R.J. Tsarov's Always Saturday runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at AllWays Lounge. Reviewed by Dalt Wonk.
Gulliver’s travels in psychedelia? Neurotica? Schizophrenia? Your guess is as good as mine. Playwright/director R.J. Tsarov lived up to his billing as a master of the macabre with Always Saturday, recently on the boards at the AllWays Lounge.
The Gulliver in question is an unassuming guy named Mike (Andrew Larimer), who earns money by participating in test trials for new drugs. He’s signed up to try Always Saturday, a boutique pharmaceutical intended to treat depression, schizophrenia and other disorders. The test will last 28 days and pay thousands, but Mike quickly finds lab conditions far more draconian than One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Need some fashion inspiration for upcoming Mardi Gras parties? Looking for ways to stretch your fashion dollars or save the Earth by recycling old clothes into new?
You can get those ideas — or buy runway fashions by local designers — at the Bridge House’s second annual Recycled Fashion Show Friday, Feb. 4, at the Howlin’ Wolf (907 S. Peters St.).
(Routes for both parades after the jump!)
Our friends at the Houston Press have created a great infographic called "The United States of Beer," which assigns one beer to each state in the union — from Alaska to Florida, from Red Hook to Keystone Light.
Their choice for Louisiana? The venerable Abita. Fortunately for us, we've got lots of other good choices now — but it's hard to argue with the granddad of brewpub culture. Here's some of the Press' rationale behind the other states:
Florida gets saddled with MGD Light 64 because it's the beer we imagine bikini-clad Miami Beach babes drinking to stay slim. And still other states have frustratingly outdated liquor laws, like Alabama and West Virginia. Those states were penalized by being "awarded" awful, low-ABV brews like Keystone Light and Natural Light, as these are some of the only beers that can lawfully be sold in these pitiful states. Mississippi, however, was rewarded for its persistence in fighting the man with breweries like Lazy Magnolia.
Here's the map (created by Monica Fuentes). For a bigger version, click on over to the Press.
Sissy bounce rappers have attracted national media attention since Alison Fensterstock penned a cover story for Gambit in August 2008. Vanity Fair and the New York Times have both published features on the local performers. Now Katey Red is trying to make her first music video. Local director David S. White is fundraising to get the project moving with a Kickstarter campaign. Follow the link to see some preview footage.
Rather than leaving Gambit readers hanging any longer, we'll tell you: We weren't able to come to terms with Chris for 2011, so he's written his last column for us. Chris is a strong local voice, though, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up elsewhere on the New Orleans media scene, fairly soon.
We wish him well.
Happy Thursday! Gambit entertainment guru Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly stop on today's WWL Eyewitness Morning News, where he broke down all the things going on around town this weekend. Among them: the "listening party" for Paul Sanchez's musical adaptation of Dan Baum's book Nine Lives, Yo La Tengo at Tip's (read Noah's interview with the band here), The Pearl Fishers at the Mahalia and King Britt's remix of Sister Gertrude Morgan's gospel album (Alex Woodward's interview with King Britt is here). And there's more in the video:
Tonight, music production whiz King Britt hosts the first of three evenings at the Contemporary Arts Center as sort of an artist-in-residence and guest lecturer. His subject: the late Sister Gertrude Morgan, the New Orleans folk artist, gospel singer and "evangelist and prophet," Britt says. His 2005 album King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan fuses her original gospel recordings with his beat production and a live band.
Britt's free lecture is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the CAC. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan,. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets $20. (Find them here.) Britt also screens the short film Searching for ... Sister Gertrude Morgan, filmed in 2005 before the levee failures. "There are so many things to see," Britt says of the film, "that people may miss."
Below the jump: More from the Gambit interview with King Britt and music from King Britt Presents.
Just a little shameless plug before the weekend: Gambit photographer Jonathan Bachman and I, along with experienced audio engineer Michael Seaman, have been working on a documentary chronicling the history and culture of contemporary brass band music for over a year.
Check out the trailer above and please take a moment to check out our blog, our Facebook and our Twitter for latest updates and to read about our interview yesterday with Tom Piazza, who wrote City of Refuge and Why New Orleans Matters and is currently working with HBO's Tremé.
Thanks for the support!
The legendarily free-spirited and charming William David Pearlman, better known as Poppa Neutrino, died Sunday. The documentary above, Random Lunacy, chronicles some of his adventures on land and sea, and many New Orleanians know him and his family band from playing on the streets of the French Quarter. Daughter Ingrid Lucia grew up at the front of the band. She posted an open letter about her father on Preservation Hall's blog. Information about the funeral is posted here.
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