The V Side: It's my birthday, too, yeah
We turned 1! Thanks for celebrating with us this week , and be sure to check out these offbeat entertainment options from NolaVie, including our partners New Orleans Opera and CAC New Orleans, and our special event with NOLA Art House Music.
THURSDAY / Plot your entrance: A musical feat, to say the least, and a lineup that seems almost too good to be true, "Plot Your Escape," is a simulated event in four places and so-called “ultimate free concert.” At 7:00 p.m., CST, at Woldenberg Park, musicians (reportedly Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw) will perform a free live concert. Simultaneously, Mariah Carey will perform with special guest Diddy at Gotham Hall in NYC, Maroon 5 will perform with Sara Bareilles at Chicago Union Station, and Cee Lo will perform at Los Angeles’ Hollywood & Highland. The concerts will also be available via live streaming and broadcast in some capacity on Jimmy Kimmel. With limited tickets available at Ticketmaster, my guess is the head count will reach capacity in minutes so be ready. NolaVie contributor Brianna Smyk has already plotted her entrance-- look for a follow-up photo gallery by her next week on NolaVie. March 1, 2012, 1 Canal Place.
FRIDAY / Keep your head: Don't lose it over what to do Friday night! After the New Orleans Opera's opening night of Richard Strauss' Salome, you'll leave glad to still have your head, and all its contents intact, if a little exercised. The celebrated Oscar Wilde play tells the biblical story of King Herod's obsession with his "wildly temperamental stepdaughter," Salome. Lecherous King Herod is forced to grant Salome’s special demand "in payment for her performance of the famous Dance of the Seven Veils – the head of John the Baptist on a platter!" Leave the kids at home for this one-- Salome's dance is widely considered the most sensual eight minutes of music in opera. Friday, March 2, 2012, 8pm. Mahalia Jackson Theater. Tickets 504-529-3000.
FRIDAY / Soak up the sun: Tulane University will host a free outdoor concert friday afternoon for those who love blasting dreamy electronic music and twitchy light show spectacles. Two Canadian musicians, Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, and Born Gold, will perform in the afternoon. Montreal-based singer and keyboardist Grimes was listed under Best New Music by Pitchfork upon the release of Visions, her 2012 album pairing light vocals and deep beats. Born Gold, also from Canada, will feature their "crunching house beats and overdriven synth lines" (Phoenix New Times). Outdoors at Tulane's Pocket Park, and completely free? We're not sure how many of Born Gold's signature light appendages will be visible in the bright sun, but even if 80's-sounding pop vocals mixed with electronic beats isn't your thing, take advantage of the awesome venue!
SATURDAY / A Sistahood we can all agree on : Saturday, March 3, 2012 Sisters Becky Beaullieu Valls & Babette Beaullieu present "Memoirs of the Sistahood—Chapter Three: Ave Maria." These ladies have so far had several incarnations of the Sistahood, a series of multi-disciplinary works of dance, performance art, sculpture and film based on the memoirs of Valls and Beaullieu who grew up in a large Catholic family in 1950s New Iberia, LA. Chapter Three studies motherhood, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and humorous tales of growing. Choreographer Becky Beaullieu Valls of Houston, sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans, and filmmaker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage collaborate on the multifaceted tale that promises to cheer, teach, provoke, and remind of youth. Saturday, March 3, 8pm. Contemporary Arts Center, $20 General Admission, $15 Students/Members.
SATURDAY / Make it an evening: NolaVie and NOLA Art House Music present a one-night-only jazz performance. Head to the Warehouse District starting at 6 p.m. for the first-Saturday art openings along Julia Street, and stop by the NolaVie table for a slice of birthday cake to celebrate the cultural website's first anniversay. Then stick around for some sublime jazz. Edward Anderson, John Bagnato, Michaela Harrison, Ricky Sebastian, Eduardo Tozzatto, and Jason Weaver will perofrm at l'Entrepot, a chic new creative arts space next door to Carmo Cafe. This outstanding group comprises "six of the most talented musicians in New Orleans." We wouldn't have our birthday cake any other way! Hope to see you there. Saturday, March 3, 8pm. L'entrepot, 527 Julia St.