The V Side: Open Mic, Multi-Sense, ART21, Mr. Legs
NolaVie President Sharon Litwin has highlighted a vibrant roster of activities aimed at remembering and celebrating Bastille Day. It's a choose-your-own-adventure, as the below events steer Nola weekenders in decidedly different, yet no less reveling, directions!
THURSDAY / After the Party It's the After-Party: Multi-instrumentalist Robert Eustis Hosts the Fair Grinds Coffeehouse Open Mic Night, now in its second year. The “second Thursday” Open Mic Night is home to new and known performing musical talents. Mic time is determined by the sign-up, so claim your territory early! Then, Robert hopes to lead Open Mic music lovers over to Chickie Wah Wah, where his own birthday entertainment will include Spencer Bohren playing original tunes with the Whippersnappers: Andre Bohren on drums; Dave Pomerleau on bass; and Casey McAlister on guitar. Thursday, July 12, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3033 Ponce de Leon, (behind Café Degas), and after 9:00pm, Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
FRIDAY / No Sense Goes Unnoticed: the folks at Multi-Sensorial May Gallery are practically making Friday the 13th a national holiday. The new art space is pairing a cocktail menu with the various physical, visual and aural aspects of May's exhibition, space and music. Pair Twentieth Century with patio lounging; Lucid Dream while watching Wesley Stokes' large scale video projection Passion OV; imbibe a Papa Doble while laying in Katie Lerin's communal hammock, and throw back Deconstructed Bellinis to DJs Flexx Seal and Little Baby Witch Fingers' wide range of rhythms. Friday, July 13, 9:30pm - 3:00am, May gallery, 2839 N. Robertson, Suite 105. Guests must RSVP through Facebook or email (keenekopper @ gmail.com).
SATURDAY and SUNDAY / Portraits of the Artists: In the spirit of rebellion this Bastille Day weekend, New Orleans Museum of Art will screen the stellar ART21 episodes "Romance" and "Identity." ART21 consistently produces some of the most concise, informative, and inspiring contemporary art coverage in the art educational sphere. Their documentaries interviewing and spotlighting famous artists about their work centering around a particular theme are well worth the venture into "art education" media. "Romance" will feature Pierre Huyghe, Judy Pfaff, Tabaimo, Lari Pittman, & Laurie Simmons. "Identity" will feature Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, & William Wegman. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, "Romance" at 2pm and "Identity" at 3pm. New Orleans Museum of Art, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park. Museum Admission.
SATURDAY / Lengthening the Legs: According to fundraiser organizers Bridge House/Grace House, MR. LEGS XII is "hotter than the Fourth of July and Bastille Day combined." The substance abuse treatment programs that benefit from the event will appreciate New Orleanians' "patriotic duty" of supporting this year's contest, which promises to be a blast. Watch the guys strut their stuff on stage and help them raise money. The contestant who raises the most money by the end of the evening will be crowned Mr. Legs XII, a venerable title. Warrants a new statue on the neutral ground outside Bridge House? Anyone? Saturday, July 14, 6:00-10:00pm, The Metropolitan Nightclub, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr. Tickets $30.