Thursday, November 9, 2017

At mayoral panel, candidates plan a better future for New Orleans workers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Mayoral candidates Desiree Charbonnet (left) and LaToya Cantrell addressed concerns of New Orleans workers tonight at a forum in Algiers. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Mayoral candidates Desiree Charbonnet (left) and LaToya Cantrell addressed concerns of New Orleans workers tonight at a forum in Algiers.


At a wide-ranging forum Nov. 9 that seemed to touch on almost every social problem in the city, mayoral candidates LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet presented their visions for helping New Orleans workers share in their hometown's economic prosperity.

The forum at Algiers Auditorium, which was hosted by Loyola College of Law's Workplace Justice Project (WJP) and co-sponsored by several other progressive and civic-minded groups, was designed around a recent WJP report called "The State of Working New Orleans: The Industries That Sustain the Status Quo." The 13-page report laid out a clear picture of the strain felt by of New Orleans workers, many of whom struggle to afford even basic living expenses on their current incomes.

"The reality of workers' lives includes the stress of multiple jobs and rising living costs, made harder by a city that attracts wealthy visitors and demands welcoming hospitality," report author Erika Zucker wrote. "We cannot continue to move forward if so many are held back by poverty despite being employed."

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New Orleans announces location of 70 stations in bike share program

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams demonstrate bikesharing during the city's pilot program. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams demonstrate bikesharing during the city's pilot program.

The city of New Orleans will launch its bike share program early next month with a total of 70 stations and 700 bicycles, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration announced this afternoon. It's the first step in what the city says will be a minimum of 90 stations and 900 bikes in the program, which is called Blue Bikes NOLA.


Bike rental fees vary; riders can pay a flat $8 per hour, or purchase a "monthly pass" which allows for up to one hour's bike use a day. Low-income people can purchase an annual pass for $20 that allows one hour of bike usage a day, but what qualifies as "low income" hasn't been announced either by the city or by Blue Bikes NOLA.

Bike sharing has proved a popular option in many cities, but Baltimore recently hit a snag when so many bikes were lost, stolen or vandalized that the city had to halt the program to improve security.

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Dan Savage's Hump! Film Fest is Nov. 9-11 at The Broad Theater

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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Advice columnist Dan Savage's Hump! Film Festival runs tonight through Saturday at The Broad Theater. The 12th edition of the festival includes 22 short (less than four minutes) mostly home-made, amateur porn films, and they feature a wide array of sexual practices and kinks (trailer below).

There's sex between straight, gay and transgender participants, as well as films with no sex or nudity. There are several comedies as well as an animated film. But there's also great diversity in what filmmakers wanted to do. Some couples are just showing off (climbing mountains and jumping out of a plane). One film has a touching confession of how someone reclaimed her sexuality after overcoming abuse. There's all sorts of exotic fetishes. A couple films with dominance themes are not easy to watch. There's a Tom of Finland-inspired version of The Little Mermaid. One film is less than 10 seconds long. A couple are mostly people singing songs.

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Review: The Last Five Years

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Meredith Owens and Adair Watkins stars in The Last Five Years. - SANDY BOYER
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  • Meredith Owens and Adair Watkins stars in The Last Five Years.

Who hasn’t experienced the waning of love’s first blush? The Last Five Years, directed by Michael E. McKelvey at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, follows the unfolding of a young couple’s relationship, withering over five years from ecstatic meeting to sorrowful parting. Only during his sweet marriage proposal does the couple harmonize. The play’s book, pop-rock music and lyrics are a semi-autobiographical account of playwright and composer Jason Robert Brown’s own failed union.

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Cherry Espresso Bar expands to the Lower Garden District

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Cherry Espresso Bar will open a new location inside The Julian at 1581 Magazine Street in 2018. - COURTESY CHERRY ESPRESSO BAR/FACEBOOK
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  • Cherry Espresso Bar will open a new location inside The Julian at 1581 Magazine Street in 2018.

Uptown coffee hub Cherry Espresso Bar is adding a second location in the Lower Garden District.

The offshoot of the Laurel Street cafe will open on the ground floor of the luxury apartment building The Julian at 1581 Magazine St., according to a post on social media by the shop’s proprietor, Lauren Fink.

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Flamingo A-Go-Go coming to the Warehouse District

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Flamingo A-Go-Go will have a massive outdoor patio when the bar and restaurant opens at 869 Magazine Street in a few weeks. - COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS
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  • Flamingo A-Go-Go will have a massive outdoor patio when the bar and restaurant opens at 869 Magazine Street in a few weeks.

A massive restaurant and bar is coming to the Warehouse District later this month, taking over space formerly occupied by Warehouse Grille at 869 Magazine St.

Flamingo A-Go-Go will have wall fountains, a 7,000 square-foot patio, a pergola and a flatbed truck. The casual restaurant and bar concept is the latest project from the expanding Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts empire.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Extras needed for Mavis Staples' protest music-video shoot "If All I Was Was Black"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 2:05 PM

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A local call for extras has been issued for a music video shoot for Mavis Staples' "If All I Was Was Black," the title song from Staples' upcoming protest album, which was co-written and produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Directed by local filmmaker Zac Manual, the music video will "reimagine the use and intention of former confederate monument spaces by erecting a new, 11-ft. tall monument to a black woman."

The shoot requires a diverse group of 20+ extras to fill the roles of monument supporters. Extras must be present for the duration of the all-day weekend shoot. Extras will not be paid but "food, beverages and good company" will be provided.

Interested parties should contact Lizzie Guitreau at lizzie@worklightpictures.com for more information. The album drops on Nov. 17. Listen to the song below.


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New Orleans musicians to raise money for hurricane relief with 'Playing It Back' benefit concert

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
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Playing It Back, a benefit concert to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, will take place at Generations Hall Nov. 15.

The night will be headlined by Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., and Armando Leduc y Salsa Royale, along with Vaughn Goudeau, New Cupid, DJ RQ Away, Phunky Monkeys and Anais St. John. Local restaurants will be on hand, and an auction will feature items including a meet-and-greet with Better Than Ezra and a membership at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Monies raised will go to the Cajun Navy and the Junior League of New Orleans' diaper bank. Attendees are encouraged to bring hygiene items and/or cash donations.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Location Details Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Warehouse District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 568-1702
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The NOLA Project presents staged readings of classic films

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Rob Reiner's immortal The Princess Bride has inspired a staged theatrical reading
  • Rob Reiner's immortal The Princess Bride has inspired a staged theatrical reading

Local theater company The NOLA Project presents staged readings of classic films at the St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center (2045 Constance St.). This weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, it’s The First Wives Club, and next weekend, Nov. 17 and 18, brings The Princess Bride.

These events serve as a benefit for The NOLA Project after its recently canceled production of The Battle For New Orleans, which was to take place at this time. Readings start at 8 p.m. with popcorn and "an inexpensive bar” on hand. Tickets ($10) and more information are available here.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This group wants to train Louisiana Democratic women to run for office

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM

PHOTO BY ZRFP PHOTO
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In a CNN report last weekend, journalists Mallory Simon and Kyung Lah documented record-breaking numbers of Democratic women who have expressed interest in running for political office. Here in Louisiana, a new group wants to bring that surge of progressive women candidates to electoral races statewide.

Emerge Louisiana is the local affiliate of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women candidates to effectively run for office. The local group currently is accepting applicants for its first class of trainees. The organization aims to shake up state politics by training women Democrats to be more competitive as candidates, even in more conservative-leaning rural areas.

"We see the success of women in New Orleans running for judicial positions ... [after the New Orleans mayoral runoff election] our three biggest cities [in Louisiana] will all have mayors that are women of color," Emerge Louisiana executive director Melanie Oubre says. "We just need to branch that out statewide."

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