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The Joyful Cup

NOOA's La Traviata

On Friday (10.09) night, the New Orleans Opera Association opened their season with a classic. Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata delighted the crowd at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Despite a rocky premier, these positive performances have been a trend for the work for over a century. In fact, the piece has become known as an “introductory opera.” With that in mind, NoDef offers a primer.

Arts Starts

Faux/Real Fest Lineup Reveal

The Faux/Real Festival of the Arts provided a sneak peak at their November lineup today. The fest will include over 80 performing arts productions, 30 food and drink events, and 60 literary readings. The schedule spans the gamut from classics to the avant-garde.

Teatro Sin Fronteras

Jose Torres-Tama's Latest Project

The first time I went to Teatro Sin Fronteras (“Theater Without Borders), was the production's inaugural event. The scene reminded me of my native Miami, being surrounded by Hispanics, who weaved in and out of Spanish and English seamlessly, with different artistic forms being executed. The performance was in a small space and was very intimate. It was a beautiful experience, and I haven’t missed one since. 

Finally! Saenger ReOpens

As a bevy of post-K reopenings have come and gone, New Orleanians of all stripes have asked: what's happening with the Saenger? Today, the dignitaries broke out the giant scissors to bring the historic Canal Street playhouse back to life. With a $52 million renovation complete, the theatre that first opened in 1927 is ready to host Broadway shows, comedians and all forms of entertainment.

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