Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joanna Newsom announces U.S. dates in the south, performance at the Civic Theatre Sept. 9

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre. - ANNABEL MEHRAN
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  • Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

Joanna Newsom's immense 2010 triple album Have One on Me opened her gorgeous arrangements in widescreen, a sweeping, panoramic vision of heartbreak demanding close and repeat listens. Following her breakthrough second LP Ys, Have One on Me gathered lush, elegant arrangements with Newsom at her harp and as a lyricist spinning intricate fable-like narratives and intimate portraits, sung in her famously creaking old house of a voice, from some heavenly opera or an imagined Appalachian siren.

It was the last we'd hear from the artist for five years. But 2015's Divers revealed Newsom mastering her balance of dense, rich arrangements with a delicate and personal scope, one that's sincere, lovelorn, coping with all of the world's impending doom and singing alongside it all.

Her last performance in New Orleans was at Tipitina's in 2010 on the final heels of Have One on Me, and her recent tour dates in Divers' wake finally have circled back to the city. She performs Friday, Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

She also performs Sept. 7 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and Sunday, Sept. 11. at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Tickets to the Civic show are $30-$35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22.

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Beck to perform at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Beck performs Sept. 15. - PETER HAPAK
  • Peter Hapak
  • Beck performs Sept. 15.
Heavy rains forced festival organizers to cancel Beck's 2016 set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, his return to New Orleans following a packed House of Blues performance in 2014. The singer-songwriter will be back in New Orleans this year at the Saenger Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 15, his first U.S. date on a fall tour.

His next album is due Oct. 21. Beck's still-untitled 13th album's first single, "Wow," is buoyed by a snappy trap-inspired drum machine, a wordless singalong chorus and loopy four-note flute — far different from 2014's sobering, Grammy Award-winning Sea Change companion Morning Phases.

The concert adds to a stuffed September schedule — also that week: Gary Clark Jr., Dinosaur Jr. and Floating Points, in a month with Beyonce, Drake, Alabama Shakes, Okkervill River, James Blake, Kraftwerk, Sturgill Simpson, Ja Rule and the Dixie Chicks.

Tickets are $39.50-$89.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 via ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 or the Saenger box office at 1111 Canal St.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab under construction in Bywater

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps.

Eric and Leah Jensen created the name Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.) because it reflects the forthcoming brewery's surrounding neighborhood as well as Eric’s previous work as an educator. “Parleaux” joins the French words for “by" and "water,” and Eric says “lab” evokes the kind of brewing he plans to do when the brewery opens late this year.

“Labs are used to describe experimental processes,” Eric says, “That’s how I approach brewing.”

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Y@ Speak: #BatonRouge, "I got you"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Following Alton Sterling's death, protests against police brutality and Sterling's funeral, more tragedy in Baton Rouge. Also this week: Skip Holden and Pokemon fever.

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"Museum Month" has free(ish) museum admission in August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:01 PM

The New Orleans Museum of Art will participate in New Orleans Museum Month.
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art will participate in New Orleans Museum Month.

After a summer of high-hedonist activities (tubing, daiquiris, kiddie pools filled with Jell-O), return to civilized culture in August with the city's annual "Museum Month."

During the event, major local museums offer free admission with an active membership at one of the participating institutions. For example, buying a membership to the Contemporary Arts Center gets you in to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National World War II Museum, Le Musee de Free People of Color and several other properties. 
 
The program is a great way to check out museums during a traditionally quiet month for tourism, when galleries and exhibits are less crowded. Budget-friendly memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center (from $25), the Historic New Orleans Collection (from $35), and Longue Vue House & Gardens (from $35). 

A complete list of museums is available online.

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Gambit's Digital Edition: July 19, 2016

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Jefferson Performing Arts Society announces 2016-2017 season

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 5:12 PM

My Fair Lady opened Jefferson Performing Arts Society' 2015 season. - JOSHUA FREDERICK
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  • My Fair Lady opened Jefferson Performing Arts Society' 2015 season.

Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) announced its 2016-2017 season for shows at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and Teatro Wego in Westwego. Tickets will go on sale in mid-August. JPAS has one show left in its current season, Elf Jr., which runs July 29-31 at JPAC.

The upcoming season is as follows:

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"Ready, fire, aim"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser obviously hasn’t read the law on early voting. Judging by his errant comments on that topic recently, he also isn’t familiar with the old adage, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Holding his tongue is not in Nungesser’s nature. Indeed, one of his sometimes endearing qualities is his willingness to speak directly from the heart, with great passion if not always great eloquence, as he did during the BP oil spill. Unfortunately for Nungesser, he also has a tendency to bypass the filter between his brain and his mouth. When it comes to offering an opinion, his motto is “Ready, fire, aim.”

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Restaurant news for Seaworthy, Barrel Proof

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Barrel Proof Kitchen is now serving food at Barrel Proof Wednesdays through Saturdays. - COURTESY BARREL PROOF/FACEBOOK
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  • Barrel Proof Kitchen is now serving food at Barrel Proof Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Ace Hotel
oyster and cocktail hub Seaworthy  (630 Carondelet St.) has a soft-opening period starting next week. The new spot, next to the Carondelet Street boutique hotel, will serve a limited menu during limited hours for a 10-day soft-opening stretch beginning July 21. Representatives for the hotel say the restaurant and bar will open full swing August 1.

The renovated historic Creole townhouse is connected to the hotel property and includes an upstairs and downstairs bar, as well as several dining areas, including a spacious patio.

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Review: Ghostbusters

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:07 PM

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How much trouble does a filmmaker stir up by rebooting a beloved film franchise in the internet age? In most cases, none. Batman, James Bond and Star Wars are but three examples of cherished film series that have been reimagined and reintroduced to the delight of wildly receptive fans around the world.

Something else happened when writer-director Paul Feig announced that his reboot of Ghostbusters would feature an all-female primary cast. The response on message boards and social media was swift, brutal and often openly misogynist. The vitriol reached a peak two months ago when popular YouTube film reviewer James Rolfe posted a long-winded refusal to even watch the film, citing multiple infractions while carefully avoiding any mention of the female cast. The film’s first trailer became the most disliked movie preview in YouTube history. It currently has nearly one million “thumbs down” votes and an endless stream of scathing comments, of which the most offensively sexist are deleted by Sony Pictures.

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