POSTED Fri. Feb 7, 2014

Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras markets and...Golda Meir?

Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras markets and...Golda Meir?
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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Welcome to your weekend, New Orleans. Don’t forget to check out some of the fun at Comic Con.

1 Happy Tet!

Like we mentioned last week, the next few days mark the majority of events surrounding Tet – Vietnamese New Year. The holiday will be celebrated by the Vietnamese community throughout the metro region, primarily on the West Bank and in New Orleans East; for our guide to the fun, click here.

2 Project Homecoming's Homecoming Affair

Construction is finished on the family home of Professor Longhair, and of course someone’s throwing a party. Project Homecoming’s Homecoming Affair is on Saturday from 7-10pm at First NBC Bank (210 Barrone). Shall be there music (by Cha Wa), libations an celebration? Most definitely.

Our cover image courtesy of Cha Wa.

3 It's Dilla Day, dude

Saturday is Dilla Day. What holiday is that? Think an unofficial day we set aside for commemorating J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey), the seminal Detroit producer who has worked with, among others, Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, The Roots, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and Busta Rhyme. T. Piper Media and The SoundCLASH are putting on a party for the producer on Feb 8, at 8pm at the Howlin’ Wolf Den (907 S Peters); grab tickets here.

4 Mardi Gras Market!

The Oretha Castle Haley Art Market (at *Zeitgeist, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley) is always a fun affair, but it’s gonna be particularly carnival-tastic this Saturday (starts at 10am). Local artists, the wild bunch from the SkinzNBonez Mardi Gras Indian drumming, a breakfast pub crawl (Yeah you right) – get your Mardi Gras on early, people.

5 Golda's Balcony

In her life, Golda Meir went from poor peasant to schoolteacher to Prime Minister of Israel. Before there was Margaret Thatcher, there was Meir, who didn’t shatter glass ceilings so much as commandeer an Israeli Defense Forces tank battalion through them. It’s a fascinating story, one that is detailed in Golda’s Balcony, a play put on by our own Le Petit Theatre. Shows are at 8pm Fri and Sat, and 3pm on Sun.

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