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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


'Macbeth' in Marigny

Skin Horse Theatre's Take on Shakespeare's Tragedy, Reviewed

Ever wonder how to hit heartstrings even harder when mounting one of Shakespeare's most famous and most powerful tragedies?  Try having the title character hammer out some Satie and Debussy on the piano as he verbally wrangles the fangs of insanity. The Skin Horse Theatre does just that with their scaled-down production of Macbeth at the Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.), focusing on the innate horror of the play and flaunting a few wonderful performances.


If the audience missed Macbeth's fingers on his opening piano sequence, they will notice the subtle expressions of his hand throughout the show. Dylan Hunter, playing the title role, gives a range of power and finesse which can be seen throughout his body, down through the tips of his fingers. The entire arc of the show can be intuited just from watching his nervous thumb or excited and greedy strained knuckles.


But before we see the unlucky Scotsman, the entering Witches set the mood for the evening with a series of contained, yet strenuous and wild movements alongside airy clicks and hisses as they cross the stage. Throughout the play, these witches are onstage seemingly manipulating both themselves and the events of the plot with the precision of a puppeteer, often casting hideous shadows of malformed bodies on the wall. They help set up an overall creepiness, with nails scratching on old wood and faces sliding across the floor.  


Yet while the witches sometimes speak the extradiegetic "Enter Macbeth," they also serve as set-piece movers and in-scene characters ("double double…" and such).  While they are always a sight to behold, this tri-role nature can get confusing at times, especially as they ofter linger behind the action on stage.


In a hauntingly choreographed scene, Lady Macbeth, played by Veronica Hunsinger-Loe, dances with the Witches to communicate with them. Hunsinger-Loe throughout the play does a wonderful job in communicating the tragic arc of her character, beginning with this frenetic ecstasy all the way to her eerily still and sleepy nightmares of the final act. Unfortunately, the production's success becomes a detriment; she spends a significant amount of time on the ground in this dance, which is only clearly visible to those in the front row.  


The space--or perhaps the way it was dealt with--had one other notable flaw. Most of the first half takes place behind a small proscenium, making difficult viewing for those not watching the performance straight on. Over intermission, however, there is a welcome shift into a thrust stage. An old wooden table serves for dinner meeting, as a sort of torture-rack, as well as a platform for the blind-to-failure, hunched and delusional Macbeth in the final sequence. Lights are stark against the exposed, old wood of this converted Marigny house, only adding to a powerful sense of a timeless cursed place.


The rest of the characters--from Banquo to assassins to servants--are played by a trio of talented actors. And while the actors do a convincing job in each role, whether regal or for comic relief, keeping pace becomes remarkably difficult.  And while the Macbeths (the Lady in a wonderful snake-green dress) and the Witches (Ellery Burton, Pandora Gastelum,  and Monica Giliam) have wonderfully elaborate period-esque costumes, the gentlemen (Brian Dorsam, Matt Standley, and Eli Timm) all wear modern, muted greys. The dreary color palate and period juxtaposition work well enough, but keeping track of the variety of characters in grey does not. Skin Horse obviously tried to help us along with a few props (a killer's kerchief, a brooch), but most of the time these identifiable items were too small or subtle to actually help.


In one other oddity of this production, an overhead projector was noisily wheeled on stage and brazenly plugged in to become the all-powerful voice during Macbeth's second visit to the Witches. While the effect of the projector was pretty for those who could see it, its artifice coupled with the nonplussing voiceover (supposedly the Witches' boss) was underwhelming and distracting from the three prophesies that lead Macbeth further into his tragic folly. Admittedly, Macbeth touts a remarkably complicated plot, and as such the audience could have benefited in the form of an explanatory paragraph in the program or perhaps even a list of notable characters.


Overall, the period before intermission built on the nervous insecurity of Macbeth, hitting home with an in-your-face soliloquy ("Is this a dagger I see before me…?") paired with his excited and ambitious wife. The dinner scene that opens the second half of the show becomes her strongest moment, as she manages a hallucinating husband and visiting royalty with a comedic grace and power. Often in both halves, all characters on stage manage to pause on beautifully constructed pictures on stage--with profiles highlighted and a variety of height-levels, giving secrets to their powerful, still moments. The show ends mostly as it began, with Macbeth musing on the piano, and his inevitable fate looming behind him.


Finally, with such a pared-down script, a few actors playing several roles, and such complicated language, vocal clarity becomes paramount--something that missed its mark, but only a few times. And let's be honest, this production of Macbeth was phenomenal and fresh. Any critique is only suggestion and one audience-member's experience. As evidence, I must also remind any readers that reviewing is a labor of love, and this was quite that.  


Macbeth plays Thurs.-Sun, through Feb. 18, at the Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.). Performances begin at 8 p.m. Find ticket info here.


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Michael Weber, B.A.


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