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Covenant Thu. Aug. 30 | Ritual noisemaker Covenant returned from a five-year absence in 2011 to release Modern Ruin, the Swedish group's seventh platter of fjord fusion: ice-bathed electro body rock and new-wave vocoder vocals. The Breakup opens at The Howlin' Wolf. PAGE 111. Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 Naked.Sordid.Reality Fri. Aug. 31 | Two weeks after California compatriot Leslie Jordan performed at AllWays Lounge, Del Shores presents his one-man show of behind-the-scene tales from Hollywood. Shores created the play-turned-filmturned-series Sordid Lives, which starred Jordan. Shores will share accounts of his feuds with anti-gay activists including Kirk Cameron. At AllWays Lounge and Theatre. Virgin Queens Sat. Sept. 1 | Drag queens won't be difficult to find during Southern Decadence, but the Virgin Queens pageant tries to put some of the edginess back in drag by challenging men to try drag on stage for the first time. There are three elimination rounds of singing and dancing before a new virgin diva is crowned. At AllWays Lounge and Theatre. PAGE 124. Dylan LeBlanc with Victor Olston and Lackadaisies Sat. Sept. 1 | Singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc headlines a showcase of Shreveportbased bands that meld softer rock, folk, Americana and blues. His latest release, Cast the Same Old Shadow, wrestles with heartbreak as he channels Neil Young and Chris Issak. At One Eyed Jacks. PAGE 113. AUG Ana Popovic | Belgrade's Ana Popovic is proof even Serbian girls get the blues. The singer/guitarist debuted in 2000, at age 24, with Hush!, named for her first band. Last year's Unconditional (recorded in New Orleans) hit No. 1 on the Billboard blues chart with instrumental chops and twangy attitude in spades. At Chickie Wah Wah. 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BouqueTs + brickbats TM knowledge is power Why you're hearing so much about voter ID laws this year. oter ID laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws -- which 30 states have now enacted in some form -- are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters. We've taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the debate. So what are these laws? They are measures intended to ensure that a registered voter is who he says he is and not an impersonator trying to cast a ballot in someone else's name. The laws, most of which have been passed in the last several years, require that registered voters show ID before they're allowed to vote. Exactly what they need to show varies. Some states require a government-issued photo, while in others, a current utility bill or bank statement is sufficient. As a registered voter, I thought I always had to supply some form of ID during an election. Not quite. Per federal law, first-time voters who registered by mail must present a photo ID or copy of a current bill or bank statement. Some states generally advise voters to bring some form of photo ID. But prior to the 2006 election, no state ever required a voter to produce a government-issued photo ID as a condition to voting. In 2006, Indiana became the first state to enact a strict photo ID law, a law that was upheld two years later by the U.S. Supreme Court. Why are these voter ID laws so strongly opposed? Voting law opponents contend these laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democratic. Obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome, with even free state ID requiring documents like a birth certificate that can cost up to $25 in some places. According to a study from NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, 11 percent of voting-age citizens lack necessary photo ID while many people in rural areas have trouble accessing ID offices. During closing arguments in a recent case over Texas' voter ID law, a lawyer for the state brushed aside these obstacles as the "reality to life of choosing to live in that part of Texas." Attorney General Eric Holder and others have compared the laws to a poll tax, in which Southern states during the Jim Crow era imposed voting fees, which discouraged the working class and poor, many of whom were minorities, from voting. Given the sometimes costly steps required to obtain needed documents today, legal scholars argue that photo ID laws create a new "financial barrier to the ballot box." Just how well-founded are fears of voter fraud? There have been only a small number of fraud cases resulting in a conviction. A New York Times analysis from 2007 identified 120 cases filed by the Justice Department over five years. These cases, many of which stemmed from incorrect registration forms or misunderstanding over voter eligibility, resulted in 86 convictions. There are "very few documented cases," said UC Irvine professor and election law specialist Rick Hasen. "When you do see election fraud, it invariably involves election officials taking v The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) will hold its annual Life@50+ convention in New Orleans next month. AARP volunteers will work in the community on 14 projects, from food banks to public schools, and last week the organization announced the volunteer slots on half the projects are completely filled. Ron Brocato, In so-called nonstrict photo ID states -- Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Idaho, South Dakota and Hawaii -- individuals are requested to show photo ID but can still vote if they don't have one. Instead, they may be asked to sign affidavits affirming their identity or provide a signature that will be compared with those in registration records. steps to change election results or it involves absentee ballots which voter ID laws can't prevent," he said. An analysis by News21, a national investigative reporting project, identified 10 voter impersonation cases out of 2,068 alleged election fraud cases since 2000 � or one out of every 15 million prospective voters. One of the most vocal supporters of strict voter ID laws, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, told The Houston Chronicle earlier this month that his office has prosecuted about 50 cases of voter fraud in recent years. "I know for a fact that voter fraud is real, that it must be stopped, and that voter ID is one way to page 9 author of The Golden Game: When Prep Football Was King In New Orleans, has teamed up with John and Johnny Blancher of Ye Olde College Inn to create the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame. Almost 80 inductees are honored on the restaurant's walls as the first class of athletes, coaches and officials. The "Wall of Legends" will have its formal introduction Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 Tony Perkins, the former Louisiana state representative who now heads the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC), jumped to the defense of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, after Akin's statement last week about "legitimate rape." While most of the GOP distanced itself from Akin, Perkins said the FRC supported Akin "fully and completely." Perkins added, "I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here." c'est ? Vote on "C'est What?" at www.bestofneworleans.com Now that Gov. Bobby Jindal is out of vice presidential contention, do you think his star will continue to rise in the GOP? 65% 20% 15% No Maybe a Cabinet post if Romney wins Yes THis weeK's question: How do you think the statewide school voucher implementation has gone so far? 7 8 Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 news + VIEWS page 7 prevent cheating at the ballot box and ensure integrity in the electoral system," he told the paper. Abbott's office did not immediately respond to ProPublica's request for comment. How many voters might be turned away or dissuaded by the laws, and could they really affect the election? It's not clear. According to the Brennan Center, about 11 percent of U.S. citizens, or roughly 21 million citizens, don't have governmentissued photo ID. This figure doesn't represent all voters likely to vote, just those eligible to vote. State figures also can be hard to nail down. In Pennsylvania, nearly 760,000 registered voters, or 9.2 percent of the state's 8.2 million voter base, don't own state-issued ID cards, according to an analysis of state records by The Philadelphia Inquirer. State officials, on the other hand, place this number at between 80,000 and 90,000. In Indiana and Georgia, states with the earliest versions of photo ID laws, about 1,300 provisional votes were discarded in the 2008 general election, later analysis has revealed. As for the potential effect on the election, one analysis by Nate Silver at The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog estimates they could decrease voter turnout anywhere between 0.8 and 2.4 percent. It doesn't sound like a very wide margin, but it all depends on the electoral landscape. "We don't know exactly how much these news laws will affect turnout or skew turnout in favor of Republicans," said Hasen, author of the recently released The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown. "But there's no question that in a very close election, they could be enough to make a difference in the outcome." When did voter ID laws get passed -- and which states have the strictest ones? The first such law was passed as early as 2003, but momentum has picked up in recent years. In 2011 alone, legislators in 34 states introduced bills requiring that voters show photo ID -- 14 of those states already had existing voter ID laws but lawmakers sought to toughen statutes, mainly to require proof of photo identification. The National Conference of State Legislatures has a helpful breakdown of states' voter ID laws and how they vary. Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Pennsylvania have the toughest versions. These states won't allow voters to cast a regular ballot without first showing valid photo ID. Other states with photo ID laws offer some more flexibility by providing voters with several alternatives. What happens if a voter can't show valid photo ID in these states? These voters are entitled to a provisional ballot. To ensure their votes count, however, they must produce the mandatory ID within a certain time frame and affirm in person or writing that they are the same individual who filled out a temporary ballot on Election Day. The time limits vary: They range anywhere from up to three days after the election (Georgia) to noon the Monday after the election (Indiana). Are there any exceptions to the photo ID requirement? Yes. Indigency or religious objections to being photographed. But these exceptions don't automatically grant a voter the ability to cast a regular ballot: In Pennsylvania and Indiana, voters will be given a provisional ballot and must sign an affidavit for their exemption within the given time frame. Why is the Justice Department getting involved in some cases? Because of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states with a history of discrimination receive preclearance before making changes to voting laws. Texas and South Carolina passed strict photo ID laws in 2011 but were refused preclearance by the DOJ, which argued that these laws could suppress turnout among minority voters. Texas went to court recently seeking judicial preclearance from a federal district court; a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to issue a decision by the end of the summer. South Carolina heads to oral arguments in the same court in September. What about challenges to the laws? On Aug. 15, a Pennsylvania judge shot down an attempt to block the state's voter ID law. Other judges have also ruled in favor of other states' voter ID laws. The DOJ is investigating many of the states' laws, including Pennsylvania's photo ID law. As first reported by Talking Points Memo, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division sent the state's chief election official a letter Monday afternoon requesting 16 separate items, including the state's complete voter registration list, any documents supporting the governor's prior assurance that "99 percent" of the state's eligible voters already have acceptable photo ID, any papers to prove the state is prepared to provide registered voters with ID cards free of charge upon oath or affirmation, and any studies that inform state not your daughter's jeans coffee caramel tarragon aubergine terreacotta espresso clothes + accessories 7732 maple 865 . mon - sat 10-6 9625 Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 Since 1872, our members have exp erienced friendly atmosphere in a private oas a unique, is. Holding companionship and athleticism in the highest esteem has longtime been our valu ed tradition. 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Meantime, Democratic governors in Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Carolina have vetoed strict photo iD bills passed by their Republican-led legislatures last year. Are there other voter ID laws in effect that ask for but don't necessarily require photo ID? Yes. in so-called "non-strict photo iD states" -- Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, idaho, south Dakota and Hawaii -- individuals are requested to show photo iD but can still vote if they don't have one. instead, they may be asked to sign affidavits affirming their identity or provide a signature that will be compared with those in registration records. Why has there been such a recent surge in voter ID legislation around the country? This report by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice cites primarily big Republican gains in the 2010 midterms which turned voter iD laws into a "major legislative priority." Aside from Rhode island, all voter iD legislation has been introduced by Republican-majority legislatures. News21 also has this report on the close affiliation between the bills' sponsors and the conservative nonprofit group, American Legislative exchange Council (ALeC). Republican figures have championed such laws. For instance, Mike Turzai, majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, recently praised the state's legislative accomplishments at a Republican state Committee meeting last month. "voter iD, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done," he said. steve Miskin, a spokesman for Turzai, told ProPublica that Turzai was "mischaracterized" by the press. "For the first time in many years, you're going to have a relatively level playing field in the presidential elections" as the result of these new laws, Miskin said. "with all things equal, a Republican presidential nominee in Pennsylvania has a chance." Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 MEC_JE_gambit.pdf 1 8/15/12 8:42 AM C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 10 scuttlebutt Quotes of the week "Listening to Complainers is Bad for Your Brain." -- Former mayor Ray Nagin on Twitter Aug. 22, linking to a story from inc. magazine about accentuating the positive. Nagin received a subpoena last week ordering him to turn over documents to a federal grand jury in connection with a corruption investigation in which he has taken center stage as the next target. news + views Democrat Claire McCaskill. Despite urgings and demands from national Republicans and conservative groups that he withdraw, Akin announced he intends to stay in the race. He was ahead of the incumbent in polls taken a week before his comment, but finished last week 10 points behind McCaskill in a Rasmussen poll of 500 likely Missouri voters. -- KeviN ALLMAN Thank You, New Orleans For Voting Swiss One Of The Best Wedding Cakes For 6 Years Straight! too much action news? reporter slaps at John White ActionNews17.com is a Northshore news website that bills itself as "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of i-55 and i-12 in south Louisiana," and it's a good source for small-town news stories for areas around rural Tangipahoa Parish. But reporter Don Ellzey's story last week about Louisiana superintendent of education John White's appearance before the Tangipahoa Parish school Board got noticed far beyond Tangipahoa. "John white addressed the Tangipahoa Parish school Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite," ellzey wrote. He then added, "For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss." As for sartorial matters, ellzey noted, "white arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about halfway unzipped." Letters to the editor soon followed, with one man pointing out that ellzey needed to learn the difference between an editorial and a news story. But conservative political gadfly C.B. Forgotston, a frequent critic of white and Gov. Bobby Jindal, wrote in support of ellzey, saying he had to "admire a member of the media who has the guts to tell it like it is." -- KeviN ALLMAN Pretrial evaluations expanding Vera prograM? Criminal Justice Commissioner James Carter says he has put in an initial budget request of $623,000 for the vera institute of Justice's pretrial services program, which has been operating in Orleans Parish Prison's intake Processing Center since the end of April. Carter revealed the budget request during last week's City Council Criminal Justice Committee meeting. Pretrial service staff members evaluate arrestees to determine if, and to what extent, each presents a risk of reoffending or being arrested, as well as failing to make court appearances if they are released on a nonfinancial bond or a low bond. The evaluations are given to judges who may (but are not compelled to) use them as a guide in setting bonds. Between April 30 and Aug. 3, the program's two staffers -- who work weekdays from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- evaluated 928 arrestees, or 65 percent of all felony bookings, according to statistics presented by vera New Orleans director Jon Wool and project director Lisa Simpson. Of those, 265, or 29 percent, were released on nonfinancial or low bonds, defined as $2,500 or less. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Magistrate Gerard Hansen told councilmembers about a recent case where the court was unaware of an arrestee's extensive criminal history until receiving the report from vera. "And he was almost released on a recognizance bond. if it wasn't for vera, we wouldn't have known this," Hansen said. Carter says the allocation, if approved, should pay to expand the program to around-the-clock service in 2013, covering 100 percent of New Orleans felony arrests. -- CHARLes MALDONADO in "eyes on the Air" (Cover story, Aug. 21), we incorrectly stated that the New Orleans Opera Association broadcasts on wRBH-FM. it should have said the New York Metropolitan Opera. we also misstated the amount of an emergency grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grant was for $20,000. in "A Lofty Battle" (News+views, Aug. 21), we incorrectly attributed to architect wayne Troyer a quote concerning the City Planning Commission's review of the proposed elisio project. The quote should have been attributed to elisio developer sean Cummings. Gambit regrets the errors. 747 Saint Charles Ave. � (504) 522-7788 WWW . SWISSCAKES . NET Open Weekdays 8-4 & Saturday 8-12 FINAL 2 WEEKS For All Your Party Needs one of the Best New Orleans Neighborhood Grocery Stores. Zara's Supermarket as Thanks for voting "Big Easy" ONLY 13 DAYS LEFT Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 FINAL REDUCTIONS TAKEN ON ALL MERCHANDISE Shopping! M-Sat 8:00 - 8:00, Sun 10:00 - 6:00 Grocery M-Sa 8:30 - 7:00 Perkins stands by Akin More `legitiMate rape' fallout Many in the mainstream GOP (including presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan) distanced themselves last week from Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's remark about "legitimate rape," but not so Family Research Council (FRC) president and former Louisiana state Rep. Tony Perkins, who said of his organization, "we support [Akin] fully and completely" and, "i think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here." The two men have been long acquainted. Last year, Akin appeared on Perkins' radio show, where he said liberalism "really is a hatred for God." Perkins served two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. He left politics to head up the FRC in 2003 and has since been a frequent guest on cable news, advancing a pro-life position and conservative values. Akin is running for the Missouri U.s. senate seat currently occupied by 4838 Prytania � 895-0581 ALL INVENTORY UP TO 75% OFF 1800 MAGAZINE STREET OPEN EVERY DAY � 525-2747 � 2042 Prytania � 523-3658 corrections 811 Conti St. � 504-523-8619 Monday-Sunday 10am-6am erinrosebar.com 11 DON'T BE SO THICK. 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The whole point of the meetings, which Landrieu deserves credit for initiating as mayor, is to give the mayor and council members a dose of what the voters think -- and what they expect in the way of budget priorities. Of course, the conversations are two-way; the mayor also uses the meetings as an opportunity to let voters know what his team has been doing and to remind voters of City Hall's many commitments ... and its limited resources. Landrieu's previous budgets have been responsible, both in terms of planning for the future and whittling down the debt left by the previous administration. At the District A meeting, Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin told the crowd that the Landrieu administration currently spends about $40 million less per year than former Mayor Ray Nagin's team was spending in 2009. Even with roughly $500 million to spend, Landrieu continually reminded the crowds at the meetings that budgeting is "a zero-sum game." That is, for every additional dollar that gets spent on one department, a dollar must to be taken away from another. On the nagging issue of blight, at least, Landrieu's office had good news. The administration's goal of either remediating or tearing down 10,000 blighted structures, which was announced in October 2010 with a target date of 2013, seems to be on track -- and maybe even ahead of schedule. No doubt this offers little comfort to many in parts of town (particularly eastern New Orleans) where blight is still an epidemic, and the mayor got an earful of complaints at the district meetings. But, overall, the city's attack on blight is on course. In fact, a report last week by the nonprofit Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC) stated that "at a minimum, the city seems to be nearly on target for reaching its goal -- and may even be doing quite a bit better than meeting its target." The GNOCDC report noted that New Orleans no longer holds the dubious honor of being America's most blighted city. At least two other decaying urban centers -- Detroit and Flint, Mich. -- now have higher percentages of dilapidated houses than does New Orleans. Overall, according to the report, New Orleans reduced its blighted housing stock from 53,111 units in September 2011 to 43,680 in March 2012, for a total blight index of 21 percent. The report also suggests that City Hall adopt and implement a comprehensive blight tracking system to get a more accurate handle on the extent of blighted buildings in New Orleans. We agree, because blight goes hand-in-hand with the city's other major challenge: crime. As for crime, the city faces a tough challenge in trying to find money for NOPD, the district attorney's office and the public defenders' office -- all while accommodating the substantial costs associated with the federal consent decree. Figures the mayor's office provided to Gambit earlier this month show the cost of the consent decree to be $55 million spread over five years -- and many cities that have operated under a decree have found it more expensive Antiques & Interiors wholesale to the public. & decorators alike over 15,000 square feet of european antiques. 300 Jefferson Highway (A cr oss fr om Lowe's) New Orleans 504.231.3397 Blight goes hand-in-hand with the city's other major challenge: crime. than originally thought. The decree also could extend well beyond five years. This year, Police Chief Ronal Serpas got pretty much the budget he wanted, and earlier this month he was able to graduate the department's first class of recruits since 2010. Other arms of the criminal justice system weren't as lucky. In February, because of budget constraints, the public defenders' office laid off 21 lawyers. Several were rehired in June, but the workload remains large -- in large part because public defenders actively seek out potential clients at Criminal Court as opposed to waiting to see if judges assign them cases -- and the office is likely to seek additional funding for 2013. On the prosecutorial side, Orleans Parish DA Leon Cannizzaro has argued that his office is the most underfunded in the state, and he says he has the numbers to back that up. Cannizzaro wants more money in 2013. Landrieu must present his proposed 2013 budget by Oct. 15, and the council must adopt a budget no later than Dec. 1. No doubt many people will offer suggestions and revisions, but the zerosum nature of budgeting won't change one iota. www.dopantiques.com s for voting Bry bit reader an m a G ks onal Trainers in New Melan s r n e a P t h s T Orlea Be ns! f the one o Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 LOOK & FEEL YOUR BEST, WITH THE BEST! 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Even The Times-Picayune picked it up, though the paper attributed its entire (albeit brief) story to WDsu. Turns out Nagin was not subpoenaed to testify personally, just to produce records. several attorneys told me that it would have been "unusual" for the feds to subpoena Nagin before indicting him -- but that subpoenaing the records of a grand jury target is common practice. sometimes a person will get a "target letter" notifying him that he is likely to be indicted and "inviting" him to present his side of the story to the grand jury, according to the same attorneys. This is done to prevent a defendant from telling a jury at trial that he was unfairly targeted and never given a chance to rebut the allegations at the grand jury level. As far as I know, Nagin that sentence is by cooperating with the feds against Nagin. st. Pierre's testimony will be critical -- even more so, perhaps, than that of former City Hall tech chief Greg Meffert and other co-conspirators, all of whom have been ever kept the garrulous techie from offering his take on things. st. Pierre, on the other hand, could say for certain that Nagin knew who paid for the trips and other gratuities accorded the then-mayor. If, for example, st. Pierre testifies that he told Nagin that he paid for the trips, it would refute Meffert's assertions that Nagin was in the dark -- and potentially secure a bribery conviction, if that's among the charges against Nagin. And who knows what else st. Pierre might say? of course, Nagin's lawyers will point out that st. Pierre has lots of reasons to sing whatever tune the feds want him to sing in light of his harsh sentence. Ditto for Meffert, former city vendors Aaron Bennett and Frank Fradella, and former city tech chief Anthony Jones -- all of whom have been convicted by the feds and all of whom appear to be lining up to testify against Nagin. Telling jurors that convicted witnesses were coerced into testifying for the feds and therefore shouldn't be believed is common practice and good lawyering. Recent history suggests, however, that it seldom gets a defendant off the hook. St. Pierre could say for certain that Nagin knew who paid for the trips and other gratuities. has not been so invited -- although it's now common knowledge that he's a target. The other recent development, say several sources, is that former City Hall vendor Mark st. Pierre is now cooperating with the feds. It's about time. st. Pierre was convicted on 53 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption in May 2011 after calling the feds' bluff and going to trial. He got 17-plus years, and now his only chance to reduce convicted of various federal crimes. Meffert testified for the feds against st. Pierre (his former business partner) but said under oath that Nagin didn't know who paid for the infamous Meffert-Nagin trip to Hawaii in 2004 and the Nagin family's equally scandalous first-class jaunt to Jamaica less than 12 weeks after Katrina. Truth is, Meffert had no clue what Nagin knew or didn't know, not that ignorance 15 Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 BlakE PONTCHARTRAIN New Orleans Know-it-all Questions for Blake: firstname.lastname@example.org Auctions in August lets you bid on hundreds of items, like salon & spa services, while benefiting local charities so you can feel even better about looking so good! Hey Blake, Visit AuctionsInAugust.com and select "Beauty & Healthcare" to browse! My mother talks about an old icehouse on Chartres Street in the Quarter because her Aunt Pauline used to live across the street from it. 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Hours later, at midnight, the massive fire was under control but still smoldering, and hardly a building in the block escaped water damage. The icehouse wasn't very popular in the neighborhood because of its truck traffic and the noise that goes along with a manufacturing plant. Some nearby residents considered it an improvement when another fire caused the ice plant to close in 1959, and the location became home to the Hotel Provincial, which won the Best Restorations Award from the Vieux Carre Commission. In homage to its origins, the hotel has an Ice House Bar adjacent to the lobby. Hey Blake, Dear Ellee, The crescent that gave rise to our city's nickname runs from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, across from Algiers Point. It hugs a sharp, crescent-shaped bend of the river, and the moniker became popular in the early 1800s. 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Friday, Aug. 17: The Saints host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason game. It concludes with the loss of three linebackers and a receiver. Chris Chamberlain, brought in to help new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's new defense, suffers a torn ACL in his knee, ending his season. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton suffers a high ankle sprain, which will keep Lofton out of the final two preseason games. Linebacker David Hawthorne suffers a torn meniscus. Hawthorne will need surgery, and there's a good chance he'll miss at least the regular season opener against the Washington Redskins Sept. 9. So the Saints call an audible. Jonathan Casillas, you're now a go in the starting lineup at weak side linebacker, replacing David Hawthorne. Ramon Humber, you're a go at middle linebacker, responsible for relaying the defensive play calls for each snap. Wait -- double audible, as Humber must serve a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. So the Saints front office makes a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for linebacker Barrett Ruud, a six-year starter who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in tackles from 2007-2010. Wide receiver Andy Tanner suffers a left ankle injury joining fellow receivers Adrian Arrington and Nick Toon on the injury list. It's audible time. Welcome Greg Camarillo, a veteran receiver who spent the offseason working out with Drew Brees in San Diego. Wednesday, Aug. 22: The team announced Humber suffered a hamstring injury and won't return until September. Time for another audible as Lawrence Wilson moves to middle linebacker. "Next man up" is the mantra used inside the Saints training facility. When you're called into duty, you step up and do your job. That applies to the coaching staff as well. Sean Payton was suspended for the season, so the Saints audibled to Joe Vitt, the well-respected assistant head coach, to lead the team during its offseason. 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Index Food......20 Bars and Entertainment.....41 Politics...51 Local Life....57 Media....62 Goods and Services.....63 in the annual Best of new orleansTM survey we invite you to tell us what you think about the many facets of life in the metropolitan area -- from food to entertainment and politics to retailers. you never let us down; more than 3,600 of you voted in this year's poll -- the most ballots we've ever received. As we told you last year, we really do count all the ballots, so if you disagree with the winning answers, talk to your neighbors, take them to your favorite places and see if your choices come out more to your liking next year. For Gambit, your answers give us insight into our community, advice on places we might not know and pause for thought about others we've forgotten or overlooked. throughout the list of winners this year, we've inserted some editor's Picks, suggesting alternate venues, entertainers, etc. that may become our readers' future favorites -- or are just good places to experience new things. Without further adieu, here is the Best of new orleansTM 2012 as determined by Gambit readers. PAge 20 19 Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 B PAGE 19 E S T of New orleaNs 2012 spoon, Rocky and Carlo's has managed to hang on to its authenticity through the years, as evidenced by the mass of regulars, some of whom have been eating lunch here since the '60s. 2. Tony's Po-boys (434 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-271-5211) 3. Par 3 Diner (2401 Paris Road, Chalmette, 504-279-7273) Food Best New restauraNt 504-896-7611; www.magasincafe.com) -- Magazine Street fi- PHOTO By CHERyL GERBER Best Nonprofit: LA/SPCA 1. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe (4201 Magazine St., Best New orleaNs restauraNt 1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www. commanderspalace.com) -- Want to impress a date, score a grand-slam New Orleans experience for family or business associates or need a romantic setting for a special occasion? Commander's Palace, with an awardwinning menu that draws diners from all over the world, has been the backdrop for these events since it opened in 1880. A specially priced lunch menu includes 25cent martinis. 2. Restaurant August (301 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-299-9777; www.restaurantaugust.com) 3. Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 504525-2021; www.galatoires.com) 3. Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St., 504-267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com) Loyola Ave., 504-6133860; www.borgnerestaurant.com) nally can boast several Vietnamese restaurants -- and Magasin was this year's favorite. Featuring pho dishes and other traditional Vietnamese meals for less than $10 in a modern setting, Magasin is adding cheap and healthy options to Magazine Street. 2. Borgne (Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Best NeighBorhood restauraNt 1. Clancy's (6100 Annunciation St., 504895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com) -- Clancy's tradition as a neighborhood joint goes back to its beginnings in the late 1940s. It underwent a renovation and change of course in 1983, establishing itself as a restaurant for classic Creole cuisine in a whitetablecloth setting. In the years since, Clancy's has become a popular choice for business lunches, group celebrations, special dates and family dinners. 2. Katie's Restaurant and Bar (3701 Iberville St., 504-488-6582; www. katiesinmidcity.com) 3. Mandina's (3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179; Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, 985-6749883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com) Best Metairie restauraNt 1. Drago's Seafood Restaurant (3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 504-888-9254; www. dragosrestaurant.com) -- All over the metro area, the mention of Drago's evokes char-broiled oysters on the half shell topped with butter, garlic and Parmesan. They're definitely a specialty, but the restaurant gives a range of fish and seafood -- including lobster -- the New Orleans treatment. There also are grillades and grits and steak, pork and chicken dishes. 2. Andrea's New Orleans Italian Restaurant (3100 19th St., Metairie, 504-8348583; www.andreasrestaurant.com) 3. Austin's (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-888-5533; www.austinsno.com) Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 Best KeNNer restauraNt 1. Kenner Seafood (3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 504-466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net) -- With hearty portions of all the best seafood the Gulf has to offer, Kenner locals have embraced Kenner Seafood, a modest joint with not-so-modest meals. The seafood comes in soup, pasta, a po-boy or by itself, and it can be fried, blackened or grilled. 2. Ristorante da Piero (401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net) 3. Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar (3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com) Best Northshore restauraNt 1. La Provence (25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, 985626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com) -- Chef John Besh took the reins of this Lacombe treasure, opened by the late chef and Besh mentor Chris Karageorgiou in 1972. Besh and chef Erik Loos focus on Provencal-style cooking using local and seasonal ingredients, mostly from the restaurant's farm and acres of gardens. 2. Trey Yuen (600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626- 4476; 2100 N. Morrison Road, 985-345-6789; www.treyyuen.com) 3. Dakota (629 Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-8923712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com) Best west BaNK restauraNt 1. Pho Tau Bay (113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 504-368-9846) -- This unassuming family eatery has been the grande dame of Vietnamese food in New Orleans since it opened in 1981. There are some 20 different phos on the menu, as well as rice paper spring rolls with peanut sauce, noodle dishes, banh mi and more. 2. Hoa Hong/9 Roses (1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 504-366-7665) 3. TIE: Mosca's Restaurant (4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 504436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.com) 3. TIE: The Red Maple (1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-367-0935; www.theredmaple.com) Best st. BerNard Parish restauraNt 1. Rocky and Carlo's (613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 504-2798323) -- Heart-attackstyle baked macaroni and cheese (with gravy on top) takes center stage at this Chalmette institution, which reopened in June after a fire closed the eatery in February. An Italian-Cajun greasy Best hotel restauraNt 1. Domenica (Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www. domenicarestaurant. com) -- Chef John Besh's acclaimed restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel was designed to evoke the feel of a Sunday dinner in the Italian countryside. Domenica (which translates to "Sunday") serves PAGE 22 20 WE`RE FILLED WITH AND Thanks for making us one of the Best of New Orleans. breakfast, lunch, dinner & late-night Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > auGust 28 > 2012 nCh & dInner daily l u SpeCIalS Monday-Friday sOft shell crab $ PO-bOy dine-in only. one coupon per table. valid through 9/15/12. 8 Sunday - WedneSday 7am-10pm ThurSday - SaTurday 7am-laTe 504 373 6439 620 Conti St.FrenCh QuarTer www.somethinelsecafe.com 21 B PAgE 20 E S T of New orleaNs 2012 PHOTO By SCOTT SALTzMAN Best Jazz Fest Performance 2012 and Best Live Music Show in the Last 12 Months: Bruce Springsteen 3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com) Best chiNese restauraNt 1. Five Happiness (3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3935, www.fivehappiness.com) -- Five Happiness has had a near-monopoly on the sit-down Chinese scene in New Orleans for years and continues to be a well-praised favorite. It's a versatile restaurant � its elegant decor makes it a date night destination, while an extensive menu of regional standards makes for a bountiful neighborhood take-out option. 2. Royal China (600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-9633) 3. August Moon (3635 Prytania St., 504-8995129, www.augustmoonneworleans.com) PAgE 27 Best BarBecue restauraNt 1. The Joint (701 Mazant St., 504-949-3232; www. alwayssmokin.com) -- The Joint has a new home on Mazant Street, just a few blocks from its old location on Poland Avenue. The still-casual dining room is a bit fancier and includes a full-service bar. Everything else is the same: tender pulled pork, chicken and brisket, locally made sausage and meaty ribs seasoned with a dry rub. 2. Squeal (8400 Oak St., 504-302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com) 3. Corky's (4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-887-5000; www.corkysbbq.com) chef Alon Shaya's wellcrafted entrees alongside gourmet pizza and house-cured meats and cheeses. Since winning this category last year, Domenica has added pizza delivery within the Central Business District. 2. Cafe Adelaide (Loews Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 504-595-3305; www. cafeadelaide.com) 3. Borgne (Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave., 504-613- STERLING CRIB MEDAL built 1883 ACTUAL SIZE 3" PINK � BLUE � WHITE FOR ONCE AGAIN CHEER ON THE BLACK & GOLD! INSIDE & OUT THANKS VOTING GAMBIT > BESTOFNEWORLEANS.COM > AUGUST 28 > 2012 for voting us as one of New Orleans' hottest bars! featuring a great bistro menu! thank you 8 TVS Light, fast, & served all day long. You know us for our happy hour & live music. Nightly entertainment with such variety as Jazz, Blues, Acoustical Guitar, Cajun. 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This nouveau-Cajun restaurant, offering a number of small plates, has made its way onto the tourist maps as a must-dine, celebritychef destination as well. 2. Mulate's Cajun Restaurant (201 Julia St., 504-522-1492, www.mulates.com) 3. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen (416 Chartres St., 504-596-2530, www.kpauls.com) Best Bar for Nonsmokers: d.b.a. PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER Best Creole restauraNt 1. Dooky Chase Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 504-8210600) -- Approaching 90 years old, the legendary Leah Chase and her restaurant Dooky Chase still set the standard for Creole cuisine. Dooky Chase offers a generous lunch buffet of classics including gumbo, red beans and rice, fried chicken, peach cobbler and more. This year, the restaurant added dinner hours on Friday. 2. Jacques-Imo's Cafe (8324 Oak St., 504-8610886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com) 3. Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 504525-2021; www.galatoires.com) www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com) -- Vincent's is the quintessential drippy candle, romantic Italian restaurant with mob hits on the jukebox and all one would expect on the menu: tiramisu, chicken parmigiana and spaghetti and meatballs. Vincent's has been crowded since it opened in 1989, but the wait for a table -- not to mention the veal and spinach cannelloni -- is well worth it. 2. Venezia Restaurant (134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991; www. venezianeworleans.com) 3. Tony Angello's Restaurant (6262 Fleur De Lis Drive, 504-488-0888) com) 3. Kyoto (4920 Prytania St., 504-891-3644; www. kyotonola.com) Best japaNese/ sushI restauraNt 1. Sake Cafe (817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 504-468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 504-733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, 504-7797253; 2830 Magazine St., 504-894-0033; www. sakecafeuptown.us) -- Readers didn't indicate which Sake Cafe location was their favorite, but all the restaurants offer contemporary Japanese cuisine and premium sake. The menus have lots of seafood choices, a range of teriyaki and tempura dishes, rice and noodle options, a long list of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. The menu at Sake Cafe Uptown differs from the others. 2. Shogun (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogunneworleans. edItor's pICk Best ItalIaN restauraNt 1. Vincent's Italian Cuisine (4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-8852984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313; National cuisines get adjusted when they cross borders. That's why corn and squid are popular pizza toppings in Japan. On the flip side, New Orleanians have embraced sushi and a variety of Japanese dishes, but generally as a one-stop shop. Not all Japanese restaurants serve sushi, and many sushi places served little else. Since introductions to Japanese cuisine were made long ago, it's time for more diversity. Chiba, named for the small prefecture east of Tokyo, opened in Uptown with the promise of more creative approaches to Japanese dishes. It joins a couple of places that don't fit the AmericanizedJapanese catch-all mold. Yuki Izakaya is a funky Japanese-style tavern (hence "izakaya") serving small plates in a bar setting. And Horinoya remains true to many very traditional Japanese offerings. There's a kutatsustyle table in which diners remove their shoes and sit on floor cushions at a lowered table. And it's the only local Japanese restaurant that offers natto, a fermented bean dish (and an acquired taste). Perhaps some red beans and rice fans may see if the appeal gets lost in translation. -- WILL COVIELLO St., 504-525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com) Best mIddle easterN/ medIterraNeaN restauraNt 1. Mona's Cafe (504 Frenchmen St., 504949-4115; 3901 Banks St., 504-482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 504-8949800) -- Mona's serves Middle Eastern food that is cheap and delicious, with bountiful portions. Its three locations are convenient for both spontaneous lunchers and weary revelers. The chicken shwarma and baba ghanoush are particularly good. 2. Byblos (Citywide, www.byblosrestaurants.com) 3. Lebanon's Cafe (1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504862-6200, www.lebanonscafe.com) Best latIN amerICaN restauraNt 1. Baru (3700 Magazine St., 504-895-2225) -- A tropical paradise awaits at Magazine and Amelia streets. This small plates (tapas) restaurant features dishes that aren't all that small, including succulent skirt steak, fish tacos and plenty of other Latin American delights. Baru is BYOB, and there's an $8 corkage fee for wine drinkers. 2. Mayas (2027 Magazine St., 504-3093401; www.mojitoland. com) 3. RioMar (800 S. Peters com) -- Bright, fresh and thoughtfully conceived dishes have made an impression in New Orleans' burgeoning Mexican food scene. Guacamole and ceviches prepared tableside and inventive mojitos and margaritas -- like the pineapple/cilantro/lime concoction -- give a traditional Mexican menu extra panache. 2. Taqueria Corona (5932 Magazine St., 504897-3974; www.taqueriacorona