At New Orleans Urgent Care, a team of doctors helps clients suffering from a spectrum of ailments, from simple headaches to broken bones. Patients can drop in for a visit for flu, tetanus, and hepatitis-B vaccinations, or stop in to the urgent-care unit, where they’ll be waited on as promptly as possible. The clinic is home to several exam rooms, a mini-lab, and a digital-x-ray machine to aid in efficient medical exams and speedy visits.
After continually traversing the globe since its breakout television performance nearly 18 years ago, Riverdance returns stateside for a last hurrah. A cast of six principal dancers will clobber the stage with the stomps, taps, kicks, and tackles of traditional Irish step dancing, which, when synchronized with a live band and 18 troupe dancers, sends waves of rhythm cascading over all 3,200 seats of the regal Indiana University Auditorium. The show’s 18 scenes break into two acts: the first depicting the mythical beginnings of the Celtic people as they hatched from a kelpie's head, and the second portraying the Irish famine and ensuing wave of emigration.
A star-studded roster of rollicking comedians answers the Big Easy Comedy Festival’s call for ribald laughter with an evening of no-holds-barred standup comedy on Memorial Day weekend. Ace standup comedian, actor, and writer Mike Epps, known to movie buffs as Day-Day Jones from the films Friday and Friday After Next, takes a break from his sellout I'm Still Standing tour to leave a mark on UNO Lakefront’s stage with his signature physicality and cartoonish impressions of his family. Tony Rock, who’s appeared in the blockbuster smash Hitch, steps out from under his brother Chris Rock’s shadow with a raw and gutsy set that fearlessly takes on issues of social injustice and relationships. Hailed as Black America's Favorite White Comic by Ebony magazine and recently appearing in the movie Think Like a Man, grandstanding Gary Owen, swelters with everyman appeal and crackerjack timing in relatable bits on brazenly taboo topics.
Improv comes in as many flavors as there are forgotten MySpace passwords. The performers make up situations and details as they go along and what hilarity emerges is a result of training, audience suggestion, and underlying psychological issues. Experience this comedic instability first hand at one of NCC's shows. Their Fringe show at the Shadowbox is all ages and the oddest of the bunch, appealing to those with a taste for the weird and wild. The New Dinner show at the M.I.C.A. offers a chance to combine food and guffawing (softer, mashed foodstuffs are recommended for safety reasons). The Usual Saturday Night show at Yo Mama's is adults only and extremely competitive. Audience participation is not just encouraged but enforced; the crowd is split in two like a sentient watermelon with two mothers, and teams are pitted against one another in troupe-led games throughout the show.
Bustout Burlesque evokes the heyday of Bourbon Street nightclubs for adults-only audiences in an authentic 1950s spectacle of showgirls, jazz, comedy, and hot-under-the-collar choreography. Voted one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the world by the Travel Channel's panel of howling cartoon wolves, Bustout Burlesque’s professional cast of glamorous goddesses strips and teases in elegant routines that make ears steam and bow ties spin. Oregonian burlesque starlet and provocative flirt Charlotte Treuse extracts beads of sweat from foreheads in an act steeped in steamy tradition and steered by her sensuous maneuvers and come-hither looks. The traditional New Orleans swing of the Bustout Burlesque Jazz Band soundtracks the ruffling of feathers with disrobing trombones and panting cornets, as pupils dilate to an antique-accented display of the wholesome and risqué. With bewitching sirens, cathouse lighting, seductive songbirds, and a comic emcee, Bustout Burlesque entices all genders and generations with charm, elegance, and sauciness.
Open Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Phoenix Underground is an upscale dance club where dressy clubbers gather to bump, grind, and stomp their way through the night. Wobble your head and hips to throbbing Top 40 beats in the Main Room, where a VIP area provides a private table for splitting a bottle of bubbly with up to three friends. In the lounge-like Paragon Room, house DJs spin progressive hits for shimmying martini-sippers until the sun's done sleeping off its hangover from the day before. Once the partying peters out, the masses totter out to claim their cars from the free valet service.