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John Mulaney to Bring 'Kid Gorgeous' to NOLA

John Mulaney will say Oh, Hello to New Orleans this fall with a new stand-up show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, it was officially announced via the comedian’s social media on Thursday (6.15). 

Parsons Dance & Allen Toussaint Orchestra Stun Crowd at Mahalia Jackson

by Kelley Crawford 

Emotional applause moved through the audience at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 10th when the names David Parsons and Katrina were put together. Parsons was the first dance company to perform for NOBA post-Katrina, and Parsons Dance Company once again lifted the dancing spirits of New Orleanians on May 10th, 2014 when NOBA presented Parsons Dance with Allen Toussaint and the Allen Toussaint Orchestra. 

LPO Melts the Ice with Fireworks, Pipa Concerto

by Joe Shriner

While the winter storm continues to ice over New Orleans, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is ringing in the Chinese New Year with some fiery musical fare. On Friday, January 31, the LPO performs works by Stravinsky and Mahler, and celebrates the first day of the year in the Chinese calendar with a pipa concerto by Chinese native Zhao Jiping.

Diavolo NOLA

Diavolo Dance & LPO Defy Gravity at Mahalia Jackson

Internationally-renowned physical dance theater company, Diavolo, is coming back to New Orleans to perform their gravity-defying performance. Diavolo combines athleticism and dance, and they will be accompanied tomorrow by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. 

'The Vampire,' Reviewed

New Orleans Opera Association Gives German Opera a Crescent City Update

The opening night of the opera season is always a special occasion, but on Friday evening the New Orleans Opera Association’s première of The Vampire broke with some of the old traditions.

Curtain Call

Vampires, Beer, and Bohemia in New Orleans Opera Association's 2013-2014 Season

Opera has long been regarded as obtuse, if not a soporific. However, the genre entertained the masses in its early days, and as the arts in NOLA have grown, opera is once again finding broad appeal. The New Orleans Opera Association noted the trend, and programmed accordingly for their 2013-14 season. 

On Point: N.O. Ballet Assocation Announces 2013-2014 Season

Newbie ballet viewers may think performances are all fairly tame, but The New Orleans Ballet Association’s upcoming season will prove to be a lot more than pink tutus and point shoes. Beginning October 4, NOBA is inviting world renowned dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, Parsons, the Diavolo Dance Theatre, and the Scottish Ballet. The season kicks off with a local classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. 

Today in New Orleans 7.11.13

Tonight, standup comic Pete Holmes is at Tipitina’s, UMOJA at the Mahalia Jackson, and the Ogden is open after hours. Happy Birthday to Bruce Daigrepont, the Cajun accordionist who leads the Fais Do Do every Sunday at Tipitina’s. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Which is Witch?

'Wicked' Brings New Sorcery To New Orleans: Theatre Review

Most of us expect certain happenings when we see musical theater—people sporadically bursting into song and dance, quick-witted one liners, facials that would be frightening in normal conversation, and bright lights that have our eyes saying “ohhhhh.”

Local Tenor Out Front for New Orleans Opera's 'Madame Butterfly'

by Joe Shriner

Looking for music, a melding of culture, and a lot of family drama? No, this is not an article about French Quarter Fest. On Friday night and Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Opera Association will perform one of Puccini’s most beloved operas, Madame Butterfly, with a New Orleans-raised tenor appearing in one of the principal roles.

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