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August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

30 Americans

Review: CAC Showcases Diverse Works from 30 Black Artists

“30 Americans” opened at the Contemporary Arts Center on February 8th, just one week into Black History Month.  A show organized by the Rubell Family Collection of Miami, “30 Americans” is described as focusing “on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture.”


The show is a powerhouse, featuring art greats like David Hammons and Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems among the thirty.  While their decades and generations differ, their subject matter and sexual orientation, medium and canvas sizes find little common ground; their shared ancestry is what draws the show together.


I considered myself a big Mickalene Thomas fan before “30 Americans.”  Her depictions of women are glamorous and gorgeous; they wear bright, beautiful clothes, and are often posed within impeccably decorated settings. When I saw “Baby I am Ready Now” and her “Portraits of Quanikah” series – thankfully hung in the CAC’s vivacious Emerge gallery – I was blown away by the volume and luxurious multi-materiality of Mickalene Thomas like never before.  Their glitz added so much to the paintings’ presence.  Thomas works frequently with rhinestones and glitter to accentuate the hair, clothing, cosmetics and jewelry of the women in her paintings.  She also applies them like in “Quanikah” to toy with the idea of costumery and artifice, depicting one woman in wildly varying looks.  Without the context of these touches of pizazz, Thomas’s intent gets lost in translation onto the printed and digital page.  The opportunity to appreciate her work fully and in person is an absolute gift of the exhibition.  Now I am an even bigger fan of Mickalene Thomas.


Somewhat similarly, Hank Willis Thomas’ three solo works in the show take a hard look at materialism and black culture.  Willis Thomas features three solo works in “30 Americans” and two in collaboration with Rashid Johnson.  His iconic black and white photo of a Nike swoosh branded onto a clean-shaven black head, “Branded, Lambda Photographs,” “Basketball and Chain” and the bewildering “Priceless” are all on loan for the exhibit.  Willis Thomas’s imagery is always strong and clean, marked by bold and iconic singular subject matter like one might see in the work of Barbara Kruger or Andy Warhol.  Willis Thomas’ imagery, however, is original.


Other show highlights are Kerry James Marshall’s “Vignette #10,” a large work of acrylic on fiberglass which hangs on the first floor.  Marshall’s work depicts a hazy scene of partially-obscured slick, minimalist architecture as backdrop for a blissful Black boy and girl couple who grasp hands beneath a tree.  An exaggerated sunrise beams up and out from the horizon, the same wide variety of grays to black as the entire rest of the painting.  The only color emerges in the form of several cotton-candy pink, psycho-real hearts that emanate from between the hearts of the ecstatic children.  Even the storybook frame of the flowers and trees that delineate the work maintain the grays.  The 50’s camp, the specific architectural style and the Pleasantville black and white color palette hint at a dreamlike theme. 


Jeff Sonhouse’s four large works deserve their own wall and they fill it well.  His “Yellow is Mellow” features a Caucasian man with white dreadlocks and a huge belt buckle that reads, “MELANIN PROFILE” beneath a trendy purple suit with a long jacket.  His nose, the barrel of a double shotgun, terminates in very round nostrils, a violent response to the archaic practice of genetic stereotyping.  His two works “Graphic by Design” and “Visually Impaired” depict Black skin and hair of their male subjects from burnt matchsticks, the former paper canvas bearing the scorch marks above the head of the portrayed.  Sonhouse’s work takes on heavy subject matter head-on, with blistering directness.


The show bears a warning that some works on the first and second floors may be considered unsuitable for younger viewers, the silhouette work of Kara Walker’s crucial “Camptown Ladies” is surely among these.  Also Barkley L. Hendricks’ “Fast Eddie Jive Niggah” which features full frontal male nudity.  Less clear are Gary Simmons’ “Duck, Duck, Noose” which features KKK hoods surrounding a noose and is a frightening enough specter to give a quadragenarian nightmares, and so possibly a child as well.  However, the show is a rare opportunity to view essential works like Glenn Ligon’s “America,” Carrie Mae Weems’ “You Became a Psychological Profile…,” Lorna Simpson’s “Wigs” and Kalup Linzy’s “Conversations with de Churen V:  As da Art World Might Turn.”


'30 Americans' is on view now at the CAC, through June 15. 

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