Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Latin Chefs for Puerto Rico benefit is Nov. 26 at Paradigm Gardens

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Adolfo Garcia, Wilfredo Avelar, Edgar Caro, Joaquim Rodas and Hugo Montero at Paradigm Gardens
  • Adolfo Garcia, Wilfredo Avelar, Edgar Caro, Joaquim Rodas and Hugo Montero at Paradigm Gardens

Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria two months ago. Local chefs are presenting a benefit to help with medical needs on the island.

Latin Chefs for Puerto Rico is a dinner and dancing event at Paradigm Gardens from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Participating chefs include Adolfo Garcia of La Boca, Wilfredo Avelar of Meril, Edgar Caro of Baru and Brasa Churrascaria, Joaguin Rodas of Bacchanal Wine, Juan Carlos Gonzalez of SoBou and Yves Elizalde of Casa Borrega. Each restaurant is providing a dish, and there will be Latin cocktails.

Los Caballeros del Son will perform. Tickets are $100. Proceeds support Doctors 4 Puerto Rico.

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Elysian Seafood, SOLA Deli join Auction House Market

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM

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An oyster bar and a Louisiana-inspired deli will be among the vendors at the Auction House Market (801 Magazine St.) when the food hall opens next year.

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Uptown Bud’s Broiler location to close Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Uptown Bud's Broiler will close this Sunday, and a second location of El Libre will open in its place. - COURTESY BUD'S BROILER/FACEBOOK
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  • Uptown Bud's Broiler will close this Sunday, and a second location of El Libre will open in its place.

Uptown burger hub Bud’s Broiler (3151 Calhoun St.) will serve its final patties this Sunday, when the nearly 40-year institution closes its doors. It will be replaced by an Uptown location of El Libre.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

As Mayor-elect Cantrell begins City Hall transition, Landrieu plans to "finish strong" and glimpses life after term

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell with Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

New Orleans District B City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell celebrated her victory in the mayoral election over the weekend, but City Hall has been working on the transition from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to the next mayor-elect for several months.

When Landrieu entered office in 2010, inheriting a City Hall in “dysfunction” and “nearly bankrupt” under Mayor Ray Nagin, “We spent an inordinate amount of time just trying to understand how government was organized, what existed, and where things even were,” he said. “So much of our work in the early days was just trying to organize … I vowed to never leave the city in that shape for folks coming after us.”

In a joint press conference and display of harmony between the two politicians who often were at odds with the other through their terms in office, mayor-elect Cantrell ensured that after an abnormally long transition period, they’ll “not only come out on top but shine for the citizens of New Orleanians, because the people will definitely come first,” she said.

Exactly what will happen in the Cantrell camp within that long transition period (more than 160 days) and who will be a part of it — have not been announced, but some details emerged Nov. 21.

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Surveillance cameras in bars, homes could feed into New Orleans crime monitoring center

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 6:32 PM

The city's Real Time Crime Monitoring Center oversees a citywide crime camera network. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • The city's Real Time Crime Monitoring Center oversees a citywide crime camera network.

A time stamp appeared above each person wandering into the live feed of Jackson Square, streaming into a command center overseeing citywide crime cameras monitored in real-time.

On Rampart Street on the edge of the French Quarter, the city’s new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center hopes to centralize a “blanket” of surveillance cameras — all of them, from city-owned crime cameras and license plate readers to cameras installed by residents and bars — for round-the-clock monitoring.

On Nov. 21, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and officials announced the opening of the center, a $5 million renovation and a “major phase” of Landrieu's sweeping $40 million crime prevention package announced in January. That plan includes 40 cameras planted in crime “hotspots,” with another 250 planned by spring 2018, and 22 license plate readers, with another 80 coming online in the coming months, along with tightened security measures on Bourbon Street and around the French Quarter.

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Landrieu writing a book on race relations, Confederate-era monuments

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Here's something for your spring reading list: According to an Associated Press report, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is writing a book "about his views on race and his support for taking down four Confederate monuments earlier this year."

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History will be published by Viking Press in March 2018. Here's what the publisher has to say about it:
“There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it.” When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in 
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May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state senator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation’s most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America’s most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.
Landrieu's predecessor in office, Ray Nagin, wrote his own memoir, Katrina's Secrets, and former Gov. Bobby Jindal penned two books, Leadership and Crisis and American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic-And Offer Lessons for Its Future.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Mayor-elect Y@ Speak

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM

This week brings us LaToya Cantrell vs. Desiree Charbonnet, Rosie O'Donnell vs. Steve Scalise, Rep. Garret Graves vs. Puerto Rico, and the Saints vs. everyone, except Airheads, which we now will debate 1. how best to eat them and 2. which flavor is the best flavor. (Correct answers are 1. slapping them into the bottom of the packaging and 2. pink lemonade.)

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Longway Tavern to open in French Quarter

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 4:53 PM

Liam Deegan of Barrel Proof is designing the bar program for Longway Tavern.
  • Liam Deegan of Barrel Proof is designing the bar program for Longway Tavern.

Longway Tavern, a new restaurant and bar from the folks behind Cavan and Barrel Proof, will open in the French Quarter next year.

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Cirque du Soleil brings Corteo to Smoothie King Center March 2-4

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 10:47 AM

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Cirque du Soleil kicks off a U.S. tour of Corteo March 2-4, 2018 at Smoothie King Center. The show is a modern circus with a story about Mauro the Dreamer, a clown who images a his own funeral as a wildly festive parade, The show features acrobats performing on ladders, trampoline like beds, chandelier trapeze, teeter boards and more. It's a grand-scale production with a large performing space, plenty of acrobatic aerial rigging and more than 250 costumes.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, November 21, 2017

Posted on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 10:43 AM

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