My first Mardi Gras ball of the season was so much fun. Verdi Gras was a hit! I think that other than the delicious, mostly vegan, dishes and great music by bands like the Honeypots and the Susan Cowsill Band, the recycled ball costumes were the best. Check out Margie Perez in her CD and King Cake Baby top with Rouse's Bag skirt. This week has some great shows and more Mardi Gras events in store.
The first Green Screen by the Charitable Film Network of the year will be playing at the Green Project at 2831 Marais Street at 7 p.m. This week is Defend the Gulf. As always, the film is free.
Friday is the Freret St. Boxing's Friday Night Fight, however, it will take place at a different venue. You can catch the "Hot for Teacher" Bout at The Blind Pelican on St. Charles Avenue beginning at 7 p.m. All teachers and anyone dressed as a schoolgirl can enter for free. It's $20 for all others. Party for a good cause at Siberia later that night at 10 p.m. for a suggested donation of $7. Die Rotzz, Classhole, and more will be playing to raise money for a DIY skate park being built in Gentilly.
Saturday night is one of the city's favorite walking parades. krewedelusion and Krewe de Vieux march through the French Quarter and Marigny beginning at 7 p.m. You can see their route here. Each krewe will be holding an afterparty. krewedelusion will be celebrating at Siberia with Egg Yolk Jubilee, Dirty Mouth, and more at 9 p.m. for $7. And Krewe de Vieux will be holding court at Checkpoint Charlie's on Esplanade Ave. and Frenchmen St. at 9 p.m. for free with The Unnaturals, Nick Name and the Valmonts, and The Rotten Cores. The Hi Ho Lounge is also hosting an after-parade show at 9 p.m. with Strange Roux and Catfish Alliance for $5.
Keep it going on Sunday night for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion presented by Aquarium Drunkard. The New York-based blues/rock/punk/roots fusion trio will be performing at One Eyed Jacks at 9 p.m. for $16.