Friday, January 31, 2014

Anthony Davis shows off defensive skills in new ad

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:24 PM

It's video clips like these that make you wonder how Anthony Davis has been overlooked for a roster spot in this year's NBA All-Star Game (unless someone gets injured). It's a travesty, really. Just look at Davis' athleticism, sheer power and the way he always finds himself at the right place at the right time.

Let's just hope he doesn't face a media backlash for the Richard Sherman-like trash talking he does after the play ends.

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Kebab, a doner kebab sandwich shop, opening on St. Claude Avenue in early March

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Kebab (2313 St. Claude Ave., 504-383-HEAT;, a restaurant serving doner kebab sandwiches with rotisserie pork or chicken, is opening in early March in the old Henry’s Bakery & Deli. The creators of the Pizza Speakeasy, Benjamin Harlow and Walker Reisman, say they became interested in doner kebab sandwiches while traveling through Europe with Caravan Stage Company.
Kebab's house sandwich, served with pickled beets. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Kebab's house sandwich, served with pickled beets.

"You can't really get good doner-style kebab sandwiches in New Orleans anywhere,” Harlow says. “You can get gyros and lamb and beef stuff, but nothing that's really centered on that wildly flavorful really crispy pork sandwich that is that German doner kebab-style sandwich or that Greek doner kebab-style sandwich."
Walker Reisman shaves pork for the doner kebab sandwiches. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Walker Reisman shaves pork for the doner kebab sandwiches.

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Whole Foods opens Tuesday, minding the community

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

The atrium of Refresh, the fresh food initiative where Whole Foods will open Tuesday.

  • The atrium of Refresh, the fresh food initiative where Whole Foods will open Tuesday.

The New Whole Foods at the intersection of S. Broad and Bienville will have a gumbo bar. The base of the gumbo sold in the gumbo bar, which will include both vegetarian and traditional sausage options, will be made by New Orleans youth at Liberty's Kitchen, which shares building space with the new grocery store.

That's one example of how Refresh, the project that broke ground last May, transformed what formerly housed a single grocery store into a collaborative fresh foods initiative for the developing neighborhood. Liberty's Kitchen will source 100 percent of its ingredients from Whole Foods, and, in addition to the gumbo bases, at-risk youth involved in the culinary program will make salad dressings and eight varieties of cookies for the grocery store.

"This is where the grocery world and the public health world are coming together," says Jeff Schwartz, executive director of Broad Community Connections (BCC), the non-profit developer who, along with L&M Development Partners Inc. has made the Refresh concept a reality. While most Whole Foods stores have a full coffee bar, this one will relegate coffee duties to Liberty's Kitchen, giving it an additional source of revenue (though Whole Foods will serve basic drip coffees).

(Under the jump: More information and photos from a pre-opening tour)

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Review: The 12 O'Clock Boys

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Slice-of-life documentary The 12 O’Clock Boys penetrates a Baltimore, Maryland subculture of young men who ride dirt bikes en masse through the streets of the city at high speed in theatrically disruptive, wheelie-popping style. The riders weave in and out of traffic and taunt local police who are forbidden from chasing them to avoid additional threats to public safety. Popularized through YouTube, the 12 O’Clock Boys have become folk heroes to some in Baltimore and beyond. They ride to express their independence and find a little freedom in an economically depressed world that offers few options to inner-city youth.

First-time director Lotfy Nathan is only 26 years old and currently on his way to film graduate school, but his youth surely came in handy in earning the trust of his subjects. That access leads to some fantastic up-close footage of the riders’ theatrics and a sobering look into their daily lives. Nathan views his subjects largely through the eyes of a Baltimore pre-teen named Pug who hopes to become a 12 O’Clock Boy, adding another dimension to his impressionistic film. But by choosing not to analyze the riders’ actions (which have resulted in more than one death) or address difficult questions suggested by their very existence, the director winds up with a needlessly lightweight film.

The 12 O'Clock Boys beings an exclusive one-week run tonight at Zeitgeist Movies. More info here.

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Sunday: Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line parade

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:01 AM


SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2014 — 12-4pm

"20 Years of Stepping & Still Clean!!!"

(route details below)

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Louisiana gets its first aged whiskey since Prohibition

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM


It might seem surprising, given New Orleans' long and storied love of fine spirits, that there hasn't been an aged whiskey produced in Louisiana since the days of Prohibition. Donner-Peltier Distillery — the Thibodaux-based maker of craft rums, vodka and gin — is looking to change that, with the introduction of their "LA1 Louisiana Whiskey."

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"Bacon Grease" food truck rally headed to Finn McCool's next week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The NOLA Truck will be one of four vendors at Bacon Grease
  • The NOLA Truck will be one of four vendors at "Bacon Grease"

Along with the local services and businesses that took a couple of "sneaux" days this week was a food truck rally at Finn McCool's that had been planned to take place on 1/29. That event, My House NOLA's "Bacon Grease," a gathering intended to celebrate swine, has been pushed back to this coming Wednesday, Feb. 5th.

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Last-minute debates before Saturday's election: Mayor and City Council District A

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM


For those voters who may be undecided (or just didn't get enough of this Sneauxmageddon-interrupted election season): WWL-TV will be broadcasting a mayoral debate tonight between incumbent Mitch Landrieu and challengers Michael Bagneris and Danatus King. The station's Karen Swensen will moderate, and the panelists will be WWL-TV's Sally-Ann Roberts and Mike Hoss, as well as Stephanie Grace, columnist for The New Orleans Advocate.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. and will be repeated tomorrow night on WYES-TV at 10:30 p.m., as well as uploaded to

And the winter weather caused the cancellation of a couple of City Council forums, at least one of which has been rescheduled for the very last possible minute: Friday night. District A candidates will face off at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Dominican High School (7701 Walmsley Ave. at Lowerline St.). The event is hosted by the Carrollton Area Network.

For more information on this year's races, read our profiles of the candidates and issues in the mayoral contest, the sheriff's race and the six City Council contests. Polls close Saturday night at 8 p.m. Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos will be on set at WWL-TV as the results come in, and Gambit reporters will be on Twitter reporting from various campaign parties and events around the city.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nas, Chance The Rapper, Dan Deacon and others added to 2014 Buku

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

The 2014 Buku Music + Art Project announced a few more big additions to its third annual linuep. Rapper Nas will perform his landmark debut album, 1994's Illmatic, in its entirety. Gang Starr's DJ Premier as well as Sleigh Bells, Chance The Rapper, Dan Deacon, Carnage, GriZ and Treasure Fingers also have been added to the bill.

Previously announced headliners at the festival include The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Tyler The Creator, Kaskade, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Pusha T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and many others.

The two-day festival is at Mardi Gras World from March 21-22. Two-day general admission is $169.50, and VIP passes are $399.50. Tickets are available on its website.

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Review: Photography and the American Civil War

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM


It was America’s bloodiest war — brother against brother, fighting to the bitter end. We grew up hearing that, and if it sounds overhyped, consider that its toll of 750,000 lives was nearly twice the number of U.S. dead in World War II, our second bloodiest war. This exhibition, organized by former New Orleanian and now Metropolitan Museum of Art photography curator Jeff L. Rosenheim, features more than 200 vintage photos of the Civil War and its warriors, providing us with a visual overview of a period of extraordinary transition in American history. Not only was it a painful rebirth of the republic after being nearly sundered by secession, it was also the beginning of photojournalism as we know it. Photography was a barely 20-year-old medium when the Civil War began, and here we see the startling earnestness with which the mostly young soldiers gaze into the camera lens, as well as implicit stagecraft that inevitably attends any visual depiction of momentous events. The result is a high contrast collision of idealism and horror with a dash of old-fashioned hucksterism.

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