Friday, September 22, 2017

Gambit's endorsements for mayor, city council and other races on the Oct. 14 ballot

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

LaToya Cantrell.
  • LaToya Cantrell.

Early voting starts this Saturday, Sept. 30, across Louisiana — but nowhere is that date more important than in metro New Orleans. Voters in New Orleans will elect a new mayor, at least three new City Council members, and two judges. They also will decide the fate of three important school board millages.

In Jefferson Parish, voters in Council District 4 will choose a new parish councilman, and voters parishwide will decide whether to renew two transportation millages. Statewide, voters will elect a new treasurer and consider three proposed constitutional amendments.

These are vitally important decisions, yet early indicators suggest a low turnout statewide — and only tepid interest locally. With so much at stake for New Orleans, we hope voters heed the “wake-up call” described in our upcoming Sunday cover story.

As we considered whom to endorse in these critical elections, we looked for candidates who not only had the skill sets to get things done, but who also understood the sense of urgency that will be needed to address the challenges facing our city, region and state. Whether you agree with our recommendations or not, we hope you’ll take time to vote. Our recommendations in the election are below the jump.

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Review: Battle of the Sexes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes
  • Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes

As a winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, Billie Jean King surely ranks among the greatest players in the history of tennis. But a 21st-century perspective on King’s late-1960s and early ’70s heyday suggests that tournament victories may have been the least of her personal accomplishments.

King learned tennis on the free public courts of Long Beach, California and later made it her mission to rescue the sport from its country club origins and make it accessible to all. As the disparity in pay between men and women on the tennis circuit increased — even as the women’s movement gained momentum — King and her colleagues organized their own tournaments and founded the Women’s Tennis Association, striking a blow for gender equality that was felt around the world.

In 1973, King reluctantly agreed to play a match against middle-aged former tennis star Bobby Riggs that was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs took on the persona of a loud-mouthed male chauvinist to create a worldwide media phenomenon — and a made-for-TV spectacle that was viewed by an estimated 90 million people.

That match ostensibly serves as the subject of sports drama Battle of the Sexes. But as directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), the film seems uninterested in tennis (it takes almost an hour to get around to a match) and conflicted about buying into the social significance of the manufactured, circuslike “Battle.”

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New Orleans Film Festival adds advance screenings of major fall releases

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
  • Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project

Among the most exciting events at each year's New Orleans Film Festival are the opening, closing and "Spotlight" screenings, in which upcoming major Hollywood releases are previewed to help generate advance buzz. Just announced by the festival, this year's out-of-competition screenings will feature several of this fall's most anticipated films.

Opening the festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre will be The Florida Project, writer-director Sean Baker's follow-up to his shot-entirely-on-an-iPhone Tangerine. The closing night selection is Call Me by Your Name, a coming-of-age drama from Italian director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash).

Four Spotlight films were announced. Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne and is billed as a sequel to Hal Ashby's 1973 film The Last Detail. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The Upside features Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies and was directed by Neil Burger (Divergent). Marshall is Reginald Hudson's biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

More information is available here.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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First trailer released for Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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The mind-blowing first trailer for writer-director Wes Anderson's upcoming film Isle of Dogs has just been released. Anderson's first animated film since his award-winning 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs is set in a dystopian Japan of the future in which dogs have been banished to an island. Those contributing their voices to the film include Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton, plus wildcards ranging from Greta Gerwig to Yoko Ono. The film is scheduled to hit theaters March 23, 2018, but we may have trouble waiting that long. See below.

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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
  • PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • 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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Music for Mental Health concert brings storytelling and songs to destigmatize mental illness

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Kathryn Rose Wood joins a lineup at the U.S. Mint Sept. 22 for Music For Mental Health.
  • Kathryn Rose Wood joins a lineup at the U.S. Mint Sept. 22 for Music For Mental Health.
As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, several New Orleans songwriters have banded together for an intimate performance with a focus on mental health to end stigma surrounding mental illness — with musicians as a medium for discussion. The inaugural Music for Mental Health: An Evening of Song and Discussion on Sept. 22 sidesteps the silos in which people typically discuss mental health and centers it among five artists trading stories and songs in a stripped-down, candid storytelling performance.

"One of the best ways of doing that is music. It’s not confrontational — you don’t meet anyone who doesn’t like music," says singer-songwriter and concert organizer Kathryn Rose Wood, who lost her brother following his suicide two years ago. "That medium where people feel a bit more comfortable or expressive."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: The Way at Midnight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Hannah Pepper-Cunningham stars in The Way at Midnight. - PHOTO BY JOHN BARROIS
  • PHOTO BY JOHN BARROIS
  • Hannah Pepper-Cunningham stars in The Way at Midnight.

Mondo Bizarro, literally “strange world,” creates conceptual experiences that can leave audiences wondering where they are, in what time frame events are happening and what exactly is going on. But that dramatic approach also can allow freedom for internal exploration and interpretation.

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A look at Curio, now open in the French Quarter

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 11:34 AM


Bakkafrost salmon with farro and heirloom tomato salad is served at Curio, which opened Monday on Royal Street. - PHOTOS BY HELEN FREUND
  • PHOTOS BY HELEN FREUND
  • Bakkafrost salmon with farro and heirloom tomato salad is served at Curio, which opened Monday on Royal Street.

Curio (301 Royal St., 504-717-4198), the newest restaurant in the ever-expanding Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts empire, opened Monday in the French Quarter.

The owners describe Curio as an “eclectic bistro” and the sprawling 150-seat space features modern accents and walls adorned with paintings commissioned by Tony Mose, who owns the Esom Gallery on Magazine Street. On the ground floor, there's a long bar and dining room, and the upstairs space has a wraparound covered balcony overlooking Royal Street.

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Shotgun Cinema screens two Les Blank documentaries Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers
  • Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

Shotgun Cinema will screen two little-seen documentaries by the late, great Les Blank — celebrated locally for his classic Mardi Gras-themed Always For Pleasure — at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.). On the program are Gap-Toothed Women, which explores societal attitudes toward unconventional beauty, and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, which traces the history, consumption and strange powers of the illustrious plant. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.


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