Monday, May 21, 2018

Bianca Del Rio is back in the film Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Bianca Del Rio, left, and Rachel Dratch in Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate. - COURTESY WOLFE FILMS
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  • Bianca Del Rio, left, and Rachel Dratch in Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate.

New Orleans' own Bianca Del Rio — aka Roy Haylock — has released her new movie Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate, which now is available on a variety of streaming services (the DVD will be released June 19). It's a sequel to 2016's Hurricane Bianca, which starred Haylock as a Texas schoolteacher who loses his job when it's discovered he's gay; he returns as Bianca to take revenge.
According to press materials, From Russia With Hate also stars Rachel Dratch, Wanda Sykes, Cheyenne Jackson, Janeane Garofalo and a number of drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race (which Del Rio won in 2014). The official description:

After winning over the staff and students of Milford High School, chemistry teacher Richard Martinez aka Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock) sent her nemesis Vice Principal Deborah "Debbie" Ward (Rachel Dratch) to jail in a flawlessly executed plan. When Debbie is released from jail, she conjures up a scheme to do away with Bianca Del Rio once and for all, by luring her on a dangerous journey to Russia to accept a teaching award and cash prize.


Bianca has been on Gambit's cover twice: in 2002, as a local performer, and in 2014, after her win on RuPaul's Drag Race

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Comedy in New Orleans this week (May 22, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Dina Martina performs at One Eyed Jacks May 22. - PHOTO BY DAVID BELISLE
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  • Dina Martina performs at One Eyed Jacks May 22.

Here's your weekly comedy calendar, from standup and open mics to sketch, improv, drag and gameshows.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, May 22, 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bayou Boogaloo opens at 11 a.m. Saturday

Posted By on Sat, May 19, 2018 at 11:07 AM

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

Severe weather tore through festival grounds Friday afternoon, upsetting tents, food vendors and more. Friday events were canceled while organizers cleaned the site. The festival reopens Saturday with all four stages operating. Organizers say most of the food, beverage and craft vendors have been able to restore their booths and will be open. The festival is free, but donations are encouraged.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Da winnas and da loozas: Clancy DuBos recaps the Louisiana legislative session

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:48 PM

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State lawmakers adjourned the 2018 regular legislative session more than two weeks early, but their work is far from done. They've kicked the state's fiscal can down the road since 2008, when some of them, along with then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, rolled back the Stelly Plan and sent the state on a course for insolvency — or what Moody's Investors Service calls Louisiana's structural deficit.

Because of their recurring failure to fix that structural deficit, lawmakers adopted a “pretend budget” as a prelude to the very real special session that begins May 22. Depending on what happens (or doesn’t happen) in that session, we won’t know who the fiscal winners and losers are for another week or two. For example, TOPS supporters defeated several attempts to change the program during the just-ended session. That normally would make them winners — except everything could change once lawmakers have to choose between taxes and cuts in the special session.

That’s why this year’s tally of “da winnas and da loozas” — which I’ve compiled since 1984 — includes only those who battled over nonfiscal matters. There was still plenty of blood spilt, at least figuratively. And so we begin with …

DA WINNAS

1. Gambling (except for Harrah’s New Orleans casino) — Riverboat casinos were the biggest winners because they now have the right to move onshore from their current berths, and they can expand significantly their total number of slots. Video poker interests notched wins by killing an Internet gaming measure and a proposed riverboat casino relocation to Tangipahoa Parish (which allows no gaming, but several adjacent parishes are flush with truck stops) and by convincing lawmakers to relax the rules on truck stop casinos, making them more profitable.

Video poker interests scored a win in the legislative session.
  • Video poker interests scored a win in the legislative session.

2. Criminal justice reformers — They beat back concerted efforts by judges and district attorneys to roll back some key reforms adopted only last year, reaching compromises that preserve the most important gains. They also helped pass a proposed constitutional amendment that few thought possible only two months ago — to eliminate Louisiana’s shameful non-unanimous jury rule in felony cases. Lawmakers also passed a measure to restore voting rights to ex-convicts after five successful years on parole.


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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo to resume festival Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 9:39 PM

Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo was canceled Friday, May 18 due to extreme rain and winds, which overturned tents and damaged food vendor stalls. Organizers announced that Bayou Boogaloo will open Saturday at an unspecified time in early afternoon.

Here's a statement posted on the festival's Facebook page:
Mother Nature did its worst. Now let’s see what human nature can do.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo will resume Saturday, May 19 in the early afternoon. We will announce a specific start time as soon as that information is confirmed.

Today’s weather emergency severely impacted many of our vendors. We are determined to support them, and we are calling on the entire community to lend a hand.

You can do this simply by coming out, having a good time, eating great food, enjoying our amazing New Orleans music and shopping with our artists and crafts people.

Admission to the Bayou Boogaloo this year is free but we hope everyone who attends will make a small donation to The Friends of Bayou St. John and show that New Orleans knows how to rally behind the cultural events we value.

Saturday performers include: original Meters guitarist and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Recipient Leo Nocentelli, the 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. The festival benefits Friends of Bayou St. John, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship and health of Bayou St. John and the Bayou St. John neighborhood.

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PHOTOS: Major damage at Bayou Boogaloo

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.

A midday storm that dumped inches of rain in metro New Orleans in a short time caused street flooding around the region — but Bayou St. John and the grounds of this weekend's Bayou Boogaloo festival may have been hardest-hit.

Food tents had collapsed all over the festival grounds, and even large stages seemed to have sustained heavy damage from a wind and rain event. Organizers were warning of live electrical wires scattered through the wet grass.

The event, which was to have opened this evening, was canceled for tonight. The rest of the weekend is in question.

Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.
Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Damage at the 2018 Bayou Boogaloo fairgrounds on Bayou St. John.

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Southern Rep announces 2018-2019 season

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 6:01 PM

Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick star in All the Way, currently running at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre.
  • Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick star in All the Way, currently running at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre.

Southern Rep is finishing its current season with the civil rights-era drama All the Way at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre. It just announced its 2018-2019 main stage season. All productions are scheduled to run in Southern Rep's new home on at 2541 Bayou Road in the former St. Rose de Lima church. The new campus will have three performing spaces and a lounge and cafe.

The season schedule is below:

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What's next for Canal Furniture Liquidators after the April 23 fire

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23. - PHOTO COURTESY HOLIS HANNAN
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  • Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23.

On the morning of April 23, the warehouse containing Canal Furniture Liquidators was engulfed in flames. Store owner Holis Hannan had a 9 a.m. meeting scheduled that day to discuss a hotel liquidation.

“At 5 a.m., I was watching the building burn,” she says. “By 10 a.m., I was in that hotel doing that liquidation.”

When asked if there’s been an outpouring of support from the community since the fire, Hannan’s response is heartening.

“There has been. It’s been humbling,” Hannan says. “I’ve had a lot of people — a lot of customers — wanting to be behind us. One of my customers actually donated two months of warehouse space, so I was able to get up and running again as quickly as I have.”

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Women's groups call on Edwards to veto 15-week abortion ban

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 2:05 PM

The Louisiana State Capitol. - CREATIVE COMMONS/FORMULANONE
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  • The Louisiana State Capitol.

At a press conference at the Louisiana State Capitol Building May 18, representatives from several Louisiana women's advocacy groups called on Gov. John Bel Edwards to veto a controversial ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and blasted legislators for their failure to pass woman-friendly policies this session.

The conference, which was streamed on Facebook Live, was a last push by advocates to try and stop Senate Bill 181 (the 15-week ban) from becoming one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and triggering a near-certain legal battle over its constitutionality.

""Make no mistake — a 15-week abortion ban is an unconstitutional law and our legislators were told that repeatedly," Ellie Schilling, an attorney who works on reproductive rights issues and Lift Louisiana board president, said. "[This law] will do nothing but waste taxpayer money on costly litigation."

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