Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chris Rock announces 2017 tour, performance at Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM

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"I, Christopher Julius Rock, have an important announcement to make tonight," Rock announced Dec. 5 on Facebook Live from outside the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. "The 'Total Blackout' tour is coming to your town in 2017."

Rock's 2017 tour marks his first standup comedy tour in nine years; Netflix recently announced plans to release two stand-up specials, his first since 2008's Kill The Messenger. The first special will tape during the 2017 tour. "I haven't done it in awhile. Been a little busy," he said. "You know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything... But hey, it's time."

The tour begins February 2017 and spans two dozen dates, with a New Orleans show set for Saturday, March 25 at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $49.50-$125; presales begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, with ticket sales opening 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

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Krazy Kat gets animated

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.
  • A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.

For this week's cover story
, I talked with Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman in Black and White — the first in-depth biography of the New Orleans-born illustrator who created the seminal comic strip Krazy Kat. (After we went to print, Krazy was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Nonfiction of 2016.)

One subject we didn't broach in our conversation was Krazy Kat's animated adaptations, which were of varying quality. This 1936 Krazy Kat cartoon, Li'l Aingil, is close to Herriman's spirit, but the drawing of Krazy in the title card resembles Felix the Cat more than the Krazy of the comics:

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Brewsday Tuesday: Bayou Teche expansion and collaboration with Lost Bayou Ramblers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Bayou Teche Brewing is growing. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • NORA McGUNNIGLE
  • Bayou Teche Brewing is growing.

Bayou Teche Brewing (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-754-5122) has much to celebrate this holiday season, including a new collaboration with Grammy-winning Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, an expansion in production and capacity and a new flagship IPA.

Bayou Teche has collaborated with the Lost Bayou Ramblers since the brewery supplied the band with beer during recording sessions of Mammoth Waltz in 2010. The band’s new single, "Aloha Golden Meadow," inspired by Hawaiian steel guitar sounds, is featured in the band's first music video. Bayou Teche is brewing Aloha Golden Meadow, which will be available on draft and 22-ounce bottles.

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2017 Buku lineup announced: deadmau5, Travis Scott, Young Thug and more

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. - RICHARD MARTIN
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  • Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project.

Rappers Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Vince Staples lead a lineup with electronic powerhouses deadmau5 and Zeds Dead for the sixth annual Buku Music + Art Project. Returning March 10-11, 2017 at Mardi Gras World, the festival's initial lineup also includes Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Zhu, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, TroyBoi, Thundercat and Clams Casino, among more than a dozen other performers spanning electronic producers, dance DJs, R&B and hip-hop artists and rock bands. The festival also will announce more artists on the bill next year.

deadmau5's booking follows his recent self-described "rushed" genre blender of a seventh album, W:/2016ALBUM/, and the festival — continuing its tradition of putting up zeitgeist-y hip-hop artists — doubles down with rap contortionist Young Thug, acclaimed rappers Travis Scott and Vince Staples, and eccentric XXL Freshmen Lil Yachty and Lil Dicky.

New Orleans artists on the bill include R&B's Ambre, producer AF THE NAYSAYER, guitar-and-drum duo Caddywhompus, and a back to back set from DJs Musa and Otto. Solange’s Saint Heron and DJ outfit DOHM Collective will host two local showcases.

General admission two-day passes are $189.99 and go on sale 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. There also are VIP and other ticket packages. A portion of proceeds benefit Upbeat Academy; the festival raised more than $17,000 in 2016.

See the full lineup below.

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Shovels & Rope, London Souls and Futurebirds headline Hogs for the Cause 2017

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017. - RYAN MCKELLAR
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  • Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017.

Shovels & Rope, London Souls, Futurebirds and others will perform at Hogs for the Cause, which moves to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena on March 31-April 1, 2017.

The lineup also includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners, Seratones, Colin Lake Band, Motel Radio, Good Enough for Good Times and New Breed Brass Band. There will be three music stages at the festival's new location, says event cofounder Becker Hall. The full lineup is below.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Y@ Speak: "fake news"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM


The U.S. Senate race is closing, short-term rentals are going to explode, Louisiana mourns Joe McKnight and fights for justice, Mike Pence stumps in New Orleans, and the Saints are a very fun, anxiety-free football team.

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Ruby Slipper Cafe to open Uptown, short-lived Brick and Spoon closes

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:03 PM

The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017. - COURTESY RUBY SLIPPER CAFE/FACEBOOK
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  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017.

Regional breakfast franchise Brick and Spoon closed its Magazine Street location last week, but another popular breakfast and brunch spot has quickly jumped on the spot. Ruby Slipper Cafe will open its fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January, the restaurant’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5. The company also has two out-of-state locations in Orange Beach and Pensacola, Florida.

“We are excited that our Ruby Slipper family has the opportunity to expand within our home city of New Orleans” owner Jennifer Weishaupt said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had our eye on opening a location Uptown for years and this location off the corner at Washington and Magazine Street seems like the perfect spot. We look forward to sharing our own brand of Southern charm with another New Orleans neighborhood for many years to come."

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Church Alley Coffee Bar to close Central City cafe, move to Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter. - CHURCH ALLEY COFFEE BAR/FACEBOOK
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  • Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter.

Church Alley Coffee Bar (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) is moving from its Central City location to Mid-City, the cafe’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5.

The community-minded coffee shop and cafe, which shares a space at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, will close Dec. 30. It will open in late January at its new home at 4201 Canal St., along with fellow Central City tenant The Good Shop, from local retailer Goods that Matter.

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Bryan Ferry to perform in New Orleans in 2017

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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Before he returns to Europe to continue a 2017 world tour, Bryan Ferry will headline several U.S. shows, including a stop in New Orleans in March. Ferry performs Thursday, March 16 at the Saenger Theatre.

Ferry — the crooning vibrato in front of Roxy Music and over a dozen solo albums — released his fifteenth LP, Avonmore, in 2014, featuring Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers and electronic producer Todd Terje, among others, extending Ferry's sophisticated pop legacy from the gorgeous renderings of his 1973 debut These Foolish Things to his modern-minded compositions.

Tickets are $39-$90 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 via Ticketmaster and the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St., 800-745-3000).

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Lisa Lampanelli coming to Orpheum Theater April 14

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Lisa Lampanelli. - COURTESY HUKA ENTERTAINMENT
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  • Lisa Lampanelli.

Insult comic queen Lisa Lampanelli, who played the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2009 and 2012, will return to New Orleans for a show at the Orpheum Theater April 14, 2017. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. on the Huka Entertainment website and the Orpheum Theater website.

Lampanelli was nominated for a Grammy Award last year for Best Comedy Album, and has previously been a regular on Comedy Central's yearly roasts of the famous and infamous. She also was a contestant on the pseudo-reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, which was hosted at the time by the president-elect of the United States.

In this standup special, Lampanelli talks Trump:

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