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Friday, January 13, 2017

Second Lines all weekend: Saturday Danny Barker Parade and Sunday with The Undefeated Divas

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Danny Barker with the Onward Brass Band
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  • Danny Barker with the Onward Brass Band

Noon SATURDAY: Danny Barker Parade and Festival

Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY: Undefeated Divas Annual Second Line parade


(info for both events below)

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Baby Cakes host 'Hot Stove' season preview party Jan. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.
  • Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.

A new era of bakery-related puns dawns with the New Orleans Baby Cakes' inaugural "Hot Stove" (shouldn't it be "Hot Oven?") preview party later this month. The public is invited to yet-to-be-renamed Zephyr Field for an event celebrating the unofficial start to baseball season.

At the event, Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler and Florida Marlins assistant player development director Brett West offer an overview of the triple-A team's first season since its much-ballyhooed rebranding. Former LSU slugger and newly signed Marlin Austin Nola also appears, and there are free refreshments and kids' games. (Coincidentally, this is the same weekend as New Orleans King Cake Festival, for those of you developing a cake-centric itinerary.)

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 13-15

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Gambit contributor Noah Bonaparte Pais slides in to WWL-TV to share weekend entertainment picks: a one-person show starring a RuPaul's Drag Race winner, a well-regarded rapper at Howlin' Wolf and more.


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Cast members from The Lion King sing at Ace Hotel Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.
  • Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in the cast of The Lion King, currently running at Saenger Theatre. He and fellow cast members, including Deshaun Young, who plays Simba, sing in a program called "Resist" at the Ace Hotel's Three Keys at 7:30 Monday, Jan. 16. Other singers include Sihele Ngema, Jalen Harris and Vusi Sondiyazi. The program focuses on songs inspired by the U.S. civil rights movement and resistance to Apartheid in South Africa. The performers are accepting donations at the door, which will be given to St. Augustine High School, Banks' alma mater.

The Lion King touring production typically visits a city for one- or two-month engagements, and cast members hold occasional events like this to sing various types of music. Banks is classically trained and he sometimes uses these events to sing operatic works. Banks spoke to Gambit about his musical training in New Orleans and career.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Q&A: Holly Baker of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM

HGTV's Holly Baker.
  • HGTV's Holly Baker.

Five years ago, the extent of Holly Baker’s handiwork was hammering nails to hang pictures, and she never had touched a saw. Now she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and viewers can watch her on new episodes of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno (formerly Big Easy Reno), in which she and her team will be tasked with renovating the homes of two local families. Baker takes her innate love for architecture, design and tight budgeting, and turns it into dream homes on a dime.

Do-it-yourself fans will have the opportunity to hear Baker’s tricks of the trade in person at the NOLA Home Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 27-29, where she’ll be presenting seminars all three days. Adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $13, or for $11 online. Military personnel and first responders are honored on Heroes’ Day, Friday, Jan. 27, with free admission, and Baton Rouge residents can attend all three days free of charge with ID.

Baker chatted with Gambit about home projects and to count the ways she loves New Orleans.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Second Lines all weekend: Saturday with Perfect Gentlemen and Sunday with Lady Jetsetters

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 5:44 PM

second line rolling down Claiborne Ave.
  • second line rolling down Claiborne Ave.

Saturday (RESCHEDULED DATE) Perfect Gentlemen
with To Be Continued Brass Band
and
Sunday Lady Jetsetters featuring the Stooges Brass Band


(route details for both parades below the jump!)

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Joan of Arc parade rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 12:27 PM

COURTESY KREWE OF JOAN OF ARC/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY KREWE OF JOAN OF ARC/FACEBOOK

The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc rescheduled its Twelfth Night parade to Saturday, Jan. 7 due to inclement weather.

The krewe's ninth annual parade will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Toulouse and Decatur streets. The procession goes up Decatur Street to Conti Street, to Chartres Street and across Jackson Square to the Old Ursuline Convent before running to Jackson Square on Decatur Street.

The parade celebrates Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orleans," on her birthday. She was born Jan. 6, 1412. She led the French in battles agains the British in the Hundred Years War but was captured and burned at the stake in 1431 at the age of 19. She was canonized in 1920 and is a patron saint of France.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 6-8

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Gambit contributor Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls into WWL-TV to share entertainment picks for this weekend, including bounce and brass bands at Siberia, an Allen Toussaint tribute and big names at Wizard World Comic Con. Catch the breakdown below.

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Hogs for the Cause announces music schedule for March 31-April 1

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Futurebirds perform Friday at Hogs for the Cause.
  • Futurebirds perform Friday at Hogs for the Cause.

Hogs for the Cause, the barbecue and pig roast festival and fundraiser, moves to the UNO Lakefront Arena grounds for its March 31-April 1 event. It announced the music schedule for its three music stages.

Headliners include Shovels and Rope, London Souls, Futurebirds, Railroad Earth, Seratones, George Porter Jr. and many others. Daily schedule after the jump.

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