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Jeudi

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

 

Toonces

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

 

Theodile

Bar Redux, 9PM

Southern Soul to melodic Folk

Vendredi

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

NOMA, 7PM

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

SAMEDI

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

 

HOUxNOLA

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

 

DIMANCHE

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

 

Church*

The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic


The Hunting of the Snark

Facing the Stage: A Review



NoDef Theatre Writer Helen Jaksch heads to the CAC for the first of four March installments of the Skin Horse Theatre's stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

 

A new and original theatrical ditty

Made just for kids in this city

Was presented by Skin Horse Theater and friends.

 

Adapted from The Hunting of the Snark,

A delightful poetical lark

By none other than good ol’ Lewis Carroll.

 

On that day at the CAC

Kids of all ages had a fine reverie

As part of the Children’s Theater Series.

 

And if you missed it, don’t be sad.

There’s still fun to be had

With Snark in the Park and in the Dark all through March!

 

Watching The Hunting of the Snark at Contemporary Arts Center Saturday, I could not help but feel nostalgic for the first show that I had ever seen. It was School House Rock at Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and I was all of six years old. It was magical, and it changed my life. Skin Horse Theater’s latest theatrical offering, adapted for the stage from Lewis Carroll's poem The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in 8 Fits, will make life-long theatre lovers out of kids of all ages.

 

Charming, whimsical, and very funny, Skin Horse Theatre’s Snark delivers all the ingredients of great children’s theatre. Tackling Lewis Carroll’s very word-heavy and nonsensical poem about a band of buddies on the search for a fantastical creature called a Snark, The Skin Horses do it without either pandering to their young audiences or talking down to them. Like most shows I see, it could have used another week or two of rehearsal, but, all in all, it hits the sweet spot.


And if you asked any of those awe-struck and excited children after the show, they did not notice those few moments when it got a little sloppy. They thought it was perfect and loved every minute.

 

The Hunting of the Snark
Where: NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park and Backyard Ballroom 
When: March 3, 10, 17, 3 p.m. at NOMA, 10 p.m. at Backyard Ballroom
Tickets: Free at NOMA, $5 at Backyard Ballroom

 

Utilizing neither sets nor props, Snark is only body, voice, and costumes. It is a lovely combination of the tripping, dipping, looping words of Carroll and Philip Berezney’s colorful costumes. The costumes reminded me of children pulling whatever they could find from their closets: throwing everything on at once and putting on a play for their teddy bears or their mother’s guests. It was easy to forgive the rough execution when the essence was so right. Not to mention that they pay homage to the incredible drawings by Henry Holiday that accompany Carroll’s text. Some of my favorite fabric-based flairs were Kyle Williams’ Beaver costume and the oodles of coats that made the very tiny Cecile Monteyne’s Baker look like a giant berry.

 

Director Veronica Hunsinger-Loe went back to the basics of the body as the core of storytelling in this adventure. Those bodies of the ensemble create everything from the bow of a ship to the rocky face of an island to trees in a spooky forest. It all challenges us to indulge in our imaginations. Hunsinger-Loe does not let her ensemble shy away from the poem’s dark themes and somewhat unhappy ending, but she also finds the humor and the lightness. There are wonderful reminders in the stage choreography, such as in the Barrister’s dream or the ensemble’s creation of the terrifying Bandersnatch, that you do not need a big budget to create moments of fright and wonder. The Hunting of the Snark is one of the first pieces of children’s theatre that I have seen in a long time that does not forget that it is theatre.

 

The Snark Crew is a solid ensemble. Berezney, Williams, Monteyne, Nat Kusinitz, Matt Standley, Evan Spigelman, and Glenna Broderick brought high energy and a generosity of spirit that was wonderful to be a part of. There were a few performances, however, that shined extra brightly on that cloudy afternoon. Kusinitz played the Bellman, the leader of the Snark-hunting voyage. Sporting a cloth beard and a striped shirt, Kusinitz expertly led the ensemble with his precise physicality and abundance of enthusiasm. Monteyne brought the house down with her Victorian rap, and Standley’s signature movement and catch phrase as the Butcher was funny every single time he did it. But the comedienne that stole the show was Williams as the Beaver. A master of committing to big choices and funny voices, Williams was able to walk that fine line of bold choices without stepping on her fellow performers’ toes. She loves to mug almost as much as we love watching. Williams nonetheless knows when to let others have their moment. She is the sticky, goofy glue that brings Carroll’s poem to life with wit, heart, and comedy to spare.
 

 

Want to be a part of the hunt? Skin Horse Theater is taking Snark on the road in March. See it in the park at the NOMA Sculpture Garden at 3:00pm and in the dark (for grown-up kids) at the Backyard Ballroom at 10:00pm March 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

They threatened its life with

They threatened its life with a railroad share!

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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