Don’t Let it Go

Before she became the singer of every 8-year-old’s favorite song and before John Travolta butchered her name at the Oscars, Idina Menzel was primarily known as a Broadway star, having originated the role of Maureen in the musical Rent. She then originated another show-stopping role as Elphaba in Wicked. She appeared in some smaller productions before landing the role responsible for perhaps Disney’s biggest hit song in years: Elsa in the animated film Frozen, singer of the ubiquitous “Let it Go.” This is a performer who needs to be seen live, and you can do that July 30 at the Saenger when she presents a concert. Information,


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Getting in the Spirit

July in the French Quarter becomes Cocktail Camp when Tales of the Cocktail commences (July 15-19). This year’s event includes a “restaurant week,” where restaurants offer lower-priced prix fixes with corresponding cocktails; “Breakfast Club” series, where you can hear from an industry expert over brunch; and the usual tastings, seminars, parties and more. Information,


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Brooks is Back

Returning to Louisiana for the first time in 18 years, country singer Garth Brooks and his wife, opener Trisha Yearwood, will be at the Smoothie King Center for a three-night engagement (July 10-12). Known for “The Thunder Rolls” and barroom favorite “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” Brooks released Man Against Machine, his first album in 13 years, in November. Information,



July 6-12. The New Movement’s Megaphone Marathons comedy festival, The New Movement. Information,
July 9-12. Tulane Summer Lyric presents Once Upon a Mattress, Tulane’s Dixon Hall. Information,
July 11. El Encierro: The Running of the Bulls, Central Business District/French Quarter. Information,
July 11. Bastille Day Fête, Spanish Plaza. Information,
July 16-26. Peter Pan, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information,
July 18. The Avett Brothers in concert, Champions Square. Information,
July 20-Aug. 2. Tulane Summer Lyric presents Hello, Dolly!, Tulane’s Dixon Hall. Information,
July 20. Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson in concert, Champions Square. Information,
July 31. My Morning Jacket in concert, Champions Square. Information,
July 30-Aug. 2. Satchmo SummerFest, French Quarter. Information,
Aug. 1. Whitney White Linen Night, New Orleans Arts District. Information,