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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The New Orleans Film Fest starts tonight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project. - COURTESY A24
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  • Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project.

The New Orleans Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of The Florida Project, starring Willem Dafoe. More than 230 films screen between now and Thursday, Oct. 19, and there are interviews with filmmakers and stars, parties and more. A schedule and descriptions of all films are available on the festival website.

Some of the curated highlights include Mudbound, a story about a black veteran who returns from World War II and moves his family to rural Mississippi, where they struggle to survive (7:30 p.m. Saturday & 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19). Marshall tells the story of Thurgood Marshall as an attorney for the NAACP sent to Connecticut to defend a chauffeur against a socialite employer in a case that quickly became tabloid fodder (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12). The Upside is a remake of the French film Les Intouchables. Comedian Kevin Hart plays an ex-con who gets a chance to rebuild his life by working as an assistant to a billionaire paralyzed by a hang-gliding accident (7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16).

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Dru Hill and SWV headline 2017 Westbank Heritage Fest

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

SWV performs Sunday, Oct. 22 at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival. - COURTESY UNIVERSAL ATTRACTIONS
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  • SWV performs Sunday, Oct. 22 at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival.

Dru Hill, SWV and New Orleans artists DJ Jubilee, Shamarr Allen, Robin Barnes and many others perform at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival. The third annual event returns to the Alario Center (2000 Segnette Blvd, Westwego) Oct. 21-22. Admission is free; parking is $5.

There's R&B, funk, hip-hop, jazz and other artists, plus food from two dozen local vendors and a Sunday morning (10 a.m.) worship service from Mount Hermon Baptist Church.

Check the full lineup and schedule below.

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New Orleans Youth Open Mic kicks off fall season at Ashe

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Now in its fourth year, the New Orleans Youth Open Mic begins its fall season Oct. 18 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, opening a space for young people to showcase their voice, whether in poetry, prose, rap or other mediums.

Organizers noticed a pattern in poetry scenes around the U.S. where "the best adult scenes have well-supported youth scenes and poetry pipelines," says cofounder Mwende Katwiwa. While New Orleans has developed space for the success of local adult writers and slam poetry competitors, "we don’t necessarily have the next generation set up to do the same," she says.

Sign up begins at 6 p.m. and the events start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). It's open to people in the seventh-12th grade age range.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Buku Music + Art Project returns March 9-10, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018. - COURTESY BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT
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  • The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018.

The seventh annual Buku Music + Art Project will return to New Orleans in 2018 on March 9-10 — but without Huka Entertainment, the hard-pressed New Orleans-based events promotion company that has previously co-produced the festival, among many in its portfolio of concerts and events around the U.S. Tickets go on sale Oct. 11.

A statement to Billboard confirmed that "the festival will continue to be operated in New Orleans as a Winter Circle Productions and AEG Presents event with no affiliation with Huka." A report from Pollstar says the company is "on hold."

Headliners and performers on Buku's 2018 bill will be announced at a later date. Past headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Future, Bassnectar, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit and Dan Deacon, among others, bridging the latest in hip-hop and EDM with electronic and indie rock artists as well as a diverse sampling of New Orleans scenes.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A Flock of Seagulls to headline Krewe of BOO! afterparty, completing the '80s-ization of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 6:15 PM

The Krewe of Boo parades through the French Quarter. - FACEBOOK/KREWE OF BOO
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  • The Krewe of Boo parades through the French Quarter.

Did you see Huey Lewis and the News, Pat Benatar or The B-52s last weekend at the Gretna Heritage Festival? (I didn't, but when the wind was right I could hear them on the East Bank.) It was a very '80s Gretna Fest, and now it looks like a very '80s Halloween with the news that the entertainment at the Krewe of BOO!'s official afterparty will be provided by A Flock of Seagulls — in an era of hair bands, AFOS was the hair band nonpareil.

This year's parade rolls through the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street on Sat. Oct. 21, with celebrity king Blaine Kern and grand marshals The Mix and Maryse, husband-and-wife wrestlers from WWE.

Now in its 10th year, this year's KoB! will be an all-day affair, beginning with the inaugural 2-mile New Orleans Zombie Run at 9 a.m., with Big Easy Roller Girls chasing zombies through the streets from Generations Hall to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny. The 6:30 p.m. Krewe of BOO! parade will follow a reverse route, starting at Elysian Fields Ave. and Decatur St. and rolling through the Quarter to Generations Hall for the Monster Mash afterparty — and, of course, A Flock of Seagulls. (The 1980s are the new oldies, I guess.)

Location Details Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Warehouse District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 568-1702
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cirque d'So-Lame is Saturday at Castillo Blanco

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 11:52 AM

The Krewe of the Mystic Inane parades with Krewe du Vieux.
  • The Krewe of the Mystic Inane parades with Krewe du Vieux.

The Krewe of the Mystick Inane, a subkrewe of the satirical Krewe du Vieux, holds its annual raunchy/creepy circus fundraiser Cirque d'So-Lame 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Castillo Blanco. The seventh annual installment is themed "The 7 Year Jock Itch," and it includes games like Bra Pong, tactile experiences such as The Birth Canal, and the second edition of Heave Starvey's Lil Inanities Pageant. Drag and burlesque duo Kitten N'Lou will serve on the judges panel and help name the Greatest Hoe on Earth.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Voodoo Fest announces daily lineups

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27 - PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
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  • LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27

Day-by-day lineups are out for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem headline opening night on Oct. 27, which also crams in Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Yellow Claw, Afghan Whigs, Andrew McMahon, Benjamin Booker and Chicano Batman, among others, into the lineup.

Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Brand New, RL Grime and Crystal Castles headline Saturday, Oct. 28, which also has Whitney, Rich Chigga and Pell on that day's bill.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 are The Killers, Dillon Francis, The Head and the Heart, Post Malone, Miguel, Cold War Kids, Amine, Strand of Oaks, Ron Gallo and Mannequin Pussy.

See the full lineups here. Daily general admission tickets are $70-80 and weekend passes are $155. VIP and Platinum passes also are available.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival announces 2018 dates and lineup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell. - COURTESY SLU
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  • Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns March 21-25, 2018, highlighted by speaker events, literary seminars and readings, theater performances, panels and other events.

Speakers include All Grown Up's Jami Attenberg, Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, Detroit and Airline Highway playwright Lisa D'Amour, and Walter Isaacson, among others.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will present the festival namesake's signature play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Maxwell Williams, and Southern Rep will run Williams' one-act And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, directed by Ricky Graham. The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans will present One Arm, Moises Kaufman’s adaptation of a Williams short story.

Williams' women characters are the focus of The Women of Williams, hosted by D'Amour and inviting women who have portrayed his characters to read his scenes and discuss his work.

There also are tribute readings, writing contests, and the simultaneous 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, the annual LGBT literary event.

Tickets go on sale in January. Visit the festival website for more information.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jazz in the Park announces fall concert lineup

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Rebirth Brass Band performs Oct. 26 at Jazz in the Park.
  • Rebirth Brass Band performs Oct. 26 at Jazz in the Park.

People United for Armstrong Park presents free Jazz in the Park concert series in Armstrong Park on Thursdays in fall and spring. It kicks off the 2017 fall series this weekend with Burger Fest in Crescent Park.

Burger Fest has a ticketed concert featuring Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams Friday night and a day of free music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, performers including Cyril Neville Swamp Band, Los Hombres Client, Donald Harrison Jr., N'Awlins Johnnys and others. A best burger contest features 13 vendors serving different types of burgers, including versions with seafood or vegetable patties.

The fall concerts in Armstrong Park run  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 and headliners include Rebirth Brass Band, John Boutte, Partners-N-Crime and others. Full lineup after the jump.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Two Legs Bad water ballet comes to Drifter Hotel Sept. 21-30

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:34 PM

The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue. - DEVIN FLEMINGO
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  • The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue.

Some sea creatures are more equal than others. Some water park creatures learn that the hard way in Two Legs Bad, a water ballet coming to The Drifter hotel Sept. 21-30. The show is inspired by George Orwell's Animal Farm and incorporates synchronized swimming and aerialists.

In the drama, sea lions Napoleon and Snowball lead a rebellion against the sea park where they live and work, and soon all the seahorses, killer whales and clown fish realize that the revolution hasn't worked out as they planned. Writer/director Alayne Gobeille and local water ballet ensemble New Orleans Aqua Mob created the show. A synchronized swimming coach is working with the cast on its aquatic movement, including backflips, hand motions, sculling and more.

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