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The Arts in August
August 2017

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As summer in New Orleans goes into its final month live stage productions and festivals dominate the action in “America’s First City of Culture.”

Here’s what’s happening in and around New Orleans in August:

Dine & Dance with the Victory Swing Orchestra
Through September 9, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Sponsoring Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum's own Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the great big bands of the WWII era.

Brunch and dinner show packages are offered. Call or visit website for details and to make reservations.

House of Blue Leaves
Through August 13

Venue: Mudlark Public Theatre, 1200 Port Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Mudlark Public Theatre
Tickets: Mudlark Public Theatre

Set in New York City in 1965, on the day of Pope Paul VI’s visit, this black comedy focuses on Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter.

Artie wants to take his girlfriend, Bunny, with him to Hollywood. His wife Bananas is a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play's title. Their son Ronnie is a GI headed for Vietnam who has gone AWOL. Three nuns eager to see the pope end up in Artie's apartment. A political bombing mistakenly occurs in the apartment.

Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 6 p.m.

Camino Real
Through August 13

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Presented by the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, Camino Real is Williams’ symbolic, expressionistic masterpiece about making it in a world that is seemingly too real for romance and ideals.

When a young man with a fighting spirit enters this purgatorial arena, will he succumb to the allure of the Camino Real, or will he break out, tearing down its walls with him? Find out as he navigates the treacherous police state governed by a huckster-despot, and populated by such characters as Lord Byron, Camille and Don Quixote.

All shows are Friday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Gypsy: A Musical Fable
August 3-6

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Sponsoring Organization: Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre
Tickets: Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre

Closing out its 50th season, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre presents the Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne classic based on Gypsy Rose Lee.

Featuring such timeless show tunes as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People” and “All I Need is the Girl,” Gypsy is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all time.

Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.

Satchmo SummerFest
August 4-6, 2017

Venue: Old U.S. Mint
Sponsoring Organization: French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Tickets: French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Sponsored annually by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., “Satchmo SummerFest,” has evolved into one of the highlights of the New Orleans summer season. Begun in 2001 to celebrate the birth centennial of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the three-day fest features music, New Orleans food, educational seminars and other lively events dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest performers of all time.

After two years in Jackson Square, Satchmo SummerFest returns to the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter between Barracks Street and Esplanade Avenue. The festival takes place during daylight hours with some related nighttime events in other locations; call or check the festival website for schedules and other details.

Whitney White Linen Night
August 5, 2017

Venues: 300-700 block of Julia Street and Contemporary Arts Center
Sponsoring Organizations: Whitney Band and Contemporary Arts Center
Tickets: Outdoor event is free. After-party at Contemporary Arts Center is a ticketed event.

Whitney White Linen Night
Whitney White Linen Night

This annual showcase of the New Orleans Warehouse District’s art galleries has been on the first Saturday in August since 1994. Nearly two-dozen galleries and art museums in and around Julia Street will be once again showing the works of their participating artists in a wide variety of media.

Free and open to the public, the one-night-only festival encourages all visitors to wear white apparel in accordance with an old New Orleans summertime tradition.

Open gallery hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m., after which there is a paid-admission party at the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp Street that continues the festivities until 11:00 p.m.

Bring It! Live
August 5, 2017

Venue: Saenger Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Saenger Theatre
Tickets: Saenger Theatre and Ticketmaster

Senger Theater
Saenger Theater

After a massive sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime TV’s hit series Bring It! is back and set to take the stage in New Orleans for one night only.  Dianna “Miss D” Williams and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of the TV series hit the live stage August 5 at the Saenger Theatre part of the “Bring It! Live” 2017 summer tour.

VIP packages include an add-on photo opportunity with Miss D and the Dolls (available to all price levels), or a deluxe option, which includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program and a photo opportunity. Add-on VIP packages can only be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Limited supplies are available.

The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

New episodes of Bring It! can be seen locally on Lifetime on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. or anytime on

Bon Operatit! Ends on a High Note
August 9, 2017

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Sponsoring Organization: Bon Operatit!

Tickets: None. Event is free. Valet parking for $5.00

Bon Operatit!
Bon Operatit!

The musically gifted singers in Bon Operatit! close out their 7th season with an encore of high note fan favorites. The performance will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Bon Operatit! ensemble features Joseph Akin (tenor), Lauren Mouney Gisclair (soprano), Mary Penick Akin (mezzo-soprano) and Jacob Penick (bass), plus a piano accompanist and various guest artists. The group was founded in 2009 and they have recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, each containing 14 tracks which may be sampled and ordered from their website,

Call (504) 232-1046 for more information.

Dirty Linen Night
August 12, 2017

Venues: 200-1000 Block of Royal Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organizations: Dirty Linen Night
Tickets: None. Event is free

Dirty Linen Night
Dirty Linen Night

Taking their cue from the success of White Linen Night on Julia Street, the art galleries along an eight-block stretch of Royal Street in the historic French Quarter decided to have an open-door evening art showcase as well. Live entertainment in various locales along the closed-off section of Royal Street is just part of the fun of Dirty Linen Night. Some of the 30-40 participating galleries get into the spirit of the occasion by serving dirty rice and/or dirty martinis.

The event is free and it goes on for roughly four to five hours. Call (504) 814-0250 for details.

August 16, 2017


Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organizations: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep Theatre

Sometimes, the name says it all. Now in its sixth Season, New Orleans only live, ongoing Soap Opera is more hilariously histrionic than ever! Join in on the family drama as sisters Chanel and Cartier flounce and fight their way through a maze of outrageous exploits.

Every month, a new episode, and “yes, there will always be cocktails!” Show time is 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Crescent City Chamber Music Festival
August 24-27, 2017

Venues: Urban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas Street; Rogers Chapel, Tulane University; and Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Avenue
Sponsoring Organization: Crescent City Chamber Music Festival
Tickets: None. Events are free and open to the public

Sponsored and staged by the Manhattan Chamber Players, the 2nd Annual Crescent City Chamber Music Festival offers three free recital concerts at three separate venues in New Orleans over the final weekend of August. The six core members of the ensemble, consisting of string instruments and a piano, will also be bringing in several guest artists and composers for this year’s festival. Musical selections will vary from classical to contemporary chamber compositions.

The first concert will take place on Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Urban South Brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street. The second concert, on the campus of Tulane University, will be performed on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert talk at 7:00. The final concert takes place on Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church on St. Charles Avenue.

For more details visit the festival website at or email

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
August 26, 2017

Venue: Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Sponsoring Organizations: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience the magic of the film based on the popular character created by J.K. Rowling backed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing live. A fun performance for all ages in a modern, spacious air-conditioned theater with plenty of free parking just a few miles from downtown New Orleans.

The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continue to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Justin Freer guest conducts the 60-member LPO in a rare summertime concert.

There will be two, 3-hour shows - a matinee performance at 1:00 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:00. For more information, visit

Katrina Artistically Revisited
August 28, 2017

Venue: The Theaters at Canal Place
Sponsoring Organizations: Patty Lee Productions
None, event is free

This 12th annual event, held on the anniversary of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, features music, poetry, short films, literary works, photography and other creative art forms, all with an artistic connection to the storm. Begun in 2006 by pianist/vocalist Armand St. Martin and his wife, Patty Lee St. Martin, the event is free and open to the public.

The commemoration runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m. with visual displays in the theater lobby area and tables of Katrina-themed books for sale. From 8:00 p.m. on there are film showings, music and poetry readings inside one of the theaters.

For more information on the event call (504) 866-4480.

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