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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

Photo by Alan Markfield -- Michael Fassbender returns as Magneto in the upcoming 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'

It’s a bit of bad timing for “X-Men: Apocalypse” coming third in this summer’s superhero lineup. Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the villain Apocalypse. And while battles between heroes are an X-Men tradition, warring among… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is a curious sequel

Photo provided by Disney -- Johnny Depp plays the Hatter in the new film, 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,' a movie that looks very, very loud.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll. Textual adherence is somewhat beside the point when serving as a sequel to something that also cherry picked. But, lest you think that a six-year gap and the absence of Tim Burton in the director’s chair might have allowed for a return to… Continue reading →

New Orleans Classical, Sacred Music Calendar, May 26-June 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS CONCERT BAND CHAMBER WINDS: 7 p.m. Thursday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The ensemble of 10 performs. neworleansconcertband.org. MARINE CORPS BAND NEW ORLEANS: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. In advance of Memorial Day events, the celebrated local band plays patriotic… Continue reading →

Tap dancers pay tribute to the military in Hoofing for Heroes

Photo by Brian Jarreau -- From left, dancers Aaron Richert, Jesse Alan Forcha and Ross Quinn in 'Hoofing for Heroes'

Although Heidi Malnar has studied classical ballet and has “lots of respect for it,” she leans more toward what she calls “the noisier side” of the dance medium. More specifically, tap dancing. An Emmy Award-winning artistic director from Chicago, Malnar arrived in New Orleans about five years ago and carved out her niche in the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Events Calendar, May 26-June 1, 2016

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Volunteers will place flags on graves at Chalmette National Cemetery  in observance of Memorial Day, Friday  at 7:30 a.m. The cemetery is located at  8606 W. St. Bernard Highway. For information visit the National Park website, www.nps.gov/jela

BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, through Sunday, New Orleans. Nine days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more. birdfootfestival.org. BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela. “THE END —… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar, May 28-June 3, 2016

Advocate file photo -- Becky Allen stars in 'Dawlin' and Hawt,' opening Friday at 8 p.m. at Castle Theatre in Kenner.

“THE ACCIDENTAL HERO”: Opening 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. True story of a World War II officer who liberated the same Czech towns where his grandparents lived. The multimedia show is presented by the officer’s grandson, Patrick Dewane.… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans, May 26-June 1, 2016

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- John Papdinmitriou, of the group Alpha Omega, plays an ornate bouzouki in 2013 during the Greek Fest, which features food, Greek Dancing, cultural presentations and music.

ew orleans wine and food experience Anything in the Crescent City can be an experience, but the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is truly an exception event. From vintner dinners to wine strolls, seminars to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is a four-day event packed with the flavors of the… Continue reading →

Museum honors sacrifice of ‘greatest generation’

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The Marine Corps Band of New Orleans will perform Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Freedom Pavilion of the World War II Museum.

The remains of a New Orleans native return home this Memorial Day. The family of Pvt. Earl Keating, killed in action Dec. 5, 1942, in present-day Papua New Guinea, never knew what became of his body until last October when, using modern archeological surveying and DNA testing, the Department of the Army Human Resources Command Casualty… Continue reading →

Comic takes a lighter look at his religious upbringing

Photo by Josh Hailey -- Paul Oswell

Paul Oswell was raised Roman Catholic in rural England, where he says the church got its hooks in him early. As a young lad, Oswell attended confession weekly but often found he really didn’t have anything to confess. “I was almost sinning in confession by lying about having sinned,” Oswell said. “It was kind of self-perpetuating, which… Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar, May 26-June 1, 2016

Advocate file photo by SHERRI MILLER --  The Birdfoot Festival of chamber music continues this week, starting with a free open rehearsal at 2 p.m. Thursday (May 26) at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. in New Orleans. At 7 p.m., the “Birdfoot Backstage” radio broadcast 
recording session invites the public to the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 No. Rampart St. Free, but reservations required. It's back to the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday with the Young Artist Program at 7:15 p.m. and “Ma Mere L’Oye” at 8 p.m.  The final gala, "Lost to the World," begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at  People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Ticket prices vary. Go to 
www.birdfootfestival.org. Shown, violinists Jenna Sherry and Kris Tong, perform at last year's Birdfoot Festival.

JAZZ IN THE PARK WITH JAMES ANDREWS AND COLIN LAKE: 4 p.m., Armstrong Park, 835 N. Rampart St. DIRTYFACE: 4 p.m., RF’s, 301 Dauphine St. (504) 586-0972. ALEXANDRA SCOTT AND JOSH PAXTON: 5 p.m., Buffa’s, 1001 Esplanade Ave. (504) 949-0038. JOE WALSH: 5:30 p.m., Champions Square, Lasalle St. (504) 587-3663. SING BOLDLY: 6… Continue reading →

‘Accidental Hero’ tells a wartime liberation story

The World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen will host two performances of “The Accidental Hero,” on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Both can be accompanied with a meal from the American Sector restaurant. This multimedia play tells the true story of American soldier Matt Konop, who grew up in a… Continue reading →

Friends to celebrate the songs and spirit of Leigh ‘Little Queenie’ Harris at benefit concert

Advocate file photo -- Leigh 'Little Queenie' Harris

When Debbie Davis moved to New Orleans in 1997, fellow vocalist Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris served as her sisterly guide to the local music community. “Sitting at the bar at Leigh Harris gigs, I met so many people,” Davis recalled recently. “And performing with Leigh taught me so much. She’s part of the reason I do what… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, May 26-June 1, 2016

Photo provided -- The 25th anniversary of Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's book "Oh the Places You'll Go" is the subject of a lecture and exhibit at The Striped Hat Friday, 5:30 p.m., 716 Bienville St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. thestripedhat.com.

CALLAN CONTEMPORARY: Opening Thursday, reception 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4 for John Folsom’s work in “Coastal Cartography,” merging photographic image with layered and excavated oil paints. Through July 30. 518 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 525-0518. callancontemporary.com. GALLERY 600 JULIA: 6 p.m. reception Saturday, June 4, for “Kip” Haynes “Under the Majestic Oaks.” Exhibition of oils with nostalgic subjects… Continue reading →

Bayou Country Superfest returns to Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Luke Bryan will close Friday night out at this year's Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge.

Like country music, but wish you could tailgate while jamming? Baton Rouge has just the event for you this weekend. LSU’s Tiger Stadium will once again play host to country’s biggest stars during the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest on Friday through Sunday. The three-day event features performances from headliners Luke Bryan, Eric… Continue reading →

A game plan for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Photo by Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times -- Wine experts say tastings like the upcoming Grand Tasting and Vinola! event in New Orleans are training grounds for making satisfying choices at restaurants and wine shops.

There’s a vast world of wine out there, and this week a lot more of it is flowing into New Orleans. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, the city’s largest annual wine event, returns Thursday through Saturday. The schedule is a little different this year, though the format is mostly the… Continue reading →

Quick tips for the best sips: wine pros on finding your favorites, to spit or not to spit, and when enough is enough

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Wine experts say tastings like the upcoming Grand Tasting and Vinola! event in New Orleans are training grounds for making satisfying choices at restaurants and wine shops.

With the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience returning this week, we asked a few wine pros for practical tips and guidelines on etiquette at the tasting table. Below are comments from master sommeliers Madeline Triffon and Evan Goldstein, who are both visiting for NOWFE, and from Commander’s Palace “wine guy” Dan Davis… Continue reading →

Timelessness, mystery drew Bob Dylan to New Orleans

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. Fifty years into his career as a recording artist and a week away from release of an extraordinary new CD, Dylan spent his Tuesday evening where he seems to feel most comfortable ó on a stage. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

During the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Museum of Art mounted an exhibit of paintings by Bob Dylan in its Great Hall. The mostly undated canvases, which remain on display through July 31, are being shown under the title “The New Orleans Series.” Some of the works, like “Rampart Street Courtyard,” a standout… Continue reading →

Review: In Le Petit’s ‘Forum,’ inspired lunacy of the highest order

Photo by John Barrios -- John Michael Haas, Tracey Collins, Bob Edes, Keith Claverie in 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' at Le Petit Theatre.

Stephen Sondheim once described Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart’s script for “A Funny Thing that Happened on the Way to the Forum” as “the best farce ever written.” The composer and lyricist would go on to say, “The songs could be removed from the show and it wouldn’t make any difference.” Obviously, Sondheim is being modest,… Continue reading →

Stages calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Photo providedLisa Wolpe portray's Shylock from "The Merchant of Venice," one of many male characters she has protrayed, which will come to life in Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender. Wolpes production melds the Bards most iconic male characters with stories of her life for the opening show of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; Lupin Theater, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.. $20. (504) 865-5105. neworleansshakespeare.org.

“BOBBY BONES — FUNNY & ALONE COMEDY TOUR”: 7 p.m. Friday, The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Syndicated radio host funny man brings his show to New Orleans, with special guests Love and Theft, and Nikita Karmen. $25 and up. (504) 528-9569. thejoytheater.com. “The BOne ISLE —A SINISTER FUNDRAISER ON… Continue reading →

How to use The Advocate’s online events calendar

Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library -- Droeshout engraving from Shakespeare's First Folio

Access The New Orleans Advocate’s online calendar through calendar.theadvocate.com and register if you haven’t done so already. Then add your event, along with a photo, if you like. The form will ask you to search for your event — that’s only to stop duplication of entries. At the site, you also can search for other events or browse… Continue reading →

In ‘Wicked,’ a look at the untold story of a famous witch

Photo by Joan Marcus -- A production number from a traveling Broadway version of 'Wicked.' The show starts this weekend at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.

Generations have grown up with “The Wizard of Oz,” which taught us the following indisputable facts: Sparkly red shoes are magical, a yellow brick road is to be followed, and green witches are just plain bad. Or are they? The Broadway musical sensation “Wicked” flies into the Saenger Theatre through June 19 and is guaranteed… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Photo providedTerrance Osborne's "The Wine Connoisseur" fits the theme for this year's Art&Soul Gala: "Home is where the art is" to benefit the NOCCA Institute Saturday. A giclee of the work will be sold during the live auction, part of the evening's events that include live performances, food and a silent auction. A variety of ticket configurations are possible, ranging from patrons to to a special after-hours dessert party. $75 and up. 6:30 p.m., Chevron Forum, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 940-2900. noccainstitute.com.

BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, through May 29, New Orleans. Nine days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more. birdfootfestival.org. BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela. LITERARY LUNCHEON: 11:30… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jazz and R&B singer Nayo Jones will perform with the Nayo Jones Experience at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863.

JIVE!: 2 p.m., Music at the Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. (504) 568-2841. JAZZ IN THE PARK WITH HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND, ZION TRINITY AND DARCEY MALONE AND THE TANGLE: 4 p.m., Armstrong Park, 835 N. Rampart St. DIRTYFACE: 4 p.m., RF’s, 301 Dauphine St. (504) 586-0972. ALEXANDRA SCOTT AND JOSH PAXTON: 5 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Art openings, May 19-26, 2016

File photo -- "Tujague's: 160 Years of Tradition" is an exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opening Saturday. It looks at the storied history of the French Quarter restaurant. The exhibit, which includes this early photo that hangs in the restaurant, coincides with the naming of the restaurant to the National Culinary Heritage Register. It will be up through October. 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org.

ARTISTS’ GALLERIES DE JUNEAU: 5 p.m. Thursday meet the artists. Music by Robert Torme; demonstration by Tammy Morris; book signing by Leif Pedersen, “The Swamp Kids”; charcoal portraits by Jaime Ortega. 2143 First St., Slidell. (985) 326-8286. juneaugallery.com. HALL-BARNETT GALLERY: 5 p.m. Thursday opening reception. “Finding Our Place” exhibit explores landscape directly and conceptually, with works by Southern-based artists,… Continue reading →

Symphonic, sacred music calendar, May 19-26, 2016

SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The Jefferson Community Band performs. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net. “A HERO’S LIFE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra closes the season with a look at musical heroism, including a fanfare, composed by LPO Principal Bassist David Anderson,… Continue reading →