Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jazz Fest cubes and full schedule to be announced March 28

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest.
The cubes! The cubes!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that the fest's full schedule — aka "the cubes" — would be released March 28,

That should give Festheads plenty of time to plot their schedules in order to see (or avoid) Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and the rest of the headliners, as well as local acts, book signings, musical discussions and, of course, crawfish bread runs.

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Harrah's blames New Orleans nonsmoking laws for drop in local revenue

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:58 PM

  • Harrah's New Orleans.

The smoking ban in New Orleans has driven Harrah’s customers away.

That was the argument March 21 from Caesar’s Entertainment, the global casino enterprise that owns Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel. Representatives testified to the state’s Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force a $70 million loss in gaming revenues since the parish implemented the ban two years ago.

Company president and CEO Mark Frissora, company South regional president Dan Real and task force chairman Ronnie Johns all acknowledged the correlation.

But 24 hours later, Cynthia Hallett, the president and CEO for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, called those accusations “baseless.”

Real said Tuesday he does not expect the parish to repeal the ban, nor is the company actively lobbying against it. And Caesar’s Entertainment executive vice president of public affairs and communications Richard Broome said the company accepts the smoking ban.

“We don’t want to dwell on the smoking ban,” Broome said. “But it has had an impact on revenue. That’s incontestable.”

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X brings 40th anniversary tour to New Orleans May 18

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

click image X in 2016. - DAVID LEE
  • X in 2016.

Continuing its run of 40th anniversary shows, primordial punk band X will perform in New Orleans on May 18.

X — among the first-wave punk bands in the embryonic Los Angeles scene — recently added new dates to follow last year's 40th anniversary performances with the band's original lineup: vocalist Exene Cervenka, bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.

The band plays One Eyed Jacks on Thursday, May 18. Tickets are $30 general admission (and $99 for VIP).

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Response: Artists in the Park art sale and auction March 31

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Enrique's Dream, 2017 by Auseklis Ozols is among paintings for sale at the fundraiser. - COURTESY BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • Courtesy Botanical Garden
  • Enrique's Dream, 2017 by Auseklis Ozols is among paintings for sale at the fundraiser.

Nature has always served as an inspiration to artists, and Response: Artists in the Park brings together a variety of artistic interpretations inspired by the Botanical Garden at New Orleans City Park for exhibit and sale March 29-31.

About 100 artworks will be included in the show, according to event co-chair Carmen Duncan. Styles and mediums range from abstract and plein air oil paintings to photography and sculpture.

"This is meant to be a diverse body of work, all of which is done 'in response' to the landscape of the New Orleans Botanical Garden," Duncan wrote in an email. "The diversity in style, medium and size is what will make this a fascinating show."

The artwork will be exhibited at the Garden Study Building at the Botanical Garden (5 Victory Drive, New Orleans City Park, 504-483-9488;" 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29-31. Individual pieces will be sold during a celebration, art sale and auction from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31. Some works have a set price and selected pieces will be auctioned. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, a special cocktail and music. Tickets for the March 31 event are $50 ($35 for people 35 and younger).

Proceeds will be used to build a teaching kitchen in the garden.

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Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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WBOK-AM hosts panel on addiction issues March 23

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:49 AM


A panel
 at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market tonight covers addiction issues, including myths regarding people struggling with addiction and services offered by Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD). MHSD executive and medical director Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham and radio host Oliver "OT" Thomas are the panelists; Gentilly-based radio station WBOK-AM hosts.

Addiction is on the minds of public health officials statewide as Louisiana and New Orleans succumb to the national crisis related to opioid addiction and abuse. Deaths in New Orleans related to opioid overdoses kept pace with the murder rate through much of last year, even as naloxone (a drug that can combat opiate overdoses) became available over-the-counter to help reduce fatalities linked to the epidemic.

The panel is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's free to attend.

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First look at DTB, opening March 29 on Oak Street

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

DTB's menu includes crab-boiled chips topped with popcorn creme fraiche and pickled lemon. - HELEN FREUND
  • DTB's menu includes crab-boiled chips topped with popcorn creme fraiche and pickled lemon.

Chef Carl Schaubhut’s Cajun-inspired restaurant DTB (8201 Oak St., Suite 1, 504-518-6899) opens March 29 in Riverbend.

Schaubhut is the chef at Bacobar and has worked at Commander's Palace. He and co-owner Jacob Naquin modeled the restaurant’s look and menu to reflect their Cajun upbringings in Des Allemands and Bayou Dularge, respectively. Together with chef de cuisine Jacob Hammel, another Commander’s veteran, the team describes the restaurant’s approach as “modern interpretations of Southern Louisiana’s coastal cuisine” with a creative twist.

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Landrieu: "NOPD's policy on immigration complies with federal law"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu stood by New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) policy following a report that puts New Orleans on a list of U.S. cities that "limit cooperation" with federal immigration authorities.

Landrieu says targeting immigrant communities is likely to break any trust between them and police, which could prevent people from reporting crimes or testifying as witnesses, under threat of their immigration status being questioned.

“First and foremost, the NOPD does now and will continue to follow federal laws and focus on arresting people who commit crime, regardless of their immigration status," Landrieu said in a March 21 statement. "The NOPD’s policy on immigration complies with federal law and makes New Orleans safer because individuals are more likely to report crime, and victims and witnesses can testify without fear of being questioned about their immigration status. That’s why the NOPD will continue to focus on arresting those who commit violent crimes, not enforcing civil immigration laws."

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Sidney Torres does a Reddit AMA

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Sidney Torres IV - CHERYL GERBER
  • Sidney Torres IV

Real estate flipper / The Deed reality star / celebrated trashman Sidney D. Torres IV participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat this afternoon.

And, indeed, they asked him anything — from serious real estate questions to snark. Sometimes he even answered the latter.


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