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DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

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

Lundi

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

 

MARDI

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

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

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

JEUDI

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

TREO, 7PM

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

 

VENDREDI

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

 

Spektrum

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

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

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

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

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

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

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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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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