Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Landrieu: "NOPD's policy on immigration complies with federal law"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu stood by New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) policy following a report that puts New Orleans on a list of U.S. cities that "limit cooperation" with federal immigration authorities.

Landrieu says targeting immigrant communities is likely to break any trust between them and police, which could prevent people from reporting crimes or testifying as witnesses, under threat of their immigration status being questioned.

“First and foremost, the NOPD does now and will continue to follow federal laws and focus on arresting people who commit crime, regardless of their immigration status," Landrieu said in a March 21 statement. "The NOPD’s policy on immigration complies with federal law and makes New Orleans safer because individuals are more likely to report crime, and victims and witnesses can testify without fear of being questioned about their immigration status. That’s why the NOPD will continue to focus on arresting those who commit violent crimes, not enforcing civil immigration laws."

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Sidney Torres does a Reddit AMA

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Sidney Torres IV - CHERYL GERBER
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Real estate flipper / The Deed reality star / celebrated trashman Sidney D. Torres IV participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat this afternoon.

And, indeed, they asked him anything — from serious real estate questions to snark. Sometimes he even answered the latter.


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Review: Tarzan The Musical

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 1:19 PM


Tarzan: The Musical, based on the Disney film, was created for young audiences, but there is plenty in Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s (JPAS) production to fascinate adults. The Broadway adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ jungle fantasy is a spectacle, and JPAS delivers startling sound effects and lighting, gorgeous costuming, acrobatic choreography, aerial feats and an orchestral score (composed by rocker Phil Collins) conducted by Dennis Assaf.

Disney changed Tarzan of the Apes to be more appropriate for children. A leopard, not the ape king Kerchak (Louis Dudoussat), kills Tarzan’s parents. An Englishman, not Tarzan, murders Kerchak. Tarzan never learns French and does not move to Wisconsin seeking Jane. Although the story about a boy adopted by wild apes has been dramatically modified, lessons about universal love, humanity and the rich animal kingdom endure.

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Broad Theater presents short films by local film collective DumbSmart Industries

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Jalapeño Andretti
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The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) presents a showcase of short films by New Orleans film collective DumbSmart Industries on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. On the program are three short films written and directed by Nicholas Manuel Pino and Alejandro de los Rios: Richie Broke, Jalapeño Andretti, and Joe & Josie. The collective recently earned widespread attention for its Big Freedia-starring commercial for local attorney Juan LaFonta. DumbSmart will be on hand for a post-screening reception at the theater's bar featuring a surprise musical guest. Tickets are available here.

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Louisiana women won't receive equal pay until 2115, study predicts

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:44 AM


According to new projections released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the wage gap for women in Louisiana won't close until the year 2115. In the report, Louisiana joins just three other states — North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — in failing to close the gap until the 22nd century.

The group's analysis considered the ratio of women's to men's earnings for full-time workers and how that ratio has changed over time since 1959. The wage gap can cost a woman many thousands of dollars over the course of her career and contributes to lifestyle issues such as difficulty saving for retirement — a serious problem for women, who typically live longer than men.

City and state officials often discuss the egregious pay equity problem statewide and recently have begun to make efforts to address it. The New Orleans City Council established an Equal Pay Advisory Committee and Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for a Civil Service Commission study about gender disparity on its own payroll. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Donna Edwards also hosted a summit earlier this month about pay equity in Baton Rouge.

Though such discussions are limited in their initial impact, it's heartening to know this pervasive issue is on elected officials' radar.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

THINX founder Miki Agrawal removed from NOEW women's summit lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 2:42 PM


The Idea Village, one of the organizing groups behind New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), has released a statement regarding the cancellation of THINX founder Miki Agrawal's appearance at a women's summit at the conference.

Agrawal originally was scheduled to give a "fireside chat" at the summit, which highlights issues women face in the workplace. The high-profile founder of THINX, which makes underwear designed to disrupt the lucrative menstrual pad and tampon market, was known for her colorful interviews and quirky (some might say eccentric) behavior.

But this week, news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Agrawal from a former employee — a serious charge for anyone, but especially for a figurehead who espouses feminist ideals and women's empowerment. The allegations follow a flurry of criticism from current and former employees about poor working conditions for the company's women, including inadequate maternity leave, a toxic office culture and low pay.

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Stand-up comedy coming to New Orleans: Jon Benjamin, Joel McHale, Creed Bratton and more

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Dave Hill, Joel McHale and Ben Kronberg (left-right) perform in New Orleans this spring.
  • Dave Hill, Joel McHale and Ben Kronberg (left-right) perform in New Orleans this spring.

Here are some big-name comedy shows to put on your calendar this spring. As always, check Gambit listings for your weekly and monthly comedy schedules, from stand-up to sketch, improv and everything else.

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Inaugural Disability Pride Festival March 25 is for and by people with disabilities

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM


New Orleans often has lagged behind other cities when it comes to anticipating and accommodating the needs of people with disabilities. In more recent incidents, bus stops failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a renovation to New Orleans Public Library's Nix branch overlooked a ramp for for people who use wheelchairs.

But a new festival has the potential to shine a greater light on people with disabilities, who make up as much as 19 percent of the American population. At Saturday's all-ages Disability Pride Festival, people with disabilities, their friends, families and allies will gather for New Orleans' first celebration of disability pride — a key aspect of the growing disability rights movement.

The festival is divided into two parts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana (8325 Oak St.), there's a resource fair featuring food, art and social service vendors. Afternoon entertainment follows and includes performances from Irwin Royes (the "world's smallest magician") and an exhibition game from the Rollin' Pelicans wheelchair basketball team. Events are designed to help community members connect and encourage conversations about what it means to be a person with disabilities.

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Comedy Central to film half-hour stand-up specials at the Civic Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM


Comedy Central will return to the Civic Theatre in April to host another round of comedians for the network's latest series of half-hour stand-up specials. And tickets are free.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… (formerly The Half Hour) will film 14 episodes at the theater, with performances from Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony Devito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Lashonda Lester, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. The series premieres in fall 2017.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana Purchase Brewing Co. to open this spring

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Royal Brewery has a 30-barrel brewhouse system. - ROYAL BREWERY
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  • Royal Brewery has a 30-barrel brewhouse system.

Royal Brewery (7366 Townsend Place, 504-415-8444) in New Orleans East is the third brewery this month to receive its license to brew beer in the city. It's the 10th brewery (including brewpubs) in the city and the 33rd in Louisiana.

Owners Raymond and Mandy Pumilia and head brewer Michael Ogden have started brewing Culicidae Ale, a pale ale fermented with British yeast.

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