Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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
  • AMELIE RAOUL
  • 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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Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather. - LENORE SEAL
  • LENORE SEAL
  • Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather.

Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances. A news release about the event says 50 percent of proceeds will benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group which focuses on LGBTQ youth of color.

The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for people in costume.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Reefer Madness The Musical

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 6:04 PM


Maggie Windler stars in Reefer Madness The Musical. - MASON WOOD
  • MASON WOOD
  • Maggie Windler stars in Reefer Madness The Musical.


I hope fears about our current national problems turn out to be as unfounded as the perils of marijuana posited by the 1936 cult classic film Reefer Madness. The movie ominously warns: “Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter. Then come dangerous hallucinations … followed by emotional disturbances, inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions.” Those symptoms also might describe audience reaction to Reefer Madness, The Musical, which The Storyville Collective presents at Cafe Istanbul and Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts (Feb. 2-12).

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SWEGS Kitchen opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:38 PM

SWEGS Kitchen, a new health-focused grab-and-go meals spot, is now open in Mid-City. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • SWEGS Kitchen, a new health-focused grab-and-go meals spot, is now open in Mid-City.

SWEGS Kitchen (231 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-301-9196), a health-conscious grab-and-go meals spot with locations in Metairie and Mandeville, is now open in Mid-City.

The retail spot opened last week in the same strip mall that houses a Subway and Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar. SWEGS's menu includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, entrees and gluten-free pizzas. The menu has a color-coded system to label items that are gluten-free, vegan, low sodium, low calorie, heart healthy and dairy-free.

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At Tulane appearance, columnist Charles Blow defends the press in 'fake news' era

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

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In a Jan. 16 conversation that ranged from his childhood chasing hogs in Gibsland, Louisiana, to a discussion of the ultra-polarized 2016 election, New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended the media against charges of bias and stressed the importance of its role in the Trump era.

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Brewsday Tuesday: beer news on the Northshore

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Josh and Jamie Erickson founded Chafunkta Brewing. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Josh and Jamie Erickson founded Chafunkta Brewing.

The craft beer scene is growing on the Northshore. Chafunkta Brewing Company (21449 Marion Lane No. 2, Mandeville, 985-869-0716) has expanded its tasting room hours to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There are free brewery tours at 7 p.m. Friday, and Chafunkta sells beer in tasting sizes, flights, pints and in growlers to take home.

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Radiohead announce U.S. tour., including New Orleans performance April 3

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 8:56 AM

Thom Yorke of Radiohead. The band performs April 3 in New Orleans. - STEVE KEROS
  • STEVE KEROS
  • Thom Yorke of Radiohead. The band performs April 3 in New Orleans.
Following its acclaimed ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016, Radiohead will perform nine shows in the U.S., including two headlining spots at 2017's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Radiohead also performs in New Orleans for the first time since 2003, when the band headlined the UNO Lakefront Arena after the release of Hail to the Thief.

The band performs April 3 at the Smoothie King Center. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20; sales are limited to four tickets per order.

A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead's first album since 2011's The King of Limbs, relies on minimal ambient washes and acoustic, orchestral arrangements, walking a thin line between bleak desolation and a gorgeous melancholy.

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Comedy show Jan. 19 benefits New Orleans Abortion Fund

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM


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As a presidential administration widely feared to be hostile to reproductive rights takes office, women's health care observers make note of a significant date: Jan. 22, the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion services. To mark the occasion, Paul Oswell's Thursday night comedy show Jan. 19 becomes "Night Church v. Roe v. Wade," a benefit for New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF).

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: health caring

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Last week in Twitter: The battle for health care, the ballad of King Cake Baby, Mississippi being supremely Mississippi, and resistance in the days before the Trump era.

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