Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Whiskey and Milk": Watch this ridiculous music video by the Bare Handed Bear Handlers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

  • The Bare Handed Bear Handlers.

The Bare Handed Bear Handlers is a band I was completely unaware of until this week, but the video for their song "Whiskey & Milk" (NSFW-ish) may be my favorite thing ever. First of all, whiskey and milk? Yeah, and things pretty much get weirder from there on out.

Shot locally at The Saint and Twelve Mile Limit, it follows the tradition of the band's earlier videos, which are just as ridiculous if not a bit more NSFW-ish (you can check out its YouTube channel here). 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch this video for the 50th time.

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Hungry Howie's to open August 6

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The fast food invasion of Orleans Parish continues, as Hungry Howie's — a national Michigan-based pizza chain — plans to open its doors next Wednesday, August 6 at 7838 Earhart Blvd.

The 11th largest pizza chain in the nation, Howie's lays claim to the title of the first chain serving "flavor crust" pizza, featuring a number of varieties including ranch, "butter cheese" and (yes) Cajun.

Howie's joins the recently opened Maple Street Patisserie et Bistro on Earhart, adding to a once limited number of dining options in the Gert Town area.

For more information or to start building your dream flavor crust pizza, visit the Hungry Howie's website.

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Buffa's and Sidney Torres reach compromise in noise lawsuit

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant must limit its live music schedule during a 60-day agreement with neighbor Sidney Torres. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Buffa's Bar and Restaurant must limit its live music schedule during a 60-day agreement with neighbor Sidney Torres.

After more than an hour of discussion outside Civil District Court Judge Paulette Irons' courtroom, the owners of Buffa's Bar & Restaurant and its neighbor Sidney Torres IV and their attorneys reached an agreement — a temporary compromise that limits live music at the bar.

The hearing follows a lawsuit filed by Torres, who alleged the bar violates the city's sound ordinance and was improperly issued a mayoralty permit by the city to host live music. Buffa's received its permit in 2012 at the height of music schedule shuffles following a citywide crackdown on bars and venues without proper permits. Buffa's, which has hosted live music since 1994 with more frequency in recent years, collected more than 50 statements from past performers proving its function as a venue. Earlier this month, the bar collected more statements from musicians in its defense.

Torres (whose SDT Waste and Debris championed the French Quarter's trash pickup, street cleaning and city recycling services), however, argues in his suit that the music exceeds the city's sound ordinance. He also argues that it has damaged his property at 1011 Esplanade Ave., which neighbors the bar. The lawsuit surprised the bar staff and regulars, who have said Torres was a regular.

These are the terms of the agreement: no live music on Mondays and Tuesdays; music must end at 9 p.m. Wednesdays; music must end at 9 p.m. Thursdays until Buffa's installs a sound curtain or other soundproofing, after which music can end at 11 p.m. (that music, however, must be a duo with no drums or amplified instruments except vocals); and on Fridays and Saturdays, the music must end at 11 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The 60-day compromise begins Aug. 4. The parties will regroup at the end of the 60 days.

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Dr. John coming to Joy Theater Sept. 20

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

On the heels of his new album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, which will be released Aug. 19, Dr. John and his Nite Trippers will be playing the Joy Theater Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

Read Alex Woodward's interview with Dr. John from last May, and get all the info about the doctor's tribute to Louis Armstrong here:
"Louis came to me in a dream and told me to do his music but do it my way. This next record is going to be one funky-butt tribute to Louis Armstrong."

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marching for peace in the troubled St. Roch neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

The McDonogh 35 marching band took part in an anti-crime march in the St. Roch neighborhood tonight. - JEANIE RIESS
  • The McDonogh 35 marching band took part in an anti-crime march in the St. Roch neighborhood tonight.

Just outside Jack's Meat Market on Derbigny and Mandeville streets tonight, about 50 people gathered behind the entire percussion unit of the McDonogh 35 marching band.

Since January, three people have been shot and killed at the intersection, and in the past two weeks, two men have been mugged nearby. But this march, says Rosie Lacy, secretary of the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association, was planned before the latest two incidents, one of which was the beating of the neighborhood association's vice-president Bill Murphy. The night before, local artist Christopher Brumfield was attacked in a similar fashion, and Brumfield, who has been recuperating with family in Baton Rouge, announced on his Facebook page today that he intended to move there permanently.

But with neighborhood shootings a regular occurrence in St. Roch, why should it take the mugging of two white men to get the community marching — not to mention a flurry of news cameras, New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett and a fleet of police officers, including New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Ronal Serpas, on the scene?

It's a question that "T," who did not want to be named, said he asked himself when he learned about the march. "I got a friend who got shot, and nobody was asking to interview me," he said.

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Marigny Opera House Dance Company prepares for October premiere

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.
  • Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.

The recently launched Marigny Opera House Dance Company named its three choreographers, is finalizing a roster of six company dancers and began work on its premiere performances in October. The season will feature three programs, each with a piece by choreographers Maya Taylor, Diogo de Lima and Donna Crump.

Since its founding in 2011, the Marigny Opera House has produced programs of classical music, short operas, dance and puppetry and hosted a variety of events and been used as a rehearsal space by artists. It also has been a New Orleans Fringe Festival venue. Founder Dave Hurlbert initiated the Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival in which he commissioned new works by local choreographers. The new company's choreographers all participated in recent festivals.

The company's mission is to present all new works performed to live music, Hurlbert says. Most modern dance companies use recorded music. Taylor is developing a piece set to music by Italian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima. Crump is working working with musicians to compose music for baritone sax and violin to accompany her piece, tentatively titled The Fun Police.

The premiere is Oct. 24-26, and there's an opening night gala after the performance. The season continues with performances Jan. 23-25, 2015 and April 17-19, 2015.

Taylor is a former member of New York's Elisa Monte Dance and was recently commissioned to create a large-scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts' the Rite Returns festival. Donna Crump is a native New Orleanian and founder of Good Dance Since 1984. De Lima is a dancer/choreographer/actor from Brazil. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, performed with Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater and teaches at Tulane University. 

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Lucky Dog to launch first-ever line of retail hot dogs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM


Diners with a craving for a legendary Lucky Dog will no longer have to visit the French Quarter to get their fix.

Beginning next Friday, August 8, Lucky Dogs will be available in all Rouses across the city, marking the first time the hot dogs have been sold as a retail product.

The Lucky Dogs will come in a five-pack, and be the same version served from the iconic, hot dog-shaped cart.

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"Sober in New Orleans": A reader's perspective

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Among the responses we got to this week's cover story, "Sober in New Orleans," was this one. The author asked that we not use his name. — Ed.


I came to New Orleans for oblivion and found god. I don’t mean the god you hear when I say god. I mean something that is in everything, that exists between us, and that I could only find through drugs and alcohol before I got sober. Don’t get me wrong: running barefoot through the French Quarter and challenging anyone who will take me on to barstool spinning contests at Johnny White’s because I had to leave Jazz Fest because Bonnie Raitt was controlling the weather and her brothers were about to make it rain is a blast. So were the times I wrestled the guy who had just given me cocaine in the bathroom of The John at six in the morning while wearing my stained $12 seersucker suit from Bloomin' Deals. And who doesn’t love to drive up and down Dauphine Street at ten miles an hour, bumping into cars parked too close together, while screaming the lyrics of “Waltzing Mathilda” along with Tom Waits.

Waking up with bruises and bumps is a small price to pay for a night or a week or a month or five years of forgetting everything in New Orleans.

I didn’t stop drinking because of drinking. I loved to drink. It gave me life. It gave me joie de vivre. I turned into a madman before and after every full moon. And there were so many people to drink with. The Quarter is filled with wonderful souls who will happily stand beside me at breakfast time outside Lounge Lizards and shout to the bourgeoisie that You’re all slaves!.

What I learned is that I didn’t have a problem with drinking. I was damn good at drinking — save for those times I may have broken pint glasses after slamming down a drink or accidentally kissed your girlfriend. Or the time I lost the motorcycle I bought with my FEMA money. Not lost like those many times I found it days later in front of some dive bar. Lost like gone. What I didn’t know how to do was live without drinking, and I got a glimpse of this while evacuating for Hurricane Katrina with people I knew only from drinking. I got to see their fears, their worries, and who they were as people. Not the actors on barstools. I saw that many of them were just as afraid as me. I don’t mean of the storm or the repercussions. I mean of life. You can’t tell anybody this while you’re sitting on a barstool. Don’t get me wrong — for some it is just a happy-go-lucky-bender-night or a-stage-I’m-going-through-that-will-change-when-I-have-a-kid-or-get-the-right-job drunk. The beautiful thing about New Orleans is that either way nobody will question you. And for some this is just fine, but for an alcoholic like me, using medicine to mask the pain, it only creates more delusion.

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"Murals on Screen" series continues at NOMA

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa
  • Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Film Society are presenting a summer film series called “Murals on Screen: The Work of Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.” The series spotlights major films shot by the legendary Mexican cinematographer, and is intended to complement NOMA summer exhibitions Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals from Talladega College and Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

August 8 brings romantic tragedy María Candelaria (Xochimilco), which won both Best Cinematography and the Grand Prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. More info here. On August 22 it's La Perla (The Pearl), based on John Steinbeck's novella of the same name. Steinbeck also wrote the screenplay for the film. More info here.

All screenings take place at 7 p.m. at NOMA's Stern Auditorium. Films are included with museum admission at NOMA, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 7 to 17. Children 6 and under are free. University students with valid ID receive $8 admission. NOMA and New Orleans Film Society members are admitted free of charge.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beer bar Ale open on Oak Street

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

General Manager Pat Winters in front of Ale's 30 taps.
  • General Manager Pat Winters in front of Ale's 30 taps.

After patrons at Oak complained about the wine bar's beer selection, the owners thought it best to open a new space next door.

"We really want to get more people to [Oak Street], so we thought that opening a bar focused on beer would offer something for everybody," says Ale General Manager Pat Winters.

Ale (8124 Oak St.), which shares a courtyard with its sibling wine bar, opened Friday, July 18. "We got our last city permit at 4:30 p.m., opened the door at 5 p.m., and we were slammed immediately," Winters says.

The official grand opening is Friday, Aug. 1. From  5 p.m. to 8 p.m., happy hour features all draft pints at half price, including taps from Parish Brewing Co., Southern Tier, Stone Brewing Co. and North Coast Brewing Co. There also are taps for Miller Lite and Budweiser. Winters sums up Ale's beer philosophy as, "We want to offer beer that people want to drink." It's the only non-Japanese restaurant in the city that serves Sapporo on draft, and it also carries Crispin on tap for those looking for gluten-free options and cider lovers. The bottle list includes roughly 60 beers in bottles and cans.

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