Pre-game festivities for the NFL season opener between the Saints and the Minnesota Vikings (7:30 p.m. Thur., Sept 9) include a Mardi Gras-style parade (with floats by Blaine Kern Studios) through the French Quarter and music by the Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift. The Krewe of NFL parade route starts at Esplanade and North Peters Street, proceeds along North Peters, merging on to Decatur and then back to North Peters, and then it feeds on to Tchoupitoulas Street and ends at Julia Street. The concert is at Jackson Square and the stage will be on the river side of Decatur Street facing the square. The parade however, is not a parade between Dumaine and Toulouse streets, says NOPD. For those blocks, it's an event being orchestrated by NBC for its pregame broadcast (6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). The staging is expected to intersperse songs, floats passing by the Jackson Square on-camera set and segments with Bob Costas. People who wish to be close to the stage can apply for tickets to be in the "casted audience." An NFL spokesperson and the ticket website say tickets are first come, first serve. Also, access to Jackson Square will be restricted to ticket holders.
Although TBC has been one of my favorite brass bands for years, I didnt know Brandon very well and had only hung out with him a few times in the weeks just prior to his death. Yet writing an article about the loss of this young man has been one of the most difficult assignments Ive ever faced, harder in some ways even than reporting from Ground Zero after Hurricane Katrina. Before the levee breaches, folks in New Orleans joked after every storm, somewhat morbidly, about how we dodged a bullet, The Big One that would surely one day hit and fill our bowl-shaped city with water. Five years after surviving a near fatal wound we, the resilient' ones, have finally turned a corner in the recovery of our city. But were also still dodging bullets that threaten to take out what weve fought so vigilantly these last five years to save - a future for New Orleans. We all must commit ourselves to addressing this threat if were truly going to redeem this city. Brandons story serves as a testimony to whats worth saving in New Orleans and a portending of darker days should we fail to heed its warning.
??8:30-11:30am: Bravery, Strength, Resilience
Memorial Celebration Will begin at The Lower Nine Monument, Tennessee St. at N. Claiborne. United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters to serve as keynote speaker.
10:00am-6:00pm: 5th Annual Katrina Commemoration March
Healing Ceremony located at Jourdan Road and North Galvez at the levee breach in the Lower 9th Ward. March starts immediately after reading of names, going down Claiborne Ave ending at Hunters Field (St. Bernard Ave. at Claiborne Ave).
* video courtesy of Lisa Palumbo
Don't you worry your little heads, we absolutely haven't. There are big plans afoot for the upcoming season and rest assured that we will be back with our unique take on the games and the season. Take for instance this little nugget:
Jagerbomb wireless in the Superdome...only in New Orleans. And it's fitting, too, seeing as how the new press box is so high up you need a couple of jagerbombs to avoid the vertigo (aggressive drinking is what you do when you have vertigo, right?).
In any case, we were going to do a write-up on tonight's game but then we remembered it's the preseason and it only counts if someone gets hurt (/knocks on wood). Just 13 more days, people, then the fun really begins.
Photo courtesy of HBO
On a weekend full of Hurricane Katrina anniversary events and memorials, NOMA hosts screenings of the entire first season of Treme. Episode 1 begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the day's final installment is episode 7 at 4:30 p.m. The final three episodes run on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission to NOMA is free this weekend, and also featured is "Untitled [New Orleans and the Gulf Coast]: Photographs by Richard Misrach." The show runs through Oct. 24.
The hottest race for Congress this primary season turned out to be the Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District, which stretches across Louisianas oil-soaked coastline from St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes on its eastern edge to St. Martin and Iberia parishes on its western side. The district also includes the coastal areas of Jefferson Parish. The main controversy involved the military records of the two front-runners, former House Speaker Hunt Downer of Houma, and Jeff Landry, an upstart (and well financed) challenger from New Iberia.
Sen. Mary Landrieu joined U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon and other Gulf Coast leaders at the downtown Marriott hotel this afternoon to launch the "Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition," a broad-based lobbying and public relations effort to attract federal compensation and defense spending to the region in the wake of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ready 4 Takeoff get it?
Seems like every day now we hear about the Second Coming of bedbugs. DDT wiped 'em out after World War II, but the new breed, like something out of a horror movie, has mutated and is taking over hotel and motel rooms one bite at a time. If they're not infesting an AMC theater in Times Square (oh God), they're invading file cabinets in offices (oh God oh God) or luxury car dealerships. And on last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart featured this absolutely horrifying, David Lynch-ian PSA about bedbugs (starring Isabella Rossellini!):
The first I'd heard of it was a friend from New Orleans who had moved to Cincinnati with his wife; they've found bedbugs in their house twice now and are on the verge of a mutual nervous bedbug-breakdown. So it wasn't surprising when the list of "America's Top 10 Bedbug-Infested Cities" came out today and Cincinnati was #1. Just try to read this paragraph without itching:
David Ralph Hoffman, owner of Merlins Pest Control, says if you dont know someone who has had a bedbug problem, you dont live in Cincinnati. At Merlins they rate their horror stories on a scale of 1 to 10. The worst was an apartment occupied by someone who bragged about the last time hed had a bath (not recently). The apartment was also occupied by about 100,000 bedbugs, Hoffman says, kept in checked only by an equal number of German cockroaches. The one we had that we call our 9.5, the gentleman was a World War II vet and pale, sick, dying, grumpy as helland we found over 50 bedbugs in the hat he was wearing.
The good news: For once, New Orleans isn't at the top of one of these horrible lists that no one wants to top -- it doesn't appear in the Top 10. The good/bad news: If you're traveling, you can check the site Bedbug Registry to see if anyone's reported blood-sucking creatures between the sheets of your luxury hotel or flophouse (bedbugs respect no class or income level).
Have you had any experience or warning about bedbugs when you traveled this summer? Just in case you don't know what they look like ...
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