After a brief respite last week (a guy's gotta eat turkey), the blogged summaries of my misadventures in TV land continue. Stumbling into the WWL studio every Thursday morning feels like the continuation of a dream — and not just because I'm bleary-eyed and usually still half asleep. There's something comically nightmarish about a morning news set. First off, the glaring lights and broad grins are straight out of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" video. Then there's the gaggle of oddly costumed performers that are always warming up for a spot. I'll never forget wondering into a group of uniformed baseball players gathered in a corner reciting lines — the cast of Damn Yankees, it turned out, but just another predawn hallucination as far as I was concerned. This week, the trancelike sounds of Rachel Van Voorhies' harp were a pleasantly new-age background soundtrack to Cajun chef Emile Stieffel's turkey-gumbo tips. And then my alarm went off.


New Orleans Songwriters Festival

Friday-Saturday, various venues

Gambit preview

Antenna Inn with Micah McKee

10 p.m. Saturday, One Eyed Jacks

Gambit pick


Bicycle Film Festival

Friday-Saturday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Gambit preview

Global Lens triple feature

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, NOCCA|Riverfront


Silent Night of the Lambs

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Le Chat Noir

Gambit feature

The SantaLand Diaries

9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

Gambit pick


Holiday on the Boulevard

Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Ashé Cultural Arts Center

PhotoNOLA kickoff signing and lecture

Saturday-Sunday, New Orleans Photo Alliance


"Warriors of the Apocalypse," works by Minka Stoyanova

Closes Saturday, Barrister's Gallery

"Signs of the City," works by Shirley Rabe Masinter

Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, LeMieux Galleries

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