We've got your weekend: An art battle, Dr. Who and theatre adaptations
Thursday - Sunday / The Mutilated : With the holidays on the horizon, the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street) presents an unconventional Christmas play, a reproduction of Tennessee Williams' The Mutilated. Williams' comedy, set in the French Quarter on Christmas Eve 1948, brings together carols, misfits, sailors, hookers, cops, Quarter rats, grifters, secrets, betrayals and wine in a humorous journey about a budding friendship between a Texas oil heiress and cancer survivor in hiding and a hustler in every sense of the word.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Following the Sunday matinee, the CAC and NOFS cohost a discussion (complimentary with play admission) with Thomas Keith, Dramaturg for the Sundance and Theater Lab; Kenneth Holditch, professor emeritus at the University of New Orleans and Tennessee Williams scholar; and Raelle Myrick-Hodges, CAC Performing Arts Curator. Tickets $35 in advance / $40 at the door.
Friday - Sunday / Dreamers Often Lie : As part of theatre, literature, food and drink festival Faux/Real, The New Orleans Art Center (3330 St. Claude Ave.) present an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, entitled Dreamers Often Lie. The adapted play transforms the classic story into one of queer youth going up against the oppressions of family and society, explored through movement and dance set alongside a live musical score.
Each performance (8 p.m. daily) will be followed by an after party with live entertainments (a drag performance by Golden Delicious Friday, musical performance by Sami Smog Saturday, dance party by DJ Darren Sunday), where guests can mingle with the cast and crew over Montague and Capulet-themed refreshments. Tickets are $10.
Saturday / Ogden Free Family Day: The Ogden Museum (925 Camp St.) hosts a free family-orieneted admission day concentrated on mixed media art -- the theme inspired by Objects of Interest: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection -- exploring traditional and non-traditional materials and methods used to make works of art. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to participate in hands-on art projects and enjoy live entertainment, as well as food from local vendors.
Sunday / Art Battle : From 2 - 4 p.m., The Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road) hosts a live art battle in which artists David Armentor, Amy Graham, Amy Harvie, Jenn Laiche, Peg Usner and Rick Weston create new artwork using a variety of media and guests bid on their creations during a silent auction in the Longue Vue's Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. The event, which will also include refreshments and children's activities, is free and open to the public.
Sunday / Doctor Who-Ha : Doctor Who fans ages 21 and up are invited for an evening of Who burlesque at the Eiffel Society (2040 St. Charles Ave.) to celebrate the cult classic show's 52nd anniversary. At 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), guests are invited to done their best Dr. Who cosplay and enjoy a burlesque parody of the BBC show from local troupe The Society of Sin. Tickets are $10-$20.