Sunday, September 30, 2012

Saints suffer heartbreaking loss in Green Bay

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The New Orleans Saints 2012 season has turned into a nightmare as the team is 0-4 heading into the month of October. Sunday in Green Bay, the Saints played better than in previous weeks, played hard but still could not come up with a win falling to the Packers 28-27.

"It's going to hurt when you lose a game like this," said Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer. "But I will not let them get down. We are too close."

It was a heartbreaking loss as the Saints thought they had a 30-28 lead with just under three minute to play. Kicker Garrett Hartley hit a 43-yard field goal but a holding call on tight end David Thomas wiped it out. After a Green Bay offside penalty moved up the ball five yards, Hartley pulled a 48-yarder wide left.

"It felt good going out there," Hartley said. "The first one, I hit it well. I had to come back and do it again. I guess for the third time, you know, I moved the ball left. The ball has been coming off of my foot great all week and all game. Unfortunately, when it came down to it, protection was great, snap, hold, everything. It ended up tailing left.

The Packers would then run the clock out to win a game that had the feel of two playoff contending teams despite that their combined records going into it were 1-5.

Saints kicker Garrett Hartley made then missed a potential game winning field goal Sunday.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Beauty is Embarrassing

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Few people have heard of artist Wayne White but many can recognize his remarkable work. White was a set designer, puppeteer and guiding light for the groundbreaking not-just-for-kids TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and the director of award-winning music videos for artists like Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel. White currently makes his living mainly as a painter, taking cheesy landscape paintings he finds in thrift stores and adding block-letter phrases like “just a picture/shunned by scholars/now it costs/10,000 dollars.” The resulting works have been accepted by the fine art world even as they lampoon that world, all while convincing observers of every stripe that art and artists have every right to be funny and entertaining.

As seen in Beauty is Embarrassing, a free-spirited documentary tracing White’s life and career, the artist becomes a sort of everyman of fearlessness, a hard-working Southerner transplanted to Los Angeles who always manages to stay true to himself no matter what challenges come his way. It’s easy to identify with White and other Pee-Wee’s Playhouse alumni as they recall what many of them knew would be the best time of their lives, set free to make art disguised as a children’s TV show with none of the limitations that normally accompany a corporate media job. In the hands of first-time director Neil Berkeley, the film also illuminates the long, slow slog most of us go through just to learn how to be ourselves.

The film offers a full immersion in White’s fantastic sculptural creations and in the graphical work of his talented wife Mimi Pond (who also wrote the first episode of The Simpsons). And it’s fascinating to witness White’s uncanny ability to make art out of whatever found objects and household scraps happen to be lying round. Beauty is Embarrassing is an inspiration for creative types who suffer from lingering self-doubt or frequently wonder if it’s all worth the effort — which describes pretty much everyone who makes art.

Beauty is Embarrassing runs through next Thursday, October 4, at Zeitgeist Movies, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.

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Stylish, stylish guys want your vote

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

What's not to love about well-dressed men? They look good, they usually smell clean, and by cultivating their own personal styles, they're dismantling the sexist assumption that only women use clothing to project their identities into the world. And by presenting the Second Annual Men's Style Awards, CUE and Rubensteins are dismantling the assumption that only women should be judged by how they dress. We put out the call for entries last month and have whittled it down to 10 finalists. I invite you all to judge these men based on their clothing. Vote on your favorite...and may the best three win fame (a feature in CUE!) and fortune (prizes galore! a package worth $2,000!).

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Saints - Packers preview

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

What a difference a year makes. A year ago the New Orleans Saints were gearing up to take on the Green Bay Packers. The Saints were eager to rebound from a disappointing first round loss at Seattle and the Packers had a jacked up Lambeau Field eager to celebrate their team’s recent Super Bowl win.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has five interceptions this season.

Green Bay won the game in a shoot out 42-34. A year later, the Saints once again will enter a jacked up Lambeau field for a Week 4 match up only this time around the combined records of both teams are 1-5. The Saints we’ve chronicled over the weeks have looked anything but themselves. The Saints defense is worst in the league which is nothing new really but the Saints offense has struggled. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown five interceptions to his seven touchdowns and is completing just 54.7% of his passes for a passer rating of 77.0.

But what’s wrong with Green Bay? After all, this is a team that went 15-1 last season and currently where the reigning NFL MVP resides.

“We tried some different things and did some little things adjustment wise in camp, probably didn’t have it as honed as we’d like,” says Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. “I’m confident that our better days are ahead. I didn’t think we’d be where we are as I stand where I am right now, but we’ve had some rough patches, whether it was as a run blocking unit in week one. Catching the football has not been where it needs to be. In our game Monday night, we obviously had protection issues the whole first half.”

Seattle Rodgers eight times in the first half last Monday night. “Obviously, we want to cut down on the number of sacks and we all have to take our part in that,” Rodgers says of the hope a repeat sack performance doesn’t happen Sunday. “It’s obviously a point of emphasis after last week.”

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What really happened in Treme the night musicians were arrested

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM

video courtesy of Zudie

This week's episode of HBO’s ‘Treme’ 'Knock With Me, Rock With Me' revisited the second line parade back in October 2007 when musicians Glenn David Andrews and Derrick Tabb were arrested. I was at that second line and watched the entire debacle go down. While I think the show did a pretty good job dramatizing the incident - not that it needed any additional dramatization - I’m a believer that fact is more often than not stranger than fiction. Especially when you live in New Orleans.

I’d like to share with you some details that weren’t covered in the episode’s re-enactment.

(more below the jump!)

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Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Vox & the Hound
  • Vox & the Hound

Vox & the Hound released a teaser for its anticipated full-length debut Courage — stream opening track "Madeline Kahn" here.

Preservation Hall Brass Band released its 50th Anniversary Collection box set this week — listen to 1967 track "In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)" here.

Download Welsh singer and garage-pop bandleader Cate Le Bon's "What Is Worse," from her 2012 EP Cyrk II, here. She performs at Circle Bar tonight with Alexis Marceaux & The Samurai — watch Marceaux's debut on NBC's The Voice here.

Here's another video from rapper Curren$y and Harry Fraud's Cigarette Boats EP — watch "WOH" here.

Singer-songwriter Mia Borders released a new video, "Mississippi Rising," from her album Wherever There Is. Watch it below:

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When pink is still well done

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

  • Courtesy NOLA Goes Pink

It’s no coincidence if you start seeing more pink around New Orleans restaurants starting next week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as part of the education effort New Orleans restaurants are participating in NOLA Goes Pink. For this annual campaign, chefs don pink coats and either add or designate a healthy menu item to feature for the month, pledging to contribute 10 percent of sales from that dish to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, New Orleans, the local branch of the national breast cancer foundation. Look for the foundation’s trademark pink ribbon on menus and service staff uniforms.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The NFL refs are back! Now to find the Saints run game

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Thursday saw the New Orleans Saints focus on their third down game plan as they normally do on this day of the week and it was also a day the Black and Gold running game was brought up by reporters.

The Saints ground game is ranked 22nd in the NFL with a total of 278 yards. Week 1 saws the team rush for just 32 yards. In Week 2 at Carolina, Thomas led the way with 110 yards as the team rushed for 163 yards. Last week against the Chiefs, the Saints managed only 83 yards.

The team has gone with running backs Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram in the first three games as their primary ball carriers. Running back Travaris Cadet has been active but has not gotten a carry while Chris Ivory has been inactive through the first three games.

Saints running back Pierre Thomas leads the team in rushing with 138 yards. As a team, the Saints have only 278 yards. Kansas City rushed for 273 just last week against the Saints.

Washington scored 10 points in every quarter in the season opener forcing the Saints to play catch up and is a reason the running game coordinator says the stats don’t look pretty. Against Kansas City however, the Saints were up by 18 points and never seemed to be able to establish the run.

“We were backed up a lot and we probably could have chosen to run it a little bit more coming out of our own end zone there but we chose to pass it and we’ve had success in that fashion before,” Kromer explained. He added the in the past a quick first down through the air added distance from the goal line and then they could go back to the run. “Not that it’s a philosophy it’s just what’s happened in the past and we were going with past experiences.”

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Review: The Zeitgeist Chronicles

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

The Zeitgeist Chronicles is a new drama playing at Dillard University.
  • The Zeitgeist Chronicles is a new drama playing at Dillard University.

The Zeitgeist Chronicles, an original play that recently premiered at Dillard University, is a mosaic of the political campaign that produced our first African-American president. Scenes of the campaign is presented in large newsreel projections, but most of the show is in the form of several unrelated live-action dramas about people affected by the momentous race. Local playwright Stephen Montagne calls his work a “multimedia, operatic, theatrical event.” He’s got all his bases covered with that description. But does it work? Or more precisely, is it a mosaic or a muddle?

The good news is that Chronicles is a sprawling ambitious work. Under Ed Bishop’s able direction, an excellent cast brought the characters and conflicts to vivid life. But if the play was one-third shorter, it would be three times better. Also while the projections reflect the larger world, they sometimes flashed on and off — as though someone had missed a cue — and they are not crucial to the plot.

Each separate story has its own arc, but Chronicles as a whole does not. Maybe Aristotle’s requirement of having a beginning, middle and end doesn’t apply to “multimedia, operatic, theatrical events.”

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Suspected Marigny child deserter faces lesser charge than guy who wrote six words on wall several blocks away

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Sherry Lee
  • Sherry Lee

Police arrested Sherry Lee last night after she allegedly deserted her two-year-old son near Washington Square Park.

From The Times-Picayune:

New Orleans police 8th District Sgt. Arnold Williams said the toddler was spotted around 11 a.m. playing alone for about 30 minutes. A Good Samaritan flagged down a police officer.

Lee has been charged with child desertion, a misdemeanor.

As opposed to, say, the heinous crime of Mr. Anthony Chapman, who was picked up in December for writing "Natural Hair 4 the Brown Skin," at 1039 Decatur, a leisurely eight minute walk away from where Lee is suspected of abandoning a helpless two-year-old child.

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