Came home from the grocery store this pm to a passed out waiter on my front lawn. Took my daughter and I 45 mins. to figure out who he was.— Mary B. Sonnier (@ChefMarySonnier) June 29, 2013
First it giveth, then it taketh away. Newspapers are dead and buried then return to a daily schedule. New Orleans Pelicans come and go within minutes. Prison donuts are a thing and likely will not be anymore. The right and left react to landmark decisions in Texas and D.C. A $100 brunch institution shuffles off this mortal coil. Service industry employees slumber in unusual ways. Governors — do they poop?
In this week's delayed edition of Y@ Speak (not what you expected, right?), New Orleans examines what is real, or really real, and whether they're, you know, cool about it. If not, one can always seek refuge in Target on the West Bank, where the celebrities go.
The Contemporary Arts Center opens an exhibit focusing on the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, other earlier movies by Court 13 artists and art installations by Eliza Zeitlin, younger sister of Beasts writer/director Benh Zeitlin. Many of the buildings and props in the film were created by Eliza, and she's been active in local art installations, including the Music Box.
Beyond "Beasts": The Art of Court 13 opens Friday with a reception and party featuring a reading by Beasts cowriter Lucy Alibar and music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Video installations include unseen footage from the film, behind the scenes footage and earlier Court 13 films. More on that here. (The teaser above was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures seven months ago and is not included in the exhibit.)
Tonight, Benh Zeitlin and Beasts and Court 13 filmmakers will screen other footage and discuss the film at the CAC's ArtSpeak at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.
Quentin Tarantino's latest, the bloody spaghetti Western meets blaxploitation epic Django Unchained, has not aired without controversy, as per Tarantino tradition. Some critics have railed against the film, which was shot in Louisiana, for its use of the "N" word and graphic depictions of gore and explosive violence against blacks.
Django has stacked up zillions of dollars from the box office, earned five Golden Globe nominations, and grabbed Academy Award nominations for best picture, best supporting actor, best original screenplay, and sound editing. (Read Ken Korman's review in Gambit.)
As Tarantino did for his previous violent revenge-fantasy Inglorious Basterds, The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and film studio The Weinstein Company have partnered to release eight-inch figurines of characters from the film, including Jamie Foxx's protagonist Django, Leonardo Di Caprio's slave owner Calvin Candie and Samuel L. Jackson's terrifying Stephen.
The New Orleans Police Department often sends out press releases with surveillance footage, but somebody at NOPD got creative with this one, featuring a ne'er-do-well swiping a laptop in the Faubourg Marigny. Check it out:
Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do?
Under the jump: the details of the crime.
When not performing with Quintron, Panacea Theriac (aka Miss Pussycat) is a puppetmaker and filmmaker. For the past seven years, she has produced several films chronicling the adventures of Trixie and the Treetrunks. She's just finishing post-production on the latest installment, a 50-minute film called The Mystery in Old Bathbath. She and Quintron are going out on tour this week, and the film's world premiere will take place in Houston Thursday (followed by screenings and shows in Austin, Waxahatchi, Texas, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Hot Springs, Ark.). The New Orleans premiere will be in early 2013.
The new film features scenes in an art museum, echoing the time Quintron and Miss Pussycat spent in residence at NOMA (Videos from songs off Sucre du Suavage, the album they made while at NOMA here). For those scenes, Panacea had several Bywater-based artists lend her smaller scale works.
Panacea's North Pole Nutrias (featuring the voices of Chris Rose, Bunny Matthews, Al Scramuzza and former Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee) may be familiar to viewers of Cox-10. The half-hour holiday show often runs during the holiday season on the cable channel.
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