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MARDI

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

 

Laelume

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

MERCREDI

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

 

JEUDI

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

 


Jass Class

Baby Doll Dancers Take 100 Years of Satin and Sass to Old U.S. Mint



Though the Carnival season is long gone, the historic Baby Doll Ladies remain hard at work; entertaining, while educating us on a cherished local tradition. The ladies are popping up at various events around the city, and they’ve become part of the mainstay the celebration of Mardi Gras, post Hurricane Katrina. Now, some of the treasured stories told of the Baby Dolls from a century ago are coming to an entertainment stage.

 

Millisia White’s New Orleans Society of Dance present “Oh, Those Baby Doll Ladies’ Cabaret”, in association with the Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Museum Foundation. The three-part series begins May 31st, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:45pm. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $15 for seniors and students (with I.D.)

 

“Dancing the Jass: Era of The Pioneer Dolls (1912-1940)” is the first show of the three-part progression; series that chronicles the transformations of a century old, endearing Mardi Gras tradition of doll masquerading. The songs, dances and skits will take audiences back through time. Much of the show’s dialogue was taken from actual interviews done over 70 years ago by Federal Writer’s Project researcher; and native, Robert McKinney; who spoke to women who masked in the black community.

 

“You’ll see; through their words, how it all happened-how it all began,” NOSD founder Millisia White says. The interviews were done in 1940; some of the women interviewed were part of the Original Million Dollar Baby Dolls. They were in their late 50’s, early 60’s; so they were telling him how it was back in time around 1912. I get chills every time I go through the paperwork.”

 

White also served as co-curator of the January 2013 Louisiana State Museum’s exhibit, ‘They Call me Baby Doll.’ Act two: “To Die For: Era of the Traditional Dolls” (c. 1950-1980) will premier on June 14th, followed by Act three: “Resurrection Era of the Baby Doll Ladies” (c. 1990-present) which takes place on June 28th.

 

“After the first show, you’ll begin to identify with these characters- we pay homage to the pioneer dolls of that first era; The Million Dollar Baby Dolls, and how they became Baby Dolls.” White added.

 

The shows to follow will take audiences though the transition of the tradition; as family and neighborhood groups (such as the noted Batiste family), along with and S&P clubs carried the torch of masking into the 1950’s and 60’s, to the Resurrection era of the Baby Doll Ladies, in which Millisia White’s New Orleans Society of Dance continues the once dormant, but beloved practice, and a new generation of satin and sass is born.

 

The shows are true to the music, as well as the vernacular of the day. White states that although it was important to connect with today’s audience, authenticity was a priority.

 

“To me, it was important for people to get the facts. We were determined to remain as authentic as possible,” she said. “We had to include the slang; like in the title (Jass) which was used before the term Jazz was born and words like ‘chippy’. I want this experience to be exciting, but enlightening at the same time.”

 

White explained that the sounds of those times will be accompanied by visual montages from the era, courtesy of DJ Hektik. Some original music by DJ Hektik is incorporated in the show as well.

 

 “We want to encourage people to come back (to the second and third acts) and to continue to learn about the history and the different eras of the masking process,” White says. “We are so satisfied with the project, we hope everyone enjoys and appreciates it the way that we do. This was a growing experience for all of us-it pushed us, artistically. It’s going to be something to experience.”

 

Tickets to the shows can be purchased through eventbrite.com.

 

 

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Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith

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