Last week's Top 10 Plus 2015 Part Two ended with an early September album; so there were leftovers for a Part Three. This week will feature my thoughts on a concert from Jeff Lynne's ELO, a 1970 festival performance from Irish band Taste and a punk-flavored recording from a female Brooklyn band.
BILOXI -- The band Styx, a radio rock mainstay of for more than four decades with hits such as "Lady." "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Come Sail Away," will bring their live show to the Beau Rivage at 8 p.m. Oct. 16.
A documentary film about the social and personal costs of South Koreans' craze for being admitted to the nation's top three universities depicts a system that is a far cry from President Barack Obama's praise of the Asian country as a model for U.S. educational reforms.
In "Pan," young Peter learns he can fly in the grimmest possible context, as he plummets to his presumptive death after being kicked, viciously, off a plank hundreds of feet above a rock quarry. In the new film directed by Joe Wright, Neverland lies high above the clouds as usual, but much of its real estate has been turned over to a miserable steampunk mining village in the "Mad Max: Fury Road" vein. Kidnapped slave boys dig for Pixum, also known as pixie dust. The precious glowing stuff provides the youth serum coveted by the pirate Blackbeard, played by Hugh Jackman in Kenneth Branagh's "Wild Wild West" goatee, a pederastic air and Alastair Sim's teeth.
At his New Orleans restaurant, legendary chef Paul Prudhomme proudly showed off dishes and ingredients from his upbringing in Louisiana's rural Cajun country: blackened redfish, jambalaya and sweet potato pecan pie drew diners by the droves to his K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen.
An escort's allegations in a tell-all book that former Louisville men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her to provide dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals recruits, their fathers and players stunned the college basketball world when word of its pending release surfaced a week ago.
"Pan" is a remarkable accomplishment. It is overlong, over-the-top and self-indulgently idiosyncratic. It's also wackadoodle original, stylish and well worth seeing. Its agreeable virtues don't outnumber its many flaws, but they slug out the conflict to an entertaining split decision.
The audacious one-shot wonder "Victoria" is a masterful feat of execution, but the long take is so much more than a nifty trick - it's an absolutely necessary part of the storytelling that colors in the themes explored in this wild film. Helmed masterfully by Sebastian Schipper, "Victoria" delves into the nightclubs of Berlin, and spills out onto the streets, before snowballing into a tragic crime tale, a beautifully rendered mashup of "Before Sunrise" and "Bonnie and Clyde." That this all happens over the course of the film's nearly two and a half hour run time underlines how quickly things can change, how quickly things can go from innocent fun to horribly wrong.
The Peter Pan tale is an eternal favorite that infuses just a little bit of magic into everyday life, for those who don't want to grow up. It is rich cinematic territory that has been frequently mined on the big screen: Steven Spielberg put a modern spin on the tale with the classic "Hook," in 1991, and now Joe Wright has spun his own version of the tale, an origin story of Peter Pan himself.
At K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with supplies reflecting his native Cajun cuisine.