Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Gambit house punk socialite stops off at WWL-TV to recommend weekend entertainment options: Pile's "oral punishment" at Gasa Gasa, the return of the French Film Festival and more.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Conspiracies and Surrounding Circumstances

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Eva and Skip, Augsburg 1958, by Ruth Owens
  • Eva and Skip, Augsburg 1958, by Ruth Owens

Families can be wonderful, but they also are mysterious. Complex truths often unfold slowly, especially where children are concerned. New Orleans plastic surgeon and artist Ruth Owens was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1959 to a young German woman and a black American GI, and her new paintings in the show Conspiracies at Barrister's Gallery were inspired by childhood memories and old photos.

Rendered in loose, expressionistic brushstrokes, most convey the warmth of her supportive home life, yet ironic contrasts abound. Eva and Skip, Augsburg, 1958, portrays her parents on a date. It is touching yet crackles with the 20th-century psychic intensity of German movies by maestros like Josef von Sternberg and, especially, Rainer Fassbinder.

In Eva, Ruth and Bubi, Augsburg, 1964, a confident blondish woman is walking a black dog with her cute, bronze-tone daughters — an ordinary scene rife with complex, resonant nuances. In Sarah, Fasching, 1980, a tawny little girl wearing a crown and a long white gown appears with two German-looking kids in a Bavarian carnival pageant, a scene as dreamlike as a fairy tale. Eva reappears as a ghostly sculpture with a pale, spindly hound in White Specter, Owens’ most direct reference to race as a haunting, pervasive presence, a deeply human paradox that even the most accomplished among us must navigate.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival is May 20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Felis catus, the star of the internet. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANDREW SKUDDER
  • Felis catus, the star of the internet.

If the universe is made of stars, the internet is made of cats — hence the popularity that's led to the third annual New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival, which will be held at the Delgado City Park Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

The event will feature internet cat videos (of course), "feline art" (presumably made my humans, not cats), jewelry, live music, food and drink, workshops by the Louisiana SPCA, adoptable cats, a kids' area and more. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA and Art for Cats' Sake.

Tickets are $5-$25 in advance. For more information or to submit your own cat film, visit the event website.
Location Details Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Ave.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 671-5012

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Performances, artist talks reflect on Louisiana's coastal crisis

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Tina Freeman's photographs at "Living With Climate Change" at the River House in Poydras.
  • Tina Freeman's photographs at "Living With Climate Change" at the River House in Poydras.

Louisiana is in the middle of an existential crisis. The state braces for more impacts to its already-decimated coasts and prepares for massive cuts programs that preserve them, while answering to elected officials' ongoing denial of climate change as they rubber stamp oil production. This weekend, pair of shows — on either sides of New Orleans' dual waterways — brings attention to south Louisiana's dependence on and increasing vulnerability to them, as the realities of climate change and environmental degradation threaten the future of the communities relying on them.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Watch: Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste defend funding for the arts on CBS This Morning

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 4:18 PM


President Donald Trump's proposed budget — which would gut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other organizations — has been received with anger by many arts groups, and today on CBS This Morning, New Orleans jazz legend Wynton Marsalis spoke out against it:
“There’s so much wrong with so much that’s going on in our politics, not just directed at him. We’re swinging back and forth like a ship listing in the ocean. Your national budget is symbolic. You’re basically telling the world, ‘This is what we as a nation think about our arts,’ which is our collective memory, our wisdom.

“There’s a reality to things: When we tell people our arts are not important, our wisdom is not important, we’re preparing our public to be more ignorant so that we can exploit them more."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women tattoo artists' showcase opens at Glitter Box April 7

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


An exhibition of work by women tattoo artists (including co-curator Katie Barroso, Danika Brooke, Niki Rain and Mia) opens next month at Glitter Box N.O (1109 Royal St.). Art, digital prints and products designed by the artists will be sold. 10 percent of all proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR).

In the past, we've profiled many local women who tattoo, including Jamie Ruth of Treasure Tattoo and Jacci Gresham of Aart Accent Tattoos. A recent Gambit cover story on nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomies included Kenner artist Carole Dezarn.

"Stay Bold: A Lady Tattooer Showcase" is open from April 7 through 30. There's an opening party with cocktails from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 7. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Local artisans Mark and Ann-Marie Derby get national spotlight on Handcrafted America

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew. - COURTESY OF SIMONE MCDOWELL OF INSP
  • Courtesy of Simone McDowell of INSP
  • Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew.

Handcrafted America is a cable TV show dedicated to showcasing artisans around the country that still make things the old-fashioned way, by hand. Each episode features three artisans that are arguably the best in their trade, interviewed by host Jill Wagner in their own workspaces. Wagner takes an immense pride in introducing viewers to the makers of crafts mundane (brooms) and elaborate (chess sets hand carved from Hawaiian Koa wood).

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Front hosts "Not My President's Day" party Feb. 20

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

"Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.
  • "Undiez," by guest artist Artemis Antippas.

Presidents' Day honors currency stalwarts George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it's also a good day to think about American traditions — like, say, protesting in the face of obvious injustice. In that spirit, The Front hosts a "Not My President's Day" party responding to the contentious political climate.

That evening, the gallery and the Bad Hombres and Nasty Women Performance Network host improvisational performances, puppetry, political art and more at a gathering where artists and participants can discuss activism and protest. The event is a local version of the political engagement seen at galleries large and small nationwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art's pointed display of artists' works from countries affected by President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The party is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Costumes are encouraged and admission is free.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Feb. 3-5

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Gambit music pencil Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls into WWL-TV to chat about weekend events: a benefit concert for Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams, a new Jim Jarmusch film and more.

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