Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Desiree Charbonnet plans 'important announcement' Mon. May 22

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Desiree Charbonnet.
  • Desiree Charbonnet.

Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, who stepped down from her judgeship last month in what was seen as preamble to joining the New Orleans mayor's race, has invited supporters to "an important announcement" May 22 at the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans.

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Thundercat returns to New Orleans on 2017 North American tour

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Thundercat performs at Tipitina's Oct. 6. - PHOTO BY EDDIE ALCAZAR
  • PHOTO BY EDDIE ALCAZAR
  • Thundercat performs at Tipitina's Oct. 6.

Thundercat returns to New Orleans this fall on a North American tour following the release of his acclaimed February release Drunk.

The virtuosic Brainfeeder bassist and bandleader's cloudy jazz and pop-centric R&B arrangements span 23 songs and harmonize with album guests Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus, as well as a resurrected Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins for the inexplicably gorgeous single "Show You the Way." The album has held the No. 1 on WTUL-FM's rotation for several weeks.

He's at Tipitina's Oct. 6. (He'll also be at the Varsity in Baton Rouge Oct. 8.) Fan club presale opens today through 10 p.m. May 19. A Spotify presale opens 10 a.m. May 17 through 10 p.m. May 19.

Thundercat was among the headliners at the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project, and he recorded a set at One Eyed Jacks in 2014 as part of Pitchfork's Nightcap series. 

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'Cherry-Oke' karaoke party May 19 benefits STAR

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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Have you recently brushed up on your Madonna lyrics, or do you know all the words to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It?" Bust them out at NOLA Cherry Bombs' second annual karaoke party to benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), the group which advocates against sexual violence.

The party returns to Igor's Buddha Belly May 19; its first installment took place last summer. The NOLA Cherry Bombs marching and dance group has made a point of hosting events that benefit women-centric organizations — a 2014 event benefited The Birthing Project, which works to improve birth outcomes for women of color.

The party begins at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. Just for fun, here's a '90s-heavy BuzzFeed list (and accompanying Spotify playlist) of solid karaoke songs.

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Brewsday Tuesday: New recipes for flagship beers

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The new look of Voodoo Pale Ale - TIN ROOF BREWING COMPANY
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  • The new look of Voodoo Pale Ale

Sometimes trying to fix a recipe forces a brewer back to the drawing board. Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport had to reconsider the recipe for its flagship beer, Southern Drawl, after last year’s harvest yielded hops that contained half the alpha acid bittering agents the beer needed. Small tweaks to the recipe didn’t restore the flavor the team wanted, so co-founder Andrew Nations decided to start from scratch, recreating a beer that accounts for 30 percent of the brewery's sales.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 3

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 7:10 PM

This week: The lingering sunscreen fog of Jazz Fest dads, a monument to the specter of slavery gets yellow suspenders and a green bubble wrap diaper, and a ton of people roasted it completely. Also, Sen. John Kennedy got some embarrassing national attention.

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Louisiana House passes bill that aims to put monument removal to a vote

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 6:53 PM

During demonstrations on May 7, monument opponents stood behind a supporter who gave the finger to other opponents at Lee Circle - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • During demonstrations on May 7, monument opponents stood behind a supporter who gave the finger to other opponents at Lee Circle

Despite powerful testimony from several black lawmakers urging the Louisiana House of Representatives to vote against a measure that aims to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments, the bill passed by a vote of 65-31 on May 15. It now heads to the Senate.

House Bill 71 from state State Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, prevents "altering, removing, relocating, or destroying a memorial, including any structure, plaque, statue, or monument that is located on public property and that commemorates specified wars in U.S. history." It also prohibits renaming or rededicating statues, streets, bridges, buildings and parks that are named "in memory of or named for any historical military figure, historical military event, military organization, or military unit." It doesn't list the Civil War among those events, but rather the "War Between the States."

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'Ride of Silence' May 17 commemorates fallen cyclists

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

PHOTO COURTESY BIKE EASY
  • PHOTO COURTESY BIKE EASY

On Wednesday, New Orleans cyclists will take part in Ride of Silence, an international group ride designed to draw attention to roadway deaths within the bicycle community. Riders are urged to remain silent during the easy-paced 10-mile ride to show respect for people who have been injured or who have died while using public roadways.

Several high-profile traffic deaths and accidents, made more visible by the spectral ghost bikes planted around the city to honor the deceased, have rocked the New Orleans bike community in the past few years. Recently the New Orleans City Council passed a series of ordinances designed to encourage bike safety, including requiring a safe passing distance between cars and bikes and formally prohibiting motorists from harassing or throwing things at cyclists. But advocacy events, like Ride of Silence, may also address the cultural problem of drivers' reluctance to share the road.

Riders should meet at the St. Charles Avenue entrance to Audubon Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Helmets are encouraged. It's free to attend.

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NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 24-25

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM

PHOTO COURTESY NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL
  • PHOTO COURTESY NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL

The NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 24-25 at Central City BBQ. The lineup includes bands and DJs from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Honduras and the U.S., including Etana, I-Majesty, T-Rock, Alexey Marti, Yard Squad Band, Merengue 4 and others.

There will be food from local restaurants and food trucks, a kids' area, a salsa dancing tent, African drumming lessons and a Dancehall Queen competition. The festival is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Admission is $10.

This is the fourth annual Caribbean festival. Its organizers also created the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, May 16, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 8:54 PM

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Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar has a gift for extracting relatable and dramatically compelling stories from the hidden depths of Jewish culture. Remarkably, his 2011 film Footnote wrung high drama from a tale of rival father-and-son Talmudic scholars in modern-day Jerusalem, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cedar’s first English-language film is Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, which portrays elite segments of New York City’s Jewish community as filtered through the experiences of one Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere). The fixer of the title is code for the lesser-known Yiddish word “macher,” which translates as “a person who gets things done.” The term also is used ironically to describe one who does things others won’t do to oil the social machinery and help people get what they want — all of which applies to Norman in spades.

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