Today we embark on the first installment of 60-Second Weekend — some under-the-radar events in and around New Orleans. It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to chin up and start planning your weekend. If you’ve been outside in the past few days, you’ve felt the humidity (don’t deny it) — but with this heat comes flowers in bloom and other festivities to enjoy over the next few days. We Got Your Weekend:
This Sweaty City (8 p.m.) from Goat in the Road Productions, one of the many talented local theatrical companies to be filling seats at the Allways Lounge, Backyard Ballroom, and more, has a two night only showing of its first ever radio performance, This Sweaty City. Friday and Saturday night at the Shadowbox Theater on St. Claude hosts live the first episode of this performative podcast about a magical realism-ed NOLA (not too far from the truth), which includes the voices of over 15 local performers, including renaissance woman Aurora Nealand, Mondo Bizarro’s Nick Slie, and Goat in the Road’s Chris Kaminstein — who wrote this radio play along with Shannon Flaherty and Will Bowling. If you miss the live events, stay tuned for the twelve upcoming podcast episodes.
Louisiana Iris Walk (9 a.m.) — If you thought Mardi Gras Krewes were exclusive, that’s because you’re right... luckily, there are less "insider" groups in town, such as the Greater New Orleans Iris Society. As of March 23 (the launch of "Bloom Season"), GNOIS offers weekly Iris Walks that start in NOMA's Sculpture Garden and end with some coffee over at Morning Call.
Jean Lafitte National Park Spring Wildflower Walk (10:30 a.m.) How often do you get out to Marrero? Not often enough, especially when you remember that that's where the Barataria Preserve resides and hosts some of the most beautiful (and precious) wetlands and botanical gifts in the local area. Head out this weekend for a free guided (board)walk.
Good for What Ails You (8 p.m. & 10 p.m.) — Initiated in December of 2012, NolasynchroniCITY is a film series that features the extraordinary culture of New Orleans and our Louisiana heritage. This week’s movie is “Good for What Ails You,” by local documentarian Glen Pitre (of the acclaimed Hurricane on the Bayou), and reveals various healing secrets of Cajuns, Creoles, and Houma Indians. Forget Eastern Medicine, this is Bayou Medicine. The series is free and open to the public, and the filmmakers are available for questions between showings.
Oh, and did we mention French Quarter Fest? Happy 30th, FQF.