with the baritone sax giving a nod to Morphine. The show should be quite the sonic experience. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $12.