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Yesterday, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell introduced a smoking ordinance that essentially tells smokers to quit. Not only does does it ban smoking in businesses including bars, but in city-owned, leased and operated spaces, and public events which presumably would include Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival, Voodoo, and Buku. Nor does it offer smokers many outs. E-cigarettes are also banned, and stepping outside isn't much of an option since smoking wouldn't be allowed within 25 feet of doors or windows to businesses. In neighborhood bars, that means wandering closer to residences; on Frenchmen Street that might mean walking out toward Elysian Fields to get to a place where a smoker isn't 25 feet from a business' door or window. These long walks could easily make a city-wide problem of the resulting post-drinking chatter that earned noise complaints for some bars and prompted good neighbor agreements to stem it for others.

I'm not a smoker and have never been one, but this strikes me as a pretty radical step as it makes no effort to accommodate approximately 20 percent of the city's population (if national averages hold true to form here). The ordinance hasn't been adopted yet, but it's worth tracking and letting your council member know how you feel.

In other business, Foo Fighters are the story that just won't stop. The New Orleans episode of Sonic Highways debuts Friday night, the same night that they play a sold-out-in-minutes show at the House of Blues. I thought I was out of the Foo game, but I'll have a review of the concert in The New Orleans Advocate Sunday and thoughts on the show early next week.

Finally, I'm happy to have Tipitina's join My Spilt Milk as a sponsor. It means a lot to have them see the value in the site and join us. And, it's great to see that they have some good shows coming up including comedian W. Kamau Bell, who'll perform there in January.

I'll be on vacation for most of the Thanksgiving week, so My Spilt Milk will dial down its activities a bit. We've still got a few stories scheduled including a new video from Lauren Keenan on Sweet Crude. Once Black Friday's behind us, we'll start weaving Christmas music coverage into the mix. I love Christmas music and have done a number of interviews over the course of the year that open up the world of Christmas music. Even if you don't love the music, I hope you'll appreciate that there's more to its story than just Frosty, Santa, and a bunch of old hymns.


Last Week in Spilt Milk

- What Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl doesn't seem to get about culture

- My Spilt Milk debuts a new video by Sid Griffin about the Circle Bar and friends he knew there

- Garfunkel and Oates talk about writing funny songs and being put on the spot to think of funny things quickly

- The Milk Run looks ahead to the week in New Orleans, which includes Foo Fighters, Sweet Crude, Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa, and Stanton Moore


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