Friday, October 21, 2016

Watch: "Cram It," the anthem from New Orleans punks Gland

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM


"Cram It," the first single from Gland's debut tape Neurotica, is a perfect, powerful, two-chords-and-change mission statement from the New Orleans punk band.

In the video, which premiered on The Le Sigh, the band morphs from its youthful doubles into their contemporary selves, all one and the same in saying enough's enough, "I'm not crying anymore," while blowing up George Zimmerman and playing in the fire.

Gland performs as part of Community Records Fest at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

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Jason Isbell on Dr. John, Frank Ocean and what makes a "good" song

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Jason Isbell, performing at a tribute to Dr. John in 2015. He performs Oct. 22-23 at The Joy Theater,
  • Jason Isbell, performing at a tribute to Dr. John in 2015. He performs Oct. 22-23 at The Joy Theater,

Jason Isbell likes to wander. When the songwriter stops in New Orleans, he likes to do some people watching, stop at Faulkner House Books, and then there was that time last year he performed among a dozen New Orleans artists and Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Mavis Staples in a salute to Dr. John. That tribute performance, captured on The Musical Mojo of Dr. John, is out now,

His appearance preluded a masterful 2015 release, Something More Than Free, a gorgeous gut punch of life lessons and graceful storytelling. Isbell is back in New Orleans performing two nights at The Joy Theater on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Below, the songwriter talks about his next album, meeting Springsteen, Frank Ocean's stunning 2016 album Blonde, and what he looks for in a song.

On performing in front of Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre:

Isbell: I was exhausted. We’d just come back from overseas. We played in California and fallen back in New Orleans. It was really intense. I met Bruce Springsteen that night. He had Southeastern so he had heard it and he actually sang a little bit of one of my songs at me, which was exciting but kind of unnerving.

But Allen was there, and Irma, and obviously Mac, and they were all having conversations with each other — you could tell they all had a crazy history together but probably didn’t wind up in the same room together a whole lot. I tried to be a fly on the wall and listen to those guys talk. It was pretty incredible to be in the same room as that many legends of New Orleans music, and American music.

We went through [“Blow Wind Blow”] once the day before. If you over rehearse those kinds of songs, you’re not really serving the spirit of the songs. Those are the kinds of songs I’m sure Mac probably never played the same way twice. I definitely wouldn’t want to to that in tribute them.

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Review: The Handmaiden

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 4:30 PM


It’s the inalienable right of any good psychological thriller to mislead its audience. There’s no surer way to make viewers feel like participants in an intricate and tension-filled story. But it’s a rare film — such as Park Chan-wook’s spellbinding The Handmaiden — that keeps us engaged for nearly two and a half hours by repeatedly undermining our perception of events unfolding on screen.

It takes little more than five minutes for The Handmaiden to play its first trick on unsuspecting audiences. What begins as a particular type of film turns out to be something else entirely, and even that major shift represents merely a partial truth. The film’s only purpose seems to be our full submission to the strange pleasures of its lush and mysterious world.

Ostensibly the story of a con man and a petty thief who try to steal a vast fortune from an innocent heiress, The Handmaiden presents a romantic and erotically charged tale of intrigue and suspense masquerading as a mild-mannered period drama. Best known for the noirish violence of his Vengeance trilogy (which includes the cult favorite Oldboy), Park here mixes familiar film genres like a master chef blending flavors in his favorite kitchen.

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Oasis: Supersonic gets one-night theatrical screening next week

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 2:33 PM


Oasis: Supersonic is a new documentary tracing the meteoric rise and messy breakup of Britpop sensations Oasis. Combining archival footage with new interviews with band members and their families and friends, the film receives a one-time national theatrical screening on Wednesday, Oct. 26. It screens locally at The Broad Theater at 7 p.m. and at the Prytania Theatre at 10 p.m. Tickets are available here.

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A peek inside Beyond the Haunted Puddle, plus four more haunted houses

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.
  • One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.

Inside the entrance to Beyond the Haunted Puddle, the haunted house/immersive art installation now open at PORT, a glassy-eyed witch stirs a bubbling cauldron of human entrails  —  but that’s where the similarities to a classic haunted house end. Through a series of increasingly demented environments, including a truly nightmarish interlude at a purgatorial Department of Motor Vehicles counter, the installation knocks the viewer off balance in ways both visceral and cerebral. 

“[We wondered] what could be scary, what makes it fun, what makes it contemporary?” director Xavier Juarez says. “Making an immersive world is this great opportunity for an artist.”

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Chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman celebrate wine and food of Piedmont on Oct. 25

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Chef Chris DeBarr, formerly of Green Goddess and Serendipity, now runs the kitchen at Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Chef Chris DeBarr, formerly of Green Goddess and Serendipity, now runs the kitchen at Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar.

Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar’s chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman are teaming up for an evening of wine and food from Italy’s Piedmont region on Oct. 25.

For Hoffman, falling in love with the wines of Piedmont happened quickly, but it took years of research and travel before the New Orleans-born author was able to compile her book about the wine region of northwest Italy, best known for its barolos and barbarescos. Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte tells the histories of 22  winemaking families and the women behind the scenes and in leadership roles.

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Toast opens near Fair Grounds

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Toast opened a second location Friday (Oct. 21) near the Fair Grounds Race Course at 1845 Gentilly Boulevard. - COURTESY TOAST
  • Toast opened a second location Friday (Oct. 21) near the Fair Grounds Race Course at 1845 Gentilly Boulevard.

Uptown breakfast spot Toast opened a location near the Fair Grounds (1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664).

The original Laurel Street location (5433 Laurel St., 504-267-3260), which is operated by the same folks who run Tartine (7217 Perrier St., 504-866-4860), opened in 2014. The casual spot gathered a strong neighborhood following for its French-leaning breakfast menu and sweet and savory crepes.

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Weeki Wachee mermaids return to Audubon Aquarium Nov. 3-13

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM


The Weeki Wachee mermaids have drawn tourists to their attraction in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida since 1947. They visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas last year and will return Thursday through Sunday Nov. 3-6 and 10-13. 

The mermaids will swim in the Gulf of Mexico tank with sharks, stingrays and fish from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also are available for photos. There also are mermaid workshops in which participants can learn to so mermaid makeup and hair and make a tail.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Short-term rentals in New Orleans get City Council approval

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:15 PM

At an Oct. 20 New Orleans City Council meeting, opponents of whole-home rentals in New Orleans wore "shame" buttons, with the Airbnb logo replacing the "A."
  • At an Oct. 20 New Orleans City Council meeting, opponents of whole-home rentals in New Orleans wore "shame" buttons, with the Airbnb logo replacing the "A."

Airbnb now has a framework to operate, legally, in New Orleans. After months of debates and public meetings over short-term rentals (STRs), their proliferation, and the impacts they've had in the city over the last several years, the New Orleans City Council on Oct. 20 passed a measure — introduced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration this week — that sets up permits, fees, taxes and an infrastructure for short-term rentals advertised on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO.

The motion prohibits full-time whole-home short term rentals in residential areas — but it will allow whole-home "temporary rentals" up to 90 days a year.

The vote followed a week of compromises laid out by Landrieu's administration, which initially supported the practice of whole-home rentals in residential neighborhoods, but backed off in favor of "temporary rentals" up to 120 days a year, then, ultimately, 90 days. Housing advocacy groups and residents — disappointed with the compromise vote — have demanded the city prohibit all whole-home rentals. Opponents, in red, wearing "shame" buttons and holding up signs, called councilmembers "sellouts"; proponents cheered.

The motion serves as a starting point to amend the city's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, the city's massive rulebook for land use through which all property manners adhere. It now will incorporate STRs.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Uninhabitable" storytelling showcase sheds light on New Orleans housing issues

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Everyone has a landlord story. Or a mold story. Or a termite story. Or worse. Or all of the above. On Oct. 20, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center partners with the live storytelling series Bring Your Own to open the floor to "stories of being pushed out and pushing back," from evictions and absentee landlords to the rising costs of housing and rents in New Orleans.

The city routinely ranks among the worst U.S. cities for renters, though more than half of the city rents. Nearly 40 percent of renters pay half their entire income on rent and utilities, according to GNOFHAC. Housing costs continue to rise, outpacing wage growth and quality housing; about 80 percent of the city's 62,000 rental units need major repairs and thousands other rental properties endure mold, rodents and leaks. Housing advocates say renters can't get the city's code enforcement to respond to quality of life issues via 311.

The event aims to "shine a light on the leaks, rats,and mold that are all too common in the lives of New Orleans renters" through eight storytellers' grim, funny and thought-provoking true stories.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Radical Arts & Healing Collective (1340 Montegut St.) with food by Goodman's BBQ, a cash bar and music from Lost in the Holler. Storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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