What’s happening in (virtual) New Orleans this week: Oct. 12-16

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.

by Matt Haines
October 12, 2020

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:


O What A Night! Silent Auction | All week | Website | Free (unless you bid!)
With the health and safety of its supporters in mind, Ogden Museum of Southern Art has transitioned its annual O What a Night! Gala to an online format, featuring live and silent art auctions that will support the Museum’s educational mission to share the art and culture of the American South. Learn more about the silent auction here! Bidding ends Sunday, October 18 at 5 p.m.


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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)

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!


Teaching Strategies and Digital Tools for Online Student Engagement | Noon | Online | Free
Tune in to this pre-recorded presentation in which Museum educators will share how to modify Museum activities and lesson plans for an online environment. In this presentation, the National World War II Museum will showcase ways to uncover student thinking, develop student critical engagement, and present teachers with digital approaches to our lesson plans that are ready to deploy in an online classroom.

Khris Royal and Dark Matter Live from the New Orleans Jazz Museum Balcony | 5 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
The New Orleans Jazz Museum has a different musician or band on their balcony every week, and this week featuresDark Matter for an hour-long set featuring Khris Royal on saxophone!

Hoda Kotb – This Just Speaks to Me Book Tour | 7 p.m. | Cadenza.tv (link sent after registering) | $35 (includes signed copy of book!)
Join Garden District Book Shop as they host this virtual event with New York Times bestselling author Hoda Kotb. They’ll be discussing Hoda’s book, This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Everyday


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For the Culture with Kris Baptiste | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live and Instagram Live | Tips encouraged
House of Blues has been hosting a twice-weekly series of New Orleans-based musicians, and this Tuesday they’re presenting an hour-long set with Kris Baptiste!

The Moth Presents their Virtual Story Slam | 7:30 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after tickets purchased) | $10
The Moth is back with their monthly storytelling competition in New Orleans. This month’s topic is Disguises. Whether you want to tell a story, or just watch and enjoy, here’s how you can find out more information.

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.


“The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy” | 11 a.m. | Zoom (link sent after registering) | Free
Tune into a webinar with the National World War II Museum featuring Dr. de Grazia presenting on her latest book, The Perfect Fascist, which tells the story of fascist, Attilio Teruzzi—a war hero turned commander of Mussolini’s Black Shirts—and how the personal became political in the fascist quest for manhood and power.

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 Ida Kohlmeyer’s work, Abstract in White.

October Book Club Meeting | 6 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after emailing) | Free (book can be purchased here for a 20% discount)
Garden District Book Shop hosts a monthly book club, and this month they’re discussing The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom.The meeting will be held via Zoom, and you can join by sending an email in advance here to get the link and join more about the club here.


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Drawing 101: Learning Perspective | 6 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after registering) | Free, but $10 donation is encouraged
In this next class in the Drawing 101 series, learn all about drawing with perspective. Participants are encouraged to tune in each week for a new drawing exercise with Museum Educator, Michelle Pontiff, for an evening of stress-free, beginner-level drawing classes designed to build your drawing skills. This week’s all about learning to draw texture. You can learn more about the session and any materials you might need here.

Faith Becnel Live Streaming from Rock n Bowl | 7:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Rock ‘n’ Bowl has been serving up a steady stream of virtual concerts. This Wednesday night they’re featuring American Idol contestant Faith Becnel for a 90-minute set!


Young Audiences of Louisiana Leads “Baby Artsplay” | 9:30 a.m. | Facebook Live (link sent after registering) | Free
Young Audiences of Louisiana’s Baby Artsplay!™ is offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregiver. Now, caregivers can participate in this popular local workshop at home. Learn how to integrate purposeful activities into your children’s daily routine and support their cognitive, physical and social development. Learn more here.

WWII and the Early Civil Rights Movement | Noon | Zoom (link sent after registering) | Free
Join The National WWII Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum as we explore World War II as catalysts of the modern civil rights movement. Learn more 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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For the Culture with Erica Falls | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live and Instagram Live | Tips encouraged
House of Blues has been hosting a twice-weekly series of New Orleans-based musicians, and this Thursday they’re presenting an hour-long set with Erica Falls!

Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots at Rock n Bowl | 7:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Rock n Bowl is back with a Thursday night show that will knock your socks off. Get ready for a set of exciting Zydeco music with Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots.


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  Live | Tips encouraged


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Quarantunes Virtual Concert | 2 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Every Friday at 2 PM, 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. This week features Adam Weiner!

Virtual Concert: HispaNOLA Live! with ViVas Music Trio | 3 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free
Welcome to HispaNola Live!, a weekly live music show presented by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy – Embrace the Culture Series.  Every week you’ll get the best in live music entertainment all while highlighting some of the city’s most influential Latin culture bearers. This concert features ViVaz Music Trio!

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’s conversation is with M.O. Walsh, whose fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review and in many other places. Bring your questions and they’ll be time to ask them!

Fridays from the Funky Uncle! | 7 p.m. | 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. Check here later in the week to see who’s performing this Friday!

Nashville South at Rock n Bowl | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Here’s one more show with Rock n Bowl. Don’t miss this two-hour set with Nashville South!




Matt Haines lives in New Orleans and writes about all the cool stuff. Visit his website MattHainesWrites.com. Follow him on Social Media: FB: matthaineswrites TW: matthaineswrite IG: matthaineswrites

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