Multidisciplinary Performing Arts

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.orgDirector: Carol Bebelle; Artistic Director: Douglas Redd

Efforts of Grace Inc./Ashé CAC is an emerging African American-led cultural institution in New Orleans. Our 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 two other facilities – Ashé Too, a micro-business incubator, and Kuumba Cottage, a multidisciplinary arts education center for youth. All these endeavors will utilize culture to foster human development, civic engagement and economic justice in the African-American community. 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.comArtistic 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 all genres — visual art, theater, music, film, dance and other creative forms — 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.orgDonna Gay Anderson, director.

Built in downtown Hammond in 1928, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Southeastern Louisiana University. The renovated theater, with its 850-seat performance hall, presents a diverse mix of cultural events, including its anchor October festival and Fanfare.

Upcoming:
Elisa Monte Dance, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. With musical score by Jonno Frishberg, this eclectic presentation will feature Zydeco, an innovative new work
performed in a mixed repertoire of contemporary dance.
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.

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans| 504-528-3805/504-528-3800 | www.cacno.orgExecutive/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.”

Upcoming:
Judith Owen | Sept. 19, 8 p.m. The CAC presents another installment of its Music of New Orleans Series with a rare local concert appearance by the British singer/songwriter. Equal
parts musicality and wit, her music combines pop, rock, jazz, classical, R&B and theatrical influences.

La Nuit Theater
2301 Soniat St., New Orleans | 504-899-0336 | www.lanuittheater.comOwner, 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, the premier comedy training center
in the Gulf South.

Upcoming:
Gettin’ Dirty with Guy Camaro, Sept. 19-Oct. 11, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 10 p.m. The one-man show stars Nick Lopez as a community college teacher educating his students (the audience) how to be successful at writing erotic literature. Co-produced by La Nuit Theater and Diameter X Productions, written by Bud Faust, directed by Julie Faust.

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.
 
Upcoming:
Street of Crocodiles | Oct. 10-11, 8 p.m., Lupin Hall. Award-winning Tsunami Dance Company premieres a modern dance and short film collaboration inspired by the 1934 novel by Bruno Shulz. For ticket information please visit www.tsunamidance.com. •

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