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    Indywood bringing sharks to Bayou St. John

    Currently awaiting permits to finish work on its new St. Claude Ave. building, the Indywood Theater will present another bike-in movie event with Ozark Shark on July 2 at sundown on Bayou St. John where the water mets Orleans Avenue. Directed by Louisiana filmmaker Misty Talley, Ozark Shark comes on the heels of Talley's Zombie Shark, which was presented in an Indywood bike-in last year.?

    Sarah Silverman to headline Hell Yes Fest with Saenger Theatre show Oct. 16

    This year's Hell Yes Fest comedy festival will include Sarah SilvermanNick Swardson, Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show With Trevor Noah), Clayton English and the stars of MTV's Girl Code, organizers announced tonight at the Joy Theater.

    Silverman will perform standup at the Saenger Theatre Oct. 16 as the capper on the festival, which runs Oct. 7-16. Hundreds of acts from the worlds of standup comedy, sketch comedy and improv will be featured at various venues around the city, including the Saenger and Joy Theaters, NOLA Brewing Co., The New Movement, the Hi-Ho Lounge and the Art Garage.?

    Second line Sunday: Uptown Swingers




    Review: Free State of Jones

    It is easy to assume that all essential stories from the American Civil War already have been told. Interest in the era was rekindled by Ken Burns? career-making, 10-hours-plus 1990 documentary Civil War ? still the most-watched series presented by PBS ? and has only grown since that time through countless historical works, novels and feature films from Cold Mountain to Lincoln.?

    Restaurant news for Fharmacy, Little Korea BBQ and Purloo

    Purloo, chef Ryan Hughes' Southern-inspired restaurant inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, has closed.

    The news, first reported by Eater, was announced Friday (June 24).?

    Amy Schumer to perform in New Orleans on New Year's Eve
    Comedian Amy Schumer returns to New Orleans to cap off her 2016 stand-up tour and the end of the year with a performance at the Smoothie King Center on Dec. 31, 2016.

    Schumer ? creator and star of the award-winning sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and the Judd Apatow-directed hit comedy Trainwreck ? skillfully rips through sex and relationships, politics, social dogma and self-deprecation. She last performed in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre in 2015.

    Her book The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo is due Aug. 16 via Simon & Schuster.

    Presale tickets are open today, Friday, June 24 (use the code ?amylive").?

    Winnas & loozas redux

    After five months of nonstop fiscal fights, state lawmakers have finally gone home ? hopefully for the rest of the year ? leaving behind a slew of new taxes and millions in budget cuts. That?s about the worst possible outcome, but it should surprise no one.?

    This new, interactive heat map illustrates HIV's impact on New Orleans
    The Centers for Disease Control issued its first report of AIDS 35 years ago this month, and Monday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. In response and to remind people that HIV is still an important issue, AIDSvu released a new, interactive heat map today. Users can search by zip code and see data for different demographics, including race, gender, income and age.?

    Review: Two Gentlemen of Verona

    Contemporary adaptations of classical plays can be perilous endeavors, suffering from stilted prose and contrived action, but The Two Gentlemen of Verona, mounted by New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, succeeds with aplomb. The sole anachronisms ? not easily substituted ? are amorous, handwritten letters secretly delivered back and forth.?

    Vouchers for Ticketmaster and Live Nation? New Orleans shows already sold out

    If you were able to get past the "overwhelming load to our systems" screen and were pumped about getting to see a famous-for-some-reason YouTuber or a Bon Jovi tribute act, you're probably out of luck. The first wave of voucher-eligible concerts in New Orleans under the massive Ticketmaster/Live Nation settlement are all sold out.

    The concerts ? all at House of Blues in the French Quarter ? are mostly tribute shows (to B.J., Led Zeppelin, Curtis Mayfield, Ozzy Osborne and Nirvana), and then there's masturbatory guitarist Zack Wylde, YouTuber Todrick Hall, and Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine. There's also "Surf's Up in the City: Summer Beach Party," with a pool and "imported sand."

    You can check your list of vouchers in your account (under "active vouchers" on your account page). You'll also find codes for $2.25 off the price of any Ticketmaster or Live Nation purchase (and you can use up to two at a time, for a total of $4.50).?

    Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square for 16th annual fest in August

    For its 16th annual event, Satchmo SummerFest ? held in August to celebrate its namesake's birthday with jazz, brass and funk bands ? will move to Jackson Square from its previous home at the Old U.S. Mint.

    The lineup for the Aug. 5-7 festival includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, Brass-A-Holics, Catherine Russell, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, Jeremy Davenport and a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring James Andrews, among others. The full lineup is here.


    New Orleans band Woozy dropped from labels following sexual assault allegations
    New Orleans DIY record label Community Records announced it will no longer work with New Orleans band Woozy following allegations that bandmember John St. Cyr sexually assaulted Katryn Macko of the Florida-based band Naps. Macko posted her detailed description of the assault on her Facebook page.

    This afternoon, Community Records released the following statement:

    Voting for new Zephyrs name begins Thursday

    The New Orleans Zephyrs has released the finalists in its competition to rename the minor-league baseball team. The organization asked the public for suggestions, then whittled that list down to seven options ? perhaps a wise tactic, considering recent crowdsourced renaming fiascos such as the Boaty McBoatface incident.

    But did the organization itself choose wisely??

    NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25

    The third annual NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25 at Roux Carre. The music lineup features Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti & Urban Minds, DJ Megatron from Jamaica as well as local groups such as the Hot 8 Brass Band.?

    French bistro Anna?s opens in Faubourg Marigny with no-tipping policy

    Anna's (1913 Royal St., 504-267-4794), a new French gastropub that doesn?t allow tipping, is now open in the Marigny.

    The restaurant from owners Jean and Catherine Ringuin and partner Chris Jones opened quietly Friday, June 17, in the space that housed the short-lived ICHI Japanese Ramen House and before that, SukhoThai.


    Kristen Essig joins Coquette team as chef, partner

    After leaving executive chef positions at both Meauxbar and Cavan, chef Kristen Essig has joined the team at Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421; 

    The announcement came Wednesday morning (June 22), a little more than two months after Essig departed the Rampart Street and Uptown restaurants, which are both owned by local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith, which also operates Sylvain.


    Chalmette Movies screens Upstairs Inferno in tribute to Orlando victims


    Southern Prohibition launches a sour beer program

    Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, announced the creation of a sour beer program. Head brewer Benjamin Green says that although the brewery is well known for barrel-aging beer in bourbon barrels, he has acquired white and red wine barrels and set up a separate area to work with wild yeasts.

    ?Sour beer is one of those things that?s really taken off, but we held off because we wanted to do it right," Green says.?

    New Orleans benefit concert for Orlando set for June 24
    On June 24, New Orleans musicians and drag performers band together for an all-ages event benefiting victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

    NOLA Beats for Orlando is 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 24 at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) and features music from the Stooges Brass Band,  Tarriona "Tank" Ball of Tank & the Bangas, OTRA, Mia Borders, Khris Royal, Robin Barnes and Arsene DeLay & the Bayou Saints.

    There also will be drag performances, food trucks and a blood drive to support New Orleans blood banks.?

    Mayor Landrieu unveils five-year affordable housing plan

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual "State of the City" speeches chart the city's post-Hurricane Katrina gains and, more importantly, glimpse where his administration is headed to address its shortcomings. Crime, poverty and a crumbling infrastructure always are at the top of that list.?

    Elbert Guillory's got a lovely bunch of coconuts
    In a state full of colorful politicians, if you want attention, you've got to stand out from the pack ? and former state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who's now running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress, is one of Louisiana's most reliably colorful candidates.

    Last year, he recorded a video in which he used the n-word multiple times in order to "start a dialogue on race" in America (Guillory himself is black). The year before, he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to defend the sport of "chicken boxing," which he said definitely was not cockfighting: "I'm not a fan of cockfighting, but I love to go and watch some chicken boxing." In 2013, while defending the Louisiana Science Education Act (which opens the door for teaching creationism in public schools), Guillory captured wide attention for mentioning his positive experience with what sounded like a witch doctor:

    Fourth of July roundup: Eight patriotic outings next weekend

    Ah, the Fourth of July: hot dogs, American flags and the thrill of a potential fireworks-related ER visit. Though the big show over the weekend is always Essence Fest? ?? we love you, Mariah ?? ?there are plenty of other events on the calendar.

    Here are four straight nights of fireworks and fests to enjoy during your long weekend (July 1-July 4):


    Waffle House opens in Mid-City

    Mid-City is now home to a Waffle House (2500 Canal St., 504-827-5960).

    The diner opened June 13, bringing the number of Waffle House retailers in the metro area to 20.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: Catching up with Wayward Owl Brewing?s Justin Boswell

    Justin Boswell, the founder and head brewer of Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St.), ponders the title ?master brewer.?

    ?I don?t tout myself as the master of anything, but I really love to make beer," Boswell says. "That?s one thing I can say that I?m pretty good at.?

    Y@ Speak: New Orleans Pride
    While Congress is busy putting its thoughts and prayers to work, New Orleans celebrates Pride. Also: the short-term rental debate: Chapter 8,000, and the state Legislature melts into a terrible candle.