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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Dec. 9-11

Posted By and on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Gambit music commentator Noah Bonaparte Pais visits WWL-TV to break down your weekend: gypsy punk and Dada at the Music Box Village, Afghan Whigs, an award-season favorite movie and more.

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PoliticoPopUp2, social/political multimedia art exhibition, opens Dec. 10

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:09 PM

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Catalyst Collective
's PoliticoPopUp series returns to New Orleans Art Center for a weeklong exhibition (Dec. 10-18) of political art in different mediums. The show features photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and more by 40 artists, many of whom struggle to show their work due to its provocative social or political commentary.

At the opening and closing events for the exhibit, there's live music by ZenBeatz and Tranche and a poetry reading by well-known Jewish-American poet Rodger Kamenetz (The Jew in the Lotus, The Lowercase Jew).

Opening and closing parties take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 17. This is the show's second year.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Activists talk organizing in New Orleans at roundtable/book release Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

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Community Book Center
 hosts a roundtable of experienced activists and organizers this weekend at a release party for No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality, a new book by Jordan Flaherty.

Flaherty joins Alfred Marshall (STAND with Dignity), Michael Quess? Moore (Take 'Em Down NOLA), Jonshell Johnson (a youth and education activist) and Derek Roguski (New Teachers' Roundtable) to discuss organizing against police violence, their work in New Orleans' troubled school system and overcoming the "savior mentality," in which a well-meaning individual — often a white person — tries to "rescue" a marginalized group without community input. (Think Dangerous Minds.)

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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

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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

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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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