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James Booker, Bayou Maharajah

Lily Keber Explores the Legend's Genius, Drug Addiction, and More in New Documentary

James Booker, like many larger-than-life performers, had several nicknames.  The Black Liberace, the Piano Wizard, Lil’ Booker, and the Piano Prince of New Orleans.  Lily Keber just calls him “Booker,” and talks of him as if he were a distant authority, temporarily away on business.

NoDef Nods: Theatre

New Orleans Stages Top 12 of 2012, Plus Trends and New Plays in 2013

The New Orleans theatre scene's downtown renaissance continued to blossom in 2012, as the companies decided they liked each other so much that they'd work together. The continued addition of Shakespeare and Broadway in NOLA also gave the community a classical grounding that made the fringe seem even fringier. Here's a look at what we're still loving from 2012, and an early rundown of 2013 dates to save:

Boyd Satellite Lands on Julia

New Gallery Takes Over Former Heriard-Cimino Space, Blake Boyd and Ginette Bone Launch Inaugural Show Tonight

The Julia Street orbit gets a new sighting on Saturday night. The formerly Heriard-Cimino Gallery is now Boyd Satellite (440 Julia Street), the most exciting new stop on the Warehouse District art walk.

Meters Reunite at Voodoo Fest

CITY PARK - Legal woes, competing yet strangely similar side projects and huge personalities were all set aside as the Meters ahhhh-YA'd in to "Cissy" Strut Sunday night at Voodoo fest. Crowds have a special energy at the moment of long (long, long)-awaited reunion, and this show was no different. Or, maybe it was just the smell of marijuana, which strengthened throughout the set. Either way, this was one of the billed shows that, though scheduled and cubed, could have easily been pulled out from underneath the eager crowd.  

'We Broke All the Rules'

The Journey of 'Flood Streets' From Evacuation to the New Orleans Film Festival

Both behind the scenes and the on the screen, Helen Krieger and Joseph Meissner's first feature film reflects the flimsy, joyful weirdness of downtown New Orleans after the flood.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde


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