Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Lost' version of The Glass Menagerie to screen on TCM Dec. 8

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie. - TCM
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  • Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie.
A 1966 telecast of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie — starring Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook and long thought lost by film scholars — will air tomorrow night on Turner Classic Movies at 7 p.m. Central time, 50 years to the day after it originally was shown. (To see an image from the production, click here.)

The New Yorker's Michael Schulman explains the process by which the telecast was rediscovered (and restored):
On December 8, 1966, CBS Playhouse broadcast a television production of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Shirley Booth as the Southern belle turned frenetic matron Amanda Wingfield. Hal Holbrook and Barbara Loden played her children, Tom and Laura, respectively, with Pat Hingle as the Gentleman Caller. The day after it aired, Jack Gould, of the Times, called it “an evening of superb theater. . . . The delicate delineation of the loneliness of the frustrated Wingfield family was brought to television with lean beauty and eloquence.” (Booth, fresh off the sitcom “Hazel,” was praised as “appropriately intrusive as the perennial Mrs. Fix-it.”) Then, somehow or another, it was lost to time.

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Activists talk organizing in New Orleans at roundtable/book release Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing. - COURTESY JORDAN FLAHERTY
  • Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing.

Community Book Center
 hosts a roundtable of experienced activists and organizers this weekend at a release party for No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality, a new book by Jordan Flaherty.

Flaherty joins Alfred Marshall (STAND with Dignity), Michael Quess? Moore (Take 'Em Down NOLA), Jonshell Johnson (a youth and education activist) and Derek Roguski (New Teachers' Roundtable) to discuss organizing against police violence, their work in New Orleans' troubled school system and overcoming the "savior mentality," in which a well-meaning individual — often a white person — tries to "rescue" a marginalized group without community input. (Think Dangerous Minds.)

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Entergy Giant Screen Theater’s Holiday Film Fest starts Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 8:40 AM

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Entergy Giant Screen Theater (1 Canal St.) presents its first-ever Holiday Film Fest starting on Dec. 8 with The Muppet Christmas Carol. Other scheduled films are Frozen, Elf and The Polar Express. Here’s the schedule:

The Muppet Christmas Carol — 10 a.m. Thursday-Friday Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22; 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

Frozen — 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

Elf — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 23

The Polar Express — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.

More info here.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chris Rock announces 2017 tour, performance at Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Update: Chris Rock has added second show at the Saenger Theatre. He'll perform Sunday, March 26.

"I, Christopher Julius Rock, have an important announcement to make tonight," Rock announced Dec. 5 on Facebook Live from outside the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. "The 'Total Blackout' tour is coming to your town in 2017."

Rock's 2017 tour marks his first standup comedy tour in nine years; Netflix recently announced plans to release two stand-up specials, his first since 2008's Kill The Messenger. The first special will tape during the 2017 tour. "I haven't done it in awhile. Been a little busy," he said. "You know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything... But hey, it's time."

The tour begins February 2017 and spans two dozen dates, with a New Orleans show set for Saturday, March 25 at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $49.50-$125; presales begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, with ticket sales opening 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

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Krazy Kat gets animated

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.
  • A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.

For this week's cover story
, I talked with Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman in Black and White — the first in-depth biography of the New Orleans-born illustrator who created the seminal comic strip Krazy Kat. (After we went to print, Krazy was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Nonfiction of 2016.)

One subject we didn't broach in our conversation was Krazy Kat's animated adaptations, which were of varying quality. This 1936 Krazy Kat cartoon, Li'l Aingil, is close to Herriman's spirit, but the drawing of Krazy in the title card resembles Felix the Cat more than the Krazy of the comics:

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Brewsday Tuesday: Bayou Teche expansion and collaboration with Lost Bayou Ramblers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Bayou Teche Brewing is growing. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Bayou Teche Brewing is growing.

Bayou Teche Brewing (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-754-5122) has much to celebrate this holiday season, including a new collaboration with Grammy-winning Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, an expansion in production and capacity and a new flagship IPA.

Bayou Teche has collaborated with the Lost Bayou Ramblers since the brewery supplied the band with beer during recording sessions of Mammoth Waltz in 2010. The band’s new single, "Aloha Golden Meadow," inspired by Hawaiian steel guitar sounds, is featured in the band's first music video. Bayou Teche is brewing Aloha Golden Meadow, which will be available on draft and 22-ounce bottles.

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2017 Buku lineup announced: deadmau5, Travis Scott, Young Thug and more

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. - RICHARD MARTIN
  • Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project.

Rappers Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Vince Staples lead a lineup with electronic powerhouses deadmau5 and Zeds Dead for the sixth annual Buku Music + Art Project. Returning March 10-11, 2017 at Mardi Gras World, the festival's initial lineup also includes Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Zhu, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, TroyBoi, Thundercat and Clams Casino, among more than a dozen other performers spanning electronic producers, dance DJs, R&B and hip-hop artists and rock bands. The festival also will announce more artists on the bill next year.

deadmau5's booking follows his recent self-described "rushed" genre blender of a seventh album, W:/2016ALBUM/, and the festival — continuing its tradition of putting up zeitgeist-y hip-hop artists — doubles down with rap contortionist Young Thug, acclaimed rappers Travis Scott and Vince Staples, and eccentric XXL Freshmen Lil Yachty and Lil Dicky.

New Orleans artists on the bill include R&B's Ambre, producer AF THE NAYSAYER, guitar-and-drum duo Caddywhompus, and a back to back set from DJs Musa and Otto. Solange’s Saint Heron and DJ outfit DOHM Collective will host two local showcases.

General admission two-day passes are $189.99 and go on sale 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. There also are VIP and other ticket packages. A portion of proceeds benefit Upbeat Academy; the festival raised more than $17,000 in 2016.

See the full lineup below.

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Shovels & Rope, London Souls and Futurebirds headline Hogs for the Cause 2017

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017. - RYAN MCKELLAR
  • Shovels & Rope will perform at Hogs for the Cause in 2017.

Shovels & Rope, London Souls, Futurebirds and others will perform at Hogs for the Cause, which moves to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena on March 31-April 1, 2017.

The lineup also includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners, Seratones, Colin Lake Band, Motel Radio, Good Enough for Good Times and New Breed Brass Band. There will be three music stages at the festival's new location, says event cofounder Becker Hall. The full lineup is below.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Y@ Speak: "fake news"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM

The U.S. Senate race is closing, short-term rentals are going to explode, Louisiana mourns Joe McKnight and fights for justice, Mike Pence stumps in New Orleans, and the Saints are a very fun, anxiety-free football team.

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Ruby Slipper Cafe to open Uptown, short-lived Brick and Spoon closes

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:03 PM

The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017. - COURTESY RUBY SLIPPER CAFE/FACEBOOK
  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017.

Regional breakfast franchise Brick and Spoon closed its Magazine Street location last week, but another popular breakfast and brunch spot has quickly jumped on the spot. Ruby Slipper Cafe will open its fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January, the restaurant’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5. The company also has two out-of-state locations in Orange Beach and Pensacola, Florida.

“We are excited that our Ruby Slipper family has the opportunity to expand within our home city of New Orleans” owner Jennifer Weishaupt said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had our eye on opening a location Uptown for years and this location off the corner at Washington and Magazine Street seems like the perfect spot. We look forward to sharing our own brand of Southern charm with another New Orleans neighborhood for many years to come."

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