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Satchmo SummerFest to feature new exhibit, lots of Louis Armstrong-inspired music, 'beloved by new generations of musicians and fans'

Photo by CEDRIC ELLSWORTH -- Rebirth Brass Band performs at Satchmo SummerFest 2014.

The 2015 Satchmo SummerFest, running Friday through Sunday at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, features Louis Armstrong-inspired music, a new exhibit on Armstrong’s life in New Orleans, scholarly seminars and more. More than 40 traditional jazz, contemporary jazz and brass band performances are on the festival’s schedule this year. The lineup… Continue reading →

Surface-bobbing ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ may not deserve movie treatment

Photo by CLAIRE FOLGER -– From left, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart in ‘Infinitely Polar Bear.’

Autobiographical drama “Infinitely Polar Bear” tells a family story with some sweetness and warmth. But when the film’s bookending, it’s-all-good voiceovers and sporadically nostalgic tone are held in the light, they look more like storytelling devices than expressions of deeper truths. Set in the late 1970s, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is based on writer-director Maya… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Tribe’ is a bleak, daring drama from Ukraine

Photo courtesy of Drafthouse Films -- Anya (Yana Novikova), left, regards Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko) with skepticism as they walk through the snow in 'The Tribe.'

Writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky tells a simple story in Cannes Film Festival favorite “The Tribe.” A primal story, too, without spoken dialogue and music. “The Tribe” is both difficult watch and difficult to turn away from. Slaboshpitsky renders no mercy to his characters or his audience. Everyone who enters the insular world of “The Tribe” suffers.… Continue reading →

Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise portrays Ethan Hunt in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation."  (David James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions via AP)

There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it talent, work, or dumb… Continue reading →

Here is where to slip into a restaurant for a break from crowds on annual art walk at Whitney White Linen Night

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -A charcuterie plate at Butcher makes for a cool meal on a hot night in the Warehouse District.

Quite possibly the city’s most popular late-summer tradition, Whitney White Linen Night attracts thousands of art enthusiasts and fashionistas, decked out in stylish achromatic ensembles. And although the annual art walk offers outdoor food and drink options, nearby restaurants provide a break from the crowds and respite from the sizzling heat. Here is a guide on where… Continue reading →

Where to go, what to see at New Orleans' Whitney White Linen Night

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Art lovers stroll down Julia St. during Whitney White Linen Night in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans, La. Saturday, on Aug. 2, 2014. During the hours of 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the two dozen or so art galleries on or adjacent to Julia Street open their doors to art aficionados and casual strollers alike. The large block party includes food, music, and fun open to the public for free.

Pick up any local publication about this time of year and you’ll quickly see that kvetching about White Linen Night is almost as much of a cherished New Orleans summer tradition as White Linen Night itself. After 20 years, we all know what we’re in for come the first Saturday in August around the Warehouse District:… Continue reading →

Don’t miss events in New Orleans, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

Associated Press file photo -- Vanessa Williams will headline an evening of talent for a good cause Sunday at the 'Heavenly Host of Stars' gala. The benefit concert and food festival will feature such local musical luminaries as Wanda Rouzan, Davell Crawford and the Chris Severin Band. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of the Holy Family. $75. 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. (504) 241-3088. www.sistersoftheholyfamily.com.

With a voice and style to make her contemporaries green with envy, Idina Menzel has made a name for herself as an accomplished actress and powerful voice. Whether it be as Elphaba in “Wicked” or Maureen in “Rent” or as the voice of Elsa in “Frozen,” Menzel has captivated audiences — and… Continue reading →

Company devoted to Tennessee Williams kicks off with lesser-known drama

Photo by James Kelley -- Kate Kuen is Myrtle in 'Kingdom of Earth.'

New Orleans celebrates its adopted literary son every year with the Tennessee Williams Festival. But Nick Shackleford and Augustin J. Correro, founders of the new Tennessee Williams Theatre Company, wanted to do more. Correro introduced Shackleford to the works of Williams five years ago in Richmond, Virginia, where Correro attended graduate school and Shackleford worked in… Continue reading →

Musical classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’ closes out Summer Lyric season

Photo by Michael Palumbo -- Elizabeth Argus as Dolly Gallagher Levi and Bob Edes, Jr. as Horace Vandergelder in Tulane Summer Lyric Theater's 'Hello, Dolly!'

Before saying goodbye for the season, Tulane Summer Lyric will say hello one last time with “Hello, Dolly!” on stage from July 30 to Aug. 2. Based on the Thornton Wilder play “The Matchmaker” and using music by Jerry Herman, “Hello, Dolly!” follows the self-proclaimed “professional meddler” Dolly Levi. Spending years as a widow and finding mates… Continue reading →

‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel coming to Saenger Thursday

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Before “Frozen,” Idina Menzel was merely a Tony-winning Broadway star. After “Frozen,” the singer and actress found herself engulfed in the Disney animated musical’s global blizzard of popularity. “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated movie in history. Menzel sings and speaks the role of Princess Elsa, the “Frozen” character who performs the film’s Oscar-winning… Continue reading →

Satchmo SummerFest to feature new exhibit, lots of Louis Armstrong-inspired music, 'beloved by new generations of musicians and fans'

Photo by CEDRIC ELLSWORTH -- Rebirth Brass Band performs at Satchmo SummerFest 2014.

The 2015 Satchmo SummerFest, running Friday through Sunday at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, features Louis Armstrong-inspired music, a new exhibit on Armstrong’s life in New Orleans, scholarly seminars and more. More than 40 traditional jazz, contemporary jazz and brass band performances are on the festival’s schedule this year. The lineup… Continue reading →

Ella & Louie

Photo by DANIELA KLEIN -- The Ella and Louie Tribute Band are, from left,Leslie Martin, Wendell Brunious, Eileina Dennis, Gerald French, Mitch Player and Todd Duke.

In the 1940s and ’50s, jazz stars Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald combined their exceptional talents for duo recordings. Released by the Decca and Verve labels, the collaborations include the classic mid-’50s albums “Ella and Louis” and “Ella and Louis Again.” Inspired by the Armstrong-Fitzgerald recordings, Mitchell Player formed the Ella and Louie Tribute Band… Continue reading →

New movies in New Orleans, July 30, 2015

Photo by DAVID JAMES -- Tom Cruise, left, plays Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa in 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.'

“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION”: Because his agency has been dissolved, Tom Cruise’s unaligned operative is out in the cold. He gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). But Ilsa may be a member of The Syndicate, a group that wants to create a new… Continue reading →

In Sedarises’ ‘Book of Liz,’ a nun takes her recipe on the road

Photo by John Barrios -- Kathryn Talbot, left, and Margeaux Fannning in 'The Book of Liz' at St. Claude Theater.

Rodgers and Hammerstein this definitely is not. Unlike Maria in “The Sound of Music,” when Sister Elizabeth Donderstock ventures into the outside world in “The Book of Liz,” she finds it not so much to her liking. What she does find in the David and Amy Sedaris-penned comedy is a world populated by quirky… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

"Water Markers," polished acrylic slab with embeded digital images by Dawn DeDeaux is part of New Orleans Museum of Art's "Ten Years Gone" exhibit, featuring work by six contemporary artists who explore the passage of time, memory, loss and transformation a decade after Hurricane Katrina. Through Sept. 7. Templeman Galleries, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. Opening Aug. 8. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “Modern Swamp,” ceramics, photography and paintings curated by Susan Bowers. Opening Aug. 8 through Sept. 3. 2331 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (504) 525-2767. www.barristersgallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “My Re-sister, My self — Re-envisioning the American… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

ALEXANDRA SCOTT: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863. BANU GIBSON: 5 p.m., Pavilion of Two Sisters, 101 Victory Ave. (504) 483-9488. OGDEN AFTER HOURS PRESENTS SWEET CECILIA: 6 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. (504) 539-9650. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: 6:30 p.m., House of Blues, 225… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

Advocate photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Banu Gibson performs with her band at the City Park Botanical Garden in New Orleans during the Thursdays at Twilight music series July 10, 2014. Gibson is know n for her swinging jazz performances of songs from the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP ASSOCIATION CONVENTION: Also Friday, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. International gathering featuring workshops, services and performances. gmwanational.net. WALK THE WETLANDS: 10 a.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday, Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero (near Crown Point). Explore Louisiana swamp and marsh on… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

Photo provided by Anthony Bean Community Theater --  James Compton V plays Michael Duplesis, a young man devastated by the death of Michael Jackson, in 'The Glove' this weekend at the Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans.

“HELLO, DOLLY!”: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Dixon Hall Performing Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The delightful tale of matchmaker Dolly Levi and the charming folks of Yonkers and Manhattan come alive in one of Broadway’s most enduring musicals. $30 and up. (504) 865-5269. www.summerlyric.tulane.edu. “PTERODACTYLS”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays,… Continue reading →

‘Ant-Man’ inches past ‘Pixels’ to take first place spot

This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man." (Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ant-Man” crept past new opener “Pixels” to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. “Pixels,” meanwhile, just barely missed first place… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Pixels’ falls apart before it begins

Photo provided by Sony Pictures -- Josh Gad as Ludlow is chased by Pac-Man in Columbia Pictures' 'Pixels,' opening in theaters Friday.

The most believable element in “Pixels” is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet. The core concept is clever — space aliens misunderstand a recording of old video games as a declaration of war, and send digital monsters based on those games to Earth as their army. But its execution in the hands of director-producer… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Towns’ is modest, middle-of-the-road teen drama

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Cara Delevingne, right, as Margo, and Nat Wolff as Quentin, in a scene from the film, "Paper Towns." (Michael Tackett/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Based on an earlier teen fave novel by “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, “Paper Towns” is a mild coming-of-ager about dawning awareness and life lessons learned among a small group of Florida high school seniors. Part mystery story, part road movie and part pre-prom graduation romp, the film is most interesting… Continue reading →

Aububon Zoo opens frog exhibit, new Discovery Walk

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Meigs Pullen, 8, gets a close-up look at African clawed frogs at the Audubon Zoo.

Visitors to Audubon Zoo this summer will be happy to learn they now have another option for keeping cool — and it’s located just inside the gate. Only three months after the recent 44,000-square-foot expansion of the Cool Zoo water park, the zoo has opened a new exhibit: Frogs! Beyond Green. The 2,200-square-foot exhibit… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, July 23-29, 2015

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Eddy Stevens “The Contemporary Past,” an ode to Belgian surrealism. Through July. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Suzanne and Angelique Juneau jewelry, Ben Hamburger painting, Cheryl Grace painting, Cheri Ben-Iesau painting, Chuck Wright painting and Brad Abrams glasswork. Through Tuesday. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. Arthur… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, July 23-29, 2015

Photo by John Barrois. Matt Reed, center, takes on the role of Captain Hook in the Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts production of Peter Pan. Hook and the Neverland pirates will be chasing Peter, the kids and the crocodile at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 325 Minor St., Kenner. $37; $35 seniors; $32 students and active military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.

“PETER PAN”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Broadway classic about the boy who never grew up flies onto the stage in this musical production. $37; $35 seniors; $32 students and active military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com. “LITTLE MERMAID JR.”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday… Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar for July 16-22, 2015

Access the New Orleans Advocate’s online calendar through calendar.theadvocate.com and register if you haven’t done so already. Then add your event, along with a photo if you like. The form will ask you to search for your event — that’s only to stop duplication of entries. At the site, you also can search for other events or browse the… Continue reading →

Events in New Orleans, July 23-29, 2015

Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the classics withSentimental Journey  The Big Bands of World War II at the National WWII Museum Saturday. The band will feature tunes such as Sentimental Journey, Begin the Beguine and Take the A Train. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, also Aug. 8, 22, Sept. 12; BBs Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. $65 dinner, show.(504) 528-1943. www.stagedoorcanteen.org

DINING OUT FOR LIFE: Throughout the day, greater New Orleans area. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from meals to the NO/AIDS Task Force which helps persons affected by HIV and AIDS and the health of the entire community. Restaurants are listed at the website. (504) 821-2601 x 256. www.diningoutforlife.com/neworleans. WALK THE WETLANDS:… Continue reading →

Celebrity photographer sets up shop in Faubourg Marigny

Photo by Curtis Knapp -- Branford Marsalis, Tokyo, late 1980s

New Orleans-based photographer Curtis Knapp’s portfolio is a veritable constellation of famous faces. It’s an A-to-Z list that includes dozens of boldfaced names from the past four decades, from baseball legend Hank Aaron to trailblazing musician Jon Zorn — with an impressive cast of personalities from the worlds of film, music, sports, art and fashion in between,… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans, July 23-29, 2015

"Afternoon's Rest" by Carol Hallock will be the featured artwork at White Summer Night: A Sunset Garden Party Celebrating Art on the Lake Saturday at 7 p.m. The event, which includes food, music and art for sale, will benefit Safe Harbor Northshore, a refuge for battered women, children and men.  White attire is encouraged. 7 p.m., Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville. $35, $40 at door. (985) 626-3192. www.safeharbor.org.

From morning coffee to a late-night snack, eating out is a New Orleans way of life, and Thursday is a prime opportunity to combine philanthropy and culinary selection. Dozens of the area’s best restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to NO/AIDS Task Force during Dining Out for Life. Feast at one… Continue reading →