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Monday, January 25, 2016

Krewe of Orpheus names Nathan Fillion its monarch for Feb. 8 parade

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 11:23 AM

The Krewe of Orpheus announced Nathan Fillion, star of TV's Castle, will reign as the monarch of its Feb. 8 parade. He will be accompanied by his wife, Krista Allen, of Significant Mother. Fillion starred on Firefly, was a regular of One Life to Live and Two Guys and a Girl and appeared in Saving Private Ryan.

Orpheus' theme is "The Wizard's Bestiary." Entertainment at the Orpheuscapade includes Bianca Del Rio and the band Chevy Metal, fronted by Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Also performing are The Party Crashers and No Limits.

The Orpheus parade begins at 6 p.m. on the Uptown New Orleans route and ends at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Solange Knowles to ride as Krewe of Muses' honorary Muse

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM


The Krewe of Muses announced Solange Knowles is this 2016's honorary Muse. She'll ride on the krewe's signature 17-foot-tall shoe float on Feb. 4 on the Uptown parade route. The krewe annually selects an honorary Muse who has been a role model for women in the arts. 

Knowles is a singer, actress and founder of record label Saint Records. Her 2003 debut R&B album Solo Star reached No. 49 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She's the younger sister of pop star Beyonce Knowles. In New Orleans, she has supported the Make It Right Foundation and Son of a Saint mentorship program.

Knowles married Alan Ferguson in New Orleans at the Marigny Opera House in November 2014.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Sandra Bernhard performs at The Joy Theater June 20

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 12:33 PM


Comedian, singer and actress Sandra Bernhard will bring her cabaret show to The Joy Theater June 20.

Her "Sandra Bernhard is #Blessed" show is a mix of standup and singing.

A ticket sale date has not been announced yet.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Y@ Speak: bye week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

While we wait for certain doom, New Orleans spent a week crossing days off the calendar and lost its mind — talking to animals, eating king cake in October, spending inordinate amounts of time in bars, relieving oneself in improper locations, and breathing sighs of relief that the New Orleans Saints didn't lose yet.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Y@ Speak: extreme makeover

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hugh Laurie and Cheap Trick at Mardi Gras 2014

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Hugh Laurie will reign over Bacchus in 2014.
  • Hugh Laurie will reign over Bacchus in 2014.

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.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis screening update

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Y@ Speak: pop cultcha

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Jerry Seinfeld, NPR, football, football again, music festivals, macaroni, hats and hip-hop horraying. This week's Y@ Speak goes out to all the mediaphiles out there.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Y@ Speak: problem solvers

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

We're an industrious people, New Orleans. We won't let a water boil order disrupt our morning, or let oil get in the way of our wetlands. Or maybe we do. OK, sometimes we do. But we try really hard, right? We are all God's barf, after all. In this week's Y@ Speak we reflect on trying times and how many shots Craig Robinson will buy for us to get through them.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wanda Sykes guest bartends at Girls First fundraiser

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

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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