Friday, August 1, 2014

First trailer for 50 Shades of Grey hits the web

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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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Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop to open as 'Nerd Mecca'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM


Candice Huber will tell you herself that she's a nerd, and at the end of August, she'll open a bookstore that caters to others like her. Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, named for Huber's grandparents, will specialize in  sci-fi, fantasy, crime, mystery and children's books, but will also feature the latest board games and host game nights where other self-proclaimed nerds can socialize.

"I'm trying to build the nerd Mecca for New Orleans," Huber says. The shop will be located at 631 N. Carrollton Ave., just two doors down from The Bean Gallery. Huber hopes people will stop in for a coffee, then walk down the street to make use of a second-story reading room at the bookstore, complete with comfortable furniture and free wi-fi. 

About 60 percent of the store's inventory will include genre fiction, popular fiction, and a selection of books by local authors, and the rest will be games and other "nerd stuff." 

As for whether she's gotten a lot of blank stares when she's said she's opening a bookstore, Huber, the brain behind the local literary blog Fleur de Lit, says there have been some, but she's not worried about the health of a local retail operation like hers. "Independent retailers, especially bookstores, are seeing a renaissance right now, with all the problems with Amazon and the big box stores closing," she says. "People want convenience and they want personal service."

Huber will also sell e-books in her store. The book shop is named for Huber's grandparents, who grew up in the shops' neighborhood on Toulouse Street. When her grandmother began to lose her vision, Huber read to her, and the two shared a love of reading. The store's grand opening will be held in November, right around Huber's grandfather's birthday. 

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Sunday: Satchmo second line parade

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

14th Annual Satchmo Fest Second Line featuring Zulu SAPC, Million Dollar Baby Dolls, Dumaine Street Gang SAPC, Sudan SAPC, Baby Boys Brass Band, TBC Brass Band and more...

Sunday August 3, 2014 11:30am

(approximately following 10am mass services at St. Augustine Church in Treme)

(route details below the jump!)

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Noodle and Pie celebrates anniversary with "secret menu"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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.

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Snakes everywhere

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Whiskey and Milk": Watch this ridiculous music video by the Bare Handed Bear Handlers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

  • The Bare Handed Bear Handlers.

The Bare Handed Bear Handlers is a band I was completely unaware of until this week, but the video for their song "Whiskey & Milk" (NSFW-ish) may be my favorite thing ever. First of all, whiskey and milk? Yeah, and things pretty much get weirder from there on out.

Shot locally at The Saint and Twelve Mile Limit, it follows the tradition of the band's earlier videos, which are just as ridiculous if not a bit more NSFW-ish (you can check out its YouTube channel here). 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch this video for the 50th time.

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Hungry Howie's to open August 6

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

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.

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Buffa's and Sidney Torres reach compromise in noise lawsuit

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant must limit its live music schedule during a 60-day agreement with neighbor Sidney Torres. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Buffa's Bar and Restaurant must limit its live music schedule during a 60-day agreement with neighbor Sidney Torres.

After more than an hour of discussion outside Civil District Court Judge Paulette Irons' courtroom, the owners of Buffa's Bar & Restaurant and its neighbor Sidney Torres IV and their attorneys reached an agreement — a temporary compromise that limits live music at the bar.

The hearing follows a lawsuit filed by Torres, who alleged the bar violates the city's sound ordinance and was improperly issued a mayoralty permit by the city to host live music. Buffa's received its permit in 2012 at the height of music schedule shuffles following a citywide crackdown on bars and venues without proper permits. Buffa's, which has hosted live music since 1994 with more frequency in recent years, collected more than 50 statements from past performers proving its function as a venue. Earlier this month, the bar collected more statements from musicians in its defense.

Torres (whose SDT Waste and Debris championed the French Quarter's trash pickup, street cleaning and city recycling services), however, argues in his suit that the music exceeds the city's sound ordinance. He also argues that it has damaged his property at 1011 Esplanade Ave., which neighbors the bar. The lawsuit surprised the bar staff and regulars, who have said Torres was a regular.

These are the terms of the agreement: no live music on Mondays and Tuesdays; music must end at 9 p.m. Wednesdays; music must end at 9 p.m. Thursdays until Buffa's installs a sound curtain or other soundproofing, after which music can end at 11 p.m. (that music, however, must be a duo with no drums or amplified instruments except vocals); and on Fridays and Saturdays, the music must end at 11 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The 60-day compromise begins Aug. 4. The parties will regroup at the end of the 60 days.

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Dr. John coming to Joy Theater Sept. 20

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

On the heels of his new album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, which will be released Aug. 19, Dr. John and his Nite Trippers will be playing the Joy Theater Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

Read Alex Woodward's interview with Dr. John from last May, and get all the info about the doctor's tribute to Louis Armstrong here:
"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."

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marching for peace in the troubled St. Roch neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

The McDonogh 35 marching band took part in an anti-crime march in the St. Roch neighborhood tonight. - JEANIE RIESS
  • The McDonogh 35 marching band took part in an anti-crime march in the St. Roch neighborhood tonight.

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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