In a move that's more Silicon Valley than Ninth Ward, Booty's Street Food, the Bywater's go-to source for jet-setting cuisine, is now accepting payment in Bitcoins. In doing so, it becomes the first restaurant in New Orleans to embrace the new electronic currency.
For fans of Frankie & Johnny's (321 Arabella St. (504) 243-1234), the Uptown favorite that dates back to 1942, Black Friday was a very good day indeed. After a stint out-of-action during which the eatery's new owners oversaw significant repairs and upgrades, the seafood restaurant has been open and taking all comers as of November 29th.
Long-time Saints fans know what it feels like to lose big, but the team has been good long enough now for some very young fans to not really comprehend it.
"I'm glad they're winning," a kid, sitting behind me in the Dome during the game against Buffalo, told his dad. "But they should be winning by more."
Ten year-old Bradley, throwing paper planes from the terrace in 1995, would have been staggered by the ability of any Saints fan, old or young, to make such a statement.
Losing big just doesn't happen much anymore. Since 2009, when what we folks over at B&G refer to as the current phase of the Payton era began, the Saints have only lost ten games by more than one score (or 8 points — a touchdown plus a two point conversion).
The meaningful number is even less than that. Four of the ten losses happened in 2012, sans Sean Payton; another of them was the season finale against Carolina in 2009, when no starters played. Another of the losses was to Tampa in 2010, when the starters were pulled early.
That leaves only three games, not including the new loss to Seattle.
But we're not here just to say the Saints don't lose badly very often. That doesn't help much when you've just lost very badly.
Let's take a look at what happens after the Saints lose badly, so that we might get an idea for what'll happen in the latest biggest game of the year vs Carolina.
It seems likely the team will take one of only two paths from here on out.
Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015—to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays.
Fat Tuesday falls on March 4, 2014, but the Carnival season starts as always on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Several krewes have made announcements about 2014 parades and events. Bacchus will be ruled by Hugh Laurie, the star of House, who was in town recently to perform at a Tipitina's Foundation benefit to restore Professor Longhair's family home.
The Krewe of Orpheus announced the entertainment for the Orpheuscapade (lundi gras, March 3). Cheap Trick will headline the event and other performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Party Crashers. The krewe will release the names of its celebrity monarchs Monday, Dec. 23. Cheap Trick fans may remember the band's much discussed 2011 Voodoo Music and Art Experience show.
The Krewe of Alla will ride on the Uptown route for the first time at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Its monarchs are Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts as Maharajah and Gabrielle Lynn Taylor as Maharanee.
A young Carnival club, the Krewe of Freret, is scheduled to debut on the Uptown route on Feb. 22. The group was formed by Loyola University alums. The krewe's royalty will be King Jason Williams and Queen Ary Dotiwala.
Movie awards season began today with an announcement from the New York Film Critics Circle, which chose David O. Russell's upcoming 1970s-era crime drama American Hustle as best picture of 2013. The film, which also won for best screenplay (Russell and Eric Warren Singer) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence), is currently scheduled to open in New Orleans on December 20. Other winners include Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) for best director, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell for best documentary, and Blue is the Warmest Color for best foreign film. A complete list of winners is a available here.
District C New Orleans City Council member Kristin Gisleson Palmer will not seek reelection in the February race, according to a statement from her office this morning.
Palmer, who was elected to the District C seat in 2010, said in a statement, "As I look to the future, I'm eager to pursue other opportunities and spend a lot more time with my daughters."
"I'm proud of the success we've had in growing our economy, improving our infrastructure, reducing blight and providing law enforcement the tools they need to fight crime. While I will continue working to make New Orleans a better place to live, work and raise a family, I have decided to not seek re-election in the February election. ... Even though I won't be a candidate for re-election, the residents of District 'C' can be assured that I will work as hard during the last five months of my term as I have the first three and a half years. I truly love public service and will never quit fighting to help the City of New Orleans fulfill its full potential."
Palmer chairs the Disaster and Recovery, Housing and Human Needs, Sanitation and Environmental, and Transportation committees, and she's a member of the Governmental Affairs and Public Works committees.
Nadine Ramsey, the former civil district court judge who ran for mayor in 2010, announced in October that she will seek the District C seat. With Palmer out of the running, Ramsey remains the only announced contender.
The 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will feature Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker — stars of AMC's The Walking Dead — as well as Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street), Marvel publisher Stan Lee, Terminator's Linda Hamilton, Cheers star John Ratzenberger, Henry Winkler, Dean Cain, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) and Pam Grier, among dozens others at the event celebrating pop culture and comics.
The event is Feb. 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three days of events include celebrity Q&A sessions, costume contests, film screenings, dozens of vendors (from vintage toys and rare movies to collectibles, comics and costumes), as well as dozens of comic artists — including Spider-Man and Punisher's Mike Zeck and Hellboy's Mike Mignola, among the more than 50 others.
Show hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Single-day tickets are $40-$50, and weekend passes are $75. Tickets are available online.
Interstellar superstar Prince will headline the 20th anniversary edition of the Essence Festival, the annual weekend-long music fest held in New Orleans.
Prince — the multi-platinum, multiple Grammy Award winning and Purple Raining king of shapeshifting and pseudonyms — performed at the festival's 10th anniversary in 2004. In that time he has released several albums and is now performing with 3rdeyegirl, which, after odd teasers and a Twitter account, released the self-aware "Breakfast Can Wait" in October. (The artwork features Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince from his infamous sketch about Charlie Murphy eating pancakes after a basketball game at his house in the early '80s.) (Also, @3RDEYEGIRL disappointed some fans who had high hopes that @princetweetstou was the real Purple One.)
The 2014 Essence Fest is July 2-6 at the Superdome. Weekend passes start at $130.50. Single-day tickets will open closer to the festival.
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