Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Orleans: Can we talk about talking at concerts?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 4:46 PM

A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts. - THINKSTOCK
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  • A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts.

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, I was sitting in front of two couples who were visiting New Orleans. They were staying in the Bywater, and had enjoyed a meal at Sneaky Pickle. They were thinking about going to Turkey and the Wolf. They wished the Orpheum Theater had more of a beer selection. They were planning what other concerts to see and what other things to do while they were in town.

I never met them. I wasn't eavesdropping. I was trying to listen to Barbara Lynn. I just heard them throughout the show, because they never once shut up and listened to the music. They were louder than Barbara Lynn on stage — and we were in the balcony.
This wasn't a one-off. At the Pretenders/Stevie Nicks concert at Smoothie King Center earlier this year, the audiences for the two acts couldn't have been more different (one glance around the lobby, which was equally split between tuff girls and witchy women, told the tale).

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Editorial: Why every vote really does count in the New Orleans runoff

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Campaign signs on a neutral ground on Election Day, Oct. 14. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Campaign signs on a neutral ground on Election Day, Oct. 14.

As Election Day dawned Oct. 14, many worried — and Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted — that turnout would be abysmally low. Schedler even offered to eat crow, literally, if statewide turnout hit just 15 percent. It didn’t, though it did reach nearly 32 percent in New Orleans, where the ballot included hotly contested races for mayor, all seven City Council seats and two judgeships. Statewide, the main attraction was a low-key contest for state treasurer. As Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics put it, the low turnout “basically means that 400,000 voters collectively called the shots for Louisiana’s entire electorate, which numbers around 2.9 million voters.”

While the rest of the state may not have been fired up about the treasurer’s race, New Orleanians had no excuse for not voting in larger numbers. The mayoral and council races had forums galore, offering voters many opportunities to see and hear the candidates. Locally, voters have a chance to do better on Nov. 18, when they will choose a new mayor and settle two still-undecided City Council elections. There’s also a statewide runoff for treasurer.

Much has been said about voters’ lack of enthusiasm about the 2017 crop of candidates, but the simple truth is that either District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell or former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet will become New Orleans’ next mayor on May 7, 2018. The winner will lead New Orleans’ tricentennial celebration and face some of the most daunting challenges in our city’s history.

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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival moved to Nov.12

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:11 PM

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed to Nov. 12. - COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed to Nov. 12.

This weekend’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed due to the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms, the festival’s organizers announced Wednesday.

The festival has been rescheduled for Nov. 12, and will feature the same lineup up of food vendors and musical acts.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alon Shaya launches hospitality group, names Zach Engel Culinary Director

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Alon Shaya has launched his own restaurant group - Pomegranate Hospitality - and has tapped Shaya's executive chef Zach Engel and General Manager Sean Courtney for lead positions at the new company. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Alon Shaya has launched his own restaurant group - Pomegranate Hospitality - and has tapped Shaya's executive chef Zach Engel and General Manager Sean Courtney for lead positions at the new company.

Within days of announcing the launch of his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality, Alon Shaya’s team is already pulling in big players.

On Tuesday, the group announced that chef Zachary Engel and Shaya general manager Sean Courtney are joining the newly formed company.

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ZZ Top suspends remainder of current tour, including stop at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

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The strength of their mighty beards can't overcome a "tummy ailment." ZZ Top has suspends the remainder of its 2017 tour due to bass-guitarist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment," the band announced today. That includes a scheduled Nov. 12 stop at the Saenger Theater. The tour will resume in 2018.

"Tickets for the November 12th show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans will be honored at the rescheduled date, which will be announced soon," the Saenger said in a statement. "Please check our website and social channels in the coming weeks for more details."

Feel better, Mr. Hill.

Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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  • PHOTO BY JANUSZ SOBOLEWSKI

Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old. "Tony knew many of the regular visitors to his Grosse Tete home and was known for
rubbing against the bars of his enclosure and 'chuffing' to those he liked," the statement said.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Bagneris family announces daughter Mia was struck by drunk driver on Election Night, suffering 'life-threatening injuries'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 7:03 PM

A representative for former mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris announced on social media tonight that Bagneris' daughter, Tulane professor Mia Bagneris was struck by a drunk driver Saturday night after her father's election night party. Her injuries are described as "life-threatening."
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According to the Tulane University website, Mia Bagneris is an assistant professor in the art history department, specializing in "African American/Diaspora art history and studies of race in Western Art."

Devin Johnson, who works with Cheron Brylski, the spokesperson for the family in this matter, said there would be no further comment at this time.

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Y@ Speak: Election, Round 2

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 6:15 PM


Thirty-two percent of New Orleans voters turned out to vote for mayor and City Council members Oct. 14, and Twitter celebrated with 69 jokes and speculation about never being able to afford living here again, followed by a weekly three-hour-long heart attack courtesy of Big Football. Also: Goodbye, Adrian Peterson, and hello, all of the water you stocked up for Nate.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short coming to Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Steve Martin. - PHOTO BY ANNA WEBBER
  • PHOTO BY ANNA WEBBER
  • Steve Martin.

Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short promise “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives” at the Saenger Theatre in January.

The comics — prolific humorist, actor, stand-up comic and writer Steve Martin, whose bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers released The Long-Awaited Album (Rounder Records) last month, and actor, comedian and perennial scene-stealer Martin Short — are joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers and musician Jeff Babko at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Free panel discussion at Zeitgeist builds on film festival documentary Sick to Death!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:14 PM

MAGGIE HADLEIGH-WEST
  • Maggie Hadleigh-West

A panel discussion will be held tonight, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Zeitgeist (18618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) to explore themes found in local filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West's documentary Sick to Death!, which had its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival on Saturday night. Based on Hadleigh-West's personal experiences with thyroid disease, the film explores the "complications, negligence and corruption" of the medical establishment as regards diagnosis and treatment of the illness.

In addition to Hadleigh-West, panelists include Dr. Kent Holtorf, founder of the National Academy of Hyperthyroidism; author and thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon; Jeny Kherkher, Executive Director of the Holtorf Medical Group; and health chef and educator Jodi Brown.

Sick to Death! will receive an encore screening as part of this year's New Orleans Film Festival at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Ace Hotel. More information is here.

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