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What’s Happening in (virtual) New Orleans this weekend: Oct. 23-25

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 week:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

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!

When Women Won the Right to Vote: A History Unfinished | 11 a.m. | Zoom (link sent after registration) | Free
When women won passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, they did not win the right to vote—despite repeated claims that they did. Just what, then, did the woman suffrage amendment do? Clarifying this history, historian Lisa Tetrault positions 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is today unfinished and ongoing. Join the Louisiana endowment for the Humanities for a virtual lecture and discussion of the legacies of the Nineteenth Amendment in this centennial year of its passage.

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. This week features Adam Weiner!

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 – Embrace the Culture Series.  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 Julio and Cesar!

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 Leigh Wright. Wright is an International Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a stunt woman, a member of The Explorers Club , a producer, and writer. You can purchase her book, Local Life: New Orleans here. Bring any questions you have for the Q&A!

NOMA Reset: Freedom at the Mat | 6 p.m. | Online (link sent after registration) | Free
Join NOMA for a new series of virtual workshops that focuses on mindfulness, creativity, comfort and reflection. NOMA Reset programs provide a much-needed infusion of relaxation and wellness by engaging our collective and individual wellbeing. This session’s experience celebrates the fall exhibition, Mending The Sky and is designed to mend our hearts, be a balm for the soul and ease your mind.

 

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For the Culture with The Fortifiers | 7 p.m. | Facebook Live and Instagram Live | Tips encouraged
House of Blues has been hosting a thrice-weekly series of New Orleans-based musicians, and this Friday they’re presenting an hour-long set with The Fortifiers!

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!

CatchBack at Rock n Bowl | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Rock n Bowl has hosted tons of great virtual shows over the last seven months.. Don’t miss this two-hour set with CatchBack!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Live FitNOLA Class – Power Yoga | 10 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)

Kitchen Medicine: The Root of Health | 11 a.m. | Zoom (link sent after purchasing ticket) | $25
Rosalie Botanicals near Bayou St. John says preventive medicine starts in the kitchen with healing herbs and foods. In this class, they’ll discuss the medicinal benefits of common culinary herbs many of which you (probably) have in your space rack. Participants will also explore the digestive system as the root of health and/or disease and ways in which to use food and herbs to help chronic and acute digestive issues. You’ll learn to make your own traditional fire cider!

Pt. Ronu Majumdar — A Live Interaction | Noon | Facebook Live | Free
SpicMacay Tulane presents Grammy nominated Flute maestro Pt. Ronu Majumdar. Join them for an engaging interview, followed by a performance and live audience interaction.

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. This week they’re celebrating Anais’ birthday by performing her favorite songs!

Movin’ & Groovin’ | 5:30 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free
The Jump Hounds swing band is bringing you a professional, dynamic live broadcast of hard-swinging jump and world class swing dancing. Intermission is also full of entertainment with a cocktail-making lesson!

 

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New Orleans Virtual Ghost Tour | 7 p.m. | Zoom (link sent after purchasing ticket) | $15
Ever wonder what happens to spirits that are unable to cross to the other side? Throughout the world, there are places that are known for being littered with ghosts that walk the street. These cities and towns leave people with a strange feeling that is simply indescribable. Join NOLA Ghosts on this virtual trek through some of the most haunted places in New Orleans!

Supercharger at Rock n Bowl | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Tips encouraged
Here’s another Rock n Bowl show. This one’s a two-hour set with Northshore coverband Supercharger!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

The Broad Theater Hosts Virtual Cinema | All Day | Kino Marque | Purchase tickets (see below)
Broad Theater is open for business, but if you’re not ready to step into a theater just yet, they’re partnering with Kino Marquee, who is bringing you a rotating selection of movies directly to your home. There are multiple ways to stream the movie (which can be purchased at any time and watched for five days after the purchase). This week there are two selections and you can click on the following links to find out how to purchase tickets for Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, and Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

New Orleans Saints — Week 6 | 7:15 p.m. | FOX, WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM, the Saints app | Price Varies
Who Dat Nation tunes in as their Saints hope to build on their 3 – 2 season so far! This week they go head-to-head with their division rival Carolina Panthers.

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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Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition | 4:30 p.m. | Facebook | Tips encouraged
Who doesn’t need a little more swamp pop in their lives these days? Join Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition live from virtual Rock ‘n’ Bowl this Sunday!

You Up? Open Mic. | 8 p.m. | Facebook Live | Free
Join Abigail Nolan for her weekly comedy open mic!

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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.