Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog

For all his accomplishments, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog might not be anyone’s first choice to direct a documentary about the internet. It’s not that he lacks vision or skill. Herzog’s body of work includes early art-house classics such as Woyzeck and Aguirre, the Wrath of God, award-winning documentaries such as Grizzly Man and oddly insightful genre pictures like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He has put his singular stamp on films of every imaginable kind. But the famously tech-averse director refuses to carry a cell phone and uses the web only for email so he can live in the U.S. while maintaining his production company back home in Germany.

In typically eccentric style, Herzog manages to turn that liability into an asset with Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Bringing a fresh eye to the subject of the internet is something few of us could hope to pull off. We are too immersed in the digital world to see it clearly as it permeates every aspect of our lives. The director seems to have no trouble leaving all preconceptions behind as he explores the past, present and possible futures of the internet — like an inquisitive alien who just fell to earth and hopes to understand what all the fuss is about.

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Altamura now open inside Magnolia Mansion

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Altamura is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion in the Lower Garden District. - COURTESY ALTAMURA
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  • Altamura is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion in the Lower Garden District.

Altamura (2127 Prytania St., 504-265-8101), a new Italian-American restaurant from the folks behind Manhattanjack, is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion.

Jack Petronella and executive chef Coleman Jernigan have been working on the plan for the Northeastern-inspired Italian restaurant for the better part of three years, since the duo opened their Prytania Street coffee shop together in 2013.

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Second line Sunday: Valley of Silent Men

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Valley Of Silent Mens 2011 parade

THE VALLEY OF SILENT MEN SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB 31ST ANNUAL PARADE

3 p.m.-7 p.m. S
UNDAY, AUG. 28

Dedicated to our beloved members Leon Anderson Sr., Larry Mazent and John West

(route details below)

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Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson host Labor Day benefit concert for flood relief

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
  • Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
Louisiana natives and American Idol hosts Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day. The concert will be broadcast via Raycom Media channels — WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans — with performances from Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie and others .

“Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana,” Jackson said in a statement. “I want to help raise awareness and restore hope to people that are hurting in the place that I will always call home.”

“So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again,” Connick said. “Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction. I hope that this benefit concert brings much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."

The concert will be broadcast from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross’ Louisiana Flood Relief fund. It airs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

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Dine out for Louisiana on Sept. 8

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:36 AM

A group of local restaurants will donate 25 percent of sales on Sept. 8 to relief efforts related to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.
  • A group of local restaurants will donate 25 percent of sales on Sept. 8 to relief efforts related to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

Restaurants participating in Dine out for Louisiana will donate 25 percent of their sales from Sept. 8 to Second Harvest Food Bank to provide relief related to recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

“Too many of us know firsthand the heartbreak of losing everything, the trauma of being displaced and the overwhelming task of picking up the pieces,” wrote organizer Beth Sherwood of Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455). “Eleven years ago, Baton Rouge had our backs, offering shelter and support. Now, it is our turn to help our neighbors to get back on their feet.”

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Big Freedia gets three years probation for housing voucher case

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

ALDO CHACON
  • Aldo Chacon

New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia got closure in a months-long housing voucher case in which the performer admitted using nearly $35,000 in Section 8 funds. Freedia avoided jail time but must serve three years on probation — including submitting to regular drug testing and performing 100 hours of community service — and to pay full restitution.

"I apologize to my New Orleans community," Freedia said Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. "I'm embarrassed of my conduct."

Reading a letter to the court, Freedia — in a shimmering black blazer and long blonde hair — thanked probation officers for guiding her through substance abuse treatment, which she was ordered to receive (along with a stay in a halfway house) after failing a drug test earlier this year. "It was an awesome course," Freedia said. "The people were amazing."

"I'm planning to do a lot for New Orleans," Freedia said, "to keep putting it on the map."

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Doggy fashion show Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway returns Sept. 17

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera - PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT STUNTZ
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  • Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera


Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway
is a professionally produced fashion show, but its staff extends beyond the usual cadre of stylists, makeup artists and Zoolander types. Along the runway, dog handlers sub for paparazzi, placed to reassure the dogs who cruise the … er … catwalk with the models.

Bad to the Bone co-founder Diane Lundeen says the dogs have varying degrees of enthusiasm for the spotlight. 

“Some dogs are just fine. They’re like ‘Hey, I’m here! Take me home!’ Other dogs are like ‘Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?’” she says. 

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Daiquiri Season kicks off Sept. 1

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1. - VALTERS KRONTALS/WIKICOMMONS
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  • Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1.

Daiquiri Season, the monthlong "festival" honoring New Orleans’ favorite frozen drink, kicks off Sept. 1.

The festival was a two-day event founded in 2011, but it was purchased by Tales of the Cocktail in 2015. This year, the organizers have changed the concept, and restaurants and bars across the city will serve their own original frozen drinks. So far, 44 restaurants and bars have signed on to participate, ranging from high-end to lowbrow places, including Big Easy Daiquiris, Cane & Table, MoPho, High Hat Cafe, Bourree, El Libre, Sidney’s Saloon and others.

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Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Hannibal Buress. - CONSTANCE KOSTREVSKI
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  • Hannibal Buress.

Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lost Bayou Ramblers release live album for flood relief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Lost Bayou Ramblers. - COURTESY LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS
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  • Lost Bayou Ramblers.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers
' raucous, off-the-cuff live album Live: A La Blue Moon received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Its next live album, 2014's play-it-loud Live at Gasa Gasa, arrived practically dripping with punk show sweat. Its latest live release — this month's Rue Vermilion Revival — winds the clock back to 1999. The recording captures the band's first-ever performance and embryonic, rock 'n' roll roadhouse embrace of Cajun tradition and revival.

Band founder Louis Michot tells Bandcamp that proceeds from the release will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Foundation Acadiana and Vermilionville to aid in flood relief following August's devastating floods.

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