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August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

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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Michael Weber, B.A.


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