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Defender Picks



June 25th


The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto


The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven


Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen


Miami Ice

Black Penny, 3PM

Krewe of Goddesses host a popsicle party


Grill Out with Your Gills Out

Bayou St. John, 3PM

Krewe of Mermoux Benefit BBQ for NOAGE


Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC cabaret series at the Ace


Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tip's, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth


Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas


Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Lake View

Billboards Dot Staple Goods Walls for 'Jack Lake, Redux': Art Review

In the 1920’s in Southern Ontario, homebuilder Jack Lake autographed his handiwork by signing a framing board inside the home he’d just built. Upon renovating that home, artist Jack Niven discovered the indexical and personal imprint and took it up like a thrift store jacket. Thanks to this random, years-old encounter, we now have “Jack Lake, Redux” posited onto two grateful walls at Staple Goods throughout the month of March and early April.


“Redux” consists of 30 miniature but perfectly constructed “billboards” perching cheerfully on the gallery’s east wall.  They allude to eager expeditions by automobile, with the rear and side view “mirrors” reflecting what is already so quickly the past. They tilt and even face opposite. In one case, “Pendleton Monument,” they're hidden like an emphatic, fleeting message we’ll miss forever. Through some maneuvering with a mirror (or an iPhone) you could glimpse bold letters spelling “J. Lake” in red logger’s plaid.  An imagined memory, Jack Lake represents a buoyant flight of fancy in Niven’s teeming mind. The turn of the 19th century has been a lifelong preoccupation for the artist, and Lake’s strange emergence from inside its stick-built cask has fleshed it out in vivid color, bringing us along for the joyride in this show.


There is a little “Universal Mule”-type magic in “Redux,” both in theory and practice, in the form of “Blue.”  The sweet-faced, big-eyed pack animal-without-a-legacy pokes his big old head out of one of Niven’s preciously-constructed memories.  “Blue” silently speaks of roadside attractions that coincidentally contain the soul’s secrets, a possible byway leading to the new limits of an ever-expanding universe.  Rightfully priced alongside “Gulp,” – a shapely work and a clever play on the Gulf Oil logo – “Blue” rides somewhere in the trunk or back seat of the car if we obey only the current view of space and time.  


If we go along with Niven for the full metaphysical ride, though, “Blue” seems more like the journey’s metaphorical beginning than a fleeting identity.  Rather than dying like a Doppler effect as we pass it on by, maybe the creature ride’s with us, driving each and every one of our fleshly “vehicles” and symbolizing the commonality of our earthly existence.  Perhaps the little guy is just too lovable to leave out.


“Iktsuarpok” seems a specific key to Niven’s journey, spelling everything out but also holding it under layers of understanding.  An Inuit word with no English equivalent, “iktsuarpok” is a feeling of anticipation so intense that it forces to the window awaiting fulfillment.  Such is the car trip, such is the excursion into J. Lake’s life and times.  In this case, the anticipation has taken a life of its own in the mind of the traveler, propulsively driving the windshield on.  


Another best of the show, “Love Canal,” depicts a pristine, overgrown riverscape rolling into the horizon, an emerald green and eye-blue perfection in miniature. Niven has fashioned on the surface of the work droplets on the windshield, creating the effect with luscious and inventive precision. Concentric circles of placid distortion make Lake’s memories as real for the viewer as his handwriting must have been for Niven on the day he discovered the magical signature.


Back to the west wall, a diminutive drive-in screen sits alone, playing an undisturbed scene of beach waves washing in and out.  Rhythmic and passive, oblivious to the action on the east wall, the proud little art deco styled screen plays on, loving placed on a field of gallery wall white.  


Niven’s gift to Lake is immortality, or a chance at it.  The spirit of the show leaves you connected to Lake forever, just like the artist has become.  His “spastic chronologies and past lives” read much less like Nietzsche’s flat circle and much more like swirling cyclones. In Niven’s concept of being, we check into time and place from constant existence, inhabiting a galaxy-sized house with infinite doors.  We have to feel a little grateful that Jack Lake wandered into Niven’s consciousness the way he did, with a secretive and indelible gusto only Niven could properly translate.


The show is ridiculously successful, its own yin and yang. It is busy with advertising that actually serves as a quaint oasis from internet-generated pop-ups and spam email. It is tiny like poetry but still bursting with huge messages because it chooses its words and ideas carefully.  It rounds up all the right road-tripping buddies and fits them inside like a magical clown car, miraculously leaving Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg with more than enough leg room. “Redux” is an economy of everythingness, intellectual meatiness charbroiled on a bed of crisp, green, nourishing emotion. It is a feast and a catch. The one you shouldn’t let get away, at once gorgeous, funny and smart with a heart of pure platinum.


Jack Lake, Redux is on view at Staple Goods (1340 St. Roch Ave.) through April 6. 

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