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Freaksheaux to Geaux stages ‘Where the Wild Things Went’

Photo by Shadow Angelina -- Thugsy Da Clown as Max, who sails off to an island in his imagination in 'Where the Wild Things Went.'

Was “Where the Wild Things Are” a favorite children’s book of yours? As a kid, did you ever disappear into an imagined jungle in your own bedroom and sail to an island filled with monsters? Think you’re too old to do it again? Freaksheaux to Geaux begs to differ as it puts on… Continue reading →

Loyola Opera Theatre to stage two of Puccini’s one-acts

Photo provided by Loyola Opera --  Annie Halbert as

Toward the end of his life, following such successful, full-scale operas as “La Boheme,” “Tosca,” “Madama Butterfly” and others, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini tried his hand at one-acts. He wrote three between 1916 and 1918. Though they are sometimes performed together as “Il Tritico” (The Triptych or Trilogy), it has become customary in recent years for opera… Continue reading →

Tulane Shakespeare Festival to stage ‘Cymbeline’ in June

The seldom-performed romance “Cymbeline” will headline this summer’s 2015 New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, officials announced this week. The festival also will stage “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde and “Incarnate,” a multidisciplinary artistic performance along the lines of last summer’s “Luna Series.” Described as a “fantastical… Continue reading →

New Orleans comedy fest draws national talent, locals and scouts

Photo provided by La Nuit Comedy Theater -- D.J. Douggpound of 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!' is a headliner at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival, performing Friday at 10 p.m. at La Nuit.

Looking to such events as the Aspen Comedy Festival for inspiration, Yvonne Landry, of La Nuit Comedy Theater, has pulled together a three-day New Orleans festival that includes national comedy acts. “I bring in the industry, I bring in some headliners and we do some shows,” Landry said. “Meanwhile, I get showcasing comics, who… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   Visitors examine a work in the exhibit 'Guns in the Hands of Artists' at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia St. in New Orleans. The works in the gun-art exhibit were created using firearms from a New Orleans Police Department gun buyback program. The exhibit continue through Jan.  24. (504) 522-5471. www.jonathanferraragallery.com.

CARNIVAL!: Opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 17, Garden District Gallery, 1332 Washington Ave., New Orleans. Group invitation exhibition of multimedia works by artists including Patti Adams, Bevil Knapp, Ellis Lucia, Rolland Golden, Alan Falttman and Andy Levin. (504) 891-3032. www.gardendistrictgallery.com. ARTS ESTUARY 1024 GRAND OPENING: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 1024 Elysian Fields, New… Continue reading →

Onstage in New Orleans, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Photo by Kelly Fouchi -- From left, Christian Tarzetti, Marc Fouchi and, Ellie Villarubia in 'Will Rogers Follies.'  Curtain is 8 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 31, and Thursday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sundays, at Rivertown Theater, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221. www.rivertowntheaters.com.

YOUR LITHOPEDION: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays through Feb. 1, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Dark comedy about a serial killer’s attempts to reform and become the founder of Serial Killers Anonymous, wreaking havoc on his marriage. From Lux et Umbra company, written by UNO professor and playwright Justin Maxwell. $15. www.oldmarquer.com.… Continue reading →

‘Ain’t Got No Home’: A musical recollection of life after Katrina

Photo by provided by JPAS -- Butch Caire, Allee Peck, Troi Bechet and April Louise in 'Ain't Got No Home' at Teatro Wego.

Picking up where the “Blueberry Hill” story left off last fall, the jukebox musical “Ain’t Got No Home” premieres this weekend at Teatro Wego in Westwego. Sponsored by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, “Ain’t Got No Home” will feature 18 indigenous New Orleans songs that tie in with a story line written and directed by… Continue reading →

Le Petit’s ‘Superstar’ focuses on the psychology of Jesus and Judas

Photo provided by Danielle Walters Photography -- Nick Shackleford is Jesus, and Elyse McDaniel plays Mary Magdalene in Le Petit Theatre's production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'

Fat, shimmering guitar sounds, thumping bass, bouncing piano notes and tight drums: No, those sounds aren’t coming from a French Quarter barroom. It’s Le Petit Theatre staging “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the classic 1970s rock opera, Friday through Jan. 30. The familiar musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, follows Jesus and his apostles as they… Continue reading →

Shawne Major’s mixed-media works are thick with meaning

Photo provided by Shawne Major and Callan Contemporary, New Orleans -- 'Bower,' detail.

The complexity of Shawne Major’s dazzling mixed-media tapestries lends itself to ornate descriptions. One admirer of her work quoted on her website called her pieces “magical spaces created from the artist’s re-enchantment of objects and materials from disposable production.” But mere words don’t fully prepare you for what you see when you’re actually standing in… Continue reading →

New Orleans area arts events, Jan. 15-22, 2015

BODY ELECTRIC: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. opening reception Friday; through March 1, The Foundation Gallery, 1109 Royal St. New Orleans. Group exhibition featuring works by Pinky Bass, Doug Baulos, Kelwin Coleman, Barbara Groves, Heather Hansen and Sadie Sheldon. (504) 568-0955. www.foundationgallerynola.com. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMEMORATIVE ART EXHIBITION: Reception and panel discussion Saturday 5 p.m.; through March 7,… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, Jan. 15-22, 2015

MAMMA MIA!: 7:30 p.m., also Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. National touring company of the hit based on the music of ABBA by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. $35.55 and up. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com. YOUR LITHOPEDION: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays through Feb. 1, Old Marquer… Continue reading →

Joy, mourning mingle in Wayne Amedee ’s latest work

Photo provided by Wayne Amedee -- Artist Wayne Amedee: 'While I like to think of my work as general in nature, there is no doubt that the color of New Orleans influences my work a lot.'

As an expression of lived experience, all art is a form of autobiography. In Wayne Amedee’s show of new work at Octavia Gallery, however, that autobiographical self-expression has taken an even more intimate turn. “My work always has a hint of the autobiographical,” he said. “But many times it is a lot more… Continue reading →

ABBA’s pop tunes drive ‘Mamma Mia!’

Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia -- The entire cast performs a number from the touring production of 'Mamma Mia!' The show opens Tuesday at the Saenger Theatre in  New Orleans.

It’s grossed $2 billion worldwide, had over 54 million viewers and stocked stages with performers since its 1999 debut. It was so successful that a movie was made featuring Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. Now audiences in New Orleans will have the opportunity to see one of the most popular musicals… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, Jan. 8-15, 2015

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: 7:30 p.m. Friday; also 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 13-16 for schools. Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival production as part of “Performances for the Schools” program provides live theater for children in underserved schools. Other students can attend for $10. The only public performance… Continue reading →

Studio Inferno pays tribute to Battle of New Orleans with relics that aren’t

Photo provided by Studio Inferno -- Gene Koss, 'Cannon,' is built of cast glass, steel and wood.

After moving in about a year ago, Studio Inferno now finds itself in the right place at the right time: occupying a former movie theater in Arabi less than a mile from the Chalmette Battlefield and celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans as only artists can do. Inspired by the 1815 battle, local… Continue reading →

Shadowbox Theatre to launch new theatrical company

Photo by Ross Nelson -- 'Your Lithopedion' is Lux et Umbra's first show of our season. With Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth and Glenn Aucoin.

Despite a forced name change, the 4-year-old Shadowbox Theatre in the Faubourg Marigny will be able to keep its brand going with the launch of its new, in-house theatrical company in early 2015. Richard Mayer, founder and executive director of the Shadowbox, recently announced the formation of the Lux et Umbra performing group… Continue reading →

Based on a fairy tale, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Snow Queen’ is a fanciful holiday treat

The holidays are over and the last “Nutcracker” has been danced, but the Tchaikovsky repertoire gets some extra mileage this weekend with Jefferson Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Snow Queen.” JBT will present two performances of the two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky based on the Hans Christian Andersen 1840s fairy tale.… Continue reading →

New Orleans art events, Jan. 1-8, 2015

Photo courtesy Boyd-Satellite Gallery & PhotoNOLA -- Andres Serrano, 'Study for Our Lady of the Thorns 1'

COLLECTIVE MEMORY: Opening reception Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Jan. 31; Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., New Orleans. Works by Shawne Major. (504) 525-0518. www.callancontemporary.com. PAINTING THE NEW ORLEANS ARTS DISTRICT: Opening Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Jan. 31; Jean Bragg Gallery, 600 Julia St., New Orleans. Scenes of urban life and culture… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, Jan. 1-8, 2015

‘THE DEVILS YOU KNOW’: 8 p.m., preview, opens Jan. 2-3, 8-10 and 18-19. The Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A new black comedy by Mason Joiner. (504) 298-8676. www.theshadownboxtheatre.com. THE VICTORY BELLES PRESENT AMERICA’S WARTIME SWEETHEARTS: 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. A tribute to… Continue reading →

Where nature once exhibited its power, an inspiring space for art

Photo by Richard Oliver - The outdoor sculpture exhibition Crevasse 22 is arrayed around the River House in Poydras.

During the flood of 1922, the Mississippi River rose, sloshed, swirled and finally broke through the levee by the town of Poydras in St. Bernard Parish. Today, a small, peaceful lake dubbed the Blue Hole serves as a testament to the incredible power unleashed by the river so many years ago, and now this rural site also is… Continue reading →

Punch lines: Hometown hero of standup comedy is joined by high-profile friends for a rare group show

Photo provided by The New Movement -- Kyle Kinane

On the eve of New Year’s Eve’s Eve, deep in the recesses of the French Quarter, five men will meet and tell jokes. Inside the nightclub One Eyed Jacks, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, nationally known comedians Sean Patton, Kyle Kinane and Rory Scovel will headline. Chris Trew, founder of the comedy theater The New Movement, and… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Dec. 25, 2014

Arts LANDSCAPES — PHOTOGRAPHY, DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS: River House, 8122 Saro Lane, Poydras. Works by local artists Errol Baron, Ron Bechet, Henry Butler, Sandra Russell Clark, Tina Freeman, Gabrielle Gaspard, Gary Cecchine, Jillian Gibson, William Guion, Simon Gunning, Diego Larguia, John McDonald, Robert Perrin, Sandra Buring Pulitzer, Rudolf Karl Radlinger, Richard Sexton and the… Continue reading →

What’s on stage in New Orleans, Dec. 25-Dec. 31, 2014

Stages THE VICTORY BELLES PRESENT AMERICA’S WARTIME SWEETHEARTS: 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. A tribute to the Andrews Sisters. $40. (504) 528-1943. stagedoor canteen.org. THE VICTORY BELLES RING IN THE HOLIDAYS: 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays through Dec. 27. Stage Door… Continue reading →

Ballet Hysell, Delta Festival Ballet each stage a classic holiday ‘Nutcracker’

Photo by GK Photography -- A scene from the Delta Festival Ballet production of 'The Nutcracker.'

Although Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s inaugural performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet on Dec. 18, 1892, was not hailed as a success, it has since become the most widely performed dance production of all time. In New Orleans and Baton Rouge alone, in 2014, at least 10 productions of this holiday classic are being presented this year. This… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts listings, Dec. 18-25, 2014

OFFSTAGE GALLERY ARTISANS’ EMPORIUM: Through Sunday. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Original art in a variety of media for purchase. (404) 784-6880. www.OTACenter.com. MIRRORFUGUE: Through Saturday, Laura Simon Nelson Galleries, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 400 Chartres St., New Orleans. Installation by Xiao Xiao. (504) 523-4662. www.thnoc.org. BLACK AND WHITE FANTASY: 7 p.m., opening reception today, through… Continue reading →

What’s on stage in New Orleans, Dec. 18-25, 2014

THE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES: 8 p.m. Thursday, Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., New Orleans. The Great American Poetry and Theatre Company’s staged adaptation of poet Galway Kinnell’s book-length work. (504) 949-2009. www.lostlovelounge.com. COMEDY AND MUSIC NIGHT: 8 p.m., Saturday, Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Becky Allen and Jodi Borrello will be the laughs and Linda Wright will… Continue reading →

‘Dean of N.O. artists’ Paul Ninas gets a show at LeMieux

Photo courtesy Lemieux Galleries -- Paul Ninas, Untitled (Horse Woman and Mirror) ca. 1955 oil on canvas 34

This month, a show of mostly never-before-seen works by Paul Ninas at LeMieux Galleries on Julia Street is a reminder of his stature in some circles as the “dean of New Orleans artists” — even if he might be better known in others for rather different reasons. Born in Missouri in 1903,… Continue reading →

Broadway Series’ ‘Dirty Dancing’ opens at the Saenger

Photo Matthew Murphy -- Samuel Pergande and Jenny Winton in a number from 'Dirty Dancing.'

It was the summer of 1963 and they were having “the time of their lives,” according to the Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes song written for the occasion. The occasion was the blossoming romance between a 17-year-old girl and a handsome, virile dance instructor at a resort hotel in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The semi-autobiographical… Continue reading →

‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a burlesque dream

Photo by Kriss Hoffmann -- Perse Fanny plays Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, who wants to be Santa Claus in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'

Composer and lyricist Danny Elfman’s opening lyric to the now-classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” might be the best way to explain what burlesque dancer and producer Remy Dee has in mind. “Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?” A New Orleans area native, Dee believes the beloved, off-kilter seasonal show… Continue reading →