Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The New Movement theater to hold Houston benefit show Saturday night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, founders of The New Movement. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, founders of The New Movement.

The New Movement (TNM) comedy theater will host a special version of its popular weekly "Megaphone Show" Saturday night to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Tickets are $15.

"The Megaphone Show" features members of TNM's house troupe improvising off real-life stories told by guest monologists, who have ranged from local notables to Clueless director Amy Heckerling, The Kids in the Hall's Kevin McDonald and comedian Harry Shearer. This weekend's monologists all will be Houston natives.

The show is at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Other comedy shows will be accepting cash donations this week for the Houston Food Bank.
Location Details The New Movement
The New Movement
2706 St. Claude Ave.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA
(504) 302-8264

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Issa Rae to speak at Dillard University lecture series

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure. - PHOTO BY JUSTINA MINTZ/HBO
  • Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure.

Actor and writer Issa Rae — star and creator of HBO's Insecure — will speak at Dillard University next month as part of the university's Brain Food lecture series.

Rae will speak inside Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Admission is free.

Following the success of Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl, Rae worked with comedian Larry Wilmore to create Insecure, now in its second season on HBO. Her memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was released in 2015.

Dillard's 2017-2018 Brain Food series also will include national security analyst Malcolm Nance on Sept. 30.

Location Details Dillard University
Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 283-8822
University and Colleges and Universities

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Several comedy shows accept cash donations for Houston Food Bank this week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge.

Comedy shows throughout New Orleans this week will take donations (cash — don't bring your expired cream of mushroom cans) to benefit Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to send as many as 30,000 people to Texas shelters. Here's a calendar of participating shows you can hit up:

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero perform at One Eyed Jacks July 19

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Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher perform in New Orleans July 19.
  • Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher perform in New Orleans July 19.

Comedians Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero kick-off their Endless Honeymoon tour in New Orleans Wednesday, July 19 at One Eyed Jacks. New Orleans is a fitting place, since the couple got engaged here the last time they visited (also to perform at One Eyed Jacks).

Kasher had planned on popping the question at dinner at Irene’s Cuisine, they explained in an interview with the couple:

Leggero: Moshe kept asking to move to another table. I was like, “What’s wrong with him.” He was like, “Excuse me, can we move to another table?” He wanted to get the perfect table. But he chickened out.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

John Mulaney to perform at Mahalia Jackson Theater Oct. 15

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

John Mulaney from his Comedy Central special New In Town. - PHOTO BY HAL HOROWITZ / COMEDY CENTRAL
  • John Mulaney from his Comedy Central special New In Town.

Update: John Mulaney added a second show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

Comedian John Mulaney will bring his latest "Kid Gorgeous" stand-up tour to New Orleans this fall. Mulaney performs 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

The former Saturday Night Live writer has released several stand-up specials, including 2012's New In Town and 2015's Emmy Award-nominated The Comeback Kid. As George St. Geegland, Mulaney recently starred alongside comedian Nick Kroll in the Broadway hit Oh, Hello, a sort of spinoff from "The Oh, Hello Show" on Comedy Central's Kroll Show. The world will be re-introduced to Geegland and Kroll's Gil Faizon when Oh, Hello on Broadway premieres June 13 on Netflix.

Tickets to Mulaney's New Orleans show are $20.75-$30.75 and go on sale 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 21.

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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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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jim Gaffigan postpones New Orleans show

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

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was scheduled to bring his "Noble Ape" tour to New Orleans on Friday, April 21 at the Saenger Theatre. Due to a family emergency, he's moving that show to Friday, Nov. 3. (This week's show also was scheduled to run at the same time as Louie Anderson, who's performing across the street at the Joy Theater.)

Gaffigan's latest hour-long stand-up special is Cinco, now streaming on Netflix.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Chris Gethard to perform at Tulane April 20

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Chris Gethard in 2016. - LISA GANSKY
  • Chris Gethard in 2016.
Comedian and actor Chris Gethard performs a free show at Tulane University on Thursday, April 20.

Gethard — star of the public access-turned-cult-cable-hit The Chris Gethard Show — brings his acclaimed off-Broadway one-man show Career Suicide to HBO on May 6, produced by Judd Apatow. He also starred in Mike Birbiglia's 2016 film Don't Think Twice and as Ilana's pathetic boss Todd on Broad City, among other TV and film appearances. Gethard also hosts the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, during which he invites a caller to spend an hour on the phone to pretty much talk about whatever.

Comedian Emily Hellerwho filmed her Comedy Central half-hour special at the Civic Theatre in 2016 — will open.

The show is at 8 p.m. inside Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for Tulane staff and students and 7:30 p.m. for the non-Tulanian public.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Variety show and film screening April 14 highlight trans rights

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM

A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show. - COURTESY TSSHAG
  • A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show.

Two events in New Orleans April 14 spotlight transgender rights, an increasingly high-profile issue in the city and nationwide.

Tulane Society for Sexuality, Health and Gender hosts a variety show at Cafe Istanbul to benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group for LGBTQ youth of color. "Freaks of a Feather" offers drag, burlesque, comedy and cabaret acts; admission is based on a sliding scale but participants are encouraged to donate generously. The show begins at 7 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., BreakOUT! sponsors a screening of Free CeCe!, a documentary about transgender prison-reform activist CeCe McDonald. McDonald and director Jacqueline Gares also attend the screening at the Broad Theater in association with PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Tickets are $8-$10.

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