Monday, November 13, 2017

"Unmasking Brain Injury" pop-up art exhibit opens Nov. 16

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Carlos, a brain injury survivor who lives in Metairie, painted his mask blue and purple.

On the purple side, he wrote the words "tired," "misunderstood" and "hatred," while the blue side includes the words "strong," "love," "grateful," and "humorous." A brain he painted above the colorful face is ringed with flames.

"My brain surrounded by fire represents light and intensity. An important message I want to share with others is to 'listen to us,'" he wrote, in a statement accompanying the art project.

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Joe Rogan coming to Mahalia Jackson Theater in March 2018

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Joe Rogan. - PHOTO BY JAMES LAW
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  • Joe Rogan.

Comedian/podcaster Joe Rogan will come to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts March 15, 2018.

Rogan, who came to attention on the '90s sitcom Newsradio. now hosts a popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and tours doing standup. His most recent special, Joe Rogan: Triggered, ran on Netflix last year.

Tickets for Rogan's performance go on sale Nov. 17 at Ticketmaster and at the Saenger Theater box office.
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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Coquette hosts red beans hurricane relief dinner Monday, Nov. 13

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:16 PM

On Monday, Coquette, Cure and Pableaux Johnson are teaming up for a red bean dinner benefitting the victims of hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico. - COURTESY CREATIVE COMMONS/COOKBOOKMAN17
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  • On Monday, Coquette, Cure and Pableaux Johnson are teaming up for a red bean dinner benefitting the victims of hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico.

It’s Monday, and if you're seeing red beans in your immediate future, why not help a good cause while you're at it?

As part of the Long Haul Supper Series, Coquette, Cure and Pableaux Johnson are teaming up for a red bean dinner benefitting the victims of hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico tonight (Nov. 13).

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Taylor Swift to headline the Superdome in 2018

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Taylor Swift's 2017 album reputation is out now. - COURTESY MERT MARCUS/BIG MACHINE RECORDS
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  • Taylor Swift's 2017 album reputation is out now.

Following the release of her sixth album reputation, pop music extremist Taylor Swift has announced dates for her 2018 stadium tour. She'll make her first headlining visit to the Superdome on Sept. 22.

The album's first single "Look What You Made Me Do" signaled a cartoonish rejection of Swift's former self, with reputation as her big, aggressive and aggressively dramatic reintroduction. She recently performed reputation singles "...Ready For It?" and "Call It What You Want" on Saturday Night Live.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 13. A fan pre-sale event begins now through Nov. 28 via Taylor Swift Tix through Ticketmaster Verified Fan.

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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival announces winners

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Winners were announced Sunday at the 11th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. - COURTESY OAK STREET PO-BOY FESTIVAL/FACEBOOK
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  • Winners were announced Sunday at the 11th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.

The annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival announced this year's top sandwiches Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of people packed Oak Street off Carrollton Avenue, where vendors offered traditional and creative po-boys. This year, guests wanting to purchase a po-boy were required to purchase a $5 wristband, and for $25, one could skip the long lines completely.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, November 14, 2017

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The New Orleans City Council: What's in their wallets?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM

The New Orleans City Council.
  • The New Orleans City Council.

The 2017 mayoral runoff has not fostered much enthusiasm among New Orleans voters, but it at least has dredged up an issue that could stir voters’ passions in the election’s aftermath: City Council members’ liberal use of taxpayer-funded credit cards.

District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell’s profligate charges on her city-issued card have become the dominant issue since the Oct. 14 primary, which Cantrell led with 39 percent of the vote. Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet finished 8.5 percentage points behind after beginning the race as the odds-on frontrunner.

A well-financed political action committee (PAC) calling itself NotForSaleNOLA beat up Charbonnet pretty badly in the primary, accusing her of being under the spell of unsavory patronage political power brokers. While the PAC’s broadsides failed to knock Charbonnet completely out of the running, they left her so badly wounded that the former judge’s subsequent exposure of Cantrell’s extravagant — and possibly illegal — charges on her city-issued credit card do not appear to have had much effect. Polls showed Cantrell with a double-digit lead going into the campaign’s final two weeks.

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Review: The Square

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Claes Bang in The Square
  • Claes Bang in The Square

Great filmmakers tend to work in favored subject areas that come to characterize entire careers. It’s hard to imagine Wes Anderson without his character-driven whimsy, or Alfred Hitchcock obsessing on something other than the dark side of human nature.

Swedish director Ruben Ostlund seems to have adopted a narrow focus for his increasingly daring films: how the person each of us would like to be differs from who we really are in the context of everyday life — or the gulf that exists between private ideals and public actions.

This is fertile ground for satire. Ostlund’s 2014 Force Majeure imagined a husband and father who turns his own life upside down when he panics and runs from a harmless avalanche instead of protecting his family. The Square focuses on a sophisticated and self-satisfied museum curator whose life spins out of control when he responds to being robbed on the street with a series of bad, seemingly uncharacteristic decisions.

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Prytania Theatre's Martin Scorsese film series starts this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Goodfellas
  • Goodfellas

The Prytania Theatre launches a Martin Scorsese film series this weekend with a screening of Goodfellas. The series runs on five consecutive Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available here. The full schedule:

November 12 — Goodfellas
November 19 — Raging Bull
November 26 — The Departed
December 3 — Taxi Driver
Dec. 10 — The Wolf of Wall Street

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Author Isabel Allende appears in New Orleans Nov. 17

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM

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Isabel Allende, the decorated and prolific Chilean-American author of numerous works of fiction and memoir, is in New Orleans to discuss her new book Nov. 17.

The discussion takes place at the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center (4301 St. Charles Ave.). Local author Anne Gisleson will be in conversation with Allende about her new novel In the Midst of Winter. The book is about a series of events that transpire after a human rights scholar gets into a minor car accident with an undocumented immigrant in Brooklyn.

Allende's fiction often makes use of elements of magical realism, and her characters hail from global cultures including and beyond Latin America. Her works also frequently engage with political realities and how political upheaval can affect personal relationships.

You must buy a ticket, which includes a signed copy of the book, from host organization Garden District Book Shop to attend the event. Tickets are $30.80. Unsigned books also are available in Spanish.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

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