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JEUDI

March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers

 

Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone

 

Painters Painting Painters

NOCCA, 6PM

Local artists celebrate each other in their work

 

Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library

 

Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter

 

Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one

 

Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles

 

Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds

 

JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 

 

Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show

 

John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more

 

Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM

Country-blues 

 

Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop

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'

 

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


Birdfoot Begins

Birdfoot Festival Brings Chamber Music to New Orleans



A chamber music festival has begun in New Orleans, but you should probably leave your tuxedos and evening gowns at home.

 

Between May 19 and May 25, the second annual Birdfoot Festival will be bringing to New Orleans live performances of some of the most celebrated chamber music ever written and presenting innovative programming in unexpected and easily accessible locales. Venues include Snug Harbor, the recently opened Little Gem Saloon, and Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Featuring works ranging from Bach to Brahms, Mozart to Messiaen, and Ravel to Reich, this festival has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike.

 

There was once a time when classical concerts weren’t the formal, staid affairs many have come to expect today, with reticent patrons only applauding in accordance with some outdated rules of etiquette.

 

Take, for example, the premiere of Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony in 1778. In an ensuing letter to his father, the gifted composer spoke enthusiastically of the boisterous crowd in attendance: “Right in the middle of the First Allegro came a Passage that I knew would please, and the entire audience was sent into raptures...” The emphatic response was so affirmative that Mozart treated himself to some ice cream on his way home.

 

For Jenna Sherry, artistic director and contributing violinist for the Birdfoot Festival, her retelling of Mozart’s experience highlights the intimate bond between musician and audience and the problem with formality surrounding classical music performances.

 

“Does that sound like a classical music concert? If I applaud during concerts, I get glared at,” Sherry said with a laugh. “The term ‘classical music’ makes it sound like it belongs in a museum. And it doesn’t. It’s live. And never the same twice.”

 

“I want the performance experience to be a living thing.”

 

Though now a resident of the UK, New Orleans-born Sherry understands the power of live music in the city and the openness of local audiences to new and eclectic music. This is one of several reasons, Sherry explained, that she was so eager to establish a festival in her hometown. It also explains why Birdfoot will be offering its concerts in relaxed, atmospheric spaces typically occupied by jazz or blues bands. With crowds physically closer to the stage, and by presenting chamber music in a setting that may challenge listener expectations, Sherry hopes that audiences will be so engaged as to start asking questions about their relationship with the music and how the space and presentation of the music shapes their experience.

 

“In order for art to be alive and thriving in this age, it has to keep asking these questions,’ she said.

 

With less than two weeks of joint rehearsals, sixteen highly regarded musicians from across the globe will be presenting the evocative chamber works. Included in this company is acclaimed British pianist Danny Driver, who performed just last March with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and has a long association with New Orleans. Also featured is Borromeo String Quartet violinist Kristopher Tong and Israeli clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.

 

On Sunday, May 19 at 5:30 pm Birdfoot will be granting access to an open rehearsal at Madewood Plantation House in Napoleonville, followed by a big-ticket dinner with the musicians featuring the cuisine of Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon, 2011 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award.

 

Back in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 pm is “Birdfoot Backstage with WWNO 89.9 and Gwen Thompkins” at the Jewish Community Center in Uptown. This event will feature the host of Music Inside Out engaging in a discussion with performers about their craft and insights about their relationship with music. This will be taped live for a later broadcast on WWNO. Admission is free, though reservations are highly recommended.

 

For additional information on this and upcoming events in New Orleans, visit the Birdfoot website or call 504-451-6578. Also stick with the NOLA Defender for previews of upcoming Birdfoot events.

 

Full Schedule:

 

Sunday, May 19: A Musical Feast, Madewood Plantation House, 5:30pm-9pm

 

Tuesday, May 21: Birdfoot Backstage with WWNO 89.9FM, Jewish Community Center, 7:30pm

 

Thursday, May 23: Night Train at Snug Harbor, 8pm & 10pm

 

Friday, May 24: Salon at the Little Gem, 8pm

 

Saturday, May 25: Final Gala Concert, Tulane's Dixon Hall, 8pm  

 

 

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