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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Exclusive: Beasts Director Benh Zeitlin Talks Oscar Nods, NOLA


This week's news about Beasts of the Southern Wild’s four Oscar nominations hasn’t altered much for the Bayou-set film's director, Benh Zeitlin. A native of New York City, the director became enamored with New Orleans and South Louisiana after moving here in his mid 20s. However, Zeitlin says it’ll take a lot more than a couple gold statues to tear him away from the Crescent City. 

 

Zeitlin is up for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (along with co-writer Lucy Alibar), and Best Picture. Pint-size starlet Quvenzhane Wallis is nominated for Best Actress, making her the youngest lady ever to receive a nod in the category. 

 

Zeitlin cast natives Wallis and Dwight Henry in the film’s lead roles, and he used South Louisiana as a backdrop for the epic tale. Wallis, a Houma girl, didn’t have any acting experience before she took on the challenging role of Hushpuppy, a gutsy six-year-old on a quest to find her mother. Henry owns the Buttermilk Drop (1781 N. Dorgenois), and he played “Wink,” Hushpuppy’s tough-loving father, in Beasts.

 

Other than the Big Night in the other LA, Zeitlin doesn’t see the Oscars changing much for him in the long term.

 

“Well, the next six weeks are looking real different. But after that I’ll be back home writing on the next film. The long term plan hasn’t changed,” Zeitlin said.

 

Zeitlin plans on taking his sister and her potbelly pig, H, to the awards ceremony. “H-Pig’s” trot down the red carpet is “pending approval by the Academy.”

 

In response to whether or not the Oscar-nominated director plans on staying in the Big Easy, Zeitlin replied, “HYFR, (hell yeah, fucking right).” The director remains grateful for his actors, his setting in LaFourche Parish, and the city he’s grown to love. “Thank you, New Orleans! I miss you, and I love you.” 




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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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