New Orleans is slowly opening back up, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online until we’re 100%! Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
The Broad Theater Hosts Virtual Cinema | All Week | Kino Marque and Vimeo | Purchase tickets (see below)
Broad Theater is open for business, but if you’re not ready to step into a theater just yet, they’re partnering with Kino Marquee Vimeo, who are bringing you a rotating selection of movies directly to your home. There are multiple ways to stream the movie (which can be purchased at any time and watched for five days after the purchase). This week there are three selections and you can click on the following links to find out how to purchase tickets for Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, and Call Me Brother.
Live FitNOLA Class – Morning Motivation | Noon | Zoom | Free
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is leading virtual exercise classes every day of the week (often two or three times a day). This Monday morning, this 45-minute exercise class is focused on motivating you for a week full of fitness, but classes throughout the week are all different. Check out a list of the full offerings here and here to find out when they’ll be leading classes in Zumba, pilates, yoga, fitness, line dancing, swing, hip hop, senior fitness and much more! To join in on Zoom, use the link above and enter the Meeting ID (334-196-3309) and Password (BeFitNOLA)
Monday Music with Michael Pearce | 2 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Local musician Michael Pearce is back with another hour-long virtual performance from his home!
The Syncopated Dandies | 6 p.m. | Website | Tips encouraged
When members of two great New Orleans bands get together, you know it’s going to be something special! Join in on the fun when The Dapper Dandies and The New Orleans Syncopators merge for a gig live streamed from Buffa’s Bar!
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Live with Helen Gillet | 7 p.m. | YouTube, Instagram Live and Facebook Live | Donations encouraged via PayPal, Venmo or Bandcamp
Helen Gillet and her cello are one of the most popular acts in town. While the effects of this pandemic linger, you’re able to hear her every Monday from the comfort of your own couch. Tune in for her weekly set that alternates between light, beautiful and wild.
Robin Barnes Presents #SongBirdatHome | 7 p.m. | Instagram Live and Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Join Robin Barnes, the Songbird of New Orleans and her husband Pat Casey every Monday night for a one-hour set as they bring a concert right from their living room to yours!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
For Teachers: Professional Learning Network Days | Noon | YouTube Live and Facebook Live | Free
Join the National World War II Museum staff on social media to discuss interdisciplinary strategies and practices to engage students in activities that help to develop their critical thinking in social studies and science courses. Learn how others use museum resources and tools in both face-to-face and digital contexts to provide high quality instruction for all students.
Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum | 6 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
The New Orleans Jazz Museum has a different musician or band in their courtyard every week. Check here on Tuesday to see who will be performing!
For the Culture: Live with Sabrina Stone | 7 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook Live | Tips ($5 Suggested)
Singer-Songwriter Sabrina Stone will be performing a solo set from the main stage of the House of Blues for the season finale of their “For the Culture” series. As a culture writer and a multi-instrumentalist, she is preserving New Orleans traditions in more ways than one. Tune in for some honest lyrics and earnest covers, sung in a jazzy, melodic voice.
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Tradition Tuesday Live Stream w / Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition | 7:30 p.m. | Facebook | Tips encouraged
Who doesn’t need a little more swamp pop in their lives these days? Join Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition live from virtual Rock ‘n’ Bowl every Tuesday by clicking on the link, above, at 7:30 p.m.
Clown Town TV: Season 2, Episode 8 | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips and donations accepted on PayPal and Venmo
Clown Town features a rotating cast of queer NOLA Clowns as well as special guests from afar! It’s a little bit sideshow, a little bit vaudeville and plenty of New Orleans charm! Tune in via the Facebook page for Season 2, Episode 8 as well as to watch earlier episodes.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Lunchbox Lecture: “New Orleans Lakefront: A Beacon on the Homefront” | 11 a.m. | Facebook Live | Free
During this Lunchbox Lecture with the National World War II Museum, Chris Cook — Lighthouse Director at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Lighthouse Museum — will delve into the history of the lakefront of New Orleans during the war years. Although little remains of it today, this lakefront spanned between the New Canal Lighthouse and the Industrial Canal and was home to a substantial support system in World War II. Today, where vibrant neighborhoods and a university stand today, there were large hospitals, training facilities and a POW camp.
Art & Zen: Online Meditation Series | Noon | Zoom (link sent after registering) | Free, but a $5 donation is encouraged if you are able
Every Wednesday at noon, join the Ogden Museum for a live seated 30-minute mindfulness meditation inspired by a work of Southern art. This online meditation program is led by Ogden Educator and yoga and meditation instructor, Mikhayla Harrell! All experience levels welcome and you can learn more here. This week’s online meditation is inspired by Jacob Mitchell’s work, Moon 002.
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Citizens for a Better HANO | 3 p.m. | Zoom (register here) and Facebook Live | Free
Brideisha Harness-Parker, Community Leader and Section 8 Tenant and Kim Ford, Housing Advocate and host of Treeshakers Radio Talk Show join to have frank discussions about housing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Section 8 tenants are invited and encouraged to join and participate in the recording for the weekly broadcast live via ZOOM and Facebook Live.
How to Become a Digital Marketing Professional | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after registering | Free
Are you interested in learning how you can jump-start a career in digital marketing? Attend an info session to hear about the Loyola University Cybersecurity Bootcamp. This event is open to anyone who is looking for a career change, to enhance understanding, or to gain new skills in this growing arena. Learn more about the session here.
Live FitNOLA Class – Barre Above | 7 p.m. | Zoom | Free
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is leading virtual exercise classes every day of the week (often two or three times a day). This Wednesday evening, the 45-minute exercise class is focused on barre, but classes throughout the week are all different. Check out a list of the full offerings here and here to find out when they’ll be leading classes in Zumba, pilates, yoga, fitness, line dancing, swing, hip hop, senior fitness and much more! To join in on Zoom, use the link above and enter the Meeting ID (334-196-3309) and Password (BeFitNOLA)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
Using Data to Drive Business Growth | 2 p.m. | Online Webinar (link sent after registering) | Free
Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions with this webinar by SCORE Mentors and the Good Work Network. Learn more here!
How to Launch a New Career in Tech: Cybersecurity Info Session | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after registering | Free
Are you interested in learning how you can jump-start a career in cybersecurity? Attend an info session to hear about the Loyola University Cybersecurity Bootcamp. This event is open to anyone who is looking to enhance their understanding, gain new skills, or change careers in the growing field of cybersecurity. Learn more about the session here.
New Orleans Renters Rights Chat | 6 p.m. | Facebook Live or Phone Call | Free
Every Thursday, the New Orleans Renters Rights Assembly is hosting a call to educate New Orleanians about what’s going on with rental and mortgage policies, as well as organizing to create a more equitable world. You can call 504-517-5470 to listen in (Meeting ID: 299411967), or watch the livestream on Facebook (link above). There’ll also be opportunities to ask questions.
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Second Annual Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival | 6:30 p.m. | Website and Facebook Live | Free (but check out the raffle tickets!)
Virtually visit the second Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival on Poydras Home’s Facebook page and website. At 6:30 p.m. their majestic tree will be lit. Hear the American Legion Band, The Real Presence Trio and harpist Judy Seghers. Take a chance on three festive raffles, tickets available on PoydrasHome.com through the DONATE NOW button. Raffle tickets can be purchased until 7:00 p.m. that evening with the winners announced at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy this budding local holiday tradition!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
Cardio Blast Live Stream | 10 a.m. | Zoom (link will be sent upon registration) | Free
Join Footprints To Fitness for a free 30-minute cardio workout in partnership with FitNOLA and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. The class is designed for all levels so bring the whole family!
Quarantunes Virtual Concert | 2 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Every Friday at 2 p.m., the New Orleans Jazz Museum hosts virtual concerts with an exciting mix of talented Jazz musicians, all performing from their homes. This free online series, broadcasting to music fans around the world, highlights the rich culture and history of New Orleans.
Virtual Concert: HispaNOLA Live! | 3 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free
Welcome to HispaNola Live!, a weekly live music show presented by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy. Every week you’ll get the best in live music entertainment all while highlighting some of the city’s most influential Latin culture bearers.
Virtual Happy Hour at Garden District Book Shop | 5 p.m. | Facebook Live and YouTube Live | Free
Each week during the pandemic, the Garden District Book Shop has hosted a virtual happy hour featuring New Orleans authors and literary lovers. This week the Shop is joined by young adult-book authors Leslie Lutz, Dana Swift and Hanna Howard as they discuss their new YA books, what it’s like to release a book during COVID and more! It’s an interactive conversation, so bring your questions!
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Fridays from the Funky Uncle! | 7 p.m. | Twitch, YouTube Live and Facebook Live | Tips encouraged via PayPal, GoFundMe or Venmo
“Friday’s From the Funky Uncle!” is a webcast featuring New Orleans Funk Musicians playing live to raise money for all members of the entertainment community in New Orleans who are in need. This week the inimitable Russell Batiste will be performing with a whole lot of friends!
Jamey St. Pierre & Rurik Nunan | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Jamey is performing live with Rurik Nunan in Jefferson Parish at Pour House Saloon. If you don’t feel comfortable with live music, then you can listen to the livestream from home!
See? There’s tons going on! If you can afford it, please be sure to tip the band/performers/DJ/teachers/etc. Many of them are battling lost gigs as a result of the pandemic, and are working very hard to keep us entertained during the unique times.
Remember, send me an email if you have an event you’d like me to add for next week’s round-up!
WRITER MATT HAINES LIVES IN NEW ORLEANS. FOLLOW HIM FOR ALL THINGS GOING ON IN NOLA — DURING TIMES OF PANDEMIC AND OTHERWISE — AT MATTHAINESWRITES.COM, AND ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER.