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Review: Alien adventure ‘Home’ lands with a thud

Photo provided by DreamWorks Animation -- Characters Lucy, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, left, and Tip, voiced by Rihanna appear in a scene from the animated film 'Home.'

In “Home,” the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons), simply because that’s the resigned reaction everyone has when he’s around. “Oh,” his brethren say with deep indifference at his desperate, over-the-top attempts to fit in and make friends. It’s meant to turn into something positive… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Get Hard’ plays with stereotypes with mixed success

In this image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Kevin Hart, right, and Will Ferrell appear in a scene from "Get Hard." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Patti Perret)

While the stereotypes in “Get Hard” may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing; where black men are disproportionately jailed and white-collar criminals often evade punishment. In this New Orleans-filmed comedy from first-time director Etan Cohen, James (Will Ferrell)… Continue reading →

'The Wrecking Crew': Session players behind music history take spotlight in documentary

Photo provided by Magnolia Pictures -- Drummer and New Orleans native Eal Palmer moved to Los Angeles and became an in-demand session musician there.

The behind-the-scenes studio musicians who helped shape the sound of Motown finally got their due in the 2002 documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” Backup singers to the stars received their long-time-coming acknowledgement in 2013’s Oscar-winning “20 Feet from Stardom.” “The Wrecking Crew,” a music documentary, turns the spotlight on West Coast session musicians… Continue reading →

New Orleans musicians pay tribute with a George Harrison show

AP file photo -- The Beatles lined up for a photo, George Harrison in the foreground, in 1968. Others from left are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

When Paul McCartney canceled his show scheduled for June 9 in New Orleans last year, a Beatles tribute series was inadvertently born. Musicians who had taken the night off because they had tickets to see him — including Paul Sanchez, Debbie Davis and Davis Rogan — decided that if McCartney wasn’t going to sing his songs,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Opera announces a season of high passion

Image provided by New Orleans Opera Association - Poster art for Tosca, part of the 2015-16 season for the New Orleans Opera Association.

The New Orleans Opera Association is billing the 2015-16 season as a blockbuster, featuring “Love! Betrayal! Revenge!” To which a fourth should be added: “Repentance.” That would describe the underlying premise of “Dead Man Walking,” which the association is presenting next season for its local premiere. Set in the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at… Continue reading →

Bourbon renaissance catches on at local lounges, restaurants

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Bartender and resident whiskey expert, Andy Borbely, with a selection of  exclusive single barrel bourbons at Avenue Pub.

Hang around the spirit world — alcohol, not ghosts — and you’re bound to hear the expression “bourbon renaissance.” I heard the phrase several times recently when I attended a special dinner upstairs at Arnaud’s, an event to showcase the release of the restaurant’s recent acquisition: a barrel-strength, whopping 116-proof, 11-year-old, straight bourbon from Kentucky’s celebrated… Continue reading →

LPO gives a shout to Bach’s magnum opus ‘Hosanna’

Photo provided by Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra -- Carlos Miguel Prieto

Among the two titans of Baroque music, Handel had his “Hallelujah!” chorus and Bach had his “Hosanna.” But while Handel’s famous choral number from “The Messiah” is recognized by millions, only a relatively select group of classical music aficionados recognize the Bach. That may change — locally, at least — this evening, when the Continue reading →

Taking a new look at Southern photography

Photo provided -- Mark Steinmetz's 'Off I-40, Knoxville, Tenn. 1993' is part of 'Mark Steinmetz: South,' an exhibition of Steinmetz's photographs, at the Ogden Museum of Southerm Art in New Orleans through May 10.

What is Southern photography? It’s a simple if endlessly debated question with, predictably, some not-so-simple answers. The easiest ones usually involve pointing to photographers who were born or work in the South or work in which Southern subjects and motifs predominate. But a more substantive consideration has to take into account identifying historical… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans for March 26-April 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Justin LeBlanc's crawfish at Bevi Seafood Co.Thursday, April 3, 2014.

thursday through sunday Louisiana Crawfish Festival Knights of Columbus Council 5747 annual salute to the mudbugs, with live music, food, rides, crafts, pageants and more. $5 per day except Thursday or $25 one-day, pay-one-price armband. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; Frederick J.… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of March 26, 2015

Photo by PATTI PERRET -- Kevin Hart, left, and Will Ferrell star in the new comedy 'Get Hard,' opening Friday.

“GET HARD”: Convicted of fraud, hedge-fund manager James (Will Ferrell) gets sentenced to San Quentin. A judge, however, gives James 30 days to get his affairs in order. To prep for prison life, James turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) for advice. “HOME”: In this computer-animated feature, Oh, a lovable misfit from another… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, March 26-April 2, 2015

? NOLA Pyrate Week-- ): Ms. Sophia Fairesword, Master Gunner Irish, Capt. John Swallow, QM Seika Hellbound, Ms. Kim Watson

THE ART OF DESIGN: Also Friday and Saturday, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Three-day convention including workshops and appearances by Tim Gunn. www.arteducators.org/conv15. VENETIAN GLASS BEAD TRUNK SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday, New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio, 727 Magazine… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans, March 26-April 2, 2015

AP Photo --   Filmmaker and personality John Waters brings his uncensored one-man show celebrating his film career and obsessional tastes to the Joy Theater tonight, Thursday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. 1200 Canal St., New Orleans.  (504) 528-9569. www.thejoytheater.com/tickets/list.

JOHN WATERS: 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26. Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Filmmaker and personality John Waters brings his uncensored one-man show celebrating his film career and obsessional tastes. (504) 528-9569. www.thejoytheater.com/tickets/list. HOTEL PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for March 26-April 1, 2015

IMEN DJOUINI — FLUTTER: Reception Thursday, March 26, through Friday, March 27, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. MFA thesis exhibition of mixed media and installations. (504) 314-2228. www.carrollgallery.tulane.edu. EXPLORING SAORI — WEAVING FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, Goldring Hall, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925… Continue reading →

Music calendar for March 26-April 1, 2015

? NOLA Pyrate Week-- ): Ms. Sophia Fairesword, Master Gunner Irish, Capt. John Swallow, QM Seika Hellbound, Ms. Kim Watson

MONTY BANKS: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863. HAPPY HOUR W/ PHIL DEGRUY: 6 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St. (504) 304-4714. LA TOUCHE’: 7 p.m., Mulate’s, 201 Julia St. (504) 522-1492. KEVIN & DIDI: 8 p.m., The Neutral Ground, 5110 Danneel St. (504) 891-3381. Naydja… Continue reading →

Preservation Hall Jazz Band recording added to the National Recording Registry

Photo by DAN LEYRER -- Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band

“New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band,” a 1964 recording made by singer-pianist Barrett and charter members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is among the 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The album was recorded in-concert at the Guthrie Theater in… Continue reading →

‘Something Rotten!’: How it only took two decades for Baton Rouge brothers to achieve ‘overnight success’ on Broadway

Associated Press photo by MARK KENNEDY -- Karey Kirkpatrick, center, is flanked by his brother, Wayne Kirkpatrick, left, and John O'Farrell outside the St. James Theatre in New York. The three men have written the music and story for the new Broadway musical 'Something Rotten!' a comedy set in Shakespeareís England.

NEW YORK (AP) — It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is “Something Rotten!” and all it took for two Baton Rouge brothers to get to Broadway was that original idea plus… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Red Army’ more than a sports story

Photo courtesy of Viacheslav  'Slava' Fetisov/Sony Pictures Classics -- Left to right, Alex Kasatanov, Viktor Tikhonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Igor Larionov and Viacheslav 'Slava' Fetisov

In the former Soviet Union, the Red Army hockey team fueled national pride and propaganda. “Red Army,” a fascinating documentary that centers primarily upon Viachaslav “Slava” Fetisov, the Soviet Olympic gold-winning team’s captain, is dramatic, amusing and tragic. More than a sports story, “Red Army” explains Soviet culture and history. Freedom and creativity,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Insurgent’ could use more divergence

Photo by Andrew Cooper -- From left, Theo James, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley share a scene in 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent.'

Given that conformity is the scourge of the “Divergent” series and much of its young-adult ilk, it’s a shame that the films, including the new “Insurgent,” do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths. For a series that waves the banner of individualism, they make a poor case for it. Instead of throbbing with a teenage… Continue reading →

Review: Penn flexes action-hero muscles in ‘Gunman’

Open Road Films photo by EKITH BERNSTEIN -- Sean Penn stars as mercenary Jim Terrier in 'The Gunman.'

At one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have a larger, much more obvious purpose: To show us that Penn, at 54, is ripped. Very, very ripped. It’s no… Continue reading →

Five Louisiana contestants advance to next round in NBC's 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TYLER GOLDEN -- Koryn Hawthorne sings 'Love Me Harder' on NBC's 'The Voice.'

They’ve won the battles, now on to the knockouts. All five Louisiana contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” have advanced to the next level in the reality singing competition series, and will vie in the knock-out rounds starting Monday night. Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville, performed his battle song, “Animals,” on Tuesday night’s show, facing off… Continue reading →

Fest beats drum for Mardi Gras Indian tradition

Photo provided by Blind Ambition Management -- Irving 'Honey' Bannister

This weekend’s eighth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival will feature chanting, dancing, fantastically costumed Mardi Gras Indians, funky brass bands plus more soulful sights and sounds from Cuba, Africa and New Orleans. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the free event takes place Saturday and Sunday in… Continue reading →

Engaging ‘Kongo’ exhibit is full of surprises

Photo provided by Kongo Across the Waters -- Elizabeth F. Kinlaw, American, In and out basket, 2012, Samuel P Harn Museum of Art Collection

Long before there was a Congo Square — indeed, long before there was even a New Orleans — there was a Kingdom of Kongo. Covering an expanse of Central Africa corresponding to the modern day countries of Gabon in the north to Angola in the south, with the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo… Continue reading →