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‘Catch 23’ a tale of learning and growing

Photo provided -- Cameron-Mitchell Ware's one-man show explores the experiences of an aspiring actor in New York City.

The title of Joseph Heller’s bestselling 1961 book, “Catch 22,” has entered the American lexicon as a synonym for a no-win situation — damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So what is “Catch 23”? Cameron-Mitchell Ware answers that question with his one-man show this weekend at Mid-City Theatre. “As the title of my… Continue reading →

Draw-A-Thon’s ‘giant collaboration between strangers’ goes around the clock

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Byron Perkins, 8, add his flag to the globe during the Draw-a-thon last year.

Looking to make your mark this weekend? Press Street — a nonprofit literary and visual arts collective — is hosting its ninth annual 24-hour Draw-a-thon at the Marigny Opera House from 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. The free event invites people of all ages to join more than 30… Continue reading →

In the orbit of Prospect.3, there’s plenty more to see

Photo by John d'Addario -- Carl Joe Williams: '70s Thug gets Bitch Slapped by his Mama,' 2012

Confused about all those pink-and-white “P.3” and “P.3+” signs at the entrances to art venues in New Orleans this fall? You’re not alone. Basically, P.3-labeled venues feature works by the 58 artists selected by Franklin Sirmans for the central Prospect.3 exhibition. Think of it as a single, massive, thematically cohesive group show spread out all… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2014

OFFSTAGE GALLERY ARTISANS’ EMPORIUM: 5:30 p.m., opening reception Nov. 28, through Dec. 14. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Original art in a variety of media for purchase. (404) 784-6880. EDNA CARR PROJECT: Monday through Dec. 31. Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers. Photography by Akasha Rabut. (504) 529-7323. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org. THE PERPETUAL INSTANT: 6 p.m. to 9… Continue reading →

Goat in the Road stages a history of anesthesiology in ‘Numb’

Photo by Rachel June Photography -- From left, the cast of 'Numb': Dylan Hunter, Ian Hoch, Todd D'Amour, Leslie Boles, Shannon Flaherty, and Francesca McKenzie.: The play tells the story of how a dentist from Hartford discovered the secret to pain-free surgery.

Intellectually demanding yet accessible, Goat in the Road’s production of “Numb” is an occasionally wobbly, but ultimately rewarding, evening based on the strength of its acting company and the directorial skill of creator Chris Kaminstein. As a history of anesthesiology, Kaminstein’s text is not always easy, and at times, it falls too deeply under its… Continue reading →

The 24/7 part of Prospect.3

Photo by John D'Addario -- 9 Wall Mural Project's 'IMPERMANENCE.'

This fall, some of the most interesting artworks in New Orleans are hiding in plain sight all over town. And while most of them have been branded as satellite projects of the Prospect.3 international art exhibition, you won’t have to worry about closing times or admission prices: They’re all in public spaces and viewable 24 hours a… Continue reading →

Exhibit Be: Up against the wall

Photo by John D'Addario -- Spectators gather to view the Prospect.3 project   in Algiers.

Exhibit Be: Up against the wall… Continue reading →

New Orleans area arts calendar, Nov. 20-27, 2014

LOWER ROYAL ARTS DISTRICT THIRD THURSDAY: 6 p.m., 700 to 1100 block of Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Variety of galleries open for art stroll, with music, food and art. www.facebook.com/events/1498464217066043. NUDES: Through Dec. 8. Loisel Vintage Modern, 2855 Magazine St., New Orleans. Large format laminated color photographs on aluminum panels. (504) 899-2444. www.loiselvintagemodern.com. NEW WORK BY RAYMOND… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans Nov. 20-27, 2014

NOW NOW OH NOW: 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Genre-defying theater company Rude Mechanicals merges themes of evolutionary biology, murder mystery theater, and gaming with an interactive puzzle of a piece that calls to the inner nerd in all. $35 in advance; $40 door. (504) 528-3805. www.cacno.org. CHRIS… Continue reading →

New-theater Fringe Festival marks a record 82 productions this year

Tragic Women - Emma Green - credit Scott Ross

Billing itself as “the festival of the wild, weird, fresh and original,” the seventh annual New Orleans Fringe Festival will take place from Nov. 19-23, mostly in Bywater and Faubourg Marigny. Performances will include drama, comedy, dance, improv, pantomime, musical theater, circus arts, puppetry, storytelling and spoken word. Productions are staged in small neighborhood… Continue reading →

Paintings go beyond the realism of photography

. ‘Citarella Fish Company’: Richard Estes’ painting of a busy street and its reflections underscore how much of life we don’t see.

Painting and photography have always had a complex relationship. Conceived as an adjunct to painting in the earliest years of its development in the first decades of the 19th century, when many painters discovered how useful photographs could be in composing their canvases, photography quickly assumed an artistic presence and legitimacy of its own (albeit one… Continue reading →

Rivertown’s ‘One Man’ is year’s best; ‘Peter’ close behind

Photo by John Barrois -- Chris Marroy is terrific as the personal valet Francis Henshall in ''One Man, Two Guvnors.'

It’s the theatrical weekend New Orleans audiences have been waiting to see. And I am not talking about “The Phantom of The Opera” (a decent traveling Broadway production, to be sure). Two of the season’s strongest offerings have hit the stage simultaneously in Kenner and The French Quarter, and each features one of the two… Continue reading →

In ‘Last Comic Standing’ contest, the audience wins

Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC --  Nikki Carr

Sometimes, being funny is no laughing matter. After a gauntlet of eliminations and many rounds of knock-down, drag-out, stand-up comedy, this year’s “Last Comic Standing” was declared. After all that hard work, however, the real winners are the people of New Orleans, who will get to see all five of the top… Continue reading →

Great Czech opera is a fairy-tale break for singer

Photo provided by New Orleans Opera Association -- Soprano Melissa Citro plays the title role in 'Rusalka': 'It would be a great first opera for someone whos never been to one. The music is just so gorgeous.'

After serving as understudy to one of the greatest sopranos of our time, Melissa Citro is ready to break out on her own. For the first time in her 15-year opera career, Citro will be singing the title role in this weekend’s performances of Antonin Dvorak’s “Rusalka” at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Nov. 13-20, 2014

DOUGLAS HOFMANN RECEPTION: 6 p.m., Nov. 15 through Nov. 30. Martin Lawrence Galleries, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. Paintings by Hofmann and modern masters of the 20th century. (504) 299-9055 RSVP. www.martinlawrence.com. NUDES: Through Dec. 8. Loisel Vintage Modern, 2855 Magazine St., New Orleans. Large format laminated color photographs on aluminum panels. (504) 899-2444. www.loiselvintagemodern.com. NEW WORK BY… Continue reading →

What’s on stage in New Orleans, Nov.13-20, 2014

HELL YES FEST: Through Nov. 16, various venues, New Orleans. The twice-annual comedy show (April in Austin, Texas) features stand-up, sketch, ensemble, variety, film and more. Tickets vary. www.hellyesfest.com. HAMLET: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Thursdays through Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23. Robert E. Nims Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. $12. (504) 280-7469.… Continue reading →

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ a coup for Le Petit

Photo by John Barrois -- Ashley Santos is Molly and Nick Stephens is Peter in 'Peter and the Starcatcher.'

So many stories of theater are about boys who never grew up, eternal children in search of perpetual lands of make-believe. For 33-year-old director Beau Bratcher, “Peter and The Starcatcher” presents just that sort of adventure. Opening Friday, Nov. 7, at Le Petit Theatre, the show is Bratcher’s first time helming a… Continue reading →

Touring ballet company takes classic choreography on the road

Photo by Paul Kolnik -- Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall in 'After the Rain.' The dance was choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Daniel Ulbricht is on a mission. As principal dancer with world-renowned New York City Ballet, he isn’t merely content to dazzle audiences onstage in one of the world’s foremost entertainment capitals. His mission is to bring the uniquely American styles of dance to cities and towns large and small throughout the world.… Continue reading →

Now in its fourth year, Hell Yes is ‘a big fat legit comedy fest’

Photo provided -- Power Violence comedy collective members Clayton Tatum, Whitmer Thomas and Rodney Berry enact a sketch, attempting to resuscitate Budd Diaz. Power Violence will perform at Hell Yes Fest at 11 p.m. Friday at Siberia.

Three years ago, Addy Najera wasn’t thinking about doing stand-up. Having recently moved to New Orleans, finding a job was a bigger priority. But that was before she went to Hell Yes Fest. “The first Hell Yes Fest that we had in New Orleans is what made me… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Nov. 6-13, 2014

DOUGLAS HOFMANN RECEPTION: 6 p.m. Nov. 15, exhibit through Nov. 30. Martin Lawrence Galleries, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. Paintings by Hofmann and modern masters of the 20th century. RSVP to (504) 299-9055. martinlawrence.com. NUDES: Opening reception 6 p.m. Nov. 8, exhibit through Dec. 8. Loisel Vintage Modern, 2855 Magazine St., New Orleans. Large-format laminated color… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages calender, Nov. 6-13, 2014

A VERY GASHLYCRUM TINIES BIRTHDAY BURLESQUE FOR THE REVEREND SPOOKY LESTRANGE: 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. An Edward Gorey-inspired burlesque show. $15 for both nights. (504) 298-8676. www.theshadowboxtheatre.com. CABARET MACABRE: 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Dark, comic vignettes inspired by illustrations… Continue reading →

‘You belong here,’ with the art, as sprawling Prospect.3 opens

Of the many hundreds of works of art which will comprise the sprawling “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” biennial exhibition when it opens to the public on Saturday, Tavares Strachan’s “You belong here” is going to be the hardest to miss. A massive floating barge in the Mississippi River supporting a framework with… Continue reading →

INSIDER ART: Tips for Prospect.3

Franklin Sirmans

With works by 58 international artists spread out over 18 locations across the city in the official lineup — not to mention dozens more artists and venues represented in associated satellite programs — there’s going to be a lot to see in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” But where to begin? You’ll have over 12 weeks… Continue reading →

‘Wisterias,’ ‘Oxblood’ offer drama in the Halloween spirit

Photo by Bear Hebert -- Phil Cramer, as Jacob, faces the land with a shovel in New Noise's 'Oxblood,' staged at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park.

Since one of theater’s great specialties is haunted spaces, it should come as no surprise that the entire month of October is filled with shows about spooky locales with hidden secrets. Along with “The Musical of the Living Dead” and three separate versions of “The Rocky Horror Show,” two other productions opened recently that feel… Continue reading →

Nerdy shows boldly going ... where?

Photo provided by Mid-City Theatre -- The Trek-A-Go-Go cast, from left: Jim Wright, Jake Bartush, Rudy Rasmussen, Carlos Gonzales, Joe T. Seibert, Yvette Hargis, Ashley Rose Bailey

Featuring some of New Orleans’ funniest improvisational talents, the “Star Trek” send up “Trek-A-Go-Go” has an opportunity to become an ongoing event at Mid-City Theatre. But if it’s going to build a regular audience, it needs to make a few changes in how it’s presented. The brainchild of director/producer Harold Gervais, the premise is simple. After a… Continue reading →

Company offers professional dancers a New Orleans option

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- From left, Anna Iosipiv, Curtis Thomas, Britney Kuehn, Trey Mauldwin and Maya Taylor of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.

A new, professional modern dance company at the Marigny Opera House is making it possible for dancers and choreographers to establish careers in New Orleans, and audiences can witness the results starting Friday, when the Marigny Opera House Dance Company kicks off its first season. Opera House founding director Dave Hurlbert’s passions… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Oct. 23-Oct. 30, 2014

WHERE, THE EXPLORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLACE, 1843-2014: Opening 4 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 31. A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., New Orleans. Spanning the history of photograph, ranging from works by Cartier-Bresson, Adams to Leibovits. (504) 568-1313. www.agallery.com. TULANE CONTEMPORARY.3: Opening at 5 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 25. Carroll Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane… Continue reading →

‘Musical of the Living Dead,’ ‘Oxblood’ and more onstage in New Orleans, Oct. 23-30, 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. www.southernrep.com. MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-26 and Oct.… Continue reading →

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 →