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Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Voodoo Fest announces daily lineups

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27 - PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27

Day-by-day lineups are out for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem headline opening night on Oct. 27, which also crams in Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Yellow Claw, Afghan Whigs, Andrew McMahon, Benjamin Booker and Chicano Batman, among others, into the lineup.

Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Brand New, RL Grime and Crystal Castles headline Saturday, Oct. 28, which also has Whitney, Rich Chigga and Pell on that day's bill.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 are The Killers, Dillon Francis, The Head and the Heart, Post Malone, Miguel, Cold War Kids, Amine, Strand of Oaks, Ron Gallo and Mannequin Pussy.

See the full lineups here. Daily general admission tickets are $70-80 and weekend passes are $155. VIP and Platinum passes also are available.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival announces 2018 dates and lineup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell. - COURTESY SLU
  • Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns March 21-25, 2018, highlighted by speaker events, literary seminars and readings, theater performances, panels and other events.

Speakers include All Grown Up's Jami Attenberg, Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, Detroit and Airline Highway playwright Lisa D'Amour, and Walter Isaacson, among others.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will present the festival namesake's signature play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Maxwell Williams, and Southern Rep will run Williams' one-act And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, directed by Ricky Graham. The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans will present One Arm, Moises Kaufman’s adaptation of a Williams short story.

Williams' women characters are the focus of The Women of Williams, hosted by D'Amour and inviting women who have portrayed his characters to read his scenes and discuss his work.

There also are tribute readings, writing contests, and the simultaneous 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, the annual LGBT literary event.

Tickets go on sale in January. Visit the festival website for more information.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jazz in the Park announces fall concert lineup

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Rebirth Brass Band performs Oct. 26 at Jazz in the Park.
  • Rebirth Brass Band performs Oct. 26 at Jazz in the Park.

People United for Armstrong Park presents free Jazz in the Park concert series in Armstrong Park on Thursdays in fall and spring. It kicks off the 2017 fall series this weekend with Burger Fest in Crescent Park.

Burger Fest has a ticketed concert featuring Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams Friday night and a day of free music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, performers including Cyril Neville Swamp Band, Los Hombres Client, Donald Harrison Jr., N'Awlins Johnnys and others. A best burger contest features 13 vendors serving different types of burgers, including versions with seafood or vegetable patties.

The fall concerts in Armstrong Park run  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 and headliners include Rebirth Brass Band, John Boutte, Partners-N-Crime and others. Full lineup after the jump.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Two Legs Bad water ballet comes to Drifter Hotel Sept. 21-30

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:34 PM

The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue. - DEVIN FLEMINGO
  • The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue.

Some sea creatures are more equal than others. Some water park creatures learn that the hard way in Two Legs Bad, a water ballet coming to The Drifter hotel Sept. 21-30. The show is inspired by George Orwell's Animal Farm and incorporates synchronized swimming and aerialists.

In the drama, sea lions Napoleon and Snowball lead a rebellion against the sea park where they live and work, and soon all the seahorses, killer whales and clown fish realize that the revolution hasn't worked out as they planned. Writer/director Alayne Gobeille and local water ballet ensemble New Orleans Aqua Mob created the show. A synchronized swimming coach is working with the cast on its aquatic movement, including backflips, hand motions, sculling and more.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ogden hosts eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 3:28 PM


Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host an eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21. (No matter what it seems like, it's just a celestial phenomenon, not a sign of the end times.)

On Monday, patrons can view the eclipse from the museum's rooftop terrace from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Water and soft drinks are sold and the La Cocinita food truck will park in front of the museum for post-event snacks. Eclipse glasses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the event is $6.75; museum members get in free.

New Orleans will only witness partial effects of the eclipse, as opposed to the so-called "totality" experienced elsewhere. If you're in the mood for a last-minute road trip, here's a list of the best places where you might catch the event. Also recommended: Annie Dillard's mind-blowing essay about witnessing a total eclipse, which is available online through Monday.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ponderosa Stomp reveals nightly lineup of shows at Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics will play both nights of the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp, to be held at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 6-7. - PHOTO BY SUSIE DELANEY
  • Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics will play both nights of the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp, to be held at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 6-7.

The biannual Ponderosa Stomp has released its nightly lineup of acts for the October music festival, which this year moves to the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans.

Friday, Oct. 6 will feature Roky Erickson performing 13th Floor Elevators; The Gories; Archie Bell; Barbara Lynn; a swamp pop revue with GG Shinn, Warren Storm and TK Hulin; Lil Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats; and others.

Saturday, Oct. 7 will bring The Mummies; Gary U.S. Bonds; Don Bryant and the Bo-Keys; Evie Sands; Los Straitjackets; a honky-tonk revue featuring Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall and James Hand; and more.

Performing both nights: Rockabilly/western revivalists Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, along with Austin, Texas-based garage rockers Eve and the Exiles.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Inaugural Flambeau Festival should scratch your Southern rock itch

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Blackberry Smoke. - PHOTO BY ROB BLACKMAN
  • Blackberry Smoke.

Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackberry Smoke are among the headliners at the inaugural Flambeau Festival, a melange of young country singers and Southern rockers coming to Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales just outside Baton Rouge Oct. 7-8.

The festival will feature three stages of music: a mainstage for the big acts, a "Torch Stage" for rising country acts and the "Nashville Songwriter" stage, an acoustic tent for singer/songwriters. There also will be food and drink booths

Tickets start at $119 for the weekend package and are available now.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: 'Essential' health benefits

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Louisiana celebrates the first birthday of Medicaid's expansion by trying to spare it from death, everyone's internet goes down, crawfish is tortured by mustard — then Essence Festival saves the day.

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