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July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Mid-Week Mindfulness 

Longue Vue, 6PM

Decompress from the stress


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

5th anniversary of Esoterotica's duets


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


The Boondock Saints

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A rooftop showing 



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


The Love Witch

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Free screening of the Anna Biller feminist flick


George Romero Retrospective

Bar Redux, 9PM

Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies, Night of the Living Dead  


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

Grown Ass Kids

Review: Multi-Artist Exhibition Explores Kid Stuff in Adult Lives

The Front opened “Grown Ass Kids” Saturday night as one of four shows premiering on the 12th and running through May 3rd.  The exhibit takes a hard look at childish pastimes and how they survive into adulthood.  Among the targeted hobbies are vintage sci-fi, astrological gazing, shoe hoarding, manga obsession, the obligatory video game collecting, and an inability to resist falling down rabbit-holes of the interwebs.


The group show features work by Jason Childers, John Isiah Walton, Ashley Tague and Ron Bennett.


In celebration of nostalgia, each artist’s statement was bound lovingly together with a Mead-style composition book cover.  A staple of school daze, the Composition Book tugs at anyone’s heart strings who has ever revisited a journal later in life, or worse, lost a few volumes of precious teenage musings in a roommate split.  It has a bit of mid-century panache about it, if you really look.  A little Jackson-Pollock-on-the-cover-of-Life-Magazine styling is happening in that black and white noise of the background, giving the empty book a bit of AbEx savoir faire.  A proudly brandished UPC code on the bottom right corner smacks of antiquated pride at scanner technology.


Ron Bennett’s “1983“ is a slick and splashy hanging sculpture with a storm trooper helmet in the center and ink blot shaped splotches layered in bright comic frames.  The wood assemblage imparts a scacchiato dimensionality and the layers of shiny acrylic coating make it gleam and glint under the gallery lights.  Two stiff, clunky Atari joysticks stand at attention flanking the helmet, arguably the only elements actually anchoring the piece to the past.  Still hungering for this memento from the Dark Side, Bennett held on to the dream and saw what appears to have been a childhood dream come to fruition.


Ashley Tague’s “30 Death Wishes” is a work that speaks about a certain lack of progress in the artist’s eyes.  The work is comprised of puffy stars of clay and origami, relating to childhood superstition and its drive to solidify wishes through ritualistic behavior.  Tague’s work deals with the specter of death to the child’s mind, a position she laments feeling no closer to finding a solution for.  Tague offers a recording of her recitations, including hopes of dying in her sleep, instantly and non-violently.  She ends these thirty petitions to an afterlife she can’t quite accept with a wish to “stop thinking about death so much.”  The humor and tenderness in Tague’s work complement the chubby, innocuous star constructs.  She has dealt with the materials inventively yet simply, posting each of the thirty paper stars on the wall on thin brads so that they cast storybook shadows onto the wall behind them.  Tague’s work reaches out and holds your hand, appealing emotionally to a universal fear.


John Isiah Walton’s four pieces in the show are probably the most vulnerable, placing Walton’s financial shortcomings on display.  A bankruptcy document, a less than enviable bank statement, and an extended overdraft notice are unfortunately tell-tale signs that Walton may be focusing on the wrong challenges in life.  Mounted on Manga pages and Madden football game covers, he seems to be balling only in the digital world.  Cleverly titled “On to the Next Chapter,” referring not only to his Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings but presumably to the Manga he reads voraciously, venturing into further chapters in avoidance of his mounting debts.  Walton seems to be indicting his own behavior, evidenced by a bold display of his personal banking history.


The largest, smartest and most complex piece in the show is Jason Childers’ installation, “Virtual Consciousness:  Re-Search 2014” and its partner work “Comment Box.”  The work stands at the end of the room housed in a laminate computer station the artist built himself.  It is 80’s space age, white and pristine and autonomous.  It stands on a patch of beige, soothing carpet which muffles sound and gives even more of a “2001: A Space Odyssey” feel to the work than the clinical white computer podium imparts.  On one side of the station, Childers has made his search habits accessible, focusing on differing areas of research in completion of his second Master’s degree.  Amidst these top-level inquiries, viewers can click into tempting diversions like, where users can harmlessly toss cute, system-hogging kitties into the virtual air, passively watch them float across the screen, or “make it rain” to release multiple fluffy little tiger kittens into the rainbow-fade of the background.


“Comment Box” allows show attendees to weigh in on the work, drop a ‘hi’ or a ‘thanks,’ but isn’t as simple as it looks.  Another form of distraction, the discussion board is another insidious time-sucker.  Subtle in its come-on, it feels like topic-related activism until an hour into an argument with another user.  The great fun in Childers’ work is that we feel his struggle from our own experience.  If we aren’t out blowing every spare cent on video games, tennis shoes, or Manga like Washington struggles against, we can at least relate to wandering into virtual parts unknown despite our noblest efforts to accomplish something.


Nostalgia plays some part in “Grown Ass Kids” as one would expect, like the Composition Book as a tie to a collective past.  But the problem bearing the capital “P” seems to be a penchant for distraction that we share these days.  Avoiding facing mortality, our finances, growing up or putting nose to the grindstone represents a nice smattering across social and economic situations.  The show promises no solutions, but raises especially relatable questions and we can ask no more of it than this.


Society makes many wildly varying demands on art, stipulating that it “act as a hammer” or “disturb the comfortable” or match the sofa, according to different paradigms and philosophies.  To be considered in art’s to-do list is courageous vulnerability on the part of the artist.  In assessing just what is worthwhile about contemporary art, this reviewer must suggest that it is the ability to communicate by using one’s own fears and insecurities as a conduit to the audience’s understanding.  “Grown Ass Kids” steps up to this double-dog dare with a childlike sense of daring.


Correction: The article originally listed John Isiah Washington as one of the artists featured in the show. The artist's name is John Isiah Walton, and the article was corrected on April 15 at 12:30 p.m.. 


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