A Guide to This Weekend's Arts Scene
June 27-30, 2013
Thursday, June 27
After a few years as a relatively obscure comic, Rob Delaney created a Twitter account that launched him to Internet fame, led to comedy jobs and, at press time, has given him more than 800,000 followers. His tweets run the gamut from surreal, explicit, anatomically specific musings on sex, food and body image to sincere thoughts on politics and his life as a recovering alcoholic. Offline, Delaney is a comedy writer and stand-up comedian, and his latest stand-up special is "Live At The Bowery Ballroom." See him IRL (that’s Twitter parlance for “in real life”) at The New Movement tonight at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Info here.
Also, in this big weekend of stand-up: frequent Best Week Ever talking head, star of the 2007 film Super High Me and "Last Comic Standing" contestant Doug Benson is at the Howlin’ Wolf tonight. Info here.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is among the most recognizable presences in the music world: he plays drums for The Roots, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group that’s the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," he’s a producer and he just published Mo' Meta Blues, a memoir told through Thompson’s musical memories. He presents a DJ set at Tipitina’s tonight. DJ Soul Sister opens. Info here.
Friday, June 28
More stand-up! Dave Attell, most known for the Comedy Central series "Insomniac," stand-up specials and as a veteran of the "SNL" writer’s room (where he was also a sometimes performer), performs tonight at One Eyed Jacks. Info here.
The Prytania hosts a late night, BYOB showing of Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain and Michael Showalter’s oddball cult comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Showalter and other members of the sketch comedy group The State, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler and others. Info here.
Saturday, June 29
Formerly WTUL’s record fair, the Record Raid has now expanded off-campus and includes more than 50 vendors at the annual sale of LPs, 45s, CDs and cassettes. Info here.
Krewe du Who, a group of "Doctor Who" enthusiasts, and Consortium of Genius, a self-described “lab rock” band and sci-fi performance group, host NOLA Time Fest in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the British TV series. The event includes workshops on costumes and collectibles, a panel discussion, a costume contest, a pinball tournament, music, food and more. Info here.
Even for non-bikers, St. Claude Bike Night offers an evening of live music and bar-hopping in the St. Claude corridor. St. Claude Main Street and Bike Easy host the event to raise money for more bike racks on the street, and $10 pays for access to Siberia, the Allways Lounge, the Hi-Ho Lounge and Kajun’s Pub, who will all host live music by Bantam Foxes, Alex McMurray, The Stacks and others. Info here.
Even more stand-up! Austin comic JT Habersaat, who takes a D.I.Y., punk-rock approach to comedy with his Altercation Comedy Tour, is at The New Movement tonight. Info here.
The DJs at tonight’s HEATWAVE! all-vinyl dance party spin songs from the Motown and mod eras. Info here.
Sunday, June 30
She recently won a Tony Award for the score of the musical Kinky Boots, which also won Best Musical (watch a video of her singing “True Colors” at the awards ceremony during an in memoriam segment here). Now Cyndi Lauper is on her “She’s So Unusual” tour — named for her hit 1983 album that spawned such pop classics as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop" — which hits the House of Blues tonight. Hunter Valentine opens. Info here.
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