"I am auctioning off my allegiance to any NFL team. I am/was a Vikings fan before last night's loss to the Saints. I can't continue to put myself through the torment of being a Vikings fan year after year. I need a new team, help me decide where my new allegiance will be.
A little background on me, and how I got to this point...
I am a 30 year old Minnesota native, and have been a die hard Vikings fan my entire life. After last night's loss to the Saint's, I have decided to move in a different direction. Losing isn't what bothers me, it is the way in which we lose. The Vikings have a way of building your excitment to a peak and then crushing your spirit, ripping out your heart and stomping on it. I can't take it anymore...The Gary Anderson miss field goal, 41-0, and now 12 men in the huddle followed with an interception... I AM DONE! Please help!
Top bidder gets to choose my new NFL team!"
Have you ever gazed at the impassive beige porcelain of your toilet and thought, "Gosh, I wish this tank was more interesting. Somebody ought to put a design on it. Something like a hamster playing in marbles!"
Gambit's Winter Restaurant Guide is now on the streets, so pick up your copy to have a comprehensive guide of New Orleans eateries listed by cuisine. We also hit the streets to ask New Orleanians what their favorite restaurant is? See the video here. Is your favorite restaurant represented?
[Note to readers: The post below is my column for this weeks issue of Gambit. Immediately following is a full set of Troy Henrys responses to the attacks, from an interview I did with him on Friday, Jan. 22. For reasons of space, I was not able to include all his comments in the Gambit column. Clancy]
Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:45 sharp - 4pm
START: Rock Bottom Lounge 3801 Tchoupitoulas Street. Out Tchoupitoulas to Amelia St. left on Amelia to Magazine Street right on Magazine St. to Louisiana Ave. (left ) on Louisiana Ave. to St. Charles (right) on St. Charles to Washington Ave. left on Washington Ave. to Dryades St., right on Dryades St.
STOP: Sportsman Corner. Out Second Street to Danneel St. (Left).
STOP: Bean Brothers out Danneel St. to Fourth St. (RIGHT) on Fourth to South Saratoga. (LEFT) on South Saratoga.
STOP: Purple Rain. Out Washington Ave. to Danneel. (RIGHT) on Danneel to Louisiana Ave. (RIGHT) on Louisiana Ave.
STOP: Sandpiper Lounge. Back out Louisiana Ave. to Loyola Street. (UTURN) on Louisiana. Proceed out Louisiana. .
STOP: Ole & Nu Style at Louisiana and Tchoupitoulas. (RIGHT) on Tchoupitoulas, back to Rock Bottom.
D I S B A N D
What is up with our local celebrities today? Normally docile, they seem to be making headlines for all the wrong reasons. First Lil W---e disses the Saints, and now Us magazine claims that part-time resident Angelina Jolie hates this town:
The Big Easy is nothing but a big headache for Angelina Jolie. She and her partner, Brad Pitt, purchased a home in New Orleans in 2007 -- but an insider tells Us Weekly that an irked Jolie "calls it 'his house.'"
It seems that the resilient Louisiana city isn't Jolie's cup of tea, and it threatens to drive a wedge between her and Pitt, 46. "Brad loves spending time in New Orleans, but Angie doesn't," the source divulges in the new issue of Us Weekly. "They fight because of it...she keeps yelling at him that she hates New Orleans and never wants to go back."
Without any sourcing other than an "insider," I'll choose to disbelieve it -- Brad Pitt's contribution to the 9th Ward is well-known, and everyone I've ever talked to around the French Quarter who had a Pitt-Jolie sighting or interaction said the family were extremely nice and about as down-to-earth as you could get, given their circumstances.
After all, if you're held in high esteem by the counter staff at the Verti Marte, you're A-OK in my book.
Here's a few parties and benefit concerts happening this weekend that support Haitian earthquake relief:
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral sponsor the New Orleans to Haiti Relief Concert to benefit the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Haiti. The concert is at Christ Church (2919 St. Charles Ave.) Suggested donations start at $25. 7 p.m.
The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art (2003 Carondelet St.) hosts the Party With a Purpose, which benefits the Ecole Nationale des Arts and Peniel Guerrier, artistic director of the Ballet Folklorique Tamboula d'Haiti. The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Chuck Perkins & Voices of the Big Easy, the Newcomb and Tulane University Faculty Departments of Theatre and Dance and some DJs are slated to perform. There's also a Haitian dance class and silent auction before the benefit at 6:30 p.m. Suggestion donations start at $10. 8 p.m.
Local hip-hop artists perform for Konbit Pou Edikasyon's I AM AYITI benefit concert at Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St.). The lineup includes Truth Universal, Suave, The Sekond Element, Tygah Woods, Lyrikill, A LEVY and Dain. Suggestion donations start at $10. 8 p.m.
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society presents Cocktails for a Cause at Cure (4905 Freret St.) to benefit the Red Cross. The event features two cocktails: Oloffsons Punch, made with a Haitian rum, and the Sazerac, which has Haitian roots because of the Peychaud's Bitters, created when the Peychaud family was living in Saint Domingue. 5 p.m.
Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club (1931 Saint Claude Ave.) hosts the There, But For The Grace benefit concert. Funds raised will ship medical supplies and equipment to Haiti and will support the Hope for Haitian Children Foundation. The lineup includes Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ward, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Clarence Johnson and others. Suggested donations start at $25. 7 p.m.
Later in the week:
Friday, Jan. 29: The First Presbyterian Church (5401 S. Claiborne Ave.) hosts a benefit concert to benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Musicians Amanda Wadsworth, Peter Cho's Piano Trio, Dickie Thomas and other musicians are scheduled to perform. Suggested donations start at $10. 6 p.m.
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