I want to tell you a story, though it’s a tired one. It’s one of watermarks, floodlines, and rust. It’s one of great sadness, overwhelming emotions, and glorious reunitings. One that over the last 10 years most Americans are tired of hearing, and one that many New Orleanians have a version of. It’s Katrina. And Rita. And levees breaking. And the curious nine years that followed the moisture-rotted rollercoaster of events in latter 2005 in the Crescent City. And while my tale unfurls I will ask you to remember two words: gumbo party.
I’ve mentioned before in this column that I grew up loving the late-1960’s run of the popular police procedural Dragnet. Jack Webb, depicting LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday, narrated the series as the most honest and dedicated police officer ever envisioned.
In most episodes, Sgt. Friday would be working in a case in a random division – homicide, robbery, bunco/frauds, etc. – and the viewer would watch as he gradually solved the case. In other episodes, however, the series dealt with less sexy matters such as police administration and internal affairs investigations. All the while, Sgt. Friday was as impassive as he was unimpeachable.
What you may not know is that Dragnet, which started as a radio program in 1949, was so popular that it spawned an series set in New Orleans.
A movie production planning to film a simulated car crash will close Religious Street on Friday night, and nearby residents can expect to hear simulated gunfire during the filming as well, New Orleans officials said.
Two of the Crescent City’s best springtime offerings — the Coliseum Square Association’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser and a showing of “The Goonies” in the New Orleans Film Society’s Moonlight Movies series — will converge on the same evening in an unexpected but possibly perfect pairing next month.
A film production will simulate a car crash and gunfire on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, closing the road to traffic nightly at the Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection, city officials said.
Sit back, relax, and watch one of the most famous and celebrated New Orleans films in history, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with free refreshments, at the Historic Latter Library (April 16).
A line of diehards waiting all day, even in the rain — that’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for rock stars and Hollywood legends, right?
For a group of local science diehards waiting for his appearance at Tulane on Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson — the charismatic astrophysicist with the new weekly science show on network television — is definitely somewhere on that level.
“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a very noble mission, and that’s to bring science and science literacy to the masses,” said Alba Huddleston, an industrial engineer originally from Honduras. “He inspires people. If you don’t know exactly what he’s talking about, you can go and research it. You can go and find out for yourself. But he makes you excited.”
Seems as though there’s a little bit of buzz of late in what makes one a New Orleanian. Post Katrina among the questionable landscape Dirty Coast gave us the refreshing pause: Be a New Orleanian wherever you are. But nowadays amid booming repopulation, white teapots, and the notion of gentrification, some seem to say well, hey, if I go to sleep and wake up in Orleans Parish, then that makes me a New Orleanian. And to this I say: really!? And to this I further say: Not really, not so much – but it is a good start.
Dress to impress on the red carpet Saturday night at the House of Broel for the Audubon Charter School fundraiser, where you can enjoy specialty food, drinks, auctions and the chance to meet Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis.
The Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association is holding its first free family movie night at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 14) with an outdoor showing of the animated film “Monsters University” at Central St. Matthew UCC, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave.
The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will host a free screening of “The Trials of Muhammed Ali” tonight (Friday, Feb. 21) and a number of other events now through the end of the month, including The New Orleans Jazz Marketplace celebration, The African Presence in Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez exhibit & film screening, and fun fitness sessions.
The New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival has become larger and funnier every year, and this year headliners include Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community” and his “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group, comedian Neil Hamburger and several MTV stars.
Explore Israeli culture this month at the Israel Coffeehouse Series presented by the New Orleans Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The events include a film screening, literature readings and a shaskshua dinner.
The Du Mois Gallery at 4609 Freret will host a night of “Nouveau Film Noir” featuring free screenings of two locally-shot short films tonight (Friday, Dec. 13).
The Prytania Theatre will host a screening Tuesday evening of “Bridegroom,” a documentary exploring issues of marriage equality from the perspective of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident and was afterward left without any legal protections that marriage would have provided.
Darkness to Light, a national child-abuse prevention organization, will present its training film “Stewards of Children” in a special screening at Children’s Hospital tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 3) at Children’s Hospital, hosted by the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center.
The Prytania Theatre is inviting local college and university students and faculty to a free screening of the new movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba in a film version of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography, on Tuesday evening in a red-carpet event with refreshments and prizes sponsored by Coca-Cola.