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Defender Picks



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



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



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


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


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


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



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



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



July 1st


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


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



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



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



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


Orpheus Ascending

Marigny Opera Ballet Makes a Winning Return to 'Orfeo'

The Marigny Opera Ballet ends its third season this weekend with a reprise of “Orfeo,” choreographer Maya Taylor’s visual retelling of the story of star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. Featuring Taylor’s choreography set to original music composed by Tucker Fuller, the ballet’s original run in 2015 was met with sold-out crowds. NoDef was in attendance for the final dress rehearsal ahead of Friday night’s opening at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.). The company’s three-night-only return to the Greek myth is a wholly compelling, powerful performance guaranteed to repeat the same success.


The two-act ballet explores the centuries-old love story between Orpheus/Orfeo, the son of Apollo, and mortal Eurydice, whose wedded bliss is cut short when she is bitten by a poisonous serpent and sent to the Underworld. The entire second act focuses of Orfeo’s efforts to rescue his bride from Pluto and Proserpina, the King and Queen of the Underworld. As the tale goes, Orfeo wins the right to take Eurydice back to the land of the living, but his look back at his wife causes the spirits of the dead to drag her into hell again for all eternity. 


At its heart, the myth expounds the power of the artist. Orpheus, who possesses the power to charm all living creatures with his music, travels with gilded lyre in hand to save Eurydice and successfully softens the hearts of the King and Queen of the Underworld. The live musical accompaniment to “Orfeo,” performed by the New Resonance Orchestra with Francis Scully as conductor, functions as a Greek chorus of sorts. The thirteen-piece orchestra acts in service to the action on stage as well as molding the emotions of each scene — nurturing each moment of affection between the lovers, heightening the terror as Eurydice is pulled back into the depths of the Underworld. 



Perhaps most fitting for the story’s ode to the power of art, “Orfeo” successfully showcases the expressive power of dance in communion with live music and the performers’ near-theatrical expressions of drama that plays out on each of their faces. Lauren Guynes, the female lead of “Orfeo,” found the experience one that demanded a myriad of artistic capabilities. “At first, I approached the part from the perspective of dance,” she said. “To see how movement could tell this myth. But as we went on, Maya [Taylor] encouraged us to carefully think about our characters, explore what they would be thinking and feeling. It’s such an emotional story, and it’s challenging at times to exist within that tragedy — even if for an hour.” 


Guynes, a pixie Cyd Charisse in appearance, takes on the doomed wood nymph alongside fellow newcomer Joshua Bell in the role of Orfeo. In her first season with the Marigny Opera Ballet, she is a delight to watch each moment she is on stage. Her Eurydice flutters with excitement over the all-consuming nature of youth and affection. Bell moves with confidence, as much in command of his dance as Orfeo is of his lyre. The pair moves fluidly and eagerly together, sharing a believable performance of budding love. 



Edward Spots performs the dual roles of the Serpent and Pluto, King of the Underworld. He is a spectacular performer to watch, effortlessly moving from a teasingly evil dance at the end of the first act before commanding the attention fit of royalty throughout the entire second act. The sparring dance between Spots as Pluto and Bell in particular is arresting. The role of Proserpina will be split between two performers — Kellis McSparring Oldenburg, who originated the role during the 2015 run, will perform the Friday and Sunday shows. Gretchen Erickson, who took the role during the dress rehearsal and set to take the role Saturday night, is a performer of absolute ferocious intensity. Returning from the original run in addition to Oldenburg and Erickson are Ashlie Russell and John Bozeman. Newcomer Christian Delery completes the cast.



For choreographer Maya Taylor, this mix of returning players and newcomers to the company created a unique sense of energy to the production that strengthened the ballet, while also giving the story of Orfeo a whole new life. “It feels very different from the last run, because our chemistry is so different. New interpretations are being brought to the roles, new shades are brought to the story.” Taylor noted the show will go through another rebirth when the curtains open Friday evening. “Show energy is so different than rehearsal energy,” she said. “The way the audience reacts to the performance, it creates something completely different.” 


It is a bittersweet moment for Taylor, as the final performance of “Orfeo” also marks the end of her time as the Marigny Opera Ballet’s choreographer and rehearsal director. “I always tell the dancers that by the time we get to the performance, it is in their hands,” she shared just hours before Friday’s opening. “I’m excited, I have butterflies in my stomach. But this show is theirs now.” 


"Orfeo," Marigny Opera Ballet

Tickets: $35 General / $25 Students

Friday (4.14), 8PM

Saturday (4.15), 8PM

Sunday (4.16), 8PM

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