I hope everyone had an amazing Mardi Gras. Some days were cold and rainy, but that didn't stop lots of crowds from having fun at parties like the Chewbaccalyspse at the Howlin' Wolf. And although Mardi Gras is over, things aren't necessarily slowing down as there will be some lingering sense of celebration until the streets are awash in green for the St. Patrick's parades next month.
Those with enough reserve energy can go to the Hi Ho Lounge to see the awesome folk show at 10 p.m. with Shovels & Rope, My Graveyard Jaw, Magnolia Beacon and Alynda Lee. Or if you have to wait another day to go out, you'll want to check out The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's After Hours on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. Author, musician, and teacher Michael Patrick Welch, who you may know better as the White Bitch, is holding the "Rock-n-Reading: The Words of Musicians" in support of the release of his new book Y'all's Problem. The program includes other musicians who will read their own literary works including Mike IX Williams of metal band Eyehategod reading from Cancer as a Social Activity and bounce artist 10th Ward Buck reading from The Definition of Bounce. Musicians such as Ratty Scurvics, James Marler, and Luke Allen will also be in attendance, plus lots more. The cover charge is free for members, $10 for non-members.
I may try to take the first day of the weekend easy, so I'm going to see the horror film Don't Go into the Woods at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center at 8:30 p.m.
If you're still feeling your Mardi Gras Hangover by the weekend, I suggest you attend Restorative Cocktails at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Riverwalk Mall at 2 p.m. Historian Elizabeth Pearce will discuss a few cocktail recipes that can actually heal your body from alcohol over-indulgence.You can attend the lecture with the museum admission. After that, head to the Louisiana Music Factory on Decatur Street to help celebrate their 20th Anniversary with live music by Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, Little Freddie King beginning at noon lasting til 6 p.m.
And If you're still reeling from the season, Checkpoint Charlie's on the corner of Frenchmen and Esplanade will be ready to help you out at the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Recovery Party beginning at 5 p.m. to accommodate the long line-up of punk, rock, and surf bands including Crotchbreaker, Demonic Destruction, Split Lip, The Unnaturals, A Hanging, Norco Lapalco, and Bruiser's House of Surf.