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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

COURTESY CATALYST COLLECTIVE - KIM COLEMAN
  • Kim Coleman
  • COURTESY CATALYST COLLECTIVE

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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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: The Clock

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM

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Christian Marclay’s video collage, The Clock, focuses on time in an age when nobody seems to have enough of it. It also provides a new view of a topic we take for granted yet never really understood.

Time is how we measure the moments between dawn and dusk and vice versa, yet the moments of our own lives often seem to either fly by or drag on interminably. The Clock takes us to the movies to explore the uneasy relationship between time and life as it is lived. Cobbled from more than 10,000 old film clips featuring scenes set in various times of the day or night, Marclay’s monumental video installation can be used as a clock in its own right. Now making its Southern premier at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., 504-528-3805; www.cacno.org) as a prelude to the Prospect.4 biennial, you can even set your watch by it — just look at the screen as the time appears on clocks and watches during scenes of dramatic bank heists, car chases or high-noon shootouts. Nights can be boozy or rambunctious before eventually yielding to sleep and dreams in the the wee hours, and although timepieces are the focus of the show, The Clock features more movie stars over its 24-hour duration than an Oscar Awards ceremony.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Claire Tancons proposes second-line procession on the National Mall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.
  • Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.

Art curator Claire Tancons has explored the performance and art aesthetics of indigenous parade traditions in the Caribbean, Great Britain and Louisiana. She is planning a super parade of New Orleans parading groups on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., ending at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“It has been my experience, museums, which are in the business of high culture, and which promote bourgeois values, tend to look down at these more popular African-American traditions," Tancons says. "Or when featuring them (they) do so in a rather traditional fashion, showing props, or in a pop spectacular fashion, and downplay the political and social core of these artistic manifestations."

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A peek inside Beyond the Haunted Puddle, plus four more haunted houses

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.
  • One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.


Inside the entrance to Beyond the Haunted Puddle, the haunted house/immersive art installation now open at PORT, a glassy-eyed witch stirs a bubbling cauldron of human entrails  —  but that’s where the similarities to a classic haunted house end. Through a series of increasingly demented environments, including a truly nightmarish interlude at a purgatorial Department of Motor Vehicles counter, the installation knocks the viewer off balance in ways both visceral and cerebral. 

“[We wondered] what could be scary, what makes it fun, what makes it contemporary?” director Xavier Juarez says. “Making an immersive world is this great opportunity for an artist.”

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Art activists Liberate Tate present "Insides/Outsides" talk in New Orleans Oct. 18

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation. - AMY SCAIFE
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  • Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation.

The activist art collective Liberate Tate, best known for its unsanctioned and guerrilla-ish installations and performances in London’s prestigious Tate Galleries, delivers a “lecture-performance” at Pelican Bomb Gallery X next week in an event presented by Bureau of Change.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Deviant," Southern Mississippi Juggalo rappers in love, bring killer clown music to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
  • Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
Are you living your dreams? Ratchet and Sukkew are living theirs. Together they're Deviant, a married Juggalo rap duo from a small town in Southern Mississippi. On Wed., Oct. 12 at Southport Hall, they're opening for horrorcore rap legends Twiztid, a huge opportunity for a couple who only this year made the jump from fans to musicians.

After stumbling on Deviant's first music video, Lurkin', I tracked the power couple down for a conversation about their upcoming show, police harassment of Juggalos and how wedded bliss mixes creatively with their lyrical themes of dismemberment, maiming, and torture — the gruesome tropes comprising the rap subgenre known as horrorcore.


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Go Girl's haunted house opens Oct. 20

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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You Go Girl — whose fun neon nightmares and comic creatures offer windows into a bizarro Lisa Frank party — stages an "immersive haunted experience" this Halloween. You Go Girl and several New Orleans artists present Beyond the Haunted Puddle, running at PORT (2120 Port St.) this month (Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 28-31).

Beyond the Haunted Puddle "is based on the unsolved mystery of two children who disappeared into an unearthly puddle in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. The true tale of their journey remains a mystery, but this experience allows daring souls to fantasize about what happened that lurid October night. Horrible, beautiful, and alarming, The Haunted Puddle would ask for those faint of heart, squeamish or prudish to stay at home and keep your heads on your sweet soft pillows. Be scared or leave."

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CAC to renovate, add The Domain Companies as tenant

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Screen grab from www.theshopcac.com.
  • Screen grab from www.theshopcac.com.

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) announced it will begin renovations and add as a tenant The Domain Companies, the New York and New Orleans-based developer behind South Market District, Ace Hotel and other local projects. The project will begin Oct. 1, according to a press release. 

The third and fourth floors of the CAC will become The Shop, an office hub for "technology, arts and cultural-based businesses." The Idea Village will be a tenant of The Shop, which is expected to open in early 2017. The Shop will include 40,000 square feet of space and accommodate 350-400 people, according to the press release. There will be common areas, meeting and office space and a rooftop deck.

"Over the years, the CAC has leased space to unique and complementary partner tenants — including the New Orleans Film Society, the National Performance Network, and Junebug Productions. The mission of The Shop is to bring members of the creative class in to our building as their tenants," said CAC Executive Director Neil Barclay in a released statement.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: No Dead Artists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM


Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010, Alex Braverman
  • Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010, Alex Braverman


Where are we? Some people around the world feel increasingly disoriented as changing times and changing technologies make their once familiar surroundings seem ever more alien. New ripples in the art world often reflect issues that many people sense but cannot articulate, and this year’s No Dead Artists exhibition continues its uncanny history of such subcurrents resonating through the work of emerging artists. Beyond all the upheavals posed by global economics, politics and climate change, the widespread human tendency to grasp at simplistic solutions to complex situations fails to provide the answers needed to adapt to a time in which robotics and digital technology increasingly make the world around us seem more like virtual reality. The dizzying complexity of our increasingly technological urban environments is explored in Chicago artist Alex Braverman’s geometric photo collages of urban vistas like Chicago Loop Landmarks #43-46, 2010 (pictured), but the contrast provided by Nate Burbeck’s more pastoral oil paintings of everyday life in Minnesota should be reassuring. Look again and his surreal suburban scenes and green pastures sliced with graffiti-tagged interstate ramps can seem as disembodied as dreams where a sense of place is replaced by a GPS reading.


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