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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose


"Down the Rabbit Hole" Dances at Marigny Opera House


If you’ve lost a nervous white rabbit and his timepiece follow St. Ferdinand street down to the old Marigny Opera House for a trip down the rabbit hole.  This weekend the Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre presents their rendition of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, Down the Rabbit Hole.  

 

“It’s a one hour avant-garde dance theater performance,” said the company’s artistic director Chard Gonzalez.  “A lot of people don’t really know that style, but it’s a hybrid between contemporary dance and theater.”

 

All of Carroll’s legendary characters make an appearance on the stage except for the doe-eyed Alice herself.  The Red Queen screams off with her head, while the ever-grinning Cheshire Cat barely has a head as appears and disappears, and the sage caterpillar swirls smoke from his hookah.  Even if Alice wasn’t invited to the party after all, the audience can have a spot of tea with a narcoleptic dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hair. 

 

“It’s based on seven different parts.  [In the beginning] Sleepwalkers dancing gives you the idea that this is really a dream and then the rabbit comes out,” said Gonzalez.  “There are some random character moments, so it’s not all chronological like the story.”

 

According to Gonzalez, he has created a very “rabbit heavy” performance to showcase one of his top dancers, NOCCA graduate Madison Alfred.  She will put on the madness mask of the March hair.  

 

“The March Hair is really one of the stars,” said Gonzalez.  “I believe she’s an amazing performer.  All of my main company are strong performers.”

 

When the audience walks into the performance space they are immediately catapulted into the world of Wonderland.

 

“There’s a set piece where [the audience is] walking down the rabbit hole.  With this idea they experience what Alice would experience,” said Gonzalez. 

 

For Gonzalez, the peculiar, fanciful characters of Wonderland create a perfect mix of dance and theatrics.     

 

“A lot of the narrative is mimicked in the performance.  The focus is on the image and not the story.  I think Alice renders itself to really strong images and not necessary a story,” said Gonzalez.

 

This performance marks Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre’s forth anniversary as a company, and if they’re anything like Alice they don’t want to grow up.  They have toured throughout Louisiana and outside of the state. 

 

Look out for performances this weekend on March 8th and 9th at 8 pm, and March 10th at 2 pm.  Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.  Don’t be late for this very important date! 

 

This article was written by Emma Boyce. 




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