Gambit's Best of New Orleans 2013 issue is now on the streets and you can watch some of the winners come to life on this special edition's cover. Pick up an issue and scan the cover with a free app called Layar (available in the iTunes and Droid app stores) to watch the magic happen.
Tallulah — a certified therapy dog that was once adopted from the Louisiana SPCA (the Best of New Orleans 2013 best non-profit winner) — traveled from one location to the next interacting with some of the Best of New Orleans winners.
To make this cover happen, Gambit turned to The Solomon Group, a New Orleans-based entertainment production company. While The Solomon Group's work has spanned the United States, the design and technology firm has brought its talents to several local projects including the design and installation of the exterior/animated lighting system for the Superdome and the production of several live broadcast environments for CBS Sports during Super Bowl XLVII.
To film the cover, Solomon Group worked with Baton Rouge's Contrast Films. Contrast Films shot the piece on a RED EPIC camera due to its high resolution sensor and compact size.In order to match the aspect ratio of the print cover (think portrait vs. landscape), the entire video was shot with the camera on its side. There was also the creative and technical challenge of crafting a short video with a circular story, as the piece had to end the same way it began in order to convey the illusion of a cover that comes to life.
Pick up a copy of Gambit's Best of New Orleans 2013 to see this technology in action, and to see the Best of New Orleans through a dog's — and our readers' — eyes.
The Big Easy Foundation announced nominees for 2012 theater awards. The nominees are here or after the jump. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards on Monday, March 26 at Harrah's New Orleans. Big Easy music awards nominees will be announced in late March.
Paulsen to Bonaparte: "The jig is up!" You won't find it online, but at the end of this week's morning missive, WWL-TV's esteemed senior anchor (Hi Eric!) admitted he, um, actually reads these things:
10 p.m. Saturday, Blue Nile
6 p.m. Saturday, Antenna Gallery
Dance With a Stranger
2 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center
8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Closes Friday, Jazz & Heritage Gallery
Closes Sunday, New Orleans Photo Alliance
Today at Gambit everyone is hustling to put together the 2009 Best of New Orleans issue. It is hard to believe that 4 years ago as we were putting the 2005 issue to bed, we logged out of our computers that Friday afternoon, completely unaware that we would return to 3923 Bienville caked in mold. The last email I read that day simply alerted the staff we were watching the storm.
And today the memories are still unavoidably real (the view out my office window is a boarded up house that is leaning toward the right, its next door neighbor was just knocked down last week).
In my opinion the "best" thing to come of the storm were the thousands of volunteers who came from all over the world to help rebuild New Orleans. And four years later, thankfully they are still here- visiting and living.
The St. Bernard Project (SBP) has played host to many of those volunteers and next week they will be launching their 4NOLA campaign; to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane K and keep the cause alive as they continue to fundraise and build homes to help residents return. The 4NOLA campaign will include a 24-hour build and a kick-off party at House of Blues.
If you want to get your hands dirty
The SBP 24-hour build will begin on August 28th at 4 p.m. and will finish with a moment of silence on August 29 at 4 p.m. Call Gretchen at 504-723-6837 to volunteer.
If you would like to rebuild a home without sweating and a cocktail in hand
Attend the Saturday night fundraiser (8/29) at House of Blues. The ticket price includes open bar and musical performances by Kermit Ruffins, Spencer Bohren and more. The events fundraising goal is to completely fund four homes, a cost of $60,000. Ticket Cost: $75. Call the SBP office at 504-277-6831 to order.
And as a testament that the rest of the country is still thinking of us, 100 additional 4NOLA fundraisers will be taking place across the country throughout the next year coordinated by past SBP volunteers.
Ever find yourself disagreeing vehemently with a recommendation or opinion in Gambit's pages? (No? We didn't think so.) Well, Mr. or Ms. Contrarian, now's your chance to set the record straight. Vote for your favorites in a multitude of categories everything from Best Local Publication (ahem) to Best Gentlemen's/Strip Club (or so you've heard). We've even made it easy for you to fill out as much of the survey as possible by adding a button at the bottom of each page that lets you take a break from filling out the ballot and finish it later. Ballots must be completed by Aug. 3, and winners will appear in the Aug. 25 issue of Gambit.
You must answer at least 75 questions in order for your votes to be counted, though your opinion is important to us and we want you to answer as many questions as you can. Each person may fill out one ballot only (yes, we can tell).
So go here to get started, and remember: the best thing about voting online? No hanging chads.
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