The New Orleanian Abroad

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Orleans Bingo! Show, Pres Hall, Big Freedia and others to headline Kennedy Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Next month, Washington, D.C.'s The Kennedy Center will host cabaret sideshow performers The New Orleans Bingo! Show, with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lafayette's GIVERS, bounce queen Big Freedia, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, among others, for "an aesthetic tour through the city of New Orleans."

Other performers include burlesque act Fleur De Tease, cellist Helen Gillet, the Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe, anarchic noisemakers the Noisician Coalition, and Young Fellaz Brass Band.

The performance is 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Ticket info is here.

It follows another big guns New Orleans showcase — the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's sold-out 50th anniversary performances at Carnegie Hall last year, with Louisiana acts including GIVERS, Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Austin Chronicle on Booty's Street Food

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Judging from the #robust comment thread on Ian McNulty's review of Booty's Street Food this week, Gambit readers just can't get enough Booty's. So we'll send you to this Austin Chronicle Q&A with the restaurant's owners, Nick Vivion and Kevin Farrell (the two are in Austin for South by Southwest), where the creators of the Unicorn Booty blog discuss the "blog-to-brick" aspect of Booty's Street Food. (The title of their SxSW presentation is "Blog to Brick: How We Turned Our Blog into a Bar.")

AC: For such tech dudes, you seem to enjoy this hand's-on existence.

NV: The touch points of the future are not just techno dreams. Most people realize that overconnectedness is a drain on all kind of resources, mental and otherwise. You lose a bit of that personal touch. It has been a big part of what we're trying to do with the whole blog-to-brick concept, to create a synergy between the two so that it's not just all about the digital world but about the physical world as well. You see it in the artisinal small-batch movement. You see a lot of small producers creating with their hands; you have Maker culture.

There are people in the world that love their digital existences. Myself included. I love the internet, I love my smart phone, I love my computer. I love video editing. But I also love not having it. People are going to eventually start using these tools as tools and not being used by them. It's just the feeling that we can all start controlling what we're doing with this stuff and somedays, we're going to turn the phone off, we're going to turn off the TV, we're going to go away and do something physical.

With Booty's, we've made something. People can come in and have an experience that may be informed by the digital but is not defined by it.

I have not been to Booty's yet; people say the food is quite good, and the concept of street food from many lands is an interesting one. But the Chronicle never asks about it, and it's never mentioned.

And then there's this:

AC: SXSW permeates the city — not unlike Mardi Gras. As new New Orleaneans, was 2013 your first full-immersion Mardi Gras?

NV: Mardi Gras does take over the entire city, but it's so different. If I had to choose — I know this might be sacrilege — but I'd much rather go to SXSW. It feels like everyone who is anyone I would want to meet is there.

Kevin Farrell: At Mardi Gras, you're lucky if anyone remembers the conversation they had with you that day… because they were so glittery.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Morrissey calls Duck Dynasty stars "animal serial killers," pulls out of Jimmy Kimmel appearance tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

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Morrissey is serious when he sings "Meat is Murder." Earlier this week, the former lead singer of the Smiths made headlines when he demanded that Los Angeles' Staples Center go all-vegetarian for the occasion of his March 1 appearance (Staples says there will be meat options; Morrissey says there will not: "Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart").

Now the singer has doubled down, canceling a planned appearance on tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live because cast members from the Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty also will be on Kimmel:

Morrissey says he can't perform on a show with what he called people who "amount to animal serial killers."

A&E's Duck Dynasty reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.

A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.

The appearance has been rescheduled, and surely Kimmel will ask the Robertsons about it tonight. In the meantime, read Lauren LaBorde's 2012 interview with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WWNO-FM names new news director

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Eve Troeh
  • Eve Troeh
WWNO-FM, the NPR affiliate at the University of New Orleans, has hired Eve Troeh as its first-ever news director as the station continues to rebrand and expand its news coverage of south Louisiana. Troeh will begin April 1.

An Alaska native, Troeh lived in New Orleans from 2000-2007, working as a freelance radio reporter and an associate producer for the popular American Routes show. After leaving New Orleans, she worked for NPR's "Marketplace" for five years, during which time she covered the 2010 BP oil disaster. On her way out, though, she penned an essay titled "Dear New Orleans: I'm Leaving You," which addressed her conflicted thoughts about her adopted city:

I talk to friends about New Orleans like a dysfunctional romance. I gush over it one day, then call up bawling and heartbroken the next. Why can't it change? Stop being self-destructive and violent? It has so much potential.

Recently, my blinders started to come off. It was building for awhile. My friend Helen Hill was murdered in her home;other friends have been mugged. We don't go out much any more...

But then there was this hot Friday night last month. I went on the perfect date with New Orleans . Saw live, local music, danced with friends on the stage, then headed home through my neighborhood of craftsman cottages and angel trumpet trees.

A block from my door, I was attacked from behind by a stranger. I escaped, with the help of my roommate. The case is moving forward, so I can't say much more than that.I'm angry and confused. Which is the real New Orleans? The one that's violent and desperate? Or the one that coos softly, and caresses me? The answer, of course, is both.

I just hauled my things out of New Orleans in a big truck. I am still in love with the city, but it's hard to trust it. Maybe we'll both heal, and the relationship will rekindle. I don't know what - or how long - that might take.

A biography of Troeh, provided by WWNO-FM, under the jump...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The five reasons Big Freedia won't be moving to Portland any time soon

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Relax, New Orleans. Judging from this list, Freedias not going anywhere.
  • Relax, New Orleans. Judging from this list, Freedia's not going anywhere.

Bounce queen Big Freedia, the Queen Diva, is no stranger to taking her AZZ EVERYWHERE philosophy to the emerald hills of the recycle-conscious Northwest (check out her 2010 appearance at MusicFest NW), and she appeared there last night at the Wonder Ballroom — which inspired Willamette Week to include her in a feature called "Top Five Things That Would Get Me To Move To Portland":

Po’boys on every corner
I grew up on these. Can’t live without my hometown cuisine.

Second line brass band parades
These are just part of what brings us all together. They are part of the culture down here in New Orleans, and I can’t imagine living without them.

Fabulous clothing stores
So I can maintain my style. We have flavor in New Orleans — gold and silver — and so I could not live without my stores, and my uncle who makes a lot of my clothes.

Read the rest here — and rest assured she's not going anywhere. There's no Rainbow Fashions in Portland.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Atlanta TV station report on the Saints egged bus incident

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Fox 5 Atlanta has a story about last night's egging of a New Orleans Saints charter bus as it pulled out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (We'd provide a link to the story, but is there anyone in New Orleans who doesn't know it by now?)

Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit. He says he's appalled by the incident.

"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.

Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac. Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.

Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon. Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

Great. Now this nice bus driver has to waste his time scrubbing that crap off his bus.

The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gambit TV: Clancy's Commentary

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

In his commentary this week for WWL-TV, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos had a message for N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and it had to do with former New Orleans "recovery czar" Ed Blakely:

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Ed Blakely to the rescue! NY Gov Cuomo appoints "recovery czar" to Hurricane Sandy commission

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" Ed Blakely has been appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a commission to "examine the state's emergency response capabilities" in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to an interview Blakely has done with an Australian radio station.

In recent years, Blakely has been living in Australia, where he is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre of the University of Sydney.

"My role in this is to make sure they're ready for what's likely to be another one soon," Blakely told the Australian radio station, adding that "A number of people have asked me if I would be around to discuss these things as they're moving forward."

The original announcement of the commission made no mention of Blakely.

Blakely has already weighed in on what New York needs to do in the wake of Sandy. That's under the jump, along with a link to the Library Chronicles' classic Blakely timeline, "Come Crane With Me":

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Louisiana supplies arrive in Hurricane Sandy area

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Here's a nice story for Thanksgiving, courtesy of New York's WCBS-TV:

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.

Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.

The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.

“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

This is the "Lagniappe From the Bayou" effort we wrote about this week in Bouquets & Brickbats. The whole story here.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: Atlanta via Megabus

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Last Monday night, I was finishing an education story, making a Spotify playlist and finalizing a list of places to visit during my Atlanta day trip. I knew that I could have done and wanted to do more to prepare, but I was too busy tracking down sources for the education story and dealing with laptop issues (I accidentally broke the screen on my laptop when I tossed my lap desk onto the bed, on the eve of two major CUE deadlines).

During the trip, I repeatedly heard my former Dillard University professors' voices in my head saying, "Piss poor preparation produces piss poor performance." Looking back, I know what I should have done to make my trip — which was still amazing — better: made a detailed itinerary, complete with transit instructions; taken my fiance's good cellphone charger instead of mine, with the cord that needs to be wrapped around the phone and charging power that's comparable to sticking batteries in the freezer; not relied completely on electronics, especially when they are so faulty and cumbersome.

All the apps I planned on using during my trip. I need a cell phone with a better battery.
  • All the apps I planned on using during my trip. I need a cell phone with a better battery.

However, as another favorite HBCU maxim goes, "Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent that build monuments to nothingness and bridges to nowhere. Those who use them seldom amount to anything, therefore I have no excuses."

Atlanta skyline
  • Atlanta skyline

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