Friday, November 17, 2017

Prospect.4 art expo opening events Nov. 18-19

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016. - COURTESY PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS
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  • Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016.

Prospect.4, the fourth edition of the Prospect New Orleans international contemporary art triennial, kicks off with a performance event at 11 a.m. Saturday in Washington Square Park. Artist Naama Tsabar has orchestrated a performance by 21 local women musicians, who will all stand on amplifiers. They're grouped into four bands, each playing a separate piece of music created for the event. Participating musicians include Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Sarah Quintana, Kelly Mae, Julie Odell and others. The event is free. There also is an official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Prospect.4 at 11 a.m. in the park.

There are a couple of performances during the P.4's opening weekend, as well as gallery talks and events. The opening Swamp Galaxy Gala is tonight (Friday) at the Sugar Mill. P.4 runs through Feb. 25, 2018.

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Review: Lady Bird

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
  • Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

For a town that prides itself on social awareness and progressive politics, Hollywood recently has struggled to keep up with changing times. First came the 2015 #oscarssowhite campaign spotlighting the perennial lack of Academy Award nominations (and screen time) for people of color. The Academy responded with major changes to its membership and voting policies, but more roles for nonwhite actors and those behind the camera have remained elusive.

Sexual harassment and abuse scandals have rocked Hollywood in 2017, damaging or ending careers for powerful players such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. More important, the scandals blew the lid off Tinseltown’s barely hidden old boys’ club and its deeply ingrained sexism. Self-deprecating jokes won’t be enough to clear the air on this subject at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony — we’ve come too far for that.

Hollywood’s current predicament sets an unlikely stage for first-time solo writer-director Greta Gerwig’s beautifully realized Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old girl struggling to break free of her conservative upbringing in suburban Sacramento, California in 2002. One almost can hear Hollywood’s sighs of relief because a woman was greenlighted to make a debut film that will undoubtedly figure prominently in awards season, which begins in a couple of weeks and won’t let up until the Oscars ceremony on March 4, 2018.

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Comedy Central returns to the Civic Theatre to film half-hour standup series

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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Comedy Central will film another season of its Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents... at the Civic Theatre next month, with comedians performing 30-minute sets to be aired next year.

The nine comics on this season's slot include The President Show's Emmy Blotnick, Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Devin Field, Insecure's Langston Kerman and American Vandal's Ryan O'Flanagan, as well as Tim Dillon, Megan Gailey, Chris Garcia, Mike Lawrence and Sarah Tiana.

The comics will perform across four shows, and tickets for each show are free and available online. Ticket holders must be at least 18 years old to attend the shows. More details are available on the ticket website. Here's the lineup and schedule:
  • Ryan O'Flanagan and Langston Kerman perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
  • Megan Gailey and Devin Field perform 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
  • Chris Garcia, Emmy Blotnick and Tim Dillon perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Sarah Tiana and Mike Lawrence perform 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

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A watershed election in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

LaToya Cantrell. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • LaToya Cantrell.

Although the 2017 mayoral election gave us a painfully uninspiring field of candidates, it still produced a political watershed in several ways. Here are my takeaways one day before the election, assuming LaToya Cantrell wins easily, as suggested by every poll. (If Desiree Charbonnet somehow pulls off the biggest upset since Bienville hoodwinked the British Navy in 1699, I’ll eat what follows.)

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Amy Schumer returns to New Orleans for New Year's Eve show

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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On New Year's Eve 2016, Amy Schumer headlined the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts before the ball dropped. She'll return to New Orleans for another round at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

The stand-up comic and actor created the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and recently starred in Snatched and the war drama Thank You For Your Service, roles following 2015's hit Trainwreck. In 2016, she was the first-ever woman comic to sell out Madison Square Garden, and her 2015 HBO special Live at the Apollo was nominated for several Emmy Awards.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 17 at the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal St.), at (800) 745-3000, or at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.
Location Details Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
1419 Basin St.
Treme
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-1052
Recital Hall and Theater

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Prytania Theatre's Classic Movies series screens Raging Bull and The Birds this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 9:36 AM

The Birds
  • The Birds

This Sunday, Nov. 19, the Prytania Theatre's never-ending series of classic films presents Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (10 a.m., $6) and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (10 p.m., $10). Ticket are available here.

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Shotgun Cinema presents third annual Talking Heads dance party

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 9:01 AM

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Shotgun Cinema presents its third annual no-chairs dance-party screening of Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Court 13 Arts (2801 Franklin Ave.). This year's screening is dedicated to the 1984 film's director Jonathan Demme, who died in April at age 73. Doors open at 6 p.m for art installation viewing and the screening begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available here.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Landrieu meets with Jeff Sessions, Sen. Kennedy to discuss 'sanctuary' policies

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:56 PM

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - PHOTOS BY GAGE SKIDMORE/NICK PRETE / CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The dispute between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over New Orleans' compliance with federal immigration authorities has seemingly hit another wall.

It's been a caustic back and forth, following hardline immigration policies and rhetoric from President Donald Trump, lawsuits over cities and "sanctuary" policies, and aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action.

Landrieu says the city and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) do communicate with ICE, and nothing in NOPD policy prohibits the department from sharing information with the feds. Sessions says the city harbors people living in the country illegally through NOPD policy that effectively gives them "sanctuary." Landrieu says NOPD arrests people regardless of status and that "New Orleans is not a sanctuary city." Sessions says NOPD policy doesn't go far enough to open communication between the city and the feds when an undocumented person is in custody.

On Nov. 16, Landrieu, City Attorney Rebecca Dietz and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison met with Sessions and U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy. Landrieu said the meeting went well — once again assuring that the feds agree with Landrieu that the city does not have "sanctuary" policies.

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Steve Scalise, Rosie O'Donnell mix it up on Twitter

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Rosie O'Donnell. - PHOTO BY DAVID SHANKBONE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY DAVID SHANKBONE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Rosie O'Donnell.

Once again demonstrating that modern life is basically the fourth grade writ large, with consequences that likely will mean the death of all of us, comedian and professional Donald Trump irritant Rosie O'Donnell mixed it up with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise after he crowed about the U.S. House of Representatives passing its controversial tax cut bill
To which O'Donnell replied ...

To which Scalise replied ...

(As we all know, in the South "Bless your heart!" is just a different way to pronounce "Go fuck yourself.") Scalise's riposte was enough to make O'Donnell switch from all lower case to ALL CAPS in a hurry.

More maturity under the jump ...

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NOAGE hosts 'LGBT Health and Aging' symposium Dec. 2

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:11 PM

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) and Ochsner Pride host a symposium on LGBT health and aging Dec. 2.

The symposium, which targets doctors, nurses, social workers, caretakers and other health care professionals, includes topics such as creating a welcoming environment in health care settings, aging with HIV, transgender health care, legal issues and other matters relevant to LGBT seniors. Serena Worthington, who directs national LGBT elders association Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), is the keynote speaker.

There's also a screening of Gen Silent, a documentary that follows the lives of several older LGBT people.

The program is part of NOAGE's continued advocacy work, much of which centers around health care. Since this spring, executive director Jim Meadows says the organization has provided 200 "cultural competency" trainings to providers to help them better serve their LGBT patients. NOAGE estimates that there are 20,000 older LGBT people living in the greater New Orleans area.

The symposium takes place Dec. 2 at Ochsner Health System's Jefferson Highway campus. It's free to attend, and continuing education credits are available for participants. Contact NOAGE to register.

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