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All in a Neigh's Work

Review: New Take on World War I Play Creates Human-Operated Horse

At one point during the National Theatre of Great Britian's touring production of Warhorse, the massive, equine puppet from which the play takes its name looks like he might have to share the stage with another horse.

Today in New Orleans 12.8.13

Who Dat! The Saints are playing the Panthers in the Dome tonight. Get into the Christmas spirit at City Park, or see the NOLA Project's unauthorized Scientology-themed holiday musical. On this day in 1879, the state capital was moved from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

A Tinge of Fringe

Preview of Upcoming Fringe Fest, Nov. 20-24

New Orleans Fringe Festival is gearing up for its eighth run, beginning tomorrow, November 20, and running through the 24 th at 40 different venues across New Orleans. Coordinators and performers gathered Tuesday morning at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand) to give early birds a taste of what’s to come. 

Settling the Stage

NOLA Project’s ‘Oregon Trail: The Play,’ Reviewed

While there may be a generational cutoff for younger audience members, the sorrow that accompanies the phrase "You have died of dysentary" remains timeless.

Space Against Time

Review of Skin Horse Theatre's Nocturnes (I-III)

NoDef's Philip Yiannopoulous heads to the final frontier of St. Claude to review Nocturnes (I-III), a three-part exploration of space. 

Today in New Orleans 11.8.13

Tonight, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headlines this year’s boudin, bourbon, and beer event. The Pelicans play the Lakers at home, and NOMA is screening The Muppet Movie. On this day in 1893, Tulane and LSU played against each other in football for the first time. Now, more local sports, music, and theater. 

Today in New Orleans. 11.01.13

Halloween day is over, but the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is just beginning in its new home on City Park's permanent festival grounds. Widespread Panic is on the last night of performances, and there is a mock jazz funeral in honor of All Saints Day. Happy Birthday to the New Orleans Saints, who became the 16 th NFL football team today in 1966. Now, more to do this Friday of the Halloween weekend.

Today in New Orleans 10.26.13

Halloween continues its early run on New Orleans with a series of excuses to dress up and be weird, along with its usual platter of live music and theater.  During the day, see the year’s biggest brass band competition under the Claiborne Bridge in the Tremé.  Francophiles can hop to Washington Square Park for Fete Marigny.  At night, try to catch a locally made treat from the Krewe of Boo Parade.  On this day in 1911, gospel queen Mahalia Jackson was born. Now, more local music, theater, and more this Saturday:

Today in New Orleans 10.25.13

Tonight, Possum Kingdom is back for another weekend at the truck farm, and One Eyed Jacks is hosting doom metal legends St. Vitus. Funk legend Bootsy Collins is turning 62 at the House of Blues with DJ Soul Sister, and NOMA is putting impressionist painters in the spotlight. On this day in 1987, then Governor EWE officially conceded the governor’s race to opponent former Governor Buddy Roemer. Now, more to do this Friday. 

Loyola Prof Gets Playwright Award, 4 Productions

Loyola professor and author John Biguenet is getting some exposure outside of the classroom. The local playwright who created Mold has been chosen for the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. The Network is funding four productions for Biguenet, two in New Jersey, one New Orleans, and one in Montana. 

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