Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hurray for the Riff Raff hosts flood relief benefit show Sept. 4

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Alynda Lee Segarra - SARRAH DANZIGER
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Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff returns to New Orleans for a concert benefiting relief efforts following August's devastating floods. Sam Doores of honky-tonk ensemble The Deslondes joins the bill at First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans (5401 Claiborne Ave.) at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.

Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

Hurray for the Riff Raff's forthcoming album The Navigator — its first following the landmark 2014 release Small Town Heroes on ATO Records — is tentatively due in early 2017. Segarra says it's a concept album largely about gentrification and its protagonist's navigation of "her gender identity, her sexual identity, class, and race and culture and everything" as her community begins to disappear.

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Remembering Sheila Guidry

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Sheila and Toby Guidry at a beer event at The Avenue Pub. - COURTESY THE AVENUE PUB
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  • Sheila and Toby Guidry at a beer event at The Avenue Pub.

Although growing, the Louisiana beer scene has been small and tight-knit for a number of years. Beer lovers and brewers have formed a community through interactions at events, breweries and bars.

While it’s wonderful to have so many kindred spirits to share and enjoy the growth of the beer world, the closeness of the craft beer universe means that when it loses a member, the impact reverberates throughout the state.

Sheila Guidry wasn’t a brewer or beer professional. She was an educator and administrator who loved beer almost as much as she loved her husband Toby Guidry and daughter Daisy Guidry. Though they lived near Baton Rouge, Sheila was a familiar face at New Orleans beer events, often found with a barrel-aged stout or sour ale of some sort in hand.

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Review: Waterworld: The Aqua-Play

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:51 PM

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While flooding and signs of global warming abound, it could be the appropriate time for levity. In an unusual reversal, Danielle Small, founder of Microwave Babies theater company, adapted a $235 million dystopian epic, Waterworld, into a low-budget musical, staging it in the cozy courtyard of Maison de Macarty Bed and Breakfast in Bywater. The absurd premise of the original film is elevated to outrageous in Waterworld: The Aqua-Play.


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Brüggers Barbecüe to open at St. Roch Market

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Brüggers Barbecüe opens at St. Roch Market on Sept. 16. - COURTESY ST. ROCH MARKET/GABRIELLE GEISELMAN
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  • Brüggers Barbecüe opens at St. Roch Market on Sept. 16.

Less than two months after Damian Brugger’s abrupt departure from Central City’s Black Label Icehouse (3000 Dryades St., 504-875-2876), the pit-master known for Texas style-brisket and ribs is getting a new home at St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813). Brüggers Barbecüe opens Sept 16, in the spot formerly occupied by Dirty Dishes, which left the market earlier this month.

Brugger, who hails from Texas, amassed a local following over the years at his barbecue pop-ups at Ms. Mae’s and Barrel Proof. After getting forced out of the Dryades Street smokehouse he helped open in July 2015, Brugger returned to his roots, popping up outside Barrel Proof, Courtyard Brewery and Mid-City watering hole SideBar before signing on to the St. Roch gig.

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Broad Theater adds second screening of sold out Nick Cave documentary

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 8:03 AM

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The Broad Theater added a second screening to the Sept. 8, one-night-only premiere of Nick Cave documentary One More Time With Feeling after the first announced screening sold out. The film will be shown in 650 theaters across the globe in anticipation of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new album Skeleton Tree, which will be released the following day, Sept. 9. One More Time With Feeling chronicles the aftermath of Cave's loss of one of his twin 15-year-old sons in a tragic accident last year. The film was described as a "gorgeous, immersive, and emotional experience" by IndieWire's Anne Thompson, one of very few invited to see it prior to its global premiere. Tickets for the 9:05 p.m. screening are $15 and available here. Get 'em while you can.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dan Deacon joins Mid City Masquerade Oct. 22

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Dan Deacon performs Oct. 22 at the annual Mid City Masquerade. - SHAWN BRACKBILL
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  • Dan Deacon performs Oct. 22 at the annual Mid City Masquerade.

Electronic wizard-maestro Dan Deacon headlines 2016's Mid City Masquerade, an annual one-day music festival and costumed warehouse party on Saturday, Oct 22. Also performing are Ghost-Note, Sweet Crude, ROAR!, Caddywhompus. Elysian Feel, Sexy Dex & the Fresh and DJ Doug Funnie.

Deacon's latest entry in his catalog of explosive, joyous and overwhelming electronic epics is 2015's Gliss Riffer. His live shows are both extraterrestrial Soul Train dance parties and participation-required Romper Room instructions, fueled by his lightspeed, classically inspired raves.

Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Find more information here.

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Prytania Theater pays tribute to Gene Wilder with Willy Wonka screenings

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:49 PM

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The Prytania Theater will present four screenings of 1971 family classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in tribute to star Gene Wilder, who died on Monday from complications relating to Alzheimer’s disease. An adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the film is a rare example of a musical made for children that became a cult favorite for adults. The film screens Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4 at 10 p.m. and on Monday, Sept. 5 at noon. Tickets are $11.75 for evening screenings and $6 for the matinee. More info here.

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Review: No Dead Artists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM


Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010, Alex Braverman
  • Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010, Alex Braverman


Where are we? Some people around the world feel increasingly disoriented as changing times and changing technologies make their once familiar surroundings seem ever more alien. New ripples in the art world often reflect issues that many people sense but cannot articulate, and this year’s No Dead Artists exhibition continues its uncanny history of such subcurrents resonating through the work of emerging artists. Beyond all the upheavals posed by global economics, politics and climate change, the widespread human tendency to grasp at simplistic solutions to complex situations fails to provide the answers needed to adapt to a time in which robotics and digital technology increasingly make the world around us seem more like virtual reality. The dizzying complexity of our increasingly technological urban environments is explored in Chicago artist Alex Braverman’s geometric photo collages of urban vistas like Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010 (pictured), but the contrast provided by Nate Burbeck’s more pastoral oil paintings of everyday life in Minnesota should be reassuring. Look again and his surreal suburban scenes and green pastures sliced with graffiti-tagged interstate ramps can seem as disembodied as dreams where a sense of place is replaced by a GPS reading.


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Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism reactivates to oppose David Duke's U.S. Senate run

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:45 PM

A screengrab from a 1991 ad opposing the candidacy of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, a bipartisan political action committee originally organized in 1990, has reactivated to oppose Duke's run in the 2016 Louisiana U.S. Senate election.
  • A screengrab from a 1991 ad opposing the candidacy of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, a bipartisan political action committee originally organized in 1990, has reactivated to oppose Duke's run in the 2016 Louisiana U.S. Senate election.

A long-dormant political action committee organized more than 25 years ago to thwart the political ambitions of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is now active again and plans to run ads opposing Duke's current run for the U.S. Senate race in November.

The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which last was active in the early 1990s, raised money to run television ads during Duke's 1990 U.S, Senate race and his 1991 Louisiana gubernatorial bid. The bipartisan group — whose new advisory committee now include two former Louisiana governors and three former U.S. Senators — also has a website, StopDuke.com, and is being advised by veteran political consultant Karen Carvin. 

Duke has not held public office since he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in a 1989 special election to fill the seat of Charles Cusimano, who resigned midway through his term. Duke's entry into the 2016 Senate race was, he has said, inspired in part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (who has in recent days firmly rejected Duke's support).

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On the Clock: Bob MacLean, Audubon Nature Institute senior veterinarian

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Katie Christiensen hangs with Southern white rhino Macite, one of veterinarian Bob MacLean's patients.
  • Katie Christiensen hangs with Southern white rhino Macite, one of veterinarian Bob MacLean's patients.

In a metal outdoor stall adjacent to her enclosure, the 5,000 pound, 53-year-old Southern white rhino Macite bumps her big prehistoric head lightly against the bars. The horn at the end of her nose looks like an ancient relic, but she scrapes her giant flat feet in the dust just like a cow shuffling in a pen on a hot day. 

Around Macite’s enormous backside, veterinarian Bob MacLean uses a hand brush and a gel to clean, disinfect and pack the chronic pressure sores (similar to human bedsores) on the elderly rhino’s back legs. She’s thought to be the oldest living female of her kind, and MacLean’s team is doing its best to keep the sores from growing. It’s part of a litany of tasks large and small that make up his role as senior veterinarian for the Audubon Nature Institute

“We’re trying to keep it from going systemic,” he says, as he finishes rinsing the sore. “We’re treating her every day.” 


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