Reproduced from: NOLA.com
The 21st annual Jazz on the Bayou will be March 23-24 at the Bayou Liberty home of Gardner and Ronnie Kole. This "backyard festival" has raised more than $1 million dollars for the charities it supports.
Every year, Jazz on the Bayou spotlights many of the area's top chefs who bring their featured dish to the event for all to enjoy. Food and wines are but the tip of the iceberg, for Jazz on the Bayou has a lot more to offer its guests.
Events include: live and silent auctions, The Storyville Stompers act as greeters and Bobby Ohler and the Harbor Band serve as the entertainment. With Kole, of course joining in to perform with the band as well.
The public is invited to attend and enjoy this festival celebration and support its worthy causes. Tickets are $100 per person, and tables of 10 are available at $1,000 each.For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.jazzonthebayou.com or by email email@example.com. For information you may also call 504.524.5716.
Reproduced from: NOLA.com
The Found Footage Festival is finding its way back to New Orleans this week. The newest edition of the traveling comedy roadshow -- built around the unintentional humor of home videos, instructional videos and other salvaged thrift-store films -- will play a two-night stand on Thursday and Friday (March 14-15) at La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret Street.
Among the new offerings: "a 1996 ferret care video we found in Louisiana last year," according to Found Footage Festival's Nick Prueher, who founded the event with buddy Joe Pickett.
The Found Footage Festival is a mix of live comedy and regrettable film making, the brainchild of childhood friends Prueher and Pickett. The formula is simple: Preuher and Pickett scour garage sales, thrift stores and Dumpsters, looking for potential comedy gold, then offer their findings and a running comic commentary to eager audiences.
Think '80s-era exercise videos, amateurish how-to tapes and old community-access TV shows. Training videos are also big. In fact, the first video in their constantly growing collection was a training video Preuher stumbled across when he was a high school freshman working at his local McDonald's.
Pickett and Prueher in their element
Also new this time, according to festival officials:
Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $12 and are available at the door at La Nuit and at the Found Footage Festival website. This latest edition of the show is part of Brooklyn's Brewery Mash festival, bringing Brooklyn art, music, food and cultural events to 12 cities across the country in 2013.
By: Conner James - MSTv Correspondent
Looks like its "ladies nights" and it feels so right for the beginning of March. The three day women of jazz and dance festival, known as the NOLA Girl Jam, begins on March 1st.
The event has several, free daytime activities and two ticketed night events designed for the ladies to channel the big-band dance fun had by their ancestors and senior loved ones.
But in case you think this party is "ladies only" biased, we fellows are very welcome to attend. But, don't go in thinking this to be just a visual treat - you'll probably have to dance too.
"Two-stepping" its way into its second year, the NOLA Girl Jam offers women a way to have fun, leave some stresses at the door, network into their own little groups and just dance their cares away.
Girl Jam is dancing is similar to swing dance, with influences from traditional jazz-era dances, inspired by the music and culture of 1920 to 30's New Orleans.
Taking place downtown, at the Old U.S. Mint, Girl Jam expands Sunday night to Frenchmen Street with a jazzy-dancy happy hour and club crawl.
Don't know what activity you want to participate in? The options are many with dance lessons, walking tours, social dance parties, burlesque acts and music, classic and contemporary galore.
Aurora Nealand and Ben Polcer will lead traditional jazz bands; along with singers the likes of: Sophie Lee, Marla Dixon, Sarah Peterson, The Pfister Sisters, Kristina Morales and many more.
Plus, if you're worn out by all the activities, or just aren't in the mood to dance, you need not worry about that either. Bring the cash and cards, because the evening parties go consignment store style to feature vintage clothing vendors.
Plus, you can take a old-timey photo (just like Grams in her naughty youth) in a vintage photo booth. Or, get a facial and nail polishing with one of several on-site beauticians.
So ladies, its pampering and partying just for you, and at its best this weekend! So, grab the shoes and make sure to wear the comfortable clothing, because you're gonna dance and sweat till dawn!
But, at least you can get a nice facial afterwards to maintain that glow! Mmmmm....
Daytime events at Old U.S. Mint are free; ticket prices vary for NOLA Girl Jam parties. Go to nolagirljam.com for details and purchase.
By: Conner James - MSTv Correspondent
with additional from NOLA.com
The Olde Towne area of Slidell welcomes the return of its Arts Evening, which runs March 2nd; with some exhibits running to the 5th.
The 19th annual event is held in the Fremaux Avenue to Robert Street and Carey to Second Streets areas, with a purpose spotlighting local art exhibits and live music.
The event is thrown by Slidell's Dept of Public and Cultural Affairs and brings several local artists, organizations and businesses to the forefront in a 3 day family friendly outing.
Considered one of Olde Towne’s most popular nights, the event includes great works by local artists, shopping, "Arts Evening on the Go" food options and a convenient shuttle service to bring the public to the different locations.
A listing of all the events are available at the office of the Slidell Department of Cultural & Public Affairs, on the city’s website at www.slidell.la.us, or by calling 985.646.4375.
Arts Evening is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.
In the event of inclement weather, Arts Evening will be held on March 3. Any decision regarding event cancellation will be made by noon on the day of the event.
Disco Mickey Mouse, is that you?
By: Conner James - MSTv Correspondent
Are we as a people in Louisiana, music festival'd out? Yep, I made up a new word, but the question is a valid one, nonetheless.
But, as most of you know by looking at the web newspapers, event sites and our own proud, cutting-edge entertainment webpage, right here, (yes, a shameless plug; but we're sexy and we know it!) Louisiana is hardly lacking for music festivals.
Take a look around the area, if you think we're wrong. Whether its cold, rainy or sweltering hot, any particular weekend in this SE Louisiana region a concert, fair or festival will be going on. But guess what, we're not the only area primed to party for your weekend pleasures. Other states are raising the bar for your music festival dollars; plus, they are coming on very strong to compete with a Louisiana staple.
Look at all the fun stuff happening outside your state. You're missing out, man - you're missing out...
As Pop, dance and electronic musics continue their conquest up the charts, a virtual mass of festivals are popping up all over the deep South. Shows such as Hangout Fest and DeLuna Fest were huge draws to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But, these were just lights to the fuse as the events seen to keep growing more and more.
Plus, if you want to keep your travel confined to the I-10 coast destinations, check out the all-new Fort Rock festival in Fort Myers, Florida.
Keeping with our Louisiana pride, this event will be co-produced by N.O. Jazz Fest partner AEG Live. With a line-up of hard and alt-metal 90’s rockers, such as the Offspring, 3 Doors Down, Pop Evil, Escape and The Fate, Grunge styles and feelings should be well channeled for the April 14 festival. (Full lineup and info at fortrockfestival.com.)
If you want to hang a little closer to home, Alabama’s three day, Hangout Fest, is ready to entertain you. This rather diverse festival has a line-up that crosses the music gamut. Whether you're a fan of Americana, indie rock, rap, electronica or jam bands, you'll find it here.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlines the fest and other big name acts include: The Kings of Leon and the Black Crows.
Plus, New Orleanians, Anders Osborne, Galactic and the Revivalists will also be making an appearance. The full lineup and tickets are over at hangoutmusicfest.com.
However, if you're tired of the Gulf Coast and feeling a little Georgia on your mind, you're still in luck with their festival, The Savannah Stopover.
The three day fest is a indie-music lover's dream with over 100 bands being featured. Running from March 7th to the 9th, their line-up boasts bands from the eclectic to the completely unknown, with the setup, design and decor crafted by students at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
So if art, music and thought leans towards your forte, you can reserve your attendance, or ticket at: savannahstopover.com.
So now you know just a few of your music festival options out there. So maybe now you'll take your someone special somewhere new and fun they've been hinting about? Uh huh, we know all about it! Why do you think we wrote this article?
We're just trying to be helpful, guys!
Classic Grunge Styles
Reproduced from: Michelle Nichols - Reuters News Service -
Grunge and punk are poised for comebacks for fall and winter, say top U.S. department store buyers at New York's Fashion Week, which starts on Thursday, but don't rip up your flannel shirt just yet as the revival will be taking on a more feminine flair.
The return of grunge and punk for autumn 2013 are part of a rock 'n' roll theme experts expect to see in collections by the more than 90 designers showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Manhattan's Lincoln Center.
Hundreds more labels will parade collections elsewhere in the city during the semi-annual event, which draws more than 200,000 attendees to New York, from buyers to editors to models.
"There are early indications that people are having a love affair again with the idea of grunge," said Ken Downing, fashion director of luxury department store Neiman Marcus.
The disheveled thrift shop style was embodied in the 1990s by the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love. Its dark, irreverent looks had their roots in punk styles of the late 1970s.
"When I say grunge, people always kind of grimace, but it's not an absolute interpretation from the past," Downing said. "There's a real girliness to it."
In pre-fall collections shown recently to department store buyers - collections that can set the tone for fall and winter fashion - grunge emerged in looks giving prim schoolgirl clothes some tomboy attitude with menswear-inspired shoes and motorcycle jackets, Downing said.
Newly revived punk looks could get a boost from an exhibit at The Costume Institute entitled "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," which opens at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in May.
"The modern take on punk and grunge will be doing it in a way that will feel more beautiful and feminine as opposed to really tough and harsh, because at the end of the day people still want to wear beautiful clothes," said Tomoko Ogura, senior fashion director at upscale department store Barneys New York.
Buyers pointed to collections by U.S. designer Phillip Lim, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten and French label Saint Laurent as leading the resurgence of punk, grunge and rock 'n' roll-inspired styles.
"When it's a little sexier and a little more tailored, that's going to work better for our customer who might not want to look as grungy," said Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue.
"There's a way to do rock 'n' roll where it still has a sexy polish to it, and that's what we will be looking for," she said.
By: Alex Templar - MSTv Correspondent
New Orleans is truly earning its crown as the US "party central" this weekend alone. Besides the obvious main events of Superbowl#47 and smattering of carnival parades tossed around the area, the city is playing host to its usual concerts and happenings.
But, if you're more in the mood for comedy, rather than a concert, you're in luck. The Royal Comedy Tour, makes a stop at the U.N.O arena on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.
The four comic tour, comprised of Sommore, D. L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock makes New Orleans a prime stop on their 25 city tour. As the show has been billed as the longest-running urban comedy tour, audiences can expect old-school comedy delivered with a modern voice to a more current generation.
The power foursome changes from time to time, since its 2009 debut; with Sommore generally being the mainstay. But this year’s grouping has been described in the press as “raw and without regrets, full of real in your face emotion.” With the current line-up of talent, audiences nationwide have been enjoying some of the funniest material from some of the best comics in the world today.
All four have impressive resumes: between stand-up gigs, individual concerts, celebrity roasts and broadcast specials, New Orleans can expect to have the lakefront arena rocked out from laughter Saturday night. So if you're not familiar with the skills of these fantastic four, you're need to change your obvious life of seclusion.
Sommore, is best known as one of the original "Queens of Comedy." Her highness, known less publicly as, Lori Ann Rambough, has appeared in numerous shows, including the “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Live From LA,” “Showtime At The Apollo” and several VH1 celebrity roasts. She has also appeared in the films, “Soul Plane,” “A Miami Tail,” “Friday After Next” “Something New” and on the television shows, “The Hughleys,” “The Parkers,” and “Politcally Incorrect with Bill Maher.”
Bruce Bruce flows with improvisation skills like no other. That, along with a boisterous personality and husky comedy style, Bruce Bruce, or the once, Bruce Church projects a lifestyle to match his comic style. He's known for headlining and hosting several comedy shows like, “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View,” “Coming to the Stage,” and his own “Comedy Central Presents” & Showtime specials. He's also appeared in the films, “Hair Show" and “Think Like a Man.” Recently, he's released his first book, “Baby James Brown.".
Tony Rock, doesn't live in the shadow of his older brother, comedian Chris Rock. The younger Rock's comedy is just as strong as his brother's; just unique. He's known as a regular staple at some of the most famous comedy clubs in the country and is powerful presence on the Los Angles comedy scene. He's served as a writer on several comedy shows, including his brother's as well, and he hosts Chocolate Sundays at The Laugh Factory and currently hosts BET’s “Apollo Live.”
D.L. Hughley is best known as the star of the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys” and like Sommore, holds a crown of royalty as one of “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He's hosted CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” been a correspondent for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and headlined several network televised one-man shows. He's appeared in several films like, "Inspector Gadget," "Scary Movie 3" and "The Brothers." He's also appeared on multiple television shows for the last 20 years and been a guest host on the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Want to go into the Superbowl experience with a lighter mood before the game charges you up? Then get your tickets to The Royal Comedy Tour; while they're available. Seats are going fast and at only $65 and up for a seat, finding a better price for hours of guaranteed laughter just can't be done. Tickets are available at: www.ticketmaster.com.
Kaytlin Bailey, Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield & Erin Judge
By: Alex Templer - MSTv Correspondent
January 26, 2013
The New York based ladies of the Pink Collar Comedy Tour highlights four funny ladies working their way through the country with laughs; often at their expense.
The tour stopped at Chelsea's Cafe in Baton Rouge last night and will be hitting the Movement Theater in New Orleans tonight. And if there are any doubts as to if these ladies will have you laughing out of your seats, dismiss them now.
The four comic team of Kaytlin Bailey, Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield & Erin Judge have all appeared on venues the likes of Comedy Central specials, the Gotham Comedy Club and too many comedy competitions to count. But after almost 2 years of working together, the foursome have toured all over the country; and that's in addition to working on their solo gigs.
The Pink Collar Comedy tour will be performing at the New Movement Theater in New Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. More information about the ladies, their comedy and the tour is available at their website, http://www.pinkcollarcomedytour.com/
By: Leila Toussi - MSTv Fashion Correspondent
With winter blues harassing the majority of the country, the new fashion line-up showing at the Paris Haute Couture event embodies a warming trend.
Winter brings expectations of menswear, heavy flannel-based, presentation shows. But, the 2013 couture collections are a reminder of what we really are looking for to speed up the warmer weather.
Hitting the runway at a breakneck pace, pastel colors returned to fore. Cocktail dresses and pencil skirts shock the senses with sometimes extreme flashes of color. With other times, color was overshadowed by design and subtle additions to the design flow.
Artistic director Raf Simons, turned this vastly varied style production into controlled brilliance. Pieces like the occasional strapless ball gown seemed a little dress-makerly rather than the peak of couture. Others like a pink taffeta pencil skirt with a lime green toss at the hem, juxtaposed against a black peplumed sheath top and Wedgwood, sleeveless cape let, showed a designer inspired use of a complex color palette within a mind, as well as of the clothes themselves.
But, the important issue is that the varied uses and color and contrast were working - and well. As expected from Dior, pieces ranging from bar jackets, tangerine silk cigarette pants, satin cocktail dresses and unique concepts applied to hems and bodices of coats and dresses and stunning cape-backed and puffball dresses, hand painted with flowers, were show stoppers.
These show-stoppers, combined with the elegant metallic stiletto court shoes, the occasional pair of neon tights and all those sequined pouts, suggest that Simons is getting to grips with the Dior credo: "spectacle, with plenty of commercial bestsellers."
Backstage, Simons simply stated, "I wanted to do a self-explanatory collection..." To this front, several front row fixtures, celebrities and members of the press literally swarmed around Simons and the designer himself to much acclaim and praise. On the most positive of notes, this year's spectacle was another rousing success.
But as usual, one has to wonder if these fashions will ever hit the street and actually be worn by the real public. Perhaps "Alien" movie series star Sigourney Weaver said it best in her quote the press. "I loved how Raf took those little vests and put them back to front.",she said. "What he does is graceful. The shapes are beautiful. But would I wear it? You never know, but it's always good to see great theatre"
Enjoy a brief look at the pieces that brought the audience at the Paris Haute Couture show to a standing ovation. Images by Getty.
By: Chris Waddington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
January 18, 2013
Tickets for the inaugural Louisiana Derby Infield Festival go on sale Jan 21. The Fair Grounds Race Course announced plans for the outdoor festival in November. Tied to the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby on March 30, the festival centers on a concert by popular New Orleans band Cowboy Mouth.
The festival audience will be the first since the 1930s to watch races from the Fair Grounds infield.
Fair Grounds officials describe the planned festival as “a lawn chair and blanket event with a casual atmosphere.”
A fleet of New Orleans food trucks and pop-up restaurants will set up at the site. About 15 vendors have been confirmed, including local favorites La Cocinita, Linda the Yakamein Lady and Woody’s Fish Tacos.
For horse racing fans, the climax of the day will be the Derby which features a $1 million purse --- the largest in Louisiana. Horses that perform well often go on to compete in Triple Crown events.
General admission tickets for Infield Festival are $25. VIP options are also available. For full details go to the Fair Grounds website. Ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. Monday.