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New Gallery Show Fights Childhood Cancer with Art

One group is fighting childhood cancer with art. The first New Orleans class of the Pablove foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs is celebrating its graduation with a show at the Du Mois Gallery (4609 Freret Street). The show features photographs by children battling the disease and the results are professional, if not moving.

Creole Cousins

New Richard Sexton Show at THNOC Portrays a Small World

An exhibition featuring the work of local photographer Richard Sexton is on display until December 7th at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) (400 Chartres Street) Creole World focuses a lens on New Orleans juxtaposed against the Latin Caribbean sphere. The photos depict the similarities of Creole life and architecture between countries and places that are often disconnected but unknowingly exist together and construct what is known as the Creole world. 

Thrill Me Chill Me Fulfill Me

Theatre Review: The Rocky Horror Show at the AllWays Lounge

The highest compliment New Yorker theatre critic John Lahr ever delivers from his arsenal of accolades is to proclaim that a performer or a production “corrupts us with pleasure.” For 90% of its running time, the AllWays Lounge revival of The Rocky Horror Show had me weaker with ecstasy than anything since the opening scenes of Tulane Summer Lyric’s A Chorus Line

State of Play: NOLA Theatre 10.21.29-10.28

In the lull before Halloween and Fringe Fest, three shows open this week, one for one night only. As we get closer to Fright Night, the offerings become a bit spookier. There are hauntings in store, as well as zombies on stage. For the Halloween classicists, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is continuing a run.

Smothered & Others

John Schneider Talks Filmmaking

Actor/Director/Writer John Schneider does a mean Christopher Walken impression. The man who described himself “a Westchester County boy” (outside of New York City), slipped into Walken's voice, mimicking his interviewer’s snobby elocution. And the impersonation is spot-on. Schneider, the man, quickly turns out to be far, far more complex and insightful than the TV roles that made him famous.  

The Envelope Tease: NOFF Announces Winners

On Sunday (10.19), the New Orleans Film Festival announced the 2014 award winners. Top prize went to Thom Southerland’s Proud Citizen. Louisiana documentary darling, 61 Bullets, took home the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature while sparking debate about Huey P. Long’s assassination. Click through for a full list of winners.

Make a Joyful Noise

#ThisIsNOLA's Electric Debut (Photos)

The line queued up for This Is Nola at the Joy Theatre an hour before doors opened Friday (10.17) and didn’t stop. Hyped by hashtag, #ThiIsNOLA, the inaugual event of Winter Circle Productions' new series looked like a success even before the first band hit the stage. The night's promised fusion of contemporary arts indeed delivered.

NO Film Fest Lagniappe: Events for 10.19.14

By Jason Raymond

Having opened with its red-carpet screening and gala reception Thursday night, the New Orleans Film Festival offers plenty of receptions and events along wiht the actual films. Here are some things to check out today.

NOFF: Filmmaker Garret Bradley's Below Dreams

By Jason Rayond

Many younger filmmakers come to the New Orleans Film Festival looking for their first real recognition, filmmake and /artist Garrett Bradley isn’t one of them.  She premiered her first narrative feature, Below Dreams, this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine and The New York Times both ran stories about her work. Below Dreams received a warm critical reception. Tonight, Below Dreams will screen at the Joy Theater as part of the New Orleans Film Festival at 8:30p.m. looking for less for a breakthrough in exposure and more for an emotional breakthrough.

The News About the Blues: Festin' Music & BBQ this Weekend

By Ashley Rouen

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest rounds the bend for it’s ninth year running in Lafayette Square Park popping off tonight Friday Oct. 17 from 5:30 – 8:30p.m. and sailing on through the weekend from 11a.m. – 8:30p.m. The fest boasts an impressive array of trending local BBQ haunts, as well as music, arts vendors and an Oral History Stage, where performers will be interviewed live. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation has arranged this free, three day fete open to the public to show off what it means to miss New Orleans. 

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