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There goes ‘Honey Boo Boo’; TLC cancels series

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, file photo, beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana

NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year. TLC wouldn’t publicly… Continue reading →

Going to the Mirliton Festival in the Bywater? Here’s what you need to know

Photo by Ian McNulty -- Mirlitons are the nominal reason for the Mirliton Festival in Bywater.

Although the pronunciation of “mirliton” may be debated, the popularity of this versatile squash on New Orleans tables is beyond question. The 25th annual Mirliton Festival, which takes place this Saturday, pays homage to the beloved vegetable. The event began as a neighborhood gathering at Bud Rip’s Old Ninth Ward Bar on Piety… Continue reading →

Review: Murray amuses and charms in grouchy ‘St. Vincent’ title role

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- From left, Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher star in 'St. Vincent.'

Bill Murray finds the perfect Bill Murray role in “St. Vincent.” The veteran comic and sometimes dramatic actor nails the movie’s title role of grouchy Brooklyn retiree Vincent McKenna. Murray’s Vincent amuses and charms, despite the character’s apparent lack of interest in pleasing anyone other than himself. At 64, Murray is ripe for the part, comfortable… Continue reading →

Review: ‘John Wick’ both slick and stupid

Photo by DAVID LEE -- Keanu Reeves stars as a former hit man out for revenge in 'John Wick.'

“John Wick,” an action-thriller starring Keanu Reeves, doesn’t leave a single cliché unturned. Showing not an ounce of invention, it recycles the same old scenarios, shootouts, man-to-man combat, car chases and fiery explosions. The “John Wick” script occasionally aspires to dry wit of the kind spoken through the past 50 years by the actors who’ve played… Continue reading →

Review: ‘White People’ is edgy; has memorable cast

In this image released by Roadside Attractions, Kyle Gallner, left, and Tessa Thompson appear in a scene from

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze. An ambitious satire that questions just how “post-racial” America has become, the film is never at a loss for words, but sometimes confuses galvanizing rhetoric… Continue reading →

Keanu back in action

At the ‘John Wick’ premiere in Los Angeles, actor Keanu Reeves talks about his love of action and how his new role has a dark side.… Continue reading →

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson pose in front of St. Peter's Basilica after an interview with the Associated press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28,… Continue reading →

Witherspoon, Hathaway gather for McConaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey has been recognized by American Cinematheque for his 22-year acting career. Former co-star Reese Witherspoon praised his ‘everyman quality’.… Continue reading →

‘You belong here,’ with the art, as sprawling Prospect.3 opens

Of the many hundreds of works of art which will comprise the sprawling “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” biennial exhibition when it opens to the public on Saturday, Tavares Strachan’s “You belong here” is going to be the hardest to miss. A massive floating barge in the Mississippi River supporting a framework with… Continue reading →

INSIDER ART: Tips for Prospect.3

Franklin Sirmans

With works by 58 international artists spread out over 18 locations across the city in the official lineup — not to mention dozens more artists and venues represented in associated satellite programs — there’s going to be a lot to see in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” But where to begin? You’ll have over 12 weeks… Continue reading →

LPO invites families to Halloween concert, and costumes are encouraged

Photo provided by LPO -- JoAnn Falletta will be the guest conductor for the LPO's American Fanfare Friday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater and the Halloween Spooktacular family concert on Sunday at Loyola University's Roussel Hall.

Wearing costumes and in the Halloween spirit, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will strike up some shivery tunes at its family-oriented “Spooktacular” concert on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 26, at Loyola University’s Roussel Performance Hall. The concert, which LPO has staged annually since 1993, will feature orchestral pieces such as Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald… Continue reading →

TV exec, historian Dominic Massa writes a book about New Orleans radio

Photo provided by Arcadia Publishing -- 'New Orleans Radio' Dominic Massa, executive producer and special projects director at WWL-TV, has assembled a history of radio in New Orleans.

Dominic Massa, an enthusiastic chronicler of New Orleans history, tells the story of New Orleans radio in his new book, the sequel to his examination of the city’s TV scene. Published this week, “New Orleans Radio” is Massa’s follow-up to 2008’s “New Orleans Television,” also published by the Charleston, South Carolina-based Arcadia Publishing.… Continue reading →

‘Wisterias,’ ‘Oxblood’ offer drama in the Halloween spirit

Photo by Bear Hebert -- Phil Cramer, as Jacob, faces the land with a shovel in New Noise's 'Oxblood,' staged at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park.

Since one of theater’s great specialties is haunted spaces, it should come as no surprise that the entire month of October is filled with shows about spooky locales with hidden secrets. Along with “The Musical of the Living Dead” and three separate versions of “The Rocky Horror Show,” two other productions opened recently that feel… Continue reading →

Nerdy shows boldly going ... where?

Photo provided by Mid-City Theatre -- The Trek-A-Go-Go cast, from left: Jim Wright, Jake Bartush, Rudy Rasmussen, Carlos Gonzales, Joe T. Seibert, Yvette Hargis, Ashley Rose Bailey

Featuring some of New Orleans’ funniest improvisational talents, the “Star Trek” send up “Trek-A-Go-Go” has an opportunity to become an ongoing event at Mid-City Theatre. But if it’s going to build a regular audience, it needs to make a few changes in how it’s presented. The brainchild of director/producer Harold Gervais, the premise is simple. After a… Continue reading →

Company offers professional dancers a New Orleans option

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- From left, Anna Iosipiv, Curtis Thomas, Britney Kuehn, Trey Mauldwin and Maya Taylor of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.

A new, professional modern dance company at the Marigny Opera House is making it possible for dancers and choreographers to establish careers in New Orleans, and audiences can witness the results starting Friday, when the Marigny Opera House Dance Company kicks off its first season. Opera House founding director Dave Hurlbert’s passions… Continue reading →

Fats Domino documentary

Photo provided by Joe Lauro -- Fats Domino, far left, performed with the Billy Diamond Band before he became a recording star.

From 1950 through 1962, New Orleans’ Fats Domino sold 60 million records. During most of that time, trumpeter, producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew played the essential role of creative partner to the piano-playing star. “The Big Beat,” including extraordinary concert footage from the French National Archives, chronicles Domino’s and Bartholomew’s… Continue reading →

Part family pizzeria, part Italian tavern, a Domenica spinoff forges its own identity Uptown

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Garlic knots are served with aged provolone fonduta at Pizza Domenica.

The same type of wood-burning oven produces the same char-pocked, bubble-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas. The same unaccountably delicious, whole roasted cauliflower is a go-to appetizer. And the same chefs and partners — John Besh and Alon Shaya — are at the helm. But Pizza Domenica is a very different restaurant from the one that… Continue reading →

Carmo’s drinks flavored with Amazon fruits and sugar cane

Photo by Lee Domingue -- Carmo recreates the vibe of a tropical cafe with murals and furniture crafted of reclaimed wood.

The languid pace and the flavors of the tropics always have been welcome to New Orleans palates. That connection is the driving principle of Carmo, a restaurant in the CBD where patrons can sample drinks and dishes from over 40 tropical countries. What distinguishes Carmo’s bar program is the way it utilizes a variety… Continue reading →

How to use our new online calendar

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Kennith Wells takes a photo of Cindy Wood, left, Leroy 'Whistle Monster' Mitchell, middle, and Carol Kolinchak during Gleason Gras, a fundraiser by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation at Champion Square in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Proceeds from the event will be used to raise awareness for ALS and to support the Gleason Family Trust.

The Advocate has a new online calendar. You can still access it through, but you will need to register again. Then add your event, along with a photo if you like. The form will first ask you to search for your event — that’s only to stop duplication of entries. At the site,… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Oct. 23-30, 2014

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Kennith Wells takes a photo of Cindy Wood, left, Leroy 'Whistle Monster' Mitchell, middle, and Carol Kolinchak during Gleason Gras, a fundraiser by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation at Champion Square in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Proceeds from the event will be used to raise awareness for ALS and to support the Gleason Family Trust.

Friday This annual event, named in honor of former Saint Steve Gleason, raises awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease with a jamming good time, with music, food, an auction, a Saints fan costume contest and even appearances by the 610 Stompers. 4 p.m., Champions Square, Lasalle Street, New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Day trips through Oct. 25, 2014

FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL: Cajun cuisine, Cajun heritage and music. Larose GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: Fair offers a 40-ride carnival, children’s activities, agricultural exhibits and nightly live entertainment. Baton Rouge State Fairgrounds. PINE TREE FESTIVAL: Walker… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Oct. 23-Oct. 30, 2014

WHERE, THE EXPLORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLACE, 1843-2014: Opening 4 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 31. A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., New Orleans. Spanning the history of photograph, ranging from works by Cartier-Bresson, Adams to Leibovits. (504) 568-1313. TULANE CONTEMPORARY.3: Opening at 5 p.m. Oct. 23, through Jan. 25. Carroll Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane… Continue reading →

‘Musical of the Living Dead,’ ‘Oxblood’ and more onstage in New Orleans, Oct. 23-30, 2014

BROOMSTICK: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 2. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale. Starting at $20. (504) 522-6545. MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-26 and Oct.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area music events Oct. 23-30, 2014

JAZZ IN THE PARK: 4 p.m. Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St. Los Hombres Calientes. Free. PHIL DEGRUY: 6 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St. KRIS TOKARSKI: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., City Park’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area events calendar, Oct. 23-30, 2014

Photo by Kerri McCaffety -- Gallier House, shown, and Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis St., are decked in mourning this month. Special tours include St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. $30. (504) 525-9735 or

PUMPKIN PATCH: 10 a.m. to dusk, First Baptist Church of Chalmette, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 277-2939. Ends Oct. 31. HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037 or “WHAT IS NEW ON THE RACKS” FASHION EVENT: 11 a.m. to… Continue reading →

New movies for Oct. 23-29, 2014

Photo by DAVID LEE -- Keanu Reeves stars in action-thriller ‘John Wick.’

“JOHN WICK”: Keanu Reeves is back in action as a retired assassin out for revenge. The body count rises, as Reeves targets the vicious son of a Russian crime lord. “OUIJA”: A group of friends awakens the dark power of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs from a script co-written by… Continue reading →

Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, William Shatner arrives for the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says Shatner.… Continue reading →

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- A jack-o'-lantern.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday. Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they’re OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, and that’s a big reason.… Continue reading →

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

This combination file photo made from images provided by Frito-Lay shows the four finalists for its second annual

NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1… Continue reading →

Jason Reitman on his father’s lessons

“Men, Women & Children” director Jason Reitman talks about the best advice he got from his father Ivan Reitman and the strange alchemy of making movies.… Continue reading →