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MARDI

March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"

 

Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop

 

Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness

 

Laelume

The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music

 

Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees

 

Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke

 

Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


Of Muses & Mixes

Theresa Andersson's 'Street Parade' Steps Off Today



With her new album Street Parade out today, local musician Theresa Andersson chats about her ride in Muses, going viral and offers a playlist of some of the songs that inspire her.

 

Theresa Andersson can roll off a folk tale easily, but, as is well known by now, she's equally comfortable in more modern means of communication. A couple years ago, the singer-songwriter who releses a new album today, got a taste of that most unexpected success when her YouTube video for "Na Na Na" went viral.

 

From there, she saw her story passed around the Internet, as the collection of insturments assembled and looped in her kitchen has beamed to 1.4 million users to date.

 

“What I appreciate about it so much that was totally unexpected was people deciding to like it and tell their friends, and it grew so organically," she said in an interview with NoDef last week. "I ended up seeing a lot of people showing up to my shows and concerts because they had seen the 'Na Na Na' video because they were curious. They’d end up driving two hours to see a show and they ended up being into the show and coming back.”

 

Andersson has experienced both local and international recognition. She recently toured in Holland and Germany, and of course, stays busy in her home country.

 

“I’ve been touring more overseas in the past few years than I have here," she said. "Sweden was a market that just exploded for me.” 

 

So where to go from overseas fame and a viral hit? To Mardi Gras, of course. You probably saw her in Muses this year, she was the one on a 12 foot egret being pulled by actual people. The inspiration for the bird came from a Swedish folk tale, "The Fantastic Journey."

 

“It’s been a longstanding dream of mine to have a marching band," said Andersson. "It made sense when I had the album called Street Parade to have a marching band.” 

 

Andersson’s husband, puppeteer Arthur Mintz, and Jacques Duffourc constructed the bird together. The pair also collaborated in the production of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at the CAC.

 

“I rode on this bird 12 ft. bird up in the air, and the Shreveport Puppeteers actually puppeteered and pushed the bird up the street. There was no motor," she said. Behind the bird came the cityscape which came from the water and the Bayou. The hats showed different images of that. There was a pirogue, trees, and oak trees.  We put all the stuff together this winter. I was doing a lot of this organizing from overseas using skype and emails. We came back and rehearsed with a big band.”

 

The resulting video, for the song "Hold On To Me" means all that preparation will last well beyond Ash Wednesday. The ethereal nature of the video provides for a visceral connection that runs through all of Andersson's work. Even when she way playing in her kitchen, viewers were mesmerized.

 

"I feel like you go on a journey every time you listen to a song or a record. When I write, that’s how I write, and I work with a lyricist Jessica Faust, who is a local poet," she said. "When I send her my song, I hope she’s going to feel that in the music so that she can write the lyrics based on what she feels in the song."

 

 

 

Theresa's Playlist

 

Andersson has been on that journey with other people's music too. We asked her to name a few songs by other people that connected with her.

 

 

1. Bobbie Gentry - Papa Woncha Let Me Go To Town With You
 
The first bus tour I was on, we rode in an old bus with a blue sky and white fluffy clouds painted on the sides. The bus driver had a cassette tape of Bobbie Gentry’s "Ode To Billy Joe" that I begged him to give me after the tour was over. I simply fell in love with this sound and had to have it. The whole experience was so beautifully 70’s except it all happened in the late 90’s.
 
 
 
2. Willie Nelson - On The Road Again
 
This was my song to sing every time I left New Orleans. We used to sing it as loud as possible with the windows rolled down..... The tape finally snapped and I haven’t listened to the song until today. I still love it!
 
 
3.  Allen Toussaint - On Your Way Down

 
I first heard the Little Feat version of this song. It was on a mix tape from a friend. Somewhere around 2 minutes the record skipped a couple of times but it was a funky skip. The song is forever edged in my mind that way.
 
 
 
4. Joni Mitchell - My Old Man
 
The album Blue was one of my first record purchases. I fell in love with Joni’s musical poetry. As I was scrubbing marble stairs in Gotland, Sweden to make money for my first trip to New Orleans I used to sing this song in the reverberated stair houses.

 
5.  The National - Secret Meeting
 
I love this band. For a while all I listened to was their two records Alligator and Boxer. I’ve never seen them live and I am not sure I want to. In my mind they’re perfect every time.
 

6.  Peter Bjorn & John - Let’s Call It Off
 
A great Swedish band. This song is from the record called Writers Block. There are so many great songs on this record and the sound of the record is  interesting. I like running to this song.....
 
 
 
7.  Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
 
This was “my” Radiohead album. I had heard their earlier record but this is the one I lived with through many many late night drives.
 
 
 
8.  The Octopus Project - Truck
 
A gem of an instrumental album. I found out about these guys and girl the year i lived in Austin. 
 
 
 
9.  Wild Nothing - Drifter
 
I love the floaty pop writing on this record. And the album cover is gorgeous. 
 
 
 
10.  Duke Ellington - On A Turquoise Cloud
 
I have to end the list with this classic song because it is so very beautiful. The way the clarinet and voice move together inspired me to write a bunch of melodies. 

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