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Carolina Chocolate Drops | After topping Billboard’s folk and bluegrass charts, the old-time string band from Durham, N.C. received the 2010 Grammy Award for best traditional folk album for Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch), continuing the band’s critically acclaimed revival — and reinvention — of black Appalachian folk music. The band released Leaving Eden in 2010. Luke Winslow-King opens at 9 p.m. at Tipitina’s.

Coen Bros. Film Festival

Thu. & Sun. Feb. 13-March 2 | Canal Place Classics — which screens high-quality digital prints of classic films — rounds out its tribute to filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen with Fargo (Feb. 13 & 16), followed in future weeks by The Big Lebowski and Miller’s Crossing. At 8 p.m. at The Theatres at Canal Place.

presents Jules Massenet’s French retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, accompanied by dancers from the New Orleans Ballet Theatre. At 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

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Thu. Feb. 13 | Andre Bohren performs a tribute to George Gershwin, and there are performances from Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, and a tribute to Professor Longhair, among other acts. At 8 p.m. at The Howlin’ Wolf.

Sat. Feb. 15 | This fundraising concert for the Rock On Foundation — an athletics and arts charity launched at last year’s South by Southwest by NBA brothers Matt and Luke Bonner — is like a genre-mash pickup fantasy: openers Lost Bayou Ramblers, headliners The Walkmen and, for pre-game entertainment, a DJ set by Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

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Fri. Feb. 14 | “Romeo & Juliet” host the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education’s 20th annual award ceremony recognizing performances in classical music, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2013. At 11 a.m. at the Hotel Monteleone.


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Sun. Feb. 16 | The self-titled 2011 debut by pointillist synthpop band Gardens & Villa got lost in the shadow of Secretly Canadian labelmate Yeasayer. Produced by Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy), follow-up Dunes won’t end the comparisons, but it should flip them — it’s similar and superior to Yeasayer’s Fragrant World. Waterstrider and King Rey open at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.




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For the love of God A family in smalltown Louisiana is suing the local public school system over what it claims is religious persecution.


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According to the suit filed Jan. 22 in U.S. District Court in ShreveA sign outside a port, Rita Roark — C.C.’s science grocery and bait teacher at Negreet High School — is store in Many, La. in a “young earth” creationist who support of Rita Roark, teaches her students that the earth the Sabine Parish was created by God 6,000 years teacher at the center ago, the Bible is “100 percent true” of a federal lawsuit and evolution is impossible. over alleged religious The family also claims in the suit instruction in a public that one of Roark’s science tests school science class. included the fill-in-the-blank question, “Isn’t it amazing what ____ has made!!!!!!!” The “correct” answer for the blank is, obviously, “the Lord” or “God,” and a copy of the test was filed as evidence in the suit. According to the suit, when C.C. failed to provide the preferred answer he was belittled by Roark in front of classmates and told that Buddhism is “stupid.” The suit also claims that when the Lanes complained to parish Superintendent Sara Ebarb, her response was, “This is the Bible Belt.” Ebarb, according to the suit, suggested C.C. change faiths or transfer to Many High where “there are more Asians.” The suit also says that Negreet — a rural school that serves grades pre-kindergarten through 12th — regularly promotes Christianity via classroom prayer and prayer at school events. Named as defendants: the Sabine Parish School Board, Ebarb, Roark and Negreet High Principal Gene Wright.

was named AmeriCorps Member of the Year at the 2013 Rebuilding Together National Conference in Washington, D.C. last month. Ferster, a 2011 graduate of Tulane University, received the honor for her work in New Orleans, where she served as an AmeriCorps member building houses with Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity for two years.

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Many is indistinguishable from hundreds of other small towns in the rural South. It’s near the Louisiana-Texas border, midway between Lake Charles and Shreveport. The main drag, La. Highway 6 — it’s called the Natchitoches Highway east of town, the Texas Highway to the west — runs all of three blocks through a downtown of early 20th-century facades that have been repurposed into Western stores, pawn shops, restaurants and whatnot. There’s one traffic light; the population is 2,700. It’s the seat of Sabine Parish. The ACLU of Louisiana brought the suit on behalf of Scott and Sharon Lane and their five children, specifically sixth-grader C.C., an adopted child of mixed Thai heritage who is Buddhist. CC’s adoptive mom, Sharon, became Buddhist about 14 years ago — a change in faith that helped fast-track C.C.’s adoption (during a previous marriage) from a Mormon mother and Thai father who was studying in Utah. The suit seeks to stop the school system from harassing C.C. and promoting the Christian faith and to reimburse the family for the cost of driving the youngster to Many High School, 25 miles away from their home.

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By Walter Pierce | The Independent Photos by Robin May cott Lane looks haggard and wary when he steps out of his small house on a winding cul-de-sac of mostly vacation homes on Toledo Bend outside Many, La. His week-old beard is flecked with gray, his hair mussed up. He’s a bit surprised it’s taken the media this long to knock on his door. Lane and his family are plaintiffs in what promises to be a blockbuster fight with the local school system over what the Lanes allege is religious persecution at one public school — persecution meted out by a science teacher who has the support not only of the school principal but the superintendent as well. Lane won’t talk on the record; he’s been instructed not to do so by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He won’t even consent have his photograph taken. But he’s a nice fellow who identifies as fiscally conservative and socially progressive — a Rockefeller Republican if you will — and he talks for about 10 minutes anyway off the record. But that’s more than long enough to understand that Lane didn’t want this fight. In a small Bible Belt town like Many, he and his family will become pariahs — the people who are against God. The son of a preacher, Lane isn’t against God. But he is against evangelical Christianity being force-fed to students in public schools — the central claim of the lawsuit. So fight he will.

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A portrait of Jesus hangs over the doors at Negreet High School, a public school in Sabine Parish. A lawsuit has been filed against the school and its administrators alleging religious persecution and harassment of one of the school’s students, a sixth-grader who is a Buddhist.

if the Lanes’ claims are true, “The school district has no legal defense.” Many has the feel of a town circling the wagons, hunkering down for an invasion of satellite trucks and nosy reporters from the news networks. Residents and merchants are quick to smile, but they somehow seem to know that their little neck of the woods is about to become an epicenter of the culture war. No one is willing to talk about the lawsuit, but everyone seems aware of it. Negreet is an unincorporated community southwest of Many — a scattering of homes and churches amid rolling, forested hills that dissolve into fingers of Toledo Bend, the sprawling reservoir and fishing mecca along the Louisiana-Texas border. Out front of BJ’s Bait & Grocery on Hwy. 6 is a readerboard sign with “GOD BLESS OUR TEACHERS” on the east side — the side you see when driving to Negreet from Many. Trucks outnumber cars three-to-one in the school parking lot. And there, just as the lawsuit contends, is the electronic marquee for the school, scrolling through notices of weather cancellations and other mundane information followed by the message “IN ALL WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE GOD & HE WILL DIRECT THY PATH PROV. 3 V6 FCA MEMBERS.” That’s Proverbs 3:6 from the Bible (and a reference to the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes) — on the marquee of a public high school in the United States in January 2014. In the school office, a secretary says Principal Wright “isn’t available,” smiling nervously and nodding in affirmation when asked if they’ve been getting a lot of media inquiries. She takes my name and cellphone number. Wright never calls. In the school’s main lobby, more Bible verses are posted on the walls along with a portrait of Jesus Christ. The PAGE 10


The story about the Lanes’ lawsuit appeared first at on the day it was filed. But other sites quickly began running with it. Wonkette’s headline two days later: “Helpful Louisiana Teacher Shares Good News Of Lord By Telling Buddhist Child He Is Stupid.” Raw Story’s header the day before that: “Don’t want to be hassled by creationist teacher? Give up Buddhism, Louisiana public school says.” Even conservative-leaning websites like The Daily Caller couldn’t soft-pedal the allegations, referring to the claims made against Negreet High School and Roark as “comically unconstitutional religious harassment.” But there’s nothing comical about it — if the Lanes’ claims are substantive — and there’s at the very least corroborating evidence that the lawsuit’s allegations have some merit. Some have speculated that the school system might take cover under the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), the 2008 law that allows educators to introduce into science class “supplemental” teaching materials that question evolution and climate change. But the Lanes make no reference to the LSEA in their suit. Justin Harrison, legal director of the ACLU of Louisiana, characterizes the LSEA issue as a “matter of strategy” and won’t comment on whether it might play a role in the litigation. The ACLU is currently in a “holding pattern,” as Harrison puts it, awaiting a hearing date for a preliminary injunction seeking an immediate halt to the school system’s proselytizing and harassment. In an interview about the suit with The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen, Constitutional scholar Charles Haynes says he was stunned when he heard the accusations. “I can honestly say that the allegations in the case are among the most serious I have ever seen,” Haynes said, adding that




portrait hangs above the exits from the lobby, so He is the last thing students see before heading home. At BJ’s Bait & Grocery, the proprietor won’t give his name or go on record, but he acknowledges that “GOD BLESS OUR TEACHERS” is indeed an attaboy for Rita Roark, who he says taught his daughter and is “a good person.” This is the Bible Belt, he explains, echoing what Superintendent Ebarb allegedly told the Lanes, and folks are God-fearing. The lawsuit and the attention it’s beginning to bring to his community is “sad.” At the Sabine Parish School Board office adjacent to Many Cemetery another pleasant secretary says Ebarb also is unavailable. She provides a sheet of paper with the official school system response: “The Sabine Parish School Board has only recently been made aware of the lawsuit filed by the ACLU. The lawsuit only represents one side’s allegations and the board is disappointed that the ACLU chose to file suit without even contacting it regarding the facts. “The school system recognizes the right of all students to exercise the religion of their choice and will defend the lawsuit vigorously.” Ebarb never calls, either.


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Back near the Toledo Bend shore, beneath the pine and gum trees, Scott Lane catches himself when he accidentally refers to his kids by first name instead of the initials used in the lawsuit to protect their identity. He says little that isn’t already in the lawsuit, but there’s the look in his eye of a man who has a lot to say and is itching to say it. In a personal account he wrote that was published to the ACLU’s website on the day the suit was filed, Lane details the bewilderment he and his wife felt when they realized the superintendent of schools was willing not only to countenance the proselytizing and Christian cheerleading at Negreet, but endorse them. The suit also alleges that Ebard sent a memo to the administration at Negreet applauding them for standing up for their faith — and that the memo was read over the school’s intercom system. “We don’t begrudge others their right to their Christian faith,” Lane writes. “But that’s why the separation of church and state is so important: It gives us all the breathing room and freedom to believe what we want to believe and to practice those beliefs without undue influence or interference by the government. Forcing your beliefs on another is not freedom; it is oppression.” — Walter Pierce is the editor of The Independent in Lafayette, where a version of this story first appeared.

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Nagin-on-the-stand edition

“I’m sure you guys remember the Katrina story.” — Former Mayor Ray Nagin, addressing the jury as he took the stand Feb. 6 in his federal corruption trial. Reporters in the courtroom livetweeted many of Nagin’s remarks through the day with the hashtag #nagintrial, creating a fascinating transcript. Nagin’s other remarks included, “I’ve heard a lot throughout this trial that don’t make sense,” and, “I interacted with just about every living president that was out there … Prince Charles, everyone.”

Abortion controversies

DHH backs down on regs; local archdiocese steps up

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State legislators, law enforcement officials and equal rights groups all support a push to remove “anti-sodomy” language in state laws that have been used to criminalize same-sex relationships. State Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, prefiled House Bill 12, which would remove consensual oral and anal sex from the state’s “crimes against nature” statute. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office made arrests under the anti-sodomy “crimes against nature” statute between 2011 and 2013 — despite the U.S. Supreme Court declaring it unconstitutional in 2003 and ruling it unenforceable. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III later apologized and pledged to work to remove the language from the law. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, Louisiana Sheriffs Association director Michael Renatza, and Pete Adams, director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, also announced their support. In a statement to The Advocate, Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills implied his group would put up a fight to keep the language in the statute, saying, “It may be difficult for Pat to find a great deal of support in this legislative body for taking it off the books.” “This bill is a common-sense solution to a silly problem,” wrote Equality Louisiana president Tim West in a Feb. 3 statement. “It just makes sense to remove an unenforceable law from the books. The only reason for Mills’ belief is unambiguous discrimination.” — ALEX WOODWARD

SoS office: Voting tally delay not our fault ‘From our perspective, it went really smoothly’

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The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) abruptly rescinded an “emergency” set of licensing regulations for state abortion providers less than 24 hours before a public hearing was set to discuss them in Baton Rouge. The emergency orders, which were issued last November, included a mandatory blood test 30 days before an abortion was performed. Critics of the policy change said the proposed blood test had no medical validity and was instead an attempt to further narrow the window during which a Louisiana resident could get an abortion. (The law currently makes it illegal in most cases for an abortion to be performed after the 20th week of gestation.) Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum, one of the groups in support of the now-rescinded regulations, blamed the scrapping of the law on “aggressive abortion profiteers who support the deregulation of the abortion industry in Louisiana.” DHH spokesperson Olivia Watkins said the agency would go back to the drawing board on crafting new regulations. Meanwhile, in an open letter published Feb. 1, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond warned local Catholics not to participate in any activity that would further the construction of Planned Parenthood’s new facility, currently being built on South Claiborne Avenue and scheduled to open next year. (Planned Parenthood’s current clinic, on Magazine Street, does not provide abortions; the new clinic will become the sixth facility in Louisiana to offer them.) “The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” Aymond wrote. “For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly and nursing homes, will strive in its





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fice, said the delay was not the Secretary of State’s fault. Casper contacted Gambit to explain that the 46-minute delay between the close of polls and the first official results was due to a quirk in Orleans Parish: Unlike most other parishes, the city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections office and the Clerk of Court’s office are not in the same building. The former is in New Orleans City Hall; the latter is headquartered inside the Criminal District Court at Tulane Avenue and South Broad Street. Since vote-counting machines are never connected to the Internet in order to avoid tampering (or accusations of tampering), the cartridges bearing the voting results have to be driven across town and then read at the Clerk’s office before results can be transmitted to Baton Rouge, when they are then posted. “From our perspective, it went really smoothly,” Casper said, adding that the Secretary of State’s website never went down. On the night of the 2012 presidential race, the website had 18 million hits; on Feb. 1, the total was 100,000. — KEVIN ALLMAN


All the news that doesn’t fit • The New Orleans Arena was

NEWS VIEWS renamed “Smoothie King Center” one week before the NBA All-Star Game was to be played there (see cover story, p. 19). Ten-year naming rights were sold to Smoothie King, which was founded in New Orleans in 1973 and now has more than 600 franchise outlets. Attendees at the AllStar Game will be “greeted by a 20-foot high Smoothie King cup at the building’s main entrance on Gravier Street,” company representatives said in a statement … • Tulane University professor, political advisor and New Orleans resident James Carville signed a deal last week to become an on-air pundit for Fox News. Carville, who left longtime home CNN last year (as did his wife, pundit Mary Matalin), has made guest appearances on various news shows since. In a statement, Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine said, “We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.” Carville was seen pressing the flesh and giving interviews earlier this month at Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s election-night victory party … • Garret Graves, head of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for six years under Gov. Bobby Jindal, announced last week he would be leaving the office Feb. 17 (see “Politics,” p. 17). Graves will be replaced by Jerome Zeringue. Rumors immediately circulated that Graves — an advisor to former U.S. Sen. John Breaux and to former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin — might run in November for the Louisiana 6th District Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for U.S. Senate this fall against incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu. The 6th District includes all or part of 13 parishes, from the River Parishes through much of the Northshore to metro Baton Rouge and down to some central Acadiana parishes. Graves did nothing to tamp speculation, telling the Baton Rouge Business Report he had been urged to run by supporters, and telling The Times-Picayune he would be “praying with my family before deciding my next move.” • Wine Enthusiast magazine last week wrote of Commander’s Palace owner Ella Brennan: “Some might describe Ella Brennan, owner of Brennan’s restaurant empire in New Orleans, as the Forrest Gump of cocktail culture.” We’re pretty sure no one has ever said that, ever. — KEVIN ALLMAN




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he resignation of Garret Graves as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) creates an opportunity for Gov. Bobby Jindal to reassess his position on some important environmental issues. In recent months, Graves was Jindal’s leading spokesman against an environmental lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against 97 energy companies. Those companies carved up many miles of fragile coastal wetlands over the past eight decades, and the suit seeks to make them pay their share of the cost of restoring those wetlands — plus the increased costs of protecting southeast Louisiana against hurricane-related floods. In opposing the flood authority lawsuit, Graves was relentless to the point of being shrill. That’s too bad, because his overall record as CPRA chairman drew praise from virtually all segments of the coastal community. Over the past six years, Graves turned the fledgling state agency into an effective, respected force for improved hurricane protection and accelerated coastal restoration. Among his top accomplishments as CPRA chair was the overhaul and adoption of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. The plan initially had a projected price tag of $50 billion, but some now say it could cost as much as $100 million. It remains unfunded, but all acknowledge that it is based on science, not politics. That alone is a significant accomplishment. Graves also served as director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, which earned him the oft-used title of Jindal’s coastal czar. His position put him at the forefront of every major environmental and hurricane protection issue to hit Louisiana since 2008 — from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster to Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Isaac to record floods along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ongoing levee projects across south Louisiana. He brought to his job at CPRA years of experience in Washington, where he served on the staffs of U.S. Sen. David Vitter and former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. That experience gave him equal measures of political savvy and policy expertise on coastal issues. John Barry, the noted historian who clashed with Graves over the SLFPA-E lawsuit, told The Times-Picayune last week that Graves made significant contributions to Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts. “If you look at where we were when he took over and where we are now, he did a tremendous job,” Barry told the newspaper. Area environmental groups also praised his work at CPRA, including the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation,

the National Audubon Society, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. The groups issued a joint statement calling Graves “an impassioned, effective leader in the fight to reconnect the Mississippi River to its wetlands to create a more sustainable future.” We acknowledge Graves’ impressive legacy at CPRA because we also believe he was seriously wrong in his opposition to the SLFPA-E lawsuit, and we hope his departure will afford the governor an opportunity to reconsider his plan to kill the suit via legislation this spring. It’s no secret that Big Oil will mount a big-budget campaign to pass legislation halting the lawsuit. Jindal and Graves have mischaracterized the suit as an attempt to make the energy industry pay the entire cost of coastal restoration. That’s just flat-out false. Proponents of the lawsuit have said from day one that they seek

In opposing the flood authority lawsuit, Graves was relentless to the point of being shrill. only to hold the industry accountable for that portion of coastal land loss — and improved hurricane protection — that is directly attributable to oil and gas exploration and development in the wetlands. Even industry leaders concede that oil and gas activities have significantly contributed to wetlands loss. Barry, who is recognized nationally as a flood authority, likewise acknowledges that Mississippi River levees also are a prime contributor to coastal erosion because they deprive the marshes of sediment needed to replenish them. At the end of the day, Barry and the governor both want to fund the Coastal Master Plan. Their main difference is whether the energy industry should pay its share of the cost of that plan, as Barry and SLFPA-E suggest, or whether the state should try to convince the federal government (read: American taxpayers) to pick up the entire tab, as Jindal suggests. We think Jindal’s course of action is foolhardy. We urge him to reconsider — and we doubly urge lawmakers not to kill the SLFPA-E lawsuit, because it’s the best and perhaps only way to bring Big Oil to the bargaining table.

BLAKE PONTCHARTRAIN™ Questions for Blake:

Hey Blake,

Why is there a little baby hidden in king cakes?

Dear Reader,

Hey Blake,

I saw a JAX beer memento with an engraving of the “Old Spanish Stables” in a courtyard. Was there a famous Spanish stables? Sam

The property that once housed the old Spanish Stables on Governor Nicholls Street is being renovated, but the arches of the carriage house in the back of the courtyard remain.

Dear Sam,

The Old Spanish Stables are no longer stables and were never really Spanish. They can be found at 716-724 Gov. Nicholls St. A historical plate affixed to one of the three brick buildings says this street was once named Calle de Hospital when New Orleans was the capital of the Spanish province of Louisiana. The buildings surround an open courtyard. Ownership has been transferred more than 15 times since 1804. In 1834, Judge Gallien Preval acquired the property and built a commercial livery stable on the first floor and living quarters on the second floor. It became known as the Spanish Stables despite the fact that New Orleans was not under Spanish control at that time. In 1962 the property was purchased by French Quarter preservationist and businessman Clay Shaw, who later stood trial for allegedly conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. A jury acquitted him in 1969. Clay converted the buildings into 12 luxury apartments. He died of lung cancer in 1974. The new owners of the property have decided to convert the apartments into upscale condominiums. The property is currently under construction, but so far the courtyard and carriage arches from the stables remain. The property that once housed the old Spanish Stables on Governor Nicholls Street is being renovated, but the arches of the carriage house in the back of the courtyard remain.


Nothing signifies the start of Carnival like king cakes. These tasty pastries traditionally make their seasonal debut on Jan. 6, which is known as King’s Day, Twelfth Night or Epiphany, the night when Christians celebrate the three kings visiting the baby Jesus. The oval-shaped cakes usually are made of braided cinnamon dough, covered with icing or sprinkled with sugar colored in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), green (for faith) and gold (for power). Some folks like their cakes plain, but there are a variety of fillings available, including cream cheese, lemon and chocolate. The king cake has its roots in medieval France and Spain. In colonial Louisiana, Creoles celebrated this time of year with the bal du roi (king’s ball), where they served a fancy cake with a bean placed inside. The person who found the bean in his or her piece of cake became the king or queen of the next ball, creating a series of balls that would culminate with the final grand event on Mardi Gras evening. Over the years, the practice spread beyond Mardi Gras royalty. The person who received the prize — which instead of a bean could be a nut, a coin or even a ring — would be king or queen for the day and in charge of hosting the next party or supplying the next king cake, a tradition that remains today. In the 1940s, McKenzie’s Bakery owner Donald Entringer baked and sold king cakes to locals. One day, a traveling salesman visited the baker and had an overabundance of little porcelain dolls he hoped to sell. Entringer bought the dolls to hide in the king cakes. Eventually, he ran out of the porcelain dolls and bought less expensive plastic ones. Over time, people have claimed that the plastic baby represents baby Jesus because of the season’s religious connection to King’s Day. Today, thousands of king cakes are shipped all over the world. In the early 1990s, when large numbers of the cakes started being shipped to other cities, bakeries stopped placing the baby inside the cake for fear that people unfamiliar with our local customs might choke on the trinket. The baby is now loose inside the king cake box for purchasers to tuck in the cake themselves.



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Nagin’s final act f the verdict in former Mayor Ray Nagin’s federal corruption trial brings closure to a sad, sordid chapter of post-Katrina New Orleans, the trial reminded us all of the four dysfunctional years of Nagin’s second term. The government put on a solid case. Lead prosecutor Matt Coman mapped out a narrative in his opening statement and then produced 26 witnesses and reams of documents to support it. That’s what good lawyers do: they begin by telling a story and then they promise to prove it from the witness box. If they fail to keep that promise, they lose the case. Coman kept his promise. When prosecutors put on a strong case, the burden shifts — not legally but practically — to the defense. Instead of presenting an alternate narrative, Nagin’s attorney, Robert Jenkins,

Another big gamble for Nagin was his testimony that everyone else — not C. Ray Nagin — was responsible for awarding contracts to the folks who were lining his pockets, or for booking flights (paid for by contractors) to faraway places. He even threw his own sons under the bus (a phrase that practically earned its own Twitter hashtag during Nagin’s final day on the stand) when Coman pressed him to explain why he didn’t report the “investment” income on his federal tax returns. He claimed the boys put that info in a box somewhere, and he only found it later. That, from a guy who spent most of his career in accounting. And all the while he’s turning to jurors and smiling. That’s the ultimate in narcissism, isn’t it — thinking that everyone around you is just buying your b.s. and

In the end, all Ray Nagin has left is his delusional self-image. that somehow nothing that goes wrong is ever your responsibility? That act passed for charm in 2002, but for most New Orleanians it wore off after Katrina. Oh, sure, we love charming politicians — as long as they get the job done. Ironically, Ray Nagin’s biggest crime is one for which he was never formally charged: depriving New Orleanians of real, effective leadership when we needed it most. Instead, he lived the good life, jetting off to Jamaica, Chicago, Vegas — and setting up himself and his sons in a business that he thought would make it big, all on the dime of city contractors — while the people he was sworn to serve struggled just to get back into their muck-filled homes so they could start cleaning out the mold. In the end, all Ray Nagin has left is his delusional self-image as an amiable guy who did his best under very difficult circumstances. On the stand, he tried one last time to mask his narcissism as charm. The government did a much better job of exposing him as a venal poseur who helped himself when he should have been helping the people who put him on the pedestal he thought he owned. It’s high time the curtain falls on that act.

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simply tried to spin the government’s facts with a handful of witnesses who generally did not hold up well under cross-examination. Jenkins closed with Nagin himself, who delivered a tour de force reprise of his role as the city’s narcissist-in-chief. Some courtroom observers painted him as arrogant; others said he was just trying to be charming. I wasn’t there, but as I followed his testimony online and talked about it with courtroom observers, I think what jurors saw was Nagin trying to be charming — in his hallmark above-it-all sort of way. On his final day on the stand, Nagin also played the victim card. Several times, particularly when Coman produced documents to discount the former mayor’s testimony that he took no bribes, Nagin shrugged and said, “It was post-Katrina.” Using the “Katrina defense” struck me as a real gamble, considering how well Nagin lived while practically everyone else was suffering. Then again, going to trial at all was the ultimate gamble, in light of the case against him. I suppose we’ll never know what Nagin was thinking when he refused to cut a deal and plead to a lesser charge. It bolsters speculation that he truly lost touch with reality after Katrina.







This time around, things are even bigger than ever, with plenty to do for basketball fans — whether or not they have tickets to the big game.



Brad Rhines on all the All-Star activities for b-ball fans


Anne Berry has food and drink recommendations within walking distance of the All-Star activities


Ryan Whirty breaks down an irreverent history of the All-Star Game





Who’s playing? Check out the All-Star rosters


The 2014 NBA All-Star Game returns to New Orleans Feb. 16 for the first time since 2008, when the city last hosted All-Star weekend.

Alejandro de los Rios on what went wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans this year






The New Orleans Pelicans began its frosh season with lots of promise. Then the little birds began falling out of their nest. BY ALE JANDRO DE LOS RIOS



efore the season started, the New Orleans Pelicans were the chic pick to make the NBA playoffs. With newcomers Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans joining budding superstar Anthony Davis, the Pelicans seemed like a team on the rise and poised to be the seventh or eighth seed in a competitive Western Conference. With the All-Star game back in New Orleans, this was supposed to be the season where the Pels broke out and the rest of the league took notice. Nearly halfway through the season, however, the wheels have already come off the Pelicans’ bandwagon. At press time the team is three games under .500 and has one of the worst defenses in the league. New Orleans has been dominated by the best teams in the league and Davis’ breakout season was ignored by NBA fans and coaches as he was denied playing in the upcoming All-Star game played in his home arena.


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What went wrong? What didn’t? New Orleans lost all its best players to injury at one point or another. On January 3, the Pelicans were a game under .500 and still within striking distance of claiming a playoff spot. One day later, New Orleans lost three-point specialist Ryan Anderson to an injury — and then lost eight games straight. In the middle of that losing streak, the Pelicans lost Holiday and Jason Smith (who is now out for the remainder of the season), putting three players out of service — three players who account for more than 40 points and 17 rebounds per game. The Pelicans’ problems seem to be much larger than getting hit by the injury bug. This is a team that lost 12 games (nearly half their losses) by double digits and has only four victories against teams with a winning record (three of the four were against the Memphis Grizzlies). The Pelicans’ defense can be blamed for much of the team’s woes at this point. Almost halfway through the season, New Orleans is in the bottom half in the NBA when it comes to opponents’ points per game, allowing an average of just over 101 points. A more telling stat is the amount of free throw attempts that the Pelicans give up — at more than 26 per game, New Orleans is dead last in the NBA. If you have a couple of games where the free throw disparity seems to favor your opponent, you can make blame bad officiating. But the Pelicans are attempting about 22 free throws per game, so the disparity isn’t as stark as one would think. New Orleans players seem to foul more because they’re playing

poor defense and, to a lesser extent, try to stop the clock in close games in which they are trailing. Neither is a good sign for a team commanded by a supposedly defense-minded coach. Coach Monty Williams has got to be troubled by his team’s seeming inability to play well in the third quarter. The first frame after halftime is a coach’s best chance to make adjustments so his team can have a better chance of winning the game. On average, the Pelicans seem to fare well against their opponents, scoring an average of 24.4 points in the third quarter while giving up 25.2 points. That’s about the best thing you could say about their performance after halftime. The Pelicans are 25th in the league in thirdquarter scoring and have outscored their opponents just 13 times through 46 games after the break. Not coincidentally, the Pelicans are 10-3 in games where they win the third quarter and 10-23 when they don’t. Williams’ first season in New Orleans — in 2010 — showed he had the potential to be a great head coach. Williams coaxed 46 wins from a team that had missed the playoffs the previous season and was led by a disgruntled Chris Paul (who would seek and receive a trade the following off-season). Without Paul, Williams has struggled, losing roughly two games for every win. Defensive and third quarter struggles aside, 21 wins through 48 games puts New Orleans on pace to win 36 games this season, a nine-game improvement from last year. If that trend holds, Williams’ team will have improved every season (discounting Paul’s last year in New Orleans) and puts the team on pace to make the playoffs in 2015. Then there’s the Pelicans’ not-so-secret weapon: Davis. In just his second season, he’s averaging a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) per game and is establishing himself as the most feared shot blocker in the league — made all the more incredible by how badly the rest of his team plays defense. Davis also has a Player Efficiency Rating that ranks him among the league’s most effective players: Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Chris Paul. All this and he won’t be old enough to drink alcohol legally until March. Davis’ rapid path to success can’t be understated. Back when Gambit previewed his first season in New Orleans, we pointed out that only two big men have won championships with the teams that drafted them with a lottery pick: Hakeem Olajuwon with the Houston



Rockets and Tim Duncan with the San Antonio Spurs. Less a statement about Davis and more about the unpredictability of drafting big players, Davis already has established himself as far and away the best Pelican drafted in 2012, and there’s no question the team made the right move. Having a hyper-talented big man can be a double-edged sword. Davis performs much better than his pay grade (a little more than $5 million a season). After next year, the Pelicans will have to pay market value or more to keep Davis in New Orleans — a price that Davis will have earned and the Pelicans will be eager to pay. Thankfully for Pels fans, Davis hasn’t shown any signs he’d leave town after next season, and his personality seems similar to Kevin Durant’s, who famously

signed a contract that was less than his market value just so he would stay in Oklahoma City. But Durant did so because he knew he was on a perennial playoff team. So far, the Pelicans have yet to prove that they have the tools to make the post-season, let alone be considered championship contender. Where does that leave us? Fans hope this season’s rash of injuries and poor defensive play is the exception — not the rule — for the young team. If the Pelicans continue to improve their win percentage under Williams, they’ll be on track to be in the playoffs next year. The only problem: “Wait till next year” is a refrain that rings hollow when your team supposedly is built to win now.


2. ERIC GORDON’S IMMINENT TRADE OK, so there’s no guarantee Gordon actually gets traded, but after nearly three seasons, the move seems all but inevitable. What can the Pelicans expect in return? With an injury history as long as his contract is expensive, the options are limited. Regardless, this seems like a clear case of addition by subtraction and any move where Gordon leaves town will be a good one.

season is too soon to call anyone a bust, but Rivers made it really easy to jump to that conclusion. Rivers has seen a drastic improvement, nearly doubling his Player Efficiency Rating and going from historically bad player to serviceable bench player. If he continues to improve, he could make everyone who wrote him off eat their words.



Pierre the Pelican’s visage makes babies cry, children scream in terror and is the topic of late-night comedians. That he is the first NBA mascot to undergo a mid-season makeover is less a sign of the Pelicans’ incompetence than it is the mark of a franchise not too proud to admit it made a mistake.


The Pelicans chose Rivers with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He followed with the worst statistical season by a rookie point guard in NBA history. One

It’s never a good sign that one of the reasons you should still have hope for your team is the potential moves they can pull after the season is over, but for the Pelicans a terrible season could be a blessing in disguise. Though they traded away their first-round draft pick for Jrue Holliday, the pick was protected, meaning that the Pelicans will keep it if it’s in the top five. Moreover, New Orleans could potentially clear $14 million in cap room by getting rid of Gordon, giving New Orleans room to land a big-name free agent that could put the Pelicans over the top.


When is a losing season not a lost season? When the team’s second-year player breaks out and shows everyone why he was drafted No. 1 overall. Every NBA team suffers through injuries and losing seasons, but not every team has a oncein-a-lifetime talent like Anthony Davis. In just his second year, Davis already is one of the most efficient players in the league, and was a last-minute pick to replace the mighty Kobe Bryant on the All-Star team.




JAMMING WITH THE ALL-STARS Events and more at the big hoops spectacular. BY BR A D RHINES



n the days leading up to Sunday’s big game, the NBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) offer an All-Star Weekend schedule packed with events and activities designed especially for fans. The NBA’s signature fan experience, Jam Session, starts Thursday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which organizers will convert into what they call “the world’s largest interactive basketball theme park.”


“The Jam Session was created for the fans to have a chance to not just be a spectator, but to get off the bench and into the game,” says Patrick Sullivan, NBA Vice President of Events. “It’s truly made for the fans of New Orleans.” Sullivan says Jam Session offers something for everyone, including kids’ courts for all ages, interactive games, and exhibitions that highlight the NBA’s rich history. Fans who attended Jam Session in 2008, when New Orleans last hosted All-Star weekend, will be familiar with some of the activities, like the popular dunk courts where fans can show off their jams on hoops of various heights. There will also be the usual appearances and autograph sessions featuring over 100 current and former players, including 2014 All-Stars Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry and Paul George, NBA legends Clyde Drexler, Bruce Bowen, Darryl Dawkins and many other big names. New to Jam Session this year is the Jam Band, a wristband encoded with an RFID chip that can track fans’ Jam Session experiences and upload images and status updates to their social media accounts. The Jam Band can be swiped at exhibits throughout Jam Session, including the brand new Draft Combine, where fans can create a player profile and go through the same drills and exercises that NBA hopefuls go through, comparing their stats to friends and other fans along the way.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s classic game in 2008 at the then-New Orleans Arena. PHOTO COURTESY NBA

All-Star exhibition games take places at Jam Session’s Sprint Arena, a regulation hardwood court built inside the Convention Center that seats nearly 3,200 fans. On Thursday night, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association kicks off the slate of games with their annual Wheelchair Classic all-star game. On Friday afternoon, Jam Session presents the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown finals, an amateur dunk contest between eight high-flying contestants from around the country, all of whom are regional winners from last summer’s Slam Dunk Showdown road show. That night, the Sprint Arena hosts the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, headlined by comedian and two-time MVP Kevin Hart, featuring America’s Got Talent host Nick

Cannon, ESPN Radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg and other celebrities. “I’m sure these guys would rather be performing in the NBA, but they don’t have that kind of skill,” Sullivan says. “So we’re able to deliver this really raucous environment where they have 3,000 screaming fans, and they want to be a part of it.” Following the celebrity game, the NBA’s young guns take the court at the New Orleans Arena for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, featuring the league’s most promising rookie and sophomore players, including New Orleans Pelicans’ secondyear forward Anthony Davis. More young talent will be on display Saturday at the NBA Developmental League All-Stars Game,



where fans can catch the stars of tomorrow throwing down at Jam Session’s Sprint Arena. Of the 20 players at the last New Orleans D-League All-Star Game in 2008, 14 ended up playing in the NBA.

the picnic, the NBPRA will present a youth summit in conjunction with Dillard University and the Louisiana Justice Institute, featuring a panel discussion and interactive session with former NBA players.

The NBRPA, whose membership includes some of the greatest players in the sport’s history, is also catering to fans during All-Star Weekend. NBRPA’s Ernest N. Morial President and CEO is Arnie Fielkow — former New Orleans City Councilman Convention Center, and Executive Vice President of the New 900 Convention Center Blvd. Orleans Saints. “It’s a phenomenal feeling to come back to a city that I greatly love and Tickets $20 general admission THRU consider home,” Fielkow says. “The Thursday-Friday and Sunday, NBRPA and our board of directors $25 Saturday and our members have a successful partnership with the city of New Orleans, and continue to give back to 4 p.m.-10 p.m. our youth through not only this All-Star Thursday-Friday, Feb. 13-14 weekend, but what will assuredly be more events in the future.” 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 NBPRA will host community outreach 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 events, including basketball clinics for local students and a visit to Children’s Hospital. At noon on Saturday, the NBPRA Later that afternoon, the NBPRA will hosts a community picnic in the Lower 9th conduct a basketball clinic at the park. The Ward that will be open to the public. The event is part of the NBPRA’s Full Court Press: event takes place at Oliver Bush Playground, Prep for Success program. a park rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and Those who want to spend the weekend the levee failures thanks in part to donations from the NBA, NBPRA and WNBA. Following rubbing shoulders with former stars of the






NBA can purchase all-access passes to NBPRA events. The passes start at $1,000 and offer access to several invitation-only events, like the NBPRA Legends Gala at Harrah’s Casino theater. The gala honors the 40th anniversary of the old New Orleans Jazz franchise, and features a Jazz reunion where fans can get autographs and photos. There will be live entertainment, a memorabilia auction, and special presentations from the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Half of the proceeds raised by ticket sales will benefit the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, and the other half will go to the NBPRA’s Dave DeBusschere Scholarship fund, to help former players and their families to pay for college educations. The number of opportunities to get involved in All-Star weekend reflects not only the growth of the NBA over the years, but also the league’s dedication to fans who inspired the growth. “When it first started, All-Star was a handful of activities that fit on one sheet, and now it’s gotten to be more than 50 events and activities that happen as part of All-Star,” Sullivan says. “It’s such a focal point of everything we do now. Everything we do — from the programming, to the games, to the contests — they’re all done with the fans in mind.”

Swoosh! Deion Sanders had 14 points at the 2008 NBA All-Star Celebrity game. PHOTO COURTESY NBA






Where the ballers go: 10 spots for eats and drinks around AllStar central.



etween hoops, sports fans will search out drinks, eats and fun. Here are 10 picks all about a mile or less from the game and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Be sure to call ahead to make sure the VIP set hasn’t booked up your favorite spot.

ERIN ROSE/KILLER POBOYS 811 Conti St., (504) 522-3573: and


Out-of-town regulars (they exist) and residents mingle easily in this locals’ nook off Bourbon Street, where drinking goes nearly all night. Bartenders here are known for their frozen Irish coffees and from-scratch Bloody Marys (the secret ingredient? Guinness). Hungry fans head to the


April Bellow and Cam Boudreaux serve Killer Poboys in the back of the Erin Rose Bar.

back room for Killer Poboys’ cheeky sandwiches, like rum-braised pork belly or whiskey-spiked grilled cheese. FULTON ALLEY

600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5569;

Still thumping your chest after the Jam Session? Challenge your friends to a bowling match at these luxe lanes, where craft cocktails, beer

and shareable Southern plates arrive while you play. On Fridays, happy hour runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with select $6 cocktails and half-off bar snacks. All ages are welcome 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; other hours it’s 21 and over, and you should probably reserve your lane on weekends. HOWLIN’ WOLF DEN

901 S. Peters St. (504) 529-5844; the-den

The bare-bones den next door to the main venue showcases Southernstyle pub grub such as meat pies, fried pickles, jambalaya chimichangas and bacon-jalapeno cheddar beignets. Try them with any of the dozens of beers on the list. KINGFISH

337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005;

Mardi Gras parades begin Saturday, Feb. 15, when the racy Krewe du Vieux rolls in the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. Throughout Carnival, Chef Greg Sonnier and master barman Chris McMillian offer a themed tasting menu: $50 includes a specialty cocktail and three courses, with options like fried and baked oysters draped with crab ravigote, and king cake for dessert. LA BOCA/MILKFISH

857 Fulton St., (504) 525-8205; and

Rebound from the running around with a steak dinner at La Boca, where Argentine cuts result in generous portions

(reservations are a must). Sundays at this address belong to Milkfish, a pop-up serving Filipino fare from noon to 10 p.m. Try the traditional breakfast, a plate stacked with garlicfried rice, sausage, pork belly and fried egg, or the mango-tangy ceviche. LUCKY ROOSTER

515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825;

Chef Neal Swidler’s Asianinspired dishes are soul food for the globe-trotting set. There are plump dumplings, fluffy bao and specials — recently, hot wings with coconut-mango salad. On the drinks side are sherry flights, sparked sodas and cocktails with Asian twists (here, the gin fizz calls for basil seed syrup). Insider tip: Ask for the secret “36 Chambers”, a kicked-up list featuring exotic spirits. TIVOLI & LEE

Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0909; www.

Chef Marcus Woodham’s got game — turtle and duck, that is, along with pork and lamb in his modern South Louisiana dishes. At brunch, he spins eggs Benedict with crisp pigs’ feet, specialty tots and a nutty banana pancake dedicated to Elvis. Whiskey evangelist Kimberly PattonBragg plays along with smart specialty cocktails. During All-Star weekend, she’ll stock brunch’s buildyour-own Bloody Mary bar ($15 unlimited) with her own infusions: roasted poblano tequila, arugulabasil gin, and “trinity” vodka

Tivoli & Lee serves cocktails and creative comfort food like these oysters with prosciutto and duck confit.

steeped with celery, onion and pepper. VICTORY BAR

339 Baronne St., (504) 5228664;

Once you’re greeted with a complimentary three-ounce cocktail (the daily house special), stay on for Evan Baldwin’s All-Star special Triple Double, a shake of Cognac and citrus laced with mole bitters. Or do a flaming Gas Mask shot of green Chartreuse. The kitchen — which serves hand-tossed pizzas and teriyaki-glazed scallops — is open until 1 a.m. on weekends. WALK-ONS 1009 Poydras St., (504) 3096530;

If you plan to watch the AllStar events on TNT, bounce into this sports bar for its more than 50 TVs and table taps offering direct

lines to quality brews. (Sitting at the bar? Try the strawberry-jalapeno margarita.) A wide range of bar food includes burgers, waffle-fried nachos, boudin-stuffed quesadillas, and a decadent skillet cookie sundae. A smokefree dining room makes it a friendly place for kids. WHISKEY BLUE

W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) whiskey-blue-new-orleans

Beautiful people gather at this splashy club, where “bottle service” also describes general manager Sam Skydell’s full-scale bottled cocktail program, with his takes on the margarita, Aviation, and Moscow Mule. Whiskey Blue offers the traditional tableside service, too, and carries rare bottles of whiskey and Scotch.


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CIRCUS OF THE (ALL) STARS A brief history of the spectacle known as the NBA All-Star Game. BY RYA N W HIRT Y


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kind — slam dunk, 3-point shooting, ball handling skills, celebrity pickup games, rookie showcases, even D-League all-star scrums — fill the three-day extravaganza scheduled for the New Orleans Arena this weekend. As for the All-Star game itself, critics carp that, because the starting lineups for the East and West squads are selected by fan balloting, the event has become little more than a popularity contest for fawning fans and distinctly non-camera shy celebrities who show up to mug with the players. The actual match of the best basketball talent in the world is now practically an anticlimax to an otherwise insanely frenetic weekend that includes a slew of celebritysqueezed parties — hey, we’re the ultimate party town, right? — and plenty of bacchanalian revelry swirling around a pointless exhibition game that serves, for all intents and purposes, as a nice little vacation and a chance to show how little defense truly matters in American professional basketball. That was even the case six years ago, when the Crescent City last hosted the All-Star game in 2008, a fact that drew an odd mixture of derision and giddiness from The Times-Picayune writer Teddy Kider, who asserted that


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ou know the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans has turned into a surreal circus when one of the centers of attention of the hoopla is a 5-foot-4, suddenly ubiquitous comedianturned-actor. As the two-time defending contest MVP, funnyman Kevin Hart is headlining the seventh annual Sprint — gotta get that corporate sponsor in there — NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Feb. 14. The diminutive wisecracker is getting as much press as some of the, you know, actual NBA All-Stars who will play in what is ostensibly the “big game” Sunday. Of course, little guys have become a theme at the All-Star weekend, especially in the much-anticipated slam dunk competition, which in the past has been spectacularly won by Spud Webb (5-foot7) and Nate Robinson (5-foot-9). Robinson pulled off perhaps the most memorable slam in the history of the competition when he bounded over previous winner Dwight Howard, all 6-feet-11 of him, to jam it home. (Howard, remember, won the Slamma Jamma contest in 2008, the last time the NBA came to NOLA for its All-Star festivities — and he did it wearing a Superman cape.) But that’s what the NBA All-Star Weekend has become. Contests of all





year’s brouhaha was “exactly what it should be — an excuse to have a glitzy and glamorous weekend-long celebration of professional basketball. “The game itself,” Kider added, “as many who attend the weekend will admit, has become a mildly entertaining afterthought, the anticlimactic Sunday night finish to days of festivities. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, for the simple reason that just about everybody seems to be getting what they want.”


Things were, shall we say, different way back in 1951, when the very first American Basketball Association (ABA) All-Star game was held at the almost-mythical Boston Garden. Back then, the NBA, or at least the name National Basketball Association, was only two years old following the absorption of the weakened National Basketball League by its stronger sibling, the Basketball Association of America. With only a pair of seasons under its belt, the NBA was still very wobbly, trying to find its place among baseball, college football, pro football and even hockey. Today, the NBA generates about $5 billion of revenue a year — at least that’s what longtime (and now retired) league Commissioner David Stern estimated in 2012. In 1951, cash was a little harder to come by, according to David George Surdam in his book, The Rise of the National Basketball Association. There was no merchandising, no corporate sponsorships, no luxury boxes to rent. Everything — including the relatively paltry salaries of the players — was almost entirely dependent on gate receipts at games. There also were no multi-million-dollar contracts; in fact, on the morning of the 1951 All-Star game, Boston Globe writer Clif Keane gushed that coaches Joe Lapchick and John Kundla “have a million dollars worth of talent to handle” in the ensuing game — a figure that by today’s standard is laughable. For everyone involved, there was just a need to scrape for every ounce of new fandom you could. While the NBA now has 30 teams, in 1951 the circuit had only 10. And yes, the Lakers were still in Minneapolis and today’s Sacramento Kings were still the Rochester Royals. League officials (led by then-commissioner Maurice Podoloff) were, according to Surdam, “aware of the need to generate favorable publicity about the league.” One of the solutions? An All-Star, just like the ones Major League Baseball, the National Football League and National Hockey League enjoyed. In 1951, the fans had nothing to do with choosing the all-star lineups, which were selected by sportswriters and broadcasters in each of the 10 league cities. Interestingly, legendary black sportswriter Sam Lacy of the Baltimore Afro-American noted the distinct lack of ethnic diversity in the whole affair,

penning sarcastically that “Baltimore basketball writers (whiters) voting on players to make up two all-star teams for the first annual NBA ... all-star game were able to find 20 men in the league ‘better’ than Nat Clifton and/or Chuck Cooper.” In 1951, the All-Star game itself actually mattered to the players, who all apparently wanted to win, and very badly. The East team, a massive underdog, shocked the West team with a 111-94 upset. Podoloff bragged that gate receipts were roughly $13,250. Many league officials and owners still doubted the long-term viability of a mid-season All-Star game, Surdam wrote. It took Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown volunteering to again host the game the next season to ensure its continued existence. Nike Swoosh forward 57 years to 2008 New Orleans, a city still trying to regain its footing — and its identity — three years after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. After more than a half century, the NBA All-Star was now a multi-ring circus, although the NBA hierarchy attempted to allay that now-routine criticism by hitching the success of the weekend’s hoopscentric festivities to the rebirth of a devastated city via player appearances, volunteer projects and the injection of revenue the event would inject into the struggling economy. The New Orleans All-Star Game was broadcast to 215 countries and covered by more than 1,000 credentialed journalists, including 300 from 33 foreign nations — placing New Orleans on a world stage for all to see the region’s recovery. And, oh, purely by coincidence, NBA execs said, that exposure gained from the All-Star Game was now more than ever a chance to market pro basketball — and the NBA in particular — around the world, the ultimate stamp of global branding for a league that was already swimming in billions of dollars in revenue. (For the record, the East won the game 134-128 behind an MVP performance from — who else? — LeBron James.) Now it’s six years later, and more changes are afoot for the Crescent City’s second All-Star Weekend — most notably, the recent retirement of Stern as NBA commissioner, a post he held with a combination of iron-fisted authority, hip modern sensibility and the global vision that has largely been responsible for the league’s worldwide growth (and billions in income). So how do we assess what’s going to happen this weekend? We have something that bears absolutely no resemblance to what took place in Boston Garden 63 years ago. The NBA, once the stepchild of pro sports, is now, as celebrity headliner Kevin Hart aptly describes himself, “a grown little man.”







Frank Vogel (PACERS)

Scott Brooks (THUNDER)


35 Kevin Durant (THUNDER) 32 Blake Griffin (CLIPPERS) 42 Kevin Love (TIMBERWOLVES) 23 Anthony Davis (PELICANS) 30 Stephen Curry (WARRIORS) 12 LaMarcus Aldridge (BLAZERS) 13 James Harden (ROCKETS) 12 Dwight Howard (ROCKETS) 0 Damian Lillard (BLAZERS) 41 Dirk Nowitzki (MAVERICKS) 9 Tony Parker (SPURS) 3 Chris Paul (CLIPPERS)


SPORTS GUY What should fans look forward to as the freshman New Orleans Pelicans season winds down? Bradley Handwerger, WWL-TV: “We’ve seen Anthony Davis grow into what should have been an outright All-Star nomination despite the team sustaining injuries to everyone but the ball boys. It’ll be interesting to see how the second-year player takes that slight and uses it as motivation down the stretch of a season that is all but lost as far as team goals are concerned. Can he continue to elevate his game to an even higher level? “If the Pelicans’ future is to be as bright as it appeared it could be to begin this season, Davis will have to continue to not just grow more comfortable in the role as ‘the man,’ but figure out how to make his teammates around him better, too.”


7 Carmelo Anthony (KNICKS) 24 Paul George (PACERS) 6 LeBron James (HEAT) 2 Kyrie Irving (CAVALIERS) 3 Dwyane Wade (HEAT) 1 Chris Bosh (HEAT) 10 DeMar DeRozan (RAPTORS) 55 Roy Hibbert (PACERS) 7 Joe Johnson (NETS) 4 Paul Millsap (HAWKS) 13 Joakim Noah (BULLS) 2 John Wall (WIZARDS)





Masterful ways to express your affection


What’s more celebratory than a bottle of bubbly? A bottle of pink bubbly. Roederer Estate’s Anderson Valley brut rose is 60 percent pinot noir and 40 percent chardonnay for a delicate fruitiness and fine bubbles, $27.99 at Martin Wine Cellar (3500 Magazine St., 504-894-7420; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081;


Have an off-the-cuff Valentine’s Day with gleaming, stackable bracelets, $18 each at Gae-Tana’s (7732 Maple St., 504-865-9625;


Folklore says orchids once were used in European love potions, but just the sight of the slender, bloom-topped stalks should set your Valentine’s heart a-patter, $24.95 at Harold’s Plants (1135 Press St., 504-947-7554;


By Paige Rita Nulty and Missy Wilkinson



Treat the man in your life to luxury with a handmade shaving brush, $145, and soothing pre-shave oil, $25, both at Aidan Gill for Men (550 Fulton St.,504-566-4903; 2026 Magazine St., 504-587-9090;




A perfect treat for your sweetheart (or your sweet tooth), this festive red box comes filled with 12 creamy minipralines, $12 at Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop (750 St. Charles Ave., 504-524-3373;


Turquoise, diamond and 14-karat gold earrings are as scintillating as she is, $850 at Fisher and Sons Jewelers (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-885-4956;

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The glamorous, oversized design of these tortoisebrown Jacey sunglasses is reminiscent of styles worn by Audrey Hepburn, $325 at St. Charles Vision (citywide;

Sometimes love hurts. This sparkling heart-and-dagger pendant is a fun alternative to saccharine sentiments, $37 at A Girl is a Gun (6010 Magazine St., 504-891-4475;




Shades of pink and red in this rose arrangement will match the blush your Valentine is sure to have upon receiving it, $79.99 at Villere’s Florist (750 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 504-833-3716; www.




Watches in candy-sweet colors are practical treats for punctual friends, $90$100 each at TimeWillTell Watches (3212 Burgundy St., 504-376-3636; www.





Swoon to the vocal fireworks of a coloratura soprano and an enduring tale of romance. Tickets to the New Orleans Opera’s ( Feb. 14 production of Cinderella start at $25.






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Into the

WOODS By Mary Cross


the mahogany Shaun Wilkerson bar in three handcrafts sections and furniture from used the back salvaged woods. wall to generate P H OTO BY support. The C H ER Y L G ER B ER finished bar now can withstand both earthquakes and crowds of thirsty patrons. His pieces at Wilkerson Row are utilitarian works of art. Many of Wilkerson’s works are composed from reclaimed local wood, and the store offers a wide range of finishes and styles. Other pieces on display include a Creole-style bed and a wine rack console built from old cypress, featuring wrought-iron detailing with acorns and oak leaf motifs. Wilkerson emphasizes the quality of his pieces rather than the quantity and celebrates New Orleans as an environment where small businesses are beloved facets of the city’s character. “Mom-and-pop places just don’t exist anymore in larger metropolitan areas,” Wilkerson says. “I’m proud to be one of them. If you make a good product at a good price, the people of New Orleans will support it.”



by Missy Wilkinson

The 1900 and 2100 blocks of Magazine Street host the Local Love festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The block party includes sidewalk sales, food trucks, a photo booth, a DJ and more. Participating vendors include Spruce, Goorin Bros., Half Moon Bar and more. Attendees are asked to wear red.

First Grace United Methodist Church (3401 Canal St., 504-488-0856; www.firstgraceumc. org) hosts Costume Carnival, a fundraiser for Hagar’s House. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, there will be crafts, king cake and costume supplies for sale. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

Baskerville (3000 Royal St., www.facebook. com/Baskerville), a letterpress printing and book arts studio, celebrated its grand opening last week. The public studio offers community education, shared equipment and workspace for members.

Arc of Greater New Orleans (925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, 504-837-5140 www.arcgno. org) holds a Mardi Gras bead sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Thirty-pound bags of recycled beads start at $25 each. Stuffed animals and specialty throws are available.


Magazine Street fixture since 1991, Wilkerson Row (3137 Magazine St., 504-899-3311; www. presents an eclectic collection of tables, hutches, chests and bed frames for those looking to add a touch of rustic character to their home decor. Owner Shaun Wilkerson builds the pieces in his Bywater studio, combining local woods with solid craftsmanship. Wilkerson says he found his calling when he was 10 years old. “I was always getting into scrap lumber and tools around the house,” he says. Wilkerson entered the business in 1988, crafting mantels at a shop on Carrollton Avenue. He became chief artisan at his namesake furniture retailer in 1991. In 2000, Wilkerson was contacted by restaurant mogul Ralph Brennan. Brennan’s newest venture at the time was a New Orleans-themed eatery named Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, located in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. Wilkerson stepped in to help, implementing a fresh design and specialty construction within the twostory replica of a French Quarter building. The project presented the designer with a problem unique to the bistro’s West Coast location — redesigning the bar within a four-month period to ensure it was earthquake-proof. Wilkerson secured





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Bei Tempi brings Northeastern Italian to a space near the Convention Center. By Scott Gold

he trend in Italian fare in New Orleans is toward the cuisine of northern Italy. New spots offer up not the rich red “gravy” of the South, but softer, more elegant dishes composed of handmade pastas, cured salumi and al dente risotto with shaved truffles. Still, the Crescent City has long loved red sauce, and that’s evident in many local restaurants, with po-boys and trout meuniere served alongside spaghetti with meatballs. Bei Tempi, the Warehouse District slice joint and Italian eatery, is focusing on traditional Italian-American cuisine. Housed in a large, airy space across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the dining room is a well-appointed, brightly lit and comfortable place. There’s no doubt visiting conventioneers will be attracted to the luminous dining room and its promise of pizza and pasta. The menu at Bei Tempi is vast, to say the least. There are dozens of soups, salads and appetizers ranging from fried mozzarella sticks to bruschetta, stuffed peppers, minestrone, pasta fagioli and other classics. There also are baked pastas, traditional pastas, house specialties (stuffed pork chop, sausage and peppers, penne alla vodka), and more than 30 preparations of veal, chicken, seafood and combinations thereof. And then there’s the pizza menu, calzones, stromboli and hot hero sandwiches. From scungilli to veal marsala, Bei Tempi seems to have covered every single one of the classics. And it you want an order of chicken wings, that’s available as well. More thought seems to have been put into the number of items on the menu than into their execution. A Caprese salad with portobello mushrooms was fine except for its flavorless, mealy winter tomato slices. The house salad, with olives, cucumbers, red onions, pepperoncini and other vegetables is a rote affair. Fried calamari were no better than you’d find at a sports bar and could stand to be crispier. House-made garlic rolls — the starter — were quite satisfying, if slightly oily. Entrees proved to be middling at best. Veal parmigiana, the standard by which a respectable red sauce joint should be judged, failed to impress — the breading slid off the veal and the marinara was overly sweet. Its accompanying spaghetti with tomato sauce had an industrial, cafeteria-esque flavor and

Broad-ly shopping texture. A plate of chicken Giuseppe, chicken breast sauteed with mushrooms, olives and tomatoes in what the menu called “pink sauce,” was unremarkable, as was bland sauteed redfish in lemon, wine and butter sauce. The one upside to all of these entrees is the Tony Soprano-sized portions, but at between $17 to $20, diners should expect better execution. Bei Tempi offers pizza in the dining room and from counter service. As a slice joint, Bei Tempi is decent. The New York-style wedges are amply topped and fairly priced, and they work fine for a quick lunch or late-night option, though the crust was too thin and crackly on the bottom, whereas true New York City-style pizza dough should be a more balanced combination of crispy and chewy. Bei Tempi aims to satisfy every desire, but the menu overreaches and the food suffers for it. It’s better to have five outstanding menu items than 50 mediocre ones. Much of the food is unremarkable though not bad, but at these prices, you can get much better for less in New Orleans.

Bei Tempi’s shrimp scampi is served over linguine. P H O T O B Y C H ER Y L G ER B ER


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friendly service, good garlic rolls, pizza by the slice

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rote renditions of dishes, middling pastas and entrees

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Italian-American basics in the Warehouse District

Whole Foods Market (300 N. Broad St.. Suite 103., 504-434-3364; www. at the intersection of Broad and Bienville streets opened Feb. 4. Whole Foods community relations director Kristina Bradford says about 10,000 people visited the store in its opening week. The base of the gumbo sold in the gumbo bar, which will include both vegetarian and traditional sausage options, is made by New Orleans youth at Liberty’s Kitchen, which shares building space with the new grocery store. Liberty’s Kitchen will source 100 percent of its ingredients from Whole Foods, and, in addition to the gumbo bases, salad dressings and eight varieties of cookies for the grocery store will be made by at-risk youth involved in the culinary program. While most Whole Foods stores have a full coffee bar, this one will relegate coffee duties to Liberty’s Kitchen, giving it an additional source of revenue (though Whole Foods will serve basic drip coffees). Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, which will open in March across the atrium from Whole Foods, will teach members of the community how to cook healthy recipes PAGE 40


Mita’s Cafe Cubano (7007 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, 504-279-5115), a Cuban cafe, is now open in Arabi. Owner Raul Ramos originally opened Mita’s, named after his daughter, as a Cuban coffee shop specializing in Cuban sandwiches. “I didn’t know so many people knew about Cuban food,” Ramos says. “So now I just cook what Cubans eat, what I eat: arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, picadillo...” Ramos says most Cuban dishes are sofrito-based, the same way most New Orleans dishes are “trinity”-based. Cuban-style sofrito starts with onions, garlic and bell peppers. Other sofrito ingredients such as cilantro and cumin also are added. “Soy Cubano. My parents are Cubano, my grandparents are Cubano,” Ramos says. “It’s the only way I know how to eat.” Mita’s Cafe Cubano is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 6 a.m.-2p.m. Thursday, and 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Another recent Arabi opening is Stella Maris Cafe & Grocery (7555 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi, 504-267-7137), offering Middle Eastern cuisine and groceries. One half of the building is the cafe, serving several traditional Middle Eastern appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. The other half is the grocery, providing items like hookah supplies, Laziza and Bavaria non-alcoholic malt beverages, Ziyad brand products and fancy candies. — MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY






FORK + CENTER [CONTINUED] within a budget, complete with a shopping list to recreate the dishes at home. Bradford says the store will also host value shopping tours to educate shoppers on how to stretch dollars. The store is smaller than the Whole Foods locations on Arabella Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard, and it features an emphasis on locally sourced goods. Most of the breads, for example, come from Breads on Oak, and Laurel Street Bakery provides bagels. The store hosted workshops for local businesses to adapt their goods to sell on Whole Foods shelves, and in-store graphics and murals were done by local artists and designers. — JEANIE RIESS

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Pedro Antunes and Betrand Washington opened what they call MidCity’s first gay bar on a developing stretch of Tulane Avenue. Tulane Avenue Bar (3813 Tulane Ave., 504-488-1400) opened last month between Carrollton Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway, where the craft cocktail and small plate restaurant Treo opened recently on 3835 Tulane Ave. and Namese, a Vietnamese restaurant, opened at 4077 Tulane Ave. Antunes met Washington, a New Orleans native, in 2006. The bar owners were living in New York — Antunes owned several business there, and Washington worked in the medical industry. When Antunes visited for Mardi Gras, he “fell in love with it and the architecture and everything,” he says. The bar is open 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday. On Saturdays, the bar stays open a little later to accommodate up to eight drag performances, put on by the group The Divas of Engender. Washington says the couple has received a warm reception. “There really is a need for this here,” Washington says. — DELLA HASSELLE | MID-CITY MESSENGER

Roll out the barrel: Louisiana whiskey on the way

There hasn’t been an aged whiskey produced in Louisiana since before Prohibition — until now. Thibodaux’s Donner-Peltier Distillery ( opened in 2012 and uses Louisiana sugarcane and pecans to make spiced rum, rice to make its Oryza vodka, and botanicals such as satsuma and cantaloupe to flavor gin — and it recently introduced LA1 Louisiana Whiskey. “It’s something that is really part of the micro-distillery industry right now,” says Tom Donner, one of the distillery’s founders. “Every distillery seems to want to do a whiskey. It has the reputation of being an all-American drink, and we really appreciate that. For us, a big part of it too was an expansion of our product line.” Like bourbon and most Tennessee whiskeys, the 94-proof spirit is aged in charred American oak barrels. But unlike those American spirits, LA1 contains not three but four grains (five if you count two distinct varieties of barley). Most bourbons are a combination of corn (a minimum of 51 percent by law), malted barley and either rye or wheat. LA1 contains corn, rye and barley and local rice. “It’s a tip of the hat to Louisiana farmers,” Donner says. “We have a mission to support Louisiana farmers. Everything we make is going to have Louisiana agriculture in it. There’s not an extensive amount of barley and rye in Louisiana that’s suitable for distilling, but as it turns out, [rice] adds a lovely sweetness.” LA1 is not yet available on local shelves. “We’re getting ready to start an expansion on the distillery entirely dedicated to whiskey production,” Donner says. “Now that we have the recipe down, we’re going into full production once we complete our expansion. We’re planning a full release throughout the state by Christmastime.” Until then, limited quantities of single barrel, unblended whiskeys are available from the distillery via a waiting list. “We’re releasing the half-dozen barrels distilled in 2013 as soon as they’re ready,” he says. Donner jokes that LA1 may not be the first barrel-aged whiskey made in Louisiana since Prohibition — at least not the first made legally. “We’ve had some characters come by the distillery to tell us that they beat us to the punch,” he says. “I’ve had at least three or four guys tell me that we needed to call it ‘LA2’ because of the whiskey that they’d made in their garage.” — SCOTT GOLD




3-COURSE interview

Ann Streiffer Chocolatier

Opened 13 years ago Uptown, Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 504-269-5707; www.bluefrog– made a name for itself on the local culinary scene for its elegant and often witty confections. Co-founder/owner Ann Streiffer spoke with Gambit about leaping into a career as a chocolatier and her efforts to satisfy the Big Easy’s sweet tooth.

How did you find yourself starting a chocolate shop?

A Praline for your Sweetheart or Sweet Tooth.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about chocolate, and how has that shaped what you offer at Blue Frog?

S: What we discovered, as we made our way through the learning process of having a business like this, was that we wanted chocolate that was chocolate, without fats added to it or anything like that. We wanted a pure product, something that was chocolate and not wax, without vegetable oils added. Chocolate has its own cocoa butter, so we wanted to be sure that that was what wound up in the final product. So we learned that as we learned to work with the chocolate and being able to mold it, and and to temper it, which is a complicated process in itself. We wanted something that tasted great, but that wasn’t so high-end that we couldn’t afford to sell it, but we also definitely didn’t want the lower end, because we needed something that we would enjoy ourselves. Finding that perfect balance was really important to us. It still is.

How do New Orleans’ culture and flavors work their way into your confections? S: We particularly love our “New Orleans collection,” which includes chocolate-covered Zapp’s. We take their spicy Crawtator chips and dip them in our delicious dark chocolate, and it’s a really nice mix of sweet, salty and savory, very pleasing to the palate. That’s our small batch creation. Then there’s our “red beans and rice,” which come from a process called “panned chocolate.” The “beans” are what’s known as chocolate lentil, similar to an M&M, but it has a higher cocoa content, paired with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Both together look like red beans and rice. ... We also have “Cajun bites” which are dark chocolate paired with cayenne pepper, which is really good, especially if you like spicy things. And New Orleanians really do love sweet and spicy together. — SCOTT GOLD

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Streiffer: My husband Rick and I started the business in 2000, in August, and the first thing we learned was, “Never open a chocolate shop in August in New Orleans.” Because it’s hot, and of course there are hurricanes, so when you have to evacuate, all of your chocolate melts. And there weren’t a lot of unique chocolate shops here at the time. We had praline shops and a few other things, but nothing like our model. We want to bring in as much pleasure and fun provided by chocolate as possible by making this a fun place to visit, a wonderful, friendly atmosphere, very “Cheers-friendly.” We kind of just jumped in by the seat of our pants, found the building we wanted in the neighborhood we wanted and said, “We think we can do this.” And here we are.







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WINE of the week 2011 Gérard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Brut Rosé Sparkling L ANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE RETAIL $14-17

Crafted in the Languedoc’s Crémant de Limoux, this wine was made in the methode traditionelle, still mostly known as the methode champenoise only in the Champagne region. This wine is a blend of 70 percent chardonnay, 20 percent Chenin blanc and 10 percent pinot noir. Nicely priced, elegant and well structured, the wine expresses the finesse of the chardonnay in its fine bubbles and delicate fruit aromas, the balanced acidity from the Chenin blanc, and the pale salmon hue from the pinot noir. In the glass, a subtle bouquet with floral notes, faint scents of strawberry, raspberry and pear leads into refreshing tastes of citrus, red berry fruit, brioche, and nuances of minerality on the crisp, clean lingering finish. Serve chilled. A delightful aperitif and delicious pairing with foie gras, oysters, shellfish, grilled or smoked fish, truffled cheeses and desserts. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets on Magazine Street and in Metairie and Swirl Wine Bar and Market. — BRENDA MAITLAND Email Brenda Maitland at


Mississippi has had a growing beer scene following the passage of a 2012 law that legalized homebrewing and increased the alcohol by volume (ABV) limit from 6 percent to 10 percent. The number of breweries in the state has increased from one to eight. This week, Hattiesburg-based Southern Prohibition Brewing joins Crooked Letter and Lazy Magnolia brewing companies to represent Mississippi beer in New Orleans. Quinby Benjamin Green is brewmaster of Chunn founded Southern Prohibition in Southern Prohibition Brewing. April 2013 and recruited fellow alumnus from Texas’ Real Ale Brewing Company, Benjamin Green, as brewmaster. “The camaraderie of Hattiesburg and all of Mississippi showing support of our local brewery and love of the beer has been outstanding,” says Emily Curry, Southern Prohibition’s Sales and Marketing Director. The brewery started out with two flagship beers — Suzy B blonde ale and Devil’s Harvest extta pale ale. In June 2013, Chunn and Green added an imperial red ale called Mississippi Fire Ant to the lineup, and in the fall launched their “Cicada Series” seasonal offerings. The first seasonal in the series was an oatmeal stout called Hipster Breakfast and the current one is 2014 IPA. Southern Prohibition will be available on draft and in cans in New Orleans and Metairie. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, The Avenue Pub will host the first tapping of the beer in Louisiana. On Feb. 12, Chunn and Green will be at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street for a tasting and then across the street at The Bulldog Uptown for a Southern Prohibition pint night. The Lucky Rooster in the CBD will host a food and beer pairing Thursday, Feb. 13. Visit the Southern Prohibition website (www. for more information. — NORA McGUNNIGLE



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Five takes on surf and turf



1 Green Goddess

307 Exchange Place, (504) 301-3347

Shrimp and pork belly banh mi combine thick, bacon-style slices of pork belly sauteed in a Thai chili sauce with Gulf shrimp on a Dong Phuong French roll.



2 K-Paul’s

416 Chartres St., (504) 596-2530

Duck and shrimp Dulac features julienned duck breast with shrimp and a sauce of leeks, sun-dried tomatoes, shiitake and oyster mushrooms and duck glaze.


6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday Degas House, 2306 Esplanade Ave., (504) 821-5009 Chef Jacob Cureton prepares dishes from Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole Cookbook, the first Creole cookbook ever written. The dishes prepared are the same dishes Degas ate while lodging there from 1872 to 1873. Call to register. Dinner $78.

Snake & Jake’s 20th Anniversary

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, 7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802 The dive bar celebrates 20 years, with cake, drink specials and the Food Drunk food truck.

Magic Ladle Gretna Market Soup Cookoff

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Old Gretna Train Depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 361-1822 Guests sample competing soups made with farmers market ingredients. Competitors can win trophies and cash prizes. Contestants are still needed and can call to register. Sampling guests $5, non-sampling guests free.

Marti’s Restaurant


1041 Dumaine St., (504) 522-5478

Steamed Prince Edward Island mussels are paired with spicy sausage, tomatoes, oregano, white wine and salt-cured lemon.

4 Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047

A po-boy is filled with slow-cooked roast beef and fried shrimp, topped with gravy.

5 Sainte Marie

930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6988

Ginger- and satsuma-glazed Chappapeela Farms pork belly is paired with panko-crusted scallops and finished with kimchee vinaigrette, roasted cashews and frill mustard.



Trends, notes, quirks and quotes from the world of food.

Topping Top Chef “Four bells is a bigger deal than the accolades, the $125,000 and the spread in Food & Wine magazine? ‘I will give up everything I have to give up to get there,’ Elmi told me early Thursday, about an hour after the Top Chef finale was shown on the East Coast.”

— Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi, as quoted by editor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Klein, who says Elmi would trade his televised win for a “four bells” review of his restaurant Laurel. Elmi was the 11th season winner in the New Orleans-set reality cooking competition. The finale aired Feb. 5.




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Motherland Cafe — 1700 N. Galvez St., (504) 342-2996; motherlandcafe — This family restaurant serves Senegalese and Gambian food, and vegetarian dishes are available. Thiebou djenne is a fish and rice stew, and boulettes are fried balls of fish. There also are house-made ginger drinks and wonjo, made with hibiscus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


American Sports Saloon — 1200 Decatur St., (504) 522-2410 — This sports bar serves burgers made with houseground patties, chicken wings, 12 beers on tap and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Bayou Beer Garden — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., (504) 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. $ Down the Hatch — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; — The Texan burger features an Angus beef patty topped with grilled onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The house-made veggie burger combines 15 vegetables and is served with sun-dried tomato pesto. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Jigger’s Bar & Grill — 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555 — The sports bar serves sandwiches and bar noshing items. Half or full-round muffulettas are filled with Italian ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and house-made olive salad and served toasted. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Rendon Inn’s Dugout Sports Bar — 4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www. — The Boudreaux burger combines lean ground beef, hot sausage and applewood-smoked bacon on a ciabatta bun with cheese, onions and remoulade. Fresh cut fries are served with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ The Rivershack Tavern — 3449 River Road, (504) 834-4938; www. — 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., (504) 301-0938 — Shamrock serves an Angus rib-eye steak with a side item, burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, grilled chicken, spinach and artichoke dip and more. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $


Boo Koo BBQ — 3701 Banks St., (504) 202-4741; — The Boo Koo burger is a ground brisket patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, boudin and sweet chile aioli. 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. $ Hickory Prime BBQ — 6001 France Road, (757) 277-8507; www.hickoryprimebbq. com — Proprietors Billy Rhodes and Karen Martin have won several barbecue

competitions. They serve Texas-style brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and more. The pulled pork platter features pork cooked for 12 hours over hickory and white oak and it comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Saucy’s — 4200 Magazine St., (504) 3012755; — Saucy’s serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled chicken. The cochon blue is a sandwich of pulled pork, blue cheese and melted mozzerella on a bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar — 2200 Magazine St., (504) 644-4311; — This burger specialist’s patty options include beef, bison, shrimp and veggie. The House burger is dressed with cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard and served with house-made chips. The Cobb salad features romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese, croutons and buttermilk ranch or honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Cheeseburger Eddie’s — 4517 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5511; — This eatery serves a variety of specialty burgers, Mr. Ed’s fried chicken, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, tacos, wings and shakes. Besides patty melts and chili-cheeseburgers, there also are seafood burgers featuring tuna, salmon or crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


Antoine’s Annex — 513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and honey-Dijon panino is topped with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Suite A, (504) 324-8271; — The bakery offers a range of breads, muffins, pastries and sweets. Pain au chocolat is a buttery, flakey croissant filled with dark chocolate, and a vegan version also is available. The breads include traditional, hand-shaped Parisian-style baguettes. No reservations. Breakfast Thu.-Sun., lunch Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Cafe Freret — 7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890; — 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. $$ Cafe NOMA — New Orleans Museum of


Five Happiness — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 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., (504) 891-8280; — 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 accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


Angelo Brocato’s — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1465; — This sweet shop and serves its own gelato, spumoni, Italian ice, cannolis, fig cookies and other treats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Rue de la Course — 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-4343; www.facebook. comruedelacourse — The coffeeshop offers a selection of bagels (plain, sesame, everything, honey whole wheat or cinnamon-raisin) from Artz Bagelz. The Downtown sandwich includes turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. The Lakeview features chicken or tuna salad dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a bagel and comes with a side. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $ Pinkberry — Citywide; 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. $


Bayona — 430 Dauphine St., (504) 5254455; — 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. $$$ Ivy — 5015 Magazine St., (504) 899-1330 — Chef Sue Zemanick offers a selection of small plates. Grilled lobster is served with arugula, roasted potatoes and corn. Warm snow crab claws come with truffle butter. No reservations. Dinner and latenight Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$ PAGE 49

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Huh! A Restaurant & Bar — 3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 229-2484; www. — This restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and sweet and savory crepes. The king cake crepes are available in plain and filled varieties topped with purple, green and gold icing and sugar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., and open Sundays during New Orleans Saints games. Credit cards. $$ Knuckleheads Eatery — 3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858; — This casual eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bar noshes. Mulligan Mike’s all-Angus chuck burger is topped with grilled ham and Swiss or cheddar cheese and comes with fries and a pickle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ O’Henry’s Food & Spirits — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 461-9840; — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Somethin’ Else Cafe — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. There are burgers, po-boys and sandwiches filled with everything from cochon de lait to a trio of melted cheeses on buttered thick toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Treasure Island Buffet — 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-8000; www. — The all-you-can-eat buffet includes New Orleans favorites including seafood, salad and dishes from a variety of national cuisines. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; — The cafe serves roasted Gulf shrimp and vegetable salad dressed with Parmesan-white balsamic vinaigrette. Other options include chipotle-marinated portobello sliders and flatbread pizza topped with manchego, peppers and roasted garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $ Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe — 5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 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. For breakfast, an omelet is filled with marinated mushrooms, bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Tuna salad or chicken salad avocado melts are topped with melted Monterey Jack and shredded Parmesan cheeses and served on a choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $







Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-2010; www. — This New York-style 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. $ Mardi Gras Zone — 2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787; www. — The 24-hour grocery store has a deli and wood-burning pizza oven. The deli serves po-boys, salads and hot entrees such as stuffed peppers, beef stroganoff and vegetable lasagna. Vegan pizzas also are available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Martin Wine Cellar — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , (504) 896-7350; — The wine emporium’s dinner menu includes pork rib chops served with housemade boudin stuffing, Tabasco pepper jelly demi-glaze and smothered greens. The Deli Deluxe sandwich features corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and Creole mustard on an onion roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Qwik Chek Deli & Catering — 2018 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 456-6362 — The menu includes gumbo, po-boys, pasta, salads and hot plate lunches. The hamburger po-boy can be dressed with lettuce, mayo and tomato on French bread. Shrimp Italiano features shrimp tossed with cream sauce and pasta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


Baie Rouge — 4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667; — Shrimp and risotto Milanese features jumbo shrimp cooked with lemon over saffron risotto served with hericots verts. Pig Dip features pork debris, caramelized onions and garlic aioli on French bread with a side of smoked pork jus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$


Breaux Mart — 315 E. Judge Perez, Chalmette, (504) 262-0750; 605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 433-0333; 2904 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-5565; 9647 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, (504) 737-8146; www. — Breaux Mart prides itself on its “Deli to Geaux” as well as weekday specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


Schiro’s Indian Cafe — 2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; — 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., (504) 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. $$ Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


Amici Restaurant & Bar — 3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www. — Amici serves coal-fired pizza and Italian dishes. The broccoli rabe salsica Italiana pie is topped with marinara, mozzarella, sauteed bitter Italian greens and Italian sausage. Pasta carbonara features pancetta and green peas in white sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Andrea’s Restaurant — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale which is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Capelli D’Andrea combines house-made angel hair pasta and smoked salmon in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Cafe Giovanni — 117 Decatur St., (504) 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. $$$ Maximo’s Italian Grill — 1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www. — Sit at the bar overlooking the open grill and watch chefs prepare dishes like the fish of the day pan-sauteed in habanero-infused olive oil and served with seasonal vegetables. Osso buco is a braised veal shank served with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, herb-roasted Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, lunch Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ Mosca’s — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950; www. — This


Antoine’s Restaurant — 713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www. — 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. $$$ Cafe Gentilly — 5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220; www.facebook. com/cafegentilly —Crab cake Benedict is French bread topped with poached eggs, a hand-made crawfish sausage patty and hollandaise. Breakfast is available all day, and the creamed spinach, crawfish and Swiss cheese omelet can be served in a po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Ignatius Eatery — 3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242; — The menu includes classic Creole dishes such as red beans and rice, speckled trout meuniere and crawfish etouffee as well as sandwiches, salads and pasta. Crawfish Ignatius pasta features crawfish cream sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and bell peppers topped with grated Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Landing Restaurant — Crowne Plaza, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-5611; www. — The Landing serves Cajun and Creole dishes with many seafood options. Louisiana crab cakes are popular. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Ma Momma’s House — 5741 Crowder Blvd., (504) 244-0021; www. — Traditional home-style Creole dishes include red beans and rice, shrimp pasta, fried chicken, cornbread and more. Chicken and waffles includes a Belgian waffle and three or six fried chicken wings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Palace Cafe — 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; — Palace Cafe serves creative Creole dishes. Crabmeat cheesecake is topped with Creole meuniere. Andouille-crusted fish is served with Crystal buerre blanc. For dessert, there’s white chocolate bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$ Roux on Orleans — Bourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave., (504) 571-4604; — This restaurant offers contemporary Creole dishes including barbecue shrimp, redfish couvillion, gumbo and catfish and shrimp dishes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Saints & Sinners — 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; — Styled to reflect era of Storyville, the restaurant serves Creole and Cajun dishes, raw oysters, seafood, steaks, po-boys, burgers and more. The Politician’s Special features a trio of jambalaya, crawfish pie and a cup of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tableau — 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; — Tableau’s updated Creole cuisine includes bacon-wrapped oysters en brochette served with roasted garlic butter and grilled Two Run Farm lamb chops served with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. Balcony and courtyard dining available. Reservations resommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Willie Mae’s Scotch House — 2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503 — This popular neighborhood restaurant is know for its wet-battered fried chicken. Green beans come with rice and gravy. There’s bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$



Red Gravy (125 Camp St., 504-561-8844; serves arancini and other Italian dishes.




family-style 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 seasonings. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$ Red Gravy — 125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; — The cafe serves rustic Italian fare. Pork bracciole features pork loin stuffed with cheese, currants and pignoli nuts that is braised slowly in tomato sauce and served over house-made pappardelle. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon. & Wed.-Fri., lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 8852984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; — Try house specialties like veal- and spinach-stuffed canneloni. Bracialoni is baked veal stuffed with artichoke hearts, bacon, garlic and Parmesan cheese and topped with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


Asuka Sushi & Hibachi — 7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555; www. — Asuka serves sushi and grilled items from the hibachi. The Shaggy Dog roll features tempura-fried shrimp, snow crab and avocado topped with crabstick and eel sauce and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux — 7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; — Kakkoii offers traditional sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine as well as dishes with modern and local

twists. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Kyoto — 4920 Prytania St., (504) 891-3644 — Kyoto’s sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. “Box” sushi is a favorite, with more than 25 rolls. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Mikimoto — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881; — 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. $$ Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse — 1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997; www. — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Rock-N-Sake — 823 Fulton St., (504) 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, panfried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Yuki Izakaya — 525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook. com/yukiizakaya — This Japanese tavern combines a selection of small plates, sake, shochu, live music and Japanese kitsch. Dishes include curries, housemade ramen soups, fried chicken and other specialties. Reservations accept-

ed. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $


La Macarena Pupseria and Latin Cafe — 8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; — This cafe serves Latin and Caribbean dishes, tapas and appetizers like guacamole and chips. Spanish garlic shrimp is served with refried black beans, saffron rice and tropical salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Mon. Cash only. $$


7 On Fulton — 700 Fulton St., (504) 525-7555; www.7onfulton. com — New Orleans barbecue shrimp features a peppery butter sauce made with blonde ale. Oven-roasted lobster tail is topped with Louisiana crawfish and corn cream sauce and comes with fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Heritage Grill — 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 150, Metairie, (504) 934-4900; — This power lunch spot offers dishes like duck and wild mushroom spring rolls with mirin-soy dipping sauce and panfried crab cakes with corn maque choux and sugar snap peas. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$ Manning’s — 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; — 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



Attiki Bar & Grill — 230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756 — This restaurant and hookah bar serves an array of Mediterranean dishes. Tomato Buffala features baked tomatoes and mozzarella topped with basil and olive oil. Grilled filet mignon

is topped with creamy mushroom sauce and served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$ Pyramids Cafe — 3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602 — Diners will find Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


Casa Borrega — 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www. — The barroom and cantina is decorated with folk art, and there’s seating in the back courtyard. Chicken enchiladas are served with mole, rice and beans. Pozole de puerco is Mexican hominy soup featuring pork in spicy red broth with radish, cabbage and avocado and tostadas on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Juan’s Flying Burrito — 2018 Magazine St., (504) 486-9950; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 569-0000; — Juan’s serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, salads and more. Roasted pork tacos are topped with spicy slaw. Vegetarian Mardi Gras Indian tacos feature roasted corn, beans, cheese and spicy slaw on corn tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Lucy’s Retired Surfers’ Bar & Restaurant — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; — This surf shack serves California-Mexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


Bombay Club — 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub. com — This elegant French Quarter hideaway is styled like an English manor and is known for its martini menu. Louisiana crab and roasted Creole tomato fondue is finished with manchego cheese, scallions and grilled crostini. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ The Columns — 3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; — There’s live music in the Victorian Lounge at the Columns. The menu offers such Creole favorites as gumbo and crab cakes and there are cheese plates as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Thu., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Gazebo Cafe — 1018 Decatur St., (504) 525-8899; — 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; — 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. $$ Little Gem Saloon — 445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www. — Little Gem offers creative contemporary and Creole dishes and live jazz. Louisiana black drum is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served with spinach, black-eyed peas and sherry cream. Rabbit and cauliflower gratin is served with apple-cabbage preserves. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Market Cafe — 1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; — 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 poboy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Siberia — 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola. com — The Russki Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, kapusta (spicy cabbage) and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread. Potato and cheese pierogies are served with fried onions and sour cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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Cafe B — 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www. — This cafe serves an elevated take on the dishes commonly found in neighborhood restaurants. Grilled redfish is served with confit of wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, charred Vidalia onion and aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Joey K’s — 3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; — This casual eatery serves fried seafood platters, salads, sandwiches and Creole favorites such as red beans and rice. Daily specials include braised lamb shank, lima beans with a ham hock and chicken fried steak served with macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Katie’s Restaurant — 3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www. — 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. No reservations. Lunch daily, Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$


Lucky Rooster — 515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; — The menu features a mix of Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes. Korean-style fried chicken is served with chili-garlic sauce and kimchi slaw. Lucky Rooster soup comes with five-spice chicken, wokseared vegetables and crunchy wontons. The bar offers creative cocktails and house-made sodas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ PAGE 53


in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Marti’s — 1041 Dumaine St., (504) 522-5478; — This brasserie serves traditional French and contemporary Louisiana cooking. The grande plateau fruits de mer features whole Maine lobster, chilled shrimp, marinated snow crab claws, oysters on the half shell and scallop ceviche. Grilled Texas quail is served with spaetzle, oyster mushrooms, corn and Pommery mustard sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$ Ralph’s On The Park — 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www. — Popular dishes include turtle soup finished with sherry, grilled lamb spare ribs and barbecue Gulf shrimp. Tuna two ways includes tuna tartare, seared pepper tuna, avocado and wasabi cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Restaurant R’evolution — 777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www. — Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto present a creative take on Creole dishes as well as offering caviar tastings, house-made salumi, pasta dishes and more. “Death by Gumbo” is an andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail with a roux-based gumbo poured on top tableside. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Sainte Marie — 930 Poydras St., Suite 101, (504) 304-6988; www. — Barbecue jerk shrimp are served with coconut rice and mango chow chow. Sam’s Yak A Mein combines braised beef, chicken, shrimp, egg noodles and a soft-boiled egg. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Tivoli & Lee —The Hotel Modern, 2 Lee Circle, (504) 962-0909; www. — The restaurant offers a modern take on Southern cuisine in a small plate format, with dishes ranging from andouille potato tots to fried oysters. The pied du cochon is served with braised Covey Rise Farms collard greens, bacon and pickled Anaheim peppers. Half a roasted chicken comes with dirty spaetzle, sweet tea glaze and greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Tomas Bistro — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes such as bouillabaisse New Orleans, filled with saffron shrimp, mussels, oysters, Gulf fish, crawfish and pesto aioli croutons. Crispy fried wild catfish is served over stone-ground grits with Cajun tasso. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Tommy’s Wine Bar — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790 — Tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of Tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$







Bear’s Poboys at Gennaros — 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-9226 — The roast beef po-boy features beef slow-cooked in house, sliced thin, soaked in gravy and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on toasted Leidenheimer bread. The 10-ounce Bear burger is topped with roast beef debris, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on a toasted brioche seeded bun and served with fries or loaded potato salad. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Killer Poboys — 811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745; — At the back of Erin Rose, Killer Poboys offers a short and constantly changing menu of po-boys. The Dark and Stormy features pork shoulder slowly braised with ginger and Old New Orleans Spiced Rum and is dressed with house-made garlic mayo and lime cabbage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $ Magazine Po-Boy Shop — 2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of po-boys 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. Credit cards. $ Wilma’s Cheesesteaks — 801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411; www. — Wilma’s specializes in cheese steaks on toasted Dong Phuong bread. The regular cheese steak features thin-sliced rib-eye, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic and melted provolone and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


Acme Oyster House — 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; www. — The original Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter has served raw oysters for more than a century. The full menu includes char-grilled oysters, cooked seafood dishes and New Orleans staples. The Peace Maker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Bourbon House — 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse. com — Bourbon House serves seafood dishes including New Orleans barbecue shrimp, redfish cooked with the skin on, oysters from the raw bar and more. Large picture windows offer views of Bourbon Street, and the bar is stocked with a large selection of bourbons. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Chad’s Bistro — 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-9935; — The seafood Napoleon features fried eggplant medallions topped with crabmeat on a bed of angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin sauce. The seafood boat is a bread loaf filled with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish and stuffed shimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri. dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Galley Seafood Restaurant — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Grand Isle — 575 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 520-8530; www. — 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 caramelized onions. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant — 910 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 8380022; — The menu includes seafood, Italian dishes, fried chicken, po-boys, salads and daily specials. Eggplant casserole is stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Red Fish Grill — 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; — 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. $$


Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse — 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; www. — Austin’s serves prime steaks, chops and seafood. Veal Austin features paneed veal topped with Swiss chard, bacon, mushrooms, asparagus, crabmeat and brabant potatoes on the side. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse — 716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennansrestaurant. com — The house filet mignon is served atop creamed spinach with masa-fried oysters and Pontalba potatoes. Popular starters include the jumbo lump crabcake made with aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


Mimi’s in the Marigny — 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868 — The decadant Mushroom Manchego Toast is a favorite here. Hot and cold tapas dishes range from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and latenight Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Vega Tapas Cafe — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007; — 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. $$


Doson Noodle House —135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7283 — Traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlights 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. $$ Lin’s — 3715 Westbank Expressway, (504) 340-0178; www. —The menu includes Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Vietnamese “Shakin’” beef features beef tips and onions served with rice. Singapore-style vermicelli is a stir fry of noodles, shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, carrots and bamboo shoots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$ Pho Tau Bay Restaurant — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, (504) 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Rolls-N-Bowls — 605 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-0519; — This casual Vietnamese eatery serves spring rolls, pho, rice and vermicelli bowls, banh mi, stir fry entrees and bubble tea. The vermicelli bowl features noodles over lettuce, cucumber and carrots; shrimp are optional. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


Marks Twain’s Pizza Landing — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 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. $ Mellow Mushroom — 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8827 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www.mellowmushroom. com — The Holy Shiitake pie tops an olive oil and garlic brushed crust with shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, carmelized onions, mozzarella, montamore and Parmesan cheeses and black truffle oil. The Enlightened Spinach salad is topped with dried cherries, apples, candied pecans and feta cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Slice Pizzeria — 1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; — Slice serves pizza by the pie or slice, plus salads, pasta and more. The Sportsman’s Paradise pie is topped with Gulf shrimp, andouille, corn, diced tomatoes and caramelized onions. Full bar available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza — 4218 Magazine St., (504) 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., (504) 302-1133; www. — There is a wide variety of specialty pies and diners can build their own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. The menu also includes salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Wit’s Inn — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600 — This Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $




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year, and announced a deal with ATO Records, home of Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers and My Morning Jacket. On Small Town Heroes, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s ATO debut, Segarra writes radically and traditionally — song titles evoke folk, blues and country archetypes or Bruce Springsteen. “Crash on the Highway” is the album’s sleepy, juke joint prelude to the darkness ahead — bandmates waiting for traffic to clear and reminiscing about BJ’s Lounge while “it could be you up there, so you better say your prayers.” A harmonica blasts through “End of the Line” in the Lower 9th Ward, where Segarra sings tribute to her neighborhood. Segarra sings all colors of the blues — the “Good Time,” the “New SF Bay” and the “St. Roch,” where “bullets fly from a young man’s hand, people are dying, no one understands.” Segarra’s refrain — “But I keep on cryin’” — distills into a dreamy, harmonized doo-wop, an “Earth Angel” for the departed. “Please don’t go down to New Orleans /You don’t know the things that I’ve seen,” Segarra sings. She wrote the song with The Deslondes’ Sam Doores following a violent winter in 2012 — home invasions, murders and the deaths of eight people who perished in a fire in an abandoned 9th Ward building. “I felt this was a part of the city, a struggle about living in this part of the city, that people from here have had to deal with for so long, and now it’s finally hitting home,” she says. “I wanted to not only honor the people we lost and the people who were affected, but also give that song out to the people of New Orleans to say, ‘This affected me, and I see a little bit what you’re going through, or what you have gone through, and I see it’s something we need to

change.’ It’s also just about that neighborhood. It’s really beautiSmall Town Heroes FEB ful and has amazing people. ... I release party felt like we needed something, Euclid Records, we need a song, something to ease our spirits a little bit.” 3401 Chartres St., “Body Electric” reframes the (504) 947-4348; country murder ballad as a litical weapon, a shotgun blast to misogyny, in which Segarra Hurray for the is off to “settle the score.” The FEB Riff Raff album’s title track tells the stories of strangers, friends and 10 p.m. Friday travelers, all looking for love in One Eyed Jacks, all the wrong places. 615 Toulouse St., “I felt really connected to (504) 569-8361 that song the minute I wrote Tickets $20 it,” she says. “I finally felt like I was able to tell a story about a lot of different characters who all had a common search and a common goal, to find love. It’s a really universal idea. I felt close to that song for that reason. … Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re getting any better. You’re writing by yourself all the time. That song gave me a little glimpse, ‘You can keep getting better.’”




lynda Lee Segarra is the “voice of a generation” and “the voice of the future.” The 26-yearold songwriter and Hurray for the Riff Raff bandleader — whose latest album Small Town Heroes, out Feb. 14 on ATO Records, has won her those superlatives from Billboard and National Public Radio — doesn’t take the titles lightly. “I’ve read some Internet comments — you should never read the comments — that are like, ‘But every generation feels so disillusioned. Every generation feels like this. Everyone complains in every generation.’ That’s such a silly idea,” she says. “That’s the end of the world when people stop (caring). ‘Well, we might as well throw in the towel.’ I’d love to be a part of encouraging our generation to not be apathetic. That would be my dream come true.” Segarra grew up in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop, to Puerto Rican parents who came of age with the counterculture but listened to ’50s doo-wop and Latin jazz. “I feel like I haven’t seeped in all those influences, but one day it might all pop out,” she says, laughing. Segarra fell in love with punk rock, catching shows at ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side. “When I started getting into a more rebellious age, I felt like I needed to break away, find my own genre, my own release,” she says. “Punk rock was so raw, and I loved how passionate it was, and the politics behind it, this idea of creating another way. … I loved being around a community of people who were all interested in finding alternative ways of living and making music.” She hit the road at 17, hopping freight trains and traveling the West Coast and the South until she found New Orleans, where she joined a community of fellow musicians and artists. Segarra performed on Royal Street, across from Cafe Du Monde, and on bass drum for Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?. “New Orleans is such a proud city, with such a specific culture,” she says. “It’s not a place that wants to be or is trying to be like anywhere else. Being a New Yorker, I felt like I was brought up with that pride, especially being from the Bronx. When I came here it really resonated with me. I could relate to feeling proud about where I was from. It really led me to learn about all the things people are so proud of, and learn that they have every right to be.” Segarra released songs under Hurray for the Riff Raff in 2007 and began making waves with 2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You, 2010’s Young Blood Blues, and 2012’s Look Out Mama. The band released a covers album, My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, last



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Krewe du Vieux parades through Faubourg Marigny. P H O T O BY C H E RY L G E R B E R

Historian John Barry leads the raunchy and satirical Krewe du Vieux. By Will Coviello




Krewe du Vieux parade 6:30 p.m. Saturday French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny Krewe du Vieux Doo featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Afroskull 8 p.m. Saturday Trash Palace, Chartres Street at Elysian Fields Avenue

As for the crusade, Barry may not want to watch the army that slouches toward French Quarter mayhem behind him. The 17 subkrewes are taking aim at a wide array of targets, from local government to popular culture. The Krewe of Comatose revisits the the nightmare BP unleashed on the Gulf of Mexico and coastal Louisiana. Several subkrewes are up in arms about New Orleans zoning and permits issues, including noise ordinances, go-cups and other changes. The Krewe of Spank is riled up about the transformation of the city into “Disneylandrieu.” Several krewes offer their own visions of the wonderland that is Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s Orleans Parish Prison. Last year’s Krewe du Vieux parade featured a couple of floats mocking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, including one in which Goodell humped the boeuf gras. There are more sports-themed floats in 2014, coinciding with the Winter Olympics and the NBA All-Star game. A couple of floats torch (in effigy) Russian efforts to exclude gay athletes from the Olympics. But overall, the krewe is ready to let the games begin.


ov. Bobby Jindal likely isn’t a fan of the satirical Krewe du Vieux. In recent years, floats have depicted him dumping an old woman out of a wheelchair into the jaws of an alligator (“YoMamaCare”) and having his way with a pelican. This year, the boisterous krewe has anointed historian and wetlands restoration advocate John Barry as king of its “Where the Vile Things Are” parade. The author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 spent much of the last year championing a lawsuit, that Jindal opposes — a lawsuit against oil companies to pay for damages they caused to the wetlands. On Saturday, Barry will lead the irreverent krewe and its procession of brass bands and satirical, racy and offbeat floats. A regular viewer of the parade, Barry embraced the crown with his own theme. “I’m going to be John of Arc, the Blade of Orleans,” Barry says. “When I walked into the (Krewe du Vieux) den, it occurred to me. It seemed perfect. You have a crusade — trying to protect Orleans. Instead of the Maid of Orleans, it’s the Blade of Orleans.” Did he have thoughts about Joan of Arc burning at the stake? “I’m sure (retiring Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority chairman) Garret Graves would like that image,” Barry says. Is satire an appropriate weapon in the battle to save the coast? “I think it’s perfectly appropriate, because every argument the governor’s office has come up with sounds like satire,” Barry says. “The (oil) industry is the most profitable industry in the history of the world. The law and the permits say they’re supposed to fix what they broke. And the most anti-tax governor in the country wants taxpayers to pay instead of the industry. If that’s not the subject of satire, I don’t know what is.” Barry will costume as a knight, and he had visions of riding a float with twin pillars of an oil dredge and the scales of justice, though at press time, it was unclear how the king’s float would be decorated. Artist Dawn DeDeaux will accompany Barry as the royal consort. She designed a John of Arc cup the two will throw.





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Maple Leaf Bar — Rebirth Brass Band, 11


Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30

Banks Street Bar — Jazzacadabra, 9 Blue Nile — Martin Krusche Trio feat. Will Johnson & Marvellous Benetti, 10 Bombay Club — Lucas Davenport, 7 Bullet’s Sports Bar — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7:30 Columns Hotel — John Rankin, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Treme Brass Band, 9 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Burke Ingraffia, 9:30 Dragon’s Den — Divergent Rhythms feat. The Real Steven, 10 Hi-Ho Lounge — Planet Earth, 7; 21st Century Brass Band, Most Wanted Brass Band, 9 House of Blues (The Parish) — Young Gabe, Mystikal, Juvenile, 9:30 Little Gem Saloon — Charlie Miller, 5 The Maison — Gregory Agid, 6; Messy Cookers Jazz Band, 9

Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall-Stars feat. Shannon Powell, 8 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Ed Petersen, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 2; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 6; Shotgun Jazz Band, 10 Tropical Isle Original — Way Too Early, 1 Yuki Izakaya — Joe Cabral, 8

WEDNESDAY 12 Apple Barrel — Barbarella Blue, 5:30 Banks Street Bar — Major Bacon, 10 Blue Nile — Resurrekt feat. Jose Mata Caleb & G Brown, 10 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 & 9 Buffa’s Lounge — Gina Forsyth, 8 Cafe Negril — Gettin’ It, 7; Sam Cammarata & Dominick Grillo, 7:30; Another Day in Paradise, 9:30 Columns Hotel — Andy Rogers, 8 PAGE 60





If relationships were indie rock bands, we’d all be calling up our grade 8 p.m. Tuesday school sweethearts, laughing over yellowed Polaroids and reliving Gasa Gasa, make-out sessions in backseats and bleachers. Like Kim Deal, Lou 4920 Freret St.; Barlow missed his old flames so bad, he got back together with all of them. Perhaps “missed” is the wrong word for Barlow’s feelings toward Dinosaur Jr. antagonist J Mascis; borrowing from Barlow himself, “dick,” “asshole” and “Nazi” are three purported others. Dinosaur Jr. still works because Mascis and Barlow maintain their artistic tension, and Sebadoh still works because Barlow and bassist Jason Loewenstein need a place to channel their anxiety, their uncertainty and their ugliest and prettiest thoughts. Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise), Sebadoh’s eighth album and first in 14 years, doesn’t touch either end of that spectrum — there are no juxtapositions like III’s “Scars, Four Eyes” and “Truly Great Thing” or “Limb by Limb” and “Smoke a Bowl” here, to say nothing of “As the World Dies, the Eyes of God Grow Bigger” — but the compression feels more like a trade-off than a letdown. In contrast to 1999’s glossed-over swan song The Sebadoh and the band’s messy and unspeakable (only whisperable and screamable) early work, this sounds like the Sebadoh of Bakesale and especially Harmacy: an uneven set whose stickiest track (“State of Mine”) is also its prickliest one, a reminder of why, as Barlow once spewed, “No one could excite me any more than you.” Getting back together — it’s the new splitting up. Octagrape and High open. Tickets $12. — NOAH BONAPARTE PAIS


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Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

d.b.a. — Jon Cleary, 7; Stooges Brass Band, 10

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 9

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 5:30

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Jenna McSwain Trio, 9:30

Buffa’s Lounge — HONOR, 5; Ruby Moon, 8

d.b.a. — Tin Men, 7; Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, 10

Freret Street Publiq House — Brass-A-Holics, 9:30

Bullet’s Sports Bar — Guitar Slim Jr., 7:30

Hi-Ho Lounge — Soundclash Beat Battle, 8

Cafe Negril — El DeOrazio, 7

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Leah Rucker, 9:30 Gasa Gasa — Jneiro Jarel’s Viberian Experience, 9 Hi-Ho Lounge — Chris Sheard & the Transplanted Roots, 8 House of Blues — Dom Kennedy, Skeme, Malli Benjamin, 8; Jet Lounge, 11

Circle Bar — Chri Rehm, Greg Mullen, Pochos, 10 Columns Hotel — Ted Long, 6 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — NOJO Jam, 8

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — James Rivers Movement, 8

d.b.a. — Linnzi Zaorski, 6; Hot 8 Brass Band, 10 DMac’s — Vincent Marini, 7

Little Gem Saloon — Richard Knox, 5

Kerry Irish Pub — Vincent Marini, 9

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Cristina Perez, 10

The Maison — Loose Marbles, 6; Midas, 9:30

Little Gem Saloon — Andre Bohren, 5

Gasa Gasa — Sweet Crude, 9

The Max Lounge — Bobby Cure & the Poppa Stoppas, 8

The Maison — Erin Demastes, 5; Shotgun Jazz Band, 7; Jesse Smith Project, 10

Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 One Eyed Jacks — Purple, The Breton Sound, 10 Recovery Room Bar & Grill — Oscar & the Bluescats, 8:30 Roosevelt Hotel — Robin Barnes, 5:30 Rusty Nail — Jenn Howard, 9


Capri Blue Bar at Andrea’s Restaurant — Phil Melancon, 8

Irish House — Dan Rivers, 6

House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Domenic, 6


Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — “Shakedown II” benefit for New Orleans Musicians Clinic feat. New Orleans Suspects, Bonerama, Ed Volker, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Honey Island Swamp Band, Tommy Malone, John Gros and others, 8

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Monty Banks, 4; Orleans 6, 6; Antoine Diel & the New Orleans Power Misfits, 10 Three Muses — Davy Mooney, 5; Nightingales, 7 Yuki Izakaya — Kanako Fuwa’s Moshi Moshi feat. Detroit Brooks, 8

THURSDAY 13 Bayou Beer Garden — Walter “Wolfman” Washington, 9 Bombay Club — Tony Seville, 7 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 8 Buffa’s Lounge — Tom McDermott & Aurora Nealand, 8; Bill Machow, 11

Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich & Friends, 11 Old Point Bar — Isla Nola, 8 Race and Religious — Shades of Praise, 6 Roosevelt Hotel — Sasha Masakowski, 5:30 Siberia — Gold Hope Duo: One Man Machine & Good Children, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 8 & 10 Spice Bar & Grill — Stooges Brass Band, 9 Spotted Cat — Jon Roninger’s Trio, 4; Miss Sophie Lee, 6; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 10 Three Muses — Tom McDermott, 5; Luke Winslow-King, 7:30

Golden Lantern — Nighthawk, 7 Hermes Bar — Shannon Powell, 9:30 Hi-Ho Lounge — Tysson, 10 Irish House — Patrick Cooper, 7 Kerry Irish Pub — Foot & Friends, 9 Little Gem Saloon — Lucas Davenport, 5; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 8 The Maison — Leah Rucker, 4; The Billionaires, 7; Ashton Hines & the Big Easy Brawlers, 10; Pocket Ace Brass Band, midnight Maple Leaf Bar — Flow Tribe, 10:30 The Max Lounge — Flipside, 9 New Orleans Museum of Art — Erin Demastes Jazz Trion, 5:30 Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5; Chapel Blues, 9:30

Vaughan’s — Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill & the Heart Attack, 9

One Eyed Jacks — Hurray for the Riff Raff album release feat. Clear Plastic Masks, The Missing Links, 10

Yuki Izakaya — Norbert Slama, 8; Black Pearl, 11

Roosevelt Hotel — Antoine Diel, 5:30; Luther Kent, 9

FRIDAY 14 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9

Bullet’s Sports Bar — Neisha Ruffins, 7:30

Apple Barrel — Barbarella Blue, 5:30

Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — George French Quartet, 8:30

Banks Street Bar — Smashing Blonde, Isla NOLA, 9

Circle Bar — King Louie One Man Band, 6; Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, 10

Bayou Beer Garden — Jes Groove, 9

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Ellis Marsalis Quartet, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Washboard Chaz Trio, 6; Cottonmouth Kings, 10 St. Roch Tavern — James Jordan & the Lonely Nights Band, 8 Three Muses — Matt Johnson Trio, 6; Glen David Andrews, 9

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Blue Nile — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7; Stooges Brass Band, 11

Tipitina’s — Carolina Chocolate Drops, 10; Uptown Get Down feat. Quicky Mart, Unicorn FKR, Tony Skratchere, 1 a.m.

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 5:30

Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6

Treasure Chest Casino — Harvey Jesus & Fire, 7

MUSIC LISTINGS Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar) — Shannon Powell Trio, 5

Ritz-Carlton — Catherine Anderson, 1

Yuki Izakaya — Conkarah, 8

Roosevelt Hotel — Tom Hook & Wendell Brunious, 9


Siberia — Meschiya Lake, Dave Fera, Lee Walker, 6; Katey Red, Magnolia Rhome, Walt Wiggady, Culotta Rock, G-Baby, Gameova Hound, Killy Keys, Danger Boyz, DJ Lil Man, 9

21st Amendment — Chance Bushman, Adam Arredondo, Russell Ramirez, Joseph Faison, 8 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9 Banks Street Bar — Madfro, 10 Bayou Beer Garden — Tom Leggett Band, 9 Blue Nile — Washboard Chaz Trio, 7; The Essentials, 10; George Porter Jr. & His Runnin’ Partners, Naughty Professor, 11 Bombay Club — Lucas Davenport, 6 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 & 9 Buffa’s Lounge — Shotgun Jazz Bandt, 11 a.m.; Royal Rounders feat. Jerry Jumonville & Freddy Staehle, 8; Mike Dlll, 11 Cafe Negril — Jamey St. Pierre & the Honeycreepers, 7 Capri Blue Bar at Andrea’s Restaurant — Phil Melancon, 8 Circle Bar — HAWN, State Lands, Eastrod, 10 The Civic Theatre — Lord Huron, Superhumanoids, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

d.b.a. — Morning 40 Federation, 11 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Joe Krown Trio, 10 Gasa Gasa — Handsome Beast, Quintessential, Eugene, 9 House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Cody Blaine, 1 Howlin’ Wolf Den — The Cut, 10 Irish House — Dan Rivers, 7 Kerry Irish Pub — Speed the Mule, 5; Hurricane Refugees, 9 Little Gem Saloon — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7 The Maison — Messy Cookers Jazz Band, 4; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 7; Brass-AHolics, 10; Street Legends Brass Band, midnight

Spotted Cat — Russell Welch’s Gypsy Jazz, 4; Shotgun Jazz Band, 6; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 10 Three Muses — Kris Torkaski, 11:30 a.m.; Hot Club of New Orleans, 6; Ted Hefko, 9 Yuki Izakaya — Norbert Slama, 8; Montegut, 11

SUNDAY 16 Banks Street Bar — NOLA County, 4; Ron Hotstream, 7 Bombay Club — Tony Seville, 7 Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like It Hot, 11 a.m.; Josh Paxton, 8 Circle Bar — Micah McKee & Little Maker, 6; Sarah Quintana, Molbyden, Swamp Lillies, 10 Columns Hotel — Chip Wilson, 11 a.m. Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Palmetto Bug Stompers, 6 DMac’s — Michael Pearce, 11 a.m.; Walter “Wolfman” Washington, 6 Gasa Gasa — Gardens and Villa, 9 House of Blues — Gospel Brunch, 10 a.m. Howlin’ Wolf Den — Hot 8 Brass Band, 9 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Lu & Charlie’s Revisited feat. Germain Bazzle, 8 Kerry Irish Pub — Longfellow Street, 8 Little Gem Saloon — Richard Knox, 10 a.m. The Maison — Dave Easley, 4; Linnzi Zaorski, 7; Ashton Hines & the Big Easy Brawlers, 10

Spotted Cat — Pfister Sisters, 2; Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers, 6; Pat Casey & the New Sounds, 10 Three Muses — Ben Polcer, 11:30 a.m.; Raphael & Norbert, 5:30; Debbie Davis, 8 Tipitina’s — Cajun Fais Do-Do feat. Bruce Daigrepont, 5:30 Yuki Izakaya — ShowaRama Hot Jazz Trio, 8

MONDAY 17 Apple Barrel — Sam Cammarata, 8 Banks Street Bar — South Jones, 8 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10 BMC — Lil’ Red & Big Bad, 6 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7 Buffa’s Lounge — St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus, 8 Chickie Wah Wah — Alexis & the Samurai, 8 Circle Bar — Missy Meatlocker, 6 Columns Hotel — David Doucet, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Glen David Andrews, 10 Dmac’s Bar & Grill — Danny Alexander, 8 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — John Fohl, 9:30 Gasa Gasa — Magnetic Mondays feat. Magnetic Ear, 8 Hi-Ho Lounge — Bluegrass Pickin’ Party, 8 House of Blues (The Parish) — Russian Circles, Ken Mode, Inter Arma, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 8 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Living Legends feat. Maynard Chatters, 8 The Roosevelt Hotel Bar — Jazz Factory Night with the James Partridge Septet, 9

Maple Leaf Bar — Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste, 10

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Charmaine Neville & Friends, 8 & 10

Old Point Bar — Diablo’s Horns, 9:30

The Max Lounge — The Y’at Pack, 8

One Eyed Jacks — The Walkmen, Lost Bayou Ramblers, DJ Chris Tonson of Vampire Weekend, 10

Ritz-Carlton — Armand St. Martin, 10:30 a.m.; Catherine Anderson, 2

Spotted Cat — Broken Strings, 4; Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street All-Stars, 6; Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers, 10

Siberia — The Oblivians, King Louie’s Missing Monuments, Buck Biloxi & the Fucks, 9

Yuki Izakaya — Miki Fujii & Friends, 8

Maple Leaf Bar — Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 10:30

Prytania Bar — Teen Hustle, Modrag, Late Great, 9

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Her (R) — A lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his computer’s new operating system. Elmwood, Regal, Slidell

he’s won a $1 million magazine sweepstakes and forces his estranged son to drive from Missouri to Nebraska to claim it. Elmwood, Prytania, Slidell, Westbank

The Rocket

Australia’s official submission to this year’s Oscars, The Rocket balances social realism with the kind of feel-good storytelling that used to make Hollywood proud. Shot on location in Laos and featuring Laotian actors, Aussie director Kim Mordaunt’s film arrives at a landscape ravaged by the Vietnam War and the current needs of industry. Preteen Ahlo and his extended family must leave their soonto-be-flooded village due to The Rocket the construction of a massive, FEB THRU electricity-producing dam. Ahlo 7:30 p.m. FEB is further burdened by superChalmette Movies, 8700 W. stition that says he’s cursed by Judge Perez Drive the unfortunate circumstances of his birth. (504) 304-9992 A road movie evolves as the family searches for an acceptable place to live, all while avoiding the live explosives that remain from Laos’ time as the most heavily bombed country in history. The family is joined by displaced orphan Kia and her uncle Purple, a James Brown fan and lookalike who gets his name from the loud suit he wears each day while threatening to burst into souldrenched song and dance. The Rocket becomes like a fable as the plot hurtles toward possible redemption for Ahlo in the form of a Rocket Festival, a real-life Laotian phenomenon in which participants return metaphorical fire to the heavens with homemade rockets in a cash-prize competition. (Mordaunt discovered Rocket Festivals while filming a documentary called Bomb Harvest, and he returned to a real festival to shoot The Rocket’s finale.) The child actors do a remarkable job pulling us into the story. Their characters (and others) may be familiar, and there’s something deeply traditional about the entire film — even with its exotic locale and politically charged context. But who says foreign films can’t be crowd-pleasers too? The New Orleans Film Society co-sponsors this screening at Chalmette Movies. — KEN KORMAN

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of her Mary Poppins novels. Elmwood, Regal, Slidell

That Awkward Moment (R) — Best friends (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller) all are having trouble with Hurricane On The Bayou (NR) — The film tells the sto- The Nut Job (PG) — A squirrel their girlfriends. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwho was kicked out of ry of Hurricane Katrina and wood, Westbank his park stumbles upon a the impact that Louisiana’s Vampire Academy (PG-13) — nut shop in this animatdisappearing wetlands has Vampire girls attend a prep ed comedy. Chalmette, on hurricane protection. Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, school. Chalmette, Clearview, Entergy IMAX Regal, Westbank Elmwood, Kenner, Regal I, Frankenstein (PG-13) — Penguins 3D (NR) — A king The Wolf of Wall Street (R) Frankenstein’s creation — Leonardo DiCaprio plays fights immortals. Clearview, penguin returns to his native land in the sub-AntJordan Belfort, a wealthy but Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, arctic to find a mate. Slidell, Westbank crooked stockbroker, in this Entergy IMAX 1990s-set Martin Scorsese Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit film adaptation of Belfort’s Ride Along (PG-13) — A (PG-13) — Young CIA analyst autobiography. Canal Place, cop (Ice Cube) makes his Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, sister’s boyfriend (Kevin reveals a terrorist plot to Hart) work a 24-hour patrol Regal, Slidell, Westbank crash the U.S. economy in of Atlanta with him to see a film based on characters OPENING if he’s worthy of marrying from Tom Clancy novels. Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, her. Canal Place, Chalmette, FRIDAY Clearview, Elmwood, Regal, Regal, Slidell, Westbank About Last Night (R) — Kevin Slidell, Westbank Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant Labor Day (PG-13) — A and Regina Hall star in a depressed single mom (Kate Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) — Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) romantic comedy about new Winslet) and her son hide struggles to get author P.L. relationships. Canal Place, an escaped convict. Canal Travers (Emma Thompson) Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmto agree to a film adaptation wood, Kenner, Westbank Regal, Westbank

Endless Love (PG-13) — When a rich girl and a charming boy fall in love, their parents try to keep them apart. Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Slidell, Westbank RoboCop (PG-13) — A police officer (Joel Kinnaman) becomes a cyborg cop in 2028 Detroit. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Westbank Winter’s Tale (PG-13) — A burglar falls for a dying heiress, later learning he can reincarnate her. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Westbank

SPECIAL SCREENINGS 12 O’Clock Boys (NR) — The documentary follows a young boy who wants to join a dirt bike gang in Baltimore. 9:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, Zeitgeist Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (G) — The Peanuts gang learns about Valentine’s Day. There are kids’ activities 30 minutes before the movie. 10 a.m. Saturday, Prytania

The Broken Circle Breakdown (NR) — The Belgian film is a bluegrass love story. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Zeitgeist Fargo (R) — A bumbling criminal (William H. Macy) is pursued by a pregnant woman in this Coen brothers’ film. 8 p.m. Thursday & Sunday, Canal Place The Godfather (R) — Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 mafia crime-drama stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. 10 a.m. & 10 p.m. Sunday, Prytania Lenny Cooke (NR) — The documentary tells the story of an undrafted basketball player. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist The Loving Story (NR) — The documentary follows Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple married during the civil rights era. 11:30 a.m. Friday, SUNO Next Goal Wins (NR) — Mike Brett and Steve Jamison tell the story of the American Samoan soccer team. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Zeitgeist PAGE 64

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The Lego Movie (PG) — A Lego block man is recruited American Hustle (R) — A con to join an epic building artist (Christian Bale) and his quest. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, sexy partner (Amy Adams) are forced to work for an FBI Regal, Westbank agent (Bradley Cooper) who Lone Survivor (R) — Mark teaches them how to break Wahlberg, Ben Foster and up mob rings and crooked Eric Bana star in Peter political posses. Canal Berg’s action-thriller based Place, Clearview, Elmwood, on the true story of SEAL Kenner, Regal, Slidell Team 10’s failed mission to Beyond All Boundaries (NR) neutralize a high-level Taliban operative in June 2005. — The museum screens a “4-D” film, bringing audiences Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, into battle using archival footage and special effects. Slidell, Westbank World War II Museum The Monuments Men (PG-13) — George Clooney’s film tells Frozen (PG) — A prophethe true story of a crew of cy traps a kingdom in a art historians and museum never-ending winter in curators tasked with recovthis animated Disney film. Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, ering masterpieces before Hitler destroys them. Canal Regal, Slidell, Westbank Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Great White Shark 3D (NR) Kenner, Westbank — Shark encounters are shared in the documentary. Nebraska (R) — In Alexander Payne’s black-and-white Entergy IMAX film, an elderly man believes












The Monuments Men


It’s easy to suspect the worst anytime the release of a major film gets pushed back a few months on short notice. Too often the practice telegraphs the arrival of a movie that isn’t all it should be. That’s a fair description of co-writer and director George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which was originally scheduled for a holiday 2013 release. Clooney has proved himself a talented filmmaker with movies like Good Night, and Good Luck and ConfesThe Monuments Men sions of a Dangerous Mind. But he appears to have had some trouble finding the right tone to tell this Wide release based-on-true-events story, which focuses on a team of arts professionals asked to save Europe’s greatest art treasures from theft or destruction by Hitler near the end of World War II. The story of the Monuments Men is a natural for film. But when you enlist talent like Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) to star, you raise the expectation for comedy, which is something that’s hard to reconcile with Nazis. The laughs in The Monuments Men derive mostly from the characters’ banter, which is of a type familiar from Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s 11 and its sequels, and it doesn’t suit the story well. (It would have been no surprise at all to see Brad Pitt show up here for some witty repartee with Clooney.) But the real problem with The Monuments Men can be found in multiple scenes that work fine on their own but appear as nonsequiturs in the context of the film. The screenplay needed more work to make these seemingly random moments come together. That said, the film is lavishly produced, beautiful to look at and fairly engaging throughout. You could do worse, but Clooney should have done better. — KEN KORMAN Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (NR) — The documentary chronicles the life of the Californian shipyard welder turned civil rights hero. 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, SUNO

to prove otherwise. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chalmette

Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) — Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick star in the 1975 rock opera. Midnight On the Waterfront (NR) — Marlon Friday-Saturday, Prytania Brando stars in a 1954 crime Superman the Movie (NR) — The drama about an ex-fighter cafe screens a different Superturned regular working stiff. 10 man movie each week. The 1978 a.m. Wednesday, Prytania version stars Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. 6:30 p.m. Malcolm X (PG-13) — Spike Lee’s Monday, La Divinia biopic of the controversial black leader was based on Alex What Do You Buy the Children Haley’s book and stars Denzel of the Terrorist Who Tried Washington. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 to Kill Your Wife? (NR) — A p.m. Wednesday, SUNO documentary about a bombing during an Israel-Palestine cease Paradise Faith (NR) — In a film fire is screened. A $5 shakshufrom Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy, a ka dinner is served and guests middle-aged woman devotes must RSVP with Liba at liba@ her life to Jesus. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. WednesWednesday, Zeitgeist day, JCC Paradise Hope (NR) — In a film from Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy, an CALL FOR FILM overweight teenage girl goes to a camp to lose weight. 7:30 p.m. Fourth Annual Loving FestiThursday, Zeitgeist val— The festival seeks short films about race, racism and Paradise Love (NR) — In a film the multiracial experience. Visit from Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy, a charitablefilmnetwork.submitmiddle-aged Australian woman for details. Deadline travels to Kenya as a sex tourApril 13. ist. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Zeitgeist The Theatres at Canal Place, Rebel: Loretta Velasquez, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Secret Soldier of the American Canal St., (504) 581-2540; www. Civil War (NR) — The PBS; Chalmette documentary reveals the secret Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Cuban spy for the Union. 7:30 Drive, Chalmette, (504) 304-9992; p.m. Friday, NOMA www.chalmettemovies,com; AMC Clearview Palace 12, The Rocket (NR) — A boy people Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans believe is bad luck enters a Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) rocket making competition

887-1257;; East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190;; AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, (504) 733-2029;; Entergy IMAX Theatre, 1 Canal St., (504) 5814629; www.auduboninstitute. org; The Grand 14 Kenner, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 229-4259;; The Grand 16 Slidell, 1950 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 641-1889; www.thegrandtheatre. com; Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143;; La Divinia Cafe e Gelateria, 621 St. Peter St., (504) 602-2692;; New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www.; Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., (504) 891-2787;; Regal Covington Stadium 14, 69348 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 871-7787;; Southern University at New Orleans, 6400 Press Drive, (504) 286-5000;; AMC Westbank Palace 16, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 263-2298; www.; National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944;; Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 827-5858;



www.goodchildrengallery. com — “Crazy About America,” patriotic art by Dan Tague, through March 9. Graphite Galleries. 936 Royal St., (504) 5653739; www.graphitenola. com — Group mixed media exhibition, ongoing.


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OPENING Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. 400 Julia St., (504) 522-5471; www.jonathanferraragallery. com — “More Greatest Hits,” mixed media exhibition by Mel Chin. Opening reception 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Thursday.

GALLERIES A Gallery For Fine Photography. 241 Chartres St., (504) 568-1313; www.agallery. com — Photographs and photo books from all eras by various photographers, ongoing.

Alex Beard Studio. 712 Royal St., (504) 309-0394; — Drawings and paintings by Alex Beard, ongoing. Anton Haardt Gallery. 2858 Magazine St., (504) 3094249; — “Deep Blues,” Southern folk art group exhibition, ongoing. Ariodante Gallery. 535 Julia St., (504) 524-3233; — Contemporary craft exhibition by Taft McWhorter, Belle Bijoux, Timothy Schuler, Geoff Wilder and Tristan Faulman, through February. Arthur Roger Gallery. 432 Julia St., (504) 522-1999; — “Viscous Resin Extruding From the Trunk,” art by Holton Rower, through Saturday. Barrister’s Gallery. 2331 St. Claude Ave., (504) 525-2767; — “Theme and Variations,” paintings and sculpture by Sylvaine Sanction; “Pretty Ladies,” paintings by John Isiah Walton; “State of Education,” art by Charisse Celino; all through March 1. Beneito’s Art. 3618 Magazine St., (504) 8919170; www.bernardbeneito.

Boyd | Satellite. 440 Julia St., (504) 581-2440; — “Service,” photography by Paul Solberg, through March 29. Callan Contemporary. 518 Julia St., (504) 525-0518; www.callancontemporary. com — “Transformation,” paintings by Adrian Deckbar, through March 29. Catalyst Gallery of Art. 5207 Magazine St., (504) 220-7756; — Group exhibition of New Orleans-inspired art, ongoing. Chester Allen’s Oasis of Energy. 221 Dauphine St., (504) 292-8365; www.chesterallen-oasisofenergy.tumblr. com — “Universal Groove,” silversmithing by Chester Allen, ongoing. Cole Pratt Gallery. 3800 Magazine St., (504) 891-6789; — “Scale,” paintings by Stephen Strickland, through March 15. Courtyard Gallery. 1129 Decatur St., (504) 330-0134; www.woodartandmarketing. com — New Orleans-themed reclaimed wood carvings by Daniel Garcia, ongoing. Du Mois Gallery. 4609 Freret St., (504) 818-6032; — “As we go up we go down,” oil painting on panel by Jeremy Willis, through Feb. 22. Freret Clay Center. 2525 Jena St., (504) 919-8050; — “The Human Condition,” metal rusts, wood rots collage, ceramic tiles and vessels by Barbie L’Hoste and Bill Darrow, ongoing. The Front. 4100 St. Claude Ave., (504) 301-8654; — Mixed media group exhibition, through March 2. Gallery Burguieres. 736 Royal St., (504) 301-1119; www.galleryburguieres. com — Mixed media by Ally Burguieres, ongoing. Good Children Gallery. 4037 St. Claude Ave., (504) 616-7427;

J & S Gallery. 3801 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 952-9163 — Wood carvings and paintings by local artists, ongoing. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art. 600 Julia St., (504) 895-7375; — “New Orleans Bars and Bistros,” paintings by Linda Lesperance, through March. Kurt E. Schon. 510 St. Louis St., (504) 524-5462; — 19th-century French salon romantic paintings, through February. La Madama Bazarre. 1007 St. Mary St., (504) 236-5076; www. — Group exhibition celebrating the whimsical and weird side of Louisiana, ongoing. Lemieux Galleries. 332 Julia St., (504) 522-5988; www. — “Nine Years Later,” paintings and drawings by John Clemmer; “Bands of Mardi Gras,” photography by Stan Strembicki; both through Feb. 22. Lisa Victoria Gallery. 616 Royal St., (504) 315-0850; www.lisavictoriagallery. com — Mixed media group exhibition, ongoing. M. Francis Gallery. 1938 Burgundy St., (504) 9311915; www.mfrancisgallery. com — Acrylic on canvas by Myesha, ongoing. Michalopoulos Gallery. 617 Bienville St., (504) 558-0505; — “Down and Dirty,” paintings by James Michalopoulos, ongoing. Morrison. 1507 Magazine St., (504) 451-3303; — Sculpture and drawings by Thomas Randolph Morrison, ongoing. New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio. 727 Magazine St., (504) 529-7277; www.neworleansglassworks. com — “From the Hand to the Heart,” silver and gold glass sculptures by Kyle Herr and 3-D stained glass by Caitlyn Waugh, through February. New Orleans Public Library, Rosa Keller Branch. 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2675; — “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” photography by Richard Keller and Frank Relle, through February. PAGE 66


Academy Gallery. 5256 Magazine St., (504) 899-8111; www.noafa. com — “New Year, New Work,” group invitational art show featuring Michael Deas, Walt Handelsman and BIlly Myers, through Friday.

com — Oil paintings by Beneito Bernard, ongoing.

Henry Hood Gallery. 325 E. Lockwood St., Covington, (985) 789-1832 — “Signs of Life,” abstract monotypes by Rosemary Goodell and digital road sign prints by Dale Newkirk, through March 1.



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By its very existence, 30 Americans is an exhibition that raises all sorts of questions. Who are these African-American artists and why are they exhibited as a group? It helps to know these works were chosen by Mera and Don Rubell for their collection — itself a who’s who sampler of leading contemporary artists — and that they epitomize a specific genre. These works illustrate how modern American artists who happen to be black work within the paradoxes of being who they are, and doing what they do, in America today. Recent black art tends to be more nuanced yet no less visceral than it was in the past, so it’s no surprise that irony is a constant, or that sentiments can seem over the top. The challenge is to handle the outrageous elements, and these artist know how to do it deftly. The late Robert Colescott is the acknowledged granddaddy of the group. His parents moved from New Orleans to California before he was born, but his roots resurface in Sunset on the Bayou (pictured), where black folk ponder hard questions of identity against a cartoonish backdrop of the Louisiana Purchase. No less outrageous are Kalup Linzy’s mock soap opera videos in which he plays gender-bending roles, or Mickalene Thomas’ satirical paintings depicting kitschy interpretations of black female sexuality, or Kara Walker’s mock-Victorian paper cutout depictions of the elegant depravity of antebellum plantation life. More recent trends appear in Kehinde Wiley’s lushly painted transpositions of black pop culture figures into baroque settings formerly associated with European aristocracy. The cumulative effect is like a raucous hall of mirrors where stereotypes are often wildly exaggerated and no one escapes the darkly expressionistic humor so often implicit in these works. Overall, 30 Americans is a great show that graphically illustrates the cognitive dissonance that ensues when sensitive artists try to make sense of a world where superficial labels often trump complex individual realities. — D. ERIC BOOKHARDT




30 Americans: Art by leading African-American artists from the last 30 years Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. (504) 528-3805

Newcomb Art Gallery. Woldenberg Art Center, (504) 314-2406; www. newcombartgallery.tulane. edu — “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in nearly 30 years, through March 9.

Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Second floor, (504) 523-7945; www. — Contemporary crafts by Sean Dixson, Cathy Cooper-Stratton, Margo Manning, Nellrea Simpson and others, ongoing.

Scott Edwards Photography Gallery. 2109 Decatur St., (504) 610-0581; — “Da Parish: A Journey Through St. Bernard Parish,” photography by Fridgeir Helgason, through April 5. “De Troit,” photographic homage to Detroit by Joseph Crachiola, through June 7.

ART LISTINGS Second Story Gallery. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 710-4506; — Sculpture by Gina Laguna and mixed media art by Cynthia Ramirez, through March 1. Sheila Phipps Studio & Gallery. 8237 Oak St., (504) 5966031 — Oil and acrylic portraits and abstracts, ongoing. Sibley Gallery. 3427 Magazine St., (504) 8998182; — “Luna-Wings,” art by Wanda Sullivan and Rachel Wright, through February. Staple Goods. 1340 St. Roch Ave., (504) 908-7331; www. — “Nobody’s Land,” paintings by Matias Santa Maria, through April 2. Stella Jones Gallery. Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 132, (504) 568-9050; www.stellajonesgallery. com — “East Meets West: Contemporary African Art,” paintings by Woesene Kosrof, watercolors by Tayo Adenaike and wood reliefs and found object art by El Anatsui, through March.

Whisnant Galleries. 343 Royal St., (504) 524-9766; — Ethnic, religious and antique art, sculpture, textile and porcelain, ongoing.

SPARE SPACES Bonjour Lingerie. 4214 Magazine St., (504) 309-8014; www.facebook. com/bonjournola — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing. The Country Club. 634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www. thecountryclubneworleans. com — “All Amzie All the Time,” group exhibition of art celebrating Amzie Adams, ongoing. The Exchange Center. 935 Gravier St., (504) 523-1465; — “Art Gumbo,” group exhibition from Louisiana artists, through Wednesday. Hey! Cafe. 4332 Magazine St., (504) 891-8682; www.heycafe. biz — Cartoons from Feast Yer Eyes magazine, ongoing. La Divina Gelateria. 621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; — Art and photographs by Thom

Old Florida Project. between Florida Avenue, Mazant Street, Gallier Street and North Dorgenois Street — #ProjectBe features tributes, remembrances and social statements spray painted in the long blighted Florida project by local artist and Gambit 40 Under 40 honoree Brandan “B-Mike” Odums, ongoing. Top Drawer Antiques. 4310 Magazine St., (504) 897-1004; — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing.

CALL FOR ARTISTS Alliance Francaise’s What Makes Louisiana French Photo Contest. People ages 14 and up can enter photographs in Alliance Francaise’s contest. Visit for details. Deadline Feb. 20. Fourth Annual Loving Festival. The festival seeks original artwork about race, racism and the multiracial experience. Visit for details. Deadline April 13.

MUSEUMS Ashe Cultural Arts Center. 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www. — “16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Art Exhibit,” art by professionals and students about the civil rights hero; “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present,” National Museum of Mexican Art pieces about the contributions of Africans to Mexican culture; both through February. Contemporary Arts Center. 900 Camp St., (504) 5283800; — “30 Americans,” group exhibition of black art from the past 30 years, through June 15. “SubMERGE,” art by Lee Deigaard, through Feb. 20. Gallier House Museum. 1132 Royal St., (504) 525-5661; — “Amazing Croatia,” photography by Marko Vrdoljak, through Feb. 24. Historic New Orleans Collection. 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — “Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War,” collection of items conveying New Orleanians’ feelings during the Civil War, through March 9. “Civil War Battlefields and National Parks,” photography by A. J. Meek, through April 5. Longue Vue House and Gardens. 7 Bamboo Road, (504)

488-5488; www.longuevue. com — “Every Tree Tells a Story,” photography of United States trees, through April 13. “Simply Silver,” exhibition of three centuries of silver, through April. Louisiana State Museum Cabildo. 701 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “Images and Instruments: Medical History,” artifacts and images of 19th and 20th century medical equipment, ongoing. Louisiana State Museum Presbytere. 751 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; both ongoing. Madame John’s Legacy. 632 Dumaine St., (504) 5686968; — “The Palm, the Pine and the Cypress: Newcomb College Pottery of New Orleans,” ongoing. National World War II Museum. 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; — “We Can... We Will...We Must!,” allied propaganda posters of WWII, through Sunday. New Orleans Museum of Art. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; — “Cities of Ys,” art by Camille Henrot, through Feb. 23. Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 925 Camp St., (504) 5399600; www.ogdenmuseum. org — Works by Walter Inglis Anderson from the museum’s permanent collection; an exhibition of southern regionalists from the museum’s permanent collection; paintings by Will Henry Stevens; all ongoing. Old U.S. Mint. 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www. — “Visions of Excellence,” group exhibition of award-winning photojournalism from around the world, through February. Southeastern Architectural Archive. Tulane University, Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., (504) 865-5699; seaa.tulane. edu — “Bellocq & Beyond,” architectural photography collection, through Feb. 20. Williams Research Center. Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St., (504) 523-4662; — “Daguerreotypes to Digital: A Presentation of Photographic Processes,” historical photography from 1840 to present, through March 29.


UNO-St. Claude Gallery. 2429 St. Claude Ave., (504) 280-6493; — “Peripheral Recognition,” mixed media sculpture by Jason Childers; “Influxx,” paintings by Wendell Brunious; both through March 2.

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The Bumpy Road. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; www. — Sarah Gauthier and Allison Brand star in their musical about pregnancy. Emily Otto accompanies. Tickets $15. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington, (504) 892-2624; www.fpa-theater. com — Michael Martin directs Tennessee Williams’ play starring Jane McNulty, Preston Bishop, Anne Pourciau and Rex Badeaux. Tickets $22. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-7529; www. — Tommye Myrick directs Tennessee Williams’ play featuring Damon Singleton as Brick Polite and Gail Glapion as Big Mama. Tickets $20. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cinderella Batistella. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, (504) 461-9475; — Ricky Graham directs a David Cuthbert and Bob Bruce New Orleans-set retelling of Cinderella. Admission $16.50. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Father. University of New Orleans, Lab Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-7469; edu — Jenny L. Billot directs Frederick Mensch’s family drama about siblings mourning their father, a man hated by most other people. The play won the 2013 Tennessee Williams One-Act Playwriting Competition. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Macbeth. The Tigermen Den, 3133 Royal St.; www. — Skin

Horse Theater’s production of the Shakespeare tragedy is directed by Nat Kusinitz, choreographed by Angelle Hebert and stars Dylan Hunter and Veronica Hunsinger-Loe. Tickets range from $15 to $25. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday & Sunday-Monday. A Moon for the Misbegotten. Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755; www. theirishhouseneworleans. com — Eugene O’Neill’s play follows an Irish dad (Tony Bentley) playing matchmaker. Admission $15. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday & Monday. Murder at Cafe Noir. Christ Episcopal Theatre, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington, (504) 885-2000; — The audience decides what detective Rick Archer does next in this 1940s-themed crime drama. Tickets $30. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. An Outopia for Pigeons. Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., (504) 298-8676; www.theshadowboxtheatre. com — Bonnie Gable directs Justin Maxwell’s absurdist play about passenger pigeons. Admission $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sunday. The Totalitarians. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; www. — Kenneth Prestininzi directs Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s play about politicians, starring Judith Hawking, Jessica Podewell, Leon Contavesprie and Ben Carbo. Tickets $40. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.

BURLESQUE, CABARET & VARIETY Beach Blanket Burlesque. Tiki Tolteca, 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www. — GoGo McGregor hosts a free burlesque show at the French Quarter tiki bar. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Bits & Jiggles. Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855 — The show mixes comedy and burlesque. Free admission. 9 p.m. Monday. Burlesque Ballroom. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; — Trixie Minx stars in the weekly burlesque show featuring the music of Romy Kaye and the Brent Walsh Jazz Trio. Call (504) 553-2331 for details. 11:50 p.m. Friday. The Slam Up Tour. Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., (504) 298-8676; www. — Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger perform a musical show about love, combining poetry, rap and singing. Visit theslamuptour.tumblr. com for details. Tickets $10. 8 p.m. Monday. Valentine-Y Show ... with a Mardi Grawdy Look. The Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-6110; jefferson. — Uncle Wayne Daigrepont performs a oneman show celebrating both Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras to benefit New Orleans’ myasthenia gravis support group. Appetizers and drinks are sold. Tickets $25. 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Victory Belles: Spirit of America. National World War II Museum, Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944; — The Victory Belles perform patriotic tunes from the American canon and from the songbooks of George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. Food from Chef John Besh’s American Sector is provided. Brunch show $55. 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

OPERA Cinderella. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., (504) 525-1052; — The New Orleans Opera performs Jules Massenet’s retelling of the classic tale. Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

COMEDY Accessible Comedy. Buffa’s Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www. — J. Alfred Potter and Jonah Bascle do stand-up shows on a rotating basis. 11:55 p.m. Friday. Allstar Comedy Revue. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St., (504)

STAGE LISTINGS REVIEW — Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Dominique perform stand-up comedy. Tickets start at $45. 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Lights Up. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; www. — The theater showcases new improv troupes. Tickets $5. 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Megaphone Show. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; — Each show features a guest sharing favorite true stories, the details of which inspire improv comedy. Tickets $8. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic & Showcase. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www. — Andrew Polk hosts the open-mic series that features a booked showcase. Free admission. 8 p.m. sign-up, 9 p.m. show. Sunday. Shaquille O’Neal presents: All-Star Comedy Jam. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., (504) 287-0351; www. — Deon Cole, D.L. Hughley, Tony Roberts, Deray Davis, Robert Powell and Brandon T Jackson perform standup comedy. Tickets start at $65. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sit-Down Stand-Up. Prytania Bar, 3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773; www. — Jonah Bascle hosts the stand-up comedy show presented by Accessible Comedy. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Monday. Sketchy Characters. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; — The Sketchy Characters perform sketch comedy. Visit for details. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Think You’re Funny? Comedy Showcase. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., (504) 865-9190; — The weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. Sign-up 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

Golda’s Balcony Caught off guard by the start of the Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Golda Meir sensed impending destruction for Israel. “Call Kissinger,” Meir commands a diplomat on the phone. “Wake him up. Does he know the Soviets are air-lifting to Damascus?” In Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre’s production of Golda’s Balcony, Meir sits at a table, smokes cigarettes and recounts how she, an immigrant to the United States, became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Written by William Gibson (The Miracle Worker) and directed by Carl Walker, Golda’s Balcony is a one-woman show dramatizing Meir’s life. Born in Kiev, Ukraine (then under the control of imperial Russia) Meir’s family emigrated to Milwaukee, Wis., to escape persecution of Jews. As a teenager, Meir briefly lived with her sister in Denver and became an active Zionist. In Denver, Meir also met the man who would become her husband and later the two moved to Palestine. The show’s narrative combines Meir’s personal and political thoughts. Meir struggles to balance family life — she had two children — with her drive to help create a state for Jewish people. Clare Moncrief gave a captivating performance that went from joking about political intrigue (there are great moments of levity) to weeping over lost lives. Meir’s intense political dealings weigh on her and cause a rift in her family. Even world leaders want to take their children to band practice. Golda’s “second balcony” refers to an underground facility where — the show asserts — Israel developed materials for a nuclear bomb. The pressure never abates for Meir and the heaviness of her life’s work was palpable for the audience. Moncrief bares the soul of a dispersed people. In a one-person show, there is nowhere to hide, and Moncrief met the challenge head on with great control and power. In a moving scene, Meir listed the names of Nazi concentration camps. The woman sitting next to me cried for the latter part of the show as Meir’s story documented the horrors inflicted on Jews in the 20th century. There were no pauses for Moncrief, and her performance was full of energy and dignity. The minimal set featured some exposed brick and a table at center stage. Photos were projected on a wall behind Moncrief and some added to the piece, but others were distracting. Though driven by the drama of war, Golda’s Balcony is ultimately about survival and the extraordinary sacrifices it can require. The show dramatizes history in a compelling way while serving as an important reminder of grave events. — TYLER GILLESPIE


310-4999; — Leon Blanda hosts the stand-up comedy show with special guests and a band. Free admission. 8 p.m. Thursday. Comedy Beast. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 522-9653; www. — The New Movement presents a stand-up comedy showcase. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Catastrophe. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., (504) 9440099; www.lostlovelounge. com — Cassidy Henehan hosts the weekly comedy showcase. Free admission. 9 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Gumbeaux. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 522-9653; www. — Local comedians perform, and amateurs take the stage in the open-mic portion. 8 p.m. Thursday. Comedy Sportz. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; — The theater hosts an allages improv comedy show. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday. Friday Night Laughs. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts an open-mic. 10 p.m. Friday. Gambit Comedy Night. Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., (504) 8269912; — Joe Cardosi hosts a night of stand-up comedy by Josh Stover, Dan Woods, Katie East and Duncan Pace. Free admission. 7 p.m. Monday. Give ’Em The Light OpenMic. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; — Leon Blanda hosts the showcase. Sign-up 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tuesday. Johnny Rock. C. Beever’s Bar of Music, 2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-9401; www.cbeevers. com — Johnny Rock hosts an open-mic comedy night. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Laugh & Sip. The Wine Bistro, 1011 Gravier St.; www. — Mark Caesar and DJ Cousin Cav host the weekly showcase of local comedians. Call (504) 606-6408 for details. Tickets $7. 8 p.m. Thursday. Let the Laughter Roll. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., (504) 280-7171;

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EVENTS TUESDAY 11 Adult Spelling Bee. Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 364-2660; — Adults participate in a spelling bee. 7 p.m.


Crescent City Farmers Market. Tulane University Square, 200 Broadway St. — The weekly market features fresh produce, kettle corn, Green Plate specials and flowers. Visit for details. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Figure Drawing Class. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 866-4278; — Call to register for the figure drawing class. Admission $10. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s All About the Music BIke Ride. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, North Rampart and St. Ann streets — As part of NOLA Social Ride, bicyclists cruise around the city, stopping a few times along the way to enjoy free live music. More information is available at www.facebook. com/groups/nolasocialride. 6 p.m. Reggae Night. The Other Place, 1224 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 943-7502 — DJ Kush Master spins reggae, there’s food from Coco Hut and there are cultural vendors. Free admission. 8 p.m. Toddler Time. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm. org — The museum hosts special Tuesday and Thursday activities for children ages 3 and under and their parents or caregivers. Admission $8, free for members. 10:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY 12 Barbershop Meetings. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Ore-

tha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; — Peter Nahkid leads the men’s discussion of entrepreneurship, family, love, dreams and more. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Basic Drawing with Reachel Mayeur. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 8664278; www.forstallartsupply. com — Artist Reachel Mayeur teaches a six-week series of basic drawing classes. Supplies are included in registration fee. Call to register. 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. Fun Under the Frescoes. St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance St., (504) 524-8116; — The Friends of St. Alphonsus host a concert and each attendee gets three free drinks. Tickets $10. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Art on the Rocks at W New Orleans. W Hotel New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; — Artists in residence showcase and sometimes demonstrate their work and there’s a DJ, drink specials and giveaways of lodging at W Hotels across the country. Visit for details. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Business Plan Writing Series. Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 364-2660; — Operation Hope hosts a series of free 90-minute classes about different aspects of creating business plans. The series culminates with a graduation. 7 p.m. Franco’s Senior Healthy Aging Seminar. Franco’s Health Club and Spa, 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville, (985) 792-0200; — Seniors compete in a wide variety of activities, there are exercise classes, health screenings, seminars, cooking demos, giveaways, live entertainment and more. Register online. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Live Painting Battle. Tiki Tolteca, 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.facebook. com/tikitolteca — Six artists compete in a live art battle. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mildred Dillon on Financial Strategy. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; www. — Dillon hosts a presentation on money management. 7 p.m.

Marketplace at Armstrong Park. Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., (504) 658-3200; — The weekly market features fresh produce, baked goods, Louisiana seafood, handmade beauty products, art, crafts and entertainment. Visit www.icdnola. org for details. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Project 1399 BIble Study. Thompson United Methodist, 1023 St. Roch Ave., (504) 327-9274 — The Bible study is independent and non-denominational. Visit www. for details. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

NOLA TimeBanking, DyverseCity Etsy Training. DyverseCity, 3932 Fourth St., (504) 439-4530 — Attendees can set up TimeBank accounts, learn how to run Etsy shops or get computer coaching. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

V-Day Soiree Workshop and Market. AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge. com — Dynamo Toys hosts an adult toy workshop, burlesque show and Valentine’s Day market. Visit www. for details. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous. Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-3431 — Group members help each other utilize the 12-step method to recover from compulsive eating. For details, contact Sarah at (504) 458-9965. 7 p.m.

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Sistahs Making a Change. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070;

EVENT LISTINGS — Women of all levels of expertise are invited to dance, discuss and dine together at this health-centered event. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Snapshot of Income and Wealth Patterns Among African-American Families. SUNO Lake Campus, 6801 Press Dr., (504) 286-5343; — Professor Igwe Udeh discusses the income and wealth gap between the black community and the rest of the population in room 100 of the business & public administration building. 2 p.m.

FRIDAY 14 Friday Nights at NOLA: Amour Tour. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www.noma. org — The Valentine’s Day edition of Friday Nights at NOMA features a Valentine’s Day-inspired gallery tour, art activities, music by the Erin Demastes Jazz Trio and a screening of the film Rebel: Loretta Velazquez: Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market, 922 Teche St. — Produce, seafood and more are available for purchase. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Acrylic Painting. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 866-4278; www. — Artist Charisse Celino teaches a six-week series of acrylic painting classes. Supplies are included in the registration fee. Call to register. Antique Auto Club of St. Bernard Cruise Night. Brewster’s, 8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 309-7548; www. — Antique and classic cars are displayed. 6 p.m. Bayou Gardens Camellia Open House. Southeast Louisiana Refuges Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (Bayou Lacombe Centre), 61389 Hwy. 434, (985) 882-2000; www. — Attendees learn about camellias and are able to purchase them. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Civil War Living History. Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., (504) 5234662; — Living history characters Roscoe, Lee & Abadie use music, the-

Civil War Port Hudson Trip. Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — In conjunction with its Civil War exhibits, the Historic New Orleans Collection hosts a trip to the Port Hudson state historic site in Jackson, La. Lunch at Roadside Bar-B-Q is included. Call to register. Buses depart from the 300 block of Bienville Street at 8:30 a.m. Registration $45. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crescent City Farmers Market. Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod streets, (504) 861-5898; www. — The weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon. 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. for details. 8 a.m. to noon. Gretna Farmers Market. Gretna Farmers Market, Huey P. Long Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, Gretna, (504) 3628661 — The weekly rain-orshine 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. Grow Dat Farm Stand. Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, (504) 377-8395; — Grow Dat Youth Farm sells its produce. 9 a.m. to noon. Intro to Painting. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 866-4278; www. — Artist Charisse Celino teaches a six-week series of basic painting classes. Supplies are included in the registration fee. Call to register. Kids Menu: Pig Tales. SoFAB Culinary Library, 1604 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 5690405; www.southernfood. org/culinary-library — Mam Papaul’s Food Products’ founder Nancy Wilson reads three different children’s stories about pigs, before making bacon and cheese grits with the kids. Free admission. 10 a.m.

Lourdes Ball. Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 278-4242; — St. Bernard Parish celebrates Carnival with a free ball. Free admission. 8 p.m.

Frenchmen St., (504) 9423731; dbano — The bar and music venue offers free swing dance lessons. 4:30 p.m.

Madisonville Art Market. Madisonville Art Market, Tchefuncte River Front at Water Street, Madisonville, (985) 871-4918; www.artformadisonville. org — The monthly market features works by local artists including paintings, mixed-media works, photography, jewelry, wood carving, sculpture, stained glass and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Comparative Strategy of Struggle between Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. SUNO Lake Campus, 6801 Press Dr., (504) 286-5343; www. — Wes Johnson gives a lecture comparing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela in room 102 of the information technology center. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

OCH Recycled Art Market. Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc. net — There’s live music, entertainment and art and home furnishings crafted from reclaimed materials. Visit www.ochartmarket. com for details. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rivertown Farmers Market. Rivertown, 400 block of Williams Boulevard., Kenner, (504) 468-7231; www.kenner. — The twice-monthly market features local fruit, vegetables and dairy, homemade jams and jellies, cooking demonstrations and more. 8 a.m. to noon. First and third Saturday of every month. St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi, (504) 355-4442; — The market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wiener Dog Races. Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 944-5515; www. — Thirty dachshunds compete. Admission $5. 1 p.m. Yoga. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, (504) 658-4100; — The museum holds yoga classes. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 8 a.m.

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Tai Chi/Chi Kung. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, (504) 658-4100; www. — Terry Rappold presents the class in the museum’s art galleries. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 6 p.m.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS Funny Bones Improv. Funny Bones Improv, a non-profit comedy troupe who performs for children at hospitals, seeks applicants for its Ha!Spital Improv Specialist Training. Visit www. for details. Deadline Feb. 21.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, 2605 River Road, Westwego, (504) 833-4024; www. — The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for upcoming events and to facilitate patient service programs. Opportunities are available with Relay for Life, Look Good … Feel Better, Hope Lodge, Man to Man, Road to Recovery, Hope Gala and more. Call for information. Another Life Foundation Volunteers. Another Life Foundation seeks volunteers recovering from mental illness to help mentor others battling depression and suicidal behaviors. Free training provided. For details, contact Stephanie Green at (888) 543-3480, anotherlifefoundation@ or visit www.

Bayou Rebirth Wetlands Education. Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit www. for details. Bilingual Evacuteers. Puentes New Orleans and Evacuteer seek bilingual volunteers to assist the Spanish-speaking population with mandatory evacuations in New Orleans during hurricane season. Email Luis Behrhorst at for details. CASA New Orleans. The organization seeks volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent abused and neglected children in New Orleans. The time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours per month. No special skills are required; thorough training and support is provided. Call Brian Opert at (504) 522-1962 ext. 213 or email for details. Crescent City Farmers Market. CCFM and seek volunteers to field shoppers’ questions, assist seniors, help with monthly children’s activities and more. Call (504) 495-1459 or email for details. Dress for Success New Orleans. The professional women’s shop seeks volunteers to assist clients with shopping, manage inventory and share expertise. Call (504) 891-4337 or email to register. Each One Save One. Greater New Orleans’ largest oneon-one mentoring program seeks volunteer mentors. Visit for details. Edgar Degas Foundation. The nonprofit seeks volunteers to contribute to the development of the foundation. Call (504) 821-5009 or email info@degashouse. com for details. Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run seeks running buddies, assistant coaches, committee members and race day volunteers. Email to register. Visit www. for details about the program. Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. The center seeks part-time civil rights investigators with excellent writing skills, reliable transportation and



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Meal Delivery Volunteers. Jefferson Council on Aging seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults. Gas/mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Call Gail at (504) 888-5880 for details.

Green Light New Orleans. The group that provides free energy-efficient lightbulbs seeks volunteers to help install the bulbs in homes. Call (504) 324-2429 or email to apply. Visit www. for details.

National World War II Museum. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www. nationalww2museum. org — The museum accepts applications for volunteers to meet and greet visitors from around the world and familiarize them with its galleries, artifacts and expansion. Call (504) 527-6012 ext. 243 or email katherine. for details.

HandsOn New Orleans. The volunteer center for the Greater New Orleans area invites prospective volunteers to learn about the various opportunities available, how to sign up for service projects and general tips on how to be a good volunteer. Call (504) 304-2275, email volunteer@ or visit for details.


Hospice Volunteers. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Carla Fisher at (504) 832-8111 for details.


Jackson Barracks Museum Volunteers. The museum seeks volunteers to work one day a week for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles and equipment for display. Call David at (504) 837-0175 or email daveharrell@yahoo. com for details. Lakeview Civic Improvement Association. The association’s green space committee needs volunteers for the adopt-a-block program to pick up trash or trim trees. Sign up with Russ Barranco at (504) 482-9598 or rpbarranco@ Louisiana SPCA Volunteers. The Louisiana SPCA seeks volunteers to work with the animals and help with special events, education and more. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and complete a volunteer orientation to work directly with animals. Visit org/volunteer to sign up. Volunteers. seeks volunteers to help renovate homes in the Lower 9th Ward. Visit www.lowernine. org or email for details.

New Canal Lighthouse Docents. New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., (504) 282-2134; — Attendees train to be volunteer tour guides for the New Canal Lighthouse Museum. Volunteers commit to working two to three 3-hour shifts monthly. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

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 (504) 899-0820, email elizabeth@stairnola. org or visit www.stairnola. org for details. Sync Up. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation seeks volunteers to staff Sync Up, Jazz Fest’s entertainment industry conference. Email with the subject “Sync Up Volunteer Opportunities” for guidelines and an application. Deadline March 3. Teen Suicide Prevention. The Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. Call (504) 831-8475 for details.

Touro Infirmary. Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7011; www. — The hospital is currently in need of adult NOLA Wise. The provolunteers to assist in a gram by Global Green in variety of assignments, inpartnership with the City cluding the chemo infusion of New Orleans and the center, information desks, Department of Energy that family surgery lounge and helps homeowners make book cart. For information, their homes more energy call Volunteer Services efficient seeks volunteers. All volunteers must attend a or email denise.chetta@ 30-minute orientation. Email 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. and www. Public School Volunteers. New Orleans Outreach seeks volunteers to share their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the ARMS-Outreach after-school program. Volunteers are needed in the arts, academics, technology, recreation and life skills. Email jenny@ or call (504) 654-1060 for information. Senior Companion Volunteers. New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., (504) 821-4121; www. — The council seeks volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently.

WORDS Arthur & Pauline Frommer. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The authors sign and discuss Frommer’s Easy Guide to New Orleans 2014. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Barnes & Noble Jr. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5135 — The bookstore regularly hosts free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information. Brandi Perry. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The author signs and reads from The Jury. 10 a.m. Saturday. Charles Riddle. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; — The author signs and discusses The Outhouse Report. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale.

Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625; www. — The group hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Gina Ferrara, Jonathan Kline. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; — The authors read and discuss romance and their books. 7 p.m. Thursday. Kim Marie Vaz. Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., (504) 322-7479; www. neworleanspubliclibrary. org — The author discusses The Baby Dolls: Breaking Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lara Glenum. University of New Orleans, Fine Arts Gallery, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-6493; www. — Glenum reads poetry and signs books. Refreshments are provided. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Local Writers’ Group. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 4555135 — The weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. Google “Realms of Fiction” for more information. 7:30 p.m. Monday. MernaLyn. Beth Israel Synagogue and Community Center, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 4545080; www.bethisraelnola. com — The author discusses and signs The 10-Second Diet. 10 a.m. Sunday. Nancy Horan. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 8952266 — The author signs and reads from Under the Wide and Starry Sky. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Natalie Baszile. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The author discusses and signs Queen Sugar. 6 p.m. Thursday. Open Mic. Drum Sands Publishing and Books, 7301 Downman Road, (504) 247-6519; — The bookstore and publishing house hosts an open mic for writers of all genres. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Peter Cooley, Sean Strub. Faulkner House Books, 624 Pirate’s Alley, (504) 524-2940; www.wordsandmusic. org — The authors sign

Night Bus to the Afterlife and Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival. Refreshments are served. RSVP to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Poets of Color. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., (504) 947-2121; www.stannanola. org — Poets participate in a writing circle. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Roger Sedarat. Tulane University, Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium, (504) 314-2200; — The author reads poetry. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Story Time with Miss Maureen. Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St., (504) 866-4916; www. — The bookstore hosts a children’s book reading. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Tao Poetry. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., (504) 891-3381; www. — 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., (504) 947-2121; www.stannanola. org — The group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Monday. Call (504) 655-5489 or email fleurdeholly@ for details.

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Dear New Orleans Job Guru, “I submitted my résumé to a national job site just to check out possibilities in my field, which is accounting. The website offered me a free résumé critique, so I accepted it. They are claiming that my résumé needs to be rewritten, which is news to me, because I paid good money to have it prepared in San Diego before I moved to New Orleans. In fact, it got me a great job here last year. I am attaching a copy of both my résumé and the critique they provided, and I would very much appreciate your opinion.” — Beverly P., New Orleans, LA Dear Beverly,

As a certified résumé writing professional who attends conferences every year, I can tell you that the sites that provide these types of critiques have been on our radar for some time. We call them “predatory” critiques because they are often inaccurate and primarily designed to gain new business. The “Resume Critique” Grant Cooper you received was 98% pre-templated with only a few items inserted to seem as though it is really focused on you. Many of these websites have legitimate job posting and career information services, but in the past several years, some have attempted to attach themselves to the growing popularity of the professional résumé writing industry. The “critiques” that they produce appear to be “cookie-cutter” documents, and are generally accompanied by an invitation to create a new resume package, plus many more “offerings” to follow. Our association has tested some of these critiques and found them to be unethical and unscrupulous. Using different names and email addresses, we have submitted totally different résumés just to see how identical the responses would be. They are all nearly the same with only a few changes or paragraphs pasted in to “personalize” them. We have also taken a résumé they themselves recently prepared and submitted it back to them for a critique… Lo and behold, they again recommended nearly identical reasons that you should pay to have it rewritten! Apparently, they have no system to recognize their own work, much less provide an accurate assessment of the résumé itself.


A very high percentage of résumés out there are indeed quite bad (some estimates are as high as 85%-90%), so it usually works well for them to fire away randomly with negative critiques in pursuit of new orders. When they say a résumé is bad, it often is. When they say it needs more keywords, it usually does.


You asked for my opinion on your résumé. I have thoroughly reviewed it, Beverly, and I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is excellent. I also reviewed the critique you attached, which is very much off the mark as far as your résumé, and appears to be designed to solicit your business. The critique itself contains several typos and inaccuracies. I have conducted literally thousands of résumé critiques myself, and when I get an excellent résumé submitted for my review, as your resume surely is, I give it the compliments it so richly deserves in a professional manner. New Orleans Job Guru is New Orleans native Grant Cooper. President of Strategic Résumés®, Grant has ranked in the Top 2% of 340 LinkedIn National Résumé Writing Experts worldwide, and has assisted the U.S. Air Force, Kinko’s, the Louisiana Dept. of Labor, the City of New Orleans, NFL/NBA players & coaches, as well as universities, regional banks, celebrities, and major corporations.

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Your country estate awaits! Extravagant home from the marble foyer to the double stair well. (like Gone with the Wind) Only fifteen minutes away from the city with all the exclusion and privacy you could dream of. Approx. 8,412 sq ft living, in the main home and approximately 14,612 square foot total. 12 car garage w/ heavy duty roll up doors. Plus a guest home with approximately 1500 sq.ft. living. Barn with electric and water as well as approx. 300 producing citrus trees. Approx. 1 acre to canal. This is a wonderful chance to have it all! Qualified buyers call for appointment. Bonnie Buras 504-392-0022 OFFICE 504-909-3020 CELL Each office independently BONNIEBURAS@AOL.COM owned & operated.


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4526-28 Banks St. $499,000 • TOTAL 5BR/4BA

No expense spared! Custom renovation citing architectural details! 4/3 owners unit in hot Mid City location. Original wood moldings, exquisite master bath, custom kitchen, Frigidaire Pro appliances marble, granite, new floors, CA&H. All new electric, plumbing, roof. Camelback addition has Energy Efficient windows. Fully insulated, Ranai Tankless water heaters. New sidewalks, renovated 1/1 rental est $1,300/Mo. $1,500 Landscaping allowance.

OPEN HOUSE Feb 9th • 1-3 7769 Barataria Blvd • $259,000 3BR/2.5BA

Impeccably maintained custom built Crown Point family home on just under a full acre. BEAUTIFUL BRICK FACADE! Original owner, home features STAINED WOOD MOLDINGS throughout, WOOD FLOORS, custom kitchen with “terrazzo” style tile inlays, Gas Jenn-Air Cooktop. 900 sf Detached 2 car garage doubles as workshop w/separate storage area with central air/heat and half bath, already plumber for shower. Could be guest house or living area.

3329 Calhoun $329,000 • 3BR/2BA

Impeccable 2011 Contemporary Renovation. Designer tile throughout, custom kitchen, oversized cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, subway tile in baths. Island offered with sale along with all appliances. Ideal floorplan with vaulted ceilings. Spacious corner lot with fenced backyard, walk to neighborhood restaraunts and Tulane University.

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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


Newly remodeled w/ 3 private br, 1 ba, furn. kit, w/d connections, cent air/ heat, $1150/mo + $1150 deposit. Tenant pays electricity & water. NO PETS. Call (504) 296-1300. Approx. 1000 sq ft.. Upper 1 or 2 BR/1BA w/lots of natural light, hdwd flrs, ceiling fans, hi ceils,. Completely renovated. New wiring, Central A&H. Refrigerator, w&d. Lg closets + generous storage. On streetcar line. $1100/ mo. 1 year lease. Small pets negot. (504) 931-7844


3 BR, 2 BA • 2,300 SQ FT. Lovely Camelback near Fairground. Newly renovated, original wood floors, open floor plan for entertainment. Quartz counters, travertine tile, custom cabinets, SSl appls, high celis, & Master suite to die for! Big deck, bigger yard lots of light. 2 separate living areas & 4th room with skylight. This home is waiting for you! Gardner Realtors, 7100 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127. Office: (504) 242-9500. Santiago Compass (cell: 504 - 919-3999, email: scompass; Troy Lee (cell: 504 - 473-2771, email:,


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Fully Furn’d studio/effy/secure bldg/ gtd pkg/pool/gym/wifi/laundry/3 mo. min. No pets. Avail March 31st. Call 504-442-0573 or 985-871-4324.


1 living rm, 2 br, 2 ba, furn kit, cen a/h, half double, not shotgun. Wood floors, ceiling fans, $750. Call 8913323.

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Large 1 BR/1BA, living rm, dining rm/ study, furn kit. including dishwasher, ca&h, ceiling fans, hardwood flrs, washer & dryer, $1050/mo. (504) 866-6319


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With Mature, Prof’l Female. Private bed & bath. Alll utilities, Cox, internet & fax. Use of LR, DR, kit, W&D. O/S pkng. Owner has private area in rear. 2 Blocks from St. Charles Ave. Walking distance to major parade routes. $800/mo + $400 deposit. Avai March 1. (504) 236-8531.







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NO.: 708-708 DIV. E SUCCESSION OF DEBORAH MARTIN ST. MARTIN NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Administrator of this succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell immovable property belonging to the deceased at private sale in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for and in accordance with the purchase/sale agreement filed of record herein. The immovable property proposed to be sold at private sale is described as follows: THAT CERTAIN PIECE OR PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the privileges, servitudes, appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situated in the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, being a portion of former Cazelar Plantation and now subdividing into Place De Concorde Subdivision, Phase I, by virtue of Ordinance No. 17701 adopted by the Jefferson Parish Council on March 15, 1989, filed under entry No. 8913066 as shown in accordance with a plan of J.J. Krebs & Sons, Inc. dated January 4, 1989 and accordingly said lot is described as Lot 18-A, Square 1, Place De Concorde Subdivision.


Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 2420 Avenue Mont Marthe, Gretna Louisiana 70056.


Being the same property acquired by Deborah Martin St. Martin and Stephen Robert St. Martin by Cash Sale dated July 27, 1990 and recorded in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana at COB 2350, folio 346. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his/her opposition within seven (7) days from the day on which the last publication of this notice appears. Attorney: Joel Levy Address: 7577 Westbank Expressway Marrero, LA 70072 Telephone: ( 504) 340-2993 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Paul A. Dix, please contact William Boyles, Atty, at 504-232-2940. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Christina Rodriguez please contact J. Benjamin Avin Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Claudia T. Matthews, please contact Atty Toni R. Arnona at 504-250-6502. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of GASTON MONTIEL MONTIEL AND NATALIE M. GREWE DE MONTIEL please contact J. Benjamin Avin Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a certain Promissory Note payable to BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., executed by Joan M. Flot, and dated July 9, 1999, in the principal sum of $42,250.00, bearing interest at the rate of 11.75% percent from dated until paid, and providing reasonable attorney fees, and all charges associated with the collection of same. Please contact Herschel C. Adcock, Jr., Attorney at Law, at P.O. Box 87379, Baton Rouge, LA 70879-8379, (225) 756-0373.

25TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF PLAQUEMINES STATE OF LOUISIANA NO.: 61-033 DIV. A LOUIS CONRAY AND JEANNE CONRAY IN THEIR CAPACITIES AS RECEIVERS OF SOUTHERN DELTA LAND COMPANY, INC. versus HEIRS OF A.L. ARPIN, ET AL. NOTICE TO ABSENTEE DEFENDANTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL HEIRS OF MILLARD BAKER, JAMES T. JOYCE, FRANK HIXON, and/or HIXON AND COMPANY, and/or their successors or assigns: The court appointed receivers and liquidators of SOUTHERN DELTA LAND COMPANY, INC. have filed the above referenced civil concursus action regarding a certain tracts of land and other property interests derived therefrom and being described as fractional parts of Sections(s) 17, 20 and 29, the west one-third of Section 21, and the northwest quarter of Section 28, all located in Township 17 South, Range 15 East, Southeastern Land District, East of the Mississippi River, containing eight hundred and forty-eight and thirty-eight one-hundredths acres (848.38 acres), more or less. Please take notice that the aforementioned parties may possess certain ownership rights to this property by virtue of that certain Act dated December 9, 1910 and recorded in the Conveyance records of the Parish of Plaquemines, State of Louisiana, in C.O.B. 44, Folio 336. If you know the whereabouts of the HEIRS OF MILLARD BAKER, JAMES T. JOYCE, FRANK HIXON, and/ or HIXON AND COMPANY, please contact Wm. Allen Schafer, Attorney at Law, Post Office Box 208, Belle Chasse, Louisiana 70037, at (504) 433-3100 immediately. DATED, this 6th day of February, 2014. Attorney: Wm. Allen Schafer Law Office of Francis J. Lobrano, L.L.C. Address: 147 Keaing Dr. Post Office Box 208 Belle Chasse, LA 70037 Telephone: (504) 433-3100 Gambit: 2/11/14

24TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF JEFFERSON STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 417-804 DIV. N SUCCESSION OF ROSALIE BIGMAN LINDER Notice is given that the duly appointed and qualified testamentary executor of this succession has filed a petition for authority to pay estate debts and charges of the succession, in accordance with an Amended Final Tableau of Distribution attached to the petition. The Amended Final Tableau of Distribution can be homologated after the expiration of seven days from the date of publication of this notice; any opposition to the Amended Final Tableau of Distribution must be filed prior to homologation. Attorney: Charles B. Johnson Address: 321 St. Charles Ave. Tenth Floor Suite New Orleans, LA 70130 Telephone: (504) 586-1979 Gambit: 2/11/14 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a lost mail note payable to Anthony Smith Financial dated June 18, 2013 in the amount of $1,462.62 and signed by a D. Gillard; please contact Jules Fontana, Attorney @ 504-581-9545. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a lost mail note payable to Luckmore Finance Corporation dated May 28, 2013 in the amount of $1,135.80 and signed by a P. Summers; please contact Jules Fontana, Attorney @ 504-581-9545.


STATE OF LOUISIANA NO: 2010-05195 DIV. “N” SECTION “8” SUCCESSION OF QUEENIE MAE GRAYER a/k/a QUEENIE GREER NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Administratrix of this succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell immovable property of this Succession belonging to the deceased at private sale in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($55,000.00) cash, with the Succession to pay purchasers pre-paid and closing cost not to exceed 6%. The immovable property proposed to be sold at private sale is described as follows: ONE CERTAIN LOT OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon and all the rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situated in the FOURTH DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS in SQUARE NO. 297 thereof bounded by SARATOGA (formerly Basin), ST. ANDREW, JOSEPHINE and FRANKLIN STREETS, designated as LOT 22-A, which lot measures 37 feet, 4 inches and 5 lines front on Saratoga Street, the same width in the rear, by a dept of 137 feet and 4 lines. The improvements on the above described property bear the Municipal Numbers 2017-2019 Saratoga Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (formerly No. 464 Basin Street). Being the same property acquired by New Vision Development Corporation from Mary Frances Swindle, wife of/ and Andrew F. Hillery, Jr. by act of sale passed before John EcEnery Robertson, N.P., dated July 23, 1996 recorded as CIN 125-813, N.A. No. 96-35064, Parish of Orleans. Being the same property acquired by Queenie Grayer from New Vision Community Development Corp. by act passed before Frank W. LaGarde, Jr., N.P. dated May 13, 1998 and recorded at CIN #158861, N.A.#98-21882. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his opposition within seven (7) days from the day on which the last publication of this notice appears, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attorney: Carl V. Williams Address: 1010 Common St., Ste. 2402 New Orleans, LA 70112 Telephone: (504) 586-9177 Gambit: 2/11/14

CIVIL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF ORLEANS STATE OF LOUISIANA NO.: 03-3729 DIV. J IN RE: SUCCESSION OF SADIE H. WOODS NOTICE TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY WHEREAS, the Executrix of the Succession of Sadie H. Woods, has made application to the Court for Authority to Sell Immovable Property known as: A CERTAIN PIECE OR PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings And improvements thereon, and all the rights, ways, priileges, servitudes, appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining , situated in the THIRD MUNICIPAL DISTRICT of the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, STATE OF LOUISIANA, in SECTION 12

of LaKRATT (FORMER New Orleans Lakeshore Land Company Subdivision), designated as LOT 29 on a plan of subdivision of Gandolfo & Kuhn & Associates, dated September 13, 1974, certified correct on April 15, 1976, which said plan is of record in the Conveyance Office for the Parish of Orleans in COB 736, folio 31, and according to said plan, said piece or portion of ground is in the square bounded by MORRISON ROAD, LAMB ROAD (SIDE), CURRAN ROAD (SIDE), and W. LAVERNE STREET (SIDE) and which said piece or portion of ground is more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the northeast corner of W. LAVERNE STREET and MORRISON ROAD; thence along the north line of MORRISON ROAD, N 70 degrees 17’28”E, a distance of 652.88 feet thence N 19 degrees 42’ 32” W, a distance of 393.17 feet to the control point, as shown on survey of Grandolfo, Kuhn, Luecke & Associate, dated May 3, 1976; thence 129.92 feet to the point of beginning. From said point of beginning, measures thence S 24 degrees 42’ 32” E, a distance of 20 feet to a point; thence N 65 degrees, 17’ 28” E, a distance of 28.83 feet to a point; thence N 24 degrees, 42’32” W, a distance of 92.50 feet to a point; thence S 65 degrees 17’ 28” W, a distance of 28.83 feet to a point; thence S 24 degrees 42’32”E, a distance of 72.50 feet to the point of beginning.

FIRST CITY COURT FOR THE PARISH OF ORLEANS STATE OF LOUISIANA NO.: 2008-53369 JUDICIAL ADVERTISEMENT SALE BY CONSTABLE THAT PORTION OF GROUND, BEARING MUNICIPAL NO. 2817 Spain Street, this city, in the matter entitled NEW ORLEANS DEMOLITION SERVICES, LLC vs DANIELLE COSEY By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facias to me directed by the Honorable The First City Court for the City of New Orleans, in the above entitled cause, I will proceed to sell by public auction, on the ground floor of the Civil District Court Building, 421 Loyola Avenue, in the First District of the City on March 18, 2014, at 12:00 o’clock noon, the following described property to wit: Municipal No. 2817 Spain Street, Lot F-4, Square No. 1709, Third District, City of New Orleans Acquired 12/10/1999, CIN 189969, previous acq. CIN 171850

And according to a survey by Gilbert, Kelly & Courturie, Errol E. Kelly, Surveor, dated October 14, 1977, a copy of which is annexed to an Act passed before William L Andry, Notary Public, dated November 15, 1997, for reference, said lot is designated, situated and measures as above set forth.

WRIT AMOUNT: $3,055.00 Seized in the above suit,

The improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 1012 Chimney Woods. All for the price of Twenty Nine Thousand and No/100 ($29,000) Dollars, to be provided by the seller to the buyer through the form of a conveyance of the property and for the following additional terms: (i) the buyer must repair and rehabilitate the property; (ii) the buyer is required to live in the property for a period of three (3) years: (iii) the buyer must recognize and assume the covenants contained in the Louisiana Road Home Program (iv) the buyer must complete the repairs to the structure within one year and receive an appraisal of at least $75,000 upon completion.

Note: All deposits must be Cash, Cashier’s Check, Certified Check or Money Order; No Personal Checks. Attorney: Mark Landry Address: Telephone: (504) 837-9040

Notice is hereby given to all parties whom it may concern including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein, and of this estate, to make any opposition which they have or may have to such application, at any time, prior to the issuance of the order or judgment authorizing, approving and homologating such application and that such order or judgment may be issued after the expiration of seven (7) days from the date of the last publication of such notice, all in accordance with the law. By Order of the Court, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attorney: Deborah L. Wilson Attorney for the Succession of Sadie Woods Address: 808 Moss St. New Orleans, LA 70119 Telephone: (504) 488-4493 Gambit: 2/11/14 & 3/4/14 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a certain Promissory Note payable to HIBERNIA NATIONAL BANK, executed by ANDERSON BROOKS, SR., and dated July 6, 2004, in the principal sum of $70,099.00, bearing interest at the rate of 6.650% percent from dated until paid, and providing reasonable attorney fees, and all charges associated with the collection of same, please contact Herschel C. Adcock, Jr., Attorney at Law, at P.O. Box 87379, Baton Rouge, LA 70879-8379, (225) 756-0373

TERMS-CASH. The purchaser at the moment of adjudication to make a deposit of ten percent of the purchase price, and the balance within thirty days thereafter.

Lambert C. Boissiere, Jr., Constable, Parish of Orleans Gambit: 2/11/14 & 3/11/14 & The Louisiana Weekly: 2/10/14 & 3/10/14 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Darryl R. Howard, please contact Atty Toni R. Arnona at 504-250-6502 Chiquita D. Smith (A/K/A Chiquita Smith, Chiquita Thomas, Chiquita D. Thomas, Chiquita D. Smith Thomas, please contact Atty Toni R. Arnona at 504-250-6502. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the Succession of Huey Bursey, Jr. or his heirs, please contact Atty Toni R. Arnona at 504-250-6502. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of The feature film presently titled “Cat Run II” completed principal photography February 1. Creditors wishing to file claims or submit invoices should contact the production office at no later than February 28, 2014. The post production for the film “Buttercup Bill” has completed. Creditors wishing to file claims or submit invoices can do so at until February 28, 2014. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a lost mail note payable to Luckmore Finance Corporation dated August 14, 2013 in the amount of $1,135.80 and signed by a D. Williams; please contact Jules Fontana, Attorney @ 504-5819545. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Linder Ann Hill Andrews a/k/a Linder Ann Hill a/k/a Linder A. Hill a/k/a Linder Hill a/k/a Linder Ann Andrews a/k/a Linder A. Andrews a/k/a Linder Andrews a/k/a Linder Hill Andrews a/k/a Linder H. Andrews and/or Larry Andrews, contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265.


The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and C&C COATINGS, L.L.C., Agency Interest Number 12643, have entered into a proposed settlement agreement, Settlement Tracking No. SA-MM-13-0052, concerning the State’s allegations of environmental violations by Respondent at its facility in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, which allegations are set forth in Consolidated Compliance Order & Notice of Potential Penalty, LDEQ Enforcement Number MM-CN-09-0098 and other violations the Respondent requested the Department of Environmental Quality to include in the settlement and which are not in the Consolidated Compliance Order & Notice of Potential Penalty. The Department of Environmental Quality will accept comments on the proposed settlement for the next fortyfive (45) days. The public is invited and encouraged to submit written comments to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Secretary, Legal Division, Post Office Box 4302, Baton Rouge Louisiana 70821-4302, Attention: Spencer Bowman, Attorney. All comments will be considered by the Department of Environmental Quality in reaching a decision on whether to make the settlement final. Terms and conditions of proposed settlement agreement may be reviewed on the Department of Environmental Quality’s website at www.deq.louisiana. gov, by selecting Divisions, Enforcement, and Settlement Agreements. The document may also be viewed at, and copies obtained from, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Public Records Center, Room 127, Galvez Building, 602 North Fifth Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. To request a copy of the proposed settlement, submit a completed Public Record Request Form (DEQ Form FSD-0005-01). The form and instructions for completion may be found on the DEQ Website at the following address: http://www.deq., or calling the Customer Service Center at 1-866-896-5337. Pursuant to La. R.S. 30:2050.7(D), the Department of Environmental Quality may hold a public hearing regarding this proposed settlement when either of the following conditions are met: 1) a written request for public hearing has been filed by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision or agency, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members who reside in the parish in which the facility is located; or 2) the secretary finds a significant degree of public interest in this settlement. For further information, you may call the Legal Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality at (225) 219-3985. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a certain Promissory Note payable to WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL LOUISIANA, INC., executed by Ronald Joseph Hebert, Jr. and Andrea Daigrepont Hebert, and dated July 20, 2004, in the principal sum of $84,182.15, bearing interest at the rate of 9.14% percent from dated until paid, and providing reasonable attorney fees, and all charges associated with the collection of same. Please contact Herschel C. Adcock, Jr., Attorney at Law, at P.O. Box 87379, Baton Rouge, LA 70879-8379, (225) 756-0373. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Michael Mabon please contact J. Benjamin Avin Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500.



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SUCCESSIONS OF ELWIN JOSEPH BOURGEOIS, SR. AND ANNA MAE BOURGEOIS NOTICE OF FILING OF FIRST AND FINAL TABLEAU OF DISTRIBUTION NOTICE IS GIVEN to the creditors of these Successions and to all other interested persons, that a First and Final Tableau of Distribution has been filed by CYNTHIA ANDRE, Administrator of these Successions, with her Petition praying for the homologation of the Tableau and for authority to pay the debts and charges of the Successions listed thereon; and that the First and Final Tableau of Distribution can be homologated after the expiration of seven (7) days from the date of publication of this notice. Any Opposition to the Petition and First and Final Tableau of Distribution must be filed prior to homologation. By Order of the Court, Masie Comeaux Deputy Clerk For: Jon A. Gegenheimer, Clerk of Court Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court For the Parish of Jefferson Attorney: Ashley J. Becnel Address: 230 Huey P. Long Ave. Gretna, LA 70053 Telephone: (504) 367-9001 Gambit: 2/11/14

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Testamentary Executrix of this succession has filed a Petition for Authority to Pay Debts of this succession in accordance with the Tableau of Distribution annexed to the Petition. The petition can be homologated after the expiration of seven (7) days of this publication, any opposition to the petition must be filed prior to homologation.

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Gambit: 2/11/14 NOTICE TO MANUEL CARONIA AND/OR THE LEGAL SUCCESSOR OF VALERIE ROSS, DECEASED: pursuant to La. Code of Civil Procedure article 803(c), you are summoned to appear and substitute yourself for VALERIE ROSS in the matter of Valerie Ross v. Winn-Dixie Montgomery, Inc. d/b/a Winn-Dixie, Case No. 671-121, Division C, on the docket of the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, within 60 days of this publication.

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