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Ballet Hysell to stage fall concert

Photo by John B. Barrois -- ToniAnn Chetta, a principal dancer with Ballet Hysell

Ballet Hysell will present works choreographed by the late Harvey Hysell at a special fall concert Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Ballet Hysell is a company of 25 local dancers, many of whom were students developed through the Ballet Hysell School. The program includes… Continue reading →

Sculpture garden is the LOVE-ly setting for 10th annual fête

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The design for the 'LOVE'  sculpture by Robert Indiana was created for a 1964 Christmas card published by the Museum of Modern Art and later became a popular postage stamp. NOMA's is one of 17 on view in the United States.

“Where else can you nibble on our city’s finest cuisine, partake of craft cocktails, dance, visit with friends and make new friends, all among beautiful art and under those majestic oaks?’’ That rhetorical question is asked by event Co-chairwoman Charlene Baudier of this year’s “LOVE in the Garden’’ gala party Friday, Sept. 26, in… Continue reading →

Tickets go on sale Sept. 26 for ‘Mamma Mia’ at Saenger

Photo provided -- A production number from the touring Broadway musical 'Mamma Mia!'

Audiences in New Orleans will once again have the chance to hear the music of ABBA and a big, fat Greek wedding when the touring company of “Mamma Mia” returns to the Saenger Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. for the show that will run in January. One of the… Continue reading →

New Orleans area art calendar, Sept. 25- Oct. 2.

TRANSIENCE: Carol Robinson Gallery, 840 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. New paintings by Cathy Hegman. Ends Sept. 30. (504) 895-6130 carolrobinsongallery.com. LOUISIANA HE*ART: Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., New Orleans. Works by Michelle Conques of Denham Springs. Ends Sept. 30. (504) 895-7375. jeanbragg.com. WANDERLUST: Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia St., New Orleans. Paintings… Continue reading →

Found scraps in gilded frames are artist’s medium

Photo provided by Foundation Gallery -- 'Under the Southern Sky' by Lee Morais, made from a postcard from Galatoire's. 'Of all the work I've ever done, this is the most optimistic.'

In the early 1940s, Lee Morais was just a boy, but he was an artist nonetheless. He was so engrossed by drawing at the time that his business-focused family worried about his preoccupation with crayons and took him to a psychologist. Luckily, the psychologist understood and prescribed nothing more than for Morais’ parents to set him… Continue reading →

Festival brings dancers, wannabes to N.O. stages

Photo by Monty LemanJo 'Boobs' Weldon, headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, performs in a costume by Maddog Swing.

Think of it as a convention of tassels, pasties and feather fans. Boasting five distinctive burlesque shows, nine workshops and a host of parties, the sixth annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival opens Thursday, Sept. 18, and it brings some the art form’s leading local, national and international talent to stages and clubs across the French Quarter.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area stages calendar, Sept. 18-25

A LIE OF THE MIND: Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Set in the gritty American West, the story alternates between two families after a severe incident of spousal abuse. 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays through Oct. 4. $15 to $20. (504) 488-1460 or MidCityTheatre.com. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST: Nims Theater… Continue reading →

St. Maurice in the Lower 9th to host installation, and worshipers have a place

Advocate staff photo by J.T. BLATTY-- in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The St. Maurice Church in the Lower Ninth Ward. This deconsecrated church, established in 1857, will be the location for artist Taylor Lee Shepard's interactive art installation,

St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church in the Lower 9th Ward was deconsecrated and shut down in 2008, 151 years after its construction. The Archdiocese of New Orleans deemed the heavy damage after Hurricane Katrina, falling attendance and the estimated $2 million cost to reopen it too steep a price, leaving the old church silent and empty. Six… Continue reading →

JPAS rolls out a season in transition as new theater nears the finish line

Photo provided by JPAS -- The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will kick off its 2014-15 season with Butch Caires original production of 'Blueberry Hill.' Butch Caire, left, and Donald Lewis.

For the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, the upcoming season — its 37th — is expected to be one of transition. Or, as JPAS co-founder and Artistic Director Dennis Assaf described it, a “hybrid season.” More than seven years after its groundbreaking ceremony, the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center on Airline Drive in Metairie may… Continue reading →

New Orleans’ Elm Theater stages gritty ‘Lie of the Mind’

Photo provided by Liz Gore Photography -- Joel Derby (Frankie) and Elm ensemble member Becca Chapman (Beth) in Elm Theatre's season opener, 'A Lie of the Mind' by Sam Shepard.

Actress Becca Chapman is preparing to meet one of this country’s great playwrights on his own violent terms. “Our artistic director, Garrett Prejean, told me a quote from Sam Shepard. ‘I’m not doing this to vent demons. … I want to shake hands with them.’ That’s when I knew that we needed to do his work.”… Continue reading →

Themes of racism in ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ still resonate, director says

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Theater -- From left, Alphe Williams, Zaria Griffin, Roscoe Reddix Jr. and Dwight E. Clay in 'Two Trains Running.'

Anthony Bean is a widely respected actor, director, educator and all-around theatrical professional, yet he doesn’t always follow a script. As founder and director of his namesake theater in Carrollton, he schedules seasons by the calendar year rather than adhering to the traditional theater season between September and June. That’s why Anthony Bean Community Theater… Continue reading →

New Orleans area stages calendar, Sept. 11-18

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE: 8 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 20, Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. In Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home where they bicker and complain about their lives. (504) 522-2081.… Continue reading →

In ‘Of Paint and Paper,’ dense collages form intricate portraits

Photo provided by Keith Perelli --Perelli transforms a famous, once-scandalous Manet painting in 'Le Bain.'

In Keith Perelli’s art, things are never quite as simple as they seem. Which isn’t to say that any of the works in his new show “Of Paint and Paper” at the Delgado Fine Arts Gallery are simple, exactly. Even a casual look will show you just how densely layered and intricately constructed his portraits and figure… Continue reading →

Le Petit opens season with Tony-winning stage play

Photo by Frank Aymami -- Jake Wynne-Wilson is 'boy-toy' Spike in 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'

A knock-off of Chekhov kicks off the 2014-15 season at Le Petit Theatre on Friday night for a three-week run. Making its regional premiere, Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” takes many of its cues from the works of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Durang has a clear affinity for… Continue reading →

Le Petit season has something for everyone

Photo by Frank Aymami -- Susan Shumate and Martin Covert in 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'

This seasons’s selections at Le Petit Theatre represent an eclectic mix of musicals and traditional stage plays, said artistic director Cassie Steck Worley. Next up for Le Petit is “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Nov. 7-23), a prequel to the more familiar Peter Pan story that Worley termed “a wonderful family show, appropriate for all ages.”… Continue reading →

New Orleans area stages calendar, Sept. 4-13

“ARKHAM ASYLUM”: 9 p.m., The Shadowbox, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The play follows a security breach at Arkham Asylum and a gas leak that is causing Gotham’s favorite super villains to take off their clothes. theshadowboxtheatre.com. FRIDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: 10 p.m., La Nuit Comedy… Continue reading →