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Dimanche

April 26th

Slayer

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest

 

Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue

 

Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist

 

Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

 

Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso

 

Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl

 

The Nth Power

Republic

New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama

 

Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks

 

Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art

 

The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater

 

Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters

 

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk


Monster Lawsuit

Godzilla Creator Sues NOLA Brewing Over 'Mechahopzilla' Name



Godzilla has never apologized for preying on the micro, and the movie monster's creator apparently follows the same tenet.

 

Toho Co., which created the monster and owns the trademark to Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, among other destruction-inclined beasts, filed suit Friday against NOLA Brewing for trademark infringement. In a complaint filed in federal court, the Japanese company claims NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla improperly copies the image of Mechagodzilla, and improperly uses the name based on mechagodzilla.

 

Toho Co. argues that the monster shown on Mechahopzilla cans and tap handles is "virtually identical" to Mechagodzilla. The company argues that the creatures are both "large, two-footed creature with a powerful swooping tail and robot-like appearance." Throughout the complaint, the company uses multiple pictures of Mechagodzilla and NOLA Brewing packaging to illustrate its point.

 

In the Godzilla film series, Mechagodzilla is the robot nemesis of Godzilla, appearing in such films as Godzilla v. Mechagodzilla and Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla. The suit demands that NOLA Brewing cease and desist using the name, and seeks relief for federal trademark infringement, as well as creating confusion in the marketplace. Toho also requests that NOLA Brewing's trademark application be denied.

 

NOLA Brewing released mechahopzilla in late summer 2012. The imperial IPA is 8.8 percent alcohol by volume, and packs a pontent, hop-fueled flavor. The beer is part of the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery's imperial series.

 

NOLA Brewing President Kirk Coco told NoDef that the company has yet to be served with papers about the lawsuit.
 

After checking the U.S. trademark office and seeing that the Mechahopzilla name was not already taken, Coco said his company filed to secure the name for the beer as soon as it was released.

 

"We did everything exactly legally how you're supposed to do it," he said.

 

The trademark office has yet to rule on NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla
application, and Coco thought it curious that the Godzilla creators would
file suit before that decision came down.

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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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