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More Cosby shows canceled as women allege assault

In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington.  Cosby's appearance at Tuscons Desert Diamond Casino has been canceled. No reason was given by the casino for the canceled date, which had been scheduled for Feb. 15. In the past week, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby from a number of women have led to canceled interviews and NBC and Netflix projects. The Cosby Show also was pulled off the air on TV Land. Cosby issued a statement Sunday discrediting decades-old accusations and his attorney has denied four of the allegations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stage performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois, Arizona and South Carolina have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip said Friday they mutually agreed with the comedian to… Continue reading →

Professor Longhair film reaches halfway mark

File photo -- Professor Longhair

“Tipitina,” “Big Chief,” “Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Those and other songs by Professor Longhair, not to mention his brilliantly original piano playing, are part of the New Orleans soundtrack. The Bach of rock, as Allen Toussaint calls the late Henry Roeland Byrd, is now the subject of a documentary film.… Continue reading →

Alex Rawls’ picks: Caribou, James Andrews and Sabotage

Caribou Dan Snaith has explored a host of indie pop and rock forms under the name Caribou, and his projects are unified by his spacey, melodic sensibility. On this fall’s “Our Love,” he was inspired by electronic dance music, but it’s more about beautifully psychedelic sounds for your head than beats for the dance floor.… Continue reading →

Videos vault comedy duo into TV spotlight

Photo provided -- Comic actresses Riki Lindhome, left, and Kate Micucci.

Female comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates named themselves for two of rock ’n’ roll’s great second bananas and made their name the way many musicians do — on YouTube. They shot videos for such songs as “Pregnant Women are Smug” and “The College Try,” each built on the comic tension between their sweet dispositions and the… Continue reading →

Review: Latest ‘Hunger Games’ installment needs next one to work

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- From left, Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and Pollux (Elden Henson) are featured in a scene from  'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1.'

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” bides its time. In doing so, the film diminishes the impact of its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and mutes the urgency in Suzanne Collins’ futuristic “Hunger Games” novels. Breaking book No. 3 of the “Hunger Games” trilogy into two movies, the filmmakers responsible for “Mockingjay — Part 1” deliver… Continue reading →

WYES examines Fair Grounds’ long history in New Orleans

In this photo provided by Roberts Photography, Marchman, right, with Jamie Theriot lead the pack into the stretch before pulling away to win the $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Roberts Photography) ORG XMIT: NY150

Here’s a trivia trifecta to test your knowledge of New Orleans: It’s Thanksgiving Day and you’re eating corned beef and cabbage, not turkey. Where are you? What stellar steed made the Little Sisters of the Poor a little richer? Who owned a beloved New Orleans thoroughbred named Cangirod? Bonus question: Who was the… Continue reading →

Foo Fighters take viewers to New Orleans on ‘Sonic Highways’

'Sonic Highways' album cover

London’s massive Wembley Stadium and New Orleans’ tiny Preservation Hall: The Foo Fighters performed in the two vastly different concert spaces with equal delight. The American rock band, led by singer, guitarist and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, turned Preservation Hall into their recording studio in May. The traditional jazz venue at 726 St. Peter St.… Continue reading →

A brush with Fringe: Three plays in the new-work festival

Photo by Marilyn Chen -- 'LoopsEnd'

Fringe has begun. And in just three shows, this viewer has gotten a sense of the wide variety of offerings available for those who choose to make the event a weekend affair. An invigorating turn in the air at The Old Ironworks, a raunchy contortion of “Ozzie and Harriet” on St. Claude… Continue reading →

O’Keefe painting sells for record $44.4 million in NYC

Artist Georgia O'Keefe, shown in an undated portrait by by Ralph Looney. (AP Photo/Ralph Looney, University Press of Colorado)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the auction house’s sale of American art. The painting… Continue reading →

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Journalist Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols, at Sony Pictures Studios in this June 10, 2010, file photo taken in Culver City, Calif. ABC News confirms director Mike Nichols and husband of Diane Sawyer died Wednesday evening Nov. 19, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as “The Graduate,” “Angels in America” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has died. He was 83. The death was confirmed by ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday. Nichols died… Continue reading →

NBC scraps Cosby television project

Bill Cosby

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project as another sexual assault allegation against the comic has emerged. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project “is no longer under development,” and had no… Continue reading →

Beaucoup picks the best bets for the holiday movie season

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures -- Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’

The holiday movie season starts Friday with surefire hit “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.” Like the book series-based “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movie franchises that preceded the likewise lucrative “Hunger Games” movies, the “Mockingjay” filmmakers are stretching their box office receipts by dividing one book into two movies. Let’s hope they don’t save all… Continue reading →

Visiting cellist to perform long-lost Haydn concerto

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco -- David Finckel and Wu Han.

A musical masterpiece that went missing for 200 years will highlight this weekend’s concerts by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The musical score for “Cello Concerto in C Major,” written in the early 1760s by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn, mysteriously disappeared shortly after its creation; it was unexpectedly unearthed in 1961 in… Continue reading →

Country crooner Frankie Ballard says hard work is paying off

Photo by JOE LEMKE -- Frankie Ballard

After toiling in the fields of country music for a decade, Frankie Ballard thinks he’s finally gotten a boot in the door. And he’s right. The Nashville, Tennessee-based singer from Battle Creek, Michigan, has two big hits to his name. In 2013, “Helluva Life” became Ballard’s first No. 1 song. Now there’s “Sunshine &… Continue reading →

Goat in the Road stages a history of anesthesiology in ‘Numb’

Photo by Rachel June Photography -- From left, the cast of 'Numb': Dylan Hunter, Ian Hoch, Todd D'Amour, Leslie Boles, Shannon Flaherty, and Francesca McKenzie.: The play tells the story of how a dentist from Hartford discovered the secret to pain-free surgery.

Intellectually demanding yet accessible, Goat in the Road’s production of “Numb” is an occasionally wobbly, but ultimately rewarding, evening based on the strength of its acting company and the directorial skill of creator Chris Kaminstein. As a history of anesthesiology, Kaminstein’s text is not always easy, and at times, it falls too deeply under its… Continue reading →

Holiday on pretend ice is back at the Audubon Zoo, one day only

It’s not real ice, but it is real fun. That’s how the Audubon Zoo is pitching the return of its one-day “ice” skating event on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Capital One Stage. Free with admission to the zoo, the event will center around a… Continue reading →

The 24/7 part of Prospect.3

Photo by John D'Addario -- 9 Wall Mural Project's 'IMPERMANENCE.'

This fall, some of the most interesting artworks in New Orleans are hiding in plain sight all over town. And while most of them have been branded as satellite projects of the Prospect.3 international art exhibition, you won’t have to worry about closing times or admission prices: They’re all in public spaces and viewable 24 hours a… Continue reading →

Exhibit Be: Up against the wall

Photo by John D'Addario -- Spectators gather to view the Prospect.3 project   in Algiers.

Exhibit Be: Up against the wall… Continue reading →

Explore delicious options as chefs get creative at annual Po-Boy Festival

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - One of Parkway Bakery's fesival offerings is the

The food lineup for Sunday’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has answers for just about any po-boy craving imaginable. At the same time, however, it may pose its own question: Just how far can you take a po-boy and still call it a po-boy? At 50-plus stands arrayed along the Oak Street commercial corridor and adjacent… Continue reading →

Restored and updated Fountain Lounge offers modern flair

Photo provided by Roosevelt Hotel -- Bone marrow with lobster in the Fountain Lounge.

The Roosevelt Hotel is a regular spot for locals to enjoy a drink, but, until recently, that meant drinking at the Sazerac Bar, one of the city’s iconic standards. Now, there is another setting that also provides the kind of elegant imbibing locals expect from one of our favorite hotels: the Fountain… Continue reading →

Holiday lighting, po-boy fest, Bobby Cure reunion and more don’t-miss events in New Orleans, Nov. 20-27, 2014

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The annual switch-on of the Christmas lights on Canal Street was hosted at the Astor Crowne Plaza Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Thursday Starting Thursday, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society presents four days of events promoting writers, engaging readers and creating literacy initiatives. The culmination of the event is the black-tie gala “Faulkner for All” Sunday. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. Friday… Continue reading →

New Orleans area arts calendar, Nov. 20-27, 2014

LOWER ROYAL ARTS DISTRICT THIRD THURSDAY: 6 p.m., 700 to 1100 block of Royal Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Variety of galleries open for art stroll, with music, food and art. NUDES: Through Dec. 8. Loisel Vintage Modern, 2855 Magazine St., New Orleans. Large format laminated color photographs on aluminum panels. (504) 899-2444. NEW WORK BY RAYMOND… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Nov. 20-27, 2014

WORDS AND MUSIC 2014: Through Nov. 23 at Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., and other venues throughout the city. Music and literary event featuring writers, performances and workshops, including book signings and author presentations. TULANE FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER FORUM: 8 a.m. to noon, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin Bernick Center for University… Continue reading →

On stage in New Orleans Nov. 20-27, 2014

NOW NOW OH NOW: 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Genre-defying theater company Rude Mechanicals merges themes of evolutionary biology, murder mystery theater, and gaming with an interactive puzzle of a piece that calls to the inner nerd in all. $35 in advance; $40 door. (504) 528-3805. CHRIS… Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar, Nov. 20-27, 2014

OGDEN AFTER HOURS — LIGHTNIN MALCOLM: 6 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. $10. FRANKIE BALLARD: 7 p.m., House of Blues New Orleans — Foundation Room, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. CENTERING PRAYER: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula. Free. Chris… Continue reading →

Foo Fighters at House of Blues on Friday, just in time for HBO premiere

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

House of Blues announced on Tuesday that the Foo Fighters will perform at the Decatur Street music venue Friday, Nov. 21. Tickets must be purchased directly through Ticketmaster, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets go on sale at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 19. Price is $20. All tickets for the Foo Fighters’ House… Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov. 5 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The sand tiger shark is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and is… Continue reading →

Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

This image released by Bravo shows Paul Adelstein, from left, Conner Dwelly, Lisa Edelstein, and Dylan Schombing in a scene from

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as they move to stretch their brand and freshen their look. Consider: — TruTV last month added several scripted series to the mix, including the sketch-comedy show… Continue reading →

Stars hunger for more ‘Hunger Games’

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the stars of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” speak about wanting to keep the franchise going forever at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere.… Continue reading →