Saturday, August 27, 2016

Elmwood Theater premieres Rob Zombie horror film 31

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 2:10 PM


The Elmwood Theater and Fathom Events will present the premiere of Rob Zombie's new film 31 on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Described by the director as an "old school" horror movie, 31 tells the story of five carnival workers kidnapped the night before Halloween and "forced to fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs." Also on the program are the world premieres of two new music videos, “Gore Whore” and “Get Your Boots On,” and an exclusive Q&A with Zombie. More info and tickets are here.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

An open letter to Louisiana flood victims

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM


Dear Neighbors,

This time of year always evokes memories of Katrina, but this year those flashbacks are much more poignant for seeing the devastation that you are now enduring. As I look back on my Katrina experiences, I feel many emotions and recall many lessons. I’d like to share some of those lessons with you in the hope that they will help you get through the difficult times ahead.

• Recovery happens from the ground up. Government does not move quickly, though it was heartening to see FEMA doing a much better job with this flood than it did with Katrina. Thank FEMA head Craig Fugate and his team for that. Still, the best way to start the recovery is by picking yourselves up by your own bootstraps. That’s what we did — with the help of neighbors and strangers alike. You’ve already seen how that works. (Big hat tip to the Cajun Navy.)

• This tragedy is also an opportunity — to rebuild better, smarter, stronger. New Orleans did it in fits and starts, and with a lot of pain, but we did it. No doubt you will do it faster and, hopefully, even better. I say this as a way of offering hope, not in any way to minimize the human toll of this disaster.

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New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb commemorates first responders Sept. 10

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:20 PM


At the New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, first responders — including firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of EMS and the military — will scale stairs equaling 110 floors at 400 Poydras Tower to commemorate fellow emergency personnel who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event, which is the first of its kind in New Orleans, honors fallen emergency professionals and also recognizes 137 Louisiana veterans who have been killed since the attacks. Each climber wears a deceased individual's name on his or her clothing, and the climb represents the height of the former World Trade Center towers.

All proceeds raised benefit Louisiana Heroes Project, a nonprofit which assists service members and veterans. 

The climb takes place the morning of Sept. 10. An after-party at Barcadia follows. Climbers and event volunteers may register online

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Review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog

For all his accomplishments, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog might not be anyone’s first choice to direct a documentary about the internet. It’s not that he lacks vision or skill. Herzog’s body of work includes early art-house classics such as Woyzeck and Aguirre, the Wrath of God, award-winning documentaries such as Grizzly Man and oddly insightful genre pictures like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He has put his singular stamp on films of every imaginable kind. But the famously tech-averse director refuses to carry a cell phone and uses the web only for email so he can live in the U.S. while maintaining his production company back home in Germany.

In typically eccentric style, Herzog manages to turn that liability into an asset with Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Bringing a fresh eye to the subject of the internet is something few of us could hope to pull off. We are too immersed in the digital world to see it clearly as it permeates every aspect of our lives. The director seems to have no trouble leaving all preconceptions behind as he explores the past, present and possible futures of the internet — like an inquisitive alien who just fell to earth and hopes to understand what all the fuss is about.

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Altamura now open inside Magnolia Mansion

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Altamura is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion in the Lower Garden District. - COURTESY ALTAMURA
  • Altamura is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion in the Lower Garden District.

Altamura (2127 Prytania St., 504-265-8101), a new Italian-American restaurant from the folks behind Manhattanjack, is now open inside the Magnolia Mansion.

Jack Petronella and executive chef Coleman Jernigan have been working on the plan for the Northeastern-inspired Italian restaurant for the better part of three years, since the duo opened their Prytania Street coffee shop together in 2013.

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Second line Sunday: Valley of Silent Men

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Valley Of Silent Mens 2011 parade


3 p.m.-7 p.m. S

Dedicated to our beloved members Leon Anderson Sr., Larry Mazent and John West

(route details below)

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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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Dine out for Louisiana on Sept. 8

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:36 AM

A group of local restaurants will donate 25 percent of sales on Sept. 8 to relief efforts related to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.
  • A group of local restaurants will donate 25 percent of sales on Sept. 8 to relief efforts related to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

Restaurants participating in Dine out for Louisiana will donate 25 percent of their sales from Sept. 8 to Second Harvest Food Bank to provide relief related to recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

“Too many of us know firsthand the heartbreak of losing everything, the trauma of being displaced and the overwhelming task of picking up the pieces,” wrote organizer Beth Sherwood of Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455). “Eleven years ago, Baton Rouge had our backs, offering shelter and support. Now, it is our turn to help our neighbors to get back on their feet.”

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Big Freedia gets three years probation for housing voucher case

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

  • Aldo Chacon

New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia got closure in a months-long housing voucher case in which the performer admitted using nearly $35,000 in Section 8 funds. Freedia avoided jail time but must serve three years on probation — including submitting to regular drug testing and performing 100 hours of community service — and to pay full restitution.

"I apologize to my New Orleans community," Freedia said Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. "I'm embarrassed of my conduct."

Reading a letter to the court, Freedia — in a shimmering black blazer and long blonde hair — thanked probation officers for guiding her through substance abuse treatment, which she was ordered to receive (along with a stay in a halfway house) after failing a drug test earlier this year. "It was an awesome course," Freedia said. "The people were amazing."

"I'm planning to do a lot for New Orleans," Freedia said, "to keep putting it on the map."

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Doggy fashion show Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway returns Sept. 17

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera - PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT STUNTZ
  • Photo credit: Scott Stuntz
  • Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera

Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway
is a professionally produced fashion show, but its staff extends beyond the usual cadre of stylists, makeup artists and Zoolander types. Along the runway, dog handlers sub for paparazzi, placed to reassure the dogs who cruise the … er … catwalk with the models.

Bad to the Bone co-founder Diane Lundeen says the dogs have varying degrees of enthusiasm for the spotlight. 

“Some dogs are just fine. They’re like ‘Hey, I’m here! Take me home!’ Other dogs are like ‘Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?’” she says. 

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