Ray Nagin got a fair sentence. Anything more would have been overkill. He committed a paltry crime for a paltry... http://t.co/vBrdQ9eYuX— norman robinson (@normanrobinson1) July 9, 2014
Nagin guidelines came in at 15-20 years, so 10 year sentence is a big break for the former mayor.— Mike Perlstein (@MikePerlstein) July 9, 2014
Judge Berrigan said sentence should send a msg, but 10 yrs sends msg that he got lucky when he drew her as judge.— Clancy DuBos (@clancygambit) July 9, 2014
Also, Berrigan said sentence shd keep Nagin from running again. EWE got 10 yrs, like Nagin, and he's running now.— Clancy DuBos (@clancygambit) July 9, 2014
I'm ok with Nagin's 10-year sentence for graft. But the judge should have added extra time to punish him for "Katrina's Secrets" book.— erster (@erster) July 9, 2014
Local film organization Shotgun Cinema will present a one-time showing of critically acclaimed documentary 12 O'Clock Boys as part of its monthly film series tonight, Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand Street. The film profiles Baltimore's notorious outlaw dirt-bike riders and a local boy who aspires to join them. Tickets are $7. Read our review of the film here. More info here.
On Thursday, July 17, all you have to do to help make a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS is go out to eat at one of a handful of New Orleans restaurants.
The NO/AIDS Task Force is partnering with the likes of Booty's Street Food, Adolpho's, Short Stop Poboys and many, many more for Dining Out for Life - an entire day in which a percentage of a participating restaurant's proceeds will go toward the many services the Task Force provides. The event raises about $80,000 annually for the Task Force, which has been providing medical care, testing and prevention, housing services, meals, access to a food pantry, peer support and behavioral health for 30 years to men, women and families whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS.
If you ask your server for a donation envelope at the table and donate a little extra cash, you'll automatically be in the running to win a two night stay at The Windsor Court Hotel.
Louisiana consistently ranks in the top 10 for estimated HIV/AIDS rates.
Under the jump, see a full list of participating restaurants, which includes everything from brunch to bars.
If you didn't find enough ways to combine sweating and drinking over the holiday weekend, yoga outfitters Lululemon and NOLA Brewing have teamed up to give you another excuse to drink beer and perspire.
The "hot yoga, cold beer" series kicked off last night at NOLA Brewery's warehouses (3001 Tchoupitoulas St.) and featured a free hour of hot "power yoga" followed by 2-for-1 beers. The series will continue each Monday over the next five weeks, with the yoga portion running between 6:30-7:30 and imbibing to follow.
For more information, visit Lululemon's event page.
The gauntlet — the gentle, down-filled, pina colada-scented gauntlet — was dropped when The Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton challenged Beyonce and Jay Z for the top concert spot on Sunday, July 20. While the Doobies and Frampton take Champions Square, Beyonce and Jay Z will take the neighboring Superdome. It's either a scheduling coincidence or a house-packing booking strategy, with titans of hip-hop and yacht rock meeting to do battle. Either way, the message is clear (kind of): Herewith begins the summer of soft rock.
A few days later, on Saturday, July 26, Steely Dan headlines the UNO Lakefront Arena. And on Monday, August 18, Toto (of "Hold the Line" and "Africa" fame) celebrates its 35th anniversary with "An Evening with Toto," presented by New Orleans FM radio's soft rock king, Magic 101.9.
Meanwhile, along the Gulf Coast casino circuit (a reliable stronghold of yacht rock legion of yesteryear), the Yacht Rock Revue — which bills itself as "the music you listen to at the dentist's office while getting your teeth cleaned" and "single-handedly responsible for the reunion of 6 out of 7 members of the band Starbuck" — performs Saturday, August 2 at the Golden Nugget in Biloxi, Mississippi. Air Supply performs two whole nights July 25-26 at Hard Rock Live, and Boz Scaggs — who performed at the 2014 Jazz Fest — also is at Hard Rock Live Saturday, August 16. And the mashed potato-mouthed soul king himself, Michael McDonald, performs at Island View Casino on Saturday, September 13.
Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" has been crowned, reluctantly, the song of the summer in 2014, while just two years ago, we all were giving into the simple pop pleasure of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" as 2012's song of the summer. What happened to us? "Fancy" has been No. 1 for six whole weeks. Six. Six of them. A month and a half. Rather than champion a garbage can to the summer song throne, why not look to our elders? They already are filling up a local concert calendar near you. I made an exhaustive primer for all things yacht rock, soft rock, AM radio pop, etc. It's an instant nostalgia machine — for me, morning commutes in my mom's car listening to adult contemporary format radio in the early '90s. For you, a doorway into a world of possibility.
Today, Tuesday, June 8, is the last day to register for this year's New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project at the regular rate of $160 (the price goes up to $175 on Wednesday.) The 48 Film Project in annual global competition in which teams get two days to make seven-minute films incorporating randomly selected elements. The competition's final pre-production New Orleans mixer is scheduled for Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at Bruno's Tavern, 7538 Maple Street. More info here.
The Wand, winner of the Best Film award at the 2013 New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project, is embedded above.
Rejoice, list lovers! Louisiana is once again near the top of the heap on a national list, and this time for our prominence as a state rich in food and drink.
Thrillist, the national "digital lifestyle brand for men" ranks Louisiana as the fourth best state in the country for eating and drinking, falling in just behind California, New York, and (sigh) Texas.
Using a not-so-scientific method, states were ranked based on what food items they produce, iconic dishes, beer/wine/spirit production, and the food scene in major cities. While Thrillist rolls its eyes at the national hype around New Orleans classics like gumbo and po' boys, it does note that we are, in fact, "America's finest drinking city."
Click here to view the full list.
(My deepest condolences to South Dakota, which rounds out the list at #50 and is one of the few states to have its own official state bread.)
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