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MARDI

August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria

 

DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 
 

MERCREDI

August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint

 

The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health

 

Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert

 

Trainspotting

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show

 

Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party

JEUDI

August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ

 

Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band

 

Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group

 

Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman

VENDREDI

August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

Feat. The Pfister Sisters

 

Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels

 

More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets

 

Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne

 

Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster

 

Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers

SAMEDI

August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments

 

New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head

 

Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series

 

Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers

 

Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace


Up in the Old Hotel

La Concierge Solitaire at Elm Theatre, Reviewed



This week St. Francisville Transitory Theatre (SFTT) remounted a production of La Concierge Solitaire, a one woman show featuring a wild and entertaining cast of characters.  

 

Currently onstage at the Elm Theatre, the production has been a work in progress between playwright Matthew Morris and director Andrew Farrier since 2009. With a fresh yet professional air, the SFTT team made a show that can give as much as you ask from it, whether a solipsistic questioning of the world or just one good night out on the town.

 

The performer, Cecile Monteyne, continues her high-caliber work in New Orleans, including the recent work of the improv duo machine A.  Making use of her extensive training -- from Tulane to SITI Company to the Upright Citizens Brigade and beyond -- her precision in physical technique becomes the necessary cornerstone for a show that demands over seven characters from one performer. Monteyne beautifully manages the cast with a distinct vocalization and physicality for her characters, and merges conversations between and among  them with a choreography that pleases and impresses.

 

Props also help audience members keep track of unfolding events as they become stand-ins for characters at the Chateau d’Or Hotel, a seemingly timeless hotel that has its roots in the exquisite roar of the 1920s.  A cigarette holder becomes the owner’s wife; a briefcase becomes the pathetically lost anthropologist.

 

While these objects give a physical presence to the character, the color comes from the performance.  In the playwright’s note, Morris cites his “love of silent and early sound cinema” as the basis for his “desire to tell a story through gesture alone.”  Monteyne’s subtleties accomplish just that, whether the curled hand of an Eastern European wannabe pimp or the wrong-side-of-town accent of the Parlor Maid.

 

The play begins with the Concierge contemplating leaving a dark room existing in shambles: lights overturned, curtains askew, and memories of yesteryear strewn about the floor. The faintest tap tap tap on a suitcase conveys to the audience a sense of nervous indecision. As the play continues, we find that we are witness to innards of the concierge’s mind.

 

That said, the question of how the events related in the play actually unfolded is never addressed. Far from being a problem, this absence of certainty makes the concierge’s various performances all the more entrancing, as the audience can believe the hotel suffered a range of fates, from a mass exodus to Mexico or closure due to the slaying of a cinema star.

 

The production also features effective sound and music cues.  Sometimes a storm, sometimes the excitement of swing music, the sounds aid the audience in following the rhythm of the show.  Often, Monteyne’s performance would pause as the lights and audio would dim and then rise, allowing her concierge to re-perform and slightly alter the way events unfold.  Whether this is the concierge’s wish of how a certain night may have gone or whether its the rambling musings of an insane information-desk person, one could never tell. 

 

St. Francisville Transitory Theatre has been producing works, including seven original texts, since 2003.  The company takes its name from “its mascot, the Transi-tortoise, who always carries his home on his back.”  Following SFTT one sees Thronton Wilder, Shakespeare, and original work all performed in venues ranging from a trailer to Le Chat Noir.  For this production, the Elm Theatre provides a wonderful venue for the one-woman show, as it seats only a couple dozen guests.  The crowd, however doesn’t seem to mind close quarters as they share laughs and a fun evening of theatre.

 

Overall La Concierge Solitaire offers a well-produced theatrical event, complete with laughs and fleshed-out characters performed by a talented and well trained performer. And for those who wish to hurt their brains trying to figure out the nature of inter-human interaction and their impact on the psyche, there is something there for you too.

 

La Concierge Solataire plays at Elm Theatre (220 Julia St.) Wednesdays-Saturdays from Jan. 11-25. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Find ticket information here.

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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.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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