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New Orleans Greek Festival
The Greek Festival returns with three days of Greek music, food and more on Bayou St. John at the Hellenic Cultural Center. There is live music on an outdoor stage along the bayou and traditional dances are performed inside the center. Food vendors serve roast lamb, gyros, souvlaki and more. Activities for children include arts and crafts, face painting and games. Tours of Holy Trinity Cathedral are available throughout the weekend, and festival events also include a Friday night run/walk. Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 27, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door; children under 12 enter free. Visit the festival website for more details.
“The waiting room”
Flyaway Productions, San Francisco-based choreographer Jo Kreiter creates aerial dance pieces on various devices that explore social issues and showcase the physicality of female performers. “The Waiting Room” is the first part of the “Decarceration Triology: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex, One Dance at a Time”. It explores the burdens of women with incarcerated partners. The piece incorporates dance, installation, oral histories and a score by Pamela Z. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday May 29. at the Center for Contemporary Art. Visit the CAOT website for tickets and information.
The Top Taco organizer’s new culinary event features dishes from 40 local restaurants, from the Bywater Brew Pub to Emeril’s, Tava and Zhang Bistro. Restaurants will compete for prizes for the best traditional and creative dishes and cocktails. There’s entertainment from James Andrews, the Honey Island Swamp Band and burlesque dancer Trixie Minx. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Crescent Park. Tickets range from $75 for general admission to $125 for VIP. Find information and tickets on the event website.
Like Son Lux, musicians Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang lean into musical experimentation but not at the risk of alienating the listener. The trio find rhythm and melody and turn the experience into an interesting effect, often incorporating elements of synth-rock and post-rock for awe-inspiring songwriting. Son Lux in 2020 and 2021 released a trio of albums, “Tomorrows”, and recently won acclaim for his film score “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. Kiah Victoria and Black Taffy also perform at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27 at Gasa Gasa. Tickets are $25 on Ticketweb.
The Creole Party
OperaCreole celebrates black composers and music during a three-day festival at the Opéra de Marigny. There’s a tribute to New Orleans’ Edmond Dede, the first black composer of operas, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Opera star Mary Elizabeth Williams performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The series opens with Creole folk songs and African drumming with Luther Gray on Thursday, May 26. Visit the Opéra de Marigny website for more details.
Fundraising for Ukrainian war refugees
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Leyla McCalla, Muevelo and Honey Island Swamp Band perform at a benefit for the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees. All funds go to local organization KRYLA and Community Self Help based in Ukraine to help war refugees and shelter in the city of Lviv. The performance is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 25, at Tipitina. Tickets $30 at tipitinas.com. Find information about KRYLA at kryla.org.
Ron English has done a lot of public work, much of it political, socially conscious or anti-corporate.
Shane Torres, Tom Thakkar and Tommy McNamara
Comedian Shane Torres has pulled plenty of jokes defending celebrity chef Guy Fieri. He leads a stand-up triple at the Broad Theater at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Tickets $15 at itsgoodcomedy.com.
Nashville-based vocalist Adam Burch is featured on local band Avner’s debut EP, “Just My Luck,” a collection of mellow indie soul tracks. The band are celebrating their release with a show also featuring Fruta Brutal and Clementine Collective. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday May 24, at Gasa Gasa. Tickets $15 through Ticketweb.
Three wishes for Ukraine
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Benjamin Thacher and cellist Daniel Lelchuk are joined by pianist Faina Lushtak and Lin He of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra to perform Skoryk’s “Melody” and Ukrainian solos and duets for the benefit of local Ukrainian musical families. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at La Capitale sur Baronne at 210, rue Baronne.
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New Orleans rock band Green Gasoline finds inspiration in 70s and 80s hard rock and heavy metal, as well as punk and a bit of funk for high-octane originals. The band performs with Drab and She Might be a Beast at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at One Eyed Jacks. Tickets are $10 on the One Eyed Jacks website.
Cumbia Calling Dance Party
If you were in Cumbia with a healthy dose of lysergic acid diethylamide, a bit of reggae riddim energy and the coolness of an early 1970s spy lounge super, you’d have a pretty close approximation to psychotropic Cumbia . If you don’t believe us, see for yourself when DJ Malaria Sound Machine is behind the decks for the free Cumbia Calling Dance Party. At 10 p.m. Saturday May 28, at Bar Redux.
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung introduced psychoanalysis and opened up a whole new world in this immersive play set in 1909. The action takes place in the halls and gardens of the Victorian-style Bywater Wonderland. The opening week, the hours are from 7:30 p.m. from Thursday May 26 to Sunday May 29, and it also runs from June 1 to 5. Tickets $20 to $35 via porcupine-nola.com.
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