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There have been more juicy updates surrounding the highly anticipated fourth season of "American Horror Story" recently, including additions to the cast, crew and extra auditions and filming locations. We'll continue to keep you up to date and resume live tweeting of the show when it debuts October 15. "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will begin filming July 14 and run through the end of December, according to Louisiana Entertainment. Filming will take place in New Orleans, same as last year, but will be set at a carnival in Jupiter, Florida. As for the time period, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Murphy revealed “It’s a combination of two time periods, with the main one being in the 1950s.” Murphy also told EW the 13-episode miniseries will focus on the conflict between the freaks and the "evil forces" who do not understand them. Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Even Peters, Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe have been confirmed as returning for the new season. The freak show will be run by Lange, a German expat who is desperate for the troupe to stay together. Sarah Paulson tweeted a photo of her character,
Yesterday, "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy tweeted the news fans of the show have been waiting for: the title and premise of season 4. His image of a logo that reads "Freak Show" led to more news revealed — all good for the South. A spokesman for 20th Century Fox confirmed the show will be filmed in New Orleans again, after the city played perfect host to "Coven" and its stars last season. But while AHS will be shot in New Orleans, which has plenty of freaks of its own, the show will be set in another Southern state. No offense here, but Florida may be the freak mecca — just read the #ohflorida hashtag for headlines coming out of the state — and Murphy and co. have chosen the town of Jupiter for their freak show. The year will be 1950 and the premise a carnival theme with Jessica Lange returning to play a German expatriate managing a fading freak show. (Sounds like a Karen Russell novel, right?) Most of the other stars from "Coven" are also returning, including Kathy Bates, Sara Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Francis Conroy. No mention of Taissa Farmiga yet. She was underused as
Celebrate the playwright's birthday March 19-23 in the city he called his "spiritual home." Dorothy Allison, Laura Lippman, Megan Abbott, Diane Ladd, Bryan Batt, Justin Torres and Ann Hood are just some of the guests attending this year's literary festival celebrating Tennessee Williams' birthday in New Orleans. As usual, theater performances abound, with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on this year's schedule, and the popular Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest concludes the weekend in an ode to "Streetcar Named Desire." We'll be heading to the Big Easy to catch all drama starting on March 19 and perused the full schedule recently in anticipation. Join us if you can and check out the events we're most looking forward to below! For aspiring writers, master classes on March 19 and 20 are an affordable opportunity to gain valuable writing advice from the likes of Zachary Lazar, who will offer a brief history of dialogue starting with Hemingway, Laura Lippman and Dorothy Allison. Classes are just $25 each and held at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Dorothy Allison appears several times again throughout the festival, so there's no excuse not to see this giant in Southern fiction. Her panel on Sunday titled "Literary Laughs: Entertaining
It’s Carnival time in New Orleans. That means full on festivities, King Cake, throws, parades and, of course, costumes. by Andi Eaton Before donning your sequins and beads, let’s take a look back at where Mardi Gras style began. In 1827, the first Mardi Gras parade hit New Orleans as a group of elaborately dressed partygoers, emulating parades they'd observed in Paris, reveled through the streets. Thirty years later, the first recorded krewe was established. Considered secret societies, krewes are a New Orleans Carnival scene fixture. Members dress in highly detailed costumes, including masks, trinkets and beads, often made by the hand of the wearer. The krewe’s queen and her court in couture gowns of crystal, lace and silk rosettes are honored at each krewe’s Carnival ball. So, what goes into designing a gown for a Mardi Gras queen? In New Orleans, the go-to resource is Louisiana native Suzanne Perron. Perron spent more than a decade in New York City on Fashion Avenue. Working for some of the highest- regarded design houses including Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, she earned her stripes — well, her crinoline and silk actually — and then returned home to open an atelier specializing in "once-in-a-lifetime gowns in