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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM


Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen come to Saenger Theater June 24

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM

CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BART EVERSON
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper strides purposefully down the Canal Street neutral ground in this 2007 photograph.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo personality Andy Cohen are bringing something called "Deep Talk and Shallow Tales" to the Saenger Theater June 24. Press materials describe it as a "live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Casting call for MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay and Louisiana Seafood Cook-off

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 12:44 PM


Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be best known to TV viewers for yelling at contestants on Hell's Kitchen, his long-running competition for aspiring chefs. A kinder, gentler Ramsay presides over MasterChef, a TV cooking competition for home cooks.

Open casting events for MasterChef are being held across the country through late April, and New Orleans-area cooks can audition between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Contestants are encouraged to register online at To be eligible, contestants must not have professional cooking experience. Interested participants need to fill out a questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the website, and present a dish. They must plate their dish in front of the audition judges, but no cooking or heating is allowed onsite (dishes will not be judged on temperature). Contestants will be judged on food knowledge and technique. People unable to attend the casting event may submit an audition video. Visit the website for details about the casting event and TV show.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Top Chef casting calls today in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef. - BRAVO TV
  • Local chef Isaac Toups is competing on the current season of Top Chef.

Think you’ve got what it takes to compete on Top Chef? The Bravo series is hosting a casting call for local chefs and aspiring food television stars today (Feb. 11) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The open call takes places at Pigeon and Prince (129 Camp St.), the new event space in the former Le Foret spot from chef John Besh (Besh is a Top Chef Masters Season 1 alum). Interested chefs need to fill out an application packet, available on the network’s website here. 

The show, currently in its 13th season, features local chef Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999), who, to date, is still in the running for the Top Chef title. Part two of the show's Restaurant Wars episode airs tonight at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Watch: Big Freedia gets "Crazy" in jail

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM

If you've ever wondered what a Big Freedia "whoa" sounds like echoing from a cell block, well, here you are. The queen of bounce released the video — in which Freedia twerks in an orange jumpsuit — for her latest single "Crazy" this week.

The single follows her first full-length album, 2014's Just Be Free, which adds club music, EDM and big pop production to BlaqNmilD's sturdy bounce beats and Freedia's charismatic, supercharged commands.

The fourth season of Freedia's reality TV series Queen of Bounce airs 10 p.m. Wednesdays on Fuse.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Real World is holding a casting call in Baton Rouge

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM


For anyone looking for their next career in reality TV stardom, the show that started it all hosts an open casting call this month in Baton Rouge. MTV's The Real World seeks a new gang of misfit, misunderstood 20-somethings who may or may not be there to make friends for its next slate of programming from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at The Station (4608 Bennington Ave., Baton Rouge).

In a statement, Real World executive producer Jonathan Murray — the Dick Wolf of shows about people in hot tubs — said the show seeks "characters from real life; people who are unafraid to speak their minds." In other words, people who stop being polite, and start getting real.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Politico: James Carville was almost the next Judge Judy

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 11:53 AM


Score one for yesterday's Wikileaks hack: Out of that document dump came the news that New Orleans-based professor and political consultant James Carville shot a pilot last October called Carville's Court, which would have put Carville behind the faux-bench of a faux-courtroom in a New Orleans-shot faux-judge show. Politico's "On Media" column broke the story:

The reality show featured the former Bill Cinton campaign strategist presiding over small claims cases in New Orleans and issuing both legal rulings and moral advice. In a pilot episode, Judge Carville rules that a man owed $3,800 to a woman for failing to adequately decal her car in Betty-Boop paraphernalia. In another case, Carville denies a woman's request for $1,000 from injuries sustained while she and her future sister-in-law were drunk on a rafting trip.

And now you can watch the pilot and dream of what might have been — the Ragin' Cajun faux-adjudicating over neighbors suing noisy French Quarter bars, Brennans vs. Brennans, and all manner of small-claims cases ginned up for Hollywood South. But Sony Television passed, and the crown of Judge Judy Sheindlin seems safe for now.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chef Nina Compton's restaurant to be called Compere Lapin

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Chef Nina Compton moved to New Orleans to open her first restaurant. - ELSA HAHNE
  • Chef Nina Compton moved to New Orleans to open her first restaurant.

Nina Compton, a runner up in season 11 of Top Chef, which was filmed in New Orleans, announced the name of her new restaurant in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. It will be called Compere Lapin, a patois French name for a trickster figure in Caribbean folk tales, roughly translated as "brother rabbit." Compton grew up in St. Lucia and attended culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

The restaurant is expected to open in June. It will have an open kitchen and a raw bar. Sample menu items include conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce, crispy pig ears with smoked aioli and pork cheeks over orecchiette with arugula. For dessert, banana zepploes will the topped with salted rum caramel.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Angeline to open Tuesday and new restaurant news

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Angeline will serve butter bean tortellini with red-eye gravy and shaved Parmesan. - DENNY CULBERT
  • Angeline will serve butter bean tortellini with red-eye gravy and shaved Parmesan.

After four years at the French Quarter gastropub Sylvain, chef Alex Harrell left in mid-fall 2014 to open his own restaurant. Named for his mother, Angeline (1032 Chartres St.) will open in the Hotel Provincial Tuesday, filling the space formerly occupied by chef Scott Boswell's Stella!.

Harrell's menu focuses on Gulf seafood and modern takes on Southern cuisine, and there are some Italian and Mediterranean accents. Harrell says Southern food has been stereotyped as, "heavy, fried everything, over-cooked vegetables and pork everywhere." His vision is a cleaner, brighter, fresher one, and he finds some common ground with some Italian cooking. He explains the concept through his butter bean tortellini.

"The butter bean tortellini personifies our philosophy," he says. "It's a take on a traditional Italian dish from Bologna, tortellini en brodo. We view it through a Southern lens. The tortellini are filled with butter beans and ricotta and lemon zest and herbs brighten it. Red eye gravy is something you see in the South, but typically on biscuits in the morning. We make a broth so there's the flavors of ham, coffee and a touch of bourbon."

The opening menu also features Southen-fried quail over hoe cake with local honey and house-made hot sauce, confit duck leg with sausage, farro verde, currants, pecans and sprouts and Mississippi rabbit Milanese with smoked carrot puree, spoon bread, bacon, braised collard greens and tomato gravy. There also is a charcuterie board with cured meats, pickles, cheese, cherry confiture and grain mustard. The menu will focus on local, seasonal produce and be updated often, Harrell says.

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