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JEUDI

August 28th

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. Troy Sawyer ($10)

 

Mark Powell: The Sheltering
Maple Street Book Shop, 6p.m.

Southern author reads from his new thriller

 

Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens
Superdome, 7p.m.

Pregame the preseason in Champions Square at 4

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Bug
Allways Lounge, 8p.m.

Darkly comedic play written by Tracy Letts—final performance

 

Bishop Allen
the BEATnik, 8p.m.

Lovable indie pop band on tour from NY ($10)

 

Terence Higgins, Cliff Hines
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Two local powerhouses join forces ($10)

 

1st Annual Positive Hip-Hop
Cafe Istanbul, 9p.m.

Freestyle battle with a $500 grand prize

VENDREDI

August 29th

Mad Decent Block Party
Mardi Gras World, 2p.m.
Ft. A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis & more ($45)

 

Friday Nights At NOMA
NOMA, 6-8p.m.

Art historians speak on Hale Woodruff’s murals, plus music by Arpa Quartet

 

Beach Day, Ben Polar One Man Band
Siberia, 6p.m.
Surf-punk from Hollywood, Florida—early show

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie

 

The Producers
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.

The 80s new wave band, live! ($20)

 

Underdogcentral HeadPhones Release Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Ft. Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Dappa, Kaye the Beast, No Suh, Kash Akbar

 

Amanda Shires
Freret Street Publiq House, 9p.m.

Texas singer and violinist (and wife of Jason Isbell)

 

Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Ft. Gravity A’s tribute to the Talking Heads

 

TNM Presents: The Match Game
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement resurrects the ‘70s game show for laughs ($8)


Kronos, Pacifica Quartets Offer Thurs. Embarrassment of Riches


by Joe Shriner

New Orleans is a city known for excess, and as a consequence of two organizations’ ambitious programming (and apparent dissociation), chamber music lovers may need to flip a coin on Thursday to decide their evening plans. On November 14, at 8 pm, two eminent string quartets will perform on separate stages: Kronos Quartet plays in the Contemporary Arts Center’s Warehouse while the Pacifica Quartet performs alongside pianist Marc-André Hamelin at Dixon Hall at Tulane University.

 

Both celebrated ensembles lend their talents to live performance and recordings of string quartets by past and contemporary composers alike. Pacifica has gained a reputation for their consummate interpretations of works by Mendelssohn, Easley Blackwood, and several Soviet Russian composers. Their four-volume CD recordings of the complete Shostakovich string quartets have received high praise from critics, and Pacifica received a Grammy Award for their execution of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 in 2009.

 

The 40-year-old Kronos Quartet, whom have recorded over 40 unaccompanied albums, have developed the reputation for peerless interpretations of 20th century works, with much of their repertory and albums made up of works written or arranged exclusively for them. This was the case for their recording of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which snagged the composer a Grammy in 1990. Kronos received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2004 for their recording of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite.

 

On Thursday, Kronos Quartet performs in the CAC’s Warehouse (900 Camp St.) at 8pm, continuing its 40th anniversary season with the regional premiere performance of Phillip Glass’s “String Quartet No. 6.” The program will also include works written and arranged for them by Jherek Bischoff and Bryce Dessner, composer and guitarist for band The National.

 

The Pacifica String Quartet makes its sixth Crescent City appearance Thursday as part of New Orleans Friends of Music 59th Season. The concert starts at 8 pm at Dixon Hall on Tulane University’s campus. Joined by Canadian virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin on piano, the ensemble will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Leo Ornstein’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major.

 

Also at Dixon Hall, musicologist John Joyce will present a free pre-concert lecture at 7 pm to discuss the works in detail. Friends of Music will continue its popular new addition of offering wine, soda, and snacks before the concert and at intermission.

 

Tickets for Friends of Music’s presentation of Pacifica Quartet are $30, available at the door or online, with special deals for students. Free parking is available at Diboll Garage and a free shuttle will be provided. For more information and Tulane’s campus map, visit the Friends of Music website or call (504) 895-0690.

 

Tickets for CAC’s presentation of Kronos Quartet are available through their website or by calling (504) 528-3800. Tickets are $35 with special rates for season subscribers and CAC members.




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock