Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere at the Joy Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere

The highly acclaimed film Beasts of the Southern Wild had its premiere last night at the Joy Theater, with director Benh Zeitlin and stars Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis (above). Read Ken Korman's recent cover story about the making of the film here.)

Beasts won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (for the best film by a first-time director). Most reviews are calling it one of the best movies of the year, capped off by A.O. Scott's review this afternoon in The New York Times:

Discovering this movie is like stumbling into a bar and encountering a band you’ve never heard of playing a kind of music that you can’t quite identify. Nor can you figure out how the musicians learned to play the way they do, with such fire and mastery. Did they pick it up from their grandparents, study at a conservatory, watch instructional videos on the Internet or just somehow make it all up? Are you witnessing the blossoming of authenticity or the triumph of artifice?

Those are interesting questions. They are also irrelevant, because right now you are transported by an irresistible rhythm and moved by a melody that is profoundly, almost primally, familiar, even though you are sure you have never heard anything like it before.

Beasts of the Southern Wild opens in New Orleans July 4.


Y@ Speak: Elephants, rogue dolphins, mutant spiders, oh my!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

There's all sorts of creatures in this week's roundup including mutant albino spiders, urban elephants, an aggressive Slidell dolphin and David Vitter. Also this week: controversial tweets from Drew Brees, Snake and Jakes' position on bubblegum vodka and NOLA Pride Festival.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Dump the Pump NOLA Triple-Bus Adventure Recap

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

To celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on June 21, I bought a $3 RTA day pass and rode around the city on the Broad...


Morrison Express...

and Franklin buses.

Unlike my typical bus adventures, I didn't stop at any places along the route and instead just enjoyed being chauffeured around the city.

Those who are hesitant about using public transportation should first try exploring like this, riding without getting off, just to get accustomed to bus travel without fear. Riding like this is like dipping your toes in the pool before getting in.

Of course, as with taking any other trip, there are things you should know before you go...

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Unum is likely front-runner to take over city life insurance contract

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

A city of New Orleans purchasing evaluation committee today scored Unum the most qualified of nine bidders to take over as contractor for city employee life, dismemberment and accidental death insurance. The current contractor — The Hartford — was ranked sixth.

(The evaluation scores are based on a number of factors including whether a prospective contractor has offices in Orleans Parish — which Unum didn't score well on. Its local office is in Metairie — its willingness to meet city contract diversity goals by using certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) subcontractors, as well as quoted price and experience with other public employers.)

The committee was unable to vote to recommend Unum today after several members — including city Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Deputy Mayor of Operations Michelle Thomas — had to leave early. Director of Finance Norman Foster said a meeting for the vote will likely take place in the next few days.

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Cooking at Kermit’s

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Kermits Treme Speakeasy on Basin Street.

In Kermit Ruffins’ world, food and music go together like red beans and rice. The joy of New Orleans food figures prominently in the trumpeter’s music, his band is called the Barbecue Swingers and for many years now Ruffins’ has made barbecue, red beans and other eats a fixture of his regular gigs, served up for free to his fans at the set break.

Now, Ruffins’ has his own restaurant. Kermit's Treme Speakeasy Restaurant (1535 Basin St. 309-5828) opened just after Jazz Fest this spring, serving traditional New Orleans food and some Creole-style country dishes and also doubling as a music venue.

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Ms. Linda, "The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady," to appear tomorrow night on Food Network's Chopped

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Chopped is that show on Food Network where contestants are given baskets full of surprise culinary items (cow intestines, pomegranate seeds and Marshmallow Fluff, for example) and forced to create an appetizer, entree or dessert on the spot. Several New Orleans chefs have competed on the show, but tomorrow night one of the basket-openers will be Linda Green, better known as "The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady." (Ms. Linda has already appeared on the Travel Channel; Anthony Bourdain had her on his show No Reservations.)

The Rendezvous Tavern (3101 Magazine St., 891-1777) is having a public viewing party for the episode Tuesday night, with drink specials and food provided by Ms. Linda herself. The party starts at 8 p.m. and Chopped airs at 9 p.m.

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T-P sues city over redactions in NOPD reports

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The Times-Picayune reported on Friday that it has initiated a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans over a new New Orleans Police Department policy of redacting victim information from incident reports, which the newspaper contends is a violation of the state open records law.

From their story:

When [police reporter Brendan] McCarthy asked for an explanation of the redactions, the city attorney's office responded that the location of the incident should not have been redacted, but that it was appropriate to black out the other items. The newspaper asserts in its lawsuit that "there is no legal exemption" that allows the city to redact any of that information.

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Gambit Digital Edition: Week of June 26-July 2

Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sunday: Uptown Swingers second line with TBC Brass Band

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

(video via Davekoolman)


Featuring the To Be Continued Brass Band

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Voodoo 2012 lineup adds Jack White, Thomas Dolby and others

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Jack White
  • Jack White

The 2012 Voodoo Experience announced former White Stripe and current solo artist Jack White will perform at the music-and-camping festival, which is Oct. 26-28 at City Park.

White — who also performs with The Raconteurs (which performed at the 2011 Voodoo) and The Dead Weather (which performed at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) — released his first-ever solo album, Blunderbuss, on his Third Man Records label in April to general acclaim.

White joins a lineup with headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Green Day, and the festival also announced Thomas Dolby, The Avett Brothers, Die Antword, Silversun Pickups and Kaskade, as well as a ton of locals. Catch the full lineup here.

Tickets to the festival are available online.

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