Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's 'Tropical Blood Drive' party returns Aug. 27

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 11:46 AM


New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation, The Organ Grinders and The Blood Center host their annual free party, concert and blood drive at Tipitina's from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There's a bunch of entertainment and the party has an enjoyably tacky Hawaiian theme.

Five Blood Center buses will park outside the venue in an effort to collect 250 pints of blood from donors, which hospitals can use for as many as 3,000 blood transfusions, a release about the event said. Inside, there are music performances from a list of acts including Soul Brass Band, Bonerama, Nick Name & the Valmonts and DJ Fayard Lindsay. There also are appearances by several of the better-known marching groups, including Krewe of Rolling Elvi, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Roux La La, The MuffALottas, NOLA Cherry Bombs, Cosmonaughties and others, plus raffles and a limbo contest.

If you'd like to donate blood, you can pre-register with The Blood Center. Theme-appropriate costumes (your best grass skirt, perhaps?) are encouraged.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Innovative brewery methods

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Hops on the bine

The craft brewing movement has brought about a bounty of innovation and experimentation in the beer world. With new flavor combinations, creative brewing techniques and new varieties of hops, there are many new ways to build flavor.

Dry-hopping is one of the popular current trends. The technique involves adding hops to the beer after the initial boiling process, resulting in additional hop aroma without more of the bitterness typically associated with hops. Many local brewers are dry-hopping multiple times during fermentation, referred to as double or triple dry-hopping, and the results are impressive.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Y@ Speak: partially eclipsed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM

If you didn't fry your eyes while looking directly into the sun, which is a totally normal thing you should do at any time, catch up with a week of New Orleans protests against monuments, white supremacy and the Sewerage & Water Board.

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Nomiya now open on Magazine Street

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Nomiya, a new ramen spot on Magazine Street, is now open. - PHOTO BY HELEN FREUND
  • Nomiya, a new ramen spot on Magazine Street, is now open.

Nomiya (4226 Magazine St.), a restaurant specializing in ramen, is now open in Uptown.

The restaurant took over the former Rivista space a little over a week ago. As is common in Japan, guests were slurping noodles while dining at a small standing-only bar or had squeezed into one of the restaurant’s six two-tops. The restaurant's opening comes after the spring closure of the neighborhood's former ramen joint, Noodle & Pie, which closed in May.

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GG's Dine-O-Rama to close

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:51 PM

GG's Dineorama will close for good on Aug. 27, after nearly 10 years in business. - COURTESY GG'S DINEORAMA
  • GG's Dineorama will close for good on Aug. 27, after nearly 10 years in business.

Magazine Street’s GG’s Dine-O-Rama (3100 Magazine St., 504-373-6579) will close at the end of the month, its owners announced Sunday.

“Dear Friends and Loyal Customers,” the owners of the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page. “It is with great emotion that we announce that after almost ten years of being your neighborhood go-to Mom & Pop stop, we have sold our business. Our last day of service will be Sunday, August 27, 2017.”

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Gambit's Digital Edition, August 22, 2017

Posted on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Massive crowd in New Orleans marches against white supremacy and in solidarity with Charlottesville

Posted By on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Large crowds filled Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square and on the steps across the street. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • Large crowds filled Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square and on the steps across the street.

As temperatures reached above 100 degrees, Nana Anoa Nantambu sang from a microphone to a growing crowd at Congo Square. Hundreds of people sang along as she led them through "we're gonna stand" and replaced "this little light of mine" with "standing for justice and freedom."

Rev. Marie Galatas asked the crowd to bow its head and pray in silence for Heather Heyer, the woman killed by in Charlottesville, Virginia, during protests against neo-Nazis and fascists rallying in the city to support a Robert E. Lee monument.

On Aug 19, hundreds of people in New Orleans gathered to honor Heyer and victims of attacks in Charlottesville and also challenge city leaders to reconsider Jim Crow-era landmarks with a renewed call for their removal, particularly as the city begins to celebrate its tricentennial. Take 'Em Down NOLA — the latest incarnation of local activists and civil rights advocates demanding the removal of Confederate monuments — organized the Charlottesville solidarity march from Congo Square in Armstrong Park to Jackson Square.

"To the people of Charlottesville, we stand with them," said Take 'Em Down NOLA organizer Malcolm Suber from the steps across from Jackson Square, "and we stand against oppression, we stand against exploitation, and we stand against racism."

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Cedric Richmond on Steve Bannon's departure from the White House

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MICHAEL VADON
  • Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, issued this statement today on the departure of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (who was, according to President Donald Trump's administration, not fired):
"Firing Steve Bannon is not enough because the issue of him working in the White House has never only been about him. It's also been about the racist and discriminatory policies he's helped draft and implement which hurt African Americans and other communities or color. So yes, Bannon needs to go — as do other white supremacists working in this Administration — but the policies need to go too."
Bannon immediately returned to working for Breitbart News, according to the website, where he will serve as executive chairman.

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day returns to theaters in 3-D

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:06 PM


Iconic 1991 sci-fi epic Terminator 2: Judgement Day has been converted to 3-D by its director, James Cameron, and will open locally at the Elmwood Palace theater next Friday, Aug. 25. As part of the 3-D process, the film was given a full 4K restoration, which will also make a big difference for future non-3-D home viewings. The difference is obvious even on your laptop or phone — check out the trailer below.

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Review: Logan Lucky

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 3:54 PM


It seemed a huge loss when writer-director Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from filmmaking at age 50 in 2013. Soderbergh played a major role in establishing a new era of American independent film through his groundbreaking 1989 debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Over the next 24 years, he made little-seen masterpieces (The Limey), brave experimental films (Schizopolis) and beautifully crafted Hollywood blockbusters (Ocean’s Eleven).

Soderbergh’s career reached an almost absurd level of success in 2000, when he made Traffic and Erin Brockovich. Both films earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, meaning Soderbergh competed with himself in two major Oscar categories. (He won Best Director for Traffic.) Even more impressive is Soderbergh’s Extension 765 website, where he manages to post illegal homemade mashups and re-edits of classic movies directed by other people. What’s not to love about Steven Soderbergh?

Those who follow his career were not surprised to find Soderbergh’s retirement involved creating innovative television like Cinemax’s The Knick — especially since his exasperation with Hollywood was a major factor in what now must be called a hiatus. Soderbergh’s return to feature filmmaking is Logan Lucky, a near-perfect blast of summer entertainment the director made outside the Hollywood studio system. He pioneered new ways to retain creative control of his film (and its marketing campaign) while successfully tapping into a wide theatrical distribution network that long has been the primary benefit of that system.

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