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NoDef's Guide to The Tennessee Williams Festival



Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with New Orleans. So goes a bon mot Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” No offense to the rest of the country, but New Orleanians take great pride in being revered as decidedly not-Cleveland by the late playwright. This week, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 31st annual celebration. The five-day fest kicks off this Wednesday, all culminating on Williams’s 106th birthday on Sunday (3.26). 


Spring and Smoke

ROOM 220′s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival



One of the highlights of New Orleans’ literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3) is celebrating its thirtieth year of festivities in 2016. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and playwrights from across the country down to the French Quarter, at once celebrating the rich legacy of its namesake scribe and championing new and established voices in American letters.


Today in NOLA: 3.28.15


The pork tasting competition begins for the second day of Hogs for the Cause, raising funds for pediatric brain cancer. Also tonight, world folk band hailing from all over the Southeast, Rising Appalachia is at the Civic Theater and will be joined by members from Toubab Krewe (also playing at Hogs) to kick off their show. Stein's Deli puts on Revolt of the Beavers, a Cripple Creek production. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more on Saturday events. 


An Account of Historical Fiction


by Ashley Rouen

Moroccan author Laila Lalami spoke during a Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s Master Class (3.27) at The Historic New Orleans Collection about her new book, The Moor’s Account, which is a work of historical fiction told in the form of memoir from the perspective of the first ever black explorer of America, known as Estebanico, of whom not much is known. During the lecture entitled Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions, Lalami detailed what it takes to write a novel based on historical events, all the while giving a voice to a character whose story has been lost to history because of his status as slave. 


Today in NOLA: 3.26.15


If you were hoping for tickets to indie pop sensation Sylvan Esso at Tip's or filmmaker extraordinaire John Waters at the Joy, those shows are sold out, but there's much more going on today and tonight. The literary schedule for the Tennessee Williams Festival is already underway featuring Master Classes and Panel talks through Sunday. Mary Chapin Carpenter is in town, along with electronic producer Kodak to Graph. On this day in 1911, the West End Streetcar took its first ride. Now, more on Thursday happenings. 


Room 220's Tennessee Williams Fest Picks


from Press Street's Room 220

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival takes place this weekend. From a literary dance party to a celebration of Elmore Leonard, Room 220 recommends you find yourself at these events:


Today in New Orleans: 3.20.14


Tonight, the LPO is performing a ‘Leningrad’ Symphony, Ogden is hosting art after hours, and NOLA Fashion Week continues in the Warehouse District. On this day in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published the seminal Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now, more to do this Thursday. 


Exotic Romancing at Tennessee Williams Fest


from Mark Folse of Odd Words

Is New Orleans truly the most exotic locale in the United States, or just the victim of good press? Panel moderator David Johnson started out the Tennessee Williams Festival panel on Writing New Orleans: The Most “Exotic” Place in America with a famous quote by Williams: “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”


Tennessee Williams 'A Battle of Angels' at Allways Lounge, Reviewed


from Odd Words' Mark Folse

While the smart set at the the Tennessee Williams Festival is settling into watch the third part of John Biguenet’s Katrina Trilogy, Mold in a small bar room/theater Off-Off-Royal Street Tennessee Williams’ first produced play–A Battle of Angels–is given a compelling production at the Allways Lounge Theater.


Today's Events: 3.21.12


Today, The Tennessee Williams Festival returns for this year's revival, Wednesday at the Square returns to action and journalism legend Bob Woodward has a public lecture/Q&A lined up at Tulane. This day in history, the New Orleans’ Good Friday ?re caused 2.6 million dollars worth of damage (1788), French emperor Napolean Bonaparte enacted a new legal framework, the "Napoleonic Code" (1804), and Louisiana joined the Confederate States of America (1861).


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