Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM

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Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Zagat announces 30 Under 30 list for New Orleans culinary industry

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Restaurant guide Zagat - released its first 30 Under 30 list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry on Aug. 16. - COURTESY ZAGAT
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  • Restaurant guide Zagat released its first 30 Under 30 list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry on Aug. 16.

Restaurant guide Zagat has released its first "30 Under 30" list for leaders in the New Orleans culinary industry.

The compilation from the international restaurant guide features up-and-coming stars in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, including both front and back-of-the-house positions. Following an online solicitation, Zagat complied the nominations and reviewed and edited the list, which was released Aug. 16.

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Craft beer and chamber music and upcoming beer events

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 10:33 AM

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  • Luke Fleming and Jacob Landry

Chamber music and beer go together Thursday, Aug. 18 when Urban South Brewing and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival present a free concert (not including the sampler selection of beer) at 6 p.m at the brewery.

The event matches music and beer. Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 — Presto will be presented along with Charming Wit. Holy Roller Grapefruit IPA will be served while the group plays Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111 — Vivace, ma non troppo presto. Summer seasonal beer Delta Momma Vienna lager will accompany Mark Summer’s Julie-O, and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111 — Allegro non troppo, ma con brio will go with Urban South’s Holy Roller IPA.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Catching up with NOLA Brewing Company

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:01 AM

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With all the New Orleans breweries popping up (Urban South, Second Line Brewing) and in planning stages (Wayward Owl Brewing Company, Brieux Carre Brewing Company, Parleaux Beer Lab, Port Orleans Brewing Company), it can be easy to forget the brewery that has been instrumental to the recent growth of the beer scene.

NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; nolabrewing.com) opened in 2009 and has grown quicker than anyone thought it would, expanding its beer selection, opening a two-story taproom and starting the city’s first alternative fermentation program for sour and funky beers.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

New Orleans comedy benefits this week for Louisiana flood victims

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Comedian Andrew Healan is organizing "Eiron Alliance: A Week of Giving for Louisiana Flood Victims."
  • Comedian Andrew Healan is organizing "Eiron Alliance: A Week of Giving for Louisiana Flood Victims."

"Eiron Alliance: A Week Of Giving For Louisiana Flood Victims,
" a week of comedy shows,  begins tonight with performances at Twelve Mile Limit and the Broad Theater. Other venues holding comedy relief shows during the week include Sidney's Saloon, The New Movement, Howlin' Wolf and Hi-Ho Lounge. Among the events is the "Dean's List Flood Relief Talent Show" at the New Movement on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

At each of the shows, comics will be raising money and taking donations for a supply run to Baton Rouge next weekend. 

The effort is being coordinated by local comedian Andrew Healan through the Eiron Alliance, a local group that connects comics with good causes. Full lineup of shows here.

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New Orleans chefs team up for Baton Rouge area relief effort

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana. - BATON ROUGE FLOOD OUTREACH/FACEBOOK
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  • A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana.

Following days of historic flooding that displaced roughly 10,000 residents in South Louisiana, a group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver meals and supplies to victims in need.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, August 16, 2016

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Morris Day, Mystikal, Jodeci performing at West Bank Heritage Fest

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 4:45 PM

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  • Morris Day in 2012.

Morris Day
headlines 2016's West Bank Heritage Festival on Labor Day Weekend, joining more than two dozen New Orleans hip-hop, bounce, funk, R&B, jazz and brass bands over two-days at the Alario Center in Westwego.

R&B stars Jodeci also headline the lineup featuring DJ Jubilee, 5th Ward Weebie, Partners-N-Crime, Lucky Lou and the Free Agents Brass Band, among others, on Sept. 3. Day — a longtime Prince collaborator, Purple Rain co-star and, of course, The Time's famously funky, flashy bandleader — headlines on Sept. 4 on a bill with Mystikal, Shamarr Allen and Kourtney Heart.

The second annual festival runs noon-9 p.m. Sept. 3-4. Admission is free.

See the full lineup below the jump.

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Review: Don't Think Twice

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 3:33 PM

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The rags-to-riches story has been a Hollywood mainstay for more than a century now, especially as regards movies about performing artists. But finding success and realizing your dreams tend to be a bit more complicated for real-world performers. What about the vast majority of talented and hard-working artists who struggle mightily for recognition that never comes their way?

That question provides the starting point for writer-director Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice. The story focuses on a close-knit, New York City-based improv comedy troupe that begins to unravel after losing their theater (a real-estate mogul named Trump buys the building) and, more important, two members of the ensemble appear poised for bigger things.

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