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Cosby testimony describes accuser’s spiked story

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser’s story. Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby’s deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying… Continue reading →

Quiet, stark work makes for beautiful film

Felix Mendelssohn, the 19th-century German Romantic composer, published volumes of solo piano pieces titled “Songs Without Words.” Writer-director A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels,” a biopic about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood in the Indiana wilderness, is a film with few words. But not a silent film. In addition to occasional dialogue and narration, the movie’s sounds comprise rushing… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ doesn’t work

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Charlie Day, from left,  Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Chris Pine appear in a scene from

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first “Horrible Bosses,” Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in “Horrible Bosses 2” as hopeful inventors. “Let’s bet on ourselves,” they tell each other, making a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Madagascar’ spin-off hatches family fun

This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Private, voiced by Christopher Knights in a scene from,

For a movie that’s more paint by numbers than Picasso, “Penguins of Madagascar” begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover. Parodying his own work and documentary films’ obsession with the flightless birds, the German filmmaker gives an auspiciously clever start to a movie targeted toward the under 10 set. It’s a little wink to the… Continue reading →

Holiday events make New Orleans sparkle and shine

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.

With concerts, tree lightings, parades and parties, there are dozens of ways to get into the spirit of the season. Here’s a roundup of December holiday events that range from family fun to grown-up elegance, with lots of merriment in between. New Orleans Christmas in the District is lighting up the Convention Center… Continue reading →

Christmas Concert Series sets annual event lineup

Photo provided by Shades of Praise - To celebrate 13 years of singing, the Shades of Praise will hold 'Love Will Lift Us Higher,' a gala concert and fundraiser from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Race + Religious, 510 Race St.

New Orleans artists perform one-of-a-kind concerts at the St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Concert Series. This free series features local greats such as Ellis Marsallis and Ronnie Kole. The one-hour concerts are held at 6 p.m. on select nights in December at St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square. The lineup is: Dec. 1: Leroy… Continue reading →

Melissa Etheridge lands back in New Orleans

Photo by JOHN TSIAVIS -- Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge — the two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner whose 1993 album, “Yes I Am,” sold 6 million copies — hasn’t played in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. She’s making a belated return Monday for a show at the Saenger Theatre. Etheridge, the singer whose gritty, passionate hits include “Bring Me Some Water,” “I’m the… Continue reading →

‘Catch 23’ a tale of learning and growing

Photo provided -- Cameron-Mitchell Ware's one-man show explores the experiences of an aspiring actor in New York City.

The title of Joseph Heller’s bestselling 1961 book, “Catch 22,” has entered the American lexicon as a synonym for a no-win situation — damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So what is “Catch 23”? Cameron-Mitchell Ware answers that question with his one-man show this weekend at Mid-City Theatre. “As the title of my… Continue reading →

Draw-A-Thon’s ‘giant collaboration between strangers’ goes around the clock

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Byron Perkins, 8, adds his flag to the globe during last year's Draw-a-thon at  Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. This year's event is Saturday

Looking to make your mark this weekend? Press Street — a nonprofit literary and visual arts collective — is hosting its ninth annual 24-hour Draw-a-thon, this year at the Art Klub, 517 Elysian Fields Ave., from 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. (Formerly planned at the Marigny Opera House, where… Continue reading →

In the orbit of Prospect.3, there’s plenty more to see

Photo by John d'Addario -- Carl Joe Williams: '70s Thug gets Bitch Slapped by his Mama,' 2012

Confused about all those pink-and-white “P.3” and “P.3+” signs at the entrances to art venues in New Orleans this fall? You’re not alone. Basically, P.3-labeled venues feature works by the 58 artists selected by Franklin Sirmans for the central Prospect.3 exhibition. Think of it as a single, massive, thematically cohesive group show spread out all… Continue reading →

Creativity shines during City Park Christmas event

With well over a million tiny lights draped through oak trees and arranged into dazzling displays, contrived from the imagination, Celebration in the Oaks illuminates 25 acres of City Park throughout the holiday season. The collection of awe-inspiring exhibits honors beloved New Orleans traditions and icons, recognizes numerous cultures and religions and showcases creativity… Continue reading →

European-style light shows to brighten the night

Photo provided by Arts Council of New Orleans  Gallier Hall will be painted in light, as shown in this artist's rendering.

New Orleans will become a city of lights during LUNA Fête 2014, a European-style festival by the Arts Council celebrating the city’s art and culture scene. The highlight of the weeklong event is a luminous, open-air video mapping installation, projected nightly onto the majestic façade of Gallier Hall. “The mission behind LUNA Fête is to shine… Continue reading →

Check out these ideas for offbeat, inexpensive dining near the holiday shopping hubs this weekend

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Oak Oven in Harahan is a modern Italian restaurant built inside a former fast food franchise.

Black Friday is not for the meek. There are doors to be busted, bargains to be bagged, traffic to maneuver and lists to complete. Savvy shoppers know they must keep up their strength, and that means taking a break for lunch. Don’t assume, however, that you have to settle for food court… Continue reading →

Cozy retreats take the chill out of winter days

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Columns Hotel bar's Flaming Coffee.

Winter is tricky in New Orleans. Visitors wrongly assume that it never gets cold in the Big Easy. How many of us have had to endure “you don’t know cold” lectures? And while it’s true that we may see T-shirt weather one day, it can drop to a temperature that has you grabbing the parka… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southern University Jaguars wide receiver Willie Quinn (25) trades hands to the faces with Grambling State Tigers defensive back Dwight Amphy (31) in the fourth quarter as Southern University defeats Grambling 40-17 in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

DON’T MISS NOV 27 Thursday The 107th running of this Thanksgiving Day 5-miler for adults and half-miler for kids raises funds for Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans — a great way to build up an appetite before the feast. $30 day-of-race registration. 7 a.m. registration and… Continue reading →

New Movies for the week of Nov. 27, 2014

Photo provided by DreamWorks Animation -- From left: Kowalski (voiced by Chris Miller) , Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath), Rico (voiced by Conrad Vernon) and Private (voiced by Christopher Knights), are featured in a scene from 'The Penguins of Madagascar.

“HORRIBLE BOSSES 2”: In the sequel to the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses,” the boss-persecuted characters played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis decide to be their own bosses. They’re dreams are dashed, however, and they turn to drastic measures. Co-starring newcomers Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz and returning cast members Jennifer Aniston and Jamie… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2014

NORTHSHORE TURKEY TROT: 8 a.m., 100 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington. One-mile and 5K run benefiting Run for Hope. $20. (504) 715-2768. theyatrace.com/event/northshore-turkey-trot-2014. NOAC TURKEY DAY RACE: 8:30 a.m., Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, 5400 Stadium Drive, New Orleans. New Orleans Athletic Club 5-mile and kids’ half-mile races to benefit Spina Bifida of… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts events, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2014

OFFSTAGE GALLERY ARTISANS’ EMPORIUM: 5:30 p.m., opening reception Nov. 28, through Dec. 14. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Original art in a variety of media for purchase. (404) 784-6880. EDNA CARR PROJECT: Monday through Dec. 31. Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers. Photography by Akasha Rabut. (504) 529-7323. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org. THE PERPETUAL INSTANT: 6 p.m. to 9… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2014

THANKSGIVING ZYDECO WITH GENO DELAFOSE: 8:30 p.m., Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave. KENNY TRICHE & FRIENDS: 9 p.m., Banks Street Bar & Grill, 4401 Banks St. MICAH MCKEE & LITTLE MAKER: 7 p.m., Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St. CHRIS KLEIN & THE BOULEVARDS: 6 p.m., Café Negril, 606 Frenchmen St.… Continue reading →

Tribute concert to Elton John, Billy Joel set at House of Blues

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Elton John seen at his Smoothie King Center show in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 21, 2014.

A tribute concert to singing piano stars Elton John and Billy Joel is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 26, at House of Blues New Orleans. The show will span 40 years of hits by John and Joel, feature a pair of face-to-face grand pianos and a full band. The band assembled for the show includes… Continue reading →

Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the 92Y Presents Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis In Conversation at the 92nd St. Y in New York. Franklin, in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday, called David Ritzs unauthorized biography, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin, a trashy book. Ritz has written a number of biographies, ranging from Etta James to Rick James to Ray Charles. He has won the Ralph Gleason Music Book Award four times, and last year he received the ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding musical biography for the Buddy Guy book, When I Left Home. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul says don’t waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz’s “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” a “trashy book.” The two have a history of collaborating: Franklin and award-winning Ritz worked together on… Continue reading →

’Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3 million

This Nov. 21, 2014 photo shows Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume and a three-sheet poster from

NEW YORK (AP) — Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York City. The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.… Continue reading →

‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel to perform at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre in July

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Singer and actress Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the animated Disney hit “Frozen,” will perform at the Saenger Theatre on July 30. Menzel’s recording of “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song from “Frozen,” was a Top 10 hit and a million-seller. “Frozen” has also become the highest-grossing animated movie in history. The… Continue reading →

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

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 film earned $121.9 million at the box office last weekend.

“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 →