How much stuff is there to do during the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Lots. Noah Bonaparte Pais broke it all down for Eric Paulsen on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Deerhunter, Oblivion with Tom Cruise ... and, of course, all the fun at the Fair Grounds.
A flyer labeled "Bywater Rising" asks "Are you tired of the following?" followed by a list of complaints musicians, venue owners and others have made in the wake of the City of New Orleans' enforcement of noise complaints and alcohol and entertainment permits.
The flyer lists "business closures and harassment from city government"; "taking of public spaces from the people who need it most"; "artists, musicians and buskers being forced off the street and into starvation"; and "the je ne sais quoi of New Orleans being packaged and incorporated," adjacent to a fleur de lis with Mickey Mouse ears crossed out in red.
"Then off of your ass and into the streets," the flyer reads. Groups of musicians, bar owners and others organized to march against the city's "crackdown" (from last year's permiting issues to the recent issues at St. Roch Tavern and the suspension of music at Mimi's in the Marigny) to be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow beginning at Mickey Markey Park in Bywater.
The Facebook event, which counts more than 300 attendees, says the protest is to show "New Orleans citizens will not stand by and watch attempts to quiet New Orleans' vibrant music scene." Event organizers encourage "costumes, marching bands, instruments, flags and signs."
The menu at restaurateur Dickie Brennan’s new Tableau reads like a modern renovation of the cuisine served at nearby French Creole institutions. Green onion aioli and fried capers join the crab meat ravigote, for instance. Panko crusts the panéed veal and Abita Turbo Dog beer is worked into the onion soup. The approach feels apt, since this new restaurant is found inside a French Quarter institution of another sort that has undergone its own modern renovation.
Tableau opened this week in the same building that is home to Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, which is widely recognized as the oldest community theater in America, with roots stretching back to 1916. Serious debt put its future in doubt, however, and in December 2010 the theater canceled its season and laid off its staff.
The 2013 Big Easy Music Awards winners were announced tonight at a gala at Harrah's New Orleans hosted by Wild Wayne.
The Big Easy Music Awards is New Orleans' premier event honoring the musical talent of a city world-renowned for its performing arts. Honorees are nominated by a designated committee in 24 categories with up to four nominees in each category. In addition, there are several awards chosen by the Executive Producer with the advice of an advisory committee, the nominating committee and the editorial staff at Gambit. Included in those awards are Entertainer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Business Recognition Awards and Special Recognition Awards.
2013 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2013 MUSIC HERITAGE AWARD
Peter “Chuck” Badie
2013 AMBASSADORS OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC
2013 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
2013 BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD
Louisiana Music Factory
2013 WWOZ GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE
2013 WWOZ GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE
(More winners under the jump!)
In preparation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's first-ever visit to New Orleans in May, the team organizing his visit invites New Orleans residents and businesses to raise Tibetan prayer flags beginning April 20 through May, when the Dalai Lama hosts two public talks (both already sold out) May 17 and May 18.
Presented by Tulane University's School of Social Work, more than 60 events will celebrate the visit. Beginning May 14, there will be a Tibetan bazaar at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will sell Tibetan crafts and goods. The monks also will create a sand mandala, a large colored-sand painting made over four days. On May 17, a procession will lead the mandala to the Mississippi River where it will be ceremoniously dispersed. The convention center will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14-17.
At the public talks at the convention center and at the UNO Lakefront Arena, the 14th dalai lama will address "strength through compassion" and "strength through connection," respectively. He also presides over an academic conference ("Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection") where author Margaret Wheatley and psychology and psychiatry professor Richard J. Davidson also will speak.
The Dalia Lama NOLA Community Outreach Team will sell prayer flags from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at 1780 Prytania St. Flags also can be ordered via email.
Norton Juster's 1961 fantastical, mildly psychedelic children's adventure novel The Phantom Tollbooth follows a listless Milo into a magic-like and pun-filled fantasy land. Milo must avoid The Doldrums, where the bored and listless are trapped into never having fun ever again. Montreal's Airick Woodhead, who released his playful sonic splurge debut Lesser Evil in March, took on the name Doldrums to remind himself never to get stuck there.
"It’s my way to escape those things," he says. "He goes to this place where nothing happens, nothing changes. I thought that’s kind of where I want to escape from."
Doldrums' hallucinatory, acclaimed debut Lesser Evil conjures childlike bursts of abandonment, made up of pop-collages composed by Woodhead, inspired largely by experimental DIY producers Black Dice and Atlas Sound. Those solo compositions get a full-band Doldrums accompaniment at 9 p.m. tonight at the House of Blues with tourmates Crystal Castles.
"When I was 13 I was working on my dad’s computer. He’s a producer and musician. I would just cut up stuff and make collages, basically with whatever material I could find," he says. "Then I started playing in bands. I’ve kind of come full circle."
What's going on this weekend? Noah Bonaparte Pais knows, and he shared his knowledge with Eric Paulsen on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today. Crystal Castles, Danny Boyle's new movie Trance, Dustin Lance Black's play 8, American Routes' 15th anniversary party at Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl — and the Big Easy Music Awards.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience announced a handful of its headliners for the November music festival. Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How to Destroy Angels, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desaparecidos and Robert DeLong are among the first-announced headliners for the 15th annual event. Voodoo will announce more in the coming months.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience is Nov. 1-3 at City Park. Find tickets and more information here.
A few hours before DJ Soul Sister kicked off her popular weekly "Hustle" dance party upstairs, Mimi's in the Marigny announced on Saturday that the bar's music schedule is suspended indefinitely.
We regret to inform you that Mimi's has to suspend music for the time being. We will keep you informed as we ourselves become informed of the situation. Please remember that we are still your favorite neighborhood bar and continue to support us and our amazing employees. Kitchen will still be cooking and drinks will continue to flow. Thank you for your continued support.
A lawsuit filed by Marigny residents in Orleans Parish civil district court on Friday challenges that the bar hosts music "illegally" and noise is "plainly audible" in neighborhood homes and businesses, causing "physical discomfort and annoyance." Judge Michael Bagneris told attorneys representing Mimi’s that the bar must cease its music unless it can present city permits that say it can do otherwise. The lawsuit alleges that the bar has hosted music without proper permits and is not zoned for entertainment.
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