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MARDI

September 23rd

Crescent City Farmers Market
Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market

 

Michael Rubin: The Cottoncrest Curse
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author’s new mystery, set on a Louisiana plantation

 

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
Spotted Cat, 6.p.m.

Jazz singer with a vintage twist

 

Peter Abadie: Green in Judgement Cold in Blood
Garden District Books, 6-7:30p.m.
Abadie’s latest is about the motivations of assassins 

 

Stanton Moore Trio
Snug Harbor, 10p.m.

Moore, Singleton, and Torkanowsky play Frenchmen on Tuesdays in September ($15)

 

Die Rotzz, Planchettes, Fez, Liquor and Lies
Siberia, 10p.m.
NOLA garage punk rock & roll ($5)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Ft. Interior Decorating, Mystery Girl, Shock Patina, The Noise Complaints

MERCREDI

September 24th

6x6: Six 10-Minute Plays
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.

A staged reading perfect for short attention spans

 

Richard Buckner, HAWN
BEATnik, 8p.m.

California singer-songwriter

 

Ausemuteants, Giorgio Murder Orchestra, Trampoline Team
Saturn Bar, 9p.m.
Lo-fi synth punk on tour from Australia

 

Walter “Wolfman” Washington
d.b.a., 10 p.m.
Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week

 

Felice Brothers
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New York-based folk rock band, plus Spirit Family Reunion ($15)

 

Horse Thief
Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Psychedelic folk rock on tour from Oklahoma City ($5)

JEUDI

September 25th

Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4-8p.m.

This week ft. Russell Batiste and Friends, Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, Mike Soulman Baptiste

 

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Tim Laughlin and The New Orleans Review launch party

 

Emery Van Hook Sonnier: “Food as Medicine”
New Orleans Athletic Club, 7p.m.
Associate Director of famers’ market org discusses merits of eating local

 

A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)

 

N.O. Horror Film Festival
Indywood, 9p.m.

Tonight: opening party. Past films screen at 7

 

How to Dress Well
Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.
Minimalist neu-R&B singer Tom Krell’s one-mand band

 

The Geraniums
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Moody local rock foursome ($5)

 

Rue Fiya
Maison, 10p.m.
Feel-good music with influence “from Afro-Funk to Zydeco”

 

Big Freedia, Partners N Crime, 5th Ward Weebie
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Bounce all-stars celebrate Q93's DJ Ro’s Birthday

VENDREDI

September 26th

N.O. Horror Film Festival
Indywood, beginning 6p.m.

Tonight: shorts at 6, Savageland at 8, All American Horror at 10

 

Love in the Garden
NOMA, beginning 7p.m.

Fall gala includes a patron party, garden party, and late-night party

 

A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.

Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)

 

David Gray
Saenger Theatre
British alternative singer-songwriter ($40+)

 

Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 8p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Jungle, Beaty Heart
Republic, 9p.m.
London-based electronica funk ($18)

 

N.O. Beard and Mustache Championships
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Grow ‘em and show ‘em! ($15)

 

Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Eastern Sea
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.
Americana folk-rock from Deland, FL and Austin, TX ($9)

 

Flow Tribe
Blue Nile, 11p.m.
The next generation of New Orleans funk bands

 

My Neighbor Totoro
Prytania Theatre, midnight
Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved animated tale come to late night

SAMEDI

September 27th

Smithsonian Museum Day
Various museums, all day
16 local institutions offer free admission today

 

Blaze
Historic N.O. Collection, 10:30a.m.
Starring Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, and Jerry Hardin

 

N.O. Horror Film Festival
Indywood, beginning 12p.m.
Tonight: shorts at noon, Chrysalis at 2, The Perfect at 5, Tales of Poe at 7, & awards

 

Back to the Future
St. Patrick Park (4700 Baudin St.), sundown
N.O. Film Society presents Moonlight Movies

 

An Iliad
CAC, 7:30p.m.
Tony-winning actor Denis O’Hare retells Homer’s epic poem ($40)

 

A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)

 

1964: The Tribute
Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.
The world’s best Beatles tribute, according to Rolling Stone ($39+)

 

Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 8p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

The Airborne Toxic Event
Civic, 8p.m.
LA-based indie band known for exciting live shows ($20)

 

Odesza, Ambassadeurs
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Seattle ambient electronic music duo & DJ from Brighton, UK

 

John Mooney
Carrollton Station, 10p.m.
Blues and funk slide guitarist plays Uptown

 

Earphunk
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Local jam band’s CD release party ($14)

 

Papa Mali
d.b.a., 10p.m.
Singer-songwriter of the swamp draws from jazz, blues, & reggae ($10)

 

My Neighbor Totoro
Prytania Theatre, midnight
Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved animated tale come to late night

 

DIMANCHE

September 28th

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 2p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 4p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell (final performance)

 

Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium, 7:30p.m.
Night game. Geaux Saints!

 

An Iliad
CAC, 7:30p.m.
Tony-winning actor Denis O’Hare retells Homer’s epic poem ($40)

 

The Bad Plus
One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.
Jazz trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota ($25)

 

Less Is More
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Michigan-based folk pop ($5)

 

Smiley Ricks
d.b.a., 10p.m.
The chief leads Mardi Gras Indian practice on Frenchmen tonight (free)

 

KRS-One, Truth Universal, Marcel P. Black
Maison, 10p.m.
Bronx-based creator of conscious hip-hop since 1984


Palates of Penance

Archbishop Aymond Addresses Rules Bent for Lent: Gator, Fasting, and Faith



Two weeks ago, Catholics were tickled when a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond gave Lenten observers the go-ahead to eat alligator meat on the Fridays leading up to Easter. Since news outlets went public with the Archbishop’s 2010 response, questions have been circulating about where penitent parishioners can draw the line between meat and fish. 

 

 

Reason for the Season

According to Catholic teaching, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judean Desert following his Baptism. Followers fast on Fridays to emulate Jesus in the weeks leading up to Good Friday, the day on the Christian calendar on which Jesus dies on the cross. By abstaining from meat one day out the week, the faithful believe they are doing the least they can to honor their savior’s ultimate sacrifice. 

 

 

Furthermore, Lent is a time in which believers choose something of value to give up for 40 days. (For more on the tradition’s roots and the transition from Carnival into Lent, read more from NoDef’s piece on Ash Wednesday.)

 

 

Rarely is there a practice in South Louisiana that doesn't have its own local spin. Accordingly, local Catholics have found a way to turn a fast into a fest. For many, Lent isn’t as much about sacrifice as it is about culture, tradition, and community. Churches from Gentilly to Uptown invite hungry seafood lovers to gather on Friday afternoons and evenings during Lent, and volunteers and staff members cook up fish, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries, shrimp, and other non-carnivorous delights. Needless to say, these occasions are anything but solemn.

 

 

One of the city’s most famous fish fries takes place at Our Lady of the Rosary (3368 Esplanade Avenue).  In keeping with the leniency of Lent’s official rules, O.L.R. staff member and fish fry organizer Grace Donaud said, “It’s parishioners getting together to try to make our parish better.”

 

Diet Distinctions  

With Louisiana’s unique ecological makeup, dietary restrictions can be as murky as the swamps themselves. The likes of nutria, turtles, frogs, and a variety of meat broths blur the lines between fish and meat, posing questions for Lenten observers who want to stay good with God. Archbishop Aymond cleared up those questions in an interview with WWL radio personality Spud Mcconnell.

 

According to Aymond, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have determined that meat, “comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep, or pigs, all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat,” the document reads. Obvious at first, but it gets more interesting.

 

 

Lenten Loopholes 

Now that the pious have established that alligator meat is Friday-friendly, questions remain about what makes the amphibious flesh different from other swampy species.

 

 

“Fish are a different category of animal. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.”

 

 

USCCB okayed alligator, but nutria and other warm-blooded creatures that split their time between water and land are still off limits. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your chicken broth if you’re cooking a hearty vegetable soup for the family.

 

 

In the Aymond interview with Spud McConnell, the pair preemptively scolded Catholics who were in their cars, on their way to buy alligator sausage to freeze for Friday.

 

 

“You can’t cut your alligator sausage with pork,” McConnell laughed. Aymond agreed.

 

 

Although devoted diners can’t eat land-bound flesh directly, there’s no provision that bars them from to soaking up forbidden flavors.  Abstinence laws, “do not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat,” the USCCB declared. “Foods such as chicken broth, consommé, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings other condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden,” according to the USCCB.

 

 

 

Substance of Sacrifice

Despite the surprising allowances, holy leaders want observers to remember the crux of the issue. While the community component is important, USCCB urges fasters to ponder the meaning of the season.

 

“Moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste),” the USCCB document reads.

 

Aymond echoed the USCCB’s sentiments in his radio interview, and the religious figure asked believers to reflect on the gravity of their Lenten fast.

 

“We’re called to abstain and fast for penance,” Aymond continued. “Lent calls us to fast and pray in a very particular way, and when you begin to split all these little hairs, you need to stand back and say, ‘am I splitting hairs to live up to the letter of the law?’” Aymond reflected.

 

Instead of going through the motions, observers should use Lent as a time to ask themselves, “Am I doing penance during Lent? Is it penance that hurts me in some way so that my heart gets bigger to love God and to love others?” said Aymond.

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