Top 5 events in N.O. this weekend

New Orleans is always filled with terrific shows and great music. Every weekend promises hundreds of entertaining shows scattered across the Crescent City. We’ve scoured through these listings to give you five events that are a bit outside of the norm. From conscientious film festivals to ballroom burlesque, there is something for everyone this weekend in New Orleans.

1. The 2nd Annual Social Change Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Social Change Film Festival and Institute (SCFFI) will be held in New Orleans this year. The 2012 events include film screenings, screenwriting and songwriting workshops, and expert lectures and panel discussions. The film festival focuses on promoting films that emphasize social, environmental, and political issues.

This year the theme for the festival is Water: Challenges and Solutions. Screenings will include feature-length films such as “Cafeteria Man,” a documentary concentrating on the journey of a man trying to improve the quality of school lunches. There will also be short films, such as “Carbon for Water,” which focuses on the scarcity of safe drinking water in Kenya.

The SCFFI Gala and Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Tipitina’s. The event will honor filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. DJ RQaway will play until 10 p.m.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29–Sunday, Dec. 2
Loyola University, Contemporary Arts Center, Dillard University, Tipitina’s, and Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
Events at Contemporary Arts Center – FREE
SCFFI Gala only - $25
Film Screenings only - $95
Workshops only - $30
Film Screening and Institute - $125

2. The Third Annual Sci-fi Fashion Show/Comic Con After Party

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con returns to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2012 convention. Events will include the 25-year reunion for seven “Star Trek: The Next Generation” stars, a meet and greet with three of the cast members of AMC’s hit television series “The Walking Dead,” an appearance by the legendary comic book icon Stan Lee and much more.

If the Comic Con events are not on your to-do list for this weekend, check out the after party at the Howlin’ Wolf. The Krewe of Chewbacchus will lead a Zombie Crawl from the convention center to the Howlin’ Wolf on Saturday at 8 p.m. Party goers are encouraged to wear sci-fi costumes and register for the costume contest.

Musical entertainment will be provided by The Consortium of Genius (C.O.G), MC Chewbacon & Amen 5 and Some Metry Guy.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Where: Howlin’ Wolf
Cost: $15

3. Ballroom Burlesque at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta

Friday nights the Irvin Mayfield Playhouse features a jazzy burlesque show with Trixie Minx, a burlesque dancer, and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, a trumpeter. Ballroom Burlesque is where contemporary burlesque dancing meets jazz.

This intimate, interactive experience is sure to be unforgettable. With a stage just big enough to hold the jazz band, the dancers use the entire room as their dance floor, involving audience members in their sultry sashay.

When: Friday, Nov. 30, midnight–2 a.m.
Where: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Contact: 504.553.2299 for reservations

4. NOMA and the New Orleans Project present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

The New Orleans Museum of Art will once again host Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the classic tale of young lovers’ tragic romance. Director James Bartell and his New Orleans Project cast will take the stage in the museum’s Great Hall. The show is said to be energetic as it uses the entirety of the Great Hall. The production was sold out in 2011 and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser yet again.

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Dec. 16
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art
Cost: General Admission $24

5. HAMP 2012 at One-eyed Jack’s

This event will feature the music of Atomic Daddy-o, Clockwork Elvis and the Louisiana Hellbenders. Burlesque dancers, including Fleur de Tease and Reverend Spooky LeStrange and her Billion Dollar Girls, will also perform. The Mardi Gras dancing troupe, the Muff-a-lottas, will also be on deck for this very special show.

The HIV Awareness Music Project (HAMP) donates proceeds from this event to the T-Cell Clinic, a community clinic serving people with HIV. The clinic at Tulane University has been open since 2011 and cares for patients suffering from HIV without regard for medical insurance coverage or ability to pay.

When: Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
Where: One-eyed Jack’s
Cost: $15

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