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Thursday, October 31, 2013

I support Pierre the Pelican, and so should you

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM


The energy inside the New Orleans Arena was a first. On the historic opening night of the New Orleans Pelicans first-ever season, an atypically packed house — decked out in navy blue and red outfits or brand new (and minutes-old) jerseys and ball caps — reached unheard sound levels for a New Orleans basketball team, practically threw themselves onto the court after big shots and bad calls, and at the game's climax for a potential buzzer beater to send the thing into OT, when prompted to get loud — first the men, then women, then kids, then everyone — exploded into an affirming "Holy shit, we have a basketball team" 10-second scream.

Who prompted the crowd? Just one dude, standing at center court. Pierre the Pelican, introduced to fans just an hour before with the fanfare of a John Wall intro, and 45 minutes after dancing alongside the senior dance team, and another 20 after shooting a T-shirt gun and mugging for fan photos.

Nobody should be surprised mascots are goofy. They're cartoons. They're clowns. They rally, dance, pose for pictures — none of this should be news to anyone who has watched any sport in the last 5 million years.

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Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival returns to Armstrong Park

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM



For the sixth year in a row, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will be serving up hot gumbo and even hotter music for free this weekend in Louis Armstrong Park at the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. known for its celebration of local music, crafts, and, naturally, plenty of hot gumbo.

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Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks — and Derek Kevra's spooooky Halloween forecast

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

It's Halloween, and we have Rob Ryan, Flo from Progressive Insurance, Strawberry Shortcake, a 610 Stomper, various witches, Shaun of the Dead and Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell wandering around our office. But rain is in the forecast, so we got the twerk-or-treat 411 from WWL-TV meteorologist Derek Kevra:

"In general, the weekend looks like a wonderful fall showcase, but there are a few details to point out. Some showers are still possible early Friday afternoon, but the rest of the weekend will be dry. Voodoo goers should plan on a soggy ground for Friday and outside of the hours 11AM-4PM, some cooler temps, especially at night. If you're planning on being there overnight, bring a jacket. Don't say I didn't warn ya!."


This weekend's big news, of course, is the Voodoo Music Experience (check our complete preview, schedule and maps here), but there's also Chelsea Light Moving at One Eyed Jacks, 12 Years a Slave (our review; Ken Korman says it may be the best movie of 2013), The Mountaintop at Anthony Bean Community Theater (our preview); and lots more. Noah Bonaparte Pais explains it all to Eric Paulsen:

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Food truck roundup in New Orleans East Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The New Orleans East Business Association, together with Stacy Head and Verges Vintage Vehicles, hosts Cruising the East food truck roundup and car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at 5555 Bullard Ave.

The Fat Falafel, NOLA Girl, We Dat and Grilling Shilling participate.

The antique, vintage and specialty car show features the original Batmobile, along with several other vehicles from Wade Verges' collection and from car lovers around the city.

In addition, there will be Space Walks, live music, daiquiris and a covered seating area.

click image Cruising the East is the first official food truck roundup in New Orleans East. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Cruising the East is the first official food truck roundup in New Orleans East.

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Who is Kenny Stills?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills.

When the New Orleans Saints add a new weapon to their arsenal our first reaction is to categorize that weapon, folding him into the ongoing narrative of the Sean Payton era.

That’s what we do at the Black & Gold Review, anyway — but it’s also what plenty of others do, too. For example, upon the arrival of Kenny Stills, no less an authority than Drew Brees immediately compared the new kid to Lance Moore:

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Of course, the Lance Moore comparisons went away about the time of Joe Morgan’s season-ending training camp injury. At that point the sudden focus was on Stills’ speed, and on his by-default new role as the latest Saints deep threat.

But now, half a season into 2013, we’ve decided to take a close look at Kenny Stills. If the Saints offense is a cast of actors filling roles, which script is Kenny Stills reading from?

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Prytania offers school-group screenings of 12 Years a Slave

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

The Prytania Theatre is offering discounted school and educational group screenings of director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Interested parties should contact Eric Ramstead at The film, which tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color in 19th-century New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana, opens Friday at the Prytania, Canal Place, and Elmwood Palace theaters. Read our full review here.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cartoonist Walt Handelsman joins The Advocate

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Cartoonist Walt Handelsman. - WALTHANDELSMAN.COM
  • Cartoonist Walt Handelsman.
Walt Handelsman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in The Times-Picayune from 1989 to 2001 before he decamped to New York Newsday, will return to New Orleans to become staff cartoonist at The New Orleans Advocate.

The decision sounds like a sudden one, according to a press release from The New Orleans Advocate tonight:

Handelsman agreed to join The Advocate over the weekend, after attending Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game with the newspaper’s owners, John and Dathel Georges, General Manager Dan Shea and Editor Peter Kovacs.

“A few years ago at a Tulane art fair, I purchased a brass skeleton key on a chain created by talented local artist and close family friend, Juliet Meeks*,” Handelsman said. “I’m not much of a jewelry-wearing guy, but I’ve worn that key under my shirt every single day as a personal reminder to someday unlock the door and get back home.”

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State Rep. Jared Brossett jumps into District D City Council race

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM

State Rep. Jared Brossett.
  • State Rep. Jared Brossett.
State Rep. Jared Brossett will be jumping into the New Orleans City Council race for the District D seat with an official announcement coming next week, according to a fundraising flyer making the rounds today.

Brossett intends to announce his candidacy Nov. 7 at an event at Dooky Chase on Orleans Avenue. 

Brossett, a Democrat, has been serving in the Louisiana legislature since 2009 as the representative from District 97 (which largely covers the Gentilly neighborhood), and was the former chief of staff to Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. Hedge-Morrell, who now represents District D, will be term limited in the upcoming election and has already announced her intention to run for one of the council's two at-large seats.

A call to Brossett was not returned as of this afternoon.

The election will be held Feb. 1, 2014, with a possible runoff to be held March 15. The qualifying period for all candidates is Dec. 11-13.

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Gardening mishap turns CITY PARK boxwood sign into TY PARK

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM


And you thought you were having a bad day. Pity the gardener at New Orleans City Park who absentmindedly cut down two of the letters in New Orleans City Park's iconic topiary sculpture before realizing his mistake.

The bushes that have for years spelled CITY PARK on City Park Avenue now spell TY PARK. A small portion of the I remains.

"That would be called a mistake," City Park spokesman John Hopper told Gambit this afternoon. "Some mistakes are bigger than others."

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