What’s Happening (Virtually) This Week: May 11-15

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 Matt Haines
May 11, 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:


Taproom Yoga | 5 p.m. | Facebook | Donations accepted here.

The Taproom Yoga that normally takes place at NOLA Brewing on Monday evenings has gone virtual. All skill levels are welcome to join Elevate Yoga at 5 p.m. on Facebook 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.


The New Orleans Bounce Remix Championships | 8 p.m. | Website | Support by purchasing a gift card here.

Who’s the best local bounce remix producer in New Orleans? Mannie Fresh wants to find out, which is why he’s hosting this multi-round championship series. The event began last week and continues with a new head-to-head takes place nearly every night this week at 8 p.m. Here’s the event Facebook page.


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Rise and Vibe Live Yoga | 7 a.m. | Instagram Live Stream | Donations accepted via Venmo, Eventbrite and PayPal.

NOLA Tribe Yoga sees no reason why you can’t roll out of bed and roll out your yoga mat at the same time. Classes take place each Tuesday and are available on Instagram Live for 24 hours after the class is complete. Donations are encouraged. 


How Entrepreneurs Adapt During Covid-19: A Panel Discussion | 11:30 a.m. | Webinar | $10

Join YLC for their next webinar during which four successful local entrepreneurs will discuss how they are adapting to the new “normal” by acting on their deep understanding of their customers and reprioritizing their strategies. Learn more about the panelists and buy your tickets here.


Treme Brass Band Virtual Jazz Funeral | 5 p.m. | Facebook | Free

The Treme Brass Band is livestreaming a special concert from the balcony of the New Orleans Jazz Museum in honor of those in the city who have lost their life due to COVID-19. The performance will be broadcast on the Jazz Museum’s Facebook Live feed.


Cooking in Quarantine | 5 p.m. | Zoom | Register for free, and donations accepted here.

Cooking in Quarantine is an event organized by the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. It’s part-cooking class, part-supper club and part-office hours where New Orleanians can hang out with NOCHI chefs and one another to talk meal prep, family cooking, culinary techniques and more!


For the Culture: Live with Sabrina Stone | 7 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook Live | Donations accepted

Sabrina Stone sold 200+ copies of her latest album in its first week at Peaches Records with her jazzy/orchestral/melodic pop album, “International Date Line.” Now she’s performing virtually in this twice-weekly series meant to show off the many different musical cultures that make up New Orleans’ world-famous scene. You can find the Facebook event here and see the livestream here at showtime.

Ready.engage.Connect: Leader Your Next Virtual Meeting Like a Pro | 7 p.m. | Webinar | Free

Many workplace interactions have moved from the physical world to the virtual. YLC Toastmasters Club wants to help you improve your public speaking skills, even in this remote environment. Anna Dearmon Kornick will be teaching us how to shine online, with tips on How to Lead Your Next Virtual Meeting Like a Pro. Find more information on the Facebook event and register here.


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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 Wednesday and Saturday in May. The show starts at noon and you can find the livestream on her Facebook page.


Book Discussion and Launch Party for Richard Campanella’s “West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography” | 6 p.m. | Zoom | Free

New Orleans geographer Richard Campanella is the first to examine the West Bank holistically, as a legitimate subregion with its own story to tell. Join him virtually for this book launch party hosted by Octavia Books and the Preservation Resource Center. Every time you hear Campanella speak, you’re guaranteed to learn a dozen new things, so register here and tune in.


From the Lowcountry to the Bayou: A History of Barbecue | 6 p.m. | Zoom | Free

Dr. Howard Conyers is a rocket scientist and a bbq pitmaster! He’s hosted by the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses to discuss the history of BBQ and how it is connected to the enslaved people of America. You can register here for this informative and mouth-watering presentation.


Commander’s Palace “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” Crazy Hat Wine & Cheese Party | 6:30 p.m. | Zoom | $104 for two

The famous Uptown eatery is hosting a guided wine and cheese tasting with James Beard Award-nominated “wine guy” Dan Davis. During this popular weekly meet-up, the group gathers on Zoom to explore the finer points of pairing wines with cheese, while drinking a little too much wine and and eating a little too much cheese. Buy your tickets by Monday at noon and Commander’s Palace will deliver the wine and St. James Cheese Company cheese and crackers to your door.

Big Freedia’s Kitchen: Watcha Cookin’ Wednesdays with the Queen Diva | 7 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook | Donations accepted for Big Freedia’s Touring Crew and GNOF’s Disaster Relief Fund

What does the Queen Diva cook? It turns out a lot of people want to know! Watch her chop it up in the kitchen every Wednesday night. Tune in to her Facebook or Instagram pages at 7 p.m. for the livestream.


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Virtual Happy Hour Featuring Maurice Carlos Ruffin & Morgan Babst | 5 p.m. | Facebook | Free

Each week, the Garden District Book Shop is hosting a virtual happy hour, and this session features two local authors. They’ll discuss books, writing life, New Orleans and anything else that comes to mind while unwinding with a drink. Here’s the event page, but you’ll find the livestream on Garden District Book Shop’s Facebook page at event time. 


John “Papa” Grostream: Live from Port Orleans Brewery | 8 p.m. | Bandstream | Donations accepted via PayPal and Venmo.

The inimitable John “Papa” Gros is performing the entirety of his new record, “Central City,” via Livestream from Uptown’s Port Orleans Brewing Company. He’ll be performing with several other members of the band, so funk fans are guaranteed a great show. Here’s the Facebook event, and you’ll find the performance here at showtime.


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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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