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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Caravan Stage Company opens Nomadic Tempest Friday

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM

COURTESY CARAVAN STAGE COMPANY
  • COURTESY CARAVAN STAGE COMPANY

Caravan Stage Company has delayed the local opening of Nomadic Tempest until Friday.

The company lives and performs on its boat, the Amara Zee. Nomadic Tempest debuted in St. Petersburg, Florida April 4. The company was supposed to sail to New Orleans and open the show May 11, but rough weather in the Gulf of Mexico forced delays. The ship is at Pontchartain Landing, where performances will start at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: The Spider Queen

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 3:58 PM



LESLIE GAMBONI
  • LESLIE GAMBONI

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park is enchanting even without the appearance of super-sized puppets, medieval costumes, trolls, elves, druids and a Minotaur. So, as The NOLA Project introduces a cast of fantastic creatures and lighting effects in its original production, The Spider Queen, audience members’ imagination ignites. The characters and action are thrillingly close to spectators seated in the round, and lighting and sound effects enhance the story’s illusion.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Bye Bye Birdie

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 1:05 PM

JOHN BARROIS
  • JOHN BARROIS

By the time Elvis Presley was drafted, he was a teenage heartthrob, drawing swarms of swooning teenagers everywhere he went. His induction into the Army in 1958 was the inspiration behind Bye Bye Birdie, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical parodying public appearances of a fictitious rock ’n’ roll singer, Conrad Birdie (Trevor Brown). Deeply in debt, Birdie’s talent agent Albert Peterson (Bryce Slocumb) concocts a publicity stunt to boost record sales, randomly selecting one member of the Midwest Conrad Birdie Fan Club, Kim MacAfee (Haley Nicole Taylor) to receive a televised kiss as Birdie departs the train station.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Gutenberg! The Musical!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Gary Rucker and Sean Patterson star in Gutenberg! The Musical!.
  • Gary Rucker and Sean Patterson star in Gutenberg! The Musical!.

“Writing a musical is not easy,” says Doug Simon (Gary Rucker) — to which Bud Davenport (Sean Patterson) quips, “Hats off to you, Elton John!”

Gutenberg! The Musical!, currently being produced by The Storyville Collective at The Theatre at St. Claude, is a play-within-a-play in which a couple of aspiring show creators present a sliver of an idea to would-be producers. The two engaging characters — Bud, who is writing the score, and Doug, who is developing the script — hope to convince investors to back their idea so they can produce it on Broadway. There are just a few problems with their plan. Their nonaction hero, Johannes Gutenberg, invented movable type, which does not lend itself to quick-witted dialogue and dramatic action. Doug and Bud search the internet for information about him but find that details of his life are “scant.” So they make up a story, classifying it as “historical fiction” (“fiction that’s true”) and set it to music performed by the amiable pianist, James Kelly.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Big Easy Award winners announced

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 1:49 PM

click image Deacon John Moore received a Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award. - PHOTO BY ZACK SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Deacon John Moore received a Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deacon John Moore thanked a long list of New Orleans musicians and producers — including Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Wardell Quezergue, Earl Palmer, Ellis Marsalis, Luther Kent (with whom he shares a birthday), Germaine Bazzle — plus institutions (the musicians union, ), supporters, friends and others while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award, and he later sang an emotional version of "The Way We Were" at the Big Easy Awards at Orpheum Theatre Monday night. While introducing Moore, Irma Thomas teased Moore that he looked the same but with a little less hair after six decades in music.

The Big Easy gala also included theater awards, and Anthony Bean, founder of Anthony Bean Community Theater, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award. "We've come a long way," Bean said, describing the gains for black actors and dramas since 1972, when he began his career. Bean plans to reopen his theater at its new campus in Gentilly this year.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Gambit house punk socialite stops off at WWL-TV to recommend weekend entertainment options: Pile's "oral punishment" at Gasa Gasa, the return of the French Film Festival and more.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Caravan Stage Company to present Nomadic Tempest May 10-20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Caravan Stage performs Nomadic Tempest.
  • Caravan Stage performs Nomadic Tempest.

Caravan Stage Company
travels the world's waterways and presents shows dockside. The company's last visit to the New Orleans area was in 2013, when it spent several months developing a pirate-themed show in Lafitte before moving to Florida to finish the production and begin its tour.

Caravan returns to New Orleans May 10-20 to present Nomadic Tempest at Pontchartrain Landing. The show combines theater, aerialist and acrobatic arts, video and light projection and more. The boat deck serves as a stage and the mast and riggings are used for aerialist work. Nomadic Tempest is a story about four Monarch butterflies displaced by global warming.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Variety show and film screening April 14 highlight trans rights

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM

A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show. - COURTESY TSSHAG
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  • A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show.

Two events in New Orleans April 14 spotlight transgender rights, an increasingly high-profile issue in the city and nationwide.

Tulane Society for Sexuality, Health and Gender hosts a variety show at Cafe Istanbul to benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group for LGBTQ youth of color. "Freaks of a Feather" offers drag, burlesque, comedy and cabaret acts; admission is based on a sliding scale but participants are encouraged to donate generously. The show begins at 7 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., BreakOUT! sponsors a screening of Free CeCe!, a documentary about transgender prison-reform activist CeCe McDonald. McDonald and director Jacqueline Gares also attend the screening at the Broad Theater in association with PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Tickets are $8-$10.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Canadian turntablist Kid Koala's link to Preservation Hall

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook. - KIDKOALA.COM
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  • A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook.

"People always ask me what was my most memorable show," says Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, aka Eric San. "'Oh, it has to be at Madison Square Garden with Radiohead!' And I am like, 'Yeah. that was great,' but actually, it was when I was at Preservation Hall."

Eric San brings his multi-media graphic novel-turned live movie Nufonia Must Fall to the CAC this week. His fans may know that his version of "Basin Street Blues" is the first tune on his second album, Some of My Best Friends are DJs. Less well known is that he's a big fan of Preservation Hall and has performed and recorded there. He may record with Preservation Hall musicians during his visit this week, as part of his forthcoming graphic novel, Storyville Mosquito, about a country mosquito who moves to the city to play clarinet in a jazz band.

San discussed Nufonia with Gambit. He also shared the story of his pilgrimage to Preservation Hall.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Sweet Bird of Youth

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 3:18 PM


Martin Bradford and Leslie Castay star in Sweet Bird of Youth.
  • Martin Bradford and Leslie Castay star in Sweet Bird of Youth.

Tennessee Williams was obsessed with youth. In his play Sweet Bird of Youth, the two main characters desperately cling to memories of their pasts, each using the other in an effort to regain some semblance of their more attractive, younger selves. In Southern Rep’s excellent production at Loyola University’s Marquette Theatre, director Mel Cook intensifies the drama through unconventional casting.

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