Friday, April 25, 2008

Quint Frankly, My Dear, Doesn't Give A Damn

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Another Jazz Fest, another round of easy target practice with Quint “Redfish in a Barrel” Davis. In today’s Times-Picayune “Lagniappe” insert, Davis, the festival’s chief producer, is quoted as saying, “We have a great national lineup. … We’re different than the other kid festivals … because we’re a festival for grownups.”

Ugh. Most people who still harbor misgivings about the fest’s puzzling inertia regarding national headliners — a sideways shuffle that’s led us from Al Green, Jimmy Buffett and Widespread Panic in the early 2000s to, um, Al Green, Jimmy Buffett and Widespread Panic in 2008 — stopped voicing them years ago, once it became clear that if Davis and Co. were indeed aware that new pop and rock music had been produced outside Louisiana since the year 1990, they probably didn’t care. Now we have Davis shooting blanks at, presumably, the Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals, all of which have national lineups that make Billy Joel look like the stale, ‘80s radio relic that of course he is.

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Big Game Alert: Game 3 vs. Mavs @ 7 p.m. on ESPN

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 5:42 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

And what better way to get pumped up for the big game than by checking out this video of Byron Scott's son's Hornets rap song (video via: Deadspin). Or, maybe you could go read about how Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban's legal troubles thanks to one crazy inmate. Of course, the best pre- and post-game analysis can be found over at Hornets247.com (plus you can check out some cautious optimism over at HornetsHype). Although, I'm not so sure how, um, sober the Hornets247 analysis will be tonight considering there are watch parties at Gordon Bierch downtown AND ACME Oyster House in Covington featuring the Honeybees and free swag.

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Joel Family Act and Locals in the Book Tent

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 1:54 PM

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The same day Billy Joel performs at Jazz Fest, his wife Katie Lee Joel will be holding a book signing for her new cookbook "The Comfort Table." The event and potential celebrity sighting takes place at the Garden District Book Shop tomorrow, April 26, beginning at noon. Mrs. Joel's book focuses on recipes for Southern-style "comfort food" and was published earlier this month. Piano man Billy Joel headlines on the Acura Stage later that afternoon.

Meanwhile, at the Fair Grounds itself tomorrow, the book tent will host signings by authors of two New Orleans cookbooks and one New Orleans food memoir.

The lineup begins at noon with a visit from Kit Wohl, a local writer and publicist for Arnaud's Restaurant, who is promoting her latest cookbook "New Orleans Classic Seafood."

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Good news and bad news for Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 2:25 AM

The bad news is that the soul legend Bobby "Blue" Bland isn't going to make it to the House of Blues Saturday night for their Juke Joint Jamboree show. The night will go on almost as bluesily, though - the openers, the James Cotton Blues Band, will perform as scheduled and the gutbucket New Orleans guitarist Little Freddie King will open. If you miss James Cotton at the Fairgrounds, catch him here - Cotton has blown his harp for everyone from Muddy Waters to Janis Joplin. The good news is that Peaches Records is reopening this weekend in the part of the old Tower Records space on North Peters Street that's not taken up by the boutique Wish. That's right - a large, mainstream independent record store in the Quarter. We say woo.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

ESPN Says New Orleans is the Best City in the World, Has Third Best Team

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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So the good folks over at ESPN the Magazine just can't seem to give the Crescent City enough love. First their was the Tyson Chandler/Jannero Pargo video (/cough/shamless plug!/cough/) and now there's two completely (?) unrelated rankings that put New Orleans in the top three of U.S. cities and pro sports teams.

The first, TheMag.com's All-World Power Rankings put up yesterday puts New Orleans in first place above angry bears and referee morality, which is always nice.

The second is from the print edition of the Magazine (on newsstands now!) which features the New Orleans Hornets as No. 3 in its annual "Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings." From the Web site:

Budding star Chris Paul and his 'mates sure help. And so do promotions like Guys Night Out Wednesdays ($44 for two tix, two beers, postgame photo with a pair of Honeybees) and Friends and Family Weekend Packs ($77 for four tix, four hot dogs, four chips, four 7-Ups). And while New Orleans Arena has a blah color scheme and mediocre amenities, management makes up for it with bobbleheads, free jerseys and the occasional $1 brewski. "The people of New Orleans don't really need an excuse to party so you know we get into it," says Hitley.

And yes, that Hitley they quote is none other than Ron Hitley over at Hornets247.com, making this all the more sweeter. Now if the Hornets would only give Hitley and other bloggers (that don't contribute for ESPN the Magazine) a press pass, it might catapult them to No. 1 in next year's rankings.

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A Frank Discussion on Lunacy

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Just like Barack Obama was taken to task over comments his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, made and this prompted Obama to make his famous speech on race. Today, we have John McCain in town, so maybe, even though he really hasn't been too pressed on the issue, McCain will answer why he solicited and gratefully accepted Rev. John Hagee's endorsement. If you recall, Hagee knows why the levees failed: God did it. Check out bark, bugs, leaves, and lizards latest post, and please tell me why, to use a phrase from the Obama speech, McCain shouldn't throw Hagee under the bus, and drive over him again a couple more times?

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Hornets Best NBA Business Story of the Year

Posted on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 4:13 PM

by Sam Winston

So says this CNBC article about how the team turned it around on the money side against all odds.

"What New Orleans' success on the court -- and recent string of sellouts prove -- is that there is no such thing as a good or bad market. Everything is relative. All markets are driven by a variety of factors and winning tops all. "

(Hat tip: Kush Connection)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Blame Canada

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 9:59 PM

It’s all their fault. Anytime some yahoo  in the United States suggests that health care for everyone could be a good thing, some knucklehead has to start bragging about Canada. I grew up in Buffalo, New York, right next door to Canada and while those Canadians were good neighbors, great hockey players  (yes, we’re stereotyping) and nobody beats Tim Horton’s donuts, the Canadian health care system of a single payer (i.e. the gubmint) shouldn’t be our choice.

The better selection might be socialized insurance, not socialized medicine. Countries such as Germany, Japan, and Taiwan have private hospitals, doctors with private practices and consumers still can choose their doctor and hospital. But unlike the U.S. where patients pay different costs for the same procedure — depending on the type of health insurance they have — the prices are fixed by the government and the insurance companies are nonprofit.

How does this work? Take a look.

Yep, I’m once again plugging T.R. Reid’s “Sickness Around the World,” and yeah I still think universal health care is a right, no matter what some pill-popping probably-got-his-stomach-stapled-on-the-sly says. 

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Friends and Neighbors

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:21 PM

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By Philip Cartelli

"God gave us a beautiful day. Maybe it’ll rain on Bush tomorrow.” That was local housing advocate Tracy Washington speaking on Sunday at a rally held in the Ashé Cultural Center’s parking lot to mark the visit of Presidents Bush and Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Crescent City this week for talks as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Washington continued to address the 40 assembled Latino immigrant members of Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros and about as many local citizens. “You have a right to housing. You have a right to have your children educated in whatever language you choose. You have a right to healthcare, to be treated when you are sick.”

These exhortations prefaced the main activity of the rally put on by New Orleans’ Critical Resistance and the New Orleans People’s Summit. Members of the Congreso de Jornaleros had prepared a piece of street theater, which they enacted in front of the colorful mural on the Ashé Center’s eastern wall.

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Pressing Playoff Questions: Beards, Nicknames and Cartoons

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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With the Hornets up 2-0 on the Mavericks after two convincing wins at home, it seems like many questions have been put to rest regarding this teams alleged lack of playoff experience, depth and composure. But with reporters hovering around (or should I say under) Tyson Chandler, I couldn't help but notice the Ceiling Fan Repairman's excessive facial hair.

Melvin Ely, the only other player on the hornets with nearly as much facial hair, said he didn't know where Tyson's beard came from. But Ely warned about approaching Chandler on the subject.

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