This week is going to be packed with fun events. Even if you don’t care for classical music, I recommend you check out the “Becoming American: The Musical Journey” concert at the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter on Wednesday. The Historic New Orleans Collection and the LPO present the concert celebrating the popular music during the city’s transition to an American city. The concert is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Entergy, and Muriel’s Jackson Square. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
To begin Friday night, I’m going to the Louisiana Children’s Museum on Julia Street in the Warehouse District for the Museum Play Date. This event is actually not for children; minimum age to enter is 21. This grown-up party will have food from The Big Cheesy, music by Opera on Tap, drinks, prizes and more. It’s only ten to enter and begins at 5:30 p.m., ending at 9 p.m. The dress is casual. Arrive at the Play Date early so you can make it to the Hi Ho Lounge on St. Claude Avenue for the screening of the documentary “Forks Over Knives” about how too much meat in the diet can be detrimental to your health. There is no cover for the film which begins at 8 p.m. Stay later to watch the burlesque troupe the Storyville Starlights perform an ode “Horrible Histories” at 11 p.m. The cover is 10 dollars.
Saturday is the first day of Wizard World Comic Con at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. The doors open at 10 a.m. I do want to browse the comics and art and people-watch the costumed fans, but I really want to see the New Orleans Film Fest’s “Wizard World of Terror” horror film series and catch some lectures like the Vampire Lore lecture at 2. You can see the schedule at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/programming-neworleans.html. When I leave, I’m heading over to the Quarter and going to One Eyed Jacks which is hosting the “Slow Southern Steel” documentary screening. From Rwake vocalist C.T., the film explores the world of metal bands from the deep south. Many New Orleans bands are profiled in the movie. Performing after the flick is Zoroaster and Hail!Hornet featuring members of Weedeater and Sourvein. The whole show is 12 dollars and the doors open at 8 p.m. Be sure to arrive early to grab a seat for the film.
Sunday, it’s back to the convention center for day two of Comic Con, I will be at the Walking Dead Q and A at noon. But I’m leaving before close to attend WYES’s Chocolate Sunday at Harrah’s Casino where you can eat and drink all the chocolate you can handle from 3-5 p.m. If you’re not in a chocolate coma by then, you can go see Hillbilly Hotel at the Circle Bar which finally reopened after a postponement in December at 10 p.m.