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VENDREDI

August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure

 

Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora

 

Pecker

NOMA, 7PM

Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival

 

Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Play about first loves and second chances

 

I'm Listening

The Voodoo Lounge, 9PM

Comedy and psychoanalysis

 

Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle

 

Armnhmr

Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph

 

Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom

SAMEDI

August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event

 

610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions

 

Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest

 

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK

 

We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out

 

Brewsiana

House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival

 

Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF

DIMANCHE

August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn

 

Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more

 

Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances

 

New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle

 

RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal

 

The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit

 

Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 

LUNDI

August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse

 

Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self

 

Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical

 

Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer

 

Knockout

The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 

 

Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin

MARDI

August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria

 

DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 
 

The Art of Activism

Picolla Tushy's 'Resist This' Series Blends Politics with Performance



Resist This, an ongoing activism-infused affair presented by Picolla Tushy with her troupe The Bluestockings, held its June edition on Saturday (6.10) night at Sidney's Saloon. The intimate night weaved burlesque, comedy, music, poetry, and vaudevillian varieties to raise funds and awareness for the LGBT Community Center, during New Orleans' Pride weekend. 

 

Resist This was born in the immediate days following the 2016 Presidential election, according to Tushy. In essence, it is an entertainment-focused series of fundraisers for local non-profits which, in Trump's America, are in danger of losing funding. For the June edition, Tushy partnered with Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) to benefit the LGBT Community Center. Deciding to nip the deprivation of social funding by the state in the bud via performance is, obviously, more entertaining than one might think. In fact, it seems that the efforts on display each month during Resist This provides an outlet to strengthen the ties and wellbeing of the New Orleans community at large.

 

Picolla Tushy is a proactive leader in the Crescent City’s booming burlesque scene, at the helm of the self-described “naked theatre troupe” The Bluestockings for over five years. A Bluestockings show isn’t just a typical burlesque show. Each performance features spoken word, Picolla’s unique character play, and thematic explorations into facets of New Orleans (think the writings of Bukowski and sexual liberation storytelling). The intimate setting of Sidney’s Saloon serve well for the troupe, who previously held a long term residency at that cloistered Shadowbox Theater for years. 

 

Resist This kicked off the show with the talents of Chatty the Mime, who managed to awe spectators while incorporating an assortment of top-hats into her performance. The program then alternated between good old-fashioned and not-so-old fashioned burlesque, with short storytelling performances that explored life on the periphery and in the midst of LGBTQ communities interspersed throughout the evening. 

 

Rather than sticking to scripted performances, as is typical of a standard Bluestockings presentation, Tushy decided to let her performers surprise her on Saturday night. She expressed complete confidence in her performers. “Oh God, I love my performers,” she exclaimed over the phone. "I just gush over them.” 

 

In this manner, traditional burlesque inspired by European and early-American fashions were paired alongside more neo-burlesque numbers, with looks more reminiscent of alt-Halloween fashions a la a Tim Burton flick. This is the work of Bluestockings, as the troupe has done more that to just bridge the gap between old-school and new-school burlesque, presenting differing styles in a cohesive show. 

 

Through its collaborative spirit and charitable contributions, Tushy’s troupe has done a lot to stay true to the roots of the original Pride marches that blend parties with politics. Set amidst New Orleans’ celebration of its annual Pride weekend, Resist This was a compelling instance where members of the community came together to create their own safe space to assemble, support, and celebrate. It’s beautiful to see people of all backgrounds come together to provide a platform for artistic expression while also committing to large scale organizations that serve necessary functions for the greater good. 

 

Picolla was positively overwhelmed by the amount of good spirits and contributions that community members are consistently willing to award at Resist This. “I literally have $900 dollars worth of art [for this show] in my living right now thanks to how awesome people are being,” she said ahead of Saturday’s show. 

 

In the near 47 years since the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, America has come a long way in terms of LGBTQ rights — though there is still a long road ahead. The current White House administration advocates a platform that poses major dangers for the marginalized, evident in everything from stances on Planned Parenthood and immigration bans, and serves as proof enough that the brunt of providing safe spaces and a decent standard of living for non-binary communities falls on their own shoulders.

 

Through Resist This, Tushy and her Bluestockings troupe are effectively laying the foundations for what is necessary to create a thriving non-binary community. Though she is taking a sabbatical of sorts from her leadership position, the Bluestockings will continue to perform around town, including at their regular show set in Bywater’s Bar Redux. 

 

 

Upcoming shows for the cast of Resist This below: 

The Bluestockings

Chatty the Mime

Reverend Spooky Le Strange

Honey Tangerine

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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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