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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Art Review: Red Light Rodents on St. Claude

by Cheryl Castjohn

Andrew Brehm’s video installation “Ratss,” offered four minutes of awkwardly suggestive, terribly poignant postmodern social commentary. If you’ve seen this sort of thing around every other corner, then consider the possibility of said postmodern social commentary masquerading as porn parody. Not just any kind of porn parody, but porn parody starring rats.


The boppy, bow-chicka-wow-wow soundtrack played alongside a red light, a tennis aficionado, a captivating bicyclist, and an implied hook-up that warms up quickly but ends in unspeakable violence.  The action was curious and the production was good. The film and timing and music are technically dead-on, the actors are all on board, and the masks are notably well-made. This was not mediocre Youtube fodder whose production you have to overlook to get to the punch line. Brehm knows his stuff. It was funny, yes, but Brehm’s voice comes through with weird, uncomfortable clarity.


The piece opened with a doting couple who nuzzle and part, the presumed male leaving the frame and the female returning to her window. She switched a red light on, and draped a red handkerchief over the sill. What could be the white rat’s next customer appeared behind a tennis racket, and began stretching.  He lapsed into a tennis warm-up and trotted off out of frame, leaving the viewer to wonder if the innuendo is emanating from Ratss, or her own mind.  Soon enough, though, the camera moved in tight and reveals that "Tennis" is not the first rat to embed a few balls in this wall.  A poised bicyclist walked up and gave her Schwinn a slow, deliberate reach-around to extend a kickstand. 


The tell-tale advent of a split-screen close-up showed “Bicycle” thrusting away at an air pump (keep watching those credits – suggestive tire-pumping is not “Bicycle” rat’s only skill). Heated chopping of the least sexy vegetable in existence, the Brussels sprout, built to a frenzied crescendo, and a long, pink, floppy cylindrical object quadruples in size after a tricky cut-away after cut-away after cut-away. The slow, careful actions caught in close-up by Brehm’s camera direction eventually left no doubt that “Ratss” is really an innocent version of Skinemax, done rodent-style.


Brehm’s point of view is difficult to dismiss on the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recently released “Don Jon”.  Movies are taking on the embarrassing reality of movie sex in a thought-provoking manner.  The current dialogue regarding the weirdness of porn sex probably started in 1997 with Paul Thomas Anderson’s feature length film, “Boogie Nights”.  An uncomfortable tragedy loosely based on the life of John Holmes cast a critical eye on the adult film industry. Rather than portraying the Holmesian character as the luckiest man on earth, Anderson painted the picture of a not-so-bright, desperate social misfit who rolls down the path of excess like a bowling ball. An inter-racial couple found solace in their non-judgmental porn movie family, and this was good. An absent mother consoled herself with drugs over being forced to maintain the childless lifestyle her profession necessitates – which was bad.  Anderson’s fictionalized account lifted the curtain to reveal – ew – the warts beneath, as well as the trappings of tolerance which result from the actors’ permissive lifestyles.


The sex in Brehm’s “Ratss” was campy and funny and barely suggested, but was there.  The humor distracts while the telltale background music is still going for it like a non-discriminating friend in the back seat.  After watching a few times, the film started to feel like the discomfort of a high school crush:  The tingling sensation of blood rushing in the ears, the mind abuzz trying to maintain some semblance of social decorum and the gripping fear that everyone can feel the hum radiating from a libido in overdrive.   The film’s real coup was in its quest to help the viewer find out exactly how little it takes to suggest sex to him, cinematically speaking.  But more interesting is exactly at what point the viewer begins to squirm at the restrained innuendo. For the perviest, all it takes, apparently, is some watered-down muzak funk, a red light, suspicious kickstand management, and an especially large hot dog.

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