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    Watch: "Cram It," the anthem from New Orleans punks Gland

    "Cram It," the first single from Gland's debut tape Neurotica, is a perfect, powerful, two-chords-and-change mission statement from the New Orleans punk band.

    In the video, which premiered on The Le Sigh, the band morphs from its youthful doubles into their contemporary selves, all one and the same in saying enough's enough, "I'm not crying anymore," while blowing up George Zimmerman and playing in the fire.

    Gland performs as part of Community Records Fest at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

    Jason Isbell on Dr. John, Frank Ocean and what makes a "good" song

    Jason Isbell likes to wander. When the songwriter stops in New Orleans, he likes to do some people watching, stop at Faulkner House Books, and then there was that time last year he performed among a dozen New Orleans artists and Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Mavis Staples in a salute to Dr. John.?

    Review: The Handmaiden

    It?s the inalienable right of any good psychological thriller to mislead its audience. There?s no surer way to make viewers feel like participants in an intricate and tension-filled story.?

    Oasis: Supersonic gets one-night theatrical screening next week


    A peek inside Beyond the Haunted Puddle, plus four more haunted houses

    Inside the entrance to Beyond the Haunted Puddle, the haunted house/immersive art installation now open at PORT, a glassy-eyed witch stirs a bubbling cauldron of human entrails? ? ?but that?s where the similarities to a classic haunted house end. Through a series of increasingly demented environments, including a truly nightmarish interlude at a purgatorial Department of Motor Vehicles counter, the installation knocks the viewer off balance in ways both visceral and cerebral. 


    Chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman celebrate wine and food of Piedmont on Oct. 25

    Rebellion Urban Kitchen & Bar?s chef Chris DeBarr and author Suzanne Hoffman are teaming up for an evening of wine and food from Italy?s Piedmont region on Oct. 25.

    For Hoffman, falling in love with the wines of Piedmont happened quickly, but it took years of research and travel before the New Orleans-born author was able to compile her book about the wine region of northwest Italy, best known for its barolos and barbarescos.?

    Toast opens near Fair Grounds

    Uptown breakfast spot Toast opened a location near the Fair Grounds (1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664).

    The original Laurel Street location (5433 Laurel St., 504-267-3260), which is operated by the same folks who run Tartine (7217 Perrier St., 504-866-4860), opened in 2014.?

    Weeki Wachee mermaids return to Audubon Aquarium Nov. 3-13

    The Weeki Wachee mermaids have drawn tourists to their attraction in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida since 1947. They visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas last year and will return Thursday through Sunday Nov. 3-6 and 10-13. 

    The mermaids will swim in the Gulf of Mexico tank with sharks, stingrays and fish from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.?

    Short-term rentals in New Orleans get City Council approval

    Airbnb now has a framework to operate, legally, in New Orleans. After months of debates and public meetings over short-term rentals (STRs), their proliferation, and the impacts they've had in the city over the last several years, the New Orleans City Council on Oct. 20 passed a measure ? introduced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration this week ? that sets up permits, fees, taxes and an infrastructure for short-term rentals advertised on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO.

    The motion prohibits full-time whole-home short term rentals in residential areas ? but it will allow whole-home "temporary rentals" up to 90 days a year.

    The vote followed a week of compromises laid out by Landrieu's administration, which initially supported the practice of whole-home rentals in residential neighborhoods, but backed off in favor of "temporary rentals" up to 120 days a year, then, ultimately, 90 days.?

    Jason Isbell, down southeastern in New Orleans
    The songwriter headlines two nights at The Joy Theater Oct. 22-23 Jason Isbell's "Traveling Alone," from the Alabama songwriter's acclaimed 2013 album Southeastern, compares a worn-out clunker steering life on the road to the husk of a man without a partner, the kind of metaphor Bruce Springsteen could wrap around a song about cars ? that's really about mending a broken heart. Springsteen himself called it a "lovely record" on NPR in 2014, and a few months later, backstage at a tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre, Isbell met Springsteen, who sang it back to him.?

    "Uninhabitable" storytelling showcase sheds light on New Orleans housing issues
    Everyone has a landlord story. Or a mold story.?

    Affordable housing exhibit pops up at Tulane City Center

    As chatter about Airbnb, gentrification and volatile rental markets flies fast and thick, a new exhibit at the Tulane School of Architecture's Tulane City Center/Small City Center (1725 Baronne St.) examines affordable housing issues in New Orleans. 

    Rather than focusing on what makes the city unusual or exceptional, this exhibit places local housing challenges in a broader national and international context. 


    Jagerhaus to close on Oct. 30, reopen at new location

    After more than eight years of slinging schnitzel, sausage plates and beer in the French Quarter, German restaurant Jagerhaus will close its doors on Oct. 30. According to a statement from the restaurant?s owners, a larger Jagerhaus will open in late 2017 on N. Rampart Street, across from Louis Armstrong Park.?

    Royal Sushi & Bar opens in Marigny

    Royal Sushi & Bar ( 1913 Royal St., 504-827-1900), a new sushi and Japanese ramen spot, is now open in the Marigny.

    The restaurant opened quietly on Oct. 15 on the corner of Royal and Touro streets. The menu reads like any other number of local sushi joints and includes a selection of specialty rolls, appetizers such as salmon poke, gyoza and tuna tataki, and various Japanese-style salads.?

    Mike Yenni insists he's staying as Jefferson Parish President, as council unanimously casts vote of no confidence in his leadership

    Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni made his first appearance before the parish council since news of his sexting scandal broke earlier last month. The regular council meeting began with Yenni making a statement to councilmembers, repeatedly citing God and his Catholic faith, but stressing he was not stepping down from his job, despite calls from councilmembers and constituents to do so.

    It only got more heated from there.


    Review: The Toxic Avenger ? The Musical

    Christopher Bentivegna?s See ?Em On Stage production company has produced comedy musicals based on zombie and slasher movies, and now he?s added a lovable nerd thrown into an oil drum full of radioactive waste who becomes an unsightly freak. It may be difficult to imagine, but The Toxic Avenger ? The Musical is not just crazy funny, but also heartwarming.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: Parish Brewing's Grand Reserve Day is sold out

    Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Louisiana, quickly sold out of tickets for its annual Parish Grand Reserve Day (Nov. 19), on which it releases its barleywine. Most of the 400 tickets sold within the first hour of release, says brewery founder Andrew Godley.

    ?People in Louisiana are looking to embrace great beer and I think this enthusiasm is just a reflection of that,? Godley says.

    What makes this event so sought after?


    Adam Sandler, David Spade coming to UNO Lakefront Arena Dec. 8
    Former Saturday Night Live stars Adam Sandler and David Spade are bringing their comedy to UNO Lakefront Arena Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in a show called the "Here Comes the Funny Tour." Also on the tour are Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson (the latter of whom plays two shows at the Joy Theater Friday night as part of Hell Yes Fest). 

    The two teamed earlier this year for "Netflix Presents The Do-Over Comedy Tour," designed to promote the second of four films Sandler is making for the streaming service. 

    Tickets go on sale Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. 

    Marigny residents ask for Hampton Inn on Elysian Fields to look less like a Hampton Inn

    Faubourg Marigny residents got a first look at renderings of a four-story Hampton Inn hotel planned for Elysian Fields Avenue ? the first major hotel chain to break ground in the neighborhood. But residents are asking developers to make it look less like a chain and more in step with the character of the neighborhood.

    The hotel's introduction to the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA) was a relatively welcome one, compared to the heated debates in 2012 among residents, the city and developer Sean Cummings, who until recently owned the property and had plans to turn it into luxury apartments.?

    Y@ Speak: can we survive 11 more games?
    New Orleans survived another collective cardiac arrest brought on by our unrealistic expectations for success in sports crashing into a wall of reality. On to the next one.?

    Louisiana Public Broadcasting to air live U.S. Senate debate Oct. 18

    Confused by the 24 names on the ballot for the Nov. 8 Senate race? The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will be hosting a 90-minute debate tomorrow night with the five candidates who met LPB-CABL's criteria.


    Gambit?s 2016 Health Book
    Meditation, probitiotics, managing diabetes Zen pals: New Orleans? meditation community Exploring meditation practice in New Orleans?

    Zen pals: New Orleans? meditation community
    Exploring meditation practice in New Orleans Mindfulness is one form of different meditations, [a] particular way of paying attention to the present moment with an open curiosity and kindness. On a quiet street tucked behind the Fair Grounds Race Course, there is a little house with several pairs of shoes on the front porch.?

    Gut check: boosting health with probiotics
    The relationship between bacteria and probiotics to human health The human body houses as many as 100 trillion bacteria. If those were dollars, that would be almost five times the national debt.?

    No sugar coating: how to manage diabetes ? and dietary lessons for everyone
    Tips for healthy lifestyles My 12-year-old son has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for almost five years. It's a challenging disease to manage and I have come to respect it as an adversary.?