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Mercredi

January 28th

Gregory Alan Isakov

One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.

Isakov’s will be playing songs from his new album “The Weatherman”

 

Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Another home game for the win!

 

Dial M for Murder

Prytania Theatre, Noon

Hitchcock thriller in 3D!

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

A new breed of local brass gets the party going on Frenchmen

 

Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters

d.b.a., 10p.m.

This New Orleans bluesman often plays guitar with his teeth

 

Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Death metal bands unite in New Orleans ft. special guests

 

Mike Dillon

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Gasa's resident percussionist plus Brian Haas and James Singleton

Jeudi

January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5

       

Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event

 

Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas

 

 

Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”

 

Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


Alice Among the Sculptures: NOLA Project Opens 'Adventures in Wonderland'


In the NOLA Project's latest outdoor, theatrical romp, the NOMA Sculpture Garden is woven into Wonderland and the audience decides on their play. Then, there are the fart noises. Adventures in Wonderland, which opens Wednesday (May 7), seeks to pull the scenery and the crowd into the production for an immersive twilight journey through the land first dreamed up by Lewis Carroll in 1865.

 

For the NOLA Project, strict interpretations of Carroll's work and the unwritten rules of theatre are not in the cards. British accents remain intact, but company playwright Pete McElligott and director Andrew Larimer added some new faces and tinkered with story lines for the fresh adaptation designed to accommodate the space under the oaks, and the 2014 theatre-goer.

 

In McElligott's version, Alice gains a pair of sisters. Along with providing some added narrative thrust at the show's opening and closing, the siblings form the basis for the production's interactive slant from the outset.

 

Immediately upon passing from City Park to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, audiences are given a choice to follow Alice (Molly Ruben Long) on a fast track through the grounds (her costume includes running shoes to prove she's ready), or her sister Esther (Kyle June Williams) on a more moderately-paced walking path. For those who don't like their actors telling them where to go, pulling up a lawn chair to the Mad Hatter's tea party is also an option.

 

The separate, roving tales give the company a chance to incorporate a wider breadth of art into the production than in past collaborations with NOMA. In turn, the sculptures repay the favor by providing fresh ways to look at some of Carroll's famed characters.

 

For instance, a stop on Alice's jaunt includes the Garden's much-loved giant Spider. Housing the Carroll concocted caterpillar, Louise Bourgeois' work communicates the scale of the shrunken Alice, and the ominous nature of her predicament. Later, the Mock Turtle teaches George Segal's figures on benches, and the White Rabbit was spotted talking to a separate, hand-rendered turtle. Whether the sculptures are props or characters remains a mystery. But, like the disappearance of the queen's tarts, their mere presence only adds opportunities for wordplay and whimsy.

 

While time is always a little elusive in Wonderland, the approach of sundown during the second half of the show allows for an even more transporting feeling. The Cheshire Cat, played with cartoonish pluck by both Dylan Hunter and Ross Britz, gains a light on his colorful costume and suddenly becomes a little more sneaky when hiding in the bushes. Meanwhile, the illuminated sculptures provide the glow of a stage, with the added benefit of Spanish Moss swaying overhead. Providing further dimension, the characters maintain their poses even when they don't have an audience.

 

The room to roam and a constant silliness that would have been out of place in previous Shakespearean productions gives Wonderland a bristling energy that's made to reach beyond seasoned theatre-goers.With pleasing moments inserted for the whole family and three different viewings possible, the NOLA Project is undoubtedly hoping that New Orleanians fall down the rabbit hole more than once.

 

NOLA Project's Adventures in Wonderland runs May 7-25 at the New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Tickets are $18 for Adults, and $12 for NOMA Members, University Students, and Children (7 to 17).




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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

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock