Editor’s Blog

Come to the New Martin Wine Cellar Grand Opening

by Micah Haley on January 29, 2015


I’ll be celebrating the opening of Martin’s Wine Cellar at it’s original location tonight: 3827 Baronne Street at the corner of Peniston and Baronne. Come join me.

The press release is below…


Celebrating the return to the original Martin’s location. 3827 Baronne Street at the corner of Peniston and Baronne.

Martin Wine Cellar along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City and State officials celebrate the grand opening of the Baronne Street store at 3827 Baronne Street. The opening of the new, one-story, 14,000 square foot store marks the homecoming of the original Martin’s location. On Friday, January 30th at 1:00 PM, Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Council Member Latoya Cantrell; Earl Randall, Senior CPD Specialist at US Department of Housing & Urban Development; and Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development will join President and Owner, Cedric Martin, in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this return.

On Thursday, January 29th, join us at the Baronne Street location from 5 PM to 8 PM for the grand opening celebration with live music, raffles, giveaways, and, of course, wine and hors d’oeuvres. In honor of the opening, Martin Wine Cellar invites you to enjoy complimentary wine tastings and great prices on spirits and wine all week long! Martin’s renowned deli menu items will be 25% off at the Metairie and Baronne Street locations, including wines by the glass, salads, sandwiches, and chef-inspired menu items during lunch and dinner through Sunday, February 1st. There’s more!


Banzai-webA few days ago, I visited with Indywood, a single screen theater located on Elysian Fields in New Orleans. Carved out of a defunct laundromat by Hayley and Will Sampson, Indywood is a startup company that’s programming independent films. Local and national fare that offers indie flicks to a community that is increasingly producing more indie content.

After their first successful year, Hayley and Will are inviting you to celebrate tonight with a free screening of Buckaroo Banzai, one of my favorite movies. Two-time Oscar nominee John Lithgow, who stars in the film, also counts it as one of his favorite. Here’s the trailer. It doesn’t give much away, but trust me, this film is hilarious and fun and I love it and if you don’t, there’s a special place in hell for you.

The screening of Buckaroo tonight is free and an ’80s dance party will follow. Pabst Blue Ribbon has graciously donated two kegs of hipster-friendly beer, although non-hipsters are also welcome to imbibe. And if you show up in costume as one of the characters from the movie, you’ll get free popcorn.

The entire night is a big thank you to the local community who has supported the theater. It begins at 9pm at Indywood, located at 628 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans. There’s a Facebook Page with more info. Check it out and RSVP to let them know you’re coming.



Although I always preferred books to video games, I am continually impressed with the staying power of the computer and Nintendo games I played growing up. One of those near-perfect games was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

While game designers are experts in plucking the reward centers of the adolescent brain, the presence of world-class music compositions elevated the experience of using a small plastic joystick to run from objective to objective. The simple tunes, which you had to memorize and “play” during the course of the game to unlock items and passageways, are ingrained in my mind. I would know them anywhere, sooner than any song sung in school or even some popular music of the time.

Here’s a jazz rendition of a few of the themes from Ocarina of Time from the Toronto-based band BadBadNotGood. It’s beautiful even without hours invested in a twenty year old Japanese video game.



Game of Thrones Episodes to Screen at Local Theatres

by Micah Haley on January 14, 2015


Excellent films have been released in theaters over the past five years. But the best storytelling I’ve come across in the last half decade has all been on television. Once the graveyard of big screen talent, television has become one of the most compelling experiences in media. And Game of Thrones is the best show on television.

HBO’s veteran fantasy drama will cross the now-narrow sea from small screen to the largest screens in advance of its 2015 return. IMAX screens across the country, including some in South Louisiana, will be screening Game of Thrones at the end of this month. It will be the first time ever for the company, which sells premium large format theatrical experiences, to show television content.

The two-hour event will feature two hour-long episodes from Game of Thrones season four, followed by a special season five sneak preview that’s exclusive to IMAX. The tickets to the event go on sale tomorrow, Friday, January 16 here. The event begins on Thursday, January 29 and continues through February 5.

IMAX and HBO had originally scheduled the history-making event to kick off on January 23, but the tremendous response from social media encouraged the partners to expand the one-week engagement to more theaters.

If you live in South Louisiana, you can join me as I slam popcorn and Diet Coke at one of these three participating theaters:

AMC Baton Rouge 16 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
AMC Westbank Palace 16 (Harvey, Louisiana)
Grand 16 – (Slidell, Louisiana)

New theaters are being added everyday. And if you talk during my screening, remember those words from Arya Stark: “Valar Morghulis.”

All men must die.


Merry Christmas from Scene Magazine

by Micah Haley on December 23, 2014


On the eve of Christmas, I want to write you a quick note. Thank you for supporting Scene this year. It’s been an exciting year of expansion with new challenges around every corner in the form of new opportunities.

We’ve added some great new Scene team members in Beth Burvant, Jordan McGuire and Lauren Fain. We’re still adding to the team, we’re stronger than ever and our plans for 2015 are bolder than ever. I can’t wait to share them with you.

We’re not doing a New Year’s Eve party this December 31. After four years of doing great events, we’ve decided to take a break and reflect. We encourage you to do the same! But I suppose you can still bond with those you love at some other NYE party somewhere.

We have big plans for events in 2015, so stay tuned. You can expect New Year’s Eve 2016 in one year. And a slew of opportunities to be Scene that we have yet to announce.

Until then, take some time to enjoy the holidays.

And go see American Sniper.


Micah Haley
Scene Magazine


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