Congo Square Rhythms Festival

About one month ago, I wrote about┬áRed Baraat after happening past a place on Frenchmen Street that was featuring the band that night. I lamented at letting the chance slip by to see them, but luckily they made it back to New Orleans for the 6th annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival in Louis Armstrong Park….

The Nutcracker

For a very long time, I have been wanting to see a live symphony or ballet performance. Although I have studied only a minute fraction of the history of classical music and art, I have a great appreciation for the technical skill and discipline of classical musicians and ballet dancers. There is nothing like hearing…

Pulling at one’s heartstrings: classical Indian dance

Since childhood, I have loved dance. Particularly, Indian dance has been my performance art of choice. Although I never had any complete formal training, the multi-faceted benefits of dance are truly awe-inspiring. I started out in elementary school with a group of young girls getting together to choreograph, practice, and perform “filmy” dances to popular…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Almost one full year ago, a good friend and coworker invited me and an interviewing applicant to view William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Somehow, I had gone through all of high school and college without having to read more than one or two of Shakespeare’s plays. Unfortunately, this was not one of them! Feeling…

A Streetcar Named Desire

In April, I had the opportunity to see a live performance of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Southern Rep┬átheater hosts several performances each month, and thank goodness for the five-minute drive to work when I heard about this showing on NPR. I had read the play for English class in high school and…