Solemn remembrances on ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A wreath laying ceremony was held at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial on Canal Street Friday, August 29, 2014. The event was sponsored by The Crescent City Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. Nearly 100 unclaimed flood victims are entombed there. Michaela Harrison performs a heart wrenching spiritual in front of the cemetery's marker to the dead.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Along the Gulf Coast on Friday, emotional ceremonies, memorials and speeches marked the ninth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic storm that killed more than 1,800 people. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the New Orleans coroner, recalled the horror that gripped the city after federal levees gave way, leading to disastrous flooding.… Continue reading →

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Review: Spare style mesmerizing in ‘Ida’

Photo provided by Music Box Films -- Agata Trzebuchowska stars in 'Ida,' a drama set in Poland during the 1960s.

“Ida,” an intimate drama set in 1960s, Soviet Union-era Poland, is starkly, beautifully written, filmed and acted. Shot in black-and-white with stationary cameras that let characters walk in and out of the frame, “Ida” looks like cinema from another time. The… Continue reading →

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