Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cantrell appoints two new RTA board members; one seat still vacant

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 5:32 PM

PAUL SABLEMAN / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
  • PAUL SABLEMAN / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

Mayor LaToya Cantrell has appointed two new members to serve on New Orleans Regional Transit Authority's (RTA's) Board of Commissioners.

The new appointees are Laura Bryan, who heads the new Mayor's Office of Transportation, and Fred Alford Neal Jr. of planning firm Villavaso and Associates. Neal was a founding member of transit advocacy group RIDE New Orleans, on whose board he currently serves.

Bryan and Neal replace Ashleigh Gardere and Barbara Waiters on the RTA's all-volunteer board, which typically includes five representatives appointed by the mayor of New Orleans and three by the president of Jefferson Parish.

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Review: Constructing Albert

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Chef Albert Adria opens several restaurants in Constructing Albert.
  • Chef Albert Adria opens several restaurants in Constructing Albert.

For more than a decade before it closed in 2011, elBulli was considered the most important haute cuisine restaurant, if not the best restaurant, in the world. On the Mediterranean coast of northern Spain, executive chef Ferran Adria and his team created a rarified dining experience, more theatrical culinary adventure in nuance and deconstruction than a meal. Guests paid up to $325 each to eat as many as 40 bites or mini courses. Though Adria never embraced the term, many consider him a pioneer of molecular gastronomy for the techniques that yielded exotic textures, presentations and precise focus on flavors — in morels such as Parmesan marshmallows, cherries covered in powdered yogurt and flavors delivered in clouds, foams and freeze-dried crisps as delicate and colorful as butterfly wings.

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Longtime Delachaise chef R.J. Tsarov departs business

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 3:27 PM

The Delachaise's longtime chef R.J. Tsarov has left the business. - COURTESY THE DELACHAISE/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY THE DELACHAISE/FACEBOOK
  • The Delachaise's longtime chef R.J. Tsarov has left the business.

For the past decade, chef R.J. Tsarov has helmed the kitchen at The Delachaise, St. Charles Avenue’s popular wine bistro.

Tsarov has left the business, announcing his departure in an email saying he “needed a change of pace,” and is “ready for new opportunities.”

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ABC News releases documentary on the Up Stairs Lounge fire

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 2:48 PM

PHOTO COURTESY ABC NEWS
  • PHOTO COURTESY ABC NEWS

As New Orleans prepares for the 45th anniversary of the Up Stairs Lounge fire, ABC News has released Prejudice & Pride: Fire at the UpStairs Lounge, a half-hour documentary about the event.
According to producers, "It is the culmination of several months of reporting and includes interviews with more than a dozen survivors, family members, first responders, public and private officials, lawmakers, activists, historians and journalists."

Among those interviewed is Clancy DuBos, Gambit's political editor, who covered the event as a cub reporter at The Times-Picayune.

The documentary can be viewed online, or streamed to television via Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. It will be available on Hulu soon.

Read our cover story on the Up Stairs Lounge here.

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Fillmore music venue at Harrah's to open in 2019

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:20 PM

A rendering of the Fillmore's New Orleans venue to open in 2019. - COURTESY WESTERN PUBLICITY
  • COURTESY WESTERN PUBLICITY
  • A rendering of the Fillmore's New Orleans venue to open in 2019.

Aiming to fill what promoters consider a "gap" in small and large venue capacity in New Orleans, a new 2,000-seat music venue will open inside Harrah's Casino in 2019.

The 35,000-square-foot Fillmore at Harrah's New Orleans — the latest in Live Nation's rebranding of the franchise — will aim to attract touring artists that bypass New Orleans because of a perceived lack in available venues, according to Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group.

The venue can be arranged for seating or standing-room only, and its design is influenced by New Orleans architecture — an announcement points to wrought iron touches, clapboard siding, gas lighting and "hints of Mardi Gras."

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Satchmo SummerFest announces 2018 lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Irma Thomas. - PHOTO BY TERESA SEDÓ
  • PHOTO BY TERESA SEDÓ
  • Irma Thomas.

Irma Thomas makes her Satchmo SummerFest debut at the annual three-day festival returning to the Old U.S. Mint in August.

The festival spreads a few dozen performances across two stages and three days at the the New Orleans Jazz Museum Aug. 3-5. Tickets are $5 each day; children under 12 get in free.

Also performing are Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Bonerama, Corey Henry's Treme Funktet and Ellis Marsalis, among others. See the full schedule here.

Food vendors include new additions The Big Cheezy and Roux Carre, along with Ajun Cajun, Cafe Dauphine, Company Burger, Crepes a la Cart, Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer's Cuisine, Quintin's Ice Cream, Plum Street Snoballs and The Praline Connection. There's also a beer garden and "rosé cafe" from Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards.

A kickoff party on Aug. 2 at the Omni Royal Orleans features music from John Boutte and honors Spirit of Satchmo winners Ashlin Parker, Bethany Bultman and Ellis Marsalis. Tickets are $65, $100 per couple.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana National Guard will stay along border

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana National Guard members stationed in Texas will remain in the state, performing a mission "identical to those routinely performed upon request by the Louisiana National Guard since 2010."

Following requests for troop withdrawal from several governors in the wake of reports of children separated from immigrant families and detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in warehouses in the state, Edwards says the Louisiana National Guard team — one helicopter and three National Guard members  stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border — "plays no role, direct or indirect, in the ill-conceived policy of separating families."

Edwards says the team will remain in Texas through mid-July, after which they'll return to Louisiana to supplement "enhanced counter drug support" with local law enforcement and for Hurricane season preparation.

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Editorial: Separating young children from parents: ‘evil’ is the word

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Protesters outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center June 18, where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking to the National Sheriffs' Convention. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL TISSERAND
  • PHOTO BY MICHAEL TISSERAND
  • Protesters outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center June 18, where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking to the National Sheriffs' Convention.

As the U.S. and the world blanched at the images and sounds of immigrant children warehoused in cages along the nation’s southern border, watching President Donald Trump’s administration and its apologists flail and fail to justify the policy horror they created has been instructive — for those willing to pay attention to facts.

Trump, bizarrely, is the one person who could stop it immediately. Instead, he falsely blames Democrats’ for not allocating billions of taxpayer dollars to build the border wall he swore Mexico would pay for. Kirstjen Nielsen, head of the Department of Homeland Security, blamed the media (“Don’t believe the press,” she told the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in New Orleans June 18). She also said, “We will not apologize for enforcing the laws passed by Congress.” There is no law requiring parental separation.

GOP members of Congress, rightly sensing a disaster, have been “concern tweeting” even as they refuse to support a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (and supported by every Senate Democrat) that would end the practice. They’re cobbling together their own bill, but many seem cowed by the thought of being “soft on immigration.”

These are the facts:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Orleans protest against Trump immigration policy and family separation set for June 30

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 2:42 PM

A sign held up at the June 18 protest against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions was in New Orleans speaking to a sheriffs' organization. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL TISSERAND
  • PHOTO BY MICHAEL TISSERAND
  • A sign held up at the June 18 protest against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions was in New Orleans speaking to a sheriffs' organization.

New Orleans will join a nationwide protest against federal immigration policies separating immigrant families from their children on June 30. Events across the U.S. will target a mandate from President Donald Trump’s administration that calls for the immediate prosecution of people entering the country without legal permission, including families traveling with children.

A rally is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 in Lafayette Square across from U.S. District Court.

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NOMA to screen series by Spanish women filmmakers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 12:25 PM

SUMMER 1993 / COURTESY NOMA
  • Summer 1993 / COURTESY NOMA

If you happened to be at City Park this past weekend, you might have caught the king and queen of Spain doing the wave-and-smile bit from the front steps of New Orleans Museum of Art. The museum further celebrates connections to Spanish culture with a four-part contemporary film series by Spanish women filmmakers.

The "Mujeres de Cine" series screens on selected Saturdays during July and August, and includes a psychological thriller about an undocumented immigrant in New York City (timely), a coming-of-age story about a Barcelona woman who spends a student year abroad in Berlin and a couple others. Here's the full schedule:

July 14: Dancing Beethoven, 2 p.m.

July 28: Most Beautiful Island, 2 p.m.

Aug. 11: Julia Ist, 2 p.m.

Aug. 25: Summer 1993, 2 p.m.

Movies screen in the Stern Auditorium and are free with museum admission. 

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