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July 20th

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Ft. Renshaw Davis


Stuart McNair

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Early Blues to Zydeco


Sober Social

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

A change of pace


Movie Screening

Tigermen Den, 7PM

A showing of Chantal Ackerman's No Home Movie


Literature Reading

Dogfish Reading Series, 7PM

Kay Murphy &  Megan McHugh


Cards Against Humanity

Bad Wolf Bar, 7PM

Let’s be horrible together



Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Ft. KLYPH & Zigtegbra


Y’acht Rock 80s Night

One Eyed Jacks, 830PM

Ft. Where Y’acht and DJ White Wine


Eclectic Selection

Hi Ho, 9PM

Ft. DJ Pr_ck


The Vibe Session

Neo Jazz School of Music, 9PM

Live Neo Jazz, Soul, R&B



Bar Redux, 9PM

Southern Soul to melodic Folk


July 21st

Friday Pop Up

Drifter Hotel, 1PM

By Lucille’s Roti Shop


Louisiana Sportsman Show

Superdome, 3PM

Back in NOLA after 12 years


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Moana


Summer Nerd Movie Nights

Tubby & Coo’s, 7PM

A showing of The Neverending Story


John Waters Film Festival


A showing of Pink Flamingos


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

Great food, great music


Comedy F#@k Yeah

The Dragon’s Den, 8PM

Ft. Shane Torres


New Rebel Family

House of Blues, 8PM

Ft. AYO, The Other LA, Akadia, and Ventruss


Mia Borders Trio

Foundation Room, 9:30PM

Open to the public


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Crunchin’ on those notes


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington + The Fortifiers


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Ft. Mikel Douglas + Dozal


July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

52 Pickup: '24' Theatre Fest to Create 7 Plays in a Day

by Michael Cohn-Geltner

Fringe Fest may have tested the amount of theatre one can see in a day, but a new Festival is testing how much theatre one can make. This Friday, 52 people will have 24 hours to create seven plays that will play back-to-back Saturday evening.  Since the concept has been around since the mid-90’s, it’s unclear if this will be the first “24” festival to take place in New Orleans, but it’s the first in recent memory. It will be an opportunity for all NOLA theater artists to come together and unleash their creativity, not to mention create their own piece of finished work.


The concept was born at Bard College, where Skin Horse Theater was founded.  At the end of every semester the school hosted a “24,.”


“Everyone just kicked off their shoes and had a good time,” Anna Henschel, one of the organizers explained via email.  Most of folks at the Bard "24" knew each other.


This New Orleans “24” is a horse of a different color.  Since it’s open to the entire city regardless of theater experience, many people will be meeting for the first time.  Bringing folks together is one of the purposes of the event, explained Evan Spigelman, another organizer.


“We hope ‘24’ can be an opportunity for theater artists of all experience levels to get together in a room and share in what we believe makes the New Orleans theater scene special: the community,” he said.


On Friday, all of the participants will gather and brainstorm ideas.  Anyone will be able to put their ideas into a hat and the group will vote on their favorites, “The whole event is very scheduled and organized, to allow for complete creative freedom,” said Ann.  After all the finalists are chosen, the directors and actors will be sent off to bed. The seven writers, in the meantime, will be tasked with producing a magnum opus.


The next morning, the seven directors and 38 actors will discover which randomly assigned play they will direct or perform in.  While they practice, a tireless team of techies will construct the sets.  At 8:00 p.m., the festival begins.


To add another dollop of unpredictably into the mix, the all-female improv group CLAWS WITH FANGS will host the evening. They will introduce each play, and according to Evan they have “a brilliant concept that is going to keep us laughing all throughout the night.”


Skin Horse aims for “24” to be an annual New Orleans event, “With the amount of creativity that New Orleans is constantly bursting with, we felt '24' would be a great addition to the theatrical calendar,” said Evan.


On Saturday night, the festival costs $12 and has an expected run-time of around three hours.  For those that want to see what the most adventurous theater artists in New Orleans will concoct when trapped together for 24 hours, check out the AllWays Lounge this Saturday night. 

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