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

    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.?

    Sidney Torres does a Reddit AMA

    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.


    Review: Tarzan The Musical

    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.?

    Broad Theater presents short films by local film collective DumbSmart Industries

    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.?

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

    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.?

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

    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.?

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

    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.

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

    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.?

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

    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.?

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

    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.?

    Y@ Speak: driving out the snakes
    If someone didn't crawl through your bedroom window and ask to use the bathroom or pass out in front of your door wearing a green plastic hat, did St. Patrick's Day even really happen? After five million years of frat-level-wasted tourist amateur hour, we get to everyone's favorite time of year: caterpillar season.?

    New Orleans makes list of cities that "limit cooperation" with federal immigration agencies

    As mandated by sweeping immigration actions in a series of executive orders from President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first weekly report listing cities and counties that "limit cooperation" with immigration authorities.

    New Orleans is named in the March 20 edition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Declined Detainer Outcome Report" among "jurisdictions that have enacted policies which limit cooperation" with the agency ? which could determine whether New Orleans receives federal funding in the future.

    Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (March 21-27, 2017)
    Sweet Bird of Youth, Varla Jean Merman Sings?, Chris Rock Sweet Bird of YouthWed.-Sun. March 22-April 16 | Chance Wayne (Martin Bradford) has never realized his dream of becoming a star and serves as an escort to fading starlet Alexandra del Lago (Leslie Castay), who seeks comfort in booze and pills.?

    Live music in New Orleans this week (March 21-27, 2017)
    Cherry Glazerr, Static Masks, Cardinal Sons Cherry GlazerrWed. March 22 | The second album from the L.A. punk band, helmed by explosive teen visionary Clementine Currie, is 2017's Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian), opening with the self-assured chorus "I told you I'd be with the guys / But I know better now than to be with the guys" before punching the nuke codes.?

    Gambit's CUE turns 10
    A decade of anniversary items Here's a playlist to accompany CUE's 10th anniversary issue.

    "Use your words": Roy Blount Jr. speaks at Tennessee Williams festival
    The festival returns with speakers, performances and more March 22-26 Roy Blount Jr.'s voice may be familiar to local fans of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, the current events quiz show on NPR, but they may or may not recognize him walking around the French Quarter or Marigny near his home.?

    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundationawarded a $500,000 three-year grant to Covenant House to support a "two-generation" system providing case management, behavioral health care, early childhood development, education and vocational training, counseling and other services. The homeless shelter cares for more than 50 families each year.?

    Here are the nominees for 2017's Big Easy theater awards
    The annual awards honor the top performances of 2016 The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced nominees for top performances in 2016. Winners and special award recipients will be announced at the Big Easy Awards April 24 at The Orpheum Theater.?

    Snow patrol: diving into New Orleans snowballs
    Chatting ? and eating ? with the author of a guide to snowball stands It's a muggy spring afternoon in early March, and the temperature gauge on my dashboard is inching toward 90 degrees. Even with the windows rolled down, the broken air conditioner in my rickety Subaru seems to be quietly laughing at me, while the sweat trickling down my forehead is a palpable reminder that a New Orleans summer is near.?

    Megan Braden-Perry's favorite snowballs
    And where to find them Rodney's Snowball Stand9231 Lake Forest Blvd., (504) 241-2035What to get: Creamy butterscotch snowball, cotton candy cream snowball, chili cheese nachos topped with jalapenos Just Chillin3799 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-778-0373What to get: Homemade ice cream, the Hummingbird (nectar snowball stuffed with honeycomb ice cream)?

    Review: Kiki revisits New York ball scenes
    The documentary screens at Zeitgeist There's no medium like documentary film for bringing little-known subcultures out of the shadows and into the light of an unsuspecting world. More than 25 years ago, Jennie Livingston's landmark Paris Is Burning fulfilled that promise with a poignant portrait of New York City's ball culture, in which gay and transgender people of color stage elaborate competitions featuring their own style of dance-and-modeling performance.?

    I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans this Week (March 21, 2017)
    1. ADDING SAME-SEX COUPLES TO STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATUTESProposed legislation by state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, aims to close a longstanding loophole in Louisiana's domestic violence statutes by including same-sex couples.?

    Review: Rivertown stages The 39 Steps
    The farcical mystery thriller runs through March 26 The 39 Steps gives meaning to the term "wearing many hats," since a cast of four assumes dozens of roles, including traveling corset salesmen, spies, police, alluring women and railroad conductors. Playwright Patrick Barlow's revisionist adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller is based on a novel by Scotsman John Buchan, penned during World War I, when German spies could have been hiding anywhere.?

    Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bitchin Bajas head to the Music Box
    Emmett Kelly and Haley Fohr also perform March 24-25 in September, Spin called it "the wildest venue in New Orleans." Given the relative tameness of the rest of the U.S., that provinciality is probably selling it short.?

    Review: new work from Alan Gerson and Wendo on Julia Street
    Paintings, sculpture and prints at LeMieux and Boyd Satellite Spring has sprung, and pollen, hormones and mayhem are in the air. Birds, bees and even beetles are doing their thing as flowers blossom everywhere.?