Friday, December 1, 2017

Krampus is coming for you, New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Krampus and a Sister of SHHH. - COURTESY KREWE OF KRAMPUS
  • Krampus and a Sister of SHHH.

What is Christmas without the Alpine tradition of a horned bipedal demon, covered in fur, and visiting homes to shove naughty children into sacks.

Krampus — whose recent pop cultural density aligns with a growing phenomenon and fascination with dark stuff — has appeared in celebrations and parades throughout the U.S., from Bloomington, Indiana to Philadelphia to Los Angelies. This weekend, New Orleans’ Krewe of Krampus makes its formal debut with its Krampus NOLAuf.

While Krampusnacht precedes the Feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 5, the Krewe of Krampus will roll Saturday, Dec. 2 on Royal Street through Bywater, bringing with it a parade of noisy horns, costumed revelers and, of course, Krampus. Ending the parade is an honorary St. Nick.

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Review: Novitiate

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Margaret Qualley in Novitiate
  • Margaret Qualley in Novitiate

There’s an early scene in first-time narrative feature director Margaret Betts’ Novitiate — a secular humanist drama about the religious passion of nuns, set in Tennessee in 1964 — in which a teenage novice laughingly admits that Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story inspired her to devote her life to the church.

That moment rings true, as Hepburn’s performance in the 1959 film has been credited with leading countless young women of the time down a path of religious commitment. Even more central to the historical context underlying Novitiate is the arrival of Vatican II during the year depicted in the film. An effort to liberalize practices of the Catholic Church and address its role in the modern world, Vatican II also led to a mass exodus from the church by nuns unprepared for a less cloistered and newly secularized role in society.

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Three New Orleans restaurants celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Avo, Josephine Estelle and GW Fins are all celebrating with Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners this month. - COURTESY AVO
  • Avo, Josephine Estelle and GW Fins are all celebrating with Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners this month.

During the holidays, many Italians and Italian Americans celebrate the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Typically held on Christmas Eve, the Southern Italian feast — also known as La Viglia — features seven types of seafood. Here are three restaurants in New Orleans offering their take on the tradition.

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Friends of Helen Hill present free local film program Saturday night at Zeitgeist

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:41 PM


Friends of Helen Hill will celebrate the life and work of filmmaker and activist Helen Hill with a program of locally made films and surprises at Zeitgeist Films (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Hill, who was murdered by an intruder in her Marigny home in 2007, has become nationally recognized as an one of the most accomplished and influential experimental animators of her time. The event is free and open to the public. More information and a schedule of events are here.

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Carver Theater to ticket holders: 'the theater is permanently closed'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:20 PM

The Carver Theater in 2014. - PHOTO BY JEANIE RIESS
  • The Carver Theater in 2014.

Ticket holders for a concert scheduled this month at the Carver Theater received an email that the venue — built in 1950 and recently renovated with the aid of a slate of tax credits — “is permanently closed” as of Nov. 14.

Eugene Oppman, who has owned the building since 1987, says the collapse of First NBC Bank Holding Company spelled doom for the theater, which worked with the state and tax credits to secure loans to fund renovations before its grand reopening in 2014.

But with First NBC’s bankruptcy, Oppman says the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) sat on the loans, and within the last few weeks, those loans were sold, which Oppman said had changed the terms of the loan. Oppman previously was paying interest interest-only and believes he now is responsible for interest and principle, which likely had “pushed up my debt servicing, tripled it and quadrupled it,” he said. The theater didn't pull in enough revenue to keep up.

“That was the nail in the coffin when they started demanding from me $30,000, $40,000 a month,” Oppman said. “I said, ‘I can’t do this.’ … Everything’s liquidated.”

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Six places to see 'snow' in New Orleans in December

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM


If you've never chiseled your windshield free of an ice sheet while wind howls furiously about you, stinging your face and freezing your tears to your cheeks, you may still have some romantic ideas about winter weather. If so, great news! There are several places to experience "snow" in New Orleans this holiday season.

The following list of "snowfalls" has been compiled from social media and events submitted to Gambit. These faux-meteorological events have not been vetted for snowball fight potential, the presence of haunted snowmen in top hats or the dreaded yellow snow. But you should probably wear your best bib snowpants, just in case.

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