It was pretty much bonkers on Frenchmen Street last night–the last two nights, actually. And, I suspect it will be so this night as well, except tonight will be the real party people–those of us who don’t work regular jobs, or don’t have jobs at all, or those of us who have regular jobs, but are so committed to the party that we have already taken tomorrow off.
Of course there is the game to watch. The R bar is the place around the area to watch Saints games, but it will probably be absolutely overrun. If that’s the case why not spill over some place like Desperados where the game will be on, and there will be pizza and beer and people watching, and also someplace to sit? Then, when the game is over, you are right there by d.b.a. to catch the Zydepunks, and the bi-annual reunion of the Morning Forty Federation? Just sayin’…
There’s so much going on in town this weekend, you really can’t go wrong. I mean we have Ozzy (!) at VooDoo today. There are also Dax Riggs and the Lost Bayou Ramblers (a strange combo, but both bands I love) at One-Eyed Jacks. But, I’m putting my money on The Mudlark Halloween Cabaret Grotesque.–I predict lots of creepy baby dolls and taxidermed animals, and what else says Halloween, really? They’re promising: Unnatural acts of Puppetry, Horror Theatre, Monster Burlesque, Delicious Treats and Cheap Booze, and The Callers (Brooklyn). Doors at 8pm.
Today is the one day I can go to VooDoo this year, as I will be working my tookus off for the next few days. I also get to be the +1 of my husband who happens to be playing in the Bingo! tent this afternoon, and it is important for us rock n’ roll wives to take advantage of the perks every now and then.
Just as I was thinking that I will probably be spending a lot of time at the Bingo! tent today, as the big touring acts lined up for today aren’t quite doing it for me, I remembered that this is now the VooDoo music and art experience. So, I’ve been doing a little research as to the what and where when it comes to the art installations around City Park. There are 13 pieces by local and international artists, and you can create your own custom schedule on the VooDoo site.
Also, there is food. Food, glorious food. I’ve got my eye on some chargrilled oysters. Maybe a crepe. Also, the pressed sandwiches are looking good. There will definitely be a Natchitoches meat pie…
Rapper/performance artist MC Sweet Tea used to live in New Orleans, and performed at some insanely fun shows back in the day. I heard of her the same time I heard of Peaches, and to me, at the time, they had sort of a similar aesthetic. It sounds like her vision has evolved over the years into something called honkytonkpunkrockhiphop-burlesque. She’s back in town to perform at the Voodoo Experience this weekend. Tonight Preservation Hall will be hosting a special midnight performance of MC Sweet Tea and Da Tastee Hotz (her dancers).
Here’s more from Pres Hall:
Currently based out of Austin Texas, Tiana Hux performs/directs musical theatre under the stage moniker MC Sweet Tea. These performances span Burlesque, Puppet Theatre, Hip Hop and Performance Art. Musically, the shows blend Rap/Spoken Word, with elements of rock, electronic, pop and classical music genres. Her 2005 release, Story, remains and underground classic while her much anticipated new work, Animal Ball, will find it’s world premiere at Preservation Hall and Voodoo Fest in New Orleans this Halloween, 2010.
Tonight from 7:30-9:30 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Patrick F. Taylor Library will be a screening of the German Expressionist silent film classic Nosferatu, with live accompaniment from a visiting multi-instrumentalist and composer, Graham Reynolds.
Here is part of the invite I received:
Film at the O presents a special Halloween “live cinema” treat: Austin, Texas composer and multi-instrumentalist Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Golden Arm Trio) performs, for one-night only, his original score to accompany a screening of the Expressionist silent film vampire classic “Nosferatu” (F.M. Murnau, 1922, 81 minutes) on Wednesday, October 27 in the Ogden’s Patrick F. Taylor Library at 8 p.m. In what has become a cult ritual (and fiercely sought after ticket), Reynolds has accompanied the film, either solo or with various collaborators and in various incarnations, at Austin’s famed Alamo Drafthouse each Halloween weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to see it live here in New Orleans!
There are a still a couple of hours left of the Crescent City Farmer’s Market, Tuesday uptown edition. The Green Plate specials this month are by Chef Cynthia of Cafe Minh. She does Vietnamese, French, Creole fusion cuisine–uh, sign me up. Here’s what’s in store today:
Pho Bo (Beef Pho)
Blackened Diver Scallops with Grilled Japanese Eggplant
Poached Chicken over Asian Noodles & Slaw, Peanut Sauce
Grilled Vegetables over Pasta, with Vinaigrette
She is also launching a line of packaged seasonings, sauces and dressings.
Man, I’m really impressed by the authors Tulane gets for its “Great Readers” series. Tonight they have Michael Ondaatje, most famous for The English Patient and Divisadero. He will be reading and signing this evening at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. 7pm.