Monday, September 26, 2016

Y@ Speak: debatable

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 6:38 PM


Remember 20 years ago when you tweeted about Disney's gumbo recipe? This week's edition spans a little longer than usual because we missed you last week. But this past week? I don't have enough fingers to chef kiss. David Duke looked like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beyonce and Big Freedia are the only people that New Orleans fans are happy about playing in the Superdome so far this month, and we begin the inaugural Complaining About the Fried Chicken Festival.

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Toups South opens in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum Oct. 5

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Toups South, the new southern-inspired restaurant from chef Isaac Toups and Amanda Toups, is opening Oct. 5 inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. - COURTESY TOUPS SOUTH
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  • Toups South, the new southern-inspired restaurant from chef Isaac Toups and Amanda Toups, is opening Oct. 5 inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

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(1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147), the new southern-inspired restaurant inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, will open on Oct. 5.

Chef Isaac Toups, who was a finalist and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13, opened his eponymous restaurant Toups’ Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-) with his wife and co-owner Amanda Toups in Mid-City in 2012. The couple is expanding their reach with a new concept inside the Central City museum’s restaurant space, formerly home to Ryan Hughes’ Purloo, which closed in June.

“We’re really excited to open in Central City in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum,” Amanda Toups said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this up and coming neighborhood and know we’ll feel right at home.”

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Brian Wilson to perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre in March 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Brain Wilson in 2012. He'll perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre on March 29, 2017. - LOUISE PALANKER/FLICKR
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  • Brain Wilson in 2012. He'll perform Pet Sounds at the Saenger Theatre on March 29, 2017.

In January, Beach Boys founder and massively influential songwriter Brian Wilson announced a world tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark album Pet Sounds. Wilson announced he would perform the album in its entirety "for a final time" on dates spanning all of 2016 — including a July stop in Bossier City — and, now, into 2017. The composer returns to Louisiana with a performance on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

Wilson and his band — including original Beach Boy Al Jardine and longtime guitarist Blondie Chaplin — have earned acclaim for the performances, which serve as both modern recreations of the pop masterpiece (with Al's son Matt Jardine handling Wilson's now-fragile or lost high-register harmonies) and as bittersweet swan songs to Pet Sounds and the master at its helm.

Tickets are $55-$115 and go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 30 via ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 to the box office at 1111 Canal St.

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Tony Bennett to play Saenger Theatre Dec. 7

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Tony Bennett.
  • Tony Bennett.
Just in time for the holidays (when, maybe, baby, it'll be cold outside), crooner Tony Bennett will come to New Orleans for a Dec. 7 concert at the Saenger Theater

Bennett has visited New Orleans many times before, notably at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 2015 Jazz Fest, where his set with Lady Gaga at the Gentilly Stage was plagued with sound problems. A painter, Bennett also created the 2010 Jazz Fest poster (a portrait of Louis Prima).

Tickets for the Saenger show go on sale Friday (Sept. 30) at 10 a.m. and range from $59.50-$125. 

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Gambit's Digital Edition, September 27, 2016

Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:53 AM

French Cine Club presents gay marriage comedy Toute Premiere Fois tonight at Cafe Istanbul

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Toute Premiere Fois (released in the U.S. as I Kissed a Girl) may be the first gay marriage comedy. Written and directed by Noemie Saglio and Maxime Govare, it tells the story of a man who falls for a woman on the eve of his marriage to another man.

The French Cine Club presents Toute Premiere Fois tonight, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue) and again on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orleans (AFNO, 1519 Jackson Avenue). All French Cine Club screenings include English subtitles. Admission is $5 and free to AFNO members. More info here.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Take 'Em Down NOLA marches against Jackson statue

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Take 'Em Down NOLA and demonstrators march on Decatur Street demanding the removal of Andrew Jackson's statue Sept. 24.
  • Take 'Em Down NOLA and demonstrators march on Decatur Street demanding the removal of Andrew Jackson's statue Sept. 24.

Led by drums and chants of "no justice, no peace" and "Black Lives Matter," hundreds of people marched through the French Quarter Sept. 24 demanding the removal of Andrew Jackson's statue at the heart of Jackson Square. Take 'Em Down NOLA — a group that has urged for the removal of all symbols of and monuments to white supremacy, including the four Confederate-era monuments at the center of a lawsuit and city ordinance for their removal — had organized the march following what organizers consider the city's inaction. The city currently is locked in a court battle over the four monuments, waiting on a ruling from a federal appellate court — expected next week — before it can take them down.

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Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco dies at 68

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Buckwheat Zydeco. - DRAGON TASLC
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  • Buckwheat Zydeco.
Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco died early this morning at the age of 68, according to his longtime manager Ted Fox. Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural Jr., had been suffering from lung cancer and unable to perform for most of 2016. Recently his Carencro home had been damaged in the August floods, according to Fox.

"Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier," Fox wrote on Dural's Facebook page. "RIP my dear friend, my brother."

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Annual Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 3:22 PM

YMO Jr. 132nd parade route
  • YMO Jr. 132nd parade route

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. 132ND ANNUAL PARADE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 1-5pm


Dedicated to the Memory of Bros. Elroy Stroughter and Howard Turner, Sr.

(route details below the jump!)

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Review: The Magnificent Seven

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven
  • Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven

On the surface, director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven may seem another ill-advised remake of a classic Hollywood movie. Producers and studio executives typically justify the practice by explaining that today’s audiences just aren’t familiar with many of the all-time-great films. That argument doesn’t apply to John Sturges’ original 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, because the film is anything but an all-time great.

There’s no denying the popularity of the original The Magnificent Seven throughout the ’60s, when it became a mainstay of network television — only The Wizard of Oz was broadcast more frequently during that time. The Magnificent Seven introduced a wide audience to a pack of soon-to-be-adored movie stars, including Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn. Brilliant casting aside, the film is hokey, superficial and long-winded. Modern classics like Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho were released the same year.

Ironically, that means the original The Magnificent Seven — itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, transferred to the old West — may not be a poor candidate for a makeover. A new version might recognize the original’s weaknesses, placing a stronger emphasis on character and story in the style of the finest Hollywood Westerns. Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is not that film.

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