Sunday, August 6, 2017

New Orleans endures more summer flooding Aug. 5; city officials provide updates on pumps, parking

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5.

As rains died down after 9 p.m. Aug. 5, both lanes of Banks Street in Mid-City were covered in several inches of standing water, with cars parked as close to houses and up against buildings and on neutral grounds to avoid creeping floods that submerged dozens of cars in the neighborhood.

A few people with their feet in the water sat in picnic benches outside Finn McCool's Irish Pub. Around the corner, Twelve Mile Limit only narrowly avoided water coming into the front door despite the bar standing only slightly above street level. Passing cars, however, frequently sent waves into the doorway and into nearby cars and porches, as residents braced for another round of impact after enduring a few hours of rain with seemingly nowhere for it to go.

New Orleans received 8 to 10 inches of rain in many parts of the city as an afternoon downpour on Aug. 5 flooded homes and cars and trapped people on roads. Residents pulled out kayaks and canoes or waded through shin- and waist-deep water across Mid-City, Gentilly, Treme, Lakeview and parts of Uptown and downtown.

"These no-notice rain and flooding events can be very dangerous, but luckily, there was no loss of life," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement. "We begin the hard work of assisting those who flooded and getting our streets passable for regular traffic. With additional rain expected today and the rest of this week, I would encourage all of our residents to clean in front of their catch basins."

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Gypsy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 10:29 AM


Gypsy has been called the quintessential American musical. Based on memoirs composed by the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the eight-Tony Award-winning play is presented this weekend by Tulane Summer Lyric Theater as the final show in its 50th anniversary season.

The blockbuster musical, written by Arthur Laurents with score by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, captures the difficult relationship between a single mother and her two daughters, who were performing vaudeville when variety shows succumbed to burlesque and talking pictures.

While Gypsy is essentially the story of a family struggling to survive on the cutthroat, theater circuit, it also is a portrait of the domineering Mama Rose (Elizabeth Argus), who is determined to make her girls the stars she wanted to be. Baby June, first played by Ellie Bono then by Tatum Ludlum as a teenager, performs the same saccharine song and dance routines year in and year out. Completely focused on promoting her child star, Rose refuses to let any in her troupe celebrate birthdays beyond 10, even when they’ve become young adults.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

There's a blood drive at Twelve Mile Limit June 24

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Mid-City neighborhood cocktail bar Twelve Mile Limit and local blood bank The Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

At the event, donors can enjoy appetizer specials and may be eligible to receive a T-shirt from The Blood Center; they also get $5 off food at the bar. In donating, they'll help replace the city's easily-depleted blood supply. (Blood shortages are a recurring problem nationwide — as recently as January, the American Red Cross pleaded with the public to donate blood and platelets to mitigate a winter shortage. Without appropriate blood reserves, hospitals often can't proceed with planned, lifesaving surgeries and transplants.)

Make sure to eat a full meal before donating, and bring a photo ID. (And presumably, don't drink until after you donate.) Donors must be 16 years old and meet a short list of eligibility requirements.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'Cherry-Oke' karaoke party May 19 benefits STAR

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Have you recently brushed up on your Madonna lyrics, or do you know all the words to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It?" Bust them out at NOLA Cherry Bombs' second annual karaoke party to benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), the group which advocates against sexual violence.

The party returns to Igor's Buddha Belly May 19; its first installment took place last summer. The NOLA Cherry Bombs marching and dance group has made a point of hosting events that benefit women-centric organizations — a 2014 event benefited The Birthing Project, which works to improve birth outcomes for women of color.

The party begins at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. Just for fun, here's a '90s-heavy BuzzFeed list (and accompanying Spotify playlist) of solid karaoke songs.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in May

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM


It's that time of year when everything slows down a bit. School lets out, the punishing schedule of Official New Orleans Holidays winds to its Festian conclusion and everyone starts to move just a tiny bit less.

If you, too, are slowing down, park yourself — with a hand fan, of course — at one of this month's readings and book events. Our picks for May are below.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Sunday, April 30

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:43 AM


The first Sunday of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was almost a washout due to severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area all morning and early afternoon. However, gates opened at 3 p.m. and fans of Dr. John, Lorde and Tom Petty, to name a few, were not disappointed with the quality of the music that ended the last day of the first weekend.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Saturday, April 29

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM


The second day of the the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continued with dry, breezy, mostly cloudy weather and music from the youngish Bayou Ramblers to the  oldish 85 year old Bob McIntyre ( and the Last Straws) with many in-between such as Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Alabama Shakes and Usher and the Roots to name a few on Friday, April 29.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Gambit house punk socialite stops off at WWL-TV to recommend weekend entertainment options: Pile's "oral punishment" at Gasa Gasa, the return of the French Film Festival and more.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Terrifying humanoid bunny to appear at Audubon Zoo April 14

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:56 PM


If you should happen to visit Audubon Zoo on Good Friday, be warned: a terrifying, man-sized bunny will be stalking its grounds.

A press release issued by the zoo this morning cautions guests to "have cameras and cell phones handy" to capture the floppy-eared monster previously found only in your nightmares. There's no charge for guests to take personal photos with the bunny, though you could probably pay it to stay at least 50 feet away from you at all times. (Professional photos also are available.)

The bunny, which presumably reports to head bunny/press secretary Sean Spicer, appears near the Cooper Plaza fountain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Send us your photos — or other sightings of the Creature from the Pastel Lagoon — and we'll post them this weekend.

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