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    Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Thursday, April 28

    Thursday at Jazz Fest

    Jazz Fest fans endured intermittent but hard thunderstorms Thursday at the Fair Grounds, but sunshine prevailed as light crowds enjoyed open spaces.

    The Lost Bayou Ramblers started its set during a downpour but finished under sunny skies. After a few songs, Rickie Lee Jones came on stage wearing a clear plastic disposable poncho as the rain poured and sat down at the grand piano. It came as no surprise when she played one of the songs off her 2015 album The Other Side of Desire, named for street in her Bywater neighborhood.?

    ?Drunk on violence?: Landrieu gives emotional address on New Orleans? murder problem
    As New Orleanians and football fans around the country still reel from the shooting death of Saints defensive end Will Smith, Mayor Mitch Landrieu made an emotional plea to residents to help curb a local murder problem that he said has become ?baked in? to the city?s culture.

    ?We are a city, we are a country that is drunk on violence,? Landrieu told a packed audience at a Tulane University auditorium for his address on violence in New Orleans. ?And we need to wake up to this fact.?

    Landrieu?s address was given two weeks after Smith was gunned in a car near his wife after being involved in a minor car accident, police said.

    The incident prompted widespread reaction from city residents, antiviolence groups and fans near and far.?

    Local chefs, youth team up for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry

    A group of local chefs is joining a national cause to fight child hunger at the three-day Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry bike ride in California in June.

    Link Restaurant Group chefs Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt announced in a prepared statement Wednesday (April 27) that they?ve pledged to raise a combined $15,000 for the nonprofit, No Kid Hungry, an organization that works to feed homeless children in America.?

    Prytania and Elmwood theaters honoring Prince with screenings of Purple Rain

    The Prytania Theatre and the Elmwood Palace theater are paying tribute to Prince, who died last Thursday at the age of 57, with screenings of his career-making 1984 film Purple Rain. Elmwood is currently screening the film daily at 1:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., switching to 2:05 p.m. and 7:50 p.m for the weekend.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: New local beers for Spring
    Spring has sprung in New Orleans, and this year that means the arrival not only of buck moth caterpillars but several new beers.

    The NOLA Brewing Company-Oskar Blues Brewery collaboration, The Wolf and the Lamb imperial pilsner, celebrates Oskar Blues? first anniversary in Louisiana and is available in cans. The can design was created by New Orleans artist J. Pierre and depicts local musicians in front of shotgun houses.?

    Purple reign: a purple Prince second line and celebration in New Orleans
    One by one, purple balloons emerged from the Ooh Poo Pah Doo's front door. Hands found the balloons' strings and sent them into the crowd, where fans mourned and celebrated the life of Prince, who died Thursday, April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis.

    Fans brought framed photographs and album covers and unframed sleeves, or plastic guitars shaped like his signature symbol, their faces flecked with glitter, eyeliner and pencil mustaches.?

    Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Sunday, April 24

    Live music in New Orleans (April 25-May 1, 2016)
    Delicate SteveThu. April 28 | Steve Marion's last show in New Orleans was a 2013 Circle Bar love-fest that couldn't have been sunnier if a rainbow had touched down in its converted living room.?

    Docs, PTs fighting in Lege
    One of the most heated political battles of the current legislative session pits doctors against physical therapists. The two groups of medical professionals are squaring off over state Sen. Fred Mills' bill to allow patients "direct access" to physical therapy without a doctor's referral.?

    I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans This Week, April 26, 2016
    1. RIP PrincePrince Rogers Nelson died Thursday, April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota.?

    Preview: Homage: New Orleans book signing
    Leon Morris signs his book of musicians? photos April 27 at Octavia Books Photojournalist Leon Morris is a frequent visitor to New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Homage: New Orleans collects more than two decades of photographs of local musicians, festivals, parades and more.?

    Review: InFringe Fest New Orleans
    The inaugural year for the alt-theater festival saw more than 30 productions InFringe Fest New Orleans featured more than 30 alternative theater productions at venues in Bywater and Faubourg Marigny. Here are reviews of several productions. ??In Starlite Starbrite Productions' Frank at Happyland Theater, Izzy (Audrey Marie Wagner) is pregnant and alone.?

    Review: Becoming Imperceptible
    Multimedia works by Adam Pendleton at the Contemporary Arts Center Early on, there were two great American global cities that were multi-ethnic from the start. New York and New Orleans both evolved from ever-shifting demographics, but New York became a smorgasbord of distinctly competing cultures while New Orleans simmered into a riotously diverse gumbo that over time became cohesively and indelibly Creole.?

    Review: Miles Ahead
    Don Cheadle directs and stars in a new biopic of jazz great Miles Davis For an independent filmmaker, there is no more daunting task than making a biopic of a legendary musician. Hollywood biopics tend to reduce complex lives into a series of momentous events, trivializing a subject typically held dear by audience and filmmakers alike.?

    Preview: Kamasi Washington at One Eyed Jacks
    The genre-busting saxophonist plays One Eyed Jacks April 29 and 30 In Damien Chazelle's mesmerizing film Whiplash, there's a poster in the main character's dorm room with a snide quote from his hero, jazz drummer Buddy Rich: "If you don't have ability you wind up playing in a rock band." On Kamasi Washington's mesmerizing album The Epic (Brainfeeder), the sax maestro makes the point more interesting, because he can: If you have all the ability in the world, why choose??

    Interview: Mike Dillon
    The punk percussionist releases his new album, Functioning Broke, this week The only time Mike Dillon was nervous before a gig ended with the crowd making bird noises. Primus' Les Claypool asked Dillon to open a show in Hawaii with a set of "Hawaiian music."?

    The 2016 Big Easy Awards
    Photos from a night honoring the best in New Orleans theater and music Jon Cleary looked right at home mingling with the crowd before the Big Easy Entertainment Awards at the Orpheum Theater April 19 and on stage performing his song "When You Get Back."?

    Review: Los Catrachos
    Finding traditional Honduran dishes on Tulane Avenue in Mid-City At Los Catrachos, a new Honduran restaurant on Tulane Avenue, some of the dishes might seem like fairly straightforward Central American fare. Simple carne asada is blistered on the outside, carrying the unmistakable taste of smoke with just a touch of citrus.?

    Jazz Fest 2016 ? Week Two
    Your guide to the second week of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival The second week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brings more music, food and parades to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr. and many others.?

    Interview: Jon Cleary
    The Big Easy Awards? Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award winner talks New Orleans music Jon Cleary remembers learning to play "Tipitina" on an old upright piano in his grandmother's home in the village of Cranbrook in Kent, England. He was 11.?

    Interview: Jon Batiste
    The Late Show bandleader returns to New Orleans For Kenner native Jon Batiste, Jazz Fest is old hat. ??"I can remember going since I was about 7 years old, so any year I can play is beautiful," he says, recalling annual trips to watch his father and uncles perform in the Batiste Brothers Band.?

    Interview: Nesby Phips
    The New Orleans rapper fronts new hip-hop supergroup The GRĪD It started with a haircut. ??A.J. Hall needed one, and a mutual friend recommended New Orleans rap renaissance man Nesby Phips.?

    Non-Fest: Five festivals during Jazz Fest with local flavor
    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival attracts musicians and music fans to the city. In between festival weekends and after hours, there are plenty of local events and mini-festivals with their own flair.?

    Jazz Fest 2016: Sunday, May 1
    11:20-12:10Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders Blues Tent A New Orleans native and Jazz Fest staple, Brother Tyrone developed his prodigious talent as a teenager in nightclubs in Treme and Central City. He sang delicate, gospel-infused blues at venues such as The Golden Pheasant, Grease's Bar and the Candlelight Lounge.?