Film-Screening: MODERN TIMES

April 9, 2017

Drawing parallels to Nufonia Must Fall—a story about a miniature robot puppet falling in love with a human—the CAC will screen Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy, Modern Times.

The 1936 film showcases Charlie Chaplin’s last portrayal of the iconic Little Tramp as he bumbles through an unfeeling, industrialized world during the Great... Read more →

An Evening with Shalita Grant

May 12, 2017

A live musical performance by the Juilliard-trained and Tony Award-nominated theater and television actress

This one-of-a-kind evening will benefit the CAC’s Performing Arts Season, which will be announced to event patrons.
7pm         Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
8pm         Performance by Shalita Grant 
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Foreign to Myself

Goat in the Road Productions
May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

“Vaudevillians of the first rank.” NOLA Defender

Foreign to Myself is the latest work from the critically-acclaimed New Orleans theater company, Goat in the Road Productions. Following research into the history and science of trauma, the company has created this richly-tapestried performance that explores the many ways victims remember how to navigate the world, and the inherent difficulties of recovery.... Read more →

Past Shows

The Instigation Orchestra with the Djasporas

Presented in partnership with Junebug Productions
February 10, 2017

For the fifth and final night of Instigation Festival 2017, Steve Marquette (guitar) and dancer/writer Marie Casimir bring together some of the finest New Orleans and Chicago improvising musicians and movers. 

For the latest collaboration of The Instigation Orchestra and the Djasporas, this evening, a completely improvised performance is twenty performers strong, with two

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Conversation: Rashaad Newsome with Amanda Hunt

January 21, 2017

During this conversation, Rashaad Newsome and Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem come together to discuss Mélange and Newsome’s multidisciplinary practice. 


Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to ... Read more

Film & Discussion

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation
January 15, 2017

bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Her writings cover a broad range of topics including gender, race, teaching, and contemporary culture. 

In this two-part film, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative power ... Read more

Notes of a Native Song: The Negro Problem

Stew & Heidi
December 10, 2016

“The words, the music, the personality—it all just flows as naturally and easily and powerfully as waves breaking upon an inviting shore.” Talkin’ Broadway

A genre-melding, blues-rock song cycle, Notes of a Native Song celebrates James Baldwin, a leading African American writer and activist of the mid-20th century, whose work explored the inherent complexities of Western racial, sexual, and class distinctions. Rather than an ... Read more

JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology

Theater Mitu
November 18, 2016 to November 19, 2016

“The play is all about taking a city that’s become synonymous with death, and reasserting its connection to life.” —The Guardian

A gritty performance that delves into economy-driven politics, government corruption, religious fervor, and the familial honor of the city’s past, JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology embodies the possibility of transformation for a once harried region into a bustling laboratory of the future. Drawn ... Read more

CAC Renovation Presentation

October 6, 2016

Neil A. Barclay, CAC Director and CEO, will share plans on the CAC’s upcoming renovation project and present preliminary architectural renderings of the spaces to be renovated.

On September 22, the CAC announced a renovation project, to take place between October 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017. The project will allow for significant ... Read more

The Lipstick

September 30, 2016 to October 1, 2016

Premiering at the CAC, The Lipstick is a provocative dance performance accompanied by solo violin and a tube of lipstick. 

Daring, discomfiting, and darkly hilarious, The Lipstick treads the fine line between what is sacred and what is profane, as choreographer Meryl Murman reflects on her Arab ancestry and the complexities of a diasporic culture. Armed with only a bullet of red ... Read more