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Review: Jose-Maria Cundin's The Supreme Leader and Other Ponderables
The artist takes on demagoguery at Callan Contemporary What's with all those weirdly wavy Spanish paintings? Rounded forms can be alluring, but only Spanish artists have made them as immortal as Picasso's curvy, convoluted concoctions or Joan Miro's mysterious blobby squiggles — and only Fernando Botero could get away with a tubby, chubby Christ in crucifixion scenes.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Southern Rep stages a spellbinding Fun Home
Alison Bechdel’s musical memoir runs through Oct. 22 Siblings often hold onto different memories of their family's experiences. Their varied perceptions of events often change as they mature and have their own adult experiences.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Oct. 17-23, 2017)
The Lamb & the Owl, Cochon de Lai Fest, Mac n' Cheese Fest Oct 20The Lamb & the Owl6 p.m. FridayPress Street Station, 5 Press St., (504) 249-5622www.pressstreetstation.comChef Michael Doyle roasts Mississippi lamb and serves it with Korean- inspired pickles, preserves and sides.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team comes to the Superdome Oct. 19
The squad plays an exhibition game against South Korea The U.S. Women's National Team, winners of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup plays Republic of Korea in an exhibition game. The U.S. roster includes World Cup winners Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Becky Sauerbrunn and two-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Bridget Everett performs at One Eyed Jacks Oct. 23
The brassy comedian and cabaret star goes "full contact" Bridget Everett says she treats cabaret singing like a "full-contact sport," and many of the clips of her performances posted on YouTube, performing hits by Rihanna and Janis Joplin, help explain how she's gone from singing with abandon to landing movie roles as a brassy, hard-charging personality.   Everett has had several movies released so far this year.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Theater and dance events in New Orleans this week (Oct. 17-23, 2017)
Titus Andronicus and Ballet Hispanico Titus AndronicusFri.-Sun. Oct. 20-Nov. 5 | Better-known for blood-splattering comedy musicals (Musical of the Living Dead), See 'Em On Stage presents Shakespeare's tragedy about vengeance in the battle between Roman general Titus Andronicus and the Queen of the Goths.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Scott Joplin's Treemonisha comes to the Music Box Village Oct. 21-22
OperaCreole and Cripple Creek Theatre present the opera Getting an education shouldn't be a liability. But in Scott Joplin's opera, Treemonisha, a young woman who confronts conjurers who sell "bags of luck" to superstitious people finds herself under suspicion.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

The shape of Perfume Genius
The artist opens for The xx at Champions Square Oct. 19 Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas authored my favorite album of 2017, an unsettling and unsettled pop smear called No Shape (Matador). It's my favorite by such a large margin that English trio The xx — which is headlining this tour, and which also released a fine album in 2017, I See You (Young Turks) — won't get another mention here.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 17-23, 2017)
Spoon, Brian Haas, Lil Yachty, Dinner SpoonTue. Oct. 17 | Hot Thoughts, the ninth stellar album in a row by Spoon, is both homecoming and new beginning for America's most consistent rock band.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Marshall
The entertaining drama chronicles Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall’s early career A towering figure in the social and cultural histories of the U.S., Thurgood Marshall may have been the most effective legal tactician of his time. At age 45, Marshall won the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court that ended segregation in public schools and paved the way for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Bagneris endorses Cantrell in New Orleans mayoral runoff

After coming in third in the New Orleans Oct. 14 mayoral primary election, former judge Michael Bagneris has announced his support for LaToya Cantrell in the runoff between the District B City Councilmember and former municipal court judge Desiree Charbonnet. That election is Nov. 18.

The endorsement, first reported by The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, follows Bagneris' finish in a race with 18 candidates in which he received 18.8 percent of the vote.…

20 October 2017 | 4:28 pm

Review: The Florida Project

Though past 40 and on his fourth feature film at the time, director Sean Baker seemed to burst onto the indie scene in 2015 with his vividly imagined Tangerine. It quickly became known as “the iPhone movie” because it was the first major film shot entirely on that device.

Tangerine’s raucous tale of transgender prostitutes on the mean streets of Hollywood struck a chord with audiences, but not for its technical achievements.…

20 October 2017 | 3:50 pm

Court 13 Arts announces dates and venues for 2017 Always For Pleasure festival

Court 13 Arts, the non-profit offshoot of the local organization that made the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012, has announced dates and venues for its annual Always For Pleasure festival. This year's festivities will be held Nov. 16-21 at Court 13 Arts' new facility (2801 Franklin Ave.).

Included as part of the festival will be two film screenings at the Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way) featuring the local premiere of Brimstone & Glory, a documentary about the weeklong fireworks festival in Tultepec, Mexico that was co-produced by Beasts' Benh Zeitlin.…

20 October 2017 | 2:59 pm

Out now: Christian Scott completes his Centennial trilogy, plus more music from local artists

New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah completes his 2017 Centennial trilogy with The Emancipation Procrastination, out now on Ropeadope Records. The album follows March's Ruler Rebel and June's Diaspora, fulfilling his aural exam of 100 years of jazz, where it came from and where it's going while crafting "a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound" using his unique vision of jazz — "stretch music" — to dive into the Black experience.

He performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 as part of NPR's Jazz Night in America at the New Orleans Jazz Market.…

20 October 2017 | 2:30 pm

In politics, if you're attacking, you best not miss

When it comes to political attacks, the rule of thumb was succinctly stated by the character Omar Little in the TV drama The Wire: “You come at the king, you best not miss.”

In politics, an attack must be relevant, accurate and artfully delivered. A volley that misses the mark invites a devastating counterpunch.…

20 October 2017 | 1:38 pm

Warehouse District's Auction House Market announces first vendors

The first two vendors for the new Warehouse District food hall were announced this week.

Coast Roast Coffee and HAPPYJAXX will be among roughly 10 vendors when the food hub Auction House Market opens at 801 Magazine St. in early 2018.…

20 October 2017 | 8:11 am

At union rally, a glimpse of an organized New Orleans hospitality industry

At a Thursday rally that was part of nationwide demonstrations held by the UNITE HERE hospitality workers union, New Orleans and Biloxi hotel, convention center and casino employees called for local service industry workers to organize and spoke out in praise of the union.

About 75 people, a few still in chef coats and pants, gathered Oct. 19 at the corner of Convention Center Boulevard and Canal Street to chant and hear speakers who are members of Local 2262, UNITE HERE's area chapter.…

19 October 2017 | 9:13 pm

Black Men of Labor second line Oct. 22 to celebrate the life of Deborah Cotton

The annual Black Men of Labor second line this Sunday will salute and celebrate the life of Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, the community activist and Gambit second line correspondent who died in May as a result of injuries she suffered in the 2013 Mother's Day second line shooting.

The parade will line up at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 2 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m., making stops in Treme and the 7th Ward.

As Deb would say: show up and holla for ya girl.
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19 October 2017 | 4:26 pm

NOPD to carry opioid overdose antidote as part of citywide plan to combat 'epidemic'

New Orleans Police Department officers will begin carrying a potentially life-saving drug to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, following more than 160 opioid-related deaths in the city in 2016.

As part of a sweeping plan to address the “opioid epidemic,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials revealed Oct. 18 that NOPD will carry naloxone, the life-saving overdose-reversal drug. A 2016 Gambit cover story found that no Louisiana law enforcement agency carried naloxone — locally it was only previously carried by EMS and New Orleans Fire Department first responders, despite a 2014 statewide law encouraging law enforcement to carry it.

19 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: On the Road Bob Hope & Friends

It would be a tremendous understatement to call Bob Hope a cultural icon. He was a comedian, singer, dancer, author, radio and TV personality, film and Broadway star and host of 19 Academy Awards shows, but Hope probably was best known for 50 years’ headlining United Service Organization (USO) shows, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, from World War II through the Gulf War.…

19 October 2017 | 11:12 am

Promo: Ho Ho Ho Hotel Black & Gold Giveaway 2017
Presented by the New Orleans Hotel Collection SAINT Nick is working with the Whitney Hotel this holiday season to give one lucky Gambit reader the chance to cheer for his namesake team in the dome at the Christmas Eve game.…

19 October 2017 | 3:00 am

New Orleans: Can we talk about talking at concerts?

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, I was sitting in front of two couples who were visiting New Orleans. They were staying in the Bywater, and had enjoyed a meal at Sneaky Pickle.…

18 October 2017 | 3:46 pm

Editorial: Why every vote really does count in the New Orleans runoff

As Election Day dawned Oct. 14, many worried — and Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted — that turnout would be abysmally low. Schedler even offered to eat crow, literally, if statewide turnout hit just 15 percent.…

18 October 2017 | 1:52 pm

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival moved to Nov.12

This weekend’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed due to the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms, the festival’s organizers announced Wednesday.

The festival has been rescheduled for Nov. 12, and will feature the same lineup up of food vendors and musical acts.…

18 October 2017 | 12:11 pm

Promo: Bella Blue Entertainment
a Gambit Tickets event New Orleans is a place where you can let loose, a city with flexible morals.…

18 October 2017 | 3:00 am

Alon Shaya launches hospitality group, names Zach Engel Culinary Director

Within days of announcing the launch of his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality, Alon Shaya’s team is already pulling in big players.

On Tuesday, the group announced that chef Zachary Engel and Shaya general manager Sean Courtney are joining the newly formed company.…

17 October 2017 | 6:01 pm

ZZ Top suspends remainder of current tour, including stop at the Saenger Theatre

The strength of their mighty beards can't overcome a "tummy ailment." ZZ Top has suspends the remainder of its 2017 tour due to bass-guitarist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment," the band announced today.…

17 October 2017 | 2:07 pm

Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old.…

17 October 2017 | 10:00 am

Bagneris endorses Cantrell in New Orleans mayoral runoff

After coming in third in the New Orleans Oct. 14 mayoral primary election, former judge Michael Bagneris has announced his support for LaToya Cantrell in the runoff between the District B City Councilmember and former municipal court judge Desiree Charbonnet. That election is Nov. 18.

The endorsement, first reported by The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, follows Bagneris' finish in a race with 18 candidates in which he received 18.8 percent of the vote.…

20 October 2017 | 4:28 pm

Review: The Florida Project

Though past 40 and on his fourth feature film at the time, director Sean Baker seemed to burst onto the indie scene in 2015 with his vividly imagined Tangerine. It quickly became known as “the iPhone movie” because it was the first major film shot entirely on that device.

Tangerine’s raucous tale of transgender prostitutes on the mean streets of Hollywood struck a chord with audiences, but not for its technical achievements.…

20 October 2017 | 3:50 pm

Court 13 Arts announces dates and venues for 2017 Always For Pleasure festival

Court 13 Arts, the non-profit offshoot of the local organization that made the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012, has announced dates and venues for its annual Always For Pleasure festival. This year's festivities will be held Nov. 16-21 at Court 13 Arts' new facility (2801 Franklin Ave.).

Included as part of the festival will be two film screenings at the Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way) featuring the local premiere of Brimstone & Glory, a documentary about the weeklong fireworks festival in Tultepec, Mexico that was co-produced by Beasts' Benh Zeitlin.…

20 October 2017 | 2:59 pm

Out now: Christian Scott completes his Centennial trilogy, plus more music from local artists

New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah completes his 2017 Centennial trilogy with The Emancipation Procrastination, out now on Ropeadope Records. The album follows March's Ruler Rebel and June's Diaspora, fulfilling his aural exam of 100 years of jazz, where it came from and where it's going while crafting "a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound" using his unique vision of jazz — "stretch music" — to dive into the Black experience.

He performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 as part of NPR's Jazz Night in America at the New Orleans Jazz Market.…

20 October 2017 | 2:30 pm

In politics, if you're attacking, you best not miss

When it comes to political attacks, the rule of thumb was succinctly stated by the character Omar Little in the TV drama The Wire: “You come at the king, you best not miss.”

In politics, an attack must be relevant, accurate and artfully delivered. A volley that misses the mark invites a devastating counterpunch.…

20 October 2017 | 1:38 pm

Warehouse District's Auction House Market announces first vendors

The first two vendors for the new Warehouse District food hall were announced this week.

Coast Roast Coffee and HAPPYJAXX will be among roughly 10 vendors when the food hub Auction House Market opens at 801 Magazine St. in early 2018.…

20 October 2017 | 8:11 am

At union rally, a glimpse of an organized New Orleans hospitality industry

At a Thursday rally that was part of nationwide demonstrations held by the UNITE HERE hospitality workers union, New Orleans and Biloxi hotel, convention center and casino employees called for local service industry workers to organize and spoke out in praise of the union.

About 75 people, a few still in chef coats and pants, gathered Oct. 19 at the corner of Convention Center Boulevard and Canal Street to chant and hear speakers who are members of Local 2262, UNITE HERE's area chapter.…

19 October 2017 | 9:13 pm

Black Men of Labor second line Oct. 22 to celebrate the life of Deborah Cotton

The annual Black Men of Labor second line this Sunday will salute and celebrate the life of Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, the community activist and Gambit second line correspondent who died in May as a result of injuries she suffered in the 2013 Mother's Day second line shooting.

The parade will line up at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 2 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m., making stops in Treme and the 7th Ward.

As Deb would say: show up and holla for ya girl.
[content-3] [content-2] [content-1] [location-1]…

19 October 2017 | 4:26 pm

NOPD to carry opioid overdose antidote as part of citywide plan to combat 'epidemic'

New Orleans Police Department officers will begin carrying a potentially life-saving drug to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, following more than 160 opioid-related deaths in the city in 2016.

As part of a sweeping plan to address the “opioid epidemic,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials revealed Oct. 18 that NOPD will carry naloxone, the life-saving overdose-reversal drug. A 2016 Gambit cover story found that no Louisiana law enforcement agency carried naloxone — locally it was only previously carried by EMS and New Orleans Fire Department first responders, despite a 2014 statewide law encouraging law enforcement to carry it.

19 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: On the Road Bob Hope & Friends

It would be a tremendous understatement to call Bob Hope a cultural icon. He was a comedian, singer, dancer, author, radio and TV personality, film and Broadway star and host of 19 Academy Awards shows, but Hope probably was best known for 50 years’ headlining United Service Organization (USO) shows, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, from World War II through the Gulf War.…

19 October 2017 | 11:12 am

Promo: Ho Ho Ho Hotel Black & Gold Giveaway 2017
Presented by the New Orleans Hotel Collection SAINT Nick is working with the Whitney Hotel this holiday season to give one lucky Gambit reader the chance to cheer for his namesake team in the dome at the Christmas Eve game.…

19 October 2017 | 3:00 am

New Orleans: Can we talk about talking at concerts?

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, I was sitting in front of two couples who were visiting New Orleans. They were staying in the Bywater, and had enjoyed a meal at Sneaky Pickle.…

18 October 2017 | 3:46 pm

Editorial: Why every vote really does count in the New Orleans runoff

As Election Day dawned Oct. 14, many worried — and Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted — that turnout would be abysmally low. Schedler even offered to eat crow, literally, if statewide turnout hit just 15 percent.…

18 October 2017 | 1:52 pm

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival moved to Nov.12

This weekend’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed due to the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms, the festival’s organizers announced Wednesday.

The festival has been rescheduled for Nov. 12, and will feature the same lineup up of food vendors and musical acts.…

18 October 2017 | 12:11 pm

Promo: Bella Blue Entertainment
a Gambit Tickets event New Orleans is a place where you can let loose, a city with flexible morals.…

18 October 2017 | 3:00 am

Alon Shaya launches hospitality group, names Zach Engel Culinary Director

Within days of announcing the launch of his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality, Alon Shaya’s team is already pulling in big players.

On Tuesday, the group announced that chef Zachary Engel and Shaya general manager Sean Courtney are joining the newly formed company.…

17 October 2017 | 6:01 pm

ZZ Top suspends remainder of current tour, including stop at the Saenger Theatre

The strength of their mighty beards can't overcome a "tummy ailment." ZZ Top has suspends the remainder of its 2017 tour due to bass-guitarist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment," the band announced today.…

17 October 2017 | 2:07 pm

Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old.…

17 October 2017 | 10:00 am

Oak Street Po-boy Festival is Oct. 22
There’s creative po-boys and live music on Oak Street The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (www.poboyfest.com) is free to attend, but this year, patrons who want to buy food from festival vendors at the Carrollton area street party have to buy a $5 wristband.   The 11-year-old festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Wine of the week: 2016 Disruption rose
Columbia Valley, Washington Retail $12 Rose wines are becoming more popular, and imports have doubled in the past five years, according to Wine Spectator.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Mangu in Gretna
The restaurant serves Dominican dishes — and plenty of plantains Bright green plantains are boiled, smashed and whipped with butter until silky. Known as mangu, the traditional Dominican dish is where it all begins at a new Gretna restaurant bearing the same name.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Boudin, Bourbon and Beer announces food items
Emeril Lagasse Foundation fundraiser is Nov. 3 in Champions Square Fried rice pudding, head cheese knockwurst and Jamaican jerk boudin patties are on the menu at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation's (www.emeril.org) upcoming Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com) event in Champions Square Nov. 3.  The organizers of the annual fundraiser announced the full menu for the festival last week. Each year, local and visiting chefs roll out creative takes on the Louisiana sausage and bourbon dishes.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Briquette opens in Warehouse District
Restaurant focuses on Louisiana and Gulf Coast seafood Briquette (701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496; www.briquette- nola.com), a sprawling seafood restaurant, is now open in the Warehouse District.   Lindsey Jo Vasquez and husband and chef Robert Vasquez and restaurateur Anna Tusa opened it Oct. 5 in the Refinery building, the home of the Rodd Bros. Molasses Refinery in the 1800s.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

3-course interview: Todd Pulsinelli, chef and rapper
The Restaurant August chef releases another rap album Restaurant August Executive Chef Todd Pulsinelli has more than just impressive kitchen skills up his sleeve. On Sept. 9, the Ohio-bred chef, aka Warbucks, dropped his third hip-hop album Side Dishes, a record full of heavy beats and explicit lyrics, including the songs "Dirty Rice" and "Cheese Gritz."…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

Five in 5: dishes with pumpkin
Breads on Oak8640 Oak St., (504) 324-8271www.breadsonoak.comPumpkin-cheddar biscuit sandwiches are filled with a tofu scramble and vegan andouille sausage. The Italian Barrel430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198www.facebook.com/theitalianbarrelneworleansHouse-made pumpkin-filled ravioli are served with brown butter and sage sauce.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm

What's in store: gae-tana's reopens on Magazine Street
The boutique opens after a fire in May After suffering a devastating fire in May, longtime retail boutique gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 504-865-9625; www.gaetanas.com) finally reopened Sept. 7 in its original home. Owner Carolyn Billet says the shop has been completely repaired, offering a fresh variety of women's clothing, accessories and gifts after losing its entire inventory.…

16 October 2017 | 3:30 pm