From here on out, you can expect to see Mardi Gras dominating our Weekend Picks coverage. This weekend, kick it off with the creative and spectacular Krewe of Chewbacchus, see a special Marigny Opera Ballet performance of “Aureole,” enjoy fabulous art at Arts District First Saturdays, start the celebration of Black History Month in New Orleans, and much more.
Paul Taylor’s “Aureole” – The Marigny Opera Ballet continues their season with Paul Taylor’s “Aureole.” This ethereal 1962 ballet is one of Taylor’s greatest works and will premiere with the Marigny Opera Ballet on January 31 with performances through February 2. “Aureole,” revered as one of the most respected works of its time for its grace and difficulty, will be accompanied by the New Resonance Orchestra. Gretchen Erickson will also present a world premiere: “Dialogues in G-Major,” set to Bach’s Cello Suite Number One and accompanied by LPO cellist Philip von Maltzahn. Tickets are $45.
Live Piano & Free Oysters – Every Friday, Le Bon Temps Roule (4801 Magazine St.) features live piano and free oysters. What’s not to love about that? If you’re looking for something fun and free to do, head uptown to Le Bon Temps Roule from 7-10 p.m. If you can stay up, stick around for Tennessee native and singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Eady who will take the stage at 11 p.m.
Rebeca Trejo & Friends: A Benefit for Puerto Rico – Join Rebeca Trejo and friends for a storytelling comedy show to benefit Puerto Rico’s earthquake victims. Proceeds made during the event will be donated to “Ruteando por mi Isla” & “Rescatistas Emocionales,” two citizen-led initiatives dedicated to addressing immediate needs, as well medical care and mental health support to the most affected areas on the southern part of the island. The show is from 9:30-11 p.m. at The New Movement. Tickets are $20.
Algiers Mardi Gras Festival – Kick off February and the countdown to Mardi Gras with a parade in Old Algiers. Starting at the Algiers Ferry Terminal, the group will wind its way through the neighborhood. Food, drink, and live music including the Brass-A-Holics and the Algiers Brass Band are highlights of the event. Stop by all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus – Celebrating 10 years, Chewbacchus is one of New Orleans’ most unique parades. You’ll see various sub-krewes paying homage to nerdy pop culture, including mythical creatures, Jurassic Park characters, Sharknados, and many more in out-of-this-world costumes. The parade starts at 7p.m. at Chartres Street And Homer Plessy Way and makes its way through the Bywater and French Quarter, ending on Conti Street.
Arts District First Saturdays – Experience the arts at the Arts District New Orleans for the First Saturday Gallery Openings – a free, self-guided art walk through our galleries and their ever exhibitions. The openings take place from 6-9 p.m. To see the full list of galleries participating, visit the Arts District website.
Sip & Swap Carnival Edition – Save your coins and plan a sustainable Mardi Gras in style! Merchant Magazine House (1150 Magazine St.) is hosting a special Carnival Costume Swap. Bring items that you have loved in the past but are happy to part with now and give a new life. Each participant will be given one ticket per swap item with an item limit of four. Register at 5 p.m. and the swap starts at 6 p.m.
Dido and Aeneas – The NOCCA Classical Vocal Department presents “Dido and Aeneas,”, which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers as they are sabotaged by an evil Sorceress. The performance is accompanied by the chamber orchestra. See the show January 30 and 31 at NOCCA’s Nims Black Box Theatre (2800 Chartres St.). Tickets are $15.
New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys – Opening on Thursday, Jan. 20 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum is an exhibit featuring the musical portraits of acclaimed artists Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys. The public is invited to this free opening, featuring music by Helen Gillet and Doug Garrison, from 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month in New Orleans – This February in New Orleans, take time to visit a multicultural museum, one of New Orleans’ many black-owned restaurants, or go to one of these events in honor of Black History Month.