Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ashe Cultural Arts Center details renovations for 20th anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Architect Steven Bingler, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and Ashe board member Al Kennedy detailed renovation plans at Ashe Power House theater.
  • Architect Steven Bingler, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and Ashe board member Al Kennedy detailed renovation plans at Ashe Power House theater.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and architect Steven Bingler of Concordia described renovations to the arts and cultural center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Bebelle also highlighted Ashe's mission as it begins an extended celebration of its 20th anniversary, officially falling Dec. 16, 2018.

Ashe's 18,000 square foot space hosts art shows, community events, theater and dance productions, film screenings, youth and wellness programming and more.

"Culture is taken for granted," Bebelle says. "It needs a home as well. It needs a place where people are praying, planning and working on it."

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Lucinda Williams to play House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Lucinda Williams comes to House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018. - PHOTO BY DAVID MCCLISTER
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  • Lucinda Williams comes to House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams returns to House of Blues New Orleans Jan. 27, 2018 in support of her new album This Sweet Old World — a 25th anniversary re-recording and reinterpretation of her classic 1992 album Sweet Old World.

"Sweet Old World" and "Pineola" are among the songs on both albums, which have been rearranged and reconceived for This Sweet Old World, In August, Williams told Rolling Stone, "When you look back at your early albums, probably a lot of people go, 'God, I should just recut these songs,' because, needless to say the production is like night and day between the original one and this one. It’s like a whole new album."

Tickets are $40 and are on sale now at LiveNation and the House of Blues box office.
Location Details House of Blues
House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 310-4999
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15 holiday parties at bars to help you get through Christmas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:58 PM

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Between family events and a looming gauntlet of obligations-disguised-as-fun (hello, office Christmas party), the holidays can be a little stressful. If it all makes you want to sneak away for a drink or six with friends, this list is for you.

Over the next several nights, some of your favorite neighborhood bars are hosting holiday parties, trivia nights and ugly sweater parties, offering the chance to unwind, enjoy a 'nog and avoid Aunt Esmerelda — at least for another couple of hours.

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Editorial: Louisiana parents want sex education in schools. So why are legislators balking?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:19 PM

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Louisiana faces a public health crisis in the form of high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In 2016, Louisiana ranked first in the nation for primary and secondary syphilis rates, according to a November study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our state also ranked third in the nation for HIV rates, with the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The rates among young people underscore the crisis. Louisiana has the highest rate of syphilis among adolescents, the second highest rate of gonorrhea and chlamydia among adolescents, and the third highest rate of HIV diagnoses among adolescents. Louisiana’s teen pregnancy rates have fallen in recent years (as they have elsewhere in the U.S.), but we still rank seventh-highest.

This crisis is very real, but state lawmakers refuse to address it.

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Ride a steam train with Santa this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Rail transportation has been part of New Orleans’ history since the Pontchartrain Rail Road began carrying passengers between the Faubourg Marigny and Lake Pontchartrain in 1831. There are many opportunities to ride the rails today on streetcars and AMTRAK, but residents rarely have a chance to ride a steam-powered train — especially one with Santa Claus aboard.

The Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) is offering a one-night-only chance to take a nostalgic ride on Santa’s North Pole Steam Train Saturday, Dec. 16, to attend a holiday party and have a ride along with St. Nick.

The train departs from The Fly behind Audubon Zoo at 3 p.m. and travels to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, where passengers leave the train for a holiday party with hot chocolate, cookies and a screening of The Polar Express. Passengers then get back on the train and pick up Santa Claus at the foot of Canal Street. As the train travels back to The Fly, Santa will walk through the passenger cars handing out invitations to a party hosted by LASTA the following day as well as a free family membership to LASTA for 2018.

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Review: Not About Nightingales

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Zeb Hollins III stars in Not About Nightingales. - JAMES KELLEY
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  • Zeb Hollins III stars in Not About Nightingales.

Tennessee Williams often wrote about conflicted, familial relationships embedded in the culture of the Deep South. But one of his earliest plays, Not About Nightingales, currently being presented by the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, is not typical of his work. As a student at the University of Iowa in 1938, Williams was assigned to write a “living newspaper” play and chose to dramatize horrific events that had taken place at Holmesburg County Prison in Philadelphia, following a hunger strike.

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Dining and drinking news for Abita, Hummus & More and Stokehold

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Stokehold Restaurant inside the Port Orleans Brewing Co. is launching a bi-weekly beer dinner series on Dec. 20. - COURTESY STOKEHOLD/FACEBOOK
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  • Stokehold Restaurant inside the Port Orleans Brewing Co. is launching a bi-weekly beer dinner series on Dec. 20.

Stokehold (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332), the restaurant inside Port Orleans Brewing Co., is launching a bi-weekly beer dinner series Dec. 20. Chefs Jeremy Wolgamott, Phillip Mariano and Tim Bordes opened the restaurant in spring.

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Leah Chase’s 95th birthday party celebration is Jan. 6

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Leah Chase's 95th birthday is being celebrated at a gala dinner and reception Jan. 6. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Leah Chase's 95th birthday is being celebrated at a gala dinner and reception Jan. 6.

New Orleans’s Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, is turning 95 and that’s reason to celebrate.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Under City Council plan, citywide surveillance could expand to places that sell alcohol

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM

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  • PHOTO BY HARRY FODOR

Bars, breweries, music venues, restaurants, corner stores and any of the hundreds of businesses selling booze in New Orleans would be required to install street-facing cameras outside their doors and submit that footage to the city’s new crime camera nerve center, shared with the New Orleans Police Department and state and federal law enforcement, under the current language of a proposed ordinance that could face the New Orleans City Council as early as Dec. 14.

That proposed requirement falls under a section titled “Participation in Community Security Systems” inside a 22-page ordinance that aims to reconfigure how the city handles permits and violations for businesses selling alcohol.

The requirement — introduced by At-Large Councilwoman Stacy Head at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration — would supplement the more than 200 city-owned crime cameras, piped into a recently opened Real Time Crime Monitoring Center on the edge of the French Quarter. Under Head’s ordinance, the city’s cloud-based platform would archive the footage for no less than two weeks.

That one paragraph in a measure ostensibly tied to streamlining permitting for alcohol vendors has sounded an alarm for police watchdogs, community groups, bars and restaurants — and the ACLU of Louisiana, which announced Dec. 13 that it has “condemned” the measure, which “would threaten privacy rights without effectively reducing crime.”

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'Unrig the System' political meeting coming to New Orleans in February

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University.

Got $300 and the desire to hang with celebs while you plot to "unrig the system"? The group Represent.US is holding a summit called Unrig the System Feb. 2-4 at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, which promises attendees the chance to "mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists." A press release sent to MyArkLaMiss promises speeches, workshops and discussions with "thought-leaders, A-list celebrities and grassroots activists from the left and the right."

Those would include activist celebrities like actors Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington, along with producer/director Adam McKay, former Gov. Buddy Roemer, Fox News host Steve Hilton and The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur. Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos also is on the still-in-progress program, which includes topics like "Frenemies with Benefits: How to Work Across the Aisle," "Iron Chef for Activists" and "Citizen Lobbying 101."

Potential attendees, however, are casting a sideeye on social media at the ticket prices for the event, which start at $300 for an individual, with a $130 ticket available for students, seniors and low-income people. ("Once again, politics is only for those who can afford it," groused one man on the event's Facebook page.)

You can get more information on "Unrig the System" at the event's webpage.

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