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Steven Forster’s Party Central: Friday Night Before Mardi Gras

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- A fund-raising organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the LGBT community in New Orleans, ‘Friday Night Before Mardi Gras” threw its annual masquerade ball at the Cannery in Mid-City. The group focuses on people living with HIV/AIDS. Other concerns include health, education and building a strong community. Brant Steele, Kenny Reine

A fund-raising organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the LGBT community in New Orleans, “Friday Night Before Mardi Gras” threw its annual masquerade ball at the Cannery in Mid-City. The group focuses on people living with HIV/AIDS. Other concerns include health, education and building a strong community.… Continue reading →

D'Etat sneak peek: Hot-button issues, public officials parodied without pity in this parade

The Dictator kicks of the parade on the Friday before Mardi Gras for the Krewe D'Etat. In the spirit of carnival secrecy, Richard XX's identity is never revealed.

The Krewe D’Etat parade is set to roll Friday. Check out the slideshow above to catch a glimpse of what you’ll see on the parade route.… Continue reading →

Chaos sneak peek: Bobby Jindal, Mitch Landrieu just a few public figures to be lampooned in satirical parade

We’re certain that Sir Isaac Newton never envisioned The Donald being subjected to gravitational forces; we’re also certain that The Donald can’t envision that either. At least his comb-over will remain elevated if he starts to descend as expected. But who knows? Anti-gravity forces exist in outer space, where this candidate often appears. He may soon be gravitating over the White House fence.

The Knights of Chaos is set to roll Thursday. Check out the slideshow above to catch a glimpse of what you’ll see on the parade route.… Continue reading →

Keith Spera’s Sound Check: Your guide to live music for Mardi Gras 2016

Photo by ZACK SMITH -- Hear Sweet Crude at One Eyed Jacks on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

Not surprisingly, music abounds during the big Mardi Gras weekend. Here is your guide to the best sounds before, during and especially after this week’s parades. Guitarist John Mooney specializes in Son House-inspired blues guitar with a second-line stutter. Percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts spent eight years backing pianist Professor Longhair — who… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Feb. 4-11, 2016

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Endymion rolls down Orleans Avenue in New Orleans in 2015.

Saturday The Krewe of Endymion rules its corner of Mid-City Saturday with a concert on the neutral ground of Orleans Avenue near City Park for spectators awaiting its giant 50th anniversary parade. The Bucktown Allstars kick off the music at 3:30 p.m. Nearby, Irma Thomas performs at 3 p.m. at… Continue reading →

Jailhouse drama ‘Jungle Kings’ at Anthony Bean Theater seeks hope amid despair

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Community Theater -- Martin Bats Bradford stars in Jungle Kings.

How should a community theater respond when a community is in crisis? For Anthony Bean, founder and artistic director of the Anthony Bean Community Theater, the answer is “Jungle Kings,” a jailhouse drama that kicks off ABCT’s 2016 season. “Jungle Kings,” running Feb. 12-28, examines the corrupting influences in America’s inner cities and the struggle… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, Feb. 4-11, 2016

The Morning 40 Federation stages one of its periodic reunions at Tipitina's on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

SOUNDS ANDREW STRATMAN & THE DIRTY MIDWEST: 2 p.m., The Landing, 4750 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell. (985) 645-9009. SESSIONS: 5 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St. (504) 310-4999. ALEXANDRA SCOTT AND JOSH PAXTON: 5 p.m., Buffa’s, 1001 Esplanade Ave. (504) 949-0038. TOM HOOK AT THE FOUNTAIN LOUNGE: 5:30 p.m.,… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Feb. 4-11, 2016

EVENTS NURSING CAREER FAIR: 8 a.m. to noon, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Auditorium, 2400 Canal St., New Orleans. Resources specialists will share information about current and upcoming vacancies and how to apply for positions as SLVHCS prepares to open its new center in Mid-City.… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar, Feb. 4-11, 2016

Photo provided by Su Gonczy --  "Ditzyland" --- Opening Feb. 26-28, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Varla Jean Merman, Rickie Graham, Sean Patterson and company take aim at the wonderful world of Walt for this sendup of classic fairy tales. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.

STAGES VALERIE FRANCIS: 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans. New Orleans opera singer, accompanied by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, will present a program of spirituals and gospel songs. The performance is part of the Bishop Perry Center Mission for the Poor… Continue reading →

‘Be a New Orleanian’ kicks off Theatre at St. Claude season

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jim Fitzmorris, photographed Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at the Theater at St. Claude in New Orleans.

The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., will reprise the popular “Be a New Orleanian: A Swearing in Ceremony (presented by Dirty Coast)” to kick off its 2016 spring-summer season of “new works, challenging plays and alternative programming.” “Be a New Orleanian,” by theater owner and playwright Jim Fitzmorris, runs from Feb. 12… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Group show ‘Unveiled’ at Where Y’Art

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -  A familiar theme got a new look when the Where Y’Art Gallery on Royal Street marked its second anniversary with a group show on the rituals of costuming and masking. “Unveiled: Part One” includes works by Bellavia, Cecelia Fernandes, John Flemming, Cheryl Anne Grace, Garrett Haab, Tracy Hamlin, Kel Mur, Jeremy Paten, Julie Silvers, Saegan Swanson, Jordan Wade, Teri Walker + Chad Ridgeway, and Mike Williamson. --  Where Y'art community manager Kurston Melton, artist Jeremy Paten

A familiar theme got a new look when the Where Y’Art Gallery on Royal Street marked its second anniversary with a group show on the rituals of costuming and masking. “Unveiled: Part One” includes works by Bellavia, Cecelia Fernandes, John Flemming, Cheryl Anne Grace, Garrett Haab, Tracy Hamlin, Kel Mur, Jeremy Paten, Julie Silvers, Saegan Swanson,… Continue reading →

Ten major parades to roll Saturday across New Orleans area; here's what you need to know

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Dressed as STOMP Troopers and drumming on Star Wars like storm trooper buckets Miklos Szetgleti, center, and Oliver Sobrino, right, practice parading in the dark near the Castillo Blanco Art Studios with the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The STOMP Troopers are a group of special needs students from NOLArts Learning Center.

Ten major parades roll in four parishes on Saturday, in addition to the alternative parades ’tit Rex and Chewbacchus, both of which deserve attention. There are only two parades left on the West Bank, Adonis and NOMTOC. The Mystic Krewe of Adonis rolls at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, presenting a 14-float parade. (NOMTOC will roll Feb. 6.)… Continue reading →

Tinytown: Native New Orleanian creates pint-sized marionette for his ’tit Rex parade shoebox float

Photo by David Lee Simmons -- 'Tit Rex cofounder Todd Schrenk works on his marionette float, rolling in the shoebox parade on Saturday.

For his pint-size project, Todd Schrenk had to make a big decision. The Krewe of ’tit Rex member wanted to create a shoebox-size parade float that featured a marionette popping out to greet onlookers. But he’d never built a marionette before, and it became a logistical nightmare. After considerable research and reworking, the marionette… Continue reading →

Celebrity monarchs, drones, heavy security: Here’s everything you can expect from this year’s Carnival

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  A masked rider in the Krewe of Orpheus takes a selfie as the parade rolls down Napoleon Avenue in 2015.

Mardi Gras can be as early as Feb. 3 or as late as March 9. This year’s Feb. 9 celebration is a rare one indeed. Fat Tuesday hasn’t fallen on that date since 1937. Since early Carnival seasons don’t coincide with college spring breaks, visitorship is predicted to be down slightly. Two stories top the news… Continue reading →

Chewing it over at Chewbacchus: finding quick bites, drinks and a sci-fi dance party along new downtown parade routes

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Boudin links, boudin balls and meat pies are staples at the Cheezy Cajun, a new eatery on St. Claude Avenue.

Nothing is ever normal when it comes to Carnival. But at least along the Uptown parade route there’s precedent. Families have thrown the same parties for years, friends have staked out the same spots and the bars and eateries along the route have their own routines too, refined season after season until it’s almost business… Continue reading →