Friday, January 13, 2017

New Orleans musicians nowhere to be seen on Trump inaugural celebration performance list

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Mississippi band 3 Doors Down will be performing at Donald Trump's inaugural concert, the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, next week. Not on the bill: Louisiana artists.
  • Mississippi band 3 Doors Down will be performing at Donald Trump's inaugural concert, the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, next week. Not on the bill: Louisiana artists.

New Orleans may be the cradle of jazz and America's most musically rich city, but the Crescent City won't be represented at President-elect Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration," a concert to be held at the Lincoln Memorial Jan. 19.

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Review: Hunter Gatherer

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Andre Royo and George Sample III in Hunter Gatherer
  • Andre Royo and George Sample III in Hunter Gatherer

There’s no shortage of small, independent films vying for audience attention throughout the year. Even little-known film festivals are flooded with hundreds (or thousands) of well-intentioned but essentially ordinary entries. Rare indie films that manage to break through the clutter typically possess two distinguishing qualities: characters that are in some way different from those we’ve seen on screen before, and the uncanny ability to make virtues of limited resources and modest scale.

First-time writer-director Josh Locy’s endearingly eccentric Hunter Gatherer fits that description like few films released last year. Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and current nominee for a Spirit Award honoring the year’s best film made for less than $500,000, Locy’s movie builds a low-key, often-poetic tone that’s an ideal match for its human-size tale of unlikely friendship. It’s a small film with a big heart, but one that does not wear its heart on its sleeve.

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Prytania Theatre's complete Harry Potter film series begins this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

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The Prytania Theatre begins its Harry Potter film series this weekend, Jan 13-15, with screenings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Friday and Saturday nights at midnight, and Sunday at 10 p.m. The series will include all eight Harry Potter movies on eight consecutive weekends ending March 5. Tickets are $11.75, $10.75 for students and $9.75 for children and seniors. See the full schedule here.

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Broadway in New Orleans and local theaters announce 2017-2018 seasons

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM

The Color Purple comes to Saenger Theatre in February 2018. - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • MATTHEW MURPHY
  • The Color Purple comes to Saenger Theatre in February 2018.

Broadway in New Orleans, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre have announced new seasons. Broadway shows to play at Saenger Theatre include Rent, The Color Purple, The King and I and a pre-Broadway run of Escape to Margaritaville, featuring music by Jimmy Buffett. The touring production of Hamilton will be included in the 2018-2019 season. Subscribers to the 2017-2018 season will have first access to Hamilton tickets.

Rivertown Theaters presents the popular musicals Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast.

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre presents Gypsy, Hairspray and Annie Get Your Gun.

Full schedules after below.

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Baby Cakes host 'Hot Stove' season preview party Jan. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.
  • Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.

A new era of bakery-related puns dawns with the New Orleans Baby Cakes' inaugural "Hot Stove" (shouldn't it be "Hot Oven?") preview party later this month. The public is invited to yet-to-be-renamed Zephyr Field for an event celebrating the unofficial start to baseball season.

At the event, Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler and Florida Marlins assistant player development director Brett West offer an overview of the triple-A team's first season since its much-ballyhooed rebranding. Former LSU slugger and newly signed Marlin Austin Nola also appears, and there are free refreshments and kids' games. (Coincidentally, this is the same weekend as New Orleans King Cake Festival, for those of you developing a cake-centric itinerary.)

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 13-15

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Gambit contributor Noah Bonaparte Pais slides in to WWL-TV to share weekend entertainment picks: a one-person show starring a RuPaul's Drag Race winner, a well-regarded rapper at Howlin' Wolf and more.


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Cast members from The Lion King sing at Ace Hotel Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.
  • Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in the cast of The Lion King, currently running at Saenger Theatre. He and fellow cast members, including Deshaun Young, who plays Simba, sing in a program called "Resist" at the Ace Hotel's Three Keys at 7:30 Monday, Jan. 16. Other singers include Sihele Ngema, Jalen Harris and Vusi Sondiyazi. The program focuses on songs inspired by the U.S. civil rights movement and resistance to Apartheid in South Africa. The performers are accepting donations at the door, which will be given to St. Augustine High School, Banks' alma mater.

The Lion King touring production typically visits a city for one- or two-month engagements, and cast members hold occasional events like this to sing various types of music. Banks is classically trained and he sometimes uses these events to sing operatic works. Banks spoke to Gambit about his musical training in New Orleans and career.

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NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival debuts in Central City Feb. 11

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM

The inaugural NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes place Feb. 11 at Central City BBQ. - WIKICOMMONS/JERILYN QUINTANILLA
  • WIKICOMMONS/JERILYN QUINTANILLA
  • The inaugural NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes place Feb. 11 at Central City BBQ.

A new food festival (yes, another one) debuts next month when the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes over the newly opened Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276) on Feb. 11.  The festival was initially called the Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Fest, but changed the name after members of Fifty-Six Hope Road Music (a company run by the heirs of Bob Marley) threatened legal action with a cease and desist letter.

The inaugural festival, from the organizers behind the NOLA Caribbean Festival, celebrates the Caribbean island nation’s cuisine and it signature smoky chicken staple, as well the music and culinary traditions of both New Orleans and Jamaica.

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As Congress votes to begin repeal of Affordable Care Act, Edwards and Landrieu tout Medicaid expansion success in Louisiana

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of the Louisiana Department of Health, touted what they called health care success in Louisiana at a press conference today at the University Medical Center.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of the Louisiana Department of Health, touted what they called health care success in Louisiana at a press conference today at the University Medical Center.

One day after President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference in which he repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Louisiana leaders gathered at University Medical Center in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary since Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill allowing Medicaid expansion into the state. That expansion, which went into place last July, has resulted in more than 378,000 newly insured Louisianans, according to figures provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

"Behind all these numbers is a real live person," Edwards said.

Refusing the Medicaid expansion was a cornerstone of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, while Edwards had made it a campaign plank. Edwards called signing Medicaid expansion "the easiest big decision I will ever make as governor."

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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
  • TIMOTHY SACCENTI
  • 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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