It may not be a playoff game but the game Sunday between the New Orleans Saints (6-8) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) definitely has plenty of storylines.
Dallas, New York and Washington are all (8-6) on the season with the Redskins atop the division due to tiebreakers. The Cowboys need a fourth straight win to keep pace for a possible playoff spot, “We’re just concentrating on continuing to just grind and figure out a way to win a game against New Orleans who’s going to be a very-very tough test for us. ,” Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said this week.
As the year wraps up, we will be updating several stories from 2012. In Parts I and II: Alex Woodward reported on the arson fire at the offices of Women With a Vision, as well as developments on Freret Street.
In Part III:
Throughout the year, Kevin Allman reported on the changes at The Times-Picayune and its online arm, NOLA.com, as the two became a new company, NOLA Media Group, under the watch of new publisher Ricky Mathews.
The Dec. 17 resignation of Lynn Cunningham, The Times-Picayune’s online editor — a veteran of the paper since 1977 and the right hand of editor Jim Amoss — was the cap on the paper’s most dramatic year in recent history as it launched into what was euphemistically known as “the digital transition.”
The Liebeslieder Project debuted at the AllWays Lounge & Theatre Thursday and runs again tonight. The program includes a 25-minute presentation of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes with four soloists (singing in German) and four dancers. It's followed by members of the 9th Ward Opera singing traditional Christmas carols and then caroling with the audience welcome to join in.
The Liebeslieder portion was an impressive collaboration, and the young singers of the 9th Ward Opera were particularly sharp and poised. Maritza Mercado-Narcisse choreographed and danced along with Donna Crump, J. Hammons and Eric Thileman.
It's the second presentation by the 9th Ward Opera, which was started by Kathleen Westfall, who is an adjunct professor at UNO and offers voice lessons. She's a graduate of UNO, when it had more offerings in music, and she went on to sing with small opera companies in New York City.
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A new venture called Barcadia is gearing up to open in the Warehouse District with a concept mingling vintage arcade games, craft beers and burgers. Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat and other classics of the coin-op kingdom will line the floor, while the bar will feature 40 or so draft beers and the kitchen will stay open late.
Barcadia is taking shape in the ground floor of a parking garage just off Poydras Street where the developers are also building an upscale cocktail bar called Ohm Lounge. Barcadia is expected to open in early January, with Ohm Lounge following later in the month.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has filed a motion in federal court requesting that the city's per diem payments to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office be readjusted to reflect inflation. The current rate, $22.39 per Orleans Parish Prison inmate per day, was set in 2003, pursuant to a settlement in federal court case Hamilton v. Morial (opened in 1969 as Hamilton v. Schiro).
The 2003 settlement provided that the sheriff's office couldn't challenge the rate until the end of 2005. A 2008 court ruling dismissed most of Hamilton — as requested by both the sheriff's office and the ACLU, which represented the plaintiffs — but kept in place the financial agreements.
Hamilton was reopened last month in the midst of another lawsuit, Jones v. Gusman, that appears likely to result in the implementation of a federal consent decree for the jail. Gusman initially requested a "modification" to the rate. But today, he specifies what that modification might be.
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Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre was supposed to kick off its 2013 season with Lombardi on Jan. 8. Instead, construction continues at the theater. Lombardi has been postponed until September, and the March production of Death of a Salesman has been moved to the following season, says Le Petit board member Leon Contavesprie. Tableau, the new restaurant by Dickie Brennan and Co., is expected to open in late January. It occupies the corner spot on St. Peter Street, which formerly housed Le Petit’s smaller second theater, lobby space and box office. Dickie Brennan and Co. acquired 60 percent of the building for $3 million in December 2011.
New Orleans City Council voted unanimously for a zoning change that will allow the Backyard Ballroom on St. Claude Avenue to reopen. The theater, which opened in 2006, has not been operating since last year because its previous zoning didn't allow for entertainment venues.
Backyard Ballroom originally requested a change to a C-1 commercial district, which the City Planning Commission rejected, arguing the designation would be too commercially intensive for the area. The Commission later recommended C-1A, a toned down commercial zoning district that was approved by council in today's meeting.
See our previous coverage of the theater's zoning problems by Alex Woodward: Siberia gets zoning approval; Backyard Ballroom's future still unclear
Saints safety Steve Gleason was surprised this morning with a custom-made, two-seater recumbent bike — and within a few minutes of seeing it in his driveway, he suited up for a ride in Lakeview. Gleason, who battles ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease), will plan to train on the bike to ride in the Ride 2 Recovery Gulf Coast Challenge, a more than 400 mile ride that begins in New Orleans and ends in Florida. The event, presented by United Healthcare, is March 2-9 and is one of several annual "challenge" rides to benefit wounded veterans.
The "Big Easy" bike, designed and donated by Ride 2 Recovery, can be pedaled by one or two people, allowing Gleason to take breaks. It has an independent pedaling system, adjustable seating and straps, and an elevated seat. Before he sped off with Ride 2 Recovery's John Wordin, Gleason said he battles ALS with "perseverance and creativity." Then with a smile: "Let's go."
Gleason's wife Michel and his family kept the bike a secret and said the bike was "the best Christmas present," and the couple's son Rivers cheered him with pom poms borrowed from the Saintsations cheerleaders.
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