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Princess Leah .................................................14 Leah Chase, New orleans’ grande dame of  Creole cuisine, continues to make history —  and she isn’t slowing down for anyone 

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News ...................................................................... 7  The New orleans Public Library is expanding rapidly with new branches and services. Will funding be able to keep up with community needs? Bouquets + Brickbats ................................... 7 Heroes and zeroes C’est What? ........................................................ 7 Gambit’s Web poll Scuttlebutt .......................................................... 9 News briefs and politics  Commentary .................................................... 11 The right side of history  Jeremy Alford ..................................................12 Bad roads ahead for gov. Bobby Jindal

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Greek Fest Fri.-Sun. May 25-27 | Bayou St. John looks like the Aegean during Memorial Day weekend. The Holy Trinity Cathedral and Hellenic Cultural Center celebrate Greek culture with traditional music, dance, costumes, food, games for the kids, a run/ walk and more. At Holy Trinity Church. PAGES 44.

YACHT with Onuinu Mon. May 28 | Formerly the one-man laptop band behind Mikhaela Maricich in the Blow, Jona Bechtolt cruises similarly conducive electropop currents as YACHT. The Los Angeles duo’s two records for minimalist dance label DFA, See Mystery Lights and 2011’s Shangri-La, are textbook remix templates and studio sculpture as performance art. Onuinu opens at One Eyed Jacks. PAGE 32.

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Four new branches of the New Orleans Public Library already have opened this year and more are on the way. Will the NOPL have the resources to keep up with demand?

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was named the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, one of the nation’s highest awards for a comedian. DeGeneres, who got her start performing around her native New Orleans, will be honored in Washington, D.C. Oct. 22 at a gala. Previous recipients have included Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Bob Newhart.

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says. “That was the most The Rosa F. Keller wrenching of decisions that Memorial Library opened had to be made. Yet there in Broadmoor two months were two regional libraries within approximately five miles ago. It exemplifies the 21st-century notion of that location in an area that of a library as public was relatively affluent with a meeting space as well as great deal of mobility. … Nevresource center. Also in ertheless, it was unpopular, the building is the Green but the library had no real alternative. We couldn’t support Dot Cafe, a neighborhood coffeehouse and eatery. the 24 locations it had.” Rebuilding the libraries in New Orleans was one thing. (Brown arrived well after plans were in place and ground was broken on new library projects.) But operating dollars for staff, services and other projects is another. NOPL is funded nearly exclusively through millages, which average about $7.8 million for NOPL each year. “This year the library has dipped into its reserves to open the new locations,” Brown says. “But they’re not open the hours we’d like — most are open 42 hours a week, and they’re closed Fridays and Sundays. But we did maintain the same level of operations at the new facilities we previously offered. That was done with reserve funding.” The city’s general fund in its projected budget for 2012 doesn’t set aside any funds for NOPL, so NOPL dipped into its reserve to add $4 million to its estimated $8 million from millage. page 8

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helped raise $35,000 for the local musical charities Tipitina’s Foundation and the Roots of Music with his Treme vs. The Wire Battle of the Bands, which pitted New Orleans bands against counterparts from Baltimore. Galactic and the Stooges Brass Band represented Treme at the event, which was held May 11 at Tipitina’s. There was no formal winner declared, but in its recap, Slate.com praised Baltimore but sided with New Orleans, saying, “It was hardly a fair fight.”

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“It’s one of the many signs that their neighborhood and the city is coming back,” says Brown, who was hired as city librarian in November 2011. Brown previously served as city librarian in Charlotte, N.C., which suffered severe budget cuts and was forced to close four of its 24 libraries when the library system lost $10 million in 18 months. “One small library was really a community anchor there,” he

Rhonda Kalifey-Aluise, Kira Orange Jones and Sarah Usdin,

all local leaders in the Teach For America movement, recently received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership at the organization’s annual meeting in New York. Named in honor of the late ABC News anchor and longtime Teach For America supporter, the award is presented annually to Teach For America alumni who have worked to end educational inequity.

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ayor Mitch Landrieu admitted he took his first puff of a cigarette (a Kool) steps away from the Rosa F. Keller Memorial Library in Broadmoor — albeit many years before it reopened in March 2012. At a ribbon cutting March 16, Landrieu, with members of the New Orleans City Council, Broadmoor Improvement Association members and funding agencies, traced the genesis of the library’s reopening. Neighborhood residents had gathered rain or shine in the months after Hurricane Katrina, when the neighborhood itself barely had any services, to ensure a library would return. Inside the rebuilt library — a sleek, LEED-certified, 9,000-square-foot space with classrooms, modern lighting and a café — a dozen computers guard aisles of books, surrounded by inspirational literary quotes on the walls. It was the first of several library reopenings scheduled for 2012. Following Rosa Keller, the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) opened two more (one in Lakeview, another in Gentilly) in the same week. In April, it reopened a location in eastern New Orleans. This summer, another will open in Algiers, and plans begin later this year for a branch in Treme. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods destroyed many NOPL locations beyond repair. “When she’s at her best, New Orleans is better than any place in the world,” said Landrieu, who has repeated the refrain often, to applause. The libraries, he added, were built “how they’ve always supposed to be.” The libraries are the beneficiaries of several grants totaling millions of dollars; FEMA, Community Development Block Grants, bonds, and, in Broadmoor’s case, the Carnegie Corporation and Clinton Global Initiative, all provided significant dollars — more than $30 million — to rebuild the libraries. With four (and soon to be five) new libraries in its current fleet of 14, NOPL, headed by new city librarian Charles Brown, is poised to usher in a wave of community rebuilding efforts, literacy programs, writing workshops and, of course, a circulation of books, e-books, magazines, CDs and DVDs the size of which New Orleans has not seen since Katrina. Can it keep up?

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Brown says he plans to discuss potential funding strategies with Landrieu and City Council. (The Landrieu administration did not comment when asked whether the mayor would oppose hiking millage for library resources.) “The reserves will be adequate for the next year or two,” Brown says. “At this point we could not maintain the current level of services with just the millage we’re receiving.” Those services include staffing 150 full-time employees, offering computers and keeping regular daily hours (except Fridays and Sundays). And neighborhoods are hungry for more. East New Orleans Library saw nearly 4,000 visitors in less than a month. Its 60 computers were logged into more than 1,500 times, and users logged more than 1,000 hours of PC use within a few weeks after it opened. That location, however, already has scaled back its technology lab services because the library doesn’t have the staff to keep up with demand. (Computer users are directed to the library’s 16 other computers.) That library’s visitors also are demanding more in circulation (materials in Vietnamese and Spanish languages), more classes, and meeting space (each new location offers meeting spaces — East New Orleans has two). “Despite the idea that ‘We have the Internet. We don’t need a library,’ libraries are experiencing greater numbers of usage and heavier circulation than ever before,” says Jessica Styons, associate director for branch services. “We’re increasing our circulation, which includes traditional books,” as well as CDs, DVDs, and e-books. NOPL’s 2012 circulation of materials at each location has more than doubled its 2011 totals. In June, NOPL welcomes new assistant city librarian Charles McMorran, who wraps his post as executive director of New City Library and previously served at Queens Borough Public Library, which hosts one of the largest circulations of urban libraries in the U.S. Brown says he hopes McMorran can help bring New Orleans up to speed. According to the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, more than 40 percent of people ages 16 and older in the city struggle with basic literacy, nearly double the national average. Brown says NOPL

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will tackle literacy in New Orleans starting this fall. “We really want to prepare students for school readiness as early as possible and ensure success in school once they get there,” he says. “The city has an alarmingly high rate of adult illiteracy. … and the library hopes to make this the last adult generation that suffers from lack of literacy.” NOPL will roll out its family literacy classes in the fall at the Rosa Keller location in Broadmoor, and in June, NOPL also will begin summer reading programs in at least four locations. It’s one of the ways, Brown says, he hopes to change the perception of libraries are mere book-lending spaces and instead, as the Seattle Public Library termed them, “community living rooms.” “Libraries are no longer, and should no longer, be thought of just going to pick up your books and leaving,” Styons says. “There’s still a heavy research component — assisting students with work for school — but also people want to be able to lounge with their laptop or smartphone. Things need to be mobile in the library. We know that’s the direction we want to move in. … We try to stay a little ahead of the trend, but in New Orleans we’re catching up.” NOPL will also apply that philosophy retroactively to its other, older libraries and look for ways to improve their look, and, over time, Brown says, “spruce them up.” Meanwhile, Broadmoor also serves as a testing ground for retail space under NOPL. Ryan Haro opened The Green Dot Café inside the space with Greg Montelaro, who’s developing lunch and weekend brunch menus. The space is named after the green dot placed on maps of the neighborhood by rebuilding committees — a note to mark potential razing and demolition.

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council Drama HEDGE-MORRELL, JOHNSON CONTINUE AWOL District D City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and District e Councilman Jon Johnson met with Mayor Mitch Landrieu one day before both councilmembers skipped meetings at which the Council was scheduled to vote on an interim replacement for the

District B seat, which was vacated when Stacy Head won the election for one of the two council-atlarge positions. According to Hedge-Morrell’s personal calendar, which was obtained by Gambit via a public records request, she and Johnson — who have not attended any council meetings since May 3, when they abruptly walked out mid-meeting — were scheduled to meet with Landrieu May 15, the day before City Council was scheduled to meet to wrap up its unfinished May 3 agenda. Lena Stewart, HedgeMorrell’s chief of staff, confirmed that the meeting with Landrieu took place, though she could not comment on what was discussed as she was not present. Ryan Berni, a Landrieu spokesman, confirmed the meeting occurred but did not elaborate: “They did meet, as it is customary for Mayor Landrieu to meet with councilmembers. The mayor has met with other councilmembers in recent weeks and has spoken to Mr. George recently as well.” “Mr. George” was among the items on the May 3 agenda — specifically, the confirmation of Errol George as an interim appointpage 10

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“President [Barack] Obama hasn’t run anything before he was elected President of the United States. Never ran a state, never a business, never ran a lemonade stand.” — Gov. Bobby Jindal, in a Fox News interview May 15. Jindal had just officially proclaimed May 5 to be “National Lemonade Day” in Louisiana, during which children were urged to learn entrepreneuralism by opening their own homebased beverage distribution company for a day. Jindal, who insists he’s not interested in the GOP’s vice-presidential nomination, added, “In contrast, Mitt Romney has been a successful governor, a successful businessman, he’s got the executive experience.”

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ment to the now-vacant District B seat. Neither Hedge-Morrell nor Johnson attended. They were again absent from a May 17 regular Council meeting. Hedge-Morrell also met with Head May 15 to try to resolve the matter, her calendar shows. Head confirmed the meeting in a statement to Gambit: “After nearly two weeks of reaching out to Councilmember Hedge-Morrell through intermediaries as well as electronically, I met with her in person the day before the May 15 special meeting to allay any concerns that would keep her from attending the meeting. We had a productive conversation and I believed it likely that she would return to the Council so that we could take care of pressing city business. ... Unfortunately, it was all in vain.” City Council has until June 1 — 30 days after Head was sworn in as an at-large councilmember — to fill Head’s former seat. After that, Landrieu can make the appointment. The next full council meeting isn’t scheduled until June 7, six days after the cutoff. — CHARLES MALDONADO

Pre-Trial Services to Continue OPP RISK ASSESSMENT PROGRAM A GO New Orleans Criminal Justice Commissioner James Carter said he believes the city is committed to funding the Vera Institute of Justice’s new pretrial services program beyond the 2012 fiscal year. “We’re confident it will go forward,” Carter said during a May 15 panel discussion at Tulane University on pre-trial detention. The program has been operating inside Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) since April 30, and the city has committed $200,000 to the project for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Vera’s pretrial program is designed to determine the risk of a criminal defendant fleeing prosecution or committing a crime while awaiting trial. The goal of the program is to properly assess who should be in jail and who should be released prior to trial, says Vera director Jon Wool. The result, according to Wool, will likely be an increase in the number of non-financial bond releases for low-risk defendants — typically people charged with non-violent crimes and without extensive criminal histories — resulting in a reduced population at OPP. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who also spoke at the panel, said the recent closure of OPP’s House of Detention facility has brought OPP’s capacity down to about 2,691 beds, from 3,500 at the beginning of 2011 and more than 7,500 in 2005. The average daily population of OPP, Gusman said, is about 2,600. “Anyone who knows anything about jails knows we’re right at that tipping point,” Gusman said.

The sheriff’s office has seen a recent spike in prisoner escapes, including two last week — one from the jail and one inmate who ran from a work detail in City Park, triggering a midday manhunt for an escapee in his underwear. Both inmates were quickly captured. — CHARLES MALDONADO

“Bourbon Street Teabagger” Indicted NO ARRAIGNMENT DATE SET An Orleans Parish grand jury last week indicted University of Alabama football fan Brian H. Downing — accused of putting his testicles on an unconscious LSU fan in a Krystal hamburger restaurant on Bourbon Street following the BCS Championship game Jan. 9 — on one count of sexual battery and one count of obscenity. A judge set Downing’s bail at $50,000, but an arraignment date has not been set. A cellphone video of the incident hit YouTube immediately, and Downing was identified as the suspect. He surrendered to New Orleans police Jan. 19, and his bail was set at $10,000. If convicted, Downing could face a maximum of 10 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and a fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,500 and six months to three years in prison on the obscenity charge. — KANDACE POWER GRAVES

Tub Man: Jindal for VP NORQUIST PICKS BOBBY Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform and the man famous for the line “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” has chosen the vice presidential candidate whom he believes would be the best bathtubdrowner — and it’s Gov. Bobby Jindal. In an essay for Politico.com, Norquist praised Jindal’s overhaul of the Louisiana education system (charter schools, vouchers), as well as his energy policy and fiscal stewardship. “If Romney wanted to provide voters with a clear choice on tax policy, he would be hardpressed to do better than add Jindal, one of 13 governors committed to not raising taxes, to his ticket,” Norquist and co-author Patrick Gleason wrote. “While the president’s budget entails historically high levels of spending and taxation, it’s also noteworthy because it never balances during any time window. Jindal has balanced a budget every year as governor and never resorted to higher taxes.” For his part, Jindal continues to insist he has no designs on the veep’s office, even as he continues to tour the country speaking and raising money. An Associated Press story last week reported Louisiana’s deficit is now $220 million, or about $48 for every resident of the state. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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The Right Side of History a legal pretext against interracial marriage seems ludicrous nowadays — but those are the same underpinnings of the “case” against same-sex marriage. The great civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, said last week he was “uncomfortable” with same-sex marriage because “we grew up under boy-girl, man-woman.” The 90-year-old Lowery added that, despite his feelings, his position had changed over the years: “You can’t believe in equal rights for some people and yet not believe in equal rights for everybody. That includes the right to marry the person of your choice. Equal rights for some people [is] an oxymoron.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that states could not impose racially discriminatory marriage restrictions. Less than 10 years before that, Gallup conduct-

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hen President Barack Obama affirmed his belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, much of the ensuing discussion focused on the history of the moment, ignoring what may be an even more significant point: The president’s position now puts him in the mainstream of Americans. Three days after Obama’s announcement, a USA Today/Gallup poll found 51 percent of Americans agree with him. He joined fellow Democrats like Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, among others, who have spoken in favor of the right of samesex marriage. Many local leaders — from both parties — likewise feel it’s time America allow all Americans to get married. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors earlier this year, mayors of more than 80 American cities large and small (including New York’s Michael Bloomberg, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, Houston’s Annise Parker and Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa — but not New Orleans’ Mitch Landrieu) signed a Freedom to Marry pledge. Even many Republicans, like former First Lady Laura Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, have come out in support of the right for two people to choose same-sex marriage. Today we join them. Right now, six states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont) and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Unless opponents force a referendum, same-sex marriage will be legal in Washington State starting next month. Meanwhile, the states that have made same-sex marriage legal have seen no repercussions (with the possible exception of a boom in the wedding and tourism industries). Meanwhile, 31 states have enacted constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage — including Louisiana. Our state amended its Constitution in 2004 not only to forbid same-sex marriage, but also to bar any kind of civil union. Now, as then, we wonder: If the opposition to same-sex marriage is truly grounded in “defense of marriage” as an institution, why make it illegal for two people to enter into a civil union? Given Americans’ views on the subject and the trend lines — an April poll found nearly two-thirds of people under 30 support same-sex marriage — it’s clear that the issue of same-sex marriage is a generational one and that its legalization is an inevitability. Ultimately, same-sex weddings will become commonplace and even more widely accepted. Of course, there will still be plenty of people who won’t like it, just as there are people today who still don’t like interracial marriage. Using dislike, distaste or prejudice to conjure

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just depends on the story. But a second reason PIos are important: They’re the ones who pass along off-the-record stories for their bosses and tip off reporters to big scoops. on more than one occasion they’ve saved me on deadline. I’ve also been led on by a few and provided with inaccurate information. There’s the bad and the good, mostly the latter. But, as we noted in last week’s story, “a department head without a flack nowadays is like a 4-year-old on the beach without sunscreen.” Speaking of dHH, its initial reply to our public records request for media-related salaries produced the names of two people making salaries totaling $100,484. The accuracy of that list, however, has come into question. In a follow-up request, the department’s attorney said Tom Gasparoli, who makes $71,000 as

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department of agriculture will put up roughly $100,000 publishing what it calls ‘Market Bulletins.’” Irwin argued that 13,000 subscribers pay $10 a year for the publication to be printed and mailed to them. In that respect, it should have been noted in the report that the supporting dollars are self-generated. He also said that most of the Marketing Bulletin is made up of free classified ads for cattle, tractors and other agricultural needs. However, the first two pages of the 112-year-old newsletter usually are set aside for stories and press releases containing plenty of quotes from agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain. The pages are his vehicle to get out a message without having to deal with reporters. If anything, it shows the department is proactive in promoting itself. Bob Johannessen, former communications director for the department of Health and Hospitals (dHH), said, “alford does not address how he or other reporters would be able to effectively cover state government without the assistance of a (public information officer, or PIo).” This is true. It goes without saying that PIos and press secretaries are important to this thing we journalists do. It would be difficult without them — sometimes; it

dHH media and communications director as well as press secretary for the dHH secretary, was mistakenly left off the list. There’s also Kristen M. Sunde, who was not on the list, though she recently helped coordinate a story for Gambit and even sat in on a telephone interview with a dHH deputy secretary. Sunde held a title connected to the “Bureau of Media and Communications.” a PIo for the department said Sunde filled that role only temporarily as new hands were brought on board. It’s an interesting twist. While many media professionals wanted to make sure it was known that they do much more than handle press requests, this was an example of someone being pulled into the fray who typically never talks to journalists. another press secretary from a bygone era of louisiana politics offered these words on the classic relationship between hack and flack: “We may not always like the story you’re doing, but in the end we respect that you’re doing it.” Without question, that works the other way around, too. at least on good days. Jeremy Alford is a freelance journalist in Baton Rouge. Email him at Jeremy@ jeremyalford.com. Follow him on Twitter: @alfordwrites.

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Dear Josephine, I know it’s an odd place to find a rabbit, let alone five of them, but the bunny men now live on the top of the house owned by Gary and Elizabeth Eckman. The Eckmans recently moved from New York to New Orleans and were lucky enough to acquire custody of the group of sculptures. In 2010, the bunny men were temporarily displayed on the top of the old Falstaff Brewery. They needed a new home, and the Eckmans won a bid for the sculptures; so the bunnies now peer down on another street from another rooftop perch. The sculpture is the work of artist Alex Podesta and is called City Watch. Podesta’s sculpture was among a variety of artworks that were part of a joint public works initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The five identical rabbits are replicas of the artist dressed in a costume. The rabbits on the rooftop are supposed to commemorate the time when desperate people were trapped on their roofs when the city flooded after Hurricane Katrina. It’s also been said that the rabbit men could be waiting to be rescued or simply are watching the city’s recovery. They aren’t happy as they look down, but perhaps the bunny costumes indicate that imagination is the key to recovery. And because they are all alike, the bunny men could be seen as Everyman.

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t’s an article of faith in New Orleans that you’ll always find Leah Chase at work at her Dooky Chase Restaurant, either in the kitchen – chopping trinity and stewing chicken before lunch service – or in the dining room, greeting cufflink-clad bankers at one table and guidebook-toting tourists at the next. These days though, there’s also a good chance you’ll find the 89-year-old icon of Creole cuisine speaking from a podium or seated at a head table, accepting the latest in a stream of awards and honors. Some of this recognition reflects her culinary legacy. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum named a permanent gallery in her honor in 2009, and earlier this year she received the National Restaurant Association’s Faces of Diversity Award. But other honors from outside the restaurant industry show just how far this extraordinary woman’s impact and influence have carried. Last year, for instance, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana presented Chase with its Ben Smith Award, its highest honor, for her work promoting racial equality. In April, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) honored her at a gala which simultaneously served as the debut for an exhibit of paintings of Chase by Gustave Blache III, a New Orleans-born artist now living in Brooklyn, N.Y.,

and as a fundraiser for NOMA’s new Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund, which will help the museum acquire more works by African-American artists. The museum was packed for the gala, which Chase insisted be held on a Monday night to accommodate the work schedules of her restaurant industry friends. Chase draws a crowd wherever she goes. Well-wishers flock for handshakes, hugs and cellphone snapshots with the chef who hosts U.S. presidents, inspired a landmark Disney animation character – Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, the studio’s first African-American princess – and operates a family restaurant that famously served as a hub for activists and organizers at the height of the civil rights struggle. The attention is nothing new for Chase; official honors have been rolling in for decades. She greets it all with gratitude, but also with a dash of the characteristic feistiness that keeps the people around her on their toes. “It’s been wonderful and just beautiful, and I’m so appreciative, but it bothers me a little too,” she says. “If I’m getting all of this attention, does it mean other people need to step up more? Does it mean somebody else isn’t doing their work?” Work is a compulsion for Chase, and her tenacity, combined with the

were being drafted for the expanding American war effort and suddenly black and white women were getting jobs they previously couldn’t. Chase says that’s how she started waiting tables at the long-since-closed Colonial Restaurant in the French Quarter, a job she credits as “one of the best things that could have happened.” “I saw just how wonderful the restaurant business was, how you could sit down and enjoy a meal and have someone serve you,” Chase says. “Oh, I thought, that was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.” She would try out different jobs during her first years in New Leah Chase can bring Orleans, including down the house with stints working for jokes and she can a bookie and even make people blush with managing a few local compliments that they boxers. But the allure suddenly believe about of restaurants captithemselves thanks to vated her, and her big her convincing sincerity. break in the business Still, she isn’t all sugar came with her marand honey. She’s known riage in 1946 to Edto holler in the kitchen gar “Dooky” Chase and bawl out employees II, then a trumpet who aren’t performing player, whose family to her standards. In her had started Dooky words, she’s “always Chase Restaurant on calling people stupid Orleans Avenue five jackasses.” years earlier. “When I first met her, This Dooky Chase she told me her personal Restaurant was at hero was General PatChase (left) schools chef/TV star/author Bobby Flay on the finer that time a far cry from ton,” says John Musker, points of making gumbo when he shot a segment on the subject in the elegant destinathe director of The PrinNew Orleans in 2008. tion of upholstered cess and the Frog. “She PHOTO BY IAN MCNULTY chairs, chandeliers became our General Patand contemporary ton because she worked art that goes by the so hard and inspired so name today. Housed many people.” The World in a double shotgun War II army commander house, it was a tavern serving po-boys and selling lottery tickets, a family may have inspired his troops, but he also famously slapped a shell-shocked business that was first bankrolled on a $600 loan from a local brewery (a G.I. and called him a coward — a tale Chase retells with evident admiration. common startup practice for bars of the day). It was open practically around But to understand Chase’s story, one has to put aside today’s familiar visage of the accomplished and indefatigable lady, seemingly always clad in the clock, closing as late as 5 a.m. and opening for early lunch a few hours later. her red chef’s coat beneath her halo of white hair. Instead, try conjuring the “My mother-in-law (Emily Chase) was a great cook, but being a black image of an 18-year-old beauty who arrived in New Orleans in 1941, eager woman of that time she did not have any experience in restaurants like I had to get her start in the world, equipped with a high school education and seen it from working in the Quarter,” Chase says. “So I said, ‘You know, strong values but hardly a cent to her name. we’re going to have it here like other people have it.’” Born on Jan. 6 — Twelfth Night — in 1923, the oldest of Hortensia and Her changes came gradually – first by upgrading the menu with more Charles Lange’s 11 children, she was raised across Lake Pontchartrain in Creole dishes, then by sprucing up the tavern decor. The renovations that Madisonville, then a small shipping and boat-building town along the Tchewould so greatly expand the restaurant, add a brick exterior and create its functe River. Her father, initially a ship caulker, later had a Works Progress Administration job during the Great Depression, working for 50 cents a day. variously themed dining rooms didn’t start until 1984. But long before that, Dooky Chase Restaurant earned its landmark status for providing history“Father told us to pray for work every day,” Chase recalls. “We’d go fishmaking hospitality. ing in the mornings so we could have perch and grits for breakfast — but a lot of times, man, it was just grits.” Dr. Norman Francis, a native of Lafayette, La., remembers that Dooky There was no high school nearby for black students, so at age 13 Chase Chase Restaurant “was already a legend” when he arrived in New took a steamer across the lake to New Orleans to live with an aunt and Orleans in 1948. “It was the food and the atmosphere. When you heard attend St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic school for black girls in the city. She someone was taking his girlfriend to Dooky Chase, you’d say that was returned home after graduating at age 16, but two years later departed for high cotton,” he says. New Orleans for good. Francis, who has been president of Xavier University since 1968, was “Creole girls like me were expected to work at the sewing factory, a good the first black student admitted to Loyola University Law School. He says job,” Chase says, but she took a different route. In the early 1940s, men courage to pursue unconventional and sometimes controversial decisions, has charted the course of her life and left her mark on the worlds of New Orleans food, culture, art and politics. “She is of a generation of African-American women who set their faces against the wind without looking back,” says Jessica Harris, an author and expert on food of the African diaspora, and one of Chase’s longtime friends. “It’s a work ethic, yes, but it’s also seeing how you want things to be and then being relentless about getting there. It’s about making sure it gets done and making sure that your hand is doing its part.”

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the welcome the Chase family provided at their restaurant was a balm when many other doors were barred. “There was the pain of not being able to walk through the front door of a restaurant or a hotel, which was of course insulting to the human persona,” he says. “But Leah kept the bright light on for all of us. When you couldn’t go to some places, you could always go to Dooky Chase and the food would be better there anyway.” For the same reason, the restaurant became the go-to spot for black

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notables in the arts, sports and politics whenever they came through segregated New Orleans. Ray Charles even added a reference to eating at Dooky Chase in his 1961 single “Early in the Morning.” The restaurant also soon became a hotbed for civil rights activists, both black and white, who crammed into a small second-floor dining room in a camelback portion of the building for planning sessions, their mixed-race meals there breaking segregation laws in the process. Chase herself is low-key about the history that transpired under her roof and over her food. “People would just come,” she says. “I didn’t feel like I was doing anything special. It was just an easy place to meet.” But for others who participated in

some of these gatherings, the haven she provided and the contributions she made were vital. “If you’re looking for a place that advanced integration and racial understanding, nothing stands out for me more than that restaurant and that lady,” says Rudy Lombard, a civil rights activist who staged one of the city’s first sit-ins at a Canal Street lunch counter. “It was the only place where people knew blacks and whites could get together in a civil rights context without being hassled. (The police)

knew what was going on; they were following us, but nothing ever happened to us there.” Still, the Chase family did receive threatening notes in those days, and once someone hurled a pipe bomb at the restaurant, which damaged the building but drew no blood. Moon Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978, says that even after segregation laws were overturned and tensions began to cool, the restaurant continued to serve the role of neutral ground. “It took a long time for the law to be followed and for customs to change, but people found it welcoming to eat together at Dooky Chase,” Landrieu says. “If you reversed the situation, and think about black people going to a white restaurant at that time — well, it was one thing then to say you have the right and it was another to say you felt comfortable. But at Leah’s place, you wanted to be there because of the food, the hospitality and just her personality.”

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Sit down for a chat with Leah Chase and you always come away with some quotable memories, advice or even admonishments. Here are a few from her recent interview with Gambit.

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“One thing my mother would never allow in our house was the word ‘can’t.’ She’d say, ‘It isn’t in the dictionary,’ and we were too stupid to look it up. If mother said it wasn’t a word we believed her and didn’t use it.”

On her stint managing lOcal bOxers in the 1940s:

“I loved boxing, ever since my grandfather showed me a picture of Joe Louis and said, ‘Here’s a man who can beat anyone in the world.’ That made such an impression on me, that someone could be so strong he could beat anyone in the world. I like people with physical and emotional strength, and that’s how I learned to love boxing. I learned to look at it and see the art about it.” “Sometimes you look at art and you think, ‘Well, that’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.’ But then I say, ‘Let me take another look. This is a young man’s work. He’s not going to see things the same way you do, Leah.’ You see something you don’t like, whether it’s art or a person, well, change the way to look at it. You do that and you’re going to see something different. That’s what I learned from art and learned about life.”

On rebuilding:

“I know I’m crazy, but it never crossed my mind I wouldn’t do it again after Katrina. I was so flattered that people would step up to help us. When you get that kind of support, when people are that confident in you, you better show them that they weren’t wrong.”

On artist gustave blache’s exhibit at the new Orleans museum Of art: “I told him, ‘You had a paintbrush in your hand — you could have knocked off half of my rear end. You could have made me look like Halle Berry.’ But it’s good because, if they show me working — well, what is wrong with work?”

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The new orleans Museum of Art (noMA) continues its exhibit Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III through Sept. 9. Blache, a new orleans native now based in Brooklyn, n.y., studied Chase in her restaurant during visits over the course of two years to produce this exhibit of 20 oil paintings, which are featured in a gallery repainted and decorated to evoke the main dining room at Dooky Chase Restaurant. This painting, “Cutting Squash,” was recently acquired by the national Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., where it will move after the noMA exhibit.

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The Leah Chase personality — the determination to do what she feels is right and the work ethic to make it happen — has remained the constant of Dooky Chase Restaurant, guiding how it developed over the decades and how it operates today. She insisted the restaurant expand and upgrade in the 1980s, even as the housing project across the street and the surrounding neighborhood deteriorated. Throughout that time, Chase cultivated what has become a renowned collection of AfricanAmerican art inside her dining rooms, driven mainly by the desire to encourage others to succeed. “I didn’t know anything about collecting art as an investment,” Chase

says. “Some of (the artists), they’d just send me pieces, sometimes we’d swap them for gumbo. Artists are always hungry and I fed them when they needed it and they took care of me.” Though the restaurant was flooded badly after the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina, one of Chase’s grandsons was able to extract the art collection, which was reinstalled in time for the restaurant’s reopening in 2007. During the interim, Chase and her husband lived in a FEMA trailer beside the restaurant. They now live in a renovated shotgun house just next door. “I walk out my door every day and into the restaurant,” she says. Her family isn’t surprised at her work ethic. That doesn’t mean they don’t worry. “At first I had a guilt complex. We all did,” says her son, Edgar Chase III, a retired dean of business at Dillard University. “I felt like, ‘Why can’t we just pay someone to run the kitchen?’ But then you realize even if you did, it wouldn’t stop my mother

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She still plans for the future. The famous second-floor room where so many important meetings took place is being used as office space now, but she hopes her grandson will reopen it as a dining room someday. More immediately, she’s eager to open a takeout window to serve the neighbors around Dooky Chase Restaurant. “My mother’s big concern is that we always be a part of the community,” says Edgar Chase III. “And so even if someone can’t afford a meal in the dining room, maybe they can come by for a sandwich or bring home supper to their family.” Blache, the artist whose paintings of Leah Chase are on exhibit at NOMA, has seen how the Dooky Chase experience can connect a community. His own grandparents had their first date in the restaurant — a very common thread among African-American couples of a certain generation. Blache dined there with his parents frequently as he grew up, and when he visits now he sees plenty of his peers at the tables. “So when younger people come in and make it part of their tradition now, Mrs. Chase makes her rounds in the dining room and can tell them all about their families and the history they share through the restaurant,” Blache says. Making those rounds might take Chase an hour or more these days. Her pace is slower, that’s one reason. But also, after all these years, there’s just so much more to talk about.

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from going in every day.” The restaurant has kept limited hours since reopening, serving lunch Tuesdays through Friday and dinner on Friday nights only. Edgar Chase III acknowledges this schedule is a compromise between family members who worry Leah is working too hard and the matriarch’s determination to be at her post. “I always knew from being a little boy that my mother could outwork anybody,” Edgar Chase III says. “The stamina is just incredible. She feels unloved, unneeded, unwanted, un-something if she’s not doing anything, and she truly loves to serve people. I think she gets the artistic satisfaction from it that someone else might get from a book or a painting.” Emily Chase Haydel, the first-born of Leah’s four children, was for many years her mother’s right hand in the restaurant and her heir apparent to take over the kitchen. But she died during childbirth in 1990 at age 42. Leah’s second-born, Stella Reese Chase, a former teacher, now plays a key role in the restaurant’s management, and Leah’s grandson, Edgar Chase IV, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, is being groomed to one day run the family business. He now works for the regional utility Entergy Corp. as he and his wife begin their family, and he helps his grandmother on weekends and with special events. Leah Chase is at her restaurant five days a week, starting as early as 7 a.m., talking with suppliers, prepping food and working her dining room at peak lunch hours. She recognizes her family’s concerns for her, but she does little to mollify them. “People say, ‘Why do you go to work every day?’ I say, ‘Well, what else do you want me to do?’ That’s all I know how to do is cook,” she says. “So as long as I can do it, I do it.”

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fter running Paxton & Whitfield, a 200-year-old cheese shop in London, Richard and Danielle Sutton decided to move their passion for cheese to New Orleans, where they knew there was a niche to fill. They’d met at Tulane University, and in 2006, they opened St. James Cheese Company (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com) to provide “a meticulously selected and diverse assortment of ... artisan cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet grocery items,” Danielle says. St. James also is a restaurant that offers sandwiches and salads, all featuring the shop’s cheeses. “We wanted to fill the hole between po-boys and white tablecloth restaurants and offer casual, creative lunch choices modeled on the sandwich bars and cafes we encountered in London and Europe,” she says. The uncluttered shop is painted in cool blue and milky colors (to better showcase the cheeses) and there is a welcoming family atmosphere. “We have a lot of fun together,” Danielle says. “Richard and I are always in the shop and our kids are usually running around (here) in the afternoons.” Employees are friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about the shop’s extensive selection. “We stock cheese from most of the better-known cheeseproducing nations: the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland,” Richard says. “Styles run from hard to soft and everything in between, from very fresh to very aged.” Two things continue to feed Rich-

ard’s passion for the cheese At St. James business. Cheese Company, “Primarily it is Richard and my customers,” Danielle Sutton he says. “Ofstock artisanal fering people cheeses from something that around the world. they get as excited about as I do is a great feeling. Also, watching new cheesemakers grow and evolve in their trade is fun, particularly when they really start to get good.” The couple’s experience in London gave them the knowledge and connections with producers and suppliers needed to run their business. “Ultimately we base our buying decisions on quality,” Richard says. “We start the process by finding cheeses that we like and then we evaluate the source. If it all looks good, we try it in the store and see how our customers react.” St. James offers catering services with cheese and baguette sandwich platters, and hosts classes about cheese, usually with wine pairings, for budding epicureans. The shop’s website lists all its suppliers and products and makes it easy to search by texture, milk type and flavor. However, the best part of St. James Cheese Company is the experience of visiting the shop. “You’re encouraged to taste and ask questions and come away feeling like you have learned something about artisan cheeses,” Danielle says.

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It’s all Greek

    Restaurants provide the food for festivals all over town, but sometimes what  really sets an event apart are the crews  of volunteer home cooks who step up to  contribute their talents.      That’s the case at Greek Festival New Orleans (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., www.greekfestnola.com) May 25-27 along  Bayou St. John. This is the 39th year for the  festival, which is held on the grounds of the  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral  and inside the Hellenic Cultural Center.  The event raises money to support the  church community year round, and as such  it inspires a devoted effort from the church  members who run the show.      Some of them will spend the festival  weekend roasting 300 whole spring  lambs, a featured food that is a centerpiece  of the festival.     “Many of the people who cook the  lambs are from Greece, from the small villages, and this is how they do their picnics  and celebrations there,” says festival  chairman Ginny Zissis. “The way people  in America do hamburgers and ribs for  our cookouts, over in Greece they roast  a lamb.”      Marinated with olive oil, lemon, garlic  and herbs, the meat comes off the spit  page 24

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Tuck and Fold A new sushi spot unfolds on Freret Street. By Ian McNulty

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he current Freret Street story is about dramatic  transformations, like the junk-filled former firehouse that  became Cure and the derelict gas station made into Dat  Dog. Even in such company, the appearance of Origami in the  former location���of Friar Tuck’s Bar has been hard for some to  accept. Some customers may have hazy memories of the assorted  high jinks and regrettable hookups that once occurred there before  the space featured delicate sushi rolls.     Creative reuse is a New Orleans strong point, so now we  visit Origami for beautifully composed plates of sashimi, a solid  repertoire of cooked dishes and a menu of rolls that range from  reliable standards to house specials that go from very good to  mystifyingly bad.       The names of the best rolls are familiar from other local sushi  bars, like the funky margarita — a crawfish roll layered with tuna,  salmon and guacamole, a specialty at Kyoto; or the burning man  — pepper-crusted tuna and avocado layered over a tuna roll,  again akin to a roll of the same name at Little Tokyo.      That’s no surprise, since Origami is a project of veteran sushi  chef Mitsuko Tanner, who once co-owned Kyoto and was most  recently a sushi chef at the Little Tokyo location in Mid-City.  With chefs Masayuki Tsukikawa and Thuan Vu, Tanner has  made Origami into a bright, contemporary restaurant with highbacked booths, spindle chairs and a sushi bar joined to a short  drinking bar, where sake is the norm. 

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2009 Cellers Can Blau     The long menu has many hot dishes, including both the perfunctory (beef teriyaki), some less-common choices (buttery  and strong-flavored grilled mackerel), kaarage (soy-soaked  bits of fried chicken thighs) and some true oddities, like  chicken dumplings, which are deboned drumettes stuffed with  dumpling filling and lacquered with dark, thickened soy sauce.  This proved as tasty as it was offbeat, as did the rice crispies  — fried squares of sushi rice variously carrying crawfish salad,  spicy tuna and crab and all elaborately sauced and garnished.      The fish is of reliably high quality, but beware of rolls that  sound too far out. In particular, the Italian roll was described as  being topped with prosciutto and broiled cheese. Could this  be just weird enough to work? Well, the prosciutto was pale,  deli-style ham, the cheese was American in all its yellow glory  and a sweet sauce tipped the whole thing into a total wreck.      Next up was the unusual namesake Origami roll: with eel  and mango inside and sticky fried banana with honey sauce  outside, it seemed tame, if only by comparison. Lose the eel  and it could be a dessert roll, but I wouldn’t recommend it in its  current form.      From generous chirashi sushi bowls to traditional noodle  dishes, there’s a lot to enjoy here. Just give a second thought  if something that sounds outrageous strikes your fancy.  Come to think of it, that was pretty good advice when the  place was Friar Tuck’s too. 

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Montsant, an emerging wine region with  vineyards averaging 35 years old, almost  completely surrounds the better known  Priorat growing area. The regions share  similar soils and the presence of slate,  chalk, clay and granite. For this complex  wine, a blend of garnacha, syrah and  carinena (known in the region as mazuelo)  is aged in French oak.  On the nose, the fullbodied wine exudes  baking spices, cedar,  minerals, blueberry  and black cherry notes.  On the palate, taste  dense, concentrated  fruit, and heavy tones  of plum, cocoa and  smokiness resulting  from mature vines reaching their peak.  Decant an hour before serving for best flavor. Drink it with grilled, stewed or roasted  meats, paella and firm cheeses. Buy it at:  Whole Foods Market. 

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interview juicy and bursting with flavor. It’s sold by the pound to eat at the event or take home for later. In recent years, the church has added adjacent lots to expand its festival grounds, so now there’s more room for the stage, dance floor, crafts tents and kids’ activities — and food is always close at hand. Booths around the grounds dispense gyros, calamari, souvlaki and loukoumades, which are like Greek beignets topped with honey and cinnamon. Goat burgers, which debuted at the festival last year, are back. In addition to beer and wine, you can wash all of this down with iced tea, sno-balls or daiquiris made with pomegranate, an ancient Greek symbol of prosperity. The festival also transforms the Hellenic Cultural Center into a Greek food mart of sorts, with tables stocking edibles ranging from tubs of tzatziki to red caviar spread. This is where you’ll find the festival’s sprawling pastry operation, boasting about 20 different varieties of cakes, cookies and other sweets, all made by the local families who support Greek Festival. Admission is $5 per day (children under 12 free), and on Sunday, May 27, anyone wearing a toga gets in free.

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What does a five-day wine festival look like? With the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE), which begins next week, the answer depends on the day. NOWFE is a festival with many faces, from the freewheeling Royal Street Stroll (Thursday, May 24), with ticketholders drinking their way from one winestocked French Quarter art or antique gallery to the next, to the Grand Tastings (Friday and Saturday, May 25-26), which are gigantic food and wine samplings held inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More than 1,000 wines will be poured at NOWFE events. There’s a night of wine dinners at local restaurants (Wednesday, May 23) led by winemakers from around the country; and there are wine and food seminars hosted by chefs, wine experts and media personalities (Friday and Saturday). The schedule begins Tuesday, May 22, with the Ella Brennan Award Dinner and Wine Auction, which this year honors local beverage magnate and philanthropist Bill Goldring. This event is already sold out. New Orleans food sets NOWFE apart from other wine festivals around the country. While some of those events have blossomed close to picturesque vineyards and valleys, NOWFE is in the heart of a great American food destination. About 75 restaurants and other food-related businesses participate, hosting dinners or serving samples of their dishes at Grand Tastings. Saturday’s Grand Tasting features the fifth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-off, in which 10 chefs from across the state (including five from the New Orleans area) compete for the title of

KAty CAsBArIAN CO-pROpRIETOR OF ARNAuD’S

Arnaud’s restaurant (813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com) dates back to 1918. With its maze of private dining rooms and its traditional menu, the restaurant ranks among the city’s famed Creole grandes dames. Katy Casbarian’s parents Jane and the late Archie Casbarian bought Arnaud’s in 1978, and today Katy and her brother Archie are co-proprietors. Katy also serves on the boards of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Lighthouse for the Blind.

Gambit: Did growing up in a restaurant family mean you were destined to work in the field? Casbarian: I was about a year old when my family took over (Arnaud’s), so my brother and I literally grew up here. After school or our sports activities, we came to the restaurant. We did our homework here, had the family meal here. We were encouraged to at least look at other sectors for our careers, but when you grow up with the restaurant industry it just gets into your blood. The people are amazing, and it’s hard to find another working environment like a restaurant. G: So many of the dining trends we see today go toward the casual end. Do you ever fear people are turning away from Arnaud’s old-line style of fine dining? C: I don’t think we fear it so much. part of our success is we’ve stayed true to our roots. Traditions are important, and especially in New Orleans people embrace that. So we’re not changing things every week to keep up with the latest trends, but we do tweak things. Have we had to relax our dress code? Absolutely. It used to be strictly jacket required, but unfortunately you can’t always do that now. But overall, I think the box that fine dining has been in is just bigger now. G: The restaurant’s bar, French 75, has become part of the city’s craft cocktail circuit. Was that something Arnaud’s has tried to cultivate? C: That’s really in large part due to what (bartender) Chris Hannah has done there. My father built that bar. It was originally an all-male dining room. But he envisioned it as a bar where people could feel like time stops for a bit and you could get a really well-made cocktail. Chris really ran with it and he has become a great part of this family. – IAN MCNuLTy

King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood. Their dishes will be judged during the event, with the winner announced at its finale. Visit www.nowfe.com for tickets and information.

Criollo opens this week

The historic Hotel Monteleone marked its 125th anniversary last year by beginning a major renovation, and this week the hotel debuts the latest part of the project: the new Criollo Restaurant & Lounge (214 Royal St., 681-4444; www.hotelmonteleone.com). It will open for breakfast Wednesday and add lunch and dinner in June. Criollo takes over the space that formerly held the Hunt Room Grill and has headed in a new direction. This new restaurant’s name is Spanish for “Creole,” and executive chef Randolph Buck and chef du cuisine Joseph Maynard promise a blend of Spanish, French, African and Caribbean cuisines tailored to modern culinary trends. For instance, the preview information lists dishes like a chilled shrimp, blue crab and avocado

timbale; a trio of oysters (topped with Swiss chard and Herbsaint, angel hair tetrazzini, artichoke and Brie); and grilled Gulf fish with grilled hearts of palm, black bean and avocado salad, charred papaya and maitre d’ butter. In a departure from the Hunt Room Grill’s dark, clubby atmosphere, Criollo has an open kitchen, booths and private rooms.

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The Blind Pelican 1628 St. Charles Ave., 558-9398 www.theblindpelican.com The former J’anita’s crew brings its Caesar-dressed redfish sandwich to this new pub.

Herbsaint 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114 www.herbsaint.com At lunch, lemon aioli gilds a slab of grilled tuna on olive bread.

Merchant 800 Common St., 571-9580 www.merchantneworleans.com Moist, fine tuna salad with thin-sliced lemon is served on a chewy baguette.

Munch Factory 5339 Franklin Ave., 324-5372 www.themunchfactory.net For a Friday special, a large fillet of fried drum is dressed with corn slaw.

Root 200 Julia St., 252-9480 www.rootnola.com Fish is crusted with potato chips and dressed with bitter greens as a lunch option.

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“yes, they have to have the skills to make the drink, serve the table, make the cuisine. But the other question is, do they have people skills? Hospitality is about communicating, and if you don’t have the ability to communicate, then you’re in the wrong business.” — Stephen Zolezzi, president of the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego, quoted in a recent U-T San Diego story about long-term career opportunities in the restaurant industry.

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AMERICAN CAFE BEIGNET — 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com — The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ O’HENRY’S FOOD & SPIRITS — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 8669741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 461-9840; www. ohenrys.com — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOWN THE HATCH — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com — This casual restaurant offers a mix of burgers, salads, hot wings and cheese fries and the menu is updated frequently. The housemade veggie burger includes 10 different vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE RIVERSHACK TAVERN — 3449 River Road, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 — Shamrock serves burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, Reuben sandwiches, cheese sticks and fries with cheese or gravy. Other options include corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $ ZADDIE’S TAVERN — 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 8320830 — Zaddie’s serves burgers, alligator sausage, boudin, tamales and meat or crawfish pies. Thursday’s steak night special features a filet mignon, butter-garlic potatoes, salad, grilled French bread and a soft drink for $15. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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TED’S FROSTOP — 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 — The Lotto burger is a 6-oz. patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Frostop’s secret sauce and cheese is optional. There are waffle fries and house-made root beer. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BOO KOO BBQ — 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq. com — The Cajun banh mi fills a Vietnamese roll with hogshead cheese, smoked pulled pork, boudin, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrot, pickled radish and sriracha sweet chile aioli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

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BAYOU BEER GARDEN — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ DMAC’S BAR & GRILL — 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 3045757; www.dmacsbarandgrill. com — Stop in for daily lunch specials or regular items such as gumbo, seafood-stuffed

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL — 4905 Canal St., 4887357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com — Top a 10-oz. Beach burger with cheddar, blue, Swiss or pepper Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms or house-made hickory sauce. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE CAFE FRERET — 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.

com — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PINKBERRY — 300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; www.pinkberry.com — Pinkberry offers frozen yogurt with an array of wet and dry topping choices including caramel, honey, fruit purees, various chocolates and nuts and more. There also are fresh fruit parfaits and green tea smoothies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GOTT GOURMET CAFE — 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.com — This cafe serves a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers and more. The cochon de lait panini includes slow-braised pork, baked ham, pickles, Swiss, ancho-honey slaw, honey mustard and chili mayo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.Sun. Credit cards. $

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LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE — 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is available all day on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK — City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 — Located in the old Casino Building, the cafe serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads and ice cream till early evening. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PRAVDA — 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola. com — Pravda is known for its Soviet kitsch and selection of absinthes, and the kitchen offers pierogies, beef empanadas, curry shrimp salad and a petit steak served with truffle aioli. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINESE FIVE HAPPINESS — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935 — The large menu at Five Happiness offers a range of dishes from wonton soup to sizzling seafood combinations served on a hot plate to sizzling Go-Ba to lo mein dishes. Delivery and banquest facilities available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ JUNG’S GOLDEN DRAGON — 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2. com — Jung’s offers a mix of Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Chinese specialties include Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan dishes. Grand Marnier shrimp are lightly battered and served with Grand Marnier sauce, broccoli and pecans. Reservations

BAYONA — 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com — House favorites on Chef Susan Spicer’s menu include sauteed Pacific salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and the appetizer of grilled shrimp with black-bean cake and coriander sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ OAK — 8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.com — This wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes like char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and a red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and a memorable cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT — 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www. antoines.com — The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French Creole dining might have been like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms. Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ MELANGE — 2106 Chartres St., 309-7335; www.melangenola.com — Dine on French-Creole cuisine in a restaurant and bar themed to resemble a lush 1920s speakeasy. Lapin au vin is a farm raised rabbit cooked served with demi-glace, oven-roasted shallots, tomatoes, potatoes and pancetta. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$ MONTREL’S BISTRO — 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 — This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for des-

REDEMPTION — 3835 Iberville St., 309-3570; www.redemptionnola.com — Chef Greg Piccolo’s menu includes dishes such as the crispy avocado cup filled with Louisiana crawfish remoulade. Roasted duck breast is served with red onion and yam hash, andouille, sauteed spinach and grilled Kadota fig jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ — Toulouse Street Wharf, 569-1401; www.steamboatnatchez.com — The Natchez serves Creole cuisine while cruising the Mississippi River. At dinner, the Paddlewheel porkloin is blackened pork served with Creole mustard sauce or Caribbean butter spiked with Steen’s cane syrup. Bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CUBAN/CARIBBEAN MOJITOS RUM BAR & GRILL — 437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800; www.mojitosnola.com — Mojitos serves a mix of Caribbean, Cuban and Creole dishes. Aruba scallops are seared and served with white chocolate chipotle sauce with jalapeno grits and seasonal vegetables. Warm walnut goat cheese is served with yuca chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

DELI KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www. koshercajun.com — This New Yorkstyle deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $ QUARTER MASTER DELI — 1100 Bourbon St., 529-1416 — This round-the-clock corner deli and market serves sandwiches, grilled items, noshing items and breakfast from 2 a.m. to mid-morning. Slowcooked pork ribs are coated in house-made barbecue sauce and served with two sides. Slow-roasted beef is sliced thin, doused in gravy and served on 10-in. French loaves. No reservations. 24 hours daily. Cash only. $ MARTIN WINE CELLAR — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , 896-7350; www.martinwine.com — The wine emporium offers gourmet sandwiches and deli items. The Reuben combines corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. The Sena salad features chicken, golden raisins, blue cheese, toasted pecans and pepper jelly vinaigrette over field greens. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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FLAMING TORCH — 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com — Chef Nathan Gile’s menu includes pan-seared Maine diver scallops with chimichurri sauce and smoked bacon and corn hash. Coffee- and corianderspiced rack of lamb is oven roasted and served with buerre rouge and chevre mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-

Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ MARTINIQUE BISTRO — 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www. martiniquebistro.com — This French bistro has both a cozy dining room and a pretty courtyard. Try dishes such as Steen’s-cured duck breast with satsuma and ginger demi-glace and stone-ground goat cheese grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GOURMEt tO GO BREAUX MART — 315 E. Judge Perez, Chalmette, 262-0750; 605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 433-0333; 2904 Severn Ave., Metairie, 8855565; 9647 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-8146; www.breauxmart. com — Breaux Mart prides itself on its “Deli to Geaux” as well as weekday specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

INDIAN JULIE’S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO’S — 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.com — The cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE — 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from chicken to vegetable dishes. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ItALIAN ANDREA’S RESTAURANT — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie 8348583; www.andreasrestaurant. com — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale which is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Capelli D’Andrea combines house-made angel hair pasta and smoked salmon in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ CAFE GIOVANNI — 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni. com — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Shrimp Dukie features Louisiana shrimp and a duck breast marinated in Cajun spices served with tasso-mushroom sauce. Belli Baci is the restaurant’s cocktail lounge. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ MOSCA’S — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-8950; www. moscasrestaurant.com — This familystyle eatery has changed little since opening in 1946. Popular dishes include shrimp Mosca, chicken a la grande and baked oysters Mosca, made with breadcrumps and Italian

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SOMETHIN’ ELSE CAFE — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; www. somethingelsecafe.com — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers shrimp baskets, boudin balls, alligator corn dogs, burgers, po-boys and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

po-boys or pulled-pork sliders topped with barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE’S ANNEX — 513 Royal St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines mozzarella, pesto, Creole tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The honey and ham panino is dressed with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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JaPaNeSe KYOTO — 4920 Prytania St., 8913644 — Kyoto’s sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. “Box” sushi is a favorite, with more than 25 rolls. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ MIKIMOTO — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi. com — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. the South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$ MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE — 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro. com — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ ORIGAMI — 5130 Freret St., 8996532 — Nabeyaki udon is a soup brimming with thick noodles, chicken and vegetables. the long list of special rolls includes the Big Easy, which combines tuna, salmon, white fish, snow crab, asparagus and crunchy bits in soy paper with eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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ROCK-N-SAKE — 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com — Rock-n-Sake serves traditional Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. there’s a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls or spicy gyoza soup, pan-fried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ WASABI SUSHI — 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola. com — Wasabi serves a wide array of Japanese dishes. Wasabi honey shrimp are served with cream sauce. the Assassin roll bundles tuna, snow crab and avocado in seaweed and tops it with barbecued eel, tuna, eel sauce and wasabi tobiko. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIaNa CONteMPORaRY BOUCHE — 840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.com —

this wine bar and restaurant serves creative dishes like tasso truffle mac and cheese with three cheeses and Mornay sauce, baby spinach salad with Maytag blue cheese and bacon lardons, and crispy duck breast with Grand Marnier sweet potatoes and vanilla-balsamic extract. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ K-PAUL’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN — 416 Chartres St., 596-2530; www.chefpaul.com — At chef Paul Prudhomme’s restaurant, signature dishes include blackened Louisiana drum, Cajun jambalaya and the blackened stuffed pork chop. Lunch service is deli style and changing options include po-boys and dishes like tropial fruit salad with bronzed shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ MANNING’S — 519 Fulton St., 5938118; www.harrahsneworleans.com — Named for former New orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant’s game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. the fish and chips feature black drum crusted in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ RALPH’S ON THE PARK — 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www. ralphsonthepark.com — Popular dishes include baked oysters Ralph, turtle soup and the Niman Ranch New York strip. there also are brunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ TOMAS BISTRO — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942 — tomas serves dishes like semi-boneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. the duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ TOMMY’S WINE BAR — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790 — tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MeDIteRRaNeaN/ MIDDLe eaSteRN ATTIKI BAR & GRILL — 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com — Attiki features a range of Mediterranean cuisine including entrees of beef kebabs and chicken shawarma. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and latenight daily. Credit cards. $$ BABYLON CAFE — 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www.babyloncafe. biz —the Babylon platter includes stuffed grape leaves, hummus, kibbeh, rice and one choice of meat: lamb, chicken or beef kebabs, chicken or beef shawarma, gyro or kufta. Chicken shawarma salad is a salad topped with olives, feta and chicken breast cooked on a rotisserie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ PYRAMIDS CAFE — 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 — Diners will find authentic, healthy and fresh Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MeXICaN & SOUtHWeSteRN COUNTRY FLAME — 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 — Country Flame serves a mix of popular Mexican and Cuban dishes. Come in for fajitas, pressed Cuban sandwiches made with hickorysmoked pork and char-broiled steaks or pork chops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ JUAN’S FLYING BURRITO — 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com — Mardi Gras Indian tacos are stuffed with roasted corn, pinto beans, grilled summer squash, Jack cheese and spicy slaw. Red chile chicken and goat cheese quesadilla features grilled Creole chicken breast, salsa fresca, chile-lime adobo sauce, and Jack, cheddar and goat cheeses pressed in a flour tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS’ BAR & RESTAURANT — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurders.com — this surf shack serves California-Mexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ SANTA FE — 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 — this casual cafe serves creative takes on Southwestern cuisine. Bolinos de Bacalau are Portuguesestyle fish cakes made with dried, salted codfish, mashed potatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions and egg and served with smoked paprika aioli. outdoor seating is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MUSIC aND FOOD BOMBAY CLUB — 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com — Mull the menu at this French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. the duck duet pairs confit leg with pepper-seared breast with black currant reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ GAZEBO CAFE — 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola. com — the Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. the New orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ HOUSE OF BLUES — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com/neworleans — try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. the buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ THE MARKET CAFE — 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com — Dine indoors or out on seafood either fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SIBERIA — 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855 — this music clubs serves dishes like fish and chips, spicy hot wings, tacos and more. there are weekly specials and vegetarian and

vegan options. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NeIGHBORHOOD ARTZ BAGELZ — 3138 Magzine St., 309-7557; www.artzbagelz.com — Artz bakes its bagels in house and options include onion, garlic, honey whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, salt and others. Get one with a schmear or as a sandwich. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ BRAXTON’S RESTAURANT — 636 Franklin St., Gretna, 301-3166; www. braxtonsnola.com — Braxton’s serves a mix of salads, po-boys, deli sandwiches and entrees. Start a meal with oysters Louise, featuring fried oysters on a bed of spinach and cheese. the seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, catfish strips, french fries, potato salad and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ KATIE’S RESTAURANT — 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com — Favorites at this Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. the Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. there also are salads, burgers and Italian dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, Dinner tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ OLIVE BRANCH CAFE — 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5145 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com — these cafes serve soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and entrees. Chicken and artichoke pasta is tossed with penne in garlic and olive oil. Shrimp Carnival features smoked sausage, shrimp, onion and peppers in roasted garlic cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PIZZa MARKS TWAIN’S PIZZA LANDING — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com — Disembark at Mark twain’s for salads, po-boys and pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch tue.Sat., dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ NEW YORK PIZZA — 4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com — Choose from pizza by the slice or whole pie, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more. the Big Apple pie is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and minced garlic and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ NONNA MIA CAFE & PIZZERIA — 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717 — Nonna Mia uses homemade dough for pizza served by the slice or whole pie and offers salads, pasta dishes and panini. Gourmet pies are topped with ingredients like pancetta, roasted eggplant, portobello mushrooms and prosciutto. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THEO’S NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZA — 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www. theospizza.com — there is a wide variety of specialty pies or build your own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. Also serving salads and sandwiches. No reservations.

OUT to EAT Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ WIT’S INN — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 888-4004 — This Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS DRESS IT — 535 Gravier St., 571-7561 — Get gourmet burgers and sandwiches dressed to order. Original topping choices include everything from sprouts to black bean and corn salsa to peanut butter. For dessert, try a chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP — 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of poboys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. There are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $ MAHONY’S PO-BOY SHOP — 3454 Magazine St., 8993374; www.mahonyspoboys. com — Mahoney’s serves traditional favorites and original poboys like the Peacemaker, which is filled with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese. There are daily lunch specials as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SLICE — 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria. com — Slice is known for pizza on thin crusts made from 100 percent wheat flour. Other options include the barbecue shrimp po-boy made with Abita Amber and the shrimp Portofino, a pasta dish with white garlic cream sauce, shrimp and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE STORE — 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com — The Store serves sandwiches, salads and hot plates, and there is a taco bar where patrons can choose their own toppings. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille and a corn bread muffin. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SEAFOOD GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell

GRAND ISLE — 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com — The Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and carmelized onions; and olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herbroasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ RED FISH GRILL — 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www. redfishgrill.com — Seafood favorites include hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ VILLAGE INN — 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 — Check into Village Inn for seasonal boiled seafood or raw oysters. Other options include fried seafood platters, po-boys, pasta and pizza. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SOUL FOOD BIG MOMMA’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES — 5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; www. bigmommaschickenandwaffles. com — Big Momma’s serves hearty combinations like the six-piece which includes a waffle and six fried wings served crispy or dipped in sauce. Breakfast is served all day. All items are cooked to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEAKHOUSE CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS — 322 Magazine St., 522-7902; www.centraarchy. com — This traditional steakhouse serves USDA prime beef, and a selection of super-sized cuts includes a 40-oz. Porterhouse for two. The menu also features seafood options and a la carte side items. Reservations recommended. Diner daily. Credit cards. $$$ CRESCENT CITY STEAKS — 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com — Order USDA prime beef dry-aged and hand-cut in house. There are porterhouse steaks large enough for two or three diners to share. Bread pudding with raisins and peaches is topped with brandy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

TAPAS/SPANISH MIMI’S IN THE MARIGNY — 2601 Royal St., 872-9868 — The decadant Mushroom Manchego Toast is a favorite here. Or enjoy hot and cold tapas dishes

ranging from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ SANTA FE TAPAS — 1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915 — The menu includes both tapas dishes and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops are served with mango and green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo are jumbo shrimp with garlic, shallots, chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ VEGA TAPAS CAFE — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 8362007; www.vegatapascafe.com — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VIETNAMESE AUGUST MOON — 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www. moonnola.com — August Moon serves a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. There are spring rolls and pho soup as well as many popular Chinese dishes and vegetarian options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $ CAFE MINH — 4139 Canal St., 482-6266; www.cafeminh.com — The watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and served with crispy shrimp chips. Beef short ribs are braised with lemon grass and five spices and served with garlic mashed potatoes and Asian slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ DOSON NOODLE HOUSE —135 N. Carrollton Ave., 3097283 — Traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlight the menu. The vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$ LE VIET CAFE — 2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339 — The cafe offers pho, banh mi, spring rolls and rice and noodle dishes. Pho is available with chicken, brisket, rare beef or meatballs and comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapenos. Vietnamese-style grilled beef ribs come with a special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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REVIEWS he summer season is upon us, which means letting big red wines rest in the cellar while white and rose wines gently chill in the refrigerator. If your cellar is empty, here are nine wines to try this summer, including many priced at $15 or less. They’re good for drinking with a light dinner, partying on the patio or beach, or just relaxing with friends. There are sauvignon blancs from three continents, roses from opposite hemispheres, a luscious northern Italian pinot grigio, a vibrant vinho verde from Portugal and more.

2010 Girard Sauvignon Blanc NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Following the traditional styles of the Loire Valley rather than that of more expressive New Zealand wines, Girard created an elegant sauvignon blanc without losing the grape’s New World brightness. The clean result is due to winemaking techniques, such as not exposing the wine to oak, that respect the character of the sauvignon blanc fruit. Native yeasts and stainless steel fermentation highlight its unique personality. Minerality is present but it takes a back seat to honeysuckle, fresh thyme and lemon, among the more traditional sauvignon blanc characteristics of honeydew melon, pineapple, peach, green apple and grapefruit. Drink it as an aperitif or with raw oysters, flaky white fish, creamy soups and tuna salad. Buy it at: The Wine Seller, Dorignac’s and Habano’s of Slidell. Drink it at: Herbsaint, Mr. B’s and The Sazerac at the Roosevelt Hotel.

2010 Castell de Raimat Albarino COSTERS DEL SEGRE, CATALONIA, SPAIN RETAIL $10-$12

Raimat, a nearly century-old winery in the southeastern corner of Spain, is both a pioneer in vineyard and winemaking techniques and an innovator of the Costers del Segre area’s growth. Raimat also holds the largest single wine estate in Europe. In the glass, this Albarino offers aromas of white peach, citrus and floral notes. On the palate, taste a light spritz, forward lemony flavors, a terrific acidity and a pleasing minerality. Drink it with white meats, seafood, paella, risotto and pasta dishes. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets, Swirl Wines, Cork & Bottle and Dorignac’s.

COSTIERES DE NIMES, FRANCE RETAIL $14-$17

This dry, refreshing and elegant wine was produced in the Costieres de Nimes, the southernmost appellation in the Rhone, an area with abundant sunshine and a long grapegrowing season. This well-balanced blend of half syrah and half grenache takes full advantage of the region’s growing season. Grenache brings the strawberry qualities to the wine and the syrah offers blackberry notes. The wine also features brash acidity, refreshing minerality and a lengthy finish. Don’t overchill the wine or you will miss its nuances. Drink it with smoked salmon, salad Nicoise, pork chops and grilled sausages. Buy it at: The Wine Seller and Cork & Bottle. Drink it at: Galatoire’s, Cochon, Bayona, Iris and Cafe NOMA.

2011 Nimbus Sauvignon Blanc CASABLANCA VALLEY, CHILE RETAIL $9-$12

From a single vineyard in the Casablanca Valley, this 100 percent sauvignon blanc is a lively summer refresher. Established in the 1980s, this cool, coastal region has proved excellent for the cultivation and vinification of white grapes. The essential characteristics of sauvignon blanc are all in this wine, including aromas of tropical fruit, green apples and citrus notes. A pleasant minerality provides a beautiful backdrop for the aromatics and flavors of melon, peach and lemon and lime zest. Drink it with artichokes, salads, grilled vegetables, Asian cuisines and roasted Marcona almonds. Buy it at: Rouses in Mid-City and Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Ralph’s on the Park, Atchafalaya, Rene Bistrot, Hoshun Restaurant, Original Pierre Maspero’s and Chartres House Cafe.

2011 Anjos de Portugal Vinho Verde MINHO, PORTUGAL RETAIL $7-$10

Vinho verde wines are produced in a sub-region of the same name in northwestern Portugal. These uncomplicated, simply made wines are some of the lightest in the world. By law, the alcohol content is limited to 11.5 percent. Many of the wines, made from indigenous Portuguese grapes, are very

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young with a slight frizzante, a refreshing mouthfeel. In the glass, these crisp, acidic whites feature bright aromas of wildflowers, pear and apple followed by flavors of tangy grapefruit, lemon and green melon. Pair it with tapas, sushi and shellfish. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar, Swirl Wines, W.I.N.O. and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Galvez Restaurant, Rene Bistrot and W.I.N.O.

2011 Fabre Montmayou Rose MENDOZA, ARGENTINA RETAIL $13-$14

A French negociant who saw the potential for Argentine winemaking, particularly with Malbec, founded the Fabre Montmayou estate in the early 1990s. With vineyards at 3,800 feet and all hand-harvested, estate-grown fruit, the winery produces this malbec-merlot blend in Argentina’s southernmost winegrowing area. In the glass, the wine exudes aromas of cherry, peach, strawberry, floral notes and a bit of earth. On the palate, the wine presents a creamy fruit character with strong flavors of berry, stone fruit, orange zest and good acidity. Drink it with grilled tuna, shrimp, chicken, salads, vegetarian dishes and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Swirl Wines and Bacchanal.

2010 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio VAL D’ADIGE, ITALY RETAIL $10-$12

Domaine Plouzeau Sauvignon Blanc 2010 TOURAINE, LOIRE, FRANCE RETAIL $11-$15

The Loire Valley offers a distinct sauvignon blanc character. The vineyards around the city of Tours in the Touraine, along the River Cher, yield wines of understated elegance with aromas of fresh-cut grass and white peach, citrus flavors and stone fruit qualities. The acids are pronounced and long finishes are typical. Domaine Plouzeau takes advantage of the mineral-laden soils and brings the purity of organic winemaking to the fore. Drink it with fish, shellfish, oysters, fresh vegetables and lemony sauces like hollandaise and bearnaise. Buy it at: The Wine Seller and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Luke, Bayona, Commander’s Palace, Ste. Marie and Ignatius.

NV Huber Hugo Rose Sparkling TRAISENTAL, AUSTRIA RETAIL $15

For 10 generations, the Huber family has delighted Austrian wine lovers with excellent blends made from grapes in the Traisental region, just west of Vienna. Markus Huber, a former professional soccer player, now carries the tradition. This combination of zweigelt, the most widely grown grape in Austria, and boldly acidic pinot noir, is converted into a sparkling wine of excellent structure. The red grapes arrive on the palate as equal partners, bearing flavors of ruby grapefruit, rose petals, fresh cherry, spices, forest berries and citrus. Drink it with pate, chicken, turkey and seafood dishes. Buy it at: Swirl Wines and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Mike’s on the Avenue and Toups’ Meatery.

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Situated between the Dolomites and Alps, the valley of Val d’Adige is an excellent home for the pinot grigio grape, which loves the sunshine and the winds from the south at sunrise and the cool northern breeze at sunset. Pinot grigio has excellent natural citrus flavors, and fruit sugars are enhanced through careful vinification. It also has a strong minerality. Drink it with shellfish, bruschetta, pasta dishes and other light fare. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits, Dorignac’s, Whole Foods Market in Metairie and Albertson’s in Mandeville. Drink it at: Marigny Brasserie, Jacques-Imo’s, Meauxbar Bistro and Ristorante del Porto.

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s small plates and global influences have become more common in local restaurants, wine lists have diversified. Jenni Lynch, formerly Bayona’s dining room manager, moved to Mondo as general manager when Susan Spicer opened the Lakefront eatery. At Bayona, the fine dining atmosphere required more specialized sommelier services, Lynch says, but “at Mondo, the world really is your oyster.” “We are guest-driven,” she says. “A guest might not have the same palate I do. I ask them what they drink at home. I try to determine what the guest is looking for. I’ll ask for input from everyone at the table.” Guests often start with a glass of sparkling wine. “Sparkling and rose are wines that go with everything, and we keep them on the list throughout the year, adding more as the season warms,” she says. Mondo’s deviled egg trio is a popular starter, and Lynch often recommends a glass of sparkling wine or the Domaine d’Arton Cotes de Gascogne white blend. Guests also like White Rose Pinot Noir

Malvasia Bianca pairs well with shrimp and curried cauliflower or Chinese braised duck leg with bok choy, scallion cakes Cary Palmer recommends and shiitake stir-fry. Another wines to go with the match for braised duck is selection of small plates Portugal’s Quinta do Crasto at Bouligny Tavern. tempranillo. PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER Lynch suggests the Scarbolo Ramato Pinot Grigio from Italy’s Friuli region with the smoked chicken with thyme, Brussels sprouts and bacon. The complex wine goes with the Gulf fish and its three sauces: lemoncaper butter, parsley pistou and Muddy Waters. She recommends Oregon’s WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris from Willamette with shrimp and curry, shrimp and pork meatballs, pho, meat pies and Indian dishes. Lynch finds Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc a good pairing for broiled lamb sirloin with Romesco sauce. For the vegetarian dish of wood-oven roasted goat cheese polenta with mushrooms, roasted fennel and tomato ragout, she opts for spicy and complex from Willamette Valley with the picnic item. County Line Anderson Valley Pinot Noir or With chicken liver pate with house-made earthy and rustic Cuvelier Cuvee del Maule pickles and crostini, she recommends from Chile. Spanish Ameztoi Rubentis Getariako With its diverse menu, Mondo sells a Txakolina Rose or the Henri Bourgeois Les lot of wine by the glass, allowing diners to Baronnes Rose from Sancerre, France. explore different dishes and pairings. “Our servers go to the tables to talk with guests about wine and ask if they want Cary Palmer holds court at the upscale to stay within their comfort zone or be Bouligny Tavern, which offers eclectic adventuresome, like with South Africa’s comfort-to-gourmet-style small plates. Badenhorst Family Wine Secateurs red Chef/owner John Harris “knew what he blend which is a great accompaniment to was doing in designing the menu,” Palmer the slow-roasted pork shoulder with black says. “The dishes are imbued with a great beans and plantains as well as a pizza,” deal of creativity, so guests have a large Lynch says. range of items and styles from which to A Napa Valley 2001 Amethyst Vinalia order.” The wine list features 90 labels. Nebbiolo-Sangiovese blend goes with the Bouligny offers a deviled egg trio, curGulf fish, mussels and chorizo as well as rently including duck liver mousse with duck lighter meat dishes, she says. confit, Comte cheese, and one with creme Lynch also recommends the unoaked fraiche, bowfin caviar and cornichons. 2009 Sonoma Lioco Chardonnay with the “A natural pairing for hors d’oeuvres is Gulf fish dish or mussels and chorizo. “The sparkling wine or Champagne,” Palmer says, wine is sustainably farmed and very vintage“and I usually recommend the Dumangin. sensitive,” she says. The wine is well-made, “I enjoy having roses on the list, espewith nice citrus, and so much of the earth.” cially during the season. Guests want the red wine flavor, plus the acidity and crispA Croatian wine, Bastianich “Adriatico”

ness that make roses more satisfying during the summer than even a white wine.” During summer, white wine drinkers order lighter style wines like proseccos, a good sparkling wine for quaffing, and St. Peyre Picpoul de Pinet from Languedoc. Many white wine drinkers want crisp minerality, more neutral, refreshing wines, like sauvignon blanc, he says. Palmer likes the lush style of New World sauvignon blanc like The Supernatural from New Zealand with its floral, honeysuckle and passion fruit character. “It’s a nice aperitif wine and pairs well with the rich meat of the Australian langoustine with garlic butter,” he says. He also pours the wine with fried squash with pesto and lemon or the fritto misto with shrimp, calamari, octopus, anchovy and oyster. “A French sauvignon blanc such as the Domaine Neveu Sancerre is actually more of a food wine because of the acidity,” he says. “(It) matches well with the gougeres (airy cheese puffs) made with Comte cheese. You need some fat to counteract and balance the acid.” Both fried squash and tempura green beans are welcome companions to the Vina Godeval Godello from Spain’s Rias Baixas, a greener, more neutral white wine that shows mineral and vegetal qualities. A bowfin caviar dish with potato crisps and accoutrements calls for Champagne, or Mont Marcel Cava. “I also recommend the Lanson Black Label Champagne which is more austere and has a saline sharpness I like with the caviar,” Palmer says. He also points to the lighter Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut sparkling from the Loire Valley. Sliced meats and cheeses from St. James Cheese Company are terrific with a southern French or Spanish wine, like Embruix de Vall Llach, a grenache blend from Priorat, he says. Palmer chooses Fabre Montmayou Malbec to go with seared beef short ribs. He also likes Vietti Barbera d’Asti from Piedmont, “an earthy, rustic wine with black cherry fruit that marries well with its acidity and cuts through the fat,” he says. To drink with the duck confit dish, Palmer says, “I like a good Pinot Noir with great acidity and good fruit such as Bel Echo from Marlborough. It’s French in style but has that extra ripeness you get from New Zealand fruit. The acidity is

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At Atchafalaya, sommelier Franklin Buist draws from a list of more than 100 wines to pair with chef Baruch Rabasa’s internationally inspired cuisine. Pinot Noir, along with other lighterstyle reds, is the most popular varietal with diners, but Buist recommends wines of all styles. He sells many drier, crisper white wines from France’s Loire Valley as well as pinot gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Diners want vibrant white wine choices such as Anne Amie Pinot Blanc and Grower Champagnes, Buist says. He suggests Domaine Sigalas, a Greek white wine, with an heirloom radish, arugula, shaved fennel, red onion and satsuma vinaigrette salad. “The refreshing wine’s structure and clean, racy flavors complement the bright, fresh flavors in the dish,” he says. Crab ravioli with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, mascarpone and citrus buerre blanc nearly jumps off the plate when matched with Domaine Jean Collet et Fils Chablis, produced with neutral oak, he says. For something as familiar as chicken and andouille gumbo, Buist offers

either Spanish Raul Perez El Castro de Valtuille Mencia from Bierzo for red wine fans or the Alsatian Weinbach Riesling Reserve Personnelle for white wine drinkers. When waitstaff serve Rabasa’s sesame-seared tuna with asparagus, tabbouleh and lemon vinaigrette, Buist reaches for Anne Gros Minervois, a syrah, grenache and carignan blend, or a 2003 Tofanelli from Napa Valley, an astringent wine that cuts the dish’s richness. For the vegetarian Yukon gold potato gnocchi with asparagus, oyster mushrooms, roasted red pepper and tomato jus, Buist suggests Pinot Noirs Au Bon Climat of Santa Barbara or Prince Florent de Merode Ladoix from Burgundy. Buist recommends Joseph Mellot Sancerre Rose for pork belly with butter beans, littleneck clams and harissa. The Loire Valley wine is a Pinot Noir rose with cherry fruit flavors that complement the smoky and sweet Tunisian condiment. Another option to pair with the pork belly is a gamay like the Jean-Paul Brun medium-dry Beaujolais. For the grilled pork chop with mustard greens and black-eyed pea ragout, Buist prefers the French Domaine la Milliere Cotes du Rhone or Italian Bussola ca’ del Laito Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, both available by the glass. Buist shares his knowledge of wines with Atchafalaya staff. “I often stage ‘palate-check Mondays’ for the staff,” he says. “We blindtaste a number of wines on the list. The staff … find it both a learning and challenging experience.”

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ose wines are hot, hot, hot. Within a relatively short time, roses have separated themselves from the stigmas created by white zinfandel and other inexpensive sweet pink wines. The category of rose has experienced an annual growth rate 17 times greater than all other table wines by volume, reports Wines & Vines. These wines have always been there, but apparently they weren’t widely appreciated until recently. “Blush” wines have been associated with sugary-sweet bottlings the color of cotton candy. The white zinfandel craze proliferated in the early 1970s — the wine was actually born of from a winemaker’s mistake — but it has faded as new generations of wine drinkers discovered European-style dry roses. Quality rose wines have body, fruit character and tannins. The southern French region of Provence has always been a leader in the creation of rose wines, and dry roses are the regional specialty. The appeal may begin with the wines’ hues, but it’s their versatility to pair with a wide variety of cuisines that makes them popular. Exports of rose from Provence have increased dramatically, and Vins de Provence reported a 62 percent increase in rose exports to the U.S. in 2011. Other countries, including Spain, Italy, Austria, South Africa and Argentina, are exporting some excellent roses to our shores as well. Rose is made from red grapes. Syrah, grenache, sangiovese and

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panish wines aren’t new to local cellars, but new pleasures are arriving regularly from the Iberian Peninsula. Every wine-producing region of the country that gave us Don Quixote, Goya and El Cid is producing terrific work. The wines are made from native fruit dating back to ancient times, and even olives here are prized for their sweet meat and acidic qualities. Spanish winemaking traditions maintain many Old World techniques still employed in the age of computerized temperature controls and stainless steel vats. One is as likely to encounter tools of the industry dating back to the mid-1800s as the micro-oxygenation apparatus invented in the 1990s. But what matters to consumers is that Spanish wines often are great values. Here are some of the Spain’s major wine-producing regions and their primary grapes: • The wine region of Rias Baixas is nestled in the northwest corner of Spain between Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Its landscape has more in common with Ireland and Wales than other Spanish winegrowing areas. Rias Baixas is known for producing Spain’s finest white wines. Albarino is the native white grape, and it produces zesty wines with peach flavor with heavy overtones of honeysuckle, although the wines are not sweet but dry, acidic and well-structured. Albarino is a good accompaniment to strongly sauced seafood dishes. • The Duero River flows out of the high plateaus of northern Spain into Portugal and the Atlantic. (In Portugal it is known as the Douro and is famous for making the greatest ports in the world.) In Spain, the Ribera del Duero region is a red wine paradise, and the local grape, tinto fino, is likely a variation of Spain’s tempranillo. Generally, the grapes are grown more than 2,500 feet above sea level, and the moisture from the river offsets the arid winds that blow through the region year round. The wines are aged for long periods in aged oak barrels, and in many cases are not released until four or five years after harvest. Blackberries, blueberries, concentrated fruit and tannins contribute to bold wines suitable for drinking with smoked meats and game. • In north central Spain sits the most famous wine region on the Iberian peninsula, La Rioja. The name derives from Rio Oja, one of the seven tributar-

ies of the Ebro River. This red wine region focuses on tempranillo grapes, and while often compared to Bordeaux wine styles, Riojas are actually more like fine Burgundys in character. The grapes of Rioja are strictly products of their environment, with each area impressing on its fruit distinct exposure to heat, sunshine, moisture and soil conditions. The wines are aged in large oak barrels, lowering the contact with oak while adding structure and imparting wood flavor. Rioja winemakers make extensive use of American oak and American rootstock. The red wines from this region are legally defined by their aging criteria (how long they must age in oak barrels). • The rising star of the Spanish wine world is Priorat, which has its own long winemaking history and tradition. The region’s wines have become popular outside of Spain in the last two decades. There are many grapes used here, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, tempranillo and two major local grapes — carinena (known as carignan in France and Chile) and garnacha, a Spanish grape better known in France as grenache. Winemakers in Priorat often use French oak during aging because the vines are very old and yields are low. The wines are highly concentrated, exhibiting flavors of blackberry, chocolate and licorice. They’re also usually high in alcohol, with big tannins. • North of Priorat, but still south of Barcelona, lies Penedes, Spain’s greatest sparkling wine producing area. This region has been producing sparkling wines, or cavas, since the 1870s, and today there are more than 175 producers, including Freixenet and Codorniu. To be designated a cava, the wine must be made in the traditional Cham-

pagne method, which means the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. By law, cavas must use one or more of five local grape varieties, parellada, xarel-lo or macabeo, and can also use chardonnay and malvasia. Emerging Spanish regions include Rueda, Montsant, Jumilla and Arabako Txakolina. Arabako Txakolina uses local grapes such as the red hondarrabi beltza and the white hondarrabi zuri. The Jumilla region in the southeastern coastal part of the country uses Old World grapes like the red mourvedre, tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. White grapes are similar to airen, the most widely planted white grape in the country, malvasia, macabeo and pedro ximenez. Spanish wines deliver boldness, concentrated fruit and surprising value, a reflection of their environment and the dedication to quality of the winemakers that have labored for generations.

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judged by a panel of experts, and cohosting the event is Johnny Iuzzini from Bravo’s Top Chef, Just Desserts. Hanna also engineered the competition to be different than most cake contests. Generally, the massive cakes must be entirely edible, but they are rarely ever consumed. This competition requires that everything on the outside be edible, but not all of the interior needs to be edible, to be less wasteful of food. And there’s a second part of the challenge: Each team must prepare 250 portions of a signature cake, which will be available at the event. Attendees can sample the cakes and enjoy chocolates from Sucre and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. The victors win a $5,000 prize sponsored by Valrhona. “We want something that will wow people,” Hanna says. “How often do you walk by a five-foot cake and say, ‘I’ve seen it’?”

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et me tell you how great cake really is,” says Tariq Hanna, chef/owner of Sucre. “The 159th (Air National Guard) fighter squadron is stationed in Belle Chasse. They were having a ceremony and one of the reservists knew me and asked if I could make them a (sheet) cake. I said, ‘Sure,’ but if I’m going to do it, I’m going to make them a cake. I made them a 3-foot scale replica of an F-15. No one knew I was doing it. “Do you know what that cake got me?” Hanna adds. “I was made Louisiana’s first-ever honorary commander of the Air Force. I flew in the back seat of an F-15 fighter jet. Never underestimate the power of cake.” Hanna is harnessing the power of cake at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience in the Big Gateaux Show, to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary, benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and raise the profile of pastry chefs in New Orleans. Hanna won the “Shark Summer” competition on the second season of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off. On the Food Network’s Incredible Edible Mansions competition, he built a gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water house. It’s televised cake competitions, he says, that have changed his business. “Now people want amazing designs that spin and shoot sparks,” he says. “The thing they don’t realize is that they could buy an entry level Kia for the same cost.” But competitions are about excess, even if they have set specifications. The cake contest at NOWFE requires competitors to incorporate the festival’s 20th anniversary as well as a burlesque theme, and the cake must be at least five feet tall. For competitors, he’s recruited some top talents. They include Bronwen Weber, who beat him in the Edible Mansions competition, and is tops in the field. Representing New Orleans is Solandie Exantus, the Royal Sonesta’s pastry chef. Each of the contestants will be assigned three students from Delgado Community College’s culinary program. The competition will be

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heard her grandfather had been in a film, but she didn’t know any of the details. Raymond’s documentary revisits the original film, including interviews with his 90-year-old father about why he made it and what it was like to talk about race in Mississippi in the ’60s. He also follows Johnson as she learns about her grandfather and reconnects with her family. (Johnson is working on a book about Wright.) It’s intriguing how Johnson was able to recover part of her family’s history, but the original footage from Mississippi steals the show. Raymond then takes the original film back to Mississippi to see what people think of it. “In the 1960s, everyone (in Greenwood) was a segregationist,” Raymond said in an interview with Gambit. “It’s not until later that they realize they were defending the indefensible.” Frank talks about knowing the film crew might have been in danger, but he made the film anyway. Raymond relates the choice to his father’s experiences during World War II, when he photographed Nazi concentration camps after they were liberated. “Guys serving in World War II like my father knew about the camps,” he says. “They didn’t know about the level of horror — the ways human beings could treat other human beings.” Booker’s Place offers a remarkable look at the risks and responsibilities assumed by several people confronting their times, particularly Booker Wright and Frank De Felitta. There are two other special screenings this week. The blockbuster Men in Black franchise opens nationally Friday. On Thursday, there is a sneak preview of the 3-D version to benefit the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Heritage School of Music. Joseph Peixoto is the president of Real D and a longtime fan of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Los Angeles-based Real D provides 3-D projection technology to theaters around

the world. (It also is involved in filming concerts.) While launching the cinema portion of the music conference during Jazz Fest, Sync Up founder Scott Aiges and Peixoto had tried to arrange a major 3-D film premiere during the festival, but this became the first available opportunity. Aiges plans to include 3-D films in Sync Up Cinema next year. The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Where Y’Art series will feature a screening of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The film by Shreveport’s Moonbot Studios recently won the Best Animated Short Film Oscar. This is a rare opportunity to see it on a large screen. MAY

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ig Hollywood releases drive summer movie schedules, but there are a few notable special screenings this week, including a benefit showing of Men in Black 3 3-D. A documentary about a documentary, Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, is not the type of film one would expect to find at a multiplex in the summer, but it’s at Chalmette Movies and is cosponsored by the New Orleans Film Society. It’s essentially the third release of a brief but stunning film made for NBC in 1966 by Frank De Felitta. De Felitta wanted to investigate the state of race relations in the Deep South after he read an essay about the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney in Mississippi. De Felitta traveled to Greenwood, Miss., and interviewed white residents, who thought the state of race relations was good and suspected the cameraman from New York was out to paint them in a poor light. De Felitta also interviewed Booker Wright, a charismatic black man who worked at a restaurant open to whites only. The short scene became a wrenching moment in TV history. Since the age of 14, Wright had worked at Lusco’s. He also opened his own restaurant, and continued to work at both. Lusco’s didn’t have a written menu, and Wright was known for the singsong way he recited all the offerings, which De Felitta filmed, from soft-shell crabs and oysters Rockefeller to steaks. De Felitta also asked Wright what it was like to work in the restaurant, and the answer was painfully honest and revealing. Wright said customers referred to him by name, by nicknames and by racial epithets. He added that it was best to just keep smiling. “The meaner the man be, the more you smile,” Wright said. “Even though you’re crying on the inside.” Wright knew the interview was a risky thing to do, and he suffered retaliation. After the piece was broadcast, he lost his job, he was beaten by a police officer and his restaurant was vandalized. (Wright was murdered in 1973, but it is unknown if it was related to the film’s notoriety.) The piece was one of several short films De Felitta kept and eventually shared with his son Raymond De Felitta, also a filmmaker (City Island). Raymond posted the Mississippi film on YouTube last year, and one of the people who saw it was Wright’s granddaughter, Yvette Johnson. She had

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After 35 wonderful years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s records are as fun as ever. At this point in its career, the Dirty Dozen has perfected playing along the fine line of being tight enough to keep dancers on their toes, but loose enough to sound like a New Orleans band enjoying itself. On Twenty Dozen, the group’s usual irreverence is on display in enthusiastic vocals (listen to the cover of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music”) and Roger Lewis’s ribald exhortations on “Dirty Old Man.” This recording also continues the Dozen’s recent trajectory away from the in-your-face New Orleans street blasts to which less experienced brass bands resort, and deeper into African and Caribbean sounds. The album has moments that sound like Fela Kuti with the tight horn riffs and clipped, repeated guitar parts. Other songs feature a looser island feel with the rhythms of King Sunny Ade. Those rhythms stay supple because of the Dozen’s unique instrumentation. The group’s not-so-secret weapon, baritone saxophonist Lewis, either plays high lines or adds additional bass lines as trailblazing virtuoso Kirk Joseph lays down his usual funky bass on sousaphone and drummer Terence Higgins hits a powerful beat. But they don’t leave the New Orleans parts of their sound or repertoire completely behind. The end of the album features an energetic medley of “Paul Barbarin’s Second Line,” “E Flat Blues” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” that would be the life of the party here or anywhere. Such versatility and the ability to take the music of Africa and the African diaspora and play it as if it were their own heritage is what separates the Dirty Dozen from other brass and funk bands. — DAvID KuNIAN

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Black Eye Galaxy packs the potential to inform a global audience of what we have known for quite some time: Anders Osborne is a blissfully unrefined, self-defined beast of musical beauty. The album is a blistering baptism by fire, a powerful revelation for all your angels and devils, as it finds Osborne, unencumbered in his craftsmanship and on top of his considerable game. A primal wail greets the opening “Send Me a Friend,” a full-tilt rocker that introduces an emotional urgency spanning a brilliant man’s duality without losing its intimate grip. Beyond its rocking anthems, soulful ballads, catchy hooks, and intimate expression, Black Eye is about an artist who has achieved a state of enlightenment, the type of Zen painter Robert Henri called “that wonderful place in life in which making art is inevitable.” Here, Osborne can do no wrong. Every song offers something new. The energy, tone and vibe are all perfect. Recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, La., the album features family and friends in a variety of roles (including Osborne’s wife Sarah and daughter Rose on backing vocals), which is perhaps a large factor in the album’s cohesion given its disparate tempos and attitudes. Osborne’s recently discovered kinship with guitarist Billy Iuso inspired an embrace of the Grateful Dead, a spirit and style rarely heard in funk-inyour-face New Orleans. (The guitar noodling that breaks down sections of the title track is as intricately, deliciously bizarre as any of the Dead’s explorations.) While also spanning hard-rock, acoustic blues and love songs, the album closes with the symphonic strings on “Higher Ground” (co-written with Henry Butler), a divine embrace of God’s grace so good it must have Mahalia Jackson beaming down from above, smiling on an artist who, like her, has taken American musical forms, added his talents, troubles and triumphs and created a style distinctly his own. — FRANK ETHERIDGE

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THE AVENGERS (PG-13) — marvel Comics’ dream team of superheroes assembles when a supervillian poses an unprecedented threat to earth. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14, Prytania BATTLESHIP (PG-13) — the classic board game is translated into a sci-fi naval war film starring taylor Kitsch, alexander skarsgard and rihanna. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG-13) — a group (Judi Dench, maggie smith and bill nighy) decides to retire in india, only to find their lush hotel to be a shell of its former self. AMC Palace 20, Canal Place BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES (NR) — the museum screens a 4-D film, bringing audiences into battle using archival footage and special effects. National World War II Museum Solomon Victory Theater BORN TO BE WILD 3-D (PG) — morgan freeman narrates the documentary about two animal preservationists: Daphne sheldrick, who created an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, and Dr. birute mary galdikas, who set up an orphanage for orangutans in borneo. Entergy IMAX THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) — while vacationing in a remote cabin, college friends encounter backwoods zombies and other horrors controlled by scientists. AMC Palace 16, Hollywood 9 CHIMPANZEE (G) — tim allen narrates the Disney nature documentary about a young chimpanzee who finds himself alone in the african forests until he is adopted by

another chimpanzee. AMC Palace 20 DARK SHADOWS (PG13) — tim burton’s reboot of the gothic tV series from the 1960s and ’70s stars Johnny Depp as barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE DICTATOR (R) — sacha baron Cohen is a north african dictator risking his life to ensure democracy never comes to his country. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) — after becoming engaged, a couple (Jason segel and emily blunt) postpones the wedding date and wonders if they should get married at all. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Hollywood 14 FOOTNOTE (PG) — in the israeli film that was nominated for a best foreign film oscar, a father and a son — both professors but with contrasting philosophies — engage in a bitter rivalry. Chalmette Movies

THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) — in the nicholas sparks romance shot in new orleans, a soldier (Zac efron) returning home from a tour of duty in iraq wants to meet the woman in a photograph he kept as a good-luck charm. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (PG) — the animated adventure follows a pirate captain who sets out to defeat his rivals and snag the pirate of the Year award. AMC Palace 12 SAFE (R) — russian gangsters target a young math prodigy, and an ex-cage fighter whose family was murdered by those gangsters comes to her aid. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20 THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13) — four men turn the tables on their girlfriends when they realize they are hooked on relationship advice from the steve Harvey bestseller on which the movie is based. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE THREE STOOGES (PG) — the famous tV trio is faced with losing their home, and a quest to earn the money they need finds them in a murder plot and as stars on a reality tV show. Grand, Hollywood 14 ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI (NR) — world surfing champion Kelly slater, tahitian surfer raimana Van bastolaer and others seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at tahiti’s famed surf site teahupo’o. Entergy IMAX WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (PG-13) — the challenges of impending parenthood turn the lives of five couples upside-down in the comedy very loosely based on the popular parenting book. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14

THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) — in the film adaptation of suzanne Collins’ popular young adult book, teenagers from the 12 districts of what was once north america must fight to the death in an annual televised event. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14

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HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU (NR) — the film tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact that louisiana’s disappearing wetlands has on hurricane protection. Entergy IMAX

MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) — the franchise returns, and this time agent J (will smith) has to travel back in time to save agent K (tommy lee Jones) from an alien assassin.

CHERNOBYL DIARIES (R) — Young tourists explore a Ukrainian nuclear power plant left abandoned since the 1986 disaster, but they soon discover they are not alone.

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spEcIAL scREEnIngs THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE (NR) — Marie Losier’s documentary about performance artist and musician Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centers around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY (NR) — More than 40 years

after documentary filmmaker Frank DeFelitta met and had a fateful interview with African-American waiter Booker Wright, DeFelitta’s son returns to the Mississippi site of the interview to examine its repercussions. Admission $6.50 New Orleans Film Society members, $8.50 general admission. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, 304-9992 DER BLAUE ENGEL (NR) — Josef von Sternberg’s 1930 musical is credited with launching the career of Marlene Dietrich. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood St., 522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org GOD BLESS AMERICA (R) — A divorced, recently

fired and possibly terminally ill man goes on a killing rampage — targeting reality tV stars and other vapid or intolerant people — along with the unlikely accomplice of a female high-school student. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net GOON (R) — Seann William Scott stars as a former bar bouncer who is recruited as a “goon” for a hockey team, despite lacking skating ability. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 9:15 p.m. Friday-Monday, then nightly through May 31, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts

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MAY there will be no shortage of noisy 7:30 p.m. Fri.-thu. apocalyptic movies vying for our attention as 2012 moves along. tHRu Zeitgeist MultiSurviving Progress is something Disciplinary Arts else entirely — a globe-spanning Center, 1618 Oretha documentary that carefully addresses Castle Haley Blvd., difficult questions regarding our long-term 352-1150; www. prospects for survival. Generally speaking, zeitgeistinc.net the news is not good. But don’t let that keep you from this thoroughly engrossing film. Based on Ronald Wright’s best-selling book, A Short History of Progress, the film takes us from the Brazilian rainforest to outer space to a chimpanzee research lab in New Iberia, La., all to paint a vivid portrait of a global civilization in mid-crisis. Great minds including writer Margaret Atwood, primatologist Jane Goodall and physics visionary Stephen Hawking come on board to illuminate individual pieces of the puzzle, but it all boils down to one central question: How can we survive any concept of “progress” requiring unlimited economic growth when the world’s resources are anything but unlimited? In the words of author Wright, who pops up repeatedly throughout the film, human history is full of “progress traps” — unsustainable behaviors that benefit people in the short term but eventually lead to disaster. Surviving Progress co-writers and directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks take great pains to leave politics out of the film, even as it necessarily shows how longterm debts owed by developing countries to Western banks lead directly to environmental depletion. the film’s only real agenda is to nudge us toward acknowledging real-world problems — and reducing our rate of consumption. As Goodall points out at the end of the film, “We humans are a problem-solving species. We do pretty well with our backs against the wall.” the word “surviving” is right there in the film’s title. — KEN KORMAN

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British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has his Directed by Larry own brand of uniquely confrontational satire. His ability to draw laughs from interactions with Charles real people on tV and in films like Borat (which Starring Sacha featured some real, and unsuspecting, people) Baron Cohen also helped Cohen pull off publicity stunts at the Oscars and elsewhere to promote his first wide release conventionally scripted movie, The Dictator. the problem with making an almost-traditional Hollywood comedy is that eventually you have to deliver the goods. With its whisper-thin story and unmemorable characters, The Dictator’s only shot was to hit big on the laughs. there are moments funny just for their audacity — Cohen’s Saddam Hussein-inspired Admiral General Aladeen plays a first-person-shooter video game set at the Israeli compound of the ’72 Munich Olympics, for example. But if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the highlight reel. — KEN KORMAN

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Elmwood Park Blvd., 888262-4386 MOVIES IN THE PARK — the park shows full-length family films on a 25-foot outdoor screen. Visit the website for the full schedule of films. Free admission. 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Rivertown Heritage Park, 2020 Fourth St., Kenner, 4687231; www.kenner.la.us THE ROOM (NR) — this “comedy” has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Tickets $8. Midnight Friday-Saturday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www. theprytania.com SURVIVING PROGRESS (NR) — Based on Ronald Wright’s bestselling book A Short History of Progress, the documentary explores the pitfalls to progress in the modern world and features commentary from Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki and Stephen Hawking. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Monday,

then nightly through May 31, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 8275858; www.zeitgeistinc.net TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (NR) — Gregory Peck stars in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. Tickets $5.50. Noon Saturday-Sunday and May 30, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www.theprytania.com AMC Palace 10 (Hammond), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 12 (Clearview), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 16 (Westbank), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 20 (Elmwood), (888) 262-4386; Canal Place, 363-1117; Chalmette Movies, 304-9992; Entergy IMAX, 581-IMAX; Grand (Slidell), (985) 641-1889; Hollywood 9 (Kenner), 464-0990; Hollywood 14 (Covington), (985) 893-3044; Kenner MegaDome, 468-7231; Prytania, 891-2787; Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, 527-6012

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GALLERIES 3 RING CIRCUS’ THE BIG TOP GALLERY. 1638 Clio St., 569-2700; www.3rcp. com — “Neo Neo Neo Primitive,” paitings by Nick Inman, through June 2. ANTON HAARDT GALLERY. 2858 Magazine St., 309-4249; www.antonart. com — Works by Anton Haardt, Christopher Moses and others, ongoing. BARRISTER’S GALLERY. 2331 St. Claude Ave., 525-2767; www.barristersgallery.com — “Visions of the Unnatural World,” paintings by Nikki Crook, Amy Guidry and Monique Ligons, through June 2. THE BEAUTY SHOP. 3828 Dryades St. — Works by Rebecca Rebouche, ongoing.

BENEITO’S ART. 3618 Magazine St., 891-9170; www.bernardbeneito.com — “Geishas and Courtesans,” oil paintings by Bernard Beneito, ongoing. CAFE BABY. 237 Chartres St., 310-4004; www. markbercier.com — Paintings and works on paper by Mark Bercier, ongoing. CALLAN CONTEMPORARY. 518 Julia St., 5250518; www.callancontemporary.com — “Undercurrents,” works on incised aluminum panel by Mitchell Lonas, through Friday. CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY. 840 Napoleon Ave., 895-6130; www.carolrobinsongallery.com — “MindScrape,” works by Masahiro Arai, through Saturday. CASELL GALLERY. 818 Royal St., 524-0671; www. casellartgallery.com — Works by Joachim Casell, Rene Ragi, Phillip Sage and Jack Miller, ongoing.

COURTYARD GALLERY. 1129 Decatur St., 330-0134; www.woodartandmarketing.com — Handcarved woodworks by Daniel Garcia, ongoing. D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 5243936 — “Iconic Inspiration,” paintings by Cheryl Cabrera, through May. DU MOIS GALLERY. 4921 Freret St., 818-6032; www.dumoisgallery.com — “Visages,” works by Devin Meyers and Fat Kids, through June. THE FRONT. 4100 St. Claude Ave.; www.nolafront. org — Works by Ariya Martin, Philippe Landry and Rachel Avena Brown, through June 3. GALERIE ROYALE. 3648 Magazine St., 894-1588; www.galerieroyale.com — ”New Orleans,” ink and watercolor on paper by Lee Kessler, through May. GALLERY 3954. 3954 Magazine St., 400-9032; www. gallery3954.com — Works by Fifi Laughlin, George Marks, Julie Silvers, Kathy Slater and Neirmann Weeks, ongoing. GALLERY VERIDITAS. 3822 Magazine St., 267-5991; www.gvnola.com — “A Little Old, A Little New,” works by J. Renee and Luis Colmenares, through June. GOOD CHILDREN GALLERY. 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427; www.goodchildrengallery.com — “That Passes Between Us,” a group exhibition of installation, photography, print and video, through June 3. GUY LYMAN FINE ART. 3645 Magazine St., 8994687; www.guylymanfineart. com — Mixed media with mechanical light sculpture by Jimmy Block, ongoing. HERIARD-CIMINO GALLERY. 440 Julia St., 5257300; www.heriardcimino.com — “Intrinsic Systems,” paintings

HOMESPACE GALLERY. 1128 St. Roch Ave., (917) 584-9867 — “Structure for Landscape: exploring the Built environment,” a group exhibition of artists and architects curated by Maria Levitsky, through June 3. JACK GALLERY. 900 Royal St., 588-1777 — Paintings, lithographs and other works by Tom everhart, Gordon Parks, Al Hirschfeld, Stanley Mouse, Anja, Patrick McDonnell and other artists, ongoing. JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; www.jeanbragg.com — “Close to Home,” paintings by Charles G. Smith, through May. JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 522-5471; www.jonathanferraragallery.com — “Thornton Dial: Works On Paper,” through July 21. LEMIEUX GALLERIES. 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www. lemieuxgalleries.com — “Made in Louisiana,” paintings and drawings by Shirley Rabe Masinter, through Saturday. MARTINE CHAISSON GALLERY. 727 Camp St., 304-7942; www.martinechaissongallery.com — “Parallel,” works by J.T. Blatty, through June 29. MUSIC BOX. 1027 Piety St., (347) 784-5226; www. dithyrambalina.com — “The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory,” an interactive installation, through June 2. NEW ORLEANS ARTWORKS. 727 Magazine St., 529-7279 — “Printemps,” glass sculpture by Curtiss Brock, glass torch-worked jewelry by Tucker Kelley and gyotaku prints by Scott Johnson, through May. NEWCOMB ART GALLERY. Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 865-5328; www. newcombartgallery.tulane.edu — “Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost,” through June. NOUVELLE LUNE. 938 Royal St., 908-1016 — Works using reclaimed, repurposed or salvaged materials by Linda Berman, Georgette Fortino, David Bergeron, Kelly Guidry and Tress Turner, ongoing. OCTAVIA ART GALLERY. 4532 Magazine St., 3094249; www.octaviaartgallery. com — “Order/Chaos,” paintings by Jeffrey Pitt, through Saturday. OLIVER’S PARLOR. 3913 St. Claude Ave. — Works by Angelica Verkeenko, through June 9. PETER O’NEILL STUDIOS. 721 Royal St., 527-0703; www. oneillgallery.com — Works by Peter O’Neill, ongoing. page 40

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BEE GALLERIES. 319 Chartres St., 587-7117; www. beegalleries.com — Works by 15 local and regional artists including Martin LaBorde, ongoing.

COLE PRATT GALLERY. 3800 Magazine St., 8916789; www.coleprattgallery. com — Paintings by Phil Sandusky, through Saturday.

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these days we hear a lot about the “natural world,” but anyone who has spent much time in Louisiana sees aspects of nature that stretch the meaning of the word and provide fodder for the imagination. these paintings by Nikki Crook, Amy Guidry and Monique Ligons further the notion that dreams and fantasies may be the last vestige of wild nature in the modern psyche. Crook’s elegantly painted female nudes celebrate the link between the wild world and the dream world in works like Trophy Wife, featuring a darkly veiled woman offering a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a deer skull in the other. In The Hunter, a shapely if bloody young woman with a raccoon skin shawl draped across her head and shoulders confronts us with a skinned carcass in her outstretched arms, and Silent Forest (pictured) features a bloody rabbit and an owl with a baby doll face — all of which suggest the female, regardless of species, may be the deadlier gender, at least some of the time. Lafayette artist Guidry juxtaposes human and animal symbolism in weirdly surreal ways that are especially effective in works like Synergy, in which a human head emerges from the earth with blood vessels below like the root system of a tree. In others, wolves’ tHRU Visions of the Unnatural World heads minus bodies roam the badlands like specters, suggesting the real junE Barrister’s Gallery predators may have moved on, perhaps to Wall Street. As with Crook, notions of interdependence and transference are implicit. Monique Ligons’ intricately 2331 St. Claude Ave. baroque sci-fi style paintings extend the fantasy realm into the far reaches of 710-4506 the imagination in truly wild images where humanoid insects reenact Biblical www.barristersgallery.com scenes ranging from the Crucifixion to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. While not yet household names, all three artists are accomplished, and their extraordinary imaginations, deftly transposed to paint on canvas, make this offbeat show very appealing for anyone with an appreciation for magic realism. — D. ERIC BooKHARDt

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SCOTT EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581 — “Photosmith’s Quintet,” music photographs by Zack Smith, Chris Felver, Barry Kaiser, Greg Miles and Bob Compton, through June. SOREN CHRISTENSEN GALLERY. 400 Julia St., 569-9501; www.sorengallery.com — “Reveille,” paintings by Melissa Herrington, through May.

STAPLE GOODS. 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331; www. postmedium.org/staplegoods — “Sculptures I Wish I Had Made,” photography-based mixed media by Cynthia Scott, through June 3. STELLA JONES GALLERY. Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 132, 568-9050 — “Louisiana Roots,” paintings by Ed Clark; sculture by Harold Cousins; both through June 29. STUDIO 831. 532 Royal St., 304-4392; www.studio831royal.com — “In a Mind’s Eye,” sculpture by Jason Robert Griego, ongoing. THOMAS MANN GALLERY I/O. 1812 Magazine St., 581-2113; www. thomasmann.com — “Wire

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UNO-ST. CLAUDE GALLERY. 2429 St. Claude Ave. — “Uncanny Mirror of Available Darkness,” photographs by Maria Levitsky, through June 2.

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NEW ORLEANS LOVING FESTIVAL. Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy St., 298-3161; www.pressstreet.com — the festival seeks original artwork and films with themes concerning the multiracial experience for the exhibition “Mixed Messages 2.” Email mail@charitablefilmnetwork. org for details. Submissions deadline is Monday.

THREE MUSES. 536 Frenchmen St., 2524801; www.thethreemuses. com — Portraits by Zack Smith, ongoing.

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CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno. org — “NoLA NoW Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana”; “Spaces,” works from artist co-ops Antenna, the Front and Good Children Gallery; both through June 10.

DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 8918500; www.dosjefescigarbar.com — Works by Mario ortiz, ongoing.

HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc.org — “Furnishing Louisiana, 1735–1835,” an exhibition exploring early

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LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS. 7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488; www.longuevue.com — “Mallarme II: Movement & Abstraction,” works by George Dunbar, through June. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM CABILDO. 701 Chartres St., 5686968; www.lsm.crt.state.la.us — “New Orleans Bound 1812: the Steamboat that Changed America,” through January 2013. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESBYTERE. 751 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt.state.la.us — “the Louisiana Plantation Photos of Robert tebbs,” 60 gelatin silver prints by the architecture photographer, through November. “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; “It’s Carnival time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; both ongoing. NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM. 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org — “turning Point: the Doolittle Raid, Battle of Coral Sea and Battle of Midway,” through July 8. NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 6584100; www.noma.org — “Mass Produced: technology in 19th-Century English Design,” through June 24. “Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III,” through Sept. 9. “Dario Robleto: the Prelives of the Blues,” through Sept. 16. “Forever,” mural by Odili Donald Odita, through Oct. 7.

SOUTHEASTERN ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE. Jones Hall, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5699; seaa.tulane. edu — “Following Wright,” an exhibit highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence with drawings by architects Edward Sporl, Albert C. Ledner, Philip Roach Jr. and Leonard Reese Spangenberg, through Dec. 7. SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; www. southernfood.org — “IlluminEAting,” photographs by Meredith Beau, through June 10. “tanqueray Olive” and “Guinness Pint,” prints by tom Gianfagna, through Jan. 21, 2013. “Lena Richard: Pioneer in Food tV,” an exhibit curated by Ashley Young; “then and Now: the Story of Coffee”; both ongoing. TULANE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOM. Jones Hall, room 205, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5000; www.tulane.edu — “the Art of Proteus,” an exhibition showcasing the krewe’s costume and float designs from 1882-1907, through May 30.

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TheaTeR AS YOU LIKE IT. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 658-4100; www. noma.org — Sam Dudley directs the NOLA Project’s site-specific production of the Shakespeare comedy. Tickets $16 general admission, $8 students, NOMA members and children 17 and under. Food and drink vendors arrive at the garden at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. WednesdayFriday.

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FIRST CHILD. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; www.nolacomedy. com — In Jason Kerzinski’s play, a young couple looking to conceive turns to a sperm bank to access an “optimism gene.” Tickets $10. 7 p.m. ThursdayFriday, 10 p.m. Saturday, through June 2.

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GOOD SPORTS. Studio A at the Steak Knife, 888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com — Larry Beron, Alden Hagardorn and Philip Melancon present a revue of songs — including originals — about sports. Call 202-0986 for reservations. Tickets $15. 8 p.m. Thursday and May 31. HOGAN’S GOAT. Irish House, 1432 Saint Charles Ave., 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com — Inner Compass Theatre produces William Alfred’s play about Brookyn’s Irish immigrant community during a mayor’s race in 1890, with Irish House chef Matt Murphy in a cameo role. Call (917) 969-8698 or email innercompasstheatre@gmail. com for reservations. Tickets $10. 8 p.m. Tuesday and Sunday through June 5. LYSISTRATA. AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 2185778; www.theallwayslounge. com — Cripple Creek Theatre Co. performs the Aristophanes comedy about a woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian War by persuading the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers. The production features a live, original score by Aurora Nealand.

Visit www.cripplecreekplayers. org for reservations. Tickets $10 opening weekend, $15 general admission. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday through June 3. THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 468-7221 — In Roger Bean’s jukebox musical, an allgirl quartet in the 1950s sings the hits of the era. Tickets $35 general admission, $33 seniors, $17 children ages 6-12. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. ON THE AIR. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; www.stagedoorcanteen.org — Bob Edes Jr., Troi Bechet, Gary Rucker and others star in the musical that pays tribute to the heyday of radio broadcasts. 8 p.m. FridaySaturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. PSYCHO BEACH PARTY. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460; www. midcitytheatre.com — Fred Nuccio directs Charles Busch’s dark comedy set in 1962 Malibu Beach that lampoons surf movies, psychodramas and horror movie moms. Tickets $25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. SHIRLEY VALENTINE. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www. cacno.org — In Willy Russell’s one-woman show, Ricky Graham is a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife who contemplates life before and after a trip to Greece. Call 5226545 or visit www.southernrep. com for reservations. Tickets $25. 7:30 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. THREE BY TENNESSEE. Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road (off Lee Road), Covington, (985) 8931671; www.playmakersinc.com — The theater presents a trio of Tennessee Williams plays that includes The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot and The Case of the Crushed Petunias. Tickets $15 general admission, $10 students. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

NOLA Project has once again spun its magic in an outdoor setting. Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, recently presented in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is perfectly suited to trees and starlight since much of the play takes place in the mythical Forest of Arden. The audience sat on the grass. Actors never strained to be heard and were clearly audible. The play starts in the court of Duke Frederick (Jim Wright), who usurped the dukedom of his brother Duke Signor (Kris Shaw) and banished him. Signor is biding his time in Arden, trying to demonstrate, as he puts it, “sweet are the uses of adversity.” Rosalind, his daughter, has been allowed by Frederick to remain in his court, because she is cousin and best friend of Frederick’s daughter Celia (Kate Kuen). In a wrestling match, young Lord Orlando (Michael Krikorian) miraculously defeats the ferocious Charles (Jason Kirkpatrick). He also falls in love with Rosalind (Kathlyn Carson). His love would be requited except fate intervenes. His embittered elder brother Oliver (Michael Aaron Santos) badgers him into exile. In a rage, Frederick banishes Rosalind, and Celia accompanies her as they set off for the Forest of Arden in disguise — Rosalind as a young man named Ganymede and Celia as a poor wench named Aliena. The plot seems complicated, but in action it is both clear and delightful and the complications drive the comedy. In Arden, lovelorn Orlando is writing poems and nailing them to trees. The forest is inhabited mostly by shepherds and their sheep. Rosalind, as Ganymede, meets Orlando. She’s thrilled by his poetry, but how to deal with the turnabout in gender? She tells Orlando she knows how to cure him of his love. He should court Ganymede as though he were Rosalind, and Ganymede will disillusion him. This allows Rosalind to spend time with her heartthrob, but at times the friendship greatly confuses Orlando. There’s even more gender confusion: A shepherdess (Kristin Witterschein) falls in love with Ganymede and wants to marry him. More people arrive, among them the banished Signor, Orlando’s faithful servant Adam (Michael P. Sullivan), Touchstone, a fool (Michael Harkins), and musician Clint Johnson, who wrote the music and performed the songs with accordionist Amasa Miller. The script was trimmed considerably, but the funniest and most obvious cut came in the famous speech by melancholy philosopher Jaques (James Bartelle), who only managed to say “All the world’s a stage . . .” before he was interrupted. The comedy, of course, ends with marriages and a pastoral fiesta of dance and music. Shauna Leone’s costumes were excellent. Bravo to director Sam Dudley for a sensitive and lively production. — DALT WONK

RIGHTS OF SPRING. One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks. net — The benefit for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast features burlesque performances, erotic readings of Roe v. Wade, an arm wrestling challenge and a dance party featuring DJ Bees Knees. Tickets $10. 10 p.m. Saturday.

LESQUE FESTIVAL. The festival, held in September, seeks burlesque dancers (men and women), singers, comics, magicians, contortionists, duos, troupes, novelty and other variety acts. Email neworleansburlesque@yahoo.com or visit www.neworleansburlesquefest. com for details. There is a $15 application fee. Application deadline is Sunday.

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ALLSTAR COMEDY REVUE. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St. — Leon Blanda hosts a comedy show featuring special guests. 8 p.m. Thursday.

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LOUISIANA HISTORY ALIVE. The company of actors/historians who portray historical figures seeks performers to research, write, improvise and interact with the general public for events. Call 376-9963 for details. NEW ORLEANS BUR-

BIG EASY COMEDY FESTIVAL. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171; www.arena.uno.edu — Comedians Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Joe Torry, Jay Lamont and Gary Owen headline the festival. Visit www.bigeasycomedyfestival. com for details. Tickets $45-$75 (plus fees). 8 p.m. Saturday. CHRIS & TAMI. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www. newmovementtheater.com — Chris Trew and Tami Nelson perform a tag-team improv comedy set. Tickets $5. 9 p.m. Friday. COMEDY BEAST. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., 522-

9653; www.thehowlinwolf.com — The New Movement presents a stand-up comedy showcase. Tickets $5. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. FEAR & LOATHING WITH GOD’S BEEN DRINKING. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; www. nolacomedy.com — The double bill includes Fear and Loathing, the sketch comedy show, and God’s Been Drinking, the improv comedy troupe. Tickets $10, $5 with drink purchase. 8:30 p.m. Friday. FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY SHOWCASE. The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts a standup showcase of New Orleans comedians. Free admission. 8 p.m. Friday. THE MEGAPHONE SHOW. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www.newmovementtheater.com — Each show features a guest sharing true stories, which are turned into improv comedy. Tickets $5. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. NATIONAL COMEDY COMPANY. Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill, 727 St. Peter St., 522-1125 — The interactive comedy show features live local music. Call 523-7469 or visit www.nationalcomedycompany.com for

tickets. Tickets $8 online, $15 at the door. 10 p.m. Saturday. OPEN-MIC COMEDY NIGHT. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St. — The club hosts the showcase at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Sign-up is at 7:30 p.m. REGGIE WATTS. Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477; www.tipitinas.com — The comedian, known for his improvised musical sets, performs. Chris Trew opens. Tickets $25. 9 p.m. Thursday. SATURDAY NIGHT LAUGH TRACK. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 2317011; www.nolacomedy.com — The theater hosts a stand-up comedy showcase. Tickets $5. 11 p.m. Saturday. STUPID TIME MACHINE PRESENTS. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www. newmovementtheater.com — The improv comedy troupe presents improv, sketch comedy, videos and guest performers. Tickets $5. 10:30 p.m. Friday. THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? COMEDY SHOWCASE. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation.com — The weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. Sign-up is 8:30 p.m., show 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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ART ACTIVITIES DURING AFTER HOURS. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www. ogdenmuseum.org — the

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ogden offers art activities for kids during weekly after Hours concerts. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. LITTLE MASTERS. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488; www.longuevue. com — Children ages 2-and-a-half to 5 and their parents or caregivers paint, dance, sing and try yoga moves in the gardens. preregistration is required. Call 293-4721 or email jcohn@ longuevue.com for details. admission $12 members, $15 nonmembers (includes one adult and child). 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

SaTURDay 26 KIDS PROGRAM: HANDMADE PASTA. Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 5690405; www.southernfood.org — Children can make pasta

from scratch and experiment with herbs and spices in the program. admission free for members, $5 nonmembers. 11 a.m. to noon.

EVENTS TUESDay 22 CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. Tulane University Square, 200 Broadway St. — the weekly market features fresh produce, kettle corn, green plate specials and

flowers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEMINAR. Marriott New Orleans Convention Center Hotel, 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2888; www.marriott.com — the seminar topic is “rules of engagement: social media marketing strategies for small business.” free admission. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR. Nouveau Marc Retirement Community, 1101 Sunset Blvd., Kenner, 469-7988 — Health professionals will be in attendance with information, giveaways, health screenings and demonstrations. guests who rsVp receive a complimentary lunch. Call 469-7988 for details. 10 a.m. WESTWEGO FARMERS & FISHERIES MARKET. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego — the market offers organic produce, baked goods, jewelry, art and more, with live music and pony rides. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. wednesday and saturday.

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NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE. the five-day event brings together winemakers, chefs and industry professionals for a series of events that include special dinners, wine tastings, seminars and more. Visit www. nowfe.com for the complete schedule and other details. tuesday-saturday.

ABCS OF MEDICARE. Ochsner Medical Center, Caldwell Room, 1514 Jefferson Hwy., 842-5630; www.ochsner. org — the lecture is part of the peoples Health senior Health series. Call (866) 220-0418 or visit myhealth. peopleshealth.com for details. free admission. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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FRESH MARKET. Circle Food Store, 1522 St. Bernard Ave. — the Downtown neighborhood market Consortium market features fresh produce, dairy, seafood, baked goods and more. ebt and wiC accepted. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

AIR SEX 4: NEW ORLEANS PRELIMINARY ROUND. Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com — Contestants make love to imaginary partners on stage in Chris trew’s nationally touring competition. Visit www.airsexworld. com for details. tickets $6 in advance, $9 at the door. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. CHAMBER AFTER 5. Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar), 300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com — the new orleans Chamber of Commerce’s networking event features hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and door prizes. admission free for members, $10 nonmembers. Call 799-4260 or visit www. neworleanschamber.org for details. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET. Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-1873 — the market offers fresh locally produced foods every week. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. saturday. FRENCH MARKET FARMERS MARKET. French Market, French Market Place, between Decatur and N.

“HELL’S KITCHEN” CASTING CALL. Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St., 528-9400; www.711bourbonheat.com — the foX reality series starring chef gordon ramsay seeks contestants 21 and older for upcoming seasons. Visit www. fox.com/casting.php for details. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. thursday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. sunday. UNITED ASTROLOGY CONFERENCE. Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 581-1000; www. ices.org — the conference features more than 300 classes and workshops presented by 175 world-renowned astrologers. there is a free bookshop and marketplace open to the public. Visit www.uacastrology.com for the full schedule and other details. admission starts at $50. 9 a.m. thursdaymonday and may 29. YOUNG PROFESSIONAL REALTORS GROUP HAPPY HOUR. Vive! at Hotel le Marais, 717 Conti St., 525-2300; www.hotellemarais.com — the group of the new orleans metropolitan association of

realtors hosts a networking event with complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Visit www.nomar.org for details. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

fRiDay 25 GREEK FESTIVAL. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 957-7201 — the annual celebration of greek culture features food, live music and other performances, a greek grocery, a raffle for $1,000, children’s activities, a run/ walk and more. Visit www. greekfestnola.com for details. tickets $5 general admission, free for children 12 and younger. admission is free sunday for those wearing togas. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. sunday. MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK. Armstrong Park, N. Rampart and St. Ann streets — the weekly market features fresh produce, baked goods, louisiana seafood, natural products, art, crafts and entertainment. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE Y’ART. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 6584100; www.noma.org — the museum’s weekly event features music, performances, lectures, film screenings, family-friendly activities and more. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SaTURDay 26 BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL GALA. Tulane University, Dixon Hall, 865-5105 ext. 2; www.tulane. edu — the chamber music festival (wednesday-friday) culminates in a gala that includes a concert and reception with the artists. Visit www. birdfootcmf.org for details. tickets $25 general admission, $10 students. 7:30 p.m. CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod Streets, 861-5898; www. marketumbrella.org — the

weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon.

ENERGY SMART PRESENTATION. New Orleans Public Library, Norman Mayer Branch, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., 5963100; www.nutrias.org — the program discusses entergy new orleans’ energy efficiency program that provides audits and cash rebates to customers who take steps to increase the efficiency of their homes and businesses. Call (866) 721-0249 or email info@ energysmartnola.com for details. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. FOCUS ON WOMEN LUN-

CHEON. LACE the Grand Ballroom, 6978 Martin Drive, 243-5223; www.lacethegrandballroom.com — the epsilon sigma chapter of sigma gamma rho sorority hosts their annual luncheon spotlighting nine women who have promoted leadership and service within their communities. Call 5452-8817 or email dshirley@bellsouth.net for details. admission $45. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan — the market features a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. Visit www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org for details. 8 a.m. to noon. GRETNA FARMERS MARKET. Gretna Farmers Market, Huey P. Long Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, Gretna, 362-8661 — the weekly rain-or-shine market features more than 30 vendors offering a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. free admission. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MISS BLACK LOUISIANA TALENTED TEEN PAGEANT CASTING CALL. Rhythm Rubies Studios, 843 Carondelet St., 344-2573 — the competition seeks teens between the ages of 14-18 for its talented teen pageant, as well as girls ages 5-13 for its princess pageant. the pageants are nov. 10. email missblacklouisianausa@gmail.com or visit www.missblacklouisianausa. org for details. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PET ADOPTIONS & BAKE SALE. Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 482-1890 — la/spCa adoption counselors and volunteers facilitate pet adoptions. Call 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org for details. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RENAISSANCE MARKETPLACE OF EASTERN NEW ORLEANS. Renaissance Marketplace, 5700 Read Blvd. — the market offers cuisine

from area restaurants, shopping, arts and crafts, children’s activities and more. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SANKOFA FARMERS MARKET. Holy Angels Complex, 3500 St. Claude Ave., 875-4268; www.sankofafarmersmarket.org — the weekly market offers fresh produce and seafood from local farmers and fishermen. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi — the market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams

and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. Call 355-4442 or visit www. visitstbernard.com for details. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SUNDay 27 HAIR OF THE DOG. Recovery Room, 533 Toulouse St. —

Dogs are allowed at this event where proceeds from speciality cocktails benefit the la/spCa. Call 5249901 for details. 10 a.m.

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL DEDICATION. Restlawn Park Cemetery, 3450 Hwy. 90 West, Avondale — the memorial Day event unveils the cemetery’s new monument and flag pole honoring louisiana Vietnam veterans. 10 a.m. sunday.

mONDay 28 MEMORIAL DAY AT THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org — the museum celebrates

the day with a ceremony and performances by the patriotic band and Victory belles. 10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Call fOR aPPliCaTiONS FOUNDATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION GRANT. the big easy foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations or institutions with a project focusing on educational projects in theater, music and dance. Call 483-3130 or visit www.bestofneworleans. com/gambit/foundationforentertainmentDevelopmentandeducation/page for details. application deadline is thursday. HUMANA COMMUNITIES BENEFIT. Humana awards a $100,000 grant to a local nonprofit working to improve health experiences or build healthy communities. Visit www.humana.com/hcb for details. application deadline is July 31.

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EVENT LIStINGS education, husbandry and volunteer diver programs. Visit www.auduboninstitute. org/volunteers/aquarium for details. BAYOU REBIRTH WETLANDS EDUCATION. Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit www.bayourebirth.org for details. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS VOLUNTEERS. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, 2626 Canal St., Suite 203, 3097304 or (877) 500-7304; www.bbbssela.org — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana needs volunteers to serve as mentors. Call for information. CASA NEW ORLEANS. the organization seeks volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent abused and neglected children in New Orleans. Call Brian Opert at 522-1962 ext. 213 or email info@casaneworleans. org for details.

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GREATER NEW ORLEANS FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER. the center seeks part-time civil rights investigators with excellent writing skills, reliable transportation and no criminal convictions to help expose housing discrimination in the New Orleans metro area. Call 7174257 or email mmorgan@ gnofairhousing.org for information.

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GREEN LIGHT NEW ORLEANS. the group that provides free energy-efficient lightbulbs seeks volunteers to help install the bulbs in homes. Email peter.schamp@ greenlightneworleans.org or visit www.greenlightneworleans.org/volunteerapply.html for details. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 8328111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Jo-Ann Moore at 8328111 for details. MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS. Jefferson Council on Aging seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults. Gas/mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Call Gail at 888-5880 for details. MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION. the MDA seeks volunteers ages 16 and older for its weeklong summer camps around the country. Call (800) 572-1717

or visit www.mda.org/summercamp for details. OPERATION REACH VOLUNTEERS. Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers from all over the country to assist in providing recreation and education opportunities for New Orleans-area inner-city youth and their families. For information, visit www.thegyac.org and www.operationreach.org. PEOPLE PROGRAM. the nonprofit seeks volunteers to teach active seniors at its campuses in Metairie, New Orleans and the West Bank. Call 284-7678 for details. SENIOR COMPANION VOLUNTEER. New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., 821-4121; www. nocoa.org — the council seeks volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently. Call for details. START THE ADVENTURE IN READING. the StAIR program holds regular volunteer training sessions to work one-on-one with public school students on reading and language skills. Call 899-0820, email elizabeth@ scapc.org or visit www. stairnola.org for details. TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION. the teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. Call 831-8475 for details.

words CAROLYN TURGEON. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 899-7323 — the author reads from and signs The Next Full Moon. 6 p.m. tuesday. CONSTANCE ADLER. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 838-1190 — the author signs and discusses My Bayou. 7 p.m. Wednesday. DINKY TAO POETRY. Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net — the bar hosts a free weekly poetry reading with open mic. 9 p.m. tuesday. ELIZABETH GOLDSMITH. Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St., 581-7300; www.hotelmazarin.com — the author signs and discusses The Kings’ Mistresses. 4 p.m. Friday. FAIR GRINDS POETRY EVENT. Fair Grinds Cof-

feehouse, 3133 Ponce de Leon Ave., 913-9073; www. fairgrinds.com — Jenna Mae hosts poets and spokenword readers on the second, fourth and fifth Sunday of each month. 8 p.m. FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., 5962625; www.nutrias.org — the group hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. KERRI MCCAFFETY. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — the author signs and discusses New Orleans New Elegance. 1 p.m. Saturday. LAWRENCE N. POWELL. Maple Street Book Shop at Bayou St. John, 3122 Ponce de Leon St.; www. maplestreetbookshop.com — the author signs and discusses The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans. 4 p.m. Sunday. LOCAL WRITERS’ GROUP. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — the weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday. MARGARET SIMON. Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., 866-4916; www. maplestreetbookshop.com — the author signs Blessen. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. PASS IT ON. George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., 586-7432; www. themckennamuseum.com — Poet Gian “G-Persepect” Smith and Alphonse “Bobby” Smith host a weekly spoken-word and music event. Admission $6. 9 p.m. Saturday. TAO POETRY. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., 891-3381; www.neutralground.org — the coffeehouse hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday. THE WELL: A WOMEN’S POETRY CIRCLE. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., 947-2121; www.stannanola.org — the group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Mondays. Call 655-5489 or email hwoodie104@gmail.com for details.

EMPLOYMENT NEW ORLEANS

JOB GURU

Dear Job Guru, “I finally got a great job interview at an Energy company in the CBD, and they said it will be scheduled for sometime next week. Although I’ve been at a couple of jobs since I graduated from Loyola, this is really my first formal, corporate interview. Any tips or ideas?” — Madison R., Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA Dear Madison, Congratulations! Getting a formal interview these days is more than half the battle. Unlike past decades when companies would interview dozens of candidates for a single position, today you can be sure you are in a small, select group of finalists when you land an interview. First of all, if you are given the option of the day or time to schedule your interview, experts say it is generally best to request the latest possible Grant Cooper date and time, as close to the end of the process as possible. Although that seems counterintuitive, the survey results in this area are conclusive. Second, you’ll want to bring in a small folio your reference listing, samples of your work, letters of recommendation, college transcripts, copies of certificates, and last, but not least, an extra copy or two of your résumé. These documents may not be needed, but you’ll be totally prepared if you have them. You’ll also appear particularly organized when you make a notation in an appointment book of any details you are given by the interviewer. Several years ago I had a client, a Registered Nurse, who had been interviewing for a management promotion. She had interviewed five times with no luck. We scheduled an Interview Skills training session and I played the part of the interviewer. After only a half dozen questions into the mock interview, I could see she was bringing up unnecessary items, such as her self-consciousness about her weight and her past issues with supervisors. We straightened those problems out and she was promoted on her very next interview.

New Orleans Job Guru is New Orleans native Grant Cooper. President of Strategic Resumes®, Grant is currently ranked in the Top 2% of 340 LinkedIn National Resume Writing Experts and has fulfilled contracts for the U.S. Air Force, Kinko’s, the Louisiana Dept. of Labor, the City of New Orleans, the NFL, the NBA, as well as universities, regional banks, celebrities, and major corporations throughout the nation.

Contact New Orleans Job Guru at: grant@resupro.com or 504-891-7222

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Uptown/Riverbend area. Booth rental. All calls confidential. Call Randy (504) 865-1044

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DRIVERS/DELIVERY

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TWO TONY’S RESTAURANT

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Rock Star - Men & Women’s Clothing Store. Specializing in Clothing Boots & Accessories, Jewelry, Gifts, Makeup, More. Uptown area. $236K. 504-8613777. rockstarofnola@gmail.com

TUBING BUSINESS FOR SALE On the beautiful Bogue Chitto River North of Covington Owner financing avail with 50% down Call Wayne at 985-515-7836

RESTAURANT/HOTEL/BAR Miyako Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Is seeking a part-time Hostess for evening & weekends. Please apply in person between 11-2:30pm, 1403 St. Charles Ave.

10 DRIVERS NEEDED

New Long Term Business. Great Pay, Bonuses and Good Benefits. CDL-A, X-End., 1yr T/T Exp. Req. LPG Experience a Plus. Owner Operators Welcomed. Martin Transport, Reserve, LA. 1-888-380-5516

PROFESSIONAL

Seeks Experienced FRONT OF HOUSE Servers - Host/Hostess - Bussers Line Cook . Apply in person Tue-Sat 10am-noon or 3-5pm 8536 Pontchartrain Bl. Lakeview area

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EMPLOYMENT Call (504) 483-3100

LINE COOK Dinner Service, Tues-Sat Closed Sundays and Mondays Fax or email resume to Chef Frank Brigtsen FAX: 504-866-7397 Email: brigtsen@gmail.com

MEDICAL

SYSTEMS ANALYST

Jefferson, LA): Review and analyze performance indicators to locate code problems. Evaluate current systems & make recommendations to expand or modify systems. Prepare emergency preparedness plan. Test, maintain, & monitor computer programs and systems. Decoding and administration of confidential PHI in accordance to HIPPA regulations. Maintain billing software, online payroll system etc. Provide staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems. Requires Bachelor degree in Computer Sc/CIS or equivalent with 2 yrs. relevant experience. Mail resume to HR, Canon Healthcare LLC, 1221 S. Clearview Pkwy, 4th Floor, Jefferson, LA 70121

VOLUNTEER

Offers Volunteer Opportunities. Make a difference in the lives of the terminally ill & their families. Services include: friendly visits to patients & their families, provide rest time to caretaker, bereavement & office assistance. School service hours avail. Call Volunteer Coordinator @ 504-818-2723 #3016

RN BENEFITS START FROM DATE OF HIRE The Blood Center is now interviewing for a full-time RN to perform Therapeutic Apheresis on patients of the hospitals that we serve. Although most procedures are scheduled during the weekday day-shift, this position will be part of an on-call rotation for night and weekend coverage. Dialysis experience is a plus. A valid Louisiana driver’s license and a good driving record are a must! The Blood Center offers a fast paced, rewarding work environment where you are given every opportunity to succeed and grow. The Blood Center pays a competitive starting wage and has a full benefits package including paid holidays, paid time off, health, dental and life insurance and an employer contributed retirement plan. If you meet the above qualifications and would like to work for a company that cares about its employees please apply for the RN position online at www.thebloodcenter.org

EOE/AAE

EXPERIENCED GARDENERS WANTED Offering best pay & mileage reimbursement in metro New Orleans

• Responsible, Prompt, Honest, Healthy, Physically Fit, Willing to work outdoors. • High School Diploma. Higher education experience preferred. • Recent, 3-year full time work experience in local landscape gardening. • Working knowledge of local plants & garden environments. • Functional experience with gardening equipment and its general maintenance. • Transportation. Willingness to use your work vehicle on the job preferred.

Send Request, Resume & References to: Horticultural Careers • etienned12@hotmail.com

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Madison, here a six quick tips that I believe will increase your odds of being picked: 1) Arrive 15 minutes early. Dress conservatively but one level dressier than you would wear at the job. 2) Make small talk with receptionists and remember their names … you never can tell their influence. 3) Research (Wikipedia, Google, etc.) the company and know the company and competition inside out. 4) Be prepared to respond to questions with concrete examples of things you have done. Practice at home. 5) When invited to speak, ask what specific goals the organization will have for the successful candidate. 6) Look the interviewer(s) in the eye and thank them for the opportunity to compete for the job.

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Are you a service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new opportunity at a top New Orleans restaurant?

We have the following openings available:

In Room Dining Servers and Cooks

If you are interested, please email your resume to Ja’net Torrance at ja’net.torrance@renaissancehotels.com. Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA

Are you an energetic and service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new and exciting opportunity? We are now hiring for the opening team of René Bistrot! We have the following openings available:

HOSTESS, DINING ROOM ATTENDANT AND COOKS If you are interested, please stop by between 3pm and 5pm to submit your resume.

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Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA

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WELLNESS & GENERAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER To oversee all aspects of the Wellness department including selecting, ordering, pricing, and promoting vitamins/supplements, body care, & general merchandise items in accordance with the Co-op’s mission and product selection guidelines to meet objectives for sales, margin, inventory turns, labor and customer service.

Duties include: • Purchasing wellness and general merchandise products. • Stocking, merchandising, & ensuring product movement. • Meeting department financial goals for sales, margin, inventory turns, and labor. • Researching local products & supporting the development of the co-op’s product selection. • Supervising department staff as needed. • Providing a welcoming environment, excellent customer service, and prompt, accurate check out for our owners and community members.

GROCERY ASSISTANT MANAGER

To purchase, price and promote products and to ensure adequate receiving and stocking of grocery items to meet objectives for sales, margin, inventory turns, labor, product selection guidelines and customer service.

Duties include: • Purchasing bulk & refrigerated grocery, as well as other items as required by Grocery Manager. • Stocking, merchandising, & ensuring product freshness in: packaged, refrigerated, frozen, bulk, & non-food grocery. • Researching local products & supporting the development of the co-op’s product selection. • Supervising department staff in Grocery Manager’s absence. • Providing a welcoming environment, excellent customer service, and prompt, accurate check out for our owners and community members. Benefits include: • Wages based on experience • 15% discount on groceries • Medical insurance • Paid time off • Other benefits Apply online at www.nolafood.coop or pick up an application at the store, 2372 St. Claude. No phone calls please. Position open until filled.

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Note: Ad cancellations and changes for all display ads must be made by Wednesday at 5 pm prior to the next issue date. Ad cancellations and changes for all line ads must be made by Thursday at 5 pm prior to the next issue date. Please proof your first ad insertion to make sure it is correct. Gambit only takes responsibility for the first incorrect insertion.

A BODY BLISS MASSAGE

Same day appointments available 10am-7pm. Uptown Studio or Hotel out calls. Jeannie LMT #3783-01. 504.894.8856 (uptown)

BYWATER BODYWORKS

Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic. Flex appts, in/out calls, OHP/student discounts, gift cert. $65/hr, $75/ 1 1/2hr. LA Lic# 1763 Mark. 259-7278

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Swedish, Relaxing Massage. Hours 9am-6pm, M-F. Sat 10-1pm $70. LA Lic #1910. Sandra, 504-393-0123.

STRESS? PAIN?

Real Estate Rentals &

Employment

Twin, like new. $75 Call (504) 832-1689 or (504) 666-1282

EXERCISE/SPORTS EQUIPMENT WEIGHT SET

95 pound weight set. Never used, $95 firm. Call (504) 832-9435

FURNITURE/ACCESSORIES $125 Full/Double Size Mattress Set, still in original plastic, unopened. We can deliver. 504-952-8404 (504) 846-5122 $295 Brand New Iron Queen Bed with mattress set, all new. Can deliver. 504-952-8404 (504) 846-5122

Authentic Handmade Indian Rug

Authentic Handmade Indian Rug 100% Wool • Made in India • Size 7’-11’’ x 10’-2” Purchased at Hurwitz Mintz in 2007 • Original Price $2,700.00 • Selling for $1,700 Please call (504) 458-7904 King Pillowtop Mattress, NEW!!! ONLY $225. Can deliver. 504-9528404 (504) 846-5122 NEW Pub Height Table Set all wood, still boxed. Delivery available. $250. 504-952-8404 (504) 846-5122

BOXER/SHEPHERD

MR. TUX

CAIN - silver tabby

ROUX

Sweet, smart & friendly! Mia - 1 yr, SMART, mild mannered, kid friendly, great w/other pups. Mostly housebroken & fixed.(504) 975-5971 6 mo old. Adorable, affectionate, w the sweetest disposition. Fixed, vaccinated, combo tested, chipped. Contact: 601-749-0268, spaymart@hughes.net

CLIO

Golden Retriever mix. attentive, family dog, 50#, 5 yrs old & in good health, great w/children, enjoys company of large dogs. Good watch dog for a good loving home. CONTACT SARAT (504) 864-2097

DANNY - Russian Blue

6 mo old. Rescued from the Rigoles,, survived on restaurant scraps. Sweet and laid back. Fixed, vaccinated, combo tested chipped. Contact: 601-749-0268, spaymart@hughes.net

Gentle & Mellow Kitty

Luke is quite friendly. He is about 7 yrs old. Has spent much of his life at SpayMart. He is fully vetted & chipped. 601-749-0268, spaymart@hughes.net

PARSON CHAIRS

Four taupe-colored Parson style microfiber dining chairs. $50 each OBO. 504-371-2711 or 504-324-5438

OPEN SAT & SUN 9-5 OVER 100 VENDORS. Arts & Crafts - Live Music Free Family Fun. Call 1-985-510-SELL www.i12fleamarket.com

Be safe, protect yourself! Don’t get arrested protecting yourself! For a complete line of non-lethal self protection devices visit americandefender.org. Protect yourself!

YOGA/MEDITATION/PILATES

PETS

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SCHWEGMANN BAGS

Original - Mint condition $50. Framed $80 Call Greg, 504-390-5052

ART/POSTERS JAZZ FEST POSTERS

Numbered, Signed & Framed. 1981 - $500; 2002 - $500. 1989 Fats Domino, $750. Excellent cond. Call 504-455-2722

REMARQUE BLUE DOG JAZZ FEST POSTERS

1995 Louis Armstrong, 1996 Pete Fountain, 2000 Al Hirt. Double signed. Each with orig Blue Dog pencil sketch by George Rodrigue. For sale as complete set only. $6000. Steve, 504-737-2746; cell 504-256-3020. sffinn@cox.net

ABBIE Kennel #A16028963

Feliz is a 1-year-old, spayed, DSH

FELIZ Kennel #A16027646

To look for a lost pet come to the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), Mon-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5 or call 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org.

Female, fawn body with black mask. 5 months old. 33 lbs, no collar or microchip. Last seen at 2nd & Laurel. Please call 504-669-7984 if found.

MASTIFF - MISSING

Stella was stolen from my yard on May 11th at the corner of Dumaine & Rocheblave. She is a five year old Cane Corso Mastiff, black brindle with white toes, about 110 lbs and needs her meds.! 504-345-8555, 504-952-1324 or 504-569-2700

PET ADOPTIONS BELLA

Beautiful & sweet 7 month old Pastel dilute Tortie. Spayed, rescue, indoor home only. all (504) 462-1968

Orange & white DECLAWED. He is sweet, gentle, 7 yrs old. He is a BIG lazy boy, in perfect health. He is used to being around other pets. 601-749-0268, spaymart@hughes.net

mix with a SMILE a MILE WIDE! She’s a silly, playful, gal who gives kisses and enjoys belly rubs and treats. To meet Abbie or any of the other wonderful pets at the LA/SPCA, come to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), 10-4, Mon.Sat. & 12-4 Sun. or call 368-5191.

Tan, medium, female mix/ Approx 6 months old. No color or tags, no microchip. Found on Pine between Earhart and Washington. Very sweet. Call 504-460-6053

LOST MASTIFF PUPPY

TIGGER - Male Cat

Abbie is a 1-year-old, spayed, Lab/GSD

LOST/FOUND PETS FOUND FEMALE PUPPY

Small brown male dog. Answers to “Bug”. We’re offering reward for his safe return. Missed dearly. Call 985688-7388.

Sweetie who loves petting. Long, silky fur & beautiful eyes. Quite unusual for a female cat to have orange fur! SpayMart Thrift Shop, 6601 Vets, spaymart@hughes.net

Weekly Tails

Lost Male Chihuahua Mix

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES

Simone-fluffy orange kitty

www.spaymart.org

AUDUBON YOGA STUDIO

Iyengar Yoga - All levels SUMMER CLASSES NOW IN SESSION. 511 Octavia St. 504-821-9885 www.audubonyoga.com

9 month old rescue. Beautiful & unique spotted tabby w/Jade green eyes. Very sweet girl, spayed, shts, tested, indoor home only. Call (504) 462-1968

Meet Trixie at SpayMart Thrift Shop 6601 Veterans Blvd. Or call 601-749-0268 or email spaymart@hughes.net

MISC. FOR SALE

Relax with a massage. Amazing Hands by Patrick. LMT Lic 4005. 504-717-2577 www.amazinghands.us

SERENE

TRIXIE and a Promise! Trixie’s owner, Linda, was a volunteer & dear friend of SpayMart. A few days before Linda passed away last spring, she asked if SpayMart would find homes for her cats when she died. A promise made. The cats were flown from Arizona to New Orleans. Trixie is a sweetie, full of life and personality; yearning to be part of a family again.

$99. Please call (504) 261-5936

I-12 FLEA MARKET

Terrier Mix. Little over 1 yr petite side of medium. Female, great with other dogs. LOVES PEOPLE - snuggler. tbkestler@cox.net

CAT CHAT

NICE SOFA

GARAGE SALES/FLEA MARKETS

Blk/white sweet Cat. Will do well in a home with a cat lover. Liter trained. Doe well with other dogs & cats. (504) 975-5971

with orange tabby markings. She’s just one of the SEVERAL young cats and kittens looking for a forever home right now. To meet Feliz or any of the other wonderful pets at the LA/SPCA, come to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), 10-4, Mon.Sat. & 12-4 Sun. or call 368-5191.

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REAL ESTATE

CLASSIFIEDS PETS FOR SALE Cavalier King Charles pups

Five tri-colored females. Vet checked. CKC registered. Parents on site. Responsible breeder. Well socialized with children. Avail late June. Have been dewormed & will have 6 wk shots. Please contact Angela at 504-444-7000 or wgrundme@bellsouth.net

FREE TO GOOD HOME

Fantstic pet - your next new best friend! Male lab pit mix. 6 years old. All shots. 944-7733

SERVICES

ANNOUNCEMENTS GERTRUDE ZANSLER

Please get in touch with me, Pearley. Call (504) 301-1747

HOME SERVICES Don’t Replace Your Tub REGLAZE IT

Chip/Spot Repair - Colors Available Clawfoot tubs for sale Southern Refinishing LLC Certified Fiberglass Technician Family Owned & Operated 504-348-1770 southernrefinishing.com

AIR COND/HEATING SUPERIOR AIRE

Trane 3 Ton Replacement System $3990 Installed Expires 5/31/12 504-465-0688 Air Conditioning Heating

CLEANING/JANITORIAL LAKEVIEW CLEANING SERVICE

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Residential & Commerical AFTER CONSTRUCTION CLEANING Light/General Housekeeping Heavy Duty Cleaning Holiday Cleaning Supplies Provided Fully Insured & Bonded Locally owned & service NOLA area for over 20 years. (504) 250-0884 (504) 286-5868

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FLOORS/CARPET/TILE GROUT WORKS, LLC

Tile Grout Cleaning, Color Sealing, Grout repair, Shower Restoration, Natural Stone Care, Tile Replacement, Recaulking. Commercial & Residential. Free Estimates. Jay Broadwell, 504-309-2509. www.grout-works.com

HANDYMAN HARRY’S HOUSE HELPERS

* Small Jobs *Repairs *Carpentry *Painting *Install AND MORE! Insured & Priced-Right Harry’s Helpful Ace Hardware Uptown * 504-896-1500 Metairie * 504-896-1550

HOUSE WASHING CC PRESSURE WASHING

“For results you can see, call C&C.” www.candcpressurewashing.com 504-231-3935

LAWN/LANDSCAPE DELTA SOD

Certified Grade “A” Turf St. Augustine, Tifway Bermuda Centipede, Zoysia. WE BEAT ALL COMPETITORS! 504-733-0471

JEFFERSON FEED PET & GARDEN CENTER GREEN GRASS - REAL FAST Grade “A” St. Augustine Sods. Immediate pickup or delivery. Lawn experts since 1950. jefffeed.com 504-733-8572

THE CRACKED POT GARDEN CENTER

FREE LANDSCAPE ESTIMATES 2 mi west of Airport on Airline Hwy Mon - Sat, 9-5 504-466-8813

Warren Raymond Lawn Care Uptown Specialist www.warrenraymond.com 504-831-7411

PEST CONTROL TERMINIX

Home of the $650 Termite Damage Repair Guarantee! WE DO IT ALL... Termites, Roaches, Rats & Ants Too. New Orleans Metro - 504-834-7330 2329 Edenborn, Metairie www.terminixno.com

PLUMBING ROOTER MAN

Sewer & Drain Cleaning Specialists Plumbing Repair Specialists New Orleans 504-522-9536. Kenner-Jefferson 504-466-8581. Westbank 504-368-4070. Laplace 985-652-0084. Mandeville 985-6265045. Slidell 985-641-3525. www. RooterManCan.com MENTION GAMBIT FOR A DISCOUNT

POOL SERVICES MAGNOLIA POOLS

Specializing in Saltwater Systerms Service, Maintenance, Repair 504-270-7307 www.magnoliapools.org

WINDOWS BEST PRICE IN TOWN!

DOUBLE INSULATED WINDOWS $99 (up to 90 U.I.) HURRICANE PROTECTION Shutters, Bahamas, Panels Roll Downs, Accordian, Colonial Allstate Window & Siding Co. 504469-0066; 985-649-1330 www.allstatewindowandsiding.com

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE

CARROLLTON GREAT RIVERBEND COTTAGE

With $800 upper revenue: 2478 sq ft total, tropical setting, 1/2 blk streetcar, 2 blks river. 8129 Maple St.$440,000. 504-314-1455. MUST SEE!

CITY PARK/BAYOU ST. JOHN COMING SOON!

Beautiful gut renovation on Grand Rte. St. John: 2300 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home. All new with custom and bespoke finishes. THE BEST neighborhood in the city- walk half a block to Bayou St. John, restaurants, wine store, coffee shop, grocery, pharmacy and Jazz Fest. If you are a kayaker, jogger, picnic having, wine drinking, Bayou lover, who is looking for a wonderful home and life, this house is for you. Offered at $495,000.00. Inquiries should call 504-914-5606.

WALK TO CITY PARK - $29K

Vacant lot 50 x100, Castine St great neighborhood Re/Max Partners 888-9900. Each office independently owned and operated. Phyllis Seely 236-6464

MISSISSIPPI Great Weekend Home

Completely furn 2BR/2.5BA TH on Cardinal Course, 17th green. Diamondhead, MS (45 min to NO) $125,000. Century 21, Betsy, 1-800-221-2423

HIDE-AWAY-LAKE ESTATE SALE

On the Water. 3 BR, 2 BA, split level, boat launch, great backyard deck. Move-in ready. $189,000. Call 504-887-4191

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 1929 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

Two-story office building approx. 2,160sf. REDUCED price of $249,000. Can also be for lease $1,900/mo., triple net. Emily Kramer, Corporate Realty 581-5005

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Diversity. Cultural Competence. CONDO. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, offstreet parking. Quiet area. 1 month minimum. $2800. For more info, call 225-281-9875

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MULTI-USE FACILITY LOCATED 1995 GENTILLY BLVD. AT DESAIX CIRCLE CAN ACCOMMODATE A RETAIL USER & 1 OR MORE OFFICE TENANTS W/WHSE SPACE ADJACENT. TOTAL OF 8,625 SQ. FT. CALL 504-583-5969

MARRERO - WESTBANK

2273 Barataria Blvd. 900 sq ft office + half bath. 2 rms, prof’l mgmt. Easy free parking. Desks avail. $800/month. 781-608-6115

GARDEN DISTRICT

1, 2, 3 & 4 ROOM OFFICES STARTING AT $495 INCLUDING UTILITIES

CALL 899-RENT Professional Office Space

Near Causeway & Vets. Rent includes use of 2 conference rooms, kitchen & reception area. Ground floor space, hardwood floors, crown moldings, drive up parking. Call Albert 504-837-1304.

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Modern 1 BR Apt. $775/mo incl free wifi & assigned pkg. 1 yr lease. $400 sec dep & rental application. 2325 Pasadena Ave. (nr Clearview & I-10). 504-366-7374 or 781-608-6115.

GREAT RIVERBEND STUDIO Large upper, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, Water and cable paid. $850. Call 504-314-1455

Near heart of Metairie, dead end street. 1br + bonus room from $750. Rsvd pkg;1 car, water pd. No smoking/ pet s. Call 504-780-1706 or visit us at orrislaneapts.com

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2511 Metairie Lawn. 2BR/2BA, w/d, pool, security. No pets. Rent $950/ mo. Sale $149,000. Call 427-1087

OLD METAIRIE SPARKLING POOL HARDWOOD FLOORS

Renovated, large 2 BR apt with 12 x 24’ liv room plus sep dining room, furn kit. Sunset deck, bike path, laundry on premises, offst pkg. No pets. Avail 6/1. $824. 504-236-5776

CITY PARK/BAYOU ST. JOHN 3324 DESOTO

Living room, large bedroom, tile bath, furnished kitchen. Private fenced backyard. No pets. $800/month + deposit. 504-494-0970

4012A ORLEANS AVE

1 BR Newly renovated. Hi ceil, granite countertops, wd flrs, w/d on site, , walk to Park or Bayou. On Canal St Car line. $800/mo. 713/204-5342

FRESHLY RENOV’T VICTORIAN 1BR/1BA. 775 sq feet. Furn kit with w&d, window unit. Pets ok. 1 year lease, $675. (504) 296-7267

WEST BANK METROWIDE APARTMENTS

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High end 1-4BR. Near ferry, clean, many x-tras, hrdwd flrs, cen a/h, no dogs, no sec 8, some O/S prkng $750$1200/mo. 504-362-7487

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2 BR, 2.5 BA. Furn, healthclub, pool, parking. All util incl, wifi. Minimum 1 month. $3000/mo. Also 3 BR Penthouse $3800/mo. 781-608-6115.

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2 BR, 1 BA, $1450/Mo. Fully furn, pool, w/d onsite, shared balc, elevator, no pets. 504-236-5757, 236-7060. FQRental.com

FR QTR RESIDENTIAL EDGE

Elegnt 2 brm - 3 mrbl mntls - dbl lvrm studio apt - fireplc - lvly patio -both apts furn - sec,gate - No pets. (504) 861-3141

2 LUXURY BEACHSIDE CONDOS 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath FORECLOSURES. Call Janine 228-313-1352 FIDELIS REALTY

922-24 Dauphine St. $875K Four 1 bedroom apartments. Parking for 5+ cars.

3/2, completely furn kit, w/d, all appl . included,ca/h, carport w/storage in back alley. All renov’t. Sm dog negotiable, no smoking. $1200 + $1200 sec. dep. 1 yr lease, refs. 455-2674.

MID CITY 4320 HAMILTON

2BR/1BA upper, 1000 + sf, hdwd flrs, furn kit, w/d, porch, fen yd, off st pkg, no smokers, pet negot. $985/mo + dep. 488-2969

UPTOWN/GARDEN DISTRICT LAKEFRONT Beautiful Marina Living

128 N. Roadway, In a boathouse $1700/mo, 1 bed, 350 sq ft 40 ft slip Jennifer LaNasa Evans HGI Realty 504 207-7575

617 Duphine St. $268K Spacious light filled condo. Great floor plan. Fabulous pool and courtyard. Being sold furnished. In the heart of the quarter.

Paula Bowler, Agent • French Quarter Realty o:504-949-5400 • c:504-952-3131 • www.frenchquarterrealty.com

LAKEVIEW/LAKESHORE 6233 CATINA

835 Royal St. $329,900 Great location, secluded hideaway! Spac 2 br, 2 marble tile baths. Small rear balc overlooking garden.

1205 ST CHARLES/$1075

Fully Furn’d studio/effy/secure bldg/ gtd pkg/pool/gym/wifi/laundry. Avail NOW. 985-871-4324, 504-442-0573.

1508 CARONDELET ST- 2 APTS Studio, newly remodeled kit & ba, hdwd flrs. $750 mo. Huge 2 BR Apt. Bright, spacious,, high ceilings, hdwd flrs, $1095. Both have Cent a/h, laundry facility avail 24 hrs. Walk 1 blk to St. Charles St Car, easy access to I-10, CBD & FQ. No pets/No smokers. 1-888-2396566. mballier@yahoo.com

3222 Napoleon Rooms For Rent

Spacious house, 6 large private bedrooms. Large equipped kitchen, 3 baths, dining room, front porch. Central heat & air. $625 each includes all utilities & internet, cable & laundry facilities. No Pets + Deposit 504-376-4676. Grad students welcome.

5300 FRERET

By Jefferson. Raised cottage, upper. Deluxe 2br, lux bath/jacuzzi. W&D, hrdwd flrs, ceil fans, 1400sf, $1450/ mo incl gas & water. 504-899-3668.

8130 JEANETTE

1100 sf, 2 br, 2 ba camelback apt. Cent air, hi ceilings, newly refinished hardwood floors, appliances. Ceiling fans thruout, w/d in unit, offst pkg. Small back yard.1 blk to streetcar line. 3 blks to Oak St. $1400/mo. Water pd. Ref required. No pets, no smoking. Lease. 504-812-4242

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Was gutted to the studs in 2004/05 and underwent a high quality renovation. 3 independent bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with whirlpool plus nice walk-in closet, off street parking in a great close to town location.

Rustic charm on this unique home fashioned from joining two separate cottages. Great flowing floor plan and with a second front door that’s great for working from home. Off street parking.

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