Friday, November 30, 2007

Gun Europa

Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 6:47 PM

By Sam Winston

Guess where there this picture was taken? I'll give you a hint. The city has an openly gay mayor. The country is considered one of the safest industrialized nations in the world. And the two neighboring shops were an upscale hair salon and a yuppy cafe/lounge.

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A Strong Response

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 12:46 AM

There are a lot of different responses when we learn of the latest brutality to befall one of our fellow New Orleanians at the hands of a criminal. Some could care less, some grow more fearful and then there's the old standby of naked outrage. But I'm grateful that some people seem to greet senseless calamities with an organized response and effort to help the victim.

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A prime example will be on display this Sunday, Dec. 2, when supporters of La Crêpe Nanou bar manager Robert Strong (pictured) will host a block party fundraiser. Strong was shot in the face last month on St. Charles Avenue and has a long and arduous path to recovery.At the very least, the benefit event is shaping up to be an amazing party. Restaurants participating include La Crêpe Nanou, Galatoire’s, Café Degas, Dick & Jenny’s, Dante’s Kitchen,

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Politicking with Clancy

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

 

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Pick his brain!

Click here to email your political questions to Clancy.

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Ochsner, a Mule, and Ron Jeremy

Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 3:50 PM

 by Sam Winston

One New Orleans blogger finds there's more than conspiracy chatter to the rumor about Ochsner hospital blocking the re-opening of Lindy Boggs Medical Center by putting a "no-compete" covenant on the dormant hospital at Bienville and Jeff Davis.Others proposed a "Sour Grapes Bowl" for LSU fans trying to cope with their loss to Arkansas. Some found time to jump into the Israeli/Palestinian conflict commenting on related hateful remarks issued on morning talk show Walton and Johnson.Another blogger created a contest of weirdest New Orleans moment, offering a runaway mule and a man with a gun late one night in the Marigny as one example. Another makes self-comparisons to his striking resemblance to porn star Ron Jeremy.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Behind "Bar Codes"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 10:47 PM

I'll admit I felt vindicated when my editor at Gambit asked if I would take on a story called "Bar Codes," a feature for the magazine's drinking and nightlife pull-out section, Swizzle.

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The story is a look at barroom etiquette and the ways in which the seemingly straightforward relationship between bartender and bar patron can go horribly awry. Finally, I thought, all that time hanging around bars and clubs can be considered research. And surely, with all those credit hours booked, I could practically write the story in my sleep.

But the more I interviewed bartenders for the story, the more I learned about the nuances of the simple money-for-drinks transactions I had witnessed and been part of so many countless times. Perhaps it should have been obvious that there usually is a lot more going on than meets the eye, and I'm grateful that the bartenders I interviewed opened up and shared their perspectives with me.

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Strong Benefit

Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 7:47 PM

If you have ever enjoyed a wonderful evening at Crepe Nanou on Robert St. in the past 24 years, it was probably in part due to Robert Strong. It is important to get the message about this Sunday's benefit for Mr. Strong out to our community.

Robert Strong has been the bar manager at La Crêpe Nanou for twenty-four years. On Saturday, November 3, 2007 he was shot on St. Charles Ave. during an armed robbery. The incident left Mr. Strong initially in critical condition with major injury to his jaw. He requires five more surgeries to rebuild his jawbone and remains in inpatient care.

On Sunday, December 2nd, 2007, several area businesses will host a benefit to assist in Strong's recovery and unite against the recent surge of violence in New Orleans.

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Bachelor in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Actor Michael Martin performs as the charming Bachelor in New Orleans, a one-man show developed from an idiosyncratic 1950s tour guide of the French Quarter. In eloquent and picaresque language, the Bachelor expounds on topics of interest to playboy or playgirl visitors, such as, the signature cocktails of the city and Antoines, his favorite restaurant. The Bachelor offers

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Park Proposals Possible

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:41 AM

After two months of speculation and public discussion on three proposed amendments to the City Park master plan, the park’s board met this evening and made their decision: the television studio is out, a children’s museum is okay with certain restrictions and there’s no need to decide yet who will manage the golf courses.

The meeting took place in the park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters and was presided over by Paul Masinter, board president. City Park CEO Bob Becker presented the board with his staff’s evaluation regarding the three proposals, outlining each individually and then giving a final staff recommendation. Becker then presented a resolution to the board requesting their approval of the staff recommendations. The board passed the resolution unanimously.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Have a "green" Christmas

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 9:47 PM

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Giving is so much fun, and when your giving is doing double duty and giving back to something else- it can be 2x the celebration. This gifting season think of the planet by giving earth friendly themed gifts. Here are some jolly green ideas:

For the mom or the compulsive cleaner on your list, Earthsavers has developed a line of organic cleaning supplies, creating a practical and luxurious option. The bottles are sleek enough not to hide under a kitchen cabinet and come in relaxing spa scents like Rosewater and Organic Citrus.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Grass isn't any Greener

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 5:39 PM

In terms of Katrina recovery, much of the national spotlight has focused on Louisiana’s recovery, or the lack thereof. When CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who has kept to his word and returned to New Orleans a number of times since the levees failure, reported on the two-year anniversary, Cooper compared Biloxi to New Orleans. The basic message was: Biloxi was thriving in the post-Katrina world while New Orleans was failing.

Turns out that Mississippi and its governor, Haley Barbour (R) hasn’t really fared that well either when it comes to aiding those most affected by the storm: the poor and vulnerable. As reported by PBS’s Bill Moyer, the casinos, hotels and condos are beginning to re-dot the Mississippi Gulf Coast while

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