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Climax: dance, drugs and a descent into hell

Climax: dance, drugs and a descent into hell

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

April 14, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

Anyone who’s seen Gaspar Noe’s films will not be surprised by these themes. Yes, there is sex and violence in “Climax,” just like in his previous works, but here they are explored with more finesse and sophistication. Noe’s filmmaking style can be described as “cinema of body” —  the ...

Ken Burns: the great American storyteller

Ken Burns: the great American storyteller

Dylan Mininger, Entertainment Editor

April 14, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment

I walked in to search for a seat, and the house was packed to the brim with an eclectic group of people, old and young alike, waiting for one of the greatest American storytellers to take the stage. Most who showed up expecting a seat were directed to a little room outside the ballroom with plasti...

TRAX ONLY and Dounia bring diversity and depth to BUKU festival

TRAX ONLY and Dounia bring diversity and depth to BUKU festival

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

April 3, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment

body positivity, For the seventh year in a row, BUKU festival has grown bigger than ever, adding another stage and selling out over the weekend of March 22 and 23 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. The festival, mainly attracting EDM and hip-hop spring breakers from around the country, had two alter...

The return of Jordan Peele and the pathos of American life

The return of Jordan Peele and the pathos of American life

Dylan Mininger, Entertainment Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

“Hands Across America” was a 1986 charitable effort that sought to end hunger in our country by creating a chain of people locking hands from coast to coast in America. This human rights effort plays into the underlying Kubrickian tones found within Jordan Peele’s sophomore film “Us,” whic...

Behind the scenes of chopped and screwed music

Behind the scenes of chopped and screwed music

Dylan Mininger, Entertainment Editor

March 31, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment

In the early 1990s, somewhere deep in a basement in Houston, a bass-heavy track emanates from the cracks of the house and fills the street. Robert Earl Davis Jr., or DJ Screw, sits at his turntables, pitching down his music to a low tempo and letting the record spin slower. The song unveils a deeper layer of tone, the t...

Hopefully the last ‘True Detective’ season

Hopefully the last ‘True Detective’ season

Dylan Mininger, Entertainment Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

TV audiences have been presented with a slow, macabre and ultimately disappointing third season of the acclaimed show “True Detective,” written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto and starring Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali and reintroducing the forgotten powerhouse, Stephen Dorff. When “True Detective...

Anna Laura Quinn feels the sudden urge to sing

Anna Laura Quinn feels the sudden urge to sing

Milena Martinovic and Dylan Mininger, Reporter and Entertainment Editor

March 27, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment

Brazilian Bossa Nova. French Jazz. Dixieland. Anna Laura Quinn is a first year MFA student in jazz vocal performance at UNO who not only uses a range of vocals but sings fluently in three languages and multiple styles. Driftwood sat with her at the “Return of the Goddesses” event where she performed on Fe...

All power to all the people: “High Flying Bird” film review

All power to all the people: “High Flying Bird” film review

Dylan Mininger, Entertainment Editor

March 11, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

There’s basketball films out there, such as “He Got Game,” “Hoop Dreams,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and yes, even “Space Jam.” Steven Soderbergh’s newest film, “High Flying Bird” is not an average basketball film; it’s a revolutionary swan song dedicated to the hard-working p...

“Pleasure, Love and Run Fast:” film review of “Sorry Angel”

“Pleasure, Love and Run Fast:” film review of “Sorry Angel”

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 11, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment

The 22nd annual French Film Festival took place from Feb. 15 - 21 at the Prytania Theatre. The film festival isn’t just for foreign cinema lovers: New Orleans, deeply rooted in French culture from history to cuisine, celebrates France through its strong, specific visual art as well. It is an opportuni...

Award-winning trio graces the recital hall stage

Award-winning trio graces the recital hall stage

Hope Brusstar, Editor-In-Chief

March 11, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, University

 A blend of traditional and modern visited the Performing Arts Center last Wednesday evening in the form of pianist Yael Weiss, violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Peter Stumpf, widely acclaimed members of the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio. Amidst rainy weather and a small timing gaffe advertising the pe...

Mardi Gras field guide: Killer Poboys

Mardi Gras field guide: Killer Poboys

Nicole Guillen, Managing Editor

March 10, 2019


Filed under City, Entertainment, Top Story

Marching up and down streets caked with makeup and adorned in elaborate costumes, many parade-goers find themselves desperately in need of a snack and or drink. Local New Orleanians know the inconvenience of walking countless blocks just to find one decent place to eat. The days of stumbling upon rand...

Producer from L.A. screens his films and discusses on campus

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 10, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, University

On Friday, Feb. 15, an award-winning international producer Srdjan Stakic screened a full-length documentary about a refugee woman from Syria, a low-brow Swedish TV comedy about two silly detectives, a teaser for the upcoming non-scripted Netflix show about Asian food, and a full-length horror fe...

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