Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bug Appetit! Cricket king cake is at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM

From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake. - AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
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  • From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake.

Bug appetit! The folks at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St., 504-524-2847) think your king cake needs a little more protein.

Now through through Lundi Gras, visitors to Bug Appetite, the museum’s kitchen and cafeteria, can sample a roasted cricket-filled king cake. That’s right, a king cake filled with bugs.

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Aaron Neville to perform at 2017 French Quarter Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 10:25 AM

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Aaron Neville makes his French Quarter Festival at this year's event, featuring a lineup of nearly 200 bands and artists at venues throughout the neighborhood. Neville headlines opening night on Thursday, April 6. The 34th annual festival runs April 6-9.

Also making their debut in 2017 are Louisiana LeRoux, Gregory Agid, Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Valerie Sassyfras, Soul Brass Band and T'Monde, among several others, joining a lineup of classic New Orleans R&B artists and funk, brass, jazz, rap and rock artists.

Check the daily lineup below.

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La La Land ties all-time record with 14 Oscar nominations; Academy makes progress at addressing its diversity problem

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Mahershala Ali was Oscar-nominated for his work in Moonlight
  • Mahershala Ali was Oscar-nominated for his work in Moonlight

La La Land tied an all-time record long held by All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) this morning, earning 14 Academy Award nominations.

But the real story is the Academy’s tentative success at addressing its diversity issues after two straight years in which no actors of color were nominated for Oscars, leading to widespread use of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. Seven non-white actors are counted among the 20 acting nominees for this year’s Oscars, and Barry Jenkins (who is African American) earned a Best Director nomination for Moonlight. Eleven years after his death, the great August Wilson was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for Fences.

To address the issue, the Academy reportedly began easing out its older, often professionally inactive members (who are mostly white) and inviting a younger, more diverse group to join. In addition, the Hollywood studios seems to have made a conscious effort to green-light more projects with diverse creative teams. These efforts appear to be bearing fruit.

Nine films were nominated for Best Picture: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

See the full list of nominees here. The 2017 Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 27.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Port Orleans Brewery under construction

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A look at Port Orleans Brewing Company's taproom and brewery - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • A look at Port Orleans Brewing Company's taproom and brewery

Drawing inspiration from New Orleans' shipping trade, Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.; www.portorleansbrewingco.com) is under construction on Tchoupitoulas Street near Napoleon Avenue and will open this year.

Head brewer Brian Allen plans to make clean, sessionable (low-alcohol) ales and lagers, including a German-style helles, a pilsner, Czech-style schwarzbier, a brown ale and session IPA. Allen will brew on a custom Metalcraft 30-barrel brewhouse with eight 60-barrel fermenters and six 60-barrel horizontal tanks for lagering.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Y@ Speak: sign of the times

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM

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How was your weekend?

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Landrieu calls for expanded surveillance, strict bar rules under citywide crime plan

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

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A sweeping surveillance plan calls for 200 cameras throughout several New Orleans neighborhoods, while New Orleans bars will have to close their doors (but not close for the night) at 3 a.m. as a network of law enforcement tightens pedestrian traffic. The rules are part of a citywide plan from Mayor Mitch Landrieu with the cooperation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana State Police (LSP), the FBI and members of the New Orleans City Council.

The $40 million plan adds surveillance cameras to 20 "hotspots" through the city to be monitored by NOPD, as well as license plate readers at more than 100 intersections, "remote sensing technology" to detect weapons, and bomb-sniffing K-9 units. Bourbon Street will be pedestrian-only for major events and will go permanently pedestrian-only when the city finalizes a traffic plan, likely within four to six months. Bourbon Street will also have more lighting.

"When you go on Bourbon Street, everything you do will be seen," Landrieu said at a press conference Jan. 23.  "Do I need to let that sink in?"

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Newcomb Art Museum archiving signs from Saturday's Women's March

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 3:25 PM

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Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum has asked for signs from Saturday's Women's March in New Orleans to be considered for its archive. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24, participants may drop signs at the museum's front desk with their names and contact information written on the back.

In a call for submissions on the museum's Facebook page, it said "what you said was important and will be important for our future."

Some media organizations are estimating the Jan. 21 demonstrations were the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.

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Nazi propaganda exhibit opens at National World War II Museum Jan. 27

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 12:24 PM

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In an appearance this past weekend, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway suggested this presidential administration may rely on "alternative facts" — a doublespeak-tinted term that was roundly ridiculed, but one that bodes ill for students of propaganda and disinformation.

Perhaps just in time for this perplexing, "alternative fact"-littered landscape, a visiting exhibit at the National World War II Museum explores examples of propaganda during World War II. "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" is a traveling version of permanent modules created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It opens in New Orleans Jan. 27.

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Gambit TV: Bridal fashions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson drops by WWL-TV to discuss this year's bridal styles: top-to-toe glitter, illusion-effect gowns and more.

(CUE's Bride Book is on newsstands now.)


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Gambit's Digital Edition, January 24, 2017

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 8:43 AM

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