Friday, July 22, 2016

Yes, David Duke is running for Senate

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

David Duke in 2008. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/EMMANUEL D'AUBIGNOSC
  • WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/EMMANUEL D'AUBIGNOSC
  • David Duke in 2008.
White supremacist, anti-Semite, felon and perennial candidate David Duke qualified this morning to run in the fall U.S. Senate race to replace David Vitter.

Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, won a special election in 1989 to represent District 81 in the state House of Representatives, a seat which he held for three years. Since then, he has mounted several unsuccessful but attention-garnering campaigns for U.S. Senate, along with a bid for president in 1992. His closest brush with attaining higher office came in his run against disgraced Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1991, a race which spawned the slogan "Vote for the Crook: It's Important."

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COOLinary New Orleans kicks off Aug. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion. - COURTESY COOLINARY NEW ORLEANS
  • COURTESY COOLINARY NEW ORLEANS
  • Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion.

Beat the heat with dining deals during the month of August when COOLinary New Orleans kicks off the annual summertime restaurant promotion.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the lineup of restaurants for its 12th annual restaurant promotion, which features deals on prix-fixe menus at participating eateries throughout the city and runs August 1-31.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans wants to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.
  • New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.

New Orleans might host the 2017 NBA All-Star game following the league’s objections to LGBT discrimination laws in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the game was scheduled next February. Today the league announced it's pulling out.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 requires transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, and it omits and limits LGBT protections from statewide anti-discrimination laws, including workplace discrimination. The law has been widely derided by touring performers, companies and events that canceled gigs or business in the state.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans," reads a statement from the NBA. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA will announce its replacement city "the coming weeks." According to Yahoo Sports, New Orleans is on the top of that list. New Orleans hosted All-Star games in 2008 and 2014. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 19, with a week of events leading up to it — in New Orleans, this means an All-Star weekend in the middle of the last weeks of Carnival, with the game a little more than a week before Fat Tuesday.

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Documentary 91%: A Film About Guns in America and panel discussion tonight at Tulane University

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:30 PM

John Richie
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New Orleans filmmaker John Richie's documentary 91%: A Film About Guns in America screens tonight, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Boggs St. on the Tulane University campus. A panel discussion following the screening will be moderated by 91% producer Brock LaBorde and include Richie, Police Officer Jacob Lundy, Suzanne Raether of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition Executive Director Victoria Coy, Reverend Willie Muhammad of New Orleans Peace Keepers and Martha Alguerra of Moms Demand Action. Tickets are $12 at the door. More info is available here. Read our review of the film here.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book release parties next weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer.

Muggles, rejoice: a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga arrives in bookstores at midnight July 30. While not technically a novel, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book (from a production opening on London's West End) revives the popular tale about the young wizard and his wand-brandishing buddies. 

Climb on those broomsticks or apparate to the following parties and events celebrating the book release.

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Review: Exterior. Pool-Night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Alex Martinez Wallace (left) plays Shia LaBoeuf in Exterior. Pool-Night. - JEREMY BLUM
  • JEREMY BLUM
  • Alex Martinez Wallace (left) plays Shia LaBoeuf in Exterior. Pool-Night.

If you want to dip a toe into The NOLA Project’s latest immersive theater experience, be sure to wear a bathing suit, because you might get wet (swimming is welcome after the show). Exterior. Pool-Night, an original play written and directed by founding artistic director Andrew Larimer, is staged in and around the pool on the 11th floor of the Aloft New Orleans Downtown hotel, as well as in the streets of the CBD. The location looks like a movie set, and the audience is almost part of the action.

At the elevator of the Aloft, theatergoers are given headphones and tiny radios tuned into Beach Boys music, setting the timeframe. Poolside, a starlet (Audrey Wagner) treads water, sporting a vintage red and white bikini as people arrange themselves on lounge chairs or sit at the pool’s edge.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project begins Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Pygmy Park was a short film created for the 48 Hour Film Project in New Orleans.
  • Pygmy Park was a short film created for the 48 Hour Film Project in New Orleans.

When the 48 Hour Film Project begins Friday evening, teams will have exactly two days to write, shoot, edit and turn in a film up to seven minutes long. The contest begins with teams drawing a genre from a hat, and they also get a prop, a character and a line that they must use in the film.

All completed films will be screened July 28 or 29 at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the National WWII Museum. One winning film will be screened at Filmapalooza, along with the winners from 48 Hour Film Project cities across the globe. The top 10 films from will be shown at the Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

Gambit spoke with two filmmakers who have participated in the 48 Hour Film Project competitions and are preparing for this weekend’s event: John Swider from Cool Cooperative, a nonprofit that teaches kids how to make films, and Justin Vaughn, a Paris-based filmmaker. See their work and read their interviews after the jump:

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Joanna Newsom announces U.S. dates in the south, performance at the Civic Theatre Sept. 9

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre. - ANNABEL MEHRAN
  • ANNABEL MEHRAN
  • Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

Joanna Newsom's immense 2010 triple album Have One on Me opened her gorgeous arrangements in widescreen, a sweeping, panoramic vision of heartbreak demanding close and repeat listens. Following her breakthrough second LP Ys, Have One on Me gathered lush, elegant arrangements with Newsom at her harp and as a lyricist spinning intricate fable-like narratives and intimate portraits, sung in her famously creaking old house of a voice, from some heavenly opera or an imagined Appalachian siren.

It was the last we'd hear from the artist for five years. But 2015's Divers revealed Newsom mastering her balance of dense, rich arrangements with a delicate and personal scope, one that's sincere, lovelorn, coping with all of the world's impending doom and singing alongside it all.

Her last performance in New Orleans was at Tipitina's in 2010 on the final heels of Have One on Me, and her recent tour dates in Divers' wake finally have circled back to the city. She performs Friday, Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

She also performs Sept. 7 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and Sunday, Sept. 11. at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Tickets to the Civic show are $30-$35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22.

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Beck to perform at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Beck performs Sept. 15. - PETER HAPAK
  • Peter Hapak
  • Beck performs Sept. 15.
Heavy rains forced festival organizers to cancel Beck's 2016 set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, his return to New Orleans following a packed House of Blues performance in 2014. The singer-songwriter will be back in New Orleans this year at the Saenger Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 15, his first U.S. date on a fall tour.

His next album is due Oct. 21. Beck's still-untitled 13th album's first single, "Wow," is buoyed by a snappy trap-inspired drum machine, a wordless singalong chorus and loopy four-note flute — far different from 2014's sobering, Grammy Award-winning Sea Change companion Morning Phases.

The concert adds to a stuffed September schedule — also that week: Gary Clark Jr., Dinosaur Jr. and Floating Points, in a month with Beyonce, Drake, Alabama Shakes, Okkervill River, James Blake, Kraftwerk, Sturgill Simpson, Ja Rule and the Dixie Chicks.

Tickets are $39.50-$89.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 via ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 or the Saenger box office at 1111 Canal St.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab under construction in Bywater

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps.

Eric and Leah Jensen created the name Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.) because it reflects the forthcoming brewery's surrounding neighborhood as well as Eric’s previous work as an educator. “Parleaux” joins the French words for “by" and "water,” and Eric says “lab” evokes the kind of brewing he plans to do when the brewery opens late this year.

“Labs are used to describe experimental processes,” Eric says, “That’s how I approach brewing.”

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