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Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


Beasts of the Southern Wild Receives Four Oscar Nods


Beasts of the Southern Wild director and New Orleans resident Benh Zeitlin has swept the independent awards circuit, but today’s news about the film’s Oscar nominations bumps Zeitlin and his cast into a new category. The Academy seems to have been as impressed as Sundance and Cannes, and Beasts and the movie's cast are up for a number of statues, including Best Picture. 

 

Zeitlin is also up for Best Director, and nine-yer-old Quvenzhane Wallis is up for Best Actress, making her the youngest female player ever to score a nod. Lucy Alibar and Zeitlin co-wrote the film, and they are up for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

 

For those who ignored the hype, Beasts takes viewers into a fictional land called “The Bathtub,” named for its lack of levee protection. When a flood comes, stubborn residents remain in their homes, devoted to their unique way of life. Obvious parallels to South Louisiana aside, the film is a mythical journey with characters as complicated and beautiful as the swampland they inhabit.

 

One of the most impressive aspects of Beasts was its cast. Although most of the actors weren’t established, they all performed with a sincerity that often takes years of training to cultivate. Zeitlin isn’t a native, but he seemed to have made a point to cast them in his film. 

 

Dwight Henry (owner of Buttermilk Drop) played “Wink,” the harsh yet endearing father of Hushpuppy, played by Houma native Wallis. Although she was only six during filming, Wallis proved herself as a mature, multi-faceted actress in her role as the fierce yet delicate Hushpuppy. Hopefully, Zeitlin remains in Louisiana and keeps putting local talents on the silver screen.




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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,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock