Paul Stekler arrived in New Orleans for the first time in 1981. The New Jersey native had never seen anything like it. Heat and humidity blanketed the town, massive insects assailed from all directions and the apartments he investigated for living were substandard. He was shocked. And he’d soon be in love.
Second-line parades. Jazz funerals. Red beans and rice. Nighttime boat rides in gator-infested swamps. World-class musicians with no air of pretense. Absurd characters in the streets of the French Quarter. A fascinating mix of races living in tight proximity. And a notoriously corrupt political system. It was like the world’s greatest movie, and he was seeing it all for the first time.
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What: ‘Getting Back to Abnormal’ world premiere at SXSW
When: 11:15 a.m. Monday
Where: Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave.)
Tickets: Tickets available at the theater box office before screening and at AustinTheatre.org/film. Badge and wristband holders have priority access.
More information: SXSW.com/film and AustinTheatre.org/film.
Notes: Also screens Tuesday (Alamo Slaughter) and Wednesday (Long Center).