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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


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


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

Incarnate Reviewed

By Michael Martin

Although I didn’t cover the Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s Incarnate before its brief run ended, I don’t want to let it pass without comment. This second collaboration between the festival and the performance art collective Compleat Stage was far and away the loveliest pastiche – whoever coined the phrase “devised theatre” should be weighted down with thesauri and tossed into a river – which I’ve seen in town. I hope it returns next season.


Directed by Chaney Tullos, in unknowable collaboration with the other principals, the modest Incarnate succeeded in two crucial ways. (Three, if you count its modesty. Making devised theatre usually gives license to include everything but the kitchen sink.) First, there was a clear through line, simple enough to carry the audience along without benefit of plot: The Woman (Cristine McMurdo-Wallis) recites miscellaneous passages of Shakespearean verse to “narrate” the story of dancing young lovers  as their relationship unfolds from first meeting to inevitable passing. Ruby Lou Smith, who may be meant to be understood as The Woman in youth, and Jake Wynne-Wilson, New Orleans’ reigning stage icon of romantic male beauty, toed the line between dancing and emoting quite skillfully. Barbara Hayley choreographed with energy and grace, and precision enough that even non-dance aficionados like me could comprehend the lovers’ changing moods. (Their first Big Fight happens off-stage, however, while McMurdo-Wallis covers it with poetry of regret, which is a shame. We should see it.) Raul Gomez’ original score was evocative but not intrusive.


Second, Incarnate promised “mature images and themes,” as its title implies, and meant it. I can’t count all the shows purportedly for adults which have choked in the clutch. Here the verse set to music, sung by Keisha Slaughter with accompaniment by Oscar Rossignoli, was a terrific enhancement. Slaughter’s low-slung voice throbs; I wished she’d had a few more numbers. 


I also wished more had been spent on the Spartan set. Smith looked great in Jen Gillette’s blood-red tulle skirt, Wilson the same in various outfits; the backdrop, bathtub and heavy black chairs were entirely serviceable…but McMurdo-Wallis near-shapeless pantsuit was unfortunate, and her huge bolt of white fabric, upon which was sewn hundreds of red petals, had to carry too much symbolic weight to look like wrinkled cotton rather than silk.


If nothing here was revelatory – least so about the Bard’s poetry, although it’s delivered flawlessly by McMurdo-Wallis – for a show like this, “haunting and beautiful” is more than enough. Incarnate ended as it began, and as it ought: With the audience’s attention squarely on her compelling face.

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