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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

 


Comedian Nick Kroll Talks NOLA Routine, Hip-Hopera Before Civic Gig


As New Orleans’ local comedy scene continues to grow, the newly renovated Civic Theatre is attracting some pretty big national names. Nick Kroll, widely known as Ruxin from The League, and the titular star of his own sketch comedy show, is coming December 7. NoDef spoke with Kroll about his latest projects, the star’s affinity for the Big Easy and diarrhea. 

 

While Kroll only recently rose to A-list comedy success, the 35-year-old honed his comedic skills with the Upright Citizens Brigade in the 1990’s. Now, the comedian’s work is a mix of sketch comedy with beloved characters such as Bobby Bottleservice, occasional roles on shows like Parks and Recreation as The Douche and stand up.

 

When asked where Bobby Bottleservice originated, Kroll said it was his attempts at flirting that led him to the popular persona.  

 

“It was really a way to talk to girls, kind of as a joke to my friends like ‘This kind of guy hits on you,’ Kroll continued, ‘But really I’m kind of hitting on you now, maybe it’d be funnier if it was just a character."

 

Bobby Bottleservice is a regular on The Kroll Show, where Kroll said he and his love interest, Farley (Chelsea Paretti) will be popping up together quite a bit in season 2.   

 

“One of the things that I’m going to show in New Orleans is a sketch from season 2,” Kroll explained. “It’s a kind of hip-hopera, the ‘Ballad of Bobby B,’ with him and Farley,” said Kroll. “Sort of like Trapped in the Closet-esque,” said Kroll, referencing R. Kelly’s modern classic.

 

When it comes to standup, Kroll said that he rarely encounters troublemakers in the audience, save for a few drunken divas.

 

“There is usually one super drunk girl at a show who is genuinely excited to be there but just doesn’t quite keep it together. I try to reason with her, it’s not the easiest to reason with someone who is crazy drunk and excited,” said the seasoned performer.

 

The native of New York seldom finds time to come to the Big Easy, but when he does, he says it is always distinctive.

 

“Before I do standup, specifically in New Orleans, my routine is pretty regimented. I eat like a poboy, a really hot Bloody Mary or two, then I get half drunk and really tired, and I drink like a very rich cup of coffee to get myself some energy, and a couple of beignets. Then I get diarrhea. At that point I feel focused and ready to perform,” said Kroll.

 

On a serious note, Kroll said that he is really disappointed that he won’t be able to spend more time in New Orleans.

 

“There are two or three cities in the country that I get really excited about the hang and also the audiences,” said Kroll. “New Orleans is definitely one of them.”

 

While standup routines traditionally stick to a kind of playlist from venue to venue, Kroll said he tries to tailor each show to its respective city.

 

“I think it makes it more fun for the audience to make them think that they’re seeing something on that one night only. At the end of the show, I’ll take some questions and requests,” Kroll said.

 

Kroll’s last trip to the Crescent City was during the chaotic Super Bowl/Mardi Gras season of 2012.

 

“I’m excited to have it just for me and the City of New Orleans,” said Kroll. “Heads up that the lights will likely go out for about 25 minutes in the middle of the show.”

 

Kroll's show is Saturday, December 7 at the Civic Theatre (510 O' Keefe) at 8 p.m. Buy tickets here.




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