How to take a bus or train out of New Orleans and where to go

No plane? No problem.
Flying is more of a hassle than ever this summer, with travelers reporting long waits at Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoints. It's gotten so bad in some cities that earlier this month a Minnesota man filed a federal lawsuit against TSA and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, claiming wait times made him miss his flight and forced him to buy another ticket.

Cooper/Cohen: Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper, uncensored

The duo’s live talk show stops at the Saenger Theatre
When CNN contacted Anderson Cooper about sending him to the Gulf Coast to cover Hurricane Katrina, the newsman was on vacation in Croatia with Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live and a producer of several seasons of the Real Housewives reality-TV series. Until recently, the two had not told a long-secret story about the trip.

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre opens its 2016 season

The season kicks off with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
With Pharoah dressed like Elvis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has always had a mix of gentle irreverence, humor and popular musical appeal. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970 musical adaptation of the biblical story of Joseph is an all-ages, light-hearted tale about overcoming obstacles told almost entirely in song.

Southern Rep tackles football and male bonding in Colossal

Andrew Hinderaker’s football play runs June 4-19
Not every drama has a choreo-grapher or conditioning sessions, but Colossal may be the only one that requires an offensive coordinator. Southern Rep enlisted former Jacksonville Jaguars and Tulane University quarterback Lester Ricard to design plays for its production of Andrew Hinderaker's football play, which Southern Rep opens at UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre this week.

Bayou Boogaloo returns to Bayou St. John

The Wailers, Irma Thomas and others perform at the 2016 Mid-City festival
When Jared Zeller launched Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo on Bayou St. John, the neighborhood still was struggling to come back after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Both the festival and the neighborhood have come a long way. The 2016 lineup is its biggest ever, and includes visits from a couple of legendary bands (albeit with altered lineups).

Ralphie May and the Soul Rebels mix comedy and brass bands

The comedian performs with the band at Tipitina’s May 13
Ralphie May, the comedian of Last Comic Standing, Netflix and Comedy Central fame, met New Orleans' genre-mashing brass band The Soul Rebels in February during a shared bill at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.   From their dressing room, The Soul Rebels watched May's act from its first to last minute.

Purple rains, purple haze: highlights from Jazz Fest 2016

Count Basin™ reports from the Fairgrounds
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival drew more than 425,000 people to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, organizers said. Heavy rains on the second weekend caused an early close on April 30, canceling sets by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Beck.

Preview: The NOLA Project’s Don Quixote

Ian Hoch and Mike Spara star in the company’s adaptation, staged in the Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art
There is a 21-foot safety pin and Louise Bourgeois' massive long-legged spider in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. There usually are no windmills.

Gambit’s 2016 New Orleans Fairs & Festivals: May

1—Festival in the Park (Cassidy Park, Bogalusa, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, 985-735-5731) — The festival has live music, beauty pageants, a duck race, children's games, arts and crafts and food vendors. Noon-9 p.m.

Interview: John Taylor of Duran Duran talks perserverance and Paper Gods

Duran Duran's John Taylor on the band's tour with Chic and Nile Rodgers, coming to New Orleans April 24
In the early 1980s, Duran Duran's one-two punch of strapping dance-rock and male-model looks made the British quintet the biggest band of the New Romantic age.   Inspired by David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and the American disco band Chic, Duran Duran surged into MTV music-video stardom.

Interview: David Cross is "making America great again"

The comedian comes to the Orpheum Theater April 18
David Cross asks that you do not tape his set, please. Cross is walking his dog in Brooklyn while on a short break from his whirlwind standup tour, his first time on the road in seven years, hitting some 90 shows across North America with seemingly very simple rules for watching them.

2016 French Quarter Festival Survival Guide

The lowdown on discovering new music, where to eat and drink and watch movies
French Quarter Festival 2016 • French Quarter Fest FAQ

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