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    Big Freedia gets three years probation for housing voucher case

    New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia got closure in a months-long housing voucher case in which the performer admitted using nearly $35,000 in Section 8 funds. Freedia avoided jail time but must serve three years on probation ? including submitting to regular drug testing and performing 100 hours of community service ? and to pay full restitution.

    "I apologize to my New Orleans community," Freedia said Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. "I'm embarrassed of my conduct."

    Reading a letter to the court, Freedia ? in a shimmering black blazer and long blonde hair ? thanked probation officers for guiding her through substance abuse treatment, which she was ordered to receive (along with a stay in a halfway house) after failing a drug test earlier this year. "It was an awesome course," Freedia said.?

    Doggy fashion show Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway returns Sept. 17

    Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway
    is a professionally produced fashion show, but its staff extends beyond the usual cadre of stylists, makeup artists and Zoolander types. Along the runway, dog handlers sub for paparazzi, placed to reassure the dogs who cruise the ? er ? catwalk with the models.?

    Daiquiri Season kicks off Sept. 1

    Daiquiri Season, the monthlong "festival" honoring New Orleans? favorite frozen drink, kicks off Sept. 1.

    The festival was a two-day event founded in 2011, but it was purchased by Tales of the Cocktail in 2015. This year, the organizers have changed the concept, and restaurants and bars across the city will serve their own original frozen drinks.?

    Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

    Comedian and actor Hannibal Buress ? no stranger to Louisiana ? will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress ? of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances ? is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh.?

    Lost Bayou Ramblers release live album for flood relief

    The Lost Bayou Ramblers
    ' raucous, off-the-cuff live album Live: A La Blue Moon received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Its next live album, 2014's play-it-loud Live at Gasa Gasa, arrived practically dripping with punk show sweat.?

    New Orleans musicians host benefit concerts for flood relief

    New Orleans musicians are joining relief efforts with a series of benefit concerts following Louisiana's devastating August floods.

    At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Gasa Gasa, guitarist Colin Lake shares a bill with rock band The Breton Sound, surfy garage pop band Midriff and Hurricane Max for a benefit for schools and staff impacted by the floods.?

    New Orleans Film Festival announces feature competition lineup

    The New Orleans Film Society has announced the lineup of feature films in competition at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival. The Louisiana Features and Documentary Features categories look especially strong.?

    Lady Buckjumpers host Back To School Picnic


    Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana breweries survive flooding and other beer news

    Recent flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas didn't damage any of the breweries in the affected regions. Those breweries include Tin Roof Brewing Company and Southern Craft Brewing Company in Baton Rouge; Abita Brewing Company, Old Rail Brewing Company, Covington Brewhouse and Chafunkta Brewing Company on the Northshore; Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. in Hammond; and Cajun Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing and Parish Brewing Company in the Lafayette area.?

    Y@ Speak: after the flood
    The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  ? a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.


    Mid-Summer Mardi Gras celebrates its 30th anniversary
    The Krewe of O.A.K. is XXX-rated The Krewe of O.A.K. holds its 30th annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras celebration Saturday with the theme "Get Wet." Krewe members, costumed revelers and marching groups including The Organ Grinders, Tap Dat, Muff-a-lottas, Krewe of Bosom Buddies & Breast Friends and the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus' Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee gather on Maple Street at the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Maple St.).?

    Review: Hell or High Water
    David Mackenzie directs a post-financial crisis Western It has been argued that all Westerns share a single, underlying topic: the impending loss of the West. A cowboy riding the prairie alone or struggling to protect his secluded ranch may seem threatened by bandits or vengeful natives.?

    Review: Lizzie
    Concert meets theater at See ?Em On Stage?s ax murderer musical For those who revel in the sheer outrageousness of rock music, Lizzie, may be fulfilling fare, but if you're seeking well-developed characters enacting a thrilling and horrifying story, the See 'Em On Stage production of the murderous musical falls dramatically short. ??However well-intentioned, the creative choice of venue ? the cavernous New Orleans Art Center ? makes it almost impossible to follow the narrative.?

    Review: /?p?p?r/ at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    A survey of works on paper by renowned local artists In the art world, paper means different things to different people. For dealers and collectors, it can mean fat checks, but for artists, paper is a medium that lends itself to easy experimentation and dissemination.?

    Seeing into the Futurebirds
    Live shows get to the heart of the Georgia band, at Gasa Gasa on Aug. 26 Despite a dedicated tour following and an unflagging discography, Futurebirds have yet to make the same impact on record as they do in person. If the lack of a visceral and/or visual connection has dissuaded listeners from taking the hourlong trip through one of its three LPs, the Athens, Georgia band has one recent solution to both problems: a live three-track session for OurVinyl's TV series that excerpts 15 of the best minutes off 2015's Hotel Parties (Easy Sound).?

    Lauryn Hill to perform at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre Dec. 1

    Lauryn Hill will bring her MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling tour to Saenger Theatre Dec. 1.

    The hip-hop and neosoul singer launched the Diaspora Calling festival in April at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. The event featured artists including Machel Montano from Trinidad, Stephen "Ragga" Marley from Jamaica, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Paul Beaubrun from Haiti, Wondaboy from Nigeria and others.?

    Gambit's Digital Edition, Best of New Orleans 2016

    All content included on or in this issue, such as text, photos, logos, advertisements, graphics, computer code, and the arrangement and selection of such content, is protected by copyrights, trademarks, and/or other intellectual property rights of Gambit Communications and/or its third-party content providers.?

    Elmwood Theater presents 25th anniversary screenings of Thelma and Louise

    The Elmwood Palace theater and Fathom Events will present 25th anniversary screenings of Ridley Scott's road-movie classic Thelma and Louise on Sunday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, August 24 at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. The film stars Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis and gave Brad Pitt his big break as an actor.?

    Review: Hell or High Water

    It has been argued that all Westerns share a single, underlying topic: the impending loss of the West. A cowboy riding the prairie alone or struggling to protect his secluded ranch may seem threatened by bandits or vengeful natives.?

    Second line season parade schedule 2016-2017


    NBA All-Star Game will not affect first weekend of Mardi Gras parades, city officials say

    Lost in the news that New Orleans has been awarded the 2017 NBA All-Star Game is the significance of the game's date, Sun. Feb. 19, 2017 ? which also happens to be the first Sunday of major Mardi Gras parades on St. Charles Avenue, with the krewes of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla rolling one after another.?

    Trader Joe's will open Sep. 23 in Metairie

    At long last, Trader Joe's ? the grocery chain that has inspired a cult of fans since it opened in California in 1967 ? will be opening a store in the New Orleans metro area. On Sep. 23, TJ's will open the doors at 2949 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, introducing locals to the wonders of Triple Ginger Snaps, guacamole made with Greek yogurt, frozen flatbreads and, of course, Two Buck Chuck (which may not be two bucks any more, but the name stuck). 

    TJ's also is hiring (and jobs start at $10/hour), so if you've always wanted to don a Hawaiian shirt while directing foodie-yuppies to the frozen Chickenless Orange Mandarin Morsels, get in your applications at the Veterans store from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

    In 2011, we explored why New Orleans didn't have a Trader Joe's yet, and the 2012 news that Baton Rouge was getting one set hopes high that the store soon would come to New Orleans.?

    Revamped Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar throws block party Aug. 20

    Following several months of renovations and a brief name change, Lucy?s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995) is open again, with an expanded bar and dining space and an updated menu.

    The Warehouse District watering hole popular with the after-work CBD crowd went through a name change earlier in the year ? briefly becoming 701 Bar during a trademark dispute with one of the restaurant's former partners. The restaurant?s owners quickly reclaimed the Lucy?s name after adding partners at Kirkendoll Management.


    New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points
    All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

    Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box.?

    Shotgun Cinema announces lineup for 2016 True Orleans Film Festival

    Shotgun Cinema has announced the lineup for its second annual True Orleans Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 9-11 at The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad Street). The festival celebrates non-fiction storytelling in films, podcasts and other forms.?