Monday, May 21, 2018

Prospect New Orleans names curators for Prospect.5

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi will curate Prospect.5.
  • Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi will curate Prospect.5.

Prospect New Orleans
has named Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi co-curators of Prospect.5, which will open in 2020.

Prospect.4 closed Feb. 25. Curator Trevor Schoonmaker from Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art explored the Global South in his expo. The contemporary art triennial featured works from an international array of artists at more than 17 venues, including installations in public spaces. Shows drew 100,000 visitors.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Music Box debuts 'Porch Life' structure at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM


As you move closer to a towering structure at the edge of a playful, circus-like row of Carnival characters, Chinese lion dancers and sideshow tents, you'll hear it — a joyous noise of banging sounds, chimes and stomping feet.

Children bat flip flops against an array of marimba-like pipes, swing from an oversized porch swing below it, tickle a porch door filled with bells, and ascend and descend the steps connecting two floors of musical architecture, with Quintron's weather-sensitive synthesizer whirring above it all like a crow's next aboard a pirate ship in a sea of Tommy Bahama shirts.

The structure — titled "Porch Life" — is the latest from art collective Airlift and its Music Box project, making its debut inside the Fairgrounds during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

International indy wrestlers dazzle at Evolve 102

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 4:37 PM

I like the Kenner lakefront. I like Williams Boulevard, I like WTIX Oldies Night at the Treasure Chest, I like the anomalous beach-volleyball complex, the airplanes overhead, the unintuitive street grid, the cozy coffee shops where both Jefferson and St. Charles Parish politicos loudly plot and swap gossip.

On Thursday, the first big night of a long WrestleMania weekend that will run through SmackDown Live on Tuesday, I was in Laketown to see some outstanding independent wrestling. I attended "Evolve 102," put on by Evolve, a promotion that's part of the WWN Streaming Network and shares talent with some other bigger independent wrestling organizations.

For a wrestling fan, WrestleMania week is long days and nights of tough choices. No matter what event you attend, you know at any given time you're missing at least one or two other events that might be as good or better— and with so many megastars in town, there's no predicting who'll make a surprise guest appearance where. You've just gotta roll the dice, pick a show and mute your phone's relentless fusillade of FOMO fuel.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'Everybody wants to get seen' — A chat with New Orleans wrestler 'Outlaw' Matt Lancie

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 2:22 PM

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  • "Outlaw" Matt Lancie
While WrestleMania is the most important day on a WWE Superstar's calendar, the crowds of wrestling fans WrestleMania attracts to its host city also make it the biggest weekend of the year for independent wrestlers and those signed to smaller companies.

Among the many wrestling events in New Orleans between now and WrestleMania Sunday is a big "locals" show on Thursday, April 5 featuring New Orleans' own WildKat Sports. It's part of a multi-day non-WWE showcase called WrestleCon, which includes a convention at the Sheraton New Orleans and a series of wrestling events at the Sugar Mill. 

To get a local grappler's perspective on all this, I talked to "Outlaw" Matt Lancie, a Wildkat mainstay.  At the April 5 show, Lancie will be matched up with longtime rival Danny Flamingo, a trash-talking Chalmatian who calls himself "The Prince of Paris Road." Danny's scrappy and nasty, but I'm expecting the Outlaw to whup the pink Flamingo violet.  Lancie's also been invited to participate in the prestigious 40th "House of Hardcore" show on Saturday, April 7, a late-night event emphasizing (or at least paying tribute to) the less family-friendly, more "extreme" facets of pro wrestling.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Sexism Project documents lives of sex workers with new online portrait series

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 3:29 PM


Her back to the camera, a woman wearing a bodysuit opens a refrigerator, the light outlining her forearm. In another photo, a woman bicycling down a New Orleans neighborhood street turns and grins at the photographer. Other women sit on their couches or beds, a dog or a cat close at hand.

These are the portraits from the most recent installment of The Sexism Project, a photography and interview series in which project curators discuss sexism with women in different industries. The women in the photos are sex workers — many are dancers in New Orleans strip clubs — and with this series, photographer Katie Sikora hopes to help tell their "human stories."

"As someone who's coming to the table with already a very liberal viewpoint on sex work, my mind is still being blown by what these women have to say," she says. "They're fighting against a long history of people kind of walking all over strippers, and treating them like second-class citizens."

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

NOMA screens 'Fashion on Film' series to accompany fashion exhibit

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 10:38 AM

"A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes" opens Feb. 21. - OMAR VICTOR DIOP / COURTESY MAGNIN-A GALLERY
  • "A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes" opens Feb. 21.

New Orleans Museum of Art will screen six documentaries about the fashion industry this spring in conjunction with "A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes," its first-ever fashion exhibit which opens Feb. 21.

The film series kicks off March 2 with The Legacy of Alexander McQueen, which is a profile of the avant-garde designer whose 2010 suicide rocked the fashion world. McQueen's work figures prominently in "A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes."

There also is a documentary about the making of Vogue's annual tomelike September issue, which sets the tone for fashion coverage for the coming year, and a profile of shoe designer and Sex and the City-era household name Manolo Blahnik.

Here's the complete schedule, which screen at the museum's campus in City Park.

March 2: The Legacy of Alexander McQueen at 6:30 p.m.

March 3: Bangalogia: The Science of Style and Sapeurs: The Men Inside the Suits at 2 p.m.

April 7: Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards at 2 p.m.

April 20: The First Monday in May at 7 p.m.

May 18: The September Issue at 9 p.m. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Legendary New Orleans photographer David Richmond dies at 69

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Photographer David Richmond - COURTESY OF CHERYL GERBER
  • Photographer David Richmond

Photographer David Richmond was known for his portraits and chronicling New Orleans culture and was a familiar face around the city.

“He was a lost romantic,” says longtime friend Russell Rocke, who helped Richmond in his later years. “He was a workaholic who in the tradition of Clarence Laughlin was obsessive with his work. He loved New Orleans. He loved James Booker.”

Richmond died Jan. 13. He was 69.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Art exhibit highlights costumes of women, people of color and historically marginalized New Orleans groups

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:09 PM


An exhibit opening at Antenna Feb. 2 celebrates costuming among historically marginalized groups in New Orleans, including women, LGBT people and people of color.

"King for a Day" is curated by Zibby Jahns and Lindsey Phillips and includes four installations representing costumes that are worn by various New Orleans communities, such as Baby Doll marching groups, Lords of Leather and punk and DIY groups. The costumes are displayed among fabrics and materials artisans and crafters commonly incorporate in those garments.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Road to Wrestlemania New Orleans: Royal Rumble a crowning achievement

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 12:03 PM

click image Asuka in action, applying the Asuka Lock on Bayley, just seconds before winning at NXT TakeOver: Dallas. - PHOTO BY MIGUEL DISCART/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Asuka in action, applying the Asuka Lock on Bayley, just seconds before winning at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.

What if the Phorty Phunny Phellows, who stuff themselves inside a streetcar to inaugurate Carnival Season, were ... hotter?

And what if the Phellows strove furiously to throw one another out of the streetcar, because the last one left inside earned the chance to become King of Carnival and would, on Fat Tuesday, fight last year's Rex for the crown inside the Superdome? I don't know about you, but that sounds to me like the absolute quintessence of entertainment.

That, reader, is WWE's Royal Rumble, which last night kicked off 2018's Wrestlemania Season, a rather slicker, longer and more profitably produced Carnival which will culminate at the Superdome April 8 at Wrestlemania 34.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 official Jazz Fest posters feature Fats Domino, Big Freedia

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 8:16 PM

A detail of the official 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster — Fats Domino, as painted by Terrance Osborne. - COURTESY ART4NOW
  • A detail of the official 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster — Fats Domino, as painted by Terrance Osborne.

The Congo Square poster features Big Freedia, as painted by Kevin Brisco Jr. - COURTESY ART4NOW
  • The Congo Square poster features Big Freedia, as painted by Kevin Brisco Jr.
Along with the official Jazz Fest lineup, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival organizers today revealed the festival's official commemorative posters. The main poster is a colorful rendering of the late Fats Domino by artist Terrance Osborne, while the Congo Square poster is an image of Big Freedia by Kevin Brisco Jr.

Osborne's image features Domino playing piano on a small stage on a curving New Orleans street, while Brisco's features the Queen of Bounce standing in a doorway. According to the posters' official representative, Art4Now, "This installment of the Congo Square at Jazz Fest poster has many firsts: First rapper, first gay man and first pop vocalist portrayed by an unpublished artist, Kevin Brisco, Jr., another first."

Both posters are on sale now for $69 apiece, with signed and overpainted posters available at higher financial tiers.

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