Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Satchmo SummerFest reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest. - COURTESY NICHOLAS PAYTON
  • Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest.

The 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest returns Aug. 4-6 with three stages of music and a large lineup of New Orleans jazz artists and brass bands, all performing in honor of festival namesake Louis Armstrong.

Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo debut this year, along with Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pinstripe Brass Band and Ashlin Parker and Trumpet Mafia.

After hosting the festival in Jackson Square last year, the 17th annual event returns to the Old U.S. Mint, with a stage and dance area on the museum's second floor and two stage tents outside the museum. There also are Armstrong- and jazz-centric panel discussions and screenings, a kids' acitivites area ("Pop's Playhouse"), and a jazz mass and second line beginning in Treme. Check the schedule here.

Admission is $5 daily, free to children under 12. Admission includes access to the

Check the full music lineup below.

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Panel and book signing June 29 highlight gun violence survivors

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America. - COURTESY KATHY SHORR
  • Shyrica is one of many featured in Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America.

One of every five people pictured in Kathy Shorr's Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America was shot in an incident of domestic violence.

There's Shyrica, who was shot by her husband in a Walmart parking lot. Elizabeth was shot in the face by her estranged husband, who then killed her 18-year-old daughter. A Miami woman was shot in the parking lot of her apartment building by her husband, a veteran with PTSD.

These women all appear in the book, along with portraits of 98 other survivors. They represent just a small fraction of the thousands of people in America who are victims of gun violence each year, many of whom have no personal involvement with criminal activity. Shorr presents the book at a panel discussion at Treo Thursday night, where she'll appear with a trauma surgeon and some of of the people she photographed.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Dining with beer in New Orleans

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Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub

It's no surprise that beer and food go together, but the pairing is becoming more sophisticated in New Orleans, as in beer-pairing dinners in which brewers coordinate with chefs. Freret Beer Room opened to highlight beer and food pairings, and it hosts Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan at a special dinner July 11. Below are some restaurants and breweries to sample food and drink together.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Y@ Speak: storm's a-brewin'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

In this week's edition: the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on its health bill and we get the cold shoulder from Tropical Storm Cindy.

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Senate bill would cut health care to 'hundreds of thousands' on Medicaid in Louisiana

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM

  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

As the U.S. Senate mulls a vote on the GOP's recently released bill designed to gut the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana officials and medical groups are urging senators to consider the potentially devastating impact it could have to people relying on Medicaid's expansion in the state.

In July 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards approved Medicaid's expansion to include coverage for more than 433,000 people in the state, including more than 100,000 receiving preventive cancer treatment and more than 15,000 women who have received breast cancer screenings. More than 150 people were diagnosed with colon cancer after screenings made possible through recent Medicaid coverage.

Today's report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the Senate's "Better Care Reconciliation Act" would increase the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by 22 million while reducing the federal deficit by $321 billion from 2017-2026 — mostly by cutting spending on Medicaid, which would decline in 2026 by 26 percent compared to projections based on current law. Medicaid would lose more than $770 billion by 2026.

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Poke Loa to open Old Metairie location

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Poke Loa will open a second location this fall in Old Metairie . - COURTESY POKE LOA/FACEBOOK
  • Poke Loa will open a second location this fall in Old Metairie .

Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993), the city’s first restaurant dedicated to the trendy raw fish dish, is expanding with a second location in Old Metairie this fall.

The Magazine Street fast-casual raw fish hub opened in February, selling mix-and-match bowls of fish, rice, greens and toppings. Restaurants around the city also offer versions of the raw fish dish.

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Gambit's Digital Edition, June 27, 2017

Posted on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Cover photo by Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cassidy still undecided on health care bill, he tells Face the Nation

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 2:39 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Senate Republicans who's been openly hesitant about the health care bill released this week by the Senate, told Face the Nation's John Dickerson this morning he was still undecided about whether he could support it.

"There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state that are peculiar to my state, a couple of things I'm concerned about," Cassidy said. "But if those can be addressed, I will. And if they can't be addressed, I won't. So, right now, I'm undecided."

Cassidy didn't elaborate, and Dickerson didn't follow up on what those things might be.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Former U.S. Senate candidate Maness urges veterans' groups to boycott New Orleans

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 4:31 PM

click image Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a candidate for the Louisiana Senate last year, suggests veterans' groups boycott New Orleans. - MOUNTAINMAN23/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a candidate for the Louisiana Senate last year, suggests veterans' groups boycott New Orleans.

Last year, Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness was running for the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. Today he suggested veterans boycott New Orleans, the state's largest city.

On the syndicated Lars Larson Show, which was broadcast this week from WBRP-FM in Baton Rouge, Maness said veterans' organizations should avoid holding events in New Orleans due to the controversial takedown of four Confederate-era monuments in the city.

"Don't use racism and slavery and those sort of things to attack men who were serving their countries" at the time, Maness told Larson.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Baby Driver

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 9:13 PM


British writer-director Edgar Wright has built a successful career on reimagining familiar film genres. His “Cornetto Trilogy” brought fresh ideas and unexpected laughs to the zombie movie (Shaun of the Dead), the cop picture (Hot Fuzz) and the sci-fi epic (The World’s End). One key element shared by all these films is a well-chosen popular-music soundtrack that helps elevate Wright’s work above that of many of his genre-hopping peers.

None of those films set the stage for Wright’s innovative and entertaining Baby Driver. The story of a young getaway specialist trying to extricate himself from a life of crime, the film draws some inspiration from movies with classic car-chase sequences such as Bullit or The French Connection. But Baby Driver quickly moves beyond its predecessors in hopes of pioneering a new way to integrate music and film on screen.

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