As the city comes closer to the tenth anniversary of the devastation brought upon the region by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, memorials to the storm are popping up across the city. One such memorial will be a community art display hosted by the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals La-SPCA). The display will act not only as a way to remember the animal lives that were lost in the storm, but also as a fundraiser to give collars and microchips to the thousands of animals that the SPCA cares for each year.
By Michael Martin
Although I didn’t cover the Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s Incarnate before its brief run ended, I don’t want to let it pass without comment. This second collaboration between the festival and the performance art collective Compleat Stage was far and away the loveliest pastiche – whoever coined the phrase “devised theatre” should be weighted down with thesauri and tossed into a river – which I’ve seen in town. I hope it returns next season.
Most kids in NOLA enjoy summer as a time away from schooling the big yellow bus. However, a pair of ne’er-do-wells allegedly used summer recess as an opportunity to steal a school bus. The New Orleans Police Department ID’d a pair of suspects in the heist.
Satchmo SummerFest has one more day at the Old U.S. Mint, and for those adverse to trad-jazz, Breathe Carolina is bring electronica to Republic. Check out the Hi Ho for some laughs or screen a Kubrick master[piece at the Prytania. On this day in 1899, a fire swept through parts of Lake Charles and caused over $50,000 in damage. Now, more to do this Sunday.
Old U.S. Mint, 11:45a.m.
Last day to jam at Summerfest
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
Philly punk singer
Electronic rock from Denver
A Clockwork Orange
The Prytania, 10p.m.
Classic dystopian crime film
by Lucy Leonard
By now, you probably have your white linen outfit picked out and ready-to-go. But have you already mapped out your Whitney White Linen Night plan of attack? With attendance numbers nearing the 50,000 mark, this Saturday’s (8.1) event will be packed. You might want to decide ahead of time which galleries to check out and which restaurants are worth the wait. If you haven’t already figured all this out, don’t fear! NoDef has put together a comprehensive guide so that you can be totally prepared when the big night arrives.
During the golden era of Hollywood South, New Orleans was the setting for several bank heist movies. However, on Friday (7.31), First Bank and Trust (550 General DeGaulle Drive) on the West Bank was the scene of a real life bank robbery. According to authorities, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) quickly cracked the caper and apprehended a suspect.
Nothing is more pleasing to review than a show that changes my mind. So far my response to on-script ‘concert readings’ of pop-culture material, whether parodied or presented straight, has been a big ole “meh.” Along comes Four Sweater Vests with a double bill of material borrowed from adored television & film writer/producer Joss Whedon – most of the award-winning web series Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, followed by an abridged version of his famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling” – to make an irresistible argument that, for some tribute shows, concert readings are not just adequate but preferred. Full production of either of these charmers would only invite unpleasant comparisons to the big-budget originals and, given the lessened rehearsal commitment, the format allows high-octane talent to say yes.
This month, Magazine Street tapas restaurant, Salú Bistro and Bar, is hosting its second annual Mussel Fest. Salú is one of the city’s biggest sellers of mussels, and throughout the entire month of August, the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Dustin Brien, will be whipping up a special menu that highlights the many uses of the mollusks. This afternoon, Brien sat down with NoDef to bring you a more in-depth look at the month’s menu.
Happy White Rabbit Day! Today in New Orleans, celebrate the first day of August with festivals and music galore. Satchmo Summerfest rocks the Mint for its second day. The anxiously awaited Whitney White Linen is finally here, after which, the Revivalists play at Tipitina’s. If dealing with the heat sounds like too much, catch the Stanford Prison Experiment at Zeitgeist. On this day in 1684, LaSalle set out for the Louisiana Gulf Coast to establish a colony. Now, more to do this first day of August.
A couple taking a promenade along the river on Wednesday night discovered the body of Dave Hebron floating by the docks according to the New Orleans police Department (NOPD). The Fired Department arrived on the scene and recovered the corpse, ending a multi-agency search for the missing man.
New Orleans puts the Grrr in swinger, baby! Or at least it will this weekend (7.29-8.2). The annual Naughty in N’awlins lifestyle and swinger couples convention is back in New Orleans for its seventeenth year. Grab a partner…or a few… and leave your inhibitions at the door. The convention features parades, awards, seminars, erotic theme balls and sensuous fantasy playrooms, amongst other debaucheries activities.
Gentle reader, the mad blood burns as burning August drifts near. Crime spikes and tempers flare like sunspots. But let us not forget ourselves. New Orleans is a friendly and welcoming place more so than a violent one – with alcohol contributing to both, I should imagine. Let us then take this time to remember who we are, and treat a visitor to some refreshing hospitality. For nothing so salves the soul-boil of summer as a spot of good food, a cool drink, and a lively tune. And never was a venue finer for these fare than Chickie Wah Wah.
David Vitter and Barack Obama do not agree on much, but Steve Gleason has a way of transcending traditional boundaries. On Thursday (7.30) night, the White House announced that the POTUS signed Vitter’s Steve Gleason Act of 2015 (S.9804) into law. The new legislation will help provide crucial technology for Americans stricken with ALS.