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We've got your weekend: lectures and music and dance, oh my!


The Lipstick: Being performed at the CAC on Friday and Saturday (Photo provided by: Meryl Murman)

Thursday, September 29/Mudbug Brewery (1878 LA-3185, Thibodaux, LA): We are going out of borders for Thursday because a beautiful pairing has been made. The first Architecture + Ales in Thibodaux, at Mudbug Brewery is happening. There will be having a roundtable discussion on On The Coastal Plain: Living, Designing, Building on the Delta at 6:00pm with Jennifer Gerbasi, TPCG Division Manager RAMP/Recovery Planner; John Lombardo, Restore or Retreat; and Christopher Pulaski, TPCG Director of Planning and Zoning. The event is free to attend, pizza will be provided by co-host AIA Coastal Chapter, and Mudbug beer is available for purchase.

Thursday, September 29/Hagar's House (3401 Canal Street): Big Freedia might have opened up for Beyonce and may have announced a fall tour with Tank and The Bangas, but before they hit the road, they'll grace the stage at Women Performing for Women, a fundraiser for Hagar's House—a Mid-City sanctuary and home for women, children, and those who identify as transgender. The event takes place at Cafe Istanbul on Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. All ages and genders of booty shakers are welcome.Additional performances by the Pussyfooters, Mid City Soul, and returning MC Sula Janet Evans. Tickets are $40 per person via Eventbrite. The event includes a cash bar and child care (that must be reserved in advance).

Friday, September 30/Gallier Historic House (1126 Royal Street):  Now that we can think about turning off our air conditioners, it is a good time to learn about their history. The Gallier Historic House will host a free public lecture by architectural historian Elizabeth Porterfield chronicling the modern marvel of climate control. From ancient Egyptian engineers to Leonardo DaVinci and the can-do American ingenuity of Dr. John Gorrie and Willis Carrier, the story of artificial cooling is one of man attempting to prevail over nature in the eternal quest for comfort. Ms. Porterfield will also provide examples of how historic homes across the nation have retrofitted ductwork, pipes, and cooling units into their building fabric. Lead contractors from Cypress Building Conservation, currently at work installing a state-of-the-art HVAC system in the Hermann-Grima Historic House Museum, will provide an update. The lecture begins at 6:00pm.

Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street): Dance, art, questions, conversation, and beauty are merging together in Meryl Murman's dance performance, The Lipstick. Six individuals test the limits of their comfort zones and their bodies through rigorous athleticism and aggressive sensuality to confront and contest systems of assimilation and integration. Armed with only a bullet of red lipstick, they transgress borders, binaries, and the complex relationship between identity and geography. The Lipstick presents mystic possibilities of cosmetic transformation while dancing the fine line between what is sacred and profane. It recognizes how strong the desire to belong is, and how potentially dangerous that can be. The show begins at 7:30pm, the tickets can be purchased here, and you can find out full details about the event on their event page.

Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1/The Music Box (4557 N. Rampart): The Music Box Village has been working hard to get their village ready, and they are holding a sneak peak on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Local swamp-tech organist/ inventor Quintron returns to this interactive sonic village to conduct a group that includes, among many others, an underground producer and rapper from Santiago de Cuba, a visionary Kaohsiung-based sound artist, a Muscovite gusli player (the oldest Russian multi-string plucked instrument), a virtuosa darbuka player from Istanbul, and other incredible artists hailing from from seventeen different countries. They will play their own instruments in concert with a small selection of Music Box sonic structures. The concerts will run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at 4557 N. Rampart Street. You can purchase your tickets here.