Friday, July 29, 2016

Out now: Video Age makes its debut with Living Alone

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Video Age's Living Alone is out now on Inflated Records.
  • Video Age's Living Alone is out now on Inflated Records.

The Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur smiled through self-aware pop satirizing the status quo. New Orleans duo Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli — in a bit of Ray Davies worship though synthetic, worn-out tape-deck pop — wash down their dark confessionals and exiled, lovesick pop vignettes with wobbly guitars and sugary riffs on Living Alone, their assured debut as Video Age.

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Review: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 4:38 PM


In the days before the internet, there was no getting around the power of the media to shape the world’s understanding of public figures. Artists had a direct link to audiences through their work, but television, newspapers and other forms of mass communication built the public personas that today’s celebrities carefully control through social media.

The power of traditional media was especially true for iconoclastic and notoriously difficult-to-pin-down artist Frank Zappa. A rock ’n’ roll pioneer, innovative classical music composer and gleeful purveyor of experimental sounds and structures years before that approach took root elsewhere, Zappa was a true original. But his penchant for sexually explicit lyrics — always presented in service of sharp social satire — along with his outspoken nature and striking, hippie-era physical presence earned him a reputation that Zappa himself summarized as “a maniac.”

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French Truck Coffee expands to Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:06 AM

French Truck Coffee is expanding business to Memphis this fall. - COURTESY FRENCH TRUCK COFFEE
  • French Truck Coffee is expanding business to Memphis this fall.

Four years after launching the small-batch coffee roasting company French Truck Coffee (1200 Magazine St., 504-298-1115) Geoffrey Meeker is expanding his business to Memphis. Meeker has partnered with Tennessee-based micro-roasting company Relevant Roasters, which will rebrand as French Truck Coffee as part of the deal this September. 

“I love waking up to great coffee and I love sharing great coffee with other people even more,” Meeker said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to take French Truck out of New Orleans, and share our mission to serve the best small-batch, fresh roasted coffee possible.” 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: The Rose Tattoo

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM


Few roles require an actor to express the full range of human emotions, but Serafina delle Rose (Lillian J. Small), the central character of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, explores the entire spectrum of misery, anger, jealousy, fear, lust, madness and eventual joy. During her masterful, more-than-two-hour performance, Small never leaves the stage as her character cycles through profound stages of grief after learning her husband Rosario was killed in a traffic accident. Coincidentally, Serafina discovers he may have been unfaithful, a crushing blow that threatens her sanity. Like many Williams characters, she struggles with depression and alcohol abuse, but her evolution is uplifting.

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Tulane Avenue improvements coming in August

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 5:15 PM

click image Tulane Avenue in 2015. - PAUL SABLEMAN/FLICKR
  • Tulane Avenue in 2015.
When officials with the Regional Planning Commission first announced a $10 million beautification project to a stretch of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, they described a plan that would “significantly improve visual quality” along the corridor, as well as enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety.

Five years and nearly $5 million later, officials still tout final plans for a safer, wider street reduced from six lanes to four, thanks to improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

What didn’t make the cut, however, are features that could have helped “reinvent” Tulane Avenue, as neighbors had hoped.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine opens on Freret Street

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine is now open on Freret Street. - HELEN FREUND
  • Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine is now open on Freret Street.

Uptown’s newest Latin restaurant, Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine (4714 Freret St., 504-610-7091), is now open. The Freret Street spot opened July 23 for a brief soft-opening period while the owners roll out the full lunch and dinner menu.

The restaurant is owned and operated by a group of friends who decided to go into business together last year: Luis “Lucho” Ampuero, Mirtha Gallegos, Monica Concha and Angelica Moscoso. Concha and Moscoso, who both hail from Peru’s capital city, Lima, say the idea was hashed out last year during a group beach trip. 

“We’re all friends and we work as a team, so we decided, why not open up a restaurant together?” Moscoso says. "We also felt Uptown was the best spot for that."

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TCM presents original Planet of the Apes today at Elmwood and Canal Place

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 1:06 PM


Enduring sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes screens today, July 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m at the Elmwood Palace and Canal Place theaters as part of Turner Classic Movies' continuing Big Screen Classics series, presented by Fathom Events. The original 1968 Apes was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton, The Boys From Brazil) and stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter. More info and tickets are here.

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Hogs for the Cause moves to UNO Lakefront

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017. - WILL COVIELLO
  • Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017.

Hogs for the Cause will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced Tuesday.
The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer. The event is scheduled for March 30 through April 1 on the fields behind the UNO Lakefront Arena on Leon C. Simon Drive.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tiger Army comes to House of Blues Oct. 3

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Nick 13 of Tiger Army.
  • Nick 13 of Tiger Army.
The California psychobilly-with-eyeliner-and-pomade outfit Tiger Army will be coming to House of Blues Oct. 3 as part of a national tour. With singer/songwriter Nick 13 as the band's constant and influences ranging from The Cramps to 1950s country, Tiger Army has been making music and touring since the 1990s. The band's most recent album, V•••, came out in spring 2016.

Opening for Tiger Army will be Tijuana Panthers.

General admission is $20. Presale tickets will be available July 27, and public sale begins July 29.

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Elmwood Theater presents animated Batman: The Killing Joke tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM


The Elmwood Theater and Fathom Events present national simulcasts of the new animated film Batman: The Killing Joke tonight, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The controversial film is based on comics legend Alan Moore's 1988 best-selling graphic novel of the same name. Also included in the program are behind-the-scenes footage and interview material featuring star Mark Hamill (Star Wars). Though a cartoon, Batman: The Killing Joke is definitely not for kids. More info and tickets are here.

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