Now imagine if New Orleans had a marathon planned for the following weekend after Hurricane Katrina — and Ray Nagin insisted that, despite the state of emergency, tens of thousands of runners hit the streets.
Because that's what's happening in New York right now:
"I think some people said you shouldn't run the marathon," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news briefing Wednesday. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There's lots of people that have come here. It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."
OK. Now just imagine the cable-news and talk-radio reaction — even a fraction of the reaction — had Nagin suggested New Orleans hold a marathon six days after Katrina, and that running it was somehow a tribute to those who had perished.
Despite Halloween falling on Hump Day, late-night parties persist. Here are a few highlights for All Hallow's Eve.
At 9 p.m. at Siberia is Trust, shadowy synth-pop from Canada, the darkest and spookiest of countries. In February, the minimal Toronto duo — Robert Alfons and Austra's Maya Postepski — released its debut full-length TRST, featuring Alfons' sulking, Vincent Price-esque vocals and thick, vintage synthesizer washes and over-driven pulses, evoking vaporous dance floors. Stream TRST here.
Opening is New Orleans duo Shannen Doherty Eyes and Nancy, a glitchy dance-pop duo from Baton Rouge. Stream the band's 2012 release Violent Boys here. Tickets are $12.
New Orleans funk mammoths Galactic and the Soul Rebels Brass Band hit the Tipitina's stage at 10 p.m. Living Colour's Corey Glover will join Galactic — watch the band's video for "Move Fast" (featuring Mystikal and Mannie Fresh) below.
Never Records, the art installation/pop up record store/music project, will close on Nov. 4. There's a closing reception from 6 p.m. to 11 pm. Saturday, Nov. 3. Gambit previewed it here. Jason Berry created a short video with an overview and an interview with creator Ted Riederer.
Never Records has an archive of the recordings made there in the past month, and visitors can browse and play them.
Oh no. Here we go again. As the New Orleans Hornets were finishing up final preparations
for their regular season tipoff tonight against San Antonio , head coach Monty Williams delivered frightful news fit for Halloween. Guard Eric Gordon, the team’s top offensive player, would be out indefinitely due to recurring knee issues.
Gordon has missed the entire preseason schedule due to knee soreness and the team had hoped that by resting him for the month he would be ready to start the season. That not only didn’t happen -- but to make matters worse no one either knows why Gordon’s knee continues to give him problems or is not saying.
"He's going to be out," Williams told reporters following a shootaround Wednesday morning at the New Orleans Arena. "The way I understand it, he's going to be out indefinitely until we get some more clarity on what's going on, so I don't have to answer these questions every day and give you guys the update. We'll just go from there."
What? Are you kidding me? How do you go an entire month of sitting out and now it’s getting worse, by sitting and resting the knee? I didn’t go to medical school (only play Dr. Kattengell on my radio show) but conventional wisdom leads one to believe that if it is only October that by say March when teams make a push for a post-season spot, that knee won’t be healthier with minutes on the floor under it.
(video courtesy of infrogmation)
Honoring John West, President of the Valley of Silent Men SA&PC
Featuring the Treme Brass Band
(route below the jump!)
Five minutes later ...
The massive brick building looming above the Claiborne Avenue overpass between Montagut and St. Ferdinand streets looks like the industrial structure it once was, and while you’d never guess from the exterior, it currently comprises more than 50 art studios. It also houses the May Gallery, the St. Claude Arts District’s northernmost outpost, which currently features Derek Larson’s Tantric Wealth exhibition, a mixed-media extrapolation of ancient beliefs and contemporary currencies. His busy montages of monetary symbols including euros, pesos, pounds, dollars and krona are configured into contemporary yantras, the sacred diagrams employed in traditional Hinduism as meditative pathways to cosmic consciousness. All are untitled, and all radiate the irony that inevitably attends any fusion of things macro and micro, sacred and venal.
Adding to their pop aura, all are rendered in acidic shades of tangerine, mauve, salmon and so forth, in patterns as incomprehensible as global finance itself. And while the sages of ancient Asia offered paths to self-liberation, today’s global economy more often resembles something the Egyptian pharaohs might have devised, only our new pharaohs are the financiers who sometimes seem to try to rule the world even as the high priests of technology keep the masses mesmerized with the latest addictive gadgets that command ever more of our attention — as we see in Larson’s video projections of people seemingly transfixed, meditating on their pods, pads, tablets and cellphones. Like digital yogis, they channel vast networks of universal corporate consciousness, and here we encounter a Ray Bradbury vision of a dystopia of electronic lotus eaters where everyone is wired into a waking dream of virtual connectedness, a realm of eternally ephemeral enticements that never fail to tantalize even as the latest “new and improved” iteration of electronic nirvana looms on a perpetually receding horizon. The reality is more nuanced than this sounds, but Larson gives us a lot to think about.
Thru Nov. 23
Tantric Wealth: multimedia installation by Derek Larson
Open Nov. 10 and by appointment
May Gallery, 2839 N. Robertson St., Suite 105, 316-3474
Rapper Ludacris posted a picture of his Halloween costume on his Instagram and we're gonna go ahead and say it's the odds on favorite to win Best Costume 2012 in the "Celebrity Impersonating Another Celebrity" category. Aside from the fact that it's a great costume and that it brings some national attention to Davis and the Hornets on the eve of their first regular season game, it just makes us plain giddy that the Hornets will be playing their first game on Halloween. The season opener against the San Antonio Spurs probably won't answer too many questions about the future of this Hornets team, but it should be a festive atmosphere considering how seriously New Orleanians take dressing up for almost any occassion.
Before preseason started, I wrote that this could be the last "Hornets" season in New Orleans thanks to Tom Benson's ambitious plans to re-brand the franchise. For die-hard basketball fans, this is just a cosmetic change and the most important milestones this season will deliver will be everything Davis and fellow rookie Austin Rivers can accomplish in their first year in the league. Surely, there will be bumps in the road, but there's nothing more exciting than watching two hyper-talented young players experiencing the NBA for the first time and seeing whether they can live up to expectations. Either way, if Stub Hub is any indication, there are plenty of decent tickets left to go to tomorrow's game and get some answers to the questions surrounding this Hornets team in person.
Also, Halloween! In New Orleans! With pro sports! The last time this happened, it went over very well. We have high expectations for tomorrow.
Sam Levin of Denver's Westword caught up with former FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown, who currently infests the airwaves of that fine city, to see what Brownie thought of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.
Brownie's criticism? It was too quick. Hmmm. Suspicious!
Brown expects that in the coming days, there will also be comparisons between Obama's quick response to Hurricane Sandy and his slower response to the attacks in Benghazi, which has become a challenging campaign issue for the president.
"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in...Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Brown says. "Why was this so quick?... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question.... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."
No, Brownie. No one's going to ask that question. Except you.
The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for companies to apply for a multimillion-dollar contract to track the progress of the proposed New Orleans Police Department consent decree. The city and the U.S. Department of Justice originally released a request for proposals (RFP) on Sept. 6, setting an Oct. 5 deadline. However, according to court filings, it seems they were unhappy with the responses.
Seven companies applied for the contract — for which Mayor Mitch Landrieu has set aside $2 million in his proposed 2013 budget and is expected to be worth as much as $10 million over the life of the consent decree — the Lens reported. 55 pre-identified likely respondents received a copy of the RFP, but only four of them actually responded.
According to a joint motion for extension filed by the city and the feds filed last week in U.S. District Court, other groups who wished to apply were not aware of the RFP.
Despite widely distributing the RFP and articulating the deadline for proposals, the Parties have learned that some interested entities were unaware that the RFP had been issued. The Parties are concerned that there may be additional entities that may have applied but were unaware that the RFP had been issued. This concern is bolstered by the fact the Parties received only seven applications for Monitor, substantially fewer than have applied to other monitoring requests for proposals, including quite recent ones.
Judge Susie Morgan granted the motion over the weekend, and the new deadline is Nov. 16.
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