Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. Chris Matthews. Simon & Schuster, 2017. ISBN: 978- 1-5011-1186-0. 396 pages. $28.99. On the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, Bobby Kennedy was giving a campaign speech in Indianapolis to a largely African-American crowd. Upon being notified of King’s death, Kennedy interrupted his speech to break the news. In his … [Read more...] about Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.
Carnival 2018 takes on special significance as New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial. Many parades will draw inspiration from the city’s 300th birthday, but none as irreverently as Krewe de Vieux, whose theme this year is Bienville’s Wet Dream. Bienville, the founder of New Orleans, lived to be 87 and never married. Just saying. Although Krewe de Vieux is a relatively new … [Read more...] about Bienville’s Wet Dream
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, an exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and George Dureau. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from January 6 – February 17, 2018. This exhibition is presented concurrent to the New Orleans Triennial, Prospect.4: The … [Read more...] about George Dureau and Robert Mapplethorpe at Arthur Roger Gallery
Felicia Philips, the Cheese Queen of New Orleans, took on a new title as she was crowned Grand Reveler IV at the Mistik Krewe de le Rue Royale Revelers’ annual Twelfth Night Party on January 6 at the Double Play Bar. A crowd of over 200 revelers packed the bar as Krewe Captain and Lord of Misrule Frank Perez, echoing the words of Aubrey Synclaire, declared, “For giving out … [Read more...] about Felicia Philips Crowned Grand Reveler IV
All 435 members of Congress are up for reelection this year and the Democrats’ chances of recapturing the House are better than they have been in years. Many are predicting the mid-term elections will be a referendum on Trump although Democratic leaders fear making impeachment a campaign issue could backfire. Their fears are irrelevant as calls for impeachment are gaining … [Read more...] about Mid-Term Congressional Elections and Impeachment
So the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are behind us, just in time for Twelfth Night and the opening of Carnival Season. Kudos to Frank Perez for a successful kick off on Twelfth Night with his annual Mystic Krewe du Rue Royal Revelers fundraiser for the Gay Archives Project. The Double Play was a great host location and it’s safe to say a good time was had by all. I also … [Read more...] about The Official Dish
Howard P. Smith. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN: 9781496814012. 2017. 346 pages. $50.00. At long last, a book on the history of Gay Carnival has been published. And what a book it is. Simply put, this book is a triumph! Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay … [Read more...] about Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.
The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ international art exhibition, Prospect.4 (P.4), opened to the public on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and runs through February 25, 2018 aligning with the City of New Orleans Tricentennial celebration. According to P.4’s website: Prospect.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher … [Read more...] about Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp
The Krewe of Armeinius turns 50 this year and in a happy coincidence, the krewe’s golden anniversary coincides with the city of New Orleans’ tricentennial celebration. Consequently, the theme of the 2018 ball is “La Nouvelle Orleans: 300 Years of Fabulous.” Co-Captain Barrett Delong-Church promises “this ball will be like no other.” That’s a high standard to surpass. In … [Read more...] about Armeinius Turns 50
On Wednesday, January 31, author Howard Philips Smith will give a presentation on his new book Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi, 2017). Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the … [Read more...] about Gay Carnival at the Historic New Orleans Collection