The Baroness Undressed was incredible. Diana Shortes did an amazing job performing her interpretation of Michaela Pontalba, one of my favorite New Orleans women. And Krewe de Vieux and Krewedelusion were as spectacular as before. The throws ranged from regular beads to money with MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman printed as the President.
Early Thursday evening, the Herb Society of America is hosting a tasting of delicious soups from The Vintage Garden Kitchen at City Park’s Botanical Garden Study Center at 6:30 p.m. For 5 dollars, you can taste the soups made from scratch and with local ingredients. Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To prepare for the 84th Academy Awards, the Prytania Theater is showing some of the top contenders of the year. Among the feature films, the theater along with the New Orleans Film Society will be showing Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts at 8 p.m. for 10 dollars general admission.
A free movie screening will begin Friday night’s festivities. Rebel is about Loreta Velasquez; a Cuban woman raised in New Orleans who eventually worked as a secret agent during the Civil War plays at 7 p.m. at the Second Line Stages at 800 Richard Street. Soon after that, three concerts will play at staggered times. First is Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour at the House of Blues on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. The show begins early at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., doom band YOB and local band Thou will perform after the uptown parade at The Big Top on Clio Street just off of St. Charles Ave. Long-running sludge progenitors Eyehategod will celebrate the season at their annual Mardi Gras Bash with Black Witch God at Siberia at 10 p.m. Because there are only two bands, they will play longer sets than usual. The cover is $12.
A very unique party starts off Saturday. The Mardi Gras Stache Bash at Kookado’s BBQ and Booze at 600 E. Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette will hold a mustache, beard and tattoo competition to benefit firefighter Earl Borden at noon. Admission is free. I will be catching the Caesar Parade in Metairie which rolls at 6 p.m. Then I’ll head to the Warehouse District to catch White Colla Crimes and Blind Texas Marlin at Circle Bar 10 p.m. Also that night is the rollicking rock tribute The New Orleans Warehouse Revisited at the Joy Theater at 8 p.m.
Sunday the Mystic Krewe of Barkus will roll, or rather walk on four-legs, through the Quarter beginning at 2 p.m. The theme this year is Mission: Impossible – Canine Protocol, and a pre-party will be held at Armstrong Park at 10:30 am. The Zeitgeist Center has a one-night only feature at 7:30 p.m.; The Rural Route Film Fest Tour: Best of the Fest Shorts Program showcases the small towns of America.