New Orleans doesn’t take days off. Even after a week that included Independence Day celebrations and the largest non-Mardi Gras celebration on the city’s calendar, there’s still plenty to do this week. From the 10th take on a punk and horror institution to a through-the-looking-glass dance party taking revelers and Lindsey Buckingham for a ride, we’re sure that you’ll find something to get you back out of the house. Check out our top picks for the week of July 9:
We’ve written about Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival a lot in the last week. But that’s only because they’ve been doing so much! The festival ends its run tonight (July 9) with a staging on “PerVirgin.” The one-woman show started when Nkechi Chibueze was asked to share an uncomfortable truth: that she was 34 years old and had never been kissed. Once the exercise was over, she realized she had a lot more to say about it. The hilarious and uncomfortable show is the final night of BGG and ends with a dance party to celebrate.
Where: Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave.
When: Monday, July 9, Doors 7 p.m./Show 7:30 p.m.
Independent horror producer and Pallbearers member Bill Heintz has managed to keep his yearly punk and metal bacchanal going for a solid decade and this year’s lineup might be the strongest one yet. Look for surf-rock Misfits cover bands, all stripes of punk rock and sets by legends like Dead Boys and TSOL. It all kicks off on Thursday and runs all weekend.
Where: Various venues
When: July 12-15
Paramore, Foster The People, Jay Som
Go because Paramore are low-key legendary. Stay because Jay Som put out one of the best albums of 2017 (and you still have a soft spot for “Pumped Up Kicks”).
Where: Champions Square
When: Tuesday July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Not a typo, we promise. If you’re looking for the genuine article, they won’t be in town until next year. But if you want to hear raved up takes on Laurel Canyon’s most bitter band/relationship petri dish, don’t miss this party. The pair of DJs distort all your favorites through the lens of disco, house and techno with a loving fan’s eye toward re-imagination.
Where: One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.
When: Thursday, July 12, 9:00 p.m. til late
Running Of The Bulls
While we wouldn’t put it past New Orleans to let bulls loose in the street, our annual spin on the Festival of San Fermin is a wee bit safer and a whole lot drunker. White and red-clad runners try (or more often don’t) to stumble out of the way of New Orleans’ own bulls, in this case rollergirls wearing horned helmets and carrying small bats.
Where: Begins at the Sugar Mill Lofts
When: Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m.