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Defender Picks



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


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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