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Vendredi

June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17

 

¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer

 

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course

 

Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album

 

Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light

 

Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night

 

Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's


Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby

 

The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange

 

SPEKTRUM

Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils

 

Samedi

June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market

 

Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap

 

Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale

 

NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city

 

Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party

 

Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants

DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


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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Contributors

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

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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