Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New Orleans band Woozy dropped from labels following sexual assault allegations

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Woozy. - BEN DAVIS
  • Woozy.
New Orleans DIY record label Community Records announced it will no longer work with New Orleans band Woozy following allegations that bandmember John St. Cyr sexually assaulted Katryn Macko of the Florida-based band Naps. Macko posted her detailed description of the assault on her Facebook page.

This afternoon, Community Records released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened and upset to hear of the actions of John St. Cyr of Woozy. This is new information to us (and Kara and Ian of Woozy) and we absolutely can not support or condone that type of action.

In order to stand with the sexual assault survivor Katryn, we as a label are withdrawing our support of Woozy. We want to thank Katryn for her bravery in taking action to shine light on her experience."

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Voting for new Zephyrs name begins Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Zephyr Field — soon to be Baby Cakes Field or Po'boys Field? - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
  • Zephyr Field — soon to be Baby Cakes Field or Po'boys Field?

The New Orleans Zephyrs has released the finalists in its competition to rename the minor-league baseball team. The organization asked the public for suggestions, then whittled that list down to seven options — perhaps a wise tactic, considering recent crowdsourced renaming fiascos such as the Boaty McBoatface incident.

But did the organization itself choose wisely? Well...

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NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM


The third annual NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25 at Roux Carre. The music lineup features Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti & Urban Minds, DJ Megatron from Jamaica as well as local groups such as the Hot 8 Brass Band. Roux Carre food vendors include Johnny’s Jamaican Grill, The Pupusa Lady and The Splendid Pig.

The festival highlights cultural, musical and linguistic ties between New Orleans and the Caribbean.

“We want to highlight New Orleans as the Caribbean’s northern-most city,” says festival organizer Joel Hitchcock. “There is a strong cultural link between the two."

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French bistro Anna’s opens in Faubourg Marigny with no-tipping policy

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Anna's is a new gastropub on Royal Street in the Marigny. - HELEN FREUND
  • Anna's is a new gastropub on Royal Street in the Marigny.

Anna's (1913 Royal St., 504-267-4794), a new French gastropub that doesn’t allow tipping, is now open in the Marigny.

The restaurant from owners Jean and Catherine Ranguin and partner Chris Jones opened quietly Friday, June 17, in the space that housed the short-lived ICHI Japanese Ramen House and before that, SukhoThai.

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Kristen Essig joins Coquette team as chef, partner

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Kristen Essig has joined the team at Garden District restaurant Coquette as chef and partner.
  • Kristen Essig has joined the team at Garden District restaurant Coquette as chef and partner.

After leaving executive chef positions at both Meauxbar and Cavan, chef Kristen Essig has joined the team at Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421; 

The announcement came Wednesday morning (June 22), a little more than two months after Essig departed the Rampart Street and Uptown restaurants, which are both owned by local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith, which also operates Sylvain.

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Chalmette Movies screens Upstairs Inferno in tribute to Orlando victims

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 2:55 PM


Forty-three years before the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, an arson attack at French Quarter gay bar the Upstairs Lounge took the lives of 32 people. No one was ever charged in the crime, which was largely ignored by city officials in 1973. Director Robert L. Camina's award-winning 2015 documentary about the tragedy, Upstairs Inferno, will receive a four-day run at Chalmette Movies beginning this Saturday, June 25. The film will screen at 2 p.m on June 25-26 and at 7 p.m on June 27-28. More information and tickets are available here.

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Southern Prohibition launches a sour beer program

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Southern Prohibition Brewing ages some beer in bourbon barrels. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • Southern Prohibition Brewing ages some beer in bourbon barrels.

Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, announced the creation of a sour beer program. Head brewer Benjamin Green says that although the brewery is well known for barrel-aging beer in bourbon barrels, he has acquired white and red wine barrels and set up a separate area to work with wild yeasts.

“Sour beer is one of those things that’s really taken off, but we held off because we wanted to do it right," Green says. "We wanted to have a solid vision of where the program would go so we could put our best foot forward from the start.”

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New Orleans benefit concert for Orlando set for June 24

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

click image TONY WEBSTER
On June 24, New Orleans musicians and drag performers band together for an all-ages event benefiting victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

NOLA Beats for Orlando is 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 24 at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) and features music from the Stooges Brass Band,  Tarriona "Tank" Ball of Tank & the Bangas, OTRA, Mia Borders, Khris Royal, Robin Barnes and Arsene DeLay & the Bayou Saints.

There also will be drag performances, food trucks and a blood drive to support New Orleans blood banks. The Voice's Tonya Boyd-Cannon will sing during a balloon release. Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Tony Leggio, Felicia Phillips, Derek Penton-Robicheaux and Jeffrey Palmquist also will appear.

All proceeds benefit the OneOrlando Fund for victims and families of the June 12 shooting, the deadliest attack on LGBT people in the U.S. Suggested donation for admission is $5.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mayor Landrieu unveils five-year affordable housing plan

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM


Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual "State of the City" speeches chart the city's post-Hurricane Katrina gains and, more importantly, glimpse where his administration is headed to address its shortcomings. Crime, poverty and a crumbling infrastructure always are at the top of that list. In his 2016 address, delivered on the roof of the Broad Street Whole Foods on June 21, Landrieu unveiled two reports: a progress report on the criminal justice program NOLA for Life, and — amid contentious debates over the future of Airbnb, the increasing creep of property developers, gentrification fast tracks, rising rents and deplorable housing conditions, all wrapped in stagnant wages and dwindling jobs — Landrieu teased a five-year plan for more affordable housing in New Orleans.

According to the plan, the city will "build or preserve" 7,500 affordable housing units by 2021 — with 4,000 units available by 2018, followed by an additional 3,500 units.

"People are flocking here, but rising demand and job growth means that housing costs have risen by 50 percent since 2000," Landrieu said in a statement. "Now, due to a broader loss of income-affordable rental units along with low-wage jobs and inadequate public transit, many New Orleanians pay more than 50 percent of their income just on housing costs. That is unacceptable and unsustainable. ... We must ensure that working people do not get priced out of New Orleans — they are the backbone of our City."

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Elbert Guillory's got a lovely bunch of coconuts

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
  • Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
In a state full of colorful politicians, if you want attention, you've got to stand out from the pack — and former state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who's now running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress, is one of Louisiana's most reliably colorful candidates.

Last year, he recorded a video in which he used the n-word multiple times in order to "start a dialogue on race" in America (Guillory himself is black). The year before, he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to defend the sport of "chicken boxing," which he said definitely was not cockfighting: "I'm not a fan of cockfighting, but I love to go and watch some chicken boxing." In 2013, while defending the Louisiana Science Education Act (which opens the door for teaching creationism in public schools), Guillory captured wide attention for mentioning his positive experience with what sounded like a witch doctor:
If I closed my mind when I saw this man in the dust throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed, if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science, I am not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself. 
Now Guillory is back with a new video, titled "Coconuts" — and if that allusion escapes you, Elbert Guillory will spell it out, complete with a pair of low-hanging, uh, coconuts as illustration:
These — are coconuts. In Louisiana, when someone has courage, and fortitude, and the ability to stand up when others stand back, we say that she, or he, has coconuts.
It's a metaphor, you see, for a perceived lack of testicular fortitude in our nation's capitol, and ... oh, hell, It's probably best if you just watch the whole thing.

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