It was an impressive piece of pastry, but it didn't really look much like Ms. White. It did, however, look a lot like local actor Ricky Graham, who is starring in Shirley Valentine at Southern Rep. Consider:
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Matthew McConaughey spent a lovely Mother’s Day sitting outside of Sucre with his fiance’ Camila Alves, their son Levi, and the rest of their family. McConaughey was in town to team up with fellow Texan Drew Brees and their friend Kenny Chesney for the 3rd annual Amazing Race, a fundraiser that supported both the Brees Dream Foundation and McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation. Chesney performed to a packed crowd at the House of Blues Sunday night to close out the weekend of events.
Franco, who is shooting a movie here and staying on "Charters" Street, has taken to the cluttered HuffPo salt mine to write about his recent French Quarter ghost tour with "Nana (my trusty hair woman, raised in Japan) and Iris (my production consultant, raised in Mexico)." First, though, he has a note about economic development:
Our driver told us that there are more restaurants in New Orleans now than before Katrina. I don't know what that means exactly, but I guess some business is coming back.
When the tour gets to the Lalaurie Mansion, there is, of course, Nicolas Cage content:
We also visited a strange mansion that at one point was owned by Nicolas Cage. It was the site of horrific medical/carnival experiments on slaves in the vein of Human Centipede. About 200 years ago, the mansion belonged to a rich socialite with red hair. A fire broke out during one of her parties, and the fireman who answered the call discovered a chamber that smelled so bad it brought them to their knees, retching. Inside were living and dead victims of a variety of mutilations: amputations, limbs exchanged between people, sexes switched (meaning dicks were sewn onto women), skin flayed in designs to turn the victims into "human caterpillars" and other grotesque monstrosities. The house is still occupied, but it has not had a single owner for more than a five-year period.
Nana was a little disappointed by the tour; she wanted more of a haunted house experience.
Confidential to Nana: There's always this, just a couple blocks away. Far, far more terrifying.
Debra McGuire, the costume designer of New Girl, television’s most “adorkable” new show, has struck gold with her leading lady Zooey Deschanel. There are hundreds of websites devoted to the style and fashion sense of Jess, the character Deschanel plays on the Fox series. A mix of cute dresses, comfortable separates and quirky accessories, all in bright colors, the opportunities to highlight Hollywood’s top fashion designers are endless.
Which is why I was so thrilled to tune in May 1 and see Deschanel wearing a dress designed by New Orleans’ own Jolie and Elizabeth.
Those offerings are at best weird and useless, but today's New Orleans offer borders exploitive: Groupon wants to you to pay $149 to be an extra in a locally made zombie movie. Instead of getting paid to be in a movie, which used to be how it worked, you can pay for the privilege of smearing fake blood all over your face and standing around for several hours.
DISCLAIMER: In no way are we trying to invade anyone’s privacy, but it’s fun to hear about the great places celebrities are visiting while they’re hanging out in New Orleans. We’re appreciative of the people who are way more famous than we’ll ever be for visiting our city and state, spending their money, and sometimes even contributing to our rebuilding and recovery efforts.
That being said….
Mindy Kaling got together with pal Aziz Ansari for drinks at Sylvain on Chartres Street Friday night. Possibly in town to film a cameo in Seth Rogen’s new comedy The End of the World, which also includes cameos from Ansari, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill and a dozen other hilarious people, Mindy posted this picture on Twitter. The photo incited my best friend, an uber-fan of Kaling’s, to drive out to Sylvain at 1:30 in the morning, only to find the place closed, and then scream “MINDY!!” in Stella!-like fashion through the streets of the Quarter until about 4:30 am.
Last night, the Big Easy Music Awards were held at Harrah’s Casino, honoring a variety of local artists from more than a dozen different genres of music. Some of the winners included Big Freedia, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Lost Bayou Ramblers and The Storyville Stompers. For a complete list of the winners, click here.
The event was sponsored by Gambit, Harrah’s, Adler’s, Abita Beer, and, my personal favorite, Cupcake Vodka. Thank you, Cupcake Vodka, Cupcake Champagne and Cupcake Wine, for making the evening twice as awesome, and the morning twice as difficult to get out of bed.
The 80’s-themed event had some incredible musical moments. Irma Thomas sang Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do with It, Los Po-Boy-Citos and Blac Sol covered Run DMC’s Walk This Way, The Stooges Brass Band performed a Michael Jackson tribute with Thriller and Rock With You, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue did an incredible version of Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield, Big History sang Human League’s Don’t You Want Me, and closing the show, Rick James’ Super Freak was performed by an all-star set of musicians – Dr. John, Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
The Big Easy Awards is New Orleans' premier event honoring the musical talent of a city world renowned for its performing arts. Honorees are nominated by a designated committee in 24 categories with up to four nominees in each category. In addition, there are several awards chosen by the Executive Producer with the advice of an advisory committee, the nominating committee and the editorial staff at Gambit.
2012 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Rebirth Brass Band
2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
2012 MUSIC HERITAGE AWARD
2012 AMBASSADORS OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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