Friday, October 14, 2016

Uptown restaurants Kyoto and Tryst close

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Following a name and concept change in August, Tryst (formerly Saveur) has closed. - COURTESY SAVEUR/FACEBOOK
  • Following a name and concept change in August, Tryst (formerly Saveur) has closed.

Two Uptown restaurants announced they are closing this week. Tryst (4128 Magazine St.), which until several months ago was a different concept called Saveur, closed Thursday, Oct. 13. Owner Kimble Donington-Smith ran several restaurant concepts at the space, including the casual Baie Rouge, which opened in 2013, and later Saveur, a fine dining affair with chef Dominique Macquet running the kitchen.

Following Macquet’s departure, the restaurant became Tryst in August. Donington-Smith says he does not plan on opening another business at the spot.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Film Festival presents free screening of blues documentary Two Trains Runnin' tonight at Ashé

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Gary Clark, Jr. in Two Trains Runnin'
  • Gary Clark, Jr. in Two Trains Runnin'

The New Orleans Film Festival presents Sam Pollard's new documentary Two Trains Runnin' tonight, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). The film tells the story of two groups of young blues fans who traveled to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 — at the height of tensions during the Civil Rights Movement — in search of then little-known blues titans Son House and Skip James. The film is narrated by Common and features appearances by Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Chris Thomas King and North Mississippi All-Stars. The screening is free and open to the public.

Two Trains Runnin' also screens on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:45 p.m. at The Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.). More info about both screenings is here.

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Art activists Liberate Tate present "Insides/Outsides" talk in New Orleans Oct. 18

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation. - AMY SCAIFE
  • Liberate Tate's "Human Cost" installation.

The activist art collective Liberate Tate, best known for its unsanctioned and guerrilla-ish installations and performances in London’s prestigious Tate Galleries, delivers a “lecture-performance” at Pelican Bomb Gallery X next week in an event presented by Bureau of Change.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM


Following last year's 30th anniversary of the band's debut album Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain announced some new songs and a possible new album were in the works, as well as an anniversary tour, with the brothers Reid back in the studio for the first time since 1998.

The afterglow of those anniversary performances will touch New Orleans in December, the band's return to the city following a rescheduled 2012 set at the House of Blues. The Jesus and Mary Chain performs 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $32.50-$45.

Psychocandy — 1985's static-filled, tinny love letter-as-atom bomb — introduced the band's feedbacking, shoegaze-prophesizing Velvet Underground worship. Infamously anarchic performances and a handful of albums followed, including 1987's cleaned-up Darklands and 1999's polarizing Munki, considered until recently the band's final studio LP.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Watch: Delish Da Goddess wears the golden crown in "Goddess" video

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM


From lurking in a shadowy cabin to being fed grapes and holding court among dueling swordsmen, gold-covered dancers and white-robed disciples. New Orleans rapper Delish Da Goddess channels midnight movie thrills and her bacchanalian, party-first mission statement in the NSFW-ish video for "Goddess," the rapper's debut music video.

The song, from the 2015 EP Gold Blooded, includes the bold, throne-taking boasts and miniature anthems the rapper has released on several mixtapes and singles. One of the city's artists to watch in Gambit's 2016 Music Issue, Delish told Gambit, "I want them to hear the music, but that's not the element I want them to be inspired by. I want them to come see it." Well, feast your eyes.

Delish performs Friday, Oct. 14 at Castillo Blanco Art Studios.

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Review: Airline Highway

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 3:34 PM


WWOZ 90.7 FM blares in the background and clothes are hung over the railing to dry at a pink motel on Airline Highway. Francis (Thomas Francis Murphy), an unshaven and disheveled man wearing a Defend New Orleans T-shirt and feathered crash helmet, bicycles onstage, carrying a basket full of Mardi Gras beads. Hummingbird Motel residents sit on plastic chairs in the parking lot where they are planning a “living funeral” for Miss Ruby (Janet Shea), a beloved neighbor who owned a strip club in her younger days. In other cities, these goings-on might seem exotic, but in New Orleans, it’s just another day.

Airline Highway, written by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Southern Rep’s Aimee Hayes, could be described by the cliche, “truth is stranger than fiction.” First produced at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and also on Broadway last year, Airline Highway is populated with colorful New Orleans types, living on the edge and in the moment, who form a supportive community at a seedy motel. The show is full of humor, which is well delivered, but its originality is undercut by the fact we can see similar scenes every day.

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Maypop, a MoPho spinoff, opens this fall in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Chef Michael Gulotta will open Maypop, a spinoff of his Mid-City restaurant MoPho, late this year. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Chef Michael Gulotta will open Maypop, a spinoff of his Mid-City restaurant MoPho, late this year.

Maypop (611 O'Keefe Ave.), a spinoff of chef Michael Gulotta’s popular Mid-City restaurant MoPho, will open late this year in the Warehouse District. The new spot is named for a passionflower native to southeast Louisiana and will focus on a marriage of Southeast Asian and Southern flavors.

“We’re kind of cooking whatever we want to eat,” Gulotta says. “It’s going to be a little bit more polished than MoPho — someplace where we can be a little more agile and flexible.”

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Marjie’s Grill brings Southeast Asian barbecue to Mid-City

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Marjie's Grill will serve dishes inspired by Southeast Asia such as tomato and spring onion salad with shiso. - COURTESY MARJIE'S GRILL
  • Marjie's Grill will serve dishes inspired by Southeast Asia such as tomato and spring onion salad with shiso.

A restaurant inspired by the flavors and techniques of Southeast Asian barbecue is coming to Mid-City. Chef and owners Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney will open Marjie’s Grill at 320 S. Broad St. by the end of the year.

The couple also is behind the pop-up Sparklehorse. They describe the new restaurant as a casual spot that will serve dishes inspired by the roadside barbecue they discovered while traveling in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos last year. The couple met while working at Herbsaint, where Jacobs was the executive sous chef and Carney works as a server.

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Free eye exams and glasses offered in New Orleans this week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM


Free, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses are available to eligible patients at two locations in the city this week. 

A press release from the City of New Orleans announced the program, which is a partnership between the city and Eyes of Hope's VSP Mobile Eyes mobile eyecare clinics. Patients can go to the Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center (1616 Caffin Ave.) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and the Rosenwald Recreation Center (1120 S. Broad St.) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday for exams, which will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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"Deviant," Southern Mississippi Juggalo rappers in love, bring killer clown music to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
  • Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
Are you living your dreams? Ratchet and Sukkew are living theirs. Together they're Deviant, a married Juggalo rap duo from a small town in Southern Mississippi. On Wed., Oct. 12 at Southport Hall, they're opening for horrorcore rap legends Twiztid, a huge opportunity for a couple who only this year made the jump from fans to musicians.

After stumbling on Deviant's first music video, Lurkin', I tracked the power couple down for a conversation about their upcoming show, police harassment of Juggalos and how wedded bliss mixes creatively with their lyrical themes of dismemberment, maiming, and torture — the gruesome tropes comprising the rap subgenre known as horrorcore.

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