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MARDI

March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"

 

Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop

 

Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness

 

Laelume

The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music

 

Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees

 

Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke

 

Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


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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