Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Gambit in-house music nerd Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share the meaning of "thrash metal" and talk about weekend picks, including a new ball at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, Lundi Gras must-sees and more.


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Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM


The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.
  • The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids doesn't announce its theme in advance of the parade, and typically it offers dry wit or wry commentary on theme floats, but the group also can't help but grind a few axes and it's always amusing to see what it'll do.

"Druids' Olympics" had some entertaining takes on local icons and recurring grievances. One of the early theme floats featured the "SWB Discus Throw" with a sculpture of the city's iconic water meter plates. There also was a "Crime Camera Dash," with a replica of one of the city's growing number of cameras on the front of the float. There also was a "Po-boy Eating Contest" float with a giant po-boy on front.

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Interview: Reginald Buck, Mutual UFO Network state director

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

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  • JONAS BENGTSSON (CREATIVE COMMONS)

Earlier this week, we brought you reports of an alien's plans to land a UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. Should you happen to spot the alien — or a UFO at any other time — Reginald Buck, Louisiana's state director of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), is ready to document your sighting.

Buck has been involved in UFO investigation since 2009, when a mysterious object appeared outside his window on a flight from Laredo, Texas, to Houston.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall: Fractious and furious constituents shout down the senator

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a fractious town hall today in Metairie. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a fractious town hall today in Metairie.

Town halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie today for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.

People began arriving around noon to line up and hold a parking lot rally before the doors opened at 3 p.m., so attendees already were tired of waiting when Cassidy arrived 22 minutes late to the 3:30 p.m. town hall. The senator apologized, saying he was touring New Orleans tornado damage, an explanation that didn't go over well in the crowd of 200 or so who were allowed in, which jeered and booed him. And that was just the start.

"If all you want to do is vent," Cassidy said early on, "this will not be profitable."

They did. It wasn't.

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City Council defers vote on rental registry to March 9

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:35 PM

New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.
  • New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.

The New Orleans City Council will delay a vote on a rental registry and inspection program to next month. At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams and District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell sponsored a measure that would require landlords of most private rentals to register their properties with the city and subject them to inspections that must meet a checklist of health and safety requirements before they can be rented out. The City Council deferred voting on the measure last month, and it will defer the measure again to March 9 at its meeting on Feb. 23.

Cantrell and Williams will "continue to work on the legislation with their fellow Councilmembers and with New Orleans citizens to ensure the best ordinance going forward," according to the City Council's agenda announcement.

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Slideshow: Protesters, supporters at Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

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Congressional town hall meetings have become heaty affairs back home, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall today at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Public Library is no exception. Several hundred people — mostly protesters — gathered outside starting at noon for the event, which was not scheduled to begin until 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few of the signs and people in the crowd.

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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today
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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today


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Carl Schaubhut’s DTB to open on Oak Street in Spring

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring. - COURTESY DTB/FACEBOOK
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  • Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring.

The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market.

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Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.

"The rubber ducks have been really popular," said krewe captain Staci Rosenberg. "So many women (in the krewe) have young kids, we thought this would be popular with families."

Muses joins a small group of superkrewes that field multi-trailer floats in their parades. Orpheus has the Smokey Mary train float and Leviathan. Endymion introduced its nine-trailer Pontchartrain Beach float in 2013. Muses' ducks feature one larger mother duck and three smaller ducks. They will be hitched to the krewe's signature bathtub float, and the entire chain is 160 feet long. The mother duck will carry 14 riders, and each of the smaller ducks will carry 10.

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Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Irma Thomas will perform at the 2017 Wednesday at the Square concert series March 15.

The Young Leadership Council's annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.

Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15. The concerts run 11 weeks every Wednesday through May 24, and there also will be an event on Tuesday, May 2 with the Christian Scott Quintet.

The events run 5 p.m.-8 p.m. See the full lineup below.

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Broad Theater introduces "$2 Tuesday" movie screenings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart
  • Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart

The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) will introduce a new "$2 Tuesday" film program in April with a series of four cult favorites hand-picked by the theater's staff. Here's the full schedule:


April 4 — Wild at Heart

April 11 — Bloodsport

April 18 — The Lair of the White Worm

April 25 — The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

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