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New Redford film is a good walk spoiled

Photo by FRANK MASI -- Robert Redford, left, as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz, star in 'A Walk in the Woods.'

Veteran actors Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play an odd, old couple in the comedy “A Walk in the Woods.” The movie is amiable, if shallow, entertainment, until it falls off a cliff. Fortunately, the plunge doesn’t come until miles into the story. Road pictures — stories about travelers, often in cars but also trains,… Continue reading →

‘Mistress America’ makes most of Baumbach, Gerwig partnership

Photo provided by  Fox Searchlight Pictures -- Greta Gerwig, left, as Brooke and Lola Kirke as Tracy in 'Mistress America.'

Writer-director Noah Baumbach has a reputation for making sour comedy-dramas. In 2010’s “Greenberg,” Ben Stiller plays the adrift, misanthropic title character. In 2007’s “Margot at the Wedding,” Nicole Kidman’s habitually cruel Margot is seemingly determined to sabotage her own sister’s wedding. Subsequent Baumbach films made in collaboration with Greta Gerwig, his actress-writer girlfriend, are less dire… Continue reading →

‘Jimmy’s Hall’ reveals dark Irish history

Photo by JOSS BARRATT -- Barry Ward, left, as Jimmy Gralton and Simone Kirby as Oonagh.

The story of Jimmy Gralton and Pearse-Connolly Hall is little known. In 1932, Gralton and his neighbors rebuilt the community center in County Leitrim, Ireland. “Jimmy’s Hall,” shot in Leitrim and Sligo, dramatizes history in straightforwardly effective style. Gralton and his supporters tangle with the disapproving parish priest and a gang of… Continue reading →

Along local waterways, dockside restaurants and taverns promise a different pace this holiday weekend

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Onion rings and fried jalapenos top a burger at Hook'd Up Riverside Bar & Grill in Madisonville.

While the beach may beckon on a hot holiday weekend, budgets or time constraints can put a trip down the coast out of reach. But the growing ranks of waterfront venues closer to home provides an increasingly viable plan B for a view of blue water, a chance for cool breezes and that change of scenery that can feel so… Continue reading →

Think you’ve seen it all? Decadence No. 44 to prove you wrong

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Marchers come down Royal Street during the Southern Decadence Parade in 2014.

Ask Aletha Bryant to describe Southern Decadence and she doesn’t miss a beat. “Every time I say I’ve seen it all, I see something else.” If anybody would know it’s Bryant, who has tended bar in the French Quarter for 35 of the 44 years that the city’s gay community has put on the show for folks… Continue reading →

‘Walking to New Orleans’: How Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew changed the face of music

Photo provided by the Historic New Orleans Collection --  Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino in the studio

An unlikely star given his shy demeanor, Antoine “Fats” Domino sold more records in the 1950s than any artist except Elvis Presley. Sixty-five million records between 1950 and 1963. Domino’s songs, national hits and New Orleans classics, include “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “I’m Walkin’ ” and the poignant Bobby Charles-penned song that… Continue reading →

Actress found special collaboration in ‘Mistress America’

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight -- Greta Gerwig is Brooke and Lola Kirke is Tracy in 'Mistress America.'

In the comedy-drama “Mistress America,” Lola Kirke plays Tracy, a college freshman in New York City who’s searching for her place in the world. College is a letdown for Tracy. She’s bored at school and has little social life. But then Tracy meets Brooke, her future sister-in-law. Brooke is looking for her place in the world,… Continue reading →

Mötley Crüe says this tour is ‘definitely, for real’ its last

Photo provided by Motley Crue -- From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee

It seems like Mötley Crüe has been saying goodbye for years, but singer Vince Neil told Billboard Magazine that this tour is the last — “definitely for real.” Well, maybe. “I’m sure in five, 10 years from now we’ll probably do something again together, if other people’s careers don’t get in the way,” he said.… Continue reading →

‘Marie Antoinette’: For NOLA Project’s queen, style is just icing on the cake

As the queen of France, Marie Antoinette’s infamous extravagances — the gowns, the jewelry, the sky-high hairdo — became symbols of outrageous excess. Her public image fueled the fires of the French Revolution that ultimately destroyed the monarchy and cost the queen her head. In “Marie Antoinette,” a modernized retelling embraces Her Majesty’s glitz and glam but also… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of Sept. 3-9, 2015

Photo by FRANK MASI -- Robert Redford, left, stars as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in the comedy-adventure ‘A Walk in the Woods.’

“THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED”: Frank Martin, known to the French Riviera criminal underworld as the best driver money can buy, is the new Transporter. Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones”) stars as Martin, a soft-spoken former mercenary who’ll drive a package to its destination for a price. Loan Chabanol co-stars as the femme fatale who wages a very… Continue reading →

Don’t miss events for the week of Sept. 3-9, 2015

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Samuel Poursine serves up a half dozen charbroiled oysters at the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival. The event returns to New Orleans 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily this weekend at the City Park Festival Grounds.

zz top Thursday The legendary rockers ZZ Top bring their “Grooves and Gravy Tour” to New Orleans, along with special guests Blackberry Smoke and Goodbye June. Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, LaSalle Street at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. $25.50 and up. zztop.com.… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Sept. 3-10, 2015

“BIZ TO BIZ” BREAKFAST AND TRADE FAIR: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. breakfast, 10:30 a.m. fair, Celestin and Storyville Ballrooms, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce hosts events. (504) 948-0991. norbchamber.org. WALK THE WETLANDS: 10 a.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday, Barataria Preserve of… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, Sept. 3-10, 2015

Photo provided by The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery -- The art of Brian St. Cyr investigates the connection between exterior forms and the interior spaces they create" at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery in the exhibit Hide the Keys to Fertile King. The work is on display through Sept. 24. Building 1, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. (504) 671-6377. brianstcyr.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages of charcoal drawings on vintage wood paired with multivalent objects illuminating the African-American experience. Through Sept. 19. 432 Julia St., New… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for Sept. 3-10, 2015

Photo by John Barrois -- The Mel Brooks classic stage and screen musical smash "The Producers" comes to Rivertown Theatres in Kenner, starting Friday at 8 p.m. Gary Rucker (left) stars as Leo Bloom, and Sean Patterson stars as failed impresario Max Bialystock.

“MARIE ANTOINETTE”: 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 20, Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Regional premiere of the play about the French royal who was the reality star of her day. Pre-show dinner available at Press Street Station. $20 and up. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com. “BE A NEW… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, Sept. 3-10, 2015

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Drummer Shannon Powell and the Treme All Stars take the stage Saturday at: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Sung Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St. (504) 949-0696.

ALEXANDRA SCOTT: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863. ASHLIN PARKER TRIO: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (504) 553-2299. TOM HOOK & WENDELL BRUNIOUS TRIO AT THE FOUNTAIN LOUNGE: 5:30 p.m., The Fountain Lounge, 130 Roosevelt Way. (504) 648-5486. SAINTS AT GREEN BAY BIG SCREEN: 3… Continue reading →

PBS Katrina documentary ‘Forced Change’ now online, tells story of four survivors who never returned

Photo provided  -- director/producer Rennik Soholt helmed the 'Forced Change' documentary.

In case you missed the PBS “NewsHour Weekend’s” look at the Hurricane Katrina documentary “Forced Change,” it’s available for viewing online. The project, by director/producer and former New Orleanian Rennik Soholt, follows the decade-long journey of four Katrina survivors as they rebuilt their lives away from their beloved hometown after the 2005 storm devastated the… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Aug. 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS AREA BOOK EVENTS “MARVELOUS CORNELIUS — HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Phil Bildner reads and signs his children’s book about a humble man and his heroic difference in the aftermath of the storm.… Continue reading →

Aquarium’s recovery tale teaches patience pays off

“A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story” By Suzanne Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95 As people and pets were being rescued from a flooded post-Katrina New Orleans, a penguin named Patience was learning to be patient.… Continue reading →

‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ chronicles residents’ post-Katrina struggles, successes through six short films

Photo illustration provided by MPRM for Rampante -- 'New Orleans, Here & Now' is available for viewing online.

“New Orleans, Here & Now,” a six-part anthology on life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, debuted Thursday online. At the helm of the Time Inc./Rampante project were executive producers Louisiana native and actress Patricia Clarkson and “NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula. The documentary series offers six… Continue reading →

Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ is predictable fun

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, 'We are Your Friends.'

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. Regardless of your taste for pulsing electronic music or actor Zac Efron, both are… Continue reading →

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Owen Wilson, right, and Lake Bell appear in a scene from, "No Escape." (Roland Neveu/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does “No Escape” take place? It’s about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends… Continue reading →

‘Phoenix’ rises to top of foreign film list

Photo provided by IFC Films -- Ronald Zehrfeld, left, as Johnny, and Nina Hoss as Nelly in 'Phoenix.'

“Phoenix,” a suspenseful drama from Germany, burns slowly, quietly. Adding to the haunted tone of this story set in ruined post-World War II Berlin, the film largely has no musical score. When music does appear, it’s incidental. A street musician playing violin, for instance, and songs performed in a nightclub by a pair of singer-dancers who… Continue reading →

At the CAC, past, present and a bit of the future of post-Katrina art

Photo courtesy of the artist and the Contemporary Arts Center -- Karoline M. Schleh, 'Build Up'

Of the three shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina currently on view at the main visual art venues in New Orleans, the Contemporary Art Center’s “REVERB: Past, Present, Future” confronts its defining event most directly. While NOMA’s “Ten Years Gone” and the Ogden’s “The Rising” explore the city’s post-Katrina artistic identity… Continue reading →

OperaCréole! to tell flood stories in song

Photo provided by Opera Creole -- The local classical singing group will perform Sunday at Trinity.

OperaCréole, joined by Grammy winner Donnie Rae Albert, will use music to tell stories of Hurricane Katrina and the floods of 2005 when the group performs at the Trinity Artist Series on Sunday. The 5 p.m. program, a regular fixture of the Episcopal church’s arts repertoire, will feature the local musical ensemble, and Albert will sing… Continue reading →