Sunday, October 30, 2011

UPDATE: Women of Class second line parade today 1-4pm

Posted By on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 9:32 AM

This will be a 3 HOUR PARADE from 1-4pm


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Voodoo Experience 2011: photos from Friday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Friday at Voodoo featured Soundgarden, Ani DiFranco, My Chemical Romance, Jeremy Lyons backed by members of Morphine, Band of Horses, Quintron and Miss Pussycat and others. (Photos by Gary LoVerde.)

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Shopgirl Style: Christina of Truck Stop Clothing

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Next up in the homage to Magazine Street shopgirls is Christina Stroup. I first met her last spring, when she was a redhead rocking a really cute haircut and working at Trashy Diva Shoes . Now she's a brunette working at Truck Stop, but she still has a great haircut and boldly feminine style.

How would you describe your style?

Definitely a bit eclectic, and what I wear varies a lot from day to day. One day I might feel like wearing a lace top with a floral skirt and the next I'll wear a men's Western shirt with jeans and boots. I love vintage. I'm inspired by styles from every decade, from the '20s to the '80s, and I like to mix looks from different eras. I gravitate toward bold patterns, bright colors and high-waisted styles.

Who or what are your style icons?

I respect any woman who doesn't always follow the "rules" of fashion ... MIA, Debbie Harry and Kate Moss come to mind. I've also taken a lot of inspiration from different cities that I've traveled to or lived in.

What style blogs or magazines do you read?
I check out The Glamourai, Cupcakes and Cashmere, A Beautiful Mess and AB Chao. I don't read any style magazines on a regular basis, but if I'm at the airport, I'll pick up Nylon or Bust.

Where do you like to shop?

I shop mostly at thrift stores, and my New Orleans favorites are Red White & Blue and Goodwill. I go to American Apparel and H&M for basics, Uniqlo for jeans and Trashy Diva for dresses.

What are some of your fashion tips?

Wear what makes you happy and dress for yourself, not for anyone else!

Another toothbrush incident on The Real World

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

  • Screengrab from TMZ
This week is filled with Real World news!

In case you've wiped it from your memory as part of some sort of intensive post-traumatic therapy, The Real World New Orleans was a show that existed. On it, cast member Ryan Leslie discovered a fellow housemate peed on his toothbrush and he tried to get the police involved over it. The intrepid folks at the Times-Picayune were on it even before the show aired.

But it seems Real World Chicago alum Tonya Cooley has him beat with her accusation of toothbrush assault: according to a lawsuit, she's saying male cast members raped her with a toothbrush while taping the spin-off Challenge: The Ruins. Cooley also claims show producers were aware of the incident but didn't do anything.

A word of caution to anyone heading to Baton Rouge to audition for the show tomorrow: if you end up being among the seven feral humans selected to get drunk on television, beware of toothbrush assault.


On eminently edible Abbeville

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Crossing the Vermilion River into Abbeville

Those who have been following our content here this fall may have noticed I’ve been pushing Louisiana festivals as good food-focused road trips. This is no coincidence. Given the way the food and overall culture of south Louisiana get so entwined, making the time to get out of town and check out a big feast somewhere down the road is a great way to explore the unique heritage of our region.

I’ve racked up a lot of miles in search of iconic Louisiana food, and while I don’t regret a bite of it, in the future when I need a concentrated dose of our distinctive local flavor I might just drive straight to Abbeville, a place I’ve come to love as one of the great eating towns of Acadiana.

You’ll find Abbeville at the end of a two-hour road trip west from New Orleans, about 20 miles south of Lafayette along the Vermilion River, surrounded by cane fields, cattle ranches and fishing villages. With a population of about 12,000 people, it’s a small town with an historic core and an outsized culinary personality, one that will be in full bloom next weekend, Nov. 5 and 6, with oysters, omelets and more.

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MOMS Halloween contest offers prize of membership

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

The Krewe of Mystic Orphans and Misfits (MOMs) has an annual Halloween party. It's Saturday night at The Howlin' Wolf and British electro pop duo Kids on Bridges (above) headline the event. (The Honey Island Swamp Band and Revivalists are also on the bill.) But it's never too early to start thinking about Mardi Gras MOMs ball tickets, and one way to claim entry is by winning the Halloween costume contest. First prize is krewe membership.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

WWL-TV: Gambit's 3-Day Weekend entertainment picks

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to school Eric Paulsen about all the stuff there is to do this weekend — chief among the activities, of course, the Voodoo Experience. Check out Noah's picks (and read all our Voodoo coverage here, with printable color PDF schedule cubes as lagniappe). Catch Noah (and the rest of us) out at City Park this weekend.

Cryptic #OccupyNola Facebook update [Plus a brand new disclaimer]

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Disclaimer: I was, well, I can't really say "informed" quite yet, but at the very least told that the Occupy New Orleans Facebook page was "hijacked" by a former member of the group. So was the @occupynola Twitter account.

The source, whose information I've been unable to confirm, directed me to the new "official" "general assembly approved" accounts: and @occupynola504. But the point is I don't know whether these are the "real" accounts or for that matter, what "real account" even means in this context.

I asked the source whether the information about Nov. 1 announcement was still valid, and received a response, but it only "confirmed" (again, not sure) that the accounts were hijacked rather than answered the actual question. I've also sent an email to what was, at least for a time, the official Occupy New Orleans media relations Gmail account. In any case, this is all rather tedious.

I have no idea what this means, how this announcement will be delivered or where exactly the "next level" is located. But I'm mildly to moderately intrigued.

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12th Annual All Saints Day parade

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

(video courtesy of infrogmation)

Backstreet Cultural Museum presents their 12TH Annual All Saints Day Tribute to the Culture
"Keeping Jazz Funerals Alive"

Tuesday November 1st at 3pm in the heart of the historic Faubourg Treme

(details after the jump!)

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Saturday: The Black Men of Labor 18th Annual Parade

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Tribute begins at 1pm. Parade goes from 3-7pm

(details after the jump!)

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