Friday, August 26, 2016

Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson host Labor Day benefit concert for flood relief

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
  • Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
Louisiana natives and American Idol hosts Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day. The concert will be broadcast via Raycom Media channels — WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans — with performances from Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie and others .

“Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana,” Jackson said in a statement. “I want to help raise awareness and restore hope to people that are hurting in the place that I will always call home.”

“So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again,” Connick said. “Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction. I hope that this benefit concert brings much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."

The concert will be broadcast from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross’ Louisiana Flood Relief fund. It airs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Androids and anime: a day at MechaCon (slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Costumed con-goers strike a pose.
  • Costumed con-goers strike a pose.

The scene at MechaCon check-in is bedlam. A man in a glittery green bowler hat, possibly left over from St. Patrick’s Day, jostles a woman with blue and purple hair, who consoles her crying sister. A girl in a metallic red and blue jacket, matching bikini bottoms and black high-heeled boots shivers nearby. Other people in varying degrees of costume stand around the registration desk in vague gestures toward lines; the confusion seems to stem from the fact that there are multiple registration levels. Red-shirted volunteers keep trying to line people up based on the first letter of their last names (“N through Z!”) 

Behind me, a young man in an electric blue wig, a red fedora with playing cards tucked into the band and goggles seems indifferent to the chaos. He’s carrying two boxes at about chest-level. 

“What’s in the box?” I ask. 

The first box has a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards, he says. 

“And the other one?”

“It’s a box of string.”

"And what is the string for?

“No one is supposed to know what the string does.”

Shyly, he opens the box’s lid to reveal a tangled nest of extension and power cords.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Young Greatness performs "Moolah" with Jon Batiste on The Late Show

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:11 PM

I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness. - COURTESY BIZ 3
  • I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness.

After several weeks on the Billboard charts and inescapable radio play, rapper Young Greatness made his television debut performing his breakthrough single "Moolah" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert July 12. "Moolah" is both a bittersweet ode to the hustle and a thankful prayer for surviving it — the New Orleans-raised rapper talked to Gambit this month about his long road to now, from the St. Bernard Projects to Hurricane Katrina to prison to the mixtape grind. His follow up, I Tried To Tell Em 2, is out now, with singles "Ball" and "Celebration" (featuring Akon) extending a theme of celebratory perseverance marked with his drowsy, liquid raps and musical flow.

"I try to keep the emotions in my music and give an opportunity to learn about me and some of the things I've been through in my life," he told Gambit. "Just telling a story through music, and just listening to my music and identifying who is Greatness. Just having one of those voices that commands people."

Greatness carried a full band performance with fellow New Orleanian and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste — who hammered his piano into the song's lush melody — along with Batiste's Stay Human. Watch it below:

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

James Carville discusses Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM


New Orleans-based political analyst James Carville appeared on last night's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss the presidential election. Wearing a gold fleur-de-lis pin on his lapel, Carville addressed Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican race, and the feeling among some that Trump is a juggernaut. "I think there's a sense he's getting away with this," Carville told Noah. "I don't think he is, and I don't think he will." 

Noah was more skeptical. "I don't share your optimism," he told Carville. 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Viceland's Flophouse spotlights New Orleans comics tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM


, the cable network that's like some Mike Judge parody of millennialbait TV — its lineup includes Weediquette and F*ck That's Delicious — tonight spotlights the New Orleans comedy scene on its show Flophouse

The episode, titled "Toxoplasmosis at Garbage Party," airs at 9:30 p.m. Here's a preview.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CNBC's American Greed season premiere to feature former Mayor Ray Nagin

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The CNBC documentary series American Greed has its season premiere March 31 with an installment titled "Ray Nagin: New Orleans Shakedown."

The hourlong report, which begins at 9 p.m., will focus on Nagin's business dealings, including those with now-disgraced and jailed former tech whiz Greg Meffert. Also in the story: Stone Age Granite & Marble, the granite company Nagin ran with his sons. Nagin, who was convicted on federal corruption charges in February 2014, is serving a 10-year prison term in Texarkana, Texas.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen come to Saenger Theater June 24

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM

CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo personality Andy Cohen are bringing something called "Deep Talk and Shallow Tales" to the Saenger Theater June 24. Press materials describe it as a "live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events."

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Y@ Speak: Gleesus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM

People were rude to the multimillion dollar TV show! Sad! Why can't everyone just respect the major network that gets a free pass to block traffic downtown for a weekend while continuing a post-Katrina "resurrection" narrative?  #NotAllMusicals!

Also this week: Big Freedia, St. Joseph's altars, Super Sunday, a floating ant pile and a grim entry in #NOLAscanner history.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review: The Passion — from the French Quarter

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 11:47 PM

The finale of The Passion in Woldenberg Park. - MATT BRENNAN
  • The finale of The Passion in Woldenberg Park.

"Crucify! Crucify! Crucify!"

As I reached the edge of the crowd at The Passion: Live in Woldenberg Park tonight, the audience's response to Pontius Pilate (Seal) caught me off guard — a scripted moment, I realized a split second later, but nonetheless a strange one to encounter on the banks of the Mississippi in the Year of Our Lord 2016. In this sense, it was emblematic of the entire production, at least as it appeared on the ground in the French Quarter and the CBD: a series of clashing sights and sounds to match the most jarring mashups of Mardi Gras.

I arrived late to the gleaming stage, with the riverboat Natchez as the backdrop, because I'd decided to join the procession of a 20-foot-long illuminated cross — #KreweofJesus, the local Twitterati ribbed — from a point near my apartment on Royal Street. As a band of revelers amassed behind the bearers, a second line without the brass, a chant of "Jesus! Jesus!" went up; meanwhile, a man wearing little more than a Speedo and a blue cape printed with the Savior's face twirled alongside the parade, eliciting expressions of shock from well-to-do diners in the Rib Room. (Seeing him a short time later in Jackson Square, a visitor from Minnesota covered her child's eyes: "Please don't look!")

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The Passion on Fox: Your Twitter reactions

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 9:07 PM

All you need to know about Tyler Perry and Fox TV's live production of The Passion on the streets of New Orleans tonight is that Jesus got the loaves and fishes from the Food Drunk food truck, which was being staffed by a Top Chef contestant. In other local product placement, the apostles strolled by the Riverwalk outlet mall and Judas betrayed Jesus in Algiers under the Crescent City Connection near the LA/SPCA.

There also was a 20-foot illuminated cross carried from the Superdome to Woldenburg Park, and Jesus finished things off with a performance from the roof of the Westin New Orleans while the Pres Hall Jazz Band played "When the Saints Go Marching In." (If you missed it, it will be streaming on Netflix starting March 25.)

In other words: There was a lot going on.

What did New Orleans think? Twitter was a-twitter.

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