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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 


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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