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‘Frozen’ is a natural for the Disney skate treatment

Photo provided by Disney On Ice Presents Frozen -- Taylor Firth, left, and Rebecca Bereswell make a smooth entrance in Disney on Ice's 'Frozen.'

There’s something magical about seeing Mickey or Ariel on ice skates, even if it doesn’t quite make sense. Since 1981, “Disney On Ice” has transformed some of Disney’s biggest hits into ice skating spectaculars, but of all those films, none fits the bill quite like “Frozen,” which tells the tale of a princess whose emerging ice… Continue reading →

NOLA Project back to the Sculpture Garden for ‘Robin Hood’

Photo by John B. Barrois -- James Bartelle plays the starring role. 'It’s easy to make Robin a larger-than-life hero,' says director Beau Bratcher. 'But in this version, we watch Robin’s journey as he becomes that hero.'

From the age-old ballads to modern-day video games, swashbuckling Robin Hood, the benevolent outlaw, continues to captivate audiences young and old. Beginning on Wednesday, May 6, NOLA Project’s “Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand” will bring a new spin to the tale of this hero and his band of Merry Men. Building on the success of last year’s… Continue reading →

NOLA Project slates 2015-16 season

The NOLA Project has announced its upcoming theatrical season, with productions ranging from Shakespeare to the Irish drama “Sive.” Venues vary, but the troupe, which launches “Robin Hood” in the NOMA Sculpture Garden next week, will be back inside the art museum for “The Winter’s Tale.” “Marie Antoinette”: Sept. 3-20 at Nims Black Box Theatre,… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar for April 30, 3015

"Waking the Dead," a metal print by J.T. Blatty, is part of the Happy Dogs exhibit through May 30 at Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 302-7942. www.martinechaissongallery.com.

DELGADO FINE ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITS: Through April 30, Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, Delgado Community College Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Students from the college’s three locations are presenting their work in different mediums explored by the artists, including painting, drawing, jewelry and ceramics. (504) 671-6377. www.dcc.edu. REVISITING THE GODDESS: Through April 30, 826… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar for April 30-May 6, 2015

'Antigone' gets a new look in the Old Marquer Theatre production of Sophocles' ancient Greek classic, with an all-female cast. The show runs May 7 through May 23,  8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, May 7 through May 23, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. $20. (504) 298-8676. www.oldmarquer.com.

“ROBIN HOOD — THIEF, BRIGAND”: 7 p.m., opens Wednesday, May 6, runs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays through May 24, not May 8; Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. NOLA Project and NOMA present a new telling of the classic tale of robbing from the rich… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for April 23-29, 2015

Photo provided -- Ron Flagge, Troi Bechet, Lloyd Meekins and Tom Hook bring the glorious days of 1940s radio to life in 'On The Air, The Live Broadcast Musical' at Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Shows run through May 31.

“SWAN LAKE”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. St. Petersburg Russian Ballet performs the ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, fashioned from folk tales, that tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. (504) 287-0350. www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. BILL BURR: 7… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for April 23-29, 2015

Photo provided -- 'After Eden' by Carolyn McAdams, oil on panel miniature, is part of the 'Mystery of Memory' exhibit at LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., New Orleans.

PETER MAX — THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MAX: 5 p.m., Angela King Gallery, 241 Royal St., New Orleans. Meet the artist in this one-night-only event. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com.
HONKY TONK — PORTRAITS OF COUNTRY MUSIC: 6:30 p.m. Opening and book signing Thursday, through May 31, New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., New Orleans. Henry Horenstein photographs from… Continue reading →

Steeped in history, ‘Swan Lake’ an enduring classic

Photo by Larisa Linnikova -- Aleksandr Voitin and Anna Voitina of the Russian Ballet perform a scene from 'Swan Lake.'

Like many 19th century operas, classical works and ballets that are now part of the standard repertoires of their respective genres, the debut of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s first full ballet, “Swan Lake,” was widely panned. Critics of that opening night performance on March 4, 1877, complained that Tchaikovsky’s music was “too noisy.” Julius Reisinger’s choreography was termed… Continue reading →

Harry Shearer to narrate ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at Loyola

Photo provided -- Harry Shearer will narrate 'Peter and the Wolf' with a dramatic orchestral background Sunday at Loyola University's Roussel Performance Hall.

Harry Shearer, renowned actor, voice-over artist and French Quarter denizen, takes center stage Sunday as the narrator for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” One of the most popular classical works aimed at young people, “Peter and the Wolf” is the musical tale of a young boy who, with… Continue reading →

Project explores the power of music

Photo by John Barrois -- The cast of 'Boudin.' Seated in front: Clint Johnson; seated left: Dorian Rush; standing left to right: Josh Smith, Brittney James, Phillip Manuel; standing at top, Natalie Jones.

According to Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep Theater’s producing artistic director, the inspiration for “BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project,” happened several years ago at Cochon Butcher on Tchoupitoulas over a plate of delicious boudin shared with Sean Daniels, a much sought-after theatrical director. “We were chatting about music and how it is the life blood… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for April 16-22, 2015

Photo provided -- Ron Flagge, Troi Bechet, Lloyd Meekins and Tom Hook bring the glorious days of 1940s radio to life in 'On The Air, The Live Broadcast Musical' at Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Shows run through May 31.

SPRING SENIOR ONE-ACT FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Thursday, Lower Depths Theatre, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Part of the Montage arts series. No late entry. www.cmfa.loyno.edu/montage. “THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Delgado Drama Hall, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Students from Delgado and Grace King… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for April 16-22, 2015

In "Phantom Limb Illustrated," Chris Roberts-Antieau re-releases her most recent collection of fabric applique pieces alongside the sketches that inspired them, including this Albino sketch. Antieau Gallery, 927 Royal St., New Orleans.  (504) 304-0849. www.antieaugallery.com.

DELGADO FINE ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITS: 5 p.m. Thursday, through April 30, Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, Delgado Community College Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Students from the college’s three locations are presenting their work in different mediums explored by the artists, including painting, drawing, jewelry and ceramics. (504) 671-6377. www.dcc.edu. BEN FOX-MCCORD — ABSURD DIVINATIONS:Text… Continue reading →

In live podcast ‘Night Vale,’ reports of UFOs, spirits and levitating cats

Photo by Whitney Browne -- Meg Bashwiner in 'Welcome to Night Vale.'

Parallel dimensions, check. Multi-headed dragons, check. But sentient and malevolent stone spires that tempt humans with devastating solutions to their most desperate problems? To us, it’s fantasy, science fiction, or the half-forgotten remains of a crazy dream. To the citizens of the fictional Southwest town of Night Vale, it’s everyday life. It’s also the… Continue reading →

Classic ‘Figaro’ wraps up the New Orleans opera season

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera -- Lisette Oropesa sang the role of Susanna in Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' at the Metropolitan Opera with Erwin Schrott. The New Orleans Opera Association features city native Oropesa in the same role this weekend.

Probably no other opera in the standard repertoire has more characters or a more twisted plot than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Its synopsis takes up three-fourths of a page in the program and that’s in small type. Yet it’s those twists and turns in the plot that make the opera so popular, in addition… Continue reading →

Anthony Bean takes on ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Community Theater -- Albert Aubry in 'A Glass Menagerie.'

Inside the walls of a cramped St. Louis apartment, Tennessee Williams’ characters, the Wingfields, move gingerly through the shards of their losses, longings and loves. On April 10, Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its production of the “The Glass Menagerie,” a play considered by many to be Williams’ most successful works. It is the somewhat autobiographical… Continue reading →

Skylar Fein lights up memories with ‘Strike Anywhere’

Photo by Chris Berntsen -- Skylar Fein: 'Some people think pop art is sunny. I don’t. I see it as dark.'

For a guy from the Bronx who was planning on becoming a doctor, Skylar Fein has come a long way toward earning his New Orleans artistic bona fides. Throughout his decade-long art career in New Orleans (he moved here for medical school six weeks before Hurricane Katrina in 2005), Fein has used the city and its mythologies… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar for April 9-15, 2015

Photo by John D'Addario -- Painting by Tennessee Williams -- 'Coeur Violée,' 1976. Oil on Canvas. Le Coeur Volé (The Stolen Heart) is a version of a poem by Rimbaud that exists in a better-known version called Le Coeur Supplicié (The Tortured Heart).  Here, Williams portrays Rimbaud, calling him Coeur Violée (The Violated Heart).

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Common roots traced in Carnival exhibit at CAC

Photo by Marvin Bartley -- Charles Campbell, Actor Boy: Fractal Engagement, performance, April 21, 2014, Kingston, Jamaica.

It isn’t clear who was the first to call New Orleans “the northernmost city of the Caribbean.” But the sentiment has been repeated so often it’s become a cliché. Like most clichés, it contains a certain truth. And few things provide more evidence of New Orleans’ close cross-cultural relationship to places on the other side of the… Continue reading →

Janet Shea is Ann Landers in JPAS one-woman show

Photo provided by Joshua Frederick -- Janet Shea is Ann Landers in 'The Lady With All The Answers.'

Janet Shea, an actor and teacher who retired last year from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts after 21 years, often gave her students the following advice: “Stay humble; stay connected; be nice to everybody, and you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.” New Orleans theatergoers are fortunate that Shea ended up here treading… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, April 2 to 9, 2015

Target Neighborhoods is part of Carolyn McAdams exhibit of surrealist landscapes at LeMieux Galleries through May 30. 332 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 522-5682. www.lemieuxgalleries.com.

THE MUSIC BOX ROVING VILLAGE — CITY PARK: Opening concert 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, exhibit through May 10. Old East Golf Course, Harrison Avenue, New Orleans. William Parker will compose and conduct the orchestra at opening concert for interactive kinetic musical structures. $15. www.neworleansairlift.org. THE MIRROR OF ALCHEMY: 6 p.m. reception Saturday, April… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar, April 2 to 9, 2015

Denise Pilar photo -- Mudlark Puppeteers production of "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented as part of the fourth New Orleans Puppet Festival. $20, $15 students and seniors, $5 under 12. (504) 948-9998. www.marignyoperahouse.org.

“DINNER WITH FRIENDS”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 2-4Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Two married couples’ comfortable routines are shaken to the core by divorce. $30 and up. (504) 522-2081. www.lepetittheatre.com. “NO SLEEP TILL BURLESQUE — A BEASTIE BOYS HIP-HOPERA”: 11 p.m., Friday… Continue reading →

New Orleans Opera announces a season of high passion

Image provided by New Orleans Opera Association - Poster art for Tosca, part of the 2015-16 season for the New Orleans Opera Association.

The New Orleans Opera Association is billing the 2015-16 season as a blockbuster, featuring “Love! Betrayal! Revenge!” To which a fourth should be added: “Repentance.” That would describe the underlying premise of “Dead Man Walking,” which the association is presenting next season for its local premiere. Set in the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at… Continue reading →

Taking a new look at Southern photography

Photo provided -- Mark Steinmetz's 'Off I-40, Knoxville, Tenn. 1993' is part of 'Mark Steinmetz: South,' an exhibition of Steinmetz's photographs, at the Ogden Museum of Southerm Art in New Orleans through May 10.

What is Southern photography? It’s a simple if endlessly debated question with, predictably, some not-so-simple answers. The easiest ones usually involve pointing to photographers who were born or work in the South or work in which Southern subjects and motifs predominate. But a more substantive consideration has to take into account identifying historical… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, March 26-April 2, 2015

AP Photo --   Filmmaker and personality John Waters brings his uncensored one-man show celebrating his film career and obsessional tastes to the Joy Theater tonight, Thursday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. 1200 Canal St., New Orleans.  (504) 528-9569. www.thejoytheater.com/tickets/list.

JOHN WATERS: 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26. Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Filmmaker and personality John Waters brings his uncensored one-man show celebrating his film career and obsessional tastes. (504) 528-9569. www.thejoytheater.com/tickets/list. HOTEL PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for March 26-April 1, 2015

IMEN DJOUINI — FLUTTER: Reception Thursday, March 26, through Friday, March 27, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. MFA thesis exhibition of mixed media and installations. (504) 314-2228. www.carrollgallery.tulane.edu. EXPLORING SAORI — WEAVING FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, Goldring Hall, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925… Continue reading →

Engaging ‘Kongo’ exhibit is full of surprises

Photo provided by Kongo Across the Waters -- Elizabeth F. Kinlaw, American, In and out basket, 2012, Samuel P Harn Museum of Art Collection

Long before there was a Congo Square — indeed, long before there was even a New Orleans — there was a Kingdom of Kongo. Covering an expanse of Central Africa corresponding to the modern day countries of Gabon in the north to Angola in the south, with the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo… Continue reading →