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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Cabaret Month

Mid-City Theatre Hosts Passionate Performances All March Long



Music, comedy, dance and drama all come together on the Mid-City stage this March as Mid-City Theatre hosts its first full month of cabaret.  Su Gonczy, General Manager at Mid-City Theatre, has used her extensive cabaret past to organize a set of 20 captivating shows in 23 days.

 

“Cabaret is wildly in my blood,” said Gonczy, whose clear passion for the art comes through in both her enthusiasm and knowledge of the art.

 

Gonczy has worked with everyone from Ricky Graham and Becky Allen to Barbara Motley of the former Le Chat Noir, who helped bring the art form of cabaret to the forefront. Many of this month’s performers are familiar faces from Gonczy’s history at Le Chat Noir. 

 

At Le Chat Noir “I was in the box office by day and cabaret techy by night,” said Gonczy.   

 

As a lighting and sound tech in one of the premier cabaret venues in New Orleans, she has seen numerous performances, and studied the various nuances of their movements, voices and their engagement with the audience. Often it is the reaction of the audience that commands the stage and feeds the performances. With songs by Kurt Weill, the Beatles and Hal David on the docket to be performed throughout the month, the crowds should have plenty of recognizable material to get fired up about.

 

“In cabaret there is no fourth wall.  It is all one experience,” said Gonczy referring to the invisible barrier between the audience and performers.  “If there’s someone on stage right that is really into it the performer is going to be drawn there.” 

 

Unlike in a play, which sticks to the script for the most part, Cabaret is much more a free form art. Aside from audience reactions, the performers are drawn in one direction or another by their own emotions.   

 

“A performer is led by their heart,” said Gonczy.  “In cabaret things happen around you.  It’s not always as scripted.”  

 

Performers follow their own whims, knowing the spotlight is close behind, she said.  

 

“Cabaret is an emotional art form,” said Gonczy. “I think that’s what attracts the audience. They come for an experience. You get a political and social commentary and it’s lovely.”   

 

Although hesitant to commit completely to cabaret, her decision paid off.  Not only has there been a demand for another month of cabaret, but the cabaret category in the Big Easy awards, which came to an end with the demise of Le Chat Noir, has been reinstated.         

 

Saturday night's offering sees a visitor to the Crescent City, as Baltimore's Jennifer Blades sings the songs of Gershwin, Weill, Rodgers and Hart and many more. The show is centered on love, and its many complicating elements.

 

A bevy of other entertaining shows follow Blades. From Edith Paif to through-and-through debauchery to New Orleans' own Running with Scissors troupe, no subject is safe from a send-up.

 

Check out a full list of this month’s cabaret events: 

 

March 1 The "Quarter" Rat Pack starring Marshall Harris, Jason George & Robert Facio
March 2 My Funny Valentine  starring Jennifer Blades (from Baltimore)
March 3 The Beatles: Love, Love, Love (yeah, yeah, yeah!) starring Butch Caire and Amy Alvarez
March 4 Cabaret Open Mic
March 5 & 6 Lola Falana, Showgirl  - Anaïs St. John presents her new cabaret about the "First Lady of Las Vegas."
March 7 Closed
March 8 CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS: Banu Gibson, Chick Singer...Tales from the Bandstand
March 9 Red Hot Blue Notes  - Harry Mayronne Trio featuring
Dorian Rush
March 10 MI Scoggin's Soiree Edith Piaf
March 11 & 12 3x3 (Southern Rep produced Cabaret-themed play fest)
March 13 Pat Bourgeois' Debauchery Cabaret (monthly soap opera...but with a Cabaret theme)
March 14 Closed
March 15, 16 & 17 Running with Scissors Cabaret: Kiki Le Bon Bon’s Cabaret Risqué featuring Dorian Rush, Brian Peterson, Bob Edes Jr., Jack Long, Harry Mayronne Jr., and special guests! Cute, naughty; entertaining.
March 18 Closed
March 19 From Berlin to Broadway. Bremner Duthie sings the Cabaret Songs of Kurt Weill
March 20 An Evening With....Rich Look
March 21 March 21 Tribute to Hal David  starring Phil Melancon with Leah Chase and Wanda Rouzan
March 22 & 23 Lisa Sings Lee  - Lisa Picone's Big Easy Award winning Cabaret show

 

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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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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