Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Orleans musicians host benefit concerts for flood relief

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24. - CHRIS STAFFORD
  • Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24.

New Orleans musicians are joining relief efforts with a series of benefit concerts following Louisiana's devastating August floods.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Gasa Gasa, guitarist Colin Lake shares a bill with rock band The Breton Sound, surfy garage pop band Midriff and Hurricane Max for a benefit for schools and staff impacted by the floods. All proceeds benefit the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (or $15 with a donation of school supplies).

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New Orleans Film Festival announces feature competition lineup

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:46 PM

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The New Orleans Film Society has announced the lineup of feature films in competition at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival. The Louisiana Features and Documentary Features categories look especially strong. Highlights include Iman Shervington's Back Story, for which five young African American men from different New Orleans neighborhoods filmed their own lives over a six-month period; the world premiere of Shelter, a documentary about New Orleans' Covenant House homeless shelter for young people; and Maisie Crow's documentary Jackson, which examines the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. See the full lineup of competition features here.

The 2016 New Orleans Film Festival runs Oct. 12 to 20 at venues all over the city. This year, the festival hub moves from the CAC to the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.). New venues have been added to create a "walkable downtown campus for the festival." According to the Film Society, 45% of films at this year's festival will be from female directors, and 36% from directors of color.

Early Bird festival passes are currently on sale and are $200 for Film Society members and $270 for non-members. Those prices will increase by $50 on Sept 12. Passes and more info are here.

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Lady Buckjumpers host Back To School Picnic

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Lady Buckjumpers Back To School Picnic
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  • Lady Buckjumper's Back To School Picnic

This is year 20-something that the fabulous, charitable and party-loving Lady Buckjumpers have hosted their annual Back To School picnic. The event, which happened Sunday in City Park, has become a sought after and beloved tradition for adults in the community as well as the kids. DJs along with Rebirth Brass Band were on site, rocking the 200-plus crowd who enjoyed free food, drinks (cocktails as well as healthy juices), massages, barbers, manicures and pedicures, baton twirling lessons, hair braidings, group photos, kickball, dodge ball — an extravaganza of feel-good freebies designed to send the kids and their parents into the new school year feeling pampered, nurtured and loved.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana breweries survive flooding and other beer news

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

40 Arpent Brewing Company is completing construction on its taproom. - COURTESY 40 ARPENT BREWING COMPANY
  • 40 Arpent Brewing Company is completing construction on its taproom.

Recent flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas didn't damage any of the breweries in the affected regions. Those breweries include Tin Roof Brewing Company and Southern Craft Brewing Company in Baton Rouge; Abita Brewing Company, Old Rail Brewing Company, Covington Brewhouse and Chafunkta Brewing Company on the Northshore; Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. in Hammond; and Cajun Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing and Parish Brewing Company in the Lafayette area. All the breweries have organized fundraisers for flood relief, as well as Urban South Brewery, Second Line Brewing and NOLA Brewing Company .

In other brewery news:

Great Raft Brewing. After its 2016 U.S. Beer Open Championship victory for its mixed fermentation saison Farmhouse Slang, Shreveport's Great Raft has increased its fermentation capacity by 140 barrels, expanded distribution to Arkansas and Texas and acquired technology to improve beer for shipping.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Lauryn Hill to perform at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre Dec. 1

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Lauryn Hill performed at Voodoo Music + Art Experience in 2014. - B. BRECHEISEN
  • Lauryn Hill performed at Voodoo Music + Art Experience in 2014.

Lauryn Hill will bring her MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling tour to Saenger Theatre Dec. 1.

The hip-hop and neosoul singer launched the Diaspora Calling festival in April at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. The event featured artists including Machel Montano from Trinidad, Stephen "Ragga" Marley from Jamaica, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Paul Beaubrun from Haiti, Wondaboy from Nigeria and others. The tour will feature artists from African Diaspora nations.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, Best of New Orleans 2016

Posted on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 8:57 AM

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Elmwood Theater presents 25th anniversary screenings of Thelma and Louise

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 1:08 PM


The Elmwood Palace theater and Fathom Events will present 25th anniversary screenings of Ridley Scott's road-movie classic Thelma and Louise on Sunday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, August 24 at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. The film stars Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis and gave Brad Pitt his big break as an actor. Film critic Ben Lyons will provide an on-screen introduction. More info and tickets are available here.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Hell or High Water

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Ben Foster and Chris Pine in Hell or High Water
  • Ben Foster and Chris Pine in Hell or High Water

It has been argued that all Westerns share a single, underlying topic: the impending loss of the West. A cowboy riding the prairie alone or struggling to protect his secluded ranch may seem threatened by bandits or vengeful natives. But all he really has to fear is the looming disappearance of the open frontier and the mythic dreams of personal freedom it long inspired. That’s why most Westerns feel like elegies even when the good guys come out on top.

Scottish director David Mackenzie’s brilliant Hell or High Water is far from a traditional Western — it deftly blends that genre with elements of crime thrillers, buddy pictures and road movies — but you wouldn’t know it from its aching, all-too-familiar sense of loss. Set in the post-financial-crisis West Texas of the present day, Mackenzie’s film portrays a ragged, economically depressed small-town America no longer hungering for prosperity but for mere survival. All social contracts have been broken, and the American Dream is nowhere in sight. Though it involves a series of bank robberies, the story’s only real villains are the loan officers sitting comfortably in banks’ executive suites.

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Second line season parade schedule 2016-2017

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM

YAAAAASSS FAM!!! Second line season is NIGH!! And trust and believe, its going down like 4 fat heauxs!!! (and if that declaration hurt your feelings, don’t bother coming to one of our second lines -the assault to your senses will be more than you can bear sweetie…)

For the rest of y'all who need a hit to tie you over til Aug. 28, check out our second line Sunday swag in the video up top. More joy than the law allows. See y'all next weekend!

2016-2017 Second Line Schedule


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