Monday, March 3, 2014

Gambit's Tournament of NOLA: Two enter. One leaves. You decide

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

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Every year, Gambit publishes the Best of New Orleans issue in which readers vote on the best of everything. It’s a long list of bests, but arguments continue to rage. So we're trying something simpler, and it's next week's cover story.

Welcome to Gambit’s Tournament of NOLA, where 38 pairs of New Orleans favorites go head to head.

Bud's Broiler or Ted's Frostop? Bywater or Marigny? Red beans or white beans? Camellia or Clover? Fletcher or Travers? We know you have an opinion.  

THE RULES:
1. You will be presented with two things. Make your choice.
2. What are the criteria? See rule No. 1.
The results are completely scientific, unarguable and, of course, legally binding.

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Anyone who completes the ballot will be entered into a contest for four tickets to Hogs for the Cause Sat. March 29.

Voting starts now and will conclude Mon. March 11 at 5 p.m. The results will be published in the March 18 edition of Gambit. You can share your favorites on Twitter using the hashtag #tournamentnola.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Indywood Theater announces Mardi Gras movie festival for Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Indywood Theater, the new home of Lousiana-centric movies at 630 Elysian Fields in the Marigny, has added an all-day mini-Mardi Gras film festival movies to its lineup for this Sunday, March 2. Here's the schedule:

Mardi Gras Made in China - 2:00 p.m.

Dance For a Chicken - 5:00 p.m.

Bury the Hatchet - 7:00 p.m.

Always For Pleasure - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and BYOB is encouraged. More info including film descriptions here.

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Yelp's 100 Top Places to Eat in the U.S. includes no New Orleans restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The #nomnom list, from Yelp.
  • The #nomnom list, from Yelp.


Oh, Yelp. You're so useful when it comes to addresses and hours of operation, and so un-useful when it comes to anything resembling good advice.

Witness Yelp's new Top 100 Places to Eat list ("100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on") which includes not a single New Orleans restaurant, bar, deli counter, food truck or second-line barbecue rig.

The website uses something called a "Wilson score" to determine its findings: 

click image The "Wilson score." - WIKIPEDIA
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  • The "Wilson score."

Very scientific, and a formula that results in a Haleiwa, Hawaii food truck called "Dat Cajun Guy" outranking every place in Louisiana. (No shade to "Dat Cajun Guy," whose food looks pretty good.)

It could be worse: Portland, Ore.'s Willamette Week points out that a closed food cart in Portland outranked New York's Le Bernardin, and a Portland establishment called "Waffle Window" topped New York's Per Se.

Our #nomnom must be off.


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RTA's new Riders' Advisory Committee seeks members

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The RTA voted unanimously Tuesday to start a Riders' Advisory Committee. According to a Ride New Orleans blog postriders in the advisory committee should be able to have input on plans, schedules, routes and other RTA developments for buses, streetcars, ferries and paratransit services.

click image A man reads the paper on the St. Bernard bus. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
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  • A man reads the paper on the St. Bernard bus.

A celebration with coffee and pastries will be held Wednesday, March 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at 4404 St. Peter St.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

City of New Orleans hires a construction company to build its long awaited greenway

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

A sketch prepared by Design Workshop of the anticipated greenway.
  • Sketch courtesy of FOLC
  • A sketch prepared by Design Workshop of the anticipated greenway.

After sorting through five bids for the job, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) announced Tuesday that the city has selected Durr Heavy Construction, LLC the official contractor to build the Lafitte Greenway Tuesday.

The 2.4 mile linear park planned to stretch between Mid-City and Treme was scheduled to break ground last year (though before that, in 2010, FOLC had announced that groundbreaking would take place within a year).

The city will hold a public meeting March 19 at the Sojourner Truth Community Center (2200 Lafitte St.) with Durr, a construction company based in Harahan, to answer questions and concerns from residents and businesses who will be affected by the start of construction. It will also announce the construction schedule, including the date of the official groundbreaking. FOLC Chair Samuel Spencer said in a statement that most of the details of the greenway have been worked out with the city, but certain elements are left up to the contractor, making public input crucial to the project’s success.

The greenway, which is being funded through Community Development Block Grant funds, will feature a 12 ft.-wide asphalt bike path that stretches from Basin Street to N. Alexander Street. The greenway will be constructed on now-vacant, city-owned land and will have lighting, new indigenous trees and plants, softball and baseball backstops, soccer goals, a walking path and rain gardens.

A date for the groundbreaking has not been set, but the city has said that once started, the project will take one year to complete.

LGBT-related bills head for the state legislature

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

State Sen. Austin Badon's House Bill 199 would add new discrimination protections under state law for four categories: age; disability; gender identity or expression; and sexual orientation.
  • State Sen. Austin Badon's House Bill 199 would add new discrimination protections under state law for four categories: age; disability; gender identity or expression; and sexual orientation.
The upcoming session of the Louisiana legislature could very well bring the strongest LGBT agenda the state has ever seen. Bills have already been filed or will soon be introduced to usher in new anti-discrimination laws protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination, reversing the state’s bans against sodomy, adding new protections for bullying in schools and erasing perceived biases in housing.

The real trick will be altering the usual outcomes, dished up by a conservative Legislature, bolstered by a Republican administration and tolerated by a right-leaning electorate. The issue is gaining intensity, but the politics remain unchanged.

What’s happening at the Louisiana Capitol tracks national trends, where similar policy discussions have boiled over. In Arizona, lawmakers recently passed legislation permitting businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens based solely on religious grounds. The response was so furious that even several Arizona state senators who voted for the bill reversed themselves and declared they’d made a mistake, and Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the legislation Feb. 26.

Closer to home, the Shreveport City Council adopted a so-called “fairness ordinance” late last year banning discrimination in housing, employment and public services. It takes into account not only sexual orientation and gender identity, but also race, age, ancestry, politics, religion and other factors. New Orleans had already done the same, back in 1999, while Baton Rouge is in perpetual debate.

Now the Louisiana Legislature takes a turn, with its regular session convening March 10. While most special interests on the left are grouping together for a unified front, the question of how and where anti-discrimination laws should be applied is dividing some.

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Briggs’ pathetic performance

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Legendary bank robber Willie Sutton reportedly was once asked why he robbed banks, to which he allegedly replied: “Because that’s where the money is.”

If Sutton had been an oilman, he no doubt would have plied his craft in south Louisiana. Because that’s where the oil is. And the gas.

Sutton also would have felt right at home in the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA). Mind you, there’s nothing criminal about prudently extracting oil and gas from the marshes of south Louisiana and piping it through miles of man-made canals, as long as you have the drilling rights and valid permits.

But there is something inherently wrong, and possibly illegal, about ruining the environment in the process, particularly when state permits require restoring the marshes afterward — or at least maintaining the canals so that they don’t degrade the marshes around them.

That’s the central question in the landmark environmental lawsuit filed last July by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The suit claims the defendants failed to honor obligations imposed by their state permits and, as a result, contributed significantly to coastal land loss and the increased risk of flooding in southeast Louisiana.

The energy industry and LOGA are scared to death of this lawsuit. They, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, have called it a money grab by greedy trial lawyers, said it was based on “bad science,” and predicted it would chase oil and gas companies out of Louisiana.

LOGA took it a step further and filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of SLFPA-E’s contract with its legal counsel. The contract includes a handsome contingency fee. LOGA’s lawsuit specifically claims the SLFPA-E suit would cause “irreparable injury” to LOGA members and have a “chilling
effect on the exploration, production, development and transportation” of oil and gas in Louisiana.

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Gott Gourmet gets a new name and menu

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM

GGs Pretzel Bread Pudding

Pierre the Pelican isn't the only one in town to get a facelift this season. Gott Gourmet, the popular Magazine St. soup, sandwich and salad spot, is revamping their image — and their menu — as well.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spike Lee on gentrification

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Spike Lee talked about (Alex Woodward has made me hate the word "rant") gentrification for roughly seven minutes last night at an event at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., the city where he was raised. Most of the effects of gentrification Lee pointed out could also be pointed out by New Orleanians: reverse migrationchanging neighborhood names and boundariesnewcomers with high expectations, newcomers wanting to stop practices that have been in place for years, what constitutes garbage, "Christopher Columbus syndrome," being priced out, neighborhoods finally getting standard amenities when new people move in, etc.

Lee's spiel is embedded below.



click image Spike Lee takes in a view of the French Quarter during a 2010 Gambit interview. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Spike Lee takes in a view of the French Quarter during a 2010 Gambit interview.
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Garret Graves to run for Louisiana 6th District Congressional seat

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

From 2010: Garret Graves, former chair of  the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, toured oiled marshes following the BP oil disaster. - GOHSEP
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  • From 2010: Garret Graves, former chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, toured oiled marshes following the BP oil disaster.


Garret Graves, who recently resigned as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and Gov. Bobby Jindal's "coastal czar," confirmed today he'll be running for the 6th District Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy.

in a statement announcing the decision, Graves said, "We need to get the government out of our healthcare decisions, private communications, economic markets and daily lives. Government is increasingly part of our nation’s problem and it is not bringing forward solutions."

Graves' profile was raised during the 2010 BP oil disaster, and again last year when he emerged as Jindal's point men against an lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against oil and gas companies.

Seven Republicans and two Democrats already have announced their intention to run for the 6th District seat, and a couple of high-profile others — former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Family Research Council head Tony Perkins — haven't ruled out doing so. The election will be Nov. 4, 2014.

Below the jump: Graves' statement.

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