New Orleans Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will host a public conversation with noted cinematographer Michael Goi at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at NOCCA's Nims Black Box Theatre, 2800 Chartres Street. A three-term president of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) and director of photography for TV's American Horror Story and Glee, Goi will discuss his work with NOVAC Cinematography Series instructor D.J. McConduit. Tickets are free for NOVAC members and NOCCA students, and $10 general admission.
Besh will be greeting fans and signing copies of his most recent book, Cooking From the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way, which pays homage to the chefs who inspired him through countless kitchens in his rise to fame. The signing is sponsored by Octavia Books. The bookstore's owner, Tom Lowenburg, says Besh's appointments at the market are always a hit. "He's always so affable," he says. "It's a beautiful book, and he says it's his favorite so far. He does a lot of storytelling."
Separate from Besh's book, Shaya, who's a CCFM board member, will be preparing Cavatelli with lamb Bolognese and basil, with tastes for shoppers. The market's new Executive Director, Kathryn Parker, will be his sous chef. Parker took up the post Dec. 1, and the event is a way to welcome Parker to the market family and meet and greet with market regulars.
There's also plenty for the kids of book buyers and lamb tasters. The market will host its monthly Marketeers activity Saturday, with holiday crafting for the little ones.
In a move that's more Silicon Valley than Ninth Ward, Booty's Street Food, the Bywater's go-to source for jet-setting cuisine, is now accepting payment in Bitcoins. In doing so, it becomes the first restaurant in New Orleans to embrace the new electronic currency.
For fans of Frankie & Johnny's (321 Arabella St. (504) 243-1234), the Uptown favorite that dates back to 1942, Black Friday was a very good day indeed. After a stint out-of-action during which the eatery's new owners oversaw significant repairs and upgrades, the seafood restaurant has been open and taking all comers as of November 29th.
Long-time Saints fans know what it feels like to lose big, but the team has been good long enough now for some very young fans to not really comprehend it.
"I'm glad they're winning," a kid, sitting behind me in the Dome during the game against Buffalo, told his dad. "But they should be winning by more."
Ten year-old Bradley, throwing paper planes from the terrace in 1995, would have been staggered by the ability of any Saints fan, old or young, to make such a statement.
Losing big just doesn't happen much anymore. Since 2009, when what we folks over at B&G refer to as the current phase of the Payton era began, the Saints have only lost ten games by more than one score (or 8 points — a touchdown plus a two point conversion).
The meaningful number is even less than that. Four of the ten losses happened in 2012, sans Sean Payton; another of them was the season finale against Carolina in 2009, when no starters played. Another of the losses was to Tampa in 2010, when the starters were pulled early.
That leaves only three games, not including the new loss to Seattle.
But we're not here just to say the Saints don't lose badly very often. That doesn't help much when you've just lost very badly.
Let's take a look at what happens after the Saints lose badly, so that we might get an idea for what'll happen in the latest biggest game of the year vs Carolina.
It seems likely the team will take one of only two paths from here on out.
Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015—to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays.
Fat Tuesday falls on March 4, 2014, but the Carnival season starts as always on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Several krewes have made announcements about 2014 parades and events. Bacchus will be ruled by Hugh Laurie, the star of House, who was in town recently to perform at a Tipitina's Foundation benefit to restore Professor Longhair's family home.
The Krewe of Orpheus announced the entertainment for the Orpheuscapade (lundi gras, March 3). Cheap Trick will headline the event and other performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Party Crashers. The krewe will release the names of its celebrity monarchs Monday, Dec. 23. Cheap Trick fans may remember the band's much discussed 2011 Voodoo Music and Art Experience show.
The Krewe of Alla will ride on the Uptown route for the first time at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Its monarchs are Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts as Maharajah and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor as Maharanee.
A young Carnival club, the Krewe of Freret, is scheduled to debut on the Uptown route on Feb. 22. The group was formed by Loyola University alums. The krewe's royalty will be King Jason Williams and Queen Ary Dotiwala.
Movie awards season began today with an announcement from the New York Film Critics Circle, which chose David O. Russell's upcoming 1970s-era crime drama American Hustle as best picture of 2013. The film, which also won for best screenplay (Russell and Eric Warren Singer) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence), is currently scheduled to open in New Orleans on December 20. Other winners include Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) for best director, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell for best documentary, and Blue is the Warmest Color for best foreign film. A complete list of winners is a available here.
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