Thursday, December 18, 2014

Video: Small and large beers at Pelicans games are pretty much the same

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

On the left, a small beer cup. On the right, a large. Both contain the same amount of water. - ALEJANDRO DE LOS RIOS
  • On the left, a small beer cup. On the right, a large. Both contain the same amount of water.

New Orleans Pelicans fans, beware: You're probably better off not paying the extra $3.50 you pay for a "large" beer at home games.

As the pictures above and video below show, the difference between a "small" beer and a "large" beer is just a few ounces, if not less. The small costs $6, the large costs $9.50. With a 50+ percent price difference, you'd expect the larger beer to be at least 50 percent bigger, right?

This came to my attention when I saw this post by Facebook user Brian Gust. Posted Dec. 2, the video has gone viral, generating over 113,000 views. The video shows Gust pouring the beer from a "large" cup into a "regular" cup. The difference is marginal. 

Trying to give the Pelicans the benefit of the doubt, I thought that maybe Gust's "large" beer wasn't filled all the way and that the foam from transferring the beer was making the small cup look fuller than it really was. But this wasn't the case. I went to the Pelicans game against the Utah Jazz and conducted my own experiment:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Joey Arias to play Contemporary Arts Center April 17, 2015

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

  • Joey Arias.

New York performance artist/chanteuse Joey Arias has been added to the spring lineup at the Contemporary Arts Center (CACNO).

Arias, a veteran of the New York underground scene, has had a varied career as a Billie Holiday "song interpreter," the star of Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas production Zumanity, and a string of film appearances.

CACNO's description of his show there says, "In celebration of Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, New York cabaret and drag icon Joey Arias channels the trailblazing vocalist and jazz legend in a spectacle of old-Hollywood Big Band glamour."

The New York Times once said of Arias, “Makes Lady Gaga look like Greta Van Susteren.” 

For my money, Arias was part of one of the greatest musical performances ever on Saturday Night Live: a remarkable nine-minute, three-song 1979 set by David Bowie backed by Arias and the late Klaus Nomi.

DAVID BOWIE (With Klaus Nomi & Joey Arias) - 3 Songs, Late On A Saturday Night In 1979 from Videodrome Discothèque on Vimeo.

Tickets to the CACNO show are $35 and are on sale now.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Orleans' latest film turn: Zombie animals and The Other Dead

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Hey, New Orleans: If NCIS: New Orleans and American Horror Story: Coven weren't to your taste — how about The Other Dead, set in Louisiana during "the next Hurricane Katrina"? EW has details:

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.

From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. 

That's right — Animal Planet, home of shows like America's Cutest Pet and Puppy Bowl, will now branch into zombie animals.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Peyton and Eli Manning's latest "rap" video

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM


It's almost real football season, and you know what that means: new Ronnie Lamarque dances and Ronnielogues, the "Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Red Zone" and the Manning brothers making another "rap" video for DirecTV. This time, though, dad Archie gets into the act, and if you liked "Football Cops," there's a lot here to parse.

Highlights: Eli's two popped collars, pretty girls, Chris Johnson giving a white guy dreadlocks, Joe Namath getting a little sumthin-sumthin in a McMansion kitchen, a smoke machine, The Beverly Hillbillies house (or maybe it's the Playboy mansion), Pegasus, Eli eating a foot-long po-boy and nachos being served in a swimming pool. Enjoy.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Whiskey and Milk": Watch this ridiculous music video by the Bare Handed Bear Handlers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

  • The Bare Handed Bear Handlers.

The Bare Handed Bear Handlers is a band I was completely unaware of until this week, but the video for their song "Whiskey & Milk" (NSFW-ish) may be my favorite thing ever. First of all, whiskey and milk? Yeah, and things pretty much get weirder from there on out.

Shot locally at The Saint and Twelve Mile Limit, it follows the tradition of the band's earlier videos, which are just as ridiculous if not a bit more NSFW-ish (you can check out its YouTube channel here). 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch this video for the 50th time.

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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, it spread quickly through New Orleans social media. - FACEBOOK
  • 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, 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." 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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Friday, July 18, 2014

Frampton Comes Alive! — thanks to John Georges

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

New Orleans Advocate owner/publisher John Georges and tousled Botticelli-esque dad-rock god Peter Frampton have a special bond.
  • New Orleans Advocate owner/publisher John Georges and tousled Botticelli-esque dad-rock god Peter Frampton have a special bond.

So we'll just set this down over here. Do what you like with it; make what you will of it.

Dad-rock fave Peter Frampton will be playing Champions Square on Sunday (at the same time Beyoncé and Jay Z are in the adjacent Superdome). An interview with Frampton in today's New Orleans Advocate includes the tale of a 28-year-old Frampton in a serious car crash in the Bahamas, where his life was saved by a 17-year-old who was staying nearby and grew up to be ... wait for it ... New Orleans Advocate owner/publisher John Georges:

“I’d been up all night,” Frampton recalled of the accident. “I flew in, got in a car, fell asleep and crashed into the wall. They heard this horrendous noise and came out. John was the first one on the scene.”

“I heard the crash and ran out to this horrific scene,” Georges recalled last week. “He was in really bad shape. He was going into shock. I spoke to him and did what I could to save him until EMS arrived. It all happened so fast. It took me a while to realize who he was. I was a huge fan.”

Frampton goes on to say, “Wherever John is, he has a golden ticket for life, because he saved mine.”

EDITED TO ADD: James Karst points out on Twitter that the anecdote also appeared in a 2007 Gambit profile of Georges.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is the craziest furniture store commercial you've ever seen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Ridiculous local TV commercials are nothing new and, more often than not, provide an incredible amount of unintentional comedy. But now, Hotel Furniture Liquidators in New Orleans East has raised the bar for gonzo commercials with the mind-melting piece above.

The video stars Sparkle Johnson, an androgynous and racially ambiguous performer rapping about couches and lamps to the tune of Big Freedia's "Azz Everywhere" while the "White Girl Twerk Team" shake and jiggle to the beat. Somehow, it's even more ridiculous than how I just described it, thou it's apparently struck a chord and has been viewed over 30,000 times in under two weeks.

Even more mind-boggling is how the ridiculousness of the commercial contrasts with the store's generic website (though their Facebook page skews towards irreverent). However, this isn't Sparkle Johnson's first ad for the store and a quick YouTube search reveals a history of completely insane videos. This one, though, is the most popular by a mile and should see a quick induction in the Crazy Local Commercial Hall of Fame.

(h/t reddit)

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Jesus Christ Superstar tour canceled; was to have debuted at UNO Lakefront Arena June 9

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

This summer's touring arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar was abruptly canceled this afternoon after rehearsals had already begun in New Orleans. No explanation was given. It was to have opened at UNO Lakefront Arena June 9 before playing more than 50 dates at large arenas around the country, from Los Angeles' Staples Center to Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tamar Grace Gregorian, director of communications for the UNO Lakefront Arena, confirmed the cancellation, and a brief notice was just posted on the tour's website:

Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of S2BN Entertainment, announced today the cancellation of the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off in New Orleans on June 9. All purchased tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased online and via telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased from outlets/venue box office must be returned to that location for refund.
The tour had gotten much publicity for its casting of pop stars from various genres, including John Lydon (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.), Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), JC Chasez ('N Sync) and Brandon Boyd (Incubus). British TV reality star Ben Forster, who was playing Jesus, tweeted that the cancellation came in the middle of a rehearsal:

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Washington Post's list of scandalous Louisiana politicians forgets about David Duke

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM


So The Washington Post's political blog, The Fix, did a compendium this morning of disgraced Louisiana politicians ("Vance McAllister is part of a long line of scandalized Louisiana politicians. A VERY long line"), which stretched back to the 19th century.

It's a big list, encompassing everyone from Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno to Hippo Katz — but one obvious name was missing: that of former state Rep. David Duke. Writer Jaime Fuller did manage to squeeze in Duke's name, under an entry dedicated to former Gov. Mike Foster:

Republican Gov. Mike Foster spent $150,000 for a list of supporters of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and gubernatorial candidate David Duke. That sum of money is considerably above what such a list would normally go for, so many assumed Foster paid Duke — who ended up endorsing Foster — to stay out of the 1996 election. Foster also failed to report the payment on his tax forms. Foster quickly said he regretted buying the list, which he didn't even end up using. 
Fuller lists McAllister as "another data point in the argument that there must be something in the water there that makes politicians a magnet for bad behavior," but it's curious that Duke didn't qualify as one of those data points, given that the list stretched back far enough to include 19th-century Sen. John Slidell. 

A briefer take on McAllister was offered by the New York Post, which headlined its story in typical fashion: CONGRESSMAN BASHED BY KISS GAL'S HUBBY. It's no HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR, but it's good.


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