Monday, September 25, 2017

Tales of the Cocktail co-founder Ann Tuennerman resigns

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Ann Tuennerman announced her resignation from Tales of the Cocktail.
  • Ann Tuennerman announced her resignation from Tales of the Cocktail.

Tales of the Cocktail founder Ann Tuennerman and her husband Paul Tuennerman have stepped down from their leadership roles at the organization.

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RTA asks for rider input via online survey

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 2:55 PM

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Early this month, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) hosted a series of public workshops soliciting input for its Strategic Mobility Plan, the initiative intended to revamp public transit in the city. If you missed those meetings, RTA has posted a digital version of its rider survey online — it's up right now and will be on the web until Oct. 12.

The short survey asks riders to rank which areas of the RTA they'd like to see improved (for example, newer, greener buses; cleaner, modernized bus stops; and enhanced night and weekend ride options are all on the list). Riders also can experiment with a simplified budget for the public transit system, vote on preferred "major transit corridors" and offer any other feedback or comments.

The survey shouldn't take more than a few minutes to complete, or slightly longer if you add written comments. It probably works best on a desktop or tablet.

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Seeking nominations for Gambit's 40 Under 40

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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It’s time for Gambit’s annual 40 Under 40 issue in which we spotlight local overachievers who are under the age of 40. We look to the most knowledgeable people we know — our readers — to help us find people who deserve the award.

Nominate your favorite movers and shakers, business geniuses, do-gooders, people with talent and those doing exceptional things. Include the nominee’s name, phone number, email address, date of birth and what makes him or her a good candidate.

Email your nominations or fill out a nomination form. Nominees must be 39 or younger on Oct. 31; elected officials are not eligible. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 29.

Winners will be announced in the Oct. 31 edition of Gambit.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, September 26, 2017

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Gambit's endorsements for mayor, city council and other races on the Oct. 14 ballot

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

LaToya Cantrell.
  • LaToya Cantrell.

Early voting starts this Saturday, Sept. 30, across Louisiana — but nowhere is that date more important than in metro New Orleans. Voters in New Orleans will elect a new mayor, at least three new City Council members, and two judges. They also will decide the fate of three important school board millages.

In Jefferson Parish, voters in Council District 4 will choose a new parish councilman, and voters parishwide will decide whether to renew two transportation millages. Statewide, voters will elect a new treasurer and consider three proposed constitutional amendments.

These are vitally important decisions, yet early indicators suggest a low turnout statewide — and only tepid interest locally. With so much at stake for New Orleans, we hope voters heed the “wake-up call” described in our upcoming Sunday cover story.

As we considered whom to endorse in these critical elections, we looked for candidates who not only had the skill sets to get things done, but who also understood the sense of urgency that will be needed to address the challenges facing our city, region and state. Whether you agree with our recommendations or not, we hope you’ll take time to vote. Our recommendations in the election are below the jump.

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Review: Battle of the Sexes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes
  • Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes

As a winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, Billie Jean King surely ranks among the greatest players in the history of tennis. But a 21st-century perspective on King’s late-1960s and early ’70s heyday suggests that tournament victories may have been the least of her personal accomplishments.

King learned tennis on the free public courts of Long Beach, California and later made it her mission to rescue the sport from its country club origins and make it accessible to all. As the disparity in pay between men and women on the tennis circuit increased — even as the women’s movement gained momentum — King and her colleagues organized their own tournaments and founded the Women’s Tennis Association, striking a blow for gender equality that was felt around the world.

In 1973, King reluctantly agreed to play a match against middle-aged former tennis star Bobby Riggs that was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs took on the persona of a loud-mouthed male chauvinist to create a worldwide media phenomenon — and a made-for-TV spectacle that was viewed by an estimated 90 million people.

That match ostensibly serves as the subject of sports drama Battle of the Sexes. But as directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), the film seems uninterested in tennis (it takes almost an hour to get around to a match) and conflicted about buying into the social significance of the manufactured, circuslike “Battle.”

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New Orleans Film Festival adds advance screenings of major fall releases

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
  • Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project

Among the most exciting events at each year's New Orleans Film Festival are the opening, closing and "Spotlight" screenings, in which upcoming major Hollywood releases are previewed to help generate advance buzz. Just announced by the festival, this year's out-of-competition screenings will feature several of this fall's most anticipated films.

Opening the festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre will be The Florida Project, writer-director Sean Baker's follow-up to his shot-entirely-on-an-iPhone Tangerine. The closing night selection is Call Me by Your Name, a coming-of-age drama from Italian director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash).

Four Spotlight films were announced. Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne and is billed as a sequel to Hal Ashby's 1973 film The Last Detail. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The Upside features Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies and was directed by Neil Burger (Divergent). Marshall is Reginald Hudson's biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

More information is available here.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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First trailer released for Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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The mind-blowing first trailer for writer-director Wes Anderson's upcoming film Isle of Dogs has just been released. Anderson's first animated film since his award-winning 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs is set in a dystopian Japan of the future in which dogs have been banished to an island. Those contributing their voices to the film include Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton, plus wildcards ranging from Greta Gerwig to Yoko Ono. The film is scheduled to hit theaters March 23, 2018, but we may have trouble waiting that long. See below.

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2017 Voodoo Fest announces daily lineups

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

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  • LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27

Day-by-day lineups are out for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem headline opening night on Oct. 27, which also crams in Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Yellow Claw, Afghan Whigs, Andrew McMahon, Benjamin Booker and Chicano Batman, among others, into the lineup.

Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Brand New, RL Grime and Crystal Castles headline Saturday, Oct. 28, which also has Whitney, Rich Chigga and Pell on that day's bill.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 are The Killers, Dillon Francis, The Head and the Heart, Post Malone, Miguel, Cold War Kids, Amine, Strand of Oaks, Ron Gallo and Mannequin Pussy.

See the full lineups here. Daily general admission tickets are $70-80 and weekend passes are $155. VIP and Platinum passes also are available.

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