‘Hamilton’, Historic Rex Footage, Pride Music Fest and More Events in New Orleans June 21-27 | Events
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In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers sing and rap about the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States of America. Hamilton battles his rival, Aaron Burr, and also pursues the Schuyler sisters. The touring production of the Broadway production returns to the Saenger Theater from June 21 through July 10. Hours vary. Find tickets via saengernola.com.
‘Through All the Necessary Scenes: Richard III’
“My kingdom for a horse” is a desperate line from Richard III in Shakespeare’s play about his scheme to rule England. It may be used in the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival “By Any Scene Necessary” version of the play, although there is no guarantee. Presented in collaboration with The NOLA Project, the actors improvise a version of the play without a script. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 at the Lupine Theater in Tulane. Tickets are $25 via neworleansshakespeare.org.
Zony Mash Pride Festival
Zony Mash Beer Project and Third Coast Entertainment are hosting a Pride celebration with music from Mia Borders and Jesse Morrow, Lilli Lewis, J. Rees, Ever More Nest, Jamie Lynn Vessels and Loose Cattle. There will also be food vendors, an artists’ market and free, mobile HIV testing. The festival runs from 3-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and is ticketed at the door, with proceeds going to the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. Find more information at zonymashbeer.com.
The Tulane Summer Lyric Theater kicks off its summer season with “Bandstand,” which opened on Broadway in 2017. In the musical, a group of veterans returning from World War II are just trying to get back to normal life when the chance to find fame and fortune via a radio singing competition inspires them to pursue their dreams. At Dixon Hall in Tulane. Find tickets via liberalarts.tulane.edu/summer-lyric-theatre.
Next year will mark 40 years for the Melvins, and King Buzzo and his crew remain relentless hikers. The heavy rockers started the year supporting Ministry on a national tour (the band missed Ministry’s March date at the Fillmore), then turned around for a headlining tour in June and July. , which includes a 9 p.m. show on Tuesday, June 21, at One Eyed Jacks. If you miss the Melvins this time, the band is back on tour in September and October with a date in Baton Rouge on October 16. Tickets for Tuesday’s show are $27.50 at oneeyedjacks.net.
Conference “The Art of Rex”
Of course, the first known images of New Orleans would be those of a carnival parade. A two-minute film of the 1898 Rex parade was recently discovered and will have its public premiere at an upcoming panel on Rex art at the Presbytery. The Louisiana State Museum presents this year the exhibition “Rex: The 150th anniversary of the school of design” at the Presbytere. A panel discussion on Wednesday, June 21 will feature Rex archivist and historian emeritus Stephen Hales, float designers Caroline Thomas and Richard Valadie, and curator of the Museum of Carnival Costumes, Textiles and Collections Wayne Phillips. Historian Rex William French will present the 1898 footage. The panel begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit louisianastatemuseum.org.
Anjelah Johnson Reyes
Comedian and actress Anjelah Johnson-Reyes first came to national attention in the late 2000s for her work on “MADtv” — specifically for her fast-food worker Bon Qui Qui. Earlier this year, Johnson-Reyes released her memoir, “Who Do I Think I Am?” Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams,” and is now on a stand-up tour tied to the book. She performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Joy Theater. Tickets are $34.50 on thejoytheater.com.
Afro-French bassist Selene Saint-Aime has been living in New Orleans for three months as part of an artist residency sponsored by the Villa Albertine in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz Museum. While there, she researched the African, Native, and Caribbean cultures of New Orleans. Saint-Aime will perform at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, in the auditorium on the third floor of the Musée du Jazz. Free entry. More information at nolajazzmuseum.org.
“Women and Power in Ancient Egypt”
Kara Cooney, author of “When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt” and professor of Egyptology at UCLA, will give a lecture on Friday, June 24 on women in ancient Egypt, their power and “how women negotiated their limited leadership roles. The conference is in conjunction with the “Egypt of Queen Nefertari” exhibit at the New Orleans Art Museum, and attendees will have access to the exhibit. The conference is at 6 p.m. at NOMA. Tickets are $20 general, $10 NOMA members on noma.org.
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