Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

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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

Caravan Stage Company to present Nomadic Tempest May 10-20

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Caravan Stage performs Nomadic Tempest.
  • Caravan Stage performs Nomadic Tempest.

Caravan Stage Company
travels the world's waterways and presents shows dockside. The company's last visit to the New Orleans area was in 2013, when it spent several months developing a pirate-themed show in Lafitte before moving to Florida to finish the production and begin its tour.

Caravan returns to New Orleans May 10-20 to present Nomadic Tempest at Pontchartrain Landing. The show combines theater, aerialist and acrobatic arts, video and light projection and more. The boat deck serves as a stage and the mast and riggings are used for aerialist work. Nomadic Tempest is a story about four Monarch butterflies displaced by global warming.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Variety show and film screening April 14 highlight trans rights

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A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show. - COURTESY TSSHAG
  • 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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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Canadian turntablist Kid Koala's link to Preservation Hall

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A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook. - KIDKOALA.COM
  • A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook.

"People always ask me what was my most memorable show," says Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, aka Eric San. "'Oh, it has to be at Madison Square Garden with Radiohead!' And I am like, 'Yeah. that was great,' but actually, it was when I was at Preservation Hall."

Eric San brings his multi-media graphic novel-turned live movie Nufonia Must Fall to the CAC this week. His fans may know that his version of "Basin Street Blues" is the first tune on his second album, Some of My Best Friends are DJs. Less well known is that he's a big fan of Preservation Hall and has performed and recorded there. He may record with Preservation Hall musicians during his visit this week, as part of his forthcoming graphic novel, Storyville Mosquito, about a country mosquito who moves to the city to play clarinet in a jazz band.

San discussed Nufonia with Gambit. He also shared the story of his pilgrimage to Preservation Hall.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Sweet Bird of Youth

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Martin Bradford and Leslie Castay star in Sweet Bird of Youth.
  • Martin Bradford and Leslie Castay star in Sweet Bird of Youth.

Tennessee Williams was obsessed with youth. In his play Sweet Bird of Youth, the two main characters desperately cling to memories of their pasts, each using the other in an effort to regain some semblance of their more attractive, younger selves. In Southern Rep’s excellent production at Loyola University’s Marquette Theatre, director Mel Cook intensifies the drama through unconventional casting.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Tarzan The Musical

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Tarzan: The Musical, based on the Disney film, was created for young audiences, but there is plenty in Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s (JPAS) production to fascinate adults. The Broadway adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ jungle fantasy is a spectacle, and JPAS delivers startling sound effects and lighting, gorgeous costuming, acrobatic choreography, aerial feats and an orchestral score (composed by rocker Phil Collins) conducted by Dennis Assaf.

Disney changed Tarzan of the Apes to be more appropriate for children. A leopard, not the ape king Kerchak (Louis Dudoussat), kills Tarzan’s parents. An Englishman, not Tarzan, murders Kerchak. Tarzan never learns French and does not move to Wisconsin seeking Jane. Although the story about a boy adopted by wild apes has been dramatically modified, lessons about universal love, humanity and the rich animal kingdom endure.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: The 39 Steps

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The 39 Steps
gives meaning to the term “wearing many hats,” since a cast of four assumes dozens of roles, including traveling corset salesmen, spies, police, alluring women and railroad conductors. Playwright Patrick Barlow’s revisionist adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller was based on a novel by Scotsman John Buchan, penned during World War I, when German spies could have been hiding anywhere. Audiences won’t find deep, philosophical meaning in this Tony award-winning play, directed by Ricky Graham at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, just a rollicking good time, as falsely accused murderer Richard Hannay (Marc Fouchi) gets into misadventures while being pursued by detectives in the Scottish highlands.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: King Leopold

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Tom Foran stars as King Leopold.
  • Tom Foran stars as King Leopold.

Mark Twain was one of America’s greatest humorists, best known for writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also as a biting satirist. Twain’s writings brought attention to injustices and racism under the guise of entertainment.

For Blunt Object Theatre’s premiere of Twain’s 1905 essay, King Leopold’s Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule, Tom Foran, who bears considerable likeness to the Belgian king, delivers an hourlong rant, haranguing critics of his privately owned African colony. Posing as a Christian and humanitarian, Leopold was an colonialist who enriched himself on the backs of African natives, depleting the Congo Free State’s population by some 15 million through murder, starvation and disease.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Loyola Feminist Festival returns March 7-18

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured). - KAT STROMQUIST
  • The fest rides a wave of recent feminist activism, including the Women's March New Orleans (pictured).

At Loyola University's Feminist Festival, 11 days of events — including panel discussions, workshops and a dance performance by Melange Dance company depicting the so-called waves of feminism — celebrate the oft-misunderstood women's advocacy movement.

"There's been such an effort by anti-feminists to marginalize [feminists] as man-haters or 'feminazis' and so forth, when really all feminists want is gender equality," Patricia Boyett, Loyola Women's Resource Center director, explains.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.
  • Alison Fraser performs in A Tennessee Williams Songbook: Only a Paper Moon at the 2013 Tennessee WIlilams Festival.

Spring is a busy time for book lovers in New Orleans: a flurry of fests, book sales and appearances by arts and letters types round out the calendar. Fortunately, no one in her right mind gives up reading for Lent.

Here's a few of our picks for literary activities this month.

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