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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


May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music


May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

City of Memes

Group Caught Smirking as Architecture Plans are Unveiled

In the world of hypothetical New Orleans architecture, the self is lifted up, loitering is a prized right, and and a grocery store could be wherever you need it. 


So, at least two out of three ideas are close to reality.


While simultaneously facing facts and casting a hopeful eye to the future, the Hypothetical Development Organization introduces projects for the city that are so perfect that they would never work.


Using architectural renderings and just enough sneer, the group communicates the peculiar hopelessness -- whether in bloat of physical size or vision -- that seems to inhabit highly-touted developments everywhere.


Still in its nascency, the project currently has four renderings to its name. But more are planned, and so, too, is a gallery show in April at Freret Street's DuMois Gallery. The renderings are also currently popping up on abandoned buildings around town, bringing the "joke" to another level.


 Since every conceptualization needs a concept behind it, here's that story: Rob Walker, a journalist and author (“Letters from New Orleans”), and Ellen Susan, a photographer, live in Savannah, Ga. Near the couple's house is a vacant gas station.


Proposals kept appearing on the building for its redevelopment. But, the renderings were never turned into reality.


“At some point Rob made the point that all of these things were sort of Hypothetical,” Susan said. “And as long as they weren't really going to happen, we might as well propose things that, though impossible, were entertaining to imagine.”


The idea became reality upon successful contact with GK Darby, the man behind Garrett County Press, and a co-founder of the New Orleans Bookfair.


With connections to the street art community and actual physical presence in New Orleans, Darby was instantly chosen as the group's man-on-the-ground. The group also raised money raised via, bringing things up to last Friday night.


On that night, the renderings were on view to the public at a loft above Beckham's Book Shop in the French Quarter. A short loop of the space revealed the group's current output.


The Museum of the Self is perhaps the most smug of the current offerings. Made entirely of mirrors, Dave Pinter's “proposed” building is a monument to “the most important figure of our time.” A giant thumb in the skyward direction stands as a symbol of the gratification derived from online interaction with “abstract strangers.”


Other proposals take aim at more localized customs.


The N.O. Loitering Center takes aim at the city's favorite pastime. Depicting a prostitute, a family gathering, and the inevitable guy looking sketchy, the rendering by Mark Clayton points out all of the things that happen during the act of standing still.


For a third proposal, Mobile Cornucopia, artist-about-sidewalk Candy Chang envisions Mr. Okra's truck on steroids – or spinach. The rendering shows a grocery truck on wheels, able to drive wherever food is needed.


A fourth plan, by Kristen Hively, takes aim at exclusivity, proposing a shop that manufactures the very symbol of uppity – the velvet rope. It envisions a velvet rope maker that is the envy of all others. 


In these four renderings, the implausibility of the idea is the vehicle through which to view solution. “We hope that upon discovering these things, viewers will find pleasure in the absurdity of the ideas, and reflect on the absurdity inherent in many actual real estate development proposals,” Susan said.

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