The Progressive’s Weekend: 10/5 – 10/7


Past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend!

Almost everyone has had their eyes glued to C-SPAN and news channels following the conclusion and potential confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. Buried beneath it all, including new-ish revelations of President Trump’s questionable tax history, has been this feeling of overwhelming action. People are protesting, shouting, and holding up signs in the streets, boycotting and standing up to their bosses. Heck, a family member advocated for himself by refusing to do business with an immature and insensitive gym owner, but that’s a story for another time.

As news-filled weekdays turn into weekends, there are always events in town that give us refuge from reality. Here’s what we recommend checking out this weekend!

A Star is Born – All local movie theaters, starting 10/5

Who would’ve thought that the man who voices Rocket Racoon for Marvel Studios (and an accomplished actor beyond that) would deliver a remake of well-known classic films in a powerful directorial feature debut? Bradley Cooper has done just that, according to critical consensus. His modern-day adaptation, starring a sensitive and graceful Lady Gaga, appears destined for Academy Award acclaim. I’ve been on pins and needles, waiting for the soundtrack to release. This might just be one for the books!

Beignet Fest – City Park Festival Grounds, 10/6 from 10 AM to 6 PM

The delicious beignet doesn’t just go great with coffee but is also synonymous with New Orleans itself. It’s funny how a fried pastry can convey a place so well with just the right amount of fluff, crispiness, and powdered sugar. Free to attend, the 3rd Annual festival will host more than 30 restaurants and food trucks, with plenty of live music, an artist market and a VIP experience to boot.  

Oktoberfest New Orleans – 1700 Moss Street, 10/5 – 10/6, 10/12 – 10/13, 10/19 – 10/20, Fridays from 4 PM to 11 PM and Saturdays from 1 PM to 11 PM

A celebration of German culture/heritage, Oktoberfest will feature drinks upon drinks upon drinks. And, once you’ve had your fill of beer, you can indulge in German meats, cheeses, and desserts, not to mention dancing, dog races, costume contests and more. This kind of cultural exchange is what makes our community stand out.

Freret Market – Freret St & Napoleon Ave, 10/6 from 11 AM to 4 PM

Freret St. is, of course, quite the haunt for various independent wares and such. This weekend is another market, where artisans, chefs, entrepreneurs, and representatives of local organizations come to sell their products and raise awareness to everyone passing by. Snowballs will be sold, paintings purchased, and dogs adopted to hopefully forever homes.

Algiers Fest – 2500 General Meyer Ave, 10/6 from 11 AM to 7 PM

The rain has cleared and it's beautiful out! Come join us at Algiers Fest, and check out Rebirth Brass Band, they play til 5pm. Rockin' Dopsie up next!

Posted by Algiers Fest on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Another free and open-to-the-public event! Music from Casme Barnes, Hot 8 Brass Band, Little Freddie King, and more! Food and family fun, too! It’s an event to honor our brave brothers and sisters in the military, overseas and at home. Let’s make 2018 one to remember fondly.

Love, Gilda – The Prytania Theater, Now – 10/11

One of the few unfunny things in life, cancer, happened to one of the funniest women ever. Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame – through her diaries and letters as read by today’s comedians – is profiled in this powerful and emotionally resonate documentary about a heartbreakingly bright spirit who was able to make anyone smile widely. See it before it leaves town!

Every weekend is a progressive weekend. Every day is full of moments that allow us to move forward and grow. And, as we say here at Big Easy Magazine, values are not meant to simply be spoken about but lived out.

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