This week is packed with great happenings, many of them are free or a bargain deal. I can't wait to get the week started!
Have you heard of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000? If so, then you should go see the same guys doing their thing only at the Elmwood AMC Palace Theater this Thursday at 7 p.m. Rifftrax is a live national event where three comedians give humorous commentary during a B-movie; the featured movie for this event is called Manos: The Hand of Fate, a 1966 horror film said to be one of the worst films ever made. For Rifftrax, the worse the movie is, the funnier their dialogue. Tickets are $12.50.
To begin your Friday night, head into the Bywater to the Mudlark Theater at 1200 Port Street to see the premiere of Black Mass Rising. The dark, experimental, psychedelic feature will include a performance by the creator Shazzula and local musician Quintron. The multimedia performance begins at 8:30. and costs $8. The film is also screening on Saturday at the Zeitgeist Center, but will have a solo performance by Shazzula. Also in the Bywater, haarp and A Hanging will perform a free show at the Hi Ho Lounge for Siberia co-owner Daphne Loney's birthday at 10 p.m. They will be joined by the black metal bellydancing troupe Moonhoar. This particular show is especially important, of course, because of Daphne's bar which has yet to get a live music permit. Incidentally, it will also be haarp vocalist Shaun Emmons's birthday. Come out and show your support while it's free!
Saturday begins early at 3 p.m. with the 2nd annual New Orleans Daiquiri Festival in the Bywater at 4000 St. Claude. Although the daiquiri is not seen as sophisticated as most cocktails, it is certainly a staple of our alcohol community; and it's very controversial because of the drive-thru stores where they're served. with a lineup of DJs, food by Empanada Intifada and the Eiffel Society, informational booths by local organizations, and lots and lots of specialty daiquiris. The fest is free, and lasts until 9 p.m. I won't however be staying that late because I really want to watch the unconventional races at the Fairgrounds featuring camels and ostriches. The exotic animal races begin just after 7 p.m. and general admission is $10. Then it's time for the Elvis tribute band Clockwork Elvis at the Kingpin Bar in Uptown as they memorialize the death anniversary of the King, which occurred on the 16th. That show begins at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday is Genevieve Brown's gratis movie night at Siberia with two of my very favorite rock flicks Anvil: The Story of Anvil and This is Spinal Tap. Watch as things go wrong for two rock bands; one real, one fictional, both hilarious and heart-warming. See if you can tell which is which..if you haven't seen them before, of course.