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Multidisciplinary Performing Arts

Nancy Slusser, Robin Benson, Sandie Rosa, Karla Mosley, Stefan Basti, Adam Farabee in Columbia Theatre’s “Max and Ruby”

New Orleans is a magnet for creative talent, including persons interested in such areas as improvisational drama, stand-up comedy and solo musical performance. A number of stages around the city nurture and present such talent on a regular basis. Some of these venues are briefly profiled below.   Ashé Cultural Arts Center 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans | 504-569-9070 | http://www.ashecac.org Director: Carol Bebelle; Artistic Director: Douglas Redd Efforts of Grace Inc./Ashé CAC is an emerging African American-led cultural institution in New Orleans. Its mission is to produce and support programs, activities and creative works that emphasize the positive contributions of people of African descent.  Efforts of Grace operates the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a 6,600-square-foot multi-use facility located on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City. In addition, Efforts of Grace is developing a micro-business incubator and a multidisciplinary arts education center for youth. Check the Web site or call for updated performance and event information. The Big Top Gallery (3 Ring Circus Productions) 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center | 1638 Clio St., New Orleans | 504-569-2700 | http://www.3ringcircusproductions.com Artistic director: Kirah Haubrich The Big Top Gallery of 3 Ring Circus is a multi-dimensional art space that accommodates many activities, including hosting theater productions. The space is available on a rental basis for production of “outside” programs.  3 Ring Circus strives to inspire interest and creative thinking by spotlighting the amazing talents of New Orleans artists. By producing collaborative productions and providing a venue for multiple genres, 3 Ring Circus builds a community through “ART-mosphere.” The Big Top is an all-ages, smoke-free environment with a bar.   Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts 220 E. Thomas St. | Hammond | Box office phone: 985.543.4371 | www.columbiatheatre.org Donna Gay Anderson, director.  Owned and operated by Southeastern Louisiana University, the renovated 1928 theater, with its 850-seat performance hall, presents a diverse mix of cultural events.  Upcoming:  The Wonder Bread Years, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. A fast-paced, hilarious salute  to Baby Boomers that gracefully walks the line between stand-up comedy and theater.  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concert, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Favorite classics and carols, with an audience sing-along.  Pajamas and Play: Max and Ruby, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. New musical based on the books by Rosemary Wells and the television program on Nick Jr. and Noggin. Children 10 and under can attend dressed in their PJs. Marcia Ball, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. The singer/pianist brings her rollicking, intelligent and emotional brand of roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.  Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St., New Orleans| 504-528-3805/504-528-3800 | www.cacno.org Executive/Artistic Director: Jay Weigel The CAC is the home of modern multidisciplinary arts and cultural programming in the South. From bold experiments in visual arts, photography and sculpture to cutting-edge theater, music and dance, the CAC celebrates the “art of now.” La Nuit Theater 2301 Soniat St., New Orleans | 504-899-0336 | www.lanuittheater.com Owner, Artistic Director: Yvonne Landry; General Manager: Nick Lopez La Nuit Comedy Theater is home to exciting and original comedy shows, including Chicago-style improv, Pro-Am stand-up and all-ages comedy for your kids or company. La Nuit is also home to the Comedy Conservatory, a premier comedy training center. NOCCA/Riverfront The NOCCA Institute, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts | 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans | Box office phone: 504-940-2900 | http://www.NOCCA.com   The NOCCA Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy for New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The Institute oversees financial aid and artists-in-residence programs, the Center Stage performance series and other initiatives. NOCCA|Riverfront is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this pre-professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in dance, media arts, music, theater arts, visual arts, and creative writing, to students from public, private and parochial schools across Louisiana. Center Stage offers New Orleanians the opportunity to see selected visiting artists in concert. Check the Web site for details of upcoming musical and theater performances. Upcoming: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet | Jan. 30-31, 8 p.m., at NOCCA’s Lupin Hall. A special event co-presented with New Orleans Ballet Association. •

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