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Lundi

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

 

MARDI

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

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

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

JEUDI

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

TREO, 7PM

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

 

VENDREDI

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

 

Spektrum

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

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

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

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

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

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

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

 

NOLA Lore: Count St. Germain, Le Vampire



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unwritten legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. For the second installment, Lloyd continues to explore the existence of the vampire with the story of Count St. Germain.

 

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It’s a warm, humid summer night. A dinner party has been underway for the better part of the evening. Guests line the long dining table and the room whirs with conversation and spilled drink. The clinking of crystal, china, and silverware is faint beneath the weight of heavy air.

 

Near the head of the table, sitting to the left of the host, is the man the rest of the party subconsciously crane their necks to hear speak. Entranced, women politely fan their faces. Just as spellbound are the men reaching into the breast pockets of their coats to retrieve a cloth, gingerly patting away the sweat peppering their foreheads. The man they vie to hear is a raconteur unlike anyone who has held court at such staid dinner parties before.

 

Though his background is mysterious, he is the richest nobleman seated amongst them. He is a man gifted with a tongue that speaks multiple languages and fingers that have mastered several instruments. He is charming and charismatic. Timelessly dashing and full of zeal. He smiles and his hands wave gracefully as he sips his wine and tells his audience of faraway lands and potions that will not stop death, but will, indeed, keep a person young. And he would know something about stoppering death; he’s appeared to be in his mid-40s for decades now.

 

The women at the table adore him and blush at his gaze. The men do, too. While under the spell, only one guest notices the contents of the enigmatic man’s plate. The food has been pushed around and prodded with utensils, but it remains otherwise untouched. Not a single bite has been taken. As the guest studies the man, another curious oddity comes to light. The extraordinary nobleman hasn’t broken a sweat.

 

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Such is the scene of a common elite dinner gathering of the early 1700s in France, or New Orleans, depending on who you ask about to this tale. The guests and the location of the story change but the mysterious character at the center stays the same, right down to his age and appearance. This is the legend of suspected vampire Count St. Germain. In France, he was known as the Count whereas here in New Orleans, he went by Jacques Saint Germain some two centuries after charming the nobles of France and other innumerable countries. 

 

It is difficult to say when and where the Count’s story begins. He is a man cloaked in the unidentifiable with an origin so ambiguous that no one can pinpoint his beginnings. The Count, of course, did little to clear the air by either leading his inquisitors astray with elaborate stories that spoke little of his past or simply not giving the raised queries a response at all.

 

Some claim that he was born during the mid to late 1600s. The Count himself would not deny this statement. He was open in sharing that he was, indeed, old though he would never give his exact age. Other tales claim his existence spans back as far as the time of Christ. However, most historians and reputable sources tend to attempt placing the Count’s birth sometime between 1710 and 1712 but even this timeline is tenuous and struggles to find unshakable ground rooted in truth. A record of his birth cannot be traced.

 

While St. Germain’s early years remain obscure, one of the most popular theories about the Count’s background is that he was born the son of the Transylvanian prince Francis II Rákóczi. Francis II Rákóczi had many sons, one of whom reportedly died at a young age. It is believed that St. Germain was this child and his death was faked in order to protect him due to political reasons as Francis II Rákóczi would later lead a Hungarian uprising.

 

The first official documentation of the Count appears in 1745. It is during this time that the Count had been residing in London while putting his musical talents to use. It is in London that he employed himself as a composer after being arrested because he was a suspected Jacobite spy. He was released of the charges when the suspicion failed to produce any convicting evidence. After his time in London, the Count vanished from historical record until he reappeared in France during 1748 after reportedly arriving from the Court of Shah of Persia where he’d been studying precious stones.

 

St. Germain was unknown to France upon his arrival but it wasn’t long before his beguiling persona, whimsical tales, handsome face, jeweled fingers, and undeniable wealth caught the attention of the country’s prominent figures. Of these figures was Madame de Pompadour, mistress and advisor to King Louis XV. Madame de Pompadour is said to have invited the Count to one of her parties in an attempt to get to know the mysterious man and, as always, he was delightful, spellbinding, and didn’t touch any of the food. It was during this party that Madame de Pompadour introduced St. Germain to an older woman by the name of Countess von Georgy. The Countess recalled meeting a man of the same name and appearance in Venice, Italy approximately 40 years prior. She assumed the man to be the Count's father. St. Germain, however, claimed this man to be himself and was able to describe in detail their prior meeting. The Countess astonished and Madame de Pompadour impressed, the Count quickly won over the courts of France and eventually found himself both befriended and employed by Louis XV as a diplomatic liaison.

 

True to his adventurous nature, Count St. Germain did not stay in Paris for an extended period. Over the next 40 years he continued to travel throughout Europe rubbing elbows with the elite until his supposed death in Germany in the year 1784. Like his origin, many pieces of St. Germain’s death remain obscure and don’t appear to fit the puzzle of his reported life. With the Count’s “passing” he left behind no money or bank accounts in which to speak. Left behind were none of the jewels that he was so fond. There were no musical instruments that a man of his talent would be thought to own. And for a man so knowledgeable, not a single book graced his library. All that remained of the Count were a few basic items of clothing. Vexingly, if one chooses to place St. Germain’s birth in the 1700s, a death in 1784 is well past the life expectancy of the era. The above, with all of its mismatched pieces, assumes that the Count did eventually meet death. Another theory, however, is that St. Germain moved on and continued his immortal travels. In support of this are reports that many have meet and known the man well into the 1900s.

 

One such report involves a man who arrived in New Orleans during 1903 taking up residency in the French Quarter. His name was Jacques St. Germain. It is said that Jacques claimed to be the descendent of a once famous aristocrat who was a very popular among the French high society during the 1700s. Jacques was described as being well dressed and well spoken. Those that met him say he was exceeding charming and artful with conversational tongue. He enjoyed entertaining guests and parties were the regular occurrence. His intelligence was unmatched. His ability to speak foreign languages was remarkable. His talent with a piano and violin was awe inspiring. He was a handsome gentleman of about 45 years of age and not a single individual that attended his many parties could recall him partaking in the food.

 

One evening, after a long night of entertainment, St. Germain invited a young woman back to his home located on 1041 Royal Street. St. Germain advanced on the woman, working his usual charm, that is, until he tried to bite her on the neck. Startled, the woman fled and went straight to the police. When the investigators arrived at St. Germain’s place, he was nowhere to be found. What they did find, nevertheless, was a bloodstained tablecloth and copious amounts of wine. Baffled and intrigued, the police investigated further. As they examined the bottles more thoroughly they found that the wine had been mixed with blood. This discovery sent the New Orleans police department on a hunt for what they believed to be a murderer. Eventually they found their efforts to be exhausted.

 

Our dear Count was never found.

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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