It all happened so innocently, my love for riotgrrl queens Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, collectively and arguably better known as Sleater-Kinney. While living in Austin in the late 90s, I wanted to attend an in-store performance at Waterloo Records by this well-regarded female rock trio which at the time I had never heard of. Unable to make the event I sprung for a copy of their third studio album, Dig Me Out, and lost my mind. Just lost it. What was this sound? Who were these ladies? The hungry, urgent beats, the sharp, frenetic guitar work, and the layered, waling vocals. And the lyrics? Each song was a visual field infused by carefully chosen wording arcing in harmony. I was hooked, taken, even smitten, and I wanted more.
Southern Rep Theatre will begin offering preview performances this week and the official opening night on Saturday of “Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project,” an original musical production inspired by asking locals in New Orleans the question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?”
The Rosa Keller library in Broadmoor will host a reading and book signing tonight (Monday, April 13) with two New Orleans authors who were awarded the 2014 Library Choice Awards for fiction and non-fiction.
Loyola University New Orleans will host a free performance of “The Diary of One Who Vanished,” 60 years after the last production of this play in New Orleans.
Marcus St. Julien, a music professor at Loyola University, will present a free “Bach at the Organ” concert this Sunday, April 12, at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church.
Tulane University’s English Department is sponsoring a spring symposium Thursday featuring a panel of distinguished critiics discussing the latest work in Eudora Welty studies and criticism, as well as a performance of Welty’s short story “Why I live at the P.O.”
On Saturday afternoon, people packed onto Freret street for the annual Freret Street Festival. Food, music and arts and crafts lined Freret from Soniat down to Napoleon. Local vendors like Woody’s Fish Tacos, Boucherie and Liberty Cheesesteak provided food. There were three stages of music featuring artists like Cha Wah, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Company, Billy Iusso and the Restless Natives amongst others.
Pianist Jeannette Fang and virtuoso bassoonist Scott Bartlett will perform a free concert of both solo and chamber works at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall.
Music enthusiasts will have another opportunity to shop for cassettes, 45s, LPs and CDs this weekend when more than 20 record stores across the South participate in a one-day Record Raid event at Zeitgeist.
The Ashe Cultural Arts Center will host the fourth annual Redd Linen Night this weekend to celebrate the legacy of its co-founder, visual artist Douglas Redd.
Loyola University will be holding an invitational band festival today, with Colonel John Bourgeois joining the Loyola University Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. for a free, public concert.
The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild for the New Orleans Opera Association will host a spring party for children.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans will host its wildly popular fundraising street party, the 16th annual Fête Française, on Saturday, featuring various musical performances and restaurants providing food and drink with a French flair.
The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center.
Toby Miller, a social scientist and author, will speak at Tulane tonight about uses for electronic waste.
On Sunday afternoon, plumes of feathers, the ring of tambourines and the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras Indians’ hand-stitched suits filled the streets of Central City under pristine blue skies. Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city met at A.L. Davis park on LaSalle and Washington for the annual Super Sunday celebration.
The BUKU Music + Art Project came to a close Saturday evening (Mar. 14) with performances by Raury,Ghostface Killah with BADBADNOTGOOD, and ILoveMakonnen, as well as performances by Passion Pit, Bassnectar and other acts.
The Nix Library will be hosting several different events in the month of March, which will include a career workshop with Jessica Rareshide and also a wine tasting and poetry reading by Nigirerian poet Niyi Osundare.