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Vendredi

November 21st

Fringe Festival 

Various local venues, Nov 19-23

New Orleans favorite theatre festival 

 

Foo Fighters

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Voodoo's headliner just announced a surprise show!

 

Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

City Park, 7:30-11p.m.

Get an exclusive peek at the lights with four live music stages

 

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Pyrtania Street Bar, 9p.m.

Musical genres unite with this house rockin’ band

 

Streets of Laredo

The Beatnik, 9p.m.

Brooklyn based indie folk

 

Caribou

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Canadian composer Dan Snaith mixes hip hop, soul and psychedelia

 

Lecture, Photo Unrealism: On the Nature of Representation

NOMA, 5-8:30p.m.

Photo exhibit on view with lecture starting at 6p.m. given by curator Russell Lord; music by Amanda Walker after


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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