Entries in New Orleans (6)


New Orleans Icon ‘Uncle’ Lionel Batiste Dead at 81

Erika Goldring/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Fellow New Orleans drummer Herman LeBeaux once said that inside Lionel Batiste’s bass drum is the pulse of the city.  Well, on Sunday evening, the city that care forgot was a little more quiet.

Batiste, vocalist, bass drummer and assistant band leader of the Treme Brass Band died on Sunday after a brief battle with cancer.  He was 81.

In a town known for its characters, “Uncle” Lionel definitely stood out.  When not in his traditional white marching band hat and uniform, he could be seen nattily dressed anywhere -- from the Treme, to the French Quarter, to the musical haunts of Frenchmen Street.

He lived and breathed music: If he didn’t have his bass drum, he always carried a kazoo, and would never turn down a chance to dance with a pretty girl.

He grew up in Treme, the historic New Orleans neighborhood that spawned the HBO series of the same name, in which he appeared several times. His likeness graces a poster celebrating Treme’s bicentennial this year.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, but you can bet there will be a huge turnout and epic second line parade for one of the Big Easy’s icons.

Members of the Treme Brass Band plan to pay tribute to Batiste Wednesday night at the Candlelight Bar on North Robertson Street in Treme.

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Russell Brand Arrested in New Orleans for Phone-Tossing Incident

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office(NEW ORLEANS) -- ABC News Radio has confirmed Russell Brand was arrested by New Orleans police Thursday afternoon following a report earlier this week that he snatched a paparazzo's cellphone and tossed it through the window of a law firm.

Brand, who's filming a movie in New Orleans, faces a charge of simple criminal damage in connection with the incident, which occurred Monday after the photographer used his iPhone to take pictures of the British actor-comedian.  Brand was released Thursday afternoon. reported Thursday that Brand has paid $240 to fix the window he broke.

Brand, the ex-husband of pop star Katy Perry, alluded to the incident Wednesday on Twitter, writing, "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory."
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Nicolas Cage, Son Weston Share Domestic Troubles

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- In the case of Nicolas Cage and his son Weston Cage, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The son was arrested on Monday for domestic violence, less than three months after his father faced similar charges.

Now Weston, 20, has dropped two bombshells. Not only is his wife, Nikki Williams, a 22-year-old singer, pregnant, but he's getting a divorce, he announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning.

His announcement follows a turbulent weekend, in which the newlyweds -- they were married in April during a quickie ceremony in New Orleans -- were both arrested for domestic violence on July 4.

According to TMZ, Williams allegedly cut Cage on the arm with a broken bottle, punched him wildly and threatened to jump off the balcony. The website reported that there were visible injuries on both.

Initially after he was released on $50,000 bail Tuesday, Weston Cage professed his love for his wife on Facebook, chalking up the whole mess to "a huge misunderstanding" that occurred "because of alcohol."

By Wednesday, it was unclear if Williams had been released from jail. He asked his Facebook friends to vote on whether or not he should get a divorce before posting, "made my choice/getting divorced."

Weston also updated his status from "married" to "it's complicated."

His father has also been dealing with his share of marital troubles.

On April 16, Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness after an allegedly aggressive outburst.

According to police, the actor was heavily intoxicated and violent as he argued with his wife, Alice Kim, in a tattoo parlor and on the street. He pushed her, and later, punched a few cars. According to People, Cage's son, 5-year-old Kal-El, fell and scraped his knee in the midst of the chaos and a child-abuse detective was called to the scene. No charges were filed in that case.

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Nicolas Cage Won't Face Charges in Domestic Abuse Case

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nicolas Cage is off the hook in his domestic abuse case.

Cage, who was arrested in New Orleans last month after arguing on the street with his wife while allegedly drunk, will not face charges, according to People magazine.

His attorney tells the magazine that the matter has been closed, adding, "We are pleased that the process led to the correct result, despite inaccurate media reports, and that Nick has been cleared and all charges have been dropped."

Police had said a heavily intoxicated Cage had an argument with his wife, Alice Kim, in front of a home in New Orleans' French Quarter that he claimed they were renting.  He allegedly grabbed his wife by her upper arm and dragged her towards the home, and then also struck some parked vehicles.

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Nicolas Cage Argued with Wife over Digs Before His Arrest

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- A case of mistaken identity may have led to Nicolas Cage's arrest last weekend in New Orleans.

Before he was placed in cuffs around midnight Saturday, the Oscar winner and his wife, Alice Kim, got into a heated argument over which house they were renting in the city's famed French Quarter, reports People, apparently confirming earlier accounts.

A local street performer named Peter Bennett says, "Apparently he had mistaken the house of my neighbors for the other house up the block that he is actually renting.  His wife was trying to persuade him from disturbing the elderly couple who do in fact live in that house."

Cage, who was reportedly drunk, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse, public intoxication and disturbing the peace.  Duane "Dog" Chapman bailed him out.

Following his brief stay at the Orleans Parish Prison, Cage was back to work Monday on the New Orleans set of his upcoming film, Medallion.

A source told, "[Cage] is a dedicated actor when he is at work, and I don't think people would hire him so much if he wasn't."

He's due in court on May 31.

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Nicolas Cage Released on Bail

ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) -- After being arrested on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace, Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage was reportedly bailed out by reality television star Dog the Bounty Hunter.

"I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage and will not be granting any interviews about my client as I wish to respect his privacy," Dog said. "I performed my duties as a bail bondsman and not in connection with our show. This is what I do for a living."

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Cage, 47, was "heavily intoxicated and arguing with his wife Alice Kim, 27, in front of a home at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Dumaine Street in the city's French Quarter, insisting that the house they were in front of was their rental property.

Police said that Cage grabbed his wife by her upper arm and dragged her towards the property that he believed they were renting -- there were no visible signs of injury to Kim's arm.

The actor then began to strike cars in the immediate vicinity and attempted to jump into a taxi. At this point a police officer "immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling.''

Cage allegedly said to the police "Why don't you just arrest me?," website reported.

TMZ also stated that Kim is not a complaining witness, does not want her husband to be charged and that witnesses have said that there was no physical contact between the two.

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