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Electro-Pop Star Nite Jewel Shares ‘Real High’ & Summertime Gasa Gasa Show


Los Angeles-based Nite Jewel (née Ramona Gonzalez) released the title track off of her forthcoming album, Real High. The electro-pop star’s new album will drop May 5 through her own Gloriette Records just ahead of her U.S. and European tour that will bring her to New Orleans in late summer.


Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker and NOLA Documentarian, Dies at 73


Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award-winning director of films like Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate, Philadelphia, among many other works, died on Wednesday (4.26) of cancer complications. He was 73 years old. 


Trombone Shorty Drops New Single ‘No Good Time’


New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty made two big announcements this week ahead of the Friday release of his new album, Parking Lot Sympathy. On Monday (4.24), the Treme-raised bandleader dropped a new single called "No Good Time" and unveiled the fall dates for his 2017 tour with his band Orleans Avenue. 


Bona Drag: Inaugural Bushwig South Festival Comes to NOLA


New Orleans has no shortage of drag royalty and now, in true NOLA fashion, there is a festival to commemorate the boldest and brightest queer performers in town. Brooklyn’s biggest drag fest Bushwig will host its inaugural southern offshoot event on May 13th at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. 


Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival


April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.


Record Store Day Spins Through NOLA This Weekend


This Saturday (4.22), the 2017 Record Store Day will take place at vinyl outfitters across the nation. The 10th annual celebration of indie record stores toasts audiophiles, music makers, the vinyl devout — and, of course, the record stores that make it all possible. Record Store Day brings plenty of new and special edition releases nationwide. The day also provides ample reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available. 


La Fest en Rose

French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More



Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart. 


Southern Rep Hosts Free 'Play Dates'


Fresh off of their critically-acclaimed production of "Sweet Bird of Youth," Southern Rep Theatre announced on Monday (4.17) a new project with the Community Book Center. The collaboration will showcase a series of performance art and education activities for free to benefit local children. 


Orpheus Ascending

Marigny Opera Ballet Makes a Winning Return to 'Orfeo'



The Marigny Opera Ballet ends its third season this weekend with a reprise of “Orfeo,” choreographer Maya Taylor’s visual retelling of the story of star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. Featuring Taylor’s choreography set to original music composed by Tucker Fuller, the ballet’s original run in 2015 was met with sold-out crowds. NoDef was in attendance for the final dress rehearsal ahead of Friday night’s opening at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.). The company’s three-night-only return to the Greek myth is a wholly compelling, powerful performance guaranteed to repeat the same success.


Patois Film Fest Returns to the Broad Theater


In the uncertain political climate of today, there is no shortage of social issues that warrant a large-scale platform — from immigration and healthcare reforms to LGBTQ rights, racial protests, and gender inequality. This week, some of the most contentious concerns of our time will be examined as Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival brings focus to these issues through the lens of the camera. 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Alexis Manrodt


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