Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: 4000 Miles

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 10:13 AM


The term “generation gap” was coined in the 1960s to describe the chasm separating baby boomers from their parents with regard to values, attitudes, lifestyle and speech. In 4000 Miles, when Leo (James Bartelle) bikes across the country to visit his 91-year-old grandmother Vera (Carol Sutton) in Greenwich Village, there is plenty of miscommunication, but also a great deal of compassionate understanding.

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Gleason DVD release party to benefit Team Gleason

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Team Gleason will host a fundraiser at The Cannery (3803 Toulouse St.) on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the DVD release of hit documentary Gleason. The film traces former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason's battle with ALS and was just nominated for five Critic's Choice Documentary Awards.

The event includes a Q&A with Gleason and his family, a live auction and door prizes. Tickets Are $25 in advance and $35 at the door and are available here. All profits will benefit the Team Gleason Foundation, which provides leading edge technology, equipment and services to individuals with neuromuscular diseases.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chalmette Movies filmmaking contest seeks anti-texting commercials

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 3:16 PM


Chalmette Movies' latest contest asks participants to create an original 20-second commercial about the poor etiquette represented by texting or using a cell phone during a film. The only guideline is to avoid "objectionable" content, as the winning entry will be shown before all Hollywood movies at Chalmette for four months — including movies for kids. The winning auteur will receive a pass for six months of free movies at the theater.

Entries should be submitted on both USB Flash Drive and DVD and either dropped off at the theater box office or mailed (and postmarked) by November 30th to Chalmette Movies, 8700 West Judge Perez Drive, Suite D, Chalmette, LA 70043. Be sure to include the director's name, e-mail address and phone number. Image resolution should be at least 720p.

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On the Clock: Troy Delaney, steamboat Natchez pilot

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Steamboat pilot Troy Delaney in the pilot house (sometimes called the wheelhouse).
  • Steamboat pilot Troy Delaney in the pilot house (sometimes called the wheelhouse).

Like Prince once said, there’s joy in repetition. Think of a chef, working the line in his restaurant night after night; a chess master, reaching to select a pawn for her first move; a basketball player shooting free throw after free throw on an empty court. Repetition is the key to mastery, “flow,” the elusive art of moving without thinking. 

That’s what I think about, sitting with pilot Troy Delaney in the glass-windowed pilot house of the steamboat Natchez, little wavelets crumpling the river’s surface way below us. Delaney has been steering the Natchez for 12 years, working five days a week, making three voyages a day. Even considering the month or so the boat spends in “lay-up,” when it stops service for painting and other maintenance, that’s as many as 720 trips over the course of a year, making the run downriver toward Chalmette Battlefield, where the Natchez turns around, and back.

Delaney knows everything about the boat and almost as much about the glassy bends of the river. Together, they form a tranquil kingdom he takes pride in leading.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Southern Rep extends Airline Highway run to Nov. 3-6

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 5:27 PM


Southern Rep and UNO opened the regional premiere of local playwright Lisa D'Amour's Airline Highway at UNO's Nims Theatre. The company is extending its run with shows Thursday Nov. 3 through Sun. Nov. 6.

Set in a run-down, cheap hotel on the edge of New Orleans, Airline Highway captures a day in the lives of people who live or hang out at the hotel, including an aging prostitute, a French Quarter bar's karaoke host, a handyman who scrapes together a living by fixing odds and ends and a former burlesque dancer who's decided to throw herself a wake so she won't miss the party when she's gone. Airline Highway is reviewed here.

D'Amour's work premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre, which commissioned it and ran on Broadway in 2015.

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Dishes announced for Emeril Lagasse's Boudin, Bourbon and Beer on Nov. 4

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's 6th annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer festival takes over Champion Square on Nov. 4. - COURTESY BOUDIN, BOURBON & BEER
  • The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's 6th annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer festival takes over Champion Square on Nov. 4.

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer bash takes over Champion Square on Nov. 4. More than 60 chefs will offer their spin on the sausage, and organizers released a list of some of the menu offerings on Monday. The mix of  traditional and unorthodox items includes a vegetarian smoked mushroom boudin from Frank Brigtsen, wild boar boudin blanc from Delmonico’s Anthony Scanio and boudin-stuffed squid with bacon dashi aioli from Coquette’s Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus.

Along with the long roster of local talent, there’s a host of big-name chefs from around the country, including Ed Lee of Milkwood and 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky, Phoenix’s Beau MacMillan, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant in Orlando, Florida, and Memphis, Tennessee's Kelly English, among others.

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Y@ Speak: haunted

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:15 AM

In this week's Tales from the Cryptkeeper (hello): "The City Where Nobody Lives... Except The Visitors" and "The Team That Is Good (?) But Is Actually Very Bad."

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Brewsday Tuesday: Brooklyn Brewery's MASH hits New Orleans Nov. 17-20

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH tour returns to New Orleans Nov. 17-20 with events including a concert, a beer festival and a bar crawl.

“Folks that love good beer tend to be the same people who are a vibrant part of their city's culture," says Andrew Gerson, head of Brooklyn’s culinary programming. "Our tour is about collaborating with locals to create unique experiences that expand the concept of what beer can be.”

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival announces 2016 winners

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Red Fish Grill won "best shrimp" for its shrimp and pimiento cheese po-boy at the 2016 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. - COURTESY OAK STREET PO-BOY FESTIVAL/FACEBOOK
  • Red Fish Grill won "best shrimp" for its shrimp and pimiento cheese po-boy at the 2016 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.

For its 10th edition, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival was moved up a month, and clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s helped draw thousands of attendees to the Carrollton area for Sunday's event. 

More than po-boy 50 variations were on offer from more than 40 vendors, which crammed the Oak Street corridor and a few blocks of Leonidas Street. Musical acts included Los Po-Boy-Citos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Honey Island Swamp Band, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet and others.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, October 25, 2016

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 9:04 AM

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