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
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  • 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
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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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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel: 'Bill Cassidy just lied right to my face'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 10:23 PM

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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy got lots of publicity in the last few months for saying any GOP health care plan would have to pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" — a term he coined after talking with the late night talk show host, whose son needed open-heart surgery shortly after birth. Cassidy, a physician, promised Kimmel and others that any Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would include coverage for all; no discrimination for pre-existing conditions; lower premiums for families; and no lifetime caps on coverage.

The new Graham-Cassidy health care bill, unveiled this week, does none of these things, as many medical groups have pointed out — as have Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee, who wrote letters objecting to the proposed legislation. Kimmel chimed in tonight on his talk show, saying, "Bill Cassidy just lied to my face."
"Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son's health problems. Because I have to."
"There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you," Kimmel concluded. "It's a lie detector test, and you're welcome to stop by the studio and take it any time."

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Brewsday Tuesday: New Orleans celebrates Oktoberfest

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 8:39 PM

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  • Oktoberfest crowds in Munich

The New Orleans region may not get to experience the fall season as early or as long as some areas, but we can enjoy the Oktoberfest tradition as well as anyone outside of Bavaria. The harvest festival means mass consumption of German brews and sausages and possibly listening to oompah bands. The occasion is usually celebrated with the Marzen style lager, a toasty, copper-colored beer with a medium body and mild hoppiness traditionally brewed in March (or Märzen in German) and allowed to age in cold cellars (also known as "lagering") throughout the summer months.

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Alon Shaya and John Besh are ‘parting ways’

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Alon Shaya and John Besh are "parting ways," as spokesperson for the Besh Restaurant Group confirmed. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Alon Shaya and John Besh are "parting ways," as spokesperson for the Besh Restaurant Group confirmed.

Chefs Alon Shaya and John Besh are “parting ways” at Shaya, a spokesperson for the Besh Restaurant Group confirmed Tuesday.

The news was first reported in an article by NOLA.com, which stated that Shaya is in negotiations to purchase the Uptown Israeli restaurant bearing his name from the restaurant group.

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