Friday, October 20, 2017

Bagneris endorses Cantrell in New Orleans mayoral runoff

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Michael Bagneris with Madlyn Bagneris on election night Oct. 14. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • Michael Bagneris with Madlyn Bagneris on election night Oct. 14.

After coming in third in the New Orleans Oct. 14 mayoral primary election, former judge Michael Bagneris has announced his support for LaToya Cantrell in the runoff between the District B City Councilmember and former municipal court judge Desiree Charbonnet. That election is Nov. 18.

The endorsement, first reported by The Times-Picayune |, follows Bagneris' finish in a race with 18 candidates in which he received 18.8 percent of the vote. Cantrell finished with 39 percent, and Charbonnet received 30.5 percent.

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Review: The Florida Project

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM


Though past 40 and on his fourth feature film at the time, director Sean Baker seemed to burst onto the indie scene in 2015 with his vividly imagined Tangerine. It quickly became known as “the iPhone movie” because it was the first major film shot entirely on that device.

Tangerine’s raucous tale of transgender prostitutes on the mean streets of Hollywood struck a chord with audiences, but not for its technical achievements. The heightened reality of the film’s visuals served to frame well-drawn characters and a series of authentic, affecting performances from first-time actors.

For all its successes, Tangerine now seems a warm-up for Baker’s far more accomplished The Florida Project. The director once again tells a story from the margins of society, where resilient characters confront epic struggles one day at a time. But The Florida Project transforms what might have seemed too-familiar territory by telling its story from the perspective of a precocious and uniquely spirited 6-year-old girl.

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Court 13 Arts announces dates and venues for 2017 Always For Pleasure festival

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Brimstone & Glory
  • Brimstone & Glory

Court 13 Arts, the non-profit offshoot of the local organization that made the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012, has announced dates and venues for its annual Always For Pleasure festival. This year's festivities will be held Nov. 16-21 at Court 13 Arts' new facility (2801 Franklin Ave.).

Included as part of the festival will be two film screenings at the Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way) featuring the local premiere of Brimstone & Glory, a documentary about the weeklong fireworks festival in Tultepec, Mexico that was co-produced by Beasts' Benh Zeitlin. Also included will be Community Screen night for local filmmakers to show their work, a karaoke parade and a dance party.

More details about programming will emerge in the weeks ahead. Pre-sale weekend passes are available for $35 here.

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Out now: Christian Scott completes his Centennial trilogy, plus more music from local artists

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Christian Scott.
  • Christian Scott.

New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah completes his 2017 Centennial trilogy with The Emancipation Procrastination, out now on Ropeadope Records. The album follows March's Ruler Rebel and June's Diaspora, fulfilling his aural exam of 100 years of jazz, where it came from and where it's going while crafting "a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound" using his unique vision of jazz — "stretch music" — to dive into the Black experience.

He performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 as part of NPR's Jazz Night in America at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Tickets $25-$75.

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In politics, if you're attacking, you best not miss

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Mayoral candiates LaToya Cantrell, left, and Desiree Charbonnet.
  • Mayoral candiates LaToya Cantrell, left, and Desiree Charbonnet.

When it comes to political attacks, the rule of thumb was succinctly stated by the character Omar Little in the TV drama The Wire: “You come at the king, you best not miss.”

In politics, an attack must be relevant, accurate and artfully delivered. A volley that misses the mark invites a devastating counterpunch. Similarly, those that are ham-fisted, tasteless, or just plain overkill cross an invisible line that voters inherently recognize — and they punish candidates who cross it.

In the New Orleans mayoral primary, I saw a lot of misses and a bit of overkill.

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Warehouse District's Auction House Market announces first vendors

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM


The first two vendors for the new Warehouse District food hall were announced this week.

Coast Roast Coffee and HAPPYJAXX will be among roughly 10 vendors when the food hub Auction House Market opens at 801 Magazine St. in early 2018.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

At union rally, a glimpse of an organized New Orleans hospitality industry

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 10:13 PM


At a Thursday rally that was part of nationwide demonstrations held by the UNITE HERE hospitality workers union, New Orleans and Biloxi hotel, convention center and casino employees called for local service industry workers to organize and spoke out in praise of the union.

About 75 people, a few still in chef coats and pants, gathered Oct. 19 at the corner of Convention Center Boulevard and Canal Street to chant and hear speakers who are members of Local 2262, UNITE HERE's area chapter. The speakers' overpowering message: organizing has raised their wages, given them access to affordable health insurance and more in an industry that's sometimes known for offering meager benefits and poor financial security.

"When hospitality jobs are unionized, they become middle-class jobs," Marlene Patrick-Cooper, UNITE HERE organizing director, said. "It's the best answer for fighting poverty in the United States."

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Black Men of Labor second line Oct. 22 to celebrate the life of Deborah Cotton

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.
  • Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.

The annual Black Men of Labor second line this Sunday will salute and celebrate the life of Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, the community activist and Gambit second line correspondent who died in May as a result of injuries she suffered in the 2013 Mother's Day second line shooting.

The parade will line up at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 2 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m., making stops in Treme and the 7th Ward.

As Deb would say: show up and holla for ya girl.
Location Details Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club
1931 St. Claude Ave.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA
(504) 945-9654
Louisiana Contemporary and Bar

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NOPD to carry opioid overdose antidote as part of citywide plan to combat 'epidemic'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 4:30 PM

A naloxone kit of the kind carried by first responders. - PHOTO BY DORA SISON
  • A naloxone kit of the kind carried by first responders.

New Orleans Police Department officers will begin carrying a potentially life-saving drug to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, following more than 160 opioid-related deaths in the city in 2016.

As part of a sweeping plan to address the “opioid epidemic,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials revealed Oct. 18 that NOPD will carry naloxone, the life-saving overdose-reversal drug. A 2016 Gambit cover story found that no Louisiana law enforcement agency carried naloxone — locally it was only previously carried by EMS and New Orleans Fire Department first responders, despite a 2014 statewide law encouraging law enforcement to carry it.

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Review: On the Road Bob Hope & Friends

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 12:12 PM


It would be a tremendous understatement to call Bob Hope a cultural icon. He was a comedian, singer, dancer, author, radio and TV personality, film and Broadway star and host of 19 Academy Awards shows, but Hope probably was best known for 50 years’ headlining United Service Organization (USO) shows, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, from World War II through the Gulf War. His mission was to bolster the morale of servicemen, often in war zones, through comedy sketches and performances with beautiful women performers.

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