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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Feeding the Animals

A NoDef Theatre Review



For a show whose performances revolve around ideas of sex and sexuality, “Adult Petting Zoo” is surprisingly...well...unsexy. At turns funny, lewd, transgressive, whimsical and good old-fashioned weird, the show's acts rely less on sensuality than on surprise and sheer strangeness.

Boundary-prodding and hugely entertaining, “Zoo” is not exactly somewhere you'd want to go on a first date, but it's definitely something worth doing.

“Zoo” is the latest offering from New Orleans Fringe, best known for the Fringe Fest alternative theater showcase. Directed by Emilie Whelan, “Zoo” features several short performances by local and non-local artists, including a reprisal of a performance by a Fringe Fest act called Jazz Hand Job. The comment-defying nature of this name is par for the course for the Fringe folks, who claim “there is nothing too big, too bold, or too dangerous.”

Before the show's opening Thursday night, the atmosphere at the AllWays Lounge had the merry feel of being backstage at a school play. Costumed performers ran to and fro, while a young man in a mixed floral dress and unshaven legs clung to a light rig. A small audience huddled warily around the bar, including a pair of senior citizens, who looked prepared for nothing to shock them. Suddenly, a campy, horror-movie green light flooded one corner, and the show began.

“It was like being sucked up into a drainpipe into deep water,” playwright Gabrielle Reisman intoned – the joke being, of course, that there was no simile. In her performance, she delivers a timely monologue as a personification of oil. Though the rest of the show is relatively apolitical, the somber issue and her moody commentary set the tone for the “deep water” the rest of “Adult Petting Zoo” drags us out to. Many of the performances have a tongue-in-cheek quality, but the stakes are always raised when sex is involved, and “Zoo” plays deftly with that concept. A performance by Skin Horse Theater suddenly swerves into dark territory from a lighthearted, Beach-Boys-backed burlesque act, getting commandeered by a dictatorial, audience-abusing cabaret master. (The act's end, with its unsettling silence in a bit built around a D.H. Lawrence story, is especially chilling.)

Other moments are more lighthearted. A performance imagining legislators sifting through the material studied by the Meese Commission provides the show's first real laughs, and a bawdy segment based mostly in pantomime shows charm and athleticism on the part of the performers. The pantomime segment is staged in a side area, where the audience sits close enough to see the beads of sweat on the entertainers' skin, and to be roped into their comical embraces. This segment may go on a little too long – it's still entertaining, but spans too much time to ask audiences (and curmudgeonly reporters) to sit on the floor.

Jazz Hand Job's “Rigorous Disco of Doom,” a longer-form, mixed-mythology performance, features the ever-popular undead, along with a set of droll bird costumes that might have been captured from the set of a Japanese children's television program. This segment features the best costuming of the show, with a motherboard hung around the neck of a space-nymph and some glittering anatomical augmentation. At the show's close, the performers absorbed the audience into a jubilant and sweaty dance party. Performers from other segments got in on the act, casting away the evening's prurience in favor of innocent fun.

 

Where: AllWays Lounge/Marigny Theater

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Saturday 11 p.m.

How Much: $15

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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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