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Monday, March 16, 2015

John Waters on Robert Durst's arrest in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Robert Durst, son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, was arrested in New Orleans Saturday night. Durst has been a suspect in the deaths of three people and admitted he cut up a body in Texas in 2001. He's also the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

I spoke to John Waters this morning for a preview of his appearances at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival next week and asked him about the Durst situation. Waters likes to watch criminal trials and famously attended several Manson Family trials. (He also attended Watergate trials and said he'd like to be at the Boston Bomber trial.)

In his book Role Models, Waters includes a very long essay about Leslie Van Houten, a Manson Family member convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca.

The Durst news was still fairly new to Waters, but here's a transcript of that part of the conversation. 

John Waters: I never got arrested in New Orleans. I bet that’s not a great place to go to jail in. I have a feeling it might be rather ... primitive.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ron White added to Krewe of Orpheus celebrity riders

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

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The Krewe of Orpheus is known for its celebrity riders, and this year's lineup ranges from a country star to the cast of NCIS: New Orleans to a Real Housewife. To that mix is now added Blue Collar Comedy star Ron White, who is described in the krewe's press release as a "Multi-Platinum Award-Winning, Scotch-Drinking, Cigar-Smoking, Top-Selling Touring Comedian."

White will ride on the Captain's float with Orpheus captain Sonny Borey. Other riders include country singer Dierks Bentley (who will perform at the krewe's Orpheuscapade), NCIS: New Orleans cast members Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder with show creator Gary Glasberg; Real Housewives of Beverly Hills performer Lisa Vanderpump; and the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, New Orleans' own Bianca del Rio.

Orpheus rolls on Lundi Gras (Feb. 16) on the Uptown route, and while you're waiting on the neutral ground with your cooler and your iPad you can read Gambit's 2009 interview with Ron White here — and a 2014 cover story about Bianca Del Rio as well.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

La Cocinita owners to compete on Restaurant Startup Feb. 10

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM

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Benoit Angulo and Rachel Billow, owners of the La Cocinita (504-309-5344; www.lacocinitafoodtruck.com) food truck, will compete on the CNBC reality TV competition Restaurant Startup. The episode aires 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, and it will pit them against the owners of a Buffalo, New York food truck to attract an investment offer from the hosts, chef/restaurateur Tim Love and New York restaurateur Joe Bastianich. In the show’s format, each team pitches its concept, and one of them gets the opportunity to set up a prototype restaurant for a one-night test in Los Angeles.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce returns Feb. 25

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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Fresh from a Guinness World Record-setting twerk session, bounce superstar Big Freedia has announced the return date of Freedia's reality TV series Queen of Bounce. The third season premiere is 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 on the Fuse network.

The series — Fuse's most-watched show to date — was renewed for a third and fourth season earlier this year. In its third season, it will follow "the excitement and stress of a nationwide tour, a blossoming romantic relationship, and the lingering personal loss of Freedia's mother."

At the eighth annual Central City Festival Nov. 15, Guinness recorded a record-setting 408 people as "the most people twerking simultaneously." It topped Freedia's record-setting attempt in New York City last year.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

City Council to honor Big Freedia; reality series gets renewed for two seasons

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:45 PM

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The New Orleans City Council will recognize bounce performer and reality TV star Big Freedia at its Thursday, Aug. 21 meeting. The Council is recognizing the "M.C., performer, ambassador of bounce music, and star" of Queen of Bounce, the Fuse network reality TV show that is its highest-rated show ever. The series, which recently wrapped its second season, was recently renewed for its third and fourth seasons.

Freedia's first-ever proper full-length studio album Just Be Free was released in June.

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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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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Peaches hosts a Big Freedia record release party

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Fresh off the tandem premieres of the proper debut album Just Be Free and the second season of the reality TV show Queen of Bounce on Fuse, Big Freedia hosts a hometown record release party at Peaches Records (408 N. Peters St.) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Just Be Free — officially out today on Freedia's Queen Diva Music label — marries Freedia's frenetic bounce rap (produced by longtime collaborator DJ BlaqNMild) with dance and club influence. The album streamed online via USA Today last week. Below, watch the video for the album's single "Explode" — dancers pop and wiggle in a laundromat, and a zebra/Beetljuice-suited Freedia leads a dance crew:

Freedia will be available to sign albums and take photographs with fans.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Y@ Speak: closing time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM


You don't have to go home but you can't stay here. That goes for you, nude bicyclists, dudes passing out in public and a certain restaurant. For others, it's primetime futbol, reality TV, Walmart, dad and "beignets raining from the trees" season — all in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stream Big Freedia's new album Just Be Free

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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Big Freedia's proper full-length debut album Just Be Free is set for a June 17 release, but you can stream the album on Soundcloud. Freedia released the album stream for an interview with USA Today read it here.

The album is reliably rooted in New Orleans bounce — particularly in the single, "Explode," which pairs a hyper brown beat with not much else other than Freedia's catch phrase growls (including "it's been a long day, it's been a long night, cut loose, get loose, do you, all right") — and it adds some more playful sampling and production with '90s club and dance music influence.

The second season of Freedia's reality TV show Queen of Bounce premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday on Fuse. Watch the trailer below:

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jindal presents second "Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal appears on the season premiere of Duck Dynasty June 11.
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In February, Gov. Bobby Jindal presented the first "Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence" to the Robertson family — the founders of the Monroe company Duck Commander and stars of the A&E reality-flavored favorite Duck Dynasty — and that award presentation will be one of the centerpieces of the show's Season 6 debut June 11. (Watch the preview trailer here; it's not embeddable.)

Now Jindal has presented a second Louisiana company with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, according to a press release from the governor's office. This time it goes to Iberia Parish's Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, which is "a leading supplier of welded aluminum boats for commercial, defense, and law enforcement applications worldwide," according to the company's website. 

According to the governor's office, "The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is periodically awarded by the Governor to businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana." Will that award ever be won by anyone in Orleans Parish, home of Entrepreneur Week? Or Baton Rouge, which has its own Entrepreneur Week

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