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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


Vixens of Verse

The Burly Beat



NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac previews this week's happy marriage of Storyville and the Gold Mine Saloon: The Poetry Brothel.

 

Beware the ides of March, my pets.  You may be resting now, entertaining gentle thoughts of post-Mardi Gras restraint, but come Thursday March 15 at the All Ways Lounge a crew of delicious deviants prepares to tempt you with flesh, music, and sweet, sensual poetry.

 

The Poetry Brothel, an NYC institution since 2007, was born out of boredom.  Founder Stephanie Berger (also known as “The Madame”) moved to New York after growing up in San Diego and spending time in Los Angeles and London.  Berger says she expected the city to reveal an underground bohemia of secret parties and poetry readings.  Instead, she found academic affairs in stuffy auditoriums which started her mind wandering from even the most talented poet’s work. 

“I realized that I really like reading poetry with friends in a bedroom or on a couch and being able to talk about it,” says Berger.  “I wanted a poetry reading series that would happen one-on-one.”

 

Nearly five years later, The Poetry Brothel has amassed an impressive stable of Poetry Whores, and has branched out to cities including Barcelona, Chicago, and now, New Orleans.

 

So what can you expect at a whorehouse for verse?  Berger describes the evening like an “immersive play,” where characters mingle with audience members and performances will occur periodically as if happening in the parlor of a real Madame. 

 

The Madame brings several seasoned whores with her, like Tennessee Pink, a mustachioed heartbreaker who helped found the Brothel concept in 2007.  A few locals will join the ranks, including radical faerie and poet Sugar LeFae, lovely lady band, LadyBabyMiss & The Tigermen, plus burlesque from Bella Blue and yours truly.

 

The event begins at 8:00 and will last until past midnight, featuring poetry performance, music, burlesque, and tarot reading as a background to the main attraction of the night: getting you a good whore.

 

 

The Poetry Brothel

Where: All Ways Lounge, 2240 St. Claude

When: March 15, 8pm-1am

Tickets: $5, plus $5 tokens for purchasing time with whores.  Available at the door or online

“We try to make the environment very intimate,” says Berger.  “Towards the back, it will be just like a real brothel, except instead of the whores having sex with you, they'll be reading poems.”  That’s right ya’ll—you’ll be able to purchase tokens for $5 a pop and choose the lovely lady or gentleman you want to sit down with for some sensual soul-baring.

 

If poetic intimacy isn’t your thing, you can also participate by bringing a poem or writing one on the spot—the Madame will host a friendly competition where audience members can vie for a midnight performance slot and immediate induction into the brothel.  

 

“I came up with this concept after reading a lot about the history of jazz and how it started in brothels in New Orleans,” says Berger.  “If anything, this doesn’t feel like taking it somewhere new, it feels like bringing it home.”

 

Tickets for the Poetry Brothel are available onlineor at the door for only $5.  But be prepared to spend another Lincoln or ten on your favorite whore—Berger is an excellent hawker of her wares, from Simone, the “leather clad sex deviant,” to Elka, “a wild thing from the forest that will possible kill you, but very, very gently.”

 

Sounds like a lovely Lenten time, don’t it?

The Poetry Brothel does not

The Poetry Brothel does not have a branch in Chicago. Chicago is an independent group. Read more about the Chicago Poetry Bordello here : http://www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/new-york-vs-chicago-poetry-bro...

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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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