Friday, July 21, 2017

West Nile virus discovered in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Time to dump out the kiddie pool. New Orleans' Mosquito and Termite Control Board has discovered West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the parish for the first time in 2017, according to an announcement from City Hall. There have not been any reported human cases of the virus or the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, however.

West Nile also was discovered in 14 samples in St. Tammany Parish. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one in five people infected with the virus develop fever and other symptoms, and less than 1 percent develop a serious illness.

The board and the New Orleans Health Department will be "aggressively applying insecticides by airplane and truck" to target the virus-carrying southern house mosquito, as well as "applying larvicide to storm drains and standing water, reducing breeding sources, and educating residents through community outreach efforts."

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Review: Dunkirk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM


“The Dunkirk Spirit” is a phrase known to British citizens of all backgrounds and a source of pride for many. It refers to the ability to succeed under impossible circumstances. That capacity is ascribed to the British for events at the Battle of Dunkirk, which occurred at the beginning of World War II in late May and early June 1940. It was a rare set of circumstances in which ordinary citizens were needed to help rescue more than 300,000 British soldiers surrounded by enemy troops and trapped on the beach at the French town of Dunkirk.

That story is not well known in the U.S., in part because the heroics belonged solely to our allies, and also because no one has tried to tell it through an appropriately epic-scale Hollywood film. The ascent of filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception) has made that idea not only possible but advisable. A British-American with dual citizenship, Nolan possesses what may be Hollywood’s most elusive gift — the ability to create blockbuster movies that also appear substantial.

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Gov. Edwards calls conservatives' bluff

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 1:39 PM

From left, House speaker Taylor Barras, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate president John Alario. - PHOTO BY SARAH GAMARD
  • From left, House speaker Taylor Barras, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate president John Alario.

If you talk to conservative state lawmakers and business leaders in Louisiana, they’ll tell you there’s no “appetite” for fiscal reform. They all know what fiscal reform looks like, they just don’t see a way to get from where Louisiana is today to where it needs to be in the future, or even next year.

Gov. John Bel Edwards blames House Republicans, who have blunted his efforts to raise taxes. In fairness, the governor also balked at reforms proposed last November by a nonpartisan task force that studied tax policy for almost a year. Instead of backing the task force’s recommendations, Edwards floated an idea that struck many as coming out of left field: a commercial activity tax, or CAT. That idea went nowhere fast.
On the other hand, the GOP-led House failed to offer a reasonable alternative of its own, other than significant cuts this year and draconian cuts next year. Edwards and the Senate, which generally sides with the governor on fiscal issues, tamped down the House plan this year — but Louisiana’s long-range prospects remain untenable.

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Seventh annual 'Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies' scheduled for August 1

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Presented nationwide by Fathom Events, the seventh annual "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies" will take place 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Canal Place and Elmwood Palace theaters. This year's screening celebrates what would have been Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday and features a "complete, never-before-seen performance" by the band shot at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on July 12, 1989. More info here.
Location Details The Theatres at Canal Place
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 581-2540
Movie Theaters and Italian
Location Details AMC Elmwood Palace 20
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan
Harahan, LA
(504) 733-2029
Movie Theaters

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Editorial: Once again, demagogues taking pot shots at New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM


U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy was in New Orleans this week — not for a town hall or public constituents’ meeting, which he has yet to hold in the state’s largest city since he took office six months ago. No, he was here to talk with WWL-TV about the city’s crime problem, which he once again said could turn New Orleans into “the next Detroit.”

Kennedy previously used the “Detroit” slur in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of FBI Director Christopher Wray. In that hearing, Kennedy also claimed hyperbolically that the Crescent City was becoming “the murder and armed robbery capital of the Western Hemisphere.”

Since Kennedy has been scarce around these parts after moving to Washington D.C., we thought we’d remind him of a few things.

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Frenchmen Art Market to close with a 'second line' July 25

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.
  • Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.

Frenchmen Art Market will leave its space with a ceremonial "second line" July 25 after five years as part of the strip's bustling nightlife. The market and its vendors will move to the market's spin-off location The Art Garage on St. Claude Avenue, which opened in 2016. The market announced its closure on social media: "We continued to pay our rent but decided to second line out when the sheriff arrives."

After opening as a pop-up market in 2012, Frenchmen Art Market moved to a permanent space in a lot next to the Spotted Cat. The market grew into a sprawling outdoor bazaar with dozens of local artists and vendors selling clothing, art, jewelry and other handcrafted goods under twinkling string lights and warm bulbs lighting each table.

A farewell "second line" meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and rolls at 8 p.m. beginning at Frenchmen Street and moving to Royal Street, then Esplanade Avenue, back down Frenchmen to Dauphine Street, then to Elysian Fields Avenue then St. Claude, ending at The Art Garage market at 2231 St. Claude Ave.

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Dreamy Weenies to close July 29

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Dreamy Weenies will close their Rampart Street hot dog spot on Saturday, July 29. - COURTESY DREAMY WEENIES/FACEBOOK
  • Dreamy Weenies will close their Rampart Street hot dog spot on Saturday, July 29.

Dreamy Weenies, the Rampart Street hot dog shop, will close following its last day of business on Saturday, July 29. The restaurant made the announcement on its Facebook page Wednesday evening.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LaToya Cantrell would ban traffic cameras if elected mayor, she clarifies after some conflicting messages

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 8:14 PM

LaToya Cantrell announcing her mayoral candidacy at the New Orleans Jazz Market July 18.
  • LaToya Cantrell announcing her mayoral candidacy at the New Orleans Jazz Market July 18.

At her formal mayoral campaign announcement last night, District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell drew some of the biggest cheers of her speech when she announced, "We don’t know if traffic cameras are making our streets safer. But we do know those cameras are costing our residents money that could be spent on their families. As your mayor, I will suspend the use of the cameras until it can be proven that they actually work as intended." (In a departure from prepared remarks that had been provided to reporters, Cantrell speculated that the traffic cameras could be redeployed as crime cameras in drug-plagued neighborhoods.)

Later, though, in a short scrum with reporters, Cantrell seemed to walk back that statement at least in part, saying, "Based on the feedback from the community, it would only be those cameras that have been recently installed" — indicating that she supported the removal only of the cameras that were put in place in early 2017, leaving in place those that had been installed earlier.

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Magasin Cafe to reopen as “upscale” Vietnamese restaurant in August

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Magasin Cafe will reopen in August with a more upscale look and menu. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Magasin Cafe will reopen in August with a more upscale look and menu.

The casual Vietnamese restaurant Magasin Cafe (4201 Magazine St.) has closed, and a renovated, more upscale take on the concept will open later this summer in the same space.

The Uptown restaurant closed last month to begin renovations on the space. The cafe will reopen in late August with changes to the physical space and menu.

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Shotgun Cinema screens Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Chantal Akerman
  • Chantal Akerman

No Home Movie (2015) is the last film by celebrated experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died shortly after its release. The documentary builds on extended conversations with Akerman's mother Natalia (who was a survivor of Auschwitz) to examine existential questions.

Shotgun Cinema screens No Home Movie at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Tigermen Den (3113 Royal St.). The screening will be preceded by Le Francais et Les Mots, "a French language lesson with additional information about French-language films." Tickets are $7. More information is here.

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