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MARDI

August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria

 

DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 
 

MERCREDI

August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint

 

The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health

 

Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert

 

Trainspotting

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show

 

Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party

JEUDI

August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ

 

Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band

 

Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group

 

Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman

VENDREDI

August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

Feat. The Pfister Sisters

 

Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels

 

More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets

 

Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne

 

Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster

 

Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers

SAMEDI

August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments

 

New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head

 

Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series

 

Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers

 

Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace


Conductor, Driver a Formidable Duo with LPO


by Joe Shriner

On Saturday, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra gave a masterful concert to a mostly full house at Mahalia Jackson Theater, presenting works by Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky.

 

The audience was dazzled by up-and-coming conductor Yaniv Dinur’s thoughtful and inspired interpretations of all works. The second act, which presented Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto No. 1, featured the lively and effortless performance style of internationally renowned Danny Driver on piano.

 

Though the absence of the LPO's celebrated conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto may have initially raised eyebrows for his diehard admirers, already by intermission murmurs of Mr. Dinur’s merit and execution could be heard in stairwells and over drinks in the theater lobby. This approval was not unfounded. Smartly dressed and bespectacled, Dinur’s towering height and youthful exuberance brought forward an authority and control over his form. In addition to having a patent understanding of the pieces, the Israeli's interaction with the orchestra encouraged an infusion of spark and gracefulness into mainstream repertoire, as well as the compositions less commonly performed.

 

This is actually not the first Dinur has performed with the LPO. In 2011, New Orleans was host to the League of American Orchestra’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Among six conductors who presented their skills, Dinur was widely regarded as the finest, showing expertise over a diverse number of pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, and Bernstein.

 

Saturday evening kicked off with Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, performed by a reduced orchestra of woodwinds and brass. Conductors have interpreted this piece in numerous ways since its first premiere in 1921, and not all of them successfully. Even the premiere itself, conducted by Serge Koussevitzky, was considered disastrous by Stravinsky, who later stated that Koussevitzky “executed the work, in firing-squad fashion.” Led by Dinur, however, the performance was smooth and direct, highlighting the rich timbre of the winds without overstating their presence, thus creating a robust mixture of sounds.

 

Next up was Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6, which the LPO performed with a blend of composed tranquility and éclat. It is noteworthy that Dinur was able to conduct this lengthy and somewhat sinuous orchestral piece without a score. The violas are prominently displayed in this symphony, and they did not disappoint, as they soothed the audience with fluid complexity.

 

After intermission, Mr. Driver took to the stage. Though a resident of London, Driver's presence in New Orleans last weekend was something of a homecoming for him. In addition to having performed several times with the LPO, including the U.S. premier of York Bowen’s Third Piano Concerto in 2009, he is the husband of former LPO Resident Conductor Rebecca Miller, who in her three year post-Katrina tenure conducted over 40 concerts a year. Both Driver and Miller established roots in New Orleans during this period, buying a home in Uptown and celebrating the birth of their first child, Katya, soon after arriving.

 

Accompanying the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Conceto No. 1, Driver exhibited ease in his superb playing and style that was as satisfying to listen to as it was to watch. His cool posture, a bit crouched as he leaned into the keyboard, reminiscent of Glenn Gould, connoted his aplomb and prowess over the piece. Often, when not playing, he would turn his head to the orchestra, as if fully entwined with them, then casually sway his head back to play.

 

The difficult and vigorous third movement was performed flawlessly, capping off an impressive showing of Driver and Dinur alike, and resulting in a thunderous standing ovation for the orchestra from the audience.

 

Conductor Prieto will return for an evening of music featuring even more Russian composers (including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9) on April 6. Check out the LPO website for more details.




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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.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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