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Monday, February 6, 2017

Endymion space-saving: Feb. 6, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Put on a happy face — Endymion is now less than three weeks away, though much of the prime neutral ground real estate on Orleans Avenue already has been claimed, like this enormous space.
  • Put on a happy face — Endymion is now less than three weeks away, though much of the prime neutral ground real estate on Orleans Avenue already has been claimed, like this enormous space.

Krewe of Endymion fans were busy over the weekend marking their territory for this year's roll
(which still is almost three weeks away). The claiming of the turf began last week — a new early record — but went into high gear this weekend, when spray paint was used to delineate vast swaths of neutral ground grass on Orleans Avenue.

And now, the photo gallery. Meet PUG and PEARL, Maumus and Aaron and all your soon-to-be Mid-City neighbors.




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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Advocate is very disappointed in you, LSU students

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.
  • Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.

You Baton Rouge campus radicals are on notice, because the editorial board of The Advocate is on to your subversive ways. A remarkable opinion piece posted yesterday tut-tutted the LSU students who held a demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:
We’re not sure how leaving class will demonstrate to Trump — or anyone else — that the president should rethink his policies. Maybe gathering in the evening or on a weekend, when most students are out of class, would have revealed how many of the participants were willing to sacrifice their social lives, rather than an instructional session – to make their voices heard. Wednesday’s midday protest, on the other hand, looked a lot like playing hooky.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

'Alternative facts'? No — just the facts, please

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump, told Meet the Press that the White House was providing "alternative facts," not falsehoods. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump, told Meet the Press that the White House was providing "alternative facts," not falsehoods.

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.” Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump, on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“Alternative facts” may sound like something cooked up between George Orwell and Stephen Colbert, but President Trump’s administration doubled down on them during his first few days in office. Conway coined the term “alternative facts” on Meet the Press the day after presidential press secretary Sean Spicer held a belligerent press conference during which he insisted “the media” miscounted and downplayed the number of people at Mr. Trump’s inauguration the day before.

Spicer, Conway and Trump are entitled to their belief that the inauguration was the most beautiful in history, or the most historic, or any other superlative they might imagine. They are not, however, entitled to their own “facts” — which were contradicted by several objective criteria, including photographs of the National Mall, satellite images and ridership numbers from Washington D.C. public transit.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Editorial: Jeff Landry is Louisiana's Barney Fife

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Not Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
  • Not Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
In a classic episode of The Andy Griffith Show, Sheriff Andy Taylor leaves town for the day, turning law enforcement over to his hapless, preening deputy Barney Fife. When Andy returns, he finds Barney has arrested half the town on charges such as “unlawful assembly” (Aunt Bee gossiping with friends outside the courthouse) and expects praise for cracking down on crime in Mayberry.

Turns out Louisiana has its own Barney Fife — Attorney General Jeff Landry.

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Did the Pelicans poach the King Cake Baby Twitter account?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM

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Who is King Cake Baby? What is King Cake Baby? I first watched King Cake Baby at a then-New Orleans Hornets game, racing around the court on a Razor scooter, a Carnivalesque ghoul of a babylike manthing with a permanently open-mouthed grin. The intentionally designed horrorshow of a second tier mascot was revealed in 2015 to be an Old World-inspired marionette-like creation (named, in its tragic birth, "Babycakes"), and its viral nightmare was no accident.

Aside from the online townspeople killing it with fire, the actual King Cake Baby lived a relatively quiet life on the internet. (Even in public, it's more of a shy Burger King "Sneak King" but one that's very much a baby.) Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report and dozens of writers and blogs happily ruined everyone's days with playful screeds against the biggest baby in basketball.

Meanwhile, a one-year-old @KingCakeBaby account gently gave a voice to the giant baby. The man behind @KingCakeBaby was ESPN/TrueHoop's Bourbon Street Shots writer Mason Ginsberg. It had a modest following, with a big boost leading up to Carnival (and after a retweet from ESPN's Zach Lowe). But just days after the beginning of 2017's Carnival season — following a viral Uber king cake delivery to begin the annual season of terror for a reawakened King Cake Baby — the account was suspended. Ginsberg was locked out of the account. All of @KingCakeBaby's tweets disappeared.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: still writing "Drunk Don Lemon" on all my checks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 6:12 PM


As we dropkick 2016 into a pit of snakes, let's look back at the last greasy-thumbed tweets fired off before our very ugly baby of a New Year arrived. It's got all the classics: hating on the Saints, incredulous reactions to the weather, municipal failures, Sidney Torres, crime and DeRay's bookbag. Plus: Don Lemon losing entirely all of it on live TV. And sure, why not, a couple of "what does David Duke look like?" goofs. Happy New Year.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

John Waters: Filthier and Dirtier coming to the Joy Theater March 18

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 3:56 PM

John Waters.
  • John Waters.

Filmmaker/writer/artist John Waters, who last visited New Orleans in 2013 and 2015 (review), will make a return appearance March 18, 2017 at the Joy Theater with his new one-man show Filthier and Dirtier.

Waters was on the cover of Gambit in 2010 and spoke to us again in 2015, describing the time he lived in New Orleans and his love for the city's institutions, like Tennessee Williams, A Confederacy of Dunces, the "bus named Desire" and the Corner Pocket.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 5, 2017 at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

When the NOPD was on the lookout for Santa Claus

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 3:38 PM

This December 1973 issue of Our Beat*, the former New Orleans Police Department monthly newsletter, urged NOPD officers to be on the lookout for a rather drunk-and-disorderly-looking man going by the aliases "Saint Nick" and "Kris Kringle." Then-NOPD Superintendent Clarence Giarrusso urged anyone seeing this character to call the cops immediately.

The Louisiana Division of the City Archives shared this on the LOU/DIV Facebook page today...
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* From the NOPD website:
Our Beat was the title given to the very first publication of the NOPD. The first issue - Vol. 1, No.1 - was issued on October 20, 1949. Our Beat was published monthly, serving as an internal newsletter for the department. It highlighted officer news including transfers, achievements and promotions, NOPD events and other happenings within the department. However, Our Beat ceased publication in the early 2000s, prior to Hurricane Katrina impacting the city.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amy Schumer New Year's Eve performance moved to Mahalia Jackson Theater

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Amy Schumer.
  • Amy Schumer.

Comedian Amy Schumer, who was scheduled to perform at Smoothie King Center on Dec. 31, will now be performing at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for Performing Arts instead.

The Smoothie King Center can accommodate more than 17,000 people; the Mahalia seats fewer than 2,300. Schumer's last appearance in New Orleans was in May 2015 at the Saenger Theater, which seats approximately 2,600 people.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Orleans Zephyrs become ... the New Orleans Baby Cakes

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM

New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."
  • New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."

Season ticket holders, sponsors and costumed members of the Pussyfooters, Disco Amigos and El Lucha Krewe gathered at a rowdy press conference-slash-cocktail party Tuesday to hear which of seven cringeworthy crowdsourced options the New Orleans Zephyrs would choose for its new name.

Weighing the options, including a rumored "final three" — the Tailgators, the Nite Owls, and the Baby Cakes — crowd members seemed convinced, or resigned, that Baby Cakes would win out.

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