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Samedi

May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux

 

Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves

 

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth

 

Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal

Dimanche

May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste

 

Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax


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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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

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Film Critic

Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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B. E. Mintz

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