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Lundi

March 2nd

Salad Days
Prytania, 7:30, 10p.m.
WTUL fundraiser

 

Rachel Breunlin & Bruce
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
The intergenerational traditions behind brass band music

 

Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Brass Band
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.
A family tradition, debatably the oldest brass band in NOLA

 

Luke Winslow King,
d.b.a., 7p.m.
Young singer-songwriter with an old soul

Mardi

March 3rd

Jesmyn Ward
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
National Book Award winner reads for 1718 Society

 

Fat $inatra
Apple Barrel, 6:30p.m.
The name says it all

 

Alvin Youngblood Hart
Blue Nile, 9p.m.
A True Southern Bluesman

 

The Sidemen
The Prime Example
Soulful jazz well worth the the cabfare

 

Dear White People
Indywood, 7p.m
Life as a millennial black on white dominated campuses

Mercedi

March 4th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes

 

Shpongle
Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound

 

Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow


  Arts

Room 220: Literary Events 3.2-3.9


By Nathan Martin, Room 220

Lorrie Moore kicks of a strong week of literary events in New Orleans with a reading at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 2, in the Lavin-Bernick Student Center on Tulane University’s campus. Moore is the author of five collections of short stories and two novels. Her most recent collection, Bark, was nominated for the 2014 Story Prize. Her novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received numerous honors for her work. Author Zachary Lazar will moderate a Q&A after her reading. Read the Paris Review interview with Moore.


State of Play: Theatre Listings, 3.2-3.16


Compiled by Michael Martin

Theatre season is heating up. The next couple of weeks feature no less than 12 different new works opening. Anthony Bean Community Theater is taking on Shakespeare for the the first time. Cabaret abounds across town. A D&D inspired play continues its run. For full theatre listings, click on through.


Kongo Fair

NOMA Opens Kongo: across the Waters



New Orleans prides herself on the fusion of cultures that combined to build the city we now know. One of the most commonly cited example of those evolutions is jazz’s origins in Congo Square. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)’s new installation, Kongo: across the Waters aims to illustrate how the art of a different Kongo evolved through other influences and eventually came to influence the fabric of the American South.


Trad Hop

Nesby & Fiend Bring Hip Hop to Pres Hall



Pres Hall Brass is known as the standard bearer for traditional New Orleans jazz, but sometimes the group is anything but traditional. Tonight (2.28), Pres Hall will dive into fusion. Hip hop artists Nesby and Fiend will join the band for a special show mixing the new with the old.


Room 220: Katrina & the Rapture


By Room 220

Alright, alright. This post really isn’t about a literary event—it’s about a film screening, the New Orleans premiere of Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven at 7p.m. on Sunday, March 1 at Indywood (628 Elysian Fields). But since the Room 220 editors had a hand in organizing the event, it will also include some bookish elements: namely, the inclusion of a couple celebrated authors as part of a panel discussion following the film.


'Art World Warrior'

Ogden Curator Sumrall Talks Jim Roche



On Friday (2.27), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is opening “Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic.” The new exhibition is a 46 year survey including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture from Roche’s prolific career. Curator Bradley Sumrall sat down with NoDef to answer a few questions about the show.


Twerk of Art (Photos)


Twerkaholics get ready. The Queen of Bounce is back on the air tonight. Big Freedia’s reality show will begin its third season on FUSE at 10:00p.m. Before the big premiere, Freedia also debuted “Twerk of Art” her new gallery show. Photos from the Hollywood opening are after the jump.


Spellbound: Quintron & Miss P Announce Tour, New Projects


Quintron and Miss Pussycat are downtown idols, but they are certainly not idle. The duo just announced a series of spring tour dates as well as the now expected eccentric mix of new projects.


Shaping Up: Wednesday at the Square Releases 2015 Schedule


The months ahead are filled with music and festivals, but one series of performances holds a special place in the hearts of many local. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) Wednesdays at the Square series is slated to return March 11. Today, organizers revealed the season’s schedule.


Room 220

Brian Boyles Talks Boom and Blackout



I’ve worked with Brian Boyles since we met at Handsome Willy’s in 2008. We’ve worked City Council DJ Happy Hours, cross-generational panel discussions, yard parties, music festivals, and many, many Saints games. His new book, New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, is a nonfiction account of the 100 days preceding the 2013 Super Bowl. The book depicts the city in the throes of developments economic, infrastructural, and political as New Orleans rushes to meet the expectations of its first true post-Katrina national debut.


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock