Thursday, August 25, 2016

Big Freedia gets three years probation for housing voucher case

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

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New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia got closure in a months-long housing voucher case in which the performer admitted using nearly $35,000 in Section 8 funds. Freedia avoided jail time but must serve three years on probation — including submitting to regular drug testing and performing 100 hours of community service — and to pay full restitution.

"I apologize to my New Orleans community," Freedia said Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. "I'm embarrassed of my conduct."

Reading a letter to the court, Freedia — in a shimmering black blazer and long blonde hair — thanked probation officers for guiding her through substance abuse treatment, which she was ordered to receive (along with a stay in a halfway house) after failing a drug test earlier this year. "It was an awesome course," Freedia said. "The people were amazing."

"I'm planning to do a lot for New Orleans," Freedia said, "to keep putting it on the map."

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Doggy fashion show Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway returns Sept. 17

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera - PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT STUNTZ
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  • Photo courtesy Diane Lundeen/Petcetera

Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway
is a professionally produced fashion show, but its staff extends beyond the usual cadre of stylists, makeup artists and Zoolander types. Along the runway, dog handlers sub for paparazzi, placed to reassure the dogs who cruise the … er … catwalk with the models.

Bad to the Bone co-founder Diane Lundeen says the dogs have varying degrees of enthusiasm for the spotlight. 

“Some dogs are just fine. They’re like ‘Hey, I’m here! Take me home!’ Other dogs are like ‘Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?’” she says. 

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Daiquiri Season kicks off Sept. 1

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1. - VALTERS KRONTALS/WIKICOMMONS
  • Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1.

Daiquiri Season, the monthlong "festival" honoring New Orleans’ favorite frozen drink, kicks off Sept. 1.

The festival was a two-day event founded in 2011, but it was purchased by Tales of the Cocktail in 2015. This year, the organizers have changed the concept, and restaurants and bars across the city will serve their own original frozen drinks. So far, 44 restaurants and bars have signed on to participate, ranging from high-end to lowbrow places, including Big Easy Daiquiris, Cane & Table, MoPho, High Hat Cafe, Bourree, El Libre, Sidney’s Saloon and others.

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Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

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Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lost Bayou Ramblers release live album for flood relief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

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The Lost Bayou Ramblers
' raucous, off-the-cuff live album Live: A La Blue Moon received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Its next live album, 2014's play-it-loud Live at Gasa Gasa, arrived practically dripping with punk show sweat. Its latest live release — this month's Rue Vermilion Revival — winds the clock back to 1999. The recording captures the band's first-ever performance and embryonic, rock 'n' roll roadhouse embrace of Cajun tradition and revival.

Band founder Louis Michot tells Bandcamp that proceeds from the release will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Foundation Acadiana and Vermilionville to aid in flood relief following August's devastating floods.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Orleans musicians host benefit concerts for flood relief

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24. - CHRIS STAFFORD
  • Curren$y performs at the "Flood The Love" benefit at Republic Aug. 24.

New Orleans musicians are joining relief efforts with a series of benefit concerts following Louisiana's devastating August floods.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Gasa Gasa, guitarist Colin Lake shares a bill with rock band The Breton Sound, surfy garage pop band Midriff and Hurricane Max for a benefit for schools and staff impacted by the floods. All proceeds benefit the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (or $15 with a donation of school supplies).

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New Orleans Film Festival announces feature competition lineup

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:46 PM

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The New Orleans Film Society has announced the lineup of feature films in competition at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival. The Louisiana Features and Documentary Features categories look especially strong. Highlights include Iman Shervington's Back Story, for which five young African American men from different New Orleans neighborhoods filmed their own lives over a six-month period; the world premiere of Shelter, a documentary about New Orleans' Covenant House homeless shelter for young people; and Maisie Crow's documentary Jackson, which examines the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. See the full lineup of competition features here.

The 2016 New Orleans Film Festival runs Oct. 12 to 20 at venues all over the city. This year, the festival hub moves from the CAC to the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.). New venues have been added to create a "walkable downtown campus for the festival." According to the Film Society, 45% of films at this year's festival will be from female directors, and 36% from directors of color.

Early Bird festival passes are currently on sale and are $200 for Film Society members and $270 for non-members. Those prices will increase by $50 on Sept 12. Passes and more info are here.

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Lady Buckjumpers host Back To School Picnic

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Lady Buckjumpers Back To School Picnic
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  • Lady Buckjumper's Back To School Picnic

This is year 20-something that the fabulous, charitable and party-loving Lady Buckjumpers have hosted their annual Back To School picnic. The event, which happened Sunday in City Park, has become a sought after and beloved tradition for adults in the community as well as the kids. DJs along with Rebirth Brass Band were on site, rocking the 200-plus crowd who enjoyed free food, drinks (cocktails as well as healthy juices), massages, barbers, manicures and pedicures, baton twirling lessons, hair braidings, group photos, kickball, dodge ball — an extravaganza of feel-good freebies designed to send the kids and their parents into the new school year feeling pampered, nurtured and loved.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana breweries survive flooding and other beer news

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

40 Arpent Brewing Company is completing construction on its taproom. - COURTESY 40 ARPENT BREWING COMPANY
  • 40 Arpent Brewing Company is completing construction on its taproom.

Recent flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas didn't damage any of the breweries in the affected regions. Those breweries include Tin Roof Brewing Company and Southern Craft Brewing Company in Baton Rouge; Abita Brewing Company, Old Rail Brewing Company, Covington Brewhouse and Chafunkta Brewing Company on the Northshore; Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. in Hammond; and Cajun Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing and Parish Brewing Company in the Lafayette area. All the breweries have organized fundraisers for flood relief, as well as Urban South Brewery, Second Line Brewing and NOLA Brewing Company .

In other brewery news:

Great Raft Brewing. After its 2016 U.S. Beer Open Championship victory for its mixed fermentation saison Farmhouse Slang, Shreveport's Great Raft has increased its fermentation capacity by 140 barrels, expanded distribution to Arkansas and Texas and acquired technology to improve beer for shipping.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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