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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Interview: CHRISTEENE comes to Siberia Aug. 29

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 5:46 PM

CHRISTEENE, the self-designated "drag terrorist," comes to Siberia Aug. 29. - JASON RODGERS
  • JASON RODGERS
  • CHRISTEENE, the self-designated "drag terrorist," comes to Siberia Aug. 29.

Former New Orleans resident Paul Soileau is the man behind CHRISTEENE — the foulmouthed, oversexed, self-designated "drag terrorist" that has been making her way around the world since 2010. With songs titles such as "Tears From My Pussy" and "African Mayonnaise," CHRISTEENE has gained an international and diverse fan base. She can be repulsive, yet endearing in many ways; she is Soileau's twisted response to celebrity, pop culture and a whole lot more. 

CHRISTEENE will be playing Siberia Aug. 29 on a bill that includes Delish, Chilldren, Liquid Nailz, White Girl Wasted, DJ Rusty Lazer and MC Anne Surprises.



Why did you choose to play at this sort of venue?

The music that we do in a live show — the performance that we give — is very different than the image that you watch in the CHRISTEENE videos. It's very aggressive; it's much more punk. So those venues are fantastic because it just allows this really great crossover crowd to be in the same room and really tear it up together. And the people who come to our shows are a pretty broad demographic of people, so we don't really perform for one group or type of person. The rooms are very mixed, so those old shitty rock and punk clubs are the best places to bring a bunch of different kinds of people and just shove them in there and feed them. And there is just a good energy in those places to tap into.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Video: Morris Bart-obsessed toddler finally gets to meet his hero

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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The best Louisiana story of the year was that of Grayson Dobra, the Prairieville 2-year-old who was so obsessed with New Orleans personal injury attorney Morris Bart and his commercials that his mother threw him a Morris Bart-themed birthday party (complete with a Morris Bart cake).

The story went viral and was picked up by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Buzzfeed, the Today show and many other news outlets. But somehow in all the hoopla, Grayson never got to meet Bart.

That changed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, when the talk show host arranged for Bart to surprise Grayson and his mother L'Erin. 

Despite the excitement, as of last report, area toddlers somehow are not clamoring for Michael Hingle and Chip Forstall parties.


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Y@ Speak: metaphorically speaking

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 2:17 PM


Hey, you heard of this Hurricane Katrina? Did you know someone "metaphorically" wished it happened to them, too? As we ride this roller coaster of nightmarish nostalgia toward Aug. 29, let's look back at a week of online rage and one of the ultimate backpedaling "well, actually" non-apologies of our time. Also: Confederate monuments offer some delightful debate and the New Orleans Saints are, um, fine.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Council President Jason Williams calls special meeting to discuss boil-water advisory

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:47 PM

A sign on the door of a New Orleans coffeehouse during a boil-water advisory in 2013. Last weekend's boil-water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans, which lasted 31 hours, inconvenienced residents as well as restaurants, hotels and other businesses, which found few updates on the situation.
  • A sign on the door of a New Orleans coffeehouse during a boil-water advisory in 2013. Last weekend's boil-water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans, which lasted 31 hours, inconvenienced residents as well as restaurants, hotels and other businesses, which found few updates on the situation.


New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams, who also chairs the council's Utility Committee, has called a a special meeting tomorrow to discuss last weekend's boil-water advisory on the East Bank of New Orleans — and the Sewerage & Water Board's response to the issue. 

The advisory was issued Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m., about seven hours after a power surge at the S&WB's Carrollton plant fell below 15 pounds per square inch, which is considered an unsafe level. The advisory was issued after many residents had awoken, had coffee, brushed their teeth, showered and gone to work — and it continued throughout the day and evening, forcing businesses to use bottled water or find workarounds. After an initial press conference about the advisory, the city was silent, providing no updates as the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals tested samples.

On Saturday morning, 24 hours after the event, City Hall sent out an email saying that water samples still were being tested. Then officials went silent again. During that time, Gambit was unable to reach anyone at the S&WB's 24-hour hotline; the city's 311 line went to a recording; and the city website was not updated.

Moreover, @NOLAReady, the city's emergency preparedness Twitter account, updated on the situation once in the morning and then was silent until the advisory was lifted. Another Twitter account, @SWBNOLA, to which people had been tweeting their complaints and concerns, was deleted July 25 in the midst of the advisory, though city officials question whether that was an official account. (Brad Howard, an aide to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, says the only account to carry official S&WB news is @NOLAReady. "We coordinate all emergency and critical information during @NOLAReady," Howard told Gambit this afternoon.)

The advisory lasted 31 hours, during which the city issued exactly three press releases (one at the beginning, one on Saturday morning and one at the end). 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colorado Congressman: "I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for ... smoking crayfish"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee. - DAVID KROLL
  • DAVID KROLL
  • Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is a doctor (and famous Onion-story believer) who nevertheless stands foursquare against the use of medical marijuana, recently calling it "a joke":
“The idea of medical marijuana is a joke,” Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said in late-night debate prior to Wednesday’s daytime votes. “It’s an end-run around the laws. There are more pot shops in California than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s.”
(Wow. Even a family-values conservative like Gov. Bobby Jindal is OK with medical weed. And you'd think Fleming, who owns several Subway sandwich shops, would understand the profitability of the munchies.)

Fleming's meddlings in state affairs didn't sit well with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, a state where weed was legalized in 2012 and has subsequently fattened state coffers by tens of millions of dollars each year. Polis addressed Fleming on the floor of the House of Representatives:
I just wish that you would leave my sovereign state of Colorado alone. Let our people and our state government decide what we want to do with regard to marijuana rather than a federal agent going around trying to arrest people for doing activities that are fully legal under state law. That’s all I ask,” Polis said.

I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for whatever you do down there, smoking crayfish. Want me to ban that and send federal troops down there? I bet maybe smoking crayfish ain’t good for you. What if it’s fried? Might clog your arteries, huh?”

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

No, Bobby Jindal did not break off trade relations with Ireland

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Humorist Andy Borowitz's story about Gov. Bobby Jindal breaking off trade relations with Ireland was treated as truth in some circles. - THE NEW YORKER
  • THE NEW YORKER
  • Humorist Andy Borowitz's story about Gov. Bobby Jindal breaking off trade relations with Ireland was treated as truth in some circles.


No, Gov. Bobby Jindal has not banned Irish products from the state of Louisiana
in the wake of that nation voting to legalize same-sex marriage. But a lot of people seem to think he has.

It all started when The New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz published a Onion-style news brief claiming Jindal was "breaking off trade" with Ireland:
BATON ROUGE (The Borowitz Report) – In the aftermath of Irish voters legalizing gay marriage, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has used his emergency powers to ban all Irish products from the state.

The sweeping trade sanctions will prevent popular Irish products, such as Jameson whiskey and Guinness Extra Stout, from being sold in Louisiana.

Jindal explained that breaking off trade with Ireland was necessary to protect the sanctity of marriage in Louisiana.

“Every time someone takes a sip of Guinness, a part of straight marriage dies,” he said.
It's funny because a governor can't break off trade with another nation! Right? Right?!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Flat-earth Bobby: Jindal's exploratory committee and presidential bid

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 4:01 PM

ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID KROLL
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Christopher Columbus was warned that his initial voyage across the Atlantic would lead to him sailing off the edge of the Earth and into oblivion. His naysayers were convinced the Earth was flat. Columbus knew better.

I thought of Columbus when I read that Gov. Bobby Jindal had formed an “exploratory committee” to test the waters for his all-but-certain — and all-but-doomed — presidential bid next year. In contrast to the world of Columbus, however, Jindal’s political world really is flat, and he long ago sailed blindly over the edge. He’s apparently the only person on the planet who doesn’t know it.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Duck Dynasty family musical shot down in Vegas, closes after a month

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Duck Commander Musical is closing after a month of lackluster ticket sales in Las Vegas. - DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL
  • DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL
  • Duck Commander Musical is closing after a month of lackluster ticket sales in Las Vegas.


Who could've predicted that Las Vegas visitors wouldn't flock to Duck Commander Musical — a, well, musical based on the Robertson family of reality-TV performers in Monroe?

The Las Vegas Sun reported tonight that Duck Commander Musical will close May 17 at the Rio Las Vegas after about a month of performances:

The show struggled at the box office at the Rio, typically selling fewer than 100 tickets per performance even at deep discounts.
According to the musical's website, the cheap seats were $53 — and despite a star-studded premiere April 15 that brought out big stars like Guy Fieri, reviews were lackluster. As The Hollywood Reporter put it, "What might have been a campy and hilarious look at some good ole boys who hit it big turns out to be a paean to religion and family. With fart jokes."

New Orleans likes a good fart joke as well as any city.So who's going to stage it locally? Southern Rep? AllWays? Mid-City Theater? Running With Scissors? Anyone?

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PHOTOS: St. Roch Market vandalized overnight

Posted By and on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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Vendors, neighbors react to vandalism of St. Roch Market overnight

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Workers clean up overnight vandalism at St. Roch Market. - JEANIE RIESS
  • JEANIE RIESS
  • Workers clean up overnight vandalism at St. Roch Market.

Following the overnight vandalization of St. Roch Market, the people pressure washing slogans like "YUPPIE = BAD" and "FUCK YUPPIES" were mostly the people from the neighborhood itself. 

"Look at the people cleaning," Kayti Chung-Williams, owner of the food stall Koreole, told Gambit. "It's the people who live in the community. That's the ironic part. What point are you trying to make here?"

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