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Defender Picks



April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



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


May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all


Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin


WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots


Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre


Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music



Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 




May 2nd


Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference


United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists


GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band


Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir



House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 


Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM


Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour


The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers


May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 


Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio


Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin


Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show


Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott


The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'



Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons


Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville


Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass


Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends


May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off


May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party


Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 


Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance


Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion


Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health


Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation


AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who


Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious


Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste


Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp

I Smell a Hat

'The Motherfucker with the Hat' at Allways: Theatre Review

The first New Orleans run of The Motherfucker with the Hat opened Thursday at the Allways Lounge and Theatre.  


Written by New York-based playwright and director Stephen Adly Guirgis, the play is locally produced by NU theatre, and marks the directorial debut of Joshua Parham. Featuring a rockstar cast, the play is presented in two acts, packed both with comedy and embarrassingly relatable tragic conversations and emotions.


The Motherfucker with the Hat opens with Veronica (played by Kate Kuen) "cleaning" her mess of a barren apartment, while noticeably leaving the beer, Stolichnaya, and cocaine on the table. On the phone with her mother in what the audience soon learns to be an ironic moment, the addict and cheater gives relationship advice. Throughout the play -- and in the moment of romance doctoring especially -  Kuen does an excellent job at capturing the physical language of a drug-addled Puerto Rican immigrant living tough in New York City.  Think booty shorts and that snappy-finger-head-wag thing.


Soon enters her lifelong beau, Jackie (played by Michael Aaron Santos), full of promise of new beginnings and through the roof with self-pride since he finally got a job, especially since this one has "potential for career advancement." Recently free of a two-year stint in jail for dealing drugs, Jackie's struggle with sobriety quickly becomes a theme of the play. As things start looking up for the future, the couple also heats up as Jackie matches and allows for Veronica's sexual antics. Before things can get started, however, Jackie discovers an unknown hat alone with odors of "aqua velvet and dick" thus quickly turning romance into a fiery yelling match.


Needing some help, Jackie goes to the apartment of his AA sponsor, Ralph D (played by Marin Bradford).  Immediately, we see a man who has changed -- the same table housing the booze in the first scene now has a comically large stack of vitamins, green teas and fish oils.  Ralph goes through his routine promoting prayer and a "higher power calm." Bradford does a good job maintaining the force of the scene, as the text allows for the character to make fun of his new yoga/surfing/"nutritional drink." Unfortunately, we soon see that not everything exists happily on this side of sobriety, as Ralph's wife Victoria (Michelle Martin) shouts comically absurd hate from the kitchen.


As the play unfolds, we see each character choose self-specific virtues. But a chosen vice is also allowed to creep in, whether drugs, helpless romantic antics, cheating, or acceptance to the point of self-loathing. While the play is chock full of laughs, one liners and obscure references, the writing often changes quickly to fights and painful arguments. But audience members even catch themselves laughing at others' horribly dramatic arguments as both completely relatable and completely without our own personal investment. The production also registers to the other extreme, often as a result of extreme physical violence, such as choking, fighting, or whacking with a baseball bat.


Cousin Julio (Armando Leduc) plays the fifth wheel in the story of two nastily-connected relationships.  Remarkably performed by Leduc, Julio often speaks of his constantly absent Marisol, while at the same time being the comedic center of the play. Julio isn't only there for laughs, as he gives a backbone to Jackie's character, without which we would not have nearly a whole-enough image of his cousin. Physically and vocally, Leduc is a pleasure to watch.


The cast's innate talent, the direction of the play, and the characters' extreme choices keep the production vibrant -- it's a loud play, both in volume and in content.  Overall the play features fast-paced comedic wit, with a relatable dark side for anyone who has gone through a bad relationship, drug addiction, self-loathing, cheating, self-obession… why not just say life?


The Motherfucker with the Hat runs Thurs. - Sat, through August 17, at Allways Theatre (2240 St. Claude Ave). Tickets are $15, and available here. For those who struggle to cope with the title, the play's fast-paced verbal insults around extended scenes of violence and sexuality may prove a bit too scandalous. The play is recommended for ages 18+.

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


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.


Alexis Manrodt

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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