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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)

 

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

 

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

 

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

SAMEDI

September 27th

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)


Painting Aaron Neville: JazzFest Poster Artist James Michalopoulos Talks 'Heart Song'


When James Michalopoulos was approached to create the 2013 Jazz Fest poster, he of course accepted. Trading architecture for portraiture, the renowned New Orleans artist momentarily set aside his celebrated shotgun house illustrations to portray Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers, an exemplar of New Orleans soul and R&B, who also happens to turn 72 years young today.

 

“This is my sixth Jazz Fest poster,” said Michalopoulos.  “I paint figurative works. It’s something that I very much enjoy doing.” 

 

As Michalopoulos knows, painting a face, especially a famous one, involves much more than just getting the features right.  For a sitter like Aaron Neville, conveying character and spirit are equally important as getting the proportions right.        

 

“I think the most critical element is to be available to be schooled by the subject and I approach it that way,” said Michalopoulos. “If you’re feeling copasetic you begin to be open to what that person’s about.” 

 

For Michalopoulos, communicating Neville’s spiritual nature, a dominant part of his character, was most important.  

 

“One of the things that comes across to me most powerfully is that his music and his singing is about him practicing release.  He is expressing freedom, so he is a challenge in that regard,” said Michalopoulos.

 

Michalopoulos, who has had the advantage of knowing the Neville with the golden pipes for years, not only looked to the subject himself, but also to his music.  

 

“I spent a long time going over his music and I have interacted with him directly. The thing that was most moving for me was spending the time with his music and in particular the song ‘Bird on a Wire,’” said Michalopoulos.

 

The Leonard Cohen cover comes through clearly in the painting’s background. Doves scatter above Aaron as if reacting to his song.  Their white offsets the deep blues and purples. Aaron throws his head up in a sort of ecstasy, as if the music has completely enveloped him. His eyes are closed, yet his hand knows where to strike the tambourine.    

 

“He did a marvelous rendition of [the song].  He’s done several.  I just found myself lost in that. I took it as an exemplar of his expression and his artistic life and that’s kind of what motivated me,” said Michalopoulos.  

 

After successfully representing the elements that make Aaron Neville Aaron Neville, Michalopoulos aptly named his portrait Heart Song.  

 

“I think he’s all heart and that is so evident when he’s singing,” he said.  “He’s just lost in it and I tried to convey that and his rising up and his lost-ness that is so evident when he’s in the middle of his music.” 

 

That’s what Jazz Fest is all about. Getting lost in the music even if only for a couple hours.

 

JazzFest posters are available at art4now.com.




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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

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

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