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Monday, March 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen come to Saenger Theater June 24

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM

CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
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  • CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo personality Andy Cohen are bringing something called "Deep Talk and Shallow Tales" to the Saenger Theater June 24. Press materials describe it as a "live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events."

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legendary Japanese band Hijokaidan to unleash audio assault on New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Hijokaidan. L-R: Toshiji Mikawa, JUNKO, JOJO Hiroshige
  • Hijokaidan. L-R: Toshiji Mikawa, JUNKO, JOJO Hiroshige
In the age of piecework, freelancing and independent contractors, it's hard to imagine doing the same thing for thirty-seven years— but that's how long the Osakan band Hijokaidan has been making extreme noise music. After a globe-spanning and decade-spanning career of sonic violence, Hijokaidan is preparing to play their first ever New Orleans show on Wednesday, March 30th, along with a daunting lineup of other improvisational and experimental Japanese acts.

Before I began attending local noise shows, I assumed "noise music" was just clattering Einstürzende Neubauten outtakes— cacophony for its own sake. I was startled by how wrong I was, and remain continually impressed by the breadth of approaches to noise within even our smallish city's smallish scene. Almost any adjective or adjectival combo you can stick in front of the word noise exists. There is silly noise, harsh noise, rhythmic noise, ambient noise, gay Southern witch noise — bands that sound like dance music, bands that sound like guided meditation, bands that sound like those Halloween cassettes from the dollar store. Every noise act seems to inhabit its own subgenre.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Welcome to Night Vale returns to New Orleans in July 2016

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Cecil Baldwin narrates the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. - LIEZL ESTIPONA
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  • Cecil Baldwin narrates the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.

Broadcasting from a fictional desert town as a sort of Lake Wobegon-meets-Twin Peaks community radio show, the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale returns to New Orleans for another installment of its live stage rendering this summer. The show returns to the Civic Theater on July 8 with a new script, "Ghost Stories," the fifth live script since the show's live performances began in 2013.

Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor talked to Gambit in 2014 before the show's first New Orleans appearance about its conception (as a show and a place "where every conspiracy theory is true and we just move on with our lives") and its transformation into theater.

Tickets are $23-$28 and go on sale at noon Friday, March 18.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Bruce Campbell, fan films, Captain America and more events at Comic Con

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans. - COURTESY WIZARD WORLD
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  • Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans.

The 2016 Wizard World Comic Con — the pop culture convention's sixth annual New Orleans pitstop — begins today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. There's a spread of celebrity guests, from Marvel movie superheroes to Doctor Who and The Walking Dead stars, and the showroom floor is full of trivial, niche pop cultural artifacts, from forgotten comic books and action figures to the latest in steampunk technology.

Then there are the panel discussions, film screenings and costume contests — a few of the highlights from each day are below. Find the full schedule here.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

"Total War Puppets" demilitarize the Mudlark Theater

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Sandy the Slut, one of the Total War Puppets
  • Sandy the Slut, one of the Total War Puppets
In the years I've been acquainted with the woman known as Nyx, she has been not only a very solid poet, artist and anarchist-feminist theorist but an outspoken and unstinting critic of what she perceives as weak or regressive creative endeavors here in New Orleans.

After a sojourn abroad, she and her new collaborator Ben Bornstein are returning to town Jan. 9, 10, 12 and 13 with their project Total War Puppets, in a production at the Mudlark Theatre titled "Fire with Fire."

I spoke to Nyx and Ben about their puppet show, its ideological underpinnings, and what Nyx finds lacking in the New Orleans DIY art scene. One of the most principled and least cowardly New Orleans artists I know is back with a vengeance, and I couldn't be happier about it.



What's the origin of "Total War Puppets?"

NYX:
I left New Orleans to go to Bread & Puppet in Brattleboro, Vermont for an apprenticeship. I met Ben there and we had more political affinity than I had with most of those people. I'd had the idea for a show about militarism and its connection to my family. A few months later I was working on little scenes, and I had enough to make a show. Ben joined me and we spent a month doing nothing except building the puppet show. We both wrote different scenes and then heavily co-edited them.

BEN: The name of our troupe addresses how a militaristic culture isn't relegated to statist violence like the police. Total War is the current doctrine of war, including citizen non-combatants — Total War throws you into the context of war simply by being alive.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jazz funeral for Sudan’s Kenneth James Dykes Sr.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Sudan member Kenneth Dykes Sr.
  • Sudan member Kenneth Dykes Sr.

Kenneth Dykes Sr.

Sunset: Saturday, September 12, 2015


Last Saturday, the social aid and pleasure club community laid to rest one of its beloved members to rest. Kenneth James Dykes Sr., age 54 and founding member of ‘Sudan’ Social Aid & Pleasure Club, succumbed to cancer Sat., Sept. 12, 2015. His club honored Dykes with a traditional jazz funeral homegoing ceremony.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Paddlewheeling podcast ends its Mississippi River journey in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Reid Lustig, Galen Huckins and Brian Benson aboard the paddlewheel boat home to the trio's storytelling podcast The River Signal. - VANCE WALSTRA
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  • Reid Lustig, Galen Huckins and Brian Benson aboard the paddlewheel boat home to the trio's storytelling podcast The River Signal.

The Channel Princess is just a few riverbends away from docking in New Orleans, where the 35-foot paddlewheel boat reaches its port of call after a summer-long journey on the Mississippi River.

The Princess — home to Galen Huckins, Brian Benson and Reid Lustig — also is a workshop and recording studio for The River Signal, a traveling storytelling podcast inspired by the trio's adventures and the characters and artists they've met.

The boat was rescued and refurbished after it sunk into Oregon's Willamette River during a snowstorm in 2012. The group hauled it on a trailer 2,000 miles across country and set off from Minnesota in June. The four-month journey comes to an end next week. The trio had several ideas for the trip but ultimately created a magical realism-inspired serialized radio drama using music and the Mississippi.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Interview: CHRISTEENE comes to Siberia Aug. 29

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 5:46 PM

CHRISTEENE, the self-designated "drag terrorist," comes to Siberia Aug. 29. - JASON RODGERS
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  • CHRISTEENE, the self-designated "drag terrorist," comes to Siberia Aug. 29.

Former New Orleans resident Paul Soileau is the man behind CHRISTEENE — the foulmouthed, oversexed, self-designated "drag terrorist" that has been making her way around the world since 2010. With songs titles such as "Tears From My Pussy" and "African Mayonnaise," CHRISTEENE has gained an international and diverse fan base. She can be repulsive, yet endearing in many ways; she is Soileau's twisted response to celebrity, pop culture and a whole lot more. 

CHRISTEENE will be playing Siberia Aug. 29 on a bill that includes Delish, Chilldren, Liquid Nailz, White Girl Wasted, DJ Rusty Lazer and MC Anne Surprises.



Why did you choose to play at this sort of venue?

The music that we do in a live show — the performance that we give — is very different than the image that you watch in the CHRISTEENE videos. It's very aggressive; it's much more punk. So those venues are fantastic because it just allows this really great crossover crowd to be in the same room and really tear it up together. And the people who come to our shows are a pretty broad demographic of people, so we don't really perform for one group or type of person. The rooms are very mixed, so those old shitty rock and punk clubs are the best places to bring a bunch of different kinds of people and just shove them in there and feed them. And there is just a good energy in those places to tap into.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Along St. Claude, an exhibit at The Front, opens this weekend with a rebroadcast of the documentary that inspired it

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Dan Eaglin, a subject of Eve Abrams' Along Saint Claude audio documentary. - JONATHAN TRAVIESA
  • JONATHAN TRAVIESA
  • Dan Eaglin, a subject of Eve Abrams' Along Saint Claude audio documentary.

It's been a little over a year since local NPR station WWNO 89.9 aired independent radio producer Eve Abrams' seven-part radio documentary Along St. Claude. Tonight, in anticipation of an interactive opening at The Front Gallery this weekend that features 33 portraits of people interviewed for the project, the documentary will air again, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The gallery opening is Saturday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature portraits by Jonathan Traviesa. In addition to the photos, there will be a map and other artifacts to commemorate the project, all aimed at bringing together different voices and opinions to talk about real, significant changes in the areas surrounding St. Claude Avenue between Poland and St. Bernard Avenues. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jefferson Performing Arts Center to open with gala June 20

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

The Jefferson Performing Arts Center
  • The Jefferson Performing Arts Center

In 1978, Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) first had the idea to build a major performing arts building for the community. On June 20, 37 years later, JPAS invites the public to an opening gala for the new, state-of-the-art performance venue.

June 20's Gala Premiere Concert will feature performances by Branford Marsalis and the Joey Calderazzo Duo, Delta Festival Ballet, Jefferson Ballet and Spud McConnell, among others. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. There will be Champagne and light refreshments. 

The Palace for the Arts features an acoustically designed interior, a 51-ft. proscenium arch stage with a mechanical orchestra lift, a theatrical fly rigging system, a full bar, nearly a dozen dressing rooms and a VIP guest lounge. 

Tickets are $100 and $75 and can be purchased online here, or by emailing info@jeffersonpac.com. You can also order tickets by calling 504-736-6410. 

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