Wednesday, February 22, 2017

City Council defers vote on rental registry to March 9

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:35 PM

New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.
  • New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.

The New Orleans City Council will delay a vote on a rental registry and inspection program to next month. At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams and District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell sponsored a measure that would require landlords of most private rentals to register their properties with the city and subject them to inspections that must meet a checklist of health and safety requirements before they can be rented out. The City Council deferred voting on the measure last month, and it will defer the measure again to March 9 at its meeting on Feb. 23.

Cantrell and Williams will "continue to work on the legislation with their fellow Councilmembers and with New Orleans citizens to ensure the best ordinance going forward," according to the City Council's agenda announcement.

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Slideshow: Protesters, supporters at Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

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Congressional town hall meetings have become heaty affairs back home, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall today at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Public Library is no exception. Several hundred people — mostly protesters — gathered outside starting at noon for the event, which was not scheduled to begin until 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few of the signs and people in the crowd.

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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today
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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today


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Carl Schaubhut’s DTB to open on Oak Street in Spring

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring. - COURTESY DTB/FACEBOOK
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  • Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring.

The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market.

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Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.

"The rubber ducks have been really popular," said krewe captain Staci Rosenberg. "So many women (in the krewe) have young kids, we thought this would be popular with families."

Muses joins a small group of superkrewes that field multi-trailer floats in their parades. Orpheus has the Smokey Mary train float and Leviathan. Endymion introduced its nine-trailer Pontchartrain Beach float in 2013. Muses' ducks feature one larger mother duck and three smaller ducks. They will be hitched to the krewe's signature bathtub float, and the entire chain is 160 feet long. The mother duck will carry 14 riders, and each of the smaller ducks will carry 10.

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Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15.

The Young Leadership Council's annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.

Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15. The concerts run 11 weeks every Wednesday through May 24, and there also will be an event on Tuesday, May 2 with the Christian Scott Quintet.

The events run 5 p.m.-8 p.m. See the full lineup below.

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Broad Theater introduces "$2 Tuesday" movie screenings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:46 AM

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  • Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart

The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) will introduce a new "$2 Tuesday" film program in April with a series of four cult favorites hand-picked by the theater's staff. Here's the full schedule:


April 4 — Wild at Heart

April 11 — Bloodsport

April 18 — The Lair of the White Worm

April 25 — The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Report: Alien to land UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 12:59 PM

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Lost in the hurlyburly of the first weekend of Mardi Gras, the first month of Donald Trump's presidency and the firehose of "fake news" comes this definitely-not-fake-news from Weekly World News, the former supermarket tabloid that now seems to be an online-only affair.

Billed (rightly) as a "Mardi Gras STUNNER!," the WWN seems to be the only media outlet to report an alien vows: "I'LL LAND MY UFO ON BOURBON STREET — ON FAT TUESDAY!"

The alien from Planet Zeeba, we are told, "wants to paint New Orleans red!"

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It's been a busy year for the Alien, according to the Weekly World Newsit met with Trump before the presidential election and endorsed him, despite the fact that Trump's Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, had earlier adopted an alien baby in a naked grasp for the extraterrestrial vote:
But Alien, who is from Planet Zeeba, the most friendly planet in our galaxy, says that he wanted to endorse Hillary Clinton but felt that she was not fit for office. Apparently, everybody on Planet Zeeba has read Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails and… “they make us sick. She compromised the safety of her country and of earth.”

Aliens from Zeeba predict that there is a 95.6% chance of a Trump victory and a 100% chance of an alien invasion.
That prediction was more accurate than most of our terrestrial poll-takers ... so it seems a certainty that an alien will indeed land its UFO on Bourbon Street one week from today, which surprisingly is not included in the city's official and exhaustive list of Mardi Gras planning.

Interestingly, the alien did not choose to attend the Krewe of Chewbacchus last weekend, where it might have felt more at home — raising the question: Is this a 'bro' alien? Does the alien want to "earn some beads"? Catch a bit of the Bourbon Street Awards? Split a "federally trademarked" Hand Grenade with Earl and Pam? We'll just have to find out.
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Special election for Troy Brown's vacated Senate seat set for April 29

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Louisiana Senate President John Alario.
  • Louisiana Senate President John Alario.
Since Troy Brown stepped down last week as state Senator from District 2 (covering parts of several parishes south of Baton Rouge), the seat is empty heading into the regular legislative session that begins in April. Today Louisiana Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, called a special election to fill the District 2 seat.

Qualifying will be held March 15-17, and the election will be April 29. Should a runoff be needed, it will be held May 27.

In the year and a half before his resignation, Brown, D-Napoleonville, pleaded no contest to charges involving physical abuse of his wife and another woman described as a "side friend" during two separate incidents. Until last week, Brown had vowed to stay in office, despite competing resolutions in the Senate calling for his expulsion and suspension.

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Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson to perform in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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Comedians Louie Anderson and Jim Gaffigan will perform in New Orleans on the same night on different stages this spring. Anderson is at The Joy Theater and Gaffigan is at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 21. Tickets to both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Anderson recently was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Christine Baskets (mother of Chip and Dale, twins played by Zach Galifianakis) on the FX series Baskets. Its second season premiered last month.

Gaffigan's "Noble Ape" tour follows his latest hourlong stand-up special, Cinco, which debuted on Netflix last month.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab and Brieux Carre are close to opening

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Parleaux Beer Lab will open in Bywater. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Parleaux Beer Lab will open in Bywater.

Just off Frenchmen Street, the compact brewery and taproom Brieux Carre (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) features a cozy bar area with 12 taps and there is a beer garden in back.

Owner Robert Bostick, head brewer Taylor Pellerin, investors and friends built the brewery, from hand-mixing concrete and digging drainage trenches to creating the bar top from a tree they found near Bogue Falaya. Local brewhouse fabricator Craft Kettle made the brewing equipment.

“Literally everything in here has a story behind it,” Bostick says.

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