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July 28th

How We Got The Funk
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 6p.m.
UBW founder Jawole Zollar leads a social & historical dance class (donation)


Zephyrs vs. Omaha
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Louise Michel
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Fired workers plot revenge in this 2008 French film


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Midcity Theatre, 7:30
Episode IV retold in iambic pentameter


Daughters of Dolma
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Doc about daily lives of Tibetan Buddhist nuns


The Guru
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
With Fpoon and The Roses ($5)


July 29th

Zephyrs vs. Iowa
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.
See Kermit at home in the 7th Ward and get to bed early


Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free standup comedy show


Lions, Big Awesome, All People, Tare
Hey Cafe, 9p.m.
Community Record’s DIY Summer Bummer Fest, part 3 ($5)


Open Ears Music Series
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
Ft. Trapper Keeper


Freshly Minted Interview

A Talk with Rejected Youth Nation

As part of their ongoing interview series, NoDef's partners at Music at the Mint talk to New Orleans natives Rejected Youth Nation, featuring Omari Neville on vocals. Visit Music at the Mint online for more details. 

Film Review: Venus in Fur

Why did I enjoy Venus in Fur so much? Visually, it's definitely an indoor exercise. The only exterior happens during the opening shot, as we follow the camera from a stormy, empty street into a deserted theater. 

Trashy Diva Backs Tipitina’s Foundation

by Ashley Rouen

Trashy Diva is racking up support for the Tipitina’s Foundation on Friday, July 25.  All day, 20 perent of sales from the clothing boutique's French Quarter outlet will go to fund the Foundation’s Sunday Youth Music Workshop, as they continue to foster musical growth in the community.  

Casting Their Lot

Film Project Focuses on Improving Algiers 'Park'

Filmmaker Russell Blanchard didn't intend to start a new project when he went into Black Star Books & Caffe, just a block from his Algiers home. But, as many neighborhood conversations go in New Orleans, he got to talking to Black Star owner Baakir Tyehimba about the closest blight.

Loop South Levels on Movie Sound Production

by Christopher Romaguera

With increased movie production in New Orleans, more learning opportunities are also emergin for pros and locals alike. This weekend, the New Orleans Video Access Center is set to offer the latest installment of a course series on movie sound production titled In the Loop. The Saturday (7-26) class on Intro to Loop Recording for Actors will be presented with Loop South. 

Indoor Film Series at NOMA Spotlights Mexican Master

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Film Society are once again teaming up to show movies among the rarefied art in City Park. For the hotter, soggier summer months, the latest cinematic series will move into the museum's marbled halls, and focus on the work of a famed Mexican cinematographer.

Pace Connects the Dots of Comedy

"Do your best, be funny, and don't be a dick." That represents comedian Duncan Pace's three maxims for anyone wanting to be a part of the New Orleans comedy scene. "That's a great combination of rules.  And other comedy scenes might not have 'Don't be a dick.' And they would be great comedy scenes, and there may be great comedians, but the environment would be more cut-throat."  

Behind the Lens: 48 Hr. Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project kicked off last Friday evening with teams receiving their instructions and picking their genres out of a hat. The groups gathered in the ballroom of Maison St. Charles, anxious to get started, and knowing that a hectic, sleepless 48 hours lay in store. Submissions of the four to seven minute films had to be submitted no later than 7:30p.m. Sunday.


Hit Me America

Smash into the Republic this Wednesday at 7 p.m.for the premier of an upcoming series called the HIT ME AMERICA Louisiana Jam Sessions. Co-hosted by Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., the songwriters’ showcase will premiere eighteen individual musicians whose challenge is to write a hit song in one hour with the help of a live audience. Producer Steven Scaffidi has teamed up with the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame to film Wednesday’s event as well as subsequent jams, all eventually set for broadcast.

A Mid-Summer's Night Scene

Reviews: The Dying City, The Human Buffet, Behind My Enemy's Eyes

With NOLA's major producers stilling their big guns until autumn and nearly everybody financially able skedaddled out of town, summer is the humid season of works-in-progress, festivals and, especially, vanity productions, (No disrespect intended: over a third of my résumé, including some of the highlights, is of shows created by or featuring me, for which I picked up the tab.)

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