Curtains Up

October signals the official end of the summertime lull in New Orleans arts offerings, with many of the city’s performance groups opening their seasons. Specifically, it’s curtains up for New Orleans’ ballet and opera groups. The New Orleans Opera Association opens its season Oct. 7 and 9 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni ( Later on in the macabre season, catch Macbeth, Sweeney Todd and Faust. Very timely with the recent Olympics, the New Orleans Ballet Association’s season opens Oct. 15 with Brazil’s Grupo Corpo, a company fusing ballet, modern and “hip-swiveling Brazilian” dance styles. The rest of the season includes Ronald K. Brown’s “EVIDENCE,” the return of Stars of American Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Jessica Lang Dance (


Now Screening

The New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 12-20) continues to expand with offerings and venues. Last year, the festival added the restored Orpheum Theater as screening venue. This year, the new Ace Hotel has been added to the mix. The usual slate of national features, documentaries and shorts, plus an unprecedented number of Louisiana films, will be screened. Information,


Hell Yes!

Always reliable in showing off the local comedy scene, Hell Yes Fest (Oct. 6-16) has a lot of big national names on the lineup: 2016 headliners include Sarah Silverman, Nick Swardson and Cameron Esposito. Catch stand-up, sketch, improv and everything in between in the St. Claude corridor and in bigger venues on Canal Street and Uptown. Information,


Fridays and Saturdays through October. House of Shock haunted house. Information,

Oct. 1. Art for Art’s Sake, Warehouse Arts District and Magazine Street. Information,

Oct. 7-9. Gentilly Fest, Pontchartrain Park. Information,

Oct. 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22. Oktoberfest, Rivertown. Information,

Oct. 8. Japan Fest, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information,

Oct. 8. Beignet Fest, Lafayette Square. Information,

Oct. 8. Kenny Rogers in concert, Saenger Theater. Information,

Oct. 10-11. Carnaval Latino, various locations. Information,

Oct. 14-16. Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Lafayette Square Park. Information,

Oct. 15. Keith Urban in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information,

Oct. 15. O What a Night! Gala, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information,

Oct. 15. Elvis Costello in concert, Saenger Theater. Information,

Oct. 15. Anba Dlo Halloween Festival, New Orleans Healing Center. Information,

Oct. 16. Celebración Latina, Audubon Zoo. Information,

Oct. 21-23. Ghosts in the Oaks, City Park. Information,

Oct. 22. Krewe of Boo Halloween parade, Marigny, French Quarter and CBD. Information,

Oct. 23. Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, Oak Street. Information,

Oct. 25. David Sedaris, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Oct. 27-30. Halloween New Orleans: A benefit for Project Lazarus, various locations. Information,

Oct. 28-30. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, City Park. Information,