Marigny Opera Ballet shines in The Art of Jazz

The performance features three pieces weaving music and dance
"Special" was a word uttered several times by participants in The Art of Jazz to describe their recent performances at The Marigny Opera House. Since its founding two years ago, The Marigny Opera Ballet has featured live music in its performances, a rarity considering only major dance companies such as The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet work with live music.

Comedy in New Orleans this week (Feb. 14, 2017)

Dave Chappelleand Chris Tucker Wed.-Sat. Feb. 15-18 | Following an appearance hosting Saturday Night Live in November, Dave Chappelle announced three comedy specials will be released in 2017.

Review: Papa Peaches propels Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The performer stars in the musical at AllWays Lounge
As the transsexual former East German military bride-turned-"song stylist" Hedwig, Papa Peaches roamed the AllWays Lounge's tiny stage, aisles and bar top in an energetic production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show added performers not called for in the original script, and at times the production seemed like a community celebration.

Review: The NOLA Project's A Few Good Men

The courtroom drama leaves a hung jury
Is a soldier morally responsible for the consequences of following direct orders? What if the actions resulted in an accidental death?

Review: Jelly's Last Jam at Le Petit

A rollicking musical and portrait of Jelly Roll Morton
Ted Louis Levy collaborated with the extraordinary Gregory Hines to choreograph the original Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam. Twenty-five years later, the master tap dancer assumes the lead in director Jackie Alexander's production at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.

Comedy Events in New Orleans this week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2017)

Louis C.K.Wed.-Thu. Feb. 1-2 | The comedian returns to New Orleans (where he filmed Trumbo and dropped into several local shows in 2014) following a prolific 2016.

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Iranian playwright Nissim Soleimanpour's White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a once-in-in-a-lifetime proposition, though more for the actor than the audience. The actor doesn't see the script until handed an envelope on stage at the beginning of the performance.

Review: Gomela/to Return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue

An impressive multidisciplinary show from Junebug Productions
Gomela/to Return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue, presented by Junebug Productions is one of the most innovative performances of the season. Combining spoken word, movement, dance, photography and videography, Gomela is a mesmerizing tapestry of creative forces that conveys the breadth of African-American history while emphasizing the resilience of black people.

Dance and musical events in New Orleans this week (Jan. 24-30, 2017)

Jelly's Last JamFri.-Sun. Jan. 27-Feb. 12 | Jelly Roll Morton, the most famous piano "professor" to play in Storyville's bordello parlors, was not too shy to claim he invented jazz.

Review: Reefer Madness rolls out to Rivertown

The musical spoofs the classic film
I hope fears about our current national problems turn out to be as unfounded as the perils of marijuana posited by the 1936 cult classic film Reefer Madness. The movie ominously warns: "Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter.

Review: Sea of Common Catastrophe splashes into UNO

ArtSpot Productions evokes a magical realist vision of New Orleans
Perpetua (Kathy Randels), a woman in eccentric if not slightly frumpy garb, sings a song based on the tongue-twister "She sells seashells by the seashore." Her tone is somber, but the woman does in fact sell shells to tourists, including the gleeful Mr. Herbert (Jeffrey Gunshol), in a scene that miniaturizes one of the changes in their surreal home, a magically realized vision of New Orleans.


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