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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Gambit house punk socialite stops off at WWL-TV to recommend weekend entertainment options: Pile's "oral punishment" at Gasa Gasa, the return of the French Film Festival and more.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Feminist writer Roxane Gay appears in New Orleans July 12

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

JAY GRABIEC
  • JAY GRABIEC

Roxane Gay, the prominent feminist writer, cultural critic and pre-eminent voice of Woke Twitter, will appear at Octavia Books July 12 on a book tour for her new book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. The much-anticipated book is expected to discuss body and food issues from the author's uniquely candid perspective. (If you aren't familiar with her work, try her periodic contributions to the New York Times op-ed page for an introduction to her thoughts on race and womanhood.)

This is a ticketed reading and participants must purchase a copy of the book to attend the event. More details are available via the bookstore's event announcement. Copies of the book are $25.99.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Terrifying humanoid bunny to appear at Audubon Zoo April 14

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:56 PM

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  • KYLE WEST / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

If you should happen to visit Audubon Zoo on Good Friday, be warned: a terrifying, man-sized bunny will be stalking its grounds.

A press release issued by the zoo this morning cautions guests to "have cameras and cell phones handy" to capture the floppy-eared monster previously found only in your nightmares. There's no charge for guests to take personal photos with the bunny, though you could probably pay it to stay at least 50 feet away from you at all times. (Professional photos also are available.)

The bunny, which presumably reports to head bunny/press secretary Sean Spicer, appears near the Cooper Plaza fountain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Send us your photos — or other sightings of the Creature from the Pastel Lagoon — and we'll post them this weekend.

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Variety show and film screening April 14 highlight trans rights

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM

A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show. - COURTESY TSSHAG
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  • A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show.

Two events in New Orleans April 14 spotlight transgender rights, an increasingly high-profile issue in the city and nationwide.

Tulane Society for Sexuality, Health and Gender hosts a variety show at Cafe Istanbul to benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group for LGBTQ youth of color. "Freaks of a Feather" offers drag, burlesque, comedy and cabaret acts; admission is based on a sliding scale but participants are encouraged to donate generously. The show begins at 7 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., BreakOUT! sponsors a screening of Free CeCe!, a documentary about transgender prison-reform activist CeCe McDonald. McDonald and director Jacqueline Gares also attend the screening at the Broad Theater in association with PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Tickets are $8-$10.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Here's how comedian Chris Trew is feeling after 36 hours at the Baby Cakes stadium

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Chris Trew. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Chris Trew.

Supposedly, New Orleans doesn't care about baseball. But you wouldn't have guessed that last November, when the local minor-league team (nee Zephyrs) temporarily blew up the internet with their choice of "New Orleans Baby Cakes" as the franchise's new name.

Local comedian (and occasional Gambit contributor) Chris Trew was unfazed. Despite (because of?) their polarizing moniker, he's still into the team; so much so that he asked if he could sleep at their Airline Drive stadium for five nights during the team's inaugural home stand against the Memphis Redbirds. To his tremendous surprise, they said yes.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in April

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 12:08 PM

CCAC NORTH LIBRARY / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
  • CCAC NORTH LIBRARY / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

"April is the cruellest month," wrote T.S. Eliot in his inscrutable modernist masterpiece "The Waste Land." (Personally, I've always preferred "Preludes.") New Orleanians probably disagree — April means festival season, gleeful crawfish gluttony and those last nice sunshiny days before humidity turns the city into the interior of an unplugged refrigerator for six months.

If you can squeeze a reading or two onto your crowded festival calendar, here are a few picks for literary happenings around town.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women tattoo artists' showcase opens at Glitter Box April 7

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • ZOE BIGGS / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

An exhibition of work by women tattoo artists (including co-curator Katie Barroso, Danika Brooke, Niki Rain and Mia) opens next month at Glitter Box N.O (1109 Royal St.). Art, digital prints and products designed by the artists will be sold. 10 percent of all proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR).

In the past, we've profiled many local women who tattoo, including Jamie Ruth of Treasure Tattoo and Jacci Gresham of Aart Accent Tattoos. A recent Gambit cover story on nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomies included Kenner artist Carole Dezarn.

"Stay Bold: A Lady Tattooer Showcase" is open from April 7 through 30. There's an opening party with cocktails from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 7. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Student zine, presentation March 30 highlight notable New Orleans black women

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.
  • Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.

In a time when pop culture is finally amplifying the voices and stories of more black women, participants in a Young Women with a Vision after-school program are finding heroes closer to home.

At a New Orleans Public Library presentation Thursday, they'll present a zine-style sample of their work so far on a book that ultimately will profile as many as 30 notable black women from New Orleans. The book, created almost entirely by the program's middle and high school students, will be published when the program concludes this academic year.

"We're living in this era of black girl magic, and  if you're a millennial of my age it hits you at the perfect time, but I realized ... a lot of that has not actually trickled down to young people," says program coordinator Mwende Katwiwa. "I was getting a lot of feedback from [the students] in school that they don't have access to a lot of black women who look like them. ... A lot of the people people that they see in places that are not home don't look like them and don't share similar experiences."

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

PRAIRIE M. FAUL:
I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

JO GEHRINGER:
I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

EL PEARSON:
I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.


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