The V Side: community, Elvis, drums, occult
THURSDAY / Community Call: St. Claude Main Street received a large national grant from ArtPlace. The purpose of the grant is to help build capacity for the St. Claude arts community, to develop programming focused on community engagement and education through art, and to unify and promote St. Claude arts. The scope of the grant will be shaped by the St. Claude arts community. St. Claude Main Street wants to strengthen the current infrastructure of the community, and wants to know your needs and desires at a St. Claude arts community meeting. They'll fine-tune the initiatives and programs around your comments and suggestions. So "Come Chat." Invite your friends. Light refreshments will be served. Thursday, June 28, 6 pm, Homespace Gallery, 1128 St. Roch Avenue.
THURSDAY / Bayou Boogaloo: Summer is on. Watch Elvis Presley on the big screen outdoors in the classic 1958 film King Creole, supposedly his favorite to perform. The role, originally written for James Dean as an adaptation of the book A Stone for Danny Fisher, was cancelled when Dean passed away, but reintroduced in 1957 for Elvis. The lurid film takes place in the French Quarter. New Orleans Film Society, the Louisiana State Museum, and the Louisiana Museum Foundation present King Creole. Thursday, June 28, 8:15 pm, Old US Mint, 400 Esplanade.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY / Keep the Beat: Two separate nights, you'll have the opportunity to hear the amazing, world-renowned percussionist Hamid Drake in two special celebrations-- one, of New Orleans musicians, and another of, more broadly, the Drum itself. Friday, hear a live recording session, "Healing Force," for a CD Ashé Cultural Arts Center is producing, with Germaine Bazzle, Kidd Jordan, and many others -- a "must-see" concert that will produce a "must-have" work of art. Then, return to Ashé Saturday to see Drake heal using the drum and worldwide rhythms, transforming community. International and Mardi Gras Indians percussionists will also perform. "Healing Force" recording session, Friday, June 29, 7pm - 10pm, Tickets $20. "Celebration of the Drum," Saturday, June 30, 7 pm - 9pm, Tickets $20. Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
SATURDAY / All Under One Roof: The poetic, ridiculous, intergalactic and ambiguous Secret Moonbase presents "Creature Comforts from Consumer Hell." We won't try to define the event, but we will list some of its offerings: "functionally deviant" "Pseudo-Occult Home Furnishing" by (the peculiarly Sci-Fi-sounding) Ryan S Ballard, Music by Ratty Scurvics, Burlesque by the Reverend Spooky LeStrange, an odd-fitting Timeshare presentation for a premier Lake O'Fire beachfront property, "Omni-Religious and Pan-Mystical Costumes," food and beer. Ballard says of his furniture to be revealed at the immersive, interactive, multimedia event, "My work is like cosmic candy that is full of the razor blades of truth." Saturday, June 30, 6 pm – 11 pm, the Old United Methodist Church at 1220 Felicity St. $6.66 donation or One Human Soul at door.
Happy Fourth of July weekend from NolaVie!
Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans people, places and events for NolaVie.