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First edition of Shakespeare’s plays to visit Tulane

The First Folio of Shakespeare plays recently discovered in Saint-Omer in France, is displayed after a press conference at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The edition, which will be exhibited at the Globe in 2016 the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares' death, is one of 230 copies of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio and is notable for its scribbled stage directions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ORG XMIT: LMD105

Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University has been selected to host “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition featuring the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibition, which will take place in the spring of 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death. Compiled by two of… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Matt Shepard’ among the most intimate, personal documentaries ever made

Photo provided by Michele Josue -- Matthew Shepard

The lovingly detailed, moving documentary “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” tells the story of Matthew Shepard’s tragically short life. In October 1998, two men in their earlier 20s robbed and beat Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student at the University of Wyoming. The long, brutal beating left the 5-foot-2-inch, 110-pound Shepard in a… Continue reading →

The Zombies to make New Orleans debut

Photo by ANDREW ECCLES -- The Zombies

Classic British invasion band The Zombies will play the first New Orleans show in the band’s history March 12 at House of Blues. The Zombies released the hits “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season” in the 1960s. The group’s 1967 album, “Odessey and Oracle,” is considered a classic now,… Continue reading →

‘Modern Family’ producer on episode shot with iPhone: The story still drives everything

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, director Steven Levitan, winner of the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series award for

NEW YORK (AP) — For this week’s “Modern Family,” producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. Seen through the eyes of character Claire Dunphy as she uses a Mac laptop, characters only appear on her computer’s FaceTime video-calling app. The Associated Press spoke with series co-creator and… Continue reading →

An evening with Diana Ross

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Diana Ross performs in the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in 2013.

Diana Ross is making her third Louisiana appearance in recent years Saturday at the Saenger Theatre. The queen of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records empire in the 1960s, Ross previously performed at the Saenger and the Baton Rouge River Center in 2013. Ross, of course, led Motown’s most successful act, The Supremes. The trio,… Continue reading →

Ashé grows in Central City with opening of Power House

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Rev. Lois Dejean, left, sings with Dr. Milly Charles in the crowd during 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' an annual concert honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The community-sing featured African-American liberation music, as well as freedom and healing songs from the Civil Rights Era. Songstress Michaela Harrison assembles a slate of amazing local artists and musicians to share their musical testimonies.

Central City’s cultural and artistic venues continue to expand, as the Ashé Cultural Arts Center announces the opening of Power House. Located at 1731 Baronne St. in the Central City Historic District, Power House is a $7.4 million community impact development of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in a former New Orleans Public Service streetcar switching station. The… Continue reading →

Jazz Vespers is a uniquely New Orleans observance of Lent

Photo provided by Steve Masakowski -- Steve Masakowski will perform March 15.

Late on a Sunday evening, in the expanse of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, Lent’s weekly evening prayer explores the spiritual nature of jazz with some of New Orleans’ finest musicians at the helm. The 30-minute Jazz Vespers will take place at 9 p.m. every Sunday during Lent, through March 29, at Trinity Episcopal… Continue reading →

Documentary on Women of The Storm debuts Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Prytania

AP PHOTO -- Members of Women of the Storm hold their blue umbrellas, representing the blue tarps covering damaged roofs, as they listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, to bring attention to the lack of funding in the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina.

Women of the Storm, the local women’s organization formed to demand recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, will be the subject of a documentary film premiering Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Prytania Theatre at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Women of the Storm” focuses on the powerhouse group that coalesced to lobby Congress and… Continue reading →

Diable’s voice, passion making it in N.O.

Photo by JASON KRUPPA -- Kristin Diable

Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Stevie Nicks. All great ladies of American song. New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Kristin Diable earns comparisons to them. This week Speakeasy Records/Thirty Tigers is releasing “Create Your Own Mythology.” It’s Diable’s first nationally distributed album. She recorded it in Nashville with Dave Cobb, a hot producer whose previous projects include Jason Isbell’s “Southeastern”… Continue reading →

‘King of Queens’ star aims to conquer New Orleans

Photo provided -- Kevin James

Like many of the world’s current kings of comedy, Kevin James got his start in stand-up. The comedy chops that James showed offscreen earned him an onscreen role in “The King of Queens,” which ran for nearly 10 years. After that came a string of successful comedies co-starring Adam Sandler, Chris RockContinue reading →

Artistic director returns to stage to reprise role in ‘Harvey’

Photo by Aggie Thibodaux -- A portrait of the offbeat hero Elwood P. Dowd and the pooka Harvey, an invisible rabbit.

Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey” is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a man with effervescent courtesy who has a 6-foot, 31/2-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey as a best friend. Elwood’s sister Veta is concerned the rabbit will interfere with her life as a socialite and thinks if she commits Elwood to a mental institution her problems… Continue reading →

Ladies get the last laugh in JPAS farce ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’

Photo provided by JPAS -- Margeaux Fanning, Mary Pauley, Claire Conti and KathrynTalbot in JPAS' 'Sex Please We're Sixty.'

“Fifty Shades of Grey” this ain’t. Blue? Perhaps. That’s the color of a little diamond-shaped pill at the center of the two-act comedy “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” opening this weekend at Teatro Wego! in Westwego. Staged by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society and directed by “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont, “Sex Please” is “a… Continue reading →

Black Grace dance troupe expresses culture, rituals of Pacific Islanders

Photo by Duncan Cole -- Black Grace

The cultures of the indigenous people of the Pacific Islands and New Zealand are filled with colorful rituals that include music, chanting, dancing, storytelling and other exuberant forms of creative expression. New Orleanians can see examples of that when the New Zealand-based dance troupe, Black Grace, makes its local debut at the Mahalia… Continue reading →

Grammy-winner Ryan Bingham cherishes freedom of the West

Photo by Anna Axster -- Ryan Bingham

In 2010, Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham won the Grammy with co-writer T Bone Burnett for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind,” the theme song for the Jeff Bridges film “Crazy Heart.” He doesn’t know where the trophy is, nor does he know what it did for him.… Continue reading →

‘Single-malt Scotch offers a sense of place’

Photo by Rush Jagoe -- Whiskey pours come in 1- and 2-ounce servings, with no penalty for trying the smaller size.

Cigars. Leather couches. Wood-paneled club rooms. Cut crystal. Old money. Privilege. If there’s one thing single-malt Scotches can’t be accused of being associated with, it’s cheapness. There’s a prestige and classicism to the spirit and with good reason: Off-the-shelf bottles generally run between $50 and $100. Rare and exceptionally aged bottles can fetch thousands.… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Event in New Orleans through March 4, 2015

AP file photo -- Kevin James

thursday through sunday Each night, two of the four one-act plays (“Enter Your Sleep,” “A Lie of the Mind,” “Black Bird, Orange Flower Water” and “The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger”) based on the theme “violence” will be presented, as well as “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” $25 for… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, Feb. 26-March 5, 2015

MELANIE GARDNER QUINTET: 2 p.m., Music at the Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. (504) 568-2841. MONTY BANKS: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863. JASON BUTLER: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (504) 553-2299. TOM HOOK & WENDELL TRIO: 5:30 p.m., Fountain Lounge at The Roosevelt,… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans Feb. 26 and on

ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL: 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through March 1, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Each night, two of the four one-act plays (“Enter Your Sleep,” “A Lie of the Mind,” “Black Bird, Orange Flower Water” and “The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger”) based on the theme “violence” will be presented, as… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Feb. 19-25, 2015

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --  The New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course holds Starlight Racing at 5 p.m., at the track,  1751 Gentilly Blvd. Railbirds can take in evening horse racing with live music, food and pop-ups. (504) 944-5515. www.fair
groundsracecourse.com.

HEART HEALTH FAIR: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Jefferson Medical Center Auditorium, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Screenings, EKGs, games, demonstrations and information. RSVP. (504) 349-1798. www.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorwjmc.org/heartText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color. BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie.… Continue reading →

Gallery listings in New Orleans Feb. 19-25

HOMELESS AND HUNGRY HEROES ART SHOW: Through Feb. 28, St. Charles Parish Westbank Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. More than 150 works by various artists to benefit Homeless Veterans Outreach program.(504) 340-3429. www.veteranshousingoutreach.webs.com. PATCH SOMERVILLE — OUT OF PLACE: Reception Thursday, Feb. 26; through Feb. 27, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. MFA… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of Feb. 26, 2015

Photo by SUZANNE HANOVER -- New Orleans native Mark Duplass, left, and Olivia Wilde co-star in 'The Lazarus Effect.'

“FOCUS”: Will Smith stars as Nicky, a master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Jess, now an accomplished femme fatale, returns in the midst of Nicky’s latest, dangerous… Continue reading →

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stays on top of weekend box office

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from the film,

LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t relinquish control of the box office. Universal’s erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Despite the victory, “Fifty Shades of Grey” plummeted a steep 75 percent from… Continue reading →

Oscars predictions: Who'll win, who should win in six major categories

Oscar statue. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

It’s time for the Oscars — at 7 p.m. Sunday night on ABC — and millions will be tuning in to see who takes home the golden man of the hour. Neil Patrick Harris will host, and some of the musical performers include Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Hudson. For the kids, Tegan and Sara will join The… Continue reading →

More Oscars predictions: Best bets to win 'Best Animated Feature,' more

Oscar statue. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Other Oscar picks Here’s some of film critic John Wirt’s other picks to win: Best Animated Feature: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Best Foreign-Language Film: “Ida” (Poland) Original screenplay: “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness… Continue reading →

WYES documentary explores recent explosion of Latino restaurant options

Photo provided by WYES -- A variety platter of meat, beans, rice and more, the bandeja paisa is the most popular dish at Mais Arepas.

Enjoy a fresh, citrusy well-spiced ceviche? How about a thick, earthy molé sauce? Maybe you’re thirsty, and a smoky mezcal cocktail is more up your alley. Learn about Latin flavors and their local history on the WYES program “Latino Cuisine in New Orleans,” showing on Channel 12 at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, and… Continue reading →

Review: Kevin Costner coaches young actors to unlikely dynasty in ‘McFarland, USA’

Photo by RON PHILLIPS -- From left, David Diaz (Rafael Martinez), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz) and Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran) are featured in a scene from 'McFarland USA.'

“McFarland, USA” tells a heartwarming story about underdogs who, to the surprise of everyone, including themselves, establish a sports dynasty. The all-Latino cross-country Cougar teammates at McFarland High School, residents of California’s farm-heavy Central Valley, aren’t the story’s only underdogs. Their coach, Jim White, a non-Latino newcomer to the McFarland community, is, in the… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

In this image released by Paramount Pictures/MGM, Craig Robinson, from left, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry and Adam Scott appear in a scene from

“Hot Tub Time Machine ” turned up the comic crudeness and 1980s color palette to a glaring 10. In the 2010 farce, a trio of middle-aged losers time trip to the happiest weekend of their lives. Adam, Lou and Nick return to the Kodiak Valley ski resort during Winterfest 86. Their shocking second chance changes… Continue reading →

Review: Teen comedy ‘DUFF’ gives genre a social media spin

CBS Films photo by GUY D ALEMA -- Mae Whitman, left, and Bella Thorne star in 'The DUFF,' opening in theaters Friday.

All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling. The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since. The social divisions, the boredom, the dances, the irrepressible awkwardness and the irrational dreaminess of high school students never before seemed so accessible, and so neatly packaged with a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Duke of Burgundy’s’ hallucinogenic dreamscape lacks story to hold audience

Photo provided by IFC Films -- Sidse Babett Knudsen, above, and Chiara D’Anna engage in rituals and games in 'The Duke of Burgundy.'

Following last weekend’s record-breaking reception for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” another sadomasochistic drama opens locally this weekend. Unlike the big mainstream success that welcomed the sexual adventures and Christian Grey and virginal college senior Anastasia Steele, only a small audience will see “The Duke of Burgundy.” It opens Friday at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Film Festival now an Oscar-qualifying event

Photo provided by New Orleans Film Society -- A still from the documentary short, 'White Earth,' one of the five nominees in this year’s best documentary short Oscar race.

The New Orleans Film Festival has been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifier in the documentary short subject category. Recipients of the New Orleans Film Festival’s juried documentary short award will now be eligible for Oscar consideration, without the normally required seven-day theatrical run in Los Angeles or… Continue reading →