Spin reported that 56 Hope Road — the company run by deceased reggae icon Bob Marley's children and widow Rita — filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Louisiana-based chicken tender empire Raising Cane's.
Raising Cane's has used the slogan "One Love" on its promotional materials, from merchandise to menus to ads, since the early 2000s. The company trademarked the phrase.
"One Love" also happens to be one of the most popular songs of all time, on Marley's 1977 landmark album Exodus.
Hope Road also has used "One Love" on its merchandise — from T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers to college dorm decorations worldwide. The family has charged Raising Cane's with trademark infringement, among several other allegations related to the usage of "One Love" on the company's gear.
In a statement to Gambit, Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane's, wrote that the company "denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning the ONE LOVE mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2010."
Graves said he has met with Cedella Marley "in a good faith attempt to reach a resolution regarding the Marleys desire to enter the restaurant space," though Graves said settlement offers were turned down.
"Raising Cane’s looks forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and continuing to pursue our ONE LOVE — serving our communities our quality chicken finger meals."
Graves signed the statement, "Founder, CEO, Fry Cook and Cashier" with a closing "ONE LOVE."
The online farmers market Good Eggs began service in New Orleans in summer during what director Tess Monaghan described as a pilot phase, but without any official announcements, it is up and running and recently expanded in a number of ways. This week it adds Wednesday service and next week service will be available all three days in Metairie, Algiers, Gretna, Jefferson and River Ridge. It also expanded its offerings with gift boxes and office boxes (available Tuesday only).
Good Eggs was founded in San Francisco as a means to connect local producers with consumers, but its website is the key to its mission.
"We're a technology company," Monaghan says. Using the the software developed by the larger San Francisco branch has enabled the New Orleans location to grow quickly.
Good Eggs is a conduit. It finds producers and helps them set up a "web stand" on the Good Eggs site. Consumers order online, and payments go directly to the producer. Then Good Eggs collects the groceries (it doesn't buy them or stock its own shelves) and bundles them for pickup at designated locations or delivers them for a $3.99 fee. The array of products includes fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy, pantry items, staples, snacks and prepared foods. There are many organic and gluten-free options. Good Eggs currently works with 60 producers and handles roughly 500 products, Monaghan says.
The Prytania Theatre has released the schedules for the next installments of its ongoing classic and late-night movie series. Classic movies screen at 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays, and tickets are $5.75. Late night movies screen at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights and tickets are $10, and you can BYOB if you're old enough.
Here's the Classics schedule:
Casino Royale — December 11
It’s A Wonderful Life — December 15, 18 and 22
Hud — December 29 and January 1
Every Which Way But Loose — January 5 and 8
What’s Up Doc? — January 12 and 15
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid — January 19 and 22
Here's the Late Night schedule:
The Nightmare Before Christmas — December 13 and 14
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — December 20 and 21
The Neverending Story — December 27 and 28
Reservoir Dogs — January 3 and 4
Jackie Brown — January 10 and 11
The weekend-long pork blowout and fundraising festival Hogs for the Cause takes over City Park March 28-29.
The initial music lineup includes Benjamin Booker, Dumpstaphunk, Pat Green, Houndmouth, Colin Lake, Naughty Professor, North Mississippi Allstars, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rosco Bandana, Shamarr Allen & the Underdogs and Treme Brass Band.
Two-day passes are $20 ($25 beginning Jan. 10). Other tickets options include a gala dinner ($150) and a two-day Boss Hog pass ($150), which includes an open bar, access to a stage-viewing area and hospitality tent, and private restrooms. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Dec. 10 on the website.
The event benefits Children’s Hospital in supporting pediatric brain cancer patients and their families.
Touring in support of its 2014 album Mechanical Bull, Nashville's U2 Lite Kings of Leon announced a second string of U.S. tour dates, including a stop at the New Orleans Arena on April 11.
The band of brothers (and cousin) Followhill formed in 1999 under the shadow of their father's Pentecostal preaching and mother's homeschooling. The band's first album combined tracks from its first two EPs — the southern rock-influenced Youth & Young Manhood, arriving at peak 2000s garage rock revival, gained the band considerable buzz and ranked in Rolling Stone's year-end lists, as did its more pop-forward follow-up Aha Shake Heartbreak. 2007's Because of the Times glimpsed the band's mega success on 2008's Only by the Night, featuring the ubiquitous late-2000s tracks "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody."
The band also performed at the 2006 and 2007 Voodoo Experience and at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Silver Lake indie pop band Local Natives will open the New Orleans date. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at Live Nation.
The 2014 Buku Music + Art Project has announced its initial headliners for the March 21-22 festival, which returns to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World on the East Bank for its third fest.
The 2014 lineup includes The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Tyler The Creator, Kaskade, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Pusha T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Wavves, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, with locals Generationals and Big Freedia among the dozens others performers.
Earlier this year, the 2013 Buku featured headliners Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar, alt-J, Passion Pit and Icona Pop, following the inaugural 2012 edition with Wiz Khalifa, Diplo and Skrillex.
Two-day general admission is $169.50, and VIP passes are $399.50. Tickets are available on its website.
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