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'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' Jan. 11-16

NATIVE SON The exhibit “Walter Inglis Anderson: Everything I See Is New and Strange” celebrates the many subjects and places the artist saw and experienced, including life in New Orleans. One hundred and forty-five works of art, formerly on view at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will be on display Jan. 13-April 17 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information, 539-9600. SHAKE IT UP The Department of Theatre and Dance at Tulane University remounts The Shakespeare Festival’s summer-time performance of “Macbeth” in one public show on Jan. 15 at Dixon Hall. In addition, seven school-time performances for middle and high school students will take place Jan. 5-7 and 11-14. The show features husband-and-wife actors Danny Bowen and Clare Moncrief as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The festival production is part of “Shakespeare in America Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation,” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Information, 865-5105. CLEAR AND NOW An important glass collection is on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art: “Crystal Clear: Steuben Glass from the Collection of Isidore and Marianne Cohn.” The exhibit, including works by post-1930s designers, is on display through Jan. 16 and provides an overall view of the Steuben factory’s sculptures and tableware. The Cohns are New Orleanians. Information, 488-2631. THAT ZULU YOU DO The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club exhibits its memorabilia Jan. 18-Feb. 8 at Lakeside Shopping Center. Items such as costumes, historical information, throws, posters and more will be on display. The Junior Zulus, the organization’s youth group, will teach a class on decorating the krewe’s famed coconuts, also known as the “Golden Nuggets,” Jan. 22 at the Center Court of the shopping center, for youngsters age 12 to 17. Information, 835-8000. MODERN MANIFESTATIONS This month kicks off a series of new visual arts exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center. Take note of “Raving in the Desert” by Tomer Ganihar, an Israeli artist who has photo-documented the rave culture in Israel for the past 10 years, and “Raw Data: Conceptual Art in Louisiana,” a group exhibition of concept art by local artists. Both will be on display Jan. 15-March 27. Information, 528-3805. THREAD COUNTS Hanna Bloom Stern’s collection of textiles – lace, canvas embroidery, table linens, quilts and fans from the 17th through 20th centuries – is on display through June 10 at Longue Vue House and Gardens. The exhibit, “With Heart and Hand,” represents Stern’s collection of fancy needlework, which was a gift to the museum by one of her descendents. Look for rare items, including an Egyptian-motif tea cloth, an infant’s coffin quilt and a Georgian waistcoat. Information, 488-5488. THIS BOLD HOUSE Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” Jan. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 at its new Westwego Performing Arts Theatre. The musical is based on a true story about a legendary Texas brothel called the Chicken Ranch, which opened in the 1840s and was shut down in 1973 because of crusading politicians and news reporters. The musical is directed by Michelle Pietri, and the JPAS Broadway Pit Band will perform conducted by Dr. Ron Bermingham. Information, 885-2000. SEE WORTHY LeMieux Galleries drenches viewers in artistic prowess with the exhibit “Under See” by Alan Gerson. The exhibit has a dual meaning. First, Gerson paints underwater scenes, giving the viewer a glimpse into life beneath the surface. Second, Gerson’s paints his underwater scenes as the sea life would actually view it, so the water is invisible. Gerson’s colorful new body of work shows Jan. 1-Feb. 26 at LeMieux Galleries. Information, 522-5988. TWIN SITUATION Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery shows “Doubly Blessed: The Ibeji Twins of Nigeria” Jan. 12-Feb. 27. The “Twins” exhibit explores the Yoruba tradition of ibeji, which celebrates twins and the special powers they are believed to possess. The Museum for African Art in New York organized “Doubly Blessed,” which features 90 pieces made over the last two centuries from private and public collections. The exhibit addresses issues of family, religion, ritual, the cycle of life and the cultural practices of communities. Information, 865-5328. GIRL POWER Broadway in New Orleans presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Jan. 11-16 at the Saenger Theatre. The winner of six Tony Awards including best musical, “Millie” is based on the 1967 Oscar-winning film of the same name. “Millie” takes audiences back to the Jazz Age of flappers, bobbed hair, raised hemlines and feminism, where the titular flapper from the Midwest arrives in New York prepared to conquer the world. Information, 522-5555.

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