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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Shia LaBeouf, Traveling Kid, Arrives in NOLA


There are some new traveling kids in town, but they probably won’t be on Lower D demanding your leftovers or your money. Actor Shia LeBeouf as well his collaborating artists Nastja Rönkkö, and Luke Turner landed in New Orleans this weekend as part of their interactive #TakeMeAnywhere project.


Eclectic Boogaloo

Bayou Boogaloo Returns This Weekend



Mid City has its own personality and accordingly its own festival. The Bayou Boogaloo, a.k.a. The Little Fest That Could, will be returning this weekend. The banks of the Bayou St. John will once again be lined with tents and stages for one of the city’s best events.


Taco Truck Theater Rolls On


By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Jose Torres-Tama is not shy about mixing activism with his art. The multi-disciplinary artist is a prominent figure, nationally and locally, beating the drum (sometimes literally) for immigrants’ rights. He will continue that crusade on May 15th at 4 p.m. with a performance of Taco Truck Theater/Teatro Sin Fronteras. The avant-garde project will offer a sneak peak into a work-in-progress chronicling the plight of the undocumented now and one potential consequence for the country in the future.


Bonfouca's Slidell Style


French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest dominate April, but this weekend holds a treat for Louisiana music lovers who can not wait until next month. The inaugural Festival Bonfouca is bringing some very familiar names and events to the North Shore.


Immigrant Songs

Jose Torres-Tama's “Immigration, Activism, & the Arts”



This Saturday, on February 27th, artist-activist Jose Torres-Tama will be presenting an event titled “Immigration, Activism, & the Arts” at Ashé Cultural Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.) The afternoon centers around the immigration crisis occurring in New Orleans and the rest of the United States, as well as the challenge of “employing the arts as a cultural platform, to inform the community on the challenges the immigrant community is still facing.” 


Brew-Ha-Ha: Abita Gets a Makeover


Abita is turning 30 and the ubiquitous local brews will look a little different in honor of the birthday. On Monday (2.15), the company announced that their entire product line is set for some new packaging.


A Flower By Any Other Name


Mardi Gras parades are a display of astounding artistry, not too mention conspicuous consumption. Sometimes, the latter overshadows the former. But, if your vision of the floats is a little, er, blurry in 2016, there is an opportunity for redemption. The Carnival Collective, a group of float artists are staging an exhibition of float inspired art at Miette (2038 Magazine Street) in the Lower Garden District.


Homo-Urbanaology

Queer Placemaking in New Orleans



“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.”  David Harvey, The Right to the City.


Artistic License

Art for Amnesty's One Day Extravaganza



Amnesty International will host Art for Rights from 10a.m. through 6p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at StudioBe (2940 Royal Street). Over 5,000 people will join Art for Amnesty for this free, one-day, pop-up art event, with the unveiling murals and installations by artists from around the world, including NOLA’s own Brandan "BMike" Odums and musical A-lister Usher, in the 30,000 square-foot warehouse.


Playing Koi

Jeremy Novy Explains His Iconic Fish Stencils



Have you looked down at a sidewalk and noticed a trio of koi fish stencilled on the concrete? For almost a decade, artist Jeremy Novy has been painting these fish across the country, including New Orleans. The artist took some time to explain the meaning behind the popular installations.


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