In celebration of Black History Month, Radio Disney AM 1450 New Orleans will entertain kids and families at the Contemporary Arts Center on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) where attendees can enjoy a reading of "Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra" as well as explore the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Contemporary Arts Center is located at 900 Camp Street in New Orleans. For more information regarding this event or any other AM 1450 events, go to
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra is a picture-book biography of the innovative songwriter, jazz musician, and orchestra leader Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Born Edward Kennedy Ellington, he began his career playing piano at parties and cabarets, but eventually became famous enough to perform at such legendary venues as the Cotton Club and Carnegie Hall. Many of his songs, such as "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo", have become classics of popular music. The book is written by Andrea Pinkney, illustrated with color paintings by Brian Pinkney and published by Hyperion Books.
Radio Disney AM 1450 New Orleans is part of Radio Disney, the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks and Mitchel Musso.  The network is available on 49 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via, Sirius and XM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, XM/DIRECTV and mobile phones. Radio Disney has a sister network in Latin America. Its brand extensions include multiple Radio Disney Jams CDs from Walt Disney Records and iTunes Music Store offerings.

Southern Rep Teams up with Local Environmental Groups
to Raise Awareness and Eco-Funds during World Premiere of SICK, a "green" comedy Opening in March
New Orleans — Southern Rep, the region’s premiere professional theatre, announced today its partnership with local environmental groups to increase awareness about local "green" issues and commits to going 75% "green" on the upcoming new comedy, SICK, by Zayd Dohrn which runs March 11 – April 5, 2009. 

In support of the cause, Southern Rep is offering two special benefit performances that will include a talkback and after-show party, sponsored by Whole Foods Market.  Thursday, March 12 benefits the Tulane Environmental Law Society (  Friday, March 13 benefits the Gulf Restoration Network and The Alliance for Affordable Energy A portion of the $23 ticket proceeds will go to support these vital organizations.

Aimée Hayes, artistic director at Southern Rep and the director of SICK, commented:  "We’re taking the play’s message one step further by approaching the production elements with the Three R’s in mind: renew, reuse, recycle.  What’s sexier than saving the planet?  We all need to get involved now!"

She turned to Lonnie Schaffer who owns Strike It Green, a props, set and costume renter and recycler which serves the theatre and film industries for assistance.  The Green Project is also on-board to consult on ways to make the production and Southern Rep more eco-conscious.  The Green Project ( creatively promotes and encourages environmental sustainability in NOLA. This nonprofit recycles building materials and paint, deconstructs homes and salvages usable materials while serving as a valuable information resource to the Greater New Orleans area.

SICK is an uproarious look at a family of germ-o-phobes who have severe allergies to everything from Cheez-Whiz and cleaning supplies to city air.  As prisoners inside their vacuum-sealed home and garbed in non-allergic clothing, they live each day in terror that a stray mold spore or chemical will sneak in.  When Dad brings home a charming grad-student poet, the family’s fear crescendos — with chaotic, comedic consequences. 

Previews for SICK, a National New Play Network "rolling" world premiere, begin Wednesday, March 11th, followed by Opening Night, Saturday, March 14th.  Performances continue through April 5th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now from $18 – $35 and may be purchased at (504) 522-6545 or Student, senior and group rates available.



This season is dedicated to the memory of Abby Ray Catledge and her father, Bryne Lucas Ray
Carmen by Bizet
8:00 PM March 20, 2009
2:30 PM March 22, 2009
La Traviata by Verdi
8:00 PM April 17, 2009
2:30 PM April 19, 2009                              
NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 20, 2009

Carmen by Bizet – sponsored by Freeport McMoRan Foundation
Bizet’s theatrical representation of the seductive gypsy and the men she conquers boasts some of the most famous music in all of opera, and the colorful Prelude, Toréador Song and Habanera are known wherever theater music is performed. Carmen almost didn’t make it to the stage.  At its premiere, the music was greeted with deafening silence and the critics were scornful. There were virulent claims that the libretto was inappropriate because it glorified Carmen’s sensuality, because women actually smoked on the stage and because the celebrated death scene was witnessed by the audience! None of this altered Bizet’s determination to bring his masterpiece to life. With his death only a few months after the premiere, he never lived to see his work rise in estimation to become, now, one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the world.  New Orleans audiences are always in for a treat with works staged by Director David Morelock.  He has repeatedly brought the New Orleans Opera audiences to their feet with his work and he is sure to do so again with this inaugural opera production in the newly-renovated Theater for the Performing Arts.  Mezzo Soprano Rinat Shaham brings her own fiery version of the famous gypsy to New Orleans, joined by tenor Fernando de la Mora as Don Jose, with New Orleans’ own Sarah Jane McMahon lighting up the stage as Micaela and baritone Mark Schnaible as the toreador, Escamillo.  Conductor Robert Lyall will lead The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
La Traviata by Verdi – sponsored by The Lupin Foundation
Violetta, a lovely Parisian courtesan, gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation. Her world of brilliant party scenes and her poignant death inspired arias, duets and stirring ensembles that are among Verdi’s most sublime musical creations.  La Traviata has influenced many other artists since its premier in 1853, even in the modern era. It is the basis of current cinema in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and it was a featured part of the film Pretty Woman.  La Traviata is the third most-frequently performed opera in North America, (following only two Puccini treasures, Madama Butterfly and La bohème.)  Director Jay Jackson returns to direct this final opera of the 2008-2009 season. Last season he received rave reviews for his work with NOOA’s locally-set production of Puccini’s Il Trittico . Also returning as Violetta in this season closer is Georgia Jarman.  New Orleans Opera audiences were brought to tears by her emotional portrayal of Mimi in the 2006-2007 staging of La bohème. Making New Orleans Opera debuts are Leonardo Capalbo as Alfredo Geront, Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont and Carla Dirlikov as Flora.
Spring Subscription tickets may be purchased by calling the New Orleans Opera Association Box Office at (504) 529-3000 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM -5:00 PM.  Spring Subscription prices range from $48 – $225.  Single tickets range from $30 – $125 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office.  Group and student discounts are also available.  Tickets may also be purchased in the opera office located at 1010 Common Street, Suite 1820, New Orleans, LA 70112.
The Nuts and Bolts of Opera is presented one hour before each performance.  These 30-minute lectures educate and entertain opera audiences by presenting interesting insights into both the musical and historical backgrounds of each production.  The Women’s Guild and the Junior Committee also present formal opera orientations prior to each production.  For information contact the opera office at 529-3000 or check our website,, for details.
Women’s Guild and Junior Committee’s Spring Opera Orientation Series
March 12, 2009
The Columns Hotel – 3811 St. Charles Avenue
Lecturer – Dr. Rennie Culver
La Traviata:

April 2, 2009
The Guild Home – 2504 Prytania Street
Lecturer – Mr. Jack Belsom
$25 members/$30 General; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; For reservations call (504) 529-2278 ext. 227

Northshore Opera Orientations at the Covington Branch Library
Free but reservations are a good idea as it fills up fast!
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Call (985) 893-6280
310 W. 21st Ave.
Hosted by Mr. Paul Cimino
Carmen: March 10, 2009
La Traviata: April 14, 2009
MetroPelican Opera, the education/outreach "wing" of the New Orleans Opera Association, was founded in 1988 by Arthur Cosenza.  He chose "metro" to represent the 7-parish population base of New Orleans, and "pelican" for the state bird. MetroPelican has subsequently toured throughout Louisiana, as well as crossing state borders into Mississippi and Texas.  Student Groups are invited to attend our "Preview Performances" – the final dress rehearsal of each opera – FREE OF CHARGE!  Simply call the Opera’s education director at 504-529-2278, ext. 222 or the box office manager at 504-529-3000, or email to register your group or to book an in-school performance.  Student study guides will be available prior to each of the productions.
The New Orleans Opera is the first satellite group of the Brooklyn company Opera On Tap.  In 2005 the Opera on Tap concert series was created in Brooklyn, NY, by its ‘Managing Divas’ as a performance outlet for emerging classical musicians. Patterned after rock and jazz gigs, the programs were held in alternative venues such as bars. It soon became apparent that there was a large audience eager for intense acoustic musical experiences in casual settings.  In October 2007 the Big Easy partnered with the Big Apple, making New Orleans the first official Opera on Tap franchise. Four times each season, the New Orleans Opera presents the finest young local and regional singers in 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more. The home bar for Opera On Tap – New Orleans is The Rusty Nail (formerly the Mermaid Lounge), located at 1100 Constance Street across from the Cotton Mill in the Warehouse District.
2008-2009 Spring Schedule

March 11
April 8
All performances 7-8:30 pm at The Rusty Nail in the CBD
SPECIAL EVENTS – Call (504) 529-2278 ext. 227 for reservations.
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 24, 2009
New Orleans Riverside Hilton, $60/person or $75/patron (patron includes a party on March 15 and preferred seating)

Children’s Party and Egg Hunt 10:00 AM Saturday, March 28, 2009
The New Orleans Guild Home call for price.

Aida – The Opera Ball 7:00 PM Saturday, April 25, 2009
J.W. Marriott Hotel, This enchanting evening will feature cocktails, a formal dinner, dancing, a floor show and live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $200/person.

In this 66th season, Robert Lyall celebrates his tenth year with the New Orleans Opera.  An obvious feature of his artistic tenure has been to expand the company’s repertoire to include some new and less-frequently presented operas to the New Orleans audiences.  Notable among those offerings are the first three parts of Richard Wagner’s mammoth Ring Cycle – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried (the final installment, Götterdammerung, will be completed in a future season), Andre Previn’s  A Streetcar Named Desire, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Strauss’ Salome, Puccini’s complete Il Trittico and the world premiere of Pontalba (commissioned to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial.) The New Orleans Opera moved quickly after Hurricane Katrina to produce what became the largest operatic event in the city’s history – on March 4, 2006 when thousands of people attended the Music is the Voice of Hope Gala in the New Orleans Arena, featuring Plácido Domingo and a host of operatic celebrities, the New Orleans Opera Chorus, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. For this effort, Robert Lyall was recognized by the Big Easy Arts Awards and the New Orleans Opera Association received a Special Achievement Award from Opera America.
DID YOU KNOW? The City of New Orleans is America’s First City of Opera.  The first documented production on the North American continent is André Ernest Grétry’s Sylvain which was performed on May 22, 1796.  The "modern" New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) was founded in 1943 and is the only fully professional producer and presenter of opera in the city.

SAVE THE DATE: March 11 – 15, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
New Orleans Museum of Art

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

7:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Anais St. John with Harry Mayronne

White Empress, 36" x 36"
An original oil painting,
Auseklis Ozols
This work of art was painted by Auseklis Ozols for the 21st annual
Art In Bloom. A true thing of beauty, White Empress is featured above.

Featuring local and regional artists


Bon Ton Café
Café Degas
Chez Nous
Connie Capdeboscq Catering, Inc.
Dooky Chase
Five Happiness
Galatoire’s Restaurant
The Grill Room
Highlights Catering
JCB Creations
Langenstein’s of Uptown and Old Metairie
Louisiana Coca Cola Bottling Co., Ltd.
Louisiana Culinary Institute
My Kitchen, LLC
New Orleans Catering
Nirvana/Taj Mahal
Palate New Orleans
Pelican Club
Pigeon Caterers
Ralph’s on the Park
Republic National Distributing Co.
Restaurant Cuvee
Ristorante del Porto
Sun Ray Grill
Whole Foods Market

Call for entries: <>Paraphrase

juried by John H. Lawrence of the <>Historic New Orleans Collection

The Darkroom Gallery is delighted to announce a call for entries for the group photography show Paraphrase. The object of the exhibition is to allow artists to revisit classical or iconographic photographs by offering their own interpretation of the theme or subject. The opening will take place during Art for Art’s Sake 2009 event, at the peak of New Orleans’ cultural season.

We invite you to submit up to 10 photographs paraphrasing, spoofing, knocking off, or plagiarizing icons of photography for consideration in our Fall 2009 exhibition.

Juror: John H. Lawrence is the director of museum programs at the Historic New Orleans Collection where he is responsible for planning exhibitions and other aspects of public programming.

Complete instructions are posted on The Darkroom website.

Eligibility: Open to all photographers using any printing process on any media.

Entry fee: $25

Calendar Fri 08/22 Submission deadline Mon 08/27 Artists are notified of the status of their entry Sat 09/26 Last day to turn in framed artwork Sat 10/04 Opening reception, 6-9PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7:00 PM


WHAT:           Their work can be found on buildings, railway cars, on streets, in tunnels, and other incidental places. At what point do we define something as "art", beyond the popular definition? Join us as a panel of street artists discusses how they have branded themselves in the contemporary market. Who are their heroes, and how did the street became their preferred venue for showing work?


Louisiana ArtWorks presents a two-part panel discussion on the contemporary role of street art, examining its beginnings, trends, and why sometimes getting your work out there is as simple as literally "taking it to the street".


Suggested Donation $3.00.

WHEN:           Panel Discussion will take place on March 3, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

WHERE:        Louisiana ArtWorks

            725 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA

(at the corner of Carondelet Street, just off Lee Circle)


WHO:             Moderator Mia Kaplan, Co-Owner, Ammo Gallery


Michael DeFeo

Michael Dingler

Dan Witz

Gabriel Flores

This program is made possible by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call Karen Louise Crain at 504-571-7373, or 504-723-6593, email her at or visit the website at