It’s been nine years since Katrina, but some bad habits from the recovery still linger. Today, NOPD busted a suspected thief for copper mining in the East. 29 year old Thomas Williams did not quite make it to pulling wires from the walls, but authorities did catch him with copper piping and circuit breakers.
Senator Joe Manchin(D) took a trip down to the bayou today. The West Virginia pol known for bipartisanship headed to Acadiana to shoot some clay pigeons. Aside from logging some time at the range, the trip is aimed at bolstering Senator Mary Landrieu's (D) reelection campaign.
By Ashley Rouen
What’s in a name? For the Facebook, apparently a rose by any other name does not smell as sweet. Lately, the social media titan has been deactivating Drag Queens’ Facebook profiles for using their stage names instead of their legal names. The issues has incensed the drag queens of New Orleans and they are taking a stand. The queens are planning a virtual protest for tomorrow (10.1).
By Michael Martin
Becca Chapman is now giving one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in my theatergoing life.
Not to put too fine a point on it. I noodled about with different openings for my review of the Elm Theatre production of Sam Shepard’s gorgeous A Lie of the Mind: comments about the challenges of scaling the heights of a modern masterwork and whether failure to hit every peak invalidates the attempt; about the prevalence of machismo as a theme of so many of the serious dramas in New Orleans this year; even about the inventiveness of director Joseph Furnari’s on-the-diagonal staging, which does everything imaginable to make an unsuitable venue work for the play. Any of those would’ve amounted to burying the lead.
Tonight, undecided GNO voters can head over to Jefferson Parish to hear the candidates for Senator debate. Sort of. Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu(D) will square off against Colonel Rob Maness(R) at 6:30p.m. at Kenner City Hall. Conspicuously absent will be challenger Representative Bill Cassidy.
The amount of water wasted from this country’s aging infrastructure is staggering. While fruit trees wither, 630 million gallons of water leak in the Bay Area of Northern California every day. Across the United States, 657 water mains will probably break today. Even more pipes will spring new leaks. As of 2011, New Orleans had twenty-five times more leaks in its 1,400 mile system of water pipes than the adequate industry standard, according to ‘da Paper. Luckily for us, people from around the world have come to New Orleans to trade solutions for those problems.
Tuesday (9.30) provided a respite from the recent string of 34S’ but in Algiers police got a 34C instead. An early morning stabbing on the 3100 block of Flanders Street left one man dead and another hospitalized.
It’s the last day of September and all the local gigs are returning. Purists can catch Kermit or the Treme Bras Band and everyone can enjoy a farmers’ market. On this day in 1949, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong recorded "You Can't Lose a Broken Heart," as well as "My Sweet Hunk O' Trash." Now, more to do this Tuesday.
Senator Landrieu fares pretty well with New Orleans voters. However, her numbers should get even better after today. Landrieu along with Representative Cedric Richmond and her brother, Mayor Mitch announced a $1,875,000 grant for the NOPD from the feds. According to her office, the money will be used for jobs on the force, community policing programs, and anti-violent crime initiatives.
A bloody month is the East is showing no signs of abatement. Today (9.29) another man was killed in the area The most recent shooting is the 18th homicide in New Orleans East this year. An investigation is underway.
The New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) beer fest came and went as fast as a keg at a frat party. Attendees tasted from a selection of 300 beers and food from local vendors, such as Brats Y’all. Homebrewers lined up along the outer edge of the festival rousing up flavor controversy and exciting bland palates, while certified beer judges huddled with their flights of homebrews to determine winners in NOOT’s first juried competition.
Gentle reader, I wandered into the R Bar and it was dark like a good bar should be. Three O’clock in the afternoon and it was still dark inside. The walls were vertical slats of cracked wood, faded bordello red. Above that, black metal paneling reached to the ceiling and continued like a black sky. More cracked wood along the bar, brown and rich. Friendly kind of gloom. No music played. A humming silence reverberated from the last juke box song, dead before I had arrived. They say Bukowski stayed at the inn upstairs. Good place to start.