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Verse-atility............................................................. 17 A new poetry scene is coalescing in New Orleans


Seven Things to Do This Week........................... 5 Pavement, Nick Kroll, Kanye West and more


News.............................................................................7 A showdown between City Council and Entergy Bouquets & Brickbats ...........................................7 This week’s heroes and zeroes C’est What? ................................................................7 Gambit’s Web poll Scuttlebutt................................................................11 News briefs from all over Commentary............................................................14 Mary Landrieu’s dilemma


Feature .....................................................................33 Women’s birth control options The Source ...............................................................35 A nasty respiratory virus

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Holiday Gift Guide................................................. 27 Oh, you shouldn’t have! Thanks What’s in Store ......................................................37 Oysteria


Review ......................................................................39 Dijon Fork + Center ...........................................................39 All the news that’s fit to eat 3-Course Interview ..............................................41 Seth Hamstead of Cleaver & Co. Drinks ........................................................................43 Beer Buzz and Wine of the Week Last Bites .................................................................45 Foodie calendar, 5 in Five, Off the Menu


A&E News Charles Busch’s New Orleans debut ...............53 Christmas with the Scientology kids ..............54 Music ......................................................................... 57 PREVIEW: Angel Olsen

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Kanye West with Kendrick Lamar

Thu. Dec. 5 | “Shooters go after Judas,” Kendrick Lamar — the modest half of Kanye West’s Yeezus tour — spits on his 2012 dominator good kid, m.A.A.d City (Top Dawg). But is the Compton-repping MC issuing warnings or orders? It’s just one fascinating aspect of this clash of hip-hop titans. At 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Fri.-Sun. Dec. 6-22 | In this installment of Running With Scissors’ holiday serial, Grenadine prepares for the Miss Hogwalla County Beauty and Talent Pageant, which is rumored to feature celebrity judge Paula Deen. At 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. at Mid-City Theatre.


Red Fang

Fri. Dec. 6 | Author of hellacious riffs and hilarious videos (watch Prehistoric Dog now), Portland, Ore., pop monster Red Fang threw together third LP Whales and Leeches (Relapse) — and ended up wearing a thorny crown, with help from dream weavers Mike Scheidt (Yob) and Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot). The Shrine and Indian Handcrafts open at 10 p.m. at Siberia.

Bonnie Raitt


The Amazing Acro-Cats | Samantha Martin brings her

troupe of performing cats to the AllWays Lounge and Theatre. The feline circus features cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, playing in the The Rock Cats band and more. Shows start at 7 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 7 | The grande dame of roots music, Bonnie Raitt released Slipstream in 2012, and it earned her the 2013 Best Americana Album Grammy Award. Paul Brady opens at 8 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.

Nick Kroll

Sat. Dec. 7 | Nick Kroll — Rodney on fantasy football sitcom The League and mastermind behind satirical, absurd sketches on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show — made his hourlong stand-up special debut in 2011 with Thank You Very Cool. His current tour includes clips from his sketch show’s upcoming season. At 9 p.m. at The Civic Theatre.


Fri.-Sat. Dec. 6-7 | MacArthur Fellow and choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham’s acclaimed work Pavement explores change in a Pittsburgh neighborhood via the social space of a basketball court. At 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center.






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Power plays

The New Orleans City Council’s decision to conduct a ‘prudence investigation’ of recent Entergy decisions is a regulatory declaration of war. By Clancy DuBos

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• It will investigate the prudence of ENO’s decision to join a statewide “transmission pricing zone” (TPZ) rather than put New Orleans into its own, separate TPZ if Entergy Corp. sells off its vast transmission network to an unregulated third-party company. That proposed sale has not been approved by any of Entergy’s regulators. By putting ENO into a statewide TPZ, Entergy effectively would place transmission costs — and decisions — beyond the council’s regulatory reach. The council and its utility advisors say that would be disastrous for local ratepayers, but great for Entergy Corp. stockholders. If those sound like complex technical issues, they are. They also have the potential to profoundly affect local utility bills. “The city went through a major decision in the 1980s when we decided to take utility regulation back from the LPSC,” says District D Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, chairwoman of the council Utilities Committee. “If Entergy’s transmission lines are sold, we have to make sure we’re in an equitable place in terms of PAGE 9

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a Filipino pop-up restaurant in New Orleans, raised $900 for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines Nov. 17-18. Proceeds from the events benefit the Philippine Red Cross. Chef/ owner Cristina Quackenbush will continue to host benefit dinners and donate food to relief organizations from Milkfish’s pop-up location at La Boca (857 Fulton St.) from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

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was named a Federally Qualified Health Center by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Nov. 7, and it will receive $775,000 as part of a $150 million HHS initiative serving 236 health centers nationwide. The grant will fund a new health center in New Orleans.

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The council’s latest volley against Entergy is twofold: • It will investigate the prudence of ENO voting to reduce the amount of advance notice required for Entergy subsidiaries to withdraw from a decades-old “System Agreement” designed to equalize costs and benefits among the subsidiaries and their ratepayers.

received the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis Award during the 25th annual New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame induction luncheon Nov. 15. The award recognizes his decades of Saints coverage as a writer for The Times-Picayune, where he has been a freelancer since being laid off in last year’s staff reductions. In 2010, Finney received the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Writers of America at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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s the only “local” utility regulator in the four-state Entergy system, the New Orleans City Council often finds itself in the position of being the tail that wags the dog. Regulating a utility giant ranks among the most far-reaching powers that council members have. They guard that authority jealously. Major decisions by Entergy Corp. and its various subsidiaries often get rubber-stamped by statewide regulators in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi, but those same decisions get put under an electron microscope in New Orleans. That frustrates Entergy executives — and some self-proclaimed “reformers” who want to transfer local utility regulation back to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC). Supporters of local regulation say the council’s regulatory authority is the only thing standing between New Orleans ratepayers and significantly higher utility bills. It doesn’t happen easily. Utility regulation at City Hall is an intricate — and intensely political — dance. Council members know they can’t squeeze the utility too much lest it become insolvent. They also are constantly looking over their shoulders at voters who want the lowest rates possible. Most of the time, the relationship between the council and Entergy New Orleans (ENO), the local subsidiary, is cordial. Sometimes, particularly when ENO makes decisions that put the interests of its parent company in conflict with the interests of local ratepayers, the council flexes its regulatory muscle. This can take the form of calling utility execs before the council Utilities Committee, subpoenaing documents or even taking the company to court. On rare occasions, as happened on Nov. 21, the council exercises its nuclear option: a prudence investigation of the utility’s decisions. A prudence investigation is the regulatory equivalent of a declaration of war. It is not something the council does lightly. In the past 30 years, the council has conducted only three prudence investigations; each time, the investigation led to huge savings for local ratepayers — after a protracted, bitter fight with the utility. Entergy doesn’t shrink from the fight. In the 1980s, when the council questioned the prudence of Entergy’s predecessor agreeing to pay a significant portion of the cost of an expensive nuclear power plant in Mississippi, the company sued each council member — individually — for $1 billion. A federal judge ultimately dismissed the suit, but it showed the company’s willingness to play hardball. Current council members should expect no less pressure this time.

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regulating the utility company and in terms of what local ratepayers pay.” Hedge-Morrell added that the System Agreement has brought significant benefits to local ratepayers by attempting to equalize costs among the various Entergy subsidiaries. Years ago, however, Entergy subsidiaries in Arkansas and Mississippi, which generate electricity more cheaply than their counterparts in Louisiana, moved to withdraw from the System Agreement. The agreement allowed those withdrawals — but only after 96 months’ (eight years’) advance notice. That much notice gives the remaining companies time to adjust. (Arkansas’ withdrawal will become effective later this month; Mississippi’s, in November 2015.) In September, ENO voted with other Entergy subsidiaries to amend the System Agreement by reducing the notice requirement from eight years to five years — after the council expressly and repeatedly asked ENO not to approve such an amendment. The amendment favors Entergy’s subsidiary in Texas, which has since given notice that it too will leave the system. The council’s utility advisors say the amendment needed a unanimous vote and that ENO could have prevented the change on behalf of its customers. Charles Rice, ENO’s president, says only a majority vote was needed, which raises the question of why he wouldn’t just vote “no” anyway. Rice cites a clause in the System Agreement that provides for decisions by majority vote. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Clint Vince, who has been advising the council on utility matters for 30 years — and who steered the council through its first three prudence investigations — points to a more specific clause in the agreement that states it can only be amended by a unanimous vote, and in writing, which makes Rice’s “yes” vote on the amendment a crucial factor. “For 50 years we’ve had a system agreement, and we benefited from that,” Hedge-Morrell says. “With that agreement dissolving because Arkansas and Mississippi are pulling out soon, and now with Texas wanting to pull out in five years, it puts us in a very precarious place. We need to make sure local ratepayers in the future are not penalized.” As Entergy’s System Agreement was dissolving, the company moved to join an even larger system known as MISO — Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. MISO is an independent, nonprofit organization designed to pool the transmission capabilities of its member companies at rates that are lower than the companies could provide on their own, with savings passed on to ratepayers. The City Council joined other Entergy regulators in approving the move to MISO. However, none of Entergy’s regulators in the four states in which it operates has approved the proposed sale of Entergy’s transmission lines to ITC Holdings, which is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Like Entergy, ITC is publicly traded. Unlike Entergy, it is not subject to City Council regulation. As part of the proposed sale to ITC (which all of Entergy’s regulators must approve beforehand), Entergy’s subsidiaries in each state would form single, statewide “transmission pricing zones” to spread the costs of building and maintaining transmission lines — all of which would be owned by ITC. Because New Orleans sits at the geographic “bottom” of the Entergy system and is virtually surrounded by water, ENO has a relatively small transmission grid. The council and its advisors say joining a statewide transmission pricing zone is a bad idea because it could put local ratepayers on the hook for improvements in other parts of the state that would not benefit New Orleanians. “Preventing New Orleans from having its own transmission pricing zone and forcing it into a single statewide TPZ is a terrible business deal for local ratepayers, who will be forced to pay dramatically higher costs for transmission, without corresponding benefits,” Vince says. Casey Roberts, executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, a local utility watchdog group, agrees with Vince. She calls ENO “the redheaded stepchild of the Entergy system” and predicted the MISO, ITC and System Agreement decisions “will increase our energy costs by about $60 million to $80 million per year with no increase in services or benefit to New Orleans.” Rice disagrees, saying ENO and its customers derive huge benefits from Entergy’s grid outside the city. “Because of ENO’s location, it must use the transmission lines of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana to have access to lower-cost power it receives now,” Rice told Gambit. “Because ENO benefits from use of these lines, it is not unreasonable that it share in their costs. Second, we are concerned that if ENO has its own TPZ, it may not be able to handle significant transmission costs by itself if a storm takes out a significant portion of ENO’s transmission system.” Indeed, after Hurricane Katrina, ENO filed for bankruptcy because of the extent of storm damage to its system. During the bankruptcy process, the





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City Council and Vince worked with the company to help bring it back. On the issue of storm damage, the council’s utility advisors presented the Utilities Committee with an analysis showing Entergy’s costs for storm-related transmission repairs outside New Orleans was four times higher than in the city after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — because ENO’s grid in the city is so much smaller than Entergy’s statewide grid. In addition, Vince and HedgeMorrell note, Entergy currently has 70 transmission projects slated across Louisiana, but only one in New Orleans. “That tilt is clearly not in favor of ENO and its ratepayers,” Vince says. The sale of Entergy’s transmission grid to ITC is intimately tied to the decision to join MISO. Regulators have approved the MISO move, but not the proposed sale of transmission assets to ITC. As the System Agreement disintegrates, the stalemate over transmission becomes a major sticking point. For the council, it’s also a matter of local control. If ENO is allowed to join a statewide transmission pricing zone, a major chunk of the council’s regulatory authority will disappear — and voters’ grass roots campaign to return regulatory authority to the council in 1985 will effectively be overturned. The council’s only weapon in the face of such a challenge to its continued regulatory authority is a prudence investigation, according to Hedge-Morrell and Vince. The investigation will include an initial time frame for third parties to intervene in the process and a six-month “discovery” phase. The Alliance is expected to intervene. During the discovery phase, ENO must produce a mountain of corporate documents — some of which are otherwise not subject to council review — to an administrative law judge, who will compile a factual record that will be submitted to the council and its advisors. Sometime late next year, unless ENO and the council reach a settlement beforehand, the council could rule that ENO’s decisions on the System Agreement amendment and the statewide TPZ were “imprudent” — and thereby deny ENO the right to pass on to ratepayers any higher costs associated with those decisions. Thus, while the council can’t undo ENO’s decisions, it can make the company eat ratepayers’ higher costs — at the expense of stockholders’ profits. It also can block the sale of Entergy’s transmission lines to ITC. This fight is going to be long and bruising. No dog likes being wagged by its tail.

SCUTTLEBUTT Quote of the week

De Minimis damage edition “If you’re worried about coastal restoration — if you’re worried about the sustainability of this area, I wonder why you’re worried about a scrape on a heart attack patient.” — Louisiana “coastal czar” Garret Graves at a Nov. 21 meeting, defending the state’s oil and gas industries while suggesting the blame for coastal erosion more properly lies with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Graves was attacking the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s (SLFPA-E) lawsuit against Big Oil. During the same argument against the SLFPA-E suit, Graves also compared the energy industry’s massive damage to coastal Louisiana to a neighbor’s dog “pooping” on his front lawn.

SNAP judgment

participants in SNAP increased 20 percent in the same time frame. In a conference call with reporters Nov. 26, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling called the nationwide cuts “harsh and unacceptable at any time, but particularly so as we enter the Thanksgiving and holiday season.” — ALEX WOODWARD

Somewhere under the rainbow

New Orleans is gay-friendly; Baton Rouge not so much The national LGBT lobbying organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its second annual ranking of U.S. cities according to their gay-friendly policies, and once again New Orleans was the only Louisiana city to earn a near-top mark. The Crescent City got 91 of 100 points on HRC’s “Municipal Equality Index,” while Baton Rouge received only 7 points. Both cities improved from last year’s HRC report, in which New Orleans received a 79 and Baton Rouge got a 2 — one of the worst rankings for a metro area. (This year, the organization ranked a third city, Shreveport, which received 16 points.) HRC also cited New Orleans as one of the metro areas with “High Scores in States Without Supportive State Law,” saying, “These cities and many more demonstrated that cities across the country have a commitment to LGBT equality that is unbridled by regionalism and not confined to the parts of the country many people assume are most LGBT-friendly.” While Louisiana bans both samesex marriage and civil unions in its state constitution, New Orleans has recognized domestic partnerships since the 1990s, provided benefits to partners of city employees and passed its first nondiscrimination ordinance for gays and lesbians in 1991. Baton Rouge neither recognizes same-sex relationships nor has nondiscrimination laws in place regarding LGBT people. — KEVIN ALLMAN

Spend a penny

New tax would fund Claiborne shopping complex As the New Orleans City Council voted Nov. 21 to increase the sales tax by 1 percent in the shops in the planned Magnolia Marketplace shopping plaza, Central City residents voiced concern that the city’s highest sales taxes will be in one of its poorest neighborhoods. District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell PAGE 13


Audit reveals poor oversight by Public Health The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced plans to make sweeping changes to the state’s Office of Public Health for its oversight of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at the beginning of 2014, after an audit released Nov. 25 showed WIC had poor oversight, was overcharged by vendors and didn’t follow up with vendors whose products were expired and conditions were unsanitary. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office found the state was overcharged more than $600,000, and that the Office of Public Health neglected to verify grocery prices charged through the program. In one example, auditors found that one store had charged the program $21.99 for infant formula, though the program is supposed to cap charges at $14.89. (The New Orleans Health Department estimates more than 66,000 people will visit WIC clinics in New Orleans in 2013.) Among its changes in 2014: DHH will create an operating manual with clear protocol for WIC employees to use when working with vendors, and a WIC Vendor Monitoring Database will track all WIC-approved vendors. The DHH notes that the USDA must approve the manual and database before they can be used. The audit arrives as a four-year federal stimulus boost to SNAP benefits ended Nov. 1, which cut services by 7 percent to nearly 1 million people in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Louisiana







New Orleans CIty Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell

Brisket at risk

Food bank to benefit from governors’ bet Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have owed Gov. Bobby Jindal his allegiance after Jindal came out early for him in the 2012 presidential election, but now Perry owes Jindal something else. After the LSU Tigers routed the Texas A&M Aggies Nov. 23, Perry owes Jindal 100 pounds of barbecued beef brisket. The governors had made a friendly bet on the game, with Jindal putting up 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood against Perry’s Texas fare. Perry and Jindal had agreed to donate the proceeds of the bet to a food pantry in the winner’s state. No word on which Louisiana food bank is now in possession of 100 pounds of brisket. — ALEX WOODWARD

Nominations open for New Orleanian of the Year

Gambit is seeking nominations for its annual New Orleanian of the Year, a designation given to a local resident (or two) who has made outstanding contributions to the area in 2013. Elected officials are not eligible. All nominations must include a brief biographical sketch and the reasons you believe the person deserves recognition. Email entries to response@ No phone calls. Nominations must be received by Monday, Dec. 9. The New Orleanian of the Year will be announced in Gambit’s Jan. 7, 2014 issue.



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responded with her vision of a retail renaissance that will make Claiborne Avenue a citywide shopping destination. The Magnolia Marketplace planned at South Claiborne Avenue and Toledano Street will open in March 2015 with six national retailers — T.J. Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Michael’s, PetSmart, Shoe Carnival and Ulta Beauty — and the fast-food restaurant Raising Cane’s. The $25 million project is being financed by a combination of direct investment and federal New Market Tax Credits, but developers have said they need $2.3 million more to close the gap on the major costs associated with replacing the old utility lines on the site. City officials have agreed to borrow the money for the project and to pay it back by raising the sales tax by an additional 1 percent on the shops at the site. When the debt is paid off, the tax will expire — in about 15 years, based on “conservative” estimates of revenue there, officials have said. Central City resident Liza Mazique agreed the shops and jobs will benefit the neighborhood and that attracting retail is a reasonable economic-development strategy. She found it “hard to fathom,” however, why the financing strategy couldn’t have involved the new property taxes that will flow from bringing the former public land back into commerce, rather than a “predatory” and regressive sales tax increase. “This is not a lot of money, $2.3 million,” Mazique said. City Council members generally had high praise for the project. Council President Jackie Clarkson said people in the neighborhood will see their property values rise, and that “we can’t keep shopping

in other people’s parishes.” Council Vice President Stacy Head said the project will both increase access to retail for neighborhood residents who don’t have cars and be cheaper than driving to Harahan — even with the tax — for those who do. The project is in Cantrell’s district, and she has taken the lead in presenting it to the public. At the hearing, Central City resident Roschelle Rumley told Cantrell she had gathered a petition of 200 names against the tax, but with Thursday’s vote looming, “I feel like it was just pushed to the side.” City leaders have tried and failed for years to attract prominent retailers to Claiborne Avenue, Cantrell said, and can’t afford to lose this opportunity to realize “a bigger vision for Claiborne Avenue. … When we do this right, this sets the tone for additional retailers to come to Claiborne Avenue,” Cantrell said. “If we do it wrong, we may not see it.” — ROBERT MORRIS | UPTOWN MESSENGER

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publishing verse. A proliferation of master of fine arts programs that’s cropped offee shop patrons on Frenchmen Street are accustomed to hearing the quiet clicking of computer keys. But at a small intersection at up around the country since the 1980s has produced more poets than there are Frenchmen and Royal streets, the clackity-clack of a few metal universities to employ them, not to mention an increasingly wired-in audience Underwoods (or maybe Remingtons) rings down the street, stopping tourists that some feel is losing touch with its appreciation for the lingual arts. struck by sudden nostalgia. “There are three relationships you can have with poetry,” local children’s poet “It’s the sound of their youth,” says Ben Aleshire, a “poet for hire,” who sits Brod Bagert says. “One is you can be a poet. One is you can be a poetry lover. in the streets of Faubourg Marigny with about four other Or you can be a scholar. poets-on-demand, armed with well-oiled typewriters and “In our culture, we forgot about the second one.” stacks of carbon paper, waiting for curious passersby. “They heard their parents on it when they were kids. Really I met Jordan Soyka at a small reading at the home of BY JEANIE RIES S old people used it their whole lives.” local poet Rodger Kamenetz, where Soyka read a poem The poets for hire, who are carving out enclaves in cities constructed from the online confessions of Bradley Manning, PH OTO S BY like Brooklyn, N.Y., San Francisco and New Orleans, are the U.S. Army soldier convicted of espionage for leaking CHERY L GERBER using the antiquated machines to type poems on the spot, classified documents to WikiLeaks. In the confessions, on any given subject. Mention a word, an event, a scenario, Manning discussed how he leaked 750,000 pages of classified or an image and a poet will ask you a few questions about documents as well as his transgender identity. Manning now yourself or the subject, then start hitting the keys. Fifteen minutes later a poem identifies himself as Chelsea. is finished, and you shell out whatever you think it’s worth. That usually ranges Soyka and his band of “poetry whores” run the New Orleans Poetry Brothel, between $5 and $50 — plus tears, if the end product is especially meaningful. a reading series that uses the frame of a Storyville-like bordello to create more The wave of street poets is part of a bustling poetry scene in New Orleans intimate contact — though not in the way most would think — between poet and listener. A poetry whore, after listing his or her influences, leads a patron — one that isn’t exactly new, but also isn’t exactly expected, considering the into a corner or private room and reads an original poem, usually memorized, oft-bemoaned demise of the printed page and a book industry averse to






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then accepts a sliding scale of payment — whatever the patron feels the reading was worth. A patron also can reciprocate a reading as payment, before rejoining the party. And it is a party. The brothel, which takes place at locations around the city — the next one is at The AllWays Lounge Jan. 10 — employs acrobats and burlesque dancers and has an open bar and music, which Megan Burns, a local poet and performer, says is what brings people in the door — more than 100 of them for recent brothel events. “It’s very P.T. Barnum and Bailey,” she says. “There’s a lot of stuff going on. It’s entertaining.” The concept of the Poetry Brothel was born at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007 and was appropriated by a group of New York poets who started a regular reading series based on the theme a few years ago. In 2012, Soyka and others started the New Orleans branch, which is fitting, since the whole concept is based on Storyville. Soyka and his team also run a Thursday night “poetry hotline,” inviting anyone to call and listen to a poem over the phone free of charge. A few months ago, they posted unexplained QR codes around the Bywater, which led curious smartphone users to cellphone screens filled with poetry.


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otherwise might not be interested in poetry: employing sex, pop culture and other easy-to-like hooks to get them through the door, then letting the art work its magic. “The reality is that people don’t really buy a lot of poetry books,” Burns says. “And most of the people that are actually going to read your poetry books are going to be other poets. So one of the reasons I do what I do with the hip-hop stuff is to [appeal to audiences] that wouldn’t ordinarily go to poetry readings.” For a recent project, Burns engineered a multimedia poetry performance using the music and imagery of hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj to discuss broader themes of women within the music genre and media. She drew an audience interested in hip-hop and another interested in poetry. Burns also has a project called Dollbaby, in which she uses antique dolls to illustrate ideas in her poems. She’s displayed the dolls in art galleries, where readings draw a mix of poetry and art fans. Burns calls this technique Low Theory. She runs a weekly reading series at BJ’s Lounge in Bywater, with live music and some spoken word in addition to standard page poetry. “You never know what’s going to happen,” Burns says. “And when magical things happen and someone is in the audience, that can be the gateway drug to poetry. They say, ‘Oh my God, this is my space. I understand this.’” Former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane says the group of slam poets she supervises at Northwestern State University of Louisiana draws crowds in the hundreds, while readings through the literature department, where

she’s a professor, attract about 50 people. That’s an interesting dynamic in academia, which traditionally has rejected spoken word in favor of more formal poetry. Kane dismisses that notion. “If you want to generalize about literature departments, yes,” she says. “But they’re

usually behind the curve in contemporary poetry anyhow. “For many years, when I was an undergraduate, Robert Frost was sort of laughed at in academic circles,” Kane says. “He’s come back pretty strongly.” Aleshire, publisher of the independent Honey Bee Press in Vermont, points out the ongoing nature of this debate.

“On one side you’ve got academics that are suspicious that the underground is talentless and ignorant,” he says. “On the other you’ve got the underground, which is suspicious that the academics are overpaid and boring.” No one uses performance to draw crowds more deftly than the spoken-word and slam poet community. Originating in Chicago in the 1980s, the liminal art exists between music and speech, reaching out to rap and hip-hop audiences but maintaining its own specific pace and flow. Team Slam New Orleans, or Team SNO, has won the National Poetry Slam two years in a row, with a group comprised of what local spoken-word poet Gian Smith calls some of the best slam poets in the country. “The disparity of how good New Orleans spoken word is as a whole versus what it’s like in other cities is dynamic,” Smith says. He compares the number of talented spoken word poets to the number of talented jazz musicians in the city. A number of poets from New Orleans have earned both local and national attention, performing on TV One or making other television appearances. Spoken-word poet Justin Lamb, a member of the team that took home the national title, appears in a WDSU commercial, reciting poetry at a bus stop. Smith is also a member of MelaNated, a local collective of writers of color, which hosts regular readings and events around the city. He found success with a poem, “O Beautiful Storm,” about post-Katrina New Orleans, which he read on an episode of Treme and later on National Public Radio. PAGE 21

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Samantha Mullen, a poetry whore, sings Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong’s “Farewell to Storyville” during the Poetry Brothel’s Fringe Festival show.

Smith says spoken-word poets do have to cater to an audience if they expect to draw a crowd. “With spoken word, they want it in small doses,” he explains. “They don’t want to be drawn into two hours of spokenword poetry. They don’t want to listen to people using it as therapy. From a consumer perspective, I may not be interested in someone who just needs to vent. It’s difficult to have a kind of show that a mass audience would want to hear.”

Ben Ales and “Matchire wrote “Chari ot” hbook” a s a poet (left) for hire.

The poets for hire are trying to make a living from poetry, something Carolyn Hembree, a poet and a professor at the University of New Orleans, is hesitant to recommend to poetry students. “For fun, yes,” she says. “However, I’m going to worry about issues like getting health care and being able to feed themselves.” Both Bennett and Aleshire are able to subsist on the money they pick up writing poems, but the more people who know that, Bennett says, the more difficult it will be. The poets for hire often type with carbon paper and keep duplicates. Bennett publishes his


While the poets for hire in the streets of the Marigny aren’t luring people with popular music or performances, they are selling poetry as a kind of novelty. Even the machines they use to churn out verse are part of the trope — a trap for the nostalgic or easily moved. But where typewriters might be considered a stylish anachronism, the poetry is not. “It’s a mixture of novelty and appreciation of poetry,” says Tristan Bennett, a poet for hire who moved from New York four years ago. He started writing poetry on the street after he saw Matt Robinson doing it two years ago, and he set up a stand right next to his inspiration, picking up tips from him along the way. Bennett spends 15 to 20 minutes per poem and says he has had more positive reactions than negative ones. “One of my proudest moments out there was when I wrote a poem for a woman who was a retired [New Orleans Police Department] officer,” he says. “She was working in the ’80s and ’90s in the Iberville Project area. And I wrote her a poem about New Orleans and how beautiful it was, even the ugly, and she cried. It was my personal best. It matters more, that connection to locals.” “People come up and they’re like, ‘Oh, this is kooky, let’s get a poem for our friend,’” Aleshire explains. “But then if you actually stick a knife in them and you tell them something they didn’t expect and you scare them a little bit … people are so bowled over by the fact they were moved by poetry. They thought poetry was just sunshine and stuff. They’re surprised.” Bennett is hesitant to say he’s magically turning people into poetry lovers. “It’s sort of making poetry more accessible, but so is Hallmark,” he says. “Hip-hop is doing a much better job than I am. Poetry is just a word. The idea of making meaning and sound out of words has crossed any discipline.” He adds that the scene has changed in the past year. “Matt and I have held down that little corner,” he says. “We’ve defended it from shitty jewelry sellers and fortune tellers. That is our spot. Which is why it’s hard when (other poets) sit down and say, ‘Hey, do you mind?’ You weren’t here for the fortune tellers! You weren’t here for the jewelry sellers!”


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the academy challenging what we’re doing, challenging what is established poetry.” Nate Martin, the director of Room 220, a literary salon that operates at Press Street, an arts collective on St. Claude Avenue, says poetry has always been an inaccessible and unapproachable art form, and that’s not going to change. “I think people have this idea that there was this more egalitarian past that poetry had. … I think poetry has always had a small audience,” he says. Of the street poets, Martin says the percentage of good work coming out of those typewriters is probably the same percentage coming out of the rest of the world: very small. That may be true, but the street poets have much more immediate interactions with their audience, and much more access to their subjects, to help confirm or deny the quality of their work. Bennett, for example, regularly gets feedback from patrons. Last year, he wrote a poem for a couple passing on the street. They’ve since emailed him to say that a blown-up version of his poem is framed and hangs above their bed. Kane, the former poet laureate, earned a living as a tarot card reader in Jackson Square during graduate school. She says she’s not surprised by poetry’s ongoing legacy. “At significant milestones in [people]’s lives there seems to be a need to hear that special language that’s charged with meaning and intensity,” she says. “It’s something that kind of rises to the occasion.”

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The Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308 Room 220 The literary website and event series, operated by local art collective Press Street, hosts readings in the fall and spring. Antenna Gallery 3718 St. Claude Ave., (504) 298-3161 Slam poetry and spoken word Events are posted on the website www. The competition to find the newest team members for defending national champion Team SNO will be held next month. Dec. 4-8 Words and Music Both local and national literary stars will make their way to New Orleansfor this annual event, organized by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and held at the Hotel Monteleone and other French Quarter locations.

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of the interview had used condoms and withdrawal together. The news also was stirred by a recent study by Dr. Annie Dude, an OB-GYN resident at Duke University Medical Center, which found one in three young women (ages 15 to 24) relies on withdrawal as their only form of birth control, and about 22 percent will unintentionally become pregnant. It is clear the use of withdrawal has increased, with data showing that younger women often rely on it in the absence of contraceptive methods that require planning, i.e. buying condoms or getting an IUD — and that they are using it without much success. As for the women who rejected hormonal contraception in these recent articles, they tend to be older, in steady relationships (implying partner support and men they trust will “pull out”) and they use withdrawal in conjunction with other forms of contraception such as condoms and fertility awareness — typically called rhythm or natural family planning (NFP). Only 1.1 percent of all U.S. women who practice contraception rely on the rhythm method or NFP, a number that does not change much even among Catholics, where church teachings say NFP is the only form of acceptable birth control, though only 2 percent practice it. That lack of reliance on fertility awareness is due to several reasons. To practice it properly, experts say the woman needs to have a regular cycle and consistently track her basal body temperature (waking temperature before moving, eating, etc.), the days of her menstrual cycle and her cervical mucus. It also requires partner cooperation. However, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says most women don’t have totally regular cycles, while Brunet notes that a third of her patients don’t. “If you’re not on a 28-day cycle, it is more difficult to pick up on changes,” she said. “Plus, with the growth in obesity, irregular cycles have become more common.” Brunet says the change one looks for when tracking basal body temperature is extremely subtle and difficult to read. “It is as little as .4 degrees, so you need to know your normal basal temperature, which can change on a day-to-day basis and which can have other things come into play too.” “The bottom line is that those of us who are loath to make personal observations are an awful lot less likely to succeed in


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collecting and interpreting data than our scientist sisters,” writes Danielle Bean, a Catholic writer, NFP advocate and mother of eight. “It should be noted (but too seldom is) that some of us are better at abstaining than others.” These issues lead natural family planning to have one of the highest contraceptive failure rates at 24 percent in typical use. Perfect use raisees that percentage to less than 1 percent, but that is rare, which is why health experts rely on typical use data. Can fertility monitors, ovulation kits, period tracker applications and other products in the market help women leave hormonal contraception behind? At this point, Brunet says, most are designed to aid conception, not avoid it, and there is little evidence as to their effectiveness. There are other issues. Women with irregular cycles pose problems. People often misread or get incorrect results. And many of these aids are expensive and not covered by insurance, unlike contraception, which under the Affordable Care Act, must now be covered. So where does this leave women like Grigg-Spall who feel physically unwell

when they take hormonal contraceptives or have other concerns? Health practitioners note there are different contraceptive formulations and modes of delivery (oral, implants, etc.), so switching might help. There also are nonhormonal methods such as the copper IUD. Using two nonhormonal methods together increases contraceptive effectiveness as well. Ultimately, people are more likely to comply and adhere to protocols that are easy to use and follow, which tends to make hormonal contraception a winner for most women. But Everyone must weigh her own feelings, circumstances, partners and ability to follow through. They must also understand that as far as risk goes, pregnancy generally poses more risk than any form of contraception. According to the World Health Organization, 800 women worldwide die each day in childbirth. In the U.S., it’s 1,000 women a year. Finally, unintended pregnancy means unwanted kids, and those are the ones who are most likely to be unhealthy, abused, do poorly in school, commit crimes, and live in poverty, That is a risk everyone should understand.


t’s an old contraception joke: What do you call people who practice the withdrawal method of birth control? Parents. However, a spate of recent articles and books suggest women are rejecting the pill in favor of other contraceptive measures, including the age-old (and often derided) withdrawal method. In her book Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly Grigg-Spall offers what she calls a “feminist critique” of hormonal contraception, arguing it is bad for women and represents a form of misogyny. A September article in New York magazine dubbed women who eschew hormonal birth control “The Pullout Generation.” Are women deserting the pill and starting to rely on nonhormonal methods such as withdrawal or rhythm? The evidence does not show that, despite a recent flurry of articles suggesting it is so. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about four of every five sexually active women have used the pill, a percentage that has remained constant since 1995. In fact, the CDC’s data shows that the use of other forms of hormonal birth control, such as injectables, patches, rings, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) has risen. The drop in teenage pregnancies (and abortions) has partly been credited to the increase in pill use by that age group. Dr. Jennifer Brunet, an Ochsner OB-GYN, has also seen no evidence of patients dropping hormonal birth control. “Once in a while, I’ll have a woman come in and ask about rhythm (a calendarbased method), but I certainly haven’t seen a trend or people leaving the pill,” she says. “It still is the most popular form of birth control.” What has changed, according to the CDC, is that the use of barrier and spermicidal periodic methods, such as the diaphragm, the cervical cap, foam, etc. has remained low or declined. “The use of those methods has definitely fallen,” Brunet says. “For example, I’ve only had four patients in three years choose a diaphragm — and only one who is still using it.” The use of condoms also has increased, a shift believed to have resulted from STD and HIV prevention efforts. Along with that increase has come a rise in the number of women who said they have relied on withdrawal at some point. The CDC states the two may be associated, since 60 percent of the women interviewed about current birth control usage in the month

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by geographic region and season. Their relative virulence makes an impact on the number of cases that have complications. Though Louisiana pediatricians see RSV cases every year, this year’s strain seems especially aggressive, and the body’s inability to develop a long-term immunity to the virus presents a challenge for doctors. Children can catch RSV more than once in a season, leaving them vulnerable to other health issues. Levine’s expertise comes from his work on a clinical trial for Synagis, a monthly injection of antibodies to stave off the infection. He says this treatment isn’t perfect; it’s expensive, necessitates monthly visits to the doctor’s office and can, in most cases, only be given for two consecutive years. And like many viruses, RSV has no cure. Treatment focuses on confirming the presence of the virus through a rapid antibody test and alleviating symptoms. The best defense against RSV, Levine says, is to “get out in front of it.” Wash hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water before touching your child to minimize the danger of introducing the virus to them, especially if you often come in contact with other children such as in a day care setting. Be aware of any risk factors your child may have and call your pediatrician if you see rapid breathing, retraction (where the lips pull in while drawing breath) or respiratory distress. Also, consider asking your pediatrician about the RSV injection if you’re aware of any significant health issues. Fortunately, when otherwise healthy adults get RSV, it rarely causes anything more serious than cold-like symptoms like rhinitis. Larger bronchial passages in adult lungs can’t be blocked as easily, so the same kinds of issues don’t occur. But parents should be vigilant for signs of RSV in their children, especially infants and toddlers. “Although you have an idea of what class of patients tend to [develop complications], you never know exactly who is going to be that type of patient until they show you that they are,” Levine says. “You don’t wait until [your child is] so sick that they whisk [him or her] upstairs to the ICU, or they can tell right away [he or she is] not oxygenated. You don’t want to get here on the tail end of a bad deal.”


or watchful parents, colds and the flu are an unwelcome tagalong to the holiday season. When a toddler’s apparent cold doesn’t improve after a few days, pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Stephen Levine suggests testing for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The Centers for Disease Control recently classified the respiratory infection as an epidemic in Louisiana, following a 40 percent increase in positive RSV tests over the last few months. “It’s been written that if you look at every child by the age of 2, he’s had some exposure to RSV,” he says. “RSV is big right now, but there’s [also] some combination of rhinovirus and adenovirus that the entire Gulf Coast is suffering under.” RSV affects respiratory cells in the air passages known as the respiratory epithelium, changing the way air moves through the bloodstream. It’s highly contagious and spreads through droplets, meaning a touch or a kiss easily transmits the virus. “[Once contracted], the way [the virus] works is it balls up the mucus and respiratory cells that line the airways … and some of these goopings of mucus and lung trash will partially block the opening to an air tube,” Levine says. “That’s what causes the wheezing and problems with oxygenation.” Though anyone can contract RSV, its complications mostly affect babies and toddlers who were born prematurely (at 32 to 35 weeks into a pregnancy) and children with congenital heart problems. When these children contract RSV, stuffy noses can turn quickly into hospital stays. “The problem is if you have abnormal lung architecture, it’s much worse than if you have normal lungs and RSV comes and infects you,” Levine says. “Some children end up in the ICU or have to be ventilated (using a respirator to breathe for them) for a period of time because of this.” The virus also is the leading cause of infant hospitalizations, according to the CDC. RSV differs from the flu because several strains can be active in a given year, meaning researchers can’t develop a standard annual vaccine. Generally only one type of influenza appears each winter, while researchers identify two or more strains of RSV annually, varying


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was taking pottery and convinced me Oysteria coto take pottery with owners Leslie her,” says Massony, Stidd Massony an artist who works and Monique in painting, pottery, Chauvin show floral design and off their ceramic interior design. In oyster plates. the pottery class, OTO BY she started creating PC HH ER Y L G ER B ER oyster plates. “I have always had a love of oysters and Monique’s family started in the oyster business in Chauvin, La., in the late 1800s,” Massony says. The friends decided to update the oyster plate tradition. Their contemporary plate design is both attractive and meant for regular use. The sturdy plates are oven- and dishwasher-safe. Oysteria’s main design features plate bases of varying sizes on which several life-like clay oyster shells are attached and formed to hold oysters. There are also ramekins, nesting bowls, larger platters and appetizer plates. Plates in the line range from $10 to $200. Sold at Mitch’s Flowers and online, the plates are popular in New Orleans and far and wide. “We have customers from everywhere: from Alaska to Greece; the vice president of the United States to the owner of the Miami Dolphins,” Massony says. “Oysteria is handmade and it has become our passion,” Massony says. “We would like to share our passion with everyone. Almost all materials are purchased locally and it is truly made in Louisiana.”


Goorin Bros. French Quarter Hat Shop (709 Royal St., 504-523-4287; celebrates the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. There will be food, music, drinks and free hat pins with purchases over $60. The password “scofflaw” gets participants a cocktail.

The Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at Carroll Gallery (202 Woldenberg Art Center, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 504-314-2228; Glass, ceramics, prints, jewelry and more by Tulane students, alumni and staff will be sold. Santa Claus will visit The Rink (2727 Prytania

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St.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 to take pictures with shopping center visitors. Refreshments will be served. Santa will return from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. There also will be a holiday party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 with music, food, drinks and extended shopping hours. The Hike for KaTREEna Big TREEsy giveaway takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at City of New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways (2829 Gentilly Blvd., 504-658-3200; One thousand local trees will be given to New Orleans residents. Horticulturists, landscape architects and urban foresters will help residents choose their trees and teach how to plant and care for them.


onsidering the prodigious way New Orleanians consume oysters, it seems reasonable that there would be specific plates for serving them. But because we tend to eat them right from their shells, regular plates generally do just fine. In the 19th century, however, hosts of dinner parties in the U.S. and Europe who lived in regions with access to fresh oysters served the bivalves without their shells on elegant handpainted dishes. Go into almost any high-end antique store today and you will notice an array of these decorative jewels. Oyster plates feature molded sections to hold individual oysters. There are many traditional styles of plates: circular or scalloped with five or six molds, often with a middle section for sauce; the turkey design, in which the oyster molds form a poultry pattern; the nongeometric style with an oblong or rectangular shape; and unconventionally shaped plates with designs like fans, baskets and sea creatures in rich colors. These plates are highly collectible. However, because they are so delicate they are often relegated to cabinets where they collect dust, charming vestiges from a bygone era. But oyster plates are making a comeback in everyday dining situations. In 2010, Monique Chauvin — owner of Mitch’s Flowers (4843 Magazine St., 504-899-4843; — and her friend Leslie Stidd Massony, launched Oysteria, a contemporary line of oyster plates that are both decorative and utilitarian. “After Hurricane Katrina, Monique




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Galatoire’s (209 Bourbon St., 504-5252021; doesn’t accept reservations for tables in its main dining room, but twice a year, patrons can buy them. The first of two winter table auctions is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the restaurant, and patrons can bid on reservations for lunch on the Friday (Dec. 20) before Christmas. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served at 5:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the auction cost $50 per couple and $25 for each additional guest. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Galatoire’s Foundation, Cafe Reconcile ( and the Idea Village ( The Galatoire’s Foundation was created in 2010 and its past beneficiaries have included Children’s Hospital, Covenant House, Louisiana SPCA, The NOCCA Institute and other organizations. Since the first auction in 2006, the events have raised a total of $850,000. The foundation hopes to surpass the $1 million mark with proceeds from the two events. The second auction is Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, when patrons can bid on reservations for Feb. 28, 2014, the Friday before Fat Tuesday. Contact Christi Broussard at (504) 525-6022 for reservations to the auction. — WILL COVIELLO

False alarm

A Lower Garden District restaurant misfires. By Scott Gold


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Grilled shrimp and andouille hollandaise top a half eggplant at Dijon. P H OTO BY C H ER Y L G ER B ER

should have been brimming with country flavors, but lacked complexity. A little more spice or acidity might have saved it. Desserts were less impressive still. While the cafe au lait creme brulee was topped with wonderfully crispy calas, the custard was watery. A chocolate terrine was as dense a black hole, almost like eating straight ganache, and the pumpkin flan was served with salted caramel that was shellacked to the plate. Service is amiable and attentive. (When ordering drinks on one visit, a dining companion requested a ginger ale and our server alerted us that the bar only had a mix of Sprite and Coke to approximate the flavor of ginger ale. We appreciated the warning.) It’s a shame that the food at Dijon doesn’t come close to matching its attractive location — especially at this price point. Right now, it’s not quite cutting the mustard.

what Dijon


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Atomic Burger (3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-309-7474; joins the New Orleans area’s growing stable of restaurants offering fast food with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Atomic follows a national trend of restaurants — including California’s InN-Out Burger (, New York’s Shake Shack (www.shakeshack. com), and of course New Orleans own Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; www.thecompanyburger. com) — serving hamburgers, fries and other fast food favorites while still paying attention to quality sourcing and preparation.

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what works

great oyster salad; prompt, friendly service

what doesn’t

most of the menu fails to impress

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middling Creole-inspired fare

Atomic Burger serves a turkey burger and edamame combination meal.



fter hearing some flattering words about Dijon, the Lower Garden District restaurant featuring contemporary Louisiana cuisine and promising “classical French and Creole influences,” I had high hopes. The menu looked solid if not particularly novel or imaginative, and I couldn’t have been more excited by the fact that the eatery resides in a converted firehouse. I’ve been in love with firehouse spaces ever since Ghostbusters. Would the servers gracefully swoop down from a fire pole to deliver our cocktails and entrees? The space is beautiful and airy, with a clean design and lofty ceilings that belie its former incarnation as an New Orleans Fire Department outpost housing horse-drawn wagons in 1914. It’s certainly a neat place to have a meal. Recent visits, however, found a restaurant with more pleasant details in the decor than in the food. Appetizers delivered mixed results. The fried oyster salad was presented well with perfectly cooked oysters and flash-fried kale that melted on the palate. The sunchoke and crab salad, served with faro and truffled honey vinaigrette, also was a solid starter, even though the sunchoke seemed lost. Dijon’s charcuterie plate, however, was underwhelming. “Duck bacon” was essentially just smoked, grilled duck breast with a leathery consistency, and while the foie gras had a rich, livery flavor, the four tiny dots of it on the plate amounted to a skimpy portion. Duck pate was serviceable, but the rabbit rillettes needed more fat to add depth and help bind the crumbly texture. For the entrees, it’s difficult to pick a clear winner, as all were flawed in one way or another. Saffron-dusted Gulf shrimp and eggplant seemed a nice combination, and while the shrimp were cooked well, the eggplant was rubbery to the point of being inedible. A dish of Muscovy duck — featuring a pan-roasted breast atop duck confit served with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate molasses — just missed the mark. The confit was excellent, and the molasses added a complementary sweetness, but the duck breast, ordered medium-rare, was a solid gray medium-well. And the hunter-style braised rabbit, a rustic dish I’ve always enjoyed,








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“Our philosophy is to create good, honest food that customers can trust,” says Joe Spitale, co-owner of Atomic Burger. “All meat is ground in-house daily, fries are hand-cut from real potatoes, along with locally baked bread, fresh vegetables and a homemade ice cream base for the Atomic Freeze milkshakes,” The menu features classic burgers, fries and shakes, and sides of edamame beans are both a welcome and puzzling addition. Atomic also offers hot dogs, turkey burgers and portobello sandwiches. There also are milkshakes, which are flash frozen using super-cold liquid nitrogen. “The result is a smoother, more luscious milkshake,” Spitale says. The shakes are available in 12 flavors including apple pie, peanut butter-chocolate chip, salted caramel, wedding cake and blueberry cheesecake. — SCOTT GOLD

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Slow food advocate, radio host and author Poppy Tooker recently released Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food, and Their Stories (Pelican), with photos by David G. Spielman. The book features recipes and interviews with chef Leah Chase, sausage-maker Vance Vaucresson, musicians, historians and others. Many of the essays highlight the ways food can play such a central role in local traditions, whether they’re as common as Monday red beans and rice or Mildred Covert’s approach to cooking kosher Creole and Cajun dishes. There are recipes for everything from Chase’s gumbo z’herbes, to the Roman Candy man’s vanilla pull taffy to Vaucresson’s hot sausage balls to mirliton fries. Tooker signs copies of Louisiana Eats! from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Historic New Orleans Collections (533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; —WILL COVIELLO




3-COURSE interview

Seth Hamstead Owner, Cleaver & Co.

You’ve brought whole-animal butchering back to the Crescent City. How have things turned out, now that you’re one year in?


It may have seemed a risky dive into antiquated waters when Cleaver & Co. (3917 Baronne St., 504-227-3830;, decided to open a whole animal butcher shop Uptown. But one year later, the operation is thriving, thanks to a loyal local following and some old-fashioned ingenuity. Owner Seth Hamstead spoke with Gambit about what it takes to turn whole animals into business.

For someone coming into Cleaver for the first time, what outof-the-ordinary cuts might you suggest? H: If they’re looking for beef, a lot of times we’ll direct them towards the flatiron steak, which I think is just an absolutely delicious muscle. A lot of people haven’t seen it, or if they have, they’ve only seen it on a restaurant menu and don’t know where to find it for themselves. The chuck-eye is also a really nice cut. It’s really just the same as a rib-eye, cut from where the rib primal meets the chuck, or shoulder. It’s a really great steak, and also a little less expensive than a rib-eye. For pork, we keep it an open secret about making chops from the coppa muscle, one of the most prized parts of the shoulder. The Italians traditionally dry-cure that whole muscle and turn it into coppa salami. It’s got some distinct marbling to it and just a whole lot of flavor. It’s got more fat than, say, a pork tenderloin, so it doesn’t dry out as much, and you can cook it beautifully.

You’re also known for selling products that people might not expect, like pet food and soap. H: We want to use as much of the animal as possible, so we’ll take the chewier bits from the beef trim and other cuts and grind that up with some of the offal — maybe the liver and spleen — and we’ll grind up the duck bones, then we add vegetables to it to make a really nutritious, natural dog food. We’ll also custom cut dog bones. For the soap, there’s a lot of fat on a cow, and we’ll render that down into beef tallow, which is great to sear a steak in, but then we’ve also started making soap out of it as well. It’s got a really nice texture to it. We mix it up with sandalwood and cedar wood, and we make another with more holiday spicing. It’s got jicama, tea and nutmeg, so it has that wintry smell to it. It’s all about using every last bit of product we have at our disposal every week and turning it into something that people will love. — SCOTT GOLD

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Hamstead: It’s been really busy, which is a good thing. We’ve gotten our feet under us, figured out everything we want to do and now we’re thinking about what we want to do in the future. A lot of it’s been about customer education, because people walk in and expect to see pre-cut steaks, but then they see this huge list on the wall and they haven’t heard of three-quarters of it. So we have to take them through all of the different cuts and the characteristics of each, since there’s so much more to a cow than rib-eyes, strip steaks and ground beef. It’s been nice to steer people to new cuts of meat, too, and there’s been a really nice response to the quality of the meat itself. They really appreciate the differences there. There are some people who find it a little too expensive, but people who really appreciate and understand what we’re offering tend to become loyal customers. We get a fair amount of business from the neighborhood, but we also have folks coming in from Metairie and the Northshore as well. People are really willing to travel for it.







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Sauvignon blanc is a favorite among wine enthusiasts around the world for its food-friendly, straightforward aromas and flavors. California’s Miller family — Ballard Lane’s owners — have farmed in the Central Coast area for five generations. Forty years ago, they purchased land in Paso Robles and Santa Maria Valley, planted vineyards and eventually began producing the award-winning Ballard Lane label as well as making wine for other wineries. This wine, 90 percent sauvignon blanc and 10 percent chenin blanc, was vinified in stainless steel and aged in tanks with no oak for eight months prior to bottling. In the glass, the wine exhibits aromas of grapefruit, guava, melon, herbal and floral notes, and flavors of green apple, citrus and white peach on the acid-balanced finish. Drink now and over the next one to two years. Drink it with: oysters on the half shell with mignonette sauce, ceviche, grilled shrimp, creamy vegetable soups, herbed goat cheese and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. — BRENDA MAITLAND


On the heels of Gulfport, Miss. beer maker Crooked Letter Brewing (www. bringing its beers to the New Orleans market, two other well-respected and established breweries soon will sell their beers in Louisiana as well. Distributor Uncorked NOLA is bringing The Bruery (www.thebruery. com) from California’s Orange County to markets throughout the state in mid-December. Nick Selby, managing partner of Uncorked, says the decision to distribute The Bruery’s beer reflects the strength of its bottled offerings. “They’re amazing beers done by really cool people,” Selby says. The six beers that will be distributed initially will be in 750 milliliter bottles only (no draft). Saison Rue, a rye farmhouse ale and Mischief, a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale, represent the Bruery’s year-round offerings. Sour beers Rueuze, Oude Tart and Tart of Darkness also will be available in New Orleans at Whole Foods Markets, Elio’s Wine Warehouse, Bacchanal and Stein’s Market and Deli. Louisiana will get a limited amount of Bruery’s fifth anniversary ale Bois, which has 15 percent alcohol by volume, an old ale aged in bourbon barrels. The second brewery bringing beer to town is Athens, Ga.-based Terrapin Brewing (, which will launch in mid-January with its flagship beer Hopsecutioner IPA on draft, according to distributor Crescent Crown and Terrapin Area Sales Manager Steve Hayes. Hayes added that he hopes to provide “specialty, seasonal, one-offs and rarities” to celebrate the rollout. In February, Hopsecutioner, Rye Pale Ale and RecreationAle, will be available in six-packs. “As we get closer to spring, you can expect to start seeing all of our seasonal, Monster Beer Tour series and side project and specialty offerings,” Hayes says. “Our decision to start distribution in these markets was a no-brainer,” Hayes says. “There is a growing thirst [in Louisiana] for craft. People have been calling for Terrapin down there for a while now, and we just plain like the scene — who doesn’t?” — NORA MCGUNNIGLE

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Gingerbread house workshop

9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200 Pastry chef Brett Gauthier helps kids make gingerbread houses. A $50 registration includes three seats, a gingerbread house kit and decorations, a chef’s hat and jingle bell, crayons, a child’s T-shirt and a photo with Santa Claus. Additional seats are $10 each. Reservations are required.

Louisiana Landmarks Society’s Le Marche de Fetes

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Pitot House, 1440 Moss St., (504) 482-0312 The holiday event benefiting Pitot House features art, demonstrations, book signings, food, children’s activities, a visit from Papa Noel, performances, tours of the house, fruits, marmalades and pepper jellies. Admission $5.




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Pecan futures

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The Chick-Syl-Vain features a buttermilk-fried chicken breast on a buttered roll with housemade pickles.

“You raised the price I get by 600 percent? You are my best friend.”

— Randy Hudson, owner of Hudson Pecan Company in Ocilla, Ga., and vice president of the National Pecan Growers Council, quoted in a New York Times article about 90 percent of his company’s crop going to Chinese markets. A bad growing season coupled with rapidly increasing demand for pecans (bi gen guo) in China has pushed up prices during the holidays.



7 p.m. to midnight Friday Cafe Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154 Chef Duke LoCicero’s Italian extravaganza features Italian cuisine, Alexander Grappa, a martini bar, Champagne and wine. There’s live music and a live auction, and 100 percent of proceeds will be used to buy toys for needy local children. Tickets are $120, the attire is cocktail and validated parking is available at the New Orleans Marriott.

1 The Caesar sandwich combines a Parmesan- and panko-crusted chicken breast, mozzarella, provolone, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and red onion.

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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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Motherland Cafe — 1700 N. Galvez St., (504) 342-3996; www.facebook. com/motherlandcafe — This family restaurant serves Senegalese and Gambian food, and vegetarian dishes are available. Thiebou djenne is a fish and rice stew, and boulettes are fried balls of fish. There also are house-made ginger drinks and wonjo, made with hibiscus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon — 1200 Decatur St., (504) 522-2410 — This sports bar serves burgers made with house-ground patties, chicken wings, 12 beers on tap and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$




Huh! A Restaurant & Bar — 3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 2292484; — This restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and sweet and savory crepes. The king cake crepes are available in plain and filled varieties topped with purple, green and gold icing and sugar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., and open Sundays during New Orleans Saints games. Credit cards. $$ Knuckleheads Eatery — 3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858; — This casual eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bar noshes. Mulligan Mike’s all-Angus chuck burger is topped with grilled ham and Swiss or cheddar cheese and comes with fries and a pickle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ O’Henry’s Food & Spirits — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 461-9840; — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Somethin’ Else Cafe — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. There are burgers, po-boys and sandwiches filled with everything from cochon de lait to a trio of melted cheeses on buttered thick toast. No res-

Treasure Island Buffet — 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 4438000; www.treasurechestcasino. com — The all-you-can-eat buffet includes New Orleans favorites including seafood, salad and dishes from a variety of national cuisines. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$

Bayou Beer Garden — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., (504) 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.Sat. Credit cards. $ Down the Hatch — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; — The Texan burger features an Angus beef patty topped with grilled onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The house-made veggie burger combines 15 vegetables and is served with sun-dried tomato pesto. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Jigger’s Bar & Grill — 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555 — The sports bar serves sandwiches and bar noshing items. Half or full-round muffulettas are filled with Italian ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and house-made olive salad and served toasted. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Shamrock Bar & Grill — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938 — Shamrock serves an Angus rib-eye steak with a side item, burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, grilled chicken, spinach and artichoke dip and more. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

BARBECUE Boo Koo BBQ — 3701 Banks St., (504) 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., late-night Fri.Sat. Cash only. $ Hickory Prime BBQ — 6001 France Road, (757) 277-8507; — Proprietors Billy Rhodes and Karen Martin have won several barbecue competitions. They serve Texas-style brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and more. The pulled pork platter features pork cooked for 12 hours over hickory and white oak and it comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Saucy’s — 4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755; www.saucysnola. com — Saucy’s serves slowsmoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled chicken. The cochon blue is a sandwich of pulled pork, blue cheese and melted mozzerella on a bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


Rendon Inn’s Dugout Sports Bar — 4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; — The Boudreaux burger combines lean ground beef, hot sausage and applewood-smoked bacon on a ciabatta bun with cheese, onions and remoulade. Fresh cut fries are served with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar — 2200 Magazine St., (504) 644-4311; — This burger specialist’s patty options include beef, bison, shrimp and veggie. The House burger is dressed with cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard and served with housemade chips. The Cobb salad features romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese, croutons and buttermilk ranch or honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Rivershack Tavern — 3449 River Road, (504) 834-4938; www. — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cheeseburger Eddie’s — 4517 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5511; www.mredsno. com — This eatery serves a variety of specialty burgers, Mr. Ed’s fried chicken, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, tacos, wings and shakes. Besides patty melts and chili-cheeseburgers, there also

OUT to EAT are seafood burgers featuring tuna, salmon or crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE Antoine’s Annex — 513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines. com — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and honey-Dijon panino is topped with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Suite A, (504) 324-8271; — The bakery offers a range of breads, muffins, pastries and sweets. Pain au chocolat is a buttery, flakey croissant filled with dark chocolate, and a vegan version also is available. The breads include traditional, handshaped Parisian-style baguettes. No reservations. Breakfast Thu.-Sun., lunch Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Cafe Freret — 7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890; — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe — 5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. For breakfast, an omelet is filled with marinated mushrooms, bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Tuna salad or chicken salad avocado melts are topped with melted Monterey Jack and shredded Parmesan cheeses and served on a choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHINESE Five Happiness — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-3935 — The large menu at Five Happiness offers a range of dishes from wonton soup to sizzling seafood combinations served on a hot plate to sizzling Go-Ba to lo mein dishes. Delivery and banquest facilities available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Jung’s Golden Dragon — 3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280; www. — Jung’s offers a mix of Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Chinese specialties include Mandarin, Szechuan

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

CONTEMPORARY Bayona — 430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; — 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. $$$ One Restaurant & Lounge — 8132 Hampson St., (504) 301-9061; www. — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes inlcuding char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE Antoine’s Restaurant — 713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www. — The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French Creole dining might have been like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms. Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Cafe Gentilly — 5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220; www.facebook. com/cafegentilly —Crab cake Benedict is French bread topped with poached eggs, a hand-made crawfish sausage patty and hollandaise. Breakfast is available all day, and the creamed spinach,

crawfish and Swiss cheese omelet can be served in a po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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Ignatius Eatery — 3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242; — The menu includes classic Creole dishes such as red beans and rice, speckled trout meuniere and crawfish etouffee as well as sandwiches, salads and pasta. Crawfish Ignatius pasta features crawfish cream sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and bell peppers topped with grated Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Landing Restaurant — Crowne Plaza, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-5611; www. — The Landing serves Cajun and Creole dishes with many seafood options. Louisiana crab cakes are popular. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Ma Momma’s House — 5741 Crowder Blvd., (504) 244-0021; — Traditional home-style Creole dishes include red beans and rice, shrimp pasta, fried chicken, cornbread and more. Chicken and waffles includes a Belgian waffle and three or six fried chicken wings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner Thu.Sat. Credit cards. $$



Roux on Orleans — Bourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave., (504) 571-4604; www.bourbonorleans. com — This restaurant offers contemporary Creole dishes including barbecue shrimp, redfish couvillion, gumbo and catfish and shrimp dishes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Saints & Sinners — 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www. — Styled to reflect era of Storyville, the restaurant serves Creole and Cajun dishes, raw oysters, seafood, steaks, po-boys, burgers and more. The Politician’s Special features a trio of jambalaya, crawfish pie and a cup of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$ Willie Mae’s Scotch House — 2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503 — This popular neighborhood restaurant is know for its wet-battered fried chicken. Green beans come with rice and gravy. There’s bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DELI Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-2010; www. — This New York-style deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $ Mardi Gras Zone — 2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787; www. — The 24hour grocery store has a deli and wood-burning pizza oven. The deli serves po-boys, salads and hot entrees such as stuffed peppers, beef stroganoff and vegetable lasagna. Vegan pizzas also are available. No reservations. Lunch, PAGE 48

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Cafe NOMA — New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www. — The cafe serves roasted Gulf shrimp and vegetable salad dressed with Parmesan-white balsamic vinaigrette. Other options include chipotle-marinated portobello sliders and flatbread pizza topped with manchego, peppers and roasted garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

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. $



dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Martin Wine Cellar — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , (504) 896-7350; — The wine emporium’s dinner menu includes pork rib chops served with house-made boudin stuffing, Tabasco pepper jelly demi-glaze and smothered greens. The Deli Deluxe sandwich features corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and Creole mustard on an onion roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Qwik Chek Deli & Catering — 2018 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 456-6362 — The menu includes gumbo, po-boys, pasta, salads and hot plate lunches. The hamburger po-boy can be dressed with lettuce, mayo and tomato on French bread. Shrimp Italiano features shrimp tossed with cream sauce and pasta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $



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Cafe Abyssinia — 3511 Magazine St., (504) 894-6238 — The menu includes a variety of wots, traditional stews served over injera bread, and tibs, dishes of sauted meats or vegetables. Yebeb alicha is lamb in mild garlic-ginger curry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH Baie Rouge — 4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667; — Shrimp and risotto Milanese features jumbo shrimp cooked with lemon over saffron risotto served with hericots verts. Pig Dip features pork debris, caramelized onions and garlic aioli on French bread with a side of smoked pork jus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Martinique Bistro — 5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495; — This French bistro has both a cozy dining room and a pretty courtyard. New Zealand lamb loin is served with cucumber and sweet onion pickles, Israeli couscous, Meyer lemon-watercress aioli and tomato-sherry vinegar demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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

INDIAN Julie’s Little India Kitchen At Schiro’s — 2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; www.schiroscafe. com — The cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb

or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Nirvana Indian Cuisine — 4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from chicken to vegetable dishes. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN Amici Restaurant & Bar — 3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www. — Amici serves coal-fired pizza and Italian dishes. The broccoli rabe salsica Italiana pie is topped with marinara, mozzarella, sauteed bitter Italian greens and Italian sausage. Pasta carbonara features pancetta and green peas in white sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Andrea’s Restaurant — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale which is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Capelli D’Andrea combines house-made angel hair pasta and smoked salmon in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Cafe Giovanni — 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni. com — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Shrimp Dukie features Louisiana shrimp and a duck breast marinated in Cajun spices served with tasso-mushroom sauce. Belli Baci is the restaurant’s cocktail lounge. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Maximo’s Italian Grill — 1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www. — Sit at the bar overlooking the open grill and watch chefs prepare dishes like the fish of the day pan-sauteed in habanero-infused olive oil and served with seasonal vegetables. Osso buco is a braised veal shank served with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, herb-roasted Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, lunch Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

com — The cafe serves breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and pastries. At lunch, try handmade meatballs, lasagna and other Italian specialties, panini, wraps, soups and salads. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Ristorante Filippo — 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie (504) 835-4008 — The Creole-Italian menu includes a crabmeat salad featuring half of a tomato filled with jumbo lump crabmeat over romaine lettuce dressed with remoulade and balsamic vinaigrette. Veal Sorrentina is sauted veal layered with prosciutto and eggplant, topped with marinara and mozzarella and served with spaghetti marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 8852984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; — Try house specialties like veal- and spinach-stuffed canneloni. Bracialoni is baked veal stuffed with artichoke hearts, bacon, garlic and Parmesan cheese and topped with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAPANESE Asuka Sushi & Hibachi — 7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555; — Asuka serves sushi and grilled items from the hibachi. The Shaggy Dog roll features tempura-fried shrimp, snow crab and avocado topped with crabstick and eel sauce and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux — 7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; — Kakkoii offers traditional sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine as well as dishes with modern and local twists. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Kyoto — 4920 Prytania St., (504) 891-3644 — Kyoto’s sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. “Box” sushi is a favorite, with more than 25 rolls. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Mikimoto — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881; — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$

Mosca’s — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 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. $$$

Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse — 1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997; — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Red Gravy — 125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.

Rock-N-Sake — 823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.


Happy Hour Happy Ending Weekdays 3-6 Drink Specials CJ's Custom Job Hand crafted Cocktail $5 The Layback Baska Snaps Porron $3 Uniplum-er Tsingtao with Unicum Shot $6

Snack Specials Bao Down any single signature Bao $3 KFC Korean Fried Chicken Hot Wing $2 Shrimp Toast with Lemongrass Slaw $3

515 Baronne Street NOLA 70113 (504) 529-LUCK (5825)

com — Rock-n-Sake serves traditional Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. There’s a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls or spicy gyoza soup, pan-fried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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

LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY 7 On Fulton — 700 Fulton St., (504) 525-7555; www.7onfulton. com — New Orleans barbecue shrimp features a peppery butter sauce made with blonde ale. Oven-roasted lobster tail is topped with Louisiana crawfish and corn cream sauce and comes with fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Dick & Jenny’s — 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880; www. — The menu combines contemporary Creole dishes and Italian items from Christiano’s pop-up. Pork loin roulade is stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts and served with spinach, stone-ground grits and balsamic-infused pork jus.

Heritage Grill — 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 150, Metairie, (504) 934-4900; — This power lunch spot offers dishes like duck and wild mushroom spring rolls with mirin-soy dipping sauce and panfried crab cakes with corn maque choux and sugar snap peas. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$ Manning’s — 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; — Named for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant’s game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The fish and chips feature black drum crusted in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Ralph’s On The Park — 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www. — Popular dishes include turtle soup finished with sherry, grilled lamb spare ribs and barbecue Gulf shrimp. Tuna two ways includes tuna tartare, seared pepper tuna, avocado and wasabi cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Restaurant R’evolution — 777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www. — Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto present a creative take on Creole dishes as well as offering caviar tastings, house-made salumi, pasta dishes and more. “Death by Gumbo” is an andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail with a roux-based gumbo poured on top tableside. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Sainte Marie — 930 Poydras St., Suite 101, (504) 304-6988; www. — Barbe-

Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455; serves specials such as tabbouleh-stuffed quail topped with date molasses and pistachios and served with kale and carrot-ginger salad. P H OTO BY C HERY L G ERBER cue jerk shrimp are served with coconut rice and mango chow chow. Sam’s Yak A Mein combines braised beef, chicken, shrimp, egg noodles and a soft-boiled egg. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Tomas Bistro — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes like semi-boneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Tommy’s Wine Bar — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790 — Tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of Tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN Attiki Bar & Grill — 230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756 — This restaurant and hookah bar serves an array of Mediterranean dishes. Tomato Buffala features baked tomatoes and mozzarella topped with basil and olive oil. Grilled filet mignon is topped with creamy mushroom sauce and served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$ PAGE 50


Yuki Izakaya — 525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook. com/yukiizakaya — This Japanese tavern combines a selection of small plates, sake, shochu, live music and Japanese kitsch. Dishes include curries, housemade ramen soups, fried chicken and other specialties. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pappardelle is served with pulled duck confit, charred pepper and mustard greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$



Specialty Italian Bistro (2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, 504-391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro. com) serves pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites. P H O TO BY C HERY L G ERBER


Pyramids Cafe — 3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602 — Diners will find Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


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

MUSIC AND FOOD Bombay Club — 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub. com — This elegant French Quarter hideaway is styled like an English manor and is known for its martini menu. Louisiana crab and roasted Creole tomato

fondue is finished with manchego cheese, scallions and grilled crostini. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ The Columns — 3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; — There’s live music in the Victorian Lounge at the Columns. The menu offers such Creole favorites as gumbo and crab cakes and there are cheese plates as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Thu., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Gazebo Cafe — 1018 Decatur St., (504) 525-8899; — The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ House of Blues — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; — Try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. The buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Little Gem Saloon — 445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www. — Little Gem offers creative contemporary and Creole dishes and live jazz. Louisiana black drum is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served with spinach, black-eyed peas and sherry cream. Rabbit and cauliflower gratin is served with apple-cabbage preserves.

Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Market Cafe — 1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; — Dine indoors or out on seafood either fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on poboy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Siberia — 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola. com — The Russki Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, kapusta (spicy cabbage) and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread. Potato and cheese pierogies are served with fried onions and sour cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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

OUT to EAT Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. The Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. There also are salads, burgers and Italian dishes. No reservations. Lunch daily, Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA Marks Twain’s Pizza Landing — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza. com — Disembark at Mark Twain’s for salads, po-boys and pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Mellow Mushroom — 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8827 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www. — The Holy Shiitake pie tops an olive oil and garlic brushed crust with shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, carmelized onions, mozzarella, montamore and Parmesan cheeses and black truffle oil. The Enlightened Spinach salad is topped with dried cherries, apples, candied pecans and feta cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Wit’s Inn — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600 — This Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS Bear’s Poboys at Gennaros — 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-9226 — The roast beef po-boy features beef slow-cooked in house, sliced thin, soaked in gravy and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on toasted Leidenheimer bread. The 10-ounce Bear burger is topped with roast beef debris, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on a toasted brioche seeded bun and served with fries or loaded potato salad. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magazine Po-Boy Shop — 2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of po-boys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. There are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Wilma’s Cheesesteaks — 801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411; www. — Wilma’s specializes in cheese steaks on toasted Dong Phuong bread. The regular cheese steak features thin-sliced rib-eye, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic and melted provolone and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and latenight daily. Credit cards. $

SEAFOOD Acme Oyster House — 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; — The original Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter has served raw oysters for more than a century. The full menu includes char-grilled oysters, cooked seafood dishes and New Orleans staples. The Peace Maker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Chad’s Bistro — 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-9935; — The seafood Napoleon features fried eggplant medallions topped with crabmeat on a bed of angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin sauce. The seafood boat is a bread loaf filled with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish and stuffed shimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri. dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Galley Seafood Restaurant — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dress It — 535 Gravier St., (504) 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. $

Grand Isle — 575 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 520-8530; www. — The Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and caramelized onions. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Killer Poboys — 811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745; www.killerpoboys.

Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant — 910 West Espla-

nade Ave., Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 838-0022; — The menu includes seafood, Italian dishes, fried chicken, poboys, salads and daily specials. Eggplant casserole is stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Red Fish Grill — 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; — Seafood favorites include hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$




STEAKHOUSE Austin’s Seafood and Steakhouse — 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; — Austin’s serves prime steaks, chops and seafood. Veal Austin features paneed veal topped with Swiss chard, bacon, mushrooms, asparagus, crabmeat and brabant potatoes on the side. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


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TAPAS/SPANISH Mimi’s in the Marigny — 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868 — The decadant Mushroom Manchego Toast is a favorite here. Hot and cold tapas dishes range from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and latenight Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Vega Tapas Cafe — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007; — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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VIETNAMESE Doson Noodle House —135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7283 — Traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlights the menu. The vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$ Pho Tau Bay Restaurant — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, (504) 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Rolls-N-Bowls — 605 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-0519; — This casual Vietnamese eatery serves spring rolls, pho, rice and vermicelli bowls, banh mi, stir fry entrees and bubble tea. The vermicelli bowl features noodles over lettuce, cucumber and carrots; shrimp are optional. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $




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Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza — 4218 Magazine St., (504) 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., (504) 302-1133; www. — There is a wide variety of specialty pies and diners can build their own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. The menu also includes salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

com — At the back of Erin Rose, Killer Poboys offers a short and constantly changing menu of po-boys. The Dark and Stormy features pork shoulder slowly braised with ginger and Old New Orleans Spiced Rum and is dressed with house-made garlic mayo and lime cabbage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $





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but the rents were still cheap, so there’d be some edgy art gallery or hip dance clubs — little oases in this rather depressing landscape. “I lived in the West Village and didn’t go there that often. But I saw a friend perform in this little art gallery/performance space/bar. I was so entranced by this 1920s Berlin atmosphere, that I arranged to put on this little skit there. We did Vampire Lesbians. … We got so much publicity. We had zero budget. New York magazine, People magazine were doing articles on this crazy performance art scene on the Lower East Side and we had such crazy titles that we were always included as the punch line. Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium.” Busch’s biggest commercial success was the Broadway hit The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which opened off-Broadway in 2000 and moved to a Broadway theater for nearly 800 performances. He didn’t appear in the show, but it was based on a Medealike/raging-New Yorker drag character he created: Miriam Passman. (A new Miriam Passman piece will be in the show at Cafe Istanbul.) Other projects didn’t work out as well. Busch was hired to write the script for Taboo, a musical Boy George created about his life and music (which was financed by Rosie O’Donnell). The experience dovetailed with one of Busch’s own obsessions. “I watch reality competition shows,” he says. “I have not missed a single episode of Survivor in 22 seasons or whatever it is. Years ago when I was in therapy, I used to discuss it with the therapist. It’s an incredible metaphor for group interaction. (Taboo) was like Survivor. They’re firing people. It’s like, ‘We’re going to tribal council,’ and kicking someone off the island.” This is Busch’s second trip to New Orleans and his first time performing here. Varla Jean Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson) has worked with Busch in New York and will make a guest appearance in the show. After a performance in Atlanta, Busch returns to

New York Both in cabaret shows and in his plays, Charles to begin rehearsals Busch usually performs in drag. on his next show, The Charles Busch DEC Tribute Artist. 8 p.m. Tuesday He plays a female Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans impersonator Healing Center whose elderly landlord dies. 2372 St. Claude Ave. He tries to (504) 975-0286 impersonate the landlord in order to sell the townhouse and keep the money, but as he develops an attraction to the woman’s niece, he slowly sheds the ruse. “I have to try to woo her (as part of the scam),” Busch says. “But my character finds that the more real he is, the more the niece falls for him. He stops talking in the woman’s British accent, and stops dressing in drag, just throws the wig on. The niece doesn’t notice. She just wants to believe.”



lthough he usually performs in drag (save a recurring role in HBO’s prison drama Oz), Charles Busch would be happy to be labeled a writer/ actor. It’s how he’s made his living since the breakout success of his 1984 show Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Busch accepts that “drag” is a fair and unavoidable term to describe his performances, but don’t call him a drag queen. “Call me a drag legend,” Busch says with a laugh. “I bristle when someone calls me a ‘drag queen.’ If I didn’t feel like there was the slightest edge of patronization in it, I would be more likely to accept it. It’s so wide sweeping.” Busch is not a female impersonator, though some of the characters he has created are based on starlets. He’s not misogynistic and sees his work as feminist (“I have prided myself on being almost a feminist on stage as far as the strength and dignity of the ladies I play,” he says). What he likes is being comfortable in drag, as in two recent cabaret shows he performed at New York’s 54 Below. He’ll draw from both shows for his performance Tuesday at Cafe Istanbul. “I show up looking impossibly glamorous dressed in drag, as beautiful as I can,” Busch says. “But I really am myself. The thing I like about cabaret is that it’s spending an hour with this person. It’s different than being in a play, which is so formalized. I can tell stories about my life and actresses that I’ve worshipped, and I can sing songs from the American songbook. I am not the world’s greatest singer, but I can really act them — interpreting the lyric. I am really quite revealing and try to be as honest as possible.” New Orleanians may recognize some of Busch’s works, especially since they typically have racy titles. In recent years, local companies have produced his plays Psycho Beach Party, Die, Mommie, Die!, and The Divine Sister, an homage to films featuring spirited nuns. Busch starred as Mother Superior in the New York opening of The Divine Sister but was the only character in drag and the show isn’t particularly campy. Outrageous titles and being in the right place at the right time helped Busch greatly. He performed Vampire Lesbians and other shows at a time when New York’s changing Lower East Side neighborhood caught media attention. “I lucked out,” he says. “In 1984 — those six months in 1984: Madonna had come out of the Lower East Side downtown scene. The artist Keith Haring had emerged from that milieu. It was this funky neighborhood that was kind of scary. You walked down the street and you could hear the crunch of crack vials underneath your feet. Many of the buildings were burned out,


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The NOLA Project’s very special holiday pageant. By Will Coviello




OLA Project Artistic Director A Very Merry Unauthorized DEC A.J. Allegra didn’t have to Children’s Scientology Pageant tell his young cast who Tom 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. Cruise and John Travolta are, but they weren’t familiar with Kirstie Alley. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 “I had to explain Cheers to them,” Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; Allegra says. “We added a sound cue from the Cheers’ intro to or the show.” Alley’s stint on the sitcom Cheers ended in 1993 — at least seven years before any of the young actors were born. They also didn’t know anything about L. Ron Hubbard, but in the play, they all gleefully identify him as: “Teacher, author, explorer, atomic physicist, nautical engineer, choreographer, horticulturist and father of Scientology!” A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant is a musical holiday nativity for Scientology and its founder. There is an improvised manger as well as dancing and cheery music. The actors, all between the ages of 9 and 13, breathlessly extol the virtues of Scientology and glorify the life of Hubbard, detailing his birth in Nebraska, search for knowledge in college and traveling the world, his exploits in the military and his writing. The pageant also includes Scientologist celebrities. Kids play Travolta, Cruise and Alley. They also chronicle Hubbard’s founding of the Church of Scientology and his response to critics. When a busy and terse New Yorker questions the fees paid by members of the church, a smiling young Hubbard grandly replies that knowledge is “priceless.” The script is meant to be played straightforwardly. Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) came up with the concept, and much of Kyle Jarrow’s text comes from Hubbard’s writings and church literature. That original source material didn’t stop the Church of Scientology from objecting to the 2003 New York premiere, and the producers’ lawyers advised them to add the word “Unauthorized” to the title. The NOLA Project likes to put on an offbeat holiday show, such as David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries, which Allegra has performed as a one-man show. This production is different because it’s the first one that features none of the company’s actors. Allegra and company member Natalie Boyd are directing the show. The NOLA Project put out an audition notice in summer and talked to parents about the content of the show. When it was cast, Allegra talked to the kids about the play. “I told them people might laugh at some of the material that doesn’t seem funny,” he says. As they worked on the show, some cast members wanted the group to visit the local Scientology church, but Allegra hasn’t taken them on a field trip. By design, the tone of the show is upbeat and takes advantage of the young cast’s exuberance. Allegra notes that there’s an exploitative air to that appropriated sense of wonder, but it’s the same tone featured in many children’s plays and holiday shows. The pageant is unconventional, fitting the NOLA Project’s hope for every production. “We always want to do ‘the show you have to see to believe,’” Allegra says.














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TUESDAY 3 Banks Street Bar — Tony Holiday & the Velvetones, 9 Bullet’s Sports Bar — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7:30 Chickie Wah Wah — Jon Cleary, 8; Nigel Hall Band, 10 Columns Hotel — John Rankin, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Treme Brass Band, 9 Hard Rock Cafe — William Funk, 9

Maple Leaf Bar — Rebirth Brass Band, 11 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall-Stars feat. Shannon Powell, 8 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 6; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 10 St. Louis Cathedral — Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 6 Tropical Isle Original — Way Too Early, 1

WEDNESDAY 4 Banks Street Bar — Major Bacon, 10

Columns Hotel — Andy Rogers, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Tin Men, 7; Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, 10 Hard Rock Cafe — Jamie Lynn Vessels, 4 House of Blues — Jet Lounge, 11 House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Domenic, 6 Howlin’ Wolf Den — Levee Daze, 9

Little Gem Saloon — Magnitude, 10

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Maple Leaf Bar — Eddie Roberts, Jermal Watson, Khris Royal & James Singleton, 10 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Roosevelt Hotel — Robin Barnes, 5:30 Rusty Nail — Jenn Howard, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy, 4; The Orleans 6, 6; St. Louis Slim & the Frenchmen Street Jug Band, 10 St. Louis Cathedral — Zion Harmonizers, 6

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 and 9

Yuki Izakaya — Kanako Fuwa’s Moshi Moshi feat. Detroit Brooks, 8

Cafe Negril — Gettin’ It, 7; Sam Cammarata & Dominick Grillo, 7:30; Another Day in Paradise, 9:30


Chickie Wah Wah — Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott, 8; Howlin’ Brothers, 10

Bayou Beer Garden — Benny Turner, 8

Circle Bar — Angel Olsen,


Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — NOJO Jam, 8

Banks Street Bar — Kyndra Joi & Soul Theory, 9



Angel Olsen

On 2012’s ear-opening Half Way Home Angel Olsen DEC (Bathetic) — her first LP after years of 10 p.m. Wednesday bonny, princely guise-hiding with PalCircle Bar ace brother Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly’s Cairo Gang — Angel Olsen an1032 St. Charles Ave. nounces herself with a formalist book (504) 588-2616 of country/folk charms and a shadowy palette that makes Roy Orbison sound www.circlebarlike the life of the party. “Where is my harmony?/ Where is my friend?” she weeps on finishing touch “Tiniest Seed,” her woolly voice unraveling in its upper register like a thatch of frayed E strings. “I wish you were here with me, but you’re too far away/ Standing beside me now with nothing to say.” Only the lonely know the way Olsen feels: that physical separation is far from the hardest kind; that sometimes the widest gulf is none at all. “Forgiven/ Forgotten,” the first single off her forthcoming Jagjaguwar debut, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, processes at first as an unbroken thought, Olsen singing, “If there’s one thing I fear, it’s knowing you’re around/ So close but not near/ So close, oh, but not with me here.” Except here, everything else has changed: the unplugged isolation replaced by electric reflection, the supreme release of “Free” (“Where is the one who holds me tight?/ Can only reach him in my mind”) squared with the hardened reality of “Lonely Universe” (“This time of year the nights fall longer/ So grow a spine or catch a cold”). Dominique LeJeune and Silo Homes open. Tickets $10. — NOAH BONAPARTE PAIS






Kerry Irish Pub — Jason Bishop, 9

Dominique LeJeune, Silo Holmes, 10

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 8 PAGE 58



Bullet’s Sports Bar — Neisha Ruffins, 7:30 Cafe Negril — Soul Project NOLA, 9 Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — George French Quartet, 8:30 Circle Bar — Jerry Giddens, 10 Columns Hotel — Kristina Morales, 8

Circle Bar — England in 1819, 10 Club Silhouette — Asheson, 9:30

Circle Bar — Diarrhea Planet, Yelephants, Bones, 10

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Columns Hotel — Ted Long, 6

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 5:30

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

Euclid Records — Max Bernardi, 5

d.b.a. — Jon Cleary, 7; Otra, 10

d.b.a. — Hot Club of New Orleans, 6; Rebirth Brass Band, 10

d.b.a. — John Boutte, 8

Hard Rock Cafe — Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, 9

Harrah’s Casino (Harrah’s Theatre) — Taylor Hicks, 8

Freret Street Publiq House — NOLA Polar Express CASA New Orleans Benefit feat. The Fake Carls, The Scorseses, The Quintessential Octopus, The Wooden Wings, Zach Lund, 8

Harrah’s Casino (Harrah’s Theatre) — Taylor Hicks, 8

Hermes Bar — Shannon Powell, 9:30

Harrah’s Casino (Harrah’s Theatre) — Taylor Hicks, 8

House of Blues (The Parish) — Super Water Sympathy, Unlikely Candidates, Downright, 8

Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — Deadeye Dick feat. Paul Sanchez, 9

Hermes Bar — Seth Walker, 9:30

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

Howlin’ Wolf Den — Tony Holiday, 9

House of Blues — The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, Volumes, Texas in July, 5

Little Gem Saloon — Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Quartet, 9

House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Cody Blaine, 1

Maple Leaf Bar — Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 10:30

Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — Evacuteer’s Fifth Annual Bye Bye Hurricane Season Party feat. Essentials, Ricky B and Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, 8

Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich & Friends, 11 New Orleans Arena — Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, 7 Oak — Keith Burnstein, 9 Ogden Museum of Southern Art — Roman Street, 6


Chickie Wah Wah — Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent feat. Cindy Cashdollar, 8

Chickie Wah Wah — Butch Hancock & Jimmy Dale Gilmore, 10

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Little Gem Saloon — Philip Manuel, 8:30


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

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

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

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Roosevelt Hotel — Ingrid Lucia, 5:30

DMac’s — Vincent Marini, 7

Oak — Tom Leggett, 9 Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5 One Eyed Jacks — Sweet Crude, Big History, Luxley, 9 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Washboard Chaz Trio, 6; Cottonmouth Kings, 10

Howlin’ Wolf Den — Reverend Red, Idlewild String Band, 9 Hurricanes Sports Bar — Toys for Tots Benefit feat. 90 to Nothing, 9

The Roosevelt Hotel Bar — Kirk Duplantis Trio, 9

St. Roch Tavern — James Jordan & the Lonely Nights Band, 8

Spice Bar & Grill — Stooges Brass Band, 9

Tipitina’s — Anders Osborne’s Holiday Spectacular, 10

Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy & the Oopsie Daisies, 4; Miss Sophie Lee, 6; Jumbo Shrimp, 10

Little Gem Saloon — Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, 9

Treasure Chest Casino — Harvey Jesus & Fire, 7

Maple Leaf Bar — South Memphis String Band feat. Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, jimbo Mathis, 10:30

St. Louis Cathedral — Harmonouche, 6 Three Muses — Tom McDermott, 5 Vaso — Tonya Boyd-Cannon, 10 Vaughan’s — Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, 9 Yuki Izakaya — Norbert Slama, 8; Black Pearl, 11

FRIDAY 6 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9 Banks Street Bar — Ron Hotstream & the F-Holes feat. Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, 9 Bayou Beer Garden — Angelina, 9 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 9 Bullet’s Sports Bar — Guitar

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


Le Bon Temps Roule — Johnny No, 11

New Orleans Arena — John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, 7 Oak — Sunpie, 9

21st Amendment — Chance Bushman, Adam Arredondo, Russell Ramirez, Joseph Faison, 8

Ritz-Carlton — Catherine Anderson, 1

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

Spotted Cat — Antoine Diel & the N.O. Misfit Power, 2; Panorama Jazz Band, 6; Davis Rogan Band, 10

Banks Street Bar — Isla NOLA, 9 Bayou Beer Garden — Chris Boone, 9 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 and 9

Saenger Theatre — Bonnie Raitt, 8

Tipitina’s — Anders Osborne’s Holiday Spectacular, 10 UNO Lakefront Arena — Jaheim, Chrisette Michele, 8

Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 8

Yuki Izakaya — Norbert Slama, 8; Montegut, 11

Cafe Negril — Jamey St. Pierre & the Honeycreepers, 7


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

Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like It Hot, 11 a.m.


Columns Hotel — Chip Wilson, 11 a.m. Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

John Mayer performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the New Orleans Arena.

d.b.a. — Palmetto Bug Stompers, 6 DMac’s — Michael Pearce, 11 a.m; Walter “Wolfman” Washington, 6

Howlin’ Wolf Den — Hot 8 Brass Band, 9 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Tyler’s Revisited feat. Germain Bazzle, 8 Little Gem Saloon — Lagniappe Brass Band, 10:30 Maple Leaf Bar — Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste, 10 Spotted Cat — Rights of Swing, 3; Ben Polcer & the Grinders, 6; Pat Casey & the New Sounds, 10 Three Muses — Raphael & Norbert, 5:30

MONDAY 9 Banks Street Bar — South Jones, 8 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10 BMC — Lil’ Red & Big Bad, 6 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7 Chickie Wah Wah — Alexis & the Samurai, 8 Columns Hotel — David Doucet, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse —

d.b.a. — Luke Winslow King, 7; Glen David Andrews, 10 Dmac’s Bar & Grill — Danny Alexander, 8 Hard Rock Cafe — Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, 9 Hi-Ho Lounge — Bluegrass Pickin’ Party, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Treme Brass Band, 8 Maple Leaf Bar — Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 9 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Living Legends feat. Maynard Chatters, 8 The Roosevelt Hotel Bar — Jazz Factory Night with the James Partridge Septet, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Charmaine Neville & Friends, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy & the Oopsie Daisies, 4; Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street All-Stars, 6; Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers, 10 St. Louis Cathedral — Roots of Music, 6 Yuki Izakaya — Miki Fujii & Friends, 8

CLASSICAL/CONCERTS Africa to Armstrong. Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.,

(504) 568-6993; www.crt. — Troi Bechet and Tim Green of Africa Bass explore New Orleans jazz, brass band and gospel music, beginning with its African origins. Visit for details and tickets. Tickets $20. 8 p.m. Saturday. Le Petit Noel: Jazz Tribute to the Holidays. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2081; — NOLA Art House Music, NolaVie and Tableau present a holiday jazz concert followed by a reception. Wanda Rouzan, Carmen Barika and Philip Manuel perform. Tickets $30. 8 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Bank Christmas. Xavier University Convocation Center, 1 Drexel Dr, (504) 6693074; — Irvin Mayfield, Stephanie Jordan and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra perform Christmas songs with school and church choirs. There’s caroling before the concert. Tickets $15. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. New Orleans Black Chorale Christmas Concert. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., (504) 522-0276; — The New Orleans Black Chorale hosts its annual Christmas concert. 5 p.m. Free admission. Saturday.


House of Blues — Gospel Brunch, 10 a.m.

New Orleans Streetbeat, 6





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NOW SHOWING 12 Years a Slave (R) — The locally filmed movie adaptation of Solomon Northup’s slave narrative tells the story of a free New Yorker being kidnapped and sold into slavery. Canal Place, Elmwood, Grand, Westbank


The Best Man Holiday (R) — Malcolm D. Lee’s holiday-themed sequel to the 1999 classic black romantic comedy The Best Man is about college friends reuniting after 15 years, rekindling romance and reigniting rivalries. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank


Beyond All Boundaries (NR) — The museum screens a 4-D film, bringing audiences into battle using archival footage and special effects. World War II Museum Black Nativity (PG) — A street-savvy teen who lives with his single mother (Jennifer Hudson) stays with far removed family (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) for Christmas in director Kasi Lemmons’ film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank The Book Thief (PG-13) — The book-turned-film features a young girl who is steals books to share with others and is sent to live with a foster family at a Jewish safe house in Germany during World War II. Canal Place, Elmwood, Regal The Christmas Candle (PG) — The film adapts Max Lucado’s book about an English legend of an angel who visits a village candlemaker every 25 years. Westbank Dallas Buyers Club (R) — Based on true events, this movie tells the story of a Texas electrician (Matthew McConaughey) who, after being

diagnosed with HIV, makes a buyers club where fellow HIV-positive people could buy alternative treatments. Canal Place, Elmwood Delivery Man (PG-13) — A once-frequent sperm donor (Vince Vaughn) learns that not only has he fathered 533 children in the past 20 years, but 142 of them are filing a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank Free Birds (PG) — Two turkeys must put aside their differences to travel back in time and remove themselves from Thanksgiving menus. Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank Frozen (PG) — The Disney animated movie tells the tale of what happens when a prophecy traps a kingdom in a never-ending winter. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank Gravity (PG-13) — Marooned in space following a disaster, a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) combine forces for survival. Elmwood Great White Shark 3D (NR) — Shark encounters are shared in the documentary. Entergy IMAX Homefront (R) — Jason Statham, James Franco and Winona Ryder star in this action-thriller about a former DEA agent and the local meth kingpin who hates him. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) — Francis Lawrence directs the second movie in the Hunger Games series featuring Katniss and Peeta becoming targets of the Capitol following their hubbub-sparking victory. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Prytania, Regal, Westbank

Hurricane On The Bayou (NR) — The film tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact that Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands has on hurricane protection. Entergy IMAX Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) — An octogenarian and his 8-year-old grandson go across the states secretly filming the public’s reactions to their antics, which include tipping caskets at funerals and doing pole dancing routines at girls’ beauty pageants. Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank Last Vegas (PG-13) — A trio of men in their 60s throw a Vegas-style bachelor party for their notoriously single friend (Michael Douglas) who finally proposes to his girlfriend who is half his age. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank Oldboy (R) — In Spike Lee’s latest joint, an ad rep seeks revenge after having been kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years. Canal Place, Elmwood, Westbank Penguins 3D (NR) — A king penguin returns to his native land in the sub-Antarctic to find a mate. Entergy IMAX Philomena (PG-13) — A journalist grows deeply vested in the true story of a woman whose son was taken away after she was forced to live in a convent while pregnant. Canal Place, Elmwood Santa v. Snowman 3D (G) — A lonely snowman discovers Santa’s Workshop but gets caught. Entergy IMAX Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) — In the sequel to 2011’s Thor, the title character (Chris Hemsworth) embarks upon his most challenging journey yet. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Grand, Regal, Westbank

OPENING FRIDAY I Am Divine (NR) — Jeffrey Schwarz’ documentary tells the story of how Divine became John Waters’ star actress and a drag icon. Chalmette Out of the Furnace (R) — When a steel mill worker (Christian Bale) vanishes and law enforcement isn’t doing enough to find him, his brother (Casey Affleck) takes matters into his own hands. Westbank

SPECIAL SCREENINGS 12 Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (NR) — Gordon Parks’ 1984 made-for-television film was the first on-screen presentation of the story of Solomon Northup. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Monday, Zeitgiest



Philomena (PG-13) Directed by Stephen Frears Starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, Limited release



It’s safe to say Philomena is not the movie the embattled Catholic Church was hoping to see this holiday season. Directed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons) Philomena is based on the true story of Philomena Lee, a survivor of what has come to be known as the Magdalene laundries. In a system supported by the Irish government, some 10,000 “fallen” young women — mostly pregnant and unmarried — were sent to convents between 1922 and 1996 where they were deprived of their rights and subjected to forced labor. Many remained in the laundries for years against their will and had their children taken away and sold to wealthy American families. It was not until early 2013 that the Irish government finally issued a formal apology for the atrocities, and last summer it agreed to pay $45 million to the estimated 770 laundry survivors who are still alive and had conducted a decade-long campaign for reparations. British journalist Martin Sixsmith’s best–selling 2009 book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee may have provided some inspiration for that apology. An article Sixsmith wrote for The Guardian recounting his experiences helping Lee discover the truth about her son — published with the unforgettable headline “The Catholic Church Sold My Child” — caught the eye of British actor and comedian Steve Coogan, who bought the rights to Sixsmith’s book and went on to co-write, co-produce and star in Philomena. That genesis led Coogan and Frears down the unusual path of creating a film not only about Lee’s personal story but also spotlighting Sixsmith’s behind-the-scenes journalistic role in unraveling a mystery, which is not a part of his book. The surprising result is a first-rate holiday movie about forgiveness that’s entertaining and substantial enough for gatherings of disparate people with inevitably wide-ranging tastes. What else happens at the holidays? Part road movie and part odd-couple buddy film, Philomena is mainly about having someone live solely in your imagination for 50 years only to experience that person becoming real. It’s an extraordinary and moving story that’s easily relatable. Judi Dench is perfectly cast in the title role, and her devout yet feisty Philomena is instantly recognizable from daily life and believable in her journey. Stretching admirably in a fairly serious role as Sixsmith, Coogan adds just enough humor to lighten the subject matter without trivializing it. He comes across as a man on a mission with a significant story to tell. Though their nearly opposite temperaments and worldviews sometimes teeter on the brink of caricature, Dench’s and Coogan’s characters generate real chemistry as they embark on a shared quest despite wildly disparate motivations. A wonderfully unflattering portrait of big-time magazine publishing constitutes a small but welcome bonus. Philomena may not be the gritty, hard-hitting expose one might want given the harsh realities of the Magdalene laundries, but the story is full of unexpected twists and turns and its eventual payoff feels earned. — KEN KORMAN




Director Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary I Am Divine profiles Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, who stared in many of filmmaker John Waters’ cult classics. It screens at Chalmette Movies.


American Promise (NR) — Middle-class black parents document their son and his best friend through their matriculation at Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School. 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Zeitgiest Approved for Adoption (NR) — Korean director Jung Henin animates his childhood memoir. 6 p.m. Tuesday-Monday, Zeitgeist Big Sur (NR) — Josh Lucas stars in a film based on a Jack Kerouac novel. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Zeitgeist Cabaret (PG) — Liza Minnelli stars in Bob Fosse’s 1972 musical about a cabaret performer in Berlin. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Prytania The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) — The screening of the cult musical classic starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon is BYOB. Midnight Friday-Saturday, Prytania In the Name Of (NR) — In this Polish gay film, a Catholic priest struggles to resist the temptation of a young paris-

honer. 9:15 p.m. Tuesday-Monday, Zeitgeist It’s a Wonderful Life (NR) — James Stewart and Donna Reed star in the 1946 Christmas classic about a man who wishes he’d never been born. The outdoor screening is free and there are refreshments. 6 p.m. Wednesday, W French Quarter Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (R) — Quentin Tarantino’s action film about a woman who awakens from a coma on a mission to kill is presented on 35 mm film. 10 p.m. Sunday, Prytania What’s in a Name (NR) — Gathr hosts a screening of a comedy about a French family who names their son Adolph. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Zeitgiest You Will be my Son (R) — The owner of an affluent vineyard and his son work together. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Friday-Monday, Chalmette The Theatres at Canal Place, The Shops at Canal Place, 333

Canal St., (504) 363-1117; www.; Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 304-9992; www.chalmettemovies,com; AMC Clearview Palace 12, Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-1257;; AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, (504) 733-2029;; Entergy IMAX Theatre, 1 Canal St., (504) 5814629; www.auduboninstitute. org; The Grand 16 Slidell, 1950 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 641-1889;; Regal Covington Stadium 14, 69348 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 871-7787; www.; W French Quarter, 316 Chartres St., (504) 581-1200; www.wfrenchquarter. com; AMC Westbank Palace 16, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 263-2298; www.; Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 827-5858; www.


LISTINGS — Etchings, engravings and woodcuts by Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Durer. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.



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OPENINGS Ariodante Gallery. 535 Julia St., (504) 524-3233; www. — Group craft exhibition. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Arthur Roger Gallery. 432 Julia St., (504) 522-1999; — “Chromaccumulations,” minimalist art by Pard Morrison. “Still Life / Nightscape,” exhibition of object scans on dye-infused aluminum by Kate Blacklock. “Threadbare,” collection of photography by David Halliday. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Carol Robinson Gallery. 840 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-6130; www.carolrobinsongallery. com — “Annual Christmas Exhibition,” group painting exhibition. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Cole Pratt Gallery. 3800 Magazine St., (504) 891-6789; www. — “Liasons,” black and white images of Paris by Wallace Merritt. “Rising Tides,” monotytpe prints by Marie Bukowski. Artists’ reception 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Earth & Fire Studio. 724 Adams St., (504) 234-1080; — Amanda Mundee, Glady Reinecke, Julie Woolfolk, Maite Vail, Cathy Stier, Susan Bergman, Courtney Kappes, Joana M. Roger, Tom Vial, Jean Jens, Gene Goldring, Liz Williams and Marlyn Flannery sell their new work at a holiday studio sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art. 600 Julia St., (504) 895-7375; — “Waterways of Louisiana,” group painting exhibition. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Lemieux Galleries. 332 Julia St., (504) 522-5988; www. — “Footnotes,” digital photography by Leslie Elliottsmith. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Octavia Art Gallery. 454 Julia St., (504) 309-4249; www. — “The Art of Empathy,” photography by E2 (Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien). “Close to Home,” photography by Tina Freeman. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Sibley Gallery. 3427 Magazine St., (504) 899-8182; — “Haute Lumiere,” group photography exhibition. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Soren Christensen Gallery. 400 Julia St., (504) 569-9501; — “The In-Between,” conceptual photography by Brooke Shaden. “Witness,” mixed media abstract art by Gretchen Weller Howard. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Studio Inferno. 3000 Royal St., (504) 945-1878; www.facebook. com/infernonola — Open Studio with blown glass, cast glass, glass blowing, ceramics, encaustics, paintings, prints, jewelry and more from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Ten Gallery. 4432 Magazine St., (504) 333-1414; www.facebook. com/NOLAartsalon — “Facade,” large scale mixed media on paper by Sarah Wiseman. “Grotesquerie,” paintings, sculptures and prints by Matthew Kirscht and Michael Bonfiglio. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Windsor Fine Art. 221 Royal St., (504) 586-0202; www.wind-

Academy Gallery. 5256 Magazine St., (504) 899-8111; — “The 2013 Annual Miniature Exhibition,” mixed media group exhibition, through Friday. AKG Presents the Art of Dr. Seuss. 716 Bienville St., (504) 524-8211; — Works by Dr. Seuss, ongoing. Alex Beard Studio. 712 Royal St., (504) 309-0394; www. — Drawings and paintings by Alex Beard, ongoing. Anton Haardt Gallery. 2858 Magazine St., (504) 309-4249; — “Deep Blues,” Southern folk art group exhibition, ongoing. Barrister’s Gallery. 2331 St. Claude Ave., (504) 525-2767; — “Heads of State,” paintings by Von Hoffacker; “no hiding,” mixed media on board by Aimee Farnet Siegel; both through Sunday. Beneito’s Art. 3618 Magazine St., (504) 891-9170; — Oil paintings by Beneito Bernard, ongoing. Callan Contemporary. 518 Julia St., (504) 525-0518; — “We Thought We Were Drowning But It Was Only Love,” paintings by Margaret Evangeline, through December. Catalyst Gallery of Art. 5207 Magazine St., (504) 220-7756; www.catalystgalleryofart. com — Group exhibition of New Orleans-inspired art, ongoing. Chester Allen’s Oasis of Energy. 221 Dauphine St., (504) 292-8365; www.chesterallen-oasisofenergy.tumblr. com — “Universal Groove,” silversmithing by Chester Allen, ongoing. Courtyard Gallery. 1129 Decatur St., (504) 330-0134; www.woodartandmarketing. com — New Orleans-themed reclaimed wood carvings by Daniel Garcia, ongoing. d.o.c.s. 709 Camp St., (504) 5243936; — “Burn Again,” metal and mixed media sculptures by Adam Farrington, through Thursday. PAGE 65


Boyd | Satellite. 440 Julia St., (504) 581-2440; — “Celebrity,” photographs of celebrities and entertainers by Steven Forster. Artist’s reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. 400 Julia St., (504) 522-5471; www. — “circa: now,” photography, video and mixed media art by Generic Art Solutions. “Fallen Animals,” photography by Marcus Kenney. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

A Gallery For Fine Photography. 241 Chartres St., (504) 568-1313; — “Beyond Thought: Homage to Clarice Lispector,” photogravures by Josephine Sacabo, through December. Photographs and photo books from all eras by various photographers, ongoing.









America Du Mois Gallery. 4609 Freret St., (504) 818-6032; — “art*,” painting on canvas and board and photography by Brian McCormick and Amy McKinnon, through Dec, 21. East Bank Regional Library. 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; — “Blue,” cyanotype images by M. Kucera, through Dec. 27 The Foundation Gallery. 608 Julia St., (504) 568-0955; www. — “Stacks,” art by Julian Wellisz, through Wednesday. Gallery Burguieres. 736 Royal St., (504) 301-1119; — Mixed media by Ally Burguieres, ongoing. The Garden District Gallery. 1332 Washington Ave., (504) 891-3032; www.gardendistrictgallery. com — “The Calligraphy of Trees,” mixed media group exhibition, through Sunday. Good Children Gallery. 4037 St. Claude Ave., (504) 616-7427; www. — “The Solar Anus,” mixed media group exhibition curated by Nina Schwanse through Sunday. Graphite Galleries. 936 Royal St., (504) 565-3739; — Group mixed media exhibition, ongoing.

J & S Gallery. 3801 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 952-9163 — Wood carvings and paintings by local artists, ongoing. La Madama Bazarre. 1007 St. Mary St., (504) 236-5076; www. — Group exhibition celebrating the whimsical and weird side of Louisiana, ongoing.

Lemieux Galleries. 332 Julia St., (504) 522-5988; — “Spiritus Sanctus,” watercolor and colored pencil on paper about spirituality by Mary Lee Eggart, through Dec. 28. M. Francis Gallery. 1938 Burgundy St., (504) 931-1915; — Acrylic on canvas by Myesha, ongoing. Martin Lawrence Gallery New Orleans. 433 Royal St., (504) 299-9055; www.martinlawrence. com — Mark Kostabi exhibition, through Dec. 15. Melissa Bonin Gallery. 3714 Magazine St., (337) 380-6927; www. — Photographs by Herman Mhire, through Dec. 15. Michalopoulos Gallery. 617 Bienville St., (504) 558-0505; www. — “Down and Dirty,” paintings by James Michalopoulos, ongoing. Morrison. 1507 Magazine St., (504) 451-3303; — Sculpture and drawings by Thomas Randolph Morrison, ongoing. New Orleans Photo Alliance. 1111 St. Mary St., (504) 610-4899; — “From the Sea,” Deb Schwedhelm’s PhotoNOLA Review Prize-winning underwater photography exhibition, through Jan. 19. New Orleans Public Library, Rosa Keller Branch. 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2675; www. — “Inquisitive Minds, Artistic Answers,” Women’s Caucus for Art of Louisiana member exhibit, through Jan. 11. Newcomb Art Gallery. Woldenberg Art Center, (504) 314-2406; www.newcombartgallery.tulane. edu — “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in nearly 30 years, through March 9. Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Second PAGE 67


Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery. Delgado Community College, Isaac Delgado Hall, Third floor, 615 City Park Ave., (504) 361-6620; art-gallery — “Fettle and Tender,” alumni invitational show, through Thursday.

During President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address, he emphatically stated he had “no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I have no inclination to do so.” Honest Abe, faced with a budding rebellion by the slave states, was being diplomatic. We all know how that turned America: Sculpture inout. In his memory, Will Ryman (minimalist maestro Robert Ryman’s stallation by Will Ryman 43-year-old son) created America, a life-size gold resin replica of Ongoing Lincoln’s log cabin childhood home. Acquired for the New Orleans Museum of Art by local art godfather Sydney Besthoff, it features New Orleans Museum an interior where every surface is covered with neatly if obsesof Art, City Park sively ordered objects that arguably symbolize America’s amazing 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle history, ranging from corn and coal to iPads. Everything is real, and (504) 658-4100 everything except the coal is finished in the same gold resin. A late bloomer, Will Ryman has been something of a dabbler, but in his most recent works he seems have to found his voice — and in this installation it is powerful. In recent decades, the contemporary art world has been obsessed with irony, but irony that is clinical and lacking in emotional impact is impotent. No such problem arises here. Seemingly anticipating Pope Francis’ recent critique of oligarchical capitalism, Ryman’s deft interweaving of bullets, Native American arrowheads and slave chains with railroad spikes, spark plugs, pills, pull tabs, candy and consumer electronics paints a picture of progress that came at a price. Their arrangement, reminiscent of Louise Nevelson’s obsessive monochromatic taxonomies of found objects, is initially seductive — a metaphor for the Old World view of America as a gleaming land of gold — but the details are chilling. Sweatshops that now produce our clothes and electronic gadgets in remote spots are modern versions of the exploited slaves and immigrants who built America, and if some complain that such critiques are insufficiently patriotic, emotionally healthy nations, like sane individuals, understand that acknowledging our history is how we grow and become wiser as a people. In that sense, Ryman’s America is profoundly patriotic. — D. ERIC BOOKHARDT





floor, (504) 523-7945; www. — Contemporary crafts by Sean Dixson, Cathy Cooper-Stratton, Margo Manning and Nellrea Simpson and others, ongoing. Scott Edwards Photography Gallery. 2109 Decatur St., (504) 610-0581; www. — Photography of Jacko Vassilev, through Saturday. Second Story Gallery. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 710-4506; — “Shuffle,” group photography exhibition, through Saturday. Sheila Phipps Studio & Gallery. 8237 Oak St., (504) 5966031 — Oil and acrylic portraits and abstracts, ongoing. St. Tammany Art Association. 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-8650; www. — “Put Your Best Square Foot Forward,” mixed media group exhibition, through Saturday. Staple Goods. 1340 St. Roch Ave., (504) 908-7331; www. — “Attachments,” small-scale

oil paintings and gouache/ graphite drawings by Kathy Rodriguez, through Sunday. UNO-St. Claude Gallery. 2429 St. Claude Ave., (504) 280-6493; edu — “Objects in Mirrors,” group photography exhibition, through Dec. 15. Vieux Carre Gallery. 507 St. Ann St., (504) 522-2900; www. — “French Quarter Scenes,” paintings by Sarah Stiehl, through Jan. 1. Whisnant Galleries. 343 Royal St., (504) 524-9766; www. — Ethnic, religious and antique art, sculpture, textile and porcelain, ongoing.

SPARE SPACES Bonjour Lingerie. 4214 Magazine St., (504) 309-8014; www. — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing. The Country Club. 634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; — “All Amzie All the Time,” group exhibition of art celebrating Amzie Adams, ongoing.

Hey! Cafe. 4332 Magazine St., (504) 891-8682; www.heycafe. biz — Cartoons from Feast Yer Eyes magazine, ongoing. La Divina Gelateria. 621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www. — Art and photographs by Thom Bennett, Mary Moring and Rita Posselt, ongoing. Old Florida Project. between Florida Avenue, Mazant Street, Gallier Street and North Dorgenois Street — #ProjectBe features tributes, remembrances and social statements spray painted in the long blighted Florida project by local artist and Gambit 40 Under 40 honoree Brandan “B-Mike” Odums, ongoing. Top Drawer Antiques. 4310 Magazine St., (504) 897-1004; — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing.

MUSEUMS Ashe Cultural Arts Center. 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; — “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present,” National Museum of Mexican

Art pieces about the contributions of Africans to Mexican culture, through Feb. 28. Contemporary Arts Center. 900 Camp St., (504) 528-3800; — “Unfolding Images,” group exhibition celebrating the printed image in book form, through Dec. 29. “Water,” large-scale aerial photographs by Edward Burtynsky, through Jan. 19. “Cinema Reset,” video group exhibition, through Feb. 2. “SubMERGE,” art by Lee Deigaard, through Feb. 20. Historic New Orleans Collection. 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; — “Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War,” collection of items conveying New Orleanians’ feelings during the Civil War, through March 9. “Civil War Battlefields and National Parks,” photography by A. J. Meek, through April 5.

Cabildo. 701 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “Images and Instruments: Medical History,” artifacts and images of 19th and 20th century medical eqipment, ongoing. Louisiana State Museum Presbytere. 751 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “They Call Me Baby Doll: A Carnival Tradition,” an exhibit about the Baby Dolls, and other black women’s Carnival groups, through January. “It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; both ongoing. Madame John’s Legacy. 632 Dumaine St., (504) 568-6968; — “The Palm, the Pine and the Cypress: Newcomb College Pottery of New Orleans,” ongoing.

Longue Vue House and Gardens. 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue. com — “A Year and One Day,” sculpture by Andy Behrle, through Dec. 20.

National World War II Museum. 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; — “We Can... We Will...We Must!,” allied propaganda posters of WWII, through Feb. 16.

Louisiana State Museum

New Orleans Museum of Art.

City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; — “The Making of an Argument,” photography by Gordon Parks, through Jan. 5. “Photography at NOMA,” group photography exhibition, through Jan. 19. “Cities of Ys,” art by Camille Henrot, through Feb. 23. Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 925 Camp St., (504) 5399600; — “Into the Light,” photographs by various artists, through Jan. 5. Works by Walter Inglis Anderson from the museum’s permanent collection; an exhibition of southern regionalists from the museum’s permanent collection; paintings by Will Henry Stevens; all ongoing. Old U.S. Mint. 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www. — “Visions of Excellence,” group exhibition of award-winning photojournalism from around the world, through Feb. 28. The Saratoga. 212 Loyola Ave.; — “Moviehouse NOLA,” multimedia exhibition about historic New Orleans movie theaters, through Feb. 9.






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Annie. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, (504) 461-9475; www. — Kids and adults star in the classic musical about a redheaded curly top orphan named Annie and her canine pal Sandy. Ensemble cast member Madison Kerth played Annie in the Broadway national tour for 18 months. Tickets $39. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Black Nativity. All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-8995; — All Souls Episcopal Church, L9 Center for the Arts, and Tekrema Center for Art and Culture present Langston Hughes’ retelling of the nativity story featuring gospel spirituals. 7 p.m. Monday. Deathtrap. Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., (504) 298-8676; — Frederick Mead directs Ira Levin’s comedic thriller about a down-on-his-luck writer (James Howard Wright), his wife (Margeaux Fanning), a playwright (Adam Stephenson), an attorney (Doug Barden) and a Dutch psychic (Rebecca Meyers). Tickets $15. 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Grenadine McGunkle’s DoubleWide Christmas. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; www.midcitytheatre.

com — Running with Scissors presents a holiday show set in a trailer park. Tickets $25. 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Art Klub, 519 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 943-6565; www.artistinc. org — Promethean Theatre Co. and Four Humours Theater present Eugene O’Neill’s posthumously released play about a family’s trials, tribulations and ultimate destruction. Tickets $25. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; — A.J. Allegra and Natalie Boyd direct a cast of children in a Scientologythemed parody of a kids’ holiday pageant. Tickets $25. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.

BURLESQUE, CABARET & VARIETY Air Sex Championships. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues. com — Finalists from across the country compete in a virtual sex show. Visit www.airsexworld. com for details. Admission $10. 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The Amazing Acro-Cats. AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www. — The


A flower child walked through the audience and offered audience members a toke of a joint. Two people, who I’m not entirely sure knew the joint was fake, took a drag. It helped invoke the Age of Aquarius as the psychedelic setting for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre’s production of the popular musical Hair. The story takes place in the late 1960s when men were getting drafted into military service for the Vietnam War. They protested the draft and grew their hair as a visible sign of rebellion to their parents’ social norms. Hair features a lot of difficult songs and digs into issues of race relations and sexual freedom. There is a large ensemble cast, referred to as a “tribe,” and the production has pulsating choreography. Directed by Troy Poplous, Le Petit’s Hair was triumphant, free of missteps and sometimes elicited claps and cheers mid-song. The show boasted a very talented cast. Berger (Jake Loup) reminded me of Russell Brand in a good way as he hit all his comedic marks. Hud (Matthew Thompson) gave a commanding performance, and Woof (Kyle Aucoin) played a fun, airy character smitten with Mick Jagger. Claude (Kirk Gagnon), who is drafted but does not want to join his friends in burning their draft cards, gave a stirring and memorable performance. Idella Johnson, who played Sheila, brought down the house with her rendition of “Easy to Be Hard.” The choreography was tight, unpredictable and sexy, but the show’s physicality was impressive in other ways as well. There were many high-energy dance numbers and they seemed to get stronger as the show progressed. Most of the cast members had brief breakout moments where they got to shine, spreading the love across the cast. During a song about marijuana, the cast lay massed together, intimately passing a joint, as if they were a single giant organism. The stage was a spectacle acid-trip color splash, with Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon posters in pink, yellow and blue. A four-piece band propelled the show’s rock-and-roll energy. There were a few minor sound issues and some microphone crackling, but most of the performance was smooth and groovy. The show’s final song, which repeated “Let the sun shine in” after a character’s death, was very powerful and received the standing ovation it deserved. Le Petit delivered what should be a good (peace) sign of things to come. — TYLER GILLESPIE

Amazing Acro-Cats, a group of felines trained by Samantha Martin, perform their annual Christmas show. The Rock-Cats play Christmas carol selections including “A Cat in a Manger,” “Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Kittens.” Visit for details. Tickets $18. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Bits & Jiggles. Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855 — The show mixes comedy and burlesque. Free admission. 9 p.m. Monday. Burlesque Ballroom. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; — Trixie Minx stars in the weekly burlesque show featuring the music of Romy Kaye and the Brent Walsh Jazz Trio. Call (504) 553-2331 for details. 11:50 p.m. Friday. The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun. Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 940-1130; www.neworleanshealingcenter. org — John Calhoun’s December show features appearances and performances by John Barry, Josie Arlington, the Honeypots with Lynn Drury, Margie Perez & Monica McIntyre and Tony Frederick. Visit for details. Admission $10. 7 p.m. Wednesday. It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Production. Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood St., Metairie, (504) 522-8014; www.deutscheshaus. org — The New Orleans Voice Talent Foundation presents a benefit production of the Christmas classic, adapted for radio by Tony Palermo with an original score by Johnathan Green. The production benefits local arts organizations and is broadcast live on WGSO 990AM. Tickets $15. 7 p.m. Sunday. PAGE 70






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New Orleans Fringe Festival The New Orleans Fringe Festival featured a stunning array of choices, from comedy and musicals to a puppet history of Storyville and aerialist acts. There were more than 70 shows, and below are some of the highlights and disappointments from those viewed by Gambit. One of the most polished and popular shows was the comedy Cabaret Macabre, presented by Washington D.C.’s Happenstance Theater at the Marigny Opera House. Inspired by Edward Gorey characters, the show featured a string of short vignettes about stuffy and clueless upper-class Victorian socialites, along with a few maids and a butcher with a cleaver and a bloody apron. In the climactic bit, “Dangerous Croquet” (pictured), a slow-motion slapstick battle royale raged as mallets swung and almost always connected with an unintended, unsuspecting target. Perfect comic timing and clever clowning made it a hilarious and flawless show. New York’s Aztec Economy presented a much more gruesome drama about miners trapped in a collapsed West Virginia mine. Much of Butcher Holler Here We Come was performed in the dark in the intimate space at The Mudlark Public Theatre, and the five characters rattled on in mining jargon, keeping audiences guessing about what exactly had gone wrong. As buried resentments surfaced, the intense drama heated up. The piece was well-acted and the darkness and confusion drew the audience into the miners’ world. Montreal’s Krin Haglund is a veteran of Cirque du Soleil and other modern circuses and her show was presented at the Den of Muses — its rafters hung with ribbons and trapeze bars. With those details, audiences may have expected a show full of stunning acrobatic feats. A lead-off aerial piece that was part homage to Black Swan was high-flying, vigorous and impressive. But the show was more of a cabaret act full of gentle clowning. Haglund sang clever and silly songs, including one about the dangers of eating shellfish, and she did a baton act with a baguette. The most fun sequence combined her acrobatic skills and charm when she invited an audience member to share a glass of wine with her, and she held her glass with her toes and drank most of the bottle. At the Mudlark, the Mudlark Puppeteers presented a history of Storyville, focus-

DANCE Pavement. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., (504) 528-3800; www.cacno. org — Kyle Abraham’s show is an investigation of the current state and history of black America. Tickets $35. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

COMEDY Accessible Comedy. Buffa’s Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; — J. Alfred Potter and Jonah Bascle do stand-up shows on a rotating basis. 11:55 p.m. Friday. Comedy Catastrophe. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., (504) 944-0099; www. — Cassidy Henehan hosts the weekly comedy showcase. Free admission. 9 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Gumbeaux. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 522-9653; — Local comedians perform, and amateurs take the stage in the open-mic portion. 8 p.m. Thursday. Friday Night Laughs. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; www. — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts an open-mic. 10 p.m. Friday. Gambit Comedy Night. Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; www. — Joe Cardosi hosts a night of stand-up

comedy by Vincent Zambon, Mickey Henehan, Bob Murrell and JD Sledge. Free admission. 7 p.m. Monday. Give ’Em The Light Open-Mic Comedy Show. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues. com — Leon Blanda hosts the showcase. Sign-up 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tuesday. Johnny Rock. C. Beever’s Bar of Music, 2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-9401; — Comedian Johnny Rock hosts an open-mic comedy night. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Lights Up. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; www.tnmcomedy. com — The theater showcases


new improv troupes. Tickets $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. The Megaphone Show. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; — Each show features a guest sharing favorite true stories, the details of which inspire improv comedy. Tickets $8. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Nick Kroll. The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 272-0865; — The comedian and actor performs a stand-up show. Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m. Saturday. NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic & Showcase. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge. net — Andrew Polk hosts the

open-mic series that features a booked showcase. Free admission. 8 p.m. sign-up, 9 p.m. show. Sunday. One Night Stand. Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3133 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 913-9073; — Chris Champagne, Mike Strecker and Peter Gabb perform stand-up comedy. 8 p.m. Saturday. Sit-Down Stand-Up. Prytania Bar, 3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773; — Jonah Bascle hosts the stand-up comedy show presented by Accessible Comedy. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Monday. Sketch Comedy. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; www. — The Sketchy Characters perform sketch comedy. Visit www. for details. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Think You’re Funny? Comedy Showcase. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., (504) 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation. com — The weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. Sign-up 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Three Charmers Comical Crescent City Christmas. Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 287-4707; www. — Jodi Borello, Becky Allen and Amanda Hebert perform Christmasthemed comedy. Tickets $25. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


ing often on infamous madam Lulu White. Titled Blue Book, which referenced the directories of Storyville prostitutes, the company used a parade of marionettes and rod and shadow puppets to trace the history of sex, race and prostitution from the earliest days of colonial Louisiana to White’s demise after Storyville was officially closed. The narrative was as detailed about laws governing race relations as it was graphic about attractions and services offered in the red light district. The show was candid, fast-paced and often funny. In performance artist John Michael’s solo show John Michael and the Order of the Penix at The Shadowbox Theatre, Michael discoved a lightning-shaped mark on his penis. His piece compared the Harry Potter-world fear of naming Lord Voldermort to the taboo of discussing AIDS. Delivered with frantic comic energy, Michael recounted his sex life using cupcakes and ice cream as metaphors. The show was original and interesting. At the Marigny Opera House, Gayland was a much more straightforward musical invoking an alternate world in which most people are homosexual and “ungays” demand the right to marry. Willow (Brittany Scofield) is engaged to an evangelical lesbian but finds herself attracted to a straight (“wrongosexual”) man named Zack (David Kaplinsky). The singing and original score were very good, especially a song about the mismatching of soup and salad, but the piece stuck to archetypal characters and predictable situations. It needed a few surprises. The aerialist show Icarus featured impressive work by San Franscico’s Rachel Strickland and Meredith Starnes on hoops, rope and a harness rig they created. Both donned a winged costume at times, but it was very hard to discern a storyline. Two shows at the Backyard Ballroom were very straightforward. Emma’s Parlor was a toy theater historical piece about anarchist, labor activist and birth control advocate Emma Goldman. The short, entertaining show offered many memorable snippets from Goldman’s writing and speeches. Aimee Germain’s Keebles Family Cabaret was far less eloquent. A slapstick show about a vaudevillian family led by a mother-daughter duo, it featured ragged song and dance, raunchy innuendos, a couple of burlesque acts and brownies baked on stage. It was very light-hearted and funny but rough around the edges. Philadelphia’s Groundswell Players presented Underground Railroad Game, a drama about two teachers, one black and one white, who try to make Civil War history come to life with a school game. But when they become romantically involved, they find racial history and assumptions affect even their enlightened minds. Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard created and starred in the nuanced and gripping piece. A few shows left much to be desired. Gogol Annex’s Antebellum drew crowds to the Mardi Gras Zone warehouse, where they were expected to stand during the 30-minute piece. The show featured three historic New Orleans characters in a series of solo spotlights: the murderous prostitute Bricktop raged and issued threats; a notorious gambler ate a chicken and bemoaned his losses; and an egotistical opera diva implored people to buy souvenir dolls and sausages. The characters didn’t interact or reveal much else, and overall the piece felt hollow. The Dark Fantastic was an hourlong story told by Martin Dockery at The Shadowbox. His attempt to string together disparate tales of wonder and the search for human connection would have been stronger had it been shorter, and rather than using any performance skills to bring it to life, he sat at a table for the entire hour and rarely varied his tone or went beyond a limited repertoire of hand gestures. Many of the most pleasurable shows were the most daring and unconventional ones. For audiences as well, trying new things often delivers the biggest rewards. — WILL COVIELLO AND TYLER GILLESPIE






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EVENTS TUESDAY 3 Celebration in the Oaks. City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888; — Hundreds of thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful light displays grace 20 acres of City Park’s Botanical Garden, Storyland, Carousel Gardens and 2-mile train route. Beat the line by visiting www. for presale tickets. Tickets $8, train $4, other rides $3, unlimited ride band $17. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 4.

NOLA Food Swap. La Divina Gelateria, 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; — Homemade foods and beverages, such as preserves, bread, pesto, chutney, vinegar, infused alcohols, beer, herbs, vegetables and eggs are swapped. Attendees should bring at least five packaged items to swap. Visit www. for details and ideas. 7 p.m. Disaster Preparedness Symposium. Various locations, check website for details — The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, in conjunction with Jones Walker LLP and local health care providers, presents a series of lectures and seminars on terrorist response, hazmat containment, pandemics, hospital evacuation and more. Visit for details. Through Dec. 6. Figure Drawing Class. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 866-4278; — Call to register for the figure drawing class. Admission $10. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s All About the Music BIke Ride. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, North Rampart and St. Ann streets — As part of NOLA Social Ride, bicyclists cruise around the city, stopping a few times along the way to enjoy free live music. More information is available at nolasocialride. 6 p.m. Miracle on Fulton Street. Fulton Street at Poydras Street near Harrah’s Hotel — Celebrate the holiday season with a faux snowfall from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., pictures with Santa Claus from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., shopping, live entertainment, light shows, a huge decorated tree, dining and holiday treats. Visit for details. Through Jan. 6. Pat O’Brien’s 80th Anniversary. Pat O’Brien’s, 718 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4823; www. — To celebrate 80 years in business, Pat O’Brien’s offers half-price Hurricanes and a commemorative Hurricane glass. Reggae Night. The Other Place, 1224 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 943-7502 — DJ Kush Master spins reggae, there’s food from Coco Hut and there are cultural vendors. Free admission. 8 p.m. Toddler Time. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.

WYES Wine and Coffee Pairing Dinners. Chefs at restaurants in New Orleans, on the Northshore and in Baton Rouge create multi-course dinners using Community Coffee in at least one of their dishes. Bus service is available for an additional $10 per person, and a portion of the proceeds benefit WYES. Visit for menus and reservation instructions. Dinner $85, including tax and tip. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 4 Barbershop Meetings. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; — Peter Nahkid leads the men’s discussion of entrepreneurship, family, love, dreams and more. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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. Lunchbox Lecture. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum. org — The semi-monthly lecture series focuses on an array of World War II-related topics. Call (504) 528-1944 ext. 229 for details. Noon. Pottery and Sculpture Sessions. Freret Clay Center, 2525 Jena St., (504) 919-8050; www. — Potters and sculptors hold three-hour workshops. Materials $20. 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. Project 1399 BIble Study. Thompson United Methodist, 1023 St. Roch Ave., (504) 329-9274 — The Bible study is independent and non-denominational. Visit www. for details. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego — The market offers organic produce, baked goods, jewelry, art, live music and pony rides. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

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Free Environmental Job Training. Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 283-8822; — The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University and the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences offer free job training in hazardous waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation and lead and asbestos abatement. Incentives include stipends, bus tokens (if needed) and lunch. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive job placement assistance. Call (504) 816-4005 to sign up.

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GEAUXgeous ’n Green. Falstaff Apartments & Dorgenois Lofts, 2600 Gravier St., (504) 821-7776; www.thefalstaffapartments. com — Global Green hosts a gala to celebrate the city’s advances in green living. There’s food, wine, cocktails, a green carpet, a DJ, vendors and a silent auction. Eco-conscious, recycled or repurposed glamorous attire is encouraged, and there are awards for the best outfits. Visit www.globalgreen. org for details. Admission $75. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Holidays on Harrison. Lakeview Grocery, 801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; — Student groups perform, Santa visits, there are light refreshments and trolley rides for caroling, there’s a scavenger hunt with $50 gift cards to Mondo, Lakeview Pearl and Pizza Nola, stores have specials and there’s a craft activity. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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


NOLA TimeBanking, DyverseCity Etsy Training. DyverseCity, 3932 Fourth St., (504) 439-4530 — Attendees can set up TimeBank accounts, learn how to run Etsy shops or get computer coaching. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous. Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-3431 — Group members help each other utilize the 12-step method to recover from compulsive eating. For details, contact Sarah at (504) 458-9965. 7 p.m. Sistahs Making a Change. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www. — Women of all levels of expertise are invited to dance, discuss and dine together at this health-centered event. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Toasts and Tails and Jingle Bells. NO Fleas Market, 4228 Magazine St., (504) 324-4727; — There’s a NO Fleas fashion show, a holiday pet costume contest, pet photos with Santa, a raffle and door prizes and refreshments for pets and people. Admission $5. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FRIDAY 6 14th Annual Holiday on the Boulevard. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; — Ashe Cultural Center brings musicians, actors, merchants, dancers and poets together for an indoor festival and Kwanzaa celebration. Free admission. Through Sunday. Friday Nights at NOMA. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; — The four-part weekly event includes an art activity, live music, a film and a food demo. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HOPfest. Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 940-1130; — There’s food, an open bar, a silent auction and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit LSU Interim Hospital’s HIV Outpatient Program (HOP). Tickets $15. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market, 922 Teche St. — Produce, seafood and more are available for purchase. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents Night Out. Bethel Baptist Church, 201 Filmore Ave., (504) 486-4679 — Kids have fun playing games, doing crafts, watching movies and eating snacks while their parents enjoy some free time. Call pastor Wayne Adams at (985) 981-1144 or associate pastor Roger Hurd at (985) 400-3149 for details. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Senior Showcase Benefiting Mercy Endeavors Senior Center. Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, 1017 St. Andrew St., (504) 568-0607; — The seniors of Mercy Endeavors sell food and crafts and there are games and other activities to try. A prize drawing is held at 1:30 p.m., and all proceeds help fund the development of a new senior center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SATURDAY 7 Blindfold Chess Game with Jesse Kraai. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., (504) 899-7323 — Grandmaster Jesse Kraai plays a blindfolded chess game with a top New Orleans chess junior. 6 p.m. Breakfast with Santa. Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-0202; — Santa Claus has breakfast with kids. Admission $5. 10 a.m. Civil War Living History. Historic New Orleans Collection,

533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; — Living history characters Roscoe, Lee & Abadie use music, theater, magic and comedy to teach adults and kids about the Civil War, in conjunction with the museum’s “Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War” exhibit. Noon to 4 p.m. Crescent City Farmers Market. Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod streets, (504) 861-5898; www. — The weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon. Finders Fete. Pat O’Brien’s, 718 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4823; — Gambit hosts a scavenger hunt. A portion of proceeds benefit Registration fee includes two drink tickets, a T-shirt and admission to the after party. Visit www. findersfete for details and to register. Registration $28. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Freret Market. Freret Market, corner of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue, (504) 638-2589; — More than 85 food, art and collectible vendors sell their goods while musicians perform. Noon to 5 p.m. German Coast Farmers Market. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan — The market features a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. Visit for details. 8 a.m. to noon. Gretna Farmers Market. Gretna Farmers Market, Huey P. Long Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, Gretna, (504) 3628661 — The weekly rain-or-shine market features more than 30 vendors offering a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. Free admission. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grow Dat Farm Stand. Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, (504) 377-8395; — Grow Dat Youth Farm sells its produce. 9 a.m. to noon. Michael Goi, American Horror Story Cinematogropher. NOCCA Riverfront, Nims Blackbox Theatre, 2800 Chartres St., (504) 940-2875; www.nocca. com — New Orleans Video Access Center, together with Kodak and NOCCA, host an intimate conversation with Michael Goi, the director of photography for American Horror Story: Asylum and Coven, Glee, The Mentalist and Web Therapy. Local cinematographer DJ McConduit moderates. Admission $10. 2 p.m.




Rivertown Farmers Market. Rivertown, 400 block of Williams Boulevard., Kenner, (504) 468-7231; — The twice-monthly market features local fruit, vegetables and dairy, homemade jams and jellies, cooking demonstrations and more. 8 a.m. to noon. Saints Receiver Joe Morgan’s Toy Drive. Toys“R”Us, 3609 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-9513; www.toysrus. com — New Orleans Saint Joe Morgan and New Orleans Pelican Anthony Morrow give autographs in exchange for new, unwrapped toys. Marines Toys for Tots will distribute the toys to needy kids at the Black and Gold Giveaway Dec. 16. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Singing with Santa. Loyola University, Joseph A. Danna Center, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 865-3622; studentaffairs. — Santa and Mrs. Claus host a Christmas singalong featuring the Porta-Puppet Players, cookie decorating and photos. Registration $10 per family. 10 a.m. St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi, (504) 3554442; www.visitstbernard. com — The market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. StoryQuest. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins

Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; — Authors, actors and artists read children’s books and send kids on an art quest through the museum afterward. 11:30 a.m. A Winter Wonderland East of the North Pole. Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., (504) 355-7175; — There’s a Christmas tree lighting, photos with Santa, entertainment and shopping, and food, drinks, hot cocoa and coffee are sold. Visit to register for the toy giveaway. Noon to 4 p.m. Yoga. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park,


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When Liam Daniel Pierce began to organize the storytelling event Bring Your Own two years ago, he imagined it would look something like the scene in Raymond Carver’s short story Why Don’t You Dance?, in which a man takes the contents of his home and arranges them in his front yard. There would be no stage and no microphone, just couches, lamps and people leaning forward to listen. “The idea is to have a living room outside,” Pierce says. The original event was called BYOBS, or Bring Your Own Bug Spray, in a nod to insect activity during the April debut. The winner of a BYO event gets to choose the theme for the next one, and the theme for Dec. 5 is “The Passion.” Seven contestants will have seven minutes to tell their stories, and three anonymous, randomly selected judges will choose a winner, which will be broadcast on WWNO. Pierce and partners Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Nina Feldman want to give participants as much control over the event as possible, an element that they say differentiates it from another local storytelling show, The Moth, which is held in a venue with a stage and charges participants an entry fee. At BYO, volunteers do everything from selling beer to editing audio for broadcast. Food trucks will be on hand. The BYO team says listeners can connect with storytellers because there’s no platform. “The first time we did it at Alcee Fortier Park, a lot of people happened upon it because it was in an open space,” Kaplan-Levenson says. “This girl came up to me during the intermission and said, ‘I cannot remember the last time I saw a group of people sitting quietly, listening to one person talk.’ And it’s so true! No one is on their phones. No one is even Instagramming.” People interested in participating can sign up to tell stories by emailing — JEANIE RIESS



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EVENT LISTINGS (504) 658-4100; www.noma. org — The museum holds yoga classes. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 8 a.m.

SUNDAY 8 SoFAB cooking demo. French Market, corner of Governor Nicholls Street and French Market Place; — Local chefs cook their signature dishes. 2 p.m. Swing Dance Lesson With Amy & Chance. d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www. — The bar and music venue offers free swing dance lessons. 4:30 p.m.



MADD meeting. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road, (504) 838-4353 — This is a meeting of the Metairie/New Orleans chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Call (504) 483-3406 for details. 6 p.m.


Tai Chi/Chi Kung. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, (504) 658-4100; — Terry Rappold presents the class in the museum’s art galleries. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 6 p.m. Twerk & Werk Bounce Dance Class with Dwight & William. Passion Dance Center, 2619 Dreux Ave., (504) 284-3955; — Bounce dancers Dwight and William, who have performed with Big Freedia and Walt Wiggady, teach a bounce dance class. Contact Tamika at (504) 376-3069 or tamika@ for details and to sign up. Class $10, $5 with college ID, first class free. 8 p.m.

SPORTS Pelicans. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., (504) 587-3663; — The New Orleans Pelicans play the Dallas Mavericks. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pelicans. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., (504) 587-3663; — The New Orleans Pelicans play the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. Friday. Saints. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., (504) 587-3663; www.superdome. com — The New Orleans Saints play the Carolina Panthers. Noon Sunday.


YLC Wednesday at the Square Vendors. Young Leadership Council (YLC) accepts proposals for the 2014 YLC Wednesday at the Square outdoor concert series for event management, stage management, audio equipment, ice, food vendors and art vendors. Visit for instructions. Deadline Dec. 11.


Barnes & Noble Jr. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5135 — The bookstore regularly hosts free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information. Christopher Buehlman. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The author reads from and signs The Necromancer’s House. 6 p.m. Monday. Daniel Chacon, Jonathan Kline. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., (504) 899-7323 — The authors read from, discuss and sign Hotel Juarez and The Wisdom of the Ashes. 6 p.m. Monday. Delia & Peter. Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7532; — Delia, Peter, Bernard Pearce and After Taste perform original music and poetry. Admission $10. 8 p.m. Thursday. Fair Grinds Poetry Event. Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3133 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 913-9073; — Jenna Mae hosts poets and spoken-word performers. 8 p.m. Sunday. Five Writers. McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music, 4737 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 8951954; www.mckeownsbooks. com — Geoff Munsterman, Benjamin Morris, Cassie Pruyn, Matt Roberts and Katy Simpson Smith read from their latest works. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625; — The group hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday & Saturday. John Currence. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The author signs and discusses Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey: Recipes From My Three Favorite Food Groups (And Then Some). 3 p.m. Saturday. Local Writers’ Group. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5135 — The weekly group discusses and

critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Margaret Talbot. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266 — The author reads from and signs The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Open Mic. Drum Sands Publishing and Books, 7301 Downman Road, (504) 247-6519; www.drumsandspublishing. com — The bookstore and publishing house hosts an open mic for writers of all genres. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Poets of Color. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., (504) 947-2121; — Poets participate in a writing circle. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Poppy Tooker. Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — The author signs and discusses Louisiana Eats! The People, Their Food and Their Stories. 2 p.m. Saturday. Reading Between the Wines. Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 483-6360; www. — Fleur de Lit and Pearl Wine Co. host a night of book signings, readings and discussions with drink specials and food from Indochow. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Rhonda Johnson-Valladares. Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-8000 — The author signs and reads from her Lil ‘Yats New Orleans collection of books at Metry Chick. 10 a.m. Saturday. Story Time with Miss Maureen. Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St., (504) 866-4916; www.maplestreetbookshop. com — The bookstore hosts a children’s book reading. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Tao Poetry. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., (504) 891-3381; — The coffee house hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Well: A Women’s Poetry Circle. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., (504) 947-2121; — The group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Monday. Call (504) 655-5489 or email for details.

CALL FOR WRITERS Bayou Magazine. UNO Press’ nonstudent publication hosts a poetry and fiction contest. Winners receive $500. For details, visit bayou. Deadline Dec. 30.



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Olivas Transport Service, Seminole, TX, has 8 positions for hay; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain driver’s license within 30 days; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $10.18/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 1/15/14 – 11/15/14. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office with Job Order 2727173 or call 225-342-2917.




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Thomas Honey Farm, Inc., Liberty, TX, has 21 positions for beekeeping; 3 mo. experience required as a beekeeper; must be able to obtain driver’s license within 30 days; must not have bee, pollen or honey related allergies; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $10.57/hr; threefourths work period guaranteed from 1/15/14 – 10/15/14. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office with Job Order TX917834 or call 225-342-2917.


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Houston’s Restaurant in the Garden District is accepting applications for professional servers. We are located at 1755 St. Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. We are currently searching for friendly, outgoing, highly motivated individuals who will thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Full-time and parttime positions are available. High earnings potential, reasonable business hours! Prior restaurant experience is a plus, though not necessary. Please apply directly at the restaurant between the hours of 3 PM and 5 PM Mon-Fri, and be prepared for an interview. Professional attire required for interviewing.


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NO.: 733-254 DIV. G SUCCESSION OF CHARLES B. HOFT Whereas the Administrator, of the above Estate, has made application to the Court for the sale, at private sale, of the immovable property hereinafter described, to-wit: THAT CERTAIN PIECE OR PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, and all of the rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situated in the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana in the subdivision designated as TERRYTOWN SUBDIVISION, SECTION NO. 8, all in accordance with a survey by Adloe Orr, Jr. & Associates, C.E., dated April 22, 1964, approved by the Jefferson Parish Council under Ordinance No. 6610, adopted May 7, 1964 and filed in Plan Book 51 folio 10A in the office of the Clerk of Court, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, and according to which said portion of ground is designated as follows: LOT 4 in SQUARE 155, bounded by North Niagara Circle, East Niagara Circle, Nasn Street, Holmes Boule, Newport Circle and Nile Street. Lot 4 commences at a distance of 239.09 feet the intersection of North Niagara Circle and Nile Street and measures thence feet front on North Niagara Circle, same width in the rear, by a depth between equal and parallel lines of 110 feet. All in accordance with annexed survey by Orr, Jr. & Associates, C.E. dated January 26, 1967.


Improvements thereon bear the Municipal No. 613 Niagara Circle, Gretna, Louisiana.


UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00), PLUS THE ASSUMPTION OF THE MORTGAGE, upon the following conditions, to-wit: all cash at the act of sale, less usual vendors’ costs and fees as provided in the Agreement to Sell, with this succession to receive the net proceeds. Notice is hereby given to all parties whom it may concern, including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein, and of this estate, be ordered to make any opposition which they have or may have to such application, at any time, prior to the issuance of the order or judgment authorizing, approving and homologating such application and that such order or judgment may be issued after the expiration of ten (10) days, from the date of the publication of such notice, all in accordance with law. BY ORDER OF THE COURT, JON GEGGENHEIMER, Clerk Attorney: Neil P. Levith Address: 8020 Crowder Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70127 Telephone: (504) 242-7882 Gambit: 12/3/13 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Keith Carter, 3416-18 Frenchman Street, NOLA 70122, please contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of ANDREW LESLIE LENNON please contact J. Benjamin Avin Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY NOTICE, is given to all parties whom it may concern, including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein and of her estate, that the Administrator of this succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell the undivided interest of the succession in certain immovable property belonging to the decedent in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND NO/100 ($178,500.00) Dollars for the whole of said property. The immovable property to be sold is described as follows: LOT Z-4, ORLEANS PARKWAY. Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana. Improvements thereon bear the Municipal No. 747 Parkway Avenue, Jefferson, Louisiana. Being the same property acquired from Dryades Savings and Loan Association on August 8, 1977 registered in COB 904, folio 936, Instrument No. 786730. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his opposition within seven (7) days from the date of the publication of this notice. Gretna, Louisiana, this 8th day of November 2013. Attorney: Wallace H. Paletou Bar Roll No. 10278 Address: 3601 N. I-10 Service Rd. W. Metairie, LA 70002 Telephone (504) 456-2626 Gambit: 11/12/13 & 12/3/13 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Beverly A. Green aka Beverly A. Green Morris, please contact Lakeisha Jefferson Atty., at 225-302-3209. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Frederick D. Selmon please contact Ebony T. Woodruff, Attorney, 1554 N. Broad St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 or 504-943-7026. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jean Parche Bono, please contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of JOSEPH PAUL ADAMS and/or TEMEIKA CLAYTON ADAMS please contact Paul C. Fleming, Jr., Attorney, 504-8883394. Property rights involved. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Robert Melvin Carlisle and Joyce Aline Leach, please contact Diedre P. Kelly, attorney at (504) 593-9500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of MERVIN RUDOLPH please contact Justin A. Reese attny, 2216 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Amy Henderberg and Daryll Johnson, please contact Jennifer M. Medley, Attorney, at 504-495-1385. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Giovanni G. Johnson a/k/a Giovanni Gregory Johnson a/k/a Giovanni Johnson AND Tynesia C. Johnson a/k/a Tynesia Coleman Johnson a/k/a Tynesia Coleman a/k/a Tynesia Johnson, please contact Jennifer M. Medley, Attorney, at 504-495-1385.


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY NOTICE is given to all parties whom it may concern, including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein and of his estate, that the Administrator of this succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell the undivided interest of the succession in certain immovable property belonging to the decedent in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for ONE HUNDRED SEVENTYEIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND NO/100 ($178,500.00) Dollars for the whole of said property. The immovable property to be sold is described as follows: LOT Z-4, ORLEANS PARKWAY. Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana. Improvements thereon bear the Municipal No. 747 Parkway Avenue, Jefferson, Louisiana. Being the same property acquired from Dryades Savings and Loan Association on August 8, 1977 registered in COB 904, folio 936, Instrument No. 786730. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his opposition within seven (7) days from the date of the publication of this notice. Gretna, Louisiana, this 8th day of November 2013. Attorney: Wallace H. Paletou Bar Roll No. 10278 Address: 3601 N. I-10 Service Rd. W. Metairie, LA 70002 Telephone: (504) 456-2626 Gambit: 11/2/13 & 12/3/13


NO.: 504-100 DIV. G IN RE: SUCCESSION OF CARL F. DELANEY WHEREAS, BARRY J. MONICA, the duly appointed Executor of the Succession of Carl F. Delaney, (hereinafter referred to as the “Succession”) has made an application to this Honorable Court for a judgment of authority to sell at private sale the following described property, to wit: THAT PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon and all the rights, ways, privileges, accretions, servitudes, prescriptions, advantages and appurenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining situated in the District of Barataria, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana and that part of FARM NO. NINETY-TWO (92) OF MARVIS GROVE SUBDIVISION of the Berthoud Plantation, measuring Thirty-two (32’) feet front on the Public Shell Road, and running to Bayou Barataria, where it has a depth and front on Bayou Barataria of Thirty-two (32’) lying on the southwesterly part of said Farm No. Ninety-two, next to Farm Ninety-three (93) now owned by John B. Veglia and said Marvis Grove Sub. according to a plan by James S. Webb, C.E., dated March 4, 1921, on file in the office of the Clerk of Court for the Parish of Jefferson, situated in Township 15 and 16 South, Range 23 and 24 East, Jefferson Parish, as per plan hereinabove referred to. And in accordance with a

survey by Alvin. E. Hotard, C.E., dated September 12, 1968, said portion of ground measures 32.33 feet front on Louisiana State Highway 45, by a depth of 100 feet on sideline adjoining Lot 93, by a depth on the opposite side line adjoining Lot 92 of 116.2 feet, said survey annexed to act before Salvador J. Chauppette, Jr., N.P., dated October 25, 1968, all as more fully Shown on a survey by Wilton J. Dufrene, L.S., dated April 13, 1973. Being the same property acquired by Rose Cazzetta, wife of/and Carl Felix Delaney by Act recorded in COB 2656 page 315, public records of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. BARRY J. MONICA, the duly appointed Executor of this Succession, has received a bonafide, written offer to purchase the aforementioned property from interested purchasers at private sale on the terms of SEVENTEEN THOUSAND AND 0/100 ($17,000.00) DOLLARS cash. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an order granting such authority may be issued after the expiration of seven (7) days from the date of final publication and that an opposition may be filed at any time prior to the issuance of such order. By Order of the Court, Marilyn Guidry, Deputy Clerk of Court For Jon Gegenheimer, Clerk of Court Attorney: G. Patrick Hand, III Address: 901 Derbigny St. Gretna, LA 70053 Telephone: (504) 362-5893 Gambit: 11/12/13 & 12/3/13 AT&T Mobility/New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC is proposing to install a monopole telecommunications tower off of Mayn Drive in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana 70129 at latitude 30° 09’ 41.4” north and longitude 89° 44’ 21.5” west. The height of the tower will be 51.8 meters above ground level (52.7 meters above mean sea level). The tower is anticipated to have steady red lights, FAA Style E (L-864/L-865-/L-810). Specific information regarding the project is available by calling Henry Fisher during normal business hours at (205) 629-3868. Any interested party may submit comments by January 10, 2014 with Environmental Engineers, Inc. at 1345 Blair Farms Road, Odenville, AL 35120 for comments on the impact of the proposed action on any districts, sites, buildings, structures, or objects significant in American history, archaeology, engineering, or culture that are listed or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under National Historic Preservation Act Section 106. Interested persons may review the application for this project at by entering Antenna Structure Registration (Form 854) file no. A0865305. Interested persons may raise environmental concerns about the project under the National Environmental Policy Act rules of the Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR § 1.1307, by notifying the FCC of the specific reasons that the action may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Requests for Environmental Review must be filed within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website and may only raise environmental concerns. The FCC strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online at www., but they may be filed with a paper copy by mailing the Request to FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. A copy of the Request should be provided to Environmental Engineers, Inc. at 1345 Blair Farms Road, Odenville, Alabama 35120.



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NO.: 2011-6410 DIV. L SEC 6




NOTICE OF FILING TABLEAU OF DISTRIBUTION Notice is hereby given to the creditors of this estate and all other persons herein interested to show cause within seven (7) days from the publication of this notice, if any they have or can, why the Tableau of Distribution filed by Justin Levitov, Independent Executor of the Succession of Sylvia Levitov, should not be approved and homologated and the funds distributed in accordance therewith. Attorney: J. Nelson Mayer, IV Address: 1010 Common St., Ste. 2700 New Orleans, LA 70112 Telephone: (504) 524-2291 Gambit: 12/3/13


NO: 2006-5688 DIV. J SUCCESSION OF MARIE ALEXANDER LEWIS wife of/and JOHN DARRELL LEWIS, SR. NOTICE TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE Whereas the Administrator of the above Estate has made application to the Court for the sale at private sale of the immovable property hereinafter described, to-wit: Lot 25 (or 31), Square 115, First Municipal District of New Orleans, municipal address 926 Melpomene Street, acquired by act recorded at NA# 066406, COB 713, page 210. UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: $130,000, with seller to pay cost of certificates and seller’s closing fees, and taxes and insurance to be prorated to the date of the sale. Notice is hereby given to all parties whom it may concern, including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein, and of this estate, that they are ordered to make any opposition which they may have or may have to such application at any time, prior to the issuance of the order or judgment authorizing, approving and homologating such application, and that such order or judgment may be issued after the expiration of seven (7) days, from the date of the last publication of such notice, all in accordance with law. BY ORDER OF THE COURT Dale Atkins, Clerk Attorney: Steven J. Koehler Address: 3350 Ridgelake Dr., Ste. 200 Metairie, LA 70002-3831 Telephone: (504) 293-0004 Gambit: 11/12/13 & 12/3/13


The W. R. Irby Committee and the Board of Directors of the Louisiana State Museum will offer floor space for commercial rental at 809 Decatur Street, Lower Pontalba Building on Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. This space will be available on March 1, 2013. Persons interested may pick up an information packet beginning December 2, 2013 at the Presbytere on Jackson Square. Contact Celestine Washington at 504-568-7025. Proposals must be turned in to Ms. Washington no later than noon on December 30, 2013.


NOTICE OF FILING FINAL ACCOUNT Please take notice that Carlene A. Barthe, curatrIx of the above entitled and numbered interdiction, respectfully files herewith this final account of the administration of this interdiction, and any opposition to it must be filed within 10 days of this notice. Attorney: George V. Perez, Jr. Bar Roll No. 10432 Address: 1425 N. Broad Ave., Ste., 201 New Orleans, LA 70119 Telephone: (504) 858-8127 Gambit: 12/3/13

FIRST CITY COURT FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS STATE OF LOUISIANA NO.: 2011-53507 JUDICIAL ADVERTISEMENT SALE BY CONSTABLE THAT PORTION OF GROUND, BEARING MUNICIPAL NO. 2633 New Orleans St., this city, in the matter entitled: Sun Realty, L.L.C., as assignee of Sun Finance Company, L.L.C. f/k/a Sun Finance Company, Inc. vs. Valerie Jackson Nelson a/k/a Valerie Jackson Mercadel and Wayne Nelson a/k/a Wayne Nelson a/k/a Wayne Martin Nelson, Sr. By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facias to me directed by the Honorable The First City Court for the City of New Orleans, in the above entitled cause, I will proceed to sell by public auction, on the ground floor of the Civil District Court Building, 421 Loyola Avenue, in the First District of the City on December 10, 2013, at 12:00 o’clock noon, the following described property to wit: Lot M, Square No. 1504, Third District Municipal No. 2633 New Orleans Street Acquired: CIN 406808, 04/28/08 Previous Acquisition: CIN 194918 NA# 2000-12101, 03/16/2000 WRIT AMOUNT: $19,214.60 Seized in the above suit, TERMS-CASH. The purchaser at the moment of adjudication to make a deposit of ten percent of the purchase price, and the balance within thirty days thereafter. Note: All deposits must be Cash, Cashier’s Check, Certified Check or Money Order; No Personal Checks. Attorney: Lee Thomas Address: 2301 N. Hullen St., Ste. 101 Metairie, LA 70001 Telephone: (504) 831-7908 Gambit: 11/5/13 & 12/3/13 & The Louisiana Weekly: 11/4/13 & 12/2/13 Lambert C. Boissiere, Jr Constable, Parish of Orleans Jarrod Lamont Hill, 2557 W. Catawba Dr., Harvey, LA 70058, her heirs, or anyone knowing his whereabouts please contact Geralyn Garvey (504) 838-0191. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brandi B. Breaud and/or Myron A. Breaud, please contact Jennifer M. Medley, Attorney, at 504-495-1385.

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