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Friday, May 27, 2016

Chuck Palahniuk to sign Fight Club 2 at Garden District Book Shop July 11

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Author Chuck Palahniuk. - ALLAN AMATO
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  • Author Chuck Palahniuk.
One-time literary enfant terrible Chuck Palahniuk, best-known for his anti-consumerist, pro-chaos novel Fight Club, will appear at the Garden District Book Shop to sign copies of his new graphic novel Fight Club 2.

Palahniuk will also sign up to two books or other pieces of memorabilia for fans and pose for photos, though he won't deliver a formal talk or reading, according to a press release. (This may be a blessing in disguise for fans—Palahniuk has told press that people have a tendency to faint during readings of some of his more disturbing material.) 

Admission tickets ($32.50) are required for the event. The price includes a copy of the new book. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Songs of Home Songs of Change, installation created with New Orleans high school students, opens May 20

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM

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Jebney Lewis’ latest sculpture is a series of contiguous steel plates. But it’s also a map of the New Orleans ward system and a musical instrument that gives off an eerie, theremin-like hum.

The sculpture is part of a project called Songs of Home Songs of Change, created in collaboration with the composer Rick Snow and the writer Christopher Staudinger. For the project, the group asked area high school students to record sounds that remind them of home or that tell the story of the changing city. Using electronic transducers, the recordings are played through the ward-shaped plates to create resonant tones. 

“They’re ordinary sounds, in some ways, or sounds that we’re familiar with, but these young people have a different way of looking at them,” Lewis says. “They’re pretty abstract when you play them through the plates, but they’re recognizable enough to be kind of evocative.”

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beyonce adds New Orleans date to "Formation" world tour

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Beyonce has expanded her massive tour in the wake of her acclaimed visual album Lemonade — she'll be in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 24. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 13. (Beyhive members can access tickets starting 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, and American Express customers can access tickets starting 10 a.m. Friday, May 6.)

That should settle fans' initial disappointment for excluding New Orleans from her first run of dates — despite her featuring the city throughout Lemonade and most of her "Formation" video, including footage of Edna Karr's marching band and bounce documentary That BE.A.T., as well as clips of Messy Mya and Big Freedia, whose "cornbread and collard greens" is now among Freedia's popular catchphrases. Then there's the footage of Beyonce on a New Orleans police cruiser submerged in flood waters in a neighborhood of shotgun houses.

She's brought nearly annual performances to the city — she last performed in the Superdome in 2014 with Jay Z on their "On the Run" tour and headlined Essence Festival in 2013 during her "Mrs. Carter" tour, a few months after killing the lights during her half-time performance at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Her "Formation" tour stop tops off an impressive September arena concert schedule (Dixie Chicks and Drake, among others heading to New Orleans that month).

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Art Garage to open on St. Claude April 22

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 10:42 AM

A sign illuminates the Art Garage.
  • A sign illuminates the Art Garage.

In a 4,500-square foot St. Claude Avenue warehouse that was once an auto body shop, the team from the Frenchmen Art Market has been hanging chandeliers and screwing in lightbulbs until after midnight.

They’re preparing the Art Garage, an offshoot of the popular art venue, and no detail to spruce up the industrial space is too small.

“As far as the decor, [Frenchmen Art Market founder Kate Gaar] feels like, if you wrap anything in lights it can be beautiful,” Alicia Conforto, who handles marketing for the group, says. “There’s going to be a ton of lights as well as the funky little seating areas that we normally have.”

Conforto says the new venue will be much more than the Frenchmen space, which continues to operate as a traditional art market. Although the Art Garage has a retail area where local artists can show and sell their work, the focus will be on gallery space and art happenings. The first of these will take place when the venue opens to the public at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22. That night, Foundation Gallery curator and artist Alice McGillicuddy will take part in a live art installation that she calls “art boxing.”

McGillicuddy will wrap herself in bubble wrap that she’s injected with paint and “box” with another artist in a boxing ring lined with canvas. The paint splatters from the bout will create an original work.

The spring schedule for the venue is still in flux, but patrons can expect to see these types of events regularly. Its members are looking forward to being part of the burgeoning St. Claude arts district.

“[Kate] just sees the potential over here, and so she’s been keeping her eye out for a space for several months now. We kind of jumped when she found this,” Conforto says.



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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bread and Puppet Theater collective coming to Cafe Istanbul, Mudlark Theater

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:55 AM

A company member plays a song in a Bread and Puppet production.
  • A company member plays a song in a Bread and Puppet production.

Joseph Therrien, a touring company member with Bread and Puppet Theater, knows how to start a revolution. To win hearts and minds, skip the canvassing  and start making puppets.

“People  —  their inhibitions, their ideological beliefs — kind of soften when they see a puppet,” he says. “Especially with [Bread and Puppet], because we use a lot of humor and music, as opposed to someone who’s on the street, ranting on a soapbox, or someone trying to get signatures for a petition. As important as those things are … [puppets] really unlock something in people and make them more receptive.”

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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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