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Vendredi

June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17

 

¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer

 

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course

 

Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album

 

Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light

 

Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night

 

Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's


Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby

 

The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange

 

SPEKTRUM

Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils

 

Samedi

June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market

 

Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap

 

Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale

 

NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city

 

Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party

 

Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants

DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales



The Pirates of the Caribbean series is one of the highest grossing movie franchises ever to come to the big screen. With four movies grossing over $3.7 billion from 2003 to 2011, it was only a matter of time until the fifth installment of the swashbuckling action movie got the green light. Dead Men Tell No Tales may share the name of the franchise, but differs in the puerile tone of the previous three installments, instead drawing inspiration from the original flick. It is still what you would expect a Pirates of the Caribbean film to be: funny and enjoyable at times, but suffers from pacing and narrative issues that leaves the audience wanting more.

 

Like the previous entries in the franchise, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is in a pickle. He may not be trapped in Davy Jones locker, but he is being hunted by the Spanish ghost Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) in revenge for the first ship he sunk as a pirate due to his own cluelessness of losing the mysterious compass that doesn't point North. Along the way, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) enlists Sparrow to lead him to the Trident of Poseidon to free his father William Turner (Orlando Bloom, making a return to the franchise after opting out of the last installment, On Stranger Tides). Lead by altruistic astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario, of UK's Skins fame), they embark on an exciting adventure for the Trident before Salazar or the Royal British Navy use it to rid piracy of the ocean.

 

The narrative is fairly simple in nature. Salazar seeks revenge for the deaths of himself and his crew, and Henry Turner desires to break his father’s curse. Little else thematically is offered, but that's no surprise given the history of the franchise. It is full of humor, leaning heavily on wordplay and slapstick. Depp is the conduit for most jokes, fully showcasing his A-list talent, but newcomer Scodelario’s Carina delivers just as many laughs. Her elitist attitude towards intelligence provides hilarious wordplay sequences. Thwaites’ Henry Turner resembles Bloom’s character from the original movie, delivering an inherited performance as the naïve and good-natured young man. Fan favorite Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) makes his appearance as the reformed pirate as he is a mercenary for various governments.

 

The standout performer here is Javier Bardem portraying Armando Salazar, a malicious and maniacal Spanish Captain. Bardem has made something of a career out of villainy, from his Oscar-winning role in No Country for Old Men to his creeptastic turn as Raoul Silva in the James Bond film Skyfall. His presence is ferocious and often savage, depicting a genuinely cutthroat pirate hunter. This serious tone Salavar offers resembles the first movie as a semi-horror, rather than the most digestible action-comedy of the last three installments. This back to basics approach is refreshing for the storied franchise, especially one that depicts it as more silly than serious.

 

Bardem and Depp are well used throughout the picture, as no attention to detail was spared for its visual production. From the grimy and dingy Devil’s Triangle to the vibrant and animated city of Saint Martin, Pirates is one of the most technically impressive movies to release this summer. The original score by the brilliant Hans Zimmer is always a high point for the franchise. Here, the set pieces are jaw dropping, the costume design consistently period-specific, and the CGI is smooth and, thankfully, not overused given the surreality of some of the scenes. (One plot point includes ghost sharks — need I say more?) 

 

Unfortunately, this is where the praise ends for the movie. The narrative of an adventure-laden revenge tale is simply not satisfying. The story structure is basic, and motifs are nonexistent. It is full of humorous scenes, but the rest feels like a drag through the 129 minute run time. Those scenes are the highlights of the film, but the rest feel cliched or plain boring. The Pirates films have never been narrative masterpieces, but this iteration falls flat despite offering some of the most shining moments in the series. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg capture the spooky feeling of the first movie when Bardem is onscreen (frankly, consistently the best moments of the film), but these scenes cause the rest of the movie to pale in comparison. The conclusion left me wanting a better supposed finale for the franchise. (Or is it if it rakes in enough money?)

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is another iteration in the franchise, with some tonal shifts and technical tweaks here and there, but it retains the core elements of the franchise that we've come to know and love over the last 15 years. It follows the same zany Jack Sparrow outrunning the clutches of death while spitting out some solidly hilarious quips. That is essentially the movie. If Pirates flicks are your guilty pleasure movies (as they are one of mine), this is worth the money. If you are thinking about seeing this as a standalone experience, you may want to save your doubloons.

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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