Thursday, October 18, 2007

More Free Money

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 5:23 PM

... if you qualify. Last week, The Louisiana Family Recovery Corps announced they are offering one-time financial assistance for rental deposits and payments, utility deposits and the purchase of furniture or other appliances through the Household Establishment Fund program. The HEF program is available to families whose annual household income falls

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Blog Watch

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:57 PM

by Sam Winston

As election day showdown approaches this weekend, coverage and blog entries fly. There was the offering here about Una Anderson's endorsement debacle titled the Una Bomb by Clancy Dubos. There was also all kinds of debate over front runner Bobby Jindal from right and left. Action also briefly focused on negative reaction to John Georges recent Jindal attack in an interview with Stephanie Grace of the Times Picayune.

Elsewhere there was talk of how awesome the music scene is in October and why the folks on St. Claude Ave don't love that chicken from Popeye's. And finally bloggers clamored about the lawsuit filed challenging home assessment values at the exclusive Audubon Place.

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Team Gambit vs. Team Bono

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:13 AM


Team Aniston vs. Team Jolie

Team Nick vs. Team Jessica

Team Paris vs. Team Nicole

Team Lohan vs. Team Duff,

Team Fire Crotch?

S. Robertson - Los Angeles retailer, Kitson has made a fortune and national status the past 2 years selling their signature celebrity feud tees. Currently online you can purchase a

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lakeview and Lederhosen

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 7:20 PM

Deutsches Haus isn't the only place hosting a local version of Oktoberfest. Plenty of restaurants get in on the act too, some with only the faintest tie-in to German culture.

For example, on a special "Oktoberfestive" menu at Gordon Biersch, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based chain, is a dish that's hard to envision as Bavarian: Alaskan halibut served with Gulf shrimp and jasmine rice.

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A Spanking Your Kids Won't Mind

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 3:06 PM

You write one profile on a local children’s band making it big and suddenly you’re thrust into the heady world of kids’ music reviewer for Gambit Weekly. I can see a future of PR agents calling and wanting to take me out for Happy Meals and legions of 7-year-olds blogging how I just don’t get it after I give Britney Spears’ kid only two gummy bears out of five for his latest album, “Visitation Days.”

I will say this: If all the kid-friendly musical offerings that come across my desk—I’m figuring I’ll get at least a couple a year—are as good as Asylum Street Spankers’ “Mommy Says No!” I won’t mind being the Alison Fensterstock to the juice-box crowd.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Support the Big Easy Awards

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 4:33 PM

If y'all enjoy the gala parties for the Big Easy Music Awards, the Big Easy Theatre Awards, and the Classical Arts luncheon, support the Foundation that produces them. The Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education is a 501c3 non-profit that acknowledges and promotes the work of performing artists in the Greater New Orleans area. The Foundation also

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The New Orleanian Abroad

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 3:24 PM

by Sam Winston


When he hit the ground I thought for sure he was out cold. If not at least seriously bleeding. The music and the crowd of thousands were so loud that hardly anyone noticed. If he hadn't fallen at my feet and spilled half a liter of beer on me, I probably wouldn't have noticed either.

I was in the middle of explaining to friends how I thought the stereotype of German culture (beer, sausage, women in dirndl and a lot of cheering) strangely resembled the stereotype of American masculinity (Beer! Football! Cheerleaders! Meat!). That is why, I was saying, so many Americans love the idea of the Oktoberfest. Whether my German companions didn't get my parallel or my German was incomprehensible above the din of oompah music I'm wasn't sure. Nevertheless, they looked a bit perplexed.

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The Una Bomb

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Someone asked me today if there is any law or rule requiring political candidates to have signed affidavits from people or organizations from which they claim endorsements. The short answer is no, but the real answer is there oughta be.

In some instances, newspapers (such as The Times-Picayune and, going forward, Gambit Weekly) will require candidates to produce affidavits before the publishers will accept advertisements from candidates claiming endorsements from high-profile individuals and organizations. That’s not a law, but it’s a good policy — and it came about because of situations akin to what Louisiana legislative candidate Una Anderson experienced last week.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

House of Shock vs. House of Blues? No Contest

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 9:01 PM

Skip All Saints and to hell with Halloween: The scariest thing about the last week of October in New Orleans is the amount of essential live music being scheduled.

It's a bit daunting, really. Voodoo Fest kicks things off Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, and includes not only whole days spent cooking in the midday City Park sun to catch wildly divergent acts such as M.I.A., Spoon and Common (or, if you prefer, decade-wandering ones like

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Shop for a Cause

Posted on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 4:13 PM


Make a bold statement and help an important cause this week by purchasing the "Viva La Cure" t-shirt designed by Juicy Couture at Saks. All proceeds from the sales of this shirt goes to the Women's Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Locally, Saks Fifth Avenue kicks off their Annual Key to the Cure event this week: from October 18-21, Saks will donate 2% of their sales to the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC).

A gala benefiting the LCRC is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 988-6592 if you are interested in purchasing tickets to the event ($50).

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