Yesterday we told you about "NOLA: Pay It Forward," a city-sponsored concert to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. The event, which is still being put together, will be held at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre Nov. 20, and tickets are available at the box office and through Ticketmaster.
One of our readers inquired yesterday if Ticketmaster would be charging its usual fees, and today we got the answer:
That's 23 percent of the ticket price — for a charity event.
The good news is that if you buy your tickets at the Mahalia jackson Theatre box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday), there are no extra fees whatsoever ... and you can either save that extra $12 or be a sport and kick it in for Sandy relief.
We have an email in to Ticketmaster's press office, asking what the company intends to do with the extra fees it collects, but this isn't the first time that Ticketmaster's fee practices have come under scrutiny when it comes to a catastrophic storm.
The last time it was a hurricane named Katrina.
The City of New Orleans is planning a major benefit to help the Northeast as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. No artists have been named yet, but the big show — known as the "NOLA Pay It Forward Concert" — will be held Nov. 20 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in Armstrong Park, as announced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office this afternoon:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in devastated areas because we understand what it’s like to suffer through catastrophes,” said Mayor Landrieu. “The Northeast was there for us following Katrina, and while many in this region are still recovering from Isaac, New Orleans wants to pay it forward to those impacted by Sandy.”
We'll update as soon as we know the names of some of the performers.
Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper decided to ask Michael "Brownie" Brown's opinion on Hurricane Sandy, and the paper got it:
Federal agencies such as FEMA have a role. FEMA’s is to be that “honest broker” between the states and various localities.
Brownie does not know what "honest broker" means.
But at the end of the day, it is still each of us, as individuals, who are responsible for our own safety and well-being.
But not, apparently, our own Baton Rouge restaurant reservations.
On national television Tuesday, I told New Yorkers they needed to “chill.”
And you didn't get kicked in the nuts by a cameraman? New York, you disappoint me.
Below the fold: Canadians thank the Globe & Mail for providing Brownie insights.
Now imagine if New Orleans had a marathon planned for the following weekend after Hurricane Katrina — and Ray Nagin insisted that, despite the state of emergency, tens of thousands of runners hit the streets.
Because that's what's happening in New York right now:
"I think some people said you shouldn't run the marathon," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news briefing Wednesday. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There's lots of people that have come here. It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."
OK. Now just imagine the cable-news and talk-radio reaction — even a fraction of the reaction — had Nagin suggested New Orleans hold a marathon six days after Katrina, and that running it was somehow a tribute to those who had perished.
Sam Levin of Denver's Westword caught up with former FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown, who currently infests the airwaves of that fine city, to see what Brownie thought of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.
Brownie's criticism? It was too quick. Hmmm. Suspicious!
Brown expects that in the coming days, there will also be comparisons between Obama's quick response to Hurricane Sandy and his slower response to the attacks in Benghazi, which has become a challenging campaign issue for the president.
"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in...Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Brown says. "Why was this so quick?... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question.... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."
No, Brownie. No one's going to ask that question. Except you.
Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:
... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.
As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:
Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.
In anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana SPCA (which serves as the city's animal shelter and animal control) moved 87 cats and 56 dogs to shelters in Texas, and 35 dogs (and one cat) were transported to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.
The SPCA of Texas posted a photo gallery of Isaac-affected animals arriving at its shelter, and the national SPCA has kept a blog with updates about Gulf Coast pets (the Texas shelters reported dozens of adoptions following the arrival of the LA/SPCA animals).
The staff on-site at the Algiers shelter is caring for 100 animals, but the shelter is closed to the public until power is restored. LA/SPCA officials will announce when it can reopen — it currently only is responding to emergencies. If you see an animal-related emergency, call animal control at 504-368-5191 ext. 100 and leave a detailed message including name, address, contact information and details of the situation. A dispatcher is on duty manning calls. SPCA communications director Jennifer Albrecht says they're hoping to be up and running as early as next week, much like the rest of the city.
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