The trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of steamy literary phenomenon 50 Shades of Grey hit the web this week and was deemed an immediate hit — now that we live in an era where trailers can become hits. It features a remix of Beyonce's Crazy in Love and is embedded above for your late-Friday-afternoon viewing pleasure. 50 Shades of Grey will open nationwide on Valentine's Day, 2015.
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August 1 marks the one-year anniversary of Noodle and Pie's (741 State St.) brick-and-mortar store, and the restaurant is celebrating with a bang.
A six-course, tasting menu-style "secret menu" is available at the restaurant for one day only today (August 1). While the ramen restaurant was hush-hush on details, courses are "primarily seafood" and include an amuse bouche, raw fish selection, simmered shrimp, a fish main course, short rib dish and a palate cleansing dessert.
The courses come paired with some of the restaurant's finest roses and sakes, as well as a signature watermelon-ginger cocktail.
The secret menu is $55 for the meal, and a steal at $70 including drinks.
That hissing sound you’ve been hearing lately is the sound of a snake slithering through the halls of officialdom in Baton Rouge. This particular snake is Senate Bill 294, which lawmakers passed on June 2, the final day of the legislative session. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed it into law on June 23, making it Act 859.
As initially presented, SB 294 purportedly dealt with the “rights of law enforcement officers while under investigation,” which sounded innocuous enough — but that was never its true aim. The plan all along was for different versions of the measure to be passed by the House and Senate, forcing it to go to a conference committee, which could rewrite it wholesale and sneak (or snake) the real version through at the last minute.
Which is what happened.
When the bill emerged from conference committee with just hours remaining in the session, it contained a brand-new amendment totally unrelated to law enforcement officers under investigation. The amendment changed the rules governing the Louisiana State Police Retirement System (LSPRS) — for just one or two members of the system.
Specifically, the amendment significantly enhanced the retirement benefits of State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, who is routinely at the side of Gov. Jindal. According to at least one knowledgeable estimate, Col. Edmonson’s annual retirement pay would increase by $55,000 a year — from $79,000 to $134,000 — which would cost taxpayers more than $1.6 million over 30 years.
None of that was discussed in public, however. Nor was the change advertised in advance, as required of legislation dealing with public employee retirement benefits. Instead, the amended measure was routinely presented as a compromise and summarily adopted by trusting lawmakers in the session’s final hours. That’s how snakes slither through the process.
Then the fertilizer hit the oscillator.
The fast food invasion of Orleans Parish continues, as Hungry Howie's — a national Michigan-based pizza chain — plans to open its doors next Wednesday, August 6 at 7838 Earhart Blvd.
The 11th largest pizza chain in the nation, Howie's lays claim to the title of the first chain serving "flavor crust" pizza, featuring a number of varieties including ranch, "butter cheese" and (yes) Cajun.
Howie's joins the recently opened Maple Street Patisserie et Bistro on Earhart, adding to a once limited number of dining options in the Gert Town area.
For more information or to start building your dream flavor crust pizza, visit the Hungry Howie's website.
"Louis came to me in a dream and told me to do his music but do it my way. This next record is going to be one funky-butt tribute to Louis Armstrong."
Just outside Jack's Meat Market on Derbigny and Mandeville streets tonight, about 50 people gathered behind the entire percussion unit of the McDonogh 35 marching band.
Since January, three people have been shot and killed at the intersection, and in the past two weeks, two men have been mugged nearby. But this march, says Rosie Lacy, secretary of the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association, was planned before the latest two incidents, one of which was the beating of the neighborhood association's vice-president Bill Murphy. The night before, local artist Christopher Brumfield was attacked in a similar fashion, and Brumfield, who has been recuperating with family in Baton Rouge, announced on his Facebook page today that he intended to move there permanently.
But with neighborhood shootings a regular occurrence in St. Roch, why should it take the mugging of two white men to get the community marching — not to mention a flurry of news cameras, New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett and a fleet of police officers, including New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Ronal Serpas, on the scene?
It's a question that "T," who did not want to be named, said he asked himself when he learned about the march. "I got a friend who got shot, and nobody was asking to interview me," he said.
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