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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival is May 20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Felis catus, the star of the internet. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANDREW SKUDDER
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/ANDREW SKUDDER
  • Felis catus, the star of the internet.

If the universe is made of stars, the internet is made of cats — hence the popularity that's led to the third annual New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival, which will be held at the Delgado City Park Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

The event will feature internet cat videos (of course), "feline art" (presumably made my humans, not cats), jewelry, live music, food and drink, workshops by the Louisiana SPCA, adoptable cats, a kids' area and more. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA and Art for Cats' Sake.

Tickets are $5-$25 in advance. For more information or to submit your own cat film, visit the event website.
Location Details Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Ave.
Mid-City
New Orleans, LA
(504) 671-5012

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Performances, artist talks reflect on Louisiana's coastal crisis

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Tina Freeman's photographs at "Living With Climate Change" at the River House in Poydras.
  • Tina Freeman's photographs at "Living With Climate Change" at the River House in Poydras.

Louisiana is in the middle of an existential crisis. The state braces for more impacts to its already-decimated coasts and prepares for massive cuts programs that preserve them, while answering to elected officials' ongoing denial of climate change as they rubber stamp oil production. This weekend, pair of shows — on either sides of New Orleans' dual waterways — brings attention to south Louisiana's dependence on and increasing vulnerability to them, as the realities of climate change and environmental degradation threaten the future of the communities relying on them.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Watch: Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste defend funding for the arts on CBS This Morning

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 4:18 PM

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President Donald Trump's proposed budget — which would gut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other organizations — has been received with anger by many arts groups, and today on CBS This Morning, New Orleans jazz legend Wynton Marsalis spoke out against it:
“There’s so much wrong with so much that’s going on in our politics, not just directed at him. We’re swinging back and forth like a ship listing in the ocean. Your national budget is symbolic. You’re basically telling the world, ‘This is what we as a nation think about our arts,’ which is our collective memory, our wisdom.

“There’s a reality to things: When we tell people our arts are not important, our wisdom is not important, we’re preparing our public to be more ignorant so that we can exploit them more."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women tattoo artists' showcase opens at Glitter Box April 7

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

ZOE BIGGS / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
  • ZOE BIGGS / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

An exhibition of work by women tattoo artists (including co-curator Katie Barroso, Danika Brooke, Niki Rain and Mia) opens next month at Glitter Box N.O (1109 Royal St.). Art, digital prints and products designed by the artists will be sold. 10 percent of all proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR).

In the past, we've profiled many local women who tattoo, including Jamie Ruth of Treasure Tattoo and Jacci Gresham of Aart Accent Tattoos. A recent Gambit cover story on nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomies included Kenner artist Carole Dezarn.

"Stay Bold: A Lady Tattooer Showcase" is open from April 7 through 30. There's an opening party with cocktails from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 7. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

PRAIRIE M. FAUL:
I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

JO GEHRINGER:
I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

EL PEARSON:
I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Local artisans Mark and Ann-Marie Derby get national spotlight on Handcrafted America

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew. - COURTESY OF SIMONE MCDOWELL OF INSP
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  • Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew.

Handcrafted America is a cable TV show dedicated to showcasing artisans around the country that still make things the old-fashioned way, by hand. Each episode features three artisans that are arguably the best in their trade, interviewed by host Jill Wagner in their own workspaces. Wagner takes an immense pride in introducing viewers to the makers of crafts mundane (brooms) and elaborate (chess sets hand carved from Hawaiian Koa wood).

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Front hosts "Not My President's Day" party Feb. 20

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

"Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.
  • "Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.

Presidents' Day honors currency stalwarts George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it's also a good day to think about American traditions — like, say, protesting in the face of obvious injustice. In that spirit, The Front hosts a "Not My President's Day" party responding to the contentious political climate.

That evening, the gallery and the Bad Hombres and Nasty Women Performance Network host improvisational performances, puppetry, political art and more at a gathering where artists and participants can discuss activism and protest. The event is a local version of the political engagement seen at galleries large and small nationwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art's pointed display of artists' works from countries affected by President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The party is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Costumes are encouraged and admission is free.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Feb. 3-5

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Gambit music pencil Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls into WWL-TV to chat about weekend events: a benefit concert for Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams, a new Jim Jarmusch film and more.


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Books roundup: Five book-related events in February in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

L. Kasimu Harris reads at Antenna (3718 St. Claude Ave.) Feb. 2. - IRVING JOHNSON III
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  • L. Kasimu Harris reads at Antenna (3718 St. Claude Ave.) Feb. 2.

It's February, that month in which we typically celebrate Mardi Gras and the lesser, more saccharine occasion known as Valentine's Day. If you need a refuge from the parade route — or a date-night idea to impress that cute librarian — here are five literary events to check out this month.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest posters announced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.
  • Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.

The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters have been announced. The festival poster features New Orleans' funk innovators, The Meters, and was created by Francis X. Pavy. The image depicts Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli in front of a curtain decorated with what look like French Quarter buildings. Pavy also created the image of the Neville Brothers used in the 1997 Jazz Fest poster and the Jerry Lee Lewis poster in 2007.

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