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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal, tightly coiled and creepy

Open Road Films photo by CHUCK ZLOTNICK -- Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the creepy Lou Bloom in 'Nightcrawler.'

The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. They invented the word “creepy” for that smile, a goofy, confident grin that reaches its full breadth just when you’re starting to realize how… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Sleep’ a decidedly average psych thriller

Clarius Entertainment photo by LAURIE SPARHAM -- Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth play wife and husband in 'Before I Go To Sleep.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reteamed once again with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to 13 years ago after each night’s slumber in the decidedly average psychological thriller “Before I Go to Sleep.” Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller honors the lurid spirit of the page-turner enough to… Continue reading →

Vampire author Anne Rice’s devotees flock to Halloween ball

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club presented the

Lestat is back, and so is author Anne Rice, his creator. After an absence of a decade, the Vampire Lestat makes an appearance in Rice’s newest novel, “Prince Lestat,” fueling passions of his devotees worldwide. New Orleans will host many of them Friday night, when they make their annual pilgrimage to the city for the Continue reading →

Voodoo festival still casting a spell

Photo provided by Live Nation -- Outkast performs at 9:20 p.m. Friday

The Voodoo Music Experience can be hard to get a handle on. With no MTV, website or radio station that covers the breadth of contemporary music, bands have audiences, but few listeners know everybody. Last year, Voodoo moved to City Park’s Festival Grounds, where it was easier to feel part of the event. On… Continue reading →

Alex Rawls: Marching band, an Angel and First Aid

Photo by NEIL KRUG -- First Aid Kit

Friday 10 p.m. Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St. TheJoyTheater.com The Voodoo Music Experience ends around 11 p.m., but its programming continues at the Joy with ska/rock veterans Fishbone. The group remains enthusiastic and irreverent after 35 years, and it will be joined by DJ Quickie Mart,… Continue reading →

‘Phantom’ cast ready to bring down the house, or at least the chandelier

Photo by Alastair Muir -- The company performs 'Masquerade.'

As a 4-year-old, a fearful Ben Jacoby watched his father, Mark Jacoby, in the title role of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. “I was kind of scared, hearing my dad’s voice coming out of this monster’s face,” admitted Ben Jacoby, now 27. Following in his famous father’s footsteps, Jacoby will play Viscount Raoul… Continue reading →

At New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, a vibrant gallery scene

Photo provided by the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts -- Nancy Dawes, 'Nude I,' oil on canvas.

Mention the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts to the uninitiated, and they might think it’s a long-vanished vestige of New Orleans’ storied and cultured past, like the old French Opera House on Bourbon Street, the New Orleans Atheneum on St. Charles and Clio, or the Maison Blanche department store on Canal. But the Academy… Continue reading →

An Uptown taqueria shows a roots rendition of Mexican cooking, with surprises at dessert, too

Advocate staff photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Mole covers duck enchiladas at Del Fuego, a new Mexican restaurant.

New Orleans is seeing a bumper crop of new Mexican restaurants. That shouldn’t be surprising. The basic taqueria format is well known and widely loved, it’s generally inexpensive and it’s compatible with social noshing, all of which correspond with bigger trends across the American dining scene today. But there’s… Continue reading →

Keaton’s ‘Birdman’ may be the best acting of his life

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight Pictures -- Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson in 'Birdman.'

The public loved Birdman. But Riggan Thomson, the actor who starred as the superhero in three hit movies, abandoned the character decades ago. Turning his back on the franchise didn’t work out well for Thomson. Without the winged hero, the actor’s career plunged. In the zealous comedy and drama “BirdmanContinue reading →

Rise Against brings its message to Voodoo stage

Photo by LEANN MUELER -- Rise Against

Chicago rock band Rise Against makes its Voodoo Experience debut Friday on the festival’s biggest stage. The foursome’s latest album, “The Black Market,” entered Billboard’s Top 200 album chart at No. 3 in July. Singer-guitarist Tim McIlrath regrets that Rise Against can’t see more of Voodoo Experience’s three days of music in… Continue reading →

Jousters, sword-fighters here for annual Renaissance Fest

Photo provided by RANDAL SCOTT -- Michael Moody, left, and Randal Scott demonstrate their dueling skills. They'll be performing at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival through Dec. 7.

Modern folk can wander among nobles and peasants, heckle jousters or watch a falcon hunt its prey at the annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival, returning to the outskirts of Hammond for six weekends through Dec. 7. Every fall, the 16-acre site is transformed into the medieval English village of Albright, where more… Continue reading →

Small but intense P.3 exhibit spotlights influential artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat CPRKR, 1982 . Acrylic, oil-stick and collage on canvas, mounted on wood. Donald Baechler Collection, New York© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2014

With its dozens of artists and exhibition venues, it can be hard to decide where to begin exploring the Prospect.3 biennial taking over the New Orleans arts scene this fall. So you might as well start at the top, literally and figuratively. “Basquiat and the Bayou,” now on view on the fifth floor of… Continue reading →

Perfect for fall’s cooler nights and holiday meals, red wines don’t have to break the bank

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Swirl Wine Bar & Market, in New Orleans.

Fall, finally. Or at least what passes for it in our city. It’s a chance to once again enjoy sitting outside and sharing a glass with friends, perhaps even in long sleeves. More than any other season, fall is the time we can at last put down the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Swine Fest, Abbeville Giant Omelette Fest and other festivals outside New Orleans, Oct. 30-Nov. 6

SABINE FREE STATE FESTIVAL: Activities in the downtown square include a Western shootout, games, a barbecue cook-off, a woodsmen contest, an antique car show, a trail ride, a 5K run and Free State cross-country meet, pioneer demonstrations and many children’s activities, a motorcycle poker run, live music, arts and crafts, food booths, fireworks,… Continue reading →

From kayaks to costumes to creepy-crawlies, Halloween fun lurks everywhere

Photo by Ian McNulty - The Cabildo, one of the state museum's French Quarter properties, is taking part in the inaugural New Orleans Museum Month.

Known for its abundance of ominous haunted houses and vampire lore, New Orleans is an especially spooky city on Halloween. Festivities are in full swing, with ghoulish fun for families, theater fans and history buffs. And beware: Quirky costumes are encouraged at each spirited fête. Hosted by Bayou Kayaks,… Continue reading →

Krewe of Boo, Voodoo fest and other Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2014

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Marchers present a scary  sight as the join the ranks of other with the Krewe of Boo as it rolls down Elysian Fields and through quarter with 13 floats and many marching groups in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Mark Romig was King of the parade. ORG XMIT: LABAT

Thursday Krewe of Boo Parade Rolling through the French Quarter and the Warehouse District, this Halloween-themed parade is like a fall bit of Mardi Gras, throws included. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the parade route is as follows: Elysian Fields Avenue to North Peters Street, to Decatur Street, then back onto North Peters to Canal Street; right turn… Continue reading →

Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys headline Voodoo Experience

Photo by  STEVE GULLICK Foo Fighters perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience returns to New Orleans’ City Park this weekend for its 16th annual Halloween event. Star attractions among this year’s 79 acts include Ritual Stage headliners Foo Fighters, the Dave Grohl-led rock band currently featured in the HBO music-documentary series “Sonic Highways”; British rock band… Continue reading →

New Orleans music, Oct. 30 - Nov. 6, 2014

Photo provided by Eunice Mayor's Office -- Geno Delafose

JAZZ IN THE PARK: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., Free. armstrongpark.org. PHIL DEGRUY: 6 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St. www.chickiewahwah.com/#!calendar/c66k. OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART AND TULANE UNIVERSITY’S STONE CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES PRESENT: 6 p.m., Sistahs Making a Change,… Continue reading →

Foo Fighters snared for Voodoo Fest

Photo by ANDREW STUART -- Dave Grohl joins Preservation Hall Jazz Band players Ben Jaffe, Clint Maedgen, Rickie Monie, Mark Braud, Ronell Johnson and Freddie Lonzo in New Orleans in May.

One Saturday night in May, Stephen Rehage, founder and producer of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, was having dinner in the French Quarter. Like thousands of others in the area, he couldn’t help but hear the Foo Fighters’ surprise show that night, coming from an unlikely place: Preservation Hall. The sound of the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Events, Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2014

BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 p.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869. CRAWLOWEEN AT AUDUBON BUTTERFLY GARDEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Audubon Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Costumes encouraged, trick-or-treating. Also Thursday and Friday. (504) $12 and up. (504) 581-4629. www.auduboninstitute.org. PUMPKIN PATCH: 10 a.m. to dusk, First Baptist… Continue reading →

New Orleans area art exhibits, Occt. 30-Nov.6, 2014

WHERE: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorTHE EXPLORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLACE, 1843-2014: 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. www.agallery.com. COSMOS TRANSITION: Through Dec. 23, The Foundation Gallery, 1109 Royal St., New Orleans. Works by Jon… Continue reading →

‘Orphans,’ ‘Island of Dr. Fitzmorris’ and other theater around New Orleans, Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2014

ORPHANS: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Through Nov. 8. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., New Orleans. Story of two brothers and a kidnapped businessman and how their relationship evolves. $15 (Thursdays), $20. (504) 758-5590. I’D RATHER BE RICH: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; opens Friday through Nov. 23. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2014

Photo by GREG GAYNE -- Danny Glover, left, and Ken Leung are featured in a scene from the original 'Saw.' The movie makes its 10th anniversary run in theaters starting Friday.

“BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP”: This thriller based on the best-selling novel by S.J. Watson tells the story of a woman, played by Nicole Kidman, who awakens every day with no memory of her previous life. Mark Strong and Colin Firth co-star. “BIRDMAN ”: Michael Keaton stars as an actor who played… Continue reading →

In ‘Metal Grasshopper,’ a comic approach to headbanging scene

Photo provided -- From the web comedy series 'Metal Grasshopper': musician Philip H. Anselmo, left, and comedian/author Dave Hill.

“Metal Grasshopper” begins with comedian Dave Hill in a black T-shirt and black jeans struggling to push his Marshall amp up a rural Louisiana road on a sunny July morning, all to prove to heavy metal icon Philip Anselmo that he is “metal” enough to be Anselmo’s student.… Continue reading →

New Orleans artist Heather Hanson joins kinetic exhibit of balloons, videos and drawings

Photo by Bryan Tarnowski -- Artist Heather Hansen creates a kinetic drawing in  'The Luna Series,

Think action painter. “Who is the first person you think about?” asks Elizabeth Weinstein, curator for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Well, there’s the combination of movement and paint of Jackson Pollock. “That’s right,” Weinstein continues. “Jackson Pollock was the first action painter — the first action artist — where… Continue reading →

Jack Bruce, bassist of 60’s band Cream, dies at 71

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 file photo, British musician Jack Bruce performs at the 'Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards' at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 said ìthe world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

LONDON (AP) — British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. A statement released by his family said “the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →