Wednesday, September 27/THNOC’s Williams Research Center (410 Chartres Street): During the 1930s and ‘40s, a number of jazz studies associated an exodus of jazz musicians from New Orleans with the closing of the Storyville red light district. But was this really the case? That’s exactly what jazz historian Bruce Boyd Raeburn will dig int–the history surrounding this idea in “The Storyville Diaspora Revisited,” a lecture presented in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection’s popular exhibition Storyville: Madams and Music. This lecture is free, open to the public, and happening at 6:00 PM.
Wednesday, September 27/ L’Entrepot (527 Julia Street): Carmo, Cuba, and music are coming together. Actually, they often do that, but Wednesday night is a very special concoction. There will not only be music featuring Alexandre Moutouzkine and violinist Chloé Kiffer but also those culinary wonders from Carmo Restaurant. Tickets, which include food, are $40 and you can purchase them at www.masno.org. Also, important to know: A cash bar will be available.
Wednesday, September 27-October 22/Nims Black Box Theater (NOCCA): When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Sound interesting? If yes, then you will want to snag your tickets for Southern Rep’s performance of Fun Home. This Tony Award-winning musical, takes on the themes of past and present, reliving childhood, sexual awakenings, and those hidden questions that keep us searching in life. You can secure your ticket on Southern Rep’s website.
Thursday, September 28/Marigny Opera House (725 Saint Ferdinand): Piano and electronics together? Stop what you’re thinking. “Synthesis” is a performance exploring music for piano and electronics where Justin Snyder will perform works by Pierre Charvet, Stephen Montague, Missy Mazzoli, Charles Dodge, and Read Miller. The first half of the program focuses on themes of blurred perceptions of time and space, the auditory and visual symmetry in our physical and perceived worlds, and closes out with a musical interpretation of a hallucinatory haiku. The latter half of the program reflects on our often surreal and humorous relationship between technology and humanity, the intangibility of our existence, and ends with an intimate contemplation on time and memory. Do you want to know even more about this show that questions and couples in ways you might not have thought? Well, check out this interview with Justin Snyder by Joe Shriner on WTUL. Tickets for “Synthesis” will be $25 (general) and $15 (students and seniors).
Thursday, September 28/Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Ave.): Since November 2007, hundreds have found home, rest, and community at Hagar’s House – a sanctuary for women and children in need in New Orleans. This Thursday, Darcy Malone and the Tangle and other talented female musicians will perform to support the families of Hagar’s House’s at the 7th Annual Women Performing for Women Celebration. Glitter is encouraged at this funky concert, which will feature a stellar line-up of local women artists, a buffet of decadent New Orleans food, a silent auction with a variety of exciting items, and childcare for those who request it. You can also dance the night away with headliner Darcy Malone and the Tangle, DJ sets from Sounds by Sugarcookie, as well as appearances from The Pussyfooters, The Camel Toe Lady Steppers and Mid City Soul. Doors open at 6:30 PM, tickets cost $40, and you can purchase them here.
Saturday, September 30/Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street): The seasons are changing. And for those with an appetite for fantastic fall fixations prepared with fresh, local ingredients by some of New Orleans’ top chefs, there’s a seat at the dinner table for you. Market Umbrella, operator of the Crescent City Farmers Market (CCFM), will host its 4th annual Moonlight Market in the newly renovated warehouse of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) on Saturday, September 30. The dinner will run from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. The food and the company will join together to celebrate Louisiana’s farmers, fishermen and shoppers.
Sunday, October 1/Saint Joseph Abbey Churce (75376 River Road in Covington, La): That’s right, we are putting in a shout-out to Covington in this week’s weekend preview. There will be a free performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s masterpiece, “Stabat Mater,” at the church at 2:00 PM. The “Stabat Mater” is of course the 13th-century Catholic hymn that imagines the suffering of Mary, the mother of Jesus, during the crucifixion. This concert is free and open to the public.