Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Congressional Black Caucus, led by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, declines Trump's request for meeting

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 6:17 PM

The executive board of the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in March. The group now has formally rejected a Trump administration request for another meeting. - THE WHITE HOUSE/BENJAMIN APPLEBAUM
  • THE WHITE HOUSE/BENJAMIN APPLEBAUM
  • The executive board of the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in March. The group now has formally rejected a Trump administration request for another meeting.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group of 49 lawmakers led by New Orleans-area U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, today formally rejected a 12-day-old request from President Donald Trump to meet with the president.

According to POLITICO:
Lawmakers in the 49-member group each received an invitation last week from Omarosa Manigault, the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide who has pitched herself as an unofficial liaison to the CBC.

“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.

But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised.

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Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth host free show at Tipitina's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The mayor of Flavortown. - COURTESY GUY FIERI
  • COURTESY GUY FIERI
  • The mayor of Flavortown.

Cowboy Mouth and Guy Fieri. Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth. Cowboy Mouth. Guy Fieri. Cowboy Mouth. Guy Fieri.

Hearing their names, together, felt like a warm breeze. Familiar. Comforting. It all made sense. The golden-haired godhead of smashing food into one's mouth meets the mouth itself. Guy Fieri. Cowboy Mouth. Planets aligned.

Guy Fieri — large food eater last seen in New Orleans reuniting with the Hot Boys during All-Star Weekend — will once again grace our gravy-soaked Flavortown on his Rockin' Roadshow this Sunday, June 25 at Tipitina's with a performance from Cowboy Mouth.

Guy Fieri, the Cowboy Mouth of food, and Fred LeBlanc, the Guy Fieri of Cowboy Mouth, apparently have an undeniable magnetism, a 20-year friendship that began with a courtship dance at a Cowboy Mouth concert in California. The rest, they say, is history. Tell 'em, Doug:
The story goes that LeBlanc — and this will surprise no one who's ever seen Cowboy Mouth — left the stage, waded into the audience, and climbed atop the table where Fieri sat.

LeBlanc says he doesn't remember calling the crowd's attention to Fieri's blonde brush-cut hair, but the celebrity chef says he did — again, could anyone doubt this? LeBlanc said he probably recognized Fieri as the most likely hell-raiser in the audience.
Ah, yes. Classic Guy. Classic Fred. Raising hell to the tune of "Jenny Says" at a seated concert. Their friendship joins the annals of New Orleans food-and-music camaraderie, alongside Emeril Lagasse and Sammy Hagar. May they be blessed with 20 more years of companionship.

Cowboy Mouth performs at Guy Fieri's Rockin' Roadshow at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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Summer specials at Carrollton Market, Josephine Estelle, Brown Butter

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Carrollton Market is extending their brunch service and adding a weekly family-style dinner this summer. - COURTESY CARROLLTON MARKET/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY CARROLLTON MARKET/FACEBOOK
  • Carrollton Market is extending their brunch service and adding a weekly family-style dinner this summer.

Uptown bistro Carrollton Market (8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928) is extending its weekend brunch service and adding a weekly family-style dinner event for summer.

Chef and owner Jason Goodenough and his team will serve a three-course family-style dinner every Wednesday from June 28 through the end of July.

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There's a blood drive at Twelve Mile Limit June 24

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

VMIRAMONTES / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
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Mid-City neighborhood cocktail bar Twelve Mile Limit and local blood bank The Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

At the event, donors can enjoy appetizer specials and may be eligible to receive a T-shirt from The Blood Center; they also get $5 off food at the bar. In donating, they'll help replace the city's easily-depleted blood supply. (Blood shortages are a recurring problem nationwide — as recently as January, the American Red Cross pleaded with the public to donate blood and platelets to mitigate a winter shortage. Without appropriate blood reserves, hospitals often can't proceed with planned, lifesaving surgeries and transplants.)

Make sure to eat a full meal before donating, and bring a photo ID. (And presumably, don't drink until after you donate.) Donors must be 16 years old and meet a short list of eligibility requirements.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Passenger by Kaori Maeyama and Tastier by Leslie Friedman

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama

Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive. The rhythmic flow of glistening city streets seen from a moving car can slip into an almost hypnotic realm reminiscent of dreamy ambient music or lyrical modern jazz riffs.

Kaori Maeyama’s nocturnal cityscape paintings in the show The Passenger at Staple Goods look starkly abstract at first, but in works like Through a Glass Darkly (pictured), dusky forms and luminous highlights suggest office towers, overpasses and traffic rendered with a cinematic sense of motion. In some, the steel trusses of the Huey P. Long bridge are conveyed by luminous slashes in inky patinas that evoke the dense mists over the Mississippi River.

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'Scalise Strong' blood drive in Metairie garners 40 pints of blood

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Forty pints of blood were donated yesterday at a "Scalise Strong" blood drive in Metairie, in honor of the local U.S. Congressman who was shot last week. - ALLEN JOHNSON JR.
  • ALLEN JOHNSON JR.
  • Forty pints of blood were donated yesterday at a "Scalise Strong" blood drive in Metairie, in honor of the local U.S. Congressman who was shot last week.

Local Democrats and Republicans alike turned out yesterday for a Metairie blood drive in honor of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot last week at a baseball practice in a Virginia suburb. Scalise still is hospitalized, but his condition continues to improve, according to doctors and visitors.

“I didn’t vote for him, but this shouldn’t have happened to him,” one woman said as she left the one-day "Scalise Strong" blood drive hosted by the real estate firm of Engel & Völkers in Metairie.

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New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
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Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday. Tropical storm-like conditions are expected later Tuesday and the storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at City Hall before the storm was named, Ken Graham with the National Weather Service said a shift in direction could change its impact. He urged residents not to focus on the "cone," which is just west of New Orleans. The storm still could bring significant rain and street flooding to the area. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison urged drivers to stay off the road, if possible.

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Smokehouse Grill open in Bucktown

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Smokehouse Grill, a new restaurant in Bucktown, is now open. - COURTESY SMOKEHOUSE GRILL
  • COURTESY SMOKEHOUSE GRILL
  • Smokehouse Grill, a new restaurant in Bucktown, is now open.

Smokehouse Grill (200 Metairie Hammond Highway, 504-252-4797), a new barbecue and grill restaurant, opened in late May on the edge of Bucktown.

Owners Brandon Herty Arnold and chef Joe Rouchon met while working at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

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Brewsday Tuesday: New beers at local taprooms

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices. - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices.

Brewery taprooms have plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs. Brewers also can serve beers that have not hit the broader market to gauge interest or experiment with different versions of a beer.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Y@ Speak: thoughts and prayers edition

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Twitter reacts to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Legislature closes out the very special limited edition ultra-rare super exclusive session, and New Orleans endures chin straps, cement, and Sidney Torres.

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