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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 →

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 →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for May 7-13, 2015

Jefferson Ballet Theatre director Kimberly Matulich-Beck, center, will dance the role of the swan queen “Odette” for the group’s Spring Concert Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. www.jpas.org.

SPRING DANCE CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Lupin Theatre, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Dance student production of “Re: Create,” an exploration into the roots of or classical disciplines in dance and how they can be re-imagined. $10. www.nocca.com. RED LIGHT ONE ACTS FESTIVAL, VOL. 1: 8 p.m. Thursday to… Continue reading →

‘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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