Friday, March 17, 2017

New Orleans Fashion Week events March 18-24

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show. - PHOTO BY GEOVANNI VELASQUEZ (WWW.BLACKANDGEAUXLD.COM)
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  • Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show.

New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) takes the city by the stilettos March 18-24, with a full slate of events for fashion lovers of all ages and genders. NOFW brings together budding and established designers from all over the country, with a focus on homegrown talent from the Gulf South, and provides a chic setting for networking, mentoring and — of course — shopping. The group's mission is "to foster and support economic growth by raising attention to the talents of southern designers, beauty professionals, photographers and models," and the dream is realized this month with a parade of fashion shows, demonstrations, pop-up boutiques and panels.

Red carpet events and runway shows are March 22-24 at the Civic Theater, with Luxe Marketplace pop-up stores at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 as well, and shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 for upper-level general admission to $300 for a 3-day VIP pass, and are available here. The fashion fun doesn't stop there though — here's some info about attendant events.

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Review: Kiki

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:44 AM


There’s no medium like documentary film for bringing little-known subcultures out of the shadows and into the light of an unsuspecting world. More than 25 years ago, Jennie Livingston’s landmark Paris Is Burning fulfilled that promise with a poignant portrait of New York City’s ball culture, in which gay and transgender people of color stage elaborate competitions featuring their own style of dance-and-modeling performance. Soon after the release of that film, the style was further popularized (or appropriated, depending on your point of view) by Madonna with her smash hit “Vogue.”

Though not an official sequel, director Sara Jordeno’s Kiki returns to the still-thriving ball community of New York City. The kiki scene is a subset of the ball scene, and one inhabited by kids as young as 12 up to young adults in their early 20s. Like the mostly older denizens of the ball scene depicted in Paris Is Burning, kiki participants affiliate themselves with “houses” that provide mentorship, team training for the competitions and a support network intended to mitigate the racism and homophobia they live with daily — even in a city as relatively open-minded and tolerant as New York.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to speak in New Orleans May 9

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:28 AM


Sheryl Sandberg, the high-profile Facebook COO and author of the ostensibly feminist career coaching tract Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, will appear in New Orleans later this spring. She's in conversation with commentator Mary Matalin at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center on May 9.

In Lean In, Sandberg essentially argues that there aren't as many women in the highest levels of business in part because they begin "opting out" of more demanding assignments in anticipation of pregnancy and child care. She urges professional women to invest more in their careers, rather than stepping back (the "you *can* have it all!" argument). The book sparked a backlash from critics who pointed out that Sandberg herself has resources like nannies, housekeepers and significant wealth to support an ambitious career — assets which aren't available to many women.

Sandberg later reevaluated some of her Lean In arguments after the sudden death of her husband. Her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy, details how her family recovered from that loss and how she learned to cope with the difficulties of being a single parent.

A ticket, which includes a copy of the new book, is required to attend the event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop. It's from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Shotgun Cinema presents Martha Colburn's stop-motion animation Saturday night

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:45 AM


Shotgun Cinema and artist, animator and musician Martha Colburn will present a program of Colburn's innovative stop-motion animation at the New Orleans Photo Alliance (1111 St. Mary St.) on Saturday night, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. Described as "Monty Python meets Hieronymus Bosch," Colburn's films are part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Tickets are $6 and $5 for Photo Alliance members. Click here for more information.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for March 17-19

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Gambit music pontificator Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to discuss the weekend, including "hip-hop's first multi-gender rap star," a throwback monster movie and more.

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State legislation proposed to close loophole in domestic violence situations involving same-sex couples

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 4:13 PM


Proposed legislation prefiled for the 2017 Legislature by State Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, aims to close a longstanding loophole in Louisiana’s domestic violence statutes by including same-sex couples.

House Bill 27 would alter the state’s civil and criminal statutes by opening harsher sentencing possibility for abusers in same-sex cohabiting relationships and by providing key public welfare assistance options to same-sex victims.

The bill simply removes the phrase “of opposite sex” from the state’s definition of a household member, a definition that forms a foundation for the domestic abuse battery and domestic aggravated assault charges, as well as support services for victims.

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Louisiana has two more breweries

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The bar at Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • The bar at Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater

Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St.) has received necessary city and state permits and began brewing March 16 in anticipation of a soft opening by May 1.

Co-founder and brewer Eric Jensen and assistant brewer Chuck Smock are brewing a mixed-fermentation farmhouse saison made with standard farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces. It is dryhopped with Wakatu and Motueka hops. After that, they'll make an easy drinking German Alt brewed with rooibos tea, followed by a Kolsch with Lemondrop hops and a hazy, juicy IPA, brewed and dryhopped with El Dorado and Azaca hops.

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Restaurant news for Cane & Table, Little Korea BBQ, St. James Cheese Co.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 10:17 AM

St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District now serves breakfast and brunch on Saturdays. - COURTESY ST. JAMES CHEESE CO./FACEBOOK
  • St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District now serves breakfast and brunch on Saturdays.

Cane and Table’s (1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112) managing partner Nick Detrich is leaving his spot behind the Decatur Street bar, but will remain a partner.

The longtime Cure and Co. employee and brain behind the French Quarter proto-tiki bar made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday. His last shift behind the bar will be this Sunday.

Detrich started working on the theme for Cane and Table five years ago. He remains a managing partner, and fellow Cure and Co. staff member Matt Ray will step in as general manager of the bar, according to Eater NOLA.

Detrich says he plans on traveling to Mexico and London before returning this summer to “engage in other pursuits.”

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Landrieu selects old VA hospital for low-barrier homeless shelter

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 6:05 PM

  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
Following debate among city officials and residents over the placement of a proposed low-barrier homeless shelter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced on March 15 an expansion of homeless services at the former Veterans Affairs hospital on Gravier Street. The expansion is expected to add 100 overnight beds with little or no barrier for entry, including no cost of admission or sobriety test, and 24-hour access.

In 2015, Landrieu announced the city had effectively eliminated homelessness among veterans by using a housing-first model and partnering with a broad group of federal, state and local agencies and nonprofit groups. It has since housed nearly 500 veterans. Landrieu said 44 people experiencing homelessness died in New Orleans last year, and the inclusion of 100 new low-barrier beds — in the same building with nearby health and housing services — "can be critical as we seek to connect even more homeless to the necessary services they need to get into stable housing.”

"Today’s announcement allows us to deliver on our promise to expand services and reduce barriers that prevent the homeless in our city from accessing care,” Landrieu said in a statement.

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Gogi Korean Restaurant is now open in Metairie

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Gogi Korean Restaurant opened earlier this month in Metairie. - HELEN FREUND
  • Gogi Korean Restaurant opened earlier this month in Metairie.

In a city where options for a Korean meal are scant, a new restaurant offering bulgogi and bibimbap is a welcome addition. Enter Gogi Korean Restaurant (4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-872-9992), a Korean eatery that opened earlier this month.

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