Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Rock Against Racism" concert to benefit SPLC

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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More than a dozen New Orleans artists join a Rock Against Racism concert to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization focused on civil rights protections and classifying hate groups.

The event is 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at The Willow (8200 Willow St.). Performers include the Bad Hombre Band, The Tom Worrell House Band feat. Joe Cabral, and Doug Garrison, Alex McMurray, Leslie Smith, JD Hill, Claude Bryant and the AllStars, Carlo Nuccio, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Joe Krown, Mason Ruffner, Michael O'Hara (The Sheik), Brad Orgeron and David Treadaway, Chuck Perkins, The Jerk Offisers, Da Truth Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and others.

The concert is organized by The Willow's Jimmy Anselmo and Nuccio and Worrell and co-sponsored by WHIV-FM. Rob Steinberg is the emcee. Tickets are $20; organizers expect to donate at least 95 percent of ticket sales to the SPLC.

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Oshun and Cleopatra parades roll in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 1:52 AM

The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
  • The Krewe of Cleopatra rolls in Uptown.
The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra paraded Friday night in Uptown on a rainy kickoff to Carnival. Both Metairie krewes scheduled to parade Friday were postponed.

Both parades moved their start times up by 30 minutes. The bands of St Mary's Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Charter High School, Langston Hughes Academy and Cohen High School all were able to get on the route and play a song before it started to rain on the Oshun parade. Many groups donned plastic ponchos as the rain became heavier, and at least one band decided not to continue with the parade,

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Nix Library branch to reopen March 6; library announces Mardi Gras hours

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
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  • The Nix branch on S. Carrollton Ave. will reopen March 6.
The Nix branch of the New Orleans Public Library will reopen March 6, according to the NOPL's Facebook page.

It closed its doors in late October for improvements, which include a new floor plan, paint, additional public computers and general infrastructure. Nix also will have new landscaping and lighting when it reopens.

Hours will remain the same: opening at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with closure at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Some NOPL branches will be keeping irregular hours during Carnival season; here's a chart of which libraries are open when.

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Review: Toni Erdmann

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann
  • Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann

Do we ever really know our children? It’s easy to feel close to the little ones, their young minds and budding personalities constantly betraying need for a parent’s love and understanding. The older ones, especially those who’ve grown, left home and struggled to find their place in the world, often prove tougher nuts to crack. That’s when the complexities of family relationships take hold, making it hard to see sons and daughters clearly while others easily do. If we can’t really see them, how can we hope to make a difference in their lives?

That‘s the underlying premise of Toni Erdmann, the astonishing third film from German writer-director Maren Ade. A study in contradictions, Toni Erdmann is a small-scale, deeply personal film that’s nearly three hours long; a soft-spoken, often brooding character study that sharply satirizes today’s dehumanizing corporate culture; and a serious drama with many bouts of unexpected hilarity. Toni Erdmann just gets weirder and more disorienting as it goes, without flying off the rails or losing focus.

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Progressive strikes take shape this week in New Orleans and across the U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Strikes are an alternative or work in tandem with formal protests like this Jan. 29 rally against Trump immigration policies. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Strikes are an alternative or work in tandem with formal protests like this Jan. 29 rally against Trump immigration policies.

With varying degrees of success, demonstrations in New Orleans and across the U.S. this week experimented with the idea of strikes as a tool for activists who object to the policies of President Donald Trump and his administration.

Yesterday, Ideal Markets and at least one restaurant in the city closed in solidarity with A Day Without Immigrants, a national demonstration planned in opposition the Trump administration's anti-immigration stance and the recent executive order which attempted to ban immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. The demonstration as a whole captured widespread media attention and included strikes and closures from outposts of national brands such as McDonald's.

Strike4Democracy, a general strike scheduled for Feb. 17, gained some ground nationally — but seemed to falter in New Orleans.

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Documentary web series Shotgun Boogie offers an outsider's perspective on New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:31 PM

Washboard Chaz and Alex McMurray in Shotgun Boogie
  • Washboard Chaz and Alex McMurray in Shotgun Boogie

Shotgun Boogie is a new 12-part documentary web series spotlighting the people and culture of New Orleans from the perspective of Italian filmmaker Michele Boreggi, who — by his own admission at the start of episode one — "couldn't stand it" when he first arrived. The series focuses on local musicians ranging from Washboard Chaz to Ellis Marsalis and relies heavily on interviews conducted in the musicians' homes. The first episode is currently available for streaming, and episode two arrives on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Released episodes can viewed anytime for free via the series' web site or Facebook page.

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Christian Scott returns with "The Reckoning"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Trumpeter and composer Christian Scott releases Ruler Rebel, his follow up to 2015's masterful Stretch Music, in March. The album is the first in his Centennial Trilogy, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings while serving as a meditation on the past century's social and political realities, from mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex to xenophobia, climate change, gender equality and the rise of neofascism "and the return of the Demagogue."

Ruler Rebel combines his jazz-informed "stretch" music with his ongoing experiments in trap while rooting in West African and "New Orleanian Afro-Native American" sounds. Listen to the somber instrumental "The Reckoning" below.

This weekend, Scott — a New Orleans native and NOCCA grad — curates the Stretch Music Festival in New York.

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Excalibur and Athena cancel Friday night parades

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:53 PM

A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. - WIKICOMMONS/CPL/ JOSEPH KARWICK
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  • A float rolls in a parade on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie.

The krewes of Excalibur and Athena have cancelled their parades scheduled for Friday night on the Veterans Memorial Boulevard route in Metairie.

Excalibur will parade Friday, Feb. 24 following the Krewe of Centurions. Athena will roll Sunday, Feb. 26 immediately following Corps de Napoleon.

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra have moved up the starting times of their parades in New Orleans. Oshun starts at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers of the Family Gras festival say that it's still on for tonight.

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The Damned celebrates debut LP anniversary with world tour

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The Damned performs in New Orleans May 16. - DOD MORRISON
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  • The Damned performs in New Orleans May 16.

Propelled by the single “New Rose," which premiered Oct. 22, 1976, The Damned's 1977 debut album Damned Damned Damned was released Feb. 18, 1977, beating the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks... by a few months as the first-ever full-length release from a U.K. punk band. The album was produced by Nick Lowe, who helmed the sessions in a sprinted 10-day pace matching the band's manic, irreverent rock 'n' roll.

To celebrate the album's 40th anniversary, the band hits the road on a world tour stopping in New Orleans this spring. The band — featuring original members David Vanian and Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) with Monty Oxymoron and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching with bassist Stu West — performs at the House of Blues May 16. The Bellrays open. Tickets are $23.

The album also has been reissued with extended liner notes, out Feb. 18. The band plans to record its first album since 2008 later this year.

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Feast your eyes (and your stomach?) on the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Gambit basketball guy (and professional Pelicans-opposing-team-irritant) Chris Trew is covering the All-Star Weekend festivities, including the special dishes being put together by Centerplate for the weekend.

He got this photo of something called the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger":

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It seems to be a "variant" of the king cake burger from the food truck Food Drunk. Darren Rovell of ESPN posted another photo of the concoction, which costs $12.50 and comes with "chipotle spread" to go with that delicious sugar.

Simple question: Would you eat it?

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