Friday, October 29, 2010

Voodoo 2010: Friday, Oct. 29

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 5:00 AM

(For maps, more picks and previews, check out this week's Voodoo 2010 issue.)

Eastern bloc 'n' rollers Debauche (10:45 a.m., Bingo! Tent) opens the festival weekend at the Bingo! Tent, the stomping ground co-curated by the New Orleans Bingo! Show.

Beverly Skillz (11:45 a.m., Le Plur) unleashes bangin' bounce beats and mashups from inside the electronic tent, followed closely by Rusko (2:15 p.m., Le Plur), the U.K.'s dubstep whiz.

Jonsi (5:30 p.m., Sony) of Sigur Ros, the orchestral Icelandic soundtrack specialists, gives the fest its proper symphonic sunset score — which segues to Metric (6:30 p.m., Voodoo), cute electronic pop from the expansive Broken Social Scene diaspora.

The day's big guns — the polarizing Weezer (7:45 p.m., Sony), fest-approved English electropop outfit Hot Chip (7:45 p.m., Le Plur), operatic arena rock trio Muse (9 p.m., Voodoo) — close out Day One.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winning by a hair

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Recently, reality television scouts have descended on New Orleans, looking to give makeovers to fashion victims and ugly yards. Should we be offended? Perhaps, but it's hard to hold a grudge when the spoils are so sweet. Regan's Hair Salon recently experienced the benefits of a very public makeover (though in this Westbank salon's case, the makeover will not be reality-televised).

Regan's beat out hundreds of salons nationwide to win Redken's Ultimate Salon Makeover contest, snagging more than $50,000 worth of prizes, which includes a complete overhaul of its interior design and business model. Demolition on the old space began last week. Owner Jennifer Boutwell-Bustamante said in a press release that the win "couldn't have come at a better time."

Jennifer Boutwell-Bustamante in her makeover-winning salon
  • Jennifer Boutwell-Bustamante in her makeover-winning salon

WWL-TV: Gambit's 3-Day Weekend entertainment picks

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Gambit man-about-town Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly appearance on the WWL Morning News today to chat up all the weekend's doings with his bestie Eric Paulsen. Among Noah's picks: the Voodoo Music Experience, Matthew Dear at Howlin' Wolf, Freddie Gibbs at Eiffel Society, the Vampire Film Festival at Shadowbox Theatre, Never Fight a Shark in Water at NOCCA, and lots more.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You can buy Anne Rice's library

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books, the enormous secondhand bookstore that's one of the best reasons to visit Portland, Ore., has purchased 7,000 titles from the personal library of Anne Rice, the Interview With the Vampire author who moved from the Garden District to sunny California a few years back. From the bookstore's website:

Included in the collection are editions signed or annotated by Ms. Rice, and many have her library markings on the spines. The collection showcases her love of literature and writing and reveals a true intellectual curiosity — classic philosophy, the Brontes, biblical archaeology, and Louisiana history are just a few of the subject areas represented.

With that many titles, there's something for everyone — from Euripides to Is It Hot in Here Or Is It Me?: A Personal Look At the Facts, Fallacies, and Feelings of Menopause. (That last one? $3.95, people!) Remember: Christmas is fewer than two months away ...

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NFL in pictures: Saints vs Browns

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM

NFL: 2010-10-24 Saints vs Browns - Images by Jonathan Bachman

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Louisiana State Museum's Katrina & Beyond exhibit opens

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu cuts the ribbon to open the Louisiana State Museums new Katrina and Beyond expo.
  • Jamie Carroll
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu cuts the ribbon to open the Louisiana State Museum's new Katrina and Beyond expo.
By Jamie Carroll

On a windy morning near the end of hurricane season, the Louisiana State Museum opened “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond” in the Presbytere on Jackson Square five years after all New Orleans zip codes were reopened to residents. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, city officials and donors attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $7.5 million exhibit.

“We lost a lot, but we gained a tremendous amount as well,” Landrieu said. “This is a tale of redemption and resurrection.”

The exhibit chronicles the effects of the storm, levee failures and the recovery efforts of Louisiana residents.

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I don't "like" Facebook

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Signing onto Facebook after at least a year of abstaining is like unearthing a time capsule. Since actually deleting a Facebook profile involves a search through the site’s labyrinthine account settings — ostensibly so you choose the most transparent option, the “deactivate” option, in which Facebook keeps your information forever and ever — I was able to simply reactivate my account when I decided to return. All my information — all “friends,” photos and inane wall posts — was still there, suspended in time.

I decided to peruse my friends list to delete people I no longer know or like, and the number of unfamiliar names surprised me. One “friend” in particular had an unfamiliar name and an infant for her user picture. Upon further investigation, I discovered she was an old acquaintance who, at age 23, had gotten married (hence the changed name) and had a child (hence the user photo) in the span on my Facebook absence. It just shows how much of a dichotomy exists between Facebook life and real life — in real life, this person is clearly not in my network, if I’m not aware of her marriage or the birth of her first child. She only exists to me on Facebook.

And I realized, to a lot of people, I didn’t exist outside of Facebook. Once during my Facebook hiatus, a friend asked if I was going to her party. I told her I didn’t know she was having a party, and she kind of shrugged and said “I sent out a Facebook invite.” My return to Facebook prompted a few people to send me messages to "welcome" me back and ask how things are going with me, as if I had suddenly risen from the dead or returned from a remote, Internet-less destination after a long period of time.

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N.O. featured in One Square Mile series

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Each episode in the acclaimed short film web series One Square Mile documents, you guessed it, one square mile in a city, from New York, New York to Fort Worth, Texas. The second episode of its second season features residents living and working in the Garden District and Irish Channel between Constantinople and First streets — its millworkers, post-Katrina arrivals, local Magazine Street icons, teachers, eccentrics. It opens with a cicada swell blending right into the fuzz from the needle hitting Ben Glover's record player, and the stories just bleed into the next from there. No narration, just real people. Pretty and simple.

One Square Mile - New Orleans, Louisiana from Carl & Betsy Crum on Vimeo.

WWL-TV: Vitter 50%, Melancon 38%

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 9:37 AM

A telephone poll of 700 likely voters conducted last Thursday through Sunday by WWL-TV found that David Vitter is leading Charlie Melancon by more than 10 points in the Senate election to be decided Nov. 2:

Vitter received 50 percent of the vote, to Melancon’s 38 percent. None of the other 10 candidates in the race scored more than one point. Eight percent of those questioned said they were still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.

Pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux said the poll shows two contrary forces competing against each other.

“On one hand you have 50 percent of the state's voters who are resistant on one level or another to reelecting David Vitter,” Faucheux said. “On the other hand, you have almost 60 percent of the state's voters who are resistant at one level or another to electing a Democrat to the Senate.”

Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos also discussed how Vitter's opponent in the race isn't Melancon; it's President Barack Obama, who remains unpopular statewide:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox returns

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Fantastic Mister Fox from HI-YAH! Productions on Vimeo.

Musician and puppeteer Arthur Mintz was inspired to stage Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox in a maze of cardboard catacombs constructed on the third floor of the CAC. The show ran in late spring and it reopens on Nov. 12. Some of the puppets, maze and parts of the story have been tweaked but it's the same child-friendly tour through the underground. Mintz's Hi-Yah productions released the trailer today. The original show was previewed and reviewed in Gambit.

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