Author Archives: Brian R. Friedman

'A Confederacy of Dunces' could be Broadway-bound

If all goes according to plan, 'Parks and Recreation; star John Offerman may turn up on Broadway as Ignatius J. Reilly.

Nothing about the beloved New Orleans-set novel A Confederacy of Dunces has come easy. It’s well known that the author, John Kennedy Toole, committed suicide in 1969 after numerous failed attempts to get it published. Only the persistence ... Read More »

Take Five: Independent filmmaker in Hollywood South makes 'Below Dreams'


A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans. “I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I ... Read More »

NOMA's Young Fellows begin with a bang

Conceptual artist Mel Chin talked to the inaugural meeting of Young Fellows at NOMA. Photo: courtesy of Linda Friedman

If you watched the 90’s prime-time soap opera Melrose Place, and you occasionally got the feeling that the show was actually the medium for a cutting-edge, conceptual art project, well … guess what? You weren’t crazy. Yes, the ... Read More »

Documentary lets you jam with New Orleans greats


When Darren Hoffman heard the song "Discipline Strikes Again," by Jason Marsalis, something clicked in his mind. “When I heard this, it was one of the first times in many years that I was inspired to create a music video,” said Hoffman. Read More »

'Big Charity': Sneak peek a rousing reunion

Photo credit: Blake Bertuccelli

Just three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, after a Herculean cleanup effort by doctors, nurses, and the United States military, the first three floors of Charity Hospital were open and ready for patients. But mysteriously, the word came down ... Read More »

Sarah Vowell riffs on Satchmo, NOCCA, and Andrew Jackson


Noted writer, historian and former This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell is the author of books like The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and Unfamiliar Fishes. If in New Orleans, she'll likely pay a visit to the New Orleans Center ... Read More »

Flamenco set to heat up Nola

Eliza Llewellyn has opened Cafe Flamenco

This will be a big weekend for New Orleans’ small but growing flamenco community. It kicks off Friday evening at 6 at Dance Quarter (1719 Toledano St.) with Café Flamenco, a new initiative created by New Orleans native ... Read More »

Harvard students spend spring break farming in Ninth Ward

Harvard students volunteer in the Lower Ninth Ward for their "alternative spring break."

  The Lower Ninth Ward is a long way from Cancun, South Padre Island, or the other usual spring break hotspots.  And for the nine Harvard students and two chaperones who spent last week in New Orleans, that ... Read More »

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