So we got our hands on a bottle of that Lucky Player king cake-flavored vodka today, and after lunch everyone gathered in the kitchen for a grand tasting with tiny little purple, green and gold shot glasses ...
We all swirled the vodka in our glasses and took a deep, appraising sniff, as if we knew what the hell we were doing. Adjectives that were used to describe the aroma:
• wedding cake
• wedding cake
• king cake
• straight almond extract
• really sweet
But how did it taste? Under the jump ...
Attention commenters: This is how you leave a comment. Regarding our poll question — "Do you support the plan to change the curfew for minors in the French Quarter to 8 p.m. on weeknights?" — reader Annti unleashes this righteous rant:
What about curfews for 50-60-year-old geezers wearing brand-new baggy pants, one leg rolled-up, sideways caps (and of every color of the rainbow, I might add!), trying to pass themselves off as "thirty-ish" to girls who may not even be old enough to drink, but their skanty clothing gets them into every other bar in the Quarter? OOOH!!! Even better!!! A ***PERMANENT*** CURFEW on the statutory-rapist types on Decatur, pushing SIXTY, looking like death on a cracker, and telling 16-year-old goth girls that they're "Wandering" FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD VAMPIRES who only keep those cop-repellant dogs with them (cops HATE waiting for the SPCA to show up & pick-up gutter-punk dogs) because they are their "familiars" (mixed mythology, anyone?) and that the inch-thick pancake makeup is to protect their "vampire" skin (and cavern-deep wrinkles) from "too much incandescent & neon light." Can we get THOSE mofos off the streets, PERMANENTLY??!?! They pose a greater hazard to the health & welfare of youngsters in this city than a stupid-assed CURFEW could fix.
If you don't know where your kids are or what they're doing after dark, IT'S ***YOUR*** FAULT. ...
There's more. Quite a lot more. Go under the jump, and if you're inspired by Annti, submit your own comment here.
Korman’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national and regional publications, including Rolling Stone, The Austin Chronicle, Sound & Vision and Time Out New York. He has published more than 4,000 movie reviews over the course of his career, and he has interviewed filmmakers and actors from Robert Altman and Terry Gilliam to Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford. (He’s also a guitarist with the local band The Lushingtons.)
Korman’s reviews will appear in the weekly edition of Gambit, and he’ll be a frequent contributor here on the Blog of New Orleans. We’re glad to have him aboard.
In this week's Gambit, we highlight a few newer local artists in our first-ever New Music issue.
If you've followed the blog you may have seen some of these names pop up on Free Music Friday or elsewhere, but here's a quick look at some artists we're getting into.
Hit the jump for Gambit's new music playlist.
The annual Rising Tide conference is underway at Xavier University. At 11:40, Gambit's Alex Woodward will be moderating a discussion about the BP oil disaster, and our second line correspondent Big Red Cotton takes the mic at 4:35 pm to lead a discussion about brass band culture with panelists including Gambit's Alejandro de los Rios, who is completing Brass Roots, a documentary about the city's brass bands. (Details of both panels below.)
For those who can't make it, here's the webcast.
11:40 a.m. — 12:50 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Re-capping the well
The aftermath of the Macondo oil disaster and the future of the Gulf Coast. A discussion about how what's just happened over the past year will affect the land and the people for years to come.
Moderator: Alex Woodward - staff writer, Gambit, covering the environment, arts and culture of south Louisiana.
Anne Rolfes - Founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Anne began her organizing career in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo. It was there that she first witnessed the destruction of oil production. After six years of working on Nigerian issues, Anne returned to Louisiana in 1999 to protect her home state from petrochemical pollution. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks to make the industry more equitable. In October 2007 Anne was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Community Health Leader.
David Hammer - An award-winning reporter for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He led the paper's investigation of what went wrong on the Deepwater Horizon rig and broke several stories about key engineering decisions that contributed to the BP well blowout. His beats since the oil spill also include the drilling moratorium and Kenneth Feinberg's administration of spill claims. Hammer is a seventh-generation New Orleanian and a graduate of Harvard University. He worked five years for newspapers in New England and four years with The Associated Press.
Dr. Len Bahr - The former director of the Governor's Applied Coastal Science Program who currently publishes the La Coast Post website.
Drake Toulouse- A BP and Gulf Coast Claims Facility critic who writes at Disenfranchised Citizen.
Bob Marshall - Marshall is The Times-Picayune's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has spent much of his career chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana's wetlands culture. Although best known as outdoors editor of the newspaper, Marshall's 35-year career includes extensive work as a reporter and columnist covering professional, college and Olympics sports, feature writing, op-ed columns, and special projects specializing in environmental issues.
4:35 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Panel Discusion: Brass. New Orleans. Music.
Moderator: "Big Red Cotton" Deborah Cotton
Lawrence Rawlins - Band director of Roots of Music
Alejandro de los Rios - Producer of the Brass Roots documentary
Edward “Juicy” Jackson - Trombonist TBC Brass Band
Joe Maize - Trombonist TBC Brass Band
Sean Michael Roberts - Trumpeter TBC Brass Band
This panel will be followed by a performance by the TBC Brass Band.
A corps of volunteers from Capital One Bank will help Louisiana State University AgCenter workers remove shrubs and foliage Tuesday in the yard of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 566-1136; noaam.org) and replant a heritage garden with plants that would have graced the grounds when the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House (where the museum is located) was constructed in the late 1820s.
The LSU AgCenter and Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Program designed a landscaping plan for the yard based on trees and plants common in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans in the early 19th century. The volunteers will sow heirloom plants in the beds surrounding the museum during the workday, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Meilleur-Goldthwaite House originally was built as a residence in 1828-29. The museum will use the heritage garden to foster its goal of teaching people about the history and culture of African-Americans in New Orleans in order to protect and preserve that heritage. Installing heirloom plants is part of a larger renovation of the Creole villa, which has retained many of its original decorative details.
Capital One volunteers are helping restore the garden as part of the bank’s annual One Week initiative in which more than 658 company employees are expected to spend more than 3,000 total hours volunteering with 33 nonprofits across the state between now and Saturday. Projects include working with food banks in the New Orleans, Acadiana, central Louisiana, Baton Rouge and Covington areas; assisting Friends of City Park with clerical and horticultural duties; repairing homes in Gentilly with the St. Bernard Project; and volunteering with other projects in Houma, Oakdale, Kinder, Baton Rouge and Monroe.
The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards ceremony was held April 25 at Harrah's New Orleans, with performances by many of the nominated artists. A few images of the evening:
Photos by Gary Loverde and Jose Garcia
The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards ceremony was held tonight at Harrah's New Orleans, with performances by many of the nominated artists. The event was sponsored by Gambit, WWOZ-FM, Abita Brewing Co., Harrah's New Orleans and Coleman E. Adler and Sons. The honorees were:
Entertainer of the Year: John Boutte
Honorary Music Awards Chairperson: Kermit Ruffins
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Radiators
Music Heritage Award: Joseph "Smokey" Johnson
Business Recognition Award: Chip Forstall
Ambassadors of New Orleans Music Award: David Simon and Eric Overmyer, "Treme Season 1, Music from the HBO Series"
Under the jump: the other nominees and winners in each musical category (winners marked with an asterisk):
But it takes more than shelters to keep pets happy and healthy while waiting for homes. Hard-working volunteer-run groups like Friends of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and the Animal Assistance League of Slidell help give support (and love) to the pets at those shelters. And there are many clinics, nonprofits and volunteer groups also helping dogs and cats put their best paw forward.
Find more helping hands below the jump.
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