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:
Mary von Kurnatowski, founder of the Tipitina's Foundation, will be making the club available for a benefit. No date yet, but we hope to hold the benefit in the next two weeks. Marie Lovejoy, FEDE's executive director, says "there is no shortage of musicians willing and ready to participate."
Gambit will also set up a webpage for donations, and is working with a local bank where people can drop off donations in person.
We realize this information is very preliminary, but it's in response to the many queries we've received since yesterday. Gambit and the Tipitina's Foundation will update you here on Blog of New Orleans as soon as we have more details, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced winners for theater performances in 2012 at the 25th Annual Big Easy Theater Awards Monday, March 25, at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Special honors included a Lifetime Achievement Award for Luis Q. Barroso, an actor, director, producer and educator. Southern Rep artistic director Aimee Hayes was named Theater Person of the Year and won Best Actress in a Drama for her role as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s The Light in the Piazza captured five awards, including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical, which went to Butch Caire. Southern Rep’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire won four awards, including Best Drama. The NOLA Project’s A Behanding in Spokane won Best Comedy.
Proceeds from this event benefit the FEDE, which awards grants to support arts education and development.
The event was sponsored by Gambit, Harrah’s New Orleans, Adler’s Jewelry, Abita Beer, Ketel One and Crown Royal.
Award winners after the jump.
Stephanie Grace was on last night's Informed Sources, discussing her Gambit cover story "Jindal and the Pill," as well as Ray Nagin's appearance in federal court this week. Also on the panel: Informed Sources producer Errol Laborde, WWL-TV anchor Dennis Woltering, The Lens' investigative reporter Tyler Bridges and moderator Larry Lorenz. The video isn't embeddable, but you can watch it at WYES-TV's website.
Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to break down the weekend's entertainment — Mardi Gras-related and not. (Bonus: Noah trying not to engage in horseplay with Eric Paulsen and Derek Kevra, who was dragged into the segment.)
So a couple of years ago 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 has sold out every year).
The 3rd annual Gambit Food Revue will be March 6 at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park. Like last year, we'll have a ton of food — as well as free beer, wine and cocktails, as well as music — all included for one price. We have about 30 vendors lined up and we're aiming for 40+ that night. It's something like a food truck roundup, except with restaurants. And it's indoors.
Like last 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 ($70 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. Each year has sold out quickly, so get your tickets now. And if you're undecided, take a look at the 2011 event:
Under the jump: the list of participating restaurants this year ... from Maurepas Foods to The Company Burger, from La Petite Grocery to Little Korea ...
Thanks to all our readers for being there for another year.
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