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JEUDI

March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers

 

Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone

 

Painters Painting Painters

NOCCA, 6PM

Local artists celebrate each other in their work

 

Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library

 

Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter

 

Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one

 

Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles

 

Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds

 

JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 

 

Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show

 

John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more

 

Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM

Country-blues 

 

Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop

VENDREDI

March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


"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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