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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 →

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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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 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 →

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 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 →