Not that one ever needs an excuse to head to New Orleans...
But the hundredth birthday celebrations for native son Tennessee Williams, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning "Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", sure are a temptation.
The four-day festival, The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 23-27) promises to bring big name stars to Crescent City, including Zoe Caldwell, Armistead Maupin (author of "Tales of the City"), Carroll Baker (who starred in the Williams' movie "Baby Doll") and John Waters (director of the film "Hairspray"). Most will sit on panels, but Caldwell will be performing in a world premier of some of Willims' hitherto unperformed one-act plays. Discussions of other literary topics (such as the future of political journalism with Mary Matalin) are also on the roster.
And if this sounds like too much sitting around in darkened theaters, know that the fest also includes literary walks of New Orleans, special meals and cocktail claches plus an opportunity to stand on the streets of NOLA and bellow "Stella" at the top of your lungs (a contest for the best Stanley yelling for his wife is a highlight of the weekend).
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