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Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10

 

Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

The New Movement Kicks Midnight Mic Over to Stand-up Comics


by Emma Boyce

New Orleans has no shortage of funny characters. Still, aside from a chance performance here and there, New Orleanians have no regular standup scheduled to tickle their funny bone. Starting January 4, Marigny comedyplex The New Movement theater provides a little relief with standup shows every Friday at 11:59 pm.

 

 

The New Movement’s weekly Midnight Mic follows in the footsteps of their already successful weekly show Comedy Beast.  Hosted by Cyrus Cooper, Comedy Beast runs every Tuesday at 8:30 at the Howlin’ Wolf.

TNM Midnight Mic
All shows $5 unless otherwise noted
January 4: Block Party (Free)
January 11: The Real @ChrisTrew Show
January 18: Just Go With It
January 25: Pass the Mic
February 1: Pilot Night (Free)
February 15: Weird Sex Stories
February 22: Pass the Mic
March 1: Block Party (Free)
March 8: Diamonds are Forever
March 15: Pass the Mic
March 22: The Real @ChrisTrew Show
March 29: Megaphone Championship Wrestling


Retreating from the Wolf’s Den, Midnight Mic brings comedy back to the motherland, and into the heart of the Marigny (a Mecca for alternative anything) to The New Movement headquarters (1919 Burgundy).

 

“There’s a lot of great weekly standup shows, but there’s not a weekly series for alternative standup comedy.  [We’re] a weekly helm for alternative standup comedy,” said Chris Trew of the New Movement.

 

Midnight Mic kicks off with an open mic Block Party series, where amateurs and professionals alike can take the mic for a night of “anything goes.”  The following Friday, The Real @ChrisTrew Show takes the stage.

 

“It’s really like watching a public access show, but live,” Trew said of his own standup routine.  Trew describes his show as part game show, part public access, and part Internet.

 

Other nights like Just Go With It and Pass the Mic make standup a little more demanding.  Just Go With It combines standup comedy with different challenges, while Pass the Mic forces a selection of comics to improvise with each other on stage.

 

Some series will also feature recurring characters like Diamond, an unaccommodating talk show host who entertains local guests in Diamonds are Forever. Wrestling turns comedic in their new series Megaphone Championship Wrestling, and sex gets weird in Weird Sex Stories.

 

Perhaps the most exciting series, however, is Pilot Night, where emerging comedians perform their shows and possibly become part of The New Movement’s repertoire.

 

 

Trew said that TNM offers fellow comedians much needed access to the most important part of their routines—a venue.

 

“Standup comedians can get stage time almost every night of the week now. We're proud to be doing our part of providing an outlet,” said Trew.




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock