POSTED Fri. May 23, 2014

Everybody's working for the Memorial Day Weekend

Everybody's working for the Memorial Day Weekend
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Besides the welcome-to-summer fun activities listed below, note that the National World War II Museum will be conducting events from 10:30am-3pm on Monday to honor American war dead.

1 So much Opa.

If you’ve ever wondered how many times you can hear the word OPA! shouted by a gaggle of folks who have swapped out their fleur-de-lis gear for some blue and white Hellenic-themed accoutrement, head to Greek Fest this weekend. Held on the azure banks of the Mediterranean – no scratch that, the muddy banks of Bayou St John – Greek Fest features lots of bouzoki music, baklava and all the shaved lamb on pita you can handle, all held in the shadow of the oldest Greek Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere. OK. We’re doing it. OPA. Lasts all weekend. Five bucks gets you in.

2 I'm the Goblin Prince

Labyrinth, one of my favorite nightmare-inducing David Bowie/goblin dance video/trippy Jennifer Connelly films – well, I guess there’s just the one – is playing tonight at the Brick yard in the Bywater (Chartres at Montegut). The movie starts at around 8:15pm, courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society moonlight movies series. Go see it, and may David Bowie visit you in your dreams afterwards.

3 Indulge at the Riverwalk

In the need of some factory-irregular or overstocked goods? Or just fancy a big mall opening? Head to Indulge at the Riverwalk, the official opening event of the outlet collection at Riverwalk. Even my usual thinly-disguised cynicism with malls can’t hide the fact that I’m jonesing to visit the Carter store to find some cute outfits for my daughter. Friday, 8-11pm.

4 Get the lead out. Seriously.

I know this isn’t exactly your idea of a fun, spring-y weekend activity, but if you’d like to get your mind blown and your dander up, head to the New Orleans Museum of Art on Friday at 6pm for Lead ad Lies, a talk by Author Rebecca Solnit (pictured above) and artist Mel Chin on the history of lead contamination in New Orleans. Solnit and Chin are individually two of the sharpest minds in the country, so to hear them speak in tandem, on a local environmental issue, is an opportunity you’d be silly to pass up.

5 A culinary journey down the river

Get yourself in a gastronomic mood with an afternoon spent with Regina Charboneau (pictured above); she’ll be reading from and discussing her latest work, Mississippi Current Cookbook: A Culinary Journey Down America’s Greatest River, at the Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania) at 1pm on Saturday (May 24).

6 Chalmette services

On Sunday (May 25), at 12:30pm, Chalmette Battlefield will host Memorial Day events. A color guard and bagpiper will perform and parade, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the cemetery. Afterwards, give yourself a moment to explore the surrounds of the site of the Battle of New Orleans.

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