Hell Yes Fest brings up-and-coming comedy to New Orleans

Standup, sketch and improv comedians take over local venues Nov. 15-19
Graduating from comedy classes may not have the cachet of higher education. But local comedy audiences who caught James Hamilton opening for Nick Swardson (Reno 911!)

Deven Green and Varla Jean Merman perform at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10

America's Best Christian sings in a cabaret show
Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian," quickly went viral in her video debut in 2008. In Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage to Everyone Else, she describes marital arrangements cherry-picked from the Bible, including child brides, polygamy and partnerships with hordes of concubines.

The Sexism Project opens at Preservation Hall

A three-day exhibit presents photographs and interviews with women in the New Orleans music community
The stories come out when men leave the room.   As she spent time alone with other women, journalist and photographer Katie Sikora noticed a common thread: If someone brought up the topic of sexism, tales flew fast and thick.

Rhonda Shear stays Up All Night

Former Miss Louisiana, Playboy model and lingerie CEO releases new book in her hometown
After decades on TV, posing in Playboy four times, being pursued by former Gov. Edwin Edwards and now releasing an autobiography in which she calls herself an "accidental feminist," Rhonda Shear has some insights into sexual harassment in Hollywood. She recently was asked about it by Bubba the Love Sponge (aka Todd Clem) on his syndicated radio show.

Bridget Everett performs at One Eyed Jacks Oct. 23

The brassy comedian and cabaret star goes "full contact"
Bridget Everett says she treats cabaret singing like a "full-contact sport," and many of the clips of her performances posted on YouTube, performing hits by Rihanna and Janis Joplin, help explain how she's gone from singing with abandon to landing movie roles as a brassy, hard-charging personality.   Everett has had several movies released so far this year.

New Orleans Film Fest returns with 230 films, filmmakers and more

The festival runs Oct. 11-19
The opening night film screening is usually a big event for a film festival, but for the New Orleans Film Society's Fallon Young, who came on as executive director in March, it'll be satisfying for another reason.   "I haven't seen many of the films yet," she says with a laugh.

Southern Rep opens season with Fun Home

The musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel runs Sept. 27-Oct. 22
An early song in Fun Home, the musical adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel, concerns surfaces: namely, pristine surfaces in the home ornately and obsessively decorated by Bechdel's father Bruce. But the show is more preoccupied by what lies beneath the surface — including Bruce's closeted sexuality, his daughter's growing awareness of her own, the truth about a death and the painful compromises one family makes.

Lost and found: Mondo Bizarro explores uncharted territory at CAC show

Identity, geography and punk rock in The Way at Midnight
In The Way at Midnight, vocalist Just Noise and drummer Tree Face form the alternately preaching or raging punk band Gentry Vacation. They're spastic as they approach passersby on the street about their next gig.

New Orleans Opera Association opens 75th season with a tango opera

Maria de Buenos Aires opens Sept. 9
The allure of tango dancing at Buenos Aires clubs draws Maria to the city. But things do not turn out well for the young peasant, and that may have been her fate.

Killer reads: New Orleans comics writer Gabe Soria gets the blues with Murder Ballads

Dan Auerbach soundtracks the noir graphic novel
In an office stuffed with boxes of 45s upstairs at Euclid Records in Bywater, comics writer Gabe Soria remembers the seemingly unlikely mashup that inspired his latest graphic novel.   "What if you combined this Alan Lomax person, a person trying to discover obscure blues artists, and mash this together with a Jim Thompson-esque noir thing, some Coen brothers Blood Simple stuff," Soria says.

Mark Normand returns to New Orleans

The comedian and New Orleans native performs at One Eyed Jacks Aug. 15
Years before Conan and The Tonight Show, Madison Square Garden and an hourlong special on Comedy Central, Mark Normand performed at a handful of open mics in New Orleans with a small cadre of stand-up comics, driving to Baton Rouge and Lafayette for a few minutes of stage time.   "We'd drink, it was a community, a group of us who'd push each other and got all excited about new jokes, and it was scary and fun and new," Normand says from his home in New York.

New Orleans theater company Cripple Creek presents Caligula

The group stages a timely take on tyranny in the Camus drama running Aug. 11-27 at Castillo Blanco
The Roman emperor Nero supposedly played a fiddle while Rome burned. That legend became an allegory for wildly indifferent or distracted leadership.


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