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JEUDI

July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar

 

Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez

 

Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan

 

Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover

 

Singin' In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic

 

Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish

 

Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics

 

 

Little Freddie King 

d.b.a., 10PM

Delta blues legend

VENDREDI

July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks

 

Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

John Waters Film Festival

NOMA, 7PM

The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester

 

Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more

 

Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz

 

Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime

 

Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 

 

Bloodsick

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke

 

Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 

SAMEDI

July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames

 

Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga

 

Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil

 

Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship

 

Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more

 

GCPL Cup

Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club

 

Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy

 

Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB

 

Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 

DIMANCHE

July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow

 

Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees

 

Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker

 

Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday

 

Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social

 

Inception

Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece

LUNDI

July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle

 

Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program

 

Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege

 

Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot

 

August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician

 

Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 

 

Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo

 

Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

MARDI

August 1st

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

The Spotted Cat, 6PM

Jazz singer with a vintage twist

 

Yoga at the Windchime Tree

Singing Oak, 6PM

Jai Bhakti Yoga class

 

Big Easy Rollergirls

3632 Desire Pkwy., 6:30PM

Open scrimmage

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars return home

 

Nite Jewel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar, 10:30PM

Grammy-winning brass band

MERCREDI

August 2nd

Melt & Pour Soap Making 101

Central City Library, 5:30PM

Basics of soap making

 

Kitchen Medicine: The Root of Health 
Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Health starts in the kitchen 

 

Incubus

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Jimmy Eat World

 

Volunteer Interest & Members Meeting

Nola Community Printshop, 7:30PM

Monthly meeting

 

Dirty Dancing

Second Line Brewing, 8PM

Nobody puts baby in the corner

 

Police Squad

Bar Redux, 9PM

Noir parody night with New Orleans Film Noir Society

 

Walter “Wolfman” Washington

d.b.a., 10PM

Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week


Butterfly Effect

New Orleans Opera's Madame Butterfly: A Review



On Friday, the New Orleans Opera Association kicked off its two-day run of Madame Butterfly, which will conclude the company’s impressive season.

 

Puccini’s tragic opera, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest of its form, provides the NOOA an opportunity to show off its ability to satisfy opera-goers. Bringing together the esteemed Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, impressive stage design, and immensely talented singers, the NOOA’s production of Madame Butterfly is an outstanding achievement.

 

Madame Butterfly is the tragic story of Cio-Cio San, a Japanese woman who abandons her religion and people to marry a U.S. Naval officer and give birth to his child. When he leaves her and returns three years later with an American wife, the truth of her betrayal leads to devastating consequences.

 

Soprano Maria Kanyova shines brightly in the title role, bringing to the stage a powerful voice capable of dramatic intensity and nuance; breathing new energy and life into the complex character of Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly). Kanyova’s vocal prowess was present throughout the evening, though demonstrated most compellingly while performing the aria “One Beautiful Day,” which left much of the audience in tears and was met with emphatic applause.

 

Appearing in the role of caddish B.F. Pinkerton is New Orleans native Bryan Hymel, whose forceful, stentorian tenor voice provides a masterful complement to Ms. Kanyova’s plaintive Cio-Cio San. Mr. Hymel’s portrayal of the vile Pinkerton was so convincing that it was difficult not to want to hiss at him when he came out for the curtain call. The audience, instead, jumped to their feet to deliver this talented rising star a standing ovation.

 

Equally noteworthy were the flawless performances of the devoted maid Suzuki, featuring mezzo-soprano Margaret Thompson, and United States consul Sharpless, performed by baritone Jake Gardner. Both brought forth forceful renditions of these characters who watch helplessly as the tragedy unfolds before them. An added treat to the show is the presence of Cio-Cio San’s son, played by Kanyova’s real-life daughter, Kathleen Kania.

 

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Robert Lyall, provided a magnificent performance of Puccini’s riveting score. There is a reason why Madame Butterfly is one of the most famous and regularly performed operas in mainstream repertoire. The music is as elaborate as the action on stage, turning on a dime from light and sanguine to dark and echoing with despair. While the orchestra blended fluently with the singers on stage, a break in the action between the final two acts provided the LPO with the opportunity to display their abilities unaccompanied. Although the audience appeared to become a bit restless at this point in the opera, the performance added excellent dramatic tension to the image of Cio-Cio San eternally waiting for Pinkerton in vain.

 

Director Tomer Zvulun and NOOA’s production staff created a minimalist set that was well suited for this opera. Consisting of shoji, or Japanese sliding doors, and semitransparent backdrops, the set paralleled the action occurring on stage. Just as Pinkerton callously muscles into the delicate Madame Butterfly’s life, Pinkerton’s presence on stage also comes off as threatening, as though he could easily barge through the paper-thin walls.

 

Similarly impressive is the use of flowers in the second act. When Cio-Cio San and maid Suzuki perform the “Flower Duet,” the singers gleefully toss hundreds of flower petals across the stage. As the aria concludes, a downpour of petals above the curtain flood the stage, producing an indelible image filled with both felicity and foreboding.

 

Madame Butterfly continues with a final performance on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 pm. Tickets start at $25. For ticket information, visit the New Orleans Opera website or call 504-529-3000.

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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

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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