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What’s Happening This Week (Virtually) in New Orleans: June 22-26

Things are slowly returning to normal, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online if you’re not quite ready yet! Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week.

by Mary Staes | June 22, 2020

Things are slowly returning to normal, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online if you’re not quite ready yet! Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week:


DU Cooks Interview Series | 3 p.m. | Instagram Live | Free

Today, Wednesday and Thursday (all at 3 p.m.), Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture is sitting down to chat with another person (or persons) connected to the food industry, including those who grow, distribute, sell and cook the region’s best food. The sessions can be found on Instagram Live.


Live Music from SideBar NOLA | Throughout the evening | 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.


Tiffany Pollack & Co. Live from the Living Room | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live | Donations encouraged via PayPal and Venmo.

The Monday blues aren’t always bad. Especially when they’re being live streamed by Tiffany Pollack & Co. Check out the link, above, for the stream on Monday evening that will run live for 90 minutes!


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Live with Helen Gillet | 7 p.m. | YouTube, Instagram Live and Facebook Live | Donations accepted

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 | Donations 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!


Zumba Live Stream | 7 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after registering) | Free

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission has partnered with Footprints to Fitness to offer a free 30-minute zumba class on Zoom! The class is led by a dance instructor and is cardio-focused, but appropriate for all levels. Register here and you’ll receive a link to the Zoom class.


Practice Your French! | 10 a.m. | Zoom (link sent up registering by email) | Free

Bonjour! Looking to practice your French?  Join communications and events coordinator, Joseph, on Tuesdays during the Stay-at-Home order from 10 to 11am for a “Table Française!”


Shannon Powell Trio Live from the Jazz Museum | 5 p.m. | Facebook | Donations encouraged.

The Shannon Powell Trio is performing at a very special live stream from the balcony of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The museum has been hosting an hour-long virtual set with various artists for weeks and it’s been a blast!


Level 1 – Absolute Beginner Adult Tap | 7 p.m. | Zoom (link will be sent upon registering) | 1 class for $15; 6 classes for $80; 12 classes for $150

If you’ve never taken a tap dance class, or have had less than six months of classes, this is the class for you. Absolute Beginner Tap is an introductory level tap class designed for adult students looking to enjoy an engaging rhythmic workout in a fun and positive environment! Each week you will receive a 45-minute live virtual dance class, as well as access to weekly supplemental practice videos. Check out the left side of this page for the full listing of adult classes offered by HEIDITAPS.


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Clown Town TV Premier Party: Episode 12 | 8 p.m. | Facebook | 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 Episode 12 as well as to watch earlier episodes.


Quarantini Happy Hour World Tour with Jon Cleary | 8 p.m. | YouTube and Facebook Live | Donations welcome via PayPal or Venmo.

Virtuosic jazz pianist Jon Cleary plays an hour of music with another guest every Tuesday night. This week Mr. Cleary is joined by Ivan Neville.


Geaux Live NOLA: Water Seed | 2 p.m. | Facebook Live | Donations encouraged

Watch this popular local funk band play an hour-long set on Facebook Live for the “Embrace the Culture” virtual series brought to us all by The Filmore!


Big Freedia’s Kitchen: Watcha Cookin’ Wednesdays with the Queen Diva | 7 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook | Free to watch, but recipes are as low as $5/month

What does the Queen Diva cook? It turns out thousands of people want to know! Watch her chop it up in the kitchen for one final stay-at-home Wednesday night. If you think it’s just cooking, you obviously don’t know Big Freedia. There’s music, dancing, cocktails and special guests, as well!


Live FitNOLA Class — Hip Hop Cardio | 7 p.m. | Zoom | Free

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is leading virtual exercise classes every day of the week (often, both, in the evening and during the day). This Wednesday night class is focused on hip hop cardio, 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 yoga, fitness, line dancing, swing and much more! To join in on Zoom, use the link above and enter the Meeting ID (334-196-3309) and Password (BeFitNOLA).

Debauchery! June Online Edition | 7:30 p.m. | Link will be sent after purchasing tickets | $10

Who doesn’t love a good, local episodic soap opera?? Southern Rep Theatre brings a new episode of Debauchery (online) this Wednesday. This month, Felicity has an important vision. What’s going to happen? Well, the cast is hilarious and the show is a ton of fun, so tune in!


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Quarantini Happy Hour World Tour with Jon Cleary | 1 p.m. | YouTube and Facebook Live | Donations welcome via PayPal or Venmo.

In addition to his Tuesday night gig, Jon Cleary plays an afternoon performance (nighttime in London) every Thursday.


Virtual Happy Hour at Garden District Book Shop | 5 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free

Each week during the pandemic, the Garden District Book Shop has hosted a virtual happy hour featuring a New Orleans author. They’re mixing things up a little bit this week as the “guest” is (are) actually the shop’s booksellers. They’ll talk about their current reads, offer book recommendations, give you a behind-the-scenes look at the store and answer your questions!


Ogden After Hours At Home | 6 p.m. | Zoom and Facebook Live | Donations encouraged

Ogden Museum has made their weekly “Ogden After Hours” series a virtual event featuring Southern musicians and DJs performing from the comfort of their own homes. On the fourth Thursday of every month, host Brandon Lattimore will take audiences on a nostalgic journey and play musical selections from the Ogden After Hours archive.


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Fitness Fusion Class | 6:30 p.m. | Zoom link will be provided once you register | Register here and first class is free 

Like a gumbo pot, health and wellness company Footprints To Fitness created their master Fitness Fusion class to provide something for everyone… a true fusion of kickass workout with a whole lot of New Orleans culture. More than just a workout, it’s an experience that combines yoga, pilates, strength training, weight training, cardio, and barre ALL IN ONE CLASS! This class will be live streamed on Zoom. Register on their website to receive a custom link to join. The first class is free & registration is also available on ClassPass. Footprints to Fitness have Zoom classes offered every day of the week, so give their schedule a look.


Weekly Renters Rights Call | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live or by Phone | 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, or watch the livestream on Facebook (link above). There’ll also be opportunities to ask questions.


Cardio Blast Live Stream | 10 a.m. | Zoom (link will be sent upon registration) | Free

Join Footprints To Fitness for a free 30 minutes cardio workout in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. The class is designed for all levels so bring the whole family!


Ciné-Club à la Maison : Les Misérables | 2 p.m. | Zoom | Free

Each week during quarantine, Alliance Française of New Orleans hosts a club for lovers of French film. You can watch the movie here ahead of time so you’re ready for the Friday Zoom discussion!


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

Every week Snug Harbor hosts 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 what’s become a very popular series of shows.



Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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