Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais has your weekend doom-sounding schedule: in music, there's Canadian punk band KEN Mode at One Eyed Jacks and Baton Rouge's Twin Killers at Gasa Gasa; in film, there's proto-punk documentary A Band Called Death at Zeitgeist; the 9th Ward Opera Company takes Marigny Opera House; stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell headlines The Howlin' Wolf; and Rashaad Newsome's King of Arms is at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
And WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your weekend forecast:
The Civic Theatre, the city's oldest, wraps its nine-month renovation with a full slate of concerts kicking off this September. The O'Keefe Street theater was built in 1906 and has been idle for 30 years. It previewed its re-opening when it hosted Comedy Central tapings earlier this year.
First up is comedian Russell Brand on Sept. 27, followed by a two-night run by The Black Crowes on Oct. 1-2. Tickets for all events go on sale this Friday, July 19 on the theater's website. Here's the full lineup:
Friday, September 27: Russell Brand
Tuesday, October 1: The Black Crowes
Wednesday, October 2: The Black Crowes
Friday, October 11: Passion Pit
Monday, October 14: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Wednesday, October 16: JJ Grey & Mofro
Wednesday, October 23: Steve Earle
Tuesday, October 29: The Waterboys
Wednesday, October 30: 2 Cellos
Thursday, October 31: Galactic
Tuesday, November 12: Bonobo (Live)
Thursday, November 14: Jamey Johnson
Tuesday, December 10: John Waters
Continuing this summer's pretty stellar line-up of stand-up comedy, Pete Holmes headlines Tipitina's tonight. Comic Chris Thayer — whose Twitter you should follow — opens. Doors open at 8 p.m. at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.). Tickets are $20.
Below, Holmes reconciles his perma-grin "youth pastor" image — followed by one of his signature stupid-silly bits — from his 2013 Comedy Central special and album Nice Try, The Devil:
After performing a string of local gigs this week, standup comic hometown hero Sean Patton makes his Comedy Central The Half Hour debut at 11:30 p.m. tonight.
Last year, for a story about New Orleans' growing comedy scene, Patton talked to Gambit about getting his start in comedy in New Orleans.
Patton first performed in October 2001, when he had his first gig at Amberjack's in Lakeview. "There were five comedians in the crowd, and two audience members," he said. He started performing at True Brew Coffeehouse in the Warehouse District, where he met fellow up-and-coming comics Neal Stastny, Seth Cockfield and Dane Faucheux. The comics also performed at monthly standup showcases at Carrollton Station. "Those were our rock star nights," he said. "We'd go and do our best material and perform your f—ing dick off."
Homegrown political pundit, professor and pitchman James Carville must be unaware of Sunken City, New Orleans' own self-deprecating take on itself. Why else would he be cutting a "For Your Consideration" ad for Portlandia, IFC's entry into the semi-improvised, ain't-this-town-crazy comedy genre?
Hmm. Here. Watch Sunken City instead.
ACE Theatrical Group announced an impressive lineup of concerts, musicals, comedians and more for the Saenger Theatre, which reopens Sept. 28 with two performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The official opening gala is Oct. 5 and features Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances include A Prairie Home Companion starring Garrison Keillor, Book of Mormon, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Bill Maher, Bonnie Raitt and Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.
The theater is nearing completion of $52 million in renovations.
Schedule of events after the jump.
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