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Steven Forster’s Party Central: JPAS Gala

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- It was a who’s who evening at the grand opening gala of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC). The red-carpet event included performances by the Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo; the JPAC artist-in-residence Jefferson Performing Arts Society, led by Maestro Dennis Assaf; the Delta Festival Ballet, Jefferson Ballet, and local celebrity “kingfish” John “Spud” McConnell. JPAC is a new, state-of-the-art performance venue featuring an acoustically-designed interior; an impressive proscenium arch stage with orchestra lift; and a theatrical fly rigging system from renowned designer J.R. Clancy. JPAS co-founder, executive/artistic director and conductor Dennis Assaf, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Colonel John Fortunato

It was a who’s who evening at the grand opening gala of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. The red-carpet event included performances by the Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo; the JPAC artist-in-residence Jefferson Performing Arts Society, led by Maestro Dennis Assaf; the Delta Festival Ballet, Jefferson Ballet, and local celebrity “kingfish” John “Spud” McConnell. JPAC is a… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: CCH Pounder

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- “NCIS: New Orleans” star CCH Pounder captivated guests at the Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser “An Evening with CCH Pounder.” She gave a spoken word performance from Donald Rawley’s “Slow Dance on the Fault Line,” with accompaniment by acclaimed jazz bassist David Pulphus. Cellist, vocalist and lyricist Monica McIntyre also performed during the event, which continued in the CAC’s galleries for cocktails, cuisine by Bourbon House, a raffle for a necklace designed by CCH Pounder and a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening, sponsored by Russ and Sandra Herman, benefit the CAC’s 2015–2016 performing arts season. Jacquee Carvin, honoree/actress CCH Pounder, Sandra Chaisson, Barbara Motley

“NCIS: New Orleans” star CCH Pounder captivated guests at the Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser, “An Evening with CCH Pounder.” She gave a spoken word performance from Donald Rawley’s “Slow Dance on the Fault Line,” with accompaniment by acclaimed jazz bassist David Pulphus. Cellist, vocalist and lyricist Monica McIntyre also performed during the event, which continued in the CAC’s… Continue reading →

Classical music is the inspiration for fire-proofed paintings at Ogden

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Artist Betsy Eby buffs one of her pieces in preparation for the opening of 'Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire,' at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

It would be an understatement to say classical music informs the 22 works in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s exhibit of Betsy Eby’s paintings. Indeed, one could go so far as to say the artist’s works are visual interpretations or “tone poems” of specific musical compositions. A classically trained pianist, Eby has… Continue reading →

Rickie Lee Jones is back with a new album. She credits a move to New Orleans for her renewal.

Photo by David McLister -- Rickie Lee Jones

When Bruce Springsteen brought singer Rickie Lee Jones onstage during his Jazz Fest appearance in 2014, it was the answer to a “whatever happened to” question. In 1979, Jones’ self-titled debut album produced two hits, “Chuck E.’s in Love” and “Coolsville.” She was on the cover of Rolling Stone. She won a Grammy for best… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, June 25-July 2, 2015

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans rhythm and blues musician Deacon John attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Southern Food and Beverage Museum on O.C.  Haley Boulevard in New Orleans Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans celebrates “New Orleans in Song” as part of the weekly Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. The all-volunteer ensemble brings its vocal talents to this summerfest of melodies. $10. 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens,… Continue reading →

Now a full weekend, Kenner’s Hispanic Summer Fest pulling bigger names

Photos courtesy of Sergio Cabrera of Mambomundo.com -- Crowds hear Latin beats at the Hispanic Festival in Kenner in 2014

Get ready to rumba! The Kenner Hispanic Summer Fest returns to Laketown in Kenner this weekend for the fifth year with Latin rhythms, flavors and family fun. The event was established by Tulio Murillo, of Gala Music, in collaboration with Rafael Saddy, of Celebración Hispaña de Kenner, as a way to give thanks to the local… Continue reading →

Theater project highlights Latino contributions to New Orleans

Photo by Craig Morse -- Jose Torres-Tama in 'Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evil Doers.'

For new arrivals to the United States, the immigrant experience can be a challenge. Throughout our nation’s history, the most recent groups to arrive on our shores have often had to contend with hostility. And despite the fact that New Orleans was once part of Spain’s vast colonial empire in the New World and people of… Continue reading →

CAC announces performing arts lineup

Photo by Stephanie Berger -- ETHEL Documerica will perform at the CAC in New Orleans.

A Tennessee Williams play, a Guadalajaran jazz band and the construction and deconstruction of a forest are just some of the performing arts pieces that will come to the Contemporary Arts Center this season. From October to March, the CAC’s calendar includes performances of the string quartet Ethel, “How to Build a Forest,” Tennessee Williams’… Continue reading →

New Movies for the week of June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures - John (Mark Wahlberg), Ted (Seth MacFarlne and Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) hit the road in 'Ted 2.'

“Ted 2”: In 2012, a cute but nasty computer-animated teddy bear co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in “Ted.” Seth MacFarlane wrote and directed the comedy and provided the voice for Ted, the magically alive stuffed animal who has human flaws and desires. MacFarlane and Wahlberg return for “Ted 2,” in which Ted is newly wed to Tami-Lynn,… Continue reading →

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon embraced chance to helm drama-comedy ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

Photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Actor Thomas Mann, left, works with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on the set of 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.'

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon earned two Emmy nominations for the New Orleans-set “American Horror Story: Coven.” His first feature film, 2014’s well-received, Shreveport-shot “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” is in the horror vein, too. Gomez-Rejon, a native of Laredo, Texas, who’s based in Los Angeles, very much enjoyed directing those 12 episodes of “American Horror Story.” He… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo by John Barrois. Cast members of "Cymbeline" are, from left, Khiry Armstead, Silas Cooper, Christopher Kelly and David Sellers. The show is the first in the summer's New Orleans Shakespeare Festival productions and continues at 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday) to Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lupin Theater, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $15 and up. (504) 865-5106.

“CYMBELINE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday; Lupin Theater, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. $15 and up. (504) 865-5106. “HAIRSPRAY JR.”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; East Jefferson Auditorium, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society Summer Youth Musical Theatre production of the John Waters… Continue reading →

New Orleans Events Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo provided by Casa Samba -- Casa Samba brings its world-music beat to New Orleans.

IKEBANA CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2011 Magazine St., New Orleans. Learn the art of Japanese floral arranging from Alison Scott. $22. (504) 235-1558. RANGERS’ CHOICE TALK: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m. to 8… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo provided -- 'House Cats,' an acrylic on board painting by Cathy Hegman, is on exhibit through July 28 at Carol Robinson Gallery, 840 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through Sunday. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau, and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: “Remembering Jeffrey Cook” exhibit. Through June 30. 1731… Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Thursday, June 25 Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans: 11 a.m., Royal Street Arts Zone, Royal Street and St. Peter Summer Reading Special Guest: 1:30 p.m., Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. 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.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Tulane Shakespeare Festival a hit with guests

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- It was all smiles after The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane opened its 2015 season with a sold-out production of “Cymbeline.” Special guests for the evening included Tulane President Michael Fitts. The show was directed by internationally-known Shakespeare expert Rob Clare. The director’s wife, Reiko Aylesworth, best known for her roles on the TV series “24” and “Lost,” participated as acting coach for the production. Liann Pattison, Chaney Tullos, Director Rob Clare

It was all smiles after The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane opened its 2015 season with a sold-out production of “Cymbeline.” Special guests for the evening included Tulane President Michael Fitts. The show was directed by internationally known Shakespeare expert Rob Clare. The director’s wife, Reiko Aylesworth, best known for her roles on the TV series “24”… Continue reading →

Review: In Pixar’s ‘Inside Out,’ moods hold a little girl hostage

Photo provided by Pixar -- In ‘Inside Out,’ a girl’s emotions -- from left,  Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness -– disagree about how she should deal with life in a new city.

“Inside Out” has the cute characters, lively storytelling, technical marvels and beautiful production values that audiences expect from Pixar Animation Studios. The movie is also an especially poignant entry in the Pixar catalog. Humor, while not entirely absent, takes a backseat to a dramatic, escalating crisis. Co-directed by Oscar-winning Pixar veteran Pete Docter… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hungry Hearts’: Not quite horror, not quite great

Photo by CHRISTIE MULLEN -- Adam Driver (Jude) and Alba Rohrwacher (Mina) in Saverio Costanzo’s drama 'Hungry Hearts.'

The disturbing drama “Hungry Hearts” is a creepy, stylish story that’s just short of a horror film. The film, set in New York, stars Adam Driver, from HBO’s “Girls,” and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher. Saverio Costanzo directed the film and adapted the screenplay from Marco Franzoso’s novel, “Il Bambino Indaco.” The English-language “Hungry… Continue reading →

Review: Geeks go gangster in fresh, lively ‘Dope’

Open Road Films photo by Rachel Morrison -- Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm in the new film, 'Dope.'

“Dope” hooks you fast and strong. The coy, over-the-top Sundance hit from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa about a couple of geeks who get entangled in gangster culture is a fresh and slightly rebellious take on the series of escalating events story. Our hero, Malcolm (Shameik Moore), is introduced in his senior year of high school. His… Continue reading →

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience unveils 2015 Halloween weekend line-up

Invision/AP photo by RICH FURY -- Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine performs at the KROQ Weenie Roast at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre May 16 in Irvine, California.

The music lineup for the 2015 Voodoo Music Experience to include Ozzy Osbourne, Florence & The Machine and more. According to a press release, the Halloween music festival in New Orleans returns to City Park from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, 2015. Tickers and passes will go on sale Tuesday, June 23 at noon. Now in its 17th year, the Voodoo Music and… Continue reading →

NBC removes Brian Williams from ‘Nightly News’ after suspension; he’ll be breaking news anchor at MSNBC

This photo, supplied by NBC shows  Brian Williams from "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," reports from Hurricane Katrina-stricken New Orleans in 2005. NBC and CNN, along with two Gulf Coast stations that stayed on the air throughout Hurricane Katrina, won Peabody Awards on Wednesday, April  5, 2006, for their coverage of the deadly storm. Williams, the recent successor of longtime anchor Tom Brokaw, won a Peabody for his Katrina coverage . (AP Photo/ NBC,Dwaine Scott)  ORG XMIT: NYET180

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News said Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his job as “Nightly News” anchor following his suspension for misrepresenting himself, but will be given a second chance as a breaking news anchor at the cable network MSNBC. Lester Holt, who has been subbing for Williams since his suspension… Continue reading →