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JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


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, Linzi Falk, 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


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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