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News.........................................................................7 Forget all the talk about small donors — just 196 people have donated 80 percent of all the money going into presidential candidates’ Super-PAC campaign chests. Bouquets + Brickbats.....................................7 Heroes and zeroes C’est What? ..........................................................7 Gambit’s Web poll Scuttlebutt .........................................................10 News in brief Commentary ..................................................... 11 Polls apart: The national Republican Party finds itself in a political pickle

Clancy DuBos...................................................12 Bernadette D’Souza, New Orleans’ first Family Court Judge Blake Pontchartrain......................................15 The New Orleans know-it-all


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spent his Mardi Gras performing in the East Room of the White House for President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. Andrews was part of the president’s “Red, White and Blues” concert for Black History Month. Among the other performers: B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. “I hear Trombone Shorty brought some beads up from New Orleans,” Obama joked. The concert was taped for later airing on PBS.

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state’s 99 counties — the Republican candidates and their allied Super-PACs have all but abandoned retail campaigning and grassroots politicking. They have chosen instead to spend their war chests on TV. The results already can be seen in the first primaries and caucuses: an onslaught of money and a demobilized electorate. Compared to the 2008 primary, turnout was down 25 percent in Florida, and that, this time around, fewer Republicans have shown up in every state that’s voted so far, except for South Carolina. More than 300 Super-PACs are registered with the Federal Election Commission. The one financed by the greatest number of small donors belongs to Stephen Colbert, who’s turned his TV show The Colbert Report into a brilliant commentary on the Super-PAC landscape. Colbert’s satirical Super-PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has raised $1 million from 31,595 people, including 1,600 people who gave one dollar apiece. Otherwise the Super-PACs on both sides of the aisle are page 8

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(NOPD) did a sterling job during the final weekend of Carnival. According to Chief Ronal Serpas, crimes against people were down by 9 percent from 2011 and there was a 6 percent decrease in property crimes. Police were immediately on the scene of the few violent incidents. Unlike previous years, there were no skirmishes reported between Indians and cops at Fat Tuesday celebrations.

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t a time when it’s become a cliche to say that Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation — drawing attention to the struggles of the 99 percent — electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1 percent. Or, to be more precise, the .0000063 percent. Those are the 196 individual donors who have provided nearly 80 percent of the money raised by SuperPACs (political action committees) in 2011 by giving $100,000 or more each. These political action committees, spawned by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Citizens United decision in January 2010, can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations, or unions for the purpose of supporting or opposing a political candidate. In theory, Super-PACs are legally prohibited from coordinating directly with a candidate, though in practice they’re just a murkier extension of political campaigns, performing all the functions of a traditional campaign without any of the corresponding accountability. If 2008 was the year of the small donor, when many political pundits predicted that the fusion of grassroots organizing and cyber-activism would transform how campaigns were run, then 2012 is “the year of the big donor,” when a candidate is only as good as the amount of money in his Super-PAC. “In this campaign, every candidate needs his own billionaires,” wrote Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. “This really is the selling of America,” says former presidential candidate and former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean. “We’ve been sold out by five [Supreme Court] justices thanks to the Citizens United decision.” “We’re going to beat money power with people power,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in January, after losing Florida’s Republican primary to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich made that statement even though his candidacy is being propped up by a Super-PAC funded by two $5 million donations from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Florida has proven the battle royal of the Super-PACs thus far. There, the pro-Romney Super-PAC, Restore Our Future, outspent the pro-Gingrich Super-PAC, Winning Our Future, five to one. In the last week of the campaign alone, Romney and his allies ran 13,000 TV ads in Florida, compared to only 200 for Gingrich. Ninety-two percent of the ads were negative, with two-thirds attacking Gingrich, who, ironically enough, had been a fervent advocate of the Citizens United decision. With the exception of Rep. Ron Paul’s underdog candidacy and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s upset victory in Iowa — where he spent almost no money but visited all of the

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organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare,” and to make matters worse, that contribution will remain eternally secret. In this way, 501(c)4s are gaining influence as “shadow Super-PACs.” A recent analysis by The Washington Post found that, at a cost of $24 million, 40 percent of the TV ads in the presidential race so far came from these tax-exempt “social welfare” groups. The Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads, a leading conservative Super-PAC attacking Democratic candidates and President Barack Obama’s administration, also runs a 501(c)4 called Crossroads GPS. It’s raised twice as much money as its sister group, all from donations, the sources of which will remain hidden from American voters.

$745 million campaign haul from small donors, while Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, raised 39 percent from small dollars on the Republican side. Much of Paul’s campaign was financed by online “money bombs,” when enthusiastic supporters generated millions of dollars in brief, coordinated bursts. The amount of money raised in small donations by Obama, in particular, raised hopes that his campaign had found a way to break the death grip of big donors on American politics. Despite all the media attention about Obama’s small donors, the candidate still raised the bulk of his money from big givers. (Typically, these days, incumbent members of Congress raise less than 10 percent of their campaign funds from small donors, with those numbers actually dropping when you reach the gubernatorial and state legislative levels.) Obama’s top contributors included employees of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. For obvious reasons, the campaign chose to

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The influence of Super-PACs was already evident by November 2010, just nine months after the Supreme Court’s ruling. John Nichols and Robert McChesney of The Nation note that, of the 53 competitive House districts where The public interest journalism Rove’s Crossroads organization outwebsite ProPublica has been spent Democratic charting the top individual donors candidates in 2010, Republicans won to the 12 biggest Super-PACs. 51. As it turned out, the last election To see the results in an interactive chart, go to was a test run for the monetary extravaganza that pactrack/contributions/tree is 2012. Republicans To see the results as a list, go to are banking on that Super-PAC pactrack/#contributions=all advantage again this year, when the costs of the emphasize the small donors over presidential contest and all other the big ones in its narrative, as it races for federal posts will soar continues to do in 2012. from $5 billion in 2008 to as high Interestingly enough, both as $7 billion by November. (The Obama and Paul actually raised 2000 election cost a “mere” $3 more money from small donors billion.) In other words, the amount in 2011 than they did in 2008 — spent this election season will be 48 percent and 52 percent of roughly the equivalent of the gross their totals, respectively. But in domestic product of Haiti. the Super-PAC era that money In June 2003, presidential canno longer has the same impact. didate Howard Dean shocked the even Dean doubts that his antipolitical establishment by raising establishment, Internet-fueled $828,000 in one day over the Incampaign from 2004 would be as ternet, with an average donation of successful today. “Super-PACs $112. Dean, in fact, got 38 percent have made a grassroots campaign of his campaign’s total funds from less effective,” he says. “You can donations of $200 or less, planting still run a grassroots campaign the seeds for what many forecast but the problem is you can be overwould be a small-donor revolution whelmed now on television and by in American politics. Four years later, Obama raised page 10 a third of his record-breaking



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dirty mailers being sent out. ... it’s a very big change from 2008.” The campaign has 445 “bundlers” (dubbed “volunteer fundraisers” by the campaign), who gather money from their wealthy friends and package it for Obama. They have raised at least $74.4 million for Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2011. sixty-one of those bundlers raised $500,000 or more. Obama held 73 fundraisers in 2011 and 13 last month alone, where the price of admission was almost always $35,800 a head. An increase in small donor contributions and a surge of big money fundraisers still wasn’t enough, however, to give Obama an advantage over Republicans in the money chase. That’s why the Obama campaign, until recently adamantly against super-PACs, suddenly relented and signaled its support for a pro-Obama super-PAC called Priorities UsA. A day after the announcement that the campaign, like its Republican rivals, would super-PAC it up, Messina spoke at the members-only Core Club in Manhattan and “assured a group of Democratic donors from the financial services industry that Obama won’t demonize wall street as he stresses populist appeals in his re-election campaign,” reported Bloomberg Businessweek. “Messina told the group of wall street donors that the president plans to run against Romney, not the industry that made the former governor of Massachusetts millions.” in other words, don’t expect a convincing return to the theme of the people versus the powerful in campaign 2012, even though Romney, if the nominee, would be particularly vulnerable to that line of attack. After all, so far his campaign has raised only 9 percent of its campaign contributions from small donors, well behind both sen. John McCain (21 percent in 2008) and former President George w. Bush (26 percent in 2004). in the fourth quarter of 2011, Romney outraised Obama among the top firms on wall street by a margin of 11 to 1. His top three campaign contributions are from employees of Goldman sachs ($496,430), JPMorgan ($317,400) and Morgan stanley ($277,850). in a recent segment of his show, Colbert noted that half of the money ($67 million) raised by super-PACs in 2011 had come from just 22 people. “That’s 7 one-millionths of 1 percent,” or roughly .0000063 percent, Colbert said, while spraying a fire extinguisher on his fuming calculator. “so, Occupy wall street, you’re going to want to change those signs.” — Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

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“To see thousands of people clamoring up to a float hoping, begging for just one single string of beads contains some kind of pure desperate joy that doesn’t happen anywhere but in New Orleans. The Krewe members that actually pay — and pay handsomely — for Mardi Gras to happen don’t get anything out of it except the pleasure of having thrown one of the best parties in the world.” — Dave Thier in Forbes, in a story titled, “The Business of Mardi Gras.”

Jobs come, Jobs Go LoyoLa PostaL service FaciLity to cLose By eND oF May Less than a week after Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a joint press conference downtown to announce that Ge Capital would be building an “information technology center” in New Orleans — adding an estimated 300 jobs by 2015 — Landrieu got some bad news on the jobs front. After a five-month study, the U.s. Postal service (UsPs) has decided to close its large mail-processing center on Loyola Avenue by the end of May. Mail processing and sorting for the New Orleans region will move to Baton Rouge. For months now, Landrieu and other public officials have been fighting the closure, which the mayor says will affect 880 workers. Last september, he said, “it does not make sense to pull public jobs out of this booming corridor where we’re leveraging public investments in the streetcar to attract over $1 billion in private investments and development.” (The mail-processing center is on the new Loyola Avenue streetcar line, which is currently under construction.) Landrieu also held a public meeting in November in an attempt to convince the UsPs to keep the facility open. some of the current UsPs employees will be offered transfers to other postal offices, but the number of jobs lost in New Orleans is still unclear. — KeviN ALLMAN

bed bugged LsU LaMBasteD at coUNciL As LsU interim Hospital prepares to close a number of its psychiatric care facilities and lay off 110 employees, District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry told state and hospital officials that New Orleans already has among the fewest adult psychiatric beds per capital in the country. LsU announced $15 million in midyear cuts to the New Orleans hospital last month. The university is expected to close nine of its 38 inpatient psychiatric beds and its full inpatient detox unit. At a Feb. 23 City Council meeting, Guidry said the city already had only 16.9 adult beds per 100,000 population — 60 beds total — as of a March 2010 city-issued report. The report compared New Orleans to five similarly sized cit-

ies: st. Louis, Atlanta, Memphis, Tenn., washington, D.C., and Cleveland. All of those cities, the report notes, had at least 45 adult beds per 100,000 people, except for Cleveland, which had 25.1, still more than New Orleans. City officials, including Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo, have said that further closures would trigger a public health crisis, increase crime and result in more mentally ill patients being locked up in Orleans Parish jails, which, according to sheriff Marlin Gusman, now have 60 full-service mental health beds already filled to capacity. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the report says, there were 214 beds (or 46 per 100,000). The new LsU Hospital, not yet built, will contain 60 inpatient mental health beds — fewer than the 77 that were in the old Charity Hospital it is replacing. Dr. Anthony Speier of the state Department of Health and Hospitals told council members the state plans to help the city alleviate the situation, in part by developing a plan to shift more of its mental health burden to outpatient facilities run by nonprofit providers. “People in this city say we need more beds. inpatient beds. B-e-D-s. … That’s what i want you to take to Baton Rouge,” District e Councilman Jon Johnson said. — CHARLes MALDONADO

Four Dire Predictions serioUs MeNtaL HeaLtH cUts Dealing with the mentally ill after LsU imposes $15 million in planned cuts next month will eat up scarce police and emergency responder resources, destabilize interactions between police officers and the mentally ill (possibly resulting in fatal violence), increase psychiatric patients in Orleans Parish jails and lead to “more work for the Coroner’s Office,” Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, chief psychiatrist for the New Orleans Coroner’s Office, said at a Thursday meeting of the New Orleans City Council Health, education and social services Committee. Rouse said the cuts will produce a situation much like the one the city saw immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Orleans Parish sheriff Marlin Gusman said he can’t treat the mentally ill, either. “Jail is not the place for mentally ill people. To recover, to get better, it’s not the place. … we have over 200 people in our system who are on psychotropic drugs,” and there are only 60 psychiatric beds, Gusman said. City officials who have spoken out on the cuts have largely blamed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, though the administration has pointed to LsU for overspending. On Thursday, District D Councilwoman Cynthia HedgeMorrell indicated she might even be willing to sue the state. “why do you think that the goose that lays the golden egg for this state can keep taking this abuse?” she said. “Maybe we need to go to court. … i’m tired of talking.” — CHARLes MALDONADO


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Polls Apart Romney said the nation had never seen “the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama.” Earlier in the week, Santorum called Obama “a president who is systematically trying to crush the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America.” Really? That sort of bloody red meat might play to the right wing, but Jindal was on point when he said it would be a turnoff to the general electorate. Even more of a turnoff is the GOP’s sudden focus on birth control, which stemmed from a new federal policy requiring health insurance plans provided by employers to cover contraception. (The rule specifically exempted churches, though not religiously affiliated employers such as hospitals.) Santorum found himself scrambling for explanations when a video, shot last October, showed him declaring contraception “not OK, because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things

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f the Republicans’ current pickle — Who’s the most credible candidate to run against President Barack Obama in the fall? — seems familiar, it’s probably because Louisianians have seen something much like it before. After Sen. David Vitter’s “very serious sin” scandal in 2007, Democrats had more than three years to mount a challenge to a man who seemed eminently beatable. That didn’t happen. The Dems ran U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, against Vitter with no clear strategy or message. Vitter was re-elected in 2010 with 57 percent of the vote. A similar scenario seems to be playing out nationally this year between the GOP and Obama, who appeared vulnerable less than two years ago. But two things happened along the way: The national economy began turning around, and the slate of GOP candidates has failed thus far to either energize or unite the party. Remember when the Tea Party was supposed to reflect a new breed of voters, people whose sole concern was the federal deficit and the economy? Riding that sentiment, the GOP crushed the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, capturing 63 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and six in the U.S. Senate. But something changed on the political landscape since then. The GOP field has been winnowed to four candidates: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. While each has a core of committed voters, none has inspired enough voters to clinch the nomination. Except for Paul, each has taken a turn at the top of the polls, then been pulled down again like a crawfish in a pot. Gov. Bobby Jindal didn’t run, but flopped as a handicapper by coming out early for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who proved to be an incredible lightweight. But Jindal seems to recognize his party’s problem now. In an interview with Politico on Feb. 23, hours before last week’s Republican debate in Arizona, Jindal said, “We can still be a party that’s for border security and one that at the same time says, ‘Hey, we’re not an anti-immigrant party.’ We don’t need to change our ideology. We need to be more articulate in voicing the aspirational spirit of America.” The governor added, “The party has to offer compelling alternatives. Voters may dislike [Obama] on spending, the economy and ‘Obamacare,’ but they still think he’s a nice person. Demonizing the president is not gonna win the election.” That reality seems to have escaped the GOP frontrunners. At the debate that night, Gingrich said Obama “voted in favor of legalizing infanticide,” while

are supposed to be.” He also declared his personal opposition to prenatal testing — vital to the health of pregnant women — telling supporters he was against it “because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions.” The GOP could be playing with fire even discussing birth control as a political issue. Even in heavily Catholic and conservative states like Louisiana, it’s a nonstarter. In a CNN poll conducted Feb. 10-13, 81 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement “Using artificial means of birth control is wrong” — as did 77 percent of Catholics. A Pew Research Center poll that week found 85 percent of respondents indicated contraception was either morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all. Worse for the GOP: An Associated Press poll taken Feb. 16-20 found Obama beating any of the four candidates in a hypothetical matchup — by eight to 10 points. Anything can happen between now and November, of course. For now, it appears the GOP had three-and-a-half years to find what Jindal called “compelling alternatives.” So far it hasn’t — and voters are still looking.

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addressing Domestic Issues new era begins this week when Bernadette D’souza takes office on Thursday, March 1, as the first judge of Domestic section 1 at Civil District Court (CDC). D’souza will hear only cases involving divorce, custody, spousal support, child support, community property, paternity and civil protection orders in domestic violence cases. “There’s a growing trend across the country for specialization of courts, especially in domestic or family law matters,” D’souza told me recently. “I ran for judge in 2004 on a platform of dedicating several sections at Civil District Court to domestic matters. For too many years those cases were simply allotted to the newest judges, and they got passed down every time a vacancy occurred.” That system sometimes led to inconsistent judgments, but it took an act of the state Legislature to address the problem. A statute enacted last year creates two sections at CDC with dockets limited to domestic matters. The law, authored by former state sen. Julie Quinn, calls for the next two vacant judgeships to be redesig-

nated as Domestic sections 1 and 2. The same law creates domestic sections in Jefferson Parish as well. The first New orleans vacancy occurred recently when former CDC section K Judge Herbert Cade took office as the newest judge at Traffic Court. D’souza won the ensuing special election to Cade’s seat when all of her opponents withdrew. she now becomes not only the first Domestic Court judge at CDC but also the first Indian-American woman judge in the state. D’souza, 57, was born in Goa, India. she moved to the u.s. in 1978 and graduated from Tulane Law school in 1992. she spent her entire legal career representing clients who could not afford private attorneys. That experience shaped her vision of how the courts could provide easier access for indigent litigants. “I understand the resources that are out there to help litigants when they come before our court,” D’souza says. “sixty-five to 70 percent of litigants that come into domestic court are pro se (self-represented) litigants. … My vision is to have a kiosk at

the courthouse where self-represented litigants can put in all their information and file their petitions.” CDC already has a help desk at which self-represented clients can get limited assistance. D’souza says she hopes the

court can find ways to take that assistance to the next level. “I hope to partner with the Access to Justice Committee of the state Bar Association to provide more assistance in domestic court. … so many people come through Legal services that we cannot represent them all. We have to make it easier for people who are forced to represent themselves.” D’souza also hopes the trend toward specialization of courts will enable the city’s new Domestic Court to work more closely with Juvenile Court, Criminal Court and Municipal Court to help protect children. “When children are involved in or affected by domestic violence cases, the matter goes to CDC to provide for custody of the minor children,” she says. “I want to have open communication with the other courts so that there are no inconsistencies in judgments granted.” Domestic cases are stressful for attorneys as well as clients. Having judges who hear only domestic matters will at least give litigants hope that their cases are being handled with some measure of consistency.

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Hey Blake,

I was born at 1714 Harlem Ave. in 1951. The street is now Causeway Boulevard. Do you have any pictures or info of the area around 1945 through the 1950s? Brenda Carter

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The lighthouse building on Camp Street looks empty. What is the story behind this unique building? Interested in NOLA Dear Interested, The Lighthouse for the Blind had its inception in 1911, after an accident caused Tom Slough to lose his sight. Slough opened classes for the blind at

The lighthouse was added to this commercial property on Camp Street in 1924, when the Louisiana Commission for the Blind — later called The Lighthouse for the Blind — bought and occupied the building. PHOTO BY KANDACe POWeR GRAveS

chartered the next year. In 1922, some operations moved from the annex to Calliope Street. In 1924, the Louisiana Commission for the Blind purchased and moved into its own building at 734 Camp St. The building was renovated, and a lighthouse was added, modeled after the Milneburg Lighthouse at the lakefront. In 1930, the commission’s charter was amended, and its name was changed to The Lighthouse for the Blind of New Orleans. The organization moved several more times before it settled into its current location at 123 State St., but it left the lighthouse on Camp Street standing to remind us of the 100 years The Lighthouse for the Blind has played a role in improving the lives of people with impaired vision and their families.

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Dear Brenda, You can find some pretty good aerial shots of the area from 1955 at the following website: www. NO_Metairie_1955.html. By the late 19th century, Bayou Metairie had all but disappeared, but Metairie Road followed the former course of the bayou — as it does today. Metairie Ridge was still farmland with only a few structures. South of the ridge and north to the lakeshore were swamps and marshes. As early as 1830, plans for development were drawn up for subdivisions called Metairieburgh, Metairieville, Bath No. 1 and No. 2, Oakland, Harlem and Shrewsbury. Planners hoped the New Orleans and Nashville Railroad, which crossed Metairie and ran to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, would spur interest in the area. The railroad failed in 1844, however, and very little settlement occurred. Residential development finally occurred in Metairie after a streetcar line was extended in 1915 beyond its former ending point at the 17th Street Canal to Shrewsbury, providing service into the city of New Orleans. In addition, the swamps and marshes were drained between Metairie Ridge and Lake Pontchartrain, and folks left the city when land that previously was uninhabitable became available at prices lower than those in the city. Before we knew it, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was built, and in its honor Harlem Avenue, which ran from the Mississippi River to the lake, was changed to Causeway Boulevard in November 1954.

Kingsley House. Four years later, Slough and his associates formed the Louisiana Commission for the Blind, which started meeting at 1336 Camp St. The commission aimed to provide employment for the blind. In 1919, the group moved into offices in the City Hall annex building, which it called the Workshop for the Blind. The Louisiana Commission for the Blind was


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nd when the lights come on, we’ll start the show.” Lights out. The last words said in Chris Trew and Tami Nelson’s introduction give the crowd at the Shadowbox Theatre about two seconds to wipe the grin off their faces. Lights on. In the next half hour, Trew and Nelson become an exhausted toddler and his surrogate maternal figure and zoo tour guide; the boy’s runaway father and a tender-but-willing airport employee and TSA agent; a patient wife and her not-so-patient husband waiting for the zoo tour; and several other peripheral characters in a totally improvised show. There was laughter throughout. At the end, the audience explodes with applause. It’s a show the couple has performed, always differently, since 2005, when the New Orleans duo moved to Austin, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina. Over the next few years, Nelson and Trew amassed a following, opened a comedy

theater, trained students — and now have returned to New Orleans to do the same thing. The theater here, like the Austin original, is called The New Movement (TNM), and it will open as a full-time New Orleans improv school and comedy theater in the Faubourg Marigny March 3. “We’ve been talking a pretty big game for the past year. ‘We’re going to move to New Orleans and open a comedy theater,’” Trew says before the show. Trew is all beard. His thick-rimmed glasses sit above it. “All of a sudden it worked. We have a building.” “Chris, you’ve been talking a big game the past six years,” Nelson says. Trew smiles. Since the couple’s return to New Orleans last year, Trew has produced several shows, videos, events and a fournight comedy festival, November’s Hell Yes Fest, which had packed houses at all of its 10 shows. He continues to campaign to be the elected owner of the New Orleans Hornets, he’s hosted Air Sex competitions (think air guitar, but with screwing), and he’s dropped in at events to perform — then promote the hell out of the theater. It worked in Austin and Houston and Dallas — TNM is now the nucleus for comedy in all three cities. New Orleans is next. PAGE 18

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As a new comedy theater and school opens in the Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans seems on the cusp of a comedy renaissance.



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Comedy never took root in New Orleans the way it did in “the big three”: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, cities where theaters like Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), The Second City, The Groundlings and iO Improv have enormous followings and sold-out nightly events. Many of their graduates and performers have gone on to Saturday Night Live, the holy grail for many comics. Meanwhile, New Orleans has had open-mic shows with middling to little followings, scattered improv, stand-up and sketch performances, and the occasional touring comedian stuck with a shitty audience. Michael Ian Black’s 2006 appearance at the House of Blues was so awful he put it on his album I Am a Wonderful Man; track 4 is titled “New Orleans”: “I know they’ve been through a tragedy in New Orleans. I’m aware of that,” Black says. “But victims can be f—ing assholes.” “New Orleans doesn’t strike me as a comedy town,” says Black, who was in the city last week promoting HGTV’s House Hunters. Black, a member of definitive sketch groups The State and Stella, dunks a pyramid-shaped teabag into a mug. “I guess because it’s so focused on music. You don’t really hear much about comedy in New Orleans. Comedy audiences (here), in my recollection, are more like music audiences. They’re rowdy, yelling at you.” He is, of course, referencing his 2006 show. But he doesn’t hold it against New Orleans, which he says is not an L.A. or a New York — and he says it should not aspire to be. “The goal should be to create its own homegrown comedy scene the way cities develop their own music scenes,” Black says. “Austin certainly has a great comedy

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scene. Most cities do. And it becomes self-regenerating. People go through the system, they move through the system, and if they have the ambition to do it professionally for their lives, they’ll leave. Then people will come in, and it sustains itself.” Indeed, in years past, New Orleans comedians have moved elsewhere — New York, Chicago, Los Angeles — to find an audience. New Orleans native Sean Patton moved to New York in 2006. He recently appeared in the stand-up comic spotlight on both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan, and just finished filming a pilot with Marc Maron. Patton cut his teeth at New Orleans open-mic nights with stand-up comics Seth Cockfield (who moved to Austin) and Neal Stastny (who moved to New York). Before that, they hosted a popular monthly Comedy Invasion show at Carrollton Station and packed former Warehouse District coffee house True Brew for its weekly open mic. “Our first few years, those were our rock star nights,” Patton says on the phone from New York, just before a show at Upright Citizens Brigade with comedians Thomas Lennon and Todd Glass. “We promoted, we packed the place. We were so new to it, but good at it. … There were maybe 25 or 30 comics (in New Orleans), and maybe 10 of us were good, because we cared. The rest did it as a hobby.” Patton also performed with the local improv group God’s Been Drinking, which performed with Nelson and Trew’s early improv group ColdTowne. But Patton says he had to leave New Orleans to advance his career. “I wanted more. I knew there had to be more out there,” he says. “Things were good, but I had a feeling, if I wanted PAGE 20


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The groundwork from die-hard local comics and TNM’s rapid pace and timing mesh nicely with the city’s entertainment “comeback” — not only are touring music acts filling up concert calendars, touring standup comics are stepping on stages where formerly comedians were absent. Paul F. Tompkins and Louis C.K. filled venues in 2010 and 2011, respectively, while bigger stages accommodated blockbuster headline monsters like Chris Tucker and Sinbad. More recently, Leon Blanda, who hosts a showcase at House of Blues on Thursdays, put his flyer in the hands of SNL alum Darrell Hammond, who now makes regular appearances at the show — which is free. Stupid Time Machine sold out recent appearances at Chicago’s and San Francisco’s Sketch Fests and was featured on the website And at home, La Nuit Comedy Theater continues to host weekly performances, from improv groups to stand-up — Neil Hamburger recently appeared there, and the theater hosted dozens of others at a February comedy festival. TNM produced Hell Yes Fest, which drew national comic performers and exposed local comedians to larger audiences. TNM students already are producing new shows, like A Handsome, featuring TNM students Cyrus Cooper, Drew Platt and Addy Najera (who all perform stand-up, too). “It’s got a way more thriving scene than anything we had back then,” Patton says. “There’s more comics, they’re funnier comics, and they’re younger, too.” Standing outside Carrollton Station, Faucheux points to its door. “This has been a staple for stand-ups in this city,” he says. “It’s ridiculous that an open-mic [night] even has an audience. Open mics around the country generally do not. … I haven’t seen that since I started comedy. It has a sense of community really backing it.” That C-Word — not comedy, and not the other four-letter one, but “community” — is TNM’s most-used word. Nelson and Trew use it at least a dozen times in 30 minutes. Not only are they actively defying the conventions of 30-year-old improv doctrines, they’re rejecting the sausage-factory, assembly-line “graduations” of its students. Nelson and Trew begin most shows by asking the audience to “sound like a million people” for whoever’s next, whether it’s the guest headliner or a level one class with its first graduation recital. Everyone at every show is invited to the after-party. “This is a community about people who give a shit about doing something important, even if it’s just in their personal circumference,” Nelson says. “They want to do something that’s important. A lot of that translates into how to behave in the world, a lot of it will translate into how you behave yourself.” “My dream scenario is not to be Louis C.K. or Will Ferrell or someone famous on SNL right now,” Trew says. “Bestcase scenario for me is we help hundreds of people fulfill their comedy dreams, that we have a really strong following in the cities we give the most shit about, I get to sit in the lower bowl for the Hornets games all the time, and we get to eat out whenever we want. “We’re not obsessed with ‘What’s the next thing that has to get out of here to be in movies?’ We can do all that here.”

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at LSU on Tiger TV and formed the online sketch group studio8 (named after his dorm room). He met Nelson in New Orleans after graduation. Later he went to Chicago to study at iO Improv and Second City and formed the improv group ColdTowne in New Orleans, which turned into ColdTowne in Austin when the group moved there in the wake of Katrina. When the group split, Nelson and Trew set off to open their own theater. “The thing Chris and I wanted to do and eventually did do, our vision never strayed, we wanted to teach a unique form of improv,” Nelson says. “Everyone else in Austin and elsewhere was teaching a watered-down version of what they learned at (iO Improv), UCB or Second City or whatever, and borrowing directly from syllabi they learned in Chicago, L.A. or New York. So when we opened The New Movement, we sat down like, ‘What do we like about improv, what do we like about how we do improv, what do we like about how we teach improv, and let’s try and articulate that in a syllabus.’ And we came up with a really good syllabus, and we’re super proud of it. We know, because we’ve seen the results of it. … Convincing everyone in Austin what we were doing was unique, it did have a specific voice, it will yield a different kind of product — that was challenging.” It worked. The Austin theater took off. While Nelson and Trew groomed their students to take over TNM theaters elsewhere in Texas, they tapped Stupid Time Machine to prepare New Orleans for TNM’s arrival. Along with Grace Blakeman, who also performs with Stupid Time Machine and sketch group Personality Plus, the group members now are TNM teachers. “We’ve all been like, ‘Should we go to Chicago?,’” Blakeman says. “When Chris and Tami had this idea, we thought, well, we can make what they have down here.” Blakeman says TNM can change that metric of success: instead of going to the jungle elsewhere, comics can “have fun and be really good.” “Let’s make this the type of theater and scene that makes us not want to go to Chicago, because there’s something so incredible happening here,” Hunt says. “If we can make that, we’re the ones starting this thing, we’re the ones who wanted it in the first place — where else would we go from this?” The theater already has more than a dozen graduates from its New Orleans camp, and more than 100 total from its Texas schools. Its opening month schedule features four performances from stand-ups Sean Patton and Kyle Kinane and almost nightly performances from its improv teams. Its alumni are touring the country, and TNM now has more locations than its “rival” theaters; TNM isn’t competing against other venues in New Orleans, but other cities in the U.S., to attract the next crop of up-andcoming comic performers — a first for a city without a national comedy reputation. “We have a chance to build a legacy in a city of such a badass section of America that we get to show people, ‘Come to New Orleans, it’s a place to celebrate,’” says Stupid Time Machine’s Spara. “The conversations happen multiple times with people in established comedy scenes in the other big three, where it’s like, ‘God, I really like New Orleans, and you guys are really doing something. There’s a scene now.’ I think you’re going to see that gaining momentum big time.”




ail, loyal subjects! It doesn’t take much more than the cadence of a marching band, paper flowers bouncing on floats rumbling down St. Charles Avenue or the flicker of flambeaux to get Rex Duke™ in the purple, green and gold spirit. The krewes presenting parades in 2012 also were in spirited form and offered truly worthy spectacles. The Krewe of Endymion braved daunting weather forecasts and rolled on a rainy night. The final Sunday featured a rare six parades rolling down St. Charles Avenue. The women of the Krewe of Nyx had a grand Carnival debut. Krewes celebrated Louisiana history and culture on the state’s bicentennial. Others looked to the stars and the signs of the zodiac. And Rex, my namesake, treated viewers to the wonderful exploration of the native peoples of the Americas — and its new Butterfly King signature float took wing. We are indeed fortunate to have among us krewe members who generously throw their time and effort into providing such wonderful annual rites. So, without further ado, Rex Duke™ herewith offers his humble salute to their grace and dedication — my annual reviews of the highlights of Carnival. Below are the highest scoring parades. To see all reviews, visit





REX The original theme “Lore of the Ancient Americas” lent itself beautifully to vivid color schemes and flora- and fauna-inspired motifs for Rex’s floats. Brilliant color and sculpted figures brought to life the Aztec serpent god Quetzalcoatl and goddess Coatlicue, Hiawatha traveling by canoe and the Native American figure of the coyote as a trickster. On top of that, the organization debuted its new signature float, The Butterfly King, which featured animated wings fluttering for admiring crowds. The new float and creative theme seemed to inject a lively energy into this old-line krewe: masked riders danced aboard their floats and lavished viewers with doubloons, long strands of gold beads, pillows in the shape of the Rex crown float and a rare, coveted throw, an enamel Butterfly King pin. Monroe’s Wossman High School Marching Band delivered a dynamic performance. Other crowdpleasers included the United States Army band and the Tulane University Marching Band.

HERMES Hermes dipped into Persian literature in a parade illustrating the Rubaiyat — showing how a traditional literary parade theme can be both elegant and vibrant. The procession of floats was marked by brilliant color, wonderfully detailed and expressive prop figures and an abundance of bouncing paper ornaments, including

flowers, snowflakes, grapes and more. The figures, including the pudgy naked reveler on “We That Now Make Merry,” the winged woman on “Idols I Have Loved” and the camels and palms on the Caravan float showcased exemplary artwork. The parade also was full throughout with mounted officers, flambeaux and marching bands, including local favorites such as St. Augustine, Xavier Prep, L.B. Landry, McDonogh 35 and several out-ofstate bands. Overall, it was an excellent and exotic affair.

LE KREWE D’ETAT Le Krewe d’Etat smartly turned to local favorites. The floats used popular New Orleans songs to turn a phrase on local and national politics. Great floats included “Big Chief” (featuring a killer likeness of New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas wearing a Native American headdress lined with money instead of feathers), “The Girl Can’t Help It” (featuring Kim Kardashian and her 72-day marriage — and a lament from Reggie Bush), and “Sea Cruise” (featuring the yachting tech scandal crowd of Greg Meffert, Mark St. Pierre et al.). Some float ideas didn’t pan out as particularly funny or pointed, such as one lamenting gridlock in Washington, D.C. The krewe’s signature Dancin’ Dawlins squad featured men attired as the One Percenters, all in tuxedos and top hats. The Housewives of New Orleans, as a complementary female marching group, were an amusing addition. Throws included plenty of light-up items, such as gel gargoyles and head boppers with d’État’s signature skull. Good performances were turned in by marching bands from Central Lafourche and King College Prep of Chicago.

MUSES Muses poked fun at their own indulgences and spread the satire around in a theme that combined shopping with local and national topics. Floats featuring “Bourbon Outfitters” and “Wombs to Go” were good examples of Muses’ wit. “J. Crude” featured an oil-mucked oyster and referenced the BP oil disaster. “Banana Republicans” feted the less-than-inspiring GOP primary field. A separate “Sayless” float featured Donald Trump with his mouth taped shut. The krewe also accessorized smartly. Throws featured blingy gold beads and credit card medallions. Many floats featured riders in lighted wigs and masks. And the procession was full of special marching




groups like the 610 Stompers, Pussyfooters and Camel Toe Lady Steppers.

ORPHEUS Orpheus’ parade was a star-studded affair with guests Bret Michaels and Cyndi Lauper, both of whom performed at the Orpheuscapade afterward. Other celebrities in the parade included Harry Connick Jr., Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay. Orpheus’ theme of “Nonsense and Tomfoolery” offered a slew of silly named poems, places and characters, including “Jabberwocky” (on a beautiful float early in the procession), “In the Land of Rumplydoodle” and “In the Land of Bumbly Boo.” After a while, however, it became a bit too much gobbledygook matched by single props on floats. Combining flashing lights and fiber optics with old-line Carnival float decorations such as paper flowers is one of the things Orpheus does best, but Rex Duke wonders why this parade only had flowers. Some floats relied on a single prop and nothing else but big red and yellow flowers, which is very pretty, but doesn’t play out the theme very thoroughly. Several floats had water themes but flowers instead of waves or something more nautical. Earlier in the evening, Proteus incorporated both motifs. Orpheus riders wore colorful costumes and threw very generously. The procession included nearly 20 marching bands. Overall, a very fine parade.

PROTEUS Proteus made a big splash with its appropriately nautical “Mythologica Aquatica” theme. Floats depicted gods, creatures and heroes. Stunning examples included “Aegir,” the Norse sea giant, whose float featured a 3-D Viking ship with mast, sails and shields and very detailed painting and waves in the form of bobbing paper ornaments. The Kraken float featured an octopus attacking a ship with shipwreck detritus and detail conveying the chaos throughout the float. Other impressive figures included Venus and Chinese sea dragons. Many of Proteus’ old floats were lavishly adorned with paper flowers, waves and elements that jumped off float surfaces. However, some were not as well-adorned, and it gave a slight air of inconsistency, though in fairness, the good ones were stellar and the others still featured good work. Riders threw Naga beads, plush tridents and seahorses — and

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were generous. A fine lineup of bands included Warren Easton, Roots of Music, George Washington Carver and Sophie B. Wright.

THOTH Thoth showed street cred with a parade celebrating local roads, but what set its effort apart from common Carnival nostalgia for better-known streets was its attention to detail. Far-flung local landmarks depicted on floats included Dong Phuong bakery and NASA in eastern New Orleans and Lincoln Beach on Hayne Boulevard. The Downman Road float featured Visions Men’s Club. Costumes were good, and safari outfits were a nice choice for the float with the Audubon Zoo. Notable band performances included Chalmette High School leading the procession for the 25th year, Tulane University’s band playing “Iko Iko” and KIPP Renaissance High School’s band. Riders kept themselves and the crowd in good spirits as delays sometimes occurred on a busy Carnival Sunday, which saw six parades on St. Charles Avenue.


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Alla presented its “Astrological Odyssey,” featuring the signs of the zodiac. Floats with good props included the Cancer float’s crab, the fish on Pisces and others marking Sagittarius, Aries and Gemini. The krewe also had a galaxy of invited guests. Cast members of Swamp People were among the visiting stars. Alla doesn’t just pride itself on its consistently stellar lineup of roughly 20 high school marching bands; it also features a slew of extra units, including guests riding convertibles as well as numerous police and fire department vehicles. The krewe threw generously, especially long beads and footballs. The colorful collars on the maids are always bright and well-made. And did I mention the bands? There were too many to name them all, but some of the standouts came from St. Augustine, O. Perry Walker, West Jefferson High School, L.B. Landry, Helen Cox and Edna Karr.

BACCHUS Like several krewes, Bacchus celebrated the Louisiana bicentennial. But even with Will Ferrell riding as Bacchus XLIV, the parade was no joke. Floats feted the Saints, Hornets, LSU, Preservation Hall, the Audubon Zoo and tourism, and individual float costumes included hats or headdresses that often matched the float titles. There was an abundance of bands and throws, the latter including popular pelican plushies and blinking grape clusters.

CAESAR Caesar relied on festivals from around the world to warm up the crowds on a cold night. Far-flung celebrations included Oktoberfest, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Kauai’s Polynesian festival

and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Riders on the Russian Winterfest were fortunate to have parkalike costumes on this chilly evening. The royals had massive neon-lit collars. Throws were heavy and included leopard-print plush spears. Brother Martin’s band treated the crowd to “America the Beautiful” and East Jefferson High’s band lapsed into the theme from ESPN’s SportsCenter. Elmo and Cookie Monster were popular with kids, and some older kids enjoyed the costumed Star Wars group from the 501st Legion.

CHAOS The Knights of Chaos turned its edgy satire on gender issues — including the kind of problems women have with men — in “Chaos Skirts the Issues.” Leading the parade was “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” lampooning former governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards’ young bride. A toilet seat left up adorned a float noting Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign to hold on to her Senate seat. Men who received the krewe’s attention included radio talk show host Garland Robinette on the float “Lip Schtick.” The float decorations and rider costumes were as sharp as the krewe’s wit. The East St. John High School marching band looked very good. Float-specific cups were scarce but treasured.

ENDYMION Endymion riders answered the call when the krewe braved a very rainy day to parade through Mid-City. Perhaps it was fittingly titled “Happily Ever After,” as this year’s theme drew on children’s stories and folk tales, many of which dealt with the need to overcome obstacles. Some of the more recognizable figures included Shrek, the frog prince and Cinderella, and some of the stunning figures included a massive demon offering piles of gold. As always, krewe members threw very generously — everything from stuffed footballs to long beads to LED necklaces. The Grambling University band stood out and was a real crowdpleaser. One lowlight: The king and queen floats were vacant, at least for part of the trip. That’s not a good start to a parade, but the rest of the krewe is to be commended for making the best of a very wet evening.

MID-CITY Mid-City’s “Apocalypso: Party at the End of the World” foiled any notion that the end times won’t be joyous. The dance theme played out with cultural highlights from around the world, and notable floats featured Chinese dragons, Russian ballet, Japanese kabuki, a Mayan pyramid and a snake dance. The parade featured powerhouse performances from St. Augustine, Pierre A. Capdau Charter School (which played Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”) and North Carolina’s Dudley High School. The potato chip bag throws were popular, as always.

MORPHEUS Celebrating “Louisiana Treasures” is something several krewes did this year, but Morpheus seems to have plenty of its own to celebrate. The krewe is growing, and its 20 floats were full of riders. There were nice costuming touches such as the chefs’ hats on riders on the float honoring Louisiana chefs. Other floats feted the Saints and LSU Tigers. Also commendable was parading with 15 school marching bands on a busy Carnival night. That alone makes it worth staying out for the third parade of the evening. Some of the highlights included O. Perry Walker, West Jefferson, Archbishop Shaw and a trio of bands from Memphis. The procession also included a couple of Mummers groups. Throwing was heavy and this krewe is on the rise.


ZULU A very elastic theme, “From Zulu With Love,” was perhaps the only way to label the massive parade of more than 50 floats and 20-plus bands. On the tails of the Southern University Marching Band, King Zulu was resplendent in a white feather headdress, and the cadre of walking Soulful Warriors generously handed out feathered masks to the crowd. Some floats had odd titles, such as “These beer goggles ain’t working!” and aspirations such as “Black and Gold for the Super Bowl at home in the Dome!” Commendably, many riders donned masks and sequined, feathered headdresses. In addition to blackface, some wore masks atop their heads, giving attendees an interesting view when riders ducked forward to grab throws. St. Augustine’s Marching 100 sounded great, as always. The lack of a unifying theme is a letdown, but this krewe overcompensates with heavy throwing and an impressive array of bands.


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CARROLLTON The Krewe of Carrollton celebrated Louisiana with floats depicting everything from riverboats, seafood boils and the outdoors to breweries (Dixie Beer was mentioned). Some of the floats had their own highs and lows. For example, the outdoors float had a flamingo on it, but the riders looked good in pelican masks. Riders on the Louis XV float wore amusing period costumes, but the men seemed to be in Napoleon garb. One float offered state flags, which nicely suited the theme. Other riders were generous with stuffed animals and beads. The solid contingent of marching bands included St. Mary’s Academy and the Theophile J. Elie High School band, which was joined by Wendell Pierce and Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc from HBO’s Treme.

DRUIDS The ever secretive and inscrutable Druids looked like it was offering up a satirical parade when its “Druid’s Circus” theme started with a “Ringmaster” float that appeared to feature a likeness of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, but the rest of the floats simply featured circus performers: clowns, sword swallowers, trapeze girls and a human cannonball. The renaissance fair troupe is a suitable group to march with the Druids, and others included the Muff-A-Lottas and Gris Gris Strut. Marching bands represented MillerMcCoy, Chalmette, Helen Cox and John Ehret high schools.

EXCALIBUR Excalibur spent a Knight in China, with floats marking the animal signs in the Chinese zodiac. Standout floats included the Year of the Pig, Year of the Goat and Year of the Tiger, each of which had good props and were painted throughout with Asian images. Hats and costumes also matched the theme. The bright, feathered collars on the captain, royals and maids were tall and wide like a peacock’s feathers and looked splendid. The procession had only six marching bands, however, and Jefferson Carnival is trying to get krewes to field more than that. Overall, this was a solid parade with a fresh look.

IRIS In a self-referential theme, Iris saluted “The Messenger of the Gods.” Floats depicted ancient alphabets, the game Scrabble and gossip, which featured



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Nyx had a grand debut on St. Charles Avenue. Its theme twisted reality TV shows, a concept that’s been popular lately in Carnival. Some of the float ideas employed clever turns of phrase, like “Wrought Iron Chef” and “Bourbon Street’s Got Talent,” which featured a Chris Owens figure. Some were corny, like “Catching Up With the Street Kardashin’,” which had a streetcar, and “Carnival’s Craziest Catch” with a nautical figure. Others didn’t make much sense, such as “504 Jersey Shore,” featuring a New Orleans Saint figure. The riders were clearly enthusiastic and the costumes were good. While the front of the parade was loaded with powerhouse marching bands from St. Augustine, O. Perry Walker and Warren Easton, there were too few bands farther back. Overall, it was a solid first effort for the new krewe.

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ing the King riding as Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square) — featured jumpsuits, shades and pompadours. Marching bands came from Oakhaven High School in Memphis and local Shack Brown Charter School. Throws included toilet paper and little plastic toilets.



The Knights of King Arthur celebrated both the Louisiana bicentennial and the krewe’s 35th anniversary. Impressive floats included “Voodoo,” featuring a crypt keeper, and a big open-jawed alligator on “Cajun Influences.” The only costumes that broke the mold were the black-and-gold on the riders on the New Orleans Saints float, but the captain and royalty looked fine in white feathers. Standout marching bands came from McMain and West Feliciana High School. Members generously tossed plush animals, footballs and beads to the crowd.

Reminders of past years’ themes filled Zeus’ 55th anniversary parade. Floats harkened back to 1961’s “A Child Dreams of Fantasy,” 1958’s “The Realm of Mother Nature” and 1981’s “Those Were the Days” float, the latter of which had a brass band aboard. Newer to the procession were grand marshals Jarrett Lee and TBob Hebert from LSU’s 2011 SEC championship football team. The procession’s traditional elements included mounted riders and members in chariots. Riders threw the krewe’s signature drachmas (Greek-inspired doubloons), and there were vuvuzela-like horns. The procession was light on bands, but the Marine Corps band and the Archbishop Rummel High band played well.

OKEANOS “Gone But Not Forgotten” was Okeanos’ title for a parade taking up a theme common at Carnival in recent years: nostalgia and things the city has lost. At the front of the parade, Vince Vance rode on a float bearing his likeness, which was entertaining. Local icons feted on floats included the Bali Hai restaurant, Pontchartrain Beach and McKenzie’s bakery. Riders on the K&B Drugs float wore plush purple crowns, and Bali Hai riders wore tropical attire. The Archbishop Rummel High School marching band infused the parade with its energetic presence.

PYGMALION The Krewe of Pygmalion introduced the odd prehistoric Pygmammoth on a new signature float. The creature has fiber optic eyes and carries a handful of riders. The theme of board games wasn’t stunning, but it was carried out well with suitable props and decorations on the floats. Pygmalion only had seven marching bands, but the lineup was good and the start of the parade featured St. Augustine, Sophie B. Wright and George Washington Carver in rapid succession, which got the parade off to a hot start on a very cold night. Pygmammoth throws were a nice bonus.

N.O.M.T.O.C. New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club (N.O.M.T.O.C.) rolled Uptown and not in Algiers after heavy rain forced it to reschedule. The change deprived the parade of some bands, but L.B. Landry got the crowd excited during the early Sunday procession. The theme combined Zodiac and monster floats, which was entertaining if not totally in sync. Perhaps more confusing was a football team riding on the Mummy float. The riders made the best of the changes and threw heavily — particularly stuffed toys.

PONTCHARTRAIN Fans of local festivals were treated to a fun parade by the Krewe of Pontchartrain. The float titles turned each festival into a guessing game, and events celebrated ranged from the Alligator Festival to Voodoo Festival, although the float was decorated with daisies, which was an odd choice. Riders wore costumes that matched float themes. The small contingent of marching bands included Miller-McCoy Academy and St. Mary’s Academy.



Tucks was rescheduled because of weather problems, and that seemed to leave the krewe short of bands and riders. The krewe’s theme of “Tucks Gets Culture” featured the group’s signature raunchy wit and let-it-all-hang-out personality. It’s known for toilet humor, and one of the funniest floats was “Michael Angelo’s David Vitter,” featuring the marble statue of David wearing a diaper (and a painted vignette with Vitter saying, “The real masterpiece is in my diaper.”) One float reimagined Cubism as a case of beer goggling. The “Yat Supper” was the Last Supper turned into a crawfish boil. The riders on “The Velvis” float — celebrating velvet Elvis canvases (includ-

It’s admirable to see Sparta’s reverence for tradition. The mule-drawn king’s float looked great and the dink at the head of the parade also is impressive. The theme had fun with puns on animals it associated with Mardi Gras. The rabbit float was subtitled “Hoppy Mardi Gras,” a float with a tiger was of course used as a reference to LSU. The “Cochon” float was subtitled “This Little Piggy Went to Sparta.” The parade was good on throws, but light on marching bands, although O. Perry Walker and Baker High School sounded great. Visit to read all parade reviews.

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here was a time when no one had to tell you when you were visiting a neighborhood restaurant. The straightforward, inexpensive menu made it clear, as did unassuming ambience and the fact that all the neighbors were there too. But thanks to concurrent trends of fine dining getting looser and neighborhood spots growing more ambitious, it’s harder to categorize some restaurants. But here’s one reliable metric of the neighborhood restaurant: How busy is the dining room on an ordinary Monday night or at Wednesday lunch? In the case of Cafe B, things are kicking and people have worked the place into their routines. Some credit must go to the responsiveness of restaurateur Ralph Brennan’s team, who wisely — and quickly — modified the initial concept to keep the neighborhood coming back. Cafe B opened last spring with a menu in line with the gastro pub trend. Chicken pot pie was a signature dish, for instance, and it was promoted heavily. But that approach has been toned down in favor of more local flavors, especially seafood. It turns out people were more interested in oysters fried in buttermilk and whatever Gulf fish the kitchen wanted to saute than slabs of pork belly, poached eggs on asparagus and similar fare from earlier menus. Diners still can get a $15 burger here — and it is very good — but the core DNA now is local contemporary Creole, made a bit

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more homey than a date-night destination restaurant. Cafe B came about while Brennan was shopping for a space to reopen Bacco, the Italian restaurant he closed last year. He was looking Uptown, but when he discovered this space on Metairie Road he shifted gears. The Bacco plans have been shelved, and that restaurant’s former chef, Chris Montero, leads the Cafe B kitchen. Bacco’s best-selling dish, shrimp and lobster ravioli, made the move to Cafe B too. It’s certainly elegant, though for that reason it’s not really representative of the menu. The hanger steak is very good, and the chicken pot pie is still available, but the best bets are the paneed veal over fettuccine, shrimp beignets spiked with tasso, lemon icebox pie, and grilled fish with balsamic reduction, a profusion of floppy-capped wild mushrooms and a charred Vidalia onion. Service is on the ball, though from water choices to optional crabmeat toppings, the upsell pitch always seems close at hand. The renovation of the space has opened it up beautifully, with soft colors, a lovely bar and enough room for a solo diner to read the paper at one table while another group sings “Happy Birthday.” To me, a place where people are doing both on any given night of the week has a valid claim on the title of neighborhood restaurant.

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The Maison Dupuy Hotel is hosting its sixth annual French Quarter Wine Festival, a nine-week series of wine dinners held in conjunction with its restaurant, Le Meritage (1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; Each of the 16 dinners features a reception and four-course meal with the winemaker or proprietor of the winery featured that evening. Chef Michael Farrell offers a special menu to pair with the vintners’ selections. The event is modeled after the Boston Wine Festival, where dinners are held in a pair of waterfront restaurants including Meritage, the forerunner and sibling to the Quarter’s Le Meritage. The French Quarter Wine Festival begins Friday with a grand opening reception that features dozens of wines from vineyards participating in this year’s series, along with a buffet and performances by the Rebirth Brass Band and Los PoBoy-Citos. The block-party style event spreads from Burgundy Street to the hotel courtyard. It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75. The main festival programming starts the following week with the Opus One winery

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native of Barcelona, Xavier Laurentino had stints as a television actor and a bodyguard before moving to New Orleans in 1986. He intended to stay for one year, but in 1995 he was still here, working as a contractor and running an auto shop. That year he also had his first job in a restaurant kitchen, cooking at Lola’s Restaurant (3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946) after its owner, his friend and fellow Spaniard Angel Miranda, was injured in a car wreck. In 2002 Laurentino opened his own Spanish restaurant, Laurentino’s, in Metairie and later relocated the business to the Riverbend, where it’s now called Barcelona Tapas (720 Dublin St., 861-9696). What do you think of the spread of Spanish culinary ideas in America? Laurentino: What I wish was that it happened 25 years ago, because a lot of people have misconceptions. Some people still hear “Spanish food” and think tacos and enchiladas. It’s unbelievable, but I still encounter that almost every day. Someone will say “So this is Spanish food?” I say, “Yes.” They say, “So are you from Peru or something?” There are a number of items on your menu called canoes, which are different combinations of meat and cheese on small bread slices. Is this a traditional tapas style? L: In Spain there are different styles and names for what we think of here as tapas. “Canoe” is just the name I’m using for what we call montaditos back home. It’s the same thing as pinchos, which have toothpicks stuck in them, holding what’s on top to the bread. These are basically tapas, but the big difference is a pincho or a montadito is a unitary thing, a little taste, whereas a tapa will be a little bigger and can be shared.

fIVE TakEs On REdfIsh Bayona 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455 Sauteed redfish is served with chanterelles and leek vinaigrette.

Dante’s Kitchen 736 Dante St., 861-3121 Grilled skin-on, the fish is topped with a salad of fresh herbs.

Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393 Andouille-crusted redfish is a long-running favorite.

GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-3467 Redfish is studded with pumpkin seeds and topped with sage brown butter.

Mike’s on the Avenue

What do you miss the most from Spanish gastronomy? L: I would say the easiness, the casual approach to tapas. We have a saying: “tapeo,” it means going out for tapas. You call your friends and say, “Do you want to go have dinner or a tapeo?” When they say tapeo, you go around from one place to another and someone gets the round at each place, and that’s how you go — boom, boom, boom — like that, until you drop. —IAN MCNuLTY

dinner on March 6 and the Page Wine Cellars dinner on March 7, and they continue each Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost varies, but generally ranges between $95 and $105 per person (the Opus One dinner is $155). A closing reception on April 27 will feature wines from the festival and previews of the 2013 series. For tickets, dinner menus and more details, visit

Menu Makeovers

A few local restaurants have made significant menu changes recently. At La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery. com), chef Justin Devillier is keeping long-time mainstays like steak tartare and crab beignets, but now they’re joined by dishes like fried sheep’s milk cheese with braised lamb, paneed rabbit with spinach, spaetzle and lemon-caper brown butter and yellowfin tuna with chickpea sofrito, pepper vinegar and celery salad. The restaurant also recently hired pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt, who has revamped the dessert menu. In Mid-City, Crescent Pie & Sausage

Co. (4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www. has added a new selection of entrees that channel co-owner Bart Bell’s Cajun roots. A native of the Bayou Teche town of Franklin, Bell always has had a great jambalaya and gumbo on the menu of his restaurant, but now there are also entrees like catfish courtboullion and a fricassee of hen with potatoes and chicken sausage. Chef Dominique Macquet’s new restaurant Tamarind by Dominique (936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0909) is beginning lunch service Wednesday, March 1. The restaurant, which opened last month inside the Hotel Modern, melds Vietnamese and French flavors, and its new lunch menu follows suit. Dishes include duck confit on rice noodle salad, and pork and shrimp crepes with mustard greens. The menu also features soup-and-sandwichstyle combinations of banh mi and pho. Braised short ribs and sauteed shrimp with garlic and kaffir lime are among the banh mi fillings. Tamarind will serve lunch Monday through Saturday.

628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600 Smoked redfish is made into a pate to spread on wafers.




“It’s become the ugg boots of food. It’s a trend that’s long past its welcome.” — Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor of Bon Appetit, regarding the use of eggs across restaurant menus. Knowlton was quoted in a recent new York post article on the menu trend. Bon Appetit’s “dish of the year” for 2009 was “anything with an egg on top,” but now Knowlton says that move has “become a crutch for some chefs. … When they don’t know what to do with a dish, they’ll — just to add that certain extra gilding-the-lily lusciousness — put an egg on it.”

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Magazine St., 895-2246), the uptown finedining restaurant where both had previously worked. Birtel says his former boss there, chef/owner Kevin Vizard, “was pretty instrumental in helping us figure out a model for something we thought New Orleans was missing.” The Vizard’s pop-up arrangement lasted until the summer. In the fall, City Greens moved downtown to a spot inside Tulane university School of Medicine while construction continued at its permanent location. “The seasons changed so our ingredients changed too, and we got to test our menu with a downtown crowd,” Birtel says. At its permanent Poydras Street location, salads are the star attractions. Among the options is one with arugula, apples, candied walnuts, goat cheese, bacon and red wine vinaigrette. There’s a Caesar salad with roasted garlic and a truffle-spiked dressing, and a market salad features a mix of kale, arugula, carrots, fennel, beets, Brussels sprouts and radishes in orangesherry vinaigrette. City Greens will fold any of them in a tortilla for a wrap, and the menu includes a few other wraps, like a Thai shrimp version made with mixed greens, herbs and peanut dressing. The menu changes seasonally, and most of the lettuce served here is grown at Kazenmaier’s hydroponic farm in Florida. Other greens come from Covey Rise Farms, a small grower in Tangipahoa Parish. Meals are packed into serving containers from Eco-Products, a Boulder, Colo.-based supplier of “sustainable disposables” made from recycled or agricultural materials. City Greens serves breakfast — light items such as coffee, pastries and parfaits — and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Louisiana’s fairs and festivals offer a smorgasbord of culture, food and music every month of the year.

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ouisiana offers myriad fairs and festivals throughout the year. Celebrating music, food, heritage and history can jazz up an afternoon or turn a weekend into a vacation. There’s new music to hear, new food to taste, history to learn and a lagniappe of local talents who are happy to share their arts at these special events. Here’s our guide to help you plan your year and enjoy the fun while supporting fellow Louisianians.

March 1-APRIL 30 — Azalea Trail, New Iberia (Various locations, 888-942-3742; 3-4 — Soul Fest, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 5814629; 4 — Here’s the Beef Cookoff, Opelousas (Yambilee Agricultural Arena, 1863 W. Landry St., 877-948-8004; 10-11 — Old Mandeville Jane Austen Literary Festival, Mandeville (Various locations; 14 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 14-18 — Art in Bloom, New Orleans

(New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100; 15 — Irish Channel St. Partrick’s Day Block Party, New Orleans (Annunciation Park, 1522 Chippewa St.; 16-18 — Family Fun Festival, Larose (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 985-693-7355; 16-18 — Strawberry Jam ’n Toast, Pontchatoula (Downtown, 985-350-1460; 16-18 — Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, Thibodaux (331 Madewood Drive, 985-448-4965; 17 — Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New Orleans (Magazine Street; 17-18 — Earth Fest, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 5814629; 18 — St. Joseph’s Day Parade, New Orleans (Washington Avenue and Lasalle Street) 21 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 24 — Hogs for the Cause Fundraiser and Festival o’ Pig, New Orleans (City Park Frisbee Golf Fields, Zachary Taylor Drive; 24 — New Orleans International Beer Festival, New Orleans (Champions Square, LaSalle Street across from the Superdome; 24 — Bloomin on the Bricks,

Natchitoches (Downtown riverbank, 866941-6246; 24-25 — Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, New Orleans (Congo Square, 901 N. Rampart St.; 24-25 — Oak Alley Plantation Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Vacherie (3645 Hwy. 18, 800-442-5539; 25 — World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff, Eunice (Northwest Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive, 877-9488004 or 337-457-2565; www.-cajuntravel. com) 28 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 30-31 — Jazz and R&B Festival, Natchitoches (Downtown riverbank, 800259-1714; 30-31— Le Festival du Bon Temps a’ Broussard, Broussard (Stine Lumber, 6501 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., 800346-1958; 30-APRIL 1 — Italian Heritage Festival, Kenner (Rivertown, 388-8758; 30-APRIL 1 — Cypress Sawmill Festival, Patterson (Kemper Williams Park, 800-256-2931; 31 — Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival, Houma (Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, 985-8510154; 31 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-892-

9742; 31 — Fete Francaise, New Orleans (821 Gen. Pershing St., 458-5866; 31-APRIL 1 — Old Algiers RiverFest, Algiers (The former Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St., 529-4341; 31-APRIL 1 — Kite Fest Louisiane, Port Allen (West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3553 Rosedale Road, 800654-9701;


1 — Italian Heritage Festival, Kenner (Rivertown, 388-8758; 1 — Cypress Sawmill Festival, Patterson (Kemper Williams Park, 800256-2931; 1 — Old Algiers RiverFest, Algiers (The former Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St., 529-4341; 1 — Kite Fest Louisiane, Port Allen (West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3553 Rosedale Road, 800-654-9701; 4 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 6-8 — Laotian New Year Festival, Broussard (Lanexang Village, 7913 Champ Ave., 337-364-3403; 7 — Crescent City Classic, New Orleans (Starting line Decatur PAGE 5

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17-23 — New Orleans Navy Week, New Orleans (Various locations; 18 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 19-21 — Great Southern R.V. Park Bluegrass Fest, Angie (Hwy. 21, 985516-4680; 19-22 — Washington Catfish Festival, Washington (Washington Festival Grounds, Veterans Memorial Hwy., 337-826-3627; 20 — Art in April with Champagne, Hammond (Downtown, 985-277-5680; 20-22 — Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, Franklin (Downtown, 800-2562931; 20-22 — Cajun Fest, Marrero (Visitation of Our Lady School, 3520 Ames Blvd., 347-7248; 20-22 — Family Fun & Food Festival, Westlake (St. John Bosco Church, 2330 Foster Lane, 337-4396585; 20-22 — Italian Festival, Tickfaw (Our Lady of Pompeii Church baseball field, Boscoe Avenue, 800-542-7520; 20-22 — Migratory Bird Celebration, Grand Isle (Grand Isle Sanctuary, 800259-0869; 20-22 — Spring Food Festival “La Fete du Monde,” Lockport (Church Street, 985-532-3117; 20-27 — Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Week, Ville Platte (Chicot State Park, 3469 Chicot Park Road, 337-2348360; 21 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 21 — Spring for Art, Covington (Downtown, various locations, 985-8928650; 21-22 — Angola Spring Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2030; 21-22 — Antique Street Fair, Slidell (Olde Towne Antiques District, 985-6416316; 21-22 — Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival, Natchitoches (Melrose Plantation, 800-259-1714;

22 — Blessing of the Fleet, Dulac (Various bayou locations, 985-563-2325) 22 — Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo, New Orleans (Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue; 22 — Earth Day Celebration, Baton Rouge (Downtown, 225-205-2680; 25-29 — Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette (Downtown, 337232-8086; 26 — Factory Fest, New Orleans (Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St., 586-1094; 27-29 — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course, 410-4100; 27-29 — Etouffee Festival, Arnaudville (St. John Francis Regis Church, 370 Main St., 337-754-5911; 27-29 — Festival de la Prairie, Prairieville (St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 15208 Hwy. 73, 225-673-8307) 27-29 — St. Joan of Arc Spring Festival, LaPlace (529 W. 5th St., 4152016; 28 — Denham Springs Antique Village Spring Festival, Denham Springs (North Range Avenue, 225-665-4666; 28 — Young Leadership Council

Visitors to the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans will hear a variety of music genres.

Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 28-29 — Battle of Jackson Crossroads, Jackson (Hwy. 68, 225-634-7155; 29 — Laurel Valley Spring Event, Thibodaux (589 Hwy. 308, 985-446-7456) 30 — Factory Fest, New Orleans (Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St., 586-1094;


1-2 — Factory Fest, New Orleans (Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St., 586-1094; 1-12 — Contraband Days, Lake Charles (Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, 337-436-5508; 2 — ChazFest, New Orleans (3020 St. Claude Ave.; 2 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500;


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and St. Peter streets, 861-8686; 7 — Freret Street Festival, New Orleans (Freret Street, 899-5900; 8 — Goodchildren Easter Parade, New Orleans ( 11 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 12-14 — Louisiana Railroad Days Festival, DeQuincy (DeQuincy Railroad Museum Fairgrounds, 337-786-8241; 12-15 — Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, New Iberia (Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass, Hwy. 3212, 337-3657539; 12-15 — French Quarter Festival, New Orleans (French Quarter, 522-5730; 13-14 — Cracklin’ Cookoff, Parks (Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park, 337-288-3509; 13-15 — Great Louisiana Bird Fest, Mandeville (Northlake Nature Center, 23135 Hwy. 190 East, 985-626-1238; 13-15 — Strawberry Festival, Pontchatoula (800-917-7045; 14 — Blues Week and Festival, Baton Rouge (North Boulevard Town Square, 800-527-6843; 14 — Cracklin’ Cookoff, Cut Off (Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St., 985632-7616; 14-15 — St. Philomena Spring Festival, Labadieville (St. Philomena Church, 118 Convent St., 985-387-0321) 14-15 — Spring Garden Show, New Orleans City Park (New Orleans Botanical Gardens, 736-6519; 15 — Allons Manger Food Festival, Belle Rose (St. Jules Catholic Church, 7165 Hwy. 1, 225-473-8569) 15 — Blessing of the Fleet, Chauvin (Various locations, 985-594-5859; 15 — Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off, Ville Platte (Belaire Cove Chapel, Belaire Cove Road, Hwy. 1168, 337-363-3957; 15-17 — Wagon Festival and Trail Ride, Cankton (337-668-4671;


Come lay your troubles down down by the riverside

Ride the ferr y an d enjoy the FR EE shuttle to th e festival!

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March 31 - April 1


11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton Street Enjoy live jazz music, authentic local cuisine & fine arts and crafts at the FREE festival. Enjoy music from these performers:

Irvin Mayfield • Don Vappie • Dr. Michael White Hot 8 Brass Band • Delfeayo Marsalis Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians and more! Preview Party, Friday, March 23 Call 529-4341 to purchase tickets.

• See the festival poster by Kenneth Scott • Enjoy cuisine from festival vendors • Silent Auction of art, jewelry and more! • Music by Rick Trolsen & Friends Presenting Sponsor

Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor

Fifth District Savings Bank, Lakewood Country Club, Hon. David Heitmeier, Latter & Blum


22-26 — New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, New Orleans (Various locations, 529-9463; 23 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; 24-27 — Jambalaya Festival, Gonzales (Civic Center, 219 S. Irma Ave., 225-647-2937; 24-JUNE 3 — Cajun Heartland State Fair, Lafayette (337-265-2100;

25-27 — Greek Festival, New Orleans (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-0259; 25-28 — Swamp Pop Music Festival, Robert (Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 Hwy. 190 E, 985-345-9244 or 800- 359-0940; 26-27 — Bayou Country Superfest, Baton Rouge (LSU Tiger Stadium; 27 — Zydeco Extravaganza, Opelousas (Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, 337-948-8004; 30 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500;

1-2 — Cookin’ on the Cane BBQ Cookoff and Festival, Natchitoches (Downtown; 1-3 — Cajun Heartland State Fair, Lafayette (337-265-2100; 1-3 — Buggy Festival, Church Point (City Park, Lougarre Street, 337-684-2739; 1-3 — Bon Mange Festival, Gheens (1783 Hwy. 654; 985-537-5800) 2 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-892-9742; 2-3 — Back to the Beach, Kenner (Kenner’s Laketown, Williams Boulevard at the lake, 836-7117; 2-3 — New Orleans Oyster Festival, New Orleans (French Quarter parking lot between Jax Brewery and Hard Rock Cafe, 835-6410; 8-10 — The Day the War Stopped, St. Francisville (Various locations, 225-6354791; 9 — Cajun Culture and Music Festival, Eunice (Downtown, 337-4575601; 9-10 — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, New Orleans (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 558-6100; 9-10 — Creole Tomato Festival, New Orleans (French Market, 522-2621; 10 — Un Celebration de Cajun-Leur Culture, Eunice (Northwest Community Center, 501 Samuel Dr., 877-948-8004; 16 — Bicycle Festival, Abita Springs (Downtown Abita Springs, 985-8922624; 16 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 16 — Juneteenth Folklife Celebration, Opelousas (Farmers Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., 877-948-8004; 22-23 — Smoked Meat Festival, Ville Platte (Ville Platte Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., 337-363-6700; 22-24 — Catfish Festival, Des Allemands (St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Hwy. 632, 985-758-7542) 23-24 — Crab Festival, LaCombe (John Davis Park, U.S. 190 and 12th Street, 985-867-9490; 28-30 — Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Festival, Jackson (Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Park, 4225 Hwy. 952, 225629-5852; 30 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 30-JULY 4 — Erath 4th of July Celebration, Erath (Downtown, 337-9375585;

July 1-4 — Erath 4th of July Celebration, Erath (Downtown, 337-937-5585; 4-8 — Seafood Festival, Mandeville (Fontainebleau State Park, 67825 Hwy. 190, 985-624-9762; 6-8 — Essence Music Festival, New Orleans (Louisiana Superdome; 7 — Lebeau Zydeco Festival, Lebeau (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, 337623-0303) 13-15 — San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, New Orleans (324-8096; 14 — Running of the Bulls, New Orleans (French Quarter, 324-8096; 20-21 — Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival and Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, Natchitoches (Northwestern State University, Prather Coliseum, 318-357-4332; 20-21 — Swamp Pop Music Festival, Gonzales (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road; 21 — Harvest Festival, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy 1082, 985-892-9742; 21-22 — Cajun French Music and Food Festival, Lake Charles (Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., 337-2170880; 25-29 — Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (Various locations, 948-0511; 26-28 — Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, Grand Isle (615-0099; 27-28 — Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration, St. Francisville (Various locations, 800-488-6502;


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Where’s the beef? It’s at the Meat Pie Festival in Natchitoches in September.




27-29 — Marshland Festival, Lake Charles (Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, (337) 762-3876;

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2-5 — Satchmo SummerFest, New Orleans (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 522-5730; 4 — White Linen Night, New Orleans (Various locations, 528-3805; 11 — Dirty Linen Night, New Orleans (French Quarter, 453-3664) 11 — Red Dress Run, New Orleans (French Quarter, 889-HASH; 15-19 — Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, Delcambre (Shrimp Festival Building, 441 E. Main St., 337-685-2653; 16-18 — Le Cajun French Music Association Festival & Awards Show, Lafayette (Various locations; 23-26 — Duck Festival, Gueydan (Duck Festival Grounds, Main and First streets, 337-536-6456; 25 — Krewe of Oak’s Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans (Various locations, 866-9359) 29-SEPT. 3 — Southern Decadence, New Orleans (French Quarter, 30-SEPT. 3 — Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City (Downtown, 985385-0703; 31-SEPT. 1 — Cane River Zydeco Festival, Natchitoches (Historic downtown district, 318-471-9960 or 318354-0899; events-and-festivals)

September 1 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-892-9742; 1 — Drake Salt Works Festival, Goldonna (318-727-8860; or 1 — Cane River Zydeco Festival, Natchitoches (Historic downtown district, 318-471-9960 or 318-354-0899; 1-2 — Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival, Plaisance (Zydeco Park, 457 Zydeco Road, 337-232-7672; 1-3 — Southern Decadence, New Orleans (French Quarter, 1-3 — Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City (Downtown, 985385-0703; 2 — Creole Zydeco Festival, St. Martinville (Adam Carlson Memorial Park, 800 Isadore Drive, 888-565-5939 or 337-394-4635; 3 — BooZoo’s Dog Hill Festival, Lake Charles (Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, 377-438-3482; 6-8 — Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Festival, Jackson (Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Park, 4225 Hwy. 952, 225629-5852; 7-9 — Bayou Lafourche Antique Show and Sale, Thibodaux (Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium, 310 N. Canal Blvd., 985-413-1147; 13-15 — Burlesque Festival, New Orleans (Various locations, 975-7425, 14-15 — Meat Pie Festival, Natchitoches (Downtown Riverbank Stage, 800-259-1714; 15 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 20-22 — Great Southern R.V. Park Bluegrass Fest, Angie (Great Southern R.V. Park, Hwy. 21, 985-516-4680) 22 — Cajun French Music Association Cajun Music Festival, New Iberia (City Park, Parkview Drive, 337-364-7975 or 888-942-3742; 26-30 — Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, New Iberia (Various venues, 337-369-9323; 27-30 — Alligator Festival, Luling (West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, 985-783-5140; 29 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 29 — La Fete d’Ecologie, Morgan City (Lake End Park, 2300 Hwy. 70, 800-259-0869) 29 — Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival, Bogalusa (Cassidy Park, 985294-3895; 30 — Calca-Chew Food Festival, Lake Charles (St. Margaret Family Center, 1103 17th St., 337-439-4585;


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3-6 — Jefferson Davis Parish Fair, Jennings (Jennings Fairgrounds, Hwy. 26 S, 337-824-1773) 3-7 — Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair, Amite (404 Reid Ave., 985-542-7520; 5-6 — Robeline Heritage Festival, Robeline (El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, Hwy. 6, 800-2591714; 5-7 — Gretna Heritage Festival, Gretna (Historic downtown, Fourth Street and Huey P. Long Avenue, 361-7748; 6 — Art for Art’s Sake, New Orleans (Various locations, 528-3805; 6 — Antique Fall Festival, Denham Springs (Denham Springs Antique Village, N. Range Avenue, 225-665-4666; www. 6 — Hungarian Harvest Dance, Springfield (American Legion Hall, Hwy. 43, 225-567-3598; 6 — Shadows Arts and Crafts Festival, New Iberia (Shadowson-the-Teche Plantation, 317 E. Main St., 877-200-4924; 6-7 — Festival of Quilts, Cottonport (Cottonport Museum & Cultural Center, 220 Cottonport Ave., 318-876-3517) 6-7 — Germanfest, Robert’s Cove (7212 Roberts Cove Road, 337-3348354; 7 — Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola

(Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2030; 7 — Sugarfest, Port Allen (West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., 225-336-2422; 9-14 — Cotton Festival, Ville Platte (1293 Lee St., 337-363-6367; 11-14 — Louisiana Cattle Festival, Abbeville (Downtown, 337-652-0646; 12-14 — Bucktown Seafood Festival, Metairie (1600 Lake Ave., 833-8224; 12-14 — Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 558-6100; 12-14 — Gumbo Cookoff, New Iberia (Bouligny Plaza, 337-364-1836; 12-14 — Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Houma (985-226-1004; 12-14 — Festivals Acadiens, Lafayette (800-346-1958; 12-14 — Gumbo Festival, Bridge City (Holy Guardian Angels Church, 1701 Bridge City Ave., 259-4718; 12-14 — Louisiana Gumbo Festival, Chackbay (326 Hwy. 304, 985-633-



Fairs & Festivals > > february 28 > 2012

Broiled oysters are among the culinary delicacies available at the Plaquemines Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival in Belle Chasse in May.


2828; 12-18 — New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans (Various locations, 3096633; 13 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-8929742; 13-14 — Cajun Heritage Festival, LaRose (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., 985-693-7355; 13-14 — Wooden Boat Festival, Madisonville (Mulberry and Water streets, 985-845-9200; 13-14 — Awesome Art on the Bayou Arts & Cultural Festival, Gonzales (Jambalaya Park, 225-328-7354; 14 — Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2030; 14 — International Heritage Celebration, Baton Rouge (275 S. River Road, 225-930-0901; 17-20 — Washington Parish Free Fair, Franklinton (Washington Parish Fairgrounds, Main Street; 18-20 — Rice Festival, Crowley (Downtown, 337-783-3067; 19-21 — International Acadian Fest,

Plaquemine (C. M. “Mike” Zito MultiPurpose Center, 61755 Bayou Road, 225-659-7579; 19-21 — Andouille Festival, LaPlace (St. John Community Center, 2900 Hwy. 51, 985-652-9569; 20 — Fall for Art, Covington (Downtown, 985-892-8650; 20-21 — Fall Garden Show, New Orleans (New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 483-9386; 20-21 — Oak Alley Plantation Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Vacherie (3645 Hwy. 18, Great River Road, 800-4425539; 20-21 — Old Farmer’s Day, Loranger (Brunett Farms, 56136 Loranger Road, 985-878-2360; 21 — Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2030; 22 — Tailgating Cook-off & Fais Do Do, Loreauville (Loreauville Park, 601 Ed Broussard Road, 888-942-3742) 24-28 — Yambilee Festival, Opelousas (Yambilee Grounds, Hwy. 190, 337-948-8848; 25-NOV. 4 — Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, Baton Rouge (16072 Airline Hwy., 225-755-3247; 26-28 — French Food Festival, LaRose (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., 985-693-7355; 26-28 — Voodoo Experience, New Orleans (City Park, 27 — Jazz’n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-892-

9742; 27 — Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge (Various locations, 225-2199503; 27-28 — Antique Street Fair, Slidell (Olde Towne Antique District, 985-6416316; 28 — Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2030; 28 — Feast on the Levee, Brusly (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 402 S. Kirkland Drive., 225-749-2189;


1-4 — Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, Baton Rouge (16072 Airline Hwy., 225-755-3247; 2-4 — Swamp Pop Music Festival, Robert (Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 Hwy. 190 E, 985345-9244 or 800- 359-0940; www.hid- 2-4 — Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar & Festival, Opelousas (747 N. Union St., 877-948-8004; 2-4 — Louisiana Swine Festival, Basile (Various locations, 337-230-1479; 3 — Southdown Fall Festival, Houma (Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, 985-851-0154; 3 — Mirliton Festival, New Orleans (Markey Park, Piety and Royal streets, 3 — Great Chili Challenge, New Iberia (City Park, 337-365-5471)

Lunch Buffet Daily LUNCH

11:30AM - 2:30PM


5:30PM - 10:30PM

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Take a turn jousting like the knights of old (kind of) at the Renaissance Festival in Hammond during November and December.





Saturday, March 3 9a.m.-4p.m.

First Baptist Church Gymnasium 325 E. Pine St., Pontchatoula $5 per person, 12 and under free free parking available


Happy Hour Weekdays 3-5pm Lunch & Dinner Mon- Sat 11am-9pm 3001 Magazine St. · 891-0997

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration

April 20, 21 and 22, 2012


Birdwatching, local hospitality and more • Birdwatching tours • Rich Island history • Bird art and bird crafts • Binoculars and field guides • Fun for families with children

Sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of The Train Collectors Association

Art by Donna Dittmann Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Crossvine

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Barataria-Terrbonne National Estuary Program • 800.259.0869 • http// 13





6pm-9pm: SEabrook 10am-1pm: CroSSin Dixon

saturday 3.17.2012 LIVE Music GREAT Pirogue race Food Carnival Rides Softball tournament Children & Queens Pageant


Admission Parking FUN!!!

held at the Larose

Regional Park & Civic Center


Fairs & Festivals > > february 28 > 2012


ChEramiE & FriEnDS 10am-12:30pm: ryan ForEt & ForEt traDition 1pm-3pm: amanDa ShaW 3:30pm-6:30pm: ruFF n rEaDy 7pm-9pm: rEauxShambo 10pm-1am: DrEam JunkiES


307 E. 5th StrEEt LaroSE, La 70373


8:30am-9:30am: roLanD

10:30am-2pm: WayLon thiboDaux 3pm-6pm: Gary t

39th Annual People are Great

Music is Rockin

Food is Excellent Culture is Key

Life Is Still Good




Friday 10.26

Saturday 10.27

Sunday 10.28

5pm-7pm: Gary T 7:30pm-9:30pm: Dream Junkies 10pm-1am: Halifax

11:30am-2:30pm: Waylon Thibodaux 3pm-6pm: Travis Matte 6:30pm-9:30pm: Southern Cross 10pm-1am: Category 6

10:30am-2pm: Amanda Shaw 3pm-6pm: Hurricane Levee Band

october 26, 27, & 28, 2012



3-4 — Celebration of the Giant Omelette, Abbeville (Magdalen Square, 337-893-0013; 3-4 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985-4299992; 3-4 — Swamp Festival, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 5814629; 3-4 — Shadows Civil War Encampment, New Iberia (Shadowson-the-Teche Plantation, 317 E. Main St., 877-200-4924; 7-11 — LadyFest New Orleans, New Orleans (Various locations, 949-3001; 7-11 — Frog Festival, Rayne (Gossen Memorial Blvd., Frog Festival Drive, 337366-2884; 8-11 — Cracklin Festival, Port Barre (Veterans Memorial Park, 504 Saizan St., 877-948-8004; 9-11 — Cut Off Youth Center Fair, Cut Off (985-632-7616; 10 — Atchafalaya Basin Festival, Henderson (Henry Guidry Memorial Park, 103 Park Drive, 337-257-2444; 10 — Thibodauxville Fall Fest, Thibodaux (Downtown, 985-446-1187; 10-11 — Fall Festival, Destrehan (Destrehan Plantation, 13034 River Road, 985-764-9315; 10-11 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985-4299992;

10-11 — Three Rivers Arts Festival, Covington (Columbia Street, 985-3279797; 14-18 — Fringe Festival, New Orleans (Various locations, 941-3640; 17-18 — Civil War Living History Reenactment, Camp Moore (Hwy. 51, 985-229-2438) 17-18 — Louisiana Indian Heritage Association Powwow, Gonzales (Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 985-7965433; 17-18 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985-4299992; 24 — Andrzejki NOLA, St. Andrew’s Day Eve, New Orleans (324-8096; 24-25 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985-4299992; 30-DEC. 2 — Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival, Buras (Fort Jackson, 220 Herbert Harvey Drive; 30-DEC. 2 — Christmas Extravaganza, Covington (Covington Fairgrounds, 600 N. Hwy. 190, 985-7965853; Meet thousands of your closest friends at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge for the Bayou Country Super Fest in May. Photo by Zack Smith

Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series


Pfister Sisters

December ALL MONTH — Celebration in the Oaks, New Orleans (City Park, 4839415; ALL MONTH — Noel Acadien au Village, Lafayette (Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, 337-981-2364; 1 — Bonfire on the Levee, Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy. 18, 800-442-5539; 1 — Christmas Festival Gumbo Cook-off, Jennings (Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, I-10 and Hwy. 26, 337-8215532; 1 — Fire and Water Celebration, Arnaudville (1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy., 337-453-3307; 1-2 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985429-9992; 2 — A Rural Life Christmas, Baton Rouge (Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, 225-765-2437;

MARCH 1 Gates Open 5PM-8PM Musical Performance 6PM Adults: $10 / Children 5-12: $3 • Children 4 & Under = FREE Mint Juleps and other refreshments available for purchase

For more information call

(504) 483-9488

Fairs & Festivals > > february 28 > 2012

Music, visual arts and bubbly are stars at Hammond’s Art in April with Champagne. Photo by Melissa Griffin

8 — Christmas Bayou Boat Parade, Delcambre (Boat docks, 888-942-3742; 8 — Baton Rouge Christmas Parade, Baton Rouge (800-527-6843) 8 — Madewood Christmas Heritage Festival, Napoleonville (Madewood Plantation, 4250 Hwy. 308, 800-3757151; 8-9 — Renaissance Festival, Hammond (46468 River Road, 985429-9992; 9 — St. Lucy Festival of Light, St. Martinville (St. Martin de Tours Church Square, S. Main St., 337-394-9404; 9 — Creole Christmas Bonfire, Baton Rouge (Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive, 225-343-4955; 9-10 — Christmas in the Country, St. Francisville (Various locations, 225-6354224; 15 — Ala Bayou Terrebonne Christmas Boat Parade, Bourg (Starts at Bourg Volunteer Fire Station, 4402 Hwy. 24, 800-688-2732; 16 — Caroling in Jackson Square & Home Tour, New Orleans (Various locations, 523-7047; 24 — Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee, Lutcher/Gramercy (Various locations, 800-367-7852;

The Pfister Sisters represent the New Orleans swing era, with their recreation of the Boswell Sister’s arrangements.


happy hour


3-6PM every sunday

AMERICAN FAT HEN GROCERY — 7457 St. Charles Ave., 266-2921; — Barbecue is the specialty at chef Shane Pritchett’s casual cafe with an upscale deli menu. Order barbecued pulled-pork, Texasstyle brisket or St. Louis ribs. There also are burgers, entrees, creative sides, and breakfast is available all day. No reservations. Breakfast, 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. $$

BAR & GRILL BAYOU BEER GARDEN — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ THE RIVERSHACK TAVERN — 3449 River Road, 834-4938; — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 — Shamrock serves burgers, shrimp or roast beef

ZADDIE’S TAVERN — 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 8320830 — Zaddie’s serves burgers, alligator sausage, boudin, tamales and meat or crawfish pies. Thursday’s steak night special features a filet mignon, buttergarlic potatoes, salad, grilled French bread and a soft drink for $15. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARBECUE BOO KOO BBQ — 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq. com — 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., latenight Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $ SAUCY’S BBQ GRILL — 3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 322-2544; — Saucy’s serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled or jerk chicken. Side items include smoked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw and Caribbean rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BREWPUB CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE — 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; — Live jazz and German-style beers complement creative cooking at this brewpub. Crabmeat-stuffed jumbo shrimp, grilled baby back ribs, overstuffed po-boys and seafood gumbo are popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BURGERS BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL — 4905 Canal St., 4887357; — Top a 10-oz. Beach burger with cheddar, blue, Swiss or pepper Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms or house-made hickory sauce. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ BUD’S BROILER — Citywide; — Bud’s Broiler is known for charcoalbroiled burgers topped with

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hickory-amoked sauce. The menus also includes hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. The Clearview Parkway and 24-hour City Park location also offer shrimp and catfish po-boys. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


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(504) 368-9846 • Open Daily 9am-9pm (Kitchen Closes at 8:30PM) • Closed Sun & Thurs

CAFE CAFE FRERET — 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret. com — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ CANAL STREET BISTRO & ECO CAFE — 3903 Canal St., 561-6585; — This cafe serves sandwiches like the veggie club, layered with Swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, spinach and baby pickles. There are fresh squeezed juices, and Friday and Saturday evenings feature tapas dining. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ GOTT GOURMET CAFE — 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; — This cafe serves a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers and more. The cochon de lait panini includes slowbraised pork, baked ham, pickles, Swiss, ancho-honey slaw, honey mustard and chili mayo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE — 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is available all day on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $




PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK — City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 — Located in the old Casino Building, the cafe serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads and ice cream till early evening. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $


PRAVDA — 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola. com — Pravda is known for its Soviet kitsch and selection of absinthes, and the kitchen offers pierogies, beef empanadas, curry shrimp salad and a petit steak served with truffle aioli. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $ page 38

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O’HENRY’S FOOD & SPIRITS — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 8669741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 461-9840; www. — 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. $$

po-boys, Reuben sandwiches, cheese sticks and fries with cheese or gravy. Other options include corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $




you are where you eat

Out 2 Eat is an index of Gambit contract advertisers. Unless noted, addresses are for New Orleans. Dollar signs represent the average cost of a dinner entree: $ — under $10; $$ — $11 to $20; $$$ — $21 or more. To update information in the Out 2 Eat listings, email, fax 483-3116 or call Will Coviello at 483-3106. Deadline is 10 a.m. Monday.






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VINE & DINE — 141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine. com — The cafe serves cheese boards and charcuterie plates with pate and cured meats. There also is a menu of sandwiches, quesadillas, bruschettas, salads and dips. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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CHINA ORCHID — 704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; — This longtime Riverbend restaurant offers a wide array of Chinese dishes. Sizzling black pepper beef or chicken is prepared with onions, red and green peppers and brown sauce and served on a hot plate with steamed rice on the side. Other options include fried rice, noodle and egg foo young dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ FIVE HAPPINESS — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935 — The large menu at Five Happiness offers a range of dishes from wonton soup to sizzling seafood combinations served on a hot plate to sizzling Go-Ba to lo mein dishes. Delivery and banquest facilities available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ JUNG’S GOLDEN DRAGON — 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; — 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. $ TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA — 600 N. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 6264476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; — House specialties include fried softshell crab topped with Tong Cho sauce, and Cantonese-style stirfried alligator and mushrooms in oyster sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE/DESSERT ANTOINE’S ANNEX — 513 Royal St., 581-4422; www. — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Royal Street salad features baby spinach and mixed lettuces with carrots, red onion, red peppers, grapes, olives, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ KUPCAKE FACTORY — 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 267-4990; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328; — Choose from a large selection of gourmet cupcakes. The Fat Elvis is made with banana cake and topped with peanut butter frosting. The Strawberry Fields tops strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream frosting. Other options include white chocolate raspberry and a banana cupcake.

No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $ MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES — 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries. com — Maurice French Pastries offers an array of continental and French baked goods as well as specialty cakes, cheesecakes and pies. No reservations. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon: breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ MELANGE — 2106 Chartres St., 309-7335; — Dine on FrenchCreole cuisine in a restaurant and bar themed to resemble a lush 1920s speakeasy. Lapin au vin is a farm raised rabbit cooked served with demi-glace, oven-roasted shallots, tomatoes, potatoes and pancetta. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PINKBERRY — 300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; — 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. $

MONTREL’S BISTRO — 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 — This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



5 FIFTY 5 — 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.555canal. com — New Orleans dishes and Americana favorites take an elegant turn in dishes such as the lobster mac and cheese, combining lobster meat, elbow macaroni and mascarpone, boursin and white cheddar cheeses. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ BAYONA — 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona. com — House favorites on Chef Susan Spicer’s menu include sauteed Pacific salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and the appetizer of grilled shrimp with black-bean cake and coriander sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ OAK — 8118 Oak St., 3021485; — This wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; com — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes like char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and a red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and a memorable cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT — 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; — 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

MOJITOS RUM BAR & GRILL — 437 Esplanade Ave., 2524800; — Mojitos serves a mix of Caribbean, Cuban and Creole dishes. Aruba scallops are seared and served with white chocolate chipotle sauce with jalapeno grits and seasonal vegetables. Warm walnut goat cheese is served with yuca chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

DELI CG’S CAFE AT THE RUSTY NAIL — 1100 Constance St., 722-3168; — Inside the Rusty Nail, CG’s offers a menu of sandwiches. The Piggly Wiggly features pulled pork on a sesame seed bun with coleslaw and pickle chips on the side. The Wild Turkey is layered with Granny Smith apple slices, provolone, bacon and garlic mayo. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $ KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun. com — 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. $ MARTIN WINE CELLAR — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , 896-7350; www.martinwine. com — The wine emporium offers gourmet sandwiches and deli items. The Reuben combines corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. The Sena salad features chicken, golden raisins, blue cheese, toasted pecans and pepper jelly vinaigrette over field greens. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH FLAMING TORCH — 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.

OuT to EAT — Chef Nathan Gile’s menu includes panseared Maine diver scallops with chimichurri sauce and smoked bacon and corn hash. Coffeeand coriander-spiced rack of lamb is oven roasted and served with buerre rouge and chevre mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ MARTINIQUE BISTRO — 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; — This French bistro has both a cozy dining room and a pretty courtyard. Try dishes such as Steen’s-cured duck breast with satsuma and ginger demi-glace and stone-ground goat cheese grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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


NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE — 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from chicken to vegetable dishes. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN ANDREA’S RESTAURANT — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie 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., 529-2154; www.

MOSCA’S — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-8950; www. — This 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. $$$ RED GRAVY — 125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe. com — The cafe serves breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and pastries. At lunch, try meatballs, lasagna and other Italian specialties, panini, wraps, soups and salads. Open Sundays before New Orleans Saints home games. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ RICCOBONO’S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT — 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266 — This Italian-style eatery serves New Orleans favorites like stuffed crabs with jumbo lump crabmeat with spaghetti bordelaise and trout meuniere with brabant potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ VINCENT’S ITALIAN CUISINE — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www. — 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. $$

JAPANESE KYOTO — 4920 Prytania St., 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. $$ MIKIMOTO — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$ MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE — 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro. com — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reserva-

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MILA — 817 Common St., 4122580; — MiLA takes a fresh approach to Southern and New Orleans cooking, focusing on local produce and refined techniques. Try New Orleans barbecue lobster with lemon confit and fresh thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ RALPH’S ON THE PARK — 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; — Popular dishes include baked oysters Ralph, turtle soup and the Niman Ranch New York strip. There also are brunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ TOMAS BISTRO — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes like semiboneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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COUNTRY FLAME — 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 — Country Flame serves a mix of popular Mexican and Cuban dishes. Come in for fajitas, pressed Cuban sandwiches made with hickory-smoked pork and charbroiled steaks or pork chops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS’ BAR & RESTAURANT — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; — This surf shack serves CaliforniaMexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ SANTA FE — 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 — This casual cafe serves creative takes on Southwestern cuisine. Bolinos de Bacalau are Portuguesestyle fish cakes made with dried, salted codfish, mashed potatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions and egg and served with smoked paprika aioli. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MUSIC AND FOOD BOMBAY CLUB — 830 Conti St., 586-0972; — Mull the menu at this French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. The duck duet pairs confit leg with pepper-seared breast with black currant reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, latenight Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ GAZEBO CAFE — 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www. — The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ HOUSE OF BLUES — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www. — Try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. The buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ THE MARKET CAFE — 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www. — Dine indoors or out on seafood either fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SIBERIA — 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855 — This music clubs serves dishes like fish and chips, spicy hot wings, tacos and more. There are weekly specials and vegetarian and vegan options. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO — 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; — Traditional Creole and Cajun fare pepper the menu along with newer creations such as the fish Marigny, topped with Gulf shrimp in a Creole cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

PIZZA MARKS TWAIN’S PIZZA LANDING — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; — Disembark at Mark Twain’s for salads, po-boys and pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ NEW YORK PIZZA — 4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www. — Choose from pizza by the slice or whole pie, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more. The Big Apple pie is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and minced garlic and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ NONNA MIA CAFE & PIZZERIA — 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717 — Nonna Mia uses homemade dough for pizza served by the slice or whole pie and offers salads, pasta dishes and panini. Gourmet pies are topped with ingredients like

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SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS DRESS IT — 535 Gravier St., 571-7561 — Get gourmet burgers and sandwiches dressed to order. Original topping choices include everything from sprouts to black bean and corn salsa to peanut butter. For dessert, try a chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP — 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of poboys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. There are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

PARKWAY BAKERY AND TAVERN — 538 N. Hagen Ave., 482-3047 — Parkway serves juicy roast beef po-boys, hot sausage po-boys, fried seafood and more. No reservations. Kitchen open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $ PARRAN’S PO-BOYS — 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; — Parran’s offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. The veal supreme po-boy features a cutlet topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ THE STORE — 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; — The Store serves sandwiches, salads and hot plates, and there is a taco bar where patrons can choose their own toppings. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille and a corn bread muffin. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$ TRACEY’S — 2604 Magazine St., 899-2054; www.traceysnola.

SEAFOOD GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell 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. $$ GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT — 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; — Grand Isle offers seafood options from raw oysters to lobster St. Malo with combines Maine lobster, shrimp and mussels in seafood broth. Baked Gulf fish are served with compound chili butter, potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ JACK DEMPSEY’S — 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914 — The Jack Dempsey seafood platter serves a training-table feast of gumbo, shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish and crawfish pies, plus two side items. Other dishes include broiled redfish and fried soft-shell crab. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. and dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ LA COTE BRASSERIE — 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; — This stylish restaurant in the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel serves an array of raw and cooked seafood. Tabasco and Steen’s Cane Syrup glazed salmon is served with shrimp mirliton ragout. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ RED FISH GRILL — 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www. — Seafood creations by executive chef Brian Katz dominate a menu peppered with favorites like hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ VILLAGE INN — 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 — Check into Village Inn for seasonal boiled seafood or raw oysters. Other options include fried seafood platters, po-boys, pasta and pizza. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SOUL FOOD BIG MOMMA’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES — 5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; www. bigmommaschickenandwaffles. com — Big Momma’s serves hearty combinations like the six-piece which includes a waffle and six fried wings served crispy or dipped in sauce. Breakfast

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

TAPAS/SPANISH MIMI’S IN THE MARIGNY — 2601 Royal St., 872-9868 — The decadant Mushroom Manchego Toast is a favorite here. Or enjoy hot and cold tapas dishes ranging from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ SANTA FE TAPAS — 1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915 — The menu includes both tapas dishes and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops are served with mango and green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo are jumbo shrimp with garlic, shallots, chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


VEGA TAPAS CAFE — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 8362007; — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VIETNAMESE AUGUST MOON — 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www. — August Moon serves a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. There are spring rolls and pho soup as well as many popular Chinese dishes and vegetarian options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $ PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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expect of us,” Slutkin says, and that’s what we do. In the right circumstances, “the whole thing can be escalated” into mob action (the fatal 2009 beating of Chicago’s Fenger High School junior Derrion Albert was one example). CeaseFire was launched in West Garfield Park in 2000 as a program of the UIC-based Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, and the results were impressive: the number of shootings in that area dropped 67 percent during its first year of operation. By 2004, CeaseFire was bolstering its staff of outreach workers with a new category of employees it called “violence interrupters.” Recruited for their street cred and often ex-offenders, the interrupters were tasked with finding and heading off confrontations, mediating conflicts, talking aggrieved parties down and preventing bloody acts of retribution. A multiyear study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and published in 2008 found a 16 to 35 percent drop in shootings and killings directly attributable to CeaseFire’s efforts. Now CeaseFire Illinois has an $8 million annual budget (funded by government and foundation grants) and employs 58 violence interrupters and 72 outreach workers. Director Tio Hardiman says the program is being replicated everywhere from Kansas City to Iraq. Working out of Kartemquin Films, with an $850,000 budget, James and Kotlowitz started filming CeaseFire activity in the spring and summer of 2009 and shot through fall 2010. Operating on call with as small a crew as possible (James as cameraman, Kotlowitz interviewing, and Zak Piper on sound), they focused on the lives and work of three CeaseFire interrupters: Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra and Ameena Matthews (daughter of

Ameena Matthews works with CeaseFire to reduce violence in Chicago. PHOTO COURTESy OF KARTEMqUIN FILMS

Black P. Stone founder Jeff Fort). But they weren’t trying to make a profile of the organization, Kotlowitz says. “We wanted to do something larger. We wanted to take a probing look at the violence. CeaseFire is a prism for that; the interrupters are our eyes and ears.” They wound up with 300 hours of life and strife on the streets of Chicago that they were still editing when organizers at Sundance convinced them to bring the film to the 2011 festival as an official selection (which meant they weren’t in competition there). The nearly three-hour version Sundance audiences saw elicited enough complaints about length that they subsequently chopped off 20 minutes. PBS’s Frontline ran an even shorter two-hour version in 2012. Originally published in the Chicago Reader on July 7, 2011.

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ilmmaker Steve James and writer Alex Kotlowitz have been buddies for years, so it’s not surprising that James was interested in the May 4, 2008, New York Times Magazine cover story Kotlowitz wrote about CeaseFire, a social experiment that treats chronic urban violence as a public health problem. But James says the story resonated so deeply that “when I read it, I called him right away and said this could be a really strong documentary.” Their film, The Interrupters, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in March 2011 and a shorter version ran on PBS’ Frontline, and can be viewed in its entirety on The city of New Orleans is planning a public screening in March. James’s first film, Hoop Dreams, came out of nowhere to win the 1994 audience award at Sundance. It followed two aspiring basketball players — Arthur Agee and William Gates — through high school, chronicling their effort to escape Chicago’s impoverished ghettos by following Isiah Thomas’s path to the NBA. The film became a classic, but in the years after its release two of the most important people in it fell victim to the violence CeaseFire addresses. In 2001 Gates’s older brother (and first coach) was fatally shot; in 2004 Agee’s father, a former drug addict, was murdered in his garage. No one has been convicted in either case. CeaseFire Illinois is the brainchild of University of Illinois at Chicago physician Gary Slutkin, a University of Chicago-educated immunologist who battled TB in San Francisco and then spent a decade in Africa fighting AIDS and cholera. Returning to Chicago in the mid-1990s, Slutkin looked at the city’s rampant violence (827 homicides in 1995), noted its similarity to a disease outbreak, and concluded that what the city had on its hands was something he knew how to handle: an epidemic. In that case, as he can be seen explaining on several videos available online, the usual official response to violence — more criminalization and jail time — would be akin to the Dark Ages practice of punishing victims of the plague. Science has shown that the way to stop an epidemic, Slutkin says, is by “interrupting transmission” and “changing behavior.” According to Slutkin, violence — which so often appears instinctive and inevitable — is something much more malleable: a learned behavior, acquired mostly through unconscious copying and locked in by social pressure. Like other behaviors — say smoking or using condoms — the “principal driver” is the peer-group norm. “We learn what our friends




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Bombay Club — monty banks, 7:30 Cafe Negril — Jamey st. pierre & the Honeycreepers, 9 Checkpoint Charlie — tbone stone, 7 Chickie Wah Wah — sweet olive string band, 5:30; sunpie & the louisiana sunspots, 8 d.b.a. — tin men, 7; walter “wolfman” washington & the roadmasters, 10 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — bob andrews, 9:30 House of Blues (Parish) — saul williams, CX Kidtronik, 9 Howlin’ Wolf — Carbon leaf, tim brantley, simplified (the Den), 10 Kerry Irish Pub — Chip wilson, 9 Legends Bar & Grill — topcats, 9 The Maison — Upstarts, 9; penthouse sessions (upstairs), 10 Maple Leaf Bar — ghost wolves, 10 Old U.S. Mint — Judy whitney Davis, noon One Eyed Jacks — legendary shack shakers, Dirt Daubers, 9

BMC — soula billy swamp boogie band, 5; andy J. forest, 8; Young pinstripe brass band, 11 Bombay Club — matt lemmler feat. steve masakowski, 7:30 Buffa’s Lounge — tom mcDermott & aurora nealand, 8 Cafe Istanbul — michaela Harrison, 8 Carrollton Station — erika flowers, alex Hertz, simi, Jimmy sidewall, 9:30

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Three Muses — Ken Schwartz, 4; Aurora Nealand’s Royal Roses, 6:30; Glen David Andrews, 10 Tipitina’s — Badfish, Scotty Don’t, 7 Tulane Lavin-Bernick Center Quad — Grimes, Born Gold, 4 UNO Lakefront Arena — Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, 7:30

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BMC — Chris Polacek & the Hubcap Kings, 6; Lil Red & Big Bad, 9; Ashton & the Big Easy Brawlers Brass Band, midnight

Dragon’s Den — Poo, Squirt Gun Warriors, Vapo-Rats, Pee, 10; Kool Keith, Truth Universal, DJ EF Cuttin’, 10 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Green Room — Jay Weber, 7; Vision Winged Party Cult, 10 House of Blues — Flogging Molly, Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird, 8

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Circle Bar — Redondo Beat, Suzies, Mod Dance Party DJs, 10

The Inn on Bourbon — Joe Ashlar, 6

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Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Ellis Marsalis Quartet, 8 & 10

Krazy Korner — Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, 1 Le Bon Temps Roule — Dave Reis, 7 Le Roux — The Bobby Love Band, 7 The Maison — Those Peaches, 5; Some Like it Hot!, 7; Lagniappe Brass Band, midnight Mandeville Trailhead — Mandeville Live! feat. Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 6 Maple Leaf Bar — Flow Tribe, 10 New Orleans Museum of Art — Where Y’Art feat. Shades of Praise, 6 Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5; Gal Holiday, 9:30 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Wendell Brunious & Palm Court Jazz Band, 7 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Jazz Masters feat. Leroy Jones, 8 The Reserve of Orleans — Naydja Cojoe & the Jazz Experience, 8 Rivershack Tavern — Big Al & the Heavyweights, 9:30 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Iguanas, 9:30

Banks Street Bar — Dresden, Spickly, Norco Lapalco, 10

Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6; Matt Lemmler Quartet, 9:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 8 Cafe Istanbul — Reggae Extravaganza, 10 Chickie Wah Wah — Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, 9 Circle Bar — Bare Wires, Bipolaroid, Mahayla, 10 d.b.a. — Little Freddie King, 11 Dragon’s Den — Grassroots Hip-Hop Showcase feat. Jasiri X, Skipp Coon, Lyrics da Lyriciss, Truth Universal, DJ Def D, 10 Green Room — John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars, 9; Davey Crockett & the Wild Frontier, midnight House of Blues — Na’Tee, Paasky, Smash Bro Chedda, Jay Arson, 10 The Inn on Bourbon — Joe Ashlar, 6 Krazy Korner — Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, 1 Louisiana Music Factory — Navy Band of New Orleans, 2; John Sinclair, 3 The Maison — Ramblin’ Letters, 5; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 7; DJ Jubilee (upstairs), 11:30 Maple Leaf Bar — Band of Heathens, 8 Old Point Bar — Eric & the Lazy Boys, 9:30 Old U.S. Mint — Doreen Ketchens, 2 One Eyed Jacks — Eric Lindell, 9

Rock ’N’ Bowl — Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles Tribute Band, 9:30 Siberia — Lost Bayou Ramblers, My Graveyard Jaw, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Dr. Michael White & Liberty Jazz Band, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Shotgun Jazz Band, 3; Panorama Jazz Band, 6; Davis Rogan Band, 10 Three Muses — Bill Malchow Trio, 6:30; Frenchmen Street Jug Band, 10 Tipitina’s — Bonerama, Yojimbo, 10

SuNday 4 Banks Street Bar — Bob Livingston, Ron Hotstream & the F-Holes, Kenny Triche, 7 BMC — Soula Billy Swamp Boogie Band, 3; Blue Trees, 6; Chapter: SOUL, 9 Bombay Club — Matt Lemmler Duo feat. David Blask, 7:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like it Hot!, 11 a.m. Chickie Wah Wah — Dayna Kurtz, 8 Circle Bar — Fens, My Graveyard Jaw, 10 d.b.a. — Kristin Diable CD release, 10 Finnegan’s Easy — Keiko Komaki, Robin Clabby, Chris Alford & guests, 2 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Howlin’ Wolf (The Den) — Hot 8 Brass Band, 9 Krazy Korner — Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, 1 The Maison — Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 4; Those Peaches, 7; Zena Moses, 10 Maple Leaf Bar — Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste & Walter “Wolfman” Washington, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Javier Guitterrez & Vivaz, 8 Mudlark Theatre — Rivulets, 8 New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park — Cary Academy Jazz Combos, 4 Old Point Bar — Tarrah Reynolds, 3:30 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Lucien Barbarin & Sunday Night Swingsters feat. Mark Braud, 7:30

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Had visions become reality, Claire Boucher and her college boyfriend might today be living on a riverboat somewhere just west of New Orleans, perhaps settling down between Plaquemine and Donaldsonville at Pointe Claire. She arrives this week three years behind schedule — an aborted voyage that began with a shove off a Minneapolis riverbank in June 2009, in a ramshackle vessel with chickens as cargo and a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as their guide, and ended abruptly downriver when sheriffs seized the unseaworthy craft and sent Huck and Tom back to school in Montreal. If Boucher’s story seems a little strange (even for mod Mark Twain), wait until chapter two, in which Huck starts self-recording synthesizer pop music, signs to progressive UK label 4AD, fields overtures from Nylon and Vogue and releases the most habit-forming album yet of 2012. Her new Grimes Mar Visions takes only three tracks to realize: 4 p.m. Friday “Infinite Love Without Fulfillment” puts all the new elements in place, a mix of fat Tulane University bass bumps, cumulous synth calls and Lavin-Bernick that vaporous, secret-of-nymph voice; “GenCenter Quad esis” elongates it over an intensifying round robin of arpeggiated charms; and “Oblivion” 31 McAlister Drive stages the big takeover by a self-harmonizing 314-2188 squad of future-sick Shangri-Las. Born Gold opens. Free admission. — NOAH BONAPARTE PAIS


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Monday 5 Apple Barrel — Sam Cammarata, 8 Banks Street Bar — Hey Monea, 10 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10 BMC — Lil Red & Big Bad, 6; Smoky Greenwell’s Blues Jam, 9 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7:30 Chickie Wah Wah — New Orleans Guitar Masters, 8 d.b.a. — Glen David Andrews, 10

The Famous Door — Darren Murphy & Big Soul, 3 Green Room — Todd Lemoine, 10 House of Blues — Henry Rollins, 8 The Maison — Chicken & Waffles, 5; Royal Roses, 7; Super Jam, 9:30 Maple Leaf Bar — Papa Grows Funk, 10 Old Point Bar — Brent Walsh Jazz Trio feat. Romy Kaye, 7 Preservation Hall — Preservation Players feat. Mark Braud, 8 Rivershack Tavern — Mike Rihner, 7 Siberia — Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, Pallbearers, Toxic Rott, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Charmaine Neville Band, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Brett Richardson, 4; Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street AllStars, 6; Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers, 10 Three Muses — Kristin Diable’s Songwriters Revue, 7

classical/ concerts First Baptist Church of New Orleans — 5290 Canal Blvd., 482-5775; — Thu: Kristian Stanfill, 7 The Inn on Bourbon — 541 Bourbon St., 524-7611; www. — Thu: New Orleans Opera Association vocalists, 7 Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall — Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 865-2074; — Sat: David Sutanto & Shao-Shan Chen, 7:30 Rogers Memorial Chapel — Tulane University, 862-3214 — Sun: Trish Foti Genco CD release, 7:30 Trinity Episcopal Church — 1329 Jackson Ave., 522-0276; — Tue: Organ & Labyrinth Organ Recital feat. Albinas Prizgintas, 6; Sun: Music for Peace benefit concert for Shalom Zone Community feat. Juilliard School students, 5; Sun: Jazz Vespers series feat. Ellis Marsalis, 9


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now showing ACT OF VALOR (R) — an elite team of navy seals sets out on a global manhunt after discovering a deadly terrorist plot against the U.s. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE ARTIST (PG-13) — the black-and-white, silent french romance depicts Hollywood as silent cinema was replaced by talkies. AMC Palace 20 EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (PG13) — tom Hanks and sandra bullock star in the screen adaptation of Jonathan safran foer’s quirky novel, in which a precocious boy whose father died during 9/11 embarks on an ambitious journey through new York. AMC Palace 20

GONE (PG-13) — a woman (amanda seyfried) recovering after a kidnapping attempt finds her sister is missing, and she’s convinced her attempted abductor is to blame. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 14 THE GREY (R) — a pack of oil refinery workers embarks on a dangerous trek toward civilization after their plane crashes in a frozen wilderness. Hollywood 14 JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (PG) — a group sets out to rescue the sole inhabitant of a strange island. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 SAFE HOUSE (R) — a young Cia agent tasked with watching a fugitive at a safe house goes on the run with his charge when mercenaries attack. AMC Palace 10, AMC

STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE 3-D (PG) — the first of the three-part prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy returns in 3-D. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 14 THIS MEANS WAR (PG13) — the friendship between a pair of Cia operatives is tested when both men fall for a beautiful blonde (reese witherspoon). AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE VOW (PG-13) — a husband tries to rebuild the bond with his wife, who after a car accident is suffering memory loss and has no recollection of her husband. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Grand, Hollywood 14 WANDERLUST (R) — an overworked couple (paul rudd and Jennifer aniston) happens upon a idyllic, clothing-optional counterculture community. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Grand, Hollywood 14 THE WOMAN IN BLACK (PG-13) — based on the novel and play, Daniel radcliffe stars as a young lawyer who finds himself in a village where a diseased eccentric still haunts the locals. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 14

opening FriDaY DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (PG) — the computeranimated film based on the Dr. seuss book features Zac efron and taylor swift voicing characters. PROJECT X (R) — The Hangover director todd

CRAZY HORSE (NR) — frederick wiseman’s documentary explores the famous parisan nude cabaret as it prepares to unveil a new show. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students and seniors, $5 members. 6:30 p.m. ThursdayMonday, then night through March 8, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; DOGGIE WOGGIEZ! POOCHIE WOOCHIEZ! ALL DOGS GO ON TOUR! (NR) — everything is terrible, the web curator of video clips from found VHs tapes, presents its latest full-length feature comprised of found footage. Tickets $10. 10 p.m. Saturday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (NR) — in the horror/musical hybrid, a band find itself in the middle of a nightmare when it retreats to the woods to focus on writing songs. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students and seniors, $5 members. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; THE SOJOURNERS (NR) — new orleans filmmaker steven scaffidi’s documentary recounts his trip with his son to medjugorje. a screening is followed by a Q&a with scaffidi and others featured in the film. Visit www.thesojournersmovie. com for details. Admission $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by Reed Alleman and his band, screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., 523-6479 THE SUNKEN CITY: REBUILDING POST-KATRINA NEW ORLEANS (NR) — marline otte’s documentary follows new orleans in the years 2006-2008 as it recovers from the 2005 levee failures. a discussion with otte follows the screening. the screening is part of the newcomb feminist film series. Free admission. 7 p.m. Friday, Tulane University, Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium, 314-2200; page 51



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THE FLOWERS OF WAR (R) — posing as a priest, a westerner (Christian bale) in China helps rescue a group of schoolgirls during Japan’s 1937 invasion. Chalmette Movies

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (R) — in stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of anthony burgess’s dystopian novel, a young brit in jail agrees to be a part of an experimental aversion program for violent criminals. Tickets $8. Midnight Friday-Saturday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www.



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Hollywood doesn’t want you to know it, but the new era of digital 3-D movies hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. According to an analysis published last year by the online magazine Slate, revenues from 3-D movies have declined steadily since James Cameron’s 2009 Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all time. This isn’t really much of a surprise: The culprits include exorbitant ticket prices, poor-quality 2-D to 3-D conversions, and a string of bad movies shot or presented in 3-D for no discernable reason. Digital 3-D hasn’t risen above novelty status because few filmmakers have found ways to make it truly enhance their work and evolve the moviegoing experience — all of which makes German director Wim Wenders’ new documentary Pina a welcome surprise. Pina is about modern dance, specifically that of brilliant dance theater innovator Philipinne “Pina” Bausch, which is bound to turn off potential viewers not especially interested in the topic. But don’t let that keep you from seeing the film in a theater. Unlike Avatar, it’s not going to translate well to its eventual 2-D edition on DVD. (You’ll need a flat-screen and Blu-ray player that are both 3-D-enabled to get the full Pina experience at home.) And don’t be surprised if film historians one day describe Pina as the Citizen Kane of digital 3-D. No one would say Pina expands film language in the manner of Orson Welles’ 1941 classic. But Pina matches new technology with appropriate content to create something that looks entirely new. This wasn’t easy. For more than 20 years, Wenders searched for a way to capture the choreographer’s magic on film. He finally saw that potential in digital 3-D. After a year-and-a-half of preparation, and two days before test shoots were to begin with Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company, Bausch died. Her dancers encouraged Wenders to make the film anyway, though he had planned to co-direct it with Bausch. It was the last chance to preserve the choreographer’s work with her own direct input visible on screen. The resulting film is far from perfect. Pina is built around excerpts from four of Bausch’s works, interspersed with short, original pieces in which individual company members pay tribute to her. This piecemeal approach can’t generate the power of Bausch’s full-length creations. And despite technical innovations that allow the 3-D camera to move with the dancers in extraordinary close-up and place the viewer deep inside the work, Pina doesn’t fully pass the novelty test. We only forget about the 3-D thing intermittently. But when form and content come together here, as they frequently do, Pina is nothing short of dazzling. Most important, Pina looks like a starting point. Wenders, who’s known for soulful narrative movies like Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas, and for his smash-hit documentary Buena Vista Social Club, plans on spending the next several years working on a 3-D documentary on architecture — another subject that exists only in three dimensions. Here’s hoping Hollywood figures out how to make digital 3-D work creatively for mainstream movies. Pina’s effective use of the medium opens a door for other filmmakers. Let’s see who can walk through it. — KEN KORMAN






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OPENING ARIODANTE GALLERY. 535 Julia St., 524-3233 — Paintings by Anne McLeod, sculpture by Hernan Caro, jewelry by Belle Bijoux, ceramic crafts by Reenie Esteb and works by Terri Brasher, through March. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY. 432 Julia St., 522-1999; www. — “200: Art Inspired by 200 Years of Louisiana Statehood,” paintings by Francis X. Pavy; “Keepsakes,” mixed-media works by Mary Jane Parker; “Mosquito Muerto,” paintings and prints by Keith Perelli; all through March. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.


CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY. 840 Napoleon Ave., 8956130; www.carolrobinsongallery. com — “Artists of Faith,” works by Jack Bartlett, Sonia Kouyoumdjian, Nell Tilton, David Goodman and Jean Geraci, through April 14. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. COLE PRATT GALLERY. 3800 Magazine St., 891-6789; — “Songs for the Gulf Coast,” paintings by Susan DowningWhite, through March. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; www.jeanbragg. com — “Smalls for the Walls,” miniature paintings by Michelle Conques, through March. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. LEMIEUX GALLERIES. 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www. — “Primordial and Sacred,” works by Deedra Ludwig, through April 14. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. OCTAVIA ART GALLERY. 4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; — “Reflections in the South,” oil paintings by Edward Bear Miller, through March. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

REYNOLDS-RYAN ART GALLERY. Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., 8966369; www.newmanschool. org — “Highlands & Lowlands,” paintings by Campbell Hutchinson and Allison Stewart, through April 5. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

GallErIEs 1239 CONGRESS. 1239 Congress St. — Photographs by Christian Hardy, Andy Cook, Jordan Cabot, Durado Brooks and Michelle Nicolette Kowalski, through April 1. A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY. 241 Chartres St., 568-1313; www. — “Trees of Life,” photographs by Joyce Tenneson, through March 1. Photogravures by Josephine Sacabo, through March. ACADEMY GALLERY. 5256 Magazine St., 899-8111 — SelfPortrait Invitational, through March 24. ANGELA KING GALLERY. 241 Royal St., 524-8211; www. — Works by Terri Hallman, Steve Taylor, Peter Mars and Andy Baird; crochet sculpture by Elizabeth Eckman; both through Wednesday. ANTENNA GALLERY. 3161 Burgundy St., 298-3161; www. — “monu_MENTAL,” a group exhibition featuring artists’ re-imaginings of local monuments ugh Sunday. ANTON HAARDT GALLERY. 2858 Magazine St., 309-4249; — Works by Anton Haardt, Christopher Moses and others, ongoing. ARIODANTE GALLERY. 535 Julia St., 524-3233 — Paintings by Paul Schexnyder, jewelry by Hopella Designs and ceramics by Dawn Chatoney, through Tuesday. ATELIER-MAGASIN. 3954 Magazine St. — Wood and metal sculpture by Kelly Guidry; photographs by Amy James; portraits by Clay Judice Jr.; paintings by George Marks; all ongoing. BARRISTER’S GALLERY.

History isn’t what it used to be. Once, historical figures were summed up in a few choice words. Andrew Jackson was the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. Robert E. Lee was the courtly Southerner who opposed secession but commanded the Confederate army anyway. In retrospect, those views seem simplistic, so it’s no surprise artists might try to revise some of the more prominent historical monuments around town. Ron Bechet’s proposal for A More Accurate Jackson Monument features some bedraggled Native Americans in front of his equestrian statue in Jackson Square, a reminder that Jackson was “instrumental in removing over 70,000 Native Americans from their lands.” Then there’s the towering Robert E. Lee monument at Lee Circle, where the general symbolically faces north. But maybe he was just trying to get his bearings, because the more we learn about Lee, the more conflicted he seemed. Zakcq Lockrem addresses those identity issues with a distinctive graphical rendering of the site showing additional complementary statues of Harper Lee, Stan Lee, Bruce Lee and Spike Lee, persuasively noting that the city of Mostar, Bosnia, erected a statue of Bruce Lee as a symbol of its fight against ethnic divisions in the wake of the Bosnian War. Unlike monu_MENTAL THRU Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was consisSaturday-Sunday Mar tent to a fault — actually, many faults — so Max Cafard and Stephen Antenna Gallery Duplantier’s plan to replace his Mid-City statue with an Angela Davis on Angela Davis Parkway (pictured) can be seen as a timely rotation of 3161 Burgundy St. revolutionaries, substituting the Black Panthers for the Confederacy 250-7975 in the annals of lost causes. But even before the Confederacy, this city was where Benito Juarez launched the revolution that enabled him to become Mexico’s first Native American president (see “Blake Pontchartrain,” Gambit, Feb. 21), as Paulina Sierra’s complex mixed-media piece reminds us, and it is gratifying that at least one former New Orleanian led a revolution that was widely acknowledged as having changed the course of history, mostly for the better. — D. ERIC BOOKHARDT


2331 St. Claude Ave., 5252767; www.barristersgallery. com — “Post Cards From Long Island,” a group show of the Adelphi University art faculty curated by Christopher Saucedo, through Saturday.

THE BEAUTY SHOP. 3828 Dryades St. — Works by Rebecca Rebouche, ongoing. BEE GALLERIES. 319 Chartres St., 587-7117; www. — Works by 15 local and regional artists including Martin LaBorde, ongoing. BENEITO’S ART. 3618 Magazine St., 891-9170; www. — Oil paintings, prints and license plates by Bernard E. Beneito, ongoing. BYRDIE’S GALLERY. 2422-A St. Claude Ave., www. — “Expressions of Form,” paintings by David Garringer, Joshua Duncan and Raven Creature, through March 6.

CAFE BABY. 237 Chartres St., 310-4004; www.markbercier. com — Paintings and works on paper by Mark Bercier, ongoing. CALLAN CONTEMPORARY. 518 Julia St., 525-0518; www. — “Immersion,” paintings by Adrian Deckbar, through March 24. COURTYARD GALLERY. 1129 Decatur St., 330-0134; — Hand-carved woodworks by Daniel Garcia, ongoing. D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 524-3936 — “Macrocosm/ Microcosm,” metal and glass

sculpture by Shae Freeman, through April 5.

Rhodes, Zack Smith and others, through Wednesday.

DU MOIS GALLERY. 4921 Freret St., 818-6032 — “The Waking,” a group show featuring Nanci Charpentier, Lisette Copping, Candy Depew, Mandy Rogers Horton and Lisa Tahir, through Saturday.

THE GEORGES GALLERY. Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, Metairie, 837-5204; — “The Healing Power of Art,” works by Beverly Morris and artists from the Louisiana Art Therapy Association, through March 12.

THE FRONT. 4100 St. Claude Ave.; — Sculpture by Jill Reynolds and Yumi Janairo Roth; “Headphones: Listen Up!” a group sound exhibition; both through Sunday. GALLERY ORANGE. 819 Royal St., 701-0857; www. — Art Below pop-up show featuring Inkie, Art Wars, Philip Levine, Sarah Ashley Longshore, Dave

GOOD CHILDREN GALLERY. 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427; — “Space Command,” works by Luis Cruz Azaceta, Joel Breaux, Brian St. Cyr, Siobhan Feehan, Brian Guidry, Stephen Kwok and Barrett Langlinais, through Sunday. page 54



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HOMESPACE GALLERY. 1128 St. Roch Ave., (917) 584-9867 — “Good Stuff III,” a group exhibition curated by Bruce Davenport Jr., through March 11. ISAAC DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY. Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., 671-6363; www.dcc. edu — “the Colorful of Wonderful,” paintings by terrance Osborne, through thursday. JACK GALLERY. 900 Royal St., 588-1777 — Paintings, lithographs and other works by tom Everhart, Gordon Parks, Al Hirschfeld, Stanley Mouse, Anja, Patrick McDonnell and other artists, ongoing. JAZZ & HERITAGE GALLERY. 1205 N. Rampart St., 558-6100; — Works by Sarah Allen Freeman, through March 1.

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JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; www. — “Fantasy Days & Flambeaux Nights,” paintings by Linda Lesperance, through Wednesday. JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 522-5471; — “State of Nature,” mixed-media sculpture and collage by Marcus Kenney; “Steady Creep,” drawings and sewn constructions by Hannah Chalew; both through March 10. Closing reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. MALLORY PAGE STUDIO. 614 Julia St.; www.mallorypage. com — Paintings by Mallory Page, ongoing. MARTINE CHAISSON GALLERY. 727 Camp St., 304-7942; — Paintings by Shay Kun, through March.


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NEW ORLEANS GLASSWORKS & PRINTMAKING STUDIO. 727 Magazine St., 529-7277; — “Observation: Alpha Centaurids,” works by Stephen Kraft, Cathy DeYoung and Melissa Clark, through Wednesday. NOUVELLE LUNE. 938 Royal St., 908-1016 — Works using reclaimed, re-purposed or salvaged materials by Linda Berman, Georgette Fortino, David Bergeron, Kelly Guidry and tress turner, ongoing. PETER O’NEILL STUDIOS. 721 Royal St., 527-0703; www. — Works by

Peter O’Neill, ongoing.

RHINO CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS GALLERY. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., second floor, 523-7945; — Works by gallery members Maria Fromich, Betsy Meyers-Green, Linda Rosamano, Sharad Mulchand, Jen Chenevert and others, ongoing. SCOTT EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581 — “Barry Kaiser: A Photographic Restrospective”; “Sex&Death&Rock&Roll,” photographs by Sean Yseult; both through April 7. SIBLEY GALLERY. 3427 Magazine St., 899-8182 — “Magazine Street of Dreams,” paintings by Hayley Gaberlavage and Robert Post, through Wednesday. STAPLE GOODS. 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331; www. — “Brother, Can You Spare A Day?” a group exhibition of works dealing with concepts of time, through Sunday. THREE RIVERS GALLERY. 333 E. Boston St., (985) 8922811; www.threeriversgallery. com — Works by Gail Glassman, through May 10. UNO-ST. CLAUDE GALLERY. 2429 St. Claude Ave. — “Exposed,” MFA thesis exhibition by Shelly Barq; “Not Just a Symbol, But a Status Symbol,” MFA thesis exhibition by Summer Winston; both through Saturday. VINCENT MANN GALLERY. 305 Royal St., 523-2342; www.vincentmanngallery. com — Works by Jacob Vincent Manguno, through March 1.

call for artists MICHAEL P. SMITH FUND FOR DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY. the New Orleans Photo Alliance awards a $5,000 grant to a photographer residing in Gulf Coast states. Visit for details. Application deadline is March 30. ST. TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION. the organization seeks entries for its annual National Juried Artists Exhibition, which opens July 14 and is judged by New Orleans Museum of Art modern and contemporary art curator Miranda Lash. Email info@ or visit for details. Submissions deadline is March 31.

spare spaces CAFE DEGAS. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www. — “Six Flags New Orleans,” photographs by Frank Aymami, through March 12. DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8500; www. — Works by Mario Ortiz, ongoing. NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY. Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., 596-2602 — “America’s Best Buy: the Louisiana Purchase,” a traveling exhibit from the Louisiana State Museum, through March 15. ST. COFFEE. 2709 St. Claude Ave., 872-9798 — “Seedy Folks,” works by Lee Kyle, Vinsantos, SailorHank and Kook teflon, through March. THREE MUSES. 536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; www. — Portraits by Zack Smith, ongoing.

museums CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 528-3800; — “NOLA NOW, Part II: Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape (1986 & 2012)”; “Spaces,” works from artist co-ops Antenna, the Front and Good Children Gallery; both through June 10. “Expose,” works from artist co-ops Parse Gallery, Staple Goods Collective and t-Lot, through Oct. 7. HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — “Furnishing Louisiana, 1735–1835,” an exhibition exploring early Louisiana furniture and woodworking, through June 17. LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS. 7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488; www.longuevue. com — “tea for two,” an exhibition of items related to tea services, through March 13. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM CABILDO. 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm. — “New Orleans Bound 1812: the Steamboat that Changed America,” through January 2013. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESBYTERE. 751 Chartres St., 568-6968; www. — “the Louisiana Plantation Photos of Robert tebbs,” 60 gelatin silver prints by the architecture photographer, through November. “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; “It’s Carnival time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other

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LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT MUSEUM. Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal St., 310-2149; — the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society sponsors the museum’s exhibitions of the people and institutions that have contributed to the development of Louisiana law for 300 years. MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN COCKTAIL. 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; — “Absinthe Visions,” photographs by Damian Hevia, ongoing. NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 6584100; — the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, through April 8. “Self-taught Artists from NOMA’s Permanent Collection,” an exhibition curated by Alice Yelen, through April 15. “Hard truths: the Art of thornton Dial,” through May 20. “Mass Produced: technology in 19th Century English Design,” through June 24. “Forever,” mural by Odili Donald Odita, through Oct. 7. NEWCOMB ART GALLERY. Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 8655328; www.newcombartgallery.tulane. edu — “tamarind touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty,” a retrospective exhibition of lithographs from the tamarind Institute, through April 15.

SOUTHEASTERN ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE. Jones Hall, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5699; seaa.tulane. edu — “Following Wright,” an exhibit highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence with drawings by architects Edward Sporl, Albert C. Ledner, Philip Roach Jr. and Leonard Reese Spangenberg, through Dec. 7. SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; www. — “tanqueray Olive” and “Guinness Pint,” prints by tom Gianfagna, through Jan. 21. “Acadian to Cajun: Forced Migration to Commercialization,” a multimedia exhibit; “Laissez Faire — Savoir Fare,” the cuisine of Louisiana and New Orleans; “Eating in the White House — America’s Food”; “tout de Sweet,” an exhibit exploring all aspects of the sugar industry in the South; “Barbecue Nation”; all ongoing. TULANE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOM. Jones Hall, room 205, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5000; — “the Art of Proteus,” an exhibition showcasing the krewe’s costume and float designs from 1882-1907, through May 30. WILLIAMS RESEARCH CENTER. Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St., 523-4662; — “In Katrina’s Wake: Restoring a Sense of Place,” photographs by Stephen Wilkes for PhotoNOLA, through Saturday.

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OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART. 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www. — “the Created World of Enrique Alferez,” sculpture and works on paper by the artist, through April 2. “the Past Still Present,” photographs by David Halliday; “the Shape of Louisiana Commenting on the Shape of Louisiana,” assemblages by Jimmy Descant, through April 8.




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DANCE STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY. NOCCA Riverfront Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., 940-2787; — the company known for its edgy choreography performs “Underland,” set to music by nick Cave, and “City of twist,” featuring an original score by performance artist laurie anderson. Call 5220996 or visit www.nobadance. com for reservations. tickets $40 general admission, $25 students. 8 p.m. friday, 2 p.m. saturday.

OPERA ThEATER BEAUTY. The Hatchery’s Garret Theater, 4210 St. Claude Ave., second floor — levy easterly stars in steven patterson’s solo show, which uses Jean genet’s early works to create a disturbing biography of the french novelist’s years in prison. Call 948-4167 for reservations. tickets are $10 or “pay what you can.” 8 p.m. friday-saturday, 5 p.m. sunday, through march 10.

THE BIKINIS. Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 8852000; — a 1960s girl group relives its heyday in a jukebox musical that celebrates the songs of the era. tickets $30 general admission, $27 seniors and military, $20 students, $15 children. 7:30 p.m. friday-saturday, 2 p.m. sunday through march 11. THE DIVINE SISTER. MidCity Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460; — ricky graham directs drag persona Varla Jean merman and others in the bawdy homage to nun movies. tickets $25. 8 p.m. thursdaysaturday, 6 p.m. sunday through march 10. GOD OF CARNAGE. Cutting Edge Theater at Attractions Salon, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 290-0760; — in Yasmina reza’s comedy, two sets of parents try to resolve a conflict between their sons. tickets $17. 8 p.m. friday- saturday through march 10. JASON DOTTLEY XXX: MY FIRST THIRTY YEARS. AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.

MEMOIRS OF THE SISTAHOOD — CHAPTER THREE: AVE MARIA. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www. — the multimedia work combines dance, visual art and film in a story about family, tradition and Catholicism. 8 p.m. saturday. THE RAT PACK NOW. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; www. — the tribute seeks to recapture the music, style and comedy of frank sinatra, Dean martin and sammy Davis Jr. 8 p.m. friday. THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, 865-5106; — gary rucker directs the early shakespeare comedy. tickets $12 general admission, $9 tulane community, $8 students and seniors. 8 p.m. tuesdaysaturday, 2 p.m. sunday.

BuRlESquE & CABARET BURLESQUE BALLROOM. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2270; — trixie minx stars in the burlesque show. Call 553-2331 for details. 11:50 p.m. friday. FLEUR DE TEASE. One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 5698361; — the burlesque troupe presents “Zoo-lesque: an animal experience.” email for details. tickets $15 general admission, $20 reserved table seating. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. sunday. STORYVILLE STARLETTES. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446; www. — the burlesque troupe presents its pisces party

SALOME. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052; www.mahaliajacksontheater. com — richard strauss’ opera, based on the oscar wilde tragedy about Herod antipas’ step-daughter, features mlada Khudoley in the title role. stage director Katrin Hilbe presents a lecture one hour prior to curtain. Visit for details. 8 p.m. friday, 2:30 p.m. sunday.

COmEDy COMEDY GUMBEAUX. Howlin’ Wolf (The Den), 828 S. Peters St., 522-9653; www. — local comedians perform, and amateurs take the stage in the open mic portion. 8 p.m. thursday. COMEDY OPEN-MIC. 12 Bar, 608 Fulton St., 212-6476; — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts the weekly event. free admission. 8 p.m. tuesday. FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY SHOWCASE. The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www. — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts the stand-up showcase featuring new orleans comedians. free admission. 8 p.m. friday. HANDBOMB & CHRIS AND TAMI. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; — the austinbased improv group performs, followed by Chris trew and tami nelson doing a two-person, longform improv comedy set. tickets $5. 10:30 p.m. saturday. LAUGH & SIP. Therapy Wine Lounge, 3001 Tulane Ave., 7840054; — pissYopants Comedy presents the weekly event featuring louisiana comedians and live music. Visit www.pissyopants. com for details. tickets $7. 8 p.m. thursday. LOUISIANA’S FUNNIEST PERSON. Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 3667711; — the casino hosts a weekly competition for louisiana comedians. free admission. 8 p.m. wednesday.

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BECKY SHAW. Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., 298-8676; — in gina gionfriddo’s comedy, a newlywed couple’s attempt to get dates for their romantically challenged friends goes awry. Call 7585590 or e-mail jmares86@aol. com for reservations. tickets $12 thursday, $15 fridaysaturday. 8 p.m. thursdaysaturday through march 17. — the recording artist and actor from Sordid Lives: The Series performs a one-man show. tickets available on the theater’s website. tickets $10 general admission, $15 table seating. 10 p.m. friday.


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fAmilY SATURDAY 3 CUB/BOY SCOUT DAY. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum. org — the museum features

EVENTS TUESDAY 28 AMERICAN WHISTLEBLOWER TOUR. Tulane University, Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall — a panel of new orleanians representing watchdog groups, blogs and advocacy organizations discusses how whistleblowers promote transparency and accountability in issues facing locals. Visit www. for details. 4 p.m. to 5:30 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. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ENERGY SMART PRESENTATION. Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., 524-1331 — the program from the women’s energy network, which brings together women working in the energy field, features lana lovick of entergy new orleans discussing

GREEN LIGHT SEMINARS: ROADS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS. University of New Orleans, Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive — the first of the three-part series features Chris rosendahl, financial counselor at rosendahl financial Coaching, discussing “identifying financial traps.” email mdfreema@ or visit for details. free admission. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 29 CHICKEN WORKSHOP. NOLA Green Roots, 3101 Tulane Ave., 206-9290; www. — the workshop familiarizes potential chicken owners with the conditions chickens need to be healthy and happy. participants receive free eggs. Call 206-9290 or email for details. admission free for members, $10 for nonmembers. 4 p.m.5:30 p.m. COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET. Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-1873 — the market offers fresh locally produced foods every week. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. saturday.

WWII PUB QUIZ. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; — the quiz tests knowledge of general trivia as well as wwii questions, and american sector offers food and cocktail happy hour specials. free admission. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY 1 ELIJAH ANDERSON. Tulane University, Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall — sociologist and Yale professor elijah anderson discusses his book Cosmopolitan Canopy. the event is part of the City, Culture and Community lecture series. free admission. 6 p.m. FRESH MARKET. Circle Food Store, 1522 St. Bernard Ave. — the Downtown neighborhood market Consortium market features fresh produce, dairy, seafood, baked goods and more. ebt and wiC accepted. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. HARVESTING CLASS. NOLA Green Roots, 3101 Tulane Ave., 206-9290; — the handson workshop discusses harvesting techniques, gardening tips, and the nutritional value of what is growing locally. Call 553-6257 for details. admission free for members, $5 nonmembers. 7 a.m.-8 a.m. LOUISIANA HISTORY CONFERENCE. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; neworleans_royal — the louisiana Historical association hosts the conference featuring seminars, history tours, a special session devoted to the 200th anniversary of louisiana statehood and more. Visit for details. admission $20 students, $50 lHa members, $60 nonmembers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. friday-sunday.

FRENCH MARKET FARMERS MARKET. French Market, French Market Place, between Decatur and N. Peters streets, 522-2621; — the weekly market offers seasonal produce, seafood, prepared foods, smoothies and more. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. Broadway Activities Center, Room 202, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 501 Pine St., 861-5550; www. — loyola University’s College of law provides free tax preparation assistance to people with low to moderate incomes. Call 861-5668 or for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. monday and thursday through april 12 (except april 7 or april 9).

WESTWEGO FARMERS & FISHERIES MARKET. 484 Sala Ave., Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego — the market offers organic produce, baked goods, jewelry, art and more, with live music and pony rides.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF NEW ORLEANS PUB NIGHT. Irish House, 1432 Saint Charles Ave., 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans. com — the group hosts a casual networking event at the gastropub. email sheila@

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wordS 17 POETS! LITERARY & PERFORMANCE SERIES. Gold Mine Saloon, 705 Dauphine St., 568-0745; www. — Poet Rodger Kamenetz reads from The Very Rich Hours, and musicians Ann Byars and Michael Haffta perform. An open mic follows. Visit for details. 8 p.m. Thursday. CONSTANCE ADLER. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 899-7323 — The author signs and discusses My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover. 6 p.m. Tuesday. FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., 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. Wednesday and Saturday. “IVORY AND WHITE” BOOK LAUNCH. Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St., 304-7942; — The party celebrating the release of the author and fashion designer’s new book features a cocktail reception and an appearance by the author and Times-Picayune fashion editor Susan Langenhennig. 7 p.m. Saturday. JONATHAN FRANZEN. Tulane University (McAlister Auditorium), 6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-5196; www.mcalister. — The Freedom and The Corrections author signs and reads from his books. 7 p.m. Monday. LIN EMERY, PHILIP F. PALMEDO & JOHN BERENDT. New Orleans Mu-

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Jones is a 1-year-old, neutered, DSH, with AMAZINGLY unusual grey tabby markings. He thoroughly enjoys having his chin rubbed between lounging around all day. To meet Jones or any of the other wonderful pets at the LA/SPCA, come to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), 10-4, Mon.-Sat. & 12-4 Sun. or call 368-5191. To look for a lost pet come to the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), Mon-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5 or call 368-5191 or visit

With Harris Bed Bug Killer & Harris Roach Killer. Odorless, non-staining formulas. Will rid your home of bed bugs & kill roaches for up to 1 year. Guaranteed. Makes 2 gallons. Available at: Johnny’s True Value, 2001 Mirabeau Ave & United Hardware, 735 Elysian Fields.

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




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4/3, 3651 sq ft, pool, renovated marble flrs, custom cabinets, granite. $445,000. Lee Pennebaker, 504-6691234. Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors, 899-4040.




$419,000. 3 BD., 2.5 Ba./Custom 10’ Ceiling Down, 9’ Up Fabulous. (504) 616.3045 Joe Ory, Inc. Realty Group


$189K. Immediate cash flow, $2800/ mo rent. 4 Plex or 5 Plex. Call Andy Severino, 914-787-9513. Sharpe Realty, 504-684-4448.

738 ORION AVE $217.5K 922-24 Dauphine St. $875K Four 1 bedroom apartments. Parking for 5+ cars.

938 Royal St. A $215K Great location for this condo. Perfect for your weekend getaways! Quaint & comfortable. 1 br, great kit & bath.

835 Royal St. $349.5K Great location, secluded hideaway! Spac 2 br, 2 marble tile baths. Small rear balc overlooking garden.

3BR/2BA in Met., off Bonnabel. Solid wd flrs, chef’s kit. w/Viking range w/ hd, 2 drwys. Great place to call home! Call Todd 232-0362, RE/MAX Real Estate Partners 888-9900. Each office Independently owned & operated.

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

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



REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Esplanade Condo - 115K

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1320 31st St. $98,756

Multifamily hm comes w/ 3 BR one side 2 BR on one side. Maria Best 504-388-9634, 504-456-7890 GULF SOUTH INTERNATIONAL REALTORS Licensed in Louisiana, USA

Two-story renovated townhouse condo with all the amenities. Tasteful kitchen with maple cabinets and stainless appliances, central A/H, pool and dedicated off-street parking spot, & 1 block to the French Quarter. Agents protected. Call 525-3067 O/A

231 FRIEDRICHS $1,439,000

4 BR, 3 BA, in Woodlake South. Master Suite w/ firepl & jacuzzi. $189,500. Pat Arnold 504-915-3184, Latter & Blum, ERA powered is independently owned and operated. 504-888-4585

Recently updated throughout. Prof. designer touches & newly painted inside/out. Custom kit w/dble ovens, granite cnttps & high end appl. Kit opens to brkfst area & lrge living rm w/ gas fp. Fr. doors w/beautiful plantation shutters overlook the new terrace & stunning backyrd. A 350 sq ft carriage house w/1 BR/1 BA, & kit area is included in living area. John Schaff, (504) 343-6683, (504) 895-4663 Latter & Blum, ERA powered, independently owned and operated.




All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718



$39,900. 2/1 in need of repair. For more hud hms: www. Debora Gonzales 504-914-5115, 504-456-7890 GULF SOUTH INTERNATIONAL REALTORS. Licensed in Louisiana, USA

Condo, 158 Avant Garde

2br, 1.5ba vaulted ceil, firepl, hdwd flrs, Tennis, pools. Pet friendly. $139K. David Reeves, 504-982-6700. Latter & Blum,. ERA powered, independently owned & operated. 866-7000.

1 story home. Met Club Grdns. No flooding! Beautiful pool & yard. 3-4BD, 3.5BA. 3,660 sq.ft liv. Lg. lot 77 x 144. Call Susan & Skye Price 908-3317. Gardner Realtors 891-6400.

2512 Haring Rd

Cute 3/2. One owner, well maintained. Never flooded! Wood flrs, screened patio, lush back yard. Approx 1702 sq ft. $149k. Tim Armstrong, Bonano Properties. 504-458-1802


Convenient 1BR, 1BA 3rd flr condo overlooking pool. Well maintained, onsite mgmt, laundry. $88k OBO. Judy Fisher Realtors, 504-524-5839

30 TRIBUNE ST. $178K

Meticulous brick home. 3 bedrms. Wd floors. Central air/heat. New roof after Katrina. Garage. A real jewel! Latter & Blum Realtors, Inc. (504) 866-2785 Joan Beauchamp (504) 421-1234.

3900 N. HULLEN $599K

Incredible renovation in premier Metairie. Gourmet kitchen. Newly Renovated saltwater pool. 6br/6ba 5000sf. Polly Eagan 504-862-0100 Keller Williams Realty New Orleans

4529 Carthage, Great Loc

1 blk to JCC, 2 blks to Lake. In ‘06 new kit appls, flr, cabnts & tops, 4bd 2.5ba, 2 car gar, 2628 sq ft. $359K. Property New Orleans LLC. Patrick Tucker, 504-908-6364


MULTIPLE UNITS AVAILABLE. Breath taking view of St. Louis Cathedral from balcony. Beautiful mster bdrm marble flrs in bath, hi ceilis, hrdwd flrs, courtyard & more. 2 blks to Bourbon St. Call Agent For Details: Delisha Boyd, BA, MBA, DBA(abd) Real Estate Consultant Gardner Realtors 504-415-1802 Direct 504-366-4511 Office www.Delishaboyd. com

4/1, hdwd flrs w/deck in bk & fenc’d yd. Newer appl. Conv’t garage = a LARGE bedroom. Leveled in 2009 w/ lifetime warranty! Marty, 504-2310396 , GSI Realtors 504-456-7890. Licensed in Louisiana, USA



Architectural Palace with unique features and old world elegance. 5,990 sq ft, parking incl. It is a fortunate, sophisticated buyer who will call this home. $2,800,000. Dorian Bennett - Southeby’s International Realty. 504944-3605, 2340 Dauphine St., www. Each office is independently owned & operated

Take over pymts 5% down + $1630/ mo. 1700 SF, 24x16 workshed w/heat & AC, hot tub. Renovated. Safe area, 4737 Kawanee. O/A Dave Lewis, Rodi Realty, 641 Rosa Ave, Met. 504-485-9596

Penthouse Condo!

Unit 7-B, 3901 Ridgelake 3 BR 2.5 Baths, 1945 sf with Pool, parking Sencore Properties (800) 340-2185

Ponchartrain Park Condos

420 Old Hammond Hwy.across from lake. 1 & 2 BR, sale or lease. Secure. Pkg. Joy Naylor, 504-616-7455. RE/ MAX Affiliates, 504-838-7629. Each office independently owned & operated.

Great value! On site garage pkng. Great residential unit w/2 Master suites, 1750 sq. ft. $459,000. E.J. Maysonave, (504) 544-6210

1124 Burgundy St

214 Chartres #1 $849K

New Listing. Hidden Gem! Lg (2300sf) 2br/2ba, wet bar, spacious living & INTERIOR COURTYARD. E.J. Masonave (504) 544-6210

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Esplanade Condo


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2708 Whitney Place, #911

Beautiful & stately brick 2-story, perfect for entertaining, fp, lge den overlooking gorgeous backyard, 4BR/2.5BA, only 6 yrs old! Francher Perrin Group, Gardner Realtors, Licensed in Louisiana 504-251-6400, 504-722-5820 www.




Call (504) 495-9181 for all your Real Estate needs. Hablo Espanol. Keller Williams, 8601 Leake Avenue, NOLA Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

8717 26th St. $154,900


Two-story renovated townhouse condo with all the amenities. Tasteful kitchen with maple cabinets and stainless appliances, central A/H, pool and dedicated off-street parking spot, & 1 block to the French Qtr.

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Call 525-3067

927 DAUPHINE STREET $1,895,000 An excellent example of an early creole cottage set in a serene compound. Beautiful courtyard with mature plantings in a classic partere garden. Property consists of the main house, 4 income producing apartments and a large bonus space-- office, workshop, gym, etc. Parking for multiple cars. Great location.

Paula Bowler, Owner/Agent • French Quarter Realty o:504-949-5400 • c:504-952-3131

Motivated Sellers: Want to know the value of your property? Call today ... No obligation.

(504) 895-1493 (504) 430-8737

Residential /Commercial Sales and Leasing, Appraisals.

Building on a real estate heritage since 1905 8309 Sycamore Street & 2214 Dante Street

Large executive sized home (5000 sq. ft.) on double lot with gourmet kitchen, chic master bath, huge den, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, sutdio/game room/2nd den and an office plus a six (6) car garage and 3 bedroom/2 bath rental (great tenant at $1575 per month) on an adjacent property. Package Price $ 699,000 Sycamore house may be sold separately for $ 529,000

Michael L. Baker, ABR/M, CRB, HHS President Realty Resources, Inc. 504-523-5555 • cell 504-606-6226

Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission for more than 28 years with offices in New Orleans, LA 70130




John Schaff CRS


(c) 504.343.6683 (O) 504.895.4663

ERA Powered, Independently Owned & Operated

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(5BDRM/3.5BA) ..................... $1,439,000 Grand Mansion.......................$2,100,000 (3 bdrm/3.5ba w/pkg) ............$1,559,000 Commercial ............................. $349,000 (2 bdrm/2ba w/pkg).................. $229,000 (1 bdrm/1ba) ............................ $139,000 (Only 3 Left!) ............starting at $149,000 TOO LATE! ................................ $169,000 TOO LATE! ..............................$2,495,000 TOO LATE!.............................. $1,300,000 TOO LATE! ................................ $429,000 TOO LATE! ................................ $315,000 TOO LATE! ................................ $159,000

1208/1210 S. GENOIS


IMMEDIATE CASH FLOW. Property is currently getting $1800 rent, potentially more. Gutted after Katrina, renovations completed in 2006 include new roof, dry wall, and wiring, 2 new central heaters installed since 2006. Long term tenants, excellent return on investment. Close to the Blue Plate Mayonnaise Building. $119,000

Newly renovated 1bedroom, 1 bath, open floor plan. Beautiful original hardwood floors, 12ft ceilings, updated kitchen - everything new! Hardwood floors. On a quiet block of Magazine, close to everything. EASY TO PARK. $145,000

(504) 895-4663


‘10 HONDA ACCORD $15,900 Several to Choose From! 504-368-5640


$13,995 Several to Choose From! 504-368-5640

‘10 VOLVO S40 $16,995 504-368-5640

‘03 BUICK CENTURY Beautiful! 38k mi. $6,200 OBO 504-885-5290

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1980 MERCEDES 300SD Runs Great $2995 504-368-5640

IMPORTED AUTOS ‘05 HONDA S2000 Low Miles $16,900 504-368-5640


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Gambit: Feb. 28, 2012  

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Gambit: Feb. 28, 2012  

New Orleans news and entertainment