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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

 

Fringe Singes

Reviews: Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and At the Hour, & More



The second night of Fringe bought a fresh round of premiers. NoDef was there to catch all the action and deliver a fresh round of reviews as well. Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and at the Hour, The Wake, and Professor Nakamoto's Nexus of Numbers are all tackled in this installation.

 

Palindrome (Zeitgeist, The Incredible Incredible)

By Phil Yiannapoulos

OC Haley’s Zeitgeist hosts Paliondrome, a wondrous mix of mime, sideshow, and live music. The show is produced by The Incredible Incredible, comprised of the two actors in the show, Justin Therrien and Matthew “Poki” McCorkle. As a veteran of the New Orleans Fringe, Poki has garnered a large following, nearly selling out the venue on the show’s opening night. Based on this initial performance, the crowds will only continue to grow.

 

The piece follows two characters, each the other’s imaginary friend through their first meeting. The actors do not speak. Instead they are accompanied by  solo accordion/percussion player Lucas Hicks setting the auditory rhythm of the show. Hicks' music can range from sweet Parisian love ballads, to a diminished train-wreck, to fast-paced waltzes, always both highlighting and interacting with the two actors.

 

As for the performing duo, they take their time from the beginning. Simple actions such as simultaneously putting on a sock, a shoe, or a suspender are performed slowly and precisely enough to be funny. As the show develops, the two start interacting with each other, amazed with the other’s presence. This exploration often takes the form of one of the two performing a trick or a dance, and the other joining, matching, and then one-upping, only for that cycle to repeat. It becomes a tour-de-force of solo sideshow that seamlessly incorporates a second into a dance of physical theatre.

 

A few crowd favorites were a hat-snail, some nose/mouth antics, and Poki’s signature ring. If none of these things make sense, you’re doing alright. The show, apart from just being entertaining and impressive, is an expression of the imagination. While the two never speak, their sidelong glances and smiles to one another give the audience all the character that the show needs. It’s like what a kid wishes for when he’s stuck playing in the attic on a rainy day: magic, music, and a real imaginary best friend. Definitely up there for Best of Fringe.

 

Baghdad Puppies (Zeitgeist, Open Space Theatre)

By Phil Yiannapoulos

Hailing from North Carolina, Open Space Theatre brings Baghdad Puppies to the Fringe. The show exists as dark exploration of the treatment of gays and women during the United States occupation of Iraq. While the show's intentions are in the right places, namely bringing to light the atrocities human rights violations taking place, the production at times lags and passes the border of offensiveness.

 

The play focuses on the frustration of one US soldier during his third tour in Iraq. His disgust is focused on the treatment of homosexuals, or “puppies” in the Iraqi vernacular. He and his two fellow officers are camped on one side of the stage are flanked by the Iraqi populace of the production. Notably, only two of the locals are the violent militants responsible for torture and killings; the rest are pained citizens.

 

The premise is fine enough, but having a mostly twenty-something, mostly white cast try to imitate Arabic accents is off-putting. Not only serving to distance the viewer from the story (suspension of disbelief is one thing — constantly being reminded that you’re seeing an attempt to be an Other is different), the accents themselves seemed to range from British to Indian to vague Middle East stereotypes.

 

As for characters, none are really developed, save our US military friend on stage and his two militant foils. The other characters simply come to the front of the stage and relate their own personal horror. Again, the heart is in the right place, but the impact would have been the same (read better) by showing actual news from the day. Throughout the play the same mistake is made: it tells instead of shows.

 

While several contradictions on both sides are literally told to you in a kind of pageant — the actors spend a lot of time facing out, quoting the projected image of senators and Iraqi leaders — the play misses two huge events whose omission, again, only serve to offend. Discussing violence, international relationships, and attitude towards gays during the occupation of Iraq, one cannot simply omit the US military’s own contradictions of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" and the horrors of US-led torture of Iraqi citizens in Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.

 

The general preachiness of the play, combined with the noted omissions and an ending that pushes the audience to feel sympathetic towards the poor, confused US soldier is, at best, describable as childish and incomplete. Yet perhaps, if you have no idea of the goings-on in Iraq and want to hear some horror stories from the gay community there, this is a show for you.

 

Montana (NonProphet Theatre)

By Phil Yiannapoulos

Brought by the NonProphet Theatre company, “Montana” re-presents the story of Scarface as if written by Shakespeare himself. While this sounds like a dangerously bold choice — imitating the Bard with Cuban accents — the production’s fast-paced commitment to the ludicrousness of the premise and witty Elizabethan recreations hit a grand slam, having the audience splitting at the seams.

 

Literally following the movie arc for arc, only three characters are played by the same actors throughout — Tony Montana, his buddy Manny, and the dame Elvira. The rest of the seemingly endless characters are played by a talented ensemble, giving us Colombian drug dealers, hit men, Tony’s family, etc. By some sort of magic (aided by costume changes, of course) these new and somewhat recurring characters are easily identifiable and don’t confuse the viewer.

 

As for the three main characters, nothing but kudos for the actors (with no program, names are omitted here). Elvira’s actress plays the coked-out trophy wife with poise and wit; Manny is played with best-friend faith and hilarious bluntness. And a special shout out to the actor portraying Tony Montana for never breaking the breakneck pace and keeping with the Cuban Shakespearean accented verse.

 

The text, written by Robert A. Mitchell, forms the main glue of the show. Written in a mix of Elizabethan vernacular and Cuban slang, with direct quotes from several of Shakespeare’s plays sliding in seamlessly, even calling Scarface himself a “foul bunch-back’d toad” (funnier still if you know some other, famous Al Pacino roles).  Even more impressive was the way the show kept hammering modern insults in the midst of the numerous thees and thous. If this seems like an easy trick that's because it is; but having it be consistently funny throughout an hour long piece speak wonders about the author’s ability for heightening, not to mention his patience.

 

Overall a hilarious romp through one of the classics — perhaps all of the classics. Seeing Scarface in this light really does highlight similarities with some of the Bard’s plays — the fast paced killing of Romeo and Juliet, the ambitions of Richard III, the collapse of plans in Macbeth. A rollicking good time for you — er, thee.

 

Now and at the Hour (Marigny Opera House)

By Andrew Mullins

Now and At the Hour is a play about time and memory through magician Christian Cagigal’s personal story about his Vietnam veteran father’s struggle with mental illness. Cagigal relates the good and the “not so good” from his childhood and experiences with his father, who immigrated from Spain while fleeing Franco. Growing up, they talked about time travel and ESP, and these conversations seeded Cagigal’s interest in magic. While his father struggled with PTSD, Cagigal would retreat to his room to practice his illusions. 

 

Cagigal enjoys smudging the fourth wall. He begins by setting up an hourglass that gauges the length of the show and looms behind Cagigal. He mines audience member’s thoughts to identify aspects about their memories using a viewfinder his father gave him as a child after another manic episode. The toy can look through time, his father told him. Now and at the Hour is an engaging play about how memory and time play funny tricks on each other and can help illuminate the our ideas of the people with whom we shared the good times and bad. 

 

Cagigal will retire Now and At the Hour after the New Orleans Fringe Festival. The play is scheduled for Friday night at 7pm, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 11pm. Please check social media or the Fringe website for the location. 

 

Professor Nakamoto’s Nexus of Numbers (Marigny Opera House)

By Ashley Rouen

Gregg Tobo is a magical entertainer with over 30 years of experience. His one-man show, Professor Nakamoto’s Nexus of Numbers, is about patterns which are derived from the universe actually speaking to us, says Tobo. Through his ability to memorize large amounts of random of information using the Method of Loci constructing a Memory Palace in his mind, Tobo amazes and confounds with his number tricks and the technique he uses to piece it all back together in the end. 

 

During his performance, Tobo wearing a bow tie, and at times a blindfold of steel, reveals the mind of a mnemonist (person who can memorize large amounts of information). First he demonstrates a folding technique, calling upon the audience to pick numbers at random and writes them down on a sheet of paper in a four by four grid. Pick any three numbers on the grid, and they all add up to the same number… 98. He recalls this pattern throughout his performance interjecting bits of scientific and mathematic facts sure to excite the curious mind. 

 

Touching on a range of ideas and historical figures from “Synesthesia” (a person who sees sounds and hears colors) to Dante’s Inferno and Mark Paul Roget, Professor Nakamoto’s Nexus of Numbers is a show of illusion like none other. The conclusion both satisfies and excites as Tobo takes you on a journey through his memory palace. We wouldn’t want to spoil his epic mnemonic tricks but there is a knight involved in one of them you won’t want to miss.

 

Last night’s performance (11.20) took place at the Hi Ho Lounge in lieu of the Marigny Opera House, which was shut down by the city for being fire hazard just days before the Fringe Festival started. Since the Marigny Opera House reopened today, Tobo’s demonstration revealing the magic of patterns will be held at its original venue. 

 

The Wake (Old Firehouse)

By Andrew Mullins III

Ben Moraski’s The Wake is the perfect show for the introspective person blessed with a strong sense of gallow’s humor. The award winning dark comedy probes love, loss, and what we can realistically expect and demand from personal relationships. Pete, the only character, recounts his dalliance with a dead girl he ran over with his car after a warehouse party. The play-within-the-play begins as as acting workshop exercise, a paroxysm of dismay over losing one girlfriend. As Pete recounts his efforts to deal with the break up, the monologue morphs into a self-analysis of emotion and attachment. The fact that he works through these issues with the help and tenderness of a dead body is just part of the fun.

 

The Wake relies on subtle lines that allude to the dead girl for the audience while Pete seems absolutely delusional about the decaying state of his companion. Moraski is energetic and engaging, but has the tendency to overemphasize the “shits” and the “fucks” that overpower his otherwise shrewd and hilarious script. 

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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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