The new year kicks off with a bang as New Orleans hosts the 81st annual Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 1. The rest of the weekend offers plenty of things to do, ranging from theatrical parodies of classic Hollywood films, to shows featuring the best in New Orleans-bred comedians and indie rockers.
1. Gone With the Breaking Wind – Local comedic favorites Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Brooklyn Shaffer and Sean Patterson star in a staged parody of the classic movie Gone With the Wind. Mid-City Theatre (3540 Toulouse St.) hosts the show Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Shows continue through Jan. 18. Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite.
Thursday, January 1
2. Sugar Bowl – The much-anticipated annual college football bowl game returns on New Year’s Day as the University of Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are officially sold out, but you can watch the big game on ESPN from the comfort of your home or favorite sports bar.
Friday, January 2
3. 50 First Jokes – Kick off the New Year with a few laughs as 50 comics from around town share their first joke of 2015. Hosted by Addy Najera and Cyrus Cooper, the BYOB event promises to be one of the biggest nights of the year for NOLA’s comedy scene. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. at The New Movement.
Saturday, January 3
4. Mahayla with Beautiful Sons plus Lovey Dovies – Local indie rockers Mahayla take the stage at One Eyed Jacks this Saturday night, and Lovey Dovies and Beautiful Sons open the show. Doors open at 9pm; show at 10pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online in advance.
5. Close Me Out: The Drunken Telling Of Drunken Tales – In a city of drinkers, some of the finest drinkers gather this Saturday night to tell some of their finest drinking stories. Hi Ho Lounge hosts as Annie Barry, Leon Blanda, Amber Carew, April Siese and more tell their tales. It’s like Drunk History without the history. The show starts at 8 p.m.; cover is $5.