March is National Women’s Month, so I’ve noticed a lot of great events this week focused on telling the story of extraordinary females. Of course, I live in New Orleans so this list is full of food- and music-focused things to do, as well!
Do you have any events you’re excited about (from this list or otherwise)? Let us know in the comments!
Monday, March 8
Crawfish Boil by Scramuzza’s Seafood | 5 – 8 p.m. | Miel Brewery
Get your crawfish fix in the Irish Channel on Monday night. But I suggest getting there on the earlier side because Scramuzza’s tends to sell out. And leave yourself time to sample Miel’s diverse slate of beers!
Who Gets to Vote? | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual
The St. Tammany Parish Library is hosting a virtual series called “Who Gets to Vote?” — exploring how voting rights history intersects with the present. This week, Louisiana historians feature in a discussion about the book The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898 by Lisa Tetrault. You can learn more and register for the free event here.
Tuesday, March 9
Unladylike2020 | 5 p.m. | Virtual
This webinar is going to highlight 26 diverse Progressive Era women who made history before the 19th Amendment was ever ratified by breaking barriers in then-male-dominated fields. It’s an impressive slate of speakers, and you can register to listen and learn here.
Tuesday Night Trivia | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Broadside NOLA
Stop by the outdoor Broadside NOLA for trivia hosted by Mikey DoDo, who you’ll often find leading the Geeks Who Drink trivia night at The Domino. Broadside has plenty of drinks, and often some snacks, as well!
Wednesday, March 10
The Mysterious Coral Caverns Farewell Celebration | 5 – 7 p.m. | The Tigermen Den
These awesome interactive coral caverns were built as a House Float by Art Camp 504 and 12 young artists, ages 7 – 13. This is your chance to enjoy them one more time (or for the first time). Dress up as your favorite sea creature or throw on a wig and come out for the masked party!
The Queens of New Orleans Cuisine | 6 p.m. | Virtual
Nellie Murray, Rose Nicaud, Leah Chase and so many African-American women from the 18th-20th century were major contributors in establishing New Orleans world famous Creole cuisine. These pioneering matriarchs tended the fires and stirred the rouxs in some of the most challenging times in American history. Zella Palmer — a professor, food historian, cook, author and filmmaker — teaches us about these ground-breaking women in this pay-what-you-can online event. Learn more and register here.
Thursday, March 11
St. Joseph’s Day Virtual Cheese Class | 7 p.m. | Virtual
You’ve probably seen a St. Joseph’s Day alter — overflowing with breads, sweets, fruits, vegetables, pastas and more! It’s a tradition from Sicily that has (luckily for us) found its way to New Orleans. To commemorate next week’s holiday, St. James Cheese Company is hosting a virtual class that will pair three Italian cheeses with an Italian Prosecco, Italian Taralli crackers and a sweet treat from Angelo Brocato’s. The classes are always extremely informative…not to mention delicious. Buy your ticket here before they sell-out!
Bon Bon Vivant in Concert | 7 – 9 p.m. | Broadside NOLA
We’re back at the Broadside with a concert featuring Bon Bon Vivant’s mix of bawdy cabaret, dark ballads and up-tempo indie rock/dance music. Tickets are $15 and — if you can snag one — you won’t be disappointed. Check out this song of theirs on YouTube. If you like it like I do, go here to reserve your spot at Broadside!
Friday, March 12
Harp Night | 6 – 8 p.m. | Flora Gallery & Coffee Shop
Friday night is shaping up to be pretty special at this Marigny neighborhood coffee shop. There’ll be a delicious homemade Persian dinner served in a socially-distanced outdoor setting, with double-strung harp music by Jesse Autumn. Jesse promises to play some extra Irish tunes in honor of the upcoming St. Paddy’s Day.
Dinner and a Movie | 7:30 – 10 p.m. | NOCHI
The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) is bringing back their beloved dinner and a movie series. To keep it safe during these COVID-y times, they’re using a large indoor event hall AND an outdoor terrace with plenty of space for the 50 guests they’re capping capacity at. This month they’re featuring an Irish menu, and it looks great! (Vegetarian options are available, as well.) And your meal also comes with a specialty cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage. Of course, it’s not dinner and a movie without the movie, and this month’s is Rudy, who is playing (mostly sitting) for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. So, as you can see, everything is thematic! You can buy your all-inclusive $65 ticket here!
Saturday, March 13
An Evening with Walter Isaacson | 5 – 7 p.m. | Garden District Book Shop
Walter Isaacson is one of the most successful biographers of our time. I read his biography on Benjamin Franklin a few years ago and I still refer to it. In his new book, The Code Breaker, Isaacson focuses on Jennifer Doudna and her DNA editing invention that many believe will transform the human race. Your $41 ticket purchase will get you into the socially distanced conversation with Walter, as well as a signed copy of the book.
Opera Night | 6 – 8 p.m. | Dat Dog (Frenchmen location)
Head over to Frenchmen Street on Saturday evening to hear Opera Festa singers perform from the Dat Dog balcony. Bring some drinks — it’s sure to be a unique, fun time.
Sunday, March 14
Paradigm Gardens Farmer’s Market | 9 a.m. – Noon | Paradigm Gardens
It’s best to take any opportunity possible to visit Paradigm Gardens because they have cute goats that will turn even your deepest frown upside down. As if that’s not enough, their Sunday Farmer’s Market also features plants for sale, arts & crafts, delicious brunch, drinks and live music. Put on your mask and come on out for the food…or the plants…but definitely the goats.
Live Music at Faubourg Brewery | 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Faubourg Brewery (formerly called Dixie Brewery)
Faubourg Brewery has a huge outdoor space (and a big indoor space) with live music nearly all day long. This week they have four musical acts playing between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. They also have brunch, a full menu, and lots of beers you probably never knew they brewed. They also offer tours. If the weather’s nice, it’s a really fun way to spend part of the day!
Alright, that’s all for now! If you events you’re looking forward to this week — or if you know of some for future weeks I should consider — let me know in the comments. Plus give me a Follow or Like on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — and sign up for my newsletter. Thanks for reading!