Monday, August 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: Invest-ed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

President Obama visits Louisiana following the August floods, Invest 99 Luftballoons pops its head into the Gulf, the Saints pick up some Duraflame logs to get started on this season's tire fire, and more from the final hours of The Worst Month.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

An open letter to Louisiana flood victims

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM


Dear Neighbors,

This time of year always evokes memories of Katrina, but this year those flashbacks are much more poignant for seeing the devastation that you are now enduring. As I look back on my Katrina experiences, I feel many emotions and recall many lessons. I’d like to share some of those lessons with you in the hope that they will help you get through the difficult times ahead.

• Recovery happens from the ground up. Government does not move quickly, though it was heartening to see FEMA doing a much better job with this flood than it did with Katrina. Thank FEMA head Craig Fugate and his team for that. Still, the best way to start the recovery is by picking yourselves up by your own bootstraps. That’s what we did — with the help of neighbors and strangers alike. You’ve already seen how that works. (Big hat tip to the Cajun Navy.)

• This tragedy is also an opportunity — to rebuild better, smarter, stronger. New Orleans did it in fits and starts, and with a lot of pain, but we did it. No doubt you will do it faster and, hopefully, even better. I say this as a way of offering hope, not in any way to minimize the human toll of this disaster.

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Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson host Labor Day benefit concert for flood relief

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
  • Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
Louisiana natives and American Idol hosts Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day. The concert will be broadcast via Raycom Media channels — WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans — with performances from Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie and others .

“Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana,” Jackson said in a statement. “I want to help raise awareness and restore hope to people that are hurting in the place that I will always call home.”

“So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again,” Connick said. “Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction. I hope that this benefit concert brings much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."

The concert will be broadcast from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross’ Louisiana Flood Relief fund. It airs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

  • Hannibal Buress.

Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lost Bayou Ramblers release live album for flood relief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

  • Lost Bayou Ramblers.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers
' raucous, off-the-cuff live album Live: A La Blue Moon received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Its next live album, 2014's play-it-loud Live at Gasa Gasa, arrived practically dripping with punk show sweat. Its latest live release — this month's Rue Vermilion Revival — winds the clock back to 1999. The recording captures the band's first-ever performance and embryonic, rock 'n' roll roadhouse embrace of Cajun tradition and revival.

Band founder Louis Michot tells Bandcamp that proceeds from the release will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Foundation Acadiana and Vermilionville to aid in flood relief following August's devastating floods.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Orleans musicians host benefit concerts for flood relief

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24. - CHRIS STAFFORD
  • Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24.

New Orleans musicians are joining relief efforts with a series of benefit concerts following Louisiana's devastating August floods.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Gasa Gasa, guitarist Colin Lake shares a bill with rock band The Breton Sound, surfy garage pop band Midriff and Hurricane Max for a benefit for schools and staff impacted by the floods. All proceeds benefit the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (or $15 with a donation of school supplies).

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

New Orleans chefs team up for Baton Rouge area relief effort

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana. - BATON ROUGE FLOOD OUTREACH/FACEBOOK
  • A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana.

Following days of historic flooding that displaced roughly 10,000 residents in South Louisiana, a group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver meals and supplies to victims in need.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Brown needs to go

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
  • A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
As a lawyer and a citizen, I firmly believe in the notion that someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That’s one of the foundation stones of the rule of law.

There’s another rule, however, when it comes to the court of public opinion: Those who make our laws are held to higher standards of conduct than those they govern.

Which brings us to state Sen. Troy Brown, a Democrat from (cough, cough) Napoleonville. At least, that’s Brown’s official story. In truth, Brown does not reside in the Senate district he represents. He instead lives with his wife in a posh home at 36518 S. Francine Circle, in Geismar, outside his district.

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