Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trader Joe's will open Sep. 23 in Metairie

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 6:31 PM

A Trader Joe's grocery. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MIKE MOZART
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  • A Trader Joe's grocery.

At long last, Trader Joe's — the grocery chain that has inspired a cult of fans since it opened in California in 1967 — will be opening a store in the New Orleans metro area. On Sep. 23, TJ's will open the doors at 2949 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, introducing locals to the wonders of Triple Ginger Snaps, guacamole made with Greek yogurt, frozen flatbreads and, of course, Two Buck Chuck (which may not be two bucks any more, but the name stuck). 

TJ's also is hiring (and jobs start at $10/hour), so if you've always wanted to don a Hawaiian shirt while directing foodie-yuppies to the frozen Chickenless Orange Mandarin Morsels, get in your applications at the Veterans store from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

In 2011, we explored why New Orleans didn't have a Trader Joe's yet, and the 2012 news that Baton Rouge was getting one set hopes high that the store soon would come to New Orleans. The Metairie location was announced in July 2015

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Revamped Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar throws block party Aug. 20

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 4:53 PM

A revamped and remodeled Lucy's Retired Surf Bar is now open in the original Warehouse District location. - COURTESY LUCY'S RETIRED SURF BAR
  • COURTESY LUCY'S RETIRED SURF BAR
  • A revamped and remodeled Lucy's Retired Surf Bar is now open in the original Warehouse District location.

Following several months of renovations and a brief name change, Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995) is open again, with an expanded bar and dining space and an updated menu.

The Warehouse District watering hole popular with the after-work CBD crowd went through a name change earlier in the year — briefly becoming 701 Bar during a trademark dispute with one of the restaurant's former partners. The restaurant’s owners quickly reclaimed the Lucy’s name after adding partners at Kirkendoll Management.


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New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Shotgun Cinema announces lineup for 2016 True Orleans Film Festival

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Kate Lyn Sheil in Kate Plays Christine
  • Kate Lyn Sheil in Kate Plays Christine

Shotgun Cinema has announced the lineup for its second annual True Orleans Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 9-11 at The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad Street). The festival celebrates non-fiction storytelling in films, podcasts and other forms. Nine films and two panel discussions will be presented. Highlights include the local premiere of Kate Plays Christine, director Robert Greene's groundbreaking film about Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide on-air in 1974; and a restored version of Win Wenders' classic documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Tickets for individual films are $10 and a festival pass is $70. Panels are free and open to the public. More information including the full schedule is available here.

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Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison on drug charges

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
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  • Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper.

Darren Sharper, the former NFL safety who played with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and 2010, was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison this morning. He previously had pleaded guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape in four jurisdictions, including New Orleans.

Sharper earlier had negotiated a plea deal that would have netted him nine years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected the deal, saying his crimes were too serious.

Below the cut: the statement from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Lizzie

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 2:18 PM


Idella Johnson and Leslie Claverie star in Lizzie. - GARY MICHAEL SMITH
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  • Idella Johnson and Leslie Claverie star in Lizzie.
For those who revel in the sheer outrageousness of rock music, Lizzie, may be fulfilling fare, but if seeking well developed characters enacting a thrilling and horrifying story, the See ’Em On Stage production of the murderous musical falls dramatically short.

However well-intentioned, the creative choice of venue — the cavernous New Orleans Art Center — makes it almost impossible to follow the narrative. While lyrics are incidental to many rock songs, they are critical in a musical, and here the audience must strain to understand exactly what is happening. Despite the performers’ hand-held and headset microphones, the band positioned onstage is too dominant and distracts from the action. Musicians performing on the same plane as the actors is a good example of an interesting idea that undermines the purpose of the show.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bon Appetit names N7 one of country’s top 10 new restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

N7 was named one of the country's top 10 best new restaurants from Bon Appétit magazine. - HELEN FREUND
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  • N7 was named one of the country's top 10 best new restaurants from Bon Appétit magazine.

N7 (1117 Montegut St.), the charming 9th Ward French wine bar and bistro, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appétit magazine.

The culinary magazine’s annual list was released Tuesday, Aug. 16 and called the indoor-outdoor spot “the most romantic French restaurant in the world.” The list included winners from all over the country — from Asheville, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles.

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Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM

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Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Zagat announces 30 Under 30 list for New Orleans culinary industry

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Restaurant guide Zagat - released its first 30 Under 30 list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry on Aug. 16. - COURTESY ZAGAT
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  • Restaurant guide Zagat released its first 30 Under 30 list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry on Aug. 16.

Restaurant guide Zagat has released its first "30 Under 30" list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry.

The compilation from the international restaurant guide features up-and-coming stars in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, including both front and back-of-the-house positions. Following an online solicitation, Zagat complied the nominations and reviewed and edited the list, which was released Aug. 16.

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