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What’s Happening (Virtually) This Weekend: May 8-10

What's Happening (Virtually) This Weekend: May 8-10

by Matt Haines | May 7, 2020

As we move into our “new normal” for the next few weeks, we’re going to highlight some of the best virtual happenings! Here’s what we’re looking forward to this week:


Learn to Table-Escape with Page Goss Art | 3 p.m. | Website | Free

Many of us are away from our work desks, creating makeshift spaces on our coffee tables, dining room tables, or kitchen counters. During this YLC-sponsored event, Page Goss will walk us through creating a table-escape, making one of our most functional home pieces into a functional, beautiful place to escape.


Virtual Friday Night Flights | 6 p.m. | Facebook | $30

NOLA Brewing is hosting weekly virtual flight tastings. This week’s focus is on funky beers. You can buy your beers (meant for two people, but works for between one and four individuals) in advance. You can also purchase a cheese pairing, as well! You’ll need to pick up your order curbside at the brewery, and then keep an eye on the brewery’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live link.


Cameron and Michael LIVE! | 6 p.m. | Facebook | Donations accepted via PayPal and Venmo.

Cameron and Michael of The Cajun Troubadours play on their Mid-City porch, armed with an accordion, a guitar, beers, jokes and lots of tunes! You’ll find the live stream to their lively virtual show here on Friday evening.


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 more information as the date gets closer.


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. Last session was about the New Orleans Axeman murders. This week’s? Swing by their Facebook event to find out!


Big Freedia’s Friday Night Shakedown | 9 p.m. | Instagram and Facebook | Donated accepted for Big Freedia’s Touring Crew and GNOF’s Disaster Relief Fund

Bounce, shake and wiggle with Big Freedia every Friday night! It’s a great party.


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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. FIRST CLASS 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 10 – Happy Mother’s Day!

Bywater Bakery Brunch – Beignets & Benedicts | 10:30 a.m. | 

In addition to the titular beignets and benedicts, you can also swing by Bywater Bakery and grab cakes, pastries, crawfish bread, lasagna, hummus and bagel chips and so so SO much more for takeout. While you’re there, you might notice Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton performing for the social distancers in line, as well as on Facebook Live. Swing by their Facebook page on Sunday morning to tune in — whether or not you were able to grab tasty Bywater Bakery treats. (But trust us…you’ll be sorry if you didn’t!)


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Mannie Fresh | 4 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.


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.

Matt Haines

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