Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: A Man Called Ove

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Rolf Lassgard is A Man Called Ove
  • Rolf Lassgard is A Man Called Ove

Bleak realism long has characterized the cinema of Sweden, from the art-house classics of Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries) to more recent, noirish crime stories including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Sweden’s official entry to next year’s Academy Awards and winner of several recent film festival awards, A Man Called Ove comes on like the antidote to decades of emotional austerity. It’s as much a feel-good movie as can be wrung from a story about a depressed and bitter old man near the end of a seemingly unfulfilled life.

Writer-director Hannes Holm’s film is based on the unlikely international bestselling novel of the same name by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. Its protagonist is a cranky old codger with a hidden heart of gold, which surely ranks among the film world’s worst cliches. Throw in some comically botched suicide attempts and repeated visits to his beloved wife’s grave for heart-to-heart chats and you’ve got the makings of an unwatchable wreck — beloved bestselling novel or not.

But A Man Called Ove has surprises in store. The familiar story of an old man raging at the modern world gradually gives way to a moving tale of an atypical life told entirely in flashback. The artful way the story unfolds over the course of two hours is what makes the film so affecting. It’s essentially a love story (and a bit of a tearjerker) but it’s all intended to spotlight the simple truth that each of us possesses a secret history that makes us who we are — and how it can take a lifetime to make sense of it all.

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Second line Sunday: Lady and Men Buckjumpers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Lady Buckjumpers Annual Parade



"Everybody's not made for the streets, that's why they made the sidewalk."

(route details below)

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Editorial: Gambit ballot recommendations for the Dec. 10 runoff election

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

While the rest of America prepares for a (hopefully) peaceful holiday season after a divisive, often toxic election season, Louisiana has one more Election Day left. On Dec. 10, the local ballot features a half-dozen important tax propositions — most of them renewals — and runoffs for U.S. Senate and mayor of Kenner. Early voting begins Sat. Nov. 26 and ends Sat. Nov. 3.

We previously endorsed Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn for mayor of Kenner. We still support him as he he faces Kenner City Councilman Gregory Carroll in the runoff. In the Senate primary, we recommended both Republican Congressman Charles Boustany and Democrat Caroline Fayard, neither of whom made the runoff. We make no further recommendation in that contest.

Meanwhile, we make the following recommendations on the ballot propositions in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish:

New Orleans voters will see two citywide propositions — a new 2.5-mill property tax increase for fire protection services and renewal of an existing property tax for drainage services. We support both propositions.

The fire protection proposition would yield nearly $9 million a year for 12 years, beginning next year, and would not be subject to the homestead exemption. Revenue from the tax will help pay for tens of millions of dollars in legal judgments the city owes firefighters and their pension fund. If voters reject this tax, the city will still have to pay the judgments — by cutting vital services elsewhere. We urge our readers in New Orleans to vote YES on the fire projection millage proposition.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Zeitgeist celebrates 30-year anniversary with six-day film and music festival

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Rene Broussard

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) has presented its unique vision for film and music programming under direction of founder Rene Broussard for 30 years. In commemoration of Zeitgeist's anniversary (and its remarkable and continuing longevity), the theater will present six days of special programming, Nov. 25-30, that gets to the heart of the Zeitgeist aesthetic.

The schedule includes a sneak preview of Kim Nguyen's Two Lovers and a Bear, the director's first film since the brilliant and Oscar-nominated War Witch; an evening of short films entitled "100 Years of Dada," the return of the first film ever screened at Zeitgeist, Brian De Palma's experimental theater piece Dionysus in '69; two music documentaries that were shot at Zeitgeist; and Broussard's own little-seen, three-part video diary The Fatboy Chronicles. Three of the films screened over this period will be accompanied by a live score. More info here.

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Review: Grounded

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Kerry Cahill stars in Grounded. - JOHN BARROIS
  • Kerry Cahill stars in Grounded.

Grounded, a one-woman play by George Brant, opens with a nameless fighter pilot (Kerry Cahill) exhilarated by the power and speed she experiences flying an F-16 jet. Her opening monologue resembles an epic Greek poem glorifing war.

“This was who I was now — who I’d become through sweat and brains and guts. This is me. It’s more than a suit. It’s the speed. It’s the G-force pressing you back as you tear the sky. It’s the ride. My Tiger. My gal who cradles me, lifts me up. It’s more. It’s the respect. It’s the danger. It’s more. It’s you are the blue. You are alone in the vastness and you are the blue astronauts …”

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Shots 4 Shots free flu shot clinic returns to Frenchmen Street Nov. 29

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM


Musicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). The shots are available at d.b.a. and Snug Harbor from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The event aims to crack down on the spread of flu via hospitality and entertainment workers, who are often uninsured or underinsured and frequently have to work when they're sick.

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Brewsday Tuesday: New Louisiana beers and events

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM

  • Nora McGunnigle

As the holidays approach, there are many reasons to toast in celebration with a good beer. This year, New Orleanians can raise a glass of one of several new Louisiana-brewerd beers and enjoy these upcoming events.

Citruslike hop flavors are popular with consumers, and many brewers now add those fruits to their beers. Abita Brewing Company's new addition to its Harvest series lineup, which includes Strawberry and Peach lagers and Blueberry Wheat, is a Sweet Orange lager brewed with Louisiana oranges.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Y@ Speak: this week in cake

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Baby New Year has arrived to greet the regime of our president-elect (and waves of white nationalism and hate crimes): baseball-playing Mitch Landrieu-as-Baby Huey will wear the diamond diaper (RIP, Zephyrs, you gentle breezes you). And a crude joke in cake-form adds another sexist badge to Baton Rouge. Also in this week's edition: the beefing of the Saints and resurrection of Not Bobby Jindal.

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Sippin' Santa Surf Shack menu spreads cheer at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

... And a Parrot in a Palm Tree is one of the holiday cocktails on the Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack menu at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29. - NOAH FECKS
  • ... And a Parrot in a Palm Tree is one of the holiday cocktails on the Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack menu at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.

Beechbum Berry's Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811) raises holiday spirits with a special menu of Christmas-themed drinks. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and Latitude 29 bartender Brad Smith created drinks for a special holiday menu shared by three bars in New Orleans, Chicago and New York.

Berry's Nantucket Sleigh-ride features El Dorado eight-year-old rum, Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum, apricot brandy, St. Elizabeth Allspice dram, lime and grapefruit. The pop-up menu of nine cocktails is available Dec. 1-24.

Latitude 29 joined New York bar Boilermaker and Chicago bar Lost Lake in creating the list. Dubbed "Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack," all three bars are serving the drinks in special holiday glasses and will play specially curated holiday tunes.

The full Santa's Surf Shack menu is after the jump.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, November 22, 2016

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:52 AM

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