At New Orleans Urgent Care, a team of doctors helps clients suffering from a spectrum of ailments, from simple headaches to broken bones. Patients can drop in for a visit for flu, tetanus, and hepatitis-B vaccinations, or stop in to the urgent-care unit, where they’ll be waited on as promptly as possible. The clinic is home to several exam rooms, a mini-lab, and a digital-x-ray machine to aid in efficient medical exams and speedy visits.
After continually traversing the globe since its breakout television performance nearly 18 years ago, Riverdance returns stateside for a last hurrah. A cast of six principal dancers will clobber the stage with the stomps, taps, kicks, and tackles of traditional Irish step dancing, which, when synchronized with a live band and 18 troupe dancers, sends waves of rhythm cascading over all 3,200 seats of the regal Indiana University Auditorium. The show’s 18 scenes break into two acts: the first depicting the mythical beginnings of the Celtic people as they hatched from a kelpie's head, and the second portraying the Irish famine and ensuing wave of emigration.
A star-studded roster of rollicking comedians answers the Big Easy Comedy Festival’s call for ribald laughter with an evening of no-holds-barred standup comedy on Memorial Day weekend. Ace standup comedian, actor, and writer Mike Epps, known to movie buffs as Day-Day Jones from the films Friday and Friday After Next, takes a break from his sellout I'm Still Standing tour to leave a mark on UNO Lakefront’s stage with his signature physicality and cartoonish impressions of his family. Tony Rock, who’s appeared in the blockbuster smash Hitch, steps out from under his brother Chris Rock’s shadow with a raw and gutsy set that fearlessly takes on issues of social injustice and relationships. Hailed as Black America's Favorite White Comic by Ebony magazine and recently appearing in the movie Think Like a Man, grandstanding Gary Owen, swelters with everyman appeal and crackerjack timing in relatable bits on brazenly taboo topics.
Now in its 63rd season, Shreveport Opera delights theatergoers with classic operas rendered in sumptuous visual and euphonic hues. As one of theater history’s most highly praised and produced pieces, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly continually entrances worldwide audiences with its tragic tale of the dark side of devotion. Set in Nagasaki in the dawn of the 1900s, Madama Butterfly’s journey begins when pious U.S. Naval officer Pinkerton seduces an innocent Japanese girl named Butterfly, marries her out of convenience, and then abandons her to fetch an American wife. When her estranged beau finally returns to Nagasaki with his new wife, an ending both brutal and heartbreaking unfolds. Although the opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage, Puccini’s powerhouse score of sweeping arias, romantic duets, and devastating choruses packs an emotional wallop that defies translation.
The Gang of Outlaws tour stirs up a sizzling brew of platinum-selling superstars, mixing the full-steam-ahead blues of ZZ Top, the driving alt-rock of 3 Doors Down, and the brawny country music of Gretchen Wilson. Legendary Texas trio and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top have scratched the boogying itch of fans for more than 40 years with their slippery lyrics and blues-seared, buzzsawing riffs. Unlike estranged trios such as Charlie's Angels, the impenetrable force of ZZ Top is still composed of the same rigid core of rock ‘n’ roll mercenaries: Les Paul–wielding guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard, the historically beardless one. ZZ Top's adroit musical powers and Santa-shaming facial hair have made them a household name. With a new album in the works and an Eliminator full of rocket fuel, ZZ Top's live show throbs thumping energy while classic-rock staples such as "Legs" and "Tush" rile up audiences. Fellow outlaws 3 Doors Down flood the outdoors with hits such as “Kryptonite,” and Grammy-winning chanteuse Gretchen Wilson gets rowdy with hits such as “Redneck Woman” and “All Jacked Up.”
Bustout Burlesque evokes the heyday of Bourbon Street nightclubs for adults-only audiences in an authentic 1950s spectacle of showgirls, jazz, comedy, and hot-under-the-collar choreography. Voted one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the world by the Travel Channel's panel of howling cartoon wolves, Bustout Burlesque’s professional cast of glamorous goddesses strips and teases in elegant routines that make ears steam and bow ties spin. Oregonian burlesque starlet and provocative flirt Charlotte Treuse extracts beads of sweat from foreheads in an act steeped in steamy tradition and steered by her sensuous maneuvers and come-hither looks. The traditional New Orleans swing of the Bustout Burlesque Jazz Band soundtracks the ruffling of feathers with disrobing trombones and panting cornets, as pupils dilate to an antique-accented display of the wholesome and risqué. With bewitching sirens, cathouse lighting, seductive songbirds, and a comic emcee, Bustout Burlesque entices all genders and generations with charm, elegance, and sauciness.
Under the direction of Jonne Dendinger, the AllWays Lounge whisks audiences on a theatrical time warp during this vamp-tastic intergalactic musical stage show that inspired the cult-classic 1975 film. The plot follows newly engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet as a flat tire forces them to seek aid at a mysterious castle, where they find themselves at the mercy of a group of flamboyant extraterrestrials. Comedian and local thespian Becky Allen narrates this biting parody of sci-fi B movies, starring Marquee Award–winner Adam Alonso as Dr. Frank N. Furter, the Transylvanians' flamboyant, gender-bending leader, who is as obsessed with seducing the show's heroes as he is with creating the perfect man and inventing the world's first sequined hot dog. Devotees of the midnight musical can compete for prizes in Rocky Horror-inspired contests, games, and sing-alongs during "Transylvanian Madness,” which kicks off an hour before showtime.