Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's National Coffee Day!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Thank you, stock photo website.
  • Thank you, stock photo website.
For us nine-to-fivers for whom coffee is our drug, every day is National Coffee Day. But today actually is National Coffee Day, and I feel it's my responsibility to make our readers aware of any made-up national day of distinction on which fast food restaurants give away free stuff (like National Pancake Day or National Doughnut Day).

The non-fast food local coffee chain PJ's — known for their delicious, cocaine-grade iced coffee — has a coupon on their Facebook page for a free cup of its Maple Street blend. National heart attack doughnut purveyor Krispy Kreme offers a free small cup of coffee today. Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are not observing the holiday. Boo!

Enjoy the day, and remember that many insane ideas have come from over-caffeination. Drink responsibly.

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Lorraine McCalebb moves out [Updated]

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM


Lorraine McCalebb, a former Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) public housing tenant who — Gambit reported on Sept. 28— claims the agency improperly evicted her from her Algiers home, moved out this morning.

After the jump: McCalebb isn't sure yet where's she's going to live, but she's sure how she'll spend the rest of her morning — going over her case with an agent from the federal office that investigates allegations of housing agency fraud and mismanagement.

Also: Updates from McCalebb and Special Agent In Charge Bobby Anderson of the HUD Office of Inspector General.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM


If you’re already thinking about adopting a dog, the St. Tammany Humane Society (STHS) (20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, 985-892-PETS; — a no-kill shelter — is encouraging you to do it in October, during National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. To help meet its goal of adopting out 50 puppies in October — 20 more than it normally does a month — the humane society is giving away two Rescue Dog Basket containing a dog bed, collar and leash, flea and tick prevention, a gift certificate to STHS and more.

One basket will be given away in a raffle among adoptive families. The other will go to the winner of a “My Rescue Dog” story contest detailing an experience with an adopted dog. Email the story with a photo of your pet to All stories and photos will be posted under “Happy Tails” on the STHS’ website,

All dogs available for adoption have been spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on vaccinations, are microchipped and have been tested for heart worms Adoption includes six months free heart worm preventative. Adoption prices range from $50 to $150. Cats also are available for adoption at STHS.

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#Prayers4Rafa: a vigil for Rafael Delgadillo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Friends and family of Rafael Delgadillo held a vigil at the foot of the Cabrini Bridge in Bayou St. John.
  • Friends and family of Rafael Delgadillo held a vigil at the foot of the Cabrini Bridge in Bayou St. John.

A crowd gathered at the foot of the Magnolia Bridge ("Cabrini Bridge") on Moss Street on Bayou St. John, while Rafael Delgadillo's friends and co-workers handed out blue ribbons and safety pins. Delgadillo — active with Puentes New Orleans, LatiNola, Evacuteer and other community-outreach organizations — was shot early Sunday morning near North Olympia and Toulouse streets after two men approached his car at a stop sign. One man fired a gun at Delgadillo, striking him in the head.

Puentes organized tonight's vigil to "reflect and pray for a full recovery." Looming rainclouds and thunder didn't shake the tightly packed crowd, with only a few clutching umbrellas as rain poured for several minutes. Prayers were led in both English and Spanish, calling for peace and praying for Delgadillo's recovery. "Let's not use this event to start a war in New Orleans," said Delgadillo's friend Ronald Aviles. "Let's unite."

Delgadillo's father, Rafael Delgadillo Sr., closed with, "We hope to continue this ... to continue to be together against the crime of violence."

The crowd erupted: "Viva Rafa!"

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HANO scattered site tenant claims agency mishandling of eviction

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

As of September 29 at 10 a.m., Lorraine McCalebb will be homeless. McCallebb, who lives in one of the Housing Authority of New Orleans' (HANO) "scattered site" (non-development) public buildings in Algiers was officially ordered out of her home, where she now lives with her daughter and grandchild, following an eviction hearing on September 27 in Judge Mary "KK" Norman's courtroom in New Orleans Second City Court.

"I don't know where I'm going to go," said a flustered McCalebb after leaving court yesterday.

McCalebb, who has been appearing at HANO and City Council meetings to protest her eviction, had a throng of witnesses at her side to dispute the eviction, which Norman had dismissed at an earlier hearing in August after HANO's attorney did not appear on time, according to courtroom statements from Norman and HANO lawyer Tammie Jackson.

McCalebb and Eloise Williams, a longtime community activist who came to court on her behalf, say HANO has mishandled the eviction, citing apparent inconsistencies between McCalebb's August and September court summonses. McCalebb also says that the agency refused to give her additional time to vacate her home in retaliation for speaking publicly about the issues surrounding her eviction. HANO officials deny both allegations.

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New Orleans artists vie for MTV "Too Much Ass" O Award

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Big Freedia - Y'all Get Back Now from Bob Weisz Sucks on Vimeo.

Big Freedia and Mr. Ghetto will be going head to head, or something like that, as both have been nominated for MTV's O Music Awards in the category of "Too Much Ass For TV." Voters can weigh in on whether they like Freedia's "Y'all Get Back Now" (above) or Mr. Ghetto's "Walmart" or the Foo Fighters ("Hot Buns"), Marilyn Manson ("Born Villain"), The Floacist ("Let Me") or others. Britney Spears is up for "Most Outrageous Tweet." Lil Wayne's "Team Weezy" is up for best Fan Army.

All nominees here. Vote here. Winners will be announced Oct. 31.

Also nominated, Sesame Street's Cookie Monster covering Tom Waits' "God's Away on Business." Video after the jump...

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Review: Iva Gueorguieva's new paintings

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Clinamen by Iva Gueorguieva
  • Clinamen by Iva Gueorguieva

Sometimes you don’t know where you’ve been until you see it receding in a rear view mirror. When the 21st century began, the usual postmodern tropes of the previous century still applied. A decade later, “postmodern” is a word that is seldom heard in reference to art or architecture. There even seems to be an unheralded revival of classical modernism, with new building designs that look positively 1965 (like the new University Medical Center), and in visual art there has been a quiet reprise of abstraction that evokes 1950s action painting, even as the best examples look relatively fresh today. Iva Gueorguieva’s new paintings are darkly passionate in ways that recall the existentialist intensity of America’s mid-20th century painters, poets and musicians — at first glance you can almost hear Charlie Parker, John Coltrane or even Allen Ginsberg reciting riffs from Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked ...” in a miasma of espresso, pot and cigarette smoke.

But that was then, so who is this woman? Bulgarian-born and Philadelphia-educated, Gueorguieva lived in New Orleans for three years and, seemingly on a whim, moved to Los Angeles a month before Katrina struck. The works in this show are based on her New Orleans memories, and the best of them display similarly perfect timing expressed as prismatic cul-de-sacs and gestural slashes. Clinamen (pictured) is a masterpiece of swirling vortexes and painterly mini-tornadoes with controlled explosions like fireworks in a labyrinth. The name refers to the tendency of atoms to swerve, as predicted by the classical Greek philosopher Epicurus in an eerie anticipation of Einstein and Heisenberg. Auto Extraction is a lyrical example of visionary abstraction that harks to the portentous point in the 1940s when the surrealism of Arshile Gorky and Roberto Matta morphed seemingly full blown into abstract expressionism. Matta called it “morphologies,” landscapes of the inner world, things felt more than seen. The look may be related, but Gueorguieva makes it lyrically her own. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Prefiguration: New paintings by Iva Gueorguieva
Through Oct. 29
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, 440 Julia St., 525-7300


Watch: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's music video for "Do To Me"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM

You heard 'em on Conan and again on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — now here's the video for the For True single "Do To Me," featuring Troy Andrews and company gearing up and playing at a block party and in the back of a truck cruising around New Orleans.

The album, released this month, is tearing up jazz charts, and you can catch him again on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series tomorrow. The band is still on tour, with a few dates this week in Europe, then to the West Coast, then a return to New Orleans for the Harvest the Music concert series in Lafayette Square on Oct. 12.

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Maurepas Foods slated to open in Bywater

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Future home of Maurepas Foods

A restaurant in the Bywater that’s been in the works for more than a year is nearing completion. Chef Michael Doyle hopes to open his new Maurepas Foods within the next few weeks and begin serving a wide-ranging menu he describes as country food with refinements and updates.

“It’ll be what somebody’s grandmother is cooking somewhere in the world,” Doyle says.

He and his crew are nearing the end of an extensive renovation of a property at 3200 Burgundy Street, a vintage corner building in a part of town without many other restaurants. Maurepas Foods will serve lunch and dinner and possibly stay open for late-night service.

“We’re planning to roll to midnight and see if people go for it,” Doyle says.

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Rafael Delgadillo vigil set for tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Rafael Delgadillo
  • Rafael Delgadillo
There will be a vigil this evening for Rafael Delgadillo, the local man who was shot early Sunday morning in Mid-City. Delgadillo, who was active in the groups Puentes New Orleans and Evacuteer, was driving on Toulouse Street between N. St. Patrick and N. Olympia around 2 a.m. when two men approached his car at a stop sign. Apparently sensing danger, Delgadillo hit the gas. One of the men fired a gun at the vehicle, striking Delgadillo in the head. Since then, Delgadillo has been in intensive care, and family and friends report he has lost his sight.

The vigil this evening has been organized by Puentes and will be held on the Cabrini Bridge (1400 Moss St.) overlooking Bayou St. John:

Puentes will hold a vigil on Cabrini Bridge over Bayou St. John at 6 pm. Please join us as we come together to reflect and pray for a full recovery. We will have a recorder on hand so Rafael can hear uplifting stories and comments from those who are present. Feel free to bring a poem, quote, song, or just a few words to encourage him during his recovery.

Delgadillo's family has also posted a note on his Facebook page:

Our family want Thank everyone for all the prayers, thoughts and positive energy. I just finished reading all of the messages to Rafael and every time i would stop he would tell just keep reading them until i fall asleep. As he was listening with his eyes closed he had a smile on his face and just kept saying WOW. Thank you so much for the support, he is definitely feeling all the LOVE!

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any leads in this case; call 504-822-1111.

Below the jump: the official police report and descriptions of the suspects.

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