Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Premiere: 13 Dreams, "Adjacent Spaces"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM

13 Dreams is Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy. - PHOTO BY BEN DAVIS
  • PHOTO BY BEN DAVIS
  • 13 Dreams is Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy.

New Orleans duo 13 Dreams has teased out its dreamy electronic pop on quietly released recordings like 2016's appropriately titled Post Gospel Disco. Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy bring their ethereal, psychedelic R&B visions into widescreen technicolor on their upcoming full-length Moonset, set for release this fall. Stream the single "Adjacent Spaces" below.

13 Dreams — performing with a full-band live arrangement — performs a free show at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 27 with Nondi and DJ Heel Turn at Dragon's Den (435 Esplanade Ave.).

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Cassidy and Kennedy join Senate in vote to debate repeal of ACA

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Demonstrators marched against cuts to the Affordable Care Act in New Orleans earlier this year. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • Demonstrators marched against cuts to the Affordable Care Act in New Orleans earlier this year.

Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie vote in the U.S. Senate July 25 to begin debate over some form of repeal of the Affordable Care Act, though senators still haven't revealed which version it will ultimately consider. Senators will debate this week and consider a long list of amendments, following a byzantine drafting process that has kept voters in the dark.

Also voting "yes" were Louisiana Sens. John Neely Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, who until today had not publicly committed to a position on any repeal or replace measure, other than his proposed version with Sen. Lindsey Graham. Cassidy — who called today's vote a "first step" — applauded the move in a statement sent after today's Senate vote.

“Nothing changes until the first step is taken," he said in a statement. "There will be many others. But we must replace Obamacare with something which fulfils President Trump’s campaign pledges to maintain coverage, protect those with preexisting conditions, and lower premiums without mandates. Power needs to be returned to the patients and states."

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Normand steps down as Jefferson Parish sheriff; will join WWL-AM as radio host

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced today he'll be stepping down as sheriff Aug. 31 and soon after will start a new career: as midday talk show host on WWL-AM, taking the slot held by Garland Robinette, who retired earlier this month.

In a statement provided by Entercom, the company that owns WWL-AM, Normand said, "I always listened to Garland and admired his voice in our community. He played a pivotal role in New Orleans' recovery & rebirth from Katrina. Plus, good leaders know when it's time to move on. I'm satisfied that Jefferson Parish is in great shape. The crime rate hasn't been this low since 1974. And strong leadership is ready to step in and take over a great team — one I care about deeply and will miss dearly,"

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Ahead of potential Senate health care vote Tuesday, Kennedy pledges support for bills on WWL-TV

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:41 AM

U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
  • U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

In a segment
that aired last night, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told WWL-TV's David Hammer that he supports the Senate health care bill as currently written, or full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement — basically greenlighting whatever legislation might appear before him today.

"If [the health care bill] didn't change ... I would vote for it, because it's better than the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," Kennedy said. "First chance I get to repeal Obamacare, I'm gonna do it."

Kennedy's remarks come amid a chaotic process and confusion about a potential vote that may take place in the Senate Tuesday. Kennedy is referring to the text of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the repeal-and-replace bill that was released by the Senate last month to widespread condemnation in Louisiana. That bill failed to garner sufficient support among senators to be brought to a vote in recent weeks.

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Cafe Henri in Bywater to close

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Bywater restaurant Cafe Henri will close, the owners announced Monday. - COURTESY CAFE HENRI/FACEBOOK
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  • Bywater restaurant Cafe Henri will close, the owners announced Monday.

Bywater restaurant Cafe Henri (800 Louisa St.)  will close, the owners announced Monday.

The announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page by co-owner Neal Bodenheimer and comes a little more than a year after the restaurant opened.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Courtyard Brewery brings the hops

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Courtyard Brewery makes Hazy IPA. - PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • Courtyard Brewery makes Hazy IPA.

Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) has been picking up the pace at its location in the Lower Garden District. The nano-brewery serves a steady rotation of house-brewed beers as well as offerings from other breweries. It's introducing several new beers in coming weeks.

First up is How to Live in Style, originally brewed in conjunction with Modern Times Beer in San Diego, California. This hazy, New England-style IPA is crafted with generous portions of Mosaic, Denali and Amarillo hops. Look for it on tap in the next week or so.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Y@ Speak: It rained?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wasn't just me? It rained, right? I didn't just imagine my neighbor sailing to the bar for "provisions"? Cool.

Also this week: Health care, Atlanta Falcons pettiness and no Tales zones.

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Youth who commit misdemeanors could receive warnings or summonses under proposed ordinance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 5:45 PM

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New Orleans youth who commit misdemeanor offenses could receive warnings or summonses to appear in court with a guardian, under a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing young people from entering, and often re-entering, the criminal justice system after an arrest.

The ordinance was supported by the New Orleans City Council's Criminal Justice Committee July 24, and it also has the support of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judges and, for the most part, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. It now heads to the full City Council for approval.

Committee chair and District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said "police have no alternative but to handcuff the child [who commits minor offenses]. I mean that is a serious, traumatic event.”

Under the ordinance, youth who have committed a status offense (truancy, running away, displaying "ungovernable behavior") would receive a juvenile warning notice (JWN). Police also would write JWNs or issue summonses for 11 types of misdemeanor crimes — including simple assault and simple possession of marijuana, misdemeanor theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing — at the officers' discretion.

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Alabama Senate candidate uses audio of Scalise shooting in campaign ad

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.
  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.

Audio from last month's shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and three others at a baseball field in Virginia is being used in a campaign ad by a U.S. Representative from Alabama  who hopes to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican running in a Senate special election to replace Sessions, debuted the ad featuring the sound of gunshots and the information that "Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded." It closes with a gripe about the "liberal media" asking Brooks questions about gun control after the tragedy, and reiterates Brooks' support of the Second Amendment.

Brett Horton, Scalise's chief of staff, tweeted that the audio "makes my stomach turn," while an unnamed spokesperson for Scalise told NBC News, “I guess some people have their own ideas about what’s appropriate."


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New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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