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Monday, January 6, 2014

Y@ Speak: resolutions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM


Welcome to Y@ Speak: 2014 Edition. We looked to Twitter for our resolutions in the New Year: learn appropriate bartender etiquette, cure "not from here" syndrome, eat a Danish baked around a He-Man doll, accept verbal hugs from everyone's uncle Ronnie Lamarque, and #BringTheChicken.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Walking Dead stars, Henry Winkler and Freddy Kruger coming to Wizard World

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Costumers pose at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.
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  • Costumers pose at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.

The 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will feature Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker — stars of AMC's The Walking Dead — as well as Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street), Marvel publisher Stan Lee, Terminator's Linda Hamilton, Cheers star John Ratzenberger, Henry Winkler, Dean Cain, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) and Pam Grier, among dozens others at the event celebrating pop culture and comics.

The event is Feb. 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three days of events include celebrity Q&A sessions, costume contests, film screenings, dozens of vendors (from vintage toys and rare movies to collectibles, comics and costumes), as well as dozens of comic artists — including Spider-Man and Punisher's Mike Zeck and Hellboy's Mike Mignola, among the more than 50 others.

Show hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Single-day tickets are $40-$50, and weekend passes are $75. Tickets are available online.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Y@ Speak: shut it down

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM


We pulled the plug, you guys. No more Karen, no more horrific D, no more government. The Saints have thrown opponents out of their own territories, enrapturing even David Vitter from resuming his duties. Twitter shut down gumbo-flavored Top Chef, and New Orleans dropkicked Tropical Something Karen into gorgeous fall-like weather. We still don't have a functioning governmental body but, well, the Pelicans look good. In today's Y@ Speak, we give a collective bird.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Y@ Speak: pop cultcha

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM


Jerry Seinfeld, NPR, football, football again, music festivals, macaroni, hats and hip-hop horraying. This week's Y@ Speak goes out to all the mediaphiles out there.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Angela Hill going to WWL radio

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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Angela Hill is coming out of a short retirement from WWL-TV to host her own show on WWL radio from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Sept. 30.

Garland Robinette, Hill’s former husband and longtime co-anchor at WWL-TV, announced Hill’s new show Thursday during an interview with her on The Think Tank With Garland Robinette.

He promised another programming announcement on his show Sept. 23 — this one regarding John “Spud” McConnell, whose Talk Gumbo with John “Spud” McConnell program will be displaced when Hill takes the time slot Talk Gumbo now fills.

In a news release issued after the announcement Chris Claus, vice president and general manager of Entercom New Orleans, WWL’s parent company, said, “Spud isn’t going anywhere. We have big and exciting plans for him.” It was followed by a pitch to tune in at noon Sept. 23 for the announcement.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Y@ Speak: tiny victories

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Y@ Speak returns this week to review last week's Week In Twitter: from the joys of illicit Craigslist ads to Rising Tide triumphs to ruining the week of a football team's fanbase — we celebrate our small and not-so-small victories. #GooseBumps

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Y@ Speak: file a complaint

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM


How haunted is your apartment? How many fedoras did you count at the anime convention? Is R. Kelly hosting a Ku Klux Klan rally? Does the NFL hate women? Are you an adult with sincere opinions on Batman or a music awards show, both of which are for children? Twitter is your safe place to voice these concerns.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Y@ Speak: seasoning

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

"Area Man Wakes From Post-Football Slumber, Wears Dress, Runs"

What season is this? Football has seemingly replaced our collective brain matter, already. Schools are coming back to life. Barbie conventions are a thing. Big butts can kill you. Meanwhile, air conditioning units file for OT as fat chunks of rain "cool down" our heat-ravaged minds and bodies. Driven by madness, New Orleans takes to the streets in its last-ditch "festival" effort, wearing red.

As we melt away into whatever "season" appears between now and fall, let us reflect on a week of our city's insanity.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Y@ Speak: expectations

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM


First it giveth, then it taketh away. Newspapers are dead and buried then return to a daily schedule. New Orleans Pelicans come and go within minutes. Prison donuts are a thing and likely will not be anymore. The right and left react to landmark decisions in Texas and D.C. A $100 brunch institution shuffles off this mortal coil. Service industry employees slumber in unusual ways. Governors — do they poop?

In this week's delayed edition of Y@ Speak (not what you expected, right?), New Orleans examines what is real, or really real, and whether they're, you know, cool about it. If not, one can always seek refuge in Target on the West Bank, where the celebrities go.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Out visits Bywater

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

This website inadvertently turned into the city's archivist for Internet idiocy. Today's submission: Out's city guide for New Orleans, an alternate universe in which Plessy v. Ferguson was a Reagan-era triumph and a bar that opened last year saved the "unmoored" people of the 9th Ward — either the "end of the world" or "beginning of a new one."

I am the first person in the room to groan loudly at tired "dey stealin' our cultcha" bullshit, which often is just xenophobia wearing a Saints T-shirt, but this is just pure ignorance and insult. The self-righteous arguments over cultural preservation (that seemingly only take place on Twitter and not where it matters), as if it's a thing that can be jeopardized by whimsical cocktails, will likely have a field day with the Out piece, but for the wrong reasons.

It's not just about the major factual error in the New Orleans timeline. (It's just a typo, but still.) What irks me most about the whole "new New Orleans" mentality is how it remains blissfully unaware of the city as a whole. It falls for what they see as the city's seemingly detached sense of the world. I don't care what anyone does here, to be honest. Want to open your dream business selling vintage sex toys? Go for it, dude. Build a house that's a ball pit? Live the dream, my man. What irks me is dressing that up as some kind of agent of salvation. New Orleans needs saving pretty much 24 hours a day, and it's not up to someone's bathroom art project to do it. Don't let that stop you from doing it. But Out perpetuates the idea that New Orleans begins and ends in someone's fantastical idea of whatever neighborhood they moved into. In New Orleans, can "business" just be that, or is tied to "big important cultural moment"?

The plans were controversial at the time — comments surrounding New Orleans alt-weekly The Gambit's coverage range from praise for Booty's "salvation" of the neighborhood to criticism of "hipster pretense" pushing out natives — but Booty's has in short order become an anchor in a formerly unmoored neighborhood

If Out believes Booty's is somehow the savior of an "unmoored" neighborhood, I'd hate for them to tell me what Cure did for Uptown.

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