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Fair Grounds, all day
Final day of weekend one
Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM
The most important meal of the year
Prytania Theatre, 10AM
1933 sci-fi horror classic
Saenger Theatre, 3PM
YouTube superstar comes to town
Marigny Opera House, 5PM
Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler
Eiffel Society, 7PM
Lord of the Rings burlesque
Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM
Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA-based Balkan band
Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM
Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films
Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM
A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all
Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM
CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin
House of Blues, 7PM
Carver Club, 8PM
Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre
Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM
Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music
Blue Nile, 11PM
Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen
Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center
Kick off day of tech conference
Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM
First annual showcase of the label's artists
Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM
Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band
343 Baronne St., 6:30PM
Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir
House of Blues, 7PM
Grammy-nominated French heavy metal
Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM
Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM
Smoothie King Center, 8PM
50th anniversary tour
Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers
Octavia Books, 4:30PM
From "How to Be A Supervillain"
Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio
Music at the Mint, 7PM
Feat. Tim Laughlin
The Sanctuary, 8PM
CD release show
Snug Harbor, 8PM
Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott
In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'
Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Feat. Ivan Neville
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support
Blue Nile, 11:55PM
Next generation NOLA brass
Pres Hall, 12AM
With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends
Fair Grounds, all day
Weekend two kicks off
Tubby & Coo's, 4PM
Star Wars party
Jazz in the Park
Russell Batiste and friends
Crescent Park, 5:45PM
Get sweaty and centered
Ashé Cac, 6PM
Live music, DJs, and dance
The Music Box Village, 6:30PM
Punk rock percussion
Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM
Class for women's health
House of Blues, 7:30PM
Benefit concert for his namesake foundation
The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM
Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who
The Howlin Wolf, 9PM
Republic NOLA, 9PM
Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste
Music at the Mint, 9PM
Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp
Whether the 12-21-12 Hype is Real or Just a Sign of the Times, New Orleanians are Going to Party Like It's Armageddon
As you may have heard, the world is expected to end on December 21, or so the prediction based on a misinterpretation of ancient Mesoamerican calendars goes.
The scientific community is adamantly debunking this claim and encouraging people to shift their focus to the true looming danger: degradation of earth to unlivable conditions due to the effects of the modern industrial system.
Meanwhile, New Orleans is set for a big party. As a city that has already experienced several apocalypses in the form of hurricanes and enviornmental disasters, New Orleans is set to fearlessly mark the day with a wide range of events. Regardless of whether or not you believe the hype, there is plenty to be said for the mass subscription to rumors of approaching doom.
December 21, 2012 is in fact a very significant date to the Mayan people. Their holy book, the Propol Vuh, describes three worlds having failed before the gods created a fourth, which included humanity. According to the Mayan Long Count calendar, the last world ended after 13 b’ak’tuns, or periods of approximately 394 years. December 21 concludes another period of 13 b’ak’tuns, implying the end of the fourth world as well. This central thought has been conflated with the nearby Aztec peoples’ cultural obsession with cataclysm to spur the paranoia, excitement and fear that has become the 2012 apocalypse phenomenon.
Of course, the idea of the world ending was never predicted by the Mayans, whose understanding of time is based on an acute knowledge of the cosmos and earth’s relationship to other planets making it necessarily cyclical. This has not stopped people from inventing other hypothetical doomsday scenarios, however. Some claim that Niburu, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward earth and a collision is likely to ensue on Friday. Others believe our entire planet will be usurped by a black hole on that date, or a sudden rotational shift will occur causing irreparable damage in its wake.
Nasa and the rest of the scientific community maintain that there is no evidence that any spectacular event is likely to occur the Friday after next and urge people to shift their focus to more tangible threats. Earth’s currently rising temperature is most likely human induced and increasing at a rate that has been unprecedented in the past 1300 years. This warming has caused a depletion of groundwater reserves as well as an increase in draught and forest fires, NASA warns. Greenhouse gases are being emitted twice as fast as oceans and forests are capable of absorbing them. Food per capita is decreasing and energy sources are becoming scarce. Essentially, the impact of industrialization is disastrous and likely to have a catastrophic affect on the entire planet in the coming decadesm, the federal agency says.
As a coastal city with an average elevation of a foot or two below sea level, New Orleans is especially vulnerable, as global warming will inevitably cause ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise. Indeed our city has already experienced plenty of devastation.
So, naturally, the end of the world is being recognized with fervor throughout town. Festivals and dance parties are to take place, celebrating the morbid premonition with the same melancholy ecstasy used in our approach to jazz funerals in addition to more somber dinners and dialogues.
In light of the failures of the modern industrial system, it seems fitting that society at large is embracing non-western, pre-colonial knowledge albeit entirely misinterpreted. Furthermore, it seems these very real threats are behind the widespread sensationalism of the 21st. It’s a common notion in apocalyptic anticipation, from the rapture to nuclear threat, that we like to imagine instant death rather than gradual demise. Perhaps the tendency to embrace the idea of an end implies a collective yearning for change. Rather than planning for the final day, should we be striving for a paradigm shift?
As the answers to these questions loom in the uncertain future, New Orleanians are finding ways to cope. This weekend, people will poke fun at Armegeddon and the Mayans with a long list of parties.
The Cosmic Convergence Festival is an all day affair, taking place at the Sugar Mill. Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Star of The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens hosts the Apocalypse prevention festival along with The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The party will feature DJ’s and a long list of musicians including the Hot 8 Brass Band, electronic psy-rockers Ghostland Observatory, Alex McMurry and the Interstellar All-Stars, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rotary Downs, James Singleton and Sun Domingo. Food trucks and other vendors will be there as well to keep you drunk, fed and happy.
Krewe of Chewbacchus leader and Cosmic Fest organizer Ryan Ballard said that the spectacular affair will cause the galactic-dwelling Mayans to rethink their predictions on the apocalypse.
“Our plan is in full effect at this point. We are going to throw a party so epic and amazing at the Sugar Mill that the Mayan Space gods will look down upon our creation and our revelry and the glory of humanity and they will cancel the apocalypse because it’s so awesome,” said Ballard.
The festival will be a charitable affair as Tsoukalos and the Krewe have partnered with Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca and are donating a portion of the party’s proceeds to his foundation, which aids Children’s hospitals, Wounded Warrier Centers and Special Needs or at-risk children. Begins at noon tickets available for $55 here.
The lineup is out of this world. Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Alex McMurray, and the Interstellar All Stars a just a few of the 20-plus acts that will grace the space stage.
“Alex has put together a one-time only special project to perform all of the greatest classic rock songs about outer space of all time,” said Ballard. “It is going to be the greatest 2012 party in New Orleans, if not the world.”
Ballard also created an “authentic” space ship that will rise and lower “at its own accord.” The apparatus took three fog machines, and the space gods will emerge from the craft at midnight.
Here's some more December 21 events to help you party like it's your last:
At 6:30 a pot luck supper and dialogue will take place at the healing center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish that their ancestor’s would have made as a sign of reverence to those who came before us. The discussion will center around what we can do to make the twenty-first a day of transformation rather than destruction. A small portion of each dish will be set aside as an offering which will be used in the after meal ceremony. Call (504) 940-1130 or email: email@example.com to R.S.V.P.
Armegeddon, a Goth/Industrial/EDM party will take place at Siberia on Thursday the 20 at 10pm. Admission is free.
Sludge metal band Crowbar makes their debut and Crotchbreaker plays their last show ever at Siberia alongside The Devil’s Rain and Ashes to Dust at 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Silent Disco Presents: Doomsday Disco at the Wolf Den (907 S. Peters St.), 10 p.m.
The End and the Beginning at Michalopoulos Studio (527 Elysian Fields Avenue) at 6:30pm. Live performances from Helen Gillet, GENS, DJ Matty, Tony Skratchere, Joey Buttons DJ Set, YRSTRLY, Billsbery Flowboy, Summer, and more.
Galactic Alignment Party at the Maple Leaf, 10pm. Performance from Galactic to usher in the apocalypse.
Apocalypse: An End of The World Bang-Out featuring Star DJ Beverly Skillz takes place at Ampersand at 10pm. Admission is $15
Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via
Michael Weber, B.A.
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