Monday, October 9, 2017

Gambit's Digital Edition, October 10, 2017

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Report: Lindsay Lohan's parents say they may sue U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for making fun of Lindsay

Posted By on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.
  • Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.

Because 2017 has not been ridiculous enough, now comes word that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's tendency to make quippy sound bites has earned him a new enemy: the parents of Lindsay Lohan, who are threatening to sue the senator over a quip he made about their daughter:
Here’s the setup: The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee was questioning the former head of credit reporting company Equifax, which was hacked last month, leading to the releasing of users’ personal information. The company also won a no-bid government contract to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

New Orleans Film Festival adds four advance screenings of major films

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:57 PM

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The New Orleans Film Festival has announced four additional advance screenings of upcoming major films. Spoor was directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) and tells the story of an elderly woman who uncovers a series of murders. Holland will lead a master class after the film. I, Tonya is a satire about the life of ice skater Tonya Harding, and Tom of Finland is a biopic of the legendary Finnish artist who became an international icon of gay culture. In addition, a second screening of festival Centerpiece film Mudbound was added. More information is here.

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Report: GOP tax framework offers most benefit to Louisianans making $568,200 a year

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:47 PM

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In a new report that analyzed the nine-page tax reform framework released Sept. 27 by Congressional Republican leadership, the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found that 63.7 percent of the framework's tax cuts would go to Louisiana households making $568,200 or more per year.

According to the report, these households comprise the top 1 percent of the state's income distribution and would receive an average tax cut of $97,200. Families making $1 million or more would get a tax cut of $256,000 if the framework's proposed changes were enacted for tax year 2018.

Louisiana households making between $38,300 and $59,500 would receive an average tax cut of $380, ITEP found. (Median household income in Louisiana was $45,047 in 2015, according to U.S. Census data.) In this state, 11.8 percent of households would see a tax increase.

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Mandatory curfew kicks in Saturday night in New Orleans as Nate approaches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6 - NOAA/NWS
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  • Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6
Update: City Hall and NOPD clarified the start of the curfew will be moved up from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a curfew for New Orleans residents to stay off the streets from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 through Sunday morning — and possibly later — to avoid potential wind damage and floodwaters from Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane over the weekend. "Do the best you can to stay off the streets," Landrieu said at a City Hall press conference Oct. 6.

New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will enforce that curfew; NOPD Chief Michael Harrison urged residents to "adhere to that curfew."

At that time, NOPD will set up barricades and close all underpasses. City officials told residents to find alternate routes. NOPD announced that officers will take "strong enforcement action against anyone found circumventing barricades or found in violation of curfew." Once winds go above 35 mph, the city will suspend public transit.

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Review: Blade Runner 2049

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM

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There are only two kinds of science fiction movies: the ones made before Blade Runner and those that came after. That is a measure of how high Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece raised the bar for sci-fi on film. Though classics of the genre abound, none equals Blade Runner for its fully realized depiction of our potentially dystopian future. For 35 years, sci-fi films of every type have been saddled with the thankless task of trying to surpass it.

The real secret to Blade Runner’s artistic success is that it’s far from limited by the trappings and traditions of sci-fi. Scott’s film is equally rooted in hard-boiled detective fiction as first imagined in the literature of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and other writers in the 1930s, and later brought to the screen by the film noir of the ’40s and ’50s. Blade Runner is one of those rare films in which disparate elements come together so well it almost seems a matter of serendipity — difficult, if not impossible, to repeat.

All of which makes the idea of a Blade Runner sequel sound about as smart and appealing as a 21st-century Casablanca, Part 2 (which, thankfully, no one has suggested publicly). News of director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was met with substantial dread by those who obsess over the original.

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Out now: album releases from Bonerama, Mikayla Braun, Kathryn Rose Wood and Feufollet

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Feufollet releases its cover of "Baby's On Fire" at d.b.a. - PHOTO BY ALLISON BOHL DEHART
  • PHOTO BY ALLISON BOHL DEHART
  • Feufollet releases its cover of "Baby's On Fire" at d.b.a.

Update: Due to Hurricane Nate, Bonerama's album release show has been postponed to Nov. 18.

• New Orleans brass-centric, versatile rock 'n' roll outfit Bonerama celebrates the release of Hot Like Fire, the band's latest seventh album out Oct. 6 on Basin Street Records. Heading into its 20th anniversary, the band assembles seven original compositions as well as two covers: a layered brass rendition of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" and Allen Toussaint's "Basic Lady."

Dary Malone & the Tangle are also on the bill at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 Nov. 18 at Tipitina's. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

State of emergency issued for New Orleans as Tropical Storm Nate prepares to enter Gulf of Mexico

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5. - NOAA/NWS
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  • Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency for New Orleans, which could endure heavy rains and winds as Tropical Storm Nate moves into the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

By early Saturday morning, Nate is expected to move into the Gulf, where the National Weather Service (NWS) expects the storm will strengthen to Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall on Sunday.

City officials expect the storm to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend, and the NWS warns "the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rainfall is increasing from Louisiana through the Florida panhandle." A hurricane watch and storm surge watch will likely be issued Friday.

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Weekend cancellations due to Nate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 5:10 PM

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UPDATE: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced a mandatory citywide curfew from 6 p.m. on Saturday through "Sunday morning."

With tropical weather expected this weekend in New Orleans (really, Nate, really?) , we're starting to get word of cancellations and postponements. Here's a current list, which will be continuously updated.

• All branches of the New Orleans Public Library will close at 5 p.m. today and stay closed through the weekend.

• The Historic New Orleans Collection will close at 2 p.m. Friday and remain closed Saturday.

• The second annual Beignet Fest at New Orleans City Park, scheduled for this weekend, has been moved to Dec. 2.

Gentilly Festival? On for Friday, off for Saturday and Sunday. And the Gentilly Bicycle Second Line, which was set for Sunday, now is off as well.

Algiers Fest? Canceled.

• The Contemporary Arts Center's Art for Art's Sake has been "postponed until further notice, and the Magazine Street Merchants Association also has postponed and will reschedule.

Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus? On for Friday night, off for Saturday.

The Ponderosa Stomp wrote in a tweet that the festival — at the Orpheum Theater Friday and Saturday nights — still is on. (This would be affected by the mandatory citywide curfew.) The Saturday night portion of the Stomp has been canceled, but Friday will go on.

• The New Orleans Opera's Sunday performance of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci has been cancelled.

• The New Orleans Jazz Museum's "Pennies From Heaven" patron party and gala, set for Saturday night, will be rescheduled sometime in March.

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LCD Soundsystem to perform at Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:34 AM

PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
Following a headlining slot at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem will perform at the Orpheum Theater.

The all-ages show at the Orpheum is 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $45-$75.

The band performs at Voodoo on the main Altar stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

LCD Soundsystem's acclaimed 2017 album American Dream is the band's first release since 2010's This Is Happening and picks up where his trilogy of anxious dance music and post-punk dripping in 21st century malaise left off.

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