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JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


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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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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