Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Premiere: listen to the debut EP from McGregor

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM


From the ashes of New Orleans' cosmic alt-country band Gold & the Rush is McGregor, whose debut EP Fell greets the bittersweet end of what feels like an infinite heavy-aired and humid summer. Four confident tracks span jangly power-pop and alt-Americana, from the drippy minor chords spilling into a fog of reverb on "Chloe" to the bluesy, vocally warped closer "Waking Through the Dark," all climbing out of the pit of good ol' fashioned darkness. 

Fell is "all about how it feels to be stuck in a headspace of romantic and artistic and even professional confusion," says guitarist Mark Strella. "Finalizing the songs and playing them with the band served as an awesome lift out of that dire place and into new light. The EP was produced quickly and simply, all in an effort to ‘get it all out’ — to launch the project and eject the anxiety-ridden feelings that inspired the music. We love playing together and look forward to a good year in New Orleans and elsewhere."

The band self-produced the EP at The Living Room recording studio in Algiers with Chris George, mixing from Ross Farbe (Video Age), and mastering from Carl Saff.

McGregor performs as part of "Cosmicana" at Gasa Gasa beginning 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with Motel Radio, Tedo Stone, Great Peacock, Cactus Thief and Cherie Louise. Tickets are $10.

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Post-Katrina music documentary One Note at a Time to premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste
  • "Uncle" Lionel Batiste

One Note at a Time is a documentary that chronicles the return of local musicians to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods. Told through "the prism of the New Orleans' Musicians' Clinic," the film examines both the resurgence of the local music scene and the ongoing need for health and wellness services for the city's culture-bearers.

Musicians appearing in the film as interviewees or performers include Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, Ben Jaffe and "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, who died in 2012. The film marks the directorial debut of Renee Edwards, a British filmmaker with New Orleans roots.

The New Orleans Film Festival will host the world premiere of the One Note at a Time on Oct. 16 at 4:15 p.m. at the Entergy Giant Screen Theater at the Audubon Aquarium of Americas (1 Canal Street). Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members of the New Orleans Film Society and are available here.

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Review: West Side Story

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM


Some consider 1957’s West Side Story the best musical of all time, and a defining work of the brilliant composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. In his score, Bernstein interspersed “cool” 1950s jazz with classical, popular and Latin music, while drawing inspiration from opera to complement a modern version of Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet.

Beginning with a solitary whistle echoing against New York City’s concrete walls and a bongo beat, the show’s tumultuous, symphonic score alternates between complex, discordant jazz and stirring love ballads.

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Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson talk about the making of Deepwater Horizon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.
  • Dylan O'Brien, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, which was filmed in New Orleans and opens here Sept. 30.

"Make sure you get it right."

Sporting a simple black T-shirt, with waves of long brown hair cascading from his Wahlburgers-branded baseball cap, actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, fresh from his 6:30 a.m. tee time, recounts his local golf buddies' initial reaction to Deepwater Horizon: A certain skepticism, born of their belief in the story's importance.

The film, opening in theaters Friday, is a tense, often terrifying depiction of the blowout, explosion, and subsequent fire aboard the offshore oil-drilling rig on April 20, 2010, killing 11, injuring 17, and leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. It's Deepwater Horizon's focus on "the human tragedy" that motivated Wahlberg, who plays the rig's chief electronics technician, Mike Williams, to bring the project to fruition.

"When I realized that 11 people lost their lives, I was a bit surprised that there wasn't enough attention put on that," Wahlberg says, echoing co-stars Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. In their recollections, it was the potential ecological consequences of the BP oil discharge, and not the disaster that started it, which broke through to the national consciousness in the spring and summer of 2010.

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Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is now open at 301 N. Carrollton Ave. - COURTESY MR. ED'S OYSTER BAR & FISH HOUSE/FACEBOOK
  • Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is now open at 301 N. Carrollton Ave.

It’s been a busy couple of months for Ed McIntyre. In April, the local restaurateur opened the third rendition of his seafood and oyster bar concept on St. Charles Avenue. Now, less than six months later, McIntyre has opened a fourth location of Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House (301 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-606 -6220) on Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City.

“After this one, I’m taking a little break for a while,” McIntyre said Wednesday, a day after the new restaurant opened its doors. The oyster bar is the seventh restaurant for McIntyre, who runs restaurants in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. In 2013, McIntyre opened the first Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House in the former home of legendary Metairie seafood house Bozo’s.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On the Clock: Dinah Maygarden, UNO Coastal Education Program director

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.
  • Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.

If you were to drive east on Chef Menteur Highway, past the motley blocks of businesses in various states of well-being, past the Pleasantville-on-stilts development at Venetian Isles, and over the rickety truss bridge at Chef Menteur Pass, eventually you’d find a three-story waterfront building emblazoned with a comically large University of New Orleans (UNO) Privateer logo. 

There, you might find, as I did, a large group of squirming third-graders vastly outnumbering their adult chaperones, all anxious to start one of science educator and UNO Coastal Education Program director Dinah Maygarden’s activities at the UNO Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF).

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"RIP affordable neighborhoods": New Orleans residents stage protest and "funeral" as the City Council prepares for short-term rental vote

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM

A political theater protest against whole-home short-term rentals in New Orleans included coffins for "affordable housing" and "actual neighbors."
  • A political theater protest against whole-home short-term rentals in New Orleans included coffins for "affordable housing" and "actual neighbors."

From the steps of City Hall, the Treme Brass Band provided the soundtrack for a funeral march following the deaths of "affordable neighborhoods" and "actual neighbors," casualties of the proliferation of short-term rentals in New Orleans. At least that's the future to come, according to several neighborhood groups, if whole-home rentals through companies like Airbnb are allowed to operate in New Orleans.

Staging a political theater protest and march Sept. 27, artists and neighborhood groups (including Neighbors First for Bywater, the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association and Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association) carried two caskets, placards illustrating short-term rental listings, and signs representing each New Orleans neighborhood saying "no" to whole-home rentals. The march turned into a dirge as the band played "A Closer Walk with Thee" before disbanding at City Hall, where caricatures of New Orleans City Councilmembers lay on the steps.

In August, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) agreed to prohibit short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, but commercially zoned areas don't fall under the same restrictions. The City Council will have final say on new short-term rental rules when it votes on the CPC's recommendations on Oct. 6,

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Bayou Country Superfest moves to Superdome for May 26-28, 2017 event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM


Bayou Country Superfest will move from LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Superdome for its 2017 Memorial Day weekend event, according to a press release from Festival Productions.

LSU's Tiger Stadium will be unavailable due to scheduled renovations.

The 2016 Bayou Country Superfest featured Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and others. The 2017 music lineup will be announced Dec. 1. The festival runs May 26-28, 2017.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Royal Brewery to open in New Orleans East

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Nora McGunnigle

Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, owners and founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans, have been working to transform an industrial space in New Orleans East into the brewery they’ve dreamt about since serving friends home-brewed beer at their Royal Street home.

The brewery's tanks are in place and if all goes well, the Pumilias will start brewing by the end of the year.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Y@ Speak: debatable

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Remember 20 years ago when you tweeted about Disney's gumbo recipe? This week's edition spans a little longer than usual because we missed you last week. But this past week? I don't have enough fingers to chef kiss. David Duke looked like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beyonce and Big Freedia are the only people that New Orleans fans are happy about playing in the Superdome so far this month, and we begin the inaugural Complaining About the Fried Chicken Festival.

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