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GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

This photo released by ABC Family shows, from left, Jake T. Austin, Lorraine Toussaint, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, and Maia Mitchell, in a scene from

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday by the advocacy group GLAAD. Networks are promoting the understanding of gay lives with some of the most inclusive programs yet, but should “strive… Continue reading →

Just for a day, nine New Orleans parking spots become tiny leisure zones

Photo provided by Bike Easy -- Among the spaces youll encounter in this years PARK(ing) Day NOLA is a swing set designed by a team including local bike advocacy groups Bike Easy and Ride New Orleans.

If you’ve ever spent time circling the blocks of downtown New Orleans to find a parking space instead of coughing up the price of lunch to park in a commercial lot, the idea of purposely taking some of those precious parcels of real estate out of commission for a day might sound a little crazy. But what… Continue reading →

Your guide to Art for Arts’ Sake in New Orleans Saturday

Photo provided by Martine Chiasson Gallery-- Alex Mollere's 'Before the Song, the Enigma,' at Martine Chiasson Gallery.

With its built-in dress code and focus on boozy schmoozing and socializing, White Linen Night probably gets more than its fair share of attention among annual arts events in New Orleans. But when it comes to events where the focus is more squarely on the art itself, nothing compares to Art for Arts’ Sake, with dozens of museums,… Continue reading →

‘Chicago’ opens Broadway in New Orleans season Tuesday with razzle-dazzle show

Photo by Len Prince -- Roxie Hart, the 'killer chorine,' revels in her headlines in 'Chicago!' Here, she's played by Paige Davis.

Ninety years ago during the Roaring ’20s, the press was transfixed by two sensational court cases in Chicago in which attractive married women were accused of murdering their lovers. Their parallel stories and acquittals, both attained by celebrity lawyers, resulted not only in the women becoming celebrities themselves; they also became the subject of a play by… Continue reading →

Lafayette Parish musician sings with Cajun soul

Photo by RICK OLIVIER -- Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard, a singer-songwriter from Carencro in Lafayette Parish, sings with Cajun soul. Broussard released his sixth studio album, “A Life Worth Living,” in July. Stylistically, it’s a varied batch of deeply written, keenly expressed songs, including the rousing “Hurricane Heart,” soulful “Man Ain’t Supposed To Cry” and blues-rocking “Dyin’ Man.”… Continue reading →

Beer pub Ale joins wine spot Oak in Riverbend

Advocate staff photo by J.T. BLATTY -- Patrick Winters, owner of Ale, behind the bar in Oak, owned by his sister, Katie Winters

Bars have their own personalities. In the case of a pair of drinking spots on Oak Street in the Riverbend, two different styles complement each other across a simple, chic courtyard. Ale, a new beer-centric pub on Oak Street, offers a cozy spot to grab a beer, watch the game or sample the snack menu. It… Continue reading →

New Movies for the week of Oct. 2, 2014

“GONE GIRL”: David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network”) directs Ben Affleck in a story about a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. In the glare of a media frenzy and police investigation, Nick Dunne’s portrait of a blissful marriage crumbles. Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris… Continue reading →

Vintage Expo, Gretna Heritage Fest and other Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Oct. 2-9, 2014

Photo provided by Babs Evangelista -- Live music is a hallmark of the showdown.

Thursday New Orleans Vintage Fashion and Lifestyle Expo The pre-party to The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, with a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring vintage clothing collectors with models walking to live music by The Shotgun Jazz Band, followed by dancing. 7 p.m. The Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. (504)568-6993. www.nolavintageexpo.com. Friday… Continue reading →

New Orleans area events calendar, Oct. 2-9.

BICYCLE TOUR: 9 a.m., Sophie Wright Park, 1941 Magazine St., New Orleans. Three-hour biking tour through the Garden District and Lower Garden District of New Orleans. $37, tour and bike rental; $25, tour and B.Y.O.Bike. WINE DINE & DESIGN/TABLESCAPES: 11:30 a.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. $100-$250.… Continue reading →

Galleries, museums and other New Orleans arts events for Oct. 2-9, 2014

PINKNEY HEBERT ARTWORK: Boyd|Satellite Gallery, 440 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 581-2440. www.boydsatellitegallery.com. LOIS CHILES: Richard Deutsch, Carole A. Feuerman, Beth Lambert. Through Oct. 11, Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 309-4249. www.octaviaartgallery.com. OF PAINT AND PAPER: A Survey of Monotype Collage Paintings by Keith Perelli, 2011-Present. Through Oct. 2. Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, 615… Continue reading →

New Orleans area stages calendar, Oct. 2-9.

BROOMSTICK: 3 p.m., 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 about her life, love affairs and cursed reputation. (504) 522-6545. A LIE OF THE MIND: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540… Continue reading →

Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter addresses the media during a baseball news conference, in this Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, file photo taken at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter was one of the world’s most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he’s joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes’ “unfiltered” views to the fans. The Players Tribune is being billed as a digital company that will offer unique access… Continue reading →

‘Long Rangers’ share World War II memories

Remaining members of the famed “Long Rangers” gather for a reunion as work gets underway to preserve records, photographs and memorabilia. Louis Zamperini, who was a part of the group, is the subject of a movie based on the book, “Unbroken.”… Continue reading →

Film academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site

Costumes from the film,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to the movies. “Hollywood Costume” opens Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion… Continue reading →

New museum marks the “Birthplace of Country Music”

Associated Press photo by Jeff Martin -- A large sign spans State Street dividing Virginia and Tennessee in downtown Bristol, Va. The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, its in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia line.

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it’s in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. The museum aims to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions, a series of… Continue reading →

Shelter volunteers take on play time, poop detail

Associated Press photo -- Cornelia Perez, 72, cares for a puppy that is up for adoption at the center, in Vero Beach, Fla. Perez has adopted, fostered, served on its board, worked with students, and coordinated building campaigns and fundraisers. She is the current shelter historian and archivist. Perez started volunteering 60 years ago when she rode her bike to a shack by the railroad tracks and they let her walk the dogs.

LOS ANGELES — Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy and sometimes it stinks. That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country doesn’t sound very appealing, but thousands of faithful volunteers answer the call every day. “I don’t know how we could function without volunteers. We could never do what we… Continue reading →

Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ debuts with $35M

In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Denzel Washington appears in a scene from the film,

NEW YORK — Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the… Continue reading →

New Orleans music: 3 shows to watch this weekend

Photo provided by the Saenger Theatre -- David Gray

DAVID GRAY British folk-rocker David Gray has made a career of beautiful, melancholy songs with more melody and less strumming. More than 20 years into his career, he’s still finding ways to open up his songs including the tasteful use of electronics on this year’s “Mutineers.” The songs on… Continue reading →

Review: Solid Washington in mediocre ‘Equalizer’

Columbia Pictures photo by SCOTT GARFIELD --  Marton Csokas, left, and Denzel Washington appear in a scene from 'The Equalizer'.

If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in an iconic role, the full complexity of a human being: strengths and weaknesses, attributes and flaws, durability and vulnerability. All topped off, of course, with that boyish Washington charm. Alas, Washington doesn’t… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Skeleton Twins’ a multidimensional, entertaining, affecting story

Photo provided by Roadside Attractions -- Bill Hader, left, and Kristen Wiig co-star as troubled siblings in 'The Skeleton Twins.'

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, two especially talented ex-“Saturday Night Live” cast members, reunite in the funny and sad “The Skeleton Twins.” Wiig and Hader play a pair of troubled adult twins who haven’t seen each other in a decade. Their “SNL” chemistry reignites, snapping like clockwork. Co-writer and director Craig Johnson, in just… Continue reading →

Review: Gorgeous stop-motion, smart story animates ‘Boxtrolls’

Photo provided by Focus Features -- In the new animated feature 'The Boxtrolls,' a subterranean community of harmless trolls is threatened by the evil, power-hungry Archibald Snatcher.

Giving animation giants Pixar and Disney another run for their box office money, the Oregon-based LAIKA animation studio has a new contender in “The Boxtrolls.” Two previous LAIKA films, 2012’s “ParaNorman” and 2009’s “Coraline,” earned Oscar nominations for best animated feature film. Exceptionally entertaining, “The Boxtrolls” will… Continue reading →

Venice to close area for Clooney wedding

Two gondoliers wait for tourists in front of the Cavalli Palace in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Venice city officials are closing a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney's wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city on Thursday issued an order closing walkways accessing the 16th Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing

MILAN (AP) — Venice city officials on Thursday order the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city order closes pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-Century Cavalli Palace for at least two hours Monday, citing “the George… Continue reading →

James Franco on work relationship with Scott Haze

In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, actor James Franco poses for photographers during a photo call to promote the film Child Of God at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

TORONTO (AP) — As James Franco gets set to open his latest film, “The Sound and the Fury,” the actor-director likes to think of star Scott Haze as the Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio to his Martin Scorsese. “Scott is one of my favorite actors. I would call him my De Niro. Umm, I would call… Continue reading →