Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love and hisses for the New Orleans Pelicans' King Cake Baby

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 6:04 PM

King Cake Baby meets a fan.
  • King Cake Baby meets a fan.

It's high season for New Orleans Pelicans mascot King Cake Baby — so boo to GQ for profiling KCB in an article titled "The New Orleans Pelicans King Cake Baby is Basically a War Crime."

What's the website's proof? This Vine, pretty much, in which the lovable giant humanoid plastic cake decoration homunculus infant creature startles a woman walking into Rouses:

Trew2TheGame host Chris Trew took a kinder, gentler look at the KCB, playing some baby games with the Pelicans mascot.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: The #Chad Awakens

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It's Carnival time — you know what that means: watching buildings burn, spray-painting public spaces, catching Confederate flag beads and sleeping on strangers' stoops. Plus: a look at some of the DIY floats from 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: RIP Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Facebook destroyed Twitter this week. RIP Y@ Speak. See y'all at the second line. I'll bring the Hand Grenades.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Krewe du Vieux meets Krewe du Bernie? — and your chance to download this year's Le Monde de Merde

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM


One side effect of a compressed Mardi Gras season seems to be everything happening at once — and that surely will be the case in the Faubourg Marigny Jan. 23, when the raunchy satirists of Krewe du Vieux roll through the streets just hours after a planned rally and march for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders starts in Washington Square Park. 

Organizer Lawrence Dunn says he's applied for the proper permits with the city, and neither he nor city officials saw any problem or conflict with Krewe du Vieux.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: John Waters: Holier and Dirtier at the Civic Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 2:25 PM

John Waters
  • John Waters

Writer/filmmaker/raconteur John Waters brought his annual Christmas standup show — this year titled Holier and Dirtier — to the Civic Theatre last night. “We are going to put the X back into Christmas,” he promised, but only part of his rapid-fire, very funny monologue was about the holidays. Waters described how some churches are attaching GPS tracking devices to the Baby Jesuses in their manger scenes to prevent theft; wished that Slipknot would issue a Christmas album; and talked about how much he hated people with food allergies at holiday meals: “Just shut the fuck up and eat it, or stay home.”

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Book from New Orleans "White House chef" pulled after fraud claims

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Ronnie Seaton meets First Lady Laura Bush at Willie Mae's Scotch House in 2007. - SHEALAH CRAIGHEAD / THE WHITE HOUSE
  • Ronnie Seaton meets First Lady Laura Bush at Willie Mae's Scotch House in 2007.

Ronnie Seaton, 
grandson of the late New Orleans restaurateur Willie Mae Seaton, claims to have served five U.S. presidents in White House kitchens. He writes about his life in his new autobiography, Sir White House Chef. He says he also was knighted by the Queen of England and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice — once from President George H.W. Bush.

Seaton also claims to have been drafted into the Vietnam War in 1973 while a senior at "St. Augusta High School," which he describes as an "all white school" and home of the Purple Knights. He says he was a prisoner of war, broke free from his captors and finished eight years in the military before receiving a scholarship from the Culinary Institute of America.

President Ronald Reagan hired him in 1982, he says, after dining on his cuisine at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and he began a long career at the White House — from cooking for former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher to witnessing Monica Lewinsky's infamously stained dress heading to the dry cleaners.

But the White House denies Seaton ever worked there, according to the New York Post. The National Personnel Records Center has no record of his military service in Vietnam.

And now Seaton's California-based publisher, Heritage Builders, has pulled the book. In an email to Gambit, Brian Mayes of the Nashville Publicity Group, which was coordinating press for its publication, wrote "The publisher is pulling the book, and we have ceased all promotion. Very disappointing."

So here are some highlights from Sir White House Chef:

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report: Fox to stage live Last Supper rock musical in New Orleans on Palm Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Forget The Wiz: According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Fox TV is going to broadcast a live event from the streets of New Orleans on Palm Sunday — and it's a rock musical based on the Last Supper.

It’s called “The Passion,” and Dick Clark Productions is putting it together.

The two hour musical extravaganza will be a live (yes, LIVE) restaging of the Last Supper set to modern rock songs. It will air on Palm Sunday, produced by Adam Anders, whose credits include “Glee” and “American Horror Story” as music supervisor. ...

I’m told that hundreds of New Orleans extras will take part in a processional walking a huge illuminated cross from the Superdome to a park on the river. What’s not clear is if they go through with the crucifixion and resurrection, or if it stops there and turns into Mardi Gras. 


This sounds like a cross between two ill-fated New Orleans productions — last year's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar (which was canceled, literally, in mid-rehearsal) and Saturday Night Live: Live From Mardi Gras, a disastrous 1977 special that Gambit recalled in a 2002 story by David Lee Simmons

It's official. We live on a backlot now.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

VICE introduces Big Shot soda to the world outside New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Big Shot sodas for sale at Rouses Markets on Tchoupitoulas Street. - FACEBOOK/BIG SHOT
  • Big Shot sodas for sale at Rouses Markets on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Who knew an 80-year-old cold drink could be so interesting? In “Why Nobody Outside of New Orleans Has Ever Heard of the City’s Iconic Soda,” Emma Sloan took a long look at Big Shot for VICE's food channel, MUNCHIES.

“If authenticity is the currency in the Big Easy, then Big Shot may be as close as you can get to a true New Orleans beverage,” Sloan wrote. “It’s affordable to the entire city population, and available within walking distance of most neighborhoods. It’s the drink of the people in ways that the gin fizz or a fancy lunch at Commander’s Palace is not.” (Plus it was name-checked by Lil Wayne, so...)

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Friday, November 13, 2015

New Orleans scores high on the "first annual Pretention Index"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

(Is it pretentious to point out it should be 'Pretense Index'?)

So a company called Cafe Valet (which "has revolutionized the way coffee is offered and consumed in more than a million hotel rooms across North America") has done one of those pseudo-scientific surveys — this one a "quantitative analysis of pretension levels in America":
Developed by a team of data scientists, the Pretension Index examines where these modern day latte art lovers are most concentrated, mining data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Facebook, local business data and more in the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas. 
And New Orleans now makes the Top 10 — lower than San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver or Austin, but above Chicago and New York:


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction and giant inflatable pizza surfing at Voodoo

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - BARRY BRECHEISE / LIVE NATION
  • Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

With Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne claimed the title Prince of Darkness — "My name is Lucifer, come take my hand" Ozzy sings in "N.I.B.," though apparently the song is full of empathy for the devil, who falls in love and changes his ways. Osbourne is a great headliner for Halloween at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, and last night's show was his second appearance at Voodoo. But the Osbourne on stage seemed more like your crazy uncle than "Crazy Train" Osbourne, and he seemed to enjoy the show, even when he turned a hose on the audience, while rain was already pouring down on them.

On a day plagued with frequent hard rains, Osbourne and company turned in one of the few sets to go past its allotted time. Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective put up with heavy sound bleed and a hard deluge mid-set. Peaches turned in an abbreviated performance. But fans weathered the rain and mud, and sets by Jane's Addiction and Ozzy on the Altar stage rewarded them for it.

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