This pièce de résistance features assertions that Minyard sold body parts, à la Burke and Hare; insinuations that Minyard was responsible for the grief that accompanies losing a loved one; fake internal organs that look like giant, uncooked chicken breasts; and a snaggletoothed, hunchbacked assistant named Igor who, by the looks of things, had wiped his bloody, disfigured hands all over the back of his boss's lab coat.
The 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will feature Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker — stars of AMC's The Walking Dead — as well as Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street), Marvel publisher Stan Lee, Terminator's Linda Hamilton, Cheers star John Ratzenberger, Henry Winkler, Dean Cain, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) and Pam Grier, among dozens others at the event celebrating pop culture and comics.
The event is Feb. 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three days of events include celebrity Q&A sessions, costume contests, film screenings, dozens of vendors (from vintage toys and rare movies to collectibles, comics and costumes), as well as dozens of comic artists — including Spider-Man and Punisher's Mike Zeck and Hellboy's Mike Mignola, among the more than 50 others.
Show hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Single-day tickets are $40-$50, and weekend passes are $75. Tickets are available online.
Variety reports that The Whole Gritty City, which premiered in the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival in October, will air during a two-hour primetime special on CBS' 48 Hours next year.
48 Hours producer Richard Barber directed the film, which follows three marching bands — O. Perry Walker High School, L.E. Rabouin High School and the Roots of Music — from 2007 to 2010 as they prepare for the Carnival season amidst tragedy and violence in the members' homes and on the streets. Read an interview with Barber and more about the film in Gambit.
Barber began filming after he had worked on an episode of 48 Hours that looked at post-Katrina murders, particularly murders that catalyzed a citywide anti-violence march at City Hall, including those of filmmaker Helen Hill and Dinerral Shavers, a drummer for Hot 8 Brass Band and band director at L.E. Rabouin High School. The film also captures the early stages of the Roots of Music, founded by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb. The Whole Gritty City not only follows the band directors but Barber also gave handheld cameras to several students to document their lives at home.
It will air 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15., opposite NBC's presentation of the 2014 Olympics.
Comedian Sara Schaefer is a headliner at Hell Yes Fest. She tops a showcase Friday at One Eyed Jacks and she participates in The Megaphone Show Saturday at The Shadowbox. She's completed two seasons of Nikki & Sara Live on MTV and is waiting to hear if the network will pick up a third season. She talked with Gambit about that and other career moves for a preview of the festival. She also discussed her first job after college, which was a no-experience-necessary, entry-level job with an investment and estate management firm in New Orleans. She answered phones and made travel arrangements for clients, she says.
When she got her show on MTV, Schaefer and Nikki Glaser put out a call for comedy writers. After reading 200 packets, Schaefer compiled her own tips for putting together an application to write for a comedy show. But it works as great advice for anyone if the word "company" or "job" is substituted for "show." The tips ("follow the instructions," "Do I even need to tell you to spellcheck that shit?" "Do not recycle a packet you wrote for another show") are here, and following the response she got to the tips, she posted an addendum, but it is for comedians.
Schaefer's first job didn't put her on a career track, but once she moved to New York, she followed an unproven path, taking jobs making Internet videos for AOL and blogging for TV shows, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, before landing a show on MTV.
Following its world premiere at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, local filmmaker Jessy Williamson's documentary A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas premieres Thursday, Nov. 7 on WYES-TV.
The film follows dozens of stories from the landmark music venue, which opened in 1970 and hosted countless rock 'n' roll legends, including opening night acts the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac as well as Bob Marley, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and dozens others. It also was the venue where The Doors performed for the last time with Jim Morrison. The Allman Brothers were the "house band," performing at the venue no less than twice a month in its early years. The Talking Heads headlined the venue's final gig in 1982. (Read the Gambit cover story looking back at the venue as it approached its 40th anniversary.)
The Warehouse was founded by Bill Johnston, a New Orleans native who wanted to replicate the experience of New York's Fillmore East in his hometown. His Warehouse became a go-to venue for touring acts throughout the '70s. Johnston, who is interviewed extensively in the film, died earlier this year.
The film follows the venue's rocky early days and the offbeat characters in its pot-heavy scene, with anecdotes from roadies, staff members, popular 'zine In Your Ear founders, and frequent sideman Deacon John Moore.
A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas airs 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 9 p.m. Nov. 28.
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