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What to do (virtually) this week: Apr. 20-24

We know it seems like we're home "doing nothing," but if you search around, your virtual calendar can get packed really quickly!

by Matt Haines | April 20, 2020

We know it seems like we’re home “doing nothing,” but if you search around, your virtual calendar can get packed really quickly!

From cocktail parties to festing on the porch (literally), here are the virtual happenings we’re looking forward to this week:


Level Up Your LinkedIn | 11:30 a.m. | Website | $10

Want to learn how to better use LinkedIn to build your network and accomplish your career goals? Entrepreneur Mallory Whitfield will teach you how to do just that in this YLC-sponsored webinar.


Alicia “Blue Eyes” Renee with guests | Noon | WWOZ 90.7 FM | Donations accepted here.

Join Alicia “Blue Eyes” Renee from her courtyard in the French Quarter as she displays her memorable vocals alongside Glen Finister Andrews (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), Jessie Smith (Cyril Nevil), and Sedric Holmes (The Buddy Bolden Film). The show starts at noon.


Swan Talks Podcast | 3 p.m. | Website | Free

Tune in live to Swan River Yoga’s inaugural podcast episode. There will be a new guest each week. In this episode, founder Swan Michelle will interview Haiyan Khan, a peace walker and yogi.


Taproom Yoga| 5 p.m. | Facebook | Donations accepted here.

The Taproom Yoga that normally takes place at NOLA Brewing on Monday evenings has gone virtual. All skill levels are welcome to join Elevate Yoga at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live!


Live Music from SideBar NOLA | 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. | Website | Donations accepted here

SideBar NOLA has live local music streaming for you seven nights a week (and oftentimes more than once per night). For a full listing of their performances, check out this page.


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Rise and Vibe Live Yoga | 7 a.m. | Instagram Live Stream | Donations accepted via Venmo, Eventbrite and PayPal.

NOLA Tribe Yoga sees no reason why you can’t roll out of bed and roll out your yoga mat at the same time. Classes take place each Tuesday and are available on Instagram Live for 24 hours after the class is complete. Donations are encouraged.


Cooking in Quarantine | 5 p.m. | Zoom | Register, and donations accepted here.

Cooking in Quarantine is an event organized by the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. It’s part-cooking class, part-supper club and part-office hours where New Orleanians can hang out with NOCHI chefs and one another to talk meal prep, family cooking, culinary techniques and more!


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Commander’s Palace Italian Cocktail Party | 6:30 p.m. | Zoom | $104 for two

The famous Uptown eatery is hosting a guided wine and cheese tasting with James Beard Award-nominated “wine guy” Dan Davis. Buy your tickets by Monday at noon and Commander’s Palace will deliver the wine and St. James Cheese to your door.

Adam Pearce Live Performance | 6:30 p.m. | Instagram or Facebook | Free

Local rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter, Adam Pearce, sits on his porch and plays some of his favorite music. The first show was a hit, so he’s back for Round 2 this week!


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Jazz Festing in Place | 11 a.m. | WWOZ 90.7 FM | Free 

From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. during all eight days Jazz Fest was scheduled, WWOZ will broadcast incredible archival festival performances including Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, The Wild Magnolias and many more. There will also be interview segments and recipes from some of your favorite Jazz Fest food items.


Guided Meditations | 1 p.m. | Skype | Donations accepted here

Tibetan House is offering 30-minute guided meditations via Skype on Thursdays beginning at 1 p.m. The practice is kid-friendly, as well, and beginners are welcome. 


Live bilingual book reading | 3 p.m. | Facebook | Free

Join The Pebbles Center at 3 p.m. for a live reading of books in Spanish from their children’s-focused collection. The books will share stories from Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in the United States. In this session, author and educator, Andrea Olatunji will share the latest top Spanish language picture books.


Cocktail Talk | 5:30 p.m. | BlueJeans | Free

Get yourself a drink and join moderators Frank Avila, Bryan Pendarvis and Liz Reyna as they discuss life, love and the daily grind of living with Cystic Fibrosis. Hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Louisiana Chapter.


Jake Landry Band Live Quaran-Stream | 7 p.m. | Facebook | Donations accepted on Venmo or PayPal.

The Jake Landry Band is playing a recurring Thursday night gig in lieu of their normal set at the Foundation Room. Tune in for originals, a few covers and even some requests by you!


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Liven Up Your Landscaping | 3 p.m. | Website | Free

Many of us are using our surplus of time to work on our yards and gardens. If you’re one of those people — or wish to be one of those people — check out this YLC-sponsored event led by Mullin Landscape.


No Pants Shakespeare | 7 p.m. | Announced via Facebook | Free

The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans is putting on a performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest live from the actors’ homes via a streaming platform. You’ll see the actors performing from their desks and there’ll be no question about their talent. Like everyone on a Zoom call these days, however, there will be the question of whether or not the actors are wearing pants. Shakespeare wouldn’t care and neither should you, so swing by this Facebook page at 6:45 p.m. for the link to the performance!


Mannie Fresh | 7 p.m. | Facebook | Free, but gift cards to support The Maison and its staff can be purchased here.

Famous local DJ, Mannie Fresh hosts a popular DJ set (more than 10,000 viewers!) called “Virus-Killaz” each Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Check out his Facebook page for more information as the date gets closer.


Ellis Marsalis Tribute Night | 8 p.m. | Facebook | Free

Every week Snug Harbor has a tribute show to the recently departed New Orleans music legend, Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Swing by their Facebook page at approximately 8 p.m. and they’ll post the link to the show. 


Freaky Fridays | 8 p.m. | Facebook | Free

James Corbyn is a ghost hunter, Voodoo practitioner, historian, storyteller and collector of haunted artifacts. Each Friday he hosts a Facebook Live about another haunted topic. This week’s discussion is about all things Tarot.


Big Freedia’s Friday Night Shakedown | 9 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook | Donated accepted for Big Freedia’s Touring Crew and GNOF’s Disaster Relief Fund

Bounce, shake and wiggle with Big Freedia every Friday night! It’s a great party.


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