Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOAGE hosts 'LGBT Health and Aging' symposium Dec. 2

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:11 PM

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New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) and Ochsner Pride host a symposium on LGBT health and aging Dec. 2.

The symposium, which targets doctors, nurses, social workers, caretakers and other health care professionals, includes topics such as creating a welcoming environment in health care settings, aging with HIV, transgender health care, legal issues and other matters relevant to LGBT seniors. Serena Worthington, who directs national LGBT elders association Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), is the keynote speaker.

There's also a screening of Gen Silent, a documentary that follows the lives of several older LGBT people.

The program is part of NOAGE's continued advocacy work, much of which centers around health care. Since this spring, executive director Jim Meadows says the organization has provided 200 "cultural competency" trainings to providers to help them better serve their LGBT patients. NOAGE estimates that there are 20,000 older LGBT people living in the greater New Orleans area.

The symposium takes place Dec. 2 at Ochsner Health System's Jefferson Highway campus. It's free to attend, and continuing education credits are available for participants. Contact NOAGE to register.

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Jesmyn Ward wins second National Book Award in fiction

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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Jesmyn Ward, the Mississippi-born author and Tulane University creative writing professor, has received the National Book Award in fiction for her recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing.

The award was announced at a ceremony in New York Nov. 15. Ward's book was selected from 394 publisher-generated nominees in the fiction category. It's her second National Book Award, which is one of the most prestigious prizes in American letters.

Ward joins William Faulkner, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, John Cheever and William Gaddis as a two-time winner in the fiction category. She is the first woman to win the fiction prize twice.

Other honorees at the ceremony included Masha Gessen, who won the nonfiction prize for The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, and the poet Frank Bidart for Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Four dining and drinking events Nov. 16-19

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Propeller Pop, an event highlighting some of the city's rising pop-up restaurants, takes place on Thursday, Nov. 16. - COURTESY PROPELLER
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  • Propeller Pop, an event highlighting some of the city's rising pop-up restaurants, takes place on Thursday, Nov. 16.

There's lots to eat and drink over the next couple of days. Here are four dining and drinking events happening around town Thursday and into the weekend.

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Mid-City church offers sanctuary to Salvadoran man threatened with deportation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Jose Torres addresses a crowd outside First Grace United Methodist Church, which has offered him sanctuary following attempts from immigration authorities to deport him. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Jose Torres addresses a crowd outside First Grace United Methodist Church, which has offered him sanctuary following attempts from immigration authorities to deport him.

When he was 18 years old, Jose Torres fled violence in El Salvador and later arrived in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. On Nov. 15, he was scheduled to appear for a check-in appointment at the New Orleans office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where immigrant advocates say agents planned to hand him a ticket out of the country to “self-deport.”

But on Nov. 15, Torres — standing among immigrant advocates and local faith leaders, along with his two U.S.-born daughters, ages 2 and 8 — announced First Grace United Methodist Church would provide Torres sanctuary.

“I’m tired of being punished over and over, for one reason: for being an immigrant,” Torres said through tears. “It’s time for our immigrant community to rise up, to lift up our voices, and demand respect from this country.”

First Grace — which also provides meeting space for the immigrant advocacy group Congress of Day Laborers and offers shelter to women and children through Hagar’s House — will provide Torres “a safe place to be in our community and have some degree of safety,” Pastor Shawn Anglim told Gambit.

“You remember that you were once in that place, you were once treated as a foreigner, as strange, as a stranger. Being a human being means providing a space for people who once felt that way,” he said. “The word ‘sanctuary’ is to harbor, to protect, and that’s what we’re doing here for Jose.”

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Editorial: New Orleans prepares to turn 300

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM

A “NOLA 300” sculpture in New Orleans City Park. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • A “NOLA 300” sculpture in New Orleans City Park.

As 2017 comes to an end — and with the mayor’s race almost over and the New Orleans Saints ascendant again — you’ll soon be hearing about a major citywide initiative that will encompass much of the city’s cultural life in 2018: the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, or what city leaders are calling NOLA 300.

Tonight, WYES-TV premieres New Orleans: The First 300 Years, a two-hour documentary narrated by John Goodman exploring the city’s history (the program repeats at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23), and there’s a coffee table book of the same name by Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde, with an introduction by historian Lawrence Powell. Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and more than a dozen local leaders held a symposium at the Orpheum Theater “to recount the past, discuss the present and envision the future of New Orleans.”
Commemorative, Instagram-worthy “NOLA 300” sculptures like the one pictured, near the Big Lake in New Orleans City Park, are going up around town, and even Prospect.4, the New Orleans art triennial that starts this month, draws inspiration from the city’s history. After Jan. 1, opera, ballet, theater, art exhibits and concerts celebrating New Orleans history will be staged all over town. The celebration will culminate in late April 2018 (while New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival visitors are in town) with a tricentennial interfaith service, a weekend for international guests and dignitaries at the restored Gallier Hall, and a citywide celebration April 22.

Naturally, all this will be a major tourism draw and a chance for New Orleans to once again shine in front of the world. But NOLA 300 has to be more than a clever bit of marketing if it is to be a true celebration of New Orleans. Making sure that the city’s entire history — the good and the bad, the accomplishments and the still-imperfect — will be the challenge.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cash Money's annual turkey giveaway returns Nov. 21

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Bryan "Birdman" Williams at the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in New Orleans. - COURTESY YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY RECORDS
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  • Bryan "Birdman" Williams at the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in New Orleans.

Cash Money Records founders Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams continue their annual Thanksgiving tradition next week — giving away 1,500 turkeys to New Orleans families.

The giveaway is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at New Home Ministries (1605 Carondelet St.), with turkeys supplied by Walmart and sides and fixings from Rouses. Q93.3-FM DJs will supply the music, and there's entertainment from NOLA Games on Wheels.

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WYES documentary New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres Nov. 15

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman. - COURTESY WYES-TV
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  • Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman.

Next year is the New Orleans Tricentennial, and events are beginning to ramp up to mark the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. A documentary, New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres on public television station WYES-TV tomorrow night, produced by WYES veteran documentarian Peggy Scott Laborde and narrated by John Goodman.

The documentary will air at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WYES, with repeats on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

WYES also is producing a series of "Tricentennial Moments" that will run during its regular programming. More information under the jump.

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Review: Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM

John Fitzpatrick and Eli Timm star in Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BENTIVEGNA
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  • John Fitzpatrick and Eli Timm star in Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.

In 2017, the deadliest shooting in U.S. history was committed by one person operating semi-automatic weapons, but 100 years ago, the “crime of the century” was committed by two promising university students wielding a chisel. But the bizarre story of Nathan Leopold (John Fitzpatrick) and Richard Loeb (Eli Timm), two wealthy friends from Chicago who kidnapped, ransomed and murdered a teenage acquaintance in 1924, remains chilling for its cold-blooded senselessness.

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Y@ Speak: sizzle reel

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:30 AM

This week's episode plays like a highlight reel of perennial Y@ Speak favorites: quotable cringe from Sen. John Neely Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry, reactions to extremely mild changes in the weather, Saints memes, a terrible Katrina take, and Fletcher "King of Line Break Twitter" Mackel.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Backed by tax incentives, massive IT company to open in New Orleans, hire 2,000 people

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 5:56 PM

From outside the Superdome Nov. 13, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials announced DXC's plans to open an office in New Orleans in 2018 with 2,000 hires over the next several years.
  • From outside the Superdome Nov. 13, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials announced DXC's plans to open an office in New Orleans in 2018 with 2,000 hires over the next several years.

A multi-billion dollar IT company expects to open its New Orleans office in January 2018, with plans to hire 2,000 people within the next several years — all part of a multi-tiered effort among state and local politicians and business groups, tax incentive programs, local higher education systems, and the company itself, DXC Technology, which courted several states before landing with New Orleans.

At an announcement outside the Superdome Nov. 13, city and state officials didn’t mince words about the company’s arrival.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called it a “historic” announcement, expected to create more permanent direct jobs than any other development in recent Louisiana history. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it a “game changer” and “a transformational moment” for the city in advance of its 300th anniversary, with the company’s decision signaling a flag-planting moment for the city and large investors, that there’s “no way city will ever be turned around again.” Greater New Orleans Inc.’s Michael Hecht said the arrival of DXC “emphatically validates New Orleans as a place for business and tech.”

The company’s arrival follows the state’s post-Katrina push for tech profusion, bolstered by tax credits and an ongoing narrative among city leaders and public-private partnershipping programs that the city can and will “win” in the highly competitive tech industry.

The city’s last “win” with General Electric followed gains with Gameloft and IBM, among others. DXC is likely to be its biggest “win" yet.

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