May 062011

Round card girl Katie Budge holds up a card before walking on the ring at December's Friday Night Fights. (Sabree Hill,

Friday evening brings the return of Freret Street’s celebrated monthly outdoor boxing matches and tailgating party, and Saturday morning several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods invite you to join them for a walk.

At Friday Night Fights, boxing is only part of the attraction, as the Freret Street Gym recruits all sorts of entertainment and for each month’s event. A recent video by Dillard University students explains:

On Saturday morning, explore a more introspective side of Freret Street — or the Irish Channel, or Oak Street — by taking part in one of three “Jane’s Walks” around Uptown New Orleans. Activist and author Jane Jacobs championed a pedestrian-oriented approach to city planning, and the neighborhood walks are intended to bring her ideas about community identity to life through group exploration on foot.

Other events this weekend include a premiere of Lusher students’ short films, a black-tie fundraiser for Audubon Zoo, free comic books and a mother’s day concert. For more details and links, see our full listings below.


  • NOPD Department-wide weekly COMSTAT. 8:30 a.m., UNO Engineering building.
  • PJ’s Family Night at the Movies (weekly). 6:30 p.m. PJ’s Coffee, 5432 Magazine Street.
  • Uptown Chess Club (weekly). 7 p.m. Pepperoni’s Cafe, 8123 Hampson St.
  • Friday Night Fights. 7 p.m., Freret and Napoleon
  • Lusher students premiere film shorts. 7 p.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania
  • Zoo-To-Do fundraiser with music by The Four Tops, cocktails, food, silent auction and luxury car raffle. 7 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
  • Spirituality in Film series: “The Message.” 7:30 p.m., Parker Church, 1130 Nashville.


  • Jane’s Walks, a series of free neighborhood walking tours inspired by the work of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Irish Channel walk begins at 8 a.m. at Sucre on Magazine; Freret Street walk begins at 9 a.m. at Village Coffee at 5335 Freret, and the Oak Street walk also begins at 9 a.m. at Rue de la Course, 1140 S. Carrollton Ave.
  • Friends of NOPL Weekly Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St Charles.
  • Free comic book day, a national promotion intended to bring in new readers to comic books by giving away special comics for free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Crescent City Comics, 4916 Freret St
  • Lusher students premiere film shorts. 2:30 p.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania
  • “Between Two Thoughts” Opening Reception. 6 p.m., Cole Pratt Gallery, 3800 Magazine St.
  • Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Mother’s Day concert. 7 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater.


  One Response to “72 hours Uptown: Friday fights and Saturday strolls”

  1. Thank you for the information about the Uptown events over the next 72 hours! They sound fantastic. That’s great about the Freret Street Gym’s Friday Night Fights, “Jane’s Walks”, the Zoo-To-Do Fundraiser, the Lusher students premiering their short films, the mother’s day concert, and the free comic book day!

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