Dina Martina performs at One Eyed Jacks May 22

The comic raconteur and singer brings her lounge act to New Orleans
Dina Martina's lounge act in drag is not easy to describe. But many have tried.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns to Bayou St. John May 18-20

Leo Nocentelli, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish and Deacon John headline the festival
Leo Nocentelli, Marc Broussard, Deacon John and the Ivories and Samantha Fish are among local performers making their first appearances at Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, which takes place May 18-20 along Bayou St. John. The festival features local and visiting bands on three music stages and mixes up the lineup every year, says organizer Jared Zeller.

Saber rattling: The NOLA Project presents The Three Musketeers

The theater company's swashbuckling production runs inside City Park
One should not go to a sword fight with a shovel. Or worse, unarmed.

John Cleese and Twitter, pessimism and The Holy Grail

The Python brings the film and a Q&A to the Saenger Theatre
Decades before the internet meme was born, the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail spawned a litany of quotable lines. Many of them are so common, users may have no idea where they originated.

Tennessee Williams plays fill New Orleans stages

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns March 21-25
Dennis Monn says it's only fitting that he direct Vieux Carre, Tennessee Williams' play about bohemians and hustlers in a French Quarter boarding house.   "When I landed in New Orleans in 2000, my first house was a squat in the Quarter," he says.

Definitive Figures festival features women-focused performances

Downtown venues host dance, music, comedy and more Feb. 28-March 4
Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent are rehearsing the opening scene in their dance-theater piece Jitterbug and the Aftermath. On a bare stage at Catapult, they crawl over the backs of identical blonde wood chairs and eventually wind up on the ground with the chairs pulled on top of them.

Light Moving Through Time premieres at Art Klub

A dance piece and photo book explore movement captured on film
Choreographer Meryl Murman's Ways of Forgetting had a successful run in Los Angeles in 2014, and she's halfway through making it into a feature film. The original piece had dancers play seven people trying to make personal connections in a society whose workings tend to leave people feeling lonely.

Five music festivals and Carnival concerts celebrating Mardi Gras 2018

Krewe du Kanaval debuts, plus free fests from Zulu and others
With a steady stream of marching bands in Carnival parades, there's plenty of music on the streets. But there also are bands on stages at mini-festivals, many of which are free.

Urban Bush Women presents Hair and Other Stories

The dance theater piece kicks off a national tour Jan. 24-28 at the CAC
As a hip-hop beat fades, dancer Chanon Judson jumps on a table she's covered with playing cards. While standing on them and holding up another card, she talks about "nappy" hair and "smooth and silky" hair and their relations not just to the perception of racial difference but power.

Chris Thile is Live From Here at the Saenger Theatre

Sylvan Esso, Pres Hall, John Prine and Rory Scovel join the live broadcast Jan. 20
Inspired by bluegrass music, Chris Thile began playing mandolin at age 5 in Southern California. At 8, he formed the acoustic trio Nickel Creek.

17 things to do in New Orleans to close out 2017

10 concerts, four dance parties, and three comedy shows to ring in the New Year
CONCERTS BoyfriendOne Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net ; 10 p.m.The rap iconoclast rings in the New Year with her bedroom-inspired performance art.

Melange Dance Company explores the immigrant experience in Journey of Dreamers

The performance runs through Dec. 17 at Art Klub
Annie Moore isn't the most well-known figure in U.S. history. She was 17 years old when she boarded a ship in County Cork, Ireland, bound for New York, where she would join her parents.

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