What’s happening (virtually) in New Orleans this weekend: May 15-17

As stay-at-home remains the name of the game, we’re going to highlight some of the best online happenings going on around Virtual New Orleans!

by Mary Staes
May 14, 2020

As stay-at-home remains the name of the game, we’re going to highlight some of the best online happenings going on around Virtual New Orleans! Here’s what we’re looking forward to this week:

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Virtual Friday Night Flights | 6 p.m. | Facebook | $25 for the beer and $8 if you want to include tamales

NOLA Brewing is hosting weekly virtual flight tastings and this week’s theme is beer and tamales! Each of the four beers NOLA Brewing is presenting will be paired with a different flavor of tamale from El Pavo Real.  Learn more and order your beers (meant for two people, but works for between one and four individuals) as well as your tamales (optional, but encouraged) in advance. You’ll need to pick up your order curbside at the brewery on Thursday or Friday, and then keep an eye on the brewery’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live link.

 

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 the livestream at showtime.

 

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 show will feature Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist featured countless times on History Channel and National Geographic shows. Swing by their Facebook page at 8 p.m. to tune in.

 

Love Tempo: A Distanced Dance Party! | 8 p.m. | Zoom | Donations accepted

Join the party via camera (or without camera if you want to keep it private) and dance or jam along to synth, pop and club classics from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s! Here’s the Facebook event page, and they’ll post the Zoom info as the event date gets closer.

 

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SATURDAY, MAY 16

Fitness Fusion Class | 9:15 a.m. | ClassPass | 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! 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. 

Join The Journey for an all levels, high intensity combo class led by founder and media personality April Dupre, that combines yoga, pilates, strength training, weight training, cardio, and barre ALL IN ONE CLASS! 

 

Blues Bayou with Alicia “Blue Eyes” Renee | Noon | Facebook Live | Donations accepted here.

Join Alicia “Blue Eyes” Renee from her courtyard in the French Quarter every Saturday and Wednesday in May. The show starts at noon and you can find the livestream on her Facebook page.

 

Live Music from SideBar NOLA | 4 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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SUNDAY, MAY 17

Big Freedia’s Kitchen: Gospel Sundays | 1 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook | Donations accepted for Big Freedia’s Touring Crew and GNOF’s Disaster Relief Fund

The Queen Diva cooks, gives thanks and gets the gospel music going during this popular weekly virtual hang. Tune in to her Facebook or Instagram pages for the livestream.

 

Mannie Fresh | 3 p.m. | Facebook, IG Live and Twitch | Free, but gift cards to support The Maison and its staff can be purchased here.

Mannie Fresh is back for a special 90-minute Gospel Get Down set at 4 p.m. He’s playing gospel and inspirational music meant to lift your spirits during these trying times.

 

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The NOLA Project Sunday Solo Series | 6 p.m. | Facebook | Free

Each week The NOLA Project will feature a cast member performing a solo reading of a short story or brief monologue.

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...

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