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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


Counter-Culture Bearers

HNOC Exhibit on Loujon Press Showcases 1960's New Orleans



The Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection deviates from its standard traditional exhibits to highlight the eccentric French Quarter counterculture of the 1960s. 

 

Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou, and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press delves into the equally arduous and artful ventures of Jon and Gypsy Lou’s printing press business.  

 

Small, yet compact, the intimate exhibit unfolds in two parts.  The first features four volumes of their short-lived, but ultimately influential literary magazine, The Outsider, as well as the intricate interiors and exteriors of books published by Loujon Press.  The opposite wall displays a collection of art representative of the 1960’s French Quarter scene, including many works by artist Noel Rockmore, a frequent illustrator for Loujon Press. 

 

The centerpiece, a large Rockmore oil painting, ties together the literary world of Loujon with its cultural backdrop.  The painting depicts the various iconic characters of the Quarter from Sister Gertrude Morgan to Ruthie the Duck Girl to the owners of the then newly erected Preservation Hall.  

 

Black and white photographs of Jon and Gypsy at work reveal a process just as much an art form as the product itself.  Makeshift lofts were built in small French Quarter apartments to make more room for the pages stacked and spilling off tables and overflowing from tubs.  “You couldn’t sit anywhere,” said exhibit co-curator Nina Bozak.  Edwin Blair, a young benefactor of Loujon Press, and the primary donator for this exhibit, sits with the Webbs as they sift through mountains of paper. 

 

“Blair moved down here in 1963 as a young oil executive, and really loved good writing…. [He] was introduced to The Outsider and ended up becoming a big benefactor because they were broke,” said Bozak.  “He helped them along and they gave him so many things in return.” 

 

Although time, money and proximity terminated The Outsider after only four, drawn-out issues, the magazine gained a countrywide following, and helped launch the careers of such literary giants as Charles Bukowski.  After featuring him in every volume of The Outsider, the Webbs aptly named the rugged poet Outsider of the Year.     

 

“[The Outsider] was just something kind of special and no one had seen anything really like it at this time,” said Bozak.  “They were works of art in and of themselves, but Jon also had taken these young people” and brought them to the forefront.    

 

Bukowski’s relationship with the Webbs lasted beyond The Outsider and into the Webb’s book publishing endeavors, an undertaking even more painstaking than the magazine.  

 

“[The books] ended up taking a ton of time because they wanted to make them even more beautiful and use nicer paper,” said Bozak.  But again, income and health took its toll on production. 

 

Not your sloppy soft copy, books won design awards, and one Bukowski book even gained the recognition and praise of a writer for The New York Times

 

“They’re all really beautiful, and aesthetically really interesting, especially with the Bukowski books,” said Bozak.  “They’re so beautiful and his poetry was kind of base, so [you] have that juxtaposition, but it still really worked.”  

 

One Henry Miller book takes up so much room that the curators only decided to display its lid box. 

 

“The lid slides out and it is 12 plates of reproductions of Miller’s watercolors.  You open the box and then you take the plates out and it’s Styrofoam, and the book is laid in.  It’s spiral bound, but it’s covered with this crazy cover,” said Bozak. 

 

As one imagines peeling back layers of elaborate lids, metal plates, Styrofoam, and finally fragile pages from a facsimile of Miller’s handwritten journal to his lover, it is not Miller, but the Webbs that come to the surface.  Through each publication one sees the commitment, love and time that went into these veritable works of art. 

 

On view through November 16.  Free admission.

 

Image info: Tenants Anyone? [Gypsy Lou Webb and Noel Rockmore]; photograph by Johnny Donnels; ca. 1980; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Joan T. Donnels, 2010.0068.1.2

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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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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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