Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Zwanze Day is Oct. 1 at The Avenue Pub

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Zwanze pours lined up in anticipation of the 2 p.m. tapping, in 2015. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Zwanze pours lined up in anticipation of the 2 p.m. tapping, in 2015.

Belgium’s Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon's international Zwanze Day is Saturday, Oct. 1, and The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) is again one of 60 bars in the world chosen to tap the beer simultaneously at 7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (2 p.m. CST).

The ingredients in the spontaneously fermented lambic style Zwanze change every year. Brewer Jean Van Roy announced this year's beer is a throwback combination: a blend of 82 percent raspberries, 18 percent blueberries and .05 percent bourbon vanilla beans. The beer is aged two years before release. 


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Digital Edition: Gambit's 21 Guide

2016 - 2017

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 8:05 PM

New Orleans' neighborhoods outside downtown have their own character and charm, and there's so much to see in each of them. Here are a few of Gambit's editors' picks for the places you won't want to miss, arranged by neighborhood. Explore New Orleans like a local.

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Y@ Speak: a golden anniversary

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Let us reflect on the legacy of the New Orleans Saints on their 50th anniversary: millions of heart attacks. Also this week, as we begin another season of cold stares into a dark horizon: Sturgill, Joanna and Kraftwerk (and Solange), plus Drew Brees walking with a wheelbarrow overflowing with bags with dollar signs on them, and we meet a man named Two Tacos.

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On the Clock: N'Gai Smith, French Market maintenance superintendent (slideshow)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 4:53 PM

N'Gai Smith, French Market maintenance superintendent, at Latrobe Park. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST
  • N'Gai Smith, French Market maintenance superintendent, at Latrobe Park.


N’Gai Smith is a popular guy. As we walk the grounds of the French Market, where he serves as maintenance superintendent, it seems like we can’t go 10 steps without someone waving, calling out, or stopping to shake one of his big hands. A woman on a cellphone standing over a table of pastel-colored bath beads flashes a huge smile and waves. An electrician in head-to-toe khaki buttonholes him on the sidewalk to shake and say hello. We “just happen” to run into one of his top lieutenants near Latrobe Park.

I’d suspect it being stage-managed, if everyone didn’t seem so genuinely overjoyed to see Smith. It’s like walking through the French Market with Santa Claus.

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Esperanza Spalding opens Faux/Real festival Nov. 3

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3. - JOHANN SAUTY
  • JOHANN SAUTY
  • Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3.

Esperanza Spalding
will perform at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 3 to open the Faux/Real Festival of Arts. Spalding is touring following the March release of Emily's D+Evolution, and in the show, the jazz bassist roves through musical genres and adds theatricality. 

Faux/Real director Ben Mintz notes that the festival is evolving. It's still focused on elements of theater and performance art, and Spalding's piece is more than a concert, he notes. The festival is condensing its schedule from three weeks to 10 days (Nov. 3-13), and there will be 30 events, including theater, magic and culinary events. The full schedule will be released this week, Mintz says.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, September 13, 2016

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The real 'sanctuary city'

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration.

We hear a lot of noise these days about immigration, but not a lot of objective information. Let’s start with the basics: Immigration is a federal matter, not a local one. Nevertheless, in recent months some Louisiana politicians have grandstanded on the issue of so-called “sanctuary cities,” a term that isn’t even defined in the law. Even a cursory look at the facts proves the demagogues wrong on virtually every count.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Interview: Richard Collins, New Orleans Zen Temple abbot

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Photo Courtesy Richard Collins - PHOTO CREDIT: CORTNIE ENNS
  • Photo Credit: Cortnie Enns
  • Photo Courtesy Richard Collins

In the lived-in rooms on the fourth floor of a Camp Street building, the New Orleans Zen Temple is very quiet  —  so quiet you can hear the bristles of a broom brushing the carpet as one of its attendees prepares the dojo (literally: the way place, or the place where you practice the way) for evening meditation practice. Outside, the bells of a nearby cathedral ring faintly; inside, people begin gathering and removing their shoes to prepare for a different sort of seeking. 

“The Buddha never talked about God. [Zen] is much more about the nature of life, suffering, and how you have to life in this life with other people,” explains Richard Collins, the temple’s recently appointed abbot. “It’s not going to give you the answer to life, but it will certainly give you the discipline to appreciate the life you have.” 

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Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Anniversary Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 4:02 PM

YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade
  • Kim Welsh
  • YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION 132th ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY PARADE

1 p.m.-3 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2016

Dedicated to the memory of Bro. Howard Turner Sr. and Bro. Elroy Stroughter


(Note: This is the club's two-hour anniversary parade — no stops. The Young Men Olympian Jr.'s big, multi-division parade is Sunday, Sept. 25.)

Route details below...

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The playlist: Where Y'acht's end of summer endless summer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Where Y'acht. - JOSH BRASTED
  • JOSH BRASTED
  • Where Y'acht.

New Orleans is home to the "greatest yacht rock band in the world," a band with such exceptional, specific and detailed knowledge of absolute cheese that it's able to perfectly perform every single note of it. Helping us say bon voyage to the summer, Where Y'acht shares 10 songs to pleat your white khakis to, just one last time. The band closes out the season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at One Eyed Jacks.

"We put together a playlist of smooth tunes that capture the essence of summer," says Andy Plovnick, "the mix of nostalgia and anticipation that sets in vacations wind down, children return to school, and a new football season begins."

Below, drummer and yacht rock encyclopedist Eric Rogers with the song-by-song breakdown. The band recommends you do not shuffle this playlist.

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