Monday, June 19, 2017

Free screenings of Italian horror classics tonight on Frenchmen Street

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Cemetery Man
  • Cemetery Man

NOLA Horror Film Fest and Creepy Fest present a "Monday Night Massacre" double feature of classic Italian horror movies tonight, June 19 at 8 p.m. at Rare Form (405 Frenchmen St.). A cemetery caretaker fends off zombies in Michele Soavi's 1994 Cemetery Man. Dario Argento's 1982 Tenebre stars Anthony Franciosa as an American author who becomes involved in the search for a serial killer who may have been inspired by one of his novels. The screenings are free and open to the public. More info here.

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After Wednesday's State of the City, ask questions of the mayor at forum

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM

  • Mitch Landrieu.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver his annual State of the City address Wednesday, but later that day he'll be taking questions at a forum hosted by the civic group Engage NOLA. The forum will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
Landrieu is nearing the end of his mayoralty, and the event, according to organizers, will be "about the legacy of his administration, its accomplishments and work left undone, and what community members should consider in evaluating the candidates vying to fill his shoes and tackle the City’s endemic problems."

It's not a totally open forum — the event page promises "a facilitated discussion where participants may submit questions which will be vetted by event volunteers." WWL-TV's Sheba Turk will moderate. Admission is free with RSVP.

Engage NOLA will hold "networking hours" in the bar before and after the event (5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Location Details Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City
New Orleans, LA
(504) 371-5849

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Gambit's Digital Edition, June 20, 2017

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Orleans mayoral candidates Bagneris and Cantrell discuss minimum wage, law enforcement

Posted By on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 3:35 PM

LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.
  • LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.

New Orleans mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell found a lot of common ground at a forum hosted by progressive group Indivisible NOLA, broadly covering wage inequity, immigration, racial justice, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health services, among other issues. Another announced candidate, Civil District Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, also was invited to the forum but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. But the invitation-only event was this year's candidates' first large public introductions before qualifying begins.

Candidates sat in front of an orange Black Lives Matter banner at First Unitarian Universalist Church at Jefferson and Claiborne avenues June 17, fielding questions from event moderators, Indivisible members and members of the roughly 300 people in attendance.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hill: 'Meet Mitch Landrieu, the 2020 dark-horse Dem'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 3:22 PM

The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.
  • The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.

Though he's said he has no interest in running for President in 2020, the national media just won't seem to leave Mayor Mitch Landrieu alone.

First it was The New York Times, then Chuck Todd on Meet the Press — and now The Hill is bandying about the Landrieu name in highly flattering terms, saying that unnamed "Democrats say Landrieu and other non-establishment politicians like him could be the future of the party."

It's a confusing (if highly flattering) piece — after calling Landrieu a "non-establishment" politician, it goes on to stress the Landrieu family's longtime political bona fides. The Hill also states "Landrieu would have success in appealing to progressives. He sought to curb violence by pushing gun safety laws last year. 'We are not going to stop until we change a culture of violence to a culture of peace,' he said at the signing of the city's gun ordinances" — without mentioning that violent crime is spiking in New Orleans right now.

Perhaps the most reasonable voice in Amie Parnes' profile is that of veteran political pollster Dr. Ed Chernevak:
Ed Chervenak, a professor of politics at the University of New Orleans, said that while Landrieu has “turned the city around and moved it forward,” his presidential prospects for 2020 seem like a long shot. “It’s hard to see the leap from mayor,” Chervenak said. 
Read the whole thing. (And skip the comments.)

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Review: Rough Night

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Rough Night, rough go.
  • Rough Night, rough go.

You can tell a lot about a summer movie from the way Hollywood markets it. The latest example is Rough Night, the first feature by Lucia Aniello, who is best known for her work as a writer and producer on Comedy Central’s Broad City. As described in the film’s press kit — and dutifully repeated word-for-word by movie-focused news outlets ranging from IndieWire to Vanity FairRough Night is “the first big-studio R-rated comedy about women to be directed by a woman in nearly 20 years.”

That’s a whole bunch of adjectives just to differentiate Aniello’s film from the many male-centered examples of the popular “grown-ups behaving badly” movie genre, which includes The Hangover and just about everything made by Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and their friends (Pineapple Express, The Interview, et al.). But then Hollywood tends to place barriers in the path of women hoping to infiltrate male-dominated genres. Given that Aniello surely had to work harder than her male peers for the chance to make a film like Rough Night, it’s easy to hope that the results might prove transformative to the formulaic bad-behavior comedy.

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Mayoral candidate Scurlock decries Indivisible NOLA for 'reverse racism'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Frank Scurlock, mayoral candidate. - FACEBOOK/FRANK SCURLOCK
  • Frank Scurlock, mayoral candidate.

Mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock, who was excluded from tomorrow's town hall forum for declared mayoral candidates hosted by Indivisible NOLA, has accused organizers of "reverse racism" for not inviting him to the event. (Scurlock is white; the invited candidates, Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet, all are black.)

"Are the Indivisible New Orleans decision-makers petty elitists and snobs?" Scurlock said in a statement. "Their action smacks of the worst kind of reverse racism and will only further divide New Orleans voters."

Indivisible NOLA founder Joyce Vansean responded, "We as an organization do not believe that reverse racism exists."

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Charbonnet drops out of Saturday mayoral candidate forum; WHIV-FM will broadcast

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Declared mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell will attend the first mayoral forum of the election Saturday morning. Desiree Charbonnet (right), who originally had committed to the forum, will not be attending, citing scheduling conflicts.
  • Declared mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell will attend the first mayoral forum of the election Saturday morning. Desiree Charbonnet (right), who originally had committed to the forum, will not be attending, citing scheduling conflicts.

The first forum of the 2017 mayoral race, set for Saturday morning at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, has lost one of its participants: Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, who originally had confirmed her attendance, now has backed out, citing a scheduling conflict.

In a note, Charbonnet said she inadvertently had been "double-booked" and will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend. That leaves two candidates with confirmed attendance: former Civil District Judge Michael Bagneris and District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.

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LSU announces operators for medical marijuana program

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Louisiana State University announced plans to partner with GB Sciences for the state's medical marijuana manufacturing program. LSU's AgCenter will contract with the Las Vegas-based company — pending approval of the school's Board of Supervisors — to grow weed and produce a medical-grade marijuana-based product available for prescription by 2018.

The program comes two years after the passage of statewide legislation to begin planting, cultivating, dispensing and prescribing medical marijuana in Louisiana — a long, strange trip that began in the 1970s with the passage of a statewide medical marijuana law but was effectively useless over the last four decades, until now.

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Mayor Landrieu to hold State of the City address June 21

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will hold his annual and final State of the City address on Wednesday, June 21. Landrieu postponed the speech following the early morning shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise outside Washington D.C. June 14, when Landrieu was scheduled to deliver his address later that morning.

Landrieu's 2016 address unveiled a five-year plan for affordable housing as well as a progress report for the city's anti-crime initiative NOLA for Life. Landrieu typically highlights his efforts in office from the year and the years ahead, though Landrieu will remain in office for less than a year, with mayoral elections coming up this fall.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Theatre (510 O’Keefe Ave.). Viewers can livestream the speech at,

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