8 things to do this weekend: Jan. 17-19

Some local events tap into your creative side this weekend.

Some events this weekend tap into your creative side, while others offer an early taste of Carnival. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight things for you to check out.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert

Friday, Jan. 17 – Saturday, Jan. 18

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will bring music from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to life in concert at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live. Show times this weekend are at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $65.

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Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival

Friday, Jan. 17 – Sunday, Jan. 19

This festival celebrates New Orleans music legend Danny Barker’s life and legacy. Panels, performances, exhibits and even a second-line parade takes place throughout the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s grounds. The fest kicked off on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Admission is $10 daily.

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Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Friday, Jan. 17 – Saturday, Jan. 18

Blues musician Samantha Fish becomes the namesake artist for this event formerly called the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival. The four-day festival launched on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. The event celebrates the rich cultural history of the Cigar Box guitar and similar homemade instruments. Along with performances from Fish, the music lineup includes John Mooney, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Jonathon Long, Waylon Thibodeaux and Johnny Sansone, among others. Workshops, demonstrations and interviews will comprise the educational component of the event. The Howlin’ Wolf will host afternoon and evening shows on Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Big Wig Ball

Friday, Jan. 17

The New Orleans Opera Association’s Sylvain Society hosts the fourth annual Big Wig Ball at the Opera Guild Home on Friday. As a nod to the 2020 theme, “An Ode to Nola Legends,” guests can dress in their favorite cocktail or costume attire inspired by a local legend for a chance to be crowned “Big Wig 2020.” The Sylvain Society’s biggest annual fundraiser also features live entertainment, light bites and libations. The night begins with a patron party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by the main Big Wig Ball until 11 p.m. General admission tickets are $65.

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BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention

Saturday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 19

The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention returns to the Pontchartrain Center with two-days of imaginative fun on Saturday and Sunday. LEGO fans can see massive displays from professional artists from around the country. Attendees of all ages can channel their own creativity at building zones around the expo. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance online. Tickets are $18 at the door, if the event doesn’t sell out in advance.

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Bal Masque 2020

Saturday, Jan. 18

Get into the spirit of Carnival with a party for a good cause. The Link Stryjewski Foundation charity Bal Masqué brings a big masked party to The Sugar Mill on Saturday. Enjoy food from some a host of nationally-renowned celebrity chefs and mixologists. The event also features live New Orleans brass, Creole Zydeco and Carribbean music. General admission, reserved seats and group packages are available.

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FOX Lego Masters: Brick by Brick Tour

Saturday, Jan. 18

Another LEGO experience, FOX Lego Masters: Brick by Brick Tour, comes to Lakeside Shopping Center on Saturday. Lego fans of all ages are invited to take photos in the life-sized Lego environment and put their brick-building skills to the test with the spin-the-wheel game. The experience is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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'NOT Supposed 2-Be Here' Exhibit Opening

Saturday, Jan. 18

New Orleans visual artist Brandan “BMike” Odums, known for “Exhibit Be” and “Studio Be,” presents his first solo museum exhibit at Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery. The exhibition titled “NOT Supposed 2-Be Here” features new installations and past work from Odums. Addressing the question of who or what kind of art belongs in a museum, the show explores four different takes on inclusion and identity drawn across notions of art, race, place, and accessibility. The opening night reception on Saturday is free and open to the public from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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