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Book follows ‘100 Days’ leading to Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s Super Bowl blackout, focuses on New Orleans’ rebranding post-Katrina

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is in darkness due to blackout during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/ BILL FEIG.

New Orleans, someone once said, is a city that is always talking to itself, in constant conversation about its history, its future, and the changes along the way. Add to the names of those who contribute to our civic dialogue that of Brian Boyles, vice president for content of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events, Feb. 1 - March 19, 2015

'Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary' by Anita Anand.

“THE MARAUDERS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Tom Cooper signs and reads his work about a one-armed treasure hunter in south Louisiana and his travails and encounters. (504) 895-2266. “THE TEST — WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE OBSESSED WITH STANDARDIZED TESTING”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books,… Continue reading →

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown still alive at hospital after being found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

ATLANTA -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. Her husband and the friend called 911 and performed CPR on Brown because they did not believe she… Continue reading →

Review: Standoffs between Costner, Spencer are ‘Black or White's' strong suits

Photo by TRACEY BENNETT -- Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in 'Black or White.'

Star performances propel the made-in-New Orleans “Black or White.” A script that has an identity crisis, however, weighs the movie down, pulling it into messy dramedy. Kevin Costner stars as the well-meaning, well-to-do guardian of his biracial granddaughter, Eloise. Costner’s daughter, the girl’s teen mother, died in childbirth. Eloise’s absent father has been in and out… Continue reading →

Leaky plot sinks Jude Law's new submarine drama ‘Black Sea’

Photo provided by Focus FeaturesJude Law stars as Robinson, a rogue submarine captain in search of  Nazi gold  lost in the Black Sea.

Submarine movies aren’t quite a subgenre, but they do have a long history. The idea that a group of humans will go beneath the surface of the sea in a metal tube packed with complex technology and weapons of mass destruction is naturally suspenseful. “Das Boot,” the World War II-set German film from… Continue reading →

Why you need to go check out 'Force Majeure'

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures -- Left to right, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren in the clever, penetrating Swedish comedy-drama, 'Force Majeure.'

“Force Majeure,” a Golden Globe nominee for best foreign language film, is subversively funny and visually striking. Set in the French Alps, it tells a story about a family vacation that goes wrong in a most unsettling way. In Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund’s fourth feature film, a seemingly ideal Swedish family of four takes a… Continue reading →

New Orleans Grammy winner Terence Blanchard scores big in new film 'Black or White'

Photo by VINCENT ISOLA -- Terence Blanchard

The latest movie score by New Orleans composer, trumpeter and Grammy-winning recording artist Terence Blanchard graces the drama “Black or White,” opening Friday. Filmed in New Orleans, “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The two Oscar winners play maternal and paternal grandparents engaged in a custody fight for their… Continue reading →

Nickelodeon to offer Internet-only subscription service

This undated file image released by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated show

NEW YORK (AP) — Add Nickelodeon to the list of channels planning a stand-alone Internet offering. What’s not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. Nickelodeon owner Viacom Inc. merely says that the offering will have its own brand name. It’s possible the service… Continue reading →

Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith

In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smiths megahit Stay With Me for its similarities to his song, I Wont Back Down. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith’s Grammy-nominated hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down” a musical accident. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a statement posted to his website Tuesday that “all my… Continue reading →

Seattle Super Seven Dip

Associated Press photo by MATTHEW MEAD -- Sunday's Super Bowl not only pits the Patriots and Seahawks, dips will be doing battle on the buffet. Whip up these versions of sever-layer dip inspired by Seattle, left, and New England.

Seattle Super Seven Dip Makes 16 servings. Recipe is from Alison Ladner, Associated Press. 28 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 3 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 cups finely grated red cabbage 3 tablespoons… Continue reading →

New England Super Seven Dip

New England Super Seven Dip Makes 16 servings. Recipe is from Alison Ladner, Associated Press. 21 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 cup barbecue sauce 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 3 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup sour cream… Continue reading →

Korean-Style Chicken Wings

Korean-Style Chicken Wings Serves 4. Recipe is by Food Network start Aarti Sequeira, who says gochujang is found in the Asian or international aisle of most larger grocers. 23 pounds chicken wings, split into drummettes and wings (tips discarded) 1 tablespoon baking powder Kosher salt and ground black pepper 6 tablespoons… Continue reading →

Wholesome, less racy Super Bowl ads expected

Advertisers are spending record amounts of money on this year’s Super Bowl commercials, hoping to score big with sports fans and consumers. After a string of domestic scandals in the NFL, analysts say expect to see more hopeful, positive ads.… Continue reading →

TV-free spots to avoid reminders of Super Bowl dreams denied

Photo by Ian McNulty -- Cure on Freret Street offers a TV-free haven for upscale bar food and craft cocktails.

As tides of Alabama fans and the Ohio State faithful filled the city at New Year’s for the Sugar Bowl, and as other bowl games seemed to fill every TV screen in town, Annene Kaye fielded some unexpected calls at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, the tiki restaurant and bar she and her husband Jeff “Beachbum” Berry… Continue reading →

Oscar-winning Irish musician, actor Glen Hansard to play Civic

Photo provided by Anti- Records -- Glen  Hansard

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning star of the 2007 movie musical “Once,” returns to New Orleans on Tuesday for an intimate performance at the Civic Theatre. The show will feature Hansard and a trio of musicians with whom he recorded his 2012 album, “Rhythm & Repose.” Hansard’s multi-tiered career includes 25 years of… Continue reading →

From comic strips to Broadway stage, chipper redhead Annie has a musical lesson

Photo provided by Broadway in New Orleans --- Issie Swickle is Annie  in 'Annie the Musical' at the Saenger.

Lighting up the stage with her fiery red hair and captivating demeanor, the star of “Annie” has a way of touching the lives of all those who encounter her — especially Oliver Warbucks, a self-obsessed businessman. Together, in their own ways, they teach us a thing or two about love and persistence. With original director Martin… Continue reading →

‘In the Mood’ at Saenger pays tribute to 1940s swing era

Photo provided -- Lively dancing and music are the hallmarks of the show, opening this weekend at the Saenger.

A brassy tribute to the 1940s swing era, “In The Mood,” is a big-band music revue that has been touring all over the world — and now, in its 21st year the show makes its first stopover in New Orleans with two performances at the Saenger Theatre on Friday. Creator and producer of “In The… Continue reading →

Suspense, action fuel ‘Most Violent Year’

Photo provided by A24 -- Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain play a New York couple struggling to keep their business afloat in 'A Most Violent Year.'

Two of the brightest screen thespians of our day lead the cast of the crime and corruption drama “A Most Violent Year.” Golden Globe-winner Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Interstellar”) and Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) portray a threatened married couple in winter 1981. Chastain’s character, a Brooklyn-born gangster’s… Continue reading →

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

In this Feb. 8, 2006, file photo, Sly Stone from the group Sly and the Family Stone performs at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St.… Continue reading →

Shen Yun presents dance, opera in classical Chinese style

China always has spun on an axis of tradition and revolution, but while dynasties rose and fell over the nation’s long history, no event shook China like the People’s Revolution. Communism did away with thousands of years of tradition and set China on its current path, exiling or imprisoning countless artists, musicians and performers in the process.… Continue reading →

For monster truck’s pilot, championship is in the family

Photo provided by Monster Jam -- 'We know that weve come there to put on a show for the fans, and weve got a week to recover,' says Grave Digger driver Adam Anderson. 'Well just let it rip, no matter what.'

Being a world champion monster truck driver isn’t easy, but for “Grave Digger: The Legend” driver Adam Anderson, it’s in his blood. He and his brother Ryan are following in the footsteps of their father Dennis Anderson, the original driver of the famous “Grave Digger.” Adam Anderson will be proving that he’s as good as his… Continue reading →

Collaboration keeps bassist James Singleton fresh

Photo by Erika Goldring -- James Singleton performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May.

Katy Perry is paid to be Katy Perry, and U2 is paid to be U2. Millions of fans count on the sounds that made them famous, album in, album out, so experimentation happens within a narrow range. New Orleans bassist James Singleton doesn’t have that problem. He has been playing in New Orleans… Continue reading →

Krewe du Vieux ‘Begs for Change’ in ribald march Saturday

On a Sunday afternoon in January, the Krewe du Vieux home base in Faubourg Marigny was bustling with members, making preparations for this weekend’s parade. A woman in jeans painted a prismatic backdrop onto her float, while a mustached man wearing a sequined cowboy hat carefully sketched objects onto a large papier-mâché dome. Joe… Continue reading →

NOLA Project to present camp tale of the consumptive ‘Camille’

The NOLA Project's 'Camille'

Ah, the tragedy of “Camille,” the story of a doomed Parisian mistress who lives by her beauty and charm and ultimately sacrifices everything for love. In her iconic death scene, the consumption-wracked courtesan Marguerite Gautier, whose love is shattered by the need to conform to the morality of her times, weeps, “Perhaps it’s better if I live… Continue reading →

‘Body Electric’ at Foundation Gallery: Six artists’ studies of the human body probe what’s beneath the skin

Photo by Michael Smith -- Barbara Groves, 'Headless,' oil on canvas.

Walt Whitman’s 1855 poem “I Sing the Body Electric” has lent its title over the years to everything from a classic “Twilight Zone” episode (you remember, the one with the android grandmother) to the musical finale of the 1980 movie “Fame.” Now, it’s the name an exhibition of body-focused art at the Continue reading →

Don’t miss events in New Orleans, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2015

Photo provided by Bud Forrest Entertainment -- Brittney Leigh Morton, Paige Sabo and Emilie Biennes in 'In the Mood.'

thursday Hidden Treasures: Carnival Edition Get a peek inside the Carnival Collection storage rooms of the Cabildo with costume curator Wayne Phillips and see up-close the gowns and garters that garb Carnival royalty (and others). Call for reservations. $30. 6 p.m., Louisiana State Museum Cabildo Collections Facility, 1000 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 523-3939. louisianastatemuseum.org/museums/the-cabildo.… Continue reading →

Movies opening in New Orleans Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2015

Photo provided by Paramount Pictures -- From left, Sam Lerner is Quinn Goldberg, Jonny Weston is David Raskin, Allen Evangelista is Adam Le and Virginia Gardner is Christina Raskin in 'Project Almanac.'

“PROJECT ALMANAC”: A high school genius and his friends discover blueprints for a mysterious device that has limitless potential. They don’t realize the device puts them in danger. Featuring Sophia Black-D’Elia, Jonny Weston and Allen Evangelista. “THE LOFT”: Five men share a secret penthouse loft where there they can indulge deepest fantasies. Karl… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2015

BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869. MORNING BIRDING: 9 a.m., Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. Ranger-led activity. (504) 736-7140. www.lastateparks.com. HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For… Continue reading →

New Orleans art calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2015

Cascade from RECOMPOSED: Through Feb. 28, Bellocq, Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Figurative mixed media work by Ben Hamburger. (504) 962-0900. www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq.

EN PLEIN AIR: Opening Feb. 5 through March 1, Longue Vue House and Gardnes, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Works by artist and instructor Phil Sandusky and his students Peg Usner and Ken Hopel. RSVP for opening reception. (504) 293-4724. www.longuevue.com. ART EXHIBITION: Through Jan. 31, St. Charles Parish Westbank Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. More than a… Continue reading →

New Orleans stages calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2015

Marc Fouchi as Will Rogers leads a bevy of dancers during the Rivertown Theater production of 'Will Rogers Follies.'

NEW ORLEANS COMEDY AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2015: Thursday and Friday, La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Performances and workshops including Susan Messing, Rachael Mason, Randy Liedtke, Zach McGovern and Brendon Walsh. Tickets vary by performance. (504) 231-7011. www.nolacomedy.com.… Continue reading →