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At Mid City Theatre, a month of cabaret

March 9 and 10 -- Nell Nolan & Dennis Woltering in 'Love Letters'

In the words of the song made famous by Liza Minnelli, Mid-City Theatre invites live entertainment fans to “come to the cabaret,” starting tonight and running for the entire month of March. Mid-City Theatre’s third annual Cabaret Month will feature events spread out over 23 days. Among the acts that make up the… Continue reading →

Newcomb exhibit invites viewers into Degas’ life and times

Photo provided by Newcomb Art Gallery -- Edgar Degas, Rene Degas, Ernest Chausson, Claude Debussy and Madame Eugene Rouart prepare to go Rowing, 1897

“Is painting done to be looked at?” asked Edgar Degas in a quote that greets visitors to an absorbing new exhibition at the Newcomb Art Gallery. “Is it any business of journalists if I make pictures, boots, or cloth slippers? Painting concerns one’s private life.” Degas’ statement seems to both resist and invite a biographical reading… Continue reading →

Anthony Bean Theater tackles a gender-bending, time-traveling Shakespeare

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Community Theater -- From left, Adella Gautier, Marie Becnel and Martin 'Bats' Bradford in 'Measure for Measure.'

With casting that crosses gender lines and a diverse roster of actors, Anthony Bean Community Theater on Friday will open an unconventional staging of Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure.” Anthony Bean, ABCT founder, usually directs the theater’s productions, but this time, he’s turning that duty over to Frederick Mead, a local actor, storyteller and… Continue reading →

Over-the-top diva skewers … everything

DNA Martina

She’s a plus-sized model with a hairy back, an off-key singer with a hugely pronounced camel toe and an unforgettably bizarre storyteller. She’s Dina Martina, and on Sunday, March 8 at One Eyed Jack’s she will make her New Orleans debut. She burst onto the scene in 1989 at Seattle’s Center of Contemporary Art, the… Continue reading →

Katt Williams reborn to be wild in volatile standup at Lakefront Arena

Photo provided -- Katt Williams

Call Katt Williams what you will: provocative, pretender pimp, foul-mouthed, frenetic or just plain funny. Comedians are known for bringing their personal demons onstage and turning them into punchlines, but if anyone has mastered that art and wrapped it up in whirlwind delivery and enough curse words to make a whole tavern of sailors blush, Continue reading →

Arts calendar for the week of March 6, 2015

Mothers

JEFFREY STENBOM — THANK YOU: Reception Friday, March 6; through March 13, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. MFA thesis exhibition of cast glass, mixed media and installations. (504) 314-2228. www.carrollgallery.tulane.edu. FINAL ART AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 7, Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. Preview… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar, March 5-11, 2015

Audrey Catalano, Emma Charap and Allison Gerstley perform in the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance produciton of Lillian Hellman's The

“DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?”: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Cook Fine Arts Center, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. An original musical production by Dillard alumna India McDougle that covers 300 years of black history, presented by an inter-generational ensemble. $15, $10 students and seniors. (504) 816-4857.… Continue reading →

‘King of Queens’ star aims to conquer New Orleans

Photo provided -- Kevin James

Like many of the world’s current kings of comedy, Kevin James got his start in stand-up. The comedy chops that James showed offscreen earned him an onscreen role in “The King of Queens,” which ran for nearly 10 years. After that came a string of successful comedies co-starring Adam Sandler, Chris RockContinue reading →

Artistic director returns to stage to reprise role in ‘Harvey’

Photo by Aggie Thibodaux -- A portrait of the offbeat hero Elwood P. Dowd and the pooka Harvey, an invisible rabbit.

Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey” is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a man with effervescent courtesy who has a 6-foot, 31/2-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey as a best friend. Elwood’s sister Veta is concerned the rabbit will interfere with her life as a socialite and thinks if she commits Elwood to a mental institution her problems… Continue reading →

Ladies get the last laugh in JPAS farce ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’

Photo provided by JPAS -- Margeaux Fanning, Mary Pauley, Claire Conti and KathrynTalbot in JPAS' 'Sex Please We're Sixty.'

“Fifty Shades of Grey” this ain’t. Blue? Perhaps. That’s the color of a little diamond-shaped pill at the center of the two-act comedy “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” opening this weekend at Teatro Wego! in Westwego. Staged by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society and directed by “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont, “Sex Please” is “a… Continue reading →

Black Grace dance troupe expresses culture, rituals of Pacific Islanders

Photo by Duncan Cole -- Black Grace

The cultures of the indigenous people of the Pacific Islands and New Zealand are filled with colorful rituals that include music, chanting, dancing, storytelling and other exuberant forms of creative expression. New Orleanians can see examples of that when the New Zealand-based dance troupe, Black Grace, makes its local debut at the Mahalia… Continue reading →

Gallery listings in New Orleans Feb. 19-25

HOMELESS AND HUNGRY HEROES ART SHOW: Through Feb. 28, St. Charles Parish Westbank Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. More than 150 works by various artists to benefit Homeless Veterans Outreach program.(504) 340-3429. www.veteranshousingoutreach.webs.com. PATCH SOMERVILLE — OUT OF PLACE: Reception Thursday, Feb. 26; through Feb. 27, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. MFA… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans Feb. 26 and on

ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL: 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through March 1, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Each night, two of the four one-act plays (“Enter Your Sleep,” “A Lie of the Mind,” “Black Bird, Orange Flower Water” and “The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger”) based on the theme “violence” will be presented, as… Continue reading →

Dawn DeDeaux explores life, death, and survival in complex show

Photo courtesy of Dawn Dedeaux and Arthur Roger Gallery -- 'Coptic Ladder.'

The one thing you can say for sure about Dawn DeDeaux’s work is that you can never be certain what to expect. Taking the mantle of “multimedia artist” to its fullest potential, DeDeaux’s work over the years has encompassed painting, sculpture, architecture, hologram projections, digital imagery, installations and performance. To paraphrase Walt Whitman, she… Continue reading →

One-act play is a wicked epic by poet Shel Silverstein

Photo provided by Jonah Weston -- Actor Jonah Weston discovered 'The Devil and Billy Markham' years ago. 'The language was awesome, and it was all so incredibly layered, so complex,' he said.

Shel Silverstein is best known for his irreverent and quirky children’s books, such as the modern classic, “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” But he was also a Playboy magazine cartoonist, a musician and a composer, writing songs that included the Johnny Cash hit “A Boy Named Sue.” And he was a poet for adults, author… Continue reading →

‘Trailer Park Boys’ bring loser lifestyle to live show

Photo provided by Trailer Park Productions -- 'Trailer Park Boys' documents the lives and petty crimes of  Julian (John Paul Tremblay), bespectacled cat-lover Bubbles (Mike Smith) and  Ricky (Rob Wells).

What are friends for? If you’re Bubbles, Ricky or Julian, aka the “Trailer Park Boys,” friends are for cursing you out, cheering you up and getting you into (and out of) trouble with the law. The Canadian comedy series about the down-and-out misfits of Sunnyvale trailer park has grown into a worldwide hit. Now, in… Continue reading →

ArtSpot aims to change the world, one scene at a time

Photo provided -- Kathy Randels of ArtSpot.

Whether it’s a ludicrous farce or a classic tragedy, from the beginning of civilization, theater has embodied our fears and dreams, joys and struggles. At its best, it makes the world a better place. Through many and varied performances, Kathy Randels and her company, ArtSpot Productions, stand as a testament to the positive power of theater.… Continue reading →

Show at Ogden spotlights Tennessee Williams’ artistic talents

Painting by Tennessee Williams -- 'The Blaze of the Moment,' Oil on canvas. Titled for a phrase from a short story by Williams entitled 'The Mattress by the Tomato Patch.'

In a different world, Tennessee Williams might have been better known as a painter than as a playwright. Of course, that’s assuming that his artistic talents in that other world were on the same level as his literary talents in this one. Judging from the works on view in an uneven but thoroughly charming… Continue reading →

Gallery listings in New Orleans Feb. 19-25

GASPERI COLLECTION — SELF-TAUGHT, OUTSIDER AND VISIONARY ART: Through Feb. 22, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. The exhibit will include a portfolio of 26 previously unseen works on paper by Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter. (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org. HOMELESS AND HUNGRY HEROES ART SHOW: Through Feb. 28, St. Charles Parish Westbank Regional Library,… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans Feb. 19 and on

“THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, Old Marquer Theater, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. One-man stage version of Shel Silverstein’s epic six-part poem $12 in advance, $15 at door. (504) 298-8676. www.oldmarquer.com. “BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO”: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Robert E. Nims Theatre, Performing Arts Center, University of New Orleans,… Continue reading →

Mardi Gras Mask Market runs Friday-Monday

Photo by Kim Welsh -- The right mask can bring out parts of your personality that usually lie dormant. Devil horns, anyone?

What lies behind that desire to wear a mask? “It’s what appeals to people who are drawn to acting, whether it be professionally or community theater,” said Chaney Tullos, a teacher at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and a professional actor and director. “It’s this idea of… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, Feb. 12-19, 2015

HENRY LIPKIS: Opening reception Thursday, ; exhibit through Tuesday, Gallery Twenty One Fourteen, 2114 Decatur St., New Orleans. Solo show of works by mural artist Lipkis. (504) 941-7119. www.gallerytwentyonefourteen.com. HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS!: Through Saturday, 716 Bienville St., New Orleans. The first exhibit of Theodor Geisel’s private hat collection and works adapted from his original drawings.… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, Feb. 12-18, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Andrews Sisters tribute by the Victory Belles at the WW II Museum. The performers are  Shelbie Mac, Mandi Ridgdell and Cristina Perez. He saw the Andrews Sisters while in the service during the war.

BIG DEAL BURLESQUE BIRTHDAY SHOW: 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Roxie LeRouge hosts “Mission Un-Bareable,” a burlesque game show with live music. $10. (504) 265-8855. www.siberianola.com. KREWE DU BOUDOIR — MARDI GRAS BURLESQUE: 10 p.m., Old Marquer Theatre New Orleans, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Four Suits presents a raucous Mardi… Continue reading →

New Orleans gallery listings for Feb. 5-11, 2015

The

CLEMENTINE HUNTER SKETCHBOOK BOOK LAUNCH: 6 p.m. Thursday, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. The book, contains 26 previously unseen oil works by the Louisiana artist. Copies will be on sale. (504) 539-9650. www.ogdenmuseum.org. EN PLEIN AIR: Opening 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, through March 1, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road,… Continue reading →

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 →