As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the house.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
2017 marks Molly McGuire’s fifth year doing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A bass guitarist, she has recorded with Frank Black, opened for The Eagles of Death Metal and performed with Queens of the Stone Age. But the multi-instrumenta…
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ten years ago, sculptor Takashi Horisaki peeled off the 10 layers of latex rubber and cheesecloth he’d painted onto a partially collapsed shotgun house on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. To create them had taken two months of work, 200 gallon…
Friday, April 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
When Andrew Brader auditioned for Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York three years ago, the company’s co-founder, Dwight Rhoden, was impressed.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Jim Gaffigan has rescheduled his Saturday performance due to a family emergency, according to a tweet by the comedian. He'll be in New Orleans in November instead.
Monday, April 17, 2017
When “Jim Steg: New Work” opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art a few weeks ago, viewers were treated to the odd sight of an inflatable camouflaged tank in the austere setting of the museum’s neoclassical Great Hall.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Profanity has never been rendered with such hilarity as in Robert Askins’ pitch-black comedy “Hand to God,” receiving a deft production by the Storyville Collective at the Theatre at St. Claude and smartly directed by Michael McKelvey.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Early discussions about staging a “nautical visual presentation” of composer Yotam Haber’s “New Water Music” imagined a procession of canoes on Bayou St. John.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
A lot of art these days is full of big words and big concepts, much of it strident in tone as it attempts to deal with big issues of race, class, power, and politics.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
“Hand to God,” Robert Askins’ wildly popular black comedy about a demonically possessed hand puppet that terrorizes a Christian puppet ministry, is receiving its local premiere by the Storyville Collective.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
“I think you discover things by writing,” said Neil Simon in an interview with Michiko Kakutani for The New York Times, regarding his semi-autobiographical trilogy that began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and ended with “Broadway Bound."
Monday, March 27, 2017
“The estate won’t be divided until hell freezes over!” declares octogenarian Stella, the formidable family matriarch to members of her offspring itching to get their share of inheritance immediately.
In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was beaten to death in Money, Mississippi, supposedly after calling a white woman “baby.”
In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” a salty Southern grandmother turns suddenly soft when she’s held at gunpoint by a fugitive called The Misfit.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Along with the usual roster of all-star authors, master classes and panel discussions, this year’s Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival will once again include a broad selection of theatrical offerings by — and inspired by — Tennessee …
Horton Foote, the prolific Southern playwright extraordinaire, recipient of two Academy Awards (screenplays for “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “Tender Mercies,”) and a Pulitzer Prize (“A Young Man from Atlanta”) is celebrated for his gentle but unfl…
During the height of The Beatles’ popularity in the mid-1960s, hundreds of thousands saw the Fab Four live on one of their three North American tours.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Coming at the end of the so-called Disney Renaissance, the 1999 animated film “Tarzan” followed blockbusters like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.” By then, Disney’s movie-to-musical machine had been firmly established, and the transitio…
Thursday, March 16, 2017
1. WHAT IS IT? Depression glass is a molded glass product made from the mid-1920s, through the 1930s, and into the very early 1940s. World War II put an end to most of the manufacturing because the factories were used to make other items and mater…
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film “The 39 Steps” is a taut, fast-paced thriller. The stage adaptation of “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow is — to borrow a phrase from Monty Python — something completely different.
Returning to New Orleans for the first time since a sellout performance in November 2014, “Stars of American Ballet ENCORE!” will present a distinctly local angle Saturday night at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Each year when the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club collaborate on Art in Bloom, the patron and exhibit preview parties sell out. And why wouldn’t they?
Thursday, March 09, 2017
When you close your eyes and picture New Orleans in your imagination, there’s a good chance it looks like a painting by James Michalopoulos.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Flamenco dancers in colorful skirts, mariachis in wide-brimmed sombreros with guitars and trumpets: These are authentic forms of Spanish and Latin American music.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., presents its annual Lenten Jazz Vespers program every Sunday evening until Easter. The short, evening meditations feature performances by New Orleans jazz musicians interspersed with Scripture reading a…
Friday, February 17, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A musical New Orleans family steps neatly into three principal roles this weekend as Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” is performed for the first time by the New Orleans Opera Association.
As the krewes of Freret, King Arthur and Tucks wend their way down Napoleon and St. Charles avenues during Mardi Gras 2017, keep your eyes peeled for the dames marching between the floats. Not just any dames, mind you, but the Dames of Perlage, wh…
Monday, February 06, 2017
Kevin Thayer’s artwork takes its cues from Margaret Keane’s “big eyes” paintings, street art and the French Quarter’s unique characters, swirling these images with spray paint and watercolors for a hallucinogenic energy that echoes New Orleans’ ow…
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
For many Americans, Niagara Falls exists only in imagination or memory. It’s nearly effortless to conjure up images of the towering, majestic falls and the great rush of water, images often inspired by picture-perfect postcards or by distant recol…
Monday, January 30, 2017
Security at all costs. A guarded wall for protection. Torture as a means to an end. No, we're not talking about the controversial agenda of a new presidential administration.
As a young man, Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe chafed against his strict Creole upbringing, ultimately finding freedom in the music that rang out from the streets of New Orleans.