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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Bye Bye Bywater": Tourism video gets a lethally satiric parody

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM


Well, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation can't be happy about this parody of their "Discover the Bywater" tourism video.

Foster Bear Films, a local production company, released this answer video produced by "some of our close friends," and it's hilarious — especially for those of us graybeards who can remember when rents on "the Poland side of the tracks" were closer to $200 than $2,000.


"My favorite way to get around town? Steal a bike!"

"This riverfront park is great for watching the New Yorkers native to the neighborhood."

"This part of town? Packed with plenty of price-gouging to keep you broke all day long!"

"I've seen it go from a beautiful blue-collar neighborhood into a faux-art district culinary fuckin'.... thing? I've seen black go white; I've seen white go whiter."

For reference, here's the original, hosted by The New Movement's CJ Hunt:

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Y@ Speak: the return of Roger Goodell

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Football is trying to destroy us. Roger Goodell remains in charge — despite our efforts to get rid of him even when we were on our best behavior — and the Saints' performance has sent us wandering into the night, staring at the stars and asking, "Why?" While New Orleans once again dries its tears, we look back at a week of football, sinkholes, and thanks that we do not live in Cleveland.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Y@ Speak: it is officially always #FalconsHateWeek

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

As a fingernail-less New Orleans goes about its week, let's look back at a more innocent, simple time. Like last week. Tom Benson immortalizes himself, Uber enters New Orleans, a man posts a Craigslist ad to reenact Dunston Checks In, and we collectively lose our voice in the fourth quarter.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rising Tide 9 set for Sept. 13 at Xavier University

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.
  • Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.

Rising Tide
, the bloggers' conference that began in summer 2006 one year after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, will hold its 9th edition Sept. 13 at Xavier University.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Andre Perry, founding dean of the College of Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and former associate director of the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University. Among this year's panels: Using Mobile Devices to Uncover Seemingly Lost Historical Memory of the Confederacy, Leprosy, and White Supremacy in New Orleans; Building Capacity in Marginalized Communities; Saga at Treme: The Story of How A Quest for Personal Resilience Exposed Incompetence and Waste in Government; and Religion in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Tickets for the all-day event are $10 (available here). An additional (optional) $10 fee buys catered lunch from Lucky Rooster.

Previous editions of Rising Tide have included keynote speakers David Simon (former journalist and creator of the television programs The Wire and Treme), Richard Campanella (author of Bourbon StreetGeographies of New Orleans and Bienville's Dilemma) and writer/actor/part-time New Orleans resident Harry Shearer.

For more information on the conference, visit Rising Tide's schedule page.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drew and Brittany Brees welcome fourth child

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees missed practice yesterday amid word that his wife Brittany was about to give birth to the couple's fourth child. Sure enough...


If the child has been named, Papa Brees didn't mention it on his Twitter account this morning. Reports from the Saints training facility said the QB was back this morning and ready to practice for the last day of training camp.

The Brees' last son, Callen, was born in August 2012. They have two other children, Baylen and Bowen.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Y@ Speak: rallying cry

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

New Orleans has been gripped by the events in #Ferguson, and in this week's Y@ Speak, we look at some of the voices and downtown rallies and demonstrations in response. Meanwhile, the Saints apparently raptured themselves after doing that ice bucket challenge.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Y@ Speak: summertime blues

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM


In the tradition of @Editilla vs. Bacchanal comes another summertime online meltdown, as barbecue joint @NOLAsmokehouse began its barbefeud with @SquealNola following a break in at the latter's Oak Street restaurant. That and more in this week's dog days Y@ Speak, including Drew Brees goofing on coach Sean Payton and Red Dress Run aftermath.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Finn McCool's going smoke-free starting Labor Day

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Popular Mid-City watering hole Finn McCool's Irish Pub announced on Facebook this morning that the bar will be smoke-free beginning Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. The bar has experimented with smoke-free days since 2011, when its smoke-free "social experiment" drew mixed opinions from its patrons, following failed attempts by legislators in Baton Rouge to ban smoking in bars statewide. Owners Stephen and Pauline Patterson said the decision rested with their customers:

The Finns family is a brilliant one! So having taken into account all the feedback you have given us over the past 12 years we believe this is the best decision moving forward. After participating in several social experiments we have discovered another thing we love about our customers: they are open and fair-minded and willing to accept this new policy. Especially the smokers!

And it might not be alone. While there's been a trend of longtime bars turning on the no smoking sign — including Winston's Pub and The Maple Leaf this year — District B New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell announced that she plans to introduce legislation this November that will ban smoking in bars and public buildings, a plan that already has drawn comments from both sides of the argument, as well as support from several councilmembers and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Y@ Speak: You're so New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But are you really? Did you buy a Groupon for bottle service? How "excited" are you about Phil Anselmo? And what did you tell the car boot company you wanted on your pizza? All that and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Orleans Museum Month extends free admission privileges

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The New Orleans Museum of Art will participate in New Orleans Museum Month.
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art will participate in New Orleans Museum Month.

Many local institutions are participating in New Orleans Museum Month in August. Members of a participating museum are eligible for free admission at other venues. So far, the list includes the New Orleans Museum of Art,  Ogden Museum of Southern Art,  National World War II Museum,  Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium,  several Louisiana State Museum properties and others. For information, click here.

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