Monday, February 20, 2017

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla parade in Uptown

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 8:18 PM

The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.
  • The St. Augustine Marching 100 led the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade.

Sunday was busy on the Uptown parade route, as floats, themes and guests included everything from Monty Python quotes to guest riding nuns and NBA moms to military veterans and many of the area's school marching bands. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale kicked off the procession on Napoleon Avenue at 11 a.m. and was followed by the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla on the slightly longer route starting at Jefferson Avenue and Magazine Street.

Mothers of NBA all-stars, in town for the league's all-star game Sunday night, rode on one of the first floats in the Femme Fatale parade. They were soon followed by nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who each wore a T-shirt with an inspirational message or statement of devotion.

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Ahoy, Barkus: pups parade the French Quarter Feb. 19

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM

A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."
  • A drum major with the "St. Pawgustine Marching Band."

King Maximilian and Queen Athena led a procession of dukes, maids and past royalty — all of them dogs — as the Krewe of Barkus presented its 2017 parade in the French Quarter Feb. 19.

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Chewbacchus paraded Saturday in Marigny and Bywater

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 12:58 AM

A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.
  • A krewe of space vikings pushed a massive bull in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus' Revel Alliance parade was a big tent for science fiction fans and Carnival and costuming enthusiasts. A seemingly endless stream of subkrewes celebrated all things Star Wars, especially Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, in a two-hour long procession snaking around Frenchmen Street and down St. Claude Avenue.

There were Star Wars marching groups including the Leijorettes, Death Star Steppers, a galactic senate contingent and the "Sith Happens Jedi Council." The Krewe of Bon Tauntaun Roule featured three men riding plush versions of the snow lizards from the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

’tit Rex parades in Marigny

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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New Orleans' smallest parade may not have had many tiny hands clapping. The krewe of ”tit Rex chose a theme about taking a nap, but many floats depicted nightmares, many of them featuring President Donald Trump. In one dark vision, Lady Liberty slept with her head in an oven. In another, titled "Tyrant-asaurus Wrex," an orange dinosaur stood atop the White House next to a massive crane with a swinging wrecking ball. The float creators distributed as throws: free tickets to the future, tiny flags and orange golf balls with a yell mop of hair combed over the top.

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"Rock Against Racism" concert to benefit SPLC

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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More than a dozen New Orleans artists join a Rock Against Racism concert to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization focused on civil rights protections and classifying hate groups.

The event is 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at The Willow (8200 Willow St.). Performers include the Bad Hombre Band, The Tom Worrell House Band feat. Joe Cabral, and Doug Garrison, Alex McMurray, Leslie Smith, JD Hill, Claude Bryant and the AllStars, Carlo Nuccio, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Joe Krown, Mason Ruffner, Michael O'Hara (The Sheik), Brad Orgeron and David Treadaway, Chuck Perkins, The Jerk Offisers, Da Truth Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and others.

The concert is organized by The Willow's Jimmy Anselmo and Nuccio and Worrell and co-sponsored by WHIV-FM. Rob Steinberg is the emcee. Tickets are $20; organizers expect to donate at least 95 percent of ticket sales to the SPLC.

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Oshun and Cleopatra parades roll in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 1:52 AM

The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
  • The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra paraded Friday night in Uptown on a rainy kickoff to Carnival. Both Metairie krewes scheduled to parade Friday were postponed.

Both parades moved their start times up by 30 minutes. The bands of St Mary's Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter High School, Langston Hughes Academy and Cohen High School all were able to get on the route and play a song before it started to rain on the Oshun parade. Many groups donned plastic ponchos as the rain became heavier, and at least one band decided not to continue with the parade,

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Nix Library branch to reopen March 6; library announces Mardi Gras hours

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
  • The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6.
The Nix branch of the New Orleans Public Library will reopen March 6, according to the NOPL's Facebook page.

It closed its doors in late October for improvements, which include a new floor plan, paint, additional public computers and general infrastructure. Nix also will have new landscaping and lighting when it reopens.

Hours will remain the same: opening at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with closure at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Some NOPL branches will be keeping irregular hours during Carnival season; here's a chart of which libraries are open when.

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Review: Toni Erdmann

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann
  • Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann

Do we ever really know our children? It’s easy to feel close to the little ones, their young minds and budding personalities constantly betraying need for a parent’s love and understanding. The older ones, especially those who’ve grown, left home and struggled to find their place in the world, often prove tougher nuts to crack. That’s when the complexities of family relationships take hold, making it hard to see sons and daughters clearly while others easily do. If we can’t really see them, how can we hope to make a difference in their lives?

That‘s the underlying premise of Toni Erdmann, the astonishing third film from German writer-director Maren Ade. A study in contradictions, Toni Erdmann is a small-scale, deeply personal film that’s nearly three hours long; a soft-spoken, often brooding character study that sharply satirizes today’s dehumanizing corporate culture; and a serious drama with many bouts of unexpected hilarity. Toni Erdmann just gets weirder and more disorienting as it goes, without flying off the rails or losing focus.

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Progressive strikes take shape this week in New Orleans and across the U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Strikes are an alternative or work in tandem with formal protests like this Jan. 29 rally against Trump immigration policies. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Strikes are an alternative or work in tandem with formal protests like this Jan. 29 rally against Trump immigration policies.

With varying degrees of success, demonstrations in New Orleans and across the U.S. this week experimented with the idea of strikes as a tool for activists who object to the policies of President Donald Trump and his administration.

Yesterday, Ideal Markets and at least one restaurant in the city closed in solidarity with A Day Without Immigrants, a national demonstration planned in opposition the Trump administration's anti-immigration stance and the recent executive order which attempted to ban immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. The demonstration as a whole captured widespread media attention and included strikes and closures from outposts of national brands such as McDonald's.

Strike4Democracy, a general strike scheduled for Feb. 17, gained some ground nationally — but seemed to falter in New Orleans.

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