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Irish House Ready for Bloomsday

To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 

Naughty Professor Shares ‘Venison Poetry’

New Orleans-based band Naughty Professor dropped the newest single off of their summer release Identity. Watch the live studio video for “Venison Poetry” featuring local music superstars Mike Dillon and Cliff Hines below. 

Summer Love

Chet's Summer Vacation is the Most Unlikely Romance of the Season

Chet’s Summer Vacation is a hot, surreal new play that explores the depths of adolescent transformation and sexual introspection when a young man named Chet moves up to the attic of his mother’s house in the heat of the Houston summer only to find release in the irresistible overtures of his new air-conditioning unit.


Shania Twain to Bring Country Pop to NOLA

She’s still the one. A few weeks shy of the September 29th release of Shania Twain’s long-anticipated fifth album Now  her first in fifteen years! — the Canadian country pop star announced a major North American tour that will bring her to the arena next summer. 

Women of Note Explores Female Jazz Artists in NOLA

After a particularly contentious presidential election, 2017 has been largely marked by a renewed consideration of women’s rights in the political sphere, technology, the workplace, and culture. A new exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Museum sheds a light on the profound influence of female music makers in the Crescent City jazz scene that has been dominated by their male counterparts over the past century. 


R. Kelly Cancels NOLA Show Amid Sex Cult Rumors

R&B singer R. Kelly has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career, but his most recent scandal may prove to cause too much damage for the artist. Following an inflammatory BuzzFeed article released less than two weeks ago, the New Orleans stop of his “After Party” tour was canceled on Monday (7.31).  


‘Katrina: American Crime Story' Might Not Happen After All, Says Producer

The fate of Ryan Murphy’s prestige television take on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in the New Orleans community seems less and less certain. On Saturday, American Crime Story producer and director Anthony Hemingway stated that the production is “stalled” and that “nothing has really been done” to prep for the show that would document the aftermath of the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history. 


The Real Deal: Tennessee Williams’ ‘Camino Real’ at Marigny Opera House

Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with the Crescent City. Though the namesake festival dedicated to the sometime New Orleanian (who counted homes on Toulouse, Dumaine, and St. Peter streets) is many months away, a new production at the Marigny Opera House calls attention to one of his most underrated works. 


Daniel Johnston to Kick Off Final Tour with NOLA Show

Legendary artist and performer Daniel Johnston announced his new and final tour on Wednesday. The Daniel Johnston & Friends: Hi, How Are You Tour is set to start in New Orleans this fall. 

At the Threshold of the Visible

“Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation,” Goethe once noted. At any given performance, audiences are typically good-natured and generous at the start, eager for their expectations to be met. Beginnings are easy. Then comes that certain moment in a piece when one feels the audience swing — whether into disappointment, delight, contemplation, or bewilderment. It happens in the bat of an eye. Derek Brueckner’s “Collaborative Studio” exploits and extends this moment at the threshold.


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