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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Ground Game

Permanence and Prints at an Arthur Roger Gallery Group Exhibit

NoDef Art Writer Kathy Rodriguez heads to Julia St. for Common Ground, a group exhibit at the Arthur Roger Gallery.


A megalith of concrete, plastic, steel, and marble chunks appeared in front of the Fine Arts building at University of New Orleans last spring.  It was almost as though it landed overnight – it seemed like one day it wasn’t, and then, suddenly, impossibly, it was.  The Times-Picayune coverage of the journey of this sculpture by Peter Lundberg, titled Loup Garou, relates the complex narrative of its move from City Park to the university campus.  In that time span of about two years, the ground had been scored, the material cast, the sculpture plucked from its mold, the title changed, the monument rejected, then accepted, then moved across the street onto a brand-new industrial strength platform that could accommodate its thirty-three feet of height and support its hundred-ton weight.



Common Ground
Where Arthur Roger Gallery, 434 Julia St.
When Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 12

While its story is rich, the sudden appearance of the work on campus belied the effort and time taken to get it there. Concrete monuments simply can’t happen overnight. But for some, that instantaneity is the criterion by which successful art is evaluated. Good art takes long hours of practice and devotion, but looks effortless in its execution.


The works of the artists in Common Ground currently on display at Julia Street's Arthur Roger Gallery are examples. The show is the most recent curatorial effort of UNO fine arts professor Jim Richard, who, in his own decades-long career, has met with some of the greatest successes in the art world. For this exhibition, his expert eye fell on the work of eight artists who are either approaching or enjoying the accolades of the New York scene.


Emerging artists Aaron McNamee, Nina Schwanse, Sophie Lvoff, and Jason Derouin, all of whom have been or are students of UNO’s Master of Fine Arts program, use that mass information disseminator, the print, in various ways. But, rather than holding to that content, each artist uses the medium to elevate humble materials and explore ideas of beauty, celebrity, and art itself.


Both McNamee and Schwanse – who showed together at Barrister’s Gallery early this past spring - somehow alter printed material and therefore change the content of the form. The results are highly conceptual, and in part both rely on the aesthetic of Pop, commerce, and celebrity.


McNamee’s Column I curves gracefully toward the light emitting through a nearby window like a growing stem. This organic loveliness is offset by the medium of stacked record covers. The images recall Pop and kitsch, but the text repeats the words “hits” and “go,” suggesting the fleeting pleasure of the one-hit wonder. Simultaneously, they command forward force and the avant-garde and, again, the idea of growth. The form reaches toward the history of monuments and classical sculpture – lasting examples of art objects – but tempers that authority with the record covers, symbols of impermanent celebrity. The vulnerable, yellowing paper speaks not just of decaying popularity but of changes in meaning that occur with changes in historical context.


Schwanse’s paint-splattered prints obfuscate identity. White washes and drips conceal figures in stills from her "Babe Rental" series, which in itself explores the ways individuals create public personas. "K-A-T-E-S" operates on a similar level. In this video, Schwanse disguises herself as various public icons located by a Google search of their first names. The result is Sherman-like in its self-portraiture, but slightly different. Rather than asking the viewer to consider the individual subjective response to the characters she portrays, Schwanse questions how the public in general responds to celebrities, and how celebrities construct their own specific identities – which, in turn, disguise themselves.


Photographic prints by both Lvoff and Derouin emphasize form over concept. Their still lives are rich with color, texture, pattern, and shape, and reach from the precedent of clean, modern abstraction. That makes for interesting contrast – while the photographs are doubtlessly representational images, their beauty is in the brilliant composition of elements more than the subject matter itself. The photograph allows for manipulation beyond what is capable by the human eye alone, mystifying Derouin’s tiny scale models and enlarging, saturating, and clarifying Lvoff’s odd objects.


These four artists join four others who have each gained representation in New York and internationally. Their work is part of the art world architecture, the structure that houses the idea of professional artistic success. They share a strong link to UNO: Wayne Gonzales and Joseph Ayers were undergraduates in the studio program. Gonzales uses economic brushstroke and limited palettes in compositions that up close are completely non-objective, but from afar form images of crowds. Ayers' "Deposition" is a series of tiny panel paintings that together form the image of a beached whale. Both accumulate small images into one unified monumental whole. Megan Whitmarsh, a graduate of the M.F.A. program, stitches together fabric pieces that speak formally to the saturated color of Lvoff’s photographs. Like Ayers and Gonzales, the immensity of her works is the result of a multitude of small parts. The work of both Whitmarsh and Marlo Pascual moves between flatness and space; Whitmarsh’s wall piece joins a freestanding sculpture, and Pascual’s installation hangs a sepia photograph of a potted plant from a chain and hook affixed to the ceiling. The effect is a frozen moment that paradoxically, constantly moves.


Pacual’s piece suggests, in this specific context, that a successful point in one’s career is not a place to stop. Rather, it is a place to move from, or a means to move around. Ayers, Gonzales, and Whitmarsh create monuments, which are generally symbols or commemorations of success, from a process of organized, small and individual steps. McNamee, Schwanse, Derouin, and Lvoff are taking those steps to follow paths to success. Their debuts in the art world have less of the sudden appearance and more of the solid constancy that characterizes their campus monument, which itself is a symbol for the slow accumulation of events that progress into great and powerful things.

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