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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 →

‘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 →

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 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 →

Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness

Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wait to greet the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife Mary,  at an hotel in London, on the first day of his four-day state visit to the Britain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Anthony Devlin, Pool)

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness. Kate and her husband Prince William welcomed the president of Singapore to London at the start of a state visit Tuesday. She greeted President Tony Tan and his… Continue reading →

Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met glorifies terrorism”… Continue reading →

Remembering the sights and sounds of Mid-City

If he thinks about it hard enough, Ronald Fisher can still remember how the best roast beef po-boy in the world smells. “First of all, it was the Creole mustard,” Fisher says, laughing about how he’d clutch the paper bag close to him during his walk home from the Triangle in Mid-City. “I would hold my nose… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides of my… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

Swank, Rossum talk bucket lists

Actresses Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum talk about their ALS drama ‘You’re Not You,’ the countless things they have in common and whether they have bucket lists.… Continue reading →

‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

Sony Pictures Entertainment photo by GILES KEYTE -- Brad Pitt , left, as Wardaddy, and Logan Lerman, right, as Norman, star in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.'

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer, a veteran of the Navy and… Continue reading →