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What’s happening (virtually) in New Orleans this weekend: May 22-24

Despite being in Phase One of reopening, you won't find much happening outside. But we have you covered for life on the inside.

by Matt Haines | May 21, 2020

Despite being in Phase One of reopening, you won’t find much happening outside. But we have you covered for life on the inside. Here’s what we’re looking forward to this weekend:


FREE ZUMBA Class | 10 a.m. | Zoom | Free
Use the Zoom link, above, to access Heart N Hands’ free 30-minute Zumba class! Heart N’ Hands is a great nonprofit focused on heart health and heart disease prevention, so definitely check them out. To join the Zumba class, you’ll need the meeting ID (917 4283 1849) and password (9jgksJ).

Audubon Zoo’s Community Connection Series | 11 a.m. | Facebook | Free
The zoo is connecting the community to a different animal each week on Facebook Live. This week is all about the sea lions. Tune in at 11 a.m. to learn all about them!

Live from the Parlor: Bad Penny Pleasuremakers | 6 p.m. | Facebook | Tips and donations accepted
Listen to some fun old-fashioned early jazz and blues from the teens, ‘20s and ‘30s. Enjoy the Bad Penny Pleasuremakers and tune into The Starlight’s Facebook page with the link, above. It’ll be a lot of fun!

Golden Hour with Kermit Ruffins | 6:30 p.m. | Facebook | Free
Each week the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park hosts an interactive Facebook live stream, hosted by Nick Spitzer of American Routes. This week he’ll be with Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers!

Mannie Fresh | 7 p.m. | FacebookInstagram or Twitch | 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. Click on the links above at showtime to watch the show on Facebook, Instagram or Twitch.

Film Fest: Warrior Women with Lucy Lawless | 8 p.m. | Zoom | Free
Each Friday evening through June 19, the Joan of Arc Project (the group that puts on the Joan of Arc parade on Twelfth Night) is hosting a Zoom discussion group about a different Joan of Arc-focused film. This week you’re invited to a discussion about the Discovery Channel’s Joan of Arc feature episode. You can watch it here, then join the discussion on Friday with the Zoom link, above.

Ellis Marsalis Tribute Night | 8 p.m. | Facebook | 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 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. Last week featured Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist featured countless times on History Channel and National Geographic shows. Let’s see what’s in store for this week. Use the Facebook link, above, at 8 p.m. to find the stream.


FREE Twerk Fitness Class | 9 a.m. | Zoom link will be provided once you register | Register here and first class is free
Want to learn how to twerk? Looking for a really fun fitness class? All classes are meant to be New Orleans-focused and feature local bounce, soca and afrobeats music. Classes are one-hour, take place every Saturday and Wednesday and your first class is free. All proceeds go to

Fitness Fusion Class | 9:15 a.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! 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!

Researching Your New Orleans Property Seminar | 9:30 a.m. | Zoom link will be provided once you register | Register here for $25
How old is your home? Who previously owned it? How was it changed over time? What secrets does it hold? This information is out there for us to discover, we just need to know where to look. Robert J. Cangelosi Jr., an adjunct lecturer at the Tulane University School of Architecture will teach us how to answer those questions in this 2.5-hour seminar by the Friends of the Cabildo. Learn more information here.

Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training Info Session | 10 a.m. | Zoom | Free
Interested in learning how to teach yoga to people with disabilities? This might be the class for you. Find out by joining this information session via Zoom! They’ll discuss what it entails, curriculum, payments, an optional retreat and more. You can find ID and password information here.

Greek Festing in Place | Noon | | Free
This weekend would have been the 47th annual New Orleans Greek Festival — a Memorial Day weekend tradition. Since that won’t be possible, WWOZ is inviting you to party along with them for two hours, opa! Cousin Dimitri will be playing a mix of traditional and contemporary Greek music. On social media, they’ll be sharing pictures from past Greek Fests, interesting historical facts and recipes to your favorite Greek Festival food and pastries! You can tune in at 90.7 FM (locally) or online.

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.


Bywater Bakery (Virtual) Brunch | 10:30 a.m. | Facebook | Free

Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton have a regular gig live from Bywater Bakery every Sunday morning. They’re playing for those standing in line for their beignets, benedicts, cakes, pastries, crawfish bread and so much more — but they’re also playing in line for those of us at home. You can listen with the Facebook link, above, whether you have Bywater Bakery treats or not — but trust us, the treats are really good!

Big Freedia’s Kitchen: Gospel Sundays | 1 p.m. | Instagram Live 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 every Sunday for gospel brunch. If you think it’s just cooking, you obviously don’t know Big Freedia. There’s music, dancing, cocktails and special guests, as well!

Mannie Fresh | 3 p.m. | FacebookInstagram Live or 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 3 p.m. He’s playing gospel and inspirational music meant to lift your spirits during these trying times.

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. Use the Facebook link at 6 p.m. to find the stream for the live performance. You can also go to the page now and find the previous five Sunday performances!

The Sleazeball Orchestra! | 7 p.m. | Facebook | Donations welcome
This orchestra’s goal is to get you back in touch with the Sleaze inside jazz. They’re all great musicians and the show definitely has some cabaret elements to it. Frenchman Street club, 30/90 is still closed during Phase One, but they’re hosting some of their favorite bands for virtual gigs. Check them out using the Facebook link, above!

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