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An interview with BUKU founder Dante DiPasquale

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
March 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

CW: Chris Walker—Driftwood Editor-in-chief DD: Dante DiPasquale—Co-Founder, Winter Circle Productions, BUKU Music + Art Project CW: How did the idea of BUKU come about? DD: We wanted to create an event that celebrated some of the new music and art scenes that were bubbling up in New Orleans; ...

“Security:” one of 2016’s biggest literary letdowns

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
March 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“Security,” a novel written by Gina Wohlsdorf, tells the story of the Manderley Hotel, a brand new state-of-the-art complex on the Santa Barbara beach containing one of the world's most advanced security camera systems. The novel’s protagonist, hotel manager Tessa, is a headstrong, career-fo...

Sting: Dad rock that will kick your ass

Jamie Lloyd, News Editor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Former Police frontman, Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer, and dad-rock royalty Sting made his way to the Lakefront Arena the Wednesday before Mardi Gras, marking the first time the English musician returned to the arena since June of 2010. The event was particularly of note to the University of New Orlean...

Book sheds light on African vs. African-American experience

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
March 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Those familiar with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” need no introduction to the program’s current host, South African-born Trevor Noah. Replacing John Stewart in 2015, Noah instantly cemented himself as one of comedy’s rising stars overnight. His recent book, “Born a Crime: Stories Fr...

Federal level arts cuts may affect NOLA

Carly Zimmerman, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

The Trump administration recently announced it is considering elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This revelation, as well as those concerning major funding cuts for many other government entities, is in an apparent effort to reduce overa...

59th Grammys more platform than performance

Matthew Ramos, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

The 59th Annual Grammys got a lot of hype this year because of big names like Adele, Twenty One Pilots and Beyonce attending.   James Corden was this year’s host. He’s debatably irrelevant, having only performed music in the realm of musical theater and his own talk show, but did quite w...

Latest Reaves offering is Wick-ed fun

Brandon Melerine, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“John Wick: Chapter 2” is the exciting continuation of the “John Wick” series. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is an expert marksman and fighter who is fighting for vengeance. Reeves, a man of very few lines, is an absolute star in the movie, delivering his few lines with such anger and passion at ...

Animated Oscar noms don’t fall short

Emily Mack, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

An often overlooked and underseen category of the Academy Awards is animated short films. The local public was given a peek into art rarely seen when Prytania Theatre screened the films nominated in this category.   Typically, Pixar has the most memorable animated short films, but this year, ther...

“The One and Only Ivan”

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
February 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“The One and Only Ivan” is a 2013 children’s book written by K.A. Appelgate. The charming story relates the tale of a silverback gorilla, Ivan, living at a run-down, cheap, interstate-exit mall, performing three shows during the day, 365 days a year for the few tourists who make the stop.   ...

The Vegetarian: a horror novel with uncommon staying power

Christopher Walker, Editor - in - Chief
February 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Literature

The South Korean novel, “The Vegetarian,” written by Han Kang, chronicles the devastating effects on the family of housewife Yeong-hye when she decides to give up meat after she has an incredibly disturbing nightmare. After her dream, which exposes the darkest aspects of humanity to her, Yeong-hye b...

Rap group Atmosphere perform great show at Republic

Rap group Atmosphere perform great show at Republic

Roxanne Ardekani, Contributor
February 8, 2017
Filed under City, Entertainment

Slug, a 44-year-old rapper from Minnesota and one-half of the music duo, Atmosphere, performed at Republic New Orleans on Jan. 24. The performance was the band’s first appearance in the city since 2001, and it featured two Minnesota rap artists, Brother Ali and Dem Atlas. The beginning of the show was lackluster, an...

King cake gets royal treatment at local restaurants

Anna Gowin, Features and Entertainment Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under City, Entertainment

There is a graph circulating on social media that jokingly states that a Mardi Gras diet consists solely of king cake and Popeye’s chicken. Odds are that you are like other New Orleanians (myself included) in the sense that from Twelfth Night onward, by the time Fat Tuesday actually rolls around, ...

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