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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coming up in this week's Gambit

Posted By on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

The first post-Mardi Gras issue of Gambit has a lot to chew over ...

This week, a lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed against Harrahs New Orleans by the mother of a now-deceased employee, who claims the casino didn't do enough to protect her son from secondhand smoke. Every year, it seems, the Louisiana legislature brings up the possibility of banning smoking in bars and/or casinos statewide ... and every year, the idea goes nowhere. Another bill will be introduced when the leges reconvene next month; will this be the year that the smoking lamp goes out in your neighborhood watering hole? Jeremy Alford, Alex Woodward and Kevin Allman examine the issue from all sides, from Baton Rouge to downtown New Orleans ...

• "Crowdfunding" on websites like Kickstarter has become a viable way for artists to get their projects financed. Grayson Currin looks at the phenomenon ...

Clancy DuBos weighs in on the analysis of the depth of the mess at New Orleans City Hall, and what Mayor Mitch Landrieu will have to do to clean it out ...

• What happened to all the grand plans for the proposed Lafitte greenway? (They're still on track. Sort of.) Alex Woodward investigates ...

Will Coviello previews the Interstate Fringe festival ...

Erin go burp: Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Ian McNulty samples the sandwich offerings at Tracey's and Parasol's, the Irish Channel's competing po-boy shops ...

• Carnival critic Rex Duke™ weighs in with his annual appraisal of Mardi Gras parades. Who received the coveted five crowns? ...

• ... and it's time for the April issue of CUE. Editor Missy Wilkinson has a jam-packed issue with everything from spring fashion to an archaeological excavation just behind St. Louis Cathedral. Missy will be on Monday's WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk about it.

The weekend is supposed to be beautiful. See you on the newsstand, and see you on the streets.

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