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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


Breezy's to Become Gasa Gasa

Culture Clash of Art, Music, 3-D Light Mapping Coming to Freret St. Spot



An old Freret favorite will be back on the block soon. This spring, the former Breezy's is set to be reborn as Gasa Gasa. The collective's founders talked to Sarah Esenwein about the new space.

 

Locals may remember Breezy’s, the impromptu art exhibition and performance haven on Soniat as a do-it-yourself speakeasy known only by word-of-mouth. The laid-back, non-judgmental venue stopped having events recently, but it didn’t so much close as go into hibernation. The spot at 4920 Freret St. is now transitioning from a small collective into a full blown community talent co-op.

 

Founders Mike Collins, Micah Burns, Mike Seaman, Mike Twillman, Gavin MacArthur, along with creative directors Mika Revell, and Pam Blackmon, wanted to expand the concept into a permanent, promotional establishment.  After finding the perfect space, the Mike’s sat down over beers and started formulating the fruition of this foundation; the newly evolved "synergy of artists," called Gasa Gasa.

 

The name ‘Gasa Gasa’ comes from Japanese origins, describing something restless and always moving.  Co-founder Gavin MacArthur suffered a stroke while surfing and in his rehabilitation of re-learning how to walk, he was all over the place…his Japanese doctor describing him as ‘gasa gasa’…or ‘You do too much’.  

 

“The name was born out of sheer chaos, kind of like art itself," Gavin said.

 

“We wanted a place where musicians, artists and artisans could come together all under one roof combining a music venue with an art gallery and vendor space with an ever-evolving personality.  It is a Culture Clash coming together here at Gasa Gasa," said Pam Blackmon.

 

The new Gasa Gasa will be entirely art.  From the exterior and interior murals, the smoking alley awning (G.G. will be a non-smoking venue) to the light fixtures and barstools, it will all be created by local artists and available for sale.

 

 

“Breezy’s was that underground artists coffee shop, and we will maintain that integrity, with the club being a conglomerate for artists that delivers a certain comfort level of acceptance to those who may not fit the traditionally ‘art gallery’ rigidness. We didn’t want to just be that traditional New Orleans music club, because the spirit of New Orleans is to be regenerational,” said Mika Revell.

 

“With New Orleans housing so many different types of art mediums, it’s like we’re digging into the couch cushions and bringing out the treasures for the city to behold.” said Blackmon.

 

Heightening the visual experience of the artwork, Gasa Gasa will employ a 3D Projection Light Mapping system that is remotely operated by two iPads, controlling the audio and visual projections.  This new technology makes it possible to create optical illusions through laser lights.

 

“We’re creating something that’s never been done before.  The venue itself will be a living piece of art. The lighting matrix pivots and makes it possible to bend lights around objects," said Mike Collins.

 

The 3D mapping makes it possible to project multi-image creations on the walls, forming around the geometrical three dimensional wall art.  Triangles and other geometric forms will be mounted on the walls, as well as the prow and hull of a ship with a female figure head.  On the opposing wall, a navigational map mural is painted and ships can be projected, sailing through sky.

 

“Its almost like finger-painting with lasers lights. We can even turn the entire space into looking like a jungle, you just have to come see it to experience it,” added Micah Burns.

 

The walls themselves are not only pieces of artwork, but an instrument in the acoustics for the music. Local bands will find they’ve never sounded better thanks to the innovative build out of the interior.

 

 

“The construction of the room has no right angles. Our sound system is state of the art and we are built to recording studio standards. Every performance will be recorded.  We will actually do a recording of the bands at sound check, then those recordings can be posted to social networks for the bands to use as promotion before their actual set," said Burns.

 

The band’s performance can be recorded and posted to Facebook.  There, people can vote on the band and if the video garners enough ‘likes’ that band will be admitted into the Gasa Gasa music discovery program.

 

It is Gasa Gasa’s mission to bring together music, art and the community.  They strive to be more than just a nighttime hot-spot, they’re goal is to also be a daytime destination serving the surrounding neighborhood and hosting community events, offering everything from a place to spend the afternoon enjoying music to taking art classes.  Their scope is expansive.

 

“We want to be a conglomeration of all things art for everyone…a co-op of epic proportions,” said Burns.

 

Gasa Gasa's new frontier is currently being forged, with construction ongoing. Organizers are projecting a grand opening date sometime at the end of May, close to Memorial Day weekend, but they are planning on inviting the public to come check out the space at Feret Fest on April 6 for a soft opening.

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