Friday, July 27, 2012

$500 Hubig's Pies on eBay — and a message from the bakery's owners

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Savory Simon for the ages.
  • Savory Simon for the ages.
At this moment, eBay sellers are hawking Hubig's Pies — not cases of them, but individual, $1.19 Hubig's Piesfor the low, low price of $500.

Your choice of chocolate, banana or apple.

The banana pie comes from Golden Meadow, La. and has a story behind it:

I was checking out at the store and the manager cut infront of me with a cordless phone and said to someone we only have two left, I looked at her then the pie's and said I want them, she then told the person "sorry someone just bought them" now thier are none to be found anywhere's

Meanwhile, the Bowman and Ramsey families, who own the landmark bakery that burned down this morning, have released the following message to New Orleans:

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Aaron Broussard, Tom Wilkinson face new charges

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson face new charges from federal prosecutors, according to this morning's indictment, which adds six new charges to the duo's pending fraud charges. (Read the Aaron Broussard/Jeff Parish scandal FAQ here.)

Today's superseding indictment charges Broussard and Wilkinson with conspiracy to commit bribery, and Broussard was additionally charged with five counts of substantive bribery — unrelated to the 2003 conspiring to hire Broussard's then-girlfriend Karen Parker as a paralegal supervisor (despite not having any experience) and bumping up her salary significantly. (Parker pleaded guilty; Broussard and Wilkinson did not, to any of the 30-plus charges against them.)

In March, former parish chief administrative officer Tim Whitmer pleaded guilty to one count of concealment of a felony as part of a plea deal to cooperate with the prosecution in the Broussard case.

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Review: The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

As unlikely as it once seemed, Metairie one day may be known far and wide as the original home of the filmmaking Duplass Brothers. Their recent Jeff, Who Lives at Home stands as one of the year’s best movies, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon — which was made in 2008 but only recently found a distributor in the wake of the brothers’ recent success — arrives as yet another welcome surprise from mumblecore mavericks Mark and Jay Duplass.

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon was inspired by the real-life escapades of two brothers (childhood friends of the Duplasses in Metairie) who devised a series of 25 private athletic events to prove unequivocally which brother reigns supreme. What if the brothers grew up estranged but remained insanely competitive, and replayed the original (but inconclusive) contest despite advancing age and out-of-shape bodies? The Do-Deca-Pentathlon pits thirty-something brothers Mark (Duplass regular Steve Zissis) and Jeremy (Mark Kelly, from TV’s Mad Men) against each in epic battle other over the course of one hugely uncomfortable family weekend.

Locally shot in quick-and-dirty style even by Duplass Brothers standards, The Do-Deca Pentathlon overcomes significant limitations via honest and memorable performances. It’s not as accomplished as the brothers’ more recent work, but it certainly remains true to their peculiar M.O. And sibling rivalry is something most of us have no trouble understanding. Laser Tag, anyone?

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon begins a one-week run tonight, July 27, at Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Review: Music From the Big House

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Canadian roots musician Rita Chiarelli chased the ghosts of bluesman Robert Pete Williams and folksinger Lead Belly (among others) all the way to Angola Prison, where these legendary Louisiana musicians long ago made their names. What Chiarelli found there was something unexpected: a lesson in forgiveness, especially as it might apply to incarcerated men often dismissed by society as unworthy. Another result of Chiarelli’s Angola visits was Music From the Big House, a soft-spoken and apolitical documentary about prisoners — many serving life sentences without hope for parole — who find a little personal redemption by playing heartfelt soul, blues, country and gospel in what may be the least joyous place on earth.

Shot in atmospheric black and white by Canadian director Bruce McDonald, the film takes place over the course of one week at Angola. It follows a group of talented inmates as they prepare to sing and play with Chiarelli at a concert for fellow prisoners and their families. Interspersed among the musical scenes are one-on-one conversations between Chiarelli and the musicians that quietly draw out their humanity and render politics irrelevant. Some audiences reportedly respond negatively to information that arrives at the end of the film and includes inmates' individual crimes. But anything else would have been dishonest. The truth may hurt, but there’s no shot at forgiveness without it.

Music From the Big House debuted at last year's New Orleans Film Festival and begins a one-week run at Zeitgeist Movies, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., at 7 p.m. tonight, July 27. This evening's screening will be followed by a musical performance and Q&A with Rita Chiarelli.

Sunday: Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Big Chief Daryl Montana discussing growing up in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition with his father, the Chief of Chiefs Allison ‘Tootie’ Montana.

This Sunday marks the 14th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Memorial, Awards and Induction Ceremony. The annual Hall of Fame ceremony, which is free and open to the public, pays tribute to Big Chiefs, Mardi Gras Indians as well as those who support the tradition. Event founder Dr. Roslyn J. Smith likens the role of the Mardi Gras Indian chiefs in New Orleans to that of being "social warriors, struggling to preserve traditions of beauty in the community while working to make the communities better places."

The afternoon's ceremonies will conclude with a distribution of school supplies to children and blessings for the upcoming academic year.

Sunday, July 29th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

For additional information or call 504-214-6630.

(list of award recipients below)

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Hubig's Pies fire? There's a T-shirt for that

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The embers at Hubig's Pies are still smoldering after a five-alarm fire this morning that burned the Marigny factory to the ground, but fear not, New Orleanians — you can support the rebuilding efforts and show solidarity with a T-shirt. Now through Friday, August 3, Fun Rock'n and Pop City owner Rhonda Findley will donate 100 percent of proceeds from "any pie-related shirt" to Hubig's Pies' recovery efforts. "It's a devastating loss for the cultural fabric of the Marigny, and I hope he rebuilds in the neighborhood," says Findley, whose business office is also in the Marigny.

Pie-related T-shirts start at $22, and all proceeds benefit Hubigs Pies
  • Pie-related T-shirts start at $22, and all proceeds benefit Hubig's Pies

Findley also encourages people to purchase authorized Hubig's T-shirts straight from the source, online at the Hubig's website. "Go to the website and buy the T-shirt," Findley says. "This is a way to support someone who is part of what makes living in New Orleans so special."

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Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Back in January, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band rang in its 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall with a series of sold-out performances with guests like Allen Toussaint, GIVERS, My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, Mos Def, Tune-Yards and others — and in September, Rounder Records will release a live recording, St. Peter and 57th.

Download Pres Hall's performance of "St. James Infirmary" with My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Trombone Shorty here or below:

Also in September, the band will release a 50th anniversary box set on Legacy Recording, featuring a four-disc, 58-track anthology from albums released between 1962 and 2010. The live album and the box set will both be out Sept. 25.

More tracks below the jump.

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We love you, Hubig's

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hubigs owners Lamar Bowman and Otto Ramsey.

And you will rebuild.

In the meantime, why not re-read our Hubig's cover story, "The Value of Pie: Simon Survives"?

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Southern Rep to present 2012-13 season at CAC

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Ricky Graham starred in the one-man show Shirley Valentine at the CAC in May.

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and Southern Rep announced the theater company will be in residence at the arts center for its 2012-13 season. The residency begins in November with A Christmas Carol, starring John "Spud" McConnell as Ebenezer Scrooge. Southern Rep will operate a box office at the CAC but will maintain its offices at The Shops at Canal Place, artistic director Aimee Hayes says.

Before the official season begins, Southern Rep will present two shows. In collaboration with Cripple Creek Theatre, Mondo Bizarro and the AllWays Lounge, it will present the five-act, five-hour epic The Lily's Revenge (Oct. 18-21) at the Den of Muses. (A review of its New York production is here.) Southern Rep also will present Wolves by Steve Yockey in the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Yockey's Afterlife: A Ghost Story premiered at Southern Rep in November 2010.

Southern Rep left its longtime home at The Shops at Canal Place in January when its lease expired. Its past season included a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Michalopoulos Studio on Elysian Fields and the one-man show Shirley Valentine at the CAC in May.

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An unfair process

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 1:56 AM

New Orleans City Council president Jackie Clarkson described the process for selecting the interim District E councilman as “very democratic.” I suppose in the strictest sense she’s correct. The council did, after all, take a vote on Freddie Charbonnet’s appointment.

The vote was 4-2. Charbonnet beat out fellow attorney Michael Darnell, who served as interim at-large councilman after Oliver Thomas resigned in disgrace in 2007.

But to call what happened at Thursday’s special council meeting “democratic” — or a “process” at all — is laughable.

That’s too bad, because when Jon Johnson resigned his District E seat after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy charges, the council had a golden opportunity to adopt and implement a forward-looking template for filling vacancies on an interim basis, one rooted in transparency and based on public input.

Instead, the council lapsed into the kind of old-time cloakroom machinations that voters thought they were tossing out when they elected this bunch.

Here’s what happened:

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