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Friday, December 2, 2016

Books roundup: Five book-related events in December in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

JOE SHLABOTNIK
  • JOE SHLABOTNIK
Between awkward office Christmas parties, family members with questionable politics and hot chocolate with too many/not enough marshmallows, the holidays can be a trying time of year. Find solace at one of these (mostly) non-Christmas-related book parties.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

"The depravity and the sweetness": author Paula Mejia on The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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In 1985, The Jesus and Mary Chain released its massively influential landmark debut Psychocandy, an electric shock of rock 'n' roll and sugary sweet pop as one big feedbacking sound.

The band was lauded in the U.K. press for its irreverence and unpredictably destructive live shows, But, as Paula Mejia writes in a new book from the 33 1/3 series, the album is "an unapologetic swooning love letter to pop music" from a band unabashedly embracing not only the leather-clad Hamburg-era Beatles, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, and Marc Bolan and David Bowie, but '60s girl groups, bubblegum and the full spectrum of pop.

Though exhaustive research and conversation, Mejia dives into the band's history, interviewing band members Jim and William Reid, Douglas Hart and Bobby Gillespie, as well as scene familiars and Glaswegian contemporaries, finding a band shaped as much by Margaret Thatcher's U.K. and the realities of their neglected working class neighborhoods as it was by its deliberate pop ambition, despite its seemingly anarchic noise.

In celebrating its 30th anniversary, the band embarked on a reunion tour, which touches New Orleans Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater. And Mejia will talk about the band and the book with music writer Alison Fensterstock at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Euclid Records.

Gambit: I imagine you've been getting everyone's individual recollections of shows in each town on tour.

Mejia: Oh, yeah. One of the most entertaining and surprising conversations I had was with a guy from Baltimore from Aberdeen. The was a bar at the bookstore I was at, Atomic, and he came up to me afterward and said, "You know, it was great hearing about that. I first saw The Mary Chain when I was 14 in 1985. I busted my chin at the show. There was a mosh pit." Then he had this other great story about trying to see The Pastels with his cousin, who was really underage and couldn't get into the show. They ran into Bobby Gillespie and he said, "Tell your cousin to stand by the fire door." He kicks open the door so he can get into the show under the radar.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Victory for T&A, comedy/storytelling show about beating cancer, opens Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Comedian Katie East as "Sick Girl."
  • Comedian Katie East as "Sick Girl."

Comedians Caitlin Brodnick and Katie East present Victory for T&A, a comedic take on their individual experiences with cancer, at The Theatre at St. Claude this weekend.

In her portion of the show, which is based on her web series Screw You Cancer, Brodnick tells funny stories about getting a preventative double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed her unusually high breast cancer risk.

As "Sick Girl," East portrays a series of "Coney Island-style freak show" characters to share her experiences recovering from illnesses, injuries and a melanoma on her buttocks.

The comedians perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

On the Clock: Rodney Thomas, Harrah's New Orleans Casino table games dealer

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.
  • Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

At 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, Rodney Thomas is dealing roulette. Three men  —  one with a Budweiser, one with a brown cocktail in a plastic cup  —  are saddled up in the chairs surrounding the felt-covered table, clearly having a far better time than anyone is generally entitled to on weekdays. Though Thomas just stepped up to the table a few minutes ago, relieving another dealer who was on duty, he’s already formed a bond with the guys. He says something that makes them break up in guffawing, backslapping laughter, before they turn their attention to the table's grid of worn-in numbers, ready to stack their chips in enigmatic patterns.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

New Orleans bars hosting parties for Election Night

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM

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Tomorrow's a special day in America. It's the day when members of all political parties can unite over one thing: our shared joy that this miserable, fractious election season is coming to its merciful end. 

Toast the occasion  —  and for those of you without cable, catch televised coverage of the returns  —  at one of the venues listed below.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Books roundup: Five literary events in November in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 3:50 PM

COURTESY NEW ORLEANS BOOK FESTIVAL
  • COURTESY NEW ORLEANS BOOK FESTIVAL

Readers and writers have plenty to be thankful for this month. In the weeks before National Turkey and Football Day, here are some highlights from the literary dance card.

Nov. 1-2 and 5: LadyFest Poetry Series. Poets and artists from around the city read at various locations for the series celebrating women who write. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Slideshow: Voodoo costumes: glitter, clowns, skeletons

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Costume elements—face paint, feathered headdresses—are festival fixtures, but Voodoo Music + Arts Experience's proximity to Halloween encourages all-out, head-to-toe looks. This year was no exception. Trending: makeup inspired by Mexican calaveras, mermaids, clown suits and full-body paint. Surprisingly absent? Political costumes nodding to the upcoming presidential election. Nary a Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump was seen on the City Park Festival Grounds, and just one "nasty woman" and "bad hombre" roamed the area.

Below, check out a survey of Voodoo costuming (and maybe pick up some last-minute ideas for Halloween tonight.)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A peek inside Beyond the Haunted Puddle, plus four more haunted houses

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.
  • One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.


Inside the entrance to Beyond the Haunted Puddle, the haunted house/immersive art installation now open at PORT, a glassy-eyed witch stirs a bubbling cauldron of human entrails  —  but that’s where the similarities to a classic haunted house end. Through a series of increasingly demented environments, including a truly nightmarish interlude at a purgatorial Department of Motor Vehicles counter, the installation knocks the viewer off balance in ways both visceral and cerebral. 

“[We wondered] what could be scary, what makes it fun, what makes it contemporary?” director Xavier Juarez says. “Making an immersive world is this great opportunity for an artist.”

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Art activists Liberate Tate present "Insides/Outsides" talk in New Orleans Oct. 18

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation. - AMY SCAIFE
  • AMY SCAIFE
  • Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation.

The activist art collective Liberate Tate, best known for its unsanctioned and guerrilla-ish installations and performances in London’s prestigious Tate Galleries, delivers a “lecture-performance” at Pelican Bomb Gallery X next week in an event presented by Bureau of Change.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Deviant," Southern Mississippi Juggalo rappers in love, bring killer clown music to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
  • Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
Are you living your dreams? Ratchet and Sukkew are living theirs. Together they're Deviant, a married Juggalo rap duo from a small town in Southern Mississippi. On Wed., Oct. 12 at Southport Hall, they're opening for horrorcore rap legends Twiztid, a huge opportunity for a couple who only this year made the jump from fans to musicians.

After stumbling on Deviant's first music video, Lurkin', I tracked the power couple down for a conversation about their upcoming show, police harassment of Juggalos and how wedded bliss mixes creatively with their lyrical themes of dismemberment, maiming, and torture — the gruesome tropes comprising the rap subgenre known as horrorcore.


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