Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Saffron NOLA opens on Magazine Street

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Saffron NOLA is now open at 4128 Magazine Street. - COURTESY SAFFRON NOLA/FACEBOOK
  • Saffron NOLA is now open at 4128 Magazine Street.

One of the most anticipated openings of the summer is here: Saffron NOLA is now open on Magazine Street.

The modern Indian restaurant (4128 Magazine St., 504-323-2626) opened quietly last week and held its grand opening on Aug. 10.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Y@ Speak: pumped

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Broken pumps and bracing for impact in this week's edition.

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New Orleans Pelicans unveil 2017-2018 schedule

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM

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The NBA's 2017-2018 regular season schedule is out, and the New Orleans Pelicans (and their new uniforms) will start in Memphis against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Pelicans then head home to face 2017 championship winners the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Oct. 20, to be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. CST on ESPN. Its second home game is Saturday, Oct. 28 facing 2016 champs the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pelicans head to Sacramento in week two on Thursday, Oct. 26, to be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. CST on TNT. In total, the team will appear on 14 nationally broadcast games.

Check the full schedule here

Watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse at the University of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM


Those looking to get the Total Eclipse experience next week will have to head to the "eclipse belt" north of New Orleans, but the city will see a partial eclipse of the sun next Monday, starting just before noon. According to NASA, the Aug. 21 eclipse is the first to sweep across the whole United States since 1918, a spectacle that will take three hours — and the last solar eclipse was in 1979.

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is all set up to be your place for #Eclipse2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with NASA's livestream of the sight in the Privateer Pride Room. There also will be presentations from a mathematician and a scientist (because science is both cool and interesting!) and at 1:20 p.m., attendees will go outside to view the eclipse from the UNO quad (a limited amount of solar glasses will be available — and everyone should review NASA's guide to watching an eclipse safely).

Full details of UNO's eclipse activities and viewing party under the jump. Here, have some eclipse-watching music:

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New Orleans solidarity march with Charlottesville set for Aug. 19

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Take 'Em Down NOLA marched to Jackson Square in September 2016.
  • Take 'Em Down NOLA marched to Jackson Square in September 2016.

Following a weekend of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Take 'Em Down NOLA and Peoples Assembly will lead a solidarity march and protest from Congo Square to Jackson Square Aug. 19.

Take 'Em Down — which advocates for the removal of all symbols of white supremacy and drove local efforts and activism around removing Confederate monuments in New Orleans — "stands firmly with the anti-racist forces that confronted the forces of Nazism and white supremacy" in Charlottesville, according to a statement.

The march begins at 1 p.m. at Congo Square and ends at Jackson Square.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, August 15, 2017

Ring Masters: Building a circus scene in New Orleans; Comedian Mark Normand comes home; Review: The Spotted Cat + more

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Crowd in New Orleans holds vigil for Charlottesville victims

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Candles at the base of the former Lee Circle monument Aug. 12 to support victims in Charlottesville.
  • Candles at the base of the former Lee Circle monument Aug. 12 to support victims in Charlottesville.

As sun set over New Orleans Aug. 12, a few dozen people lined the base of the former Robert E. Lee monument in New Orleans with tea light candles. A crowd gathered for a vigil to support victims of an attack against counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists staged a violent rally following the city's decision to remove the city's Lee monument earlier this year.

A driver rammed their car through a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville and killed a 32-year-old woman and injured at least 19 others. Graphic video from multiple sources was shared widely, showing a Dodge Challenger speeding into a crowd and reversing at high speed. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as violence continued, urging "white supremacists and the Nazis" to "go home."

Flanking the base of what was once Lee's New Orleans pedestal were two banners: "End White Supremacy" and "Stand With C-Ville."

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Netroots Nation 2018 conference to be held in New Orleans

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 7:32 PM

A past Netroots Nation conference. - CREATIVE COMMONS/NEETA LIND
  • A past Netroots Nation conference.

The annual Netroots Nation conference will be held in New Orleans Aug. 2-4, 2018, organizers announced today at the 2017 conference in Atlanta.

Netroots Nation describes itself as "the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing thousands of attendees from around the country and beyond." This year's conference in Atlanta featured speeches by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Al Gore; past speakers have included former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 2018 Netroots Nation conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Aug. 2-4. Registration is open now.

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New Orleans deserves a full-time New York Times correspondent

Posted By on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 2:53 PM


Earlier this year, The New York Times moved its excellent New Orleans correspondent Campbell Robertson to Pittsburgh. Robertson did us right for many years, managing both to report the news here and give it the often-complicated context it needs.

But some of the national #nolaflood coverage this week demonstrated that the city needs someone who both understands New Orleans and knows how to explain it to the outside world.

We got it today when The New York Times published a thorough, smart piece of reporting by Katy Reckdahl, which also served as an explainer about the city's pumping system for people who might conflate the levee collapses following Hurricane Katrina with last week's failures by the Sewerage & Water Board.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sewerage & Water Board turbine repaired after fire

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Turbine No. 1 was damaged following a fire Aug. 9. - COURTESY CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
  • Turbine No. 1 was damaged following a fire Aug. 9.
A turbine that supplies power to New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board's drainage pumping stations has been repaired, according to city officials.

The Aug. 9 fire that damaged the turbine was a "small electrical fire," according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Director of Communications Tyronne Walker. The fire followed immense public scrutiny over the S&WB's operations before and after flooding on Aug. 5 that damaged homes, cars and businesses throughout the city.

The city has reminded residents to stay vigilant and keep cars on higher ground, as Landrieu emphasized that the drainage pump power capacity still is not sufficient in the event of heavy rains or major storm. The city also has launched Streetwise, a real-time tracking website that pinpoints traffic and flooded areas.
The city also ordered 26 2-megawatt generators to provide redundancy to a system that's now relying on two working turbines out of five. (Three already were down at the time of Aug. 5 flooding.) Twelve generators arrived today, and eight more are expected to arrive tomorrow. The redundancy will remain through 2017's hurricane season, according to the city.

"More analysis on the cause of the electrical fire and repair efforts are underway and will he shared when complete," according to Walker's statement to Gambit. "Future assessments will be critical to understanding the full capacity and redundancy of our water systems."

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