Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free admission for Louisianans to NOMA, Ogden Museum and CAC Aug. 17

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM


Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The Helis Foundation is providing free admission for Louisiana residents to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) on Thursday, Aug. 17. The offer also is good for Ogden After Hours. The CAC will give away free iced coffee.

Helis regularly supports free admission for Louisiana residents at local museums on specific days, including NOMA and the New Orleans Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, Ogden Museum on Thursdays and CAC on Sundays. It also sponsors one free day at the Louisiana Children's Museum every other month.  


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New Orleans City Council to hold meeting on Sewerage & Water Board updates

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:12 PM

A van drives through Mid-City floodwaters Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • A van drives through Mid-City floodwaters Aug. 5.

Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) staff and city officials will face members of the New Orleans City Council a second time after daily revelations about the city's drainage infrastructure have shown deep dysfunction and frustration within the agency and at City Hall.

The meeting is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 in City Council chambers at City Hall.

The council also will hear from representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other officials as it vets the city's response to the S&WB's "crisis" and consider legislation dealing with current issues and flood response.

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Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation to headline Fried Chicken Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24. - COURTESY FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
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  • Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24.

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform at the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park, organizers announced Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Local IPAs gain recognition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 6:04 PM


Parish Brewing's Ghost in the Machine - PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • Parish Brewing's Ghost in the Machine

India Pale Ale, or IPA, is the king of the craft beer movement, but it is a continuously  evolving style. The once-popular West Coast-style IPA, known for its bitter and resinous hop character, has been replaced by the New England style: an unfiltered, juicy brew with more floral and citrus character. Other styles, including lower-alcohol session IPA and flavored IPAs, which infuse fruit and spices into the beer, have had their moments as well. No matter which version is trending, though, a big bunch of hops remains the essential ingredient in IPAs.

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City Hall issues call for reports on S&WB failures; repair costs hit $35 million

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5.

As New Orleans officials continue daily updates revealing deep dysfunction at the beleaguered Sewerage & Water Board, the city has put out a call for firms to diagnose the issues leading up to and after Aug. 5 flooding. According to FEMA, more than 800 insurance claims have been filed through its National Flood Insurance Program.

The city is requesting proposals from firms to "deliver a report that details in narrative, diagrams and data the causes of the flood events" and failure of its drainage pump-powering turbines, according to an announcement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office.

The statement says "the analysis will provide clear and accurate information to the public from an independent source regarding the system’s capacity and vulnerabilities that can be communicated to the public."

Proposals are due Aug. 21.

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Steve Beatty, longtime publisher of The Lens, departs under unclear circumstances

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 3:26 PM

A 2009 file photo shows The Lens founders Karen Gadbois (left) and Ariella Cohen with then-editor Steve Beatty.
  • A 2009 file photo shows The Lens founders Karen Gadbois (left) and Ariella Cohen with then-editor Steve Beatty.
Steve Beatty, longtime publisher and CEO of The Lens, "has left the nonprofit, investigative newsroom in New Orleans to pursue other interests," The Lens announced today — a characterization Beatty disputes. The Lens' website already lists Beatty in its alumni section.

Reached by phone, Beatty said, "I hope to have something to say in the next couple of days." He asked Gambit how the news had gotten out, and was unaware The Lens had announced his departure publicly.

Editor Steve Myers had no comment, referring Gambit to Nicholas Peddle, chairman of The Lens' five-person board of directors.

Peddle told Gambit, "It's accurate he did resign. The Lens has grown a lot under his leadership and the board and staff of The Lens wish him nothing but the best." Asked if the board requested Beatty's resignation, Peddle said, "No, the board did not pressure him to resign." Pressed further on whether the board then would welcome Beatty back if he changed his mind, Peddle said, "He resigned. Let's just leave it at that."

Informed of Peddle's comments, Beatty said, "No. I did not resign."

The story of Beatty's departure, written by Myers, says that a search for a replacement is underway.

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5 dining and drinking events this week

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Meauxbar will host a dinner inspired by Julia Child in honor of the legendary chef's birthday on Aug. 15. - PHOTO BY LYNN GILBERT/COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY LYNN GILBERT/COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Meauxbar will host a dinner inspired by Julia Child in honor of the legendary chef's birthday on Aug. 15.

Staying in is overrated. Here are five picks for dining and drinking events in the city this week.

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Turkey and the Wolf is America’s Best New Restaurant, says Bon Appetit

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Turkey and the Wolf is America's best new restaurant, says Bon Appétit magazine. - COURTESY TURKEY AND THE WOLF/FACEBOOK
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  • Turkey and the Wolf is America's best new restaurant, says Bon Appétit magazine.

Turkey and the Wolf is America’s best new restaurant, according to Bon Appetit.

Mason Hereford’s Irish Channel sandwich shop has been killing it since opening last year, garnering accolades from critics near and far (including this one), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the restaurant snagged the food magazine’s top spot.

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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
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  • 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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