(For maps, more picks and previews, check out this week's Voodoo 2010 issue.)
Eastern bloc 'n' rollers Debauche (10:45 a.m., Bingo! Tent) opens the festival weekend at the Bingo! Tent, the stomping ground co-curated by the New Orleans Bingo! Show.
Beverly Skillz (11:45 a.m., Le Plur) unleashes bangin' bounce beats and mashups from inside the electronic tent, followed closely by Rusko (2:15 p.m., Le Plur), the U.K.'s dubstep whiz.
Jonsi (5:30 p.m., Sony) of Sigur Ros, the orchestral Icelandic soundtrack specialists, gives the fest its proper symphonic sunset score — which segues to Metric (6:30 p.m., Voodoo), cute electronic pop from the expansive Broken Social Scene diaspora.
The day's big guns — the polarizing Weezer (7:45 p.m., Sony), fest-approved English electropop outfit Hot Chip (7:45 p.m., Le Plur), operatic arena rock trio Muse (9 p.m., Voodoo) — close out Day One.
Recently, reality television scouts have descended on New Orleans, looking to give makeovers to fashion victims and ugly yards. Should we be offended? Perhaps, but it's hard to hold a grudge when the spoils are so sweet. Regan's Hair Salon recently experienced the benefits of a very public makeover (though in this Westbank salon's case, the makeover will not be reality-televised).
Regan's beat out hundreds of salons nationwide to win Redken's Ultimate Salon Makeover contest, snagging more than $50,000 worth of prizes, which includes a complete overhaul of its interior design and business model. Demolition on the old space began last week. Owner Jennifer Boutwell-Bustamante said in a press release that the win "couldn't have come at a better time."
Gambit man-about-town Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly appearance on the WWL Morning News today to chat up all the weekend's doings with his bestie Eric Paulsen. Among Noah's picks: the Voodoo Music Experience, Matthew Dear at Howlin' Wolf, Freddie Gibbs at Eiffel Society, the Vampire Film Festival at Shadowbox Theatre, Never Fight a Shark in Water at NOCCA, and lots more.
Powell's City of Books, the enormous secondhand bookstore that's one of the best reasons to visit Portland, Ore., has purchased 7,000 titles from the personal library of Anne Rice, the Interview With the Vampire author who moved from the Garden District to sunny California a few years back. From the bookstore's website:
Included in the collection are editions signed or annotated by Ms. Rice, and many have her library markings on the spines. The collection showcases her love of literature and writing and reveals a true intellectual curiosity — classic philosophy, the Brontes, biblical archaeology, and Louisiana history are just a few of the subject areas represented.Euripides to Is It Hot in Here Or Is It Me?: A Personal Look At the Facts, Fallacies, and Feelings of Menopause. (That last one? $3.95, people!) Remember: Christmas is fewer than two months away ...
On a windy morning near the end of hurricane season, the Louisiana State Museum opened “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond” in the Presbytere on Jackson Square five years after all New Orleans zip codes were reopened to residents. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, city officials and donors attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $7.5 million exhibit.
“We lost a lot, but we gained a tremendous amount as well,” Landrieu said. “This is a tale of redemption and resurrection.”
The exhibit chronicles the effects of the storm, levee failures and the recovery efforts of Louisiana residents.
Each episode in the acclaimed short film web series One Square Mile documents, you guessed it, one square mile in a city, from New York, New York to Fort Worth, Texas. The second episode of its second season features residents living and working in the Garden District and Irish Channel between Constantinople and First streets — its millworkers, post-Katrina arrivals, local Magazine Street icons, teachers, eccentrics. It opens with a cicada swell blending right into the fuzz from the needle hitting Ben Glover's record player, and the stories just bleed into the next from there. No narration, just real people. Pretty and simple.
A telephone poll of 700 likely voters conducted last Thursday through Sunday by WWL-TV found that David Vitter is leading Charlie Melancon by more than 10 points in the Senate election to be decided Nov. 2:
Vitter received 50 percent of the vote, to Melancon’s 38 percent. None of the other 10 candidates in the race scored more than one point. Eight percent of those questioned said they were still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.
Pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux said the poll shows two contrary forces competing against each other.
“On one hand you have 50 percent of the state's voters who are resistant on one level or another to reelecting David Vitter,” Faucheux said. “On the other hand, you have almost 60 percent of the state's voters who are resistant at one level or another to electing a Democrat to the Senate.”
Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos also discussed how Vitter's opponent in the race isn't Melancon; it's President Barack Obama, who remains unpopular statewide:
Musician and puppeteer Arthur Mintz was inspired to stage Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox in a maze of cardboard catacombs constructed on the third floor of the CAC. The show ran in late spring and it reopens on Nov. 12. Some of the puppets, maze and parts of the story have been tweaked but it's the same child-friendly tour through the underground. Mintz's Hi-Yah productions released the trailer today. The original show was previewed and reviewed in Gambit.
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