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VENDREDI

March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


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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