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Today in NOLA 9.5.17

This Tuesday, grab a pipin’ hot piece of pizza pie for a great cause, enjoy the musical stylings of Jeff Taylor at Gasa Gasa, or pay tribute to the cult works of David Lynch and Tobe Hooper at film screenings around town. On this day in 1983, the Pontchartrain Beach officially closed. Now, more to do today. 

Today in NOLA 3.7.17

Today in New Orleans, explore the lives of musician Carole King and food writer M.F.K. Fisher. Or, live out your riot grrl fantasies at a screening of the 80s cult flick Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains. Justin Hayward is taking the stage at the Orpheum and the Stanton Moore Trio is doing their weekly thing at Snug Harbor. On this day in history, the Knights of Electra first used electricity in a Carnival parade in 1889. Now, read on for this Tuesday. 

Today in NOLA: 5.24.15

Today, the Greeks still speak and Amy Shumer is looking for laughs. Joe Krown and Geoff Clapp are set play some local music and Zeitgeist is posing some serious questions about drones. On this day in 1999, Britney Spears’ debut album Baby One More Time was certified four times platinum. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in NOLA: 2.3.15

It's opening night of Annie at the Saegner. Irish singer Glen Hansard is at the Civic. A Swedish directed film about a close call with an avalanche is playing at Zeitgeist. This year's Superbowl came and went without a glitch, however back on this day in 2013, the New Orleans hosted Superbowl XLVII experienced a power outage which postponed the game briefly. Now, more on what to do with your Tuesday. 


Today in NOLA: 12.1.14

The Saints finally stole a win over the Steelers yesterday (Nov 30) after three losses in a row. To start off the week after Thanksgiving, Walter Isaacson speaks again on his new book The Innovators and Melissa Etheridge plays at the Saegner. For those still working off the tryptophan from last week’s Turkey Day, NoDef suggests taking to the theatres. The Prytania is showing The Hunger Games Mockingjay until Dec 4, but if the dystopian world of Katniss Everdeen isn’t your thing, Zeitgeist and Indywood feature some great, off the beaten path films as well.

Film Review: This Ain't No Mouse Music

Though narrative feature films continue to disappoint, documentaries continue to shine. This Ain't No Mouse Music represents the latest documentary that's just a pleasure to see. Ostensibly the story of Chris Strachwitz, who founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, the documentary works as a tour of "roots music" i.e. music created by people rather than professionals and corporations looking for money. In a music world dominated by Clear Channel and rotating teeny-booper-twits (yes, Katy Perry, I mean you), the true depth and variety of music embedded in America is often quickly forgotten.

Film Review: As It Is In Heaven

I can't claim any particular affinity for movies about religious cults. I believe Sinclair Lewis' 1927 Elmer Gantry to be one of the finest American novels, far better than anything F. Scott Fitzgerald could manage. Yet that's as far into the literary River Jordan as I go. Right up until the end of the so-so As It Is In Heaven (2014), I wondered if my religious antipathy detracted from watching the movie. Then the movie suddenly ended when the true test for the characters should begin, leaving me to conclude I had merely wasted 90 minutes wondering about all this.

Fringe Fest Zones Zeigeist

The Fringe Festival has grown in size and prestige over their seven year history. Now, the annual theater fest is gowing geographically, expanding from their traditional Marigny-Bywater base to Central City. This week Fringe announced 2014's official venues, with the additionof Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 O.C Haley Blvd) will be designated as an official or Fringe-Managed venue.

Film Review: The Grand Seduction

The actual Grand Banks off Nova Scotia hasn't been depleted by over-fishing as much as this movie. Yes, it's the "fish-out-of-water" in a picturesque locale, and, no, you've NEVER SEEN THIS PREMISE BEFORE. This movie is a remake of a 2003 Quebec-French film that went to Sundance.  Ask yourself how many films and TV shows this plot brings to mind.  

Film Review: Venus in Fur

Why did I enjoy Venus in Fur so much? Visually, it's definitely an indoor exercise. The only exterior happens during the opening shot, as we follow the camera from a stormy, empty street into a deserted theater. 

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