The Sunday Critic

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Last year a friend brought to my attention a quotation from the famed producer, playwright, and critic Robert Brustein that is much less sunny than he thought it to be. "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." I take Mr Brustein to mean that theatre has no higher goal than to make it possible for genius to operate, fully and freely, whatever it takes.

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Today in NOLA: 5.25.15

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GDA is holding down his regular gig at d.b.a. A mockumentary about vampires is screening at Prytania and Aurora Nealand is rocking out on the accordion. Forty years ago today, Dr. John performed his hit “Right Place, Wrong Time” on NBC’s The Midnight Special. Now, more to do this Saturday.

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Requiem & A Dream

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On Saturday (5.23) night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closed out both their season and their 10 year run at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in symbolic style. The orchestra joined by a sizable choir performed Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork “Messa da Requiem.”

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Today in NOLA: 5.24.15

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Today, the Greeks still speak and Amy Shumer is looking for laughs. Joe Krown and Geoff Clapp are set play some local music and Zeitgeist is posing some serious questions about drones. On this day in 1999, Britney Spears’ debut album Baby One More Time was certified four times platinum. Now, more to do this Sunday.

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Total Recall: Jindal Edition?

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Louisianans have been pushed past a critical threshold and the Recall Jindal movement is on in full force. Sort of. A petition for the Governor’s removal circulating online has garnered thousands of signatures, but the effort is not quite compliant with the actual laws about booting an elected official in the Boot.

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Drinking Culture

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Gentle reader, time and place are not two things. When choosing one, we elect the other. In the neighborhood watering hole, the hour in which we visit can greatly alter the destination at which we arrive. After the university students mustered out this past weekend, and before the nights of food trucks, hipsters, and planned events, I chose a balmy evening to visit the beating heart of an Uptown neighborhood, The King Pin.

 

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Today in NOLA: 5.23.15

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Get your grill ready. Memorial Day is here. The Greeks are gathering in Lake View and the wine geeks are gathering at the Conventionn Center. Ashé is addressing some heavier issues and fro those that just want to rawk, Papa Roach is in town. On this day in 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed in Bienville Parish, the end to the infamous pair’s three-year crime spree. Now, click through for Thursday's events.  

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Boob Job: DOJ Says Slidell Man Spent Ponzi Dollars on Implants

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Are those real? U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says that for one Slidell man the question applies to both his girlfriend’s breasts and his investments. The DOJ believes that in both cases the answer is a resounding “no.” Subsequently, 64-year-old John Sposato of Slidell was charged Friday (5.22) in a one-count Bill of Information with wire fraud.

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Game Points

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This Memorial Day weekend (5.22-5.24), you don’t have to get caught in the vacation traffic, because the beach is coming to New Orleans. The Association of Volleyball Professionals is bringing the first of seven beach volleyball tournaments nationwide to Kenner with the New Orleans Open. 

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