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Mercredi

May 27th

Irma Thomas

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

The Queen comes to the popular outdoor series

 

Frogs and Friends

Maple Leaf, 9p.m.

Gravity A Offshoot Jams Out

 

Miami Connection

Indywood, 9p.m.

A rock band fights against motorcycle ninjas who have taken over Miami’s drug trade

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Dinky Tao Poetry

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.

Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson

 

Tin Men

d.b.a., 7p.m.

Chaz leads the world’s premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio


  Arts

State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.26-6.02


Compiled by Michael Martin

Tourist season may be tapering off, but theatre season is stil on full blast. Arlen, Darlin'Creep Cuts, and Rent are all opening. Verbatim Verbotem is returning and Sondheim's Merrily, We Roll Along is, well, rolling along. Click on through for a full rundown of this week's offerings.


Room 220

An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans



Sula Janet Evans is a singer-songwriter with the world beat/reggae band Zion Trinity and the lead singer ofMojuba, a band that focuses on sacred orisha music. She is also founding director of the Na’Zyia Doula Collective, a member and medicine queen of the Mardi Gras Indian Queens of the Nation, and an Akan/ancestor priest at the Shrine of Impohema in Ghana. A native of New Jersey with a B.A. in African Studies and English Literature from Rutgers, Evans has lived in New Orleans for more than twenty years and is the co-owner of the retail store King & Queen Emporium Int’l on Bayou Road. She is also my longtime friend and sometimes collaborator.


The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: She Was Born



Last year a friend brought to my attention a quotation from the famed producer, playwright, and critic Robert Brustein that is much less sunny than he thought it to be. "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." I take Mr Brustein to mean that theatre has no higher goal than to make it possible for genius to operate, fully and freely, whatever it takes.


Requiem & A Dream

LPO Says Farewell to Mahalia Jackson with Verdi's Masterwork



On Saturday (5.23) night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closed out both their season and their 10 year run at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in symbolic style. The orchestra joined by a sizable choir performed Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork “Messa da Requiem.”


State of Undress: Burlesque & Drag Listings, 5.21-5.24


By Angie Z.

Hello Kittens! The dimly lit arenas of flesh that our fine city fosters will offer no relief from the building heat this week. Fill up your summer tonic of choice, and work that hand fan, because your every growing options of ocular delight are going from slow burn to full on southern fried. 


State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.19-5.25


Compiled by Michael Martin

This week, theatre lovers have a dozen plays to choose between. Robin Hood and Antigone continue their much ballyhooed runs. Plus, two major musicals join the fray as the spring weather warms into summer. Click on through for all the details below.


Bayou Boogaloo Sunday Schedule


The Fest Gods have finally bestowed a sunny day upon us. Tie to get your Boogaloo on up in Bayou St.John. Four stages this year means even more music. Today's lineup includes Mike Dillon, Dumpstaphunk, the 101 Runners, Colin Lake, and the TBC Brass Band. Click on through for the full schedule.


The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: Antigone



With just two productions in as many months, New Noise co-artistic director Joanna Russo has leapt to the top of the list of directors I admire. Following the perfectly executed Never Swim Alone for Elm Theatre with this all-female staging of Antigone for Lux et Umbra, Russo demonstrates thrilling mastery of the theatrical approach I least favor: director-centric, all light & movement & sound. If I want spectacle I go to the movies. On stage, especially in a storefront theater, I’m usually looking first for rich language delivered by exciting actors.


Bayou Boogaloo Schedule


The weather has cleared up just enough for festers to get their Boogaloo on up in Bayou St.John. With four stages this year, there is plenty to check out. Today's roster icludes Woodenhead, the Wild Magnolias, Tony Hall, the New Orleans Suspects, Yojimbo, and Kristin Diable. Click on through for the full schedule.


Cantina Cool: Star Wars Burlesque


By Jeremy Ford

New Orleans is a city perpetually sinking into a gulf of uniqueness and creativity. It has cradled legendary musicians, innovative artists, and influential writers, and been the setting for energetic, as well as peculiar productions capable of vivifying any eye or ear. The tradition of acceptance and creative encouragement continues with the Society of Sin’s Pulp Science Fiction: A Star Wars Burlesque Play.


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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

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock