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‘Orfeo’ to launch Season 2 at Marigny Opera Ballet

Photo provided by Marigny Opera Ballet -- The Marigny Opera House, a renovated 19th-century church, is home to the Opera Ballet.

After an inaugural season of sellout performances and critical acclaim, Marigny Opera Ballet has announced the lineup for its second season. The newly formed resident dance company, whose home base is the Marigny Opera House in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, will be staging four productions between October and May. All of the dancers, choreographers, designers… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, July 2-8, 2015

Courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Photo by Roman Alokhin. The parlor at Butler Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville will be featured in New Orleans Museum of Art's 'A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context' exhibition in its entirety and component parts, showing its setting and the taste for revival styles in furniture and decorative arts prevalent in the mid-19th century South. Through Oct. 14. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org. BERTA’S AND MINA’S ANTIQUITIES GALLERY: “Puppy Love With My Angels From Above,” paintings by Mina Lanzas and Nilo Lanzas. 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Classical music is the inspiration for fire-proofed paintings at Ogden

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Artist Betsy Eby buffs one of her pieces in preparation for the opening of 'Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire,' at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

It would be an understatement to say classical music informs the 22 works in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s exhibit of Betsy Eby’s paintings. Indeed, one could go so far as to say the artist’s works are visual interpretations or “tone poems” of specific musical compositions. A classically trained pianist, Eby has… Continue reading →

CAC announces performing arts lineup

Photo by Stephanie Berger -- ETHEL Documerica will perform at the CAC in New Orleans.

A Tennessee Williams play, a Guadalajaran jazz band and the construction and deconstruction of a forest are just some of the performing arts pieces that will come to the Contemporary Arts Center this season. From October to March, the CAC’s calendar includes performances of the string quartet Ethel, “How to Build a Forest,” Tennessee Williams’… Continue reading →

Theater project highlights Latino contributions to New Orleans

Photo by Craig Morse -- Jose Torres-Tama in 'Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evil Doers.'

For new arrivals to the United States, the immigrant experience can be a challenge. Throughout our nation’s history, the most recent groups to arrive on our shores have often had to contend with hostility. And despite the fact that New Orleans was once part of Spain’s vast colonial empire in the New World and people of… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo provided -- 'House Cats,' an acrylic on board painting by Cathy Hegman, is on exhibit through July 28 at Carol Robinson Gallery, 840 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through Sunday. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau, and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: “Remembering Jeffrey Cook” exhibit. Through June 30. 1731… Continue reading →

Artist captures an embattled island and a fading way of life

Photo by Melinda Rose -- Island Basketball

An exhibit of striking black-and-white photographs at Scott Edwards Gallery focuses on the precarious existence of a small island most New Orleanians have probably never heard of. In the book that accompanies “Of the Rising Tide: A Photo Essay on the Vanishing Bayou Community of Isle de Jean Charles,” artist Melinda Rose describes her… Continue reading →

A spooky room, mysterious puzzles and a one-hour time limit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Andrew Preble and Michelle Calabro give instructions to participants before they enter Escape My Room.

We were instructed to enter the 14-story federal office building at 701 Loyola Ave. and tell the security guard we were going to the fourth floor. It was a Saturday, and the building was virtually empty. Leaving the elevator, our instructions said to walk to the end of the long hall, where an old chair sits outside a door.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for June 18-24, 2015

'Meanwhile Back to the Future' is acrylilc on canvas by Rene Lalonde, part of the exhibit 'Kaleidoscope of Dreams,' in connection with the release of a new artist book. The opening reception is Saturday, and the exhibit runs through July 15 at Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 299-9055. www.martinlawrence.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through Sunday. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: “Remembering Jeffrey Cook” exhibit. Through June 30. 1731… Continue reading →

Lesser-known ‘Cymbeline’ opens Tulane Shakespeare fest

Photo provided by NOSF -- Rob Clare directs 'Cymbeline,' opening Saturday at Tulane's Lupin Theater.

Tulane University launches the 22nd season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, June 13, with a work that’s one of the Bard’s lesser-known but as full of intrigue and poetry as any. “ ‘Cymbeline’ is an extraordinary play even by Shakespeare’s standards,” said visiting director Rob Clare, a world-renowned expert in Shakespeare and former staff… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts gallery listings, June 11-17, 2015

Photo provided by Lemieux Gallery -- 'Dichotomy' by Amy Guidry, oil on canvas, if part of the (Ouroboros), a group show of works reflecting on the ideas of rebirth, transformation, life and death, infinity and impermanence. Through July 25, 332 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 522-5988. www.lemieuxgalleries.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through June 21. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “Existential Ecology: A Dialogue of Toxins” by… Continue reading →

Curtain rises on new theater team in Marigny

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Brothers Ryan, left, and Jim  Fitzmorris pause during repair work last Friday at the Marigny Theater.

The Marigny Theatre, in the heart of the trendy St. Claude entertainment district, is under new management and plans to announce its premiere season in August. Major renovations are being completed, though detail work is still planned. But tonight, the theater pauses its overhaul to welcome patrons for the already-scheduled “Strays,” an original play by… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for June 4-10, 2015

'Laundry Day in the Courtyard' is part of an exhibit of French Quarter oil paintings by Thomas Lofton. 'Old French Town' looks at early 20th Century views of the VIeux Carre and will be on display throuigh July 31 at Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 895-7375. www.jeanbragg.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through June 21. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau and Annie Lousteau. 6 p.m. reception Saturday, through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “Existential Ecology: A Dialogue… Continue reading →

A decade after Katrina: NOMA looks at memories, loss and change in ‘Ten Years Gone’

Courtesy of the Artist and Arthur Roger Gallery --  Dawn DeDeaux,  'Water Markers,' 2006-2015

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, expect to see media outlets and cultural institutions trotting out images of the storm and its aftermath that are likely all-too-indelibly seared on your memory already: houses, neighborhoods and lives destroyed by the floodwaters, National Guard markings inscribed like hieroglyphs on every building still standing.… Continue reading →

Technical flaws undermine talent in ‘The Color Purple’

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Community Theater -- Giselle Nakhid as Nettie and Asia Nelson as Celie in 'The Color Purple' at Anthony Bean Community Theater.

There are a number of reasons to commend Anthony Bean Community Theater’s production of “The Color Purple.” The 21-member cast is exceptionally committed, the choreography is joyously executed and the play’s examination of one black woman’s journey out of oppression into self-actualization is a positive tale worth sharing. Director Anthony Bean is to be applauded for… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for May 28-June 3, 2015

'Moonlight in the Woods' is one of Bull Iles' paintings on exhibit at Cole Pratt Gallery, 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans. The show opens Sunday and runs through June 27. (504) 891-6789. www.coleprattgallery.com

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through June 21. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau and Annie Lousteau. 6 p.m. reception Saturday, June 6, through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY:… Continue reading →

A scavenger hunt for art, with clues in social media - #NOFreeArt is a unique experience

Photo provided by #NOFreeArt -- A mobile made by artist Craig Budovitch was displayed in Audubon Park.

This spring and summer, art is yours for the taking all over New Orleans — if you know where to find it. Described as a “social experiment” combining online interaction with real world experiences, #NOFreeArt is based on a simple premise: Artists “hide” their work in various places around the city, and the first person… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for May 21-27, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Keith and Millie Marshall -- This ink and watercolor image of Huey Long; ca. 1932, by John McCrady is part of the Historic New Orleans Collection's exhibit 'From Winnfield to Washington — The Life And Career Of Huey P. Long.' Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the former governor’s death, the collection includes more than 140 documents, maps, objects and photographs. Through Oct. 11, Williams Gallery, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 523-4662. www.hnoc.org.

BERTA’S AND MINA’S ANTIQUITIES GALLERY: “Puppy Love With My Angels From Above,” paintings by Mina Lanzas and Nilo Lanzas. 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 895-6201. BOYD|SATELLITE GALLERY: Pinkney Hebert artwork. 440 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 581-2440. www.boydsatellitegallery.com. CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER: “En Mas –Carnival and Performance Art Of The Caribbean,” exploration of the influences of… Continue reading →

Hiroshi Yamano spans cultures with fragile but multifaceted media

Photo by John d'Addario -- Installation view, 'Hiroshi Yamano: East Meets West' at Studio Inferno

Of all artistic media, glass may embody the most contradictions. It is simultaneously strong and fragile, by turns opaque and translucent. And as an art material it is both ancient and modern: its use spans practically the entire history of artistic production, from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the present day. In the… Continue reading →

Le Petit announces 2015-16 slate of shows

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre has announced its 2015-16 season, slating American classic “Our Town,” a fairy tale, “The Bluest Eye” and a beloved musical. Tickets for the season at the venerable playhouse at Jackson Square are now on sale for the list of musicals, plays and panto that harvests some of the American theater’s most… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for May 14-20, 2015

William Compton's "I'll Have Another" is part of the Happy Hour exhibit at Jean Bragg Gallery, Through May 31, 600 Julia St., New Orleans.  (504) 895-7375. www.jeanbragg.com.

ANTIEAU GALLERY: “Phantom Limb Illustrated” fabric applique pieces and sketches by Chris Roberts-Antieau. Through Sunday, 927 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 304-0849. www.antieaugallery.com. BERTA’S AND MINA’S ANTIQUITIES GALLERY: “Puppy Love With My Angels From Above,” paintings by Mina Lanzas and Nilo Lanzas. 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 895-6201. BOYD|SATELLITE GALLERY: Pinkney Hebert artwork. 440 Julia St., New Orleans.… Continue reading →

‘Celtic Woman’ marks 10th anniversary with tour, reunion

Photo by David Conger -- Celtic Woman are, from left, Máiréad Carlin, Lynn Hilary and Susan McFadden.

“Celtic Woman,” the internationally touring stage production that deftly blends pop, classical and Irish music, is staging a 10th anniversary tour. The 2015 “Celtic Woman” world tour will visit Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S. The schedule includes stops in more than 80 North American cities, including New Orleans. Lynn Hilary, a… Continue reading →

World-renowned Limon Dance Company launches 70th season in New Orleans

Students join the Limon Dance Company for a performance of Jose Limon's 'Missa Brevis' in the Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.

In 1946, when Jose Limon founded his namesake dance company, little did he know that 70 years later and 43 years after his death, his troupe would still be going strong. Such was the legacy of a man described by his peers as “a pioneer in the field of modern dance and choreography.” The Limon Dance Company… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for May 7-13, 2015

"Couple in Mimosa" by Chagall is one of the Modern Masters opening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 16, through June 28,at  Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 299-9055. www.martinlawrence.com.

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT: Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 8, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Students present and sell work. www.nocca.com/celebration-season. WETLANDS ART TOUR: 9 a.m. Saturday, tour headquarters Clouet Gardens, 707 Clouet St. New Orleans. Day of events at various venues featuring artists, performers and activists focusing on… Continue reading →