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Weekend Picks: “The Clock,” Jingle Bells and Beer, and More

Get going with a ’round-the-clock screening at the Contemporary Arts Center, concerts, a movie screening, and more. Tick tock!

Let The Clock be your guide all weekend long: Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans’ continuous screening of this video installation means you can drop in at 3 a.m. Saturday morning should the mood strike. Channel decades past with an “I Love the ’90s” concert on Friday, a free screening of “Stop Making Sense” on Saturday, and a play at the Tennessee Williams Theater Company. Or, get going on holiday plans with City Park’s Jingle Bells and Beer or a book signing with two famous designers at The Grove Street Press on Saturday. Tick tock!

The original anchor for the new Warehouse District, or New Orleans Arts District as we now know it is the Contemporary Arts Center on Camp Street. It's a complex with several floors of flexible gallery space, theaters, and education facilities, and a book store for the art lover. It's one of my favorite spaces in all of New Orleans, thanks to the modern spiral ramp that leads to the upstairs galleries. Look for intriguing modern visual and performing arts programming year round here.
The original anchor for the new Warehouse District, or New Orleans Arts District as we now know it, is the Contemporary Arts Center on Camp Street. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

All Weekend

1. The Clock at Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans — From Friday 5 p.m. through Sunday 5 p.m., the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans will screen The Clock… around the clock. This project samples thousands of film excerpts from the history of cinema that indicate the passage of time—from clock towers to wristwatches to buzzing alarm clocks—unfolding on the screen as a 24-hour montage. The installation runs continuously day and night this weekend and next weekend. For a full schedule and live updates on visiting The Clock, visit ProspectNewOrleans.org. Free. 

2. Dangerous Birds (If Agitated) at the Tennessee Williams Theater Company — This night of one-act plays takes you from the Florida Keys to New York to Medieval England. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m.; tickets $25.

Friday

2. I Love the ’90s at UNO Lakefront Arena — The ’90s are having a major moment sartorially speaking, so a musical nod is a natural progression. This concert features ’90s heavyweights Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Color Me Badd, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Coolio, and more at the Lakefront Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets from $55 online.

Saturday

3. Jingle Bells and Beer — At 7 p.m., head to City Park for this 21+ event that combines the cheer of the holidays with the cheer of seasonal beer. The park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks decorations are already up, illuminating the scene with a warm, festive glow. Tickets are $40.

5. Novogratz Book Signing at The Grove Street Press — Designers extraordinaire Robert and Cortney Novogratz will sign copies of their newest book, Beachside Bohemian, at The Grove Street Press from 5 until 7 p.m. We think it’s a perfect gift idea… and you can stock up on some seriously chic, locally made stationery while you’re at it. Free.

Urban South (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Lagniappe

“Stop Making Sense” Screening at Urban South Brewery — The brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street hosts the 1984 Talking Heads concert film starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Big suits are encouraged. Free.

Brooklyn Brewery NOLA MASH — This beer-focused event features two days of programming, including a free concert at the Joy Theater at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) featuring The Lone Bellows and a Beer Mansion event on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with food, drink, and entertainment (tickets $20).

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