Monday, June 17, 2013

A note to readers regarding "Blake Pontchartrain"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Over the weekend, a Gambit reader noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others.

After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we’ve determined that the problem is not an isolated one, nor were the identical passages inserted at some point during the editing process.

“Blake Pontchartrain” is a composite column that has been written by several contributors over the years. These examples can all be attributed to a single writer, who will no longer be working for Gambit.

While we look at more of this writer’s columns and try to determine the depth of the problem, we’ve decided the safest course of action is to remove the Blake Pontchartrain archive from our website. We’ll keep readers apprised of our findings.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Gambit names Jeanne Foster associate publisher

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Jeanne Exnicios Foster
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Gambit publisher Margo DuBos has named Jeanne Exnicios Foster the paper's associate publisher.

A New Orleans native, Foster studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and began her publishing career as an intern at Time Out New York. Foster has been an employee of Gambit since 2001, serving in various capacities including advertising coordinator and assistant advertising director. She has been the paper’s marketing director since 2008.

Foster has served as project manager for many digital projects for Gambit, including client-designed mobile sites and multiple redesigns of Gambit’s website, She also has headed development for online and print promotions and served as project manager for the company’s special events, including the Gambit Food Revue. In the most recent Media Audit survey (Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013), Gambit’s readership was up 37 percent from the previous year.

“Jeanne just gets it,” DuBos said. “She has done an outstanding job on print, digital and event projects that keep Gambit Communications current and relevant. This promotion is a tribute to her keen ability and success at advancing the Gambit brand in today’s media marketplace.”

“We have a really creative and innovative team right now,” Foster said, “and I am so excited to help continue to build the Gambit brand in the community and deliver what our loyal and growing readership wants via the print product, and Gambit Events.”

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM


Now with your Gambit weekend weather forecast from meteorologist Derek Kevra and our partners at WWL-TV. What's up, Derek?

"Hey, guess what? It's hot! Guess what else? It's June!

Highs this weekend will stay between 90-95 but it will feel more like 100-105. There is a small chance for afternoon showers, but overall Father's Day will be dry.

If you've forgotten it's Father's Day weekend, don't worry, just roll with the forecast and buy him a tub of ice... with a 6 pack in the middle."

And for what you need to be doing this weekend (the Southern Fried Food Festival at Audubon Zoo, Spamalot, Ariel Pink) ... take it away, Noah Bonaparte Pais and Eric Paulsen:

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Fundraiser for victims of Mother's Day second line violence

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

We're still putting together the specifics, but Gambit's nonprofit arm, The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE), which produces the annual Big Easy Awards, will be teaming with the Tipitina's Foundation to raise funds for the victims of the Mother's Day shootings.

Mary von Kurnatowski, founder of the Tipitina's Foundation, will be making the club available for a benefit. No date yet, but we hope to hold the benefit in the next two weeks. Marie Lovejoy, FEDE's executive director, says "there is no shortage of musicians willing and ready to participate."

Gambit will also set up a webpage for donations, and is working with a local bank where people can drop off donations in person.

We realize this information is very preliminary, but it's in response to the many queries we've received since yesterday. Gambit and the Tipitina's Foundation will update you here on Blog of New Orleans as soon as we have more details, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Come drink beer with Gambit this Saturday

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

We're on the eve of American Craft Beer Week (see Nora McGunningle's story in this week's paper, and the full calendar of events), and Gambit is kicking off the celebration of all things brew with "FestivALES," a Warehouse District tasting party and pub crawl that takes place Saturday afternoon. $24 gets you 20 (!) beer tastings at five different bars, and there will be live music at Barcadia at 7 p.m. to close out the day.

Get more information and order tickets here.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Big Easy Theater Awards winners announced

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson performs at the Big Easy Awards.
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  • The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson performs at the Big Easy Awards.

The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced winners for theater performances in 2012 at the 25th Annual Big Easy Theater Awards Monday, March 25, at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Special honors included a Lifetime Achievement Award for Luis Q. Barroso, an actor, director, producer and educator. Southern Rep artistic director Aimee Hayes was named Theater Person of the Year and won Best Actress in a Drama for her role as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s The Light in the Piazza captured five awards, including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical, which went to Butch Caire. Southern Rep’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire won four awards, including Best Drama. The NOLA Project’s A Behanding in Spokane won Best Comedy.

Proceeds from this event benefit the FEDE, which awards grants to support arts education and development.

The event was sponsored by Gambit, Harrah’s New Orleans, Adler’s Jewelry, Abita Beer, Ketel One and Crown Royal.

Award winners after the jump.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gambit TV: Stephanie Grace on Informed Sources

Posted By on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM


Stephanie Grace was on last night's Informed Sources, discussing her Gambit cover story "Jindal and the Pill," as well as Ray Nagin's appearance in federal court this week. Also on the panel: Informed Sources producer Errol Laborde, WWL-TV anchor Dennis Woltering, The Lens' investigative reporter Tyler Bridges and moderator Larry Lorenz. The video isn't embeddable, but you can watch it at WYES-TV's website.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to break down the weekend's entertainment — Mardi Gras-related and not. (Bonus: Noah trying not to engage in horseplay with Eric Paulsen and Derek Kevra, who was dragged into the segment.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gambit's 3rd annual Food Revue

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Gambit's Food Revue

So a couple of years ago we had this idea to have a food festival with every restaurant, food truck, deli counter, whatever that had been reviewed in Gambit over the previous year — sort of a mashup of everything we liked.

We called it the Gambit Food Revue — and the results exceeded our expectations (and yours, apparently — it has sold out every year).

The 3rd annual Gambit Food Revue will be March 6 at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park. Like last year, we'll have a ton of food — as well as free beer, wine and cocktails, as well as music — all included for one price. We have about 30 vendors lined up and we're aiming for 40+ that night. It's something like a food truck roundup, except with restaurants. And it's indoors.

Like last year, we're partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. Attendees will be asked to bring a canned item (or several), and at the end of the night any leftovers will go home with the Second Harvest people.

Tickets are only $45 for all you care to eat ($70 for early admission), and it's a great chance to try dozens of restaurants for what adds up to the price of a single meal at many New Orleans eating establishments. Each year has sold out quickly, so get your tickets now. And if you're undecided, take a look at the 2011 event:

Under the jump: the list of participating restaurants this year ... from Maurepas Foods to The Company Burger, from La Petite Grocery to Little Korea ...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gambit TV: WWL-TV and illegal Super Bowl rentals

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

WWL-TV's Tania Dall did a report last night on illegal Super Bowl rentals with some information from Charles Maldonado's cover story from this week.  

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