We've got your weekend: Everything from vogueing to stormwater management
Friday, January 20/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street): Dance is taking over the CAC this weekend as New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome's Mélange features, five dancers representing the five elements of vogue femme—hands, cat walk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop M.C., an operatic vocalist, and local musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a beautifully-structured crescendo of sound and movement. The show is one night only with two shows playing at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. For more details, you can check out the event here.
Saturday, January 21/2222 N. Broad Ave: We all know that when it rains in New Orleans, it storms. As we move towards embracing green infrastructure to improve stormwater management in our region, ongoing questions remain regarding maintenance, monitoring, and mosquitos. Water Works has organized a walk and learn on behalf of Propeller and is co-hosted by the Water Collaborative. The walk and learn will take participants out into the field to see green infrastructure in action at NORA’s Broad Street Rain Garden (2222 North Broad). If you want to learn more about green infrastructure and how local agencies and entrepreneurs are working together to build, monitor, and maintain these sites for water management, then this is the event for you. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and you can find out all the details here.
Saturday, January 21/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street): In one space concepts of vogueing, dance, curation, and conversation will be coming together. Rashaad Newsome and Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, come together to discuss Mélange, which is a performance that will run at the CAC (see Friday above) for one night only. Newsome will also be discussing her multidisciplinary practice.
Sunday, January 22/Marigny Opera House (725 Saint Ferdinand): The church of the arts is continuing to praise the glory of music as Justin Peake takes over The Marigny Opera House with his newest live interactive multimedia production, Oracles. Oracles is an exploration of mysterious artifacts, adopted mythologies, and the plethora of discrete information that teases mankind from just outside our reach, combining live music, projection / lighting design and interactive technology to create a stunning piece of multimedia theatre. The concert runs from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m, there is a suggested donation of $10, and you can find out more details about the event here.
Sunday, January 22/Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Avenue): In case you missed the auditions for Big Freedia's show, your possibility for stardom is still available. TT the Artist is coming down from Baltimore to shoot a video for her hit "Dig"! Come out to Poor Boys Bar and you can make New Orleans' part in it have a part of you as well. The shoot will run from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., and you can find out more details about the event here.