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‘You belong here,’ with the art, as sprawling Prospect.3 opens

Of the many hundreds of works of art which will comprise the sprawling “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” biennial exhibition when it opens to the public on Saturday, Tavares Strachan’s “You belong here” is going to be the hardest to miss. A massive floating barge in the Mississippi River supporting a framework with… Continue reading →

INSIDER ART: Tips for Prospect.3

Franklin Sirmans

With works by 58 international artists spread out over 18 locations across the city in the official lineup — not to mention dozens more artists and venues represented in associated satellite programs — there’s going to be a lot to see in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” But where to begin? You’ll have over 12 weeks… Continue reading →

‘Wisterias,’ ‘Oxblood’ offer drama in the Halloween spirit

Photo by Bear Hebert -- Phil Cramer, as Jacob, faces the land with a shovel in New Noise's 'Oxblood,' staged at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park.

Since one of theater’s great specialties is haunted spaces, it should come as no surprise that the entire month of October is filled with shows about spooky locales with hidden secrets. Along with “The Musical of the Living Dead” and three separate versions of “The Rocky Horror Show,” two other productions opened recently that feel… Continue reading →

Nerdy shows boldly going ... where?

Photo provided by Mid-City Theatre -- The Trek-A-Go-Go cast, from left: Jim Wright, Jake Bartush, Rudy Rasmussen, Carlos Gonzales, Joe T. Seibert, Yvette Hargis, Ashley Rose Bailey

Featuring some of New Orleans’ funniest improvisational talents, the “Star Trek” send up “Trek-A-Go-Go” has an opportunity to become an ongoing event at Mid-City Theatre. But if it’s going to build a regular audience, it needs to make a few changes in how it’s presented. The brainchild of director/producer Harold Gervais, the premise is simple. After a… Continue reading →

Company offers professional dancers a New Orleans option

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- From left, Anna Iosipiv, Curtis Thomas, Britney Kuehn, Trey Mauldwin and Maya Taylor of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.

A new, professional modern dance company at the Marigny Opera House is making it possible for dancers and choreographers to establish careers in New Orleans, and audiences can witness the results starting Friday, when the Marigny Opera House Dance Company kicks off its first season. Opera House founding director Dave Hurlbert’s passions… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Oct. 23-Oct. 30, 2014

WHERE, THE EXPLORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLACE, 1843-2014: Opening 4 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 31. A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., New Orleans. Spanning the history of photograph, ranging from works by Cartier-Bresson, Adams to Leibovits. (504) 568-1313. TULANE CONTEMPORARY.3: Opening at 5 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 25. Carroll Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane… Continue reading →

‘Musical of the Living Dead,’ ‘Oxblood’ and more onstage in New Orleans, Oct. 23-30, 2014

BROOMSTICK: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 2. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale. Starting at $20. (504) 522-6545. MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-26 and Oct.… Continue reading →

Unique as a painting, quick as a flash, Polaroid photos find a place

George Blakely -- Untitled, from the 'They did not like them but I did' series. Found Polaroid SX - 70 print with Kodak RA - 4 Enlargement. 1977. Collection of the Artist

A click, a whirr, and a faint chemical smell as you waved the stiff piece of plastic-coated paper back and forth and watched an image emerge from a cloudy blur: In our age of always-on camera phones, it’s hard to describe just how magical instant photography used to be. So for anyone who remembers what taking… Continue reading →

‘Broomstick,’ ‘Living Dead’ and other New Orleans theater events, Oct. 16-23, 2014

BROOMSTICK: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 2. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale. Starting at $20. (504) 522-6545. DOGFIGHT: 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Drama Hall of Isaac Delgado Hall, Delgado City Park… Continue reading →

Anti-violence show ‘Guns’ is right on target

Photo provided by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery -- Jonathan Ferrara's 'Excalibur No More' employs a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in a literal-minded way.

If the measure of the value of a work of art is its ability to provoke dialogue and its potential to affect social change, “Guns in the Hands of Artists” at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is the most valuable — and important — show in New Orleans right now. Part of that has to do… Continue reading →

PINKNEY HEBERT ARTWORK: Boyd|Satellite Gallery, 440 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 581-2440. LOIS CHILES: Richard Deutsch, Carole A. Feuerman, Beth Lambert. Through Oct. 11, Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 309-4249. CHILDREN, YOUTH AND CIVIL RIGHTS, 1951-1968 AND CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONTRIBUTION TO CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Through Oct. 15,… Continue reading →

‘Broomstick,’ ‘Chicago, the Musical!’ and other New Orleans stage events, Oct. 9-16, 2014

CHICAGO — THE MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Oct. 12. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787. NEUTRAL GROUND: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lupin Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Celebrate the music of New Orleans and get jazzed to the tapping toes and swinging sounds of Gulf… Continue reading →

‘Day of the Dead’ altar at Ogden to honor New Orleans artist George Dureau

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- The Dia de los Muertos Altar, seen on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, was created by Cynthia Ramirez in honor of artist George Dureau, who passed away in April of this year. The altar is set up in the atrium of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

After a time, Ogden Museum of Southern Art Curator Bradley Sumrall had to check artist George Dureau’s pockets because he kept smuggling in oil crayons to touch up his paintings that were on display in the museum. But that was Dureau’s style: always attempting to perfect what was already finished. Dureau, who Sumrall called New… Continue reading →

‘Broomstick’: John Biguenet’s latest play at Southern Rep casts an eerie spell

Provided photo -- Liann Pattison plays a mysterious storyteller in 'Broomstick'

“Broomstick,” the new play by celebrated playwright and novelist John Biguenet, is devilishly ambitious in its simplicity. For all of the production’s dazzling detail of decay and rot, the show is ultimately one woman in a spooky glow, spinning a yarn of terror and loss. The play, presented by Southern… Continue reading →

Your guide to Art for Arts’ Sake in New Orleans Saturday

Photo provided by Martine Chiasson Gallery-- Alex Mollere's 'Before the Song, the Enigma,' at Martine Chiasson Gallery.

With its built-in dress code and focus on boozy schmoozing and socializing, White Linen Night probably gets more than its fair share of attention among annual arts events in New Orleans. But when it comes to events where the focus is more squarely on the art itself, nothing compares to Art for Arts’ Sake, with dozens of museums,… Continue reading →

Just for a day, nine New Orleans parking spots become tiny leisure zones

Photo provided by Bike Easy -- Among the spaces youll encounter in this years PARK(ing) Day NOLA is a swing set designed by a team including local bike advocacy groups Bike Easy and Ride New Orleans.

If you’ve ever spent time circling the blocks of downtown New Orleans to find a parking space instead of coughing up the price of lunch to park in a commercial lot, the idea of purposely taking some of those precious parcels of real estate out of commission for a day might sound a little crazy. But what… Continue reading →

‘Chicago’ opens Broadway in New Orleans season Tuesday with razzle-dazzle show

Photo by Len Prince -- Roxie Hart, the 'killer chorine,' revels in her headlines in 'Chicago!' Here, she's played by Paige Davis.

Ninety years ago during the Roaring ’20s, the press was transfixed by two sensational court cases in Chicago in which attractive married women were accused of murdering their lovers. Their parallel stories and acquittals, both attained by celebrity lawyers, resulted not only in the women becoming celebrities themselves; they also became the subject of a play by… Continue reading →

Galleries, museums and other New Orleans arts events for Oct. 2-9, 2014

PINKNEY HEBERT ARTWORK: Boyd|Satellite Gallery, 440 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 581-2440. LOIS CHILES: Richard Deutsch, Carole A. Feuerman, Beth Lambert. Through Oct. 11, Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 309-4249. OF PAINT AND PAPER: A Survey of Monotype Collage Paintings by Keith Perelli, 2011-Present. Through Oct. 2. Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, 615… Continue reading →

New Orleans area stages calendar, Oct. 2-9.

BROOMSTICK: 3 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale about her life, love affairs and cursed reputation. (504) 522-6545. A LIE OF THE MIND: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540… Continue reading →

Sept. 27 is Smithsonian’s ‘Museum Day Live!’ at 10 spots around town

Photo provided by the New Orleans Museum of Art -- Alexis Rockman's  'Life of Pi' works are at NOMA, one of the Smithsonian Day Live! museums in New Orleans. 'Study for Tiger Vision' is one of the paintings that inspired the movie's visual effects.

Unlike people in other cities who have to be cajoled to “be a tourist” in their own home towns, New Orleanians generally don’t need to be reminded to enjoy what makes this place so special to visitors. Sure, it might be a while since you last wandered down Bourbon Street sipping on a Hand Grenade, but… Continue reading →

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 →

In CAC’s one-man ‘Iliad,’ Denis O’Hare brings Homer’s epic home

Photo by Joan Marcus -- Denis O'Hare in 'An Iliad.'

Out of the darkness, the epic poet Homer arrives to once again sing of the anger and devastation that is war. It is “An Iliad” like you’ve never seen, and celebrated stage, television and film actor Denis O’Hare will be performing it this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Center. Cast into our present… Continue reading →

TV show’s top dancers kick off U.S. tour at Saenger in New Orleans Oct. 1, 2014

Photo by MIKE YARISH / FOX BROADCASTING -- From left, the top four contestants from the 11th season of 'So You Think You Can Dance': Valerie Rockey, Ricky Ubeda, Zack Everhart Jr. and Jessica Richens. The gang hoofs it to New Orleans for a show at the Saenger Oct. 1.

From cha-cha to contemporary, Bollywood to Broadway, fans of the Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” witnessed it all by the time the 11th season of the show wrapped on Sept. 3, naming 18-year-old Miami resident Ricky Ubeda America’s favorite dancer. But the show isn’t over yet. Now Ubeda and the… 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 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. WANDERLUST: Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia St., New Orleans. Paintings… Continue reading →

Sweet Harmony: Tribute show summons memories of younger days for WWII veteran

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- After their tribute to the Andrews Sisters, performers Cristina Perez, Shelbie Mac and Mandi Ridgdell chat with World War II veteran Dan Cantor. Cantor saw the  Andrews Sisters while in the service during the war and still owns their original 78 rpm records.

Toward the midpoint of The National World War II Museum’s “America’s Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters,” war veteran Dan Cantor reached over to place his hand gently on the hand of his wife of 60 years, Joani. Smiling, both moved their lips along with the song “Rum and Coca Cola.” Watching Mandi… Continue reading →

Review: Giggles don’t stop at Rivertown’s goofy ‘Shrek’

Photo by John Barrios -- Kevin Murphy is every kid's favorite green ogre in the Rivertown production of 'Shrek the Musical.'

Everything you need to know about director Gary Rucker’s buoyantly silly production of “Shrek the Musical,” which opened last Friday on The Rivertown Theatre’s mainstage, can be found in an early second-act number. Having successfully rescued Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon, every child’s favorite ogre begins… Continue reading →