Arts & Culture

Maurice Sendak / Harper & Row

Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, takes readers on an extraordinary journey into the imagination of the wildest thing of all--the young and precocious Max.

Banished to his bedroom for bad behavior, Max sails across weeks and over a year to the land of the wild things, a bunch of misbehaving creatures who want nothing more than to rumpus till they can rumps no more. But when the bandying about is over, Max discovers he misses his home, and the very person who banished him in the first place: his mother.

The NOLA Project makes a bold move as it brings a new series of plays to audiences using digital technology.  The digital series is called PodPlays.  We talk with NOLA Project artistic director A. J. Allegra by phone. 

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American Routes Shortcuts: Xmas Bonfires

Dec 25, 2020
Xmas Bonfires
American Routes

Usually each December 24th, along the Mississippi River above New Orleans, families gather around massive bonfires–some shaped as log cabins or animals–to light the way for Santa Claus or Papa Noel. It’s a holiday tradition that goes back to colonial times along what is now called Côte des Allemands, the German Coast. I caught up with CJ and his young son CJ Jr. who were tending a big bonfire on the levee in Lutcher, LA.



Photo credit: Nathan Tucker Photography

The lovable cast of characters from the fictional New Orleans bar, Benny’s Tavern, are back sharing virtual holiday cheer and music. Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of Mandatory Merriment: This Time It’s Virtual, through December 26th.  We talk with co-creator and director Leslie Castay.

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Holiday House / Holiday House


There’s plenty of attention given to the pursuit of “happily ever after” in stories of all sorts. But how should we go about acquiring happiness? Is there a right or wrong way to do it?

Anansi the spider, the thieving trickster at the heart of Eric Kimmel’s Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, offers up an opportunity for pushing past mere moralizing toward more nuanced conversations about when tricks cross over into deception territory--and even when a seemingly harmless little lie may not be seen as such by others.