You may have missed the Melvins and Unsane because the show was sold-out before the doors even opened. But, I promise you, it was intense between the packed house and the Melvins' very particular brand of avant-garde metal. And I walked down the river before the show to see the amazing ships docked on the Mississippi. I'll definitely see them again when they come next year for NOLA Navy Week. If you won't be attending Jazz Fest, or after Jazz Fest, there's a lot going on around town.
Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 4:44 screens at the Prytania Theater as part of the Film-O-Rama series. The film is set just before an apocalypse that no one is prepared for. The movie stars Willam Dafoe and can be viewed for $11. If you're not cinematically satisfied after that, you'll probably be able to catch Rad Rad Movie Night's outdoor screening of the film Your House is Mine; a documentary about squatters in New York City throughout the decades. The film begins at 8 p.m. and is free in the lot on the intersection of Mandeville Street and Marais Street in the Bywater. Later that night, Jimbo Mathus of the swing band Squirrel Nut Zippers performs with the folk band Tri-State Coalition at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street at 9 p.m. for $15.
On Friday, if you can resist seeing the new movie The Raven in theaters, the new play Angola 3 at the Ashe Cultural Center at 8 p.m. for $15. The play lets you experience the true and ongoing story of the lives of the Angola 3, three men who were given life sentences at Angola Prison for a murder it's obvious they did not commit. The Help will help you lighten the mood with their throwback rock at Carrolton Station with Fred LeBlanc beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday holds an alternative music festival for those who like things a little bit heavier. The Burn the Throne Fest in downtown Hammond at Augustine's located at 226 N. Cate Street celebrates metal, mostly black metal, during the all night fest which begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until the wee morning hours. The roster includes nine bands from throughout south Louisiana and some metal belly dancing, and the event is only $10.