The V Side: Foburg Fest plus film, wine and theater
The V Side offers these offbeat entertainment options for the weekend:
THURSDAY / Roll the credits : Why not give women a little credit? March 8 was set aside in 1911 and deemed International Women's Day by the United Nations. Though celebrating the accomplishments of women need not be confined to a day, it is in this spirit that the 2012 WIFTI (Women in Film and Television International) hosts the best of women's short films from around the world tonight. The organization works "for Healthier, Fairer, Better representation of woman and girls in media." Thursday, March 8, 7 - 9 p.m., Tulane University
FRIDAY / Broadcast news: Don't touch that dial. The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum is giving audiences a front row seat to radio's golden age with a return engagement of its award-nominated sweet and swing-y musical On the Air, beginning Friday. On the Air, which premiered last year, is nominated for three Big Easy Theater Awards. Written by the Canteen’s Director of Entertainment, Victoria Reed, and award-winning actor, writer and director Sean Patterson, On The Air is a rollicking rendition of a live radio broadcast on Mother’s Day, 1945, created especially for the venue. The cast of five includes a singing W.A.C., a boisterous bandleader, and a fiery torch singer who can belt the blues. The live band brings the '40s to life with a timeless musical score, comedy and more. It’s a trip back in time and guests will love coming along for the ride as the live studio audience at the imagined New Orleans radio station, WSDC. On the Air runs through May 27, 2012. Friday, March 9, 2012, 6-6:30 p.m. dinner seating, 8 p.m. show. Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. Tickets $60 Adult dinner and show, $50 under 12 dinner and show, $30 show only. Read about last year's production here and here.
SATURDAY / Getting down to business: It's certainly time to get down to the business of fests. Foburg Fest on Frenchmen Street offers an incredible array of musicians from near and far. What's more, festival organizer the noirCollective (New Orleans Indie Rock Collective), a group of music industry professionals dedicated to raising awareness of and building an infrastructure for the New Orleans Indie Rock scene, has added comedy and film to the Fest's roster of cultural plenitude. One "ivory-pounding" headlining band this year has warranted special mention by NolaVie contributor and Live Music Blog: NOLA editor Wesley Hodges. Roddy offers "a riotous live show full of fleet-fingered piano trills, yowled choruses, soul, sweat, and the headbanging Gordon's bluesy solos" (SPIN). Also performing at the Maison are The Features, David Vandervelde and Coyotes. Saturday, March 10, 9 p.m., Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.
MONDAY / A wine and dining opus: If you're in that fest-ive mood, and you're looking to really treat yourself to something "relaxed, fresh, inventive, and a little sexy," the French Quarter Wine Festival's first intimate evening highlighting one of the nation's best wineries is Monday. Considered by many to be America’s first growth, Opus One is a legendary winery whose name is synonymous with perfection and harmony. Join Karen D’Amour for an exquisite dinner with these popular wines from California. The menu features quail eggs, two ducks, filet mignon, bread pudding ... a culinary opus to pair perfectly with the California vintage. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St. Tickets $201.11. Read a candid interview with La Meritage chef Michael Ferrell here.
MONDAY / Cover girls: For those on Toulouse Street on Monday nights with a little less change in their pockets than is needed for the FQ Wine Fest, Wesley Hodges names Girls another band not to miss at Foburg Fest. Girls is a two-piece indie rock band (two men) out of San Francisco, whose sound the New York Times has compared to Elvis Costello, The Beach Boys, and Buddy Holly. If the description of their highly likable sound was not enticement enough, Girls earned critical acclaim with their 2009 album Album, so you had better catch them at One Eyed Jacks. Girls is clearly hard to pin down on search engines! Unknown Mortal Orchestra and KG Accidental will also perform. Monday, March 12, doors at 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St. tickets $15.
Writer and artist Georgia Kennedy covers New Orleans people and events for NolaVie.