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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
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
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz