Friday, Aug. 9
As part of its Friday night after-hours programing, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosts a screening of Beauty is Embarrassing, the acclaimed documentary about the life and career of artist Wayne White. White started as a cartoonist and then found fame as one of the creators of the TV series Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. His recent “Word Paintings” collection poking fun at fine art conventions has ironically earned him positive attention in that world. Info here.
Jamie Kilstein brings his brand of left-wing activist comedy to The New Movement. He co-hosts the Internet talk show Citizen Radio, and he’s known for making a splash in his U.S. television debut with an anti-war rant on Conan. Sophie Johnson opens. Info here.
Yvette Hargis and Dane Rhodes star in a production of Mrs. Cage at Mid-City Theatre. Hargis stars as the wife of a prominent criminal attorney who walks into a police station and confesses to a murder, and Rhodes is the police lieutenant who hears her confession. Info here.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Red dress-clad droves take over the French Quarter for a day of drinking and little actual running in the annual Red Dress Run. Cowboy Mouth and Dash Rip Rock perform at this year’s event. Registration, which includes free beer, food and giveaways, has ended online, but you can still register at events Thursday and Friday night at the Fairgrounds Race Track and Saturday morning at Armstrong Park. Info here.
Right on the heels of the French Film Fest, the New Orleans Film Society hosts its Children’s Film Festival at the Contemporary Arts Center. Screenings include animated, live-action and documentary short films grouped by age appropriateness. Info here.
Bryan Adams, know for hits “Summer of ’69,” “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and others, performs at solo acoustic set at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Info here.
Got wine and sweat stains all over your white dress last weekend? Wear it with pride at Dirty Linen Night, White Linen night’s more irreverent sister in the French Quarter. Galleries, restaurants and other businesses on the 500 to 1000 blocks of Royal Street open their doors and feature promotions, food and drinks, and there’s an after-party at Latrobe's (401 Royal St.). Info here.
The DJs at tonight’s HEATWAVE! all-vinyl dance party spin songs from the Motown and mod eras. Info here.