Sunday, May 28, 2017

Watch: Landrieu talks Confederate monuments on Meet the Press

Posted By on Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM


Mayor Mitch Landrieu's taped appearance on Meet the Press this morning got bumped for breaking news, but MTP put the 10-minute discussion on its website this morning. In it, Landrieu tells host Chuck Todd that his "viral" speech about removing Confederate monuments was not meant specifically for a national audience.

"Really, it was a speech to the people of New Orleans," Landrieu said, adding that the city's tricentennial is coming up next year. He said the removal was about "the people of New Orleans having the right to say what goes in their public spaces."

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Godfather returns to three local screens

Posted By on Sat, May 27, 2017 at 2:24 PM


What can you say about Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 masterwork The Godfather? It's one of very few films ever made that seems to reach some ideal of perfection. It ranks at number two on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of all time, surpassed only by Citizen Kane. Anytime The Godfather is showing on a large screen is a good time to see it.

Fathom Events will present four screenings of The Godfather at the Canal Place, Elmwood and West Bank theaters on Sunday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. More info and tickets are here.

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FitLot, a community fitness center on the Lafitte Greenway

Posted By on Sat, May 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The FitLot is an outdoor fitness facility that's open to the public and free of charge. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Photo by Katherine M. Johnson
  • The FitLot is an outdoor fitness facility that's open to the public and free of charge.

Adam Mejerson was struck with an idea while walking on the boardwalk in Tel Aviv.

The boardwalk was full of the usual suspects: wandering tourists and joggers, but what was unusual about these joggers is that every few hundred feet or so, they would stop at a fitness station to do a quick workout before continuing to run.

Mejerson, who grew up in a household where his exercise physiologist father trained clients in their home, and who’s no stranger to fitness himself, having worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, had a thought.

“Other cities in other countries have spaces like (this) throughout the city so that everybody who wants it has access (to training equipment),” he says. “We took that as an example and designed our own park.”

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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Orleans sexual assault survivors speak out against DA; Cannizzaro's office responds

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:15 PM


Steps away from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office May 26, rape survivors and advocates called out what they said was chronic negligence and apathy towards sexual assault cases within the New Orleans criminal justice system. A new group, Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC), urges police and prosecutors to end discrimination against survivors of sexual assault, and encourages other survivors to share their stories. Several survivors shared their stories and invited others to do the same.

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Ashé presents free screening of City of Joy documentary

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 5:35 PM


Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents a free public screening of new documentary City of Joy on May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ashé Power House (1731 Baronne Street). The film is described as a portrait of "the visionaries who imagined a revolutionary place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse learn to lead amidst a war driven by greed, economics and colonialism." The screening will be followed a panel discussion featuring Christine Schuler-Deschryver and Tony Award winner Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), two of the founders of the City of Joy leadership community. More information and free registration are here.

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Review: Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:15 PM


Maybe it’s a reaction to the shrill, contentious tone of our public discourse today, or there could be something in the air. Whatever the reason, Asian-Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming’s animated Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is the third major independent film about poetry to hit local screens this year. That is a lot of big-screen poetry in a short period of time.

While both Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (about a fictional bus-driving poet in New Jersey) and Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion (an Emily Dickinson biopic reviewed in last week’s Gambit) find inspiration in the power of artfully chosen words, Window Horses uses poetry more as a starting point for asking some of life’s big questions. The film explores themes including identity, family and how cultural expression is passed from one generation to the next.

It took nine years for writer-director Fleming to bring Window Horses to life, finally relying on a successful crowdfunding campaign to put the production over the top. But what else might one expect for an animated film about a young Canadian who travels to Iran to participate in a poetry festival? It would be hard to imagine a less commercial idea for even an independent feature film. But Fleming beats the odds with a quietly charming and inspired work that deserves a wide audience.

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Mitch Landrieu to address Confederate monument removal on Sunday's Meet the Press

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments — a move that's garnered plenty of controversy locally and a flurry of approving press coverage around the country,

In this clip from the interview, tweeted out by @MeetThePress, Landrieu says, "This didn't have anything to do with politics."

Meet the Press — with the full interview — will air on NBC at 9 a.m. May 28.

Also on the Sunday shows: Sen. Bill Cassidy will appear on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace at 9 a.m. to talk about health care and the budget.

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Royal Brewery celebrates grand opening in New Orleans East

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:17 PM

  • Nora McGunnigle

Royal Brewery celebrates its grand opening over a long Memorial Day weekend with music, food and, of course, beer. Right now, brewers Raymond Pumilia and Michael Ogden are working on Royal’s Culicidae Ale, an American pale ale fermented with British ale yeast. Culicidae batches "001" and "002" will be available for purchase by the pint. The beer’s name is the scientific term for mosquito.

Head Brewer Ogden says the next beers brewed will be a clean-drinking lager and a light cream ale, perfect for the summer season. Over more than 20 years, Ogden has brewed beer at Abita Brewing Company and Covington Brewhouse. He says he learned to brew on large systems like Royal Brewery’s 30-barrel brewhouse, and always brewed other people’s recipes.

Joining up with Pumilia gives him access to the creative process for the first time. He will develop ideas and test them on the small pilot system, Pumilla’s old homebrew setup. The two men, both New Orleans natives, have been friends since childhood and have similar beer palates and brewing philosophies.

This weekend, the brewery hosts more than a dozen local bands and DJs. The Unnaturals perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the Suplecs at 9 p.m. Saturday features DJ Swamp Boogie at 1 p.m., Sunrise Sunset at 3 p.m., Mahayla and Liquor & Lies at 6 p.m., Zombies Eating Sheep at 8 p.m. and MC Trachiotomy at 9 p.m. Sunday includes Fury & The Whole World Shakes at 4 p.m., Bayou at 5 p.m., Alpha Sardine at 6:30 p.m. and Rik Slave’s Country Persuasion at 7:30 p.m.

Co-founder Mandy Pumilia says the music lineup is a result of “calling in 10 years’ worth of favors.”

The brewery’s weekend hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Mandy says that the brewery will take cues from customers for regular taproom hours, but expects that those hours will be roughly 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Royal Brewery is located near new development projects in the Lakefront, Marina and Lincoln Beach areas. The development of “Lakefront Landing” by Tipitina’s owners Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski is underway. The National World War II Museum’s PT-305 patrol torpedo boat was placed in the water in April and is open to the public, and restaurants and cafes are open in the area.

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New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL
  • Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

The New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

The festival, which debuted in 2010, aims to educate festival patrons about the benefits of Louisiana Gulf oysters and raise funds for coastal restoration efforts.

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Restaurant news for Mizado and Salon by Sucre

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Mizado Latin Kitchen will remain open, after all. - COURTESY MIZADO LATIN KITCHEN/FACEBOOK
  • Mizado Latin Kitchen will remain open, after all.

Mizado Latin Kitchen (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-885-5555), the Mid-City Mexican restaurant and margarita hub that announced its impending shutter just a few weeks ago, will stay open after all.

The restaurant’s owners made the announcement Thursday in a news release, saying the restaurant had experienced “an overwhelmingly high demand” after news broke of the June 4 closing.

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