Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally performing at Mahalia Jackson Theater

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Parks and Recreation. - NBC
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  • Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Parks and Recreation.

For their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, actor-comedian power couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally plan to dissect their marriage through song, comedy and "heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion." The duo's 23-date tour stops in New Orleans on April 19 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Last year, the couple starred in Annapurna at the Obyssey Theater in Los Angeles and the Acorn Theater in New York. Offerman currently stars on NBC's Parks and Recreation as stern-but-fair breakfast-eating libertarian Ron Swanson, Pawnee, Indiana's (former) parks department director (and now president of Very Good Building Company). Offerman also runs Offerman Woodshop and has starred in dozens of films and TV shows, including his 2014 one-man production American Ham.

Mullally is best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of prescription-drugged socialite Karen Walker on Will & Grace. Mullally also is a Broadway star, one half of a musical duo Nancy and Beth (with Friday Night Lights' Stephanie Hunt), and scene-stealing star of the late greats Party Down and Children's Hospital (she also portrays Swanson's sex-vampire ex-wife Tammy). Read Mullally's 2013 interview with Gambit here.

Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Tickets are available via the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal St.), ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tribute to the Classical Arts winners

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Elizabeth Mantalas and Braedon Mason perform Love Story, choreographed by Monica Marie Ordonez and  nominated for Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Elizabeth Mantalas and Braedon Mason perform Love Story, choreographed by Monica Marie Ordonez and nominated for Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation.

Gambit’s Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education (FEDE) — with the help of Musetta, the seductress of Puccini’s La Boheme — announced winners of awards covering classical arts performances and presentations in 2014, at the 21st annual Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards at the Hotel Monteleone Jan. 29. In addition to recognizing achievement in classical music, opera and dance, special awards went to Diane Laizer Carney, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and Chevron.

To celebrate the season of love and indulgence, Musetta (played by Sarah Jane McMahon) performed “Musetta’s Waltz” at the top of the ceremony, pulling unsuspecting men from the audience and twirling them. The soprano hosted alongside WWL-TV news anchor Natalie Shepherd.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Diane Laizer Carney, a lifelong dancer, choreographer and teacher. She taught theater classes at Tulane University, Loyola University and Delgado Community College and choreographed and designed productions for the Tulane Opera Theatre and Summer Lyric Theatre, UNO Theater, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Dashiki Theater and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

Sally Perry of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Jacques Rodrigue of the George Rodrigue Foundation, Jenny Hamilton of the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) and Taylor Landry, a student of NOBA, presented the Arts Patron of the Year Award to Chevron. All four presenters lauded Chevron’s support for arts education.

Ellis Marsalis accepted the Arts Education Award on behalf of The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, whose after-school sessions serve more than 200 students every week with everything from homework help to dance classes. “We are a work in progress,” Marsalis said in accepting the award. “We’re only three years in existence. I hope I’ll be around long enough to see the fruition.”

Six nominees performed during the luncheon, with pieces including dance, classical music and opera. Gambit, Anne Burr, Hall Piano Company, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, Coleman E. Adler & Sons and WWNO 89.9 FM Radio sponsored the event. Proceeds benefited FEDE.

See a complete list of winners below the jump.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Tonight: CANO presents the 9th Ward Improv Opera

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:29 PM

St. Maurice Church - CANO
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As part of the P.3 celebrations taking place across the city, the Creative Alliance of New Orleans has teamed up with local artists to present the story of the 9th Ward/Holy Cross neighborhood from the time the levees broke till now. 

The 9th Ward Improv Opera will gather the talents of spoken word artist Chuck Perkins, saxophonist Kidd Jordan, pianist David Torkanowsky and dancer Monique Moss. Audience members and neighbors are also invited to share their stories of the neighborhood in any artistic form. The performance will be an improvised collaboration, so that familiar New Orleans tunes will be played underneath spoken word soliloquies and dance performances. 

The show begins at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 23 at St. Maurice Church (605 Maurice Ave.) and is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Storytelling royalty comes to the Joy Theater Thursday, Jan. 29

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM

John Menszer tells a story at the Moth StorySLAM at Cafe Istanbul. - JASON SAUL
  • John Menszer tells a story at the Moth StorySLAM at Cafe Istanbul.

The Moth
GrandSLAM starts at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 29 and will be held at the Joy Theater (1200 Canal St.), a venue that local producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson says exemplifies one important thing The Moth intends to do each month: make ordinary people into performers for a night.

"The Moth always does this situation where it's just ordinary people that are getting up and telling stories and kind of taking the stage and becoming a performer for a night," she says. "And I feel like what's so special about the grandSLAM is that, although Cafe Istanbul is a great venue for us on a month to month basis, it will be those same ordinary people standing on the stage of the Joy Theater in front of, you know, a venue of 300 seats. And they're not famous."

Dozens of stories are told over the course of the year at Cafe Istanbul thanks to The Moth StorySLAM; the monthly, live storytelling competition hosted by WWNO. But on Thursday, The Moth presents the best of the best, with the 10 winners from events held over the past year coming together to duke it out for the title of champion.

The rules are the same as they are at other Moth events: five minutes per story, timed and judged by selected members of the audience. But an air of storytelling royalty will float over the inaugural GrandSLAM.

Every Moth has a theme, and Thursday's theme is Fish Out of Water. Kaplan-Levenson says that most of the time, a storyteller can sign up to tell a story based on whatever the theme is, but for this go-around, winners are already signed up, and will have to curate a true story to fit the theme, an added challenge even for the most proficient tellers of tales. 

The Moth is a national nonprofit that facilitates a host of different kinds of storytelling events and airs selected stories on its podcast and on The Most Radio Hour. The StorySLAM takes place in satellite cities around the country, and selected winning stories from those various cities are aired on The Moth's podcast and radio show. According to Kaplan Levenson, no New Orleans storytellers have made it on the air...yet. 

Competing for the title Thursday are, in no particular order: Bryan Davis, Aubrey Edwards, Autumn Fawn, Alida Glass, Maggie Hadleigh-West, Stevie Long, Colleen McLellan, John Menzer, Meghan Shapiro and Chris Turgeon. David Crabb, a writer, storyteller and two-time storySLAM winner based in New York City, will host. Tickets are $20 and are available here

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Y@ Speak: The Battle of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

As Louisiana celebrated the 200th anniversary of Chalmette exploding with cannons and silly hats, we spent last week reflecting on the latest battles of New Orleans: smoking bans, crime, and the proper times for eating king cake. Also: New Orleans nerds invade the Wizard World Comic Con and Drew Brees thinks pancakes are a sandwich.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The lists: New Orleans music in 2014

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hurray for the Riff Raff. - JOSHUA SHOEMAKER
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff.

This week, Gambit looks back at 2014 in our annual year in review issue. I looked at a few of the big stories from New Orleans' year in music. Below, find a playlist of 25 of my favorite songs from New Orleans artists in 2014 and a look at some of the year's best albums — and who to look for in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio and others performing at Buku 2015

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Run the Jewels. - WINDISH
  • Run the Jewels.

For its fourth annual event, the Buku Music + Art Project — returning to Mardi Gras World in March 2015 — features dozens of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock acts, with art performances and other events sprinkled throughout the two-day festival.

Today, the fest announced its initial lineup of performers and headliners, including acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike), South African rave-rap outfit Die Antwoord, and rappers A$AP Rocky, Bobby Shmurda, Boosie Badazz and up-and-coming New Orleans MC Pell. Electronic and dance acts include Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun and Flosstradamus.

Also on the list: Brooklyn's TV on the Radio, who released its first album since 2011 with November's Seeds, and Buku veterans Passion Pit.

Buku is March 13-14. Tickets go on sale 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19. The full list of initial artists — revealed in a teaser video — is below the jump. Watch the teaser below.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Solomon family and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation announce $2 million gift to NOCCA

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Emeril Lagasse and Gary Solomon, Jr. at a press conference held today at the NOCCA Forum building. - JEANIE RIESS
  • Emeril Lagasse and Gary Solomon, Jr. at a press conference held today at the NOCCA Forum building.

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and today one of its alumni, partnering with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, gave the school a hearty gift to say congratulations. Gary Solomon Jr., with the support of the Solomon family, teamed up with Lagasse to grant $2 million to the new NOCCA Forum building, which will house an expanded culinary arts program and a full-day academic curriculum.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween costumes at 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM


Halloween landed on a Friday, which in New Orleans means Halloween fell on the first day of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park. Look below for some of the costuming highlights from festgoers, from pizza and sriracha to homemade Hey Arnold! to those inflatable arm wavy things outside car dealerships.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This Is NOLA showcase returns Nov. 14

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Tank & the Bangas perform at the second installment of the This Is NOLA series on Nov. 14.
  • Tank & the Bangas perform at the second installment of the This Is NOLA series on Nov. 14.

Following its popular debut
 on Oct. 17 with headliner Hurray for the Riff Raff, the monthly event series This Is NOLA returns Nov. 14 with Crash (from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), Tank & the Bangas, DJ Quickie Mart and Bent Denim, with art from DOPEciety, cocktails by Adrienne Miller, and food from Dirty Dishes and Cluck Truck food trucks. The event is free, but a $15 ticket guarantees entry. You can RSVP here.

The series, presented by Winter Circle Productions and hosted by The Joy Theater, aims to present the city's "progressive side." The November event begins 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. It will return Dec. 12.

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