New Pierre the Pelican designed the way it's designed so Jay Leno can fit inside the costume. pic.twitter.com/sSsq4xOZE2
— Danny Monteverde (@DCMonteverde) February 13, 2014
Pierre the Pelican underwent reconstructive beak surgery to host The Tonight Show, the New Orleans Arena was Christened Smoothie King Center in time for the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend, Nike rolled out "gumbo" shoes, dachsunds replaced horses in races, and Krewe du Vieux revealed true colors — oh, and Ray Nagin may be wearing zebra stripes. That and more in this week's makeover edition of Y@ Speak.
Fat Tuesday falls on March 4, 2014, but the Carnival season starts as always on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Several krewes have made announcements about 2014 parades and events. Bacchus will be ruled by Hugh Laurie, the star of House, who was in town recently to perform at a Tipitina's Foundation benefit to restore Professor Longhair's family home.
The Krewe of Orpheus announced the entertainment for the Orpheuscapade (lundi gras, March 3). Cheap Trick will headline the event and other performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Party Crashers. The krewe will release the names of its celebrity monarchs Monday, Dec. 23. Cheap Trick fans may remember the band's much discussed 2011 Voodoo Music and Art Experience show.
The Krewe of Alla will ride on the Uptown route for the first time at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Its monarchs are Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts as Maharajah and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor as Maharanee.
A young Carnival club, the Krewe of Freret, is scheduled to debut on the Uptown route on Feb. 22. The group was formed by Loyola University alums. The krewe's royalty will be King Jason Williams and Queen Ary Dotiwala.
As noted here, John Goodman will speak at Loyola University Monday, Nov. 25. Details for the screening of his new film Inside Llewyn Davis have been announced. The film screens at 3:15 p.m. Monday at Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. Goodman speaks at the Music Industry Forum from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online or at (504) 865-2074.
Inside Llewyn Davis chronicles a young folk singer in the 1960s. The film won the Grand Prix award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes will tend bar at the annual Girls Night Out fundraiser for Girls First, a nonprofit that supports sports and recreational opportunities for girls in underserved communities. The event is from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Cafe Adelaide's Swizzle Stick Bar. Swizzle Stick's resident craft cocktail expert Lu Brow will also mix drinks at the event. Tickets are $20 and up.
Sykes is a fan of New Orleans, as she discussed in this interview with Gambit.
Girls First focuses on improving the lives of girls through participation in sports. Its mission sites numerous studies linking participation in sports to higher self-esteem, improved health, lower risk for some cancers and other diseases, increased likelihood to graduate high school and lower rates of unwanted pregnancy. Local programming includes sports camps at Tulane University and other meetings throughout the year.
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