Tony-award winning playwright Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer will be performed at Southern Rep Theatre this month under the direction of Mark Routhier. Starting on Nov. 5, The Seafarer, will take audiences to a coastal town north of Dublin during Christmas Eve. There, Sharkey Harkin and his blind brother Richard are stocking up on liquor and preparing for an evening of laughs, spirits and poker – until a mysterious stranger shows up and things turn serious. As the characters deal with inner demons, the stakes of the game are raised and the play reveals haunting revelations about heaven and hell. Information,522-6545, www.southernrep.com.
The nonprofit Bywater Neighborhood Association is dedicated to developing community awareness in the Bywater neighborhood, a section of our city that’s known for its funky bars and restaurants and the eclectic arts scene.
On Nov. 8, head down there to check out the Mirliton Festival, held at Markey Park (on Piety and Royal streets). At this low-key but spirited festival, crowds will gather at 11:30 a.m. and listen to live music and dine on cuisine from area restaurants. Vendors will set up booths around the park selling arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. Artists will include Jerry Moran, Bayou Salvage and Bergeron Woodworks; and musicians will include Morning 40 Federation, Little Freddie King and Happy Talk Band. It is a great day to drop by or stay for a while.
The New Orleans Hornets are emerging after their most successful season yet (last year, they made it to the second round in the playoffs). Plus during the off-season, Chris Paul, star point guard, found the time to rake in an Olympic gold medal. At one point, the team’s future was uncertain, but those days are over: Ticket sales are at a record high and devoted fans couldn’t be happier. (Plus the team will be looking as dapper as ever in their new uniforms.)
Led by coach Byron Scott, the Hornets will make a triumphant return back to the New Orleans Arena, now fondly known as “The Hive”, where they’ll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the first home game of the season.
Throughout the month, home games will be played against Atlanta (Nov. 5), Miami (Nov. 8), Los Angeles (Nov. 12), Portland (Nov. 14), Sacramento (Nov. 19) and Oklahoma City (Nov. 22).
Information, 525-HOOP (4667), www.nba.com/hornets.
ballet on the edge
A special New Orleans Ballet Association-commissioned world premiere will take place Nov. 21-22 at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. The Trey McIntyre Project will feature innovative choreography and “fear-factor” ballet moves; giving the traditional art of ballet a decidedly more modern makeover to the tunes of pop music. McIntyre has been hailed as one of the hottest choreographers in the dance world, and his world tour will appear in over 30 cities and will partner with NOBA for the new works. It is certain to be ballet like you’ve never seen.
Information, 522-0996, www.nobadance.com.
Fun on the Fringe
The inaugural New Orleans Fringe Festival, Nov. 13-16, will be a collaboration of creative theater and performance art. Cabaret, clowning, puppetry, improv and other creative forces will join together for the four-day festival.
Forty groups, local and national, will present over 120 shows in locations around the city, though most of them will be based in the Marigny, Bywater and French Quarter (Marigny Theatre, the Sidearm Gallery, the Hi-Ho Lounge, the Nola Candle Factory, Le Chat Noir and the Voodoo Mystere Lounge are just some of the places to see and be seen).
The shows presented encompass a wide range; some are funny, some are tragic and some are just downright kooky.
At the heart of the festival, is the Fringe Circus Tent – an old fashioned big-top, where audience members can unite over refreshments and fun, and even get to mingle with the performers. Located at the corner of Press and Dauphine streets, the tent is the place to get tickets, read audience reviews and enjoy free entertainment. Other free activities include the Goodchildren Social Aid and Pleasure Club Fringe Parade down St. Claude Avenue on Nov. 15. There will also be a children’s stage with puppets, slack rope walkers and aerialists hosted by the St. Claude Main Street Project.
Information, 941-3640, www.nofringe.org.