Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Wire: The Musical

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

This may be the best thing has ever done. Just masterful. Chappelle-worthy.

"Experience The Wire's realistic portrayal of America's decaying inner cities ... through the magic of song."

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Treme wins a Peabody Award

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Treme, the HBO drama about New Orleanians picking up their lives after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, has received a 2011 George Foster Peabody Award. The Peabody Award is one of the nation's highest honors in electronic media, and can provide broader visibility for critically acclaimed but underwatched programs. In a press release announcing the honor, the Peabody judges wrote:

The storylines snake and swoop like an unhurried jazz jam in this rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Creator David Simon's other critically beloved series, The Wire, won a Peabody in 2004 after its second season, just as Treme did.

The 71st annual Peabody Awards will be handed out at a May 21 luncheon in New York hosted by Patrick Stewart. The show's third season will begin this fall on HBO.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Less than two days to buy tickets to My Darlin’ New Orleans — and a chance to be an “extra” on Treme

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM


Tick tock. You only have two days to buy advance tickets to the third annual red carpet My Darlin’ New Orleans Auction and Celebrity Gala — hosted by the cast and crew of HBO’s Treme — March 31 at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive).

Advance ticket sales end March 9; admission is $125 per person. (A few tickets may be available for $150 each between 5 p.m. March 9 and midnight March 29, according to the ticket website.) (

The gala benefits the nonprofit New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Assistance Foundation, The Roots of Music and Sweet Home New Orleans. Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas headlines a music lineup that includes Little Freddie King, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, The Roots of Music Crusaders Marching Band and others. The event also features specialty cocktails and food from celebrity chefs including Susan Spicer (Bayona and Mondo restaurants), Tory McPhail (Commander's Palace) and Alon Shaya (Domenica).

Live, silent and online auctions offer one-of-a-kind items, autographed memorabilia, a chance to be an extra on Treme and more.

When you purchase admission, make sure you read all details including required attire (cocktail attire/ black tie optional), ID required for the “list only” (read: no tickets) entry process, age restrictions, etc.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Get paid to be an EyeHateGod fan for HBO's Treme

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM


The HBO series Treme is nothing if not determined to show it knows New Orleans music. Purists may want to debate whether season two accelerated the timeline on the notoriety of bounce rappers like Katey Red. But shooting for season three is underway, and the production team is looking for fans of sludge metal outfit EyeHateGod. Filming is Wednesday at Southport Hall, and it's a paid gig for accepted extras.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wendell Pierce sounds off on recent shootings

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Following Treme actor/New Orleans native Wendell Pierce on Twitter always proves to be interesting, since he is never short on commentary on everything from Saints football, to New Orleans' education system, to the racial dynamics in The Help (that's why he often in our weekly tweet roundup).

Today he had a lot to say about the city's recent rash of shootings, tweeting "Violence & murder in New Orleans escalating. We are all complicite (sic)." He continued, blaming "exclusionary" public schools and extracurricular activities that leave out poor children for creating a small, but serious, culture of violence. "We are creating an exclusionary community. And kids are falling through the cracks. It only takes 1 to pull a trigger," he tweeted. "The violence is created by a small percentage 1-2%. But impacts us all. Many see it as poor kids killing each other and are indifferent."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rouses opens in the CBD

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

A manager leads a team cheer before the opening of the downtown Rouses Market this morning.
  • A manager leads a team cheer before the opening of the downtown Rouses Market this morning.
Supermarket owners Donald, Donny and Allison Rouse, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and District B Councilwoman Stacy Head opened the new Rouses supermarket in the CBD this morning (on the site of the old Sewell Cadillac dealership). Rouses is now the first supermarket in the downtown area since the A.M. & J. Solari Market and Food Emporium was demolished in the 1960s (the location now houses Mr. B’s restaurant).

Also on hand for the opening were state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, state Rep. Helena Moreno and about two dozen chefs from some of the city’s leading restaurants, several of whom are used in the supermarket’s ad campaigns. Ti Martin of Commander’s Palace spoke, as did chefs Alon Shaya (Domenica) and John Folse (the soon-to-open Restaurant R’evolution). Landrieu praised the chefs on hand for their contributions to the city’s “cultural economy.”

Reflecting the increasingly well-heeled downtown population, the store offers high-end luxury items in addition to the usual canned goods and Louisiana-made products: a stone-fired pizza oven, lobster and live fish tanks, a pho bar, a gelateria, a humidor and an extensive wine section.

More under the jump, including a look at which New Orleans neighborhoods are still "food deserts," and where more supermarkets will be opening in 2012 ...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Treme Funktet: a neighborhood revitalization effort

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Corey Henry’s ‘Treme Funktet is only about two months young but, as with everything the young trombonist does music-wise, its taking off like a fast growing fire.

Sunday nights at the Candlelight Lounge is usually a small intimate affair for the neighborhood elders mostly to watch sports, drink a beer and catch up with friends. But for the last several Sundays, the place is popping with people from all over the city pouring in to catch the new Funktet - and that's the outcome Henry was striving for.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

David Simon's keynote at Rising Tide 6

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

David Simon was one of the keynote speakers at yesterday's Rising Tide conference at Xavier University. I read Katy Reckdahl's recap at, which included this reference toward the end:

He alluded to a spat he had with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu several months ago about demolition of several blighted Central City buildings that Simon had hoped to save, if possible. During it, he said, Landrieu fingered him as an outsider.

Beg pardon, but it was a bit more than that ,,, Simon spent a good part of his speech excoriating Landrieu regarding the blight demolition debacle. Near as anyone can tell: Landrieu's office planned to demolish some blighted homes as a symbol of a promise kept; a group of preservationists, noting that the houses were used in Treme promotional materials, objected and asked Simon for help; and Simon/HBO sent a letter to the mayor about it, a letter which somehow didn't get read. And then stuff went nuclear and alpha-male. Anyway, a big-time TV producer saying the mayor "would throw anybody under the bus if the cameras were on" seems to be more than a spat, despite Simon's concluding disclaimer.

Watch it for yourself:

David Simon - Keynote Speaker, Rising Tide VI from Jason Berry on Vimeo.

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For New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM

From the back porch of our Faubourg Marigny home, I see the west bank of the Mississippi River through the branches of our enormous tree, a live oak that Mr. Foche probably nurtured himself when he built this house in 1835.

God only knows what the tree has endured. Nicholas Foche, a free man of color from Jamaica, arrived long before the levees. That means that the Mississippi River rushed periodically through the ground floor, from the back door to the front. The water settled at times, I know it did. It delivered alligators, snakes, and lots and LOTS of rats, and it bred millions of mosquitoes, spreading fever, disease and death throughout this, a great American city.

As a series, I don’t think Tremé (based on a neighborhood only a few blocks from ours) is fabulous, but on the other hand, the fact that I find it difficult to watch may be a testament to its insight. I recall the pilot as a misrepresentation, even a joke, on behalf of the Tremé writers to suggest restaurants and groceries and water bills and newly painted houses and dumpsters and taxis (and Elvis Costello and a limousine!) and Zapp’s potato chips and safe neighborhoods, and people who feel like singing — all just three months after the storm.


And yet right this second, six years to the day after George Rodrigue and I (the oh-so-fortunate) sat in a hotel room in Houston and watched on television as our city drowned, I sit on our 175-year-old porch and watch the tops of the ships go by. I see tourists wave to the shore of the river that made Louisiana the key state in Napoleon’s sale of 828,000 square miles of this country, and I watch our oak tree, now held together by steel wires and sprouting strong, near floating, swaying, and shaking its branches to the beat of New Orleans. Three months after or six years after —- I guess it doesn’t much matter.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Big Red’s brass band panel at Saturday’s Rising Tide conference

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM


Your roving street reporter Big Red Cotton is coming to you live and direct Saturday at the Rising Tide Conference bringing you a brass band panel discussion featuring the colossally talented masters of harmonic convergence ‘To Be Continued Brass Band’. Also featured is Lawrence Rawlins who comprises one half of the Rawlins brothers (Wilbert is the other), band directors who have churned out some of the most prolific brass band musicians on the scene. Lawrence is music director for The Roots of Music after school program. And lastly, Gambit’s own Alejandro de los Rios, producer of the Brass Roots documentary which covers the world of brass bands in New Orleans (we’re so proud of him).

The panel will wrap up with a fiyah performance by TBC who will close out the conference.

Also appearing at the conference as the keynote speaker is some guy named David Simon that everyone is making a big deal over...

Now if you can’t make it in person, you can check us on live web stream. Although being stuck inside on a Saturday in New Orleans is not hitting on nothing. Come out and see your people!


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