Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 20-22

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Gambit music commentator and professional man-about-town Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share weekend picks: a crossover country chanteuse at Gasa Gasa, vogue performances and more.


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Wynton Marsalis: I would play the Trump inauguration, if asked

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Wynton Marsalis. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
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  • Wynton Marsalis.

Last week we noted that the Donald Trump inaugural entertainment lineup had no New Orleans musicians (though it doesn't appear any were asked). Yesterday Wynton Marsalis wrote a thoughtful Facebook post explaining that, yes, he would have performed for Trump if asked:

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'Jazz funeral for Lady Liberty' leads morning protest Jan. 20

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

The Mahogany Brass Band. - COURTESY LJ GOLDSTEIN
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  • The Mahogany Brass Band.

A weekend of protests and demonstrations begins Friday morning in New Orleans to mark what Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne called "the most ominous Inauguration Day in modern history." In keeping with that grave assessment, tomorrow's first protest — organized by activist group The Next Right Thing — will be headed up by a "jazz funeral for Lady Liberty," which features an effigy of Lady Liberty resting in a coffin. The Mahogany Brass Band will play traditional dirge and funereal songs.

The "funeral" will convene with other marchers outside Louis Armstrong Park at 10 a.m. to depart at 11 a.m. on the route that journeys from Rampart Street to Canal Street and then back down Peters Street toward the Moonwalk. There, Lady Liberty's coffin will be symbolically doused in the Mississippi River. One of the "funeral's" organizers, Randy Fertel, said the event was partially inspired by the Society of St. Anne's traditional Mardi Gras morning pilgrimage to the Mississippi. (LJ Goldstein and Conrad Martin also contributed to the organizing.)

Onlookers are encouraged to join the procession.

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Spotted Cat group to open restaurant on St. Claude Avenue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen street is opening a new restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in February. - COURTESY INFROGMATION/WIKICOMMONS
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  • The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen street is opening a new restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in February.

The popular Frenchmen Street jazz and live music haunt The Spotted Cat Music Club (623 Frenchmen St., 504-943-3887) is entering the restaurant business next month with an all-day breakfast joint on St. Claude Avenue.

Spotted Cat Food & Spirits (2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 130) will open inside the New Orleans Healing Center sometime before Mardi Gras, serving breakfast all day long and small plates.

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Ryan Adams to perform at Orpheum Theater March 14

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 1:37 PM

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Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams hits the road following the release of February's Prisoner, his follow-up to his acclaimed 2014 self-titled album. He'll wrap a March tour in New Orleans at the Orpheum Theater on March 14.

Adams' last performance in town, at 2015's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, spanned his neo-heartland rock 'n' roll and tender deep cuts through his prolific songwriting career from Whiskeytown's alt-country frontman to his manic SST-inspired punk. In 2015, Adams released a cover version of Taylor Swift's massive 1989 album. Adams is currently working on projects with singer-songwriters Jenny Lewis and Liz Phair.

Listen to Prisoner's third single, "Doomsday," below.

Tickets start at $36.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

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Woody Harrelson's innovative 'live movie' screens tonight at Elmwood Palace

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM

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Written and directed by and starring Woody Harrelson, Lost in London is the world's first first feature film to be shot live and screened in cinemas at the same time. The film features 14 locations and a cast of 30 that includes Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson, and will be shot in one 100-minute take with a single camera. The story, which involves one very long and difficult night in London, was inspired by a real-life experience suffered by Harrelson, who reportedly has called the film "a soul-searching comedy." A live Q&A with the director will immediately follow the film.

Presented by Fathom Events, Lost in London screens live tonight, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Palace theater. Tickets and more info are here.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Orleans rental registry and inspections gets City Council support, but debate will continue

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM

New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.
  • New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.

A program to register and inspect most rental units in the city will head to the New Orleans City Council, but councilmembers are likely to make changes to the measure in the coming weeks.

A 4-0 vote from the Council's Community Development Committee Jan. 18 sends the 15-page plan — an ordinance outlining the fees for rental unit registration and requirements for inspection — to the full Council for a vote, but councilmembers, residents and landlords raised several questions about how it'll work and whether there could be significant negative impacts to the city's affordable housing stock. "The bottom line is, our citizens deserve better," said District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, who co-authored the ordinance with At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams. "Housing that doesn’t meet quality standards impacts everybody."

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Bayou Burger & Sports Company opens in Uptown Jan. 19

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:05 PM

The Gleason Burger will be served at the new Bayou Burger & Sports Company, which opens Jan. 19 at 3226 Magazine St. - COURTESY CREOLE CUISINE RESTAURANT CONCEPTS
  • COURTESY CREOLE CUISINE RESTAURANT CONCEPTS
  • The Gleason Burger will be served at the new Bayou Burger & Sports Company, which opens Jan. 19 at 3226 Magazine St.

Bayou Burger & Sports Company (503 Bourbon St., 504-529-4256) opens a second location of the beer and burger pub concept in Uptown (3226 Magazine St., 504-224-6024) tomorrow.

The casual restaurant from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts takes over the space formerly occupied by the Mediterranean spot Salu, which shuttered late last year.

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Conor Oberst coming to the Civic Theatre in New Orleans March 18

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Conor Oberst performs March 18 at the Civic Theatre. - AMELIE RAOUL
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  • Conor Oberst performs March 18 at the Civic Theatre.

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst performs March 18 at the Civic Theatre, the day after the release of Salutations, his companion to 2016's stripped-down Ruminations on Nonesuch Records. Oberst — who's been a part of or fronted countless projects and artists, from Saddle Creek's aggressively vulnerable anchor Bright Eyes to the recently resurrected punk band Desaparecidos — revisits his largely acoustic seventh solo album, the Nebraska-raw Ruminations, with full-band arrangements on 2017's Salutations.

Guests on the album include Jim James, M, Ward, Gillian Welch and several others, including The Felice Brothers, who will back Oberst on a March tour.

Oberst will donate $1 from each ticket to Planned Parenthood, via the concert campaign Plus 1. Tickets for the Civic show are $26 in advance, $30 the day of the show and go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

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On the Clock: Billy Mitchell, dairy plant manager

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.
  • Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.


It begins with a cow, or rather, many cows.

At a farm  —  usually outside of Dallas or in New Mexico, where many of Dean Foods’ farms are located  —  thousands of cows line up twice a day to be milked, their heavy udders releasing six to seven gallons of raw milk every day. 

That milking is the first step on a long and complex journey. Raw milk is stored on the farm in giant refrigerated silos; when the silo is full, tankers capable of hauling 5,600 gallons of milk at a time pull up, ready to be filled for the drive to Dean Foods’ dairy processing plant in Hammond. (Dean is the parent company of regional brands including Brown’s Dairy, as well as national brands such as TruMoo and DairyPure.) 

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