Monday, September 16, 2013

Gambit Comedy Night at Publiq House September 23

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM


So here's something fun — and free — to do on a Monday night: We're going to present an evening of free stand-up comedy that starts early and ends early.

It's at Publiq House on Freret Street, and there will be happy hour specials before the show begins at 7 p.m.

The night's being put together by New Orleans comedian Joe Cardosi, and the lineup includes Andrew Polk, Cassidy Henehan, Ariel Elias and J.D. Sledge. Another funny guy, Matt Rosenthal (@spacehugs on Twitter) will be live-tweeting the event with the hashtag #GambitComedyNight

Here's the event's Facebook page if you want to r.s.v.p. and follow — or, you know, you can just show up. No pressure. We've barely even announced it and we have dozens of confirmed attendees, so if this goes well, who knows? We might do it again. Let's see how this one goes.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nick Lama wins Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Emerging Chef winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft.
  • Emerging Chef winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft.

Chefs have to please diners every time they send a plate out of their kitchens, but the competition at Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge upped the pressure — and the reward. At The Cannery on Wednesday, Aug. 28, Chefs handed dishes directly to attendees, who sampled items from the dozen finalists and voted for their favorite.

The dishes ranged from creative comfort food inspirations to elegantly simple haute cuisine. Barcadia chef Nick Hufft reinterpreted spaghetti Bolognese with Korean-accented kimchi noodles and spicy beef bulgogi. Ye Olde College Inn’s Brad McGehee reconfigured chicken and waffles into mini-waffle cones topped with peach preserves. Bayona’s Brett Duffee highlighted locally sourced foods with braised Chappapeela Farms duck in a peanut mole atop caramelized banana sopes. Chef Anthony Scanio of Emeril’s Delmonico tossed spinach and ricotta gnudi with braised Mississippi rabbit, tomato and green olives and topped it with brown butter-toasted almonds.

When the more than 460 ballots were tallied, the favorite was Gautreau’s chef Nick Lama’s citrus-poached shrimp with jumbo lump crab, mango slaw and lemon grass broth. In the pretty presentation, a large pink knuckle of shrimp rested on julienned yellow and red peppers and jalapenos in a zesty broth made with coconut milk.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The best of Greg Peters' "Suspect Device"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Like the work of many great artists, Greg Peters' work wasn't for everyone. His scabrously
funny poolitical cartoon, "Suspect Device," appeared in Gambit for more than a decade, but it took its sharpest form after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee collapses. In those years, "Suspect Device" (which appeared twice a month, usually) became a place where the cartoonist expressed outrage and hope, fear and optimism ... and a great uncertainty about both the state we live in and the state he lived in. 

Going back over his cartoons in the days since his death, I found many that perfectly reflected the week they were drawn; some that referred to teapot-tempests barely remembered (Joey DiFatta, anyone?); and others that were as trenchant, if not more so, as the day Peters mailed them in. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the simple parable than ran Jan. 8, 2008, when the outside world was thoroughly sick and tired of hearing about New Orleans' "recovery." (So were a lot of us.) Fortunately, I don't have to pick a favorite.

Click to see the level of detail in all these terrific cartoons.

— There will be a memorial service for Greg Peters Sat. Aug. 10 at Martin and Castille Funeral Home (600 E. Farrel Rd.) in Lafayette. Visitation at 1 p.m.; services from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. A New Orleans memorial will be held Sat. Aug. 31. Location TBD,  

March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais has your weekend doom-sounding schedule: in music, there's Canadian punk band KEN Mode at One Eyed Jacks and Baton Rouge's Twin Killers at Gasa Gasa; in film, there's proto-punk documentary A Band Called Death at Zeitgeist; the 9th Ward Opera Company takes Marigny Opera House; stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell headlines The Howlin' Wolf; and Rashaad Newsome's King of Arms is at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

And WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your weekend forecast:


Monday, July 15, 2013

"Are you from here?" This week's cover question becomes a readers' contest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

"Are you from here?"

Tell Gambit what it means to be a local in New Orleans.

In this week's issue, six Gambit writers offer up their own answers and explanations to the very simple — but very complicated — question: "Are you from here?"

Now we want to hear from our readers: Are you from here? And what does that mean to you?

Tell us and you could win 2 tickets to the first New Orleans Saints preseason game of the year, against the Kansas City Chiefs (Aug. 9).

Here’s how to enter:

Use one of the following to answer the question: “Are you from here?”

Email:; (your answer must be 150 words or fewer)
Instagram: photo submission @gambitneworleans #areyoufromhere
Tweet: @The_Gambit using the hashtag #areyoufromhere

Deadline for entries: Fri. July 26. Answers may be used online or in an upcoming edition of Gambit.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It's San Fermin en Nuevo Orleans weekend, and the Running of the Bulls begins 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday. What's the weather looking like, Derek Kevra?


Noah Bonaparte Pais has more picks for this weekend, including Cayucas and Brazos at Circle Bar, The Iran Job at Zeitgeist, and tonight, Sing Me Songs That Say I Love You closes. There's also some Difficult Men and works by Willie Burch and Eudora Welty.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

An update on Blake Pontchartrain

Posted on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

On Sunday, June 16, a Gambit reader (who happens to write for The TImes-Picayune) noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others and not properly attributed.

After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we determined that the identical passages were not inserted during the editing process but instead were the result of careless writing by the person who has researched and produced Blake for the past 15 years. Although the bulk of each column in question contained original material, the writer’s failure to quote or attribute the work of others constitutes plagiarism. We are deeply disappointed and saddened by this news.

“Blake Pontchartrain” is a nom de plume and has been a regular feature of Gambit since 1988. Throughout that time, both in print and online at, Blake has been our readers’ favorite column. The name “Blake Pontchartrain” is also trademark of Gambit Communications Inc., which publishes Gambit. The contributor in question will no longer write for Gambit, but the Blake Pontchartrain column will return in coming weeks.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

A note to readers regarding "Blake Pontchartrain"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Over the weekend, a Gambit reader noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others.

After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we’ve determined that the problem is not an isolated one, nor were the identical passages inserted at some point during the editing process.

“Blake Pontchartrain” is a composite column that has been written by several contributors over the years. These examples can all be attributed to a single writer, who will no longer be working for Gambit.

While we look at more of this writer’s columns and try to determine the depth of the problem, we’ve decided the safest course of action is to remove the Blake Pontchartrain archive from our website. We’ll keep readers apprised of our findings.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Gambit names Jeanne Foster associate publisher

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Jeanne Exnicios Foster
  • Jeanne Exnicios Foster
Gambit publisher Margo DuBos has named Jeanne Exnicios Foster the paper's associate publisher.

A New Orleans native, Foster studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and began her publishing career as an intern at Time Out New York. Foster has been an employee of Gambit since 2001, serving in various capacities including advertising coordinator and assistant advertising director. She has been the paper’s marketing director since 2008.

Foster has served as project manager for many digital projects for Gambit, including client-designed mobile sites and multiple redesigns of Gambit’s website, She also has headed development for online and print promotions and served as project manager for the company’s special events, including the Gambit Food Revue. In the most recent Media Audit survey (Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013), Gambit’s readership was up 37 percent from the previous year.

“Jeanne just gets it,” DuBos said. “She has done an outstanding job on print, digital and event projects that keep Gambit Communications current and relevant. This promotion is a tribute to her keen ability and success at advancing the Gambit brand in today’s media marketplace.”

“We have a really creative and innovative team right now,” Foster said, “and I am so excited to help continue to build the Gambit brand in the community and deliver what our loyal and growing readership wants via the print product, and Gambit Events.”

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM


Now with your Gambit weekend weather forecast from meteorologist Derek Kevra and our partners at WWL-TV. What's up, Derek?

"Hey, guess what? It's hot! Guess what else? It's June!

Highs this weekend will stay between 90-95 but it will feel more like 100-105. There is a small chance for afternoon showers, but overall Father's Day will be dry.

If you've forgotten it's Father's Day weekend, don't worry, just roll with the forecast and buy him a tub of ice... with a 6 pack in the middle."

And for what you need to be doing this weekend (the Southern Fried Food Festival at Audubon Zoo, Spamalot, Ariel Pink) ... take it away, Noah Bonaparte Pais and Eric Paulsen:

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