Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Pippin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 11:44 AM


JOHN BARROIS
  • JOHN BARROIS

Pippin, the Tony Award-winning musical, written by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, dazzled Broadway audiences in the ’70s and a talented cast is delighting audiences with a season opening production at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Schwartz’s timeless and captivating score provides ample opportunities for stellar vocals and jazzy, Bob Fosse-style dance moves, giving the show magical flair.

Originally conceived as a student musical, Pippin essentially is a coming-of-age story. Bored with formal education and the royal court, Charlemagne’s first-born son yearns for an “extraordinary” life, seeking excitement and, above all, meaning. It is a classic tale of a young man traveling the world only to find true happiness back home.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First look at Meril, opening Saturday in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 3:52 PM


Korean short ribs are grilled robata-style over charcoal and served with kimchi cucumbers at Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new restaurant opening Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Warehouse District. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Korean short ribs are grilled robata-style over charcoal and served with kimchi cucumbers at Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new restaurant opening Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Warehouse District.

Meril (424 Girod St., 504-526-3745), Emeril Lagasse’s first new restaurant to open in New Orleans since 1998, opens its doors Saturday, Sept. 24. It’s named after his daughter and joins his flagship Emeril's New Orleans, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico.  

Chef de cuisine Will Avelar is a New Orleans native who began working for Lagasse in 2005 and moved on to lead the kitchen at Delmonico. He will oversee day-to-day operations at the new spot and created the menu along with Chris Wilson, the culinary director for Lagasse's empire.

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Brewsday Tuesday: NOLA Brew Bus launches brewery tours

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

NOLA BREW BUS
  • NOLA Brew Bus

Matt Marsiglia is building on New Orleans’ growing beer culture with his tour company, NOLA Brew Bus, which starts tours on Sept. 30.

“I want to bring the experience that tour guides give in the French Quarter to my tour, except it will be beer-centric.” Marsiglia says. “I want them to get off the bus and say ‘Wow. New Orleans is a bad-ass beer city.'”


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Ariana Grande coming to Smoothie King Center April 11, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Ariana Grande. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Ariana Grande.

Pop star Ariana Grande, who came to the Smoothie King Center in 2015 on her "Honeymoon Tour," will return to New Orleans and the SKC next year with the "Dangerous Woman Tour." 

Presale tickets will be available Sept. 20, and tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 24. 

Here's a preview of what to expect from the "Dangerous Woman Tour," and a video of Ariana licking a donut (as one does). Blue Dot and District: take appropriate security precautions.



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Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform at Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 10:44 AM

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017. - CLARA BALZARY
  • CLARA BALZARY
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced dates for part of its 2017 tour. The band performs at the Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will open  for the Chili Peppers on the tour.

The Chili Peppers last performed in New Orleans at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 24. 

The band released The Getaway in June. 

Tickets are available to fan club members on pre-sale Sept. 21 and are available to the general public Sept. 23.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, September 20, 2016

Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Second line Sunday: Goodfellas and The Wild Bunch

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Conrad 'Sam the Picture Man' Wyre
  • Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
GOODFELLAS SOCIAL & PLEASURE CLUB ANNUAL SECOND LINE

1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2016

(route details below the jump!)

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Review: Snowden

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden

One of the most memorable moments delivered by Oliver Stone’s Snowden occurs before the film begins. A public service announcement asking moviegoers to turn off their phones — ostensibly to avoid disturbing fellow theater patrons — is made by the director himself. In a self-referential bit that reflects Stone’s 42-year career as a filmmaker, the message turns both humorous and sinister.

Holding up a smartphone and looking directly into the camera, Stone says, “This will be our undoing.”

The director surely is poking fun at his own reputation as a conspiracy hound, built through signature films like JFK and Nixon. He’s also providing a fitting introduction for Snowden, Stone’s biopic of National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed the U.S. government’s practice of spying and collecting data on its own citizens — all of its citizens — among many other potentially illegal or unconstitutional surveillance programs. As the film illustrates, technology is in use right now that can remotely transform any computer or smartphone into a literal window on the user’s life.

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Race in America film and discussion series begins Sunday at Tulane University

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Slavery by Another Name
  • Slavery by Another Name

Race in America: Past, Present, and Future is a film and discussion series presented by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Welcome Table New Orleans community-building initiative and the Tulane Center for Public Service and Office of Multicultural Affairs. The first event in the series takes place on Sunday, Sept. 18 and features a screening of documentary Slavery by Another Name. The film examines the system of forced labor endured by African Americans through the beginning of World War II. The House I Live In looks at the racial motivations behind the war on drugs and screens on Oct. 6. Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North documents a white family's journey to discover its slave-trading roots and screens on Oct. 24.

Each screening starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and discussion, all at the Kendall Cram Room, second floor of the Lavin Bernick Center at Tulane University. The events are free and open to the public.

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Chef Phillip Lopez to helm restaurant, bars at the new Troubadour hotel

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Chef Phillip Lopez will open a restaurant and two bars at the Troubadour hotel, which opens Nov. 4. - COURTESY JOIE DE VIVRE HOTELS
  • COURTESY JOIE DE VIVRE HOTELS
  • Chef Phillip Lopez will open a restaurant and two bars at the Troubadour hotel, which opens Nov. 4.

Chef Phillip Lopez has had a busy year. The Root and Square Root chef opened the high-end delicatessen Part & Parcel (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-827-1090) in August. Lopez will run food operations, including a restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar, at the Central Business District hotel The Troubadour (1111 Gravier St.), which opens Nov. 4.

The  184-room boutique hotel is the first New Orleans property from Joie de Vivre hotel group. The 17-story landmark building on the corner of Gravier and N. Rampart streets will feature rooms with a “a modern aesthetic with subtle touches of New Orleans mysticism, music, and local culture,” according to a statement from the property’s owners.

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