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Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo

Bradley Beesley‘s documentary about the women inmates involved in the Oklahoma State Pen’s prison rodeo looks amazing. Check it out:

And, if that didn’t sell you, here’s the press release:

From 1940 – 2008, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary held an annual “Prison Rodeo.” Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it was one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. Oklahoma City born, Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Bradley Beesley premieres his new documentary and presents excerpts from his other richly eccentric films,including Okie Noodling (2001) and collaborations with fellow visionary Oklahomans, The Flaming Lips.

Beesley will be in attendance and will screen and discuss excerpts from other projects before and after the screening. Ogden Museum. $10 general admission, $5 members. 6 pm.


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Nosferatu @ the O

Tonight from 7:30-9:30 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Patrick F. Taylor Library will be a screening of the German Expressionist silent film classic Nosferatu, with live accompaniment from a visiting multi-instrumentalist and composer, Graham Reynolds.

Here is part of the invite I received:

Film at the O presents a special Halloween “live cinema” treat: Austin, Texas composer and multi-instrumentalist Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Golden Arm Trio) performs, for one-night only, his original score to accompany a screening of the Expressionist silent film vampire classic “Nosferatu” (F.M. Murnau, 1922, 81 minutes) on Wednesday, October 27 in the Ogden’s Patrick F. Taylor Library at 8 p.m. In what has become a cult ritual (and fiercely sought after ticket), Reynolds has accompanied the film, either solo or with various collaborators and in various incarnations, at Austin’s famed Alamo Drafthouse each Halloween weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to see it live here in New Orleans!


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Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum After Hours has a little something for everyone tonight. Firstly, there is the opening of “Telling Their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photography”–which looks amazing.

Also, legendary bluesman Texas Johnny Brown will be performing. I love that his band is called the “Quality” Blues Band.

They are also promising that Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale cocktails will be flowing. And, if have kids, while you’re over at the bar imbibing whiskey, there is a kid’s art activity table to keep them occupied, oh yeah, and inspired.

What else you need?

Free for members. $10 general admission.

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Bounce at the Ogden

Starting this week at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, is an exhibit entitled “Where They At: New Orleans Bounce and Hip-Hop in Words and Pictures,” by photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Allison Fensterstock. Here is a sneak peak at some of the words and images. And, here is what the museum has to say about the exhibit:

Bounce music’s signature beats and call-and-response chants are deeply rooted in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian and second-line traditions. Using images, music and the artists’ own voices, the exhibition documents pioneering New Orleans rappers from the 1980s and 1990s  the period when bounce music evolved, melded and interplayed with lyrical hip-hop and gangsta rap in New Orleans to create a unique, hybrid Crescent City sound that is the newest branch of Southern roots music.

Tonight at 7, in conjunction with the exhibit, there will be a screening of Ya Heard Me?, a film which chronicles the history of bounce. Afterwards there will be a discussion with the filmmakers. $10. 7 p.m.

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A Day at (or around) the Museums

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden at The New Orleans Museum of Art reopened yesterday. And, today is the annual Faberge Easter Egg Hunt. (The title of the event is a little misleading, as one might think there is an actual Faberge Egg up for grabs–not so. The museum has a Faberge Egg exhibit, so that’s the tie-in). This is an event for children, so if you have some, there you go. It’s also a beautiful day, and wandering around the park and watching adorable kids gets their faces painted and holding actual bunnies, etc., sound like fun–or that might be creepy, but that all depends on you. Admission $12, $10 members. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. NOMA at City Park.

Let’s head over to another local museum (my favorite actually), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, where they are having day two of Art of Southern Film.  It’s from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, tickets $10, free for members. Today there is a double feature of…I’ll just reprint:

[Tootie’s Last Suit by Lisa Katzman (2007/2010, 54 minutes)
A new version of the critically acclaimed documentary, courtesy of the filmmaker. The late Allison “Tootie” Montana is a New Orleans icon, famed for his brilliant handmade Mardi Gras costumes and renowned as a community leader for his onetime role as Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Indian tribe. His family life, however, is undoubtedly more complicated. When he decides to come out of retirement to participate in one last Carnival, a long-simmering conflict with his son (and heir apparent) Darryl erupts. As both vie for the spotlight, it becomes evident that they are fueled less by animosity than by a deep passion for their craft. For Tootie, the costumes are artistic creations as well as emblems of a long-standing family history; for Darryl, they are a means of self-expression but also a way of distinguishing his own carefully honed suit-making skills from those of his father. At once a riveting family drama and an insightful exploration of the history of Mardi Gras within the city’s vibrant African-American community, the film is a celebration of the resilient spirit of a man determined at all costs to preserve a vital tradition.

Following Tootie’s Last Suit, there will be a one-on-one conversation with Lisa Katzman and Les Blank about their films and filmic alliances with New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and musicians followed by a screening of:

Always for Pleasure by Les Blank (1978, 58 minutes)
An intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers, and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Les Blank’s special masterworks and aptly adheres to his credo: “Doing a film is a way of getting close to the spirit or the soul of a place.”]

Here’s the trailer for Tootie’s Last Suit:

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Foburg and Bartlett (my new luxury brand)

So, today through Sunday is the inaugural Foburg Festival, an indie rock showcase which will be taking over Frenchmen Street. It’s a smart idea, in that it’s the week before South by Southwest in Austin, and it’s a good way to get a lot of up and coming bands, that are already out touring, to stop in New Orleans.

New Orleans isn’t much of an indie rock town, and, frankly, I am often glad of that. In indie rock towns (think Portland, OR) everyone seems to be 25, dead serious, and wouldn’t think of dancing, unless of course it was in some sort of ironic hipster way. In New Orleans, we just don’t take ourselves quite that seriously. That said! I’m sure there will be some great acts, that would not have otherwise come through town, and a whole bunch of awesome local folks will be performing. A pass to see all the shows is $25–a great deal. The clubs that are participating are: Dragon’s Den, Checkpoint Charlie’s, The Maison, Blue Nile, d.b.a., and R Bar, and there are nearly 100 acts!

But, today, before all that get over to the Ogden Museum, where from 6-8, will be an evening with Bo Bartlett.  His current show has been extended multiple times (I previously mentioned it here), and this evening will be a chance to hear him talk about his work.

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Choose Your Own Saturday

Some days I wish I could clone myself. There are just so many awesome things going on today that I think I’m going to have to create a few separate itineraries–to let this post become a Choose Your Own Adventure, if you will. I guess I better switch to second person if I’m going to honor the CYOA formula.

You wake up bright and early (it’s open from 8-noon), and decide to go to The Crescent City Farmer’s Market— Saturday, downtown edition. You are pretty sure that you can find all the produce and protein you need to make these fancy Shrimp and Andouille Pot Pies.

Now dinner is squared away. So, you can stay on this food-related theme and head over to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for their Cuccidati-making workshop. Apparently Cuccidati are a traditional St. Joseph’s Day offering. Don’t you just love this sort of food geekery? Anyone? $15 for non-members. $5 for members. 2-4.

Or…after the market, you remember that you are desperately trying to see all of the Best Picture nominees, and you head out to the AMC Elmwood, where, starting at 10:30 in the morning, they are showing a marathon of 5 of the 10 nominees. One ticket gets you into all 5, and they give you unlimited popcorn and soda. The movies are: Precious, The Blind Side, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air and Avatar. If you can manage that in one day, you are a stronger person than I.

Or…after the market, you decide to get all crafty. You can’t resist the “Be a Southern Puppeteer” workshop at the Ogden Museum, mostly because you really have to know what distinguishes a southern puppeteer from a yankee puppeteer, or a western one for that matter. The workshop is for kids, so you take yours (or borrow some) and head out. 10-noon. $25. From there, you head over to 3 Ring Circus’ The Big Top Gallery for their Mardi Gras Bead Workshop. Finally, cute ideas for repurposing those ubiquitous Mardi Gras beads. 1-5. $5.

Or…after the market, you decide to head to the Northshore to Fontainebleau State Park for “Skulls and Bones.” No, Mandeville is not the secret meeting place for entitled, Yale brats who will one day rule the world. Skulls and Bones is a nature walk and lecture on the bone structures and skeletal systems of the park’s animals. 11 a.m. Although, the former would be a nice plot for a Jackie Collins novel. Speaking of which! After the park, head back to New Orleans proper to Harrah’s Casino, where Jackie herself will be in person signing copies of her new book Poor Little Bitch Girl. 2-4. Umm. Rad.

And now, regardless of the path you chose, you are back at the beginning. And those shrimp and Andouille pot pies aren’t going to cook themselves!


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