Friday, January 27, 2012

Wizard World Comic Con, other comic book events begin

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM


The 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con opens its doors tomorrow at 11 a.m. But tonight, the weekend comic rager begins with a meet-and-greet with Marvel Comics founder and nerd world demigod Stan Lee (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.), followed by a kick-off party at The District (177 Tchoupitoulas St.) from 8 p.m. to midnight.

But unofficially, the weekend also begins tonight at Crescent City Comics, where the shop hosts the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which aims to protect first amendment rights for comics creators. The shop will also feature appearances from comics artists and authors, and there are raffles for art, signed books and more to benefit the CBLDF. The party is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crescent City Comics (4916 Freret St.), and there's a free keg.

And the main event: the showroom-bursting, convention hall-style takeover of nerddom, with more than two dozen costuming and fan groups, comics vendors, 10,000 fans and a one-stop shop for the sci-fi and pop culture obsessed. (Read Gambit's preview here with Comic Con guest of honor Lou Ferrigno.)

Other pit-stopping celebrities include the William Shatner, and many others, from cult status heroes to pen-and-ink award winners.

Find the full schedule of events here — highlights? How about a lightsaber instruction masterclass (noon Saturday and Sunday) or a Q&A with hometown heroes Rob Guillory and John Layman of the Eisner award-winning series Chew, with Kody Chaberlain of the New Orleans-set Sweets (11 a.m. Saturday).

Check the full schedule of events here. Single-day tickets are $30 and weekend passes are $45.

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Marching groups prepare for parade season

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The Camel Toe Lady Steppers host their Toe-Down fundraiser at Tipitinas Friday, Jan. 27.
  • The Camel Toe Lady Steppers host their Toe-Down fundraiser at Tipitina's Friday, Jan. 27.

Several marching groups are preparing for Carnival parade season with parties and fundraising events this weekend. The Camel Toe Lady Steppers throw their annual Toe-Down fundraiser at Tipitina's tonight. The party also benefits the Roots of Music band, which will perform at the event. The 610 Stompers host their Sweet 610 ball at the Sugar Mill, and the event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Pussyfooters are at The Foundry on Saturday night, and the event raises funds for the Metro Center for Women & Children. A relatively new dance group will appear in parades this year: the Nola Cherry Bombs. Other marching groups which will march in parades this year include the Muff-A-Lottas and the Bearded Oysters.

Parades begin in Orleans Parish on Feb. 4 with Krewe du Vieux and Krewedelusion.

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Shopgirl style: Patricia Steere of A Girl is a Gun

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

My first exposure to Patricia Steere was through her voicemail. On her shop's answering machine, her pleasant voice sounded cool and clipped, melodic yet articulate — almost a little too perfect. This impression carried through when I met her at her new Magazine Street boutique, A Girl is a Gun. With her precise auburn coif, beauty mark and perfectly fitted dress, she would have been intimidating if she wasn't so nice. I have to admit, I'm still a little cowed by her sharply defined aesthetic, but I left the store wanting to dress like her — and if that isn't the hallmark of shopgirl style, I don't know what is.


How would you describe your style?

I am not attracted to trends. I find them boring. I have a look that suits me and is me. It's not a
"what's hot now" look. I don't pay attention to what celebrities are wearing, either. I wear vintage-inspired clothing that I carry in my store A Girl Is A Gun, but not in a literal costumed character way. I'm not trying to look like I'm back in the 1940s or '50s or like someone famous. I look like Patricia Steere. I keep it simple accessory-wise and always add something off kilter. As Dorothy Parker said, "A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika."

Who or what are your style icons?

Oscar Wilde.

What style blogs or magazines do you read?

Tell us about A Girl Is A Gun and how it reflects/influences your style. Where does the name come from?
The store name means a woman is dangerous, unpredictable and deadly. I carry styles I personally wear, so
the entire store is a reflection of my sartorial point of view. I don't wear jeans, yoga wear or flip-flops. I always wear stockings and heels, makeup and perfume. I'm confident and ready for anything, never have to
make excuses for my appearance and don't have to even think about it. It's a great feeling.

No second line parade this weekend...

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

No second line this weekend my good people. So take this time get caught up on overdue cleaning, family obligations and the like cause next weekend we will be rolling the THE TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS!! And if we’re lucky, the Prince of Treme Glenn David Andrews will be on hand again to grace us with this beloved ode to the 6th Ward.

Ten Years from now, where will I be? (Momma don’t cry!)
Will I shine like the stars, bright as the eyes can see? (Momma don’t cry!)
Will I be kicking the breeze, hanging on St. Phillip Street? (Momma don’t cry!)
All I can ask the Sixth is come on and roll with me!! (Momma don’t cry!)

Gimme a Dime! I only Got 8!

Rooooll With Me!! Knock With Me!!


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Movie Review: Le Havre

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

It’s not hard to understand why Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre has become a major hit on the international film festival circuit, and found a spot on a number of critics’ top-ten lists for the year. The film starts out gloomy—a man is inexplicably shot in a train station, and the wife of our hero, ex-bohemian shoeshine guy Marcel (French actor André Wilms), becomes seriously ill. But Le Havre has a few tricks up its sleeve. When a cargo container bound for London mistakenly arrives at the French port city of Le Havre and is found to contain African refugees, a boy escapes and a police manhunt begins. Gloom gradually turns to whimsy, and deadpan humor softens otherwise harsh reality, as the warm-hearted and life-affirming Le Havre gears up. At a time when hysteria rules discussion of immigration-related issues, human decency appears a most welcome guest at the table. Kudos to Chalmette Movies and the New Orleans Film Society for bringing this small gem to town.

Le Havre will be shown Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday at 7: 30 p.m, at Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

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Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Lovey Dovies perform 10 p.m. tonight at the newly reopened Circle Bar. Download the band's latest recordings here.

Download alt-funk singer-songwriter Nasimiyu Murumba's track "Rules Aren't Real" here — she's also performing at 9 p.m. tonight at 12 Bar with The Many Moons.

Dreamy pop ensemble Twin Sister performs at One Eyed Jacks tonight at 10 p.m. Stream the band's (previously free) LPs on its website — standouts are the debut, Color Your Life, and last year's In Heaven.

Download New Orleans rapper Fiend's latest track "Aquaflow," featuring a familiar bleary-eyed beat: Washed Out's bliss-tripping "Feel It All Around." Your weekend jam.

Tomorrow, 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks, catch the Southern metal documentary Slow Southern Steel (Gambit's preview here) with live music from Hail! Hornet (featuring members of Weedeater and Buzzoven) and Zoroaster. Stream the former's sludge-y thrash LP Disperse the Curse here.

9 p.m. Sunday at Siberia: a triple bill with Big Eyes and locals Heat Dust and Glish. Stream pop punks Big Eyes here, and download the stellar EPs from fuzzy garage punks Heat Dust and shoegazing pop outfit Glish.

Below, watch the latest video "I'm Feeling Like" from all-star New Orleans hip-hop ensemble The Rap Pack:

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Remembering Etta James and more

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I’m a little late in this tribute, but a family death, one beloved and too young, like Etta, derailed me, even as we honored this special man today at Algiers United Methodist Church, the church of my childhood, the altar where my parents said “I do,” and the backdrop of a recent murder/car-jacking.

New Orleans suffers under this murder-weight, as people add security and shake their fists. It’s Mardi Gras, and so we make excuses, explaining that it’s not the tourists in danger, but rather the criminals, as they battle each other. Yet there was nothing criminal about the man who died in front of his young sons, at the bus stop, by the church, in the vicinity of Martin Behrman School, named after the longest serving mayor (1904-1920) in New Orleans history, a school my father speaks of fondly as his alma mater.

Without romanticizing the tragedies, I still look at these events and wonder at their contribution to our character.

Consider Etta James. Born in Los Angeles to a 14 year-old mother and an unknown father, she basically raised herself, moving with the wrong crowds, embracing drug addictions, and living, more often than once, in prison.

Yet she sang with the raw and gritty power of those experiences — of spurned love, betrayal, and longing.


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On the television show Homicide, this was called a "red ball"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

From angry celebrity David Simon's book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, upon which the show was based, "red-ball case," meaning a politically sensitive case that the media is following:

"A red-ball case can mean twenty-hour days and constant reports to the entire chain of command; it can become a special detail, with detectives pulled out of the regular rotation and other cases put on indefinite hold."

From the NOLA Info press release machine:

FBI Offers to Assist in Identifying and Locating Carjacking/Murder Suspect

(January 26, 2012)- FBI Agents will meet with New Orleans homicide detectives this afternoon to assist in identifying and locating the man suspected of killing an Algiers father yesterday morning.

Agents contacted New Orleans police yesterday to offer their help, and detectives accepted the offer because of all the FBI brings to the table.

44-year-old Harry “Mike” Ainsworth was gunned down yesterday morning shortly after 7 as his two young sons looked on. The incident happened in the 500-block of Vallette Street. Ainsworth had been waiting with his kids for their school bus when he saw a carjacking in progress. He ran to the car and jumped on its hood to stop the gunman from driving off. Instead, the suspect shot at Ainsworth, striking him in the chest. Ainsworth ran a few feet from the car, collapsed in someone’s front yard and died on the scene. The gunman quickly jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

“We are grateful that a number of people in this neighborhood approached police to tell us what they saw”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “Because of their eye witness accounts, we were able to put together a composite sketch of the man we believe committed this unthinkable crime.”

(The rest of the press release, including Ainsworth's arrest record after the jump)

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Barbecue in motion

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The future home of the Joint on Mazant Street.
  • Courtesy of the Joint
  • The future home of the Joint on Mazant Street.

The Joint is now counting the last days before making a long-planned move. It’s a big change for the popular Bywater barbecue restaurant, but it won’t be a very far one.

This Monday, Jan. 30, will be the last day of business for the Joint on Poland Avenue, and owners Jenny and Pete Breen plan to reopen the following Saturday, Feb. 4, at 701 Mazant St., a building they bought just four blocks from their original location.

“We’re really focused to keep the same feel of the place, because everyone hates it when their favorite place moves and it changes,” says Jenny Breen.

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Big Freedia makes national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Intergalactic bounce superstar Big Freedia, clad in a black-and-white body suit, took the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, making her performance debut on national TV. (She previously had appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly in an interview setting.) Watch Freedia and a gazillion dancers tear up the stage with "Excuse":

After the jump, watch Freedia perform an encore with "Na Who Mad":

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