The â€świld" and "weirdâ€ť festival of theater known as the Fringe Festival started Wednesday in venues around New Orleans. But organizers say they got an unpleasant surprise when they discovered the city had filed an injunction shutting down the festivalâ€™s flagship performance venue, the Marigny Opera House, because of fire safety concerns.
Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans.
Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them. Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.
This week on Inside the Arts, The New Orleans Fringe Festival is celebrating original theater this week at venues across the city. We catch up with Joanna Caplan and her unique solo piece Total Verruckt!, whichÂ focuses onÂ the role of art as a means of survival during the Holocaust.
Then, do you know what it takes to learn how to write well? WWNO's Eve Abrams answers that question as she explores the Big Class Writing Studio on St. Claude Avenue.
This week onÂ Inside the Arts, ballerina Wendy Whelan joins Stars of American Ballet inÂ town for aÂ one-night-only performance. We talk with New York City principal dancer and director Daniel Ulbricht.
Then, we explore the connections between New Orleans and Ireland as the city hosts the International Irish Famine Commemoration with a bevy of cultural events.
And, we round out with an exhibit that highlights home, place and architecture as RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery presents Location, Location, Location.
NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way.
This weekÂ on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the regional premiere of Christian Durso'sÂ Shiner. The play is a coming of age story focusing on teenagers, grunge rock and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
Then, tap and jazz collide as the Gulf Coast Theater on Tap presentsÂ Neutral Ground. It is a unique celebration of New Orleans rhythm and tap.
And we round out with an exploration of an archive in the French Quarter that houses years of New Orleansâ€™ cultural heritage.
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This week on Inside the Arts, Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare opens the Contemporary Arts Center's season with An Iliad. This adaptation of Homer's The Iliad focuses on what it means to be a nation at war today.
This weekÂ onÂ Inside the Arts,Â we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presentsÂ Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing Â artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.
Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open withÂ Aladdin.
And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.