The V Side: Art, Controversy, and the Family Tree
THURSDAY / “Well, Al-bee!”: If you have a taste for the bizarre this Thursday, be sure to catch Silk Dress Productions' revival of Edward Albee's Tiny Alice. Diana Shortes directs only the second New Orleans production of the play in more than 40 years. This “psycho-spiritual mystery” play-- a puzzle, an allegory about a search for God, and an enigma -- was highly controversial upon its 1965 debut. We're intrigued! Tiny Alice opens Thursday at 8 p.m. and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, January 28. Mid-City Arts Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans.
FRIDAY / A Family Affair: The legendary talented Burnside family anchored by the late North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside has produced a whole family of greats gracing the Blue Nile on Friday. Grandson Cedric Burnside began touring the world as a drummer with R.L. In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. The Project includes touches of Mississippi hill country blues, funk, R&B and soul. We like all of those! Let's hear it for the family tree. Cedric Burnside Project, Saturday, January 14. The Blue Nile. 10 p.m.
SATURDAY / Art About Town: Prospect.2 By Night, a tour with curator Dan Cameron,may be sold out, but fret not. It happens to be Second Saturday, which means you can be your own tour guide of the St. Claude Arts District for free! Several dozen galleries in the St. Claude area host their monthly art openings from 6 to 9 p.m. “Everything At Once,” a group show curated by machines-as-art master James Goedert, will open at Antenna Gallery. “Raw,” a multimedia exhibition at Homespace Gallery, will “engulf” the gallery from top to bottom with work from a slew of local artists and curated by Luis Cruz Azaceta and Sharon Jacques. Saturday, 6-9pm, St. Claude Arts District, New Orleans.
SUNDAY / Let it resound: Brothers and sisters unite for Ashé Cultural Arts Center's “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Concert in honor of the upcoming birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ashé has organized a concert of freedom songs led by local musicians including Davell Crawford, Michaela Harrison, Deacon John Moore, Betty Shirley, Monica McIntyre, Sharon Martin, Zion Trinity and Nana Nantambu. The concert is free and open to the public, but you had better SING! January 15, 4-8 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans.
Georgia Kennedy, associate editor of NolaVie, writes about New Orleans happenings.