Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Panel and book signing June 29 highlight gun violence survivors

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America. - COURTESY KATHY SHORR
  • Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America.

One of every five people pictured in Kathy Shorr's Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America was shot in an incident of domestic violence.

There's Shyrica, who was shot by her husband in a Walmart parking lot. Elizabeth was shot in the face by her estranged husband, who then killed her 18-year-old daughter. A Miami woman was shot in the parking lot of her apartment building by her husband, a veteran with PTSD.

These women all appear in the book, along with portraits of 98 other survivors. They represent just a small fraction of the thousands of people in America who are victims of gun violence each year, many of whom have no personal involvement with criminal activity. Shorr presents the book at a panel discussion at Treo Thursday night, where she'll appear with a trauma surgeon and some of of the people she photographed.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 2:07 PM

  • Photo by John Barrois

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
is an emotionally moving epic about the U.S. Civil War written by Suzan-Lori Parks and presented by Southern Rep Theatre. It borrows themes from classical Greek theater to heighten the drama about a slave named Hero (Sam Malone), who faces an awful dilemma. He can stay and toil on the plantation or take his chances following the colonel (Greg Baber), his master, to the battlefront. Master promised Hero freedom twice before, but perhaps he will be rewarded once the Confederacy triumphs. By putting on the gray uniform and cap of the Confederacy, however, Hero takes sides against his enslaved brothers.

“I’ll be helping out on the wrong side,” he says.

Parks’ characters are multidimensional, intelligent and articulate, eschewing the stereotypes of uneducated field workers lacking conscience or aspiration. They laugh, philosophize and wager whether Hero will go off to war.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Participants mull mortality at 'Death Cafe' June 13

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM


Unless you're aspiring vampire Peter Thiel, you — and everyone you love — will someday die.

To make sense of this basic, yet frankly sort of upsetting reality, Tulane Narrative Medicine hosts an informal "Death Cafe" at Treo at 6 p.m. Tuesday. At the event, participants discuss their feelings about mortality and the ways death affects our lives and process deaths that may have affected them (for example, the death of a family member, or deaths observed while working as a medical professional).

Though the event is organized by medical facilitators, it's open to anyone who wishes to attend and isn't specifically health care oriented. Participating in the conversation isn't required — you can just come and listen.

Cocktails, beer and wine are available for purchase, and cake is served. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voodoo Fest announces 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, DJ Snake and LCD Soundsystem are headliners at the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park the weekend before Halloween.

Dozens of other bands have signed on play during the three-day festival Oct. 27-29, including Galantis, Dillon Francis, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Post Malone, Miguel, RL Grime, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Yellow Claw, Crystal Castles, Superduperkyle and the Afghan Whigs.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in June

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 11:40 AM


In book scene news this month, we bid a sad farewell to Uptown mainstay Maple Street Book Shop. It's a tough world out there for independent booksellers, who are faced with competition from behemoths like Amazon (which, in a move that adds insult to injury, opened its own brick-and-mortar bookstores recently).

Such developments are all the more reason to support your local book shops, and the writers who hang around them. Some June picks for literary events are below.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Planned Parenthood hosts storytelling and community health event May 20

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A protester holds a sign at a February rally supporting Planned Parenthood. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • A protester holds a sign at a February rally supporting Planned Parenthood.

"Standing Strong," a storytelling series hosted by Planned Parenthood, discusses barriers to women's health care in the South. The May 20 event caps off National Women's Health Week.

At the event at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, speakers will discuss the positive impact Planned Parenthood has had on their lives and propose ways Southern women can work to enhance their health care community. Featured speakers include poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor — you can watch her perform one of her firebrand poems about reproductive rights here — and Erika Jupiter, who was a Planned Parenthood patient when she was younger and grew up to be a senior field organizer for the organization. Local health groups also will table and offer information about community resources.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. It's free to attend, but advance registration is required.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'Cherry-Oke' karaoke party May 19 benefits STAR

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Have you recently brushed up on your Madonna lyrics, or do you know all the words to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It?" Bust them out at NOLA Cherry Bombs' second annual karaoke party to benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), the group which advocates against sexual violence.

The party returns to Igor's Buddha Belly May 19; its first installment took place last summer. The NOLA Cherry Bombs marching and dance group has made a point of hosting events that benefit women-centric organizations — a 2014 event benefited The Birthing Project, which works to improve birth outcomes for women of color.

The party begins at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. Just for fun, here's a '90s-heavy BuzzFeed list (and accompanying Spotify playlist) of solid karaoke songs.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Three questions about the White House chiefs of staff for author Chris Whipple

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 12:30 PM

  • Chris Whipple.

For Chris Whipple's new book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, the author and filmmaker interviewed all 17 living former chiefs of staff, plus two presidents and an untold number of aides and former colleagues. The result is a lively narrative history of the presidential staff member who can make or break a presidency, often from behind the scenes.

He presents the book at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m. May 12. In advance of his appearance, he spoke briefly with Gambit about the prospects for current, beleaguered White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and what it takes to be successful in the role, which often is held by the one person who must say "no" to the president.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in May

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM


It's that time of year when everything slows down a bit. School lets out, the punishing schedule of Official New Orleans Holidays winds to its Festian conclusion and everyone starts to move just a tiny bit less.

If you, too, are slowing down, park yourself — with a hand fan, of course — at one of this month's readings and book events. Our picks for May are below.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

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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