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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


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


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

Lickety Script

Playwrights Get Creative at Skin Horse Theater's 24 Hour Play Festival

This Saturday at 8 pm, seven playwrights, seven directors and anywhere from 30 to 40 actors bring seven plays to life in 24 hours for Skin Horse Theater’s second annual 24-hour play festival at the Allways Lounge.   


Everyone from Hawthorne to Hemingway would agree that writing is rewriting, but then they haven’t seen Skin Horse Theater’s 24-hour play festival. 


“The normal rehearsal process is fun, but it’s very labored,” said Anna Henschel, founder of Skin Horse Theater.  The 24-hour time constraint “removes the chance to edit.  Whatever your first idea is is probably what you’re going to go with.”  This means going with your gut, even if your gut is wrong. “The principles are no bad ideas.” 


Before playwrights put pen to paper, all parties involved vote on a theme.  Themes run the gamut from serious to silly to surreal.  “They get pretty funny,” said Henschel.  Last year, each play revolved around the theme “Fanciful Vengeance,” but “It’s Just Brunch” was a close runner-up.


“[Friday night] the playwrights are told to write a ten minute, seven or eight page play by seven in the morning.  [Then] directors draw plays out of a hat,” said Henschel.


Directors only have an hour to talk to the playwrights (who have presumably been up all night furiously writing) before the actors come in.  Since all aspects of the play process are double blind, directors choose actors out of a hat, rather than on the basis of skill or character suitability.   


“You may get a play about four sisters and end up with three dudes which is more fun that way,” said Henschel.       


Along with its inherent comedic advantages, the time constraint takes away from the pressure of performing.  Armed with a raw script and only a few hours to practice, no one is expecting (or wanting) Shakespeare.  But despite the lack of polish, you might find some pearls in this oyster.     


“It allows people to do whatever they want and anyone can do it,” said Henschel. Because of the rush we don’t need classically trained people.  If anyone wants to be involved we’re always willing to use and abuse volunteers.”    


Aspiring thespians can participate by sending an email to:  Because of costumes and props, the participation fee is  $5. 


Each performance is $7 at the door.   



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