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The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press 

One of the more amusing moments in The Outsiders of New Orleans comes as Gypsy Lou Webb is mistaken for a tourist by some street artists as she leads the filmmakers on a tour of the blocks where she used to sell her paintings. Now 92 years old, Webb is as breathless and inspired as ever in recounting her years as copublisher of The Outsider with her husband Jon Webb (both pictured). Their avant garde literary journal and small press printed the works of Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller in the early '60s. After a brief cameo by Doug Brinkley, who talks about itinerant writers in the city, Wayne Ewing's film is a meandering and chatty encounter with some of the French Quarter's bohemian alums. There's a long and charming scene of Webb meeting Upperline Restaurant owner JoAnn Clevenger, who was also a young boheme in the district and owns a Noel Rockmore painting depicting Webb, folk artist and preacher Sister Gertrude Morgan, Ruthie the Duck Lady and a host of other Quarterites. Less intriguing is a group of University of Alabama students invited to guess why the Webbs made certain aesthetic choices in producing a limited edition Henry Miller tome. Wayne would have been better off letting Webb talk further on the subject. Regardless, the film is an entertaining look at the spirit of artists who lived hand-to-mouth and created enduring legacies in literature and the French Quarter's romanticized social character. Webb will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A with Ewing. Presented by the New Orleans Film Society. Tickets $10. — Will Coviello

8 p.m. Thu., Dec. 6

Prytania Theater, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787

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