Monthly Archives: July 2010

Burly-Q for the Bayou

Perhaps to say this is in poor taste, but, if you’re going to have one of the (if not the) worst manmade environmental disasters in history, having it in proximity of New Orleans means the breadth of fundraisers will be far more entertaining than anywhere else.

For instance, tonight a bevy of burlesque artists are putting on a benefit for the Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana.

It’s from 7-10:30 at Howlin’ Wolf. Here’s the what and precisely when:

710-730 – The UnNaturals
730 – Master of Ceremonies Sharky
735-740 – Rev Spooky LeStrange
750 – 755pm – Dorian Faust
8- 805pm Bella Blue
810 – 815 Foxy Flambeaux
820 – 840 – VeVe LaRoux Escape performance
845- 905pm Chrystal Skye
910-915pm Roulette Rose
920 – 935 Comedian Jonah Bascle
935pm – 10 pm The UnNaturals
10pm – 1005 Bella Blue .
1015-1020 Roulette Rose
1025-1030 Rev Spooky LeStrange
1035-1040 Dorian Faust
1045 We are the Pretenders
PARADE OF PRIZES RAFFLE (tickets $1)

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Artists Act Now Gulf Fundraiser

Artists Act Now is a non-profit organization whose mission is “is to draw from the talents and compassion of artists across the globe to provide aid and relief to anyone and anything in need as a result of man-made or natural catastrophes.” Well, the way things are going lately, there will be no shortage of causes for these altruistic folks.

This evening Artist Act Now is having a fundraiser and art auction that benefits Audubon Nature Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue program. There will be food, drink, music by The New Orleans Moonshiners and artwork by featured artists, which includes: Aubrey Edwards, Charles Merrell, Doug Keese, Tim Trapolin, Jason DuMouchel, Kristin Littwin Gile, Sean Friloux, Christopher Morrison Slave, Chris Kirsch, Brian Bush and more..

6 pm to 9:30 pm. At The Foundry.  $30.

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The S Word

Living in a moment of American history in which political rhetoric is reaching a fever pitch, I would hope an informed citizen would want to take advantage of any opportunity to gain a glimpse into the lives of some of our fellow world citizens who live under governments much different than our own. During the preceding decade, our president’s tense relationship with certain South American leaders precluded anything more than us/them, good guys/bad guys dichotomous portrayals.

Well, Oliver Stone is seeking to put an end to that with his film South of the Border.

Stone went down to South America and gained unprecedented access to seven of its elected presidents; Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba).

Stone seems a little crazy to me (he gave me that impression during a recent appearance on Real Time), and I hear he is extremely pals-y with Chavez, nevertheless, this look inside is important for Americans who, for some time now, have been cut off form any sort of sympathetic coverage of  South American politics.

In what is surely a highly controversial film and subject, there is undoubtedly much to be gained by watching such a social and political document with an open and critical mind.

South of the Border is playing at Zeitgeist. Tuesday-Thursday at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Friday-Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., through Aug. 5

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Kitty Lynn @ Mimi’s

I love Miss Kitty Lynn. There are all kinds of great songstresses in New Orleans these days–mostly jazz and country–and I wish Kitty played out as often as the rest of them.

Kitty Lynn does this version of “There Stands the Glass” that absolutely brings down the house.  Here’s Webb Pierce on the Grand Ole Opry doing the most famous version of the song,

Lucky for us she’s playing upstairs at Mimi’s tonight at 10-ish. Which should look something like this:

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Sissybouncing

Big Freedia and DJ Rusty Lazer are taking the world by storm!

Did you see the NY Times article about Sissy Bounce? And the video? I did a little post about Sissy Bounce, back in March, predicting that it was going viral. Well tonight, Freedia and Rusty Lazer are doing it at Oz, back by popular demand. To give you an idea of the kind of dance party we are talking about, here are Big Freedia and Katey Red’s dancers (possibly not safe for work):

$10 cover (with a free drink, yay)  before 11pm. $10 cover (without a drink, boo) after 11pm.

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Drew Brees @ Octavia Books

I’ll make this snappy, as the event begins at 1pm.

Lately I’ve adopted a new mantra, “Make your weaknesses your strengths.” Apparently I have reached that convergence of age and despair where I need to recite affirmations to myself in order to get through the day, but nevermind that. It seems Drew Brees and I have more than wild success and athleticism in common, but also share a similar worldview. The title of his book is Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity. See? Great minds think alike.

Mr. Brees is signing said book at Octavia, like, now-ish.

Here he is with that guy from Fresh Prince of Bel Air:

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Dinner and a Movie

This afternoon, from 4-6, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is kicking off a new event series “Dinner and a Movie.” On the last Sunday of the month they will screen some informative documentaries about food (read: food porn), and then send you off with a coupon for a local restaurant.

Here’s what they have to say about today’s films:

“The first night of our series will kick off with a selection of Southern Foodways Alliance Films directed by Joe York: Cut /Chop/ Cook and Capital Q, both discussing Carolina style BBQ. We will also have a special showing of Pat Mire’s movie Dirty Rice, the story of a young man forced to restore his father’s rice farm before it goes under. Each touches on a food and culture that has built upon next to nothing to create delicious food and a sense of place.”

Then, with your tastebuds fully aroused,  you get a coupon for a free appetizer at Zea.

Event free, with admission to the museum.

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