Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Breed Brass Band has all instruments stolen while on tour

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist. - NEW BREED BRASS BAND FACEBOOK
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  • New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist.
Members of the New Breed Brass Band had their instruments and clothing stolen yesterday in Oregon at the beginning of a monthlong tour of the United States, according to a post on the group's Facebook page:
This morning, July 22nd, while on tour in Albany, OR, our vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of our hotel.
Our possessions were stolen, including our instruments and clothes.
We are currently in La Pine, OR seeking out any help we can get to be able to continue our 30 day tour, of which we have only completed 3 days.
If anyone has any information about the missing instruments please message the New Breed Brass Band or call the Albany Oregon Police Department on 541-917-7680.

Below the cut: The list of stolen instruments, and how you can help these great, hardworking guys. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Breaking a Monster

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Unlocking the Truths Malcolm Brickhouse
  • Unlocking the Truth's Malcolm Brickhouse

It’s not breaking news that the record industry is not what it was in its heyday. The music streaming freely to smart phones and computers across the globe tells the tale, along with the industry’s ever-plummeting sales figures. But remnants of the old record business remain, from the grooming and packaging of promising young artists to big-time recording contracts that don’t necessarily prove beneficial — artistically or financially — to those same artists.

For many viewers, the continued existence of that age-old system is the first revelation found in director Luke Meyer’s insightful Breaking a Monster. It’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary that tells the story of Brooklyn heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth, which consists of three African-American boys ages 12 and 13 at the time the film was shot. Heavy metal is not a field widely known for its diversity.

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Indywood presents swamp-thriller double feature at historic Happyland Theater

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Swamp Women
  • Swamp Women

The Indywood Theater will present a double feature of Louisiana-made cult classics Nutriaman and Swamp Women at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the historic Happyland Theater space (3126 Burgundy St.). More widely known as Terror in the Swamp (but restored by Indywood to its original title for the benefit of nutria-loving locals), Nutriaman shows what happens when a science project intended to breed oversize nutria for fur goes terribly wrong. It will be presented on VHS cassette as the film has never been digitized.

Swamp Women is one of the first films made by exploitation-movie magnate Roger Corman. It tells the story a female cop who goes undercover to accompany three prison escapees through the swamps of Louisiana and find a cache of stolen diamonds.

The Bywater neighborhood's Happyland Theater presented movies from 1914 to 1957. Indywood takes over the currently work-in-progress space for one evening of restored cinematic glory. Suggested donation is $5. More info here.


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He's baaaack: David Duke resurfaces to run for U.S. Senate

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:32 PM

David Duke making his campaign announcement this morning. - YOUTUBE
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  • David Duke making his campaign announcement this morning.

Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any crazier, neo-Nazi and former KKK leader David Duke resurfaced today to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Actually, I need to add two more items to Duke’s resume: convicted felon and admitted fraud.

Duke pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in 2002, after defrauding his own political supporters for years. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail. He served his time, wrote a political tome that he doubtless hoped would be his version of Mein Kampf (he is known to have celebrated Hitler’s birthday), then left the country for several years to purvey his brand of racism and anti-Semitism in the friendlier environs of Russia and the Middle East. In 2005, he got a Ph.D. from a Ukrainian private university that has been dubbed “the University of Hate.” These days he refers to himself as Dr. David Duke.

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Yes, David Duke is running for Senate

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

David Duke in 2008. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/EMMANUEL D'AUBIGNOSC
  • WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/EMMANUEL D'AUBIGNOSC
  • David Duke in 2008.
White supremacist, anti-Semite, felon and perennial candidate David Duke qualified this morning to run in the fall U.S. Senate race to replace David Vitter.

Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, won a special election in 1989 to represent District 81 in the state House of Representatives, a seat which he held for three years. Since then, he has mounted several unsuccessful but attention-garnering campaigns for U.S. Senate, along with a bid for president in 1992. His closest brush with attaining higher office came in his run against disgraced Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1991, a race which spawned the slogan "Vote for the Crook: It's Important."

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COOLinary New Orleans kicks off Aug. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion. - COURTESY COOLINARY NEW ORLEANS
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  • Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion.

Beat the heat with dining deals during the month of August when COOLinary New Orleans kicks off the annual summertime restaurant promotion.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the lineup of restaurants for its 12th annual restaurant promotion, which features deals on prix-fixe menus at participating eateries throughout the city and runs August 1-31.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans wants to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.
  • New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.

New Orleans might host the 2017 NBA All-Star game following the league’s objections to LGBT discrimination laws in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the game was scheduled next February. Today the league announced it's pulling out.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 requires transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, and it omits and limits LGBT protections from statewide anti-discrimination laws, including workplace discrimination. The law has been widely derided by touring performers, companies and events that canceled gigs or business in the state.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans," reads a statement from the NBA. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA will announce its replacement city "the coming weeks." According to Yahoo Sports, New Orleans is on the top of that list. New Orleans hosted All-Star games in 2008 and 2014. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 19, with a week of events leading up to it — in New Orleans, this means an All-Star weekend in the middle of the last weeks of Carnival, with the game a little more than a week before Fat Tuesday.

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Documentary 91%: A Film About Guns in America and panel discussion tonight at Tulane University

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:30 PM

John Richie
  • John Richie

New Orleans filmmaker John Richie's documentary 91%: A Film About Guns in America screens tonight, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Boggs St. on the Tulane University campus. A panel discussion following the screening will be moderated by 91% producer Brock LaBorde and include Richie, Police Officer Jacob Lundy, Suzanne Raether of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition Executive Director Victoria Coy, Reverend Willie Muhammad of New Orleans Peace Keepers and Martha Alguerra of Moms Demand Action. Tickets are $12 at the door. More info is available here. Read our review of the film here.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book release parties next weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer.

Muggles, rejoice: a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga arrives in bookstores at midnight July 30. While not technically a novel, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book (from a production opening on London's West End) revives the popular tale about the young wizard and his wand-brandishing buddies. 

Climb on those broomsticks or apparate to the following parties and events celebrating the book release.

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Review: Exterior. Pool-Night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Alex Martinez Wallace (left) plays Shia LaBoeuf in Exterior. Pool-Night. - JEREMY BLUM
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  • Alex Martinez Wallace (left) plays Shia LaBoeuf in Exterior. Pool-Night.

If you want to dip a toe into The NOLA Project’s latest immersive theater experience, be sure to wear a bathing suit, because you might get wet (swimming is welcome after the show). Exterior. Pool-Night, an original play written and directed by founding artistic director Andrew Larimer, is staged in and around the pool on the 11th floor of the Aloft New Orleans Downtown hotel, as well as in the streets of the CBD. The location looks like a movie set, and the audience is almost part of the action.

At the elevator of the Aloft, theatergoers are given headphones and tiny radios tuned into Beach Boys music, setting the timeframe. Poolside, a starlet (Audrey Wagner) treads water, sporting a vintage red and white bikini as people arrange themselves on lounge chairs or sit at the pool’s edge.

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