Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Celebrity Deathmatch: Anne Hathaway vs. Alex Woodward

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Reasons to attend the red-carpet premiere of Rachel Getting Married (7:30 p.m. tonight at Canal Place):  

  • The $20 tickets benefit the Guardian Institute, Bethyl Colony South and Common Ground Relief.
  • Its director, Jonathan Demme, also helmed Silence of the Lambs, and he will be in attendance.
  • Its star, blossoming actress Anne Hathaway, is herself wildcrazymadhot. She, too, will be in attendance. 
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    Like Lipstick on a Dog

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 8:18 PM


    There are dogs that seem to love being suited up in a costume, like my noble, mellow Labrador. And there are some that seem to regard such frillery as torture devices, like my gutter punk post-Katrina ground-score street mutt.

    Dog owners who know their pet belongs in the first category will be out tomorrow for the Canine Costume Contest at the Riverbend pet store Canine Culture. There will also be trick-or-treating for dogs, which promises to be a biscuit bonanza. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and proceeds from the $5 contest registration fee and snack and drink sales will be donated to the Louisiana SPCA.

    Naturally, Canine Culture sells dog costumes, which pet owners in New Orleans have more opportunities to bust out than elsewhere. For example, the diminutive dogs pictured above were seen hitting the streets during the Mystic Krewe of Barkus. Even the dogs in this town have busy costuming calendars.

    -- Ian McNulty

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    Jazz funeral for Narvin Kimball Saturday

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM


    Saturday at noon, the Prospect.1 biennial officially opens at all locations after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and second line with the Rebirth Brass Band, starting from the Louisiana State Museum U.S. Mint building at 400 Esplanade Ave. Following that, Prospect.1 artist Navin Rawanchaikul, in collaboration with Preservation Hall, will present a jazz funeral for former Preservation Hall Jazz Band banjo player Narvin Kimball

    Rawanchaikul is a Thai artist known for multimedia collaborative projects that make use of nontraditional public space and often address issues of globalization. Earlier this year, he put together a project - using billboards, music video, mock political posters and sculpture - that focused on uniting people who shared his first name (Kimball is only one letter off, though the jazz funeral does not seem to be an official part of that project.) 

    Kimball, who died at age 97 in March of 2006, was the last surviving member of the original Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Current PHJB member Carl LeBlanc now often plays Kimball's instrument with the band. At the time of his death, a jazz funeral was apparently never held for Kimball, who passed away in Charleston, South Carolina, where he went after Hurricane Katrina. 

    The Prospect.1 jazz funeral begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the steps of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Southall Mortuary at 1225 N. Rampart St., and will follow a route along Armstrong Park, ending at Preservation Hall. Current and former members of the PHJB will play.


    Parag Khanna at Loyola

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    An intriguing speaker in tonight’s Loyola University President’s Forum series: Parag Khanna of the New America Foundation. Khanna has been called one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century (Esquire) and one of the top 15 people from whom the next president should take policy counsel (Wired). Khanna will speak about America's direction under the 44th president and sign copies of his book, The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order. Visit the Loyola Web site for details.


    The New Ginny Sack?

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 3:00 PM


     It seems Sen. Mary Landrieu has a new friend, at least according to Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. The group is currently running a campaign against the proposed congressional bill, Employee Free Choice Act.     And now Johnny Sacks, a New York crime boss, is hanging around our Senator. What gives? How does Mrs. Sack feel about this? And what about Sack’s death from lung cancer? This warrants an investigation, but where’s Jim Bernazzani when you need him? 

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    OK, how many times are we going to do this?

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Anonymous kicker

    Photo by Jonathan Bachman


    Despite not having found any evidence to support this on the internet, I'm thoroughly convinced that their's some sort of direct correlation between the number of kickers a team cuts and its number of losses. As of right now, the Saints have cut not one, not two, but four kickers to date. The Saints record in that same span? 4–4.


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    The return of the Scuttlecast: Previewing the Hornets with's Niall Doherty

    Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    It's been 23 days since the last Scuttlecast and I have no idea where the time went. All of a sudden the Hornets season is about to be underway and I'm talking to Niall Doherty of the impeccable (all Hornets fans should go ahead and bookmark that site right now). Music again provided by Sick Like Sinatra.


    Oh, and Niall asked me to mention that he's hosting a season launch party tonight at Handsome Willy's starting at 7 p.m. There will be beer, Hornets on T.V. and giveaways - I highly recommend everyone goes (what else do you have to do on a Wednesday night anyway?).

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    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Stanley Jordan at Tipitinas

    Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    OK everybody, but especially you guitar geeks out there, don't miss Stanley Jordan at Tipitina's on Wednesday night. Nobody plays guitar like him especially the way he uses his fingers on the frets to inject melodies and counter rhythms into the songs. To those of you who think that Eddie Van Halen's Eruption is the pinnacle of fret percussion, think again. If we're lucky, he'll break out his versions of Ravel's Bolero or the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby. Show starts at 9.


    Is your cat chronic?

    Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 10:49 PM


    I am not sure who this product is directed at. But if you have a house cat that's a little on edge in these trying economic times, or if you're short on pet gift ideas with the holidays coming up, or if you have gullible friends, maybe Catabis is right for you. Several strains are available in leaf or bud. For no real reason, I am recommending either Chicken Haze, Mexican Shake or Chronic Pussy.


    Global Village

    Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 10:43 PM


    Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu had a lot (a lot a lot) to say about the massive World Cultural Economic Forum — set for this Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center — when I rang him last week. Read the full transcript of our conversation below, and the Gambit article that resulted here.       

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