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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Magnolia Ball at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Magnolia Ball chairs Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci and David T. Baker in front of Cognate by Valerie Jaudon (2010, oil on linen, from the collection of Stacy and Jay Underwood). The Jaudon work is part of the ball's featured exhibit, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • Magnolia Ball chairs Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci and David T. Baker in front of Cognate by Valerie Jaudon (2010, oil on linen, from the collection of Stacy and Jay Underwood). The Jaudon work is part of the ball's featured exhibit, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction.

The 2018 Magnolia Ball is 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, June 9 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The event will honor the exhibit The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction, on view through July 22. The party also features live music and DJ sets from some talented locals, such as The Original Pinettes Brass Band and DJ RedStylez. There will be food and cocktails from 20 vendors, including Chais Delachaise, Marjie’s Grill, Meauxbar, Saba and Taceaux Loceaux, and both snacks and libations are included in the price of admission. Tickets start at $75 for members and $150 for non-members.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

'Family Equality Day' for LGBT families returns to Longue Vue June 10

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM

PHOTO BY CORY WOODWARD / UNSPLASH
  • PHOTO BY CORY WOODWARD / UNSPLASH

A robust list of Pride weekend activities in New Orleans is capped off by Family Equality Day, an annual outdoor party at Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Now in its third year, the event welcomes LGBT parents, children and family members for a daytime celebration including entertainment, kids' activities and a community resource fair. New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus performs and there's a planned puppet parade through the gardens, plus house and garden tours. Food and nonalcoholic drinks also are served.

Children's activities will include work with Fly Circus Space circus arts performers, art projects, lawn games and circuit building with STEM group Electric Girls. Kids also can enjoy interactive projects in the Discovery Garden dealing with plants, bugs and nature.

It's free to attend the party, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Participants are encouraged to carpool, as there is limited parking near the historic home and gardens.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

What's next for Canal Furniture Liquidators after the April 23 fire

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23. - PHOTO COURTESY HOLIS HANNAN
  • PHOTO COURTESY HOLIS HANNAN
  • Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23.

On the morning of April 23, the warehouse containing Canal Furniture Liquidators was engulfed in flames. Store owner Holis Hannan had a 9 a.m. meeting scheduled that day to discuss a hotel liquidation.

“At 5 a.m., I was watching the building burn,” she says. “By 10 a.m., I was in that hotel doing that liquidation.”

When asked if there’s been an outpouring of support from the community since the fire, Hannan’s response is heartening.

“There has been. It’s been humbling,” Hannan says. “I’ve had a lot of people — a lot of customers — wanting to be behind us. One of my customers actually donated two months of warehouse space, so I was able to get up and running again as quickly as I have.”

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

City Park to debut 'Scout Island Scream Park' for Halloween

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 11:58 AM

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  • PHOTO BY FREESTOCKS.ORG / UNSPLASH

A new "fright festival" is coming to the Halloween-craziest of cities (where the holiday lasts at least a month, with bonus jump scares every time you open your Sewerage & Water Board bill).

In October, New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary Haunted House will debut Scout Island Scream Park, a forthcoming "land of terror" on Scout Island (located in the park, north of Highway 610).

The festival will include several themed scare areas including "Cirque du Fear" and "Blood Bayou," a magic area, a kids' zone and several fright-themed activities such as a haunted swamp tour, a "zombie outbreak battlefield," a haunted fun house and more. There's also food, drinks and those most terrifying of activities: carnival rides.

The new Halloween festival may plug the hole created by longtime Halloween haunted house and three-ring circus House of Shock, which operators announced would close at the end of its 2017 run.

It costs $13 to get into Scout Island Scream Park, and some activities and rides require additional tickets. All-access passes are available for $39-$49.

An opening date for the festival has yet to be announced. 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day returns May 12

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 3:24 PM

PHOTO BY TOM HERMANS / UNSPLASH
  • PHOTO BY TOM HERMANS / UNSPLASH

Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated nationally at the end of April, arrives a little later in New Orleans. Events at Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop, Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop and Blue Cypress Books May 12 will fete the booksellers (and their customers) that comprise the local reading scene.

Saturday's bookstore parties include special books, stencils, journals and prints for sale; limited giveaways of Blackbird Letterpress' New Orleans "City" notebooks with a $25 purchase and the chance to win a $100 gift certificate for people who visit all four participating stores in New Orleans.

Here's a quick look at what you can expect at some of the events.

  • At Garden District Book Shop, there are giveaways of tote bags, advance reading copies of forthcoming releases and recommendations by notable authors.

  • Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop will have sci-fi and fantasy author panels throughout the day, plus special merch and giveaways.

  • Over at Octavia Books, local authors including former Gambit editor Michael Tisserand, illustrator Emma Fick and cheese expert Liz Thorpe give talks, and there's a cheese tasting plus merchandise and giveaways.

  • Blue Cypress Books has tote bag and advance reading copies giveaways, plus a big selection of $1 books.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

'Books for Brews' prison book drive returns April 21

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM

PHOTO BY TOM HERMANS / UNSPLASH
  • PHOTO BY TOM HERMANS / UNSPLASH

One Book One New Orleans and Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners will host a "Books for Brews" book drive at Second Line Brewing this Saturday.

At the event, attendees can receive free beer tokens in exchange for donations of books to be sent to people who are incarcerated. The organizing groups will collect a few specific types of books, including new or gently used paperback dictionaries, composition notebooks (the kind without a spiral binding), and softcover trade or how-to manuals on subjects such as carpentry or needlework.

Other types of books are not needed at this time.

One Book One New Orleans also is looking for a couple of volunteers to help box and transport the books after the event. If you can't make it, but want to lend a hand, Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners has an Amazon list to purchase books for donation (tragically, no free beer is involved).

The book drive takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 21. Admission is free.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

'This isn't a resting point, it's a launch pad' — an interview with WWL-TV's Sheba Turk on the release of her new book

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM

WWL-TV Anchor Sheba Turk's new book was published by Pelican Publishing March 27. - PHOTO BY JOSH DETIEGE
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  • WWL-TV Anchor Sheba Turk's new book was published by Pelican Publishing March 27.

In March, WWL-TV anchor Sheba Turk and Pelican Publishing released Turk’s book Off Air: My Journey to the Anchor Desk, about growing up in New Orleans in a family of modest means, striking out on her own in New York City for college (only to have to return home when she no longer could afford to attend school there), and her meteoric rise from co-producer to reporter to traffic anchor to morning show anchor at WWL in just two years.

Turk credits her success to her loving, albeit flawed parents, a positive attitude and an abundance of strong female role models, including her mom and her mentors Kim Bondy, a former program producer and now-strategist and consultant, and Soledad O’Brien, former CNN anchor and now-CEO of Starfish Media Group. O'Brien also composed the book's foreword.

Turk celebrates the book’s premiere at a signing 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at Terrance Osborne Gallery (3029 Magazine St.). Books are available for purchase at the event, or online at www.ShebaTurk.com. She took a few minutes to talk with Gambit about her journey so far, her book and what’s next.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Supercard of Honor: chatting with wrestler Cody 'The American Nightmare' Rhodes

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 5:23 PM

Back at WrestleMania 30 in 2014, the talented Cody Rhodes, a hard-working wrestler with a magic touch for finding ways to connect with the audience, was relegated to a minor role in an opening multi-man match. Four years later, he's returning to New Orleans a proven main-eventer, and on Saturday, April 7 at Ring of Honor's Supercard of Honor, he'll face Kenny Omega in a dream match pro-wrestling fandom is buzzing about.

Cody (left) and Kenny Omega (right) will face off April 7 at "Supercard of Honor" - RING OF HONOR
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  • Cody (left) and Kenny Omega (right) will face off April 7 at "Supercard of Honor"

After almost a decade at WWE, Cody left in 2016 to make a living as an independent wrestler. He's not the first to try, nor the first to succeed, but as a longtime fan it's been gratifying to watch Cody's journey, first out from under the shadow of his legendary father (bleach-blonde Hall-of-Famer Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream) and then beyond the gates of WWE as an international independent star.

Cody's always had charisma. Years ago, his absurdly perfect good looks were the basis of an ultra-vain "male beauty" persona that remains dear to the hearts of many (and helped get my then-partner interested in watching wrestling). It was Cody who finally reintroduced WWE's iconic white-leather Intercontinental Title belt, and he proved capable of making all kinds of unlikely material work, including getting fans excited about something as seemingly basic as him growing a mustache.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Fashion show, comedy night highlight reproductive rights

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 3:38 PM

PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST

As new abortion restrictions with tentative support from the governor wind through the Louisiana Legislature and the federal government moves to strengthen health care providers' conscience objection protections, two local groups have planned fundraisers spotlighting abortion rights and emergency contraception programs.

On March 31, New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF) hosts its inaugural Say Yes to the Vest benefit, in which local designers present creative takes on the vests worn by abortion clinic escorts. (Tagline: "Mesh has made a comeback.") Camille Roane of the Black Girl Giggles comedy collective hosts, and there's storytelling and a silent auction.

Tickets, $20, include drinks and snacks and fund NOAF's assistance programs for women who want an abortion but cannot afford one. The event begins at 7 p.m. at New Orleans Art Center.

On April 2, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) hosts a comedy and burlesque night at Sidney's Saloon to raise money for emergency contraception (such as Plan B) for survivors of sexual assault — especially those who are denied such medications by health care providers.

Performers include Laura Sanders, Geneva Joy Hughes, Mary-Devon Dupuy, Cacophany, Jade Bronte, High Profile, Remy Dee and others. There's also a food pop-up by La Monita, and Will Jackson DJs following the show. Tickets are $10 and the event begins at 8 p.m. at Sidney's Saloon.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Books roundup: Five literary events in New Orleans in March

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM

CCAC NORTH LIBRARY / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0
  • CCAC NORTH LIBRARY / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

It's March: when spring returns, clocks do whatever it is they do when daylight saving time begins and we break out the shorts and flip-flops we'll all be wearing for the next eight months.

Among the city's densely populated fooding-and-festing spring calendar, there are a few worthwhile literary events to attend this month. Here's a short list of picks.

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