Best Bets: Week Of June 25

Our weekly roundup on the best things to see, hear and do for the week of June 25.

by Alex Galbraith
June 25, 2018

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Rapper Alfred Banks performs at NOMA on Friday (Facebook)

New Orleans’ always-hopping arts and music scene is a huge part of what keeps outsiders coming back. But for the locals, who have to live among the constant noise of flyers and Facebook invites, having so much to do can seem a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we live for this and are here to help you navigate the listings page and alleviate your FOMO.

We’ve compiled the Best Bets to get you out of your house and Listening To Your City (™) in the next week. Take a look below and clear your schedule for a well-rounded week full of crass comedians, high-falutin’ rap shows and everything in between.


Dowsing & Dikembe (w/ Pope & The Melters)

Dowsing at Hey! Cafe
Credit: Dowsing (Instagram)
HEY! Café & Coffee Roastery
Getting there
4332 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA

Enjoy a night of knotty emo and post-punk at the Uptown coffee-shop-cum-venue Hey! Cafe. Dowsing & Dikembe bring a whole bunch of feelings from Chicago and Gainesville, respectively, while local loud-bois Pope hope to match their intensity with the walls of sound from their excellent album, True Talent Champion.

When: Thursday, June 28. 7 p.m. doors/ 8 p.m. show
Price: $5-10
More Info: Facebook

Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games

Anthony Jeselnik at the Civic Theatre
Credit: Civic Theatre (Facebook)
The Civic Theatre
Getting there
510 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Mon-Thu Closed
Fri 12–6pm
Sat-Sun Closed
More Info

If you can’t find your earbuds, your Thursday night doesn’t have to be a wash. For those who don’t feel like trekking up Magazine or simply want to hit up an event with a seat, comedian Anthony Jeselnik is bringing his caustic and dark brand of observational humor to the Civic. The Comedy Central star is set to roll through New Orleans on his Funny Games tour and is perfect for the type of person who likes to laugh and then immediately feel bad about it.

When: Thursday, June 28. 7 p.m. doors/ 8 p.m. show
Price: $32.50-60
More Info: Tickets

Alfred Banks at NOMA

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Rapper Alfred Banks (Facebook)
New Orleans Museum of Art
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Fri 10am–6pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 10am–6pm
More Info

No history of modern art can claim to be complete without reckoning with the impact that hip-hop has had on art and design. So it makes a certain sort of sense that the New Orleans Museum of Art is getting into the rap game. The positive and positively local underground rapper behind “Shoot Your Shot” is a perfect pick for the first rap show in the history of NOMA. Banks takes over the City Park museum on Friday night as part of the their Friday Night at NOMA series.

When: Friday, June 29, 5 p.m.
Price: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and $6 for kids
More Info: Facebook

Stripping Away The Years

Bar Redux
Getting there
801 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Thu 6pm–2am
Fri-Sat 6pm–3am
Sun 6pm–2am
More Info

Honey Tangerine’s annual birthday celebration comes around for an eighth year, bringing together some of the city’s most-loved names in burlesque for a themed variety show. This year, the performers will take a second stab at their first-ever burlesque routine as they remember it. “Feels Like The First Time” will transport audience members and performers alike back to the days when these seasoned acts still got nervous.

When: Saturday, June 30, 10 p.m.
Price: $10
More Info: Facebook

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