When CUE editor Missy Wilkinson makes her monthly appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to promote the magazine's newest issue, she usually talks it up with meteorologist/fashionista Laura Buchtel. Laura was gone today, so Missy discussed the big Fall Fashion Issue with the station's other fashionista, Mike Hoss (who was a good sport). Bonus: No A/C in the WWL-TV studios!
(CUE is on the newsstands now, and will be online tomorrow.)
As Saints season gets underway, we're pleased to announce Gus Kattengell is joining Gambit's roster of contributing writers.
He'll be providing reports from training camp, pre- and post-game wraps of New Orleans Saints games and breaking Saints news on Blog of New Orleans — as well as a weekly column in Gambit. Gus joins our other sports correspondents — writer Alejandro de los Rios and photographer Jonathan Bachman.
G-Katt's been a familiar face (and voice) on local TV and radio for more than a decade. He's currently the co-host of "The Sports Hangover," the weekday sports show on WIST-AM, and the co-host of pre- and postgame radio broadcasts of Tulane University football. Before that, he was the sideline reporter for the Saints Radio Network and contributed to sports coverage on WWL-AM.
Gus is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He's won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for Sports Feature and several Louisiana Associated Press awards for Best Sportscast and Sports Story in the state. (Plus he just got married.)
It's a promotion for our free dating service, "How About We ... ", so singles are particularly encouraged to come by and meet some new people — but it's open to anyone. Come on by, and RSVP on the event's Facebook page if you're so inclined.
Rather than attempting to replicate the experience of reading a newspaper, but doing it on a tiny screen, we've completely rethought what our readers want out of mobile technology. If you like using Yelp! or IMDB on your phone, or if you're out in New Orleans and suddenly need a movie listing, a bar recommendation, the phone number for a restaurant, or just something to do right that minute, we think you'll like Gambit Mobile.
Here are some of the highlights:
2011 BIG EASY THEATRE AWARD WINNERS
2011 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2012 BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD
The National World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen
BEST MUSICAL 2011
Rivertown Repertory Theatre
BEST DRAMA 2011
BEST COMEDY 2011
The Norman Conquests
Under the cut: the remainder of the winners ...
His memorable pieces for Gambit included chronicling the state of New Orleans Recreation Department facilities, interviewing Spike Lee and profiling the proprietors of a Gulf Coast tattoo shop affected by the BP oil disaster. At The Lens, he's been dogged in his reporting on Orleans Parish Prison, particularly Sheriff Marlin Gusman ... and somewhere in there, he found time to co-write a guidebook to New Orleans.
Not bad for less than two years in town. Good luck back in London, Matt.
So last year we had this idea to have a food festival with every restaurant, food truck, deli counter, whatever that had been reviewed in Gambit over the previous year — sort of a mashup of everything we liked. We called it the Gambit Food Revue — and the results exceeded our expectations (and yours, apparently — it was a huge hit).
The 2nd annual Gambit Food Revue will be March 7 at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park. Like last year, we'll have a ton of food, beer, wine and other drinks, as well as music. We have 25 vendors lined up and we're aiming for 40+ that night.
Also: this year we're partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. Attendees will be asked to bring a canned item (or several), and at the end of the night any leftovers will go home with the Second Harvest people.
Tickets are only $45 for all you care to eat ($65 for early admission), and it's a great chance to try dozens of restaurants for what adds up to the price of a single meal at many New Orleans eating establishments. Last year sold out quickly, so get your tickets now. And if you're undecided, take a look at last year's event:
In college, I figured I could manage two and a half jobs. My senior year, on top of classes and keeping deliriously long hours at the school paper and freelancing, I quit a restaurant job and answered a Craigslist ad for a graveyard shift at a soon-to-open clinic for special needs dogs. I was hired, and from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., I'd walk, feed, pet and try not to doze off for too long with dogs big and small, in wheelchairs or incontinent, epileptic or with severe anxiety or worse. Not too sure how I looked or performed in classes the rest of that year, but I remember graduating (then going to work).
The first dog I met there was a white, one-year-old pit bull named Party, who was found over Mardi Gras, abandoned and covered in spray paint. He greeted me when I arrived for the interview, and he never left my side after I arrived for work. The clinic fostered him. He later was adopted, and I was a little heartbroken. There were many, many other pit bulls, and I was lucky to be friends with all of them.
I mention pit bulls because I wrote this week's cover story on them.
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