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August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



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


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

La Fest en Rose

French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More

Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart. 


The fest is in collaboration with the Consulat Général de France á la Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania, with partial sponsorship from TV5Monde. Over the last two decades, the festival has evolved from a single weekend afternoon to a full week of programs, boasting everything from film premieres and retrospectives to lectures and language classes. 


For 2017, the fest shifted from its traditional run during late summer to the height of festival season in New Orleans. According to John Desplas, NOFS founding member and Artistic Director Emeritus, the timing is serendipitous as it grants an exciting lineup of foreign films to have their local Louisiana premieres before summertime mainstream releases. “People seem to be intimidated by foreign language films, or they think they will be something ‘good for you,’ like taking your medicine,” said Desplas. “But these films involve you in more than just simple sensationalism. They don’t insult your intelligence, and there’s a dearth of that these days.” The programs on the lineup run the gamut from tales of French royalty, World War I, and supernatural shoppers to Technicolor musicals, fashionable French children, and Oscar-nominated animations. 


Kicking off the festival is Frantz, a post-WWI romance drama between French war veteran Adrien and Anna, a young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during the war. Desplas noted his excitement for the premiere of this film, directed by François Ozon whose works have previously appeared at the French Film Fest in 2013 (In the House) and 2015 (The New Girlfriend). From its trailer, Frantz appears evocative of the landmark French New Wave film Hiroshima, mon amour for its use of flashbacks and the thematic motif of national tragedies as a way to bridge emotional disconnections.  


The festival will also feature a mini-retrospective of Jacques Demy, who was showcased three years prior at the festival. “Demy is an under-appreciated figure in French cinema,” said Desplas of the director who emerged in the same generation as Godard, Truffaut, Resnais, among others. “Yet the denouement in his works is unrivaled. The world he creates in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, for instance, is incredibly difficult to pull off.” Demi’s beloved musical romance tells the story of star-crossed lovers Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo — and served as a leading influence for the recent hit La La Land. Another of Demy’s flicks, the enchanting Two Girls of Rochefort, showcases real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac in musical adventures alongside Hollywood icon Gene Kelly. 


The historic Prytania, the oldest single-screen movie theatre still operating in Louisiana, is known for its weekly matinee series of classic flicks — on Sunday/Wednesday at 10AM, the 1957 film Love in the Afternoon will serve double duty as both Prytania’s matinee movie of the week and as part of the French Film Fest. The Billy Wilder movie is based on the French novel “Ariane, jeune fille russe,” and features Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, and Maurice Chevalier.  


Closing the festival is Personal Shopper, which stars Kristen Stewart as an American in Paris employed as a personal shopper for a celebrity while also seeming to be able to communicate with the dead. It is the second collaboration between Stewart and director Olivier Assayas, who last collaborated on the film industry takedown Clouds of Sils Maria, which won Stewart the César Award (known as the French version of Oscars). 


The 2017 program will also feature a free lecture from Loyola University professor Mike Miley on Sunday evening. Miley will discuss the career of Jean-Pierre Léaud, the undisputed leading man of the French New Wave film movement known for his collaborations with François Truffaut (the Antoine Doinel series, which started with the iconic film The 400 Blows) and Jean-Luc Godard (Masculin Féminin, Made in U.S.A., and La Chinoise). A screening of Léaud’s most recent film The Death of Louis XIV will follow Miley’s lecture. “Film will always be the centerpiece of the festival, but we continue to try to enhance the experience,” explained Desplas. “In years past, we’ve started with music before certain films. We always want to add something else to the experience of the festival. The festival is an event, not just movie screenings.” Additional offerings this year include French language classes taught by Manon Bellet of le française á la carte, as well as French-themed live music before select films. Local talents Helen Gillet and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes are set to perform and opera music courtesy of the New Orleans Opera Association will precede screenings on the opening night, Saturday, Sunday, and the closing night. 


For a full schedule with descriptions of the films, visit the Film Society website. Individual tickets run $9 for NOFS and Prytania members / $11 for non-members. Opening night and closing night tickets are $11 for NOFS and Prytania members / $13 for non-members. A fest pass, which grants access to all screenings, will run $70 for Prytania and Film Society members and $85 for non-members. 

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