Monday, September 18, 2017

NOAF hosts annual 'sex ed bingo' night Sept. 20

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM


New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF) hosts its annual sex ed bingo night fundraiser at Bayou Beer Garden Sept. 20.

NOAF is the local organization which raises money to assist low-income women who need an abortion; its bingo night features four rounds of bingo (obviously), fun sex trivia, comedy performances and networking for people interested in women's health care issues. If you're a bingo fanatic it's possible to buy extra cards with an additional donation. There are prizes for game winners.

This fundraiser also spotlights the Hyde Amendment, the 1976 law that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortion care in most cases — a regulation women's health advocates say disproportionately penalizes poor women.

Tickets are $20 and are available online. Extra bingo cards are $5. The event begins at 6 p.m.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival announces 2018 dates and lineup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell. - COURTESY SLU
  • Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns March 21-25, 2018, highlighted by speaker events, literary seminars and readings, theater performances, panels and other events.

Speakers include All Grown Up's Jami Attenberg, Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, Detroit and Airline Highway playwright Lisa D'Amour, and Walter Isaacson, among others.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will present the festival namesake's signature play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Maxwell Williams, and Southern Rep will run Williams' one-act And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, directed by Ricky Graham. The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans will present One Arm, Moises Kaufman’s adaptation of a Williams short story.

Williams' women characters are the focus of The Women of Williams, hosted by D'Amour and inviting women who have portrayed his characters to read his scenes and discuss his work.

There also are tribute readings, writing contests, and the simultaneous 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, the annual LGBT literary event.

Tickets go on sale in January. Visit the festival website for more information.

Friday, September 8, 2017

'Deafening Sound,' gallery show about domestic and sexual violence, opens at NOPA Sept. 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:15 PM


Photographer Annie Flanagan made the first image in her upcoming show about misogyny, domestic violence and sexual violence when she was 14.

She's been photographing one of her central subjects, a close friend who spent five years in an abusive relationship, for most of her life. "Deafening Sound," a show of photographs, artifacts and more documents that friend's experience and recovery. It also creates a larger narrative about gender-based violence and the experiences of American women.

"There's so much silence around rape, and there's so much silence around intimate partner violence," Flanagan says. "[The show is about] the deep roots of misogyny and rape culture in the United States."

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in September

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM


In September, the New Orleans literary scene picks up again after a traditional summer lull. There are readings, book release parties and reader's conventions throughout the month; here are a few highlights and picks.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Music Box Village announces fall 2017 schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Peaches performs with a full band Oct. 13 at the Music Box Village.
  • Peaches performs with a full band Oct. 13 at the Music Box Village.

The Music Box Village reopens in September for its second fall season since settling into a sprawling space in Bywater. The fall schedule opens with A Viper’s Dream by Ben Polcer and Amy Johnson in September, followed in October by electronic provocateur Peaches, backed by a band of New Orleans women artists.

Public hours are now free for Louisiana residents, and there also will be a "sunset happy hour" with a seasonal bar and weekend brunch with rotating pop-ups.

The village kicks off its new season with a free event from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16 with DJ Rusty Lazer.

Its September and October performances span music, dance and theater. Check the full schedule below.

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Southern Decadence events and parties scheduled this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM


Southern Decadence, New Orleans' exuberant annual celebration of LGBT culture, returns this weekend. Once you've assembled your ensemble (your glitter makeup, your hot pants, your rainbow pasties, your leather-and-metal harness), here's a five-day calendar of official and unofficial parties, drag shows and events to attend — including the don't-miss-it bawdy parade that takes place in the French Quarter Sunday.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Several comedy shows accept cash donations for Houston Food Bank this week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge.

Comedy shows throughout New Orleans this week will take donations (cash — don't bring your expired cream of mushroom cans) to benefit Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to send as many as 30,000 people to Texas shelters. Here's a calendar of participating shows you can hit up:

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's 'Tropical Blood Drive' party returns Aug. 27

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 11:46 AM


New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation, The Organ Grinders and The Blood Center host their annual free party, concert and blood drive at Tipitina's from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There's a bunch of entertainment and the party has an enjoyably tacky Hawaiian theme.

Five Blood Center buses will park outside the venue in an effort to collect 250 pints of blood from donors, which hospitals can use for as many as 3,000 blood transfusions, a release about the event said. Inside, there are music performances from a list of acts including Soul Brass Band, Bonerama, Nick Name & the Valmonts and DJ Fayard Lindsay. There also are appearances by several of the better-known marching groups, including Krewe of Rolling Elvi, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Roux La La, The MuffALottas, NOLA Cherry Bombs, Cosmonaughties and others, plus raffles and a limbo contest.

If you'd like to donate blood, you can pre-register with The Blood Center. Theme-appropriate costumes (your best grass skirt, perhaps?) are encouraged.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Gypsy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 10:29 AM


Gypsy has been called the quintessential American musical. Based on memoirs composed by the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the eight-Tony Award-winning play is presented this weekend by Tulane Summer Lyric Theater as the final show in its 50th anniversary season.

The blockbuster musical, written by Arthur Laurents with score by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, captures the difficult relationship between a single mother and her two daughters, who were performing vaudeville when variety shows succumbed to burlesque and talking pictures.

While Gypsy is essentially the story of a family struggling to survive on the cutthroat, theater circuit, it also is a portrait of the domineering Mama Rose (Elizabeth Argus), who is determined to make her girls the stars she wanted to be. Baby June, first played by Ellie Bono then by Tatum Ludlum as a teenager, performs the same saccharine song and dance routines year in and year out. Completely focused on promoting her child star, Rose refuses to let any in her troupe celebrate birthdays beyond 10, even when they’ve become young adults.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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