White clothes were so last weekend. Don a primary color on Saturday for the annual Red Dress Run, followed by Dirty Linen Night (where you can fish out last week’s whites from the bottom of the bin). There’s even more to do on Saturday night, too: a punk rock event at One Eyed Jacks and Shuggie Otis at the Howlin’ Wolf. On Sunday, chef Nina Compton hosts a collaborative dinner with Top Chef and Iron Chef alums coming in from Portland, Oregon. You’ll probably want to wear clean duds for that, and you’re in luck – tax-free shopping happens all day Friday and Saturday.
1. Red Dress Run – Women and men don their LRDs for the annual Red Dress Run starting at 12:30 p.m. (people gather as early as 9 a.m.) in Armstrong Park. Registration is $70 online with proceeds benefiting dozens of charities in the city.
2. Dirty Linen Night – The sequel to White Linen Night, Dirty Linen starts at 6 p.m. on and around Royal Street in the French Quarter. Dirty rice and dirty martinis are part of the fun, along with live entertainment and local artwork from about 50 different galleries. Free.
3. Poguetry at One Eyed Jacks – Spider Stacy, sometimes-singer for seminal punk band The Pogues, headlines this event, presented by the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Doors are at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-up show with tickets available for $12 online.
4. Shuggie Otis at Howlin’ Wolf – Outkast and Beyonce have sampled his work, and D’Angelo cites him as an influence. Shuggie Otis (son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Johnny Otis) brings his honky-tonk funk to Howlin’ Wolf at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 online.
5. Iron Chef/Top Chef Collaborative Dinner at Compére Lapin – Compère Lapin hosts a one-night-only collaborative dinner with Nina Compton, fellow Top Chef contestant Doug Adams, and Iron Chef America winner Vitaly Paley. The four-course dinner will feature Pacific Northwest and Gulf seafood that will be paired along with Oregon Wines. Two seatings available at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call (504) 599-2119 for tickets ($75 each).
Tax-Free Shopping on Friday and Saturday – You might not shop guilt-free, but you can definitely shop tax-free on Friday and Saturday throughout the city as part of a state sales tax holiday. Ready to spend? Try Magazine Street.