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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
The Burly Beat
October in New Orleans. Is there anything sexier? Breezy, but still balmy, the air redolent with smells of hot glue and last year’s dusty costumes, dragged out from their closeted confines to be mined for spare parts, or resurrected with a fresh coat of gold spray paint. That’s right, loves: Halloween, the unofficial holiday of burlesque.
An excuse for spectacle, parody, and costume worship? Check and check; this month’s calendar is chock full of all the above. Now, who’s ready to see a few costumes tossed to the floor? Shall we?
Fleur de Tease kicked the season off early with a show at One Eyed Jack’s last week, drawing a solid crowd for a dozen spooktacular numbers (keep count, kittens, this week is a veritable pun-kin patch. Zing!). The cast welcomed several guests to the stage, including Ken “Sharky” Braden, a photographer and general man about the lindy scene who showcased his two-stepping skills playing bored wolf to Natasha Fiore’s domme-y Riding Hood. Madame Mystere also invited a guest—her real life fella and husband to be, who donned a matching pumpkin head to dance in a characteristically cute and clever opening act. The masks continued throughout the night—Roxie LeRouge creeped us all out with a demonic baby faced Danzig tribute, and Bella Blue, in an elegant and emotional duet with Skin Horse Theatre's Evan Spiegelman, transformed her features with a Tim Burton-esque sugar skull and matching body paint from head to toe.
The theatre geek in me always thrills to see the velvet curtains and light rig of OEJ used to good effect, and last week’s show didn’t disappoint. In the second male striptease of the evening (Dennis Monn’s show stealing undead draglesque to Whitney Houston being the first), host Chris Lane performed an awkward peel on a nearly blacked out stage, his garters and veil glowing white and terrifying. Rounding out the evening were the always electric Mystic Ponies as supple-limbed skeletons in bright aerial silks. Sarah the Bobcat later performed a lyra solo, whose technical virtuosity outshined the loose connection to the evening’s theme.
Scarily of all, if you missed it, you missed it. The perennial complaint for all burlesque offerings in this city is the one night runs, it’s true. But don’t go drinking the Drano yet, friends. There’s still two weeks left to scare your little panties off, and plenty of shows to tingle and terrify.
Reverend Spooky LeStrange, one of the stalwarts of the DIY burly scene, brings a rotating cast of her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls each Thursday night to their new home in Mid-City, the Bayou Park Bar. A working knowledge of the Twilight canon might be a prerequisite for this evening’s entertainment; the theme for October is Vampyres vs. Werewolves. Her cast will welcome visiting guests Tomahawk Tassels (Minneapolis) and Torchy Taboo (Atlanta) with live music by chanteuse Alabama Lee and DC Von Helsing.
My home troupe, Slow Burn Burlesque, take the stage at the Howlin’ Wolf on October 15 for Show Ghouls, our annual blood and babes extravaganza. Returning this year are ghoulish group numbers and fancy fog machines, but we’ll be bringing in some fresh meat as well: Little Luna, courtesy of Baltimore’s Gilded Lily Burlesque, a fine performance artist sure to get your frontal lobe feeling itself. Now clearly, this writer is biased as a witch in a candy house, but I’m proud to lure you in with promises of zombies, ass-shaking ghosts, creepy marionettes, and the beautiful aerial debut of Lady Ginger Licious as a haunting vision in white.
Next week, scrappy upstart Natasha Sriracha returns to the Dragon’s Den for another installment of Razor Blade Waltz Revue on October 22. Eschewing their typical blood and gore, the Waltzers are mounting a disturbing tribute to “Furries.” Humping bunnies, bestial tea parties, and a Steve Irwin styled host to guide you through the evening. All comers get a door prize and a chance to win a t-shirt, and I’m pretty sure that some vivid nightmares are included in the price of admission as well. Shudder!
Speaking of freaks, Freakshow to Geaux presents Circus of the Damned at the All Ways Lounge on Halloween night. Live music from the Dimestore Troubadours and friends, plus performances from local and national acts makes this a good port in the storm on your drunken escape from the Greek invasion of Frenchman Street. Natasha Fiore, Madame Mystere, and Dennis Monn will reprise their acts from last Sunday’s FDT show, and ringleader Kali will perform a knife dance, oooh girl! Joining the fearsome festivities will be Audacity Leigh of Grotesque Burlesque (Dallas) and snake charmer and belly dancer, Nikki LeVillain (New Haven, NYC).
So boys and girls, check those apples for razor blades and head out to the scarytime stripper show. Oh, and honeys, if you need a break from the thrills and chills, be sure to check out Bella Blue’s Dirty Dime Show on October 22 at the All Ways. The midnight show tends to be low on unifying theme, but high on edgy envelope pushing (translation: full frontal, ya’ll).
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