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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
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  • 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
  • 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

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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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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jon Batiste returns to New Orleans for Civic Theatre show

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Jon Batiste.
  • Jon Batiste.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human — bandleader and house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — returns to New Orleans for the band's first club performance in the city since taking over the late-night gig. 

The band will headline the Civic Theatre during the second week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30. (The band also performs earlier that day at the Fest.) Tickets are $25 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 

Colbert enlisted Batiste for Late Show house band duties after Colbert was announced as show host following David Letterman's retirement. The Kenner native and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts grad has developed a casual, goofball rapport with Colbert, showing comic chops on New Orleans segments, whether teaching Colbert how to lean on Frenchmen Street or how to play jazz.

Batiste and Stay Human spans jazz, R&B, pop, funk and soul, driven by Batiste's piano, melodica and lively stage presence. The band has released several albums, including the acclaimed 2013 LP Social Music and the 2016 release The Late Show EP, featuring six new songs, including The Late Show theme. The EP, which Baptiste says aims to capture the band's in-studio performance, includes two live tracks, and another, of course, with Colbert himself.

Batiste also recently jammed with most-famous-Muppet Kermit the frog (and apparent college pal from their Juilliard days). Watch below:

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Top Chef casting calls today in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef. - BRAVO TV
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  • Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef.

Think you’ve got what it takes to compete on Top Chef? The Bravo series is hosting a casting call for local chefs and aspiring food television stars today (Feb. 11) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The open call takes places at Pigeon and Prince (129 Camp St.), the new event space in the former Le Foret spot from chef John Besh (Besh is a Top Chef Masters Season 1 alum). Interested chefs need to fill out an application packet, available on the network’s website here. 

The show, currently in its 13th season, features local chef Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999), who, to date, is still in the running for the Top Chef title. Part two of the show's Restaurant Wars episode airs tonight at 8 p.m.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Bruce Campbell, fan films, Captain America and more events at Comic Con

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans. - COURTESY WIZARD WORLD
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  • Cult film star Bruce Campbell appears at the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans.

The 2016 Wizard World Comic Con — the pop culture convention's sixth annual New Orleans pitstop — begins today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. There's a spread of celebrity guests, from Marvel movie superheroes to Doctor Who and The Walking Dead stars, and the showroom floor is full of trivial, niche pop cultural artifacts, from forgotten comic books and action figures to the latest in steampunk technology.

Then there are the panel discussions, film screenings and costume contests — a few of the highlights from each day are below. Find the full schedule here.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

American Crime Story season 2 to focus on Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Ryan Murphy, producer of American Crime Story and American Horror Story (seen in a file photo with actor Kathy Bates), says that season 2 of his crime anthology will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods of New Orleans. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Ryan Murphy, producer of American Crime Story and American Horror Story (seen in a file photo with actor Kathy Bates), says that season 2 of his crime anthology will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods of New Orleans.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, season 2 of the FX network anthology series American Crime Story will be set in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.

Producer Ryan Murphy, who created Glee and the various American Horror Story installments (one of which was set in New Orleans), told the paper:
Murphy says the working plan is to follow a group of six to eight people in an attempt to examine all sides of the tragedy, from the Superdome in New Orleans to the hospital to those who were put on buses and dropped off with babies who had to wear trash bags for multiple days. "I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world," he says on a rare quiet afternoon in his L.A. office in mid-December. "And in my opinion, Katrina was a f—ing crime — a crime against a lot of people who didn't have a strong voice, and we're going to treat it as a crime. That's what this show is all about."
No script has been written, but the producer hopes to begin filming this fall. Meanwhile, season 1 of American Crime Story — 10 episodes focusing on the media circus around O.J. Simpson's 1995 trial — will begin airing Feb. 2.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report: Fox to stage live Last Supper rock musical in New Orleans on Palm Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM



Forget The Wiz: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Fox TV is going to broadcast a live event from the streets of New Orleans on Palm Sunday — and it's a rock musical based on the Last Supper.

Huh?
It’s called “The Passion,” and Dick Clark Productions is putting it together.

The two hour musical extravaganza will be a live (yes, LIVE) restaging of the Last Supper set to modern rock songs. It will air on Palm Sunday, produced by Adam Anders, whose credits include “Glee” and “American Horror Story” as music supervisor. ...

I’m told that hundreds of New Orleans extras will take part in a processional walking a huge illuminated cross from the Superdome to a park on the river. What’s not clear is if they go through with the crucifixion and resurrection, or if it stops there and turns into Mardi Gras. 

Huh.

This sounds like a cross between two ill-fated New Orleans productions — last year's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar (which was canceled, literally, in mid-rehearsal) and Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras, a disastrous 1977 special that Gambit recalled in a 2002 story by David Lee Simmons

It's official. We live on a backlot now.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

WATCH: Aziz Ansari gets one last chance to do Gov. Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.
  • Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Other than Gov. Bobby Jindal and his family, probably no one was as sorry to see him drop out of the presidential race as was comedian Aziz Ansari (Master of None), who wished Jindal would be around long enough for the comedian to impersonate the governor:

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