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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.

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. 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. 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 →

Director, actors re-examine a play about how we change over time

Photo by Danielle Walters -- Leon Contavesprie, Chelle Duke, Liz Launey and Eddie Simon play longtime friends confronted with difficult changes.

How does the passage of time affect friendships and relationships? How do people change as they’re battered and buoyed by life’s challenges? Director Rene J.F. Piazza explores those questions in the Pultizer-winning play “Dinner With Friends.” Piazza first produced this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama when he inaugurated his now defunct theater company, Actor’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for March 19-25, 2015

'The Bird of Hermes,' a mixed media work by Paul LeBlanc, will be on display at LeMieux Galleries through April 25 at 332 Julia St., New Orleans.

SPRING FINE ART AUCTION: 12:30 p.m. preview, 2 p.m. auction, Sunday, March 22, West New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans. Martin Lawrence Gallery auctions works by Chagall, Picasso, Erte, Lichtenstein, Murakami, Rembrandt, Warhol and others that may also be purchased. RSVP required. (504) 299-9055. IMEN DJOUINI — FLUTTER: Reception March 26; open Wednesday, March 18… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, March 19-26, 2015

Photo by John Barrois -- "Suddenly Last Summer" cast members, from left, include David Williams as George Holly, Morrey McElroy as Mrs. Holly, Beth Bartley as Catharine Holly and Carol Sutton as Sister Felicity in the Tennessee Williams play set in the Garden District. The Southern Rep Theatre production runs 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 29 at Ashé Powerhouse Theater, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans.

“FEAST & CRIME”: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, through Saturday, March 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Surrealistic adaptation of two short stories by Polish author Witold Gombrowicz. Live music and soundwork accompany an ensemble cast. Old Marquer Theatre, $10, 2400 St. Claude Ave. MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 4: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the… Continue reading →

Soprano, tenor shine in N.O. Opera’s ‘Lucia’ production

Scotland, with its frequently dreary climate and its cold, foreboding castles, is a tailor-made locale for tales of conspiracies, jealous rivalries and nighttime murders. Macbeth and Mary, Queen of Scots are just two examples that come readily to mind. Place the sad story of “Lucia di Lammermoor” in that setting, and you have all the elements… Continue reading →

Suspending disbelief (in midair), it’s Penn and Teller

Photo provided -- Penn and Teller

For the past 40 years, one of the biggest names in magic actually has been two names: Penn and Teller. The duo carved a niche for themselves by doing away with the glitzy costumes and mystic mumbo-jumbo used by their competitors, and have brought that no-nonsense style to TV shows, films and theaters around the world.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Opera presents bel canto masterpiece

Photo provided by New Orleans Opera Association -- Laura Claycomb plays the unhappy bride in Gaetano Donizettis  Lucia di Lammermoor.'

It was a gruesome spectacle that greeted guests on the night of a wedding in early 18th-century Scotland. A bride stumbled down the steps of a castle in her blood-stained wedding dress, hallucinating in shock. A groom lay dead on the floor of their bedroom, stabbed with his own sword. One of the most memorable… Continue reading →

‘Recent Acquisitions’: A tantalizing glimpse into The Historic New Orleans Collection’s rich art holdings

Photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection -- Mother Cabrini Playground on Barracks Street; between 1939 and 1943; oil on canvas by Clarence Millet.

If you’re looking for the most cutting-edge art in New Orleans right now, you won’t find it in the current exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Not that that’s where you’d be likely to look anyway. Over the years, a robust series of THNOC’s exhibitions have put the emphasis squarely on the historic and New Orleans,… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for the week of March 12-19, 2015

'Reverse Double Helix' by Takashi Murakami will be included in the Spring Fine Art Auction on Sunday, March 22, at the Westin Canal Place.

JEFFREY STENBOM — THANK YOU: Through Friday, 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. WHIMSIES 2015 SPRING ART SHOW: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Louise S. McGehee… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar, March 12-18, 2015

Photo by Kelly Fouchi -- The cast of 'When Ya Smilin'': From left, Tracey Collins, Lisa Picone, Annie Taffaro, Kyle Daigrepont, Gary Rucker, Jesse Terrebonne Thompson and Tuckler Godbold.

YOUNG AUDIENCES SPRING SPOTLIGHT: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Students from eight after-school programs present various artistic performances. (504) 523-6476. “WAIT WAIT ... DON’T TELL ME!”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. National Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show where host Peter… Continue reading →

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


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. 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 →

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 →