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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Monday, October 26, 2015

What others are saying about Louisiana's suddenly interesting gubernatorial race

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM


It's been almost 48 hours since the Louisiana governor's race got interesting — and statewide and national media are taking notice. A few samples of what the world is learning about politics in the Pelican State:

, "David Vitter lurches toward a humiliating defeat: A record of scandal and hypocrisy finally catches up to him"

Sean Illing explains the Louisiana "jungle primary" system and sums up the events of last week, including an explanation of why the auto accident in which Vitter was involved last Friday may be more than a simple fender bender. But Illing lays out the story and the players for a national audience (from a pro-Democrat point of view):
For months, David Vitter was the prohibitive frontrunner. He has name recognition, political clout, a plethora of cash, and a state whose demographics increasingly favor conservative Republicans. But this is a unique political climate. Jindal, one of the worst governors in the history of the state, has made toxic everything he touched, including the Republican brand. Running as a Republican gubernatorial candidate after Jindal was always going to be tricky. In addition to that, Vitter, as James Carville told Salon recently, is “one of the most flawed candidates in American politics.”

The Daily Beast
, "The Big Sleazy’s Insane Governor’s Race"

Writer Gideon Resnick calls GOP nominee David Vitter "a kind of dorky dad-figure who would fit perfectly in a Tim Allen sitcom role," and runs down the various stories of the last week: the candidates, the prostitute, the American Zombie, and the Big Chief vs. Spy Boy contretemps that took place last Friday on Metairie Road. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

WDSU: It's not true that an anti-David Vitter PAC will air ad during gubernatorial debate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM

A screenshot from Gumbo PAC's anti-David Vitter ad, which the political action committee says will air tonight during WDSU-TV's live gubernatorial debate.
  • A screenshot from Gumbo PAC's anti-David Vitter ad, which the political action committee says will air tonight during WDSU-TV's live gubernatorial debate.

Talking Points Memo reports
that Gumbo PAC, the political action committee that calls itself a "non-partisan clearinghouse of information focused on educating Louisiana voters about U.S. Senator David Vitter's disgraceful public record," will run an ad featuring a baby in a diaper during tonight's live gubernatorial debate on WDSU-TV.

Joel Vlmanay, general manager of WDSU, told Gambit the report, written by TPM's Caitlin McNeal, was untrue. "It's a commercial-free debate," Vilmanay said. "And we wouldn't run an ad of that nature either during or adjacent to a debate." He said no one from Talking Points Memo ever called the station to confirm Gumbo PAC's report.

Gumbo PAC is headed by Trey Ourso, a Baton Rouge political consultant who served as head of the state Democratic Party more than a decade ago. He told Gambit that the TPM report had it wrong and that he never stated the ad would appear during the debate, but that he hadn't seen TPM's story.

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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
  • 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


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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