Thursday, November 9, 2017

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

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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Monday, November 6, 2017

Want to have lunch with Donna Brazile and ask her a few things? Next week's your chance

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Louisiana native Donna Brazile led the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TIM PIERCE
  • Louisiana native Donna Brazile led the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) head (and New Orleans native) Donna Brazile is coming home next week to speak to the annual Independent Women's Organization (IWO) at the group's annual fundraising lunch.

Brazile has been in the news a lot in the last week, mostly regarding her recently published memoir about Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House. In it, she says the Clinton campaign controlled the DNC's fundraising, to the detriment of challenger U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Former Clinton staffers and many Democratic leaders dispute this.)

But it was one comment she made yesterday on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos that may raise some eyebrows in Louisiana in particular: that her experience at the DNC was worse for her than Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Acro-Cats returning to New Orleans in December

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 4:45 PM

The Rock Cats, rocking out. Promised versions of "A Cat in a Manger" and "Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire" were not performed.
  • The Rock Cats, rocking out. Promised versions of "A Cat in a Manger" and "Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire" were not performed.

In keeping with our editorial policy of informing New Orleans of all things cats-related
, we are happy to announce The Amazing Acro-Cats are returning to New Orleans in December for their annual holiday residency in the Crescent City.

America's favorite (only?) Cirque du Feline will once again thrill discerning theatergoers with 14 seasonally-themed performances at the Theater on St. Claude Dec. 1-16:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Parkway Thanksgiving po-boy vs. Trader Joe's 'Turkey Gobbler Wrap'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 4:17 PM

You, sir, are no Parkway Thanksgiving po-boy.
  • You, sir, are no Parkway Thanksgiving po-boy.

Next week brings the annual return of Parkway Bakery and Tavern's Thanksgiving po-boy — roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce on a Leidenheimer loaf — which is a dish for which people line up each Wednesday in November until it disappears again. It's pretty good. (And this year, as Ian McNulty reports in The New Orleans Advocate, you can skip the line with a $100 donation to charity.)

It seems Trader Joe's is trying to get in on the Thanksgiving-sandwich action with something called a "Turkey Gobbler Wrap" — turkey, dressing, cranberries and cream cheese in a wheat wrap. It was one of the few foods at TJ's this month that wasn't pumpkin spice-flavored, so I thought it might be worth a try.
First, let's take a look at a Parkway Thanksgiving po-boy from years past. Like most po-boys, it's beautiful on the outside, not so much on the inside:

Parkway Bakery & Tavern's Thanksgiving po-boy.
  • Parkway Bakery & Tavern's Thanksgiving po-boy.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Report: John Besh Restaurant Group fostered climate of sexual harassment

Posted By on Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

John Besh.
  • John Besh.

It's a story that's been whispered about locally in the last few weeks, ever since it was announced last month that restaurateur and "celebrity chef" John Besh was splitting from Alon Shaya, whose Shaya restaurant (part of the Besh Restaurant Group) turned homemade Israeli food into a dinner ticket as hard to get as Hamilton.  But what caused the falling out? There had to be more to it than chef's egos.
In a blockbuster piece of reporting today, The Times-Picayune |'s Brett Anderson laid out a picture of the Besh Restaurant Group as a company where sexual harassment thrived, citing 25 current and former Besh employees who claim that the "bro culture" was so commonplace there that women were systemically harassed — and revealing that the restaurant group, which included more than 1,000 employees, amazingly had no human resources department where the women could take their concerns:

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Orleans: Can we talk about talking at concerts?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 4:46 PM

A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts. - THINKSTOCK
  • A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts.

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, I was sitting in front of two couples who were visiting New Orleans. They were staying in the Bywater, and had enjoyed a meal at Sneaky Pickle. They were thinking about going to Turkey and the Wolf. They wished the Orpheum Theater had more of a beer selection. They were planning what other concerts to see and what other things to do while they were in town.

I never met them. I wasn't eavesdropping. I was trying to listen to Barbara Lynn. I just heard them throughout the show, because they never once shut up and listened to the music. They were louder than Barbara Lynn on stage — and we were in the balcony.
This wasn't a one-off. At the Pretenders/Stevie Nicks concert at Smoothie King Center earlier this year, the audiences for the two acts couldn't have been more different (one glance around the lobby, which was equally split between tuff girls and witchy women, told the tale).

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Report: Lindsay Lohan's parents say they may sue U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for making fun of Lindsay

Posted By on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.
  • Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.

Because 2017 has not been ridiculous enough, now comes word that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's tendency to make quippy sound bites has earned him a new enemy: the parents of Lindsay Lohan, who are threatening to sue the senator over a quip he made about their daughter:
Here’s the setup: The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee was questioning the former head of credit reporting company Equifax, which was hacked last month, leading to the releasing of users’ personal information. The company also won a no-bid government contract to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jim Mora: 'Tell Scott [Walker] he's full of shit'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:12 PM

The magic moment when Jim Mora didn't realize he was on live TV.
  • The magic moment when Jim Mora didn't realize he was on live TV.

The New Orleans Saints may have opened the regular 2017 season with a 'dang' rather than a bang, but one person did not disappoint: During the post-game show, former Saints coach and current WDSU sports analyst Jim Mora told sportscasters Fletcher Mackel and Sharief Ishaq that WDSU anchor Scott Walker was "full of shit."

Video under the jump!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Editorial: After Charlottesville

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANTHONY CRIDER
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Watching the images and hearing the words out of Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend was depressing, sickening, infuriating — and necessary. Necessary because the country got a good look at the people who call themselves the “alt-right,” which is their sanitized term for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Klansmen and other haters who feel emboldened in America today. It’s also necessary because some of them are planning similar rallies in Boston, San Francisco and elsewhere in the coming days and weeks.

Some of the malefactors who caused harm in Charlottesville also were in New Orleans during the weeks surrounding the hotly contested removal of four Confederate monuments. It’s easy to say New Orleans was lucky it didn’t have the chaos and death that marked Charlottesville, but it was more than luck. It was planning.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Editorial: A not-so-dry run exposes Sewerage & Water Board ineptitude

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Floodwaters rising on Banks Street in Mid-City Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Floodwaters rising on Banks Street in Mid-City Aug. 5.

When Joe Becker, general superintendent of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, began answering questions from the New Orleans City Council Tuesday (Aug. 8), it was clear the S&WB’s original story about its performance during the Aug. 5 storm was taking on more water than a Lamborghini stranded in Lakeview. Just before the council’s special meeting, S&WB Executive Director Cedric Grant announced he would be retiring by the end of the year. “Some parts of our system did not operate as they should have, which is disappointing because it contradicts information that I was given to provide to the public,” Grant said. That was an understatement.

The information referenced by Grant — that all the drainage pumps were in working order during the storm — was contradicted by statistics that councilmembers tweezed out of Becker during the special meeting. Becker floated the equivocal meme that “all the pump stations were working at the capacity they had available to them.” As it turned out, 14 of the system’s 121 pumps were out of commission. A Lakeview pumping station operating at 100 percent of its “available capacity” was actually working at 57 percent of capacity. Other stations reported similar problems.

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