POSTED Fri. Jan 10, 2014

Theater fests, opera auditions and lots of good music

Theater fests, opera auditions and lots of good music
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

This is one of my weirder “what to do with your weekend” columns because tomorrow will be all playoff, all day, from tailgate sun up to boozy afternoon to the whiskey of either victory or despair in the evening. Which means I should take it easy tonight to prepare for the debauch tomorrow, and probably need to write off Sunday…

…take it easy? Who the hell am I kidding. We in this for the weekend.

1 New Play Bacchanal

The Southern Rep puts on the New Play Bacchanal the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand). Think of this as a dramatic arts extravaganza meets variety show; actors will perform selected Tennessee Williams pieces, conduct a play slam, host a panel discussion and engage in a staged reading of Greg Herren’s Grande Dames of New Orleans. At 10am on Saturday. Image courtesy of the Marigny Opera House.

2 History in the (re)making

This year marks the 199th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. We’ve written on the significance of that engagement, it’s relationship to the German Coast Uprising (which also occurred on this date, in 1811) and the activities commemorating both events here out in Chalmette. A nice way of adding some historical context to a football-heavy weekend. Images courtesy of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve.

3 Karrin Allyson at Snug Harbor

It’s not like Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) ever has a weak lineup, but on Saturday (Jan 11) they’re bringing out some particularly impressive talent with living jazz impresario Karrin Allyson, who has four Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album under her belt. Listen to an interview she recently gave to WWNO here. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

4 Dinerral Shavers Education Fund Brass Band Blowout

We always like it when music and a good cause can mix, especially when the music is great and the cause is particularly just. To that end, at 10pm on Saturday night you may want to check out the annual fundraising Brass Band Blowout for the Dinerral Shavers Education Fund at the Howlin’ Wolf (907 S Peters). Shavers (pictured above) was a local musician, band director, entrepreneur and member of the Hot 8 Brass Band who was gunned down at the end of 2006. The DSEF, established in 2007, provides financial opportunities and programs for young New Orleanians. The line-up for this one will be tough to beat: The Hot 8, Shamarr Allen, Brass-A-holics, 5th Ward Weebie, Stooges, TBC, Pinettes, Free Agents, Baby Boyz and New Breed brass bands. Image courtesy of the Hot 8 Brass Band and the Dinerral Shavers Education Fund.

5 American Opera Idol

Got a set of pipes? Are you vocally classically trained? If so – or if not, and you just want to show off your stuff – The Metropolitan Opera (yes, the Met) is holding open auditions in New Orleans on Saturday (10am) and Sunday (1:30pm). At the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola (6363 St. Charles Ave). Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

6 Friends of Lafitte Corridor meeting

On Sunday, the New Orleans Sierra Club and Friends of Lafitte Corridor are meeting to discuss the pubic green space, which – one of these days – will connect the Quarter to Bayou St John. At the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine) at 6:30pm. Image courtesy of Friends of Lafitte Corridor.


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