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March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"


Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop


Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness



The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music


Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees


Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke


Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM


March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air


Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening


Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle


Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 


Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work


Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head


Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night


They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause


Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 


Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!


Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo


Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts


A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south



March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders


Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain


Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume


An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden


RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show


Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show


The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock


Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret


Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars


Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support


Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers


Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party


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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