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Lundi

June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation

 

Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes

 

Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia

 

Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 

 

Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir

 

Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics

 

Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa

 

Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues

 

Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden

 

A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love

 

Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez

 

MARDI

June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan

 

Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare

 

Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community

 

MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered

 

Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord

 

Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans

 

Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils

 

Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye

 

Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights

 

Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays

 

WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more

 

Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy

 

Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow

 

Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition

 

Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis

JEUDI

June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place

 

Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders

 

Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon

 

Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 

 

Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29

 

Book Signing

TREO, 7PM

SHOT by Kathy Shorr

 

BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam

 

Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater

 

Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends

 

Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul

 

Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy

 

VENDREDI

June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions

 

Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world

 

Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act

 

Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch

 

Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones

 

Spektrum

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents

 

The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar

 

Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management

 

Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more

 

Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase

 

Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds

 

Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception

 

Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson

 

CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia

 

Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set

 

Jason Neville Band

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane

 

Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee

 

The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year

 

New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance

 

An Earnest Rendition

Skin Horse Theatre Brings Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest to the CAC



In the appreciated absence of a histrionic reinterpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic drawing-room comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest (directed by Garrett Prejean), Skin Horse Theatre presents this favorite at The Contemporary Arts Center with earnestness, indeed, as it chuckles through a witty evisceration of social institutions and classist expectations.

 

Set in the summer of 1895, late Victorian London, the production aligns its costumes and sets accordingly, but do not fear any embarrassing attempts at high-English accents or hysterical gesticulating ladies. Productions of Victorian drawing-room comedies can easily fail at the indulgence of such pageantry and camp, but, in this case, the gestures employed are considered; the accents are playful but not demented; the set is suggestive of upper-class elegance but not ostentatious. The cast wants you to laugh, but they also want you to hear them. Nothing obstructs the most important pursuit on stage: the actors delivering Wilde’s extravagant lines with ownership and authenticity. The dialogue is sliced smooth from the actors’ lips like so much butter for bread at high tea.

 

The most surprising and delightful artistic choice at recontextualizing this classic is the use of 80’s English rock band, The Smiths, as a soundtrack. Perhaps incongruous at first listen, but lead singer, Morrissey’s infatuation with and allusions to Oscar Wilde is a significant part of his iconography. Both artists are parallel in their pithy critiques of the absurd. Playing The Smiths, in view of their aesthetic connections to Wilde, illustrates his legacy and his still relevant point of view on society. The use of such musical anachronism lends the play a spirited and melancholic energy, unmooring Wilde’s play from a fixed time and place just as the characters on stage unmoor themselves from social expectations.

 

Nat Kusinitz’ John Worthing/Earnest is played with the anxiety of someone keeping a secret. Kusinitz plays between testy and nervous to bold and determined when pushed to his limits by the queen of propriety, Lady Bracknell (Lynae LeBlanc). LeBlanc plays Wilde’s behemoth with the dignity intrinsic to her severe nature but pushes the persona to loony, preaching dame. Her parodying diction, ridiculous rolling consonants and mortified reactions to the general indecorousness of others lend the production a lot of comedy. Lady Bracknell’s daughter, Gwendolen Fairfax (Veronica Hunsinger-Loe) has equal fun delivering her lines with unexpected intonations and humorous mispronunciations. Watching her move back and forth from an aroused passionate lover to a disempowered controlled girl was scene-stealing. Her more ferocious side is delightfully drawn out by a supposed rival, the wispy and elusive Cecily Cardew (Lucy Faust). Cecily’s lover, Algernon Moncrieff, is played by Brian Fabry Dorsam. Stuffing his face with cucumber sandwiches or muffins, he plays the privileged dandy with ease. His physical presence is relaxed and natural, undercutting Moncrieff’s mischievousness.

 

After all the drama of mistaken identity, rescinded engagements and double lives has been resolved, the cast celebrates with a charming group dance number to The Smiths’ “Ask.” The hand slapping and leg kicking is deserved for among all the characters there is at last a relieving new sense of freedom. These Victorian prisoners are giddy because the rigid social sphere, in part a culture of shame, is dismantling. For example, Earnest no longer has to conceal his inferior birth. This “trivial comedy for serious people” is a funny reevaluation of marriage’s sacredness that in its absurdity pushes for emancipation at every level. The freed lovers dance to the lyrics, “Coyness is nice, and coyness can stop you from saying all the things in life you'd like to. So, if there's something you'd like to try, if there's something you'd like to try, ask me - I won’t say "no" -how could I ?” Now that’s a proposal that doesn’t ring of ever after, but it sure sounds like fun.

 

Catch the play for two more weekends at the CAC. For showtimes and ticket information, click here.

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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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