Bars are closed again and the maximum size of group gatherings has been reduced, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online while getting those COVID cases back under control. Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
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 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.
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 editors of The Peauxdunque Review — Maurice Ruffin (editorial review board), Nordette Adams (poetry editor), Emily Choate (fiction editor), Larry Wormington (editor-in-chief), and Tad Bartlett (managing editor) — will be joining us to talk writing, books, New Orleans, and what The Peauxdunque is all about. They’ll also be taking your questions!
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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!
Virtual Concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra | 7 p.m. | Website (link sent after ticket purchased) | Season Subscription for $115 (monthly payments available)
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has a full season of music planned for the year! This is the first of their Orpheum Session Series and kicks off with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The link to the concert is available Friday evening, but you can listen to it for several weeks after that. Learn about this and future concerts here.
The Chee Weez at Rock ‘n’ Bowl | 7:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Rock ‘n’ Bowl’s back with another show — this time a two-hour set by The Chee Weez!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
CHAIRish the Children: Online Auction to Benefit the Louisiana Children’s Museum | Ends Saturday | Online | Place Bid
This Louisiana Children’s Museum’s 22nd annual fundraiser will look a little different this year. There’s an online auction that’s open through Saturday. (It’s open now, though, so click here and see what’s available!) On the left side of the screen, you can scroll through categories that include art, chairs, dining & spirits, fitness & wellness, shopping, and even vacations & fun activities!
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Live FitNOLA Class – Power Yoga | 10 a.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 Saturday morning, this 45-minute class is focused on power yoga, 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)
Ab Attack Live Stream | Noon | Zoom (link will be sent upon registration) | Free
Join Footprints To Fitness for a free 30-minute workout in partnership with FitNOLA and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. This class is an uptempo cardio and core workout, targeting your abs and helping you get fit!
Porch Fest: Harry’s Birthday Show | 4 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Anais St. John and Harry Mayronne Sr. are back for another round of Saturday tunes. This week is Harry’s birthday, so they’re playing his favorites!
La Fevre Pitcher Duo at Rock n Bowl | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Mid-City Lanes Rock n Bowl has been hosting a lot of great live virtual shows throughout quarantine. This Saturday night is La Fevre Pitcher Duo with a two-hour, high energy set!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
New Orleans Saints Head to Detroit | Noon | FOX, WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM, the Saints app | Price Varies
Who Dat Nation tunes in as their Saints hope to turn their season around with a Week 4 victory! This week our team goes head-to-head with the Detroit Lions in a game we hope will bring us to 2 – 2!
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Techno Club & The Fillmore present “More Love” | 4 p.m. | Twitch here or here | Tips encouraged
The Fillmore and Techno Club team up to bring you eight hours (!!) of the best techno music in New Orleans! Pop in for their weekly show!
Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition | 4:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | 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 this Sunday for a three-hour set to end that will get you up and dancing.
The Broad Theater Hosts Virtual Cinema | All Day | Kino Marque | 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, who is 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 two selections and you can click on the following links to find out how to purchase tickets for Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, and Jazz on a Summer’s Day.
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.