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PBS Katrina documentary ‘Forced Change’ now online, tells story of four survivors who never returned

Photo provided  -- director/producer Rennik Soholt helmed the 'Forced Change' documentary.

In case you missed the PBS “NewsHour Weekend’s” look at the Hurricane Katrina documentary “Forced Change,” it’s available for viewing online. The project, by director/producer and former New Orleanian Rennik Soholt, follows the decade-long journey of four Katrina survivors as they rebuilt their lives away from their beloved hometown after the 2005 storm devastated the… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: L. Kasimu Harris at McKenna Museum

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Photographer and journalist L. Kasimu Harris was surrounded by well-wishers and admirers at the opening reception of his second solo exhibition, “The 10 Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans,” at the McKenna Museum. Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott performed, and Chef Linda Green, “The Yaka-Mein Lady,” served her specialty. Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Director William Andrews, photographer L. Kasimu Harris, Joan Mitchell Center's Gia Hamiltion, Joan Mitchell Foudation's Derrick Biney-Amissah

Photographer and journalist L. Kasimu Harris was surrounded by well-wishers and admirers at the opening reception of his second solo exhibition, “The 10 Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans,” at the McKenna Museum. Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott performed, and Chef Linda Green, “The Yaka-Mein Lady,” served her specialty.… Continue reading →

‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ chronicles residents’ post-Katrina struggles, successes through six short films

Photo illustration provided by MPRM for Rampante -- 'New Orleans, Here & Now' is available for viewing online.

“New Orleans, Here & Now,” a six-part anthology on life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, debuted Thursday online. At the helm of the Time Inc./Rampante project were executive producers Louisiana native and actress Patricia Clarkson and “NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula. The documentary series offers six… Continue reading →

Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ is predictable fun

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, 'We are Your Friends.'

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. Regardless of your taste for pulsing electronic music or actor Zac Efron, both are… Continue reading →

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Owen Wilson, right, and Lake Bell appear in a scene from, "No Escape." (Roland Neveu/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does “No Escape” take place? It’s about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Photograph courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection -- From 'The Katrina Decade' by David Spielman -- Charity Hospital, 2014. Thursday -- 'Big Charity —The Death Of America’s Oldest Hospital' is a documentary on the story of the iconic health care facility that has been shuttered since the winds and water of Katrina bashed the city. Two showings of the film are slated. $15 and up. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 528-9569. thejoytheater.com.

Music and art will celebrate the revival of the Crescent City’s downtown area in a variety of locations and events as part of the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival. The Music Business Institute presents the celebration with live music, film screenings, comedy shows and tapings. Gallier Hall… Continue reading →

At the CAC, past, present and a bit of the future of post-Katrina art

Photo courtesy of the artist and the Contemporary Arts Center -- Karoline M. Schleh, 'Build Up'

Of the three shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina currently on view at the main visual art venues in New Orleans, the Contemporary Art Center’s “REVERB: Past, Present, Future” confronts its defining event most directly. While NOMA’s “Ten Years Gone” and the Ogden’s “The Rising” explore the city’s post-Katrina artistic identity… Continue reading →

OperaCréole! to tell flood stories in song

Photo provided by Opera Creole -- The local classical singing group will perform Sunday at Trinity.

OperaCréole, joined by Grammy winner Donnie Rae Albert, will use music to tell stories of Hurricane Katrina and the floods of 2005 when the group performs at the Trinity Artist Series on Sunday. The 5 p.m. program, a regular fixture of the Episcopal church’s arts repertoire, will feature the local musical ensemble, and Albert will sing… Continue reading →

Hearing blues, rock and classical music the Punch Brothers way

Photo by BRANTLEY GITIERRIZ -- Punch Brothers

A string band for the 21st century, Punch Brothers applies its collective virtuosity and innovation to traditional blues, bluegrass, folk and rock. Even classical composers Alexander Scriabin and Claude Debussy have gotten the Punch Brothers treatment. Seeking new musical horizons, mandolinist and singer Chris Thile founded Punch Brothers — no “the” —… Continue reading →

ZZ Ward’s soulful voice propels a second album

Photo by BRIAN BOWEN SMITH -- 'I wanted to write new stories to share with people,' says singer ZZ Ward.

ZZ Ward’s debut album has sold more than a 150,000 copies. In an era when the business of recorded music is a shadow of its former self, that’s impressive. “Til the Casket Drops,” released in late 2012, stars Ward’s big, soulful voice and a fusion of her biggest influences, blues and hip-hop.… Continue reading →

New Movies for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- From left, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley and Zac Efron in 'We Are Your Friends.'

“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS”: Amid the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights developing his music career. Efron and Emily Ratajkowski star. “NO ESCAPE”: After an American businessman and his family settle into their new… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- In his newest one-man show, 'Be a New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony,' presented by Dirty Coast, Jim Fitzmorris provides a series of tips for anyone who wants to call themselves a New Orleanian. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 27-Sept. 26 (no show Sept. 5) at the Theater at St. Claude, TICKETS: $20 ($40 for opening night gala) INFO: (504) 638-6326

“BE A NEW ORLEANIAN — A SWEARING IN CEREMONY”: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays, through Sept. 26, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Jim Fitzmorris’ comic ride through what it takes to be a citizen of the Crescent City. A gala opening night includes pre-show performances and after-party. $20, $40 gala; (504) 638-6326. Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2105

ALEXANDRA SCOTT: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863. PLAYHOUR: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (504) 553-2299. NATHAN’S ITALIAN NIGHT: 6 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St. (504) 310-4999. CUTTING EDGE FEST: 6 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St. (504) 310-4999. Los Van Van Direct… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

'Expanded Media,' at Carroll Gallery includes work by Sadie Sheldon and four additional artists in nontraditional media. Included will be Anita Cooke, Mark Grote, Rontherin Ratliff, Nikki Rosato and Sheldon. A reception will be held Thursday, and the exhibit will run through Sept. 24. Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University, 6863 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 314-2228. carrollgallery.tulane.edu.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Paintings by Dana Manly, jewelry by Anna H. Designs, pottery by Nancy Susaneck and paintings by David Lumpkin. Through Monday. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages of… Continue reading →

New Orleans Events Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Krewe of O.A.K. holds its midsummer Mardi Gras parade Saturday at 6 p.m., starting on Oak Street in Carrollton. Sofie Strasser, left, and Leanne Steen dance in disco lights at the 2014 parade party.

KATRINA COMMEMORATIVE CONFERENCE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Four-day event on health, environment and education under the banner Rise Katrina 10. A gala will be held Thursday highlighting the accomplishments of Katrina heroes. Through Aug. 29. risekatrina10.com. CUTTING EDGE CONFERENCE: 8 a.m., also Friday and Saturday, New Orleans… Continue reading →

‘Compton’ stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8 million

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP -- This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, in the film, 'Straight Outta Compton.'

NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The film co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as N.W.A. member Eazy-E. “Straight Outta Compton,” a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ a macho shoot-em-up short on plot

In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Rupert Friend appears in a scene from, Hitman: Agent 47." (Reiner Bajo/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

The idea of the high-tech, emotionless super-soldier is so popular in movies, it’s practically a convention. The “Terminator” and “Bourne” franchises, and even last year’s animated “Big Hero 6,” imagine characters programmed to kill and the would-be world destroyers who want to control them. The same formula is at work in “Hitman: Agent 47,” a stylized shoot-em-up… Continue reading →

‘Ultra’ violent valentine

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

“American Ultra” is a crazy rush of sharply orchestrated madness. A bloody valentine, the New Orleans-area-shot action-comedy goes over the top in a gleefully entertaining style. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, the young couple at the center of accelerating action. Mike and Phoebe share a small house in a nondescript… Continue reading →

Public Image Ltd, Steve Angello will join Florence + The Machine, Ozzy Osbourne at 2015 Voodoo Experience

Photo provided by Live Nation -- Public Image Ltd, featuring John Lydon, will perform Oct. 31 at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans.

The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience announced additions to its Halloween weekend lineup Thursday, including John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd; electronic music innovator Steve Angello; and indie-music acts Peaches and Metric. The annual festival at City Park in New Orleans runs Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Previously announced Voodoo Experience acts… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans, Aug. 20-26, 2015

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH. Hoda Kotb will be the keynote speaker Friday at the American Red Cross luncheon honoring The Power of Women. $150. 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 620-3176. redcross.org/PowerofWomen.

The contributions of women to the area since Hurricane Katrina will be the focus of this event, recognizing volunteers and community leaders for their efforts at the Power of Women luncheon. Hoda Kotb, former New Orleans resident and NBC morning news personality, will deliver the keynote at this event hosted… Continue reading →

Director says La. perfect setting for ‘American Ultra’ filming

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart share a scene in ‘American Ultra.’

On June 19, 2014, director Nima Nourizadeh sent good news and a photo through his Instagram account. The photo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, stars of the New Orleans area-filmed action-comedy “American Ultra,” was accompanied by the message: Wrapped the #americanultra shoot and leaving New Orleans. Had such a wicked time shooting this movie… Continue reading →