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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Jazz in the Park announces fall concert schedule

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Nigel Hall performs Sept. 8 at Jazz in the Park. - JAY SANSONE
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  • Nigel Hall performs Sept. 8 at Jazz in the Park.

Jazz in the Park's fall concert series runs Thursdays from Sept. 8 though Nov. 3. The lineup features Nigel Hall, Soul Rebels, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and others. Events are held in Louis Armstrong Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and also feature food and craft vendors and kids activities.

The full schedule is as follows:

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Change in Underwear Day and upcoming costuming/fashion events

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Trixie Minx is the queen of the National Underwear Day parade.
  • Trixie Minx is the queen of the National Underwear Day parade.

The National Underwear Day parade and attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing only underwear is changing location. The event now begins and ends at Castillo Blanco (4321 t. Claude Ave.), home to the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The record count lineup is at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. At 7 p.m., the parade proceeds on Poland Avenue to Burgundy Street. It turns onto Louisa Street and returns via N. Rampart Street and Poland Avenue to Castillo Blanco.

National Underwear Day was declared by an underwear maker. The New Orleans parade was founded by Ryan Ballard, co-founder of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, and Xena Zeitgeist, founder of Society of Sin burlesque troupe. The parade has a royal couple in king Chris Leonard, Executive Director of New Orleans Pride, and queen Trixie Minx. It is free to participate in the parade and after party. Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring a donation of new underwear, which will go to the New Orleans Mission.

The August calendar has several events and parades for those wanting to costume or dress for the heat. More events after the jump.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hogs for the Cause moves to UNO Lakefront

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017.

Hogs for the Cause will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced Tuesday.
The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer. The event is scheduled for March 30 through April 1 on the fields behind the UNO Lakefront Arena on Leon C. Simon Drive.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans wants to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.
  • New Orleans hosted NBA All-Star games in 2008 and 2014.

New Orleans might host the 2017 NBA All-Star game following the league’s objections to LGBT discrimination laws in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the game was scheduled next February. Today the league announced it's pulling out.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 requires transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, and it omits and limits LGBT protections from statewide anti-discrimination laws, including workplace discrimination. The law has been widely derided by touring performers, companies and events that canceled gigs or business in the state.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans," reads a statement from the NBA. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA will announce its replacement city "the coming weeks." According to Yahoo Sports, New Orleans is on the top of that list. New Orleans hosted All-Star games in 2008 and 2014. The event is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 19, with a week of events leading up to it — in New Orleans, this means an All-Star weekend in the middle of the last weeks of Carnival, with the game a little more than a week before Fat Tuesday.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project begins Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Pygmy Park was a short film created for the 48 Hour Film Project in New Orleans.
  • Pygmy Park was a short film created for the 48 Hour Film Project in New Orleans.

When the 48 Hour Film Project begins Friday evening, teams will have exactly two days to write, shoot, edit and turn in a film up to seven minutes long. The contest begins with teams drawing a genre from a hat, and they also get a prop, a character and a line that they must use in the film.

All completed films will be screened July 28 or 29 at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the National WWII Museum. One winning film will be screened at Filmapalooza, along with the winners from 48 Hour Film Project cities across the globe. The top 10 films from will be shown at the Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

Gambit spoke with two filmmakers who have participated in the 48 Hour Film Project competitions and are preparing for this weekend’s event: John Swider from Cool Cooperative, a nonprofit that teaches kids how to make films, and Justin Vaughn, a Paris-based filmmaker. See their work and read their interviews after the jump:

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Trey Herty of Brown Butter wins Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Sous Chef Justin Ross (center) and a team from Peche Seafood Grill competed at Gambit's Emerging Chef's Challenge. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST
  • Sous Chef Justin Ross (center) and a team from Peche Seafood Grill competed at Gambit's Emerging Chef's Challenge.

Sous Chef Trey Herty of Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar won Gambit's fourth annual Emerging Chefs Challenge Wednesday night at The Cannery. The competition featured sous chefs from 15 New Orleans restaurants including Restaurant August, Domenica, Shaya, Brennan's New Orleans, Ralph's on the Park, Peche Seafood Grill and Dick & Jenny's.

Herty prepared slow roasted pork belly with peaches, peas and ricotta.

"The chefs (at Brown Butter) told me to try to figure out something that would be accessible but original," Herty said after claiming his trophy and the $1,000 prize.

"Peaches and peas are in season, so I did that," Herty added.

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Village People, The Romantics, Zebra headline Louisiana Seafood Festival Sept. 2-4

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.
  • Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

The Louisiana Seafood Festival announced details including the music lineup for its Sept. 2-4 event at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. Headliners include Village People, Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice of American Idol fame, The Romantics, Zebra, Bonerama with George Porter Jr. and others. 

More than 20 restaurants and food trucks will sell food at the festival, including Acme Oyster House, Blue Crab Restaurant, Cafe Giovanni, Dat Dog, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant, Luke, Miss Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Red Fish Grill, Voleo's, Woody's Fish Tacos and others.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race returns to the French Market Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

IMAGE COURTESY THE FRENCH MARKET CORPORATION
  • Image courtesy The French Market Corporation

During the nightly theater of dinner service, waiters become minor acrobats, lifting, bending and balancing trays of cocktails, beer bottles and wobbly champagne flutes or martini glasses. The annual Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race brings this skill to its absurdist apogee, when service industry professionals face off in an outdoor tray-carrying competition. 

Under a usually-blistering July sun, bartenders and waiters speed-shuffle toward a finish line with a fully loaded tray of glassware and props. Points are docked for spills, and past races have disqualified contestants for dropping items from their trays.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alton Sterling peace vigil second line in New Orleans July 10

Posted By on Sun, Jul 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Alton Sterling
  • Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling Peace Vigil March and Second Line

Sunday, July 10, 2016 5-7pm

Today’s peace march and second line is being spearheaded by Charles ‘Action Jackson’, radio DJ for WWOZ radio and ‘second line ambassador’, to show support for the family of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police officers. “I’m tired.”, says a weary sounding Jackson. “I am a young Black man, born and raised in 9th ward. Fo so much killing going on, nobody more on radio that has a voice than me. I have to use that voice to keep people calm, to work with the police.”

Jackson, who worked over 36 years in law enforcement, says he can relate to the stresses police officers are under. “They have to make split decisions.” But says the goal of today’s event is “to stop the killing, stop the violence. We come in peace. We want to help everyone stay calm.”

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bicycle Birthday Bash marks 150 years of cycling on July 9 at Castillo Blanco

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 5:52 PM

LOUISIANA CYCLING CLUB SPOKES SCRAPBOOK, ACCESSION 98-62-L,WILLIAMS RESEARCH CENTER, THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION
  • Louisiana Cycling Club Spokes Scrapbook, accession 98-62-L,Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection

The bicycle was invented 150 years ago, and bicycle clubs soon followed. New Orleans cycling historian Lacar Musgrove writes about bicycle clubs in 19th-century Louisiana. She organized a birthday bash for the bicycle at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Castillo Blanco Art Studios (4321 St. Claude Ave.). The party includes talks about cycling, bicycle presentations and rides and a dance party with Mod Dance Party’s DJ Matty. Attendees are welcome to display their bikes, tricycles and pedal-powered contraptions.

There also is a presentation on 19th century bicycle art and imagery at Bar Redux (801 Poland Ave.) at 5 p.m. and there is an Art Ride on St. Claude Avenue. The party is a fundraiser for Bike Easy, an organization that advocates for safer biking in the city.

Musgrove spoke with Gambit about cycle clubs in Louisiana and the event:

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