Thursday, January 12, 2017

Run The Jewels joins Buku 2017

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Run The Jewels performs at Buku 2017. - TIMOTHY SACCENTI
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  • Run The Jewels performs at Buku 2017.

Rap duo Run The Jewels, fresh from a surprise Christmas 2016 digital release for its acclaimed RTJ3, started 2017 with a world tour that will bring El-P and Killer Mike to the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. Other artists recently added to the festival's bill include Griz and Gramatik's Grizmatik, producers Cashmere Cat and K?D, house duo M.A.N.D.Y., and New Orleans artists Unicorn Fukr and ROAR!. The festival also announced local showcases from Bayou International Soundsystem, Community Records, The New Movement, Upbeat Academy and Techno Club.

The sixth annual festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 10-11. Previously announced performers include Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Zhu, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, TroyBoi, Thundercat and Clams Casino, among others. Tickets are available online.

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Open auditions for Big Freedia's dance crew are Jan. 14

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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Aspiring (asspiring?) dancers ages 18 and older are invited to an open audition to join
Big Freedia's dance crew. According to a press release, the bounce artist is offering a "rare opportunity" to add new talent to her "world-traveling crew." Auditions are 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Dance Quarter (1719 Toledano St.), and Freedia doesn't discriminate.

The auditions will be filmed for Freedia's Fuse reality TV series to air this summer. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce also has made stars of Freedia's longtime dancers.

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Review: The Lion King

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Buyi Zama stars as Rafiki in The Lion King.
  • Buyi Zama stars as Rafiki in The Lion King.

Scar, the bitter, devious brother of King Mufasa, doesn’t seem like he has what it takes to be leader of the Pride Lands in Disney’s The Lion King, and when he and his unlikely allies, a pack of hyenas, take over, the kingdom falls apart. It sets up the challenge for Mufasa’s son Simba to try to restore order, in the long-running musical, currently at Saenger Theatre.

The Lion King opened in 1997 and has become one of Broadway’s longest running shows, combining a fairy tale-like story, a soaring score by Elton John and Tim Rice and brilliant costuming and movement that conjure the teeming wildlife of an African savannah. A touring production last visited New Orleans in 2012, and the current cast makes the show as pleasing as ever.

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Americana, folk and psychedelic rock showcase begins monthly residence at Ace Hotel

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Motel Radio opens the Little Cosmicana series Jan. 14.
  • Motel Radio opens the Little Cosmicana series Jan. 14.

Following the inaugural daylong Cosmicana festival last fall, Simple Play Presents hosts a monthly showcase highlighting artists from a rising New Orleans psychedelic- and folk-influenced alt-country and rock 'n' roll scene. Little Cosmicana runs on the second Thursday of every month at Three Keys inside the Ace Hotel. Motel Radio — who released the breezy, harmony-filled Desert Surf Films in 2016 — and alt-country outfit Coyotes will perform the first installment at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan 12. The shows are free with RSVP.

McGregor and Midriff perform Feb. 9, and South Carolina's The Artisanals and Jackson & The Janks — the latest from Sam Doores of The Deslondes — performs March 9. Magazine Street record shop The White Roach also pops up at each event.

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New Orleans musicians host Ghost Ship benefit shows

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

click image Oakland's Ghost Ship following a deadly December fire that killed 36 people. - JIM HEAPHY
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  • Oakland's Ghost Ship following a deadly December fire that killed 36 people.

Thirty-six people died following a fire at the artist collective warehouse Ghost Ship in Oakland, California during a performance Dec. 2, 2016. The live-work space was a nucleus for a vibrant arts scene in an increasingly unaffordable Bay Area, and the tragedy sparked a national debate over similar DIY spaces across the U.S. (which Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf described Jan. 11 as now being under "heightened scrutiny" in a protective executive order) and putting previously underground spaces for largely marginalized groups under a bureaucratic microscope that could end up punishing the people relying on them — in the name of "safety and permits" — rather than making spaces more accessible.

New Orleans' web of DIY venues — including house shows and generator-powered shows, the back rooms in coffee shops and small theaters and gutted warehouses — is supported by a diverse range of artists, promoters and bookers. This weekend, a dozen New Orleans artists will perform at two shows with proceeds benefiting relief efforts supporting victims and families of the fire.

A benefit show beginning 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center (2525 Burdundy St.) includes bands Softie, Vile Bodies, Rim Job and Psychic Hotline with DJs Dreamer, Shirt and Butchcraft. There's food and live and silent auctions. Admission is $5-$20.

Patrick Shuttleswerth Wants to Make You Deaf, Alexis and the Samurai, Caddywhompus and Tasche and the Psychedelic Roses perform 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St.). Tickets are $10.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, to speak at UNO Jan. 18

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Arlie Russell Hochschild. - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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  • Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist whose spent five years in Lake Charles trying to understand red state voters, will speak at the University of New Orleans next Wednesday.

Hochchild's recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, adds to a growing volume of scholarship about the "Great Paradox," or how conservative voters embrace politicians and policies that seem to oppose their own interests: the poor Appalachia resident who hates "Obamacare," the Gulf Coast fisherman who votes to deregulate the oil industry. You can read an essay adapted from the book here; it was a National Book Award finalist in 2016.

She'll appear in the Innsbruck Room at UNO's University Center at 1 p.m. Jan. 18. It's free to attend.

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Catahoula Hotel continues free rooftop movie series tonight with The Shining

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:07 PM

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The Catahoula Hotel (914 Union St,) continues its season of free Rooftop Cozy Bar Movie Nights with Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining tonight, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited but lawn chairs are welcome. Upcoming films in the series are Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jan. 18), Ace Venture: Pet Detective (Jan. 25) and The Princess Bride (Feb. 1). More info here.

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"Things have got to get better": a memorial to New Orleans murder victims since 2007

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Nakita Shavers, whose brother Dinerral Shavers was murdered in 2006, reads the names of murder victims at the Silence Is Violence 10-year anniversary outside City Hall Jan. 11.
  • Nakita Shavers, whose brother Dinerral Shavers was murdered in 2006, reads the names of murder victims at the Silence Is Violence 10-year anniversary outside City Hall Jan. 11.

On Jan. 11, 2007, hundreds of New Orleanians rallied outside City Hall following a violent 2006. That year, 162 people were killed, including band director and musician Dinerral Shavers, marking New Orleans with the highest per capita murder rate in the U.S. Shavers' death — and the Jan. 4, 2007 death of filmmaker and artist Helen Hill in her own home — sparked the group Silence Is Violence to campaign for peace and demand citywide protection from gun violence, especially in its most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Ten years later, following a violent 2016 in which 174 people were killed, a small crowd had gathered on the wet steps of City Hall to memorialize victims of violence from the last decade — not with a march, but with a solemn reading of the names of more than 2,000 people who have been killed in New Orleans since 2007. Family and friends of the victims — along with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman — read the names of all of them, starting with Corey Hayes, 28, who was killed on New Year's Day 2007. Towering nearby was a sculpture by artist Mitchell Gaudet, an annual piece reflecting the previous year's murders with large pieces of broken glass representing each victim, and two revolvers mounted toward each other at its center.

"It's surreal to be here 10 years later," said Nakita Shavers, whose brother Dinerral was killed Dec. 28, 2006.

Deborah Reeder, whose son Chester Reeder III was killed near a Super Sunday parade in 2009, read the list of victims from that year. "It's difficult for me to read — my son is on this list, so bear with me," she said. "For all the names that will be read, I am sorry for our loss."

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Church of Yoga to open Feb. 11 in the 7th Ward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward. - NOUSHA SALIMI
  • NOUSHA SALIMI
  • Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward.

Dana Trixie Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus (a New York City-based yoga studio), will open the Church of Yoga Feb. 11 at the former Greater Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church. New Orleans blues legend Little Freddie King will be on hand to welcome the Church of Yoga (1480 N. Rocheblave St., 646-785-7220) to the neighborhood.

“It’s the home of the party and the prayer,” says Flynn.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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