Tuesday, June 27, 2017

That stinks: Sweet Crude's tour bus burgled in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Sweet Crude.
  • Sweet Crude.
Louisiana band Sweet Crude, currently on a summer tour of the West and East Coast, has had their summer become a bummer. According to posts on the band's Facebook page, their tour van was burgled yesterday while the band was taking in a San Francisco Giants game, and members lost laptops, gear, some instruments, prescription medications and all their luggage.

"We are all safe and have our phones and are so glad to be able to do what we do: play music on the road," wrote Sweet Crude member Sam Craft.

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No kidding — Mizado to close for good Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 5:44 PM


Mizado Latin Kitchen will close after all, on July 1. - COURTESY MIZADO/FACEBOOK
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  • Mizado Latin Kitchen will close after all, on July 1.

Mizado Latin Kitchen (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504-885-5555), the Mid-City Mexican restaurant that announced plans to stay open less than a month ago, will close after all, a spokesperson for the restaurant said Tuesday.

The flip-flop comes after the restaurant owners announced their impending shutter in early May, only to backtrack a few weeks later, saying the “incredible influx of patronage” encouraged them to stay open after all.

Now the restaurant known for its creative spins on Latin cuisine and cocktails will close on July 1. It will be turned into a Zea Rotisserie & Bar, owned by the Taste Buds restaurant group, which also owns Mizado.

A restaurant spokesperson said the new Zea likely will open in around September.

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Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - CREATIVE COMMONS/NICK PRETE
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  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who was in Miami last week to assume the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, gave a half-hour interview to "Off Message," a podcast produced by POLITICO.  The POLITICO's Isaac Dovere begins the interview with the question "Should we call you Mr. President now?" to which Landrieu laughs and says, "I'm happy to be president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors."

The interview's entire first half rehashes the flap over the recent Confederate monument removal and Landrieu's much-lauded speech as the Robert E. Lee statue was removed — which some have speculated was really an address to a national audience by a term-limited and ambitious mayor. "I was really speaking to New Orleans and the historical record," Landrieu insisted, adding, "a mayor spoke — and a country listened."


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Prytania screens Batman in tribute to Adam West

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 1:38 PM

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The Prytania Theatre will screen Batman — the 1966 film based on the popular TV series of the time — tonight, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m.

The screenings pay tribute to star Adam West, who died on June 9 at age 88. Like the beloved TV series, the film skirts the line between authentic comic-book style and all-out parody of superheroes and 1960s culture in general. No matter how you take it, this particular Batman remains a whole lot of fun. Tickets and more information are here.

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Satchmo SummerFest reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest. - COURTESY NICHOLAS PAYTON
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  • Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest.

The 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest returns Aug. 4-6 with three stages of music and a large lineup of New Orleans jazz artists and brass bands, all performing in honor of festival namesake Louis Armstrong.

Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo debut this year, along with Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pinstripe Brass Band and Ashlin Parker and Trumpet Mafia.

After hosting the festival in Jackson Square last year, the 17th annual event returns to the Old U.S. Mint, with a stage and dance area on the museum's second floor and two stage tents outside the museum. There also are Armstrong- and jazz-centric panel discussions and screenings, a kids' acitivites area ("Pop's Playhouse"), and a jazz mass and second line beginning in Treme. Check the schedule here.

Admission is $5 daily, free to children under 12. Admission includes access to the

Check the full music lineup below.

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Panel and book signing June 29 highlight gun violence survivors

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America. - COURTESY KATHY SHORR
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  • Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America.

One of every five people pictured in Kathy Shorr's Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America was shot in an incident of domestic violence.

There's Shyrica, who was shot by her husband in a Walmart parking lot. Elizabeth was shot in the face by her estranged husband, who then killed her 18-year-old daughter. A Miami woman was shot in the parking lot of her apartment building by her husband, a veteran with PTSD.

These women all appear in the book, along with portraits of 98 other survivors. They represent just a small fraction of the thousands of people in America who are victims of gun violence each year, many of whom have no personal involvement with criminal activity. Shorr presents the book at a panel discussion at Treo Thursday night, where she'll appear with a trauma surgeon and some of of the people she photographed.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Dining with beer in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub - MARK BURLET
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  • Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub


It's no surprise that beer and food go together, but the pairing is becoming more sophisticated in New Orleans, as in beer-pairing dinners in which brewers coordinate with chefs. Freret Beer Room opened to highlight beer and food pairings, and it hosts Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan at a special dinner July 11. Below are some restaurants and breweries to sample food and drink together.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Y@ Speak: storm's a-brewin'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

In this week's edition: the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on its health bill and we get the cold shoulder from Tropical Storm Cindy.

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Senate bill would cut health care to 'hundreds of thousands' on Medicaid in Louisiana

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

As the U.S. Senate mulls a vote on the GOP's recently released bill designed to gut the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana officials and medical groups are urging senators to consider the potentially devastating impact it could have to people relying on Medicaid's expansion in the state.

In July 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards approved Medicaid's expansion to include coverage for more than 433,000 people in the state, including more than 100,000 receiving preventive cancer treatment and more than 15,000 women who have received breast cancer screenings. More than 150 people were diagnosed with colon cancer after screenings made possible through recent Medicaid coverage.

Today's report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the Senate's "Better Care Reconciliation Act" would increase the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by 22 million while reducing the federal deficit by $321 billion from 2017-2026 — mostly by cutting spending on Medicaid, which would decline in 2026 by 26 percent compared to projections based on current law. Medicaid would lose more than $770 billion by 2026.

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Poke Loa to open Old Metairie location

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Poke Loa will open a second location this fall in Old Metairie . - COURTESY POKE LOA/FACEBOOK
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  • Poke Loa will open a second location this fall in Old Metairie .

Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993), the city’s first restaurant dedicated to the trendy raw fish dish, is expanding with a second location in Old Metairie this fall.

The Magazine Street fast-casual raw fish hub opened in February, selling mix-and-match bowls of fish, rice, greens and toppings. Restaurants around the city also offer versions of the raw fish dish.

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