Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comedy Central to film half-hour stand-up specials at the Civic Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM


Comedy Central will return to the Civic Theatre in April to host another round of comedians for the network's latest series of half-hour stand-up specials. And tickets are free.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… (formerly The Half Hour) will film 14 episodes at the theater, with performances from Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony Devito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Lashonda Lester, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. The series premieres in fall 2017.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana Purchase Brewing Co. to open this spring

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Royal Brewery has a 30-barrel brewhouse system. - ROYAL BREWERY
  • Royal Brewery
  • Royal Brewery has a 30-barrel brewhouse system.

Royal Brewery (7366 Townsend Place, 504-415-8444) in New Orleans East is the third brewery this month to receive its license to brew beer in the city. It's the 10th brewery (including brewpubs) in the city and the 33rd in Louisiana.

Owners Raymond and Mandy Pumilia and head brewer Michael Ogden have started brewing Culicidae Ale, a pale ale fermented with British yeast.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Y@ Speak: driving out the snakes

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM

If someone didn't crawl through your bedroom window and ask to use the bathroom or pass out in front of your door wearing a green plastic hat, did St. Patrick's Day even really happen? After five million years of frat-level-wasted tourist amateur hour, we get to everyone's favorite time of year: caterpillar season. But first, let's look back at a week of some local internet stuff:

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New Orleans makes list of cities that "limit cooperation" with federal immigration agencies

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Protesters in New Orleans march against Trump's immigration orders in January.
  • Protesters in New Orleans march against Trump's immigration orders in January.

As mandated by sweeping immigration actions in a series of executive orders from President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first weekly report listing cities and counties that "limit cooperation" with immigration authorities.

New Orleans is named in the March 20 edition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" among "jurisdictions that have enacted policies which limit cooperation" with the agency — which could determine whether New Orleans receives federal funding in the future.

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Gambit TV: CUE turns 10

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson stops into WWL-TV to talk CUE magazine's big 10th anniversary issue, on newsstands now.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, March 21, 2017

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Getting smart on crime

Posted By on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 2:54 PM


Louisiana lawmakers will struggle to make sense of our state’s fiscal mess when they convene next month, and that struggle will overshadow all other pressing matters. Yet there’s one overarching issue on which legislators of all stripes ought to agree: the need for meaningful criminal justice reform.

Reforming Louisiana’s criminal justice system is actually a fiscal issue. We spend way too much money incarcerating nonviolent offenders — upwards of $700 million a year on corrections. That cost has gotten so out of hand that sentencing reform has become a rallying point for a growing number of conservative Republicans. More need to get on board.

Locking up nonviolent offenders doesn’t make us tough on crime, it makes us dumb on crime — because it turns nonviolent people into hardened criminals while they’re behind bars. Most of them get out at some point. You know what happens next.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Second Line Sunday and Uptown Super Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Uptown Super Sunday, St. Joseph’s Night


Single Men SAPC Second Line Parade

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Sunday is the second of five annual events featuring Mardi Gras Indians that happen each year in New Orleans: Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday Uptown, St. Joseph’s Night, Super Sunday Downtown and Super Sunday Westbank. On Sunday, March 19, Black Mardi Gras Indians from all parts of New Orleans will come together along with the city’s top brass bands and several social aid and pleasure clubs in an incredible show of unity and artistry to be followed by a festival full of live music, food, children's activities, and more.

Coincidentally, Uptown Super Sunday falls on St. Joseph’s Day this year. Sunday night around sunset, Indians from both Uptown and Downtown tribes will return to the streets dressed in their finery to roam their neighborhood followed by admiring fans and followers. They can usually be spotted at Second and Dryades streets uptown and around St. Bernard Ave. and N. Claiborne Ave. downtown. Westbank Super Sunday and Downtown Super Sunday will follow in the coming months this Spring, dates to be announced as they are made available.

And finally, the Single Men’s Social Aid and Pleasure Club are having their annual parade Uptown Sunday as well, rolling in the general vicinity as the Indians around Central City. The Stooges Brass Band will be providing music for this four hour second line happening 2p.m.-6 p.m.

Routes and other details for Super Sunday and the Single Men’s second line listed below:

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At second line for health care, doctors and nurses speak out for Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 4:38 PM


Who fears the loss of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? The previously uninsured, of course, including the more than 300,000 Louisianans who gained coverage under last year's expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

But at a rally and second line held March 18 in support of the act sometimes known as Obamacare, another key constituency spoke out in the program's defense. One after another, health care providers took the mic in front of City Hall to describe the ACA's positive effect on their patients.

"Before the expansion, my patients were often uninsured and lived in fear of a new medical diagnosis," Jason Halperin, a doctor who works with CrescentCare, said. "I see the Medicaid expansion as much more than a card or number. ... Most of all, it upholds dignity."

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Friday, March 17, 2017

With vigil to save the Affordable Care Act, protesters send message to Sen. Bill Cassidy

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Gambit editor Kevin Allman last photographed this 6-year-old at Cassidy's recent, disastrous town hall. His family wants answers from the senator on prospective health care cuts.
  • Gambit editor Kevin Allman last photographed this 6-year-old at Cassidy's recent, disastrous town hall. His family wants answers from the senator on prospective health care cuts.

The Causeway Boulevard building that houses Senator Bill Cassidy's office is private property. Or it's private property, unless you have an appointment. Or it's only people with appointments who can park in the parking lot. Or the problem is a small pile of signs, which needed to be moved from the sidewalk.

With increasing irritation that erupted into a testy exchange with protestors, a blue-shirted representative who seemed to work for building management company Select Properties tried out these potential deterrents. He was doing his best to shoo off a small group of activists attending a two-day "vigil" outside Cassidy's office in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Apparently, his efforts had been repeated throughout the day, to limited success.)

Around 2 p.m. Friday, about 10 people stood outside the Metairie high rise as traffic sped past them, making their signs whip in the wind. There was retired educator Mary Ryan and 12-year-old Journey Wills, who had come on a field trip of sorts; in a recent homeschool unit on the Constitution, Wills became a big fan of the First Amendment. There was the actor and artist Todd d'Amour, who rattled off a startling number of objections to individual Trump cabinet officials while praising the way "Obamacare" has helped him pursue his art; and Anne Davis, whose attendance at today's protest was her first appearance at a demonstration since protesting the Vietnam War at age 12.

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