Les Blank and Dr. John are gone, but there’s still crawfish to eat and culture oozing from every corner in New Orleans. One shining example is the work of Court 13 Arts, a Big Easy-based multidisciplinary art-making collective and production company known for their team having co-produced 2012’s dreamlike ode to bayou life Beasts of the Southern Wild. More recently they inaugurated a moviemaker-curated showcase fest, Always for Pleasure, and its reputation has only grown. Five raucous days of movies, music, art, and performance partially contained in the historic Orpheum Theater (a stage for vaudeville and silent movies back in the day) it serves as an outlet for local talent and showcase for Court 13’s artist-in-residence installations. As one panelist notes, the festival is “a DIY art explosion” and “a filmmaker-spawned fest based out of a compound arts warehouse that includes parades and game shows—fun and sort of lawless.” If that isn’t wild enough, they’re offering something this year described as “the world’s first karaoke flotilla.”
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