Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women's summit March 23 features THINX founder Miki Agrawal, STAR talk on sexual harassment in business

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:16 AM


Miki Agrawal, the colorful founder and self-described "she-e-o" of THINX "period underwear" — you might remember a controversy in which the New York City subway system objected to her company's ads, which used creative visuals to allude to menstruation — will participate in a women's summit and fireside chat during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) next week.

Other speakers include Rebecca Marchiafava, vice president of Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), who will discuss navigating "gray area" behavior in the workplace (such as inappropriate touching, or an invitation that seems a bit too friendly); Lisa Chow, who co-hosts the StartUp podcast; and local entrepreneur Lelia Gowland.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The unbearable litness of Buku?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM


Time doesn’t exist inside the float den. It’s always loud, always dark, and it’s only worth checking your phone to see what time the next set starts, though it doesn’t really matter, because you probably aren’t going anywhere. There’s a guy in multi-colored all-over-print spandex pants and Magic Eye cape, another in an Asian conical hat and fitted sweatpants and carrying a white walking stick, and everyone else is bouncing around in Nike Flyknit sneakers and oversized T-shirts. I keep seeing a tie-dye shirt with Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life, but I think it’s the same person. I’ve definitely seen a zebra cosplayer wearing no pants at all with her bare-chested boyfriend covered in silver glitter several times. Three people in homemade deadmau5 heads haven’t stopped posing for photos. A string of green lights collapses on the crowd like a fountain of water from a lawn sprinkler.

The Buku Music + Art Project’s lineup and precisely executed Vibe™ is anchored explicitly in an eclectic pop culture of that second. Nearly half of 2016’s XXL Freshmen. Some minor viral hitmaker. Non-EDM artists that fit into the chill matrix. But the festival is moored in the reliable, ticket-selling partytime of dance music. Buku is simultaneously a snapshot of whatever is happening in left-of-center pop music and a constant rave, as if nobody left the night before, or had instantly reappeared from last year as if they never left, still just a pulsing mass of neon tank tops and your friend who had to sit down for a minute.

The night before, someone jumped into the Mississippi River. The eternal dance party continued.

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Review: The 39 Steps

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM


The 39 Steps
gives meaning to the term “wearing many hats,” since a cast of four assumes dozens of roles, including traveling corset salesmen, spies, police, alluring women and railroad conductors. Playwright Patrick Barlow’s revisionist adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller was based on a novel by Scotsman John Buchan, penned during World War I, when German spies could have been hiding anywhere. Audiences won’t find deep, philosophical meaning in this Tony award-winning play, directed by Ricky Graham at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, just a rollicking good time, as falsely accused murderer Richard Hannay (Marc Fouchi) gets into misadventures while being pursued by detectives in the Scottish highlands.

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Alvar Public Library presents free screening of Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 3:31 PM


The Alvar Library (913 Alvar St.) will present a free public screening of Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise on March 23 at 6 p.m in honor of Women's History Month. The documentary premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is the first feature-length film about the celebrated poet and civli rights activist. It includes new interviews with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Common, Oprah Winfrey and others. More information is here.

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Uptown butcher shop Cleaver & Co. closes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Uptown butcher shop Cleaver and Co. has closed. - COURTESY CLEAVER AND CO/FACEBOOK
  • Uptown butcher shop Cleaver and Co. has closed.

Uptown butcher shop Cleaver & Co. (3917 Baronne St., 504-227-3830) has closed.

The whole animal butchery and sandwich shop announced the shutter in a voicemail message to customers saying only that the store would close “effective immediately” and that business with the team’s food truck would continue at some point in the future.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Broad Street Cider & Ale

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Broad Street Cider & Ale will open at 2723 S. Broad Ave.
  • Broad Street Cider & Ale will open at 2723 S. Broad Ave.

New Orleans’ brewery and distillery scene is on the rise with four breweries set to open this spring and four distilleries opened since the start of the year. Now, another type of  alcoholic beverage business is joining the mix: fermented cider.

Broad Street Cider & Ale will open at 2723 S. Broad St. as early as this summer. Jon Moore and Diana Powell have spent the past year researching cider-making processes and techniques.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Y@ Speak: too lit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 6:56 PM

You know what they say: There are two types of people in this world — people who throw eggs at tow trucks, and people who aren't heroes.

Also this week: health care, the Saints, people at Buku who are overwhelmingly lit, and now-former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's perfect Friday reference.

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New pothole solution? Call an anarchist

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Workers are busy repairing this pothole on Stafford Place in Lakeview. - SHARESSA G.
  • Workers are busy repairing this pothole on Stafford Place in Lakeview.

New Orleans has tried the city's two official "pothole killers," the Pimp My Pothole program and stuffing potholes with Mardi Gras beads. In England, an artist called Wanksy paints penises around potholes in an effort to get local government to speed up the repair process.

Now Portland, Oregon is trying another method: Portland Anarchist Road Care.

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Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, Rod Dreher to speak at UNO April 17

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM


J.D. Vance, author of the much-discussed Rust Belt memoir Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will speak on a panel at University of New Orleans April 17. American Conservative senior editor Rod Dreher also will appear; their talk is called "Faith, Hillbillies and American Politics."

Vance has been regularly quoted in analyses of last fall's presidential election as a voice of the "white working class" some pundits credit with propelling President Donald Trump to power. In the book, he writes about the disillusionment of Rust Belt voters who feel left behind by the modern economy and say that many in national politics don't reflect their values. You can read excerpts from the book in the Washington Post and in National Review.

The event takes place in UNO's Geoghegan Ballroom at the Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center. A reception at 5:15 p.m. precedes the 6 p.m. talk. It's free to attend.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, March 14, 2017

Posted on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Cover photo by Zack Smith Photography.

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