Jan 182016
 
In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After Saturday’s massive second-line tribute through the New Orleans French Quarter, hundreds more David Bowie fans converged on Prytania Theatre on Sunday night to sell out two showings of his cult-favorite film “Labyrinth.”

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings "Oh You Pretty Things" into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday's second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings “Oh You Pretty Things” into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday’s second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 152015
 
Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It all happened so innocently, my love for riotgrrl queens Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, collectively and arguably better known as Sleater-Kinney.  While living in Austin in the late 90s, I wanted to attend an in-store performance at Waterloo Records by this well-regarded female rock trio which at the time I had never heard of.  Unable to make the event I sprung for a copy of their third studio album, Dig Me Out, and lost my mind.  Just lost it.  What was this sound?  Who were these ladies?  The hungry, urgent beats, the sharp, frenetic guitar work, and the layered, waling vocals.  And the lyrics?  Each song was a visual field infused by carefully chosen wording arcing in harmony.  I was hooked, taken, even smitten, and I wanted more. Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 
(image via neworleansfilmsociety.org)

(image via neworleansfilmsociety.org)

The New Orleans Film Society will hold a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Vertigo” on the grounds of Latter Library on Saturday evening as the spring 2015 series of Moonlight Movies begins. Continue reading »

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Mar 102015
 
An image from the trailer for the documentary "Little White Lie," screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

An image from the trailer for the documentary “Little White Lie,” screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage. Continue reading »

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Mar 072015
 

uptown sounds topper

freret market feat

The Freret Market will make its annual spring reappearance Saturday afternoon, and it will be followed by a showcase of music, art and film at a variety of venues along the corridor into Saturday evening. Continue reading »

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Feb 232015
 
The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday evening, the 87th annual Oscar Awards were screened at the Prytania theatre. Complimentary food and beverage were provided for attendees. There were also glam and costume contests, as well as cinema trivia during commercial breaks.

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Feb 192015
 
Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Scientist Alan Turing, the superhero “Birdman,” as well as the Hollywood glitterati — the Prytania Theatre is saving room for all of them on the red carpet Sunday night, when the New Orleans Film Society hosts its annual Academy Awards watching party and costume contests. Continue reading »

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Jan 062015
 

The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward. Continue reading »

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Dec 312014
 
Families and friends gather watch "The Princess and the Frog" in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Families and friends gather watch “The Princess and the Frog” in Annunciation Square Park in August 2011. The showing drew about 150 people. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NORDC

Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31) is the last day for neighborhood groups and other organizations to turn in applications to host a Movies in the Park event in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission during the spring season, which starts in March. Continue reading »

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Dec 082014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s a catchy title: “91%.” However, it stands for something far less significant.

Local documentary filmmaker John Richie has certainly adopted a theme. His previous effort, “Shell Shocked,” aimed to portray the gritty reality of youth gun violence in New Orleans. He now plans to follow up that film with “91%,” which is being pitched as “a film about gun background checks and the people whose lives they impact.” Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 
(image via nojcc.org)

(image via nojcc.org)

A screening tonight of “Run Boy Run,” a film set during the Nazi occupation of Poland, will kick off a month of free cultural events at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue, including a talk by columnist Ari Shavit, presentations by biographer Walter Isaacson and novelist Tova Mirvis, and concluding in December with a Channukah celebration featuring Israeli musician David Broza. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 
A shot from the film "Black and White," screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

A shot from the film “Black and White,” screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

While participating in the parade of documentaries, foreign and independent films, and Hollywood features that will headline the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival, Uptown’s landmark Prytania Theatre will also screen a substantial number of legendary movies that may have played much earlier in its 100-year history. Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will offer a free screening of Iron Man 3 in Norwood Thompson Playground this Friday (Oct. 17), hosted by the Norwood Thompson Playground Booster Club. The event will include pre-show field games and fitness activities led by Fit NOLA Parks instructors. Continue reading »

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Oct 092014
 
NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E's show "The First 48." (via facebook.com)

NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E’s show “The First 48.” (via facebook.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than a year ago, New Orleans police revealed that they had identified the man who allegedly killed a popular DJ in an execution-style murder inside a Prytania Street home the previous summer.

Travis Cochran, who was 25 at the time, has been on the run since, but investigators now hope that tonight’s episode of the nationally-broadcast show “The First 48” will lead to his arrest.

“It’s fairly unusual for an individual to evade a warrant for a murder for that long,” said NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon. “This, obviously, is going to give us good national exposure.” Continue reading »

Aug 282014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

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. Continue reading »