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Today in NOLA 8.20.17


Today, show down with the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club in City Park. Little Gem Saloon will put on their final staging of the Pulitzer Prize nominated work Love Letters to benefit a New Orleanian in need. Explore your kinks at the Hi-Ho's BDSM-meets-burlesque show, or set your intentions in the New Moon Women's Circle at Rosalie Apothecary. On this day, bassist Julius Farmer was born on August 20, 1949. On a darker note, 269 people died of yellow fever in New Orleans on August 20, 1853, deeming the date “Black Day.” Now, more to do this Saturday.


Summer Love

Chet's Summer Vacation is the Most Unlikely Romance of the Season



Chet’s Summer Vacation is a hot, surreal new play that explores the depths of adolescent transformation and sexual introspection when a young man named Chet moves up to the attic of his mother’s house in the heat of the Houston summer only to find release in the irresistible overtures of his new air-conditioning unit.

 


A 'Radical' Act


Theatricality is a way of life in New Orleans — whether it’s the street performers along Decatur Street or your neighbors on Fat Tuesday, indeed all the world’s a stage in this fair city. “The evocative and provocative can be found on every street corner,” explained local theatre figure Jon Greene, the award-winning director behind Faustus, The Spider Queen, Sleeping Beauty, and The Musicians of Bremen. To further champion the city’s live performance culture, this week the theatre maker announced the launch of a new theatre and production collective, The Radical Buffoon(s). 

 


Southern Rep Offers Sweet Prices for 'Sweet Bird'


This Thursday (3.30), Southern Rep will open its doors for a sliding scale showing of their newest production, “Sweet Bird of Youth.” The Tennessee Williams story debuted at the playwright’s namesake festival last week, and is scheduled to run through April 16 at the Marquette Theatre. Thursday’s show is singular during the show’s run for it offers New Orleanians a chance to pay what they wish to take in a night of theatre. 


Look Homeward, Angels

Southern Rep Announces New Theatre



After a few years in diaspora, Southern Rep will once again have a home. On Thursday (2.19), the local theatre company along with Rose Community Development Corporation and Alembic Community Development announced that the vacant St. Rose de Lima Church (2545 Bayou Road) in Mid-City will renovated into a performing arts center for Southern Rep.


Offerman's Dunces Broadway Bound?


Yesterday, The Daily News received lots of attention for the paper’s Trump/Palin slamming “I’m With Stupid” wood. However, the paper also ran a story of greater interest to New Orleanians. The News reported that A Confederacy of Dunces may be heading to Broadway soon.


One For Eight


Over the last five years, Quentin Tarantino made enough visits to New Orleans to provide locals with a host of NSFW stories about their encounters with the director. Apparently, he liked SoLa. The AMC Elmwood Palace in Harqhan made the short list of theaters picked to screen Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.


Blue Dreams


In the past few years, an influx of reopened venues resulted in a surge of touring bands adding the Crescent City to their itineraries. However, a couple of announcements are heralding some unconventional entertainment coming to town. The Blue Man Group will play the Sanger and “Kim The Happy Medium” will come to the Civic.


And Finale!

Faux/Real Fest's Final Weekend



Hungry for the arts? With almost 40 oerformances at the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts this wekeend, you're in luck. Whether you're looking for some serious ideology or just want to laugh, the fest has a few options. NoDef runs through your choices for the weekend.

Trying Solo


Prepare the opera glasses! The Faux/Real Festival of Arts is rolling into a final weekend with a bang. Not only are several productions wrapping up their three week runs, but several new shows have opened. Many of these premiers are solo performances found within one of Faux/Real's sub-fests, the Razor’s Edge.


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