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What’s Happening in (Virtual) New Orleans this Weekend: Nov. 13-15

New Orleans is slowly opening back up, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online until we’re 100%! Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this weekend:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Cardio Blast Live Stream | 10 a.m. | Zoom (link will be sent upon registration) | Free
Join Footprints To Fitness for a free 30-minute cardio workout in partnership with FitNOLA and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. The class is designed for all levels so bring the whole family!

Quarantunes Virtual Concert | 2 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Every Friday at 2 PM, the New Orleans Jazz Museum hosts virtual concerts with an exciting mix of talented Jazz musicians, all performing from their homes. This free online series, broadcasting to music fans around the world, highlights the rich culture and history of New Orleans.

Virtual Concert: HispaNOLA Live! | 3 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free
Welcome to HispaNola Live!, a weekly live music show presented by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.  Every week you’ll get the best in live music entertainment all while highlighting some of the city’s most influential Latin culture bearers. This concert features Los Nortenos del Sur!

 

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Virtual Happy Hour at Garden District Book Shop | 5 p.m. | Facebook Live and YouTube Live | Free
Each week during the pandemic, the Garden District Book Shop has hosted a virtual happy hour featuring New Orleans authors and literary lovers. This week’s conversation is with authors C. Jarrett Dieterle and Wayne Curtis about adult beverages and some of the crazy and hilarious in America that govern their consumption. You can purchase their book, Give me Liberty and Give me a Drink! 65 Cocktails to Protest America’s Most Outlandish Alcohol Laws here.

Fridays from the Funky Uncle! | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged via PayPal, GoFundMe or Venmo
“Friday’s From the Funky Uncle!” is a webcast featuring New Orleans Funk Musicians playing live to raise money for all members of the entertainment community in New Orleans who are in need. Check here later in the week to see who’s performing this Friday!

Live From Your Living Room: The Victory Six and the Victory Belles | 7 p.m. | LiveStream and Facebook Live | Donations encouraged
Join the National World War II Museum for a virtual concert celebrating all of our nation’s veterans. For 20 years, the Museum has preserved and shared the legacy of the brave men and women who fought for our freedom in the war that changed the world — a story that is more relevant today than ever. Your donation to the Museum’s COVID-19 Response Fund will allow them to continue telling these stories for generations to come.

Clay Cormier & the Highway Boys | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Mid-City Rock n Bowl has supplied tons of live streamed music throughout COVID. They’re open again for bowling, but they’re still hooking us up with virtual opportunities to enjoy live music. Tonight they’ve got a two-hour set with Clay Cormier & the Highway Boys!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Live FitNOLA Class – Power Yoga | 9 a.m. | Zoom | Free
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is leading virtual exercise classes every day of the week (often two or three times a day). This Saturday morning, this 45-minute class is focused on power yoga, 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 Zumba, pilates, yoga, fitness, line dancing, swing, hip hop, senior fitness and much more! To join in on Zoom, use the link above and enter the Meeting ID (334-196-3309) and Password (BeFitNOLA).

Hey, Sugar – Baking Class | 10 a.m. | Online (link sent after RSVPing) | Free
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is hosting a FREE virtual festival, Hey, Sugar, with Domino Sugar celebrating the best of Fall baking, cooking, and cocktails. Special guests will teach you how to make fun, Fall treats like cookies, charcuterie boards, cocktails, cupcakes, and more! SoFAB President Brent Rosen will host the event along with morning guest host Poppy Tooker of Louisiana Eats and afternoon guest host Nicole Caridad Ralston of Eaten Path Nola. Throughout the day there will be interviews, cooking demonstrations, food culture and history discussions, and lots of tips for making this your sweetest Fall baking season ever. See here for a full schedule.

Ab Attack Live Stream | Noon | Zoom (link will be sent upon registration) | Free
Join Footprints To Fitness for a free 30-minute workout in partnership with FitNOLA and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. This class is an uptempo cardio and core workout, targeting your abs and helping you get fit!

Porch Fest! | 4 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Anais St. John and Harry Mayronne Sr. are back for another round of Saturday tunes. Each week has a theme. Find out what this week’s is by keeping an eye on this page.

 

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Save Tipitinas: Free Livestream Benefit Show | 8 p.m. | Website | Donations strongly encouraged
Legendary Uptown venue Tipitinas is struggling during COVID and the community wants to band together to save one of their favorite businesses! The multi-artist live music celebration will be free to access and will feature the most beloved current and legendary performers from New Orleans and beyond that have felt the magic of Tip’s. Donate if you can, enter to win the sweepstakes and learn more about the event here.

Contraflow | 8:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouragedJoin Rock n Bowl as they host The Topcats for a really fun two-hour Saturday night set!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Grief in the Midst of Uncertainty | 9 a.m. | Zoom | Free
Grief is a profound and personal journey and different for everyone. If you or a loved one are feeling overwhelmed in your personal grief journey and or feel the added stress due to the global health crisis, this offering by Bastion Community and Julie Holman provides simplified helpful strategies for finding comfort in uncertain times. Uncertainty can trigger stressors and the intention of this class is to briefly address challenges and share positive ways to realign and ease distress.

31st New Orleans Film Festival | All Week | Online | Price varies
The renowned New Orleans Film Festival is back for its 31st season. In order to adjust to the times we live in, all movies are being screened virtually, or in outdoor, open-air venues. The festival began Friday, November 6, and ends on the 22nd, so there’s plenty of great films and experiences for cinephiles to enjoy! Browse the catalog of movies/events you can access virtually. Some are free, others are approximately $10, or you can buy the unlimited pass for $160. After you purchase a movie, it is available for you to begin watching within the next 16 days. Click here for a full overview of everything the film festival has to offer!

 

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New Orleans Saints — Week 10 | 7:20 p.m. | NBC, WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM, the Saints app | Price Varies
Who Dat Nation tunes in as their Saints hope to build on their 6 – 2 season so far! This week they go head-to-head against the San Francisco 49ers.

Techno Club & The Fillmore present “More Love” | 4 p.m. | Twitch here or here | Tips encouraged
The Fillmore and Techno Club team up to bring you eight hours (!!) of the best techno music in New Orleans! Pop in for their weekly show!

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See? There’s tons going on! If you can afford it, please be sure to tip the band/performers/DJ/teachers/etc. Many of them are battling lost gigs as a result of the pandemic, and are working very hard to keep us entertained during the unique times.

Remember, send me an email if you have an event you’d like me to add for next week’s round-up!

WRITER MATT HAINES LIVES IN NEW ORLEANS. FOLLOW HIM FOR ALL THINGS GOING ON IN NOLA — DURING TIMES OF PANDEMIC AND OTHERWISE — AT MATTHAINESWRITES.COM, AND ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER.