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Friday, May 1, 2015

Vendors, neighbors react to vandalism of St. Roch Market overnight

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Workers clean up overnight vandalism at St. Roch Market. - JEANIE RIESS
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  • Workers clean up overnight vandalism at St. Roch Market.

Following the overnight vandalization of St. Roch Market, the people pressure washing slogans like "YUPPIE = BAD" and "FUCK YUPPIES" were mostly the people from the neighborhood itself. 

"Look at the people cleaning," Kayti Chung-Williams, owner of the food stall Koreole, told Gambit. "It's the people who live in the community. That's the ironic part. What point are you trying to make here?"

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More sidewalk ads spring up in Mid-City

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Ads for Zatarain's Crab Boil are painted in the disabled curb cuts at Bienville St. and N. Carrollton Ave. in Mid-City. - GAMBIT
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  • Ads for Zatarain's Crab Boil are painted in the disabled curb cuts at Bienville St. and N. Carrollton Ave. in Mid-City.

If you're waiting for the streetcar at Bienville Street and N. Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City, you've got some reading material. Advertisements for Zatarain's Crab Boil are painted in the curb cuts in what seems to be a sticker — right across the street from a City Park streetcar stop that takes people to Jazz Fest.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our “no-go” governor

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In any state budget crisis, citizens and lawmakers would expect the governor to be working hard to figure out ways to raise money or responsibly trim the sails of government, or both. That’s what real governors do. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s budget gap for the 2015-2016 fiscal year dwarfs any that has come before it — $1.4 billion and growing. And while Gov. Bobby Jindal is indeed figuring out ways to scare up large sums of money, he’s not doing it for the state. He’s doing it for himself.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York Times: "The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Galatoire's, through a slightly blurry lens — which is the way you see Galatoire's after a couple of hours there. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BRADY FREQUENT TRAVELER AND EATER
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  • Galatoire's, through a slightly blurry lens — which is the way you see Galatoire's after a couple of hours there.

Pete Wells, food critic for The New York Times, has a good story today about the reinvention of Brennan's (with gorgeous photos by Gambit's own Cheryl Gerber). It's a really nice tracing of the history of the restaurant and the Brennan family itself, aimed at an out-of-town audience (imagine how tough that would be to do concisely) but then came this paragraph, which is sure to be discussed around the city:
The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine, a contained area in which to see shrimp rémoulade, oysters Rockefeller and other giants of a former age in all their lumbering glory. At Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Tujague’s, evolution stops at the kitchen door.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Scalise seems to acknowledge he spoke to white supremacist conference in Metairie in 2002

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."
  • The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie — the newly minted Majority Whip and the third highest-ranking Republican in Congress — seemed to confirm to The Washington Post today that he spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white supremacist organization, in 2002.

In a statement, Scalise aide Moira Bagley Smith wrote, "He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question":
Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints. In every case, he was building support for his policies, not the other way around. In 2002, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families. He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question. The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.
The news of Scalise's 2002 speech was first broken over the weekend by Lamar White Jr., whose CenLamar website covers Louisiana politics. 

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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

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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 22, 2014

Pizza Nola throws "gumbo party" for NCIS: New Orleans premiere

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The cast of NCIS: New Orleans in a completely natural setting. From left: Not Mariska Hargitay; Oh Yeah, Scott Bakula; CCH Pounder (She's Always Good); and Guy in Black T-Shirt. - CBS
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  • The cast of NCIS: New Orleans in a completely natural setting. From left: Not Mariska Hargitay; Oh Yeah, Scott Bakula; CCH Pounder (She's Always Good); and Guy in Black T-Shirt.

Lakeview joint Pizza Nola — which is making a cottage industry of cheesy New Orleans-based TV screenings in its parking lot — is planning a "gumbo party" tomorrow night for the premiere of CBS' NCIS: New Orleans:

It's the premiere of NCIS:NOLA so of course, we're having a Gumbo Party! Join us Tuesday, September 23, beginning at 7pm as Times Picayune/Nola.com TV correspondent Dave Walker talks about the new Fall TV season. Then, at 8pm, we'll watch the NCIS:NOLA premiere. We'll have free gumbo and $1-off all beer!
The gumbo party, of course, is a flashback to the barely-remembered 2007 TV series K-ville (the K being Katrina), in which one of the lead characters, for some reason, threw a "gumbo party," which of course wasn't a thing at the time but became a brief, ironic fad. I think a gumbo party sounds delicious; my beef with K-ville involved the cop who put Tabasco in his oatmeal.

I guess we'll see if NCIS: New Orleans matches up to K-ville's verisimilitude. The Boston Globe liked it but cited Bakula's "questionable accent" (uh-oh, cher), while The Washington Post gave the whole effort a 'C', calling Bakula a "cayenne-flavored sleuth" and saying it's pretty much "gumbo from a can," and we all know what that's like.

Here's one of the trailers.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Gretna Heritage Fest to CeeLo Green: Forget you

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM

CeeLo Green, your presence is not required in Gretna. - ATLANTIC RECORDS
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  • CeeLo Green, your presence is not required in Gretna.


Singer CeeLo Green may have apologized for his wildly controversial tweets about rape, but the furor hasn't gone away; TBS just canceled his reality show, his gigs are getting shut down, and today Billboard ran a helpful article titled "How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved." 

Now the good people of the West Bank have added to CeeLo's troubles by canceling his planned headline appearance at this year's Gretna Music Festival

In a press release citing Gretna Fest as a "family friendly oriented event," the board wrote, "In recent controversial comments made by Ceelo Green that have have been made surrounding recent incidents involving Mr. Green, they are not acceptable by artist that are scheduled to perform at the Gretna Heritage Festival."

Green's replacement? Proving that Gretnaites truly love rock and roll: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Below the cut: the letter from Gretna Fest. And we don't need to imagine CeeLo's response.



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

City proclamation welcoming Operation Save America "issued in error," says Landrieu spokesman

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

A Facebook screenshot of the City of New Orleans proclamation welcoming Operation Save America to town and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans." After this story was broken on UptownMessenger.com, it spread quickly through New Orleans social media. - FACEBOOK
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  • A Facebook screenshot of the City of New Orleans proclamation welcoming Operation Save America to town and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans." After this story was broken on UptownMessenger.com, it spread quickly through New Orleans social media.


A city proclamation welcoming the anti-abortion group Operation Save America to the city and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans" was issued in error, according to an email this afternoon by a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The story originally was broken by Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger, who reported that the group — a renamed version of the controversial 1980s organization Operation Rescue — received an official welcome to the city signed by Landrieu on the same day the group's members interrupted a service at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Uptown New Orleans and picketed the homes of people the group claims provide abortions. In online writings, Operation Save America called the Unitarian church the "synagogue of Satan."

Change.org petition demanding the city rescind the proclamation congratulating Operation Save America had more than 800 signatures in less than 24 hours, and the story was picked up nationally by the satire-snark political site Wonkette.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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