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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. 

 


Today in NOLA 7.917


This Tuesday, head on down to BlackStar Books for their 3rd annual street fest, learn about reiki and how it can improve your life, feel the spirit of Cowboy Jim at the Marigny Opera House, or simply learn what’s good to eat in your own backyard. On this day in 1982, Pan Am Flight 759 crashed just outside of New Orleans in Kenner. Now more to do today. 


Today in NOLA 6.16.17


This Friday, kick your adventures this weekend off with some brand new tunes, a journey through chamber opera, some sweet Egyptian Lover, or a celebration of 25 great years of NOLA sounds. Emmett Louis Hardy died this day in June in 1925 shortly after his 22nd birthday. He was a early jazz cornet player and one of the best-regarded New Orleans musicians of his generation. Now, read on for more Friday happenings. 


Today in NOLA 6.2.17


Today, enjoy dinner and a ZOOvie, peek inside the reasons behind self portraits, check out a new take on chamber opera in the Marigny, or check out the fresh grooves of Joel Wilson and Context Killer. Today in 1885 was the last day that The World Cotton Centennial took place in what is now Audubon Park. The event featured displays with a ton of electric light illumination, electric elevators, and several electric streetcar prototypes. Now, more of today's happenings.


Serpentine Sound

Toonces Tell the Tale of Tang Tang at Marigny Opera House



Move aside rock operas, indie rock operas are here to stay. Toonces’ performance of “The Trials of Tang” at The Marigny Opera House on Friday (5.26) is making a strong case for this new form of musical opus. Toonces, a lush indie rock band from New Orleans with Chelsea Hines starring on vocals, created an indie rock orchestral performance that was centered upon Tang Tang, “an eternally lonely and wonderfully flamboyant sea serpent” who lives in the depths of Barataria Bay. Tang Tang is chasing “the mate of his soul’s true calling,” but due to his own demons, brings himself enormous despair.


As One

Innovative Opera and Transgender Illumination Comes to the Marigny



Since its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, the Laura Kaminsky-composed chamber opera “As One” has graced numerous stages and found acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Its protagonist Hannah is sung by two voices, baritone and mezzo-soprano, whose interactions, tumult, and equilibrium illustrate her dynamic gender expressions, core character, and growth as a transgender woman. The New Orleans Opera Association is presenting the work for two singers and string quartet this June 2-4 weekend at the Marigny Opera House. 


Today in NOLA 5.26.17


Today, country music's chart toppers take over the Superdome. Stroll down Royal St. for the ultimate wine and food experience in the Vieux Carre. On the music front, get down to some retro sounds in the Marigny or enjoy some completely free music at Fulton Alley. On this day in 1865, arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces West of the Mississippi. Now more about Friday's festivities. 


Today in NOLA 5.14.17


Today is all about the mamas. Rodrigue Studio will host a tour through the expansive Rodrigue’s Women exhibition, while Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will celebrate Mother’s Day with a music festival on the Bayou. Marigny Opera House will share the sounds of Django Reinhardt. Be cleansed at Swan River Yoga’s weekly Sound Bath. On this day in 1845, Louisiana’s first free public school opened. Now, more ways to school yourself in Louisiana culture this Sunday.


Today in NOLA 5.6.17


Tonight, hang with Galactic at the Orpheum or catch NOLA legend Big Freedia perform with local talents gone big, Tank and the Bangas. Aurora Nealand is teaming up with choreographer Shannon Stewart for a performance of her album The Monocle. The New Movement brings a new dating game show to town. On this day in 1996, Aaron Neville performed for then President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton on the White House South Lawn. Now, more to do this Saturday.  

 


Orpheus Ascending

Marigny Opera Ballet Makes a Winning Return to 'Orfeo'



The Marigny Opera Ballet ends its third season this weekend with a reprise of “Orfeo,” choreographer Maya Taylor’s visual retelling of the story of star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. Featuring Taylor’s choreography set to original music composed by Tucker Fuller, the ballet’s original run in 2015 was met with sold-out crowds. NoDef was in attendance for the final dress rehearsal ahead of Friday night’s opening at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.). The company’s three-night-only return to the Greek myth is a wholly compelling, powerful performance guaranteed to repeat the same success.


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