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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Easy Does It: NOLA-Set Indie Movie Adds a Double Dose of Hollywood

It’s a big week for Hollywood South, with several big casting announcements made about NOLA-based projects. Fresh off the news that Dennis Quaid will play George W. Bush in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Katrina: American Crime Story, it was announced that another member of Murphy’s stable Ben Matheny has added two major stars to the cast of his independent film set in southeastern Louisiana. 


Beast of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry and Bryan Batt, best known for his work in Mad Men, were confirmed for the cast of Easy Does It on Thursday (5.18). 


“This is an incredible era for indie film in New Orleans, throughout Hollywood South” said Matheny, who will produce and star in the project. “We’re just jazzed to be riding the wave.” 


Matheny himself is a regular fixture on television, previously working with Murphy on Scream Queens and American Horror Story. His new project is described as a crime comedy about two best friends, played by Matheny and NCIS: New Orleans star Matthew Martinez, who find their cross-country road trip turning criminal, complete with hostages, bounty hunters, and police chases.


Said director Will Addison, “it’s a movie about friendship, dreams, and what happens when the two collide.” 


Bryan Batt, a veteran of both stage and screen, joins the cast as a cocky cop in pursuit of the duo. His 12 Years a Slave costar Dwight Henry will play the kind Sheriff Parker in Easy Does It. 


“Bryan and Dwight are both tremendous actors,” said Alexa Georges, Executive Producer of Easy Does It, in a statement. “They’re bringing a really funny, quirky, interesting side of themselves to this project.” 


Batt is best known to audiences for his role as Sal Romano, art director for Sterling Coper, in Mad Men. Henry gained international acclaim for his role in the Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, filmed in southeastern Louisiana.


Both Batt and Henry are notable local figures in New Orleans as well. In addition to his work onscreen, Henry is the founder of the Buttermilk Drop Bakery, a successful pastry cafe with locations in the Treme and Lake Front. Batt, a born and bred New Orleanian whose family founded and ran the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park, is a best-selling author and owner of the Magazine Street home decor store Hazelnut


Production on the film began in early May. With shooting occuring all over New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana, chances are good that you'll see the crew around town in the coming weeks. 


In the meantime, learn more about Easy Does It here

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