Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 20-22

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Gambit music commentator and professional man-about-town Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share weekend picks: a crossover country chanteuse at Gasa Gasa, vogue performances and more.

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'Jazz funeral for Lady Liberty' leads morning protest Jan. 20

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

The Mahogany Brass Band. - COURTESY LJ GOLDSTEIN
  • The Mahogany Brass Band.

A weekend of protests and demonstrations begins Friday morning in New Orleans to mark what Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne called "the most ominous Inauguration Day in modern history." In keeping with that grave assessment, tomorrow's first protest — organized by activist group The Next Right Thing — will be headed up by a "jazz funeral for Lady Liberty," which features an effigy of Lady Liberty resting in a coffin. The Mahogany Brass Band will play traditional dirge and funereal songs.

The "funeral" will convene with other marchers outside Louis Armstrong Park at 10 a.m. to depart at 11 a.m. on the route that journeys from Rampart Street to Canal Street and then back down Peters Street toward the Moonwalk. There, Lady Liberty's coffin will be symbolically doused in the Mississippi River. One of the "funeral's" organizers, Randy Fertel, said the event was partially inspired by the Society of St. Anne's traditional Mardi Gras morning pilgrimage to the Mississippi. (LJ Goldstein and Conrad Martin also contributed to the organizing.)

Onlookers are encouraged to join the procession.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather. - LENORE SEAL
  • Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather.

Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances. A news release about the event says 50 percent of proceeds will benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group which focuses on LGBTQ youth of color.

The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for people in costume.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At Tulane appearance, columnist Charles Blow defends the press in 'fake news' era

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM


In a Jan. 16 conversation that ranged from his childhood chasing hogs in Gibsland, Louisiana, to a discussion of the ultra-polarized 2016 election, New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended the media against charges of bias and stressed the importance of its role in the Trump era.

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Comedy show Jan. 19 benefits New Orleans Abortion Fund

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM


As a presidential administration widely feared to be hostile to reproductive rights takes office, women's health care observers make note of a significant date: Jan. 22, the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion services. To mark the occasion, Paul Oswell's Thursday night comedy show Jan. 19 becomes "Night Church v. Roe v. Wade," a benefit for New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF).

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Baby Cakes host 'Hot Stove' season preview party Jan. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.
  • Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.

A new era of bakery-related puns dawns with the New Orleans Baby Cakes' inaugural "Hot Stove" (shouldn't it be "Hot Oven?") preview party later this month. The public is invited to yet-to-be-renamed Zephyr Field for an event celebrating the unofficial start to baseball season.

At the event, Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler and Florida Marlins assistant player development director Brett West offer an overview of the triple-A team's first season since its much-ballyhooed rebranding. Former LSU slugger and newly signed Marlin Austin Nola also appears, and there are free refreshments and kids' games. (Coincidentally, this is the same weekend as New Orleans King Cake Festival, for those of you developing a cake-centric itinerary.)

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 13-15

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Gambit contributor Noah Bonaparte Pais slides in to WWL-TV to share weekend entertainment picks: a one-person show starring a RuPaul's Drag Race winner, a well-regarded rapper at Howlin' Wolf and more.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, to speak at UNO Jan. 18

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:40 PM

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  • Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist whose spent five years in Lake Charles trying to understand red state voters, will speak at the University of New Orleans next Wednesday.

Hochchild's recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, adds to a growing volume of scholarship about the "Great Paradox," or how conservative voters embrace politicians and policies that seem to oppose their own interests: the poor Appalachia resident who hates "Obamacare," the Gulf Coast fisherman who votes to deregulate the oil industry. You can read an essay adapted from the book here; it was a National Book Award finalist in 2016.

She'll appear in the Innsbruck Room at UNO's University Center at 1 p.m. Jan. 18. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Interview: Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. - BABS EVANGELISTA
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  • Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

In her new book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, sociology professor and New Orleans resident Lisa Wade explores the sex lives of modern college freshmen. She's especially concerned with the alcohol-soaked, commitment-averse, frat-party-centric “hookup culture” that has contributed to several high-profile sexual assault scandals at prestigious universities across the country. Wade argues that this culture isn’t espoused, or really even enjoyed, by most students. Rather, a small group of privileged students who control the college social scene are the key advocates for this culture, and students of color, queer students and many women often are excluded — or socially penalized for their failure to participate.

There’s a launch party for the book at Octavia Books on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Wade spoke with Gambit in advance of her appearance about the history of hookup culture and how it pertains to gender, race and sexual orientation.

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