Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hundreds attend New Orleans March for Science (slideshow)

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 4:46 PM



In this strange new world — where the valley between truth and satire grows ever-foggier and sometimes it seems as though reality itself is slipping  — scientists on seven continents and in New Orleans converged April 22 for rallies in support of facts, objective research and other previously undisputed elements of their work.

Hundreds of people in New Orleans, including a sizable contingent from a visiting conference of physical anthropologists, gathered at City Hall Saturday for a rally and March for Science defending scientific and medical research funding, opposing the politicization of research results and celebrating the role of scientists in protecting the environment and human society.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Landrieu: letter threatening to pull funding over immigration issues is "another example of the Trump Administration acting before doing their homework"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM

CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER

New Orleans is among nine jurisdictions targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which threatens to cut federal funding unless they can prove compliance with the feds over their "sanctuary" policies.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has repeatedly asserted to the administration of President Donald Trump that the New Orleans Police Department and Orleans Parish Sheriffs Office — both of which are under DOJ federal consent decrees — obey federal law, and that New Orleans is not a so-called "sanctuary city" for people living the country illegally.

Today, the DOJ sent letters "requiring proof of compliance," or else. "Many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime," according to a press release from the department. "The letters remind the recipient jurisdictions that, as a condition for receiving certain financial year 2016 funding from [the DOJ], each of these jurisdictions agreed to provide documentation and an opinion from legal counsel validating that they are in compliance."

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Review: Personal Shopper

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 5:12 PM

Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper
  • Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper

Ghost stories and French art films don’t typically co-exist in the mind of the modern moviegoer. But that doesn’t stop award-winning writer/director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours) from orchestrating just that unlikely mash-up with Personal Shopper. Assayas seems unconcerned with catering to the expectations of even his most ardent admirers, as illustrated by this audacious yet frequently trying film.

That fearlessness and strength of vision may constitute the English-language Personal Shopper’s finest qualities. It begins in full horror genre-mode as a young woman named Maureen (Kristen Stewart) prepares to spend the night in a big, empty, creaky house in the French countryside, apparently hoping to make contact with a ghost. Very little is explained until later, long after the film takes its time establishing a supernatural vibe.

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Brew U: Shreveport lawmaker seeks to bar colleges from branding with beer companies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager. - SARAH GAMARD
  • SARAH GAMARD
  • Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager.

A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.

This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, which have their own official beer associated with their brands, are in the crosshairs of the bill by Democratic Rep. Cedrick Glover, who believes there is no justification for a university officially branding itself with alcohol.

Glover believes the current licensing agreements with breweries is a sudsy slope to hard liquor branding, but his concerns go beyond the alcohol.

“If you do this, why not the official lottery ticket game of the various universities across the state?” he said facetiously. “Let’s have the Mike the Tiger pick-three card.”

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Ashé presents free screening of drones documentary National Bird tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) presents a free screening of National Bird at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21. Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris and directed by Sonia Kennebeck, the film follows three military veterans turned whistleblowers who dare to reveal details on the secret drone wars the U.S. has conducted in foreign countries over the last ten years. A talk-back will follow the film. More information is here.


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An alternative to legislative gridlock: a limited-purpose constitutional convention

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:09 PM

State Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, has authored a bill to convene a limited-purpose state constitutional convention. - SARAH GAMARD
  • SARAH GAMARD
  • State Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, has authored a bill to convene a limited-purpose state constitutional convention.

The Louisiana Constitution of 1974 was far from a perfect document when voters approved it more than four decades ago. Proof of that is the fact that it has been amended more than 180 times — and lawmakers currently are considering still more amendments.

Given the gridlock between the Republican-controlled House and Gov. John Bel Edwards, the prospects for long-range, comprehensive fiscal reform are dim. Heck, it would take a minor miracle to get a small gasoline tax hike out of the House, even though a clear majority of Louisiana voters support that idea as a means of putting more money into the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

That’s one reason why state Rep. Neil Abramson’s bill to convene a limited-purpose constitutional convention deserves serious consideration. If lawmakers can’t even agree on the simple things, maybe a constitutional convention can address the big picture. Abramson doesn’t quite frame his argument that way, but that’s the reality.

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The Daily Beet opens in the CBD

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 11:09 AM

The Daily Beet, a new health-focused juice bar and cafe, is now open in the Central Business District. - COURTESY THE DAILY BEET/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY THE DAILY BEET/FACEBOOK
  • The Daily Beet, a new health-focused juice bar and cafe, is now open in the Central Business District.

The Daily Beet (1000 Girod St., 504-605-4413), a health-focused cafe and juice bar, is now open in the Central Business District.

The cafe serves health-conscious fare with a West Coast vibe, including cold-pressed juices, grain bowls, salads and smoothies.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Protest at state Capitol for incarceration reform

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Yolanda Castillo (left) holds a sign at the steps of the State Capitol. Her nephew is 40 years old and has been incarcerated for 21 years. Castillo was one of several demonstrators Thursday who came with the Louisianans for Prison Alternatives to advocate bills this session that would reform Louisiana incarceration. - SARAH GAMARD
  • SARAH GAMARD
  • Yolanda Castillo (left) holds a sign at the steps of the State Capitol. Her nephew is 40 years old and has been incarcerated for 21 years. Castillo was one of several demonstrators Thursday who came with the Louisianans for Prison Alternatives to advocate bills this session that would reform Louisiana incarceration.

The Louisiana State Capitol was flooded with a sea of bright blue T-shirts Thursday when more than 100 members of the group Louisianans for Prison Alternatives came to support bills relating to incarceration reform.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) also was there to support the group. Sarah Omojola, an SPLC policy counsel in New Orleans, said twice as many people as expected showed up for the demonstration.

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and legislators have grown concerned about the costs. Some district attorneys' and sheriffs' organizations oppose the changes.

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Record Store Day parties, events and sales in New Orleans April 22

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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The 10th annual Record Store Day returns Saturday, April 22 with a ton of limited releases and events held at record stores worldwide.

Participating Record Store Day stores in New Orleans are Euclid Records, Louisiana Music Factory, The Mushroom, NOLA Mix Records, Peaches Records, Sisters in Christ and Skully'z Recordz. But stores citywide are holding special events and sales to mark the occasion. Official Record Store Day participants took the "Record Store Day Pledge," meaning the stores will carry the "spirit of Record Store Day" and sell official Record Store Day releases in the store and not gouge the prices or hold them to sell online.

There are several local releases on this year's list, including a double LP from Allen Toussaint (The Allen Toussaint Collection) and triple LP singles collection from The Meters (Message from The Meters — The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977). Among other highlights: a Prince 7" picture disc, Sun Ra's Janus, Cinewax and Light in the Attic's Psychic Migrations compilation, Spacemen 3's Recurring, and Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack reissued for the film's 35th anniversary on a picture disc. Take a look at the full list here.

Here's a look at local record store events on April 22.

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Koreole halts plans for St. Claude Avenue grocery, restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:09 AM



Koreole is curbing their opening plans for a Korean grocery and restaurant on St. Claude Avenue. - COURTESY KOREOLE/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY KOREOLE/FACEBOOK
  • Koreole is curbing their opening plans for a Korean grocery and restaurant on St. Claude Avenue.

Koreole, the Korean grocery and deli slated to open on St. Claude Avenue, has curbed its plans for the time being, says owner Kayti Chung-Williams.

The announcement comes following health complications suffered by Chung-Williams, who says she’s under doctor’s orders to transition to a low-impact lifestyle for a while.
Chung-Williams underwent radiation treatment last fall for a spinal cord tumor, she said.

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