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Sex Hunter Sat. Dec. 29 | There’s not much of an online presence for estranged New Orleans rock band Sex Hunter (Googling it is not recommended), but the family tree says plenty: members of the Detonations, Microshards, Missing Monuments and Bipolaroid. This reunion show also features Die Rotzz, Trampoline Team, Dummy Dumpster and DJ Quintron. At Siberia. PAGE 51.


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won the 3rd annual “Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge,” an after-school entrepreneurial contest for New Orleans high school students held by the Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village. The nine students who participated in the project will receive $1,000 scholarships from Google, while Lusher will get a $10,000 grant from the Brees Dream Foundation. and his Chef Duke’s Foundation For Kids held his annual holiday giveaway at Children’s Hospital last week, handing out nearly $10,000 in toys purchased with funds from a fundraising gala. The chef/owner of Cafe Giovanni created the foundation in 1992 and has given away more than $200,000 in toys to local children since.


able after his recent post-election Bernette Johnson interviews, but his ambitions became the state themselves are anything but amusSupreme Court’s ing. His critics claim, with some first Africanjustification, that his presidential American chief aspirations are driving all his justice, replacing decisions as governor and that Chief Justice Kitty he is sacrificing health care and Kimball, who retires higher education on the altar of his ambition. Among the questions that next month. 2013 could answer is, how long will it take for the national media to peel back the veneer of Jindal’s ascendant stardom, which is rooted in Team Jindal’s talking points and press releases, and take a close, clear-eyed look at his record in Louisiana? 4. State Budget Cuts and Their Aftermath — While this one is closely related to the story of Bobby Jindal’s ambitions, it’s separate in terms of lawmakers’ response (or nonresponse) to the cuts. The closing of Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, the attempted sale of the Hainkel Home in Uptown New Orleans, and the deep cuts at UNO are prime examples. The response has varied from institution to institution, but clearly Louisiana has seen the dawn of a new day in terms of state support for health care and higher ed. In effect, Huey Long’s mantra of “Share the Wealth” has been replaced by Jindal’s dogma of tax virginity and privatization. Where Long preached, “Every man a king,” Jindal now says, effectively, “You’re on your own, pal.” On a parallel track, this year’s legislative budget fight brought together a new House caucus of “fiscal hawks,” a group of conservative, mostly Republican lawmakers who want page 9

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coordinated a Holiday Help for Hurricane Victims program to help Northeasterners affected by Hurricane Sandy. Students at St. Dominic School and Hynes Charter School helped load a trailer that was being driven to Long Island, N.Y., the week before Christmas. The Homecoming Center was founded after Hurricane Katrina to assist with the city’s recovery and has expanded its mission to victims of other disasters.

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was ordered by a federal judge to pay $4.5 million to 350 Filipino teachers whom the company hired after Hurricane Katrina and, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “forced into exploitive contracts … through the federal guest worker program.” According to the law center, UPI made the teachers pay a placement service about $16,000 to get their jobs, and were charged 3 percent to 5 percent interest per month on the loans.

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1. Upheaval at the U.S. Attorney’s Office — The unfolding scandal at the U.S. Attorney’s office drew more attention than the many public corruption cases the feds launched this year. Former assistant U.S. Attorneys Sal Perricone and Jan Mann were outed as anonymous commenters on by federal target Fred Heebe, who sued them both for, ahem, defamation. Both prosecutors resigned in disgrace, along with Mann’s husband Jim Mann, also a federal prosecutor. In a related development, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt scolded prosecutors for leaking information about pending cases to the media and strongly hinted that Mann, who oversaw an “investigation” into the alleged leaks (she concluded there were none), might face criminal charges for her deception. The scandal forced the retirement of popular U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, who thus far remains personally untainted by it, although his legacy has been tarnished. Interim U.S. Attorney Dana Boente arrived from Virginia (he was part of the team that nailed William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson) to begin righting the ship, and veteran federal prosecutor John Horn was brought in from Georgia to redo Jan Mann’s discredited “leaks” investigation. Going into 2013, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is gathering names for a short list of potential Letten successors to submit to the White House. 2. Federal Investigations — Amid all the upheaval, the feds continued their march against local political corruption. The 2012 hit list includes, in Jefferson Parish, former parish president Aaron Broussard, his former top aide Tim Whitmer and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson. Meanwhile, the investigation into local landfill company River Birch and its co-owners Fred Heebe and Jim Ward has been taken over by the D.C. office because of the Perricone-Mann scandal. In New Orleans, the case against former Mayor Ray Nagin continued to solidify with convictions of former city contractor and self-styled high flier Frank Fradella and businessman Rodney Williams, both of whom pleaded guilty to bribing “Public Official A” at City Hall, who quite obviously is Nagin. Elsewhere in New Orleans, the feds nabbed City Councilman Jon Johnson for converting FEMA funds into campaign cash (he resigned in July), and they continue to investigate Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s procurement office. 3. Bobby Jindal’s National Ambitions — The governor’s continued denial of his national ambitions has become laugh-

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to hold Jindal’s feet to the fire for repeatedly (i.e., every year he’s been in office) breaking his promise not to use one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. Jindal won the initial standoff against the hawks, but they’re not going away. 5. Public Education Transformed — On both the state and local levels, 2012 was a pivotal year for public education. Gov. Jindal rammed a sweeping set of education reforms through the Legislature with lightning speed. Some of the changes are popular and welcome: Teacher tenure is now harder to get and easier to take away from teachers who don’t do their jobs; principals have more on-site authority to run their schools; and successful charter school operators can get fast-tracked approval to open additional schools. On the other hand, some of the changes Jindal pushed are not so welcome: His voucher program was passed with almost no accountability standards; it has become a ruse for funneling taxpayer dollars to fly-bynight Bible “academies,” some of which not only teach creationism in lieu of real science but also lack adequate facilities for increased enrollments; and the number of entities authorized to grant charters has increased exponentially, which opens the door for abuse by inexperienced charter operators whose predictable failures will ultimately do great harm to the otherwise admirable record of Louisiana’s charter school movement. Locally, the Orleans Parish School Board elections produced a black-majority board for the first time since 2008. It will be interesting to see how the new majority makes its leadership choices and handles the ongoing issue of returning Recovery School District schools to local control. Also at stake is the future of charter schools in New Orleans. Elsewhere, school board term limits are now the law statewide. 6. Crime and NOPD — It was a long time coming, and it’s far from complete, but the consent agreement between the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the feds holds forth the promise of lasting, permanent reform of New Orleans’ troubled cop shop. Much will depend on who wins the job of federal monitor and how hard NOPD brass, as well as rank and file, work to make the spirit of the decree a reality on the street. Meanwhile, the city’s high murder rate remains Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Achilles’ heel, although there is hope that his new NOLA for Life initiative will make a difference. Someday. 7. City Council Politics — The council saw three vacancies this year. District B Councilwoman Stacy Head won the special election to succeed Arnie Fielkow as an at-large council member. In District B, LaToya Cantrell’s election (to Head’s old seat) continues a postHurricane Katrina trend of neighborhood and civic leaders rising to the challenge of political leadership. And in District E, some say James Gray’s victory spells the end of state Rep. Austin Badon’s political career — but in politics you never say never. The District E seat opened up in July when then-Councilman Jon Johnson pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. In the larger scheme of things, Head’s victory in the at-large race elevated her status as a political rival to Mayor Mitch Landrieu and ended the career of former Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis. The Landrieu-Head feud began as a fight for influence over the council but has spilled over into electoral politics as well. Landrieu backed Willard-Lewis against Head in the at-large race, and he supported Dana Kaplan against the victorious Cantrell, who had Head’s backing. Landrieu also supported Gray in District E, so the four-vote council coalition he had a year ago remains intact. In fact, when he pushed for a controversial hike in water and sewerage rates earlier this month, Landrieu picked up a fifth vote from District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry. Looking ahead, by this time next year we’ll see how far Head is willing to carry the fight against Landrieu. Will she challenge him for re-election in March 2014, or try to keep her council seat? One final council wrinkle: Voters in November approved a City Charter amendment that “splits” the elections for the council’s two at-large positions. That will forever change the politics of running for an at-large council seat. 8. Supreme Battles — The announced retirement of Chief Justice Kitty Kimball (effective at the end of January 2013) removed the state Supreme Court’s true centrist and touched off a pitched battle in her Baton Rouge-based district. It also triggered a protracted, embarrassing public debate over who should be the next chief justice. The law on succession is clear — the justice oldest in terms of service on the court becomes chief justice — but some wanted to interpret the law against Justice Bernette Johnson, who would become the



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court’s first black chief. The federal courts intervened, at the request of Johnson and others, and nudged the high court toward resolving the issue in favor of Johnson. Meanwhile, appellate Judge Jeff Hughes won the race to succeed Kimball; his victory gives the court a Republican majority. Hughes’ campaign was hardly judicious: He ran as a gun-toting defender of traditional marriage and an abortion opponent, and he gladly got “independent” help from environmental plaintiff lawyers. 9. The CCC Tolls Fight — The closeness of a referendum to renew tolls on the Crescent City Connection showed how much every vote counts. it passed by a scant 18 votes out of more than 308,000 cast in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes. state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, led the fight against the tolls — and against years of abuse by the commission that has spent toll money. Although he narrowly lost the toll renewal fight, Connick won the war to bring more accountability to the process of spending toll revenues. Meanwhile, a regional coalition of business, civic and political leadership came together to pass an unpopular measure for a very popular bridge. 10. Brawl on the Bayou — Reapportionment and redistricting after the 2010 U.s. Census put two Republican incumbents in the same south Louisiana congressional district. U.s. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New iberia fought it out in a reconfigured Third District, where boundaries favored Boustany. A physician and traditional Republican, Boustany has more tenure and more friends in the state Legislature, which

drew the new district lines. Attorney and tea party firebrand Landry has a knack for garnering attention, but in the end he ran out of gas — and money. Boustany’s victory in the staunchly conservative district showed just how weakened the tea party has become — and how difficult it is for a political movement to sustain itself on anger alone. For once, Louisiana was in sync with the rest of the country as pragmatism trumped ideology. And for good measure, here’s one more to round out the list: The Sometimes-Picayune — One of the cardinal rules of journalism is that reporters aren’t supposed to be the story, but the decision by the owners of The Times-Picayune to publish only three days a week — and lay off scores of employees — changed a lot of rules. Among other things, the layoffs decimated the paper’s political reporting staff. City Hall reporter Frank Donze took a job at the Audubon institute, while husband-and-wife colleagues Bill Barrow and Michelle Krupa moved to Atlanta. Columnist stephanie Grace was among the leading voices silenced by the change (except for her recent contributions to Gambit); she opted not to accept the paper’s “offer” to return to daily reporting. On a larger scale, the Baton Rouge daily Advocate has opened a bureau in New Orleans in response to community pleas for a daily newspaper. returned fire by opening a bureau in Baton Rouge — just months after the T-P gutted its Capitol bureau. Looking ahead to 2013, local newspaper (and online) wars could make as many headlines as political skirmishes. it’s never dull in Louisiana.

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Reform school daze tHe DaiLy BeaSt/NEWSWEEK caLLS LanDrieu “innOVatiVe” Mayor Mitch Landrieu has crafted an image as a creative, modern-thinking chief executive, and last week The Daily Beast/Newsweek recognized him as such when it featured Landrieu as one of its “Most innovative Mayors in the

U.s.” There’s just one catch: The innovation that earned him the prized spot on the roster — the dramatic transformation of the city’s public schools — wasn’t exactly his. “Under Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Crescent City has aggressively embraced education reform,” the piece says. “The result is a sea change in public education. Consider this: nationwide, just 4 percent of students attend charter schools. in New Orleans, nearly 80 percent of parents choose charters. seven years after Katrina, the dropout rate has been cut in half, while test scores have soared by double digits.” The specific actions that Landrieu is described as taking are correct, and there’s no evidence that his team oversold his role. The piece rightly points out that City Hall doesn’t control the school system, and that Landrieu has championed charters, campaigned for “reform” candidates, fought for a ground-breaking $1.8 billion lump sum from FeMA to rebuild public school facilities and pursued philanthropic support. But to make him the face of the movement is as misleading as handing that honor to Gov. Bobby Jindal, an ambitious charter supporter who also gets plenty of national attention for his role in education reform. what’s true is that the movement has many shepherds, not just the mayor and the governor but people like Leslie Jacobs, Kathleen Blanco, Paul Pastorek, Paul Vallas, Landrieu’s sister U.s. sen. Mary Landrieu and others. The Daily Beast/Newsweek did get this much right, though: Across the nation, the makeover of New Orleans’ schools is viewed as a success. why else would it have so many parents? — sTePHANie GRACe

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Year-end Updates The latest news about some of the stories Gambit covered this year. Throughout the year, Kevin Allman reported on the changes at The Times-Picayune and its online arm,, as the two became a new company, NOLA Media Group, under the watch of new publisher Ricky Mathews.


ast week’s departure of Lynn Cunningham, The TimesPicayune’s online editor — a veteran of the paper since 1977 and the right hand of editor Jim Amoss — was the cap on the paper’s most dramatic year in recent history as it launched into what was euphemistically known as “the digital transition.” That digital future is expected to take physical form next month as the rechristened NOLA Media Group moves into its new digs at the top of the One Canal Place office building — a nontraditional newsroom with “workstations” for reporters and editors who drop by. Under the new system, most of the staff are expected to be out in the field with new Apple laptops and smartphones, filing stories by Wi-Fi with minimal supervision (and copyediting). Gone will be the days of reporters’ desks groaning under strata of papers and detritus; each will have a small shelf for a few books and personal effects, adding to the sleek look of the new digs. As for the messy-but-necessary research material contained in filing cabinets and reference tomes, reporters have been told to take what they need and store it at home. A dumpster is now installed in the newsroom for the rest. While the paper’s new home-delivery competitor, Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, boasts numbers beyond publisher David Manship’s most optimistic expectations (13,500 paid circulation, with another 8,000 papers on newsracks around the city), The Times-Picayune also is claiming victory. Earlier this month, while appearing on WWNO-FM’s “Out to Lunch” program, business manager David Francis told host Peter Ricchiuti that circulation of the T-P had actually increased since the paper went to thrice-weekly publication in October, though he provided no numbers. Meanwhile, the newsroom staff, which had written an open letter in June to Cunningham and Amoss, asking, “Will there be quotas for online entries?” (no formal answer was ever forthcoming), ended the year nervous about their role in drawing traffic, or “clicks,” to NOLA. com. A “Staff Performance Measurement & Development Specialist” had been hired; his job description included monitoring reporters’ and editors’ “amount of content created each day” and “[setting] standards for measuring performance aimed at achieving content and business goals.” (“I don’t know how to get more clicks without doing more stories every day,” one longtime reporter told Gambit.) None dare call it quotas — but few in the newsroom doubt that quotas, or something like them, is coming in 2013. And Cunningham’s departure, according to several sources, will not be the last high-profile bailing; in fact, it may just be the first in a new cycle. — KEVIN ALLMAN All year, Charles Maldonado has been tracking the politics and the lawsuits involving Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Orleans Parish Prison.


onditions at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) have been under the federal microscope since 2008, when the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into the jail. In 2009, DOJ issued its first findings letter to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, citing serious problems, including a pattern of excessive use of force by jail guards, poor medical and mental health care and inadequate supervision leading to frequent inmate-on-inmate violence. By 2011, the issues still weren’t resolved, and local nonprofit news website The Lens reported that Gusman and the feds had begun negotiations on a federal consent decree. Those negotiations didn’t appear to be going anywhere until last spring, when the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) started a legal campaign against the jail. In late March, SPLC sent a letter to Gusman on behalf of an unnamed transsexual client who claimed

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she was raped repeatedly by inmates over the course of several weeks before jail staff sought medical treatment for her. in early April, sPLC filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Gusman and the sheriff’s office on behalf of all OPP inmates. The original suit included 19 affidavits signed by inmates, who painted a brutal picture of life in the jail. One plaintiff described being attacked by a group of men shortly after being transferred from one unit, Old Parish Prison, to another, the House of Detention (HOD). “some of them held me while another one stabbed me over and over,” the plaintiff wrote. “i was bleeding all over and yelled for a deputy. No one came until the next day.” Fewer than 10 days after the suit was filed, Gusman closed HOD, reducing the jail’s capacity to 2,700 inmates, down from 3,500 at the beginning of the year and 7,500 in 2005. On April 23, DOJ issued a second findings letter concluding that conditions at the jail had deteriorated rather than improved since 2009. The letter also criticized Gusman for failing to “seriously negotiate” the terms of a consent decree. it became clear the situation had changed when U.s. District Court Judge Lance Africk allowed DOJ to intervene as a plaintiff in the sPLC suit. in December, sPLC, Gusman and the federal government released a proposed consent decree for Africk’s signature. Meanwhile, Gusman and the city of New Orleans have been locked in a legal fight over funding the improvements. in October, Gusman claimed that implementing any such agreement would cost about $40 million in city funding. During 2013 city budget talks, Gusman’s budget request of $37 million — which sought to eliminate the current per prisoner, per day or “per diem” budgeting model — was more than $14 million above the city’s budget offer. Gusman did not receive the additional funding. The sheriff has requested a court review of the $22.39 per diem rate, which was set as part of a 2003 settlement in another federal court case, Hamilton v. Morial (originally filed in 1969 as Hamilton v. schiro). That case has been reopened, and hearings on the rate modification are scheduled for January 2013 before Judge Jay Zainey. Africk has scheduled two separate trials in the sPLC case: one on jail conditions, which will begin in February; and another on funding, which will begin in April. — CHArLes MALDONADO





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in Scotland, a refuge for young lovers across the border from England. Eventually the moniker Gretna caught on, and in 1913 it was incorporated under that name along the section of McDonoghville within the Jefferson Parish boundaries. The area once was a shipping point for plantations, truck farms and dairies. Also of great importance were the railroads — the Southern Pacific, Texas and Pacific, and the Missouri Pacific railroad companies — which established depots on the river. Before the Huey P. Long Bridge was built, barges transported freight and passenger railroad cars across the Mississippi River between Gretna and New Orleans.

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Dear Matt, The castle, all 942 square feet of it, was the creation of builder/carpenter/ contractor Simon Hubert Villemarrette, who constructed it in 1981 as a reproduction of a 14th-century chateau. Villemarrette said he had tired of building ordinary square and rectangular houses and wanted to do something different. The chateau, often referred to as “fisherman’s castle,” has two bedrooms, a bath and a half, kitchen, utility room and sun deck. The main living area is a two-story round turret with a 12-foot ceiling. A circular staircase leads to a round master bedroom. Villemarrette never planned to live full time in the chateau, but to use it for a summer or weekend getaway. As the 1984 World’s Fair approached, the builder thought tourists would flock to see his chateau. Souvenirs including doubloons were produced, but the busloads of curiosity seekers never arrived. In September 1984, Villemarrette put the castle and a large boathouse up for sale for $178,500. He died in early 1986. Five years later in 1991, the castle was sold at a sheriff’s auction for $43,000 to Peter and Pamela Egan, who sold it for $62,000 in 1995 to Charles and Jean Kuhl of Virginia.

Mechanicsham). Not too far east, John McDonogh established a village in 1815 and named it McDonoghville, a name that seems to make more sense. When the villages started to grow and merge, the name Mechanicsham was dropped. One McDonoghville resident was a justice of the peace who was known for accommodating young lovers who had run away from home by marrying them at any hour of the day or night. Lots of young people came to McDonoghville from New Orleans. So many, in fact, that folks jokingly started calling the village “Gretna” after the town of Gretna Green




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mixed, according to figures compiled annually by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. For example, Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, yet that country has only a fraction of the gun deaths that America has. Canada’s gun laws, by contrast, are much tighter than America’s, and Canadians, too, have a substantially lower gun death rate than we do. Even here in America, rural communities have a substantially higher rate of gun ownership than cities, yet gun violence is significantly higher in urban areas. Overall, while America leads the world — by a wide margin — in gun ownership per capita, we rank 28th among the world’s 178 nations in gun violence. That’s cold comfort in the aftermath of Newtown, however. Around the world, kids and adults are exposed to the same video games, music, movies and cultural influences as American kids, yet they do not kill each other in

If our leaders react emotionally rather than rationally to this tragedy, we are doomed to repeat it. the numbers that we Americans do. Why? Neither side of the gun-control debate has an answer. President Barack Obama has charged Vice President Joe Biden with drafting tighter gun-control legislation by the end of January. The President promises to put the full weight of his office behind those proposals. We think a better idea is to take a long, hard look at all potential solutions, from tighter gun laws to increased availability of mental health services and more. Many fear that America’s memory of Newtown’s dead children will fade and that a window of opportunity will pass if lawmakers don’t seize this moment. We think Americans are better than that. We think, as President Obama noted in his memorial address two days after the shootings, that all America mourns with Newtown’s parents — and that we won’t forget the profound sense of loss that we all feel right now. Equally important, we believe that if our leaders react emotionally rather than rationally to this tragedy, we are doomed to repeat it.

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ew Orleans has always had its own trends, newsmakers and obsessions. This year, it seemed our civic life was bookended by scandals, beginning with the New Orleans Saints bounty revelation and investigation and ending with U.S. Attorney Jim Letten stepping down. But plenty of other people made the headlines in 2012 — some saints, some sinners, some stars, some average Joes. And if there was a lesson to be learned, it was to be careful what you post on online comment boards — as no fewer than four people in our countdown learned. While the rest of America was singing “Call Me Maybe,” transfixed by Honey Boo Boo and doing it Gangnam Style, this is what captivated New Orleanians’ attention in 2012.

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it was a horrible start to 2012: On Jan. 25, Ainsworth, an Algiers resident, was walking his children, 9 and 10, to the school bus when he came upon a carjacking. He attempted to assist the driver and was shot. Ainsworth’s children stayed with their father until police arrived, but he was dead at 44. The brazenness and brutality of the crime made new Orleanians wonder how violent the new year would be. The answer: plenty. As of press time, new Orleans had 182 murders — the equivalent of nearly nine newtowns.




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in one of the year’s four cases of online comments getting someone in trouble, Traina — a psychologist who worked with schoolchildren in Jefferson Parish public schools — drew fire from the Southern Poverty law Center (SPlC) and civil rights groups after comments on and Twitter. Traina said young black male criminals need to be “put down like the Dogs they are!” and said he was a “Wallace man at Heart,” referring to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace. The SPlC filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of education. Traina resigned in late may.


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After experiencing “Hollywood South” while filming 21 Jump Street, the movie hunk decided to open his own new Orleans bar — in the heart of the Bourbon Street tourist drink-and-barf district. (The bar advertised it had “The Sexiest Boss Alive!”.) The bordellothemed Saints and Sinners seemed aimed squarely at tourists, with $15 poboys and a $40, four-pound hamburger. Finish it in 30 minutes and it’s free.


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Bad: Having a joint fall out of your pocket. Worse: Having it happen in court. Worser: Having it happen when you’re an assistant city attorney. Worsest: Having your wife running for City Council at the time. After some confusion over whether Cantrell would resign from the city (he eventually did), his wife laToya Cantrell weathered the storm and went on to a runoff and an eventual win in the City Council District B race.


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When The Times-Picayune announced it would be cutting print editions back to three days a week, the folksy publisher of The Advocate made a quick move into New Orleans, opening a local bureau, hiring many laid-off T-P employees and delivering the paper seven days a week. Delivery got off to a spotty, frustrating start, but at year’s end, the paper had smashed even its most optimistic circulation goals. This month, the paper launched “Beaucoup,” a weekly entertainment tabloid that directly took on the T-P’s longtime “Lagniappe” section, and introduced a community news page. page 22


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Paul Gros

The pastor of the Vieux Carre Assembly of God church and Bourbon Street preacher filed suit against the city of New Orleans after the city council passed legislation prohibiting the dissemination of “any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise” on the city’s sin strip. The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up his cause.


the art man

The director of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) since 1996, Weigel had been a lightning rod for controversy in recent years when two visual arts curators resigned in less than 18 months and artists removed their works from the galleries in protest. In May, Gambit was about to go to press with a cover story about the CAC’s woes when Weigel announced his resignation during a trip to China, saying he would be returning to his first vocation, composing.





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CHelsea THornTon


JoHn Folse

the restaurateur

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One of Louisiana’s most legendary and respected chefs went into business with Chicago chef Rick Tramonto to open Restaurant R’evolution in the Royal Sonesta Hotel – a throwback to opulent (and pricey) dining at a time when pop-up restaurants and cheap eats are in vogue. Since opening in June, it’s proved a popular and critical success.


Wendell PierCe the advocate

The New Orleans native and star of The Wire and Treme had a busy year, filming several movies (including this year’s installment of the Twilight series). On the home front, he continued with plans to redevelop the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood and open several grocery stores in New Orleans neighborhoods that badly need them.

the tragedy

When the Gert Town mother murdered her two preschoolers in October, it shocked even a crime-weary city. But Thornton — who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder — quickly became a human indictment of Louisiana’s public mental health system when it came out she suffered from bipolar disorder and possibly schizophrenia. At a hearing this month, a Tulane University forensic psychiatrist said she was incompetent to stand trial.

the LegeNd

Uncle Lionel Batiste, drummer for the Treme Brass Band and an indelible symbol of New Orleans’ brass band and musical culture, died in July at the age of 81. He had been a fixture on the New Orleans music scene since the 1940s, and was still playing music until nearly the time of his death.

The Chalmette native spent 32 years in the Louisiana Legislature, making his name synonymous with St. Bernard Parish and Capitol politics. Although he never represented any part of New Orleans, he was a champion of the city against fiscal and political raids by rural lawmakers. When he was defeated for re-election in 1995, Nunez was in his second go-round as president of the state Senate. Nunez died in January at 81. He was eulogized by former Gov. Edwin Edwards at a Mass in St. Louis Cathedral.



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Curren$y the rapper

The New Orleans rapper has been on the scene for years, but put out his first major-label album, The Stoned Immaculate, for Warner Bros. in June (it debuted in the Top 10). His success earned him a Gambit cover interview, and he held a hometown record release party at House of Blues on Independence Day and debuted a weekly show at the club.



Jim Henderson

the sportscaster

The bad blood between WWL-TV and WVUE-TV got worse in September when Jim Henderson, one of the country’s best sportscasters and a man who had been synonymous with WWL during 34 years as sports director there before his retirement, signed a contract to be a football analyst at WVUE. Conspiracy theorists made much of the fact that, even in television retirement, Henderson wanted to keep his job as the radio “voice of the Saints” — and WVUE is owned by Saints owner Tom Benson. Hmm.


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Bernette Johnson


the chief justice

When Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball announced her January 2013 retirement, a court scuffle developed over seniority, which determines who would take Kimball’s place. Did time as an appointed judge count, or was it based solely on elected tenure on the bench? In October, the state Supreme Court ruled that Johnson – who had been on the bench longest – would become the new chief justice, the first African-American to hold the position.


James Carter the cipher

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu created a $115,000 job as city “crime commissioner” for attorney and former city councilman James Carter, but Carter left the position in September, just shy of a year and a half in office. Despite some high-profile anti-crime initiatives, the murder rate hadn’t abated during Carter’s tenure. Landrieu said Carter’s “leadership will be missed,” but didn’t bother to appoint a new crime commissioner.



Wendell allen the victim

Acting on a search warrant, the NOPD raided a Gentilly home in March, looking for drugs that were supposed to be sold there. Allen, 20, heard the noise and walked out of his bedroom, whereupon Officer Joshua Colclough opened fire and killed the unarmed Allen. In August., Colclough was expected to take a plea deal for negligent homicide, which would have carried a maximum five-year sentence. But he changed his mind, and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro charged him with manslaughter, which could carry a penalty of as much as 40 years in prison. Colclough has entered a not guilty plea and is in the midst of pretrial hearings at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.


Brian doWning

the teabagger

In January, a cellphone video of an Alabama football fan rubbing his testicles on the head of a passedout LSU fan in the Krystal Burger on Bourbon Street after the BCS championship game quickly went viral. It earned Brian Downing the nickname “The Alabama Teabagger” and left local media wondering how to report the story, or how much footage to show. People were disgusted — but was what Downing did a legitimate sexual assault or a drunken, frat-style Jackass-esque prank? DA Leon Cannizzaro made it clear where he stood on the matter, charging Downing with sexual battery — a charge which could carry 10 years in prison and require Downing to register as a sexual offender. Was that too harsh a punishment for the crime? Again, people were split. Just as his October trial was to begin, Downing took a proffered deal, and on Nov. 29, Criminal Court Judge Karen Herman sentenced him to two years in prison, calling him a “bully.”

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When the white tiger brothers Rex and King Zulu arrived at Audubon Zoo in 1999, they became instant superstars in the Asian Domain and a favorite of camera-toting zoo visitors. In May, Rex died at the age of 16 from complications from cancer.


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the composer

One of New Orleans’ most dazzling composers had a banner year, starting with his music for Red Tails, a film drama about the Tuskegee Airmen; moving to Broadway with his evocative score for the first African-American production of A Streetcar Named Desire; and finishing up in St. Louis, where he’s working on Champion, an opera about the midcentury boxer Emile Griffith. Champion is scheduled to debut in June 2013.


New OrleaNs HOrNets the hoops dreamers

It’s been a disastrous year for the Bees so far, landing them at the bottom of the Western Conference. If one thing epitomized the Hornets’ troubles, it was Eric Gordon. After six months with the team, the former Los Angeles Clipper signed a deal sheet with the Phoenix Suns and made it clear he wanted to leave. The Hornets matched the offer in July to keep the recalcitrant player, and shortly thereafter Gordon developed a knee injury that kept him off the court for much of the season. Debate swirled over whether it was a real injury, but whatever the case it certainly hobbled the 2012 prospects for the Hornets. On the positive side: The team’s home, the New Orleans Arena, got a spiff-up that included video screens on the outside of the building, and new owner Tom Benson has made it clear he intends to rename and rebrand the Hornets with something more New Orleans. But the name most often mentioned — the Pelicans — had both supporters and fierce detractors. page 26

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James Gray

Gray, an attorney, was the lesserknown candidate in the City Council District E race against state Rep. Austin Badon. He finished a distant second in the primary. But Gray garnered some heavy-duty endorsements, including those of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and former District E Councilwoman Cynthia WillardLewis. Gray also fought off questions of residency (a judge agreed that he was domiciled in District E) to beat Badon in the December runoff.


BoB FrenCh the drummer

The legendary drummer of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band — and WWOZ-FM DJ — was an outspoken and irascible influence on generations of younger musicians. Even late in life, he was performing regularly at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse on Bourbon Street. French died in November at 74 after a long illness.

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Jon Johnson the guilty

Back in July, the councilman from District E abruptly pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to convert federal funds and to file a false statement with a government agency,” stepping down from the council as he did so. The longtime 9th Ward pol admitted to using FEMA funds to prop up his 2007 campaign for the state Senate. At his November sentencing, he begged for leniency, citing his daughter’s young age and his wife’s recent death. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk sentenced him to six months and the repayment of more than $80,000 in fines and restitution — and told him that he, not the court, placed his daughter in a precarious position.


James Carville & mary matalin

the pundits

The political couple, who moved to town in 2008, continued to promote New Orleans across the country when he wasn’t teaching political science at Tulane University and she wasn’t serving on local boards. This year, they were busy as co-chairs of Super Bowl XLVII — and they even managed to find time to star in a New Orleans-themed airconditioning commercial.


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anthony Davis the brow

The unibrowed basketball phenom became the center for — and the center of — the New Orleans Hornets’ rebuilding strategy when he joined the team this year. Davis received a slew of awards in 2012, and was a member of the U.S. men’s basketball team that won a gold medal at the London Olympics.


Benh Zeitlin

the filmmaker

The Bywater-by-way-of-New York director’s first full-length feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, earned him rave reviews and won top prizes at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. In late November, Zeitlin was nominated for Best Director at the Independent Spirit Awards, but shut out at the Golden Globes nominations. Will the Oscars come calling for Zeitlin? We’ll find out Jan. 10.


ray naGin

the pursued

Well, hello, Public Official A. As the year wound to a close, all eyes were on the federal courthouse downtown, where an indictment of the former mayor is said to be imminent. About a half-dozen former associates of his former honor have already pleaded guilty to a variety of charges — some of which include paying bribes to “Public Official A” at City Hall to influence the award of public contracts — and all are expected to cooperate with the feds in a case against Nagin. Some say the clock is ticking as the five-year statute of limitations approaches, but if the feds pursue a RICO (racketeering) case against Nagin, the deadline is still years away.


tyrann mathieu the troubled

The St. Aug grad and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist hit rough waters this year. In August, Louisiana State University discharged its star cornerback for what was believed to be drug test failures. Mathieu entered a rehab program in Houston soon after, but returned to the school less than a month later — a move college football watchers thought unwise. In October, Baton Rouge police arrested the Honey Badger for pot possession. One month later, Mathieu announced he was done with college and declared his eligibility for next April’s NFL draft.


Karen Carter Peterson the party boss

The New Orleans-born state senator solidified her power in Baton Rouge in April when she beat out Buddy Leach to become the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party — the first woman to hold that position. Peterson inherited a party that couldn’t even mount a challenge to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the last election. Predictably, she cleaned house — but it’s too soon to know if Peterson’s Democratic party can rally on a statewide level. Back in the Legislature, in June, she was the sole “no” vote in the state Senate on a symbolic resolution asking the NFL to reconsider the New Orleans Saints’ bounty punishment.

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Savory Simon the incinerated

A July five-alarm fire at the Hubig’s Pies bakery in the Marigny destroyed the facility, sending New Orleanians running to stores to buy the last of the company’s famous fried pies (some even putting the final treats on eBay for ridiculous sums). The fire was a huge story among tradition-loving New Orleanians, but it was also significant enough to make The New York Times and CNN. The Bowman and Ramsey families, who own the bakery, swore they’d reopen as soon as possible, and urged the public to buy Hubig’s merchandise to speed the process. Hubig’s Pie costumes bearing the image of mascot Savory Simon were a popular sight at Halloween, and restaurateur Chris DeBarr invented his own take on a Hubig’s at his restaurant Serendipity. Hubig’s even had a booth at the Po-Boy Festival in November. But the public accepted no substitutes, and 2012 ended with the city still Hubig-less. Maybe in 2013 ...


LaToya CanTrELL

the community organizer

An activist who was seen as instrumental in bringing Broadmoor back after Hurricane Katrina overcame late ethics payments and her husband’s pot nab to become the District B councilwoman in December. Cantrell, who was backed by Council President Stacy Head, defeated Juvenile Justice Project director Dana Kaplan, who had drawn support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and was seen as the establishment candidate in the race.



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Leon Cannizzaro the D.A.

In his June State of the Criminal Justice System address, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro implored Mayor Mitch Landrieu to increase the funding for his overwhelmed office (the D.A. has made the case, quite plausibly, that his is the most underfunded in the state). But when the budget was released in October, his office was cut nearly 5 percent. Nevertheless, Cannizzaro proclaimed himself OK with the budget slice. The end of the year saw Cannizzaro — along with local, state and federal agencies — announce a major crackdown on gang violence in Orleans Parish.


Fred Heebe

the trAsh mAn

The co-owner of the River Birch landfill spent the year fighting off lawsuits and a federal investigation of his business by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office. But he drew blood himself, suing top Letten assistants Sal Perricone and Jan Mann over pseudonymous comments they’d made on The resulting scandal rocked Letten’s office and eventually triggered his retirement, which might have happened anyway after President Obama’s re-election in November. In an only-inLouisiana twist, Heebe once was one of the top choices to head the U.S. Attorney’s office — back in 2001, when Letten was tapped instead to lead it after Heebe’s former wife and girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. Gambit > > december 25 > 2012

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Steve GLeaSon

the inspirAtion

“No White Flags” was the ongoing cry of the former New Orleans Saints player, who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Whether it was his Gleason Gras event raising money for ALS charities, his travels through the Northwest, or his determination to take place in the Jazz Half Marathon, Gleason continued to inspire and put a human face on the disease. page 30




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ronal serpas the chief

In July, the U.S. Justice Department and the city finally came to terms on the long-awaited New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) consent decree, an oversight mechanism designed to overhaul the long-tarnished department (to the tune of $11 million a year). Officers’ associations and citizens’ groups called for fairness hearings based on some of the decree’s recommendations. Meanwhile, in non-news, the high murder rate in New Orleans remained steady this year, even as homicides declined nationally.


toM Benson

the baron

What do you get for a man that owns an NFL team and a TV station? A basketball team, of course; Benson purchased the New Orleans Hornets from the NBA for a reported $338 million. In November, Benson and wife Gayle donated $10 million to Brother Martin High School. Benson had made it clear he wanted to change the name of the Hornets to something more New Orleanian, and in December the proposed new name was leaked to the media: the Pelicans.


Marlin GusMan the sheriff

During the 2011 municipal budget talks, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman requested an increase in per diem funding for Orleans Parish Prison — paid from city coffers per prisoner per day. In 2012, he wanted to end the per diem system, which District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry once called a “perverse incentive” to keep the jail’s inmate count high. Formerly reluctant to cede authority to federal control, Gusman has recently agreed to a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. But he has claimed he needs tens of millions of dollars from the city to fund it. The city countered that Gusman has provided little proof that the additional money is necessary. In 2013, the city will find out who’s right, or at least who U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk believes is right.

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the oil giant

The company responsible for the 2010 disaster that claimed 11 lives and harmed or crippled wildlife, communities and the environment was prepared for a big summer makeover. It spent millions as one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics, much of it on a PR campaign, “Fueling the Future.” It flew Gulf Coast chefs and bands to London to show the company’s commitment to “working towards a cleaner planet.” (Its billboards and ads were vandalized, and trashed by critics in the press.) A minor but significant blow came from the feds in late November: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prohibited the oil giant from doing any new business in the U.S., at least temporarily. The EPA banned BP from new oil contracts for its “lack of integrity” following the disaster — meanwhile, the company reached a $4.5 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department for criminal charges. The faces of the crimes: rig supervisors Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, who pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges, and David Rainey, former BP vice president of exploration for the Gulf, who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the size of the disaster. They’ll head to court in February.

noun: substituted cathinones, or synthetic amphetamines or cocaine, advertised as “bath salts” but not for human consumption; added to Louisiana’s Controlled Dangerous Substances list in 2011; allegedly responsible for several Louisiana “zombie” attack stories in 2012 “Man Accused of Biting Off Chunk of Victim’s Face” — Lafayette’s KATC-TV, June 5


noun: a personal website; a comment thread on verb: to write on a personal website; to write on a comment thread “The paperwork later explains HenryLMencken1951 is a pseudonym used by an active blogger who has posted repeatedly about Heebe.” — WDSU-TV, March 13

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noun: a city budget process that doesn’t rely on the previous year’s successes and failures; an opportunity for a “citizen-driven” budget process; see also “zero-sum game”


verb: stay in one place, eat chips and drink beer as Hurricane Isaac hits south Louisiana “Hunker down.” — instructions from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, meteorologists, news anchors, radio hosts, etc.


noun: a proposed “Hospitality Zone” tax district governed by the New Orleans Hospitality and Entertainment District to levy an additional tax of up to 1.75 percent “The opposition and defeat of the HoZone proposal was never about an attack on tourism. It was about a really bad bill that would have bypassed governmental procedure. It was about stopping a power-hungry oligarchy from overriding community input in order to accomplish their own self-gratifying goals.” — American Zombie, June 6



stacy Head

the council president

In April, Mayor Mitch Landrieu endorsed Head’s opponent, Cynthia Willard-Lewis, for the at-large City Council seat, putting the long-simmering Landrieu/Head feud out in the open. Four months later, as Hurricane Isaac approached, Landrieu shut her out of an emergency planning meeting at City Hall; Head left town for vacation in the hurricane’s aftermath, but suffered little political damage for the decision. In December, the election of Head-backed candidate LaToya Cantrell to the City Council further solidified Head’s power within City Hall.

adjective: significantly reduced in size and/or number “With a reduced printing schedule starting in the fall … plans call for the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday editions of The Times-Picayune to be in many ways more robust than each of the daily newspapers is currently.” — internal memo from The Times-Picayune’s editor Jim Amoss announcing cuts at the daily, May 24

“WAR oN musIc”

noun: Mayor Mitch Landrieu administration’s alleged coordinated closure of and denial of access to live music venues and performers “My suspicion is, whether coordinated or not, that [Stacy] Head and Landrieu share a desire to make New Orleans a smaller, wealthier city by shutting down dive bars, so-called ‘nuisance bars’ and everything in between to change the character of New Orleans into something more quiet, more bland, and more Yuppie.” — from “The latest weapon in the war on live music” by Owen Courreges for, Aug. 6





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New Orleans reacted angrily and forcefully when word leaked in May that The Times-Picayune would be cutting back to three-day-a-week print publication in the fall. The rollout was a public relations debacle for executives at the paper and its parent company, Advance Publications, who preferred to concentrate on a promised digital future rather than the nearly 200 people being laid off. (Dozens of new employees were hired for the new “NOLA Media Group,” and even some of those whe were fired were quietly un-fired weeks and months later.) Despite protests and letter-writing campaigns, the T-P’s fate was sealed and New Orleans became the largest American city without a daily newspaper. That dubious status seems likely to change in 2013, as Advance’s Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer, is undergoing cutbacks. Its publisher assured readers, “We do not have a specific plan, timeline or structure for Cleveland,” but no one doubts the Advance template will be applied there as well. page 33

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mitch Landrieu

the mayor

It was a mixed midterm year for the energetic mayor. He backed a couple of City Council candidates who lost (Cynthia Willard-Lewis and Dana Kaplan) and threw his support behind proposed legislation to create a taxing “hospitality zone” that got kayoed by residents in the tourism district. On other fronts, he got good notices for his response to Hurricane Isaac and his handling of an unprecedented string of major tourism events that kept the city hopping in 2012, all the while embarking on a series of major cleanup and public works projects leading up to the 2013 Super Bowl.



Jim Letten the fallen fed

When Letten stepped down in December, he had served nearly 11 years as head of the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Orleans. He oversaw a string of successful political prosecutions that made him one of the city’s most popular public servants. Though Letten gave no reason for the resignation, it came shortly after two of his top lieutenants — Sal Perricone and Jan Mann — were exposed for popping off anonymously in the comments section of They left as well, as did Mann’s husband, Jim Mann. As Dana Boente took over as interim prosecutor, there was buzz that more heads may roll in the office … and that U.S. Attorneys may soon be turning their attention to some familiar names among the New Orleans media in regard to the Danziger case and others.




new OrLeans saints the team

For the Black and Gold, it was a year worthy of a sports soap opera — or at least a telenovela. The bounty revelation. The investigation. The suspensions. The commissioner. The franchise tag. Coach Sean Payton’s contract voided by the NFL. Then, of course, the season itself. Four straight losses to start. Then a rally. Then another collapse — worst of all, against rivals the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. And, of course: what happened to Drew Brees? We lost our infallible Breesus for a while, only to get him back when the season was all but over. It all ended on a soap operaworthy cliffhanger: Will Sean Payton be back to coach the Dynasty next year — or will he go to Dallas? Tune in next year, sports fans.

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or nearly eight decades, the Sugar Bowl has been a staple of the college football postseason, a bigtime tradition that has featured nail-biting thrillers, epic clashes, a long-standing tie-in with the Southeastern Conference, and a crucial impact on the declaration of a national champion. Over the years, the contest also has been extremely lucrative, paying out huge sums to participating schools, providing the game’s CEOs handsome salaries and likely generating billions of dollars for the New Orleans area economy. “From the start, the Sugar Bowl has had a history of success,” says John Sudsbury, the game’s director of communications and media relations. That history has been so colorful, in fact, that Sudsbury finds it difficult to single out his favorite moments. “The Sugar Bowl has been blessed with so many great performances, it’s tough to pick just one or two as the best ones,” he says. The Dec. 31, 1973, contest between two unbeaten teams — No. 1 University of Alabama and No. 3 Notre Dame — is the same match-up featured in the upcoming 2013 Bowl Championship Series national title game. Four decades ago, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame pulled out a spine-tingling 24-23 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in a clash that earned Notre Dame a national title. That contest still stands as the Sugar Bowl with the highest attendance (85,161) and TV ratings (a 25.3 Nielson share).

Sudsbury also notes two Sugar Bowls — in 2006 and 2007 — that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. The ’06 game was played in Atlanta because of the damage Katrina and the levee failures caused a few months earlier. The Jan. 3, 2007, game marked the bowl’s return to the Superdome in what Sudsbury calls “one of the first national events to show that New Orleans was still a major player for big-time sporting events.” But a glance through the Sugar Bowl’s long, colorful history reveals other contests that were packed with social significance, commercial interests and odd on-field results. When highlighting the most significant Sugar Bowls, one must mention the very first contest, which kicked off the collegiate pigskin tradition on Jan. 1, 1935. The game was a huge deal for the New Orleans community, the result of a decadelong coordinated local initiative that resulted in the formation of the game’s benefactor, the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association. Goals of the initiative included generating significant economic benefits for New Orleans and building the city and the game’s prestige nationally. The game also took on large Big Easy significance because it featured New Orleans’ beloved — at least before the rise of the Louisiana State University (LSU) program — Tulane Green Wave, which posted a thrilling, come-from-behind, 20-14 victory over the Temple Owls, thanks to the heroics of the Green Wave’s Claude “Little Monk” Simons Jr. Playing in his final contest for Tulane, Simons made a touchdown that saved the game for the Green Wave. “New Orleans’ football year ... ended with one of those furious, heart-gripping gridiron battles of which men talk for years,” Meigs O. Frost wrote in The TimesPicayune. “It was a battle staged amid pomp and circumstance rich in color; fitting for what should be a long line of Sugar Bowl contests.” On the other side of the ball that day was Temple College, which in subsequent years downgraded its football program significantly. But Temple wasn’t the only squad from the Sugar Bowl’s early years that later de-emphasized and downsized its pigskin program. Take the fifth edition of the bowl, played Jan. 2, 1939, in which Texas Christian University (TCU) squared off against the Carnegie Institute of Technology, or Carnegie Tech. At the time, Carnegie was ranked No. 6 in the country and was competitive with college football’s big boys. On that day, however, Carnegie

Tech lost to TCU 15-7. Flash forward a few decades. After name changes and mergers, Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Tech now exists as Carnegie Mellon University and its football team plays in the NCAA Division III for small schools. Carnegie’s glory days in big-time football have faded into history. Then there’s the eighth Sugar Bowl in 1942, when the Fordham University Rams took the field against the University of Missouri Tigers. Fordham sported a big-time program back in the day, even winning a national championship in 1929. But now the Rams compete at the Football Championship Subdivision and have a much more modest football program. (The 1942 Sugar Bowl, coincidentally, is also significant because of its result — at the end of a fierce defensive battle, the Rams shut out the Tigers 2-0.) Or take poor St. Mary’s College, which lost to Oklahoma State 33-13 in the 1946 Sugar Bowl. After decades of declining success, St. Mary’s football program was terminated in 2004. The same fate awaited Santa Clara University of California, which defeated LSU in two consecutive Sugar Bowls in 1937 and ’38, but saw its football program eliminated after the 1992 season. Sports and social relevance often collide as jarringly as a linebacker laying the smackdown on a receiver on a crossing pattern. College football is certainly no exception, and the Sugar Bowl’s most important brush with meaningful social change came in 1956, when the the University of Pittsburgh Panthers were scheduled to clash with the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets on Jan. 2. A problem arose because the Pittsburgh roster featured fullback Bobby Grier, an African-American, which raised some hackles in New Orleans and the Georgia Tech football sphere, including Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin. The controversy arose in late 1955, just a month after Rosa Parks triggered the Montgomery bus boycotts by refusing to give her seat to a white person. A coalition of progressive Georgia Tech students and players, civil rights leaders and New Orleanians took action to make sure both teams, including Grier, took the field Jan. 2. “The issue of racial segregation faded far into the background today when a Negro played for the first time in the ... Sugar Bowl,” according to game coverage in The New York Times. “Mr. Grier played most of the game and was accorded the same treatment as the white players. He received rousing applause several times. The Georgia team, which before the game had evinced cordiality toward his PAGE 36

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participation, made no effort to ‘gang up’ on him.” (Perhaps the game’s officials, however, weren’t as open-minded. Tech’s 7-0 victory hinged on a controversial pass interference call against Grier.) The contest became the first integrated Sugar Bowl, and today is regarded as the first mixed-race college bowl game in the Deep South. While not as socially and nationally important, more Sugar Bowl milestones occurred in the mid-1970s, when the prestigious pigskin institution moved from its longtime home in Tulane Stadium to the brand-new Superdome in 1975 for the 42nd edition of the contest. On Dec. 31 of that year, Alabama trumped Penn State 13-6 in a game that marked the end of a proud era in New Orleans sports. Times-Picayune reporter Chris Segura wrote that the “Sugar Bowl Classic had a lid on it for the first time in its history.” Despite the change of venue, he added, the famous bowl game inspired celebration: “Both sides ... participated in the New Orleans-style revelry famous throughout the world.” Another key series of developments in the Sugar Bowl’s history mirrored college football’s evolution as a cash cow. That process included what some saw as a disturbing trend — sponsorship of bowl games by commercial interests — which happened at the Sugar Bowl for the first time in 1987. That’s when the nowdefunct insurance company USF&G threw its name behind the game as the USF&G Sugar Bowl. Since then, the bowl’s title sponsors have changed twice, first to the Nokia Sugar Bowl and now the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Of course, when you talk about money and bowl games, you simply must include the often convoluted evolution of the financially driven process for selecting a big-time college football “national champion.” In 1992,

The old stadium at Tulane University was the site of many Sugar Bowls. The first game took place on New Year’s Day in 1935. the Sugar Bowl joined the newly formed Bowl Coalition, which soon gave way to the Bowl Alliance and now exists as the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), under which the Sugar Bowl hosted the BCS “national championship” game in 2000 and 2004. Economic and social significance aside, the quirkiest edition of the Sugar Bowl might have come precisely 25 years ago, in 1988, when the No. 6 Auburn University Tigers squared off against No. 4 Syracuse University Orange in the 54th Sugar Bowl. That contest’s claim to fame occurred in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, when Auburn coach Pat Dye decided to kick a game-tying field goal instead of going for a potential winning touchdown. The result was a frustrating 16-16 tie, which earned the legendary Auburn coach the snide sobriquet of Pat “Tie” Dye. Overall, the history of the Sugar Bowl is dotted with compelling contests, each noteworthy for different reasons. The cumulative effect is a rich tradition that’s uniquely New Orleans. “It’s almost 80 years old,” says Marty Mule, a former Times-Picayune reporter who has chronicled the Sugar Bowl for decades and who, like Sudsbury, points to the 1973 matchup as one of his favorites. “It’s one that was born in the depths of the Depression and survived world wars and Hurricane Katrina. It just has a very intriguing history to me. [The Sugar Bowl has] produced some of the greatest college football games in history. It really is an amazing story.”



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landscapers, contractors and the general public. The company also stocks Grade A cypress bark mulch, pine straw and “super sacks” of soil. One super sack contains anywhere from 1-1.5 cubic yards of sand, garden soil or premium blended soil. Delta Sod is one of the area’s few suppliers of Palmetto St. Augustine, a new, high-quality strand of St. Augustine turf grass. Predominant on Louisiana’s south shore, Palmetto St. Augustine exhibits high disease resistance, excellent shade and drought tolerance, and a finer texture for ideal home and commercial use. The company sells its turf by the pallet, square slabs which cover 450 square feet, as well as in larger mini-rolls, which are about 16 by 36 inches. The company works with contractors, who provide installation services for customers. Generally, installation takes several hours, depending on the lawn’s size. Customer service is an integral component of Mauberret and Heidingsfelder’s business. About 90 percent of their clientele consists of repeat customers, which they attribute to Delta Sod’s customer-driven, service-after-thesale approach. “We have a friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer questions, and we have a quality product at a great price,” Heidingsfelder says. “We are in the customer service business. That’s how we see it.”

SHopping NEWS

by Missy Wilkinson

JaDE (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-566-1490;, a furniture and accessories store, recently opened a second location in Old Metairie (110 Rosa Ave., Metairie, 504-875-4420). The store also has received a new shipment of sofas, beds and dining room chairs.

ScaNDiNavia (4513 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-455-7100; www. holds a moving sale now through mid-January. All store merchandise is discounted 10-70 percent.

WilliaMSoN DESigNS (3646 Magazine St., 504-899-4945; www. holds a shop closing sale through Dec. 31. All store items are discounted 50-80 percent.

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efore sunrise each morning, the employees at Delta Sod (662 Central Ave., 504-733-0471; are already busy at work. “Contractors enjoy doing business with us because we start at 6:30 in the morning,” says Lee Mauberret, who co-owns the sod growing company with Ross Heidingsfelder. “We can get to their job site when they’re ready to go to work.” Mauberret and Heidingsfelder started the company in the spring of 2006 to help with the city’s Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. As people in south Louisiana rebuilt their homes and businesses, the co-owners recognized a business opportunity that would “make the city greener,” Heidingsfelder says. Over the last six years, Delta Sod has partnered with Habitat for Humanity in projects such as the Musicians’ Village, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, and Build Now, a local nonprofit committed to building elevated, energy-efficient homes. Through its philanthropic efforts, Delta Sod provides convenient, quality lawns for homes and businesses throughout south Louisiana. The company delivers and facilitates the installation of sod. Also called turf, sod is grass that has already been planted. It creates a lush, green lawn in a very short period of time. Sod takes root better than seed and is a more reliable, faster way to produce an attractive lawn. While seeding produces sparse coverage and requires more watering, sod provides instant gratification and can be installed any season of the year. “It creates instant green and instant ground cover,” Heidingsfelder says. “And in south Louisiana, lawns are very important to homeowners.” As one of the largest grass wholesalers in the area, Delta Sod provides St. Augustine, Centipede, Bermuda and Zoysia grasses to


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Brigtsen’s Restaurant 


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Cooking class meets chef’s table

    Madame Langlois, the housekeeper  of New Orleans founder Jean-Baptiste  Le Moyne de Bienville, is said to have  taught French colonists how to adjust their  continental cooking to New World staples,  taking the first steps toward developing  local Creole cuisine.       That’s why cookbook author Amy Cyrex-Sins thought the name would be  fitting for her new business, Langlois Culinary Crossroads (1841 N. Rampart  St., 504-934-1010; www.langloisnola. com), which straddles the line between  restaurant dining and culinary instruction.  Think “cooking class meets chef’s tasting  table,” she says.        “We don’t call it a cooking school, because we don’t teach all the ins and outs.  We’re not giving degrees,” Cyrex-Sins  says. “What we are doing is creating an  entertaining dining experience for people  who love food and want to recreate the  food they have in restaurants themselves.”      Langlois Culinary Crossroads opened  this month in the Faubourg Marigny.  Housed in a former corner grocery, the  new interior could pass for the set of a 

what doesn’t

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sometimes old-fashioned,  always welcoming and filled  with revelatory flavor 

Chef Frank Brigtsen’s handle on Louisiana cuisine gels into a modern classic.

Marna and chef Frank Brigtsen serve dishes like his distinctive cochon de lait at Brigtsen’s.


By BRENDA MAITLAND Email Brenda Maitland at


By Ian McNulty

have to laugh when someone compares dining at  Brigtsen’s to a meal at their mother’s house, which happens  all the time. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s menu reads like a roster  of hunting and fishing trophies prepared with the sort of vigor  you’d use to settle a bet or silence a doubter at the camp. If mom  cooked like this, she must have been hell on the wildlife.      Of course, the mom thing doesn’t come from tasting the  chef’s blackened tuna — its ruby center glistening under  a dark crust — or his roasted duck, which traces a trail of  succulence from your mouth to your belly to your cortex. It  comes mainly from the homey setting of the restaurant, which  features several small rooms of a Riverbend shotgun, and  perhaps from a service style, led by the chef’s wife Marna,  that practically drapes an arm around your shoulder on the  way in and gives you a hug on the way out.       It has been this way for a long time at Brigtsen’s, which  turned 25 last year. Some of the touches are patently oldfashioned, whether they are slight, like the foil trays used for  baked oysters, or more substantial, like how many dishes  share the same sides (mashed potatoes here, vegetable  medley there). People patronize Brigtsen’s like they did in  the old days too. Regulars dress for dinner, even on weekdays, and there is no dropping by for bar snacks — there’s a  service bar only.

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    Few restaurants have such a distinctly personal cuisine, or  one tied so closely to both our cultural and natural heritage. It  channels feelings of home, which we may yearn for particularly at this time of year, and sates hearty appetites, which  awaken in the cooler weather.      It’s in the bisquelike flow of oysters and artichoke gratin,  the earthy landslide of flavors from the roasted quail, and the  butter glistening on pecans that stud large shrimp lining a  plank of redfish, bronzed from the skillet — using an arsenal  of seasonings that calls to mind the amber marsh more than  the blue sea.      Brigtsen’s menu changes with the seasons (try the softshell crabs in summer), but through the years the style has  been a consistent signature. The next new thing isn’t here,  but this kitchen shows how faithful fundamentals can be just  as revelatory.       Cochon de lait is a prime example. The more this term  spreads across menus, the more it simply means pulled  pork, the pride of the Carolinas. But proper cochon de lait is  Cajun-style roasted baby pig, and it is distinct. At Brigtsen’s,  it comes out very tender, imbued with garlic, bathing in a dark  pork-bone pan gravy and piled in neat slices over cornbread  dressing with broad curls of its own crackling. It’s the real  deal, and so is this modern classic Louisiana restaurant.  

With hand-harvested fruit sourced from  the cooler areas of California’s northern  coast — Carneros, Anderson  Valley and  Sonoma Coast  — this pinot  noir-and-chardonnay blend  from Schramsberg has an appealing  youthful character. The wine is fermented  in separate lots followed by bottle fermentation with two years aging en tirage (in  contact with the lees, or deposits that give  Champagne a yeasty flavor). In the glass,  tiny bubbles offer aromas of yeasty baked  brioche, hazelnuts, apple pie and lemon  curd. On the palate, taste citrus and cream  notes, red berries, pear and minerality on  the balanced finish. Drink it as an aperitif  or with oysters on the half shell, sushi,  pate, crabmeat ravigote, shrimp mousse,  prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and other  festive fare. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, Vieux  Carre Wine  & Spirits and Dorignac’s.  Drink it at: Irene’s Cuisine, Boucherie  and Brigtsen’s.

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Catherine Markel recently opened the small but impressively stocked wine shop Faubourg Wines (2805 St.


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ason King and his wife Myrialis were both attorneys in Boston a few years ago. But the urge to change careers brought Myrialis to New Orleans for a Teach for America position and Jason soon followed, initially working a wide array of short-term and contract jobs. Earlier this year, they started Frencheeze Food Truck (504-264-3871;, serving a menu of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Today, you’ll find King outside a circuit of Uptown bars and at private events slinging creations like the Gary (goat cheese, grape jelly and bacon) or the Rachel (smoked Gouda, provolone and tomatoes). How did you decide to start a food truck? King: Back in grad school I wrote a business plan for a food truck, but every place we’ve been, New York, D.C., Boston, it seemed like the food truck market was saturated. But when we came down here, the market seemed depressed, having to do with the laws and the outdated ordinances, which you can’t really make sense of. There are about 10 active food trucks here, and we all interpret the rules a little differently. I wanted to do this. We’re in our early 30s, and we figured we should try it. It’s working, but if we’re wrong then the worst case scenario is it will make a great story someday. So why grilled cheese? K: I’m not coming with a culinary background, so the question was, what could we do really consistently? Eating off a lot of food trucks, I know consistency is the thing that matters most. You can’t ever be hit or miss. That’s such a huge disappointment, it’s like your kid lying to you. So we decided the best we could be for who we are is the food we eat the most. For me, that’s cheese, butter and bread. You seem pretty passionate about grilled cheese now. K: In my legal career, I did some defense work and you get attached to some clients. I never thought I’d get attached to a grilled cheese, but it happens. If we’re at the farmers market and someone says ‘Oh, we’ve had your sandwiches,’ I get that nervous feeling in my stomach waiting for what they’re going to say next. It’s a sandwich, but it gets personal. . — IAN MCNULTY

Claude Ave., 504-342-2217) not far from her Marigny home and close to the Press Street railroad crossing, a stretch better known for fast food and used furniture stores than fine wines and artisanal cheeses. “People come in and are like, ‘I was just on St. Claude Avenue, so where I am now?’” Markel says, laughing. St. Claude Avenue has attracted a more eclectic mix of small businesses lately, and Faubourg Wines has become an early hit with Markel’s neighbors, who not only shop for wine here but also sip glasses of it and compare notes. The shop specializes in small producers and inexpensive wines. “I always try to have 100 wines under $16,” Markel says. “In my experience, most people are looking for wines at that price point, so why not give them a lot of choices instead of having to keep going back to the same bottles?” From a copper-topped wine bar, she serves selections at $5 per glass. Faubourg Wines also sells cheese and gourmet snacks, which Markel will assemble into cheese plates. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday (and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). A series of free tastings

resumes on Jan. 9, after a holiday hiatus, and continues on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pizza on the move

Reginelli’s Pizzeria ( now has nine locations, a new partnership with one of New Orleans’ leading restaurant families and plans for further expansion in Baton Rouge and Houston. The enterprise started in 1996 with an Uptown pizza shop at the corner of Magazine and State streets. The growing chain still has an outpost at that corner, but now it’s right across the street (5961 Magazine St., 504-899-1414). The company still calls this location its flagship. It’s more than twice the size of the original and has the contemporary decor of the newer Reginelli’s restaurants. Earlier this year, Reginelli’s and Ti Martin of Commander’s Palace announced a new partnership to develop more pizzerias outside New Orleans. They expect to open their first location in Houston soon. As part of the partnership, Commander’s Palace wine director Dan Davis revamped Reginelli’s wine list, which now has a greater focus on Italian wines.

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Bouligny Tavern 3641 Magazine St., 504-891-1810 East and West Coast oysters are served individually.

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Irish House 1432 St. Charles Ave., 504-595-6755 The bar menu features oysters with Guinness-based cocktail sauce.

La Petite Grocery 4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377 Gulf oysters are served with jalapeno mignonette sauce, and there’s a deep wine list.

Luke 333 St. Charles Ave., 504-378-2840 Pair Gulf or other oyster varieties with Alsatian sparkling wines.




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

“Our No. 1 guiding principle is to portray class in all things.” — Ron Lynch, president of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a “breastaurant” chain that features waitresses dressed in halter tops and “mini kilts,” discussing his experience in the TV series undercover Boss with the industry publication nation’s restaurant news.

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A legacy that extends far beyond food runs through the dining rooms of Dooky Chase Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600), a landmark of the civil rights struggle, a trove of African-American art and a daily example of the power of community. As the Chase family prepares to celebrate the 90th birthday of their matriarch, legendary chef Leah Chase, it is planning a pair of public events to honor her and raise funds for a new foundation to ensure her legacy endures. “My mother loves to celebrate her birthday,” says Stella Reese, the chef’s daughter and right hand in running the restaurant. “With the size of our large family, the celebration usually spans at least a week and is full of dinners and parties. The grandchildren actually felt that inviting the community she loves and serves so passionately was the best way to honor her 90 years.” Events begin with a Jan. 4 luncheon at the restaurant, with seatings at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and feature a menu of Chase’s classic Creole dishes. Leah and husband Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. will speak at the event. Lunch costs $40 per person, reservations are required by Dec. 28 and can be made at the restaurant or by calling (504) 821-0600. On Jan. 5, the festivities move to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (601 Loyola Ave., 504-561-1234; www.neworleans. for a gala, which includes a cocktail reception and four-course meal. Each course will be prepared by a different chef, though their names had not been announced by press time. Individual tickets are $250, and tables are available for $2,500, with a Dec. 28 deadline to purchase. Register online at Proceeds from the weekend will seed the Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation, which the family says they’re creating to support causes including social justice, inclusion, cuisine and the arts.

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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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Indulge Island grIll — 845 Carondalet St., (504) 609-2240; — This Caribbean- and pirate-themed restaurant offers everything from seafood and salads to burgers, sandwiches and ribs. Pirate’s Kiss seafood pasta combines sauteed shrimp, crawfish and catfish in lemon-vodka cream over linguine and is topped with pepper bacon. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ O’HenrY’s FOOd & sPIrITs — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 461-9840; — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ sOMeTHIn’ else CaFe — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. There are burgers, po-boys and sandwiches filled with everything from cochon de lait to a trio of melted cheeses on buttered thick toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Treasure Island BuFFeT — 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-8000; www. — The all-you-can-eat buffet includes New Orleans favorites including seafood, salad and dishes from a variety of national cuisines. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

BAR & GRILL 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. $ dMaC’s Bar & grIll — 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 304-5757; — Stop in for daily lunch specials or regular items such as gumbo, seafood-stuffed po-boys, burgers or salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ dOWn THe HaTCH — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 5220909; www.downthehatchnola. com — 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. $ rendOn Inn’s dugOuT sPOrTs Bar — 4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www. — The Boudreaux burger combines lean ground beef, hot sausage and applewood-smoked bacon on a ciabatta bun with cheese, onions and remoulade. Fresh cut fries are served with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ THe rIVersHaCK TaVern — 3449 River Road, (504) 834-4938; — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ sHaMrOCK Bar & grIll — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938 — Shamrock serves an Angus rib-eye steak with a side item, burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, grilled chicken, spinach and artichoke dip and more. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

BARBECUE BOO KOO BBQ — 3701 Banks St., (504) 202-4741; www. — 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. $ sauCY’s — 4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755; www. — Saucy’s

serves slow-smoked St. Louisstyle 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. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE anTOIne’s anneX — 513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and honeyDijon 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) 3248271; — The bakery offers a range of breads, muffins, pastries and sweets. Pain au chocolat is a buttery, flakey croissant filled with dark chocolate, and a vegan version also is available. The breads include traditional, hand-shaped Parisian-style baguettes. No reservations. Breakfast Thu.-Sun., lunch Thu.Sat. Credit cards. $ CaFe FrereT — 7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890; www. — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin.Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ CaFe nOMa — New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www.cafenoma. com — The cafe serves roasted Gulf shrimp and vegetable salad dressed with Parmesan-white balsamic vinaigrette. Other options include chipotle-marinated portobello sliders and flatbread pizza topped with manchego, peppers and roasted garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $ laKeVIeW BreW COFFee CaFe — 5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is available all day on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

out to eat 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; — Jung’s offers a mix of Chinese, thai and Korean cuisine. Chinese specialties include Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan dishes. Grand Marnier shrimp are lightly battered and served with Grand Marnier sauce, broccoli and pecans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $




PINKBERRY — 300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., (504) 899-4260; 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; — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes like char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and a red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and a memorable cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CReOLe ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT — 713 St. Louis St., (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. $$$ MONTREL’S BISTRO — 1000 N. Peters St., (504) 524-4747 — this casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. the menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations

accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ REDEMPTION — 3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570; — Chef Greg Piccolo’s menu includes dishes such as the crispy avocado cup filled with Louisiana crawfish remoulade. Roasted duck breast is served with red onion and yam hash, andouille, sauteed spinach and grilled Kadota fig jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch tue.-Fri., dinner tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 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 latenight daily. Credit cards. $$$ STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ — Toulouse Street Wharf, (504) 569-1401; — the Natchez serves Creole cuisine while cruising the Mississippi River. At dinner, the Paddlewheel porkloin is blackened pork served with Creole mustard sauce or Caribbean butter spiked with Steen’s cane syrup. Bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DeLI JIMS — 3000 Royal St., (504) 3048224 — the Reuben is fill seeded rye bread with corned beef, pastrami, provolone and Swiss cheeses, German sauerkraut and thousand Island dressing. the Bywater cheese steak sandwich combines marinated steak, grilled onions, green pepper and Havarti cheese on a rustic roll. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-2010; www. — this New Yorkstyle deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-thu., dinner Mon.-thu. Credit cards. $ MARDI GRAS ZONE — 2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787; — the 24-hour grocery store has a deli and wood-burning pizza oven. the deli serves po-boys, salads and hot entrees such as stuffed peppers, beef stroganoff and vegetable lasagna. Vegan pizzas also are available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ MARTIN WINE CELLAR — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , (504) 896-7350; — the wine emporium offers gourmet sandwiches and deli items. the Reuben combines corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. the Sena salad features chicken, golden raisins, blue cheese, toasted pecans and pepper jelly vinaigrette over field greens. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$


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and a pretty courtyard. try dishes such as Steen’s-cured duck breast with satsuma and ginger demi-glace and stone-ground goat cheese grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


QUARTER MASTER DELI — 1100 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1416; www. — Slow-cooked pork ribs are coated in house barbecue sauce and served with two sides. Slowroasted beef is sliced thin, doused in gravy and served on 10-inch French loaves. No reservations. 24 hours daily. Cash only. $



MARTINIQUE BISTRO — 5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495; www. — this French bistro has both a cozy dining room

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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; — Breaux Mart prides itself on its “Deli to Geaux” as well as weekday specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FLAMING TORCH — 737 Octavia St., (504) 895-0900; — Chef Nathan Gile’s menu includes pan-seared Maine diver scallops with chimichurri sauce and smoked bacon and corn hash. Coffeeand coriander-spiced rack of lamb is oven roasted and served with buerre rouge and chevre mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$


JULIE’S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO’S — 2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; — the cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE — 4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges

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OAK — 8118 Oak St., (504) 3021485; — this wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. the hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$





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Cajun spices served with tassomushroom sauce. Belli Baci is the restaurant’s cocktail lounge. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 8366859 — 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. $$

MOSCA’S — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 4368950; www.moscasrestaurant. com — This family-style eatery has changed little since opening in 1946. Popular dishes include shrimp Mosca, chicken a la grande and baked oysters Mosca, made with breadcrumps and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$


RED GRAVY — 125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www. — The cafe serves breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and pastries. At lunch, try meatballs, lasagna and other Italian specialties, panini, wraps, soups and salads. Open Sundays before New Orleans Saints home games. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ANDREA’S RESTAURANT — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant. com — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale which is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Capelli D’Andrea combines house-made angel hair pasta and smoked salmon in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ CAFE GIOVANNI — 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Shrimp Dukie features Louisiana shrimp and a duck breast marinated in

VINCENT’S ITALIAN CUISINE — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 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

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Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAPANESE CHIbA — 8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119; www.chiba-nola. com — Chiba puts creative local touches on Japanese cuisine. The satsuma strawberry roll bundles scallop, yellowtail, strawberry, mango, jalapeno, wasabi tobiko and tempura flakes and is topped with spicy sauce and satsuma ponzu. Pork belly steamed buns are served with Japanese slaw and pickled onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ KAKKOII JAPANESE bISTREAUX — 7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; www.

OuT to EAT — 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; www. — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$ MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE — 1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997; www.japanesebistro. com — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE — 823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www. — 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. $$ YUKI IZAKAYA — 525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www. — 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. $

LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY 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 pan-fried crab cakes with corn maque choux and sugar snap peas. Reservations accepted. Lunch

MANNING’S — 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www. — 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. $$$ RALPH’S ON THE PARK — 900 City Park Ave., (504) 4881000; www.ralphsonthepark. com — Popular dishes include baked oysters Ralph, turtle soup and the Niman Ranch New York strip. There also are brunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ RESTAURANT R’EvOLUTION — 777 Bienville St., (504) 5532277; — Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto present a creative take on Creole dishes as well as offering caviar tastings, housemade salumi, pasta dishes and more. “Death by Gumbo” is an andouille- and oysterstuffed quail with a roux-based gumbo poured on top tableside. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ TOMAS BISTRO — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 5270942 — Tomas serves dishes like semi-boneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewoodsmoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ 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. $$ ZACHARY’S RESTAURANT — 902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-7008 — Chef Zachary Watters prepares dishes like redfish Zachary, crabmeat au gratin and Gulf seafood specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN BABYLON CAFE — 7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010; —The Babylon platter includes stuffed grape leaves, hummus, kibbeh, rice and one choice of meat: lamb, chicken or beef kebabs, chicken or beef shawarma, gyro or kufta. Chicken shawarma salad is a salad topped with olives, feta and chicken breast cooked on a rotisserie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

MEXICAN & SOUTHWESTERN JUAN’S FLYING BURRITO — 2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950; www. — Mardi Gras Indian tacos are stuffed with roasted corn, pinto beans, grilled summer squash, Jack cheese and spicy slaw. Red chile chicken and goat cheese quesadilla features grilled Creole chicken breast, salsa fresca, chile-lime adobo sauce, and Jack, cheddar and goat cheeses pressed in a flour tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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MUSIC AND FOOD BOMBAY CLUB — 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www. — Mull the menu at this French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. The duck duet pairs confit leg with pepperseared breast with black currant reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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SANTA FE — 3201 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-0077 — This casual cafe serves creative takes on Southwestern cuisine. Bolinos de Bacalau are Portuguese-style fish cakes made with dried, salted codfish, mashed potatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions and egg and served with smoked paprika aioli. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GAZEBO CAFE — 1018 Decatur St., (504) 525-8899; www. — The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. Other options include salads,

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LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS’ BAR & RESTAURANT — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 5238995; www.lucysretiredsurders. com — This surf shack serves California-Mexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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. $$

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ORIGAMI — 5130 Freret St., (504) 899-6532 — Nabeyaki udon is a soup brimming with thick noodles, chicken and vegetables. The long list of special rolls includes the Big Easy, which combines tuna, salmon, white fish, snow crab, asparagus and crunchy bits in soy paper with eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ HOUSE OF BLUES — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; — try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. the buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ THE MARKET CAFE — 1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; www. — Dine on seafood fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SIBERIA — 2227 St. Claude Ave., (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 ARTZ BAGELZ — 3138 Magzine St., (504) 309-7557; — Artz bakes its bagels in house and options include onion, garlic, honey whole wheat, cinnamonraisin, salt and others. Get one with a schmear or as a sandwich. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

KATIE’S RESTAURANT — 3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www. — Favorites at this Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. the Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. there also are salads, burgers and Italian dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, Dinner tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

PIZZa DON FORTUNATO’S PIZZERIA — 3517 20th St., Metairie, (504) 302-2674 — the Sicilian pizza is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. the chicken portobello calzone is filled with grilled chicken breast, tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomato mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ MARKS TWAIN’S PIZZA LANDING — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032; — Disembark at Mark twain’s for salads, po-boys and

NEW YORK PIZZA — 4418 Magazine St., (504) 891-2376; www. — Choose from pizza by the slice or whole pie, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more. the Big Apple pie is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and minced garlic and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THEO’S NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZA — 4218 Magazine St., (504) 8948554; 4024 Canal St., (504) 3021133; — there is a wide variety of specialty pies or build your own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. Also serving salads and sandwiches. No reservations. 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 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. $

— Parran’s offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. the veal supreme po-boy features a cutlet topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.Sat., dinner thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ SLICE — 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; — Slice is known for pizza on thin crusts made from 100 percent wheat flour. other options include the barbecue shrimp po-boy made with Abita Amber and the shrimp Portofino, a pasta dish with white garlic cream sauce, shrimp and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE STORE — 814 Gravier St., (504) 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans. com — the Store serves sandwiches, salads and hot plates, and there is a taco bar where patrons can choose their own toppings. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille and a corn bread muffin. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SeaFOOD ACME OYSTER HOUSE — 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 2466155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; www. — the original Acme oyster House in the French Quarter has served raw oysters for more than a century. the full menu includes chargrilled oysters, many cooked seafood dishes and New orleans staples. the Peace Maker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with tabasco-infused mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JUGHEAD’S CHEESESTEAKS — 801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411; — Jughead’s specializes in cheese steaks on toasted Dong Phuong bread. the regular cheese steak features thin-sliced rib-eye, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic and melted provolone and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s 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. $$

KILLER POBOYS — 811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745; www.killerpoboys. com — At the back of Erin Rose, Killer Poboys offers a short menu of poboys. 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. $

GRAND ISLE — 575 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 520-8530; — the Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and carmelized onions; and olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. the baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. $ MAHONY’S PO-BOY SHOP — 3454 Magazine St., (504) 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys. com — Mahoney’s serves traditional favorites and original po-boys like the Peacemaker, which is filled with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese. there are daily lunch specials as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PARRAN’S PO-BOYS — 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-3416;

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER & SEAFOOD CO. — citywide; www. — Menus vary by location but generally include burgers, salads, po-boys, fried seafood and New orleans favorites. the thin fried catfish platter comes with wedge-cut garlicherb fries, hush puppies and Mardi Gras coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ RED FISH GRILL — 115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill. com — Seafood favorites include hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing.

Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUL FOOD BIG MOMMA’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES — 5741 Crowder Blvd., (504) 241-2548; — Big Momma’s serves hearty combinations like the six-piece which includes a waffle and six fried wings served crispy or dipped in sauce. Breakfast is served all day. All items are cooked to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SteaKHOUSe CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS — 322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902; — this traditional steakhouse serves uSDA prime beef, and a selection of super-sized cuts includes a 40-oz. Porterhouse for two. the menu also features seafood options and a la carte side items. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

taPaS/SPaNISH MIMI’S IN THE MARIGNY — 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868 — the decadant Mushroom Manchego toast is a favorite here. or enjoy hot and cold tapas dishes ranging from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

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VEGA TAPAS CAFE — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007; www. — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VIetNaMeSe AUGUST MOON — 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129; www.moonnola. com — August Moon serves a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. there are spring rolls and pho soup as well as many popular Chinese dishes and vegetarian options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ CAFE MINH — 4139 Canal St., (504) 482-6266;— the watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and comes with crispy shrimp chips. Seafood Delight combines grilled lobster tail, diver scallops, jumbo shrimp and grilled vegetables in a sake soy reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ DOSON NOODLE HOUSE —135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7283 — traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlight the menu. the vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$ 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 with peanut sauce and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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CAFE B — 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www. — this cafe serves an elevated take on the dishes commonly found in neighborhood restaurants. Grilled redfish is served with confit of wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, charred Vidalia onion and aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch tue.-Sat., dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


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dismantled musical architecture project on Piety Street, which hosted artists from Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake, Andrew WK and Thurston Moore to downtown stalwarts Quintron, Walt McClements, Helen Gillet and Aurora Nealand. The unconventional concerts attracted national attention, and the group now is focused on the next step, Dithyrambalina, a “musical house.” Ted Riederer’s Never Records also merged unconventional art with music — his monthlong installation looked like an independent record store and performance space, where dozens of New Orleans artists played live and recorded straight to vinyl. Riederer cut two copies on the spot, one for the artist and one for the project archive. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrated its 50th anniversary with a starstudded performance at Carnegie Hall in January with Allen Toussaint, GIVERS, My Morning Jacket and Trombone Shorty, among others. It also released a retrospective box set. Among other notable local album releases, multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson released the Mardi Gras-inspired Street Parade, the follow-up to her acclaimed Hummingbird, Go!. Mardi Gras also inspired Carnivale Electricos from funk heavyweights Galactic. Dr. John paired with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach for Locked Down, which earned a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album. (New Orleans-raised Frank Ocean grabbed six nominations, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.) Rapper Curren$y dropped his major label debut The Stoned Immaculate and debuted a weekly show, “Jet Lounge,” at House of Blues. Also in rap: rapidflowing Mystikal returned from a brief prison stint for violating parole and released the track “Hit Me.” After a decade as the emcee of New Orleans’ hip-hop nucleus for up-and-coming performers, rapper Truth Universal ended the monthly hip-hop showcase Grassroots this month, but it might return as an annual festival-styled event. Rap label Cash Money announced a confusing wild card addition to its hit factory lineup: nu-metal rap-rockers Limp Bizkit. In July, former labelmate

B.G. was sentenced to 14 years The Preservation Hall Jazz for two counts of felony possesBand’s 50th anniversary sion of a firearm and one count of celebrations included a conspiracy to obstruct justice. concert at Carnegie Hall. Glen David Andrews also COURTESY OF PRESERVATION HALL. faced legal and personal battles — Andrews was charged with attempted murder, among other offenses, following an argument with his girlfriend. He entered a threemonth rehab program in July, and the now-sober performer continues weekly gigs. 2012 also continued the national obsession with bounce, from self-styled queen diva Big Freedia on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the viral success of Mr. Ghetto, who took on The Lion King and Looney Tunes. In-demand producer Diplo tapped Nicky Da B for his bounce-inspired hit “Express Yourself.” Funk pioneers The Meters were nominated for entry into the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were denied entry. Last month at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans artists performed at the city-organized NOLA: Pay it Forward concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. 2012 was not without loss: Treme Brass Band drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste died July 8 at age 81. Bob French, Original Tuxedo Jazz Band bandleader and WWOZ-FM DJ, died Nov. 12, at age 74.

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ew Orleans doesn’t have to rely on music festivals or arena tours to produce a year’s worth of highlights, but our festivals and arena tours are pretty good, too. The city’s annual crowning musical event, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, marked the return of rock ’n’ roll’s go-to inspiring savior Bruce Springsteen, who brought along the E-Street Band for a show-stopping two-hour, 24-song set, with a tribute to the city (where he also was the star of the 2006 festival) and the late Clarence Clemons. The Foo Fighters also performed, and a few months later, the band announced a hiatus, so New Orleans got one of the last glimpses of the band. In October, the 14th annual Voodoo Experience replaced Green Day, which canceled when singer Billie Joe Armstrong checked in to rehab, with Metallica, but dubstep patriarch Skrillex and Neil Young (reunited with Crazy Horse) stole the weekend. The electronic and hip-hop-focused festival BUKU Music + Art Project debuted in March with an impressive rookie lineup. Its 2013 return will cast Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit and Primus among its headliners. It also was a year of comebacks: Wu-Tang Clan, Roky Erickson, R. Stevie Moore, Fiona Apple, Guided By Voices, Anvil, Jesus and Mary Chain, Sade and DJ Shadow all made stops in New Orleans after long hiatuses. The Circle Bar also made its comeback in January after renovation delays — but in August, it pulled the plug on live music when the city found it lacked proper permits. Siberia, Mimi’s in the Marigny and others also joined a list of music venues without live entertainment permits. Kermit Ruffins organized a response to what was dubbed the city’s “war on music” — Circle Bar and Mimi’s quickly returned to presenting live music and and after Siberia went through a months-long rezoning and permit process it also resumed its weekly schedule. Ruffins’ weekly open meetings with musicians, club owners and music fans spawned the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, which meets noon Wednesdays at Ruffins’ Speakeasy in Treme to tackle permit issues and noise ordinances and help navigate the city’s musical and cultural bureaucracy. In February, Rebirth Brass Band took home its first Grammy at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for 2011’s Rebirth of New Orleans. The band also picked up the 2012 Entertainer of the Year award at the Big Easy Awards in April. A Big Easy special recognition award went to New Orleans Airlift for The Music Box, Bywater’s now-



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MusiC LisTiNGs


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Lauren LaBorde, Listings Editor 504.483.3110 FAX: 504.483.3116

All show times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday 25 Banks Street Bar — Micah Mckee & Friends, 8; Carlos & Friends, 10 BMC — Comebacks, 9 Carrollton Station — Mary Lasseigne, Russ Broussard, Jimmy Robinson, sam Craft, Alexis Marceaux, 9 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Jason Marsalis, 8 Maple Leaf Bar — Rebirth Brass Band, 10 Ralph’s on the Park — Joe Krown, 5

Howlin’ Wolf — George proter Jr.’s birthday celebration feat. George porter Jr. & the Runnin’ pardners, papa Mali, Billy iuso, eddie Christmas and others, 10 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Kipori Woods, 5; irvin Mayfield’s NoJo Jam, 8 The Maison — Linnzi Zaorski, 6; Upstarts, 9 Maple Leaf Bar — Tribute to Reward feat. Uganda Roberts, Tom Worrell & Doug Therrien, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Jayna Morgan & the sazerac Band, 6; Chapel Blues, 9:30 Old Point Bar — Mumbles, 7:30

Rock ’N’ Bowl — Benny Grunch & the Bunch, 5

Preservation Hall — preservation hall Jazz Band feat. Mark Braud, 8

Wednesday 26

Ralph’s on the Park — Joe Krown, 5

Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7 BMC — The Business, 5; Blues-4-sale, 8; Rue Fiya, 11 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6 Buffa’s Lounge — Catherine de Mer, 7 Cafe Negril — sam Cammarata & Dominick Grillo, 7:30; Another Day in paradise, 9:30 Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — Matt Lemmler, 4:30; stephanie Jordan Jazz Quartet, 8 Circle Bar — Jim o. & the No shows, 6 Columns Hotel — Andy Rogers, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New orleans streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Tin Men, 7; Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, 10

Rock ’N’ Bowl — Yat pack, 8:30 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz orchestra, 8 & 10


Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 5:30

Spotted Cat — Monty Banks, 4; orleans, 6; st. Louis slim & the Frenchmen street Jug Band, 10

d.b.a. — Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, 7; paul sanchez & out of Mouth, 10

THuRsday 27

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Loren pickford, 9:30

Banks Street Bar — smashing Blonde, 8; isla NoLA, 10 Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7 BMC — hubcap Kings, 5; Truman holland & the Back porch Review, 8; Upstarts, 11 Bombay Club — Tony seville Trio, 7 Buffa’s Lounge — Aurora Nealand, 8 Burgundy Bar — The Yat pack, 8:30

DMac’s — Ron hotstream & Tony italiano, 7; Lynn Drury, 9

Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — David Torkanowsky, 4:30; George French Trio feat. ellen smith, 8

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Alexandra Bosworth, 9:30

Carrollton Station — hons, 9

Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30

Circle Bar — KoN, 10 Columns Hotel — Kristina Morales, 8

House of Blues (Parish) — Curren$y’s Jet Lounge, 11


Crescent City Brewhouse — New orleans streetbeat, 6

DMac’s — Tommy Malone, 8

Four Points by Sheraton — Desantis Duo, 6 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Roman skakun, 5; James Rivers Movement, 8 The Maison — erin Demastes, 5; shotgun Jazz Band, 7 Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio, 10

Old Point Bar — Upstarts, 6; Dana Abbott Duet, 9 Preservation Hall — New Birth Brass Band, 8 Ralph’s on the Park — Joe Krown, 5 Rivershack Tavern — Truman holland, 7 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Geno Delafose, 8:30 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Donald harrison Quintet, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — sarah McCoy, 4; Miss sophie Lee, 6; Jumbo shrimp, 10 St. Roch Tavern — J.D. & the Jammers, 8:30 Three Muses — Tom McDermott, 4:30; Luke Winslow King, 7:30

Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Alabama slim Blues Revue feat. Little Freddie King & Guitar “Lightning” Lee, 6; 30x90 Blues Women, 9:30

UNO Lakefront Arena — Trey songz, 7:30

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Ryan Chatelain, 8; Clyde Albert, 9; Bob Worth, 10

FRiday 28

Oak — Kristin Diable, 9 Ogden Museum of Southern Art — honey island swamp Trio, 6

Vaughan’s — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue swingers, 8:30 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais st. John, 9 Andrea’s Capri Blu Lounge — Wayne “Uncle Wayne” Daigrepont, 7

Dr. John 9 p.m. Friday-saturday house of Blues 225 Decatur st. 310-4999

Banks Street Bar — Gravy Flavored Kisses, 10

d.b.a. — Linnzi Zaorski, 6; Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 10

Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7

DMac’s — Johnny Dilks & the Barroom Roses, 9

Blue Nile — stooges Brass Band, 10

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — George French Band, 10

BMC — Darwin’s Monkey Wrench, 3; B-Miller Zone, 6; Dana Abbott Band, 9; street Legends Brass Band, midnight

Four Points by Sheraton — Desantis Duo, 6

Bombay Club — Luther Kent, 5:30; Monty Banks Trio, 9

Green Room — Mockingbirds, 10

Buffa’s Lounge — Mumbles, 8 Cafe Negril — el Deorazio & Friends, 7 Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — prima Jazz Band, 9; Matt Lemmler Duo feat. Robin Barnes, 10 Carrollton Station — Marc Belloni, Cortland Burke, Kelcy Mae, Amanda Walker and others, 8 Circle Bar — Norbert slama, 6 Columns Hotel — Alex Bachari Trio, 6 Crescent City Brewhouse — New orleans streetbeat, 6 Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30

House of Blues — Big soul, 5; Dr. John, 9 House of Blues (Parish) — elon hornsby, DJ sonja Lofton, 10 Howlin’ Wolf — K-DeL, LeX, pandaMason, C-Barnz, papa phernilia, 10 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Joe Krown, 5; Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, 8 Landlubbers Pub & Club — The Rafters, 8; Night Train, 8 The Maison — Redwine Jazz Band, 4; emily estrella & the Faux Barrio Billionaires, 7; Ashton hines & the Big easy Brawlers, 10 page 52

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Banks Street Bar — Major Bacon, 10

Be honest, Jazz Fest Big Chiefs and OffBeat subscribers: At this time last year, a show of hands on whether Mac Rebennack had an album like Locked Down (Nonesuch) in him would have resulted in one four-fingered vote in the affirmative. (You can lower your arm, Dan Auerbach — your credit is forthcoming.) No matter how much witch-doctoring and hoodoo moon-raking is in their rear-view, septuagenarian musicians typically don’t conjure the best record of their career out of thick, humid air. Reasonable people can (and certainly will) disagree, but Locked Down is my pick for the top Louisiana release of 2012 and the initial line in Dr. John’s legendary oeuvre — notwithstanding the Gris-Gris ’60s, Gumbo ’70s, potboiler ’80s, burnt-roux ’90s and Blue Note rehabilitation of the last decade. The first side in particular rocks like a capsized ark and rolls like a five-sided die: Black Key master Auerbach filling every nook and cranny with smoked-out horns and interloping guitar, poking the bear with agitaphoTo BY JAMes DeMARiA tive percussion and animalistic ambience; Rebennack answering in turn with roiling organs and an absolutely possessed vocal deC performance, skipping expected Night Tripper caricatures to go trawling with the night crawlers, calling out “religious ThRU delusions” and “stoned confusions” in all manner of honking deC howls and phlegm-clearing growls. After five decades and several more states of mind, he finally got the right place and the right time. Tickets $40, $90 balcony seating. — NoAh BoNApARTe pAis


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Maple Leaf Bar — New Orleans Suspects CD release, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Nancy Staggs, 4 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Daniel Black, 7; Richard Bienvenu, 8; Jonathan Tankel, 9; Sydney Beaumont, 10 Oak — Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, 9 Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5; Upstarts, 9:30 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Jazz Masters feat. Leroy Jones, 8 Rivershack Tavern — Danny Alexander, 10 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Top Cats, 9:30 Siberia — King James & Friends, 6; Katey Red, Sissy Nobby, JC Styles, Gotti Boi Chris and others, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — The Bridge Trio feat. Davell Crawford, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, 6; Cottonmouth Kings, 10 Three Muses — Kennedy Greenrod, 4; Moonshiners, 6

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Tipitina’s — Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 9


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

Saturday 29 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9 Ampersand — Flosstradamus, 10 Andrea’s Capri Blu Lounge — Wayne “Uncle Wayne” Daigrepont, 7 Banks Street Bar — Mastablasta, 10 Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7 Blue Nile — Toubab Krewe, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Flow Tribe, 7 BMC — Hubcap Kings, 3; Lil’ Red & Big Bad, 6; Eudora Evans & Deep Soul, 9; Kidnapped Orchestra, midnight Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6; Don Vappie, 9:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 8 Burgundy Bar — Bobby Lonero & the New Orleans Express, 9 Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — Prima Jazz Band, 9; Lena Prima & Band, 10

Carrollton Station — Blackened Blues Band, 9 Circle Bar — David Bowie Tribute Night, 10 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9 d.b.a. — Todd Duke & Friends, 7; Honey Island Swamp Band, Lightnin’ Malcom, 11 DMac’s — Chris Watts & the Hooch Riders, 9 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Tom Fitzpatrick, 10 Four Points by Sheraton — DeSantis Duo, 6 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Green Room — Marcos Maceira & Crescent City Groove Trio, 10 House of Blues — 30x90 Blues Women, 5; Dr. John, 9 Howlin’ Wolf Den — Radioactive Red, 10 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Leroy Jones Quintet, 8, Deja Vu Brass Band, midnight Jimmy’s Music Club — Backstabbers, Stephie & the Whitesox, Models, The Limit, The Front and others, 8 The Maison — Kelcy Mae, 4; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 7; Debauche, 10:30; Street Legends Brass Band, 12:30 a.m. Maple Leaf Bar — New Orleans Suspects CD release, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Mumbles, 12:30; Sam Friend, 4; Emily Estrella & the Faux Barrio Billionaires, 7:30 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Dan Rivers, 8; Badura, 9; Bee Meekers & Friends, 10 Oak — Andrew Duhon, 9 Old Point Bar — Mumbles, 9:30 Old U.S. Mint — Thais Clark, 2 One Eyed Jacks — Dax Riggs, 9 Preservation Hall — Southern Syncopaters feat. Steve Pistorius, 8 Ritz-Carlton — Catherine Anderson, 1 Rivershack Tavern — Big Easy Playboys, 10 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Eric Lindell plus Emily Kopp, Anson Funderburgh & Duke Bardwell, 9

Siberia — Sex Hunter, Trampoline Team, Dummy Dumpster, Die Rotzz, DJ Quintron, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Herlin Riley Quintet, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Mario Abney’s Band, noon; Reboppers, 3; Panorama Jazz Band, 6; Jazz Vipers, 10 Three Muses — Davis Rogan, 6; Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, 6; Sunflower City Trio, 9 Tommy’s Wine Bar — Julio & Caesar, 10 Twist of Lime — A Hanging, Dope Deal, Ossacrux, 10

SuNday 30 Banks Street Bar — South Jones, NOLA County, Ron Hotstream & the F-Holes, 9 BMC — Mumbles, 3; Eudora Evans & Deep Soul, 6; Andy J. Forest, 9 Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like it Hot!, 11 a.m. Circle Bar — Micah McKee & Little Maker, 6; Micah McKee, 10 Columns Hotel — Chip Wilson, 11 a.m. Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Palmetto Bug Stompers, 6; Krewe of Julu fundraiser feat. Gypsyphonic Disko, Good Enough for Good Times, 10 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Todd Duke, 10 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Howlin’ Wolf Den — Hot 8 Brass Band, 10 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Germaine Bazzle & Paul Longstreth, 8 Le Pavillon Hotel — Philip Melancon, 8:30 a.m.

Preservation Hall — New Orleans Jazz Legacy Band feat. Tommy Sancton, 8 Ralph’s on the Park — Joe Krown, 11 a.m. Ritz-Carlton — Armand St. Martin, 10:30 a.m.; Catherine Anderson, 2 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Bucktown All-Stars, 8:30 Roosevelt Hotel (Blue Room) — James Rivers Movement, 11 a.m. Siberia — Thee Holy Ghosts, Primitive Boys, Birthstone, DJ 9ris 9ris, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Jim Singleton CD release, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — St. Louis Slim, noon; Rites of Swing, 3; Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers, 6; Pat Casey & the New Sounds, 10 Three Muses — Raphael Bas & Norbert Slama, 5:30; Raphael & Norbert, 5:30; Debbie Davis, 8 Tipitina’s — Cajun Fais Do-Do feat. Bruce Daigrepont, 5:30 Triage — Gypsy Elise & the Royal Blues, 6

MoNday 31 Apple Barrel — Sam Cammarata, 8 Banks Street Bar — Egg Yolk Jubilee, 10 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10 Blue Nile — Toubab Krewe, Honey Island Swamp Band, 9 BMC — Lil’ Red & Big Bad, 6; Upstarts, 9:30; Big Easy Brawlers, 1 a.m. Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 8

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 8; Irvin Mayfield & Jazz Playhouse All-Stars, 9 The Maison — Chicken & Waffles, 5; Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, 7; Local Skank, 10; Brass-A-Holics, 11; Lagniappe Brass Band, 1 a.m. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Dave Easley, 8; Dave Malecek, 9; Genial Orleanians, 10 Old Point Bar — Brent Walsh Jazz Trio feat. Romy Kaye, 7; Major Bacon, 9:30 One Eyed Jacks — Black Lips, King Louie’s Missing Monuments, Orwells, 9 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Lionel Ferbos & Palm Court Jazz All-Stars, 9 Preservation Hall — St. Peter Street All-Stars feat. Lars Edegran & Big Al Carson, 1 Rivershack Tavern — Monster Crawfish, 9:30 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Tab Benoit plus Jonathan “Boogie” Long, 9:30 Siberia — Leftover Crack, Juicy Karkass, Crackbox, Vapo-Rats, Mea Culpa, 9

Checkpoint Charlie — Unnaturals, Bills, Thee Holy Ghosts, 9

Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy, noon; Peter Loggins Band, 3; Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street All-Stars, 6; Shotgun Jazz Band, 10

The Maison — Dave Easley, 5; Session, 7

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Old Point Bar — Brent Walsh Trio feat. Romy Kaye, 3:30

Howlin’ Wolf — Rebirth Brass Band, Papa Grows Funk, 10:30

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, 8 & 10

Circle Bar — Missy Meatlocker, 6; Eric Lindell & the Sunliners, 10

Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Kevin Clark & Tom McDermott, 11:30 a.m.; Javier Olondo & AsheSon, 8

House of Blues — Gregg Allman, Royal Southern Brotherhood, 10

Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge — Lena Prima & Band, 9

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts — Kem, Glen David Andrews, Davell Crawford, DJ Captain Charles, 7

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

Hangar 13 — Gravity A, Quickie Mart, 9

Columns Hotel — David Doucet, 8

The Cypress — Sore Loser, On the Way to Infinity, Calibrate the Massacre, Dodging Cathrine, Through What Was, 6 d.b.a. — Soul Rebels Brass Band, Mississippi Rail Company, 10 DMac’s — Danny Alexander, 7

Three Muses — Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, 6; Maria Abney, 10

claSSical/ coNcertS Trinity Episcopal Church — 1329 Jackson Ave., 5220276; — Tue: Organ & Labyrinth Organ Recital feat. Albinas Prizgintas, Tuesdays, 6; Sun: Jo “Cool” Davis, 5



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DECEMBER 2012 Calendar SATURDAYS 8pm 12/29 Leroy Jones Quintet Midnight Brass Band Jam featuring 12/29 Déjà vu Brass Band SUNDAYS 8pm Tyler’s Revisited featuring

Germaine Bazzle & Paul Longstreth

MONDAYS 8pm Gerald French &

the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

9pm 12/31 New Year’s Eve Celebration

with Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue plus special guests

TUESDAYS 8pm 12/25 Jason Marsalis

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WEDNESDAYS 5pm Kipori Woods 8pm 12/26 Grammy Award-winning

Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam performing the music of

Antonio Carlos Jobim $15 cover THURSDAYS 5pm Roman Skakun 8pm The James Rivers


FRIDAYS 5pm The Professor Piano Series 12/28 Joe Krown 8pm

Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown

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xpectations are everything when it comes to movies. Spend too much time looking forward to a film and you only set yourself up for disappointment. Keep the relentless marketing hype at bay and you’re far more likely to appreciate even the partial successes most movies manage to achieve. Though expectations were pretty high this year, the films of 2012 generally exceeded them. Sure, there were some spectacular high-profile failures (Prometheus and John Carter come to mind). But for every by-the-numbers insult to the American moviegoer, there was another big-budget film that overcame its corporate origins by sheer forces of will and imagination. In 2012, Hollywood’s biggest studios consistently handed the reins to visionary filmmakers with often-remarkable results (see Sam Mendes’s Skyfall or Joss Whedon’s The Avengers). It was a very good year for movies. Those successes are all the more striking given the long, slow decline of the large and historic Hollywood studios in recent years. In 2012, studios further embraced their substantial new roles as marketers and distributors of films made by people outside the studio system. There was a time when each studio created its own identity through the films it chose to produce. Today, even those who work in Hollywood will tell you privately that they have trouble telling the studios apart. At the same time, what truly constitutes an independent film has gotten harder to discern as long-held divisions continue to blur. Maybe the best thing about the year in movies is that labels and categories seemed meaningless as never before. When quality and originality start to look like shared values, things are going well. The most lovable movies of 2012 were those that transported us completely to places we didn’t know existed. In some cases, that’s because these places didn’t really exist until they were brought to life on film. Three movies fit that bill better than any others released this year: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Dark Knight Rises. Each seems to thrive in a world entirely of its own devising and succeed only on its own selfdefined terms. What follows is a purelysubjective-no-apologies Top 10 movies of the year, presented in alphabetical order. Several highly anticipated 2012 films, including Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, have not yet screened for local print reviewers and are not under consideration here:

Director Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Argo — Director Ben Affleck proves it’s still possible to make an old-fashioned Hollywood thriller with neither cynicism nor flag-waving at its core. Beasts of the Southern Wild — New Orleans filmmaker Benh Zeitlin and his ragtag crew made history with a magical and utterly original work of Louisiana art. Beauty Is Embarrassing — This unassuming documentary about artist Wayne White has charm to burn and provides welcome sustenance for creative types. The Dark Knight Rises — Is it possible to bring the depth and vision of a great art film to the world of cinematic superheroes? It is now. Django Unchained — Quentin Tarantino goes way over the top with his spaghetti Southern, but his exuberance and obvious love for movies are hard to resist. Jeff, Who Lives at Home — Metairie’s Duplass brothers transcend their mumblecore roots with a sweet and heartfelt tale of personal redemption. Lincoln — Seldom has the majesty of great ideas been depicted so convincingly on film. Marley — This gorgeous documentary strips away the false veneer that’s always applied to cultural icons, revealing a great man with a remarkable life story. Moonrise Kingdom — Director Wes Anderson finally channels his huge talent into a great and memorable film by recreating the childhood none of us actually had. Skyfall — This movie hits a tiny bullseye, bringing James Bond into the 21st century while retaining everything there is to love about 007’s world.




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nOw shOwing ANNA KARENINA (R) — Keira Knightley plays the title role in the adaptation of the tolstoy novel about a russian aristocrat who has a scandalous affair. Canal Place BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES (NR) — the museum screens a 4-D film, bringing audiences into battle using archival footage and special effects. National World War II Museum Solomon Victory Theater CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY (PG) — James Cameron and director andrew adamson’s 3-D epic features performances by Cirque de soleil. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Hollywood 14

THE GUILT TRIP (PG-13) — an inventor (seth rogen) invites his mother (barbra streisand) on a cross-country trip to sell his latest product. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13) — the film is the first installment of peter Jackson’s adaptation of the J.r.r. tolkien fantasy. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 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 JACK REACHER (NR) — a homicide investigator (tom Cruise) investigates a shooting by a trained military sniper that leaves five dead. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14

THE LAST REEF: CITIES BENEATH THE SEA (NR) — the documentary explores exotic coral reefs and vibrant sea walls around the world. Entergy IMAX

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LES MISERABLES (PG-13) — Hugh Jackman, russell Crowe, anne Hathaway and amanda seyfried lead an ensemble cast in the film adaptation of the epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 LIFE OF PI (PG) — ang lee directs the adaptation of Yann martel’s 2001 adventure novel. AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20 LINCOLN (PG-13) — steven spielberg’s biopic stars Daniel Day-lewis as abraham lincoln and sally field as mary todd lincoln. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Hollywood 14 MONSTERS, INC. 3-D (PG-13) — the 2001 pixar comedy gets a 3-D re-release. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Hollywood 14 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG-13) — a grandfather (billy Crystal) is tasked with caring for his grandchildren when his daughter leaves town for work. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE POLAR EXPRESS 3-D (PG-13) — the adaptation of the Chris Van allsburg children’s classic voiced by tom Hanks returns in 3-D. Entergy IMAX RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) — the animated fantasy-adventure film is based on william Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series. AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R) — after a stint in a mental institution, a former teacher (bradley Cooper) moves in with his parents and attempts to reconcile with his wife — but a mysterious woman (Jennifer lawrence) complicates things. AMC Palace 20, Canal Place SKYFALL (PG-13) — Daniel Craig returns as James bond in the spy thriller. AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Hollywood 14

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special screenings BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (NR) — the documentary traces the story of the popular skateboarding team of the ’70s and ’80s that includes tony Hawk, rodney mullen, steve Caballero and others. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 5:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m. WednesdaySunday and Jan. 1-3, Zeitgeist MultiDisciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www. TAI CHI ZERO (PG-13) — in stephen feng’s steampunk kung-fu adventure, a young man travels to a village renowned for its tai Chi style but is greeted with resistance from residents. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors,

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$6 members. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and Jan. 1-3, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 8275858; TOUCH OF EVIL (NR) — orson welles’ 1958 film noir concerns murder, kidnapping and police corruption in a mexican border town. 7 p.m. Thursday, The Theatres at Canal Place, Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 581-5400; www.

call FOr FilMMaKers LOUISIANA FILM FESTIVAL the inaugural film and mentorship program to be held april 18-21 accepts entries. Visit www.lifilmfest. org for details. submission deadline is Jan. 7. AMC Palace 10 (Hammond), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 12 (Clearview), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 16 (Westbank), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 20 (Elmwood), (888) 262-4386; Canal Place, 363-1117; Chalmette Movies, 304-9992; Entergy IMAX, 581-IMAX; Grand (Slidell), (985) 641-1889; Hollywood 9 (Kenner), 464-0990; Hollywood 14 (Covington), (985) 893-3044; Kenner MegaDome, 468-7231; Prytania, 891-2787; Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, 527-6012

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DJANGO UNCHAINED (R) — Quentin tarantino’s louisiana-shot spaghetti western follows a freed slave (Jamie foxx) and dentistturned-bounty hunter (Christoph waltz) who set out to free the slave’s wife (Kerry washington). AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14

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he year — including the socalled Mayan apocalypse — has come and gone and most of us are still here. Even among the Maya there was no consensus about what it all meant beyond a vague sense of transition. Maybe the Taoist maxim, “continuity in the midst of change,” offers the best explanation and provides a pretty good description of our local art community during 2012. Although 2011 was unusually tumultuous, 2012 was a time of consolidation and assimilation, and was not entirely uneventful. One looming change involves Heriard-Cimino Gallery. Long recognized as a Julia Street leader for its distinct curatorial vision, the gallery just closed and will move to San Francisco for an indefinite period, says longtime director Jeanne Cimino. Although it is not known what form its new iteration will take, its elegantly provocative presence will be missed. A new gallery will open in early January at the same location (name and ownership to be announced), ensuring an almost seamless transition. If Julia Street seemed relatively serene, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) provided a colorful counterpoint in March when curator Amy Mackie quit after 14 months on the job. Her philosophical differences with CAC management seemed underscored when the main exhibition, titled Spaces and spotlighting St. Claude Arts District artists, was unexpectedly shut down for several days to facilitate a film shoot. Many artists protested by removing their work, and while film shoots have interrupted CAC exhibitions before, New Orleans has changed since Hurricane Katrina and St. Claude artists are famously passionate, so the uproar, if unprecedented, was not surprising. In late May, CAC executive director Jay Weigel announced he would resign pending the hiring of his replacement, something that had been in the works for years but had never happened. Since then, the CAC has intensified its outreach and programming while launching innovative exhibition projects like its “Press Play” video expos and its “Soundscape” series of works by sound artists, programs that, with rotating shows in niche spaces like its Corner and spiral ramp galleries, have created what Weigel calls “a more collaborative atmosphere” — and he credits interim curator Jan Gilbert with implementing the changes. Meanwhile the search is on for a new director. Former CAC board president and search committee chair Robyn Dunn Schwarz says, “Over 60 resumes have been received, out of which 10 applicants

are now under consideration.” She and Weigel say the search will remain ongoing until “exactly the right person” is found. Most of the city’s respective art communities are exhibiting strong vital signs. After weathering turbulence last year, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art now features some outstanding exhibitions that merit a visit, and the low-key McKenna Museum of African American Art perennially deserves more attention than it receives. The St. Claude scene continues to expand with minimal obvious financial support even as it epitomizes an alluring sense that something dynamic and authentic is happening — a quality that propels some intriguing interactions with other cultural capitals. The New York-based Joan Mitchell Foundation maintains its only American satellite facility on Bayou Road, where its quietly substantial activities have significantly enriched our art scene. The management of the Prospect New Orleans international biennial, now paradoxically based in Los Angeles, appears more organized than ever as it prepares to launch Prospect.3 in 2014. And finally, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

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seems to have emerged from its first century of existence in fine form thanks to the efforts of current director Susan Taylor and her longtime predecessor E. John Bullard. If surging attendance, strong finances and high visibility are any gauge, NOMA may have entered a golden age. Some of its current success can be attributed to sophisticated outreach efforts. “We’re always looking for ways to engage our audiences, new and current,” Taylor says, citing popular exhibitions coupled with “a relaunched educational program focused on schools and literacy, including a visual literacy program for 3- and 4-year-olds.” Taylor says she wants NOMA to be so much a part of the city’s fabric that it becomes our “cultural living room.” If appearances are any guide, she seems well on her way.



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GaLLErIES A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY. 241 Chartres St., 568-1313; www.agallery. com — “moonshine & stratum lucidum,” photographs by louviere + Vanessa; “salt and time,” photographs by shelby lee adams; “natural Histories,” photographs by Keith Carter; “nocturnes,” photographs by Josephine sacabo; both through monday. ANGELA KING GALLERY. 241 Royal St., 524-8211; www. — works by michelle gagliano, through Jan. 10. ANTIEAU GALLERY. 927 Royal St., 304-0849; www. — “a good Defense,” works by beth bojarski, through January.

BENEITO’S ART. 3618 Magazine St., 891-9170; — oil paintings by bernard beneito, ongoing. BERTA’S AND MINA’S ANTIQUITIES GALLERY. 4138 Magazine St., 895-6201 — “new orleans loves to second line all the time,” works by nilo and mina lanzas; works by Clementine Hunter, noel rockmore and others; all ongoing. BIG BUNNY FINE ART. 332 Exchange Alley, 309-2444; — “old enough for ghosts,” works by greg gieguez, steve lohman, sarah nelson and Hanneke relyea, ongoing. BYRDIE’S GALLERY. 2422 A St. Claude Ave., — “earth never leaves Your Hands,” photographs by lindsay Carter pritchard, through Jan. 8. CALLAN CONTEMPORARY. 518 Julia St., 525-0518; www. — “mantras of form and pattern,” handmade paper installations

CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY. 840 Napoleon Ave., 8956130; www.carolrobinsongallery. com — works by Jere allen, Christina goodman, sonia Kouyoumdjian, mary Hardy and gallery artists, through saturday. CASELL GALLERY. 818 Royal St., 524-0671; — works by Joachim Casell, phillip sage, rene ragi, Jack miller and others, ongoing. COLE PRATT GALLERY. 3800 Magazine St., 891-6789; www. — mixedmedia constructions by Hasmig Vartanian; “field notes: the Dialogue Continued,” photographs by leslie addison and george Havard Yerger, through saturday. COUP D’OEIL ART CONSORTIUM. 2033 Magazine St., 722-0876; — “loss,” photographs by souzan alavi, through Jan. 5. COURTYARD GALLERY. 1129 Decatur St., 330-0134; www. — Hand-carved works in wood by Daniel garcia, ongoing. D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 524-3936; www.docsgallery. com — “the wildflower series,” oil paintings by busch, through Jan. 3. DU MOIS GALLERY. 4921 Freret St., 818-6032; www. — images from the book Jackson Squared by will Crocker, Jackson Hill and tom Varisco; paintings by romy mariano, through saturday. THE FOUNDATION GALLERY. 608 Julia St., 568-0955; www.foundationgallerynola. com — works by paul santoleri, through Jan. 12.

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THE GARDEN DISTRICT GALLERY. 1332 Washington Ave., 891-3032; — “a Visual feast: new orleans restaurants,” a group exhibition of paintings, through Jan. 20.

SECOND STORY GALLERY. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 710-4506; — “sexual expression,” female portraits by Veronica ali, through Jan. 5.

GUTHRIE CONTEMPORARY. 3815 Magazine St., 897-2688; — “5 rooms/5 photographers,” photographs by Heidi lender, Jane fulton alt, Jennifer shaw, aline smithson and ayumi tanaka in conjunction with photonola, through Jan. 26. HEMMERLING GALLERY. 733 Royal St., 524-0909; www. — “letters of light,” works by anna gil, through monday. HOMESPACE GALLERY. 1128 St. Roch Ave., (917) 584-9867 — “V,” a five-year anniversary show featuring more 40 artists, through Jan. 6. JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; — “iconolagy,” paintings by will smith Jr., through monday. JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 522-5471; — “Your love never survived the Heat of my Heart,” paintings by ted riederer, through monday. LEMIEUX GALLERIES. 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www. — “the symphony inside Her,” works by nathan Durfee, through saturday. M.S. RAU ANTIQUES. 630 Royal St., 523-5660; — “impressionism: influences and impact,” paintings by Claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, Vincent van gogh and Jean-baptiste Camille Corot, through Jan. 4. OCTAVIA ART GALLERY. 4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; — “Contemporary antiques,” a group photography show curated by franke relle, through Jan. 5. RHINO CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS GALLERY. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., second floor, 523-7945; www. — works by nellrea simpson, Chip tipton, tamra Carboni and Caren nowak, ongoing.

THE FRONT. 4100 St. Claude Ave.; — works by Carl Joe williams; works by Kyle Hossli; “angry american artist,” works by rajko radovanovic; works by mike Drake, through Jan. 6.

RODRIGUE GALLERY. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., 525-2500; www. — photographs by Jack robinson curated by sarah wilkerson freeman, through march.

GALLERY 30-OH-1. Joey K’s, 3001 Magazine St., second floor — “living on stilts,” works by aimee farnet siegel, through

SCOTT EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581 — “facade,” photographic collage by J.

SIBLEY GALLERY. 3427 Magazine St., 899-8182 — “memes and mirrors of mind and memory,” three-dimensional structures by Jimmy block, through Jan. 9. SOREN CHRISTENSEN GALLERY. 400 Julia St., 569-9501; — “recent observations,” photographs by lee Crum in conjunction with photonola; “interface,” ceramic installations by bradley sabin; both through saturday. ST. TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION. 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-8650; — “wax on,” encaustic works by louisiana artists curated by Jessica Danby, through Jan. 12. STAPLE GOODS. 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331; www. — “painters’ Choice,” photographs by lake newton in conjunction with photonola, through Jan. 6. STUDIO 831. 532 Royal St., 304-4392; www.studio831royal. com — “in a mind’s eye,” sculpture by Jason robert griego, ongoing. TORRES-TAMA ARTEFUTURO STUDIO. 1329 Saint Roch Ave., 232-2968 — “photo retablos: immigrants in Chocolate City,” mixed-media photographs by Jose torres-tama in conjunction with photonola, through monday.

SParE SPaCES HEY! CAFE. 4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe. biz — “reconsidering nature,” photographs by Janell o’Halloran in conjunction with photonola, through monday. paintings by mario ortiz, ongoing. LA DIVINA GELATERIA. 621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; — photographs by rita posselt, ongoing. NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY, ROSA KELLER BRANCH. 4300 S. Broad St., 596-2675; — “random Daze,” works by Dwayne Conrad, natasha sanchez, pat Jolly, amanda leigh and brian Cunningham, through Jan. 7. POYDRAS CENTER. 650 Poydras St. — “excursions,” paintings by al Champagne, through December.


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SEUM CABILDO. 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “new orleans bound 1812: the steamboat that Changed america,” through January 2013.

CONGO SQUARE NEW WORLD RHYTHMS FESTIVAL. the Jazz and Heritage foundation seeks artists and craft-makers for the festival, held march 23-24. Visit www. for details. application deadline is feb. 1.

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESBYTERE. 751 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “it’s Carnival time in louisiana,” Carnival artifacts; “living with Hurricanes: Katrina and beyond”; both ongoing.

GEORGE RODRIGUE FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS CONTEST. High school-aged contestants create art around the theme “louisiana’s Culinary Heritage” for a chance to have the work appear in a cookbook and to win scholarships and prizes. Visit for details. submissions deadline is feb. 20. RAU FOR ART FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION. m.s. rau antique’s foundation, which provides scholarships to high school artists in orleans, Jefferson and st. bernard parishes, has an art competition that awards scholarships and an opportunity to study in italy. Visit for details. application deadline is Jan. 4.

muSEumS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 5283800; — “Color fall Down,” photographs by priya Kambli; “where Do we migrate to?” a group show; “rooted,” an installation by ben Diller; “revolve,” sculpture by rontherin ratliff; all through Jan. 20. GEORGE & LEAH MCKENNA MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART. 2003 Carondelet St., 586-7432; www. — “faces of treme,” photographs by Chandra mcCormick and Keith Calhoun in conjunction with photonola, through Jan. 26. HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — “perique,” photographs by Charles martin, through feb. 2. “something old, something new: Collecting in the 21st Century,” an exhibition of significant acquisitions since 2000, through feb. 8. LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS. 7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488; www.longuevue. com — “Jewels through History,” jewelry by mario Villa, through sunday. “ritual forms: the sculptures and Drawings of Clyde Connell,” through sunday. “a year and one day,” sculpture by andy behrle, through Dec. 20. LOUISIANA STATE MU-

MADAME JOHN’S LEGACY. 632 Dumaine St., 568-6968; — “the palm, the pine and the Cypress: newcomb College pottery of new orleans,” ongoing. NEW ORLEANS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. 1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 566-1136; — “the labat project,” oral history and archives exploring Creole culture by lori K. gordon, through wednesday. “bambara: from africa to new orleans, from the gambia river to the mississippi,” through saturday. NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www. — “19th Century louisiana landscapes,” paintings by richard Clague, marshall smith Jr. and william buck, through Jan. 6. “lifelike,” works based on commonplace objects by andy warhol, gerhard richter, James Casebere and others, through Jan. 27. “ida Kohlmeyer: 100th anniversary Highlights,” through feb. 10. “make Yourself at Home,” paintings by Jim richard, through feb. 24. OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART. 925 Camp St., 539-9600; — Jewelry by lauren eckstein schonekas of Construct Jewelry, ongoing. “CUrrents,” photography by new orleans photo alliance members, through Jan. 6. “50 photographs: an iconography of Chance,” works by tav falco; “something whispered, something sung,” photographs by louviere+Vanessa; “salt & truth,” photographs by shelby lee adams, through Jan. 7. OLD U.S. MINT. 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-568-6993; www. — winners of pictures of the Year international’s Visions of excellence awards, through february. SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; — “the Da Vino Code,” paintings by leonarto da Vino (Chuck gray), through sunday. “tanqueray olive” and “guinness pint,” prints by tom gianfagna, through Jan. 21.

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2012 was a year of transitions and new beginnings in local theater. By Will Coviello


ive theater was conspicuously absent from new orleans’ most established downtown theaters for most of 2012, but it blossomed in many other spaces, and it was a good year for grand experiments, new beginnings and new plays. le Petit theatre du Vieux Carre remained dark while the theater moved to resolve financial issues and reopen. dickie Brennan and Company soon will open the restaurant tableau on the corner spot on St. Peter Street, and le Petit will open its season later in spring. Southern Rep gave up the lease on its third floor space at the Shops at Canal Place in January. it recently began presenting shows at the Contemporary arts Center (CaC) with a holiday run of dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But Southern Rep’s work on the other side of elysian Fields was quite successful. artistic director aimee hayes starred as a wonderfully deluded and histrionic Blanche duBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, staged at michalopoulos Studio, just blocks from where tennessee Williams set the play. one of the year’s great surprises was the spectacle of The Lily’s Revenge. hayes and Southern Rep were the prime organizers behind the five-act, five-and-ahalf-hour opus involving multiple directors, more than 40 actors and several different stages within the den of muses. evan Spigelman was inspired as the lily, and the entire cast made the show as pleasing as it was ambitious. the theater scene in marigny and Bywater continued to grow. the nola Project and Cripple Creek theatre Company presented Balm in Gilead, a kaleidoscope of 24 colorful characters, most living on the margins and down-but-not-quite-out, in lanford Wilson’s challenging work. the allWays lounge & theatre was a busy house, and it presented outrageous works like Shanghai and a bohemian take on Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. the new orleans Fringe Festival had a big year, with 70 shows including many fine works by local writers, puppeteers and dancers, as well as some new new orleanians who moved to the city to be part of the theater community. the marigny opera house has been a Fringe venue for several years and has been designated by the city as a church, allowing it to pursue necessary city permits

to present theater and music events. mid-City theatre blossomed in 2012, and Ricky Graham and Varla Jean merman were familiar faces on that stage. Graham directed Varla as a singing nun in Charles Busch’s comedy The Divine Sister, a sort of composite of popular nun films. also cross-dressed but far more serious and nuanced was Graham’s lead in Shirley Valentine at the CaC. in Kenner, Rivertown Rep became Rivertown theaters for the Performing arts and Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi of theatre 13 have a five-year deal to run the space. they started the year at Southern Rep, offering an energetic version of the rock musical adaptation of Spring Awakening, a 19th century German drama about teen sexuality. at Rivertown, they opened with Legally Blonde: The Musical and followed up with Boeing Boeing. at Jefferson Performing arts Society, John “Spud” mcConnell added some body to Hairspray. anthony Bean Community theater revived ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf with a member of the cast of the Broadway revival, ieasha Primemartin. Blues for an Alabama Sky revisited the harlem Renaissance with cast of characters caught up in the social changes of their era, and the theater closed its year with august Wilson’s Seven Guitars. original works debuting in the city included a range of approaches. leigh Fondakowksi (The Laramie Project) presented a workshop production of Spill, her documentary-like drama about the BP oil disaster. Jim Fitzmorris took off the gloves in his one-man show about education reform, Urban Education Smackdown.

Evan Spigelman starred in The Lily’s Revenge, an ambitious show encompassing more than 40 actors, multiple directors, five acts, dance, film and more. Photo By Ride hamilton

lisa d’amour and artSpot Productions presented a partially participatory/experiential work based on august Strindberg’s Miss Julie in Kiss Kiss Julie at the Joan mitchell Center. the creators of Darwin the Dinosaur, lightwire theater (formerly CoRBian Visual arts and dance), barely missed the finals on nBC’s America’s Got Talent. the group returned to the CaC and presented its new show, The Ugly Duckling. With its impressive costuming and choreography, The Lion King was one of the bigger touring Broadway shows to hit the mahalia Jackson theater. other popular shows included Stomp and Les Miserables. major touring comedians including lewis Black and Wanda Sykes performed at the mahalia as well, and the new movement theater also established itself as a comedy destination, hosting touring comics and its own hell yes Fest. as the year closed, the Civic theatre announced its reopening in January 2013, and work continues on the Saenger theatre, which is expected to reopen in the coming year as well. in theaters of all sorts, 2013 promises to be a busy year on local stages.

STAGE listings

Complete listings at www.bestofneworleans.Com

Lauren LaBorde, Listings Editor 504.483.3110 faX: 504.483.3116

ThEATER SHUT UP, SWEET CHARLOTTE!. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 4881460; www.midcitytheatre. com — ricky graham and Varla Jean merman star in the parody of the 1948 bette Davis film Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. tickets $30 general admission, $35 Vip seating. 8 p.m. thursday-saturday and monday, 6 p.m. sunday through Jan. 19.


NAKED GIRLS READING. Cafe Soule, 720 St. Louis St., 304-4636; www.cafesoule. com — the event by naked girls reading, the literary event that started in Chicago, features nude women reading A Christmas Carol. reservations are required. Visit www. for details. tickets $15. 9 p.m. saturday.

AUdITIonS ANTHONY BEAN COMMUNITY THEATER. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529; — the theater seeks african-american actors ages 16-65 for its upcoming season of shows. auditions are by appointment only. 2 p.m. saturday and Jan. 5. CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS. Delgado Community College, City Park campus, 615 City Park Ave., 671-5012; — the women’s chorus holds weekly auditions for new members. Call 453-0858 or visit www. for

MARDI GRAS CHORUS. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1001 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 469-4740; — the men’s barbershop harmony chorus holds weekly auditions for new members. Call 363-9001 or visit www.mardigraschorus. com for details. 7:15 p.m. tuesday.

ComEdY ALLSTAR COMEDY REVUE. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St. — leon blanda hosts the stand-up comedy show with special guests and a band. free admission. 8 p.m. thursday. BARON VAUGHN & FRIENDS. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www.newmovementtheater. com — the comedian (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Live at Gotham, Black Dynamite) performs with sean patton, Chris trew, rojo perez and Cassidy Henehan. tickets $15. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. sunday. BROWN IMPROV COMEDY. Rendon Inn’s Dugout Sports Bar & Grill, 4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www. — the local improv troupe performs its long-running show. Visit www. for details. tickets $10 general admission, $7 students. 9:30 p.m. saturday. COMEDY BEAST. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., 522-9653; — the new movement presents a stand-up comedy showcase. tickets $5. 8:30 p.m. tuesday. COMEDY CATASTROPHE. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., 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., 522-9653; www. — local comedians perform, and ama-

COMEDY SPORTZ. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; — the theater hosts an all-ages improv comedy show. tickets $10. 7 p.m. saturday. FEAR & LOATHING WITH GOD’S BEEN DRINKING. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; www. — the double bill includes fear and loathing, the sketch comedy show, and god’s been Drinking, the improv comedy troupe. tickets $10, $5 with drink purchase. 8:30 p.m. friday. THE FRANCHISE. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; — the weekly showcase rotates tnm house improv troupes, including Claws with fangs, stupid time machine, super Computer, Chris and tami and the language. tickets $5. 10:30 p.m. friday.


GIVE ’EM THE LIGHT OPENMIC COMEDY SHOW. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 3104999; — leon blanda hosts the showcase. sign-up 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. tuesday. ILIAD & THE SPREADSHEET. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., ; — tnm students present the sketch comedy show. tickets $5. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. sat., Dec. 29. LAUGH & SIP. Therapy Wine Lounge, 3001 Tulane Ave., 7840054; — pissYopants Comedy presents the weekly event featuring louisiana comedians and live music. Visit www.pissyopants. com for details. tickets $7. 8 p.m. thursday. THE MEGAPHONE SHOW. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; — each show features a guest sharing favorite true stories, the details of which are turned into improv comedy. tickets $5. 10:30 p.m. saturday. SATURDAY NIGHT LAUGH TRACK. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 2317011; — the theater hosts a stand-up comedy showcase. tickets $5. 11 p.m. saturday.



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STUDENT UNION. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www.newmovementtheater. com — the show features upand-coming performers, new student troupes and improv class recitals. tickets $5. 9 p.m. thursday. THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? COMEDY SHOWCASE. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., 865-9190; — the weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. sign-up is 8:30 p.m., show 9 p.m. wednesday.


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EVENT listings

Complete listings at www.bestofneworleans.Com

Lauren LaBorde, Listings Editor 504.483.3110 faX: 504.483.3116

NEW YEAR’S EVE BIG NIGHT NEW ORLEANS. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.neworleans. — admission for the new Year’s eve party includes open bars, buffets, party favors, dancing and music by Cowboy mouth, big sam’s funk national, stooges brass band and others. general admission starts at $99.99, Vip admission starts at $149.99. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS NEW YEAR’S EVE. Jackson Square, St. Peter Street Gate — the city’s annual new Year’s eve celebration includes a fireworks display, an leD fleur de lis drop and a concert featuring

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALCONY BASH. The Rex Room, 401 Bourbon St., 581-6665; www.rexroom. com — the party includes an open bar and dinner and dessert buffets in the venue with a wraparound balcony overlooking bourbon street. admission $125. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2270; www.sonesta. com — irvin mayfield and others perform at the bar’s new Year’s event with an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast and party favors. admission $125. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA. Steamboat Natchez, Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez. com — the event aboard the steamboat features drinks, live music, party favors and a view of the fireworks display on the river. admission $175.10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS’

NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE PARTY. Burgundy Bar, The Saint Hotel, 931 Canal St., 522-5400; www. — guests are given masks at the party with live music by patrice pike, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a buffet and a midnight toast. admission $65 per person, $120 per couple. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY. Jax Brewery Riverview Room, 600 Decatur St., 525-3000 — the top Cats perform at the party with a buffet, open bar, favors and views of the midnight fireworks. admission $165. 9 p.m to 1 a.m.

FAMILY SUNDAY 30 YOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP. Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477; — Children of all ages can play with and learn from musicians at the free workshop. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. sunday.


Drive, 482-4888; www. — the event showcases light displays in the park and also features live music and holiday activities. Visit www. for details. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. sunday-thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. friday-saturday, through Jan. 1. CHRISTMAS DINNER. Bridge House/Grace House, 1160 Camp St., 522-2124; — the bridge House/grace House substance abuse treatment center distributes a holiday meal, clothing and toys to the area’s homeless and indigent. Volunteers are needed. Call 821-7135 or email wolivio@bridgehouse. org for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tue., Dec. 25.

WEDNESDAY 26 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. 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.

THURSDAY 27 CREOLE CHRISTMAS. 1850 House, 523 St. Ann St., 568-6968 — the friends

of the Cabildo’s two-day event allows guest to visit five french Quarter historic houses displaying traditional Christmas decorations. Visit www.friendsofthecabildo. org for details. admission $20 foC members, $25 nonmembers. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. thursday-friday.

FRIDAY 28 MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK. Armstrong Park, N. Rampart and St. Ann streets — the weekly market features fresh produce, baked goods, louisiana seafood, natural products, art, crafts and entertainment. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. STARLIGHT RACING. Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 943-1415; — the nighttime horse-racing series featuring live music by DJ soul sister and Category 6, drink specials, food trucks and more. tickets $5 general admission, $10 clubhouse and beer garden admission. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE Y’ART. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; — the museum’s weekly event features music, performances, lectures, film screenings, family-friendly activities and more. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY 29 ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS. Palmer Park, South Claiborne and Carrollton avenues, 523-1465 — the arts Council of new orleans’ market features local and handmade goods, food,

children’s activities and live music. Visit for details. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. last saturday of every month. CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod streets, 861-5898; — the weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon. GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan — the market features a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. Visit for details. 8 a.m. to noon. GRETNA FARMERS MARKET. Gretna Farmers Market, Huey P. Long Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, Gretna, 362-8661 — the weekly rain-or-shine market features more than 30 vendors offering a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. free admission. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SANKOFA FARMERS MARKET. Sankofa Farmers Market, ARISE Academy, 3819 St. Claude Ave., 8754268; — the weekly market offers fresh produce and seafood from local farmers and fishers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi — the market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s

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GEAUX ENTERTAINMENT NEW YEAR’S PARTY. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; — the party features live music, premium open bars, hors d’oeuvres, photo booths, party favors, a Champagne toast and more. Visit for details. admission starts at $100. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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COUNTDOWN. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., 523-1357; www. — Kids can countdown to noon on new Year’s eve at the party with music by the lagniappe brass band, crafts and other activities. admission $10 general admission in advance, $5 members in advance, $12 at the door. 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.



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HORNETS. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., (504) 587-3663; www. — The Hornets play the Toronto Raptors. Visit www. for details. 7 p.m. Friday. SAINTS. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., (504) 587-3663; www. — The Saints play the Carolina Panthers. Noon Sunday.



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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. American Cancer Society, 2605 River Road, Westwego, 833-4024 or (800) ACS2345; — The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for upcoming events and to facilitate patient-service programs. Opportunities are available with Relay for Life, Look Good … Feel Better, Hope Lodge, Man to Man, Road to Recovery, Hope Gala and more. Call for information. ANOTHER LIFE FOUNDATION VOLUNTEERS. Another Life Foundation seeks volunteers recovering from mental illness to help mentor others battling depression and suicidal behaviors. Free training provided. For details, contact Stephanie Green at (888) 543-3480, or visit

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BAYOU REBIRTH WETLANDS EDUCATION. Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit for details. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS VOLUNTEERS. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, 2626 Canal St., Suite 203, 309-7304 or (877) 5007304; — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana needs volunteers to serve as mentors. A volunteer meets two to three times a

month with his or her Little Brother or Sister. You can play games, watch movies, bake cookies, play sports or plan any other outings you both would enjoy. Call for information. CASA NEW ORLEANS. The organization seeks volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent abused and neglected children in New Orleans. The time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours per month. No special skills are required; thorough training and support is provided. Call Brian Opert at 522-1962 ext. 213 or email info@ for details. CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. CCFM and seek volunteers to field shoppers’ questions, assist seniors, help with monthly children’s activities and more. Call 495-1459 or email latifia@ for details. EDGAR DEGAS FOUNDATION. The nonprofit seeks volunteers to contribute to the development of the foundation. Call 821-5009 or email info@ for details. GREATER NEW ORLEANS FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER. The center seeks part-time civil rights investigators with excellent writing skills, reliable transportation and no criminal convictions to help expose housing discrimination in the New Orleans metro area. Call 717-4257 or email for information. GREEN LIGHT NEW ORLEANS. The group that provides free energyefficient lightbulbs seeks volunteers to help install the bulbs in homes. Email or visit html for details. HANDSON NEW ORLEANS. The volunteer center for the Greater New Orleans area invites prospective volunteers to learn about the various opportunities available, how to sign up for service projects and general

tips on how to be a good volunteer. Call 304-2275, email or visit www.handsonneworleans. org for details. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 8328111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Jo-Ann Moore at 8328111 for details. JACKSON BARRACKS MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS. The museum seeks volunteers to work one day a week for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles and equipment for display. Call 837-0175 or email daveharrell@ for details. JEFFERSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL. The charter school that educates at-risk middle school students who have been expelled from Jefferson Parish public schools seeks adult mentors for its students. Call 836-0808 for details. LOUISIANA SPCA VOLUNTEERS. The Louisiana SPCA seeks volunteers to work with the animals and help with special events, education and more. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and complete a volunteer orientation to work directly with animals. Call or email Dionne Simoneaux at LOWERNINE.ORG VOLUNTEERS. Lowernine. org seeks volunteers to help renovate homes in the Lower 9th Ward. Visit or email lauren@lowernine. org for details. MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS. Jefferson Council on Aging seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults. Gas/mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Call Gail at 888-5880 for details. NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; www. — The museum accepts applications for volunteers

to meet and greet visitors from around the world and familiarize them with its galleries, artifacts and expansion. Call 527-6012 ext. 243 or email for details. NOLA WISE. The program by Global Green in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Department of Energy that helps homeowners make their homes more energy efficient seeks volunteers. All volunteers must attend a 30-minute orientation. Email for details. OPERATION REACH VOLUNTEERS. Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers from all over the country to assist in providing recreation and education opportunities for New Orleans-area inner-city youth and their families. For information, visit and SENIOR COMPANION VOLUNTEER. New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., 821-4121; — The council seeks volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently. Call for details. START THE ADVENTURE IN READING. The STAIR program holds regular volunteer training sessions to work one-onone with public school students on reading and language skills. Call 8990820, email elizabeth@ or visit www. for details. TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION. The Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upperschool New Orleans students. Call 831-8475 for details.

WORDS BARNES & NOBLE JR. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The bookstore regularly hosts free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information.

DAVID SPIELMAN. Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-1200 — The author signs When Not Performing: Portraits of New Orleans Musicians. 5 p.m. Friday. DINKY TAO POETRY. Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket. net — The bar hosts a free weekly poetry reading with open mic. 9 p.m. Tuesday. FAIR GRINDS POETRY EVENT. Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9073; www. — Jenna Mae hosts poets and spoken-word readers on the second, fourth and fifth Sunday of each month. 8 p.m. FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., 596-2625; www. — The group hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. LOCAL WRITERS’ GROUP. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday. MELINDA PALACIO & LUCRECIA GUERRERO. Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 304-7115; www. — The authors sign and discuss How Fire Is a Story and Waiting, respectively. 3 p.m. Saturday. PASS IT ON. George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., 5867432; — Poet Gian “G-Persepect” Smith and Alphonse “Bobby” Smith host a weekly spokenword and music event. Admission $6. 9 p.m. Saturdays. TAO POETRY. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., 891-3381; — The coffeehouse hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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LEGAL NOTICES Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Willie Brown, Jr. or his heirs, please contact N. Sundiata Haley at (504) 533-8720. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of DEBORAH THOMAS ROBEY or KELVIN ROBEY please contact Faun Fenderson, Attorney at (504) 528-9500 or Anyone knowing the whereabouts of GLENDA M. HULBERT A/K/A GLENDA MARIE HULBERT, please contact JUSTIN A. REEESE Atty, 2216 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of THE HEIRS OF DENITRA RUFFIN LEE please contact Faun Fenderson, Attorney at 504-528-9500 or faun@

SALE BY CONSTABLE JUDICIAL ADVERTISEMENT FIRST CITY COURT for THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS CASE NO: 2012-52253 THAT PORTION OF GROUND, BEARING MUNICIPAL NO. 7444 St. Charles Avenue, Unit 109, this city, in the matter entitled: 7444 ST. CHARLES HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC. vs SONYA DAVID 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 January 15, 2013, at 12:00 o’clock noon, the following described property to wit: Municipal No. 7444 St. Charles Ave., Unit 109, Lots “D”, “E-1” and “E-2”, Square No. 61, Seventh District, City of New Orleans Acquistion: CIN 56967, dated 8/27/1992, NA 947095 WRIT AMOUNT: $2,183.63 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. Atty: Irl Silverstein 504-362-3692 Lambert C. Boissiere, Jr Constable, Parish of Orleans Gambit: 12/25/12 & 1/15/13 L.A. Weekly: 12/24/12 & 1/14/13




SUCCESSION OF VIRGINIA ZARZARINA, a/k/a ZARZORIAN, wife of/AND MARTIN JOHN OWENS, JR. AND MARY KAYE OWENS NOTICE Whereas, James Charles Owens, the Administrator of the above estate has made application to the Court for the sale, at private sale, for the sum of $45,000.00, cash, the immovable property described as 1420 W. Esplanade Avenue a/k/a 1255 Phosphor Avenue, Metairie, which is more particularly described as: ONE CERTAIN LOT OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, etc., situated in the PARISH OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA, in that part thereof known as BONNABEL SUBDIVISION in SQUARE NO. 81, bounded by CAESAR STREET, HOMESTEAD AVENUE, CLAUDIUS STREET AND PHOSPHER AVENUE, designated as LOT 1-A on a plan of resubdivision of a portion of said Square 81, by J.L.Fontcuberta, Surveyor, dated 10/19/1964, and according to survey thereof by Guy J. Seghers, Jr., C.E. dated 6/12/1967, said LOT 1-A forms the corner of Phospher Avenue and Caesar Street, and measures 50 feet front on Phospher Avenue, same width in the rear, by a depth and front on Caesar Street of 102 feet and a depth on the opposite sideline of 102 feet; Lot 1-A is composed of portions of original Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, per plan of Adloe Orr, Jr., C.E., dated 12/11/1950. The improvements thereon bear the Municipal No. 1255 Phospher Avenue, now known as 1420 W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana. Notice is hereby given to all those whom it may concern, to show cause within seven (7) days, including Sundays and holidays, from the date whereon the last publication appears, why the said authority should not be granted. D. Frickey DFPUTY CLERK ATTORNEY: JOSEPH DIMARIA 602 PLACE DU BOIS MANDEVILLE, LA 70471 (985) 845-0677

NO. 2011-12683 DIV. G

Publication: Gambit 12/4 & 12/25/12



NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF APPLICATION TO PAY ALLOWANCE WHEREAS, the succession representative of this Succession has made an application to the Honorable Court for authority to pay an interim allowance to heirs of this succession, which allowance is within the amount that will eventually be due to said heirs. NOTICE is hereby given that an order granting such authority may be issued after expiration of ten (10) days for the date of this publication, and that an opposition may be filed at any time prior to issuance of the order. BY ORDER OF THE COURT, Dale N. Atkins, Clerk Atty: Elizabeth A. Hammant #18247 Address: 3000 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. 200 Metairie, LA 70002 Telephone: (504) 838-9090 Gambit 12/25/12

NO: 707-577 DIV F

SUCCESSION OF RAYMOND A. BOWLES NOTICE OF FILING OF AMENDED TABLEAU OF DISTRIBUTION NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Administratrix of this Succession has filed a petition for authority to pay estate debts, in accordance with an Amended Second and Final Tableau of Distribution attached to the petition. The petition can be homologated after the expiration of seven (7) days from the date of this publication; any opposition to the petition must be filed prior to homologation. By order of the 24th Judicial District Court Jon A. Gegenheimer, Clerk Atty: CHRISTIAN N. WEILER Address: 909 Poydras St. Ste. 1250 New Orleans, LA 70112 Telephone: (504) 524-2944 Gambit: 12/25/12


NO. 2006-5182


SUCCESSION OF MORRIS BURRELL, JR. and wife, CLARA BURRELL 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: AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN AND TO: A PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, all rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, thereunto, or in anywise belonging to, or appertaining, situated in the THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, SQUARE NO. 2507, bounded by PARIS AVENEU, MILTON, BRUXELLES and ST. DENIS STREETS, designated as LOT “C” and measures and fronts on Paris Avenue a distance of 53’4”0’” towards Milton Street, thence on a line perpendicular to Paris Avenue parallel and nearer to Milton Street toward Bruxelles Street, said line being the dividing line between Lots C and D, 160’2”6’” to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward St. Denis Street, said line being parallel to Paris Avenue 32’ to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward Paris Avenue, said line being parallel to St. Denis Street 45’ to a point, , thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward St. Denis Street, said line being parallel to Paris Avenue 21’4” to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward Paris Avenue, said line being parallel to St. Denis Street 115’2”6’”45’ to the point of beginning. Composed of Original Lots 21 and 20. The Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 3719 PARIS AVENUE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.

According to survey of Gilbert & Kelly, Surveyors, dated April 23, 1946, a blue print of which is annexed to act passed before Frank Macheca, Notary Public, dated May 11, 1946, said property is situated in the same district and square, has the same boundaries and is designated by the same lot numbers and has the same measurements as hereinabove set forth. Said Lot No. 5 commences at a distance of one hundred twenty-six feet, six inches and two lines (126’6”2’”) from the corner of Lapeyrouse and North Galvez Streets. The Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 1621-23 NORTH GALVEZ STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($55,000.00) DOLLARS, upon the following conditions, to-wit: all cash at the act of sale, less usual vendors’ costs and fees as provided in the

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, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attny: William P. Curry, Jr. Address: 8020 Crowder Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70127 Telephone: (504) 242-7882 Gambit: 12/25/12

CIVIL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF ORLEANS STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 2000-15339 DIV D SUCCESSION OF JOSEPH GEORGE BARNES, JR. Whereas the Administratrix, of the above Estate, has made application to the Court for the sale, at private sale, of the immovable property hereinafter described, to-wit: ONE CERTAIN LOT 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 THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, in SQUARE NO. 4879, bounded by MADRID, BACCICH (formerly Rabbits) and LAFAYE (formerly Deers) STREETS and ROBERT E. LEE BLVD. (formerly Hibernia Avenue), which said lot of ground is designated by the LETTER M-4, commences at a distance of 100 feet from the corner of Madrid and Baccich Streets, and measures thence 54’ 8” front on Madrid Street, same in width in the rear, by a depth of 133 feet between equal and parallel lines; all as more fully shown on Survey of Sterling Mandle, Land Surveyor, dated January 15, 1974, a copy of which is attached to act before Charles F. Barbera, dated January 17, 1974, registered in COB 721, folio 455. UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: EIGHT THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($8,000.00) DOLLARS, 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 its prorata share of 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, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attny: William P. Curry, Jr. Address: 8020 Crowder Blvd New Orleans, LA 70127 Telephone: (504) 242-7882 Gambit: 12/25/12


SUCCESSION OF ALVIN PETER BURRELL Whereas the Executrix, of the above Estate, has made application to the Court for the sale, at private sale, of the immovable property hereinafter described, to-wit: AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN AND TO: A PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, all rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, thereunto, or in anywise belonging to, or appertaining, situated in the THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, SQUARE NO. 2507, bounded by PARIS AVENUE, MILTON, BRUXELLES and ST. DENIS STREETS, designated as LOT “C” and measures and fronts on Paris Avenue a distance of 53’4”0’” towards Milton Street, thence on a line perpendicular to Paris Avenue parallel and nearer to Milton Street toward Bruxelles Street, said line being the dividing line between Lots C and D, 160’2”6’” to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward St. Denis Street, said line being parallel to Paris Avenue 32’ to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward Paris Avenue, said line being parallel to St. Denis Street 45’ to a point, , thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward St. Denis Street, said line being parallel to Paris Avenue 21’4” to a point, thence on a line perpendicular to and running toward Paris Avenue, said line being parallel to St. Denis Street 115’2”6’”45’ to the point of beginning. Composed of Original Lots 21 and 20. The Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 3719 PARIS AVENUE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN AND TO: A CERTAIN LOT OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, all rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, thereunto, or in anywise belonging to, or appertaining, situated in the THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, SQUARE NO. 1046, bounded by NORTH GALVEZ, ONZAGA, NORTH MIRO AND LAPEYROUSE STREETS, designated as LOT 5 on a survey made by S. A. Calongne, C. E., dated June 14, 1934, annexed to an act before Chester F. Owens, Notary public, on July 6, 1934, and according to which survey, said Lot 5 measures thirty-two (32’) feet front on North Galvez Street, same width in the rear, by a depth between equal and parallel lines of one-hundred and forty-eight feet, eleven inches and two lines (148’11”2’”). According to survey of Gilbert & Kelly, Surveyors, dated April 23, 1946, a blue print of which is annexed to act passed before Frank Macheca, Notary Public, dated May 11, 1946, said property is situated in the same district and square, has the same boundaries and is designated by the same lot numbers and has the same measurements as hereinabove set forth. Said Lot No. 5 commences at a distance of one hundred twenty-six feet, six inches and two lines (126’6”2’”) from the corner of Lapeyrouse and North Galvez Streets. The Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 1621-23 NORTH GALVEZ STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($55,000.00) DOLLARS, 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 seven (7) days, from the date of the last publication of such notice, all in accordance with law. BY ORDER OF THE COURT, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attorney: William P. Curry, Jr. Address: 8020 Crowder Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127 Telephone No: (504) 242-7882 Gambit 12/25/12


SUCCESSION OF CLEOPATRA MITCHELL, widow of JOSEPH G. BARNES, JR. Whereas the Administratrix, of the above Estate, has made application to the Court for the sale, at private sale, of the immovable property hereinafter described, to-wit: ONE CERTAIN LOT 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 THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, in SQUARE NO. 4879, bounded by MADRID, BACCICH (formerly Rabbits) and LAFAYE (formerly Deers) STREETS and ROBERT E. LEE BLVD. (formerly Hibernia Avenue), which said lot of ground is designated by the LETTER M-4, commences at a distance of 100 feet from the corner of Madrid and Baccich Streets, and measures thence 54’ 8” front on Madrid Street, same in width in the rear, by a depth of 133 feet between equal and parallel lines; all as more fully shown on Survey of Sterling Mandle, Land Surveyor, dated January 15, 1974, a copy of which is attached to act before Charles F. Barbera, dated January 17, 1974, registered in COB 721, folio 455. UPON THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TO-WIT: EIGHT THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($8,000.00) DOLLARS, 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 its prorata share of 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, DALE N. ATKINS, Clerk Attny: William P. Curry, Jr. Address: 8020 Crowder Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70127 Telephone: (504) 242-7882 Gambit 12/25/12





Notice is hereby given to the creditors of this estate and all other persons herein interested to show cause within 7 days from the publication of this notice, if any they have or can, why the first tableau of distribution filed by Thomas Ottmar Grosz, independent executor, should not be approved and homologated and funds distributed in accordance therewith.

Notice is hereby given to the creditors of these estates and to all other persons herein interested to show cause within seven (7) days from this notification (if any they have or can) why the Final Tableau of Distribution presented by the Executrix of these Successions should not be approved and homologated and the funds distributed in accordance therewith.

Attorney: Walter Antin, Jr. Address: P.O. Box 2605 Hammond, LA 70404 Phone: (985) 542-8299


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SUCCESSION OF WILLIAM G. HELIS, JR. NOTICE FOR AUTHORITY TO EXTEND PARTNERSHIP TERM Whereas the Testamentary Executor of the Succession of William G. Helis, Jr., has made Application to this Court for Authority to extend the term of the Louisiana Partnership known as Estate of William G. Helis, for a maximum term through December 31, 2018 and incident thereto to execute the Eleventh Supplemental Partnership Agreement so extending such term substantially in the form annexed to Petitioner’s Application. Notice is hereby given that an Order granting such Authority may be issued after the expiration of seven days from the date of this publication, and that an opposition may be filed at any time prior to the issuance of the order. BY ORDER OF THE COURT, Dazerra Esteves, CLERK, 24TH DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF JEFFERSON STATE OF LOUISIANA Attorney: David A. Kerstein Address: 228 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 902 New Orleans, LA 70130 Phone: (504) 523-1831 Louisiana Bar No. 7351

Attorney: Charles N. Miller, Jr. 839 St. Charles Ave., Suite 311 New Orleans, LA 70130 Telephone: (504) 529-4641 Gambit: 12/25/12 Gloria Darensbourg, 1470 Harrison Avenue, NOLA, 70122, her heirs, or anyone knowing her whereabouts please contact Geralyn Garvey (504) 838-0191. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of DARRYL JOSEPH THOMAS, SR., INDIVIDUALLY AND AS NATURAL TUTOR FOR DARRYL JOESPH THOMAS, JR. AND MATTHEW JORDAN THOMAS , please contact Bobby Hawkins Atty, 2216 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500.

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Gambit > > december 25 > 2012

AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN AND TO: A CERTAIN LOT OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, all rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, thereunto, or in anywise belonging to, or appertaining, situated in the THIRD DISTRICT of the City of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, SQUARE NO. 1046, bounded by NORTH GALVEZ, ONZAGA, NORTH MIRO AND LAPEYROUSE STREETS, designated as LOT 5 on a survey made by S. A. Calongne, C. E., dated June 14, 1934, annexed to an act before Chester F. Owens, Notary public, on July 6, 1934, and according to which survey, said Lot 5 measures thirty-two (32’) feet front on North Galvez Street, same width in the rear, by a depth between equal and parallel lines of one-hundred and forty-eight feet, eleven inches and two lines (148’11”2’”).

Agreement to Sell, with this succession to receive the net proceeds.





Ag, Inc., Brickeys, AR, has 6 positions for grain; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.30/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 1/27/13 – 11/20/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number 498899.


Bieri & Son, Angleton, TX, has 2 positions for rice, grain, hay & livestock; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed with references; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.88/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 2/2/13 – 12/1/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number TX3157224.


Clark & Co., Shelby, MS, has 4 positions for cotton, rice & oilseed crops; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed with references; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.30/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 2/1/13 – 12/1/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number MS65233.


D-Bar Ranch, Katy, TX, has 2 positions for seed & rice production; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $10.00/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 2/1/13 – 12/1/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number TX3156185.



Double H Agri, LLC, Marvel, AR, has 9 positions for grain & oilseed crops; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.30/ hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 1/26/13 – 11/20/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number 498900.


H Bar H Farms, Hartley, TX, has 4 positions for grain, cotton & oilseed crops; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $10.00/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 2/1/13 – 12/1/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number TX3155952.


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Dear New Orleans Job Guru, “After 12 years as a successful real estate agent, a friend suggested my name for a great marketing job at her company that offers a good, steady salary and benefits. Because I’d like more certainty, I’m ready to make the move. I’m trying to put my resume together this week, but how much can I really say about being a real estate agent? I just don’t know where to start or what to say.” — Martha T., Covington, LA


Dear Martha, Congratulations! Simply being recommended for a position is a huge break and will put you ahead of other jobseekers. In fact, being recommended by someone “on the inside” is becoming much more prevalent as the primary way to get hired in today’s competitive job market. Your background as a real estate professional makes you an ideal candidate for a business or corporate position, since there are so many wonderful qualities that real estate Grant Cooper agents possess. First of all, since it is a marketing position you are seeking, I would suggest that you emphasize your marketing-related skills. For example, you should highlight your ability to develop and execute real estate marketing strategies, creation of customized marketing materials and brochures, your training in sales and closing, targeting specific market segments and demographics, the ability to review and analyze comparable home prices, and your proposal and presentation skills. Here is some text of a Real Estate job description from our files that helped one of our clients to make the transition from real estate agent to corporate staffer: Skilled in property sales and marketing, owner and buyer representation, contract negotiations, and real estate laws and regulations. Successful in developing leads and listings, implementing targeted marketing plans, analyzing real estate property trends, and determining forecasts and comparable price levels. Extensive client relations, proven ability to build productive and profitable business relationships. Skilled in coordinating with financial institutions, attorneys, owners, contractors, architects, and appraisers. Responsibilities included showing properties, networking to increase business, updating and maintaining existing client accounts, and creating property information packages. Conducted market value and analysis, monitored current residential real estate activity, and maintained up-to-the-minute knowledge of current markets, competition, and home price trends.

I would also urge you to include as many specifics and numbers as you can. For example, describing the size and scope of your largest contracts and best months in terms of dollars and square footage, estimating your average monthly volume of sales calls and presentations, listing your continuing education courses, conferences, and industry training, and providing a list of major business or institutional clients and accounts. Martha, I am confident that you have the background and qualifications required by this position. A finely tuned resume is exactly what you need to attract the attention of the decision-makers at your friend’s company. If your new resume is written correctly, it will demonstrate that you can hit the ground running and achieve the marketing goals and objectives that the company wants you to accomplish. New Orleans Job Guru is New Orleans native Grant Cooper. President of Strategic Résumés®, Grant ranks within the top LinkedIn Résumé Writing Experts nationwide and has assisted the U.S. Air Force, Kinko’s, the Louisiana Dept. of Labor, the City of New Orleans, NFL/NBA players & coaches, as well as universities, regional banks, celebrities, and major corporations.

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J.D. Myrick, Hart, TX, has 1 positions for livestock; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed with references; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $9.88/hr; three-fourths work period guaranteed from 1/25/13 – 4/25/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number TX4900997.


Spoor Farms, Angleton, TX, has 4 positions for grain & rice; 3 mo. experience required for job duties listed; must be able to obtain clean driver’s license within 30 days of employment; tools, equipment, housing and daily trans provided for employees who can’t return home daily; trans & subsistence expenses reimb.; $10.00/hr; threefourths work period guaranteed from 2/1/13 – 12/1/13. Apply at nearest LA Workforce Office or call 225-342-2917 with Job Order number TX6222488.

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Experienced salesperson wanted for prestigious French Quarter gallery. Must have strong sales experience, outgoing personality, professional demeanor, good communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work flexible hours, working knowledge of basic computer programs. Art background is helpful but not essential. Strong earning potential. Resumes & cover letters can be faxed to: 504-780-8145 or send cover letter & resume to: Gambit Communications, 3923 Bienville St., Attn: Box 3121, New Orleans, La 70123



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


908-910 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 3BR/2BA and 3BR/1.5BA. All kitchen appliances come with property. Off street parking. Asking $279,000. Call Walter (504) 615-9212


Lakeview Appraisal Service


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1 & 2 Br Apts, 1 Ba, furn. Qn bed, fully equipped kit. WiFi, Cbl. Parking & Util Incl. Lndry Fac. Sec Cameras. From $2000/mth. Avail Dec 1. One mth min. 2200 Pasadena, Met. 504491-1591.

509 Beau Chen Drive

2148 Augusta Dr., LaPlace

2818 CADIZ, 5 PLEX

Mandeville. On Magnolia #5 Fairway. Stunning renov. 4137 living. 4BR, 3.5 BA. 2 Story. Master down. Australian cypress floors, game/play rm plus study, formal dining & living. A must see. $569K. Shelly Marchetta, 504577-7900. Southern Realty, 985-643-0123


Charming raised Acadiana with wrap around porch. Approx 1800 sq. ft. 3br/2.5ba, 2blks from lake $355,000. Call (504) 920-2581.




Renovated, 1 BR apts with 12 x 24’ liv room. furn kit, laundry on premises, offst pkg. NO PETS. Avail now. Owner/ agent $699 & $749. 504-236-5776.


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


Historic Algiers Point Victorian Hm. Shared N.O. style courtyard. Ferry - 2 blks. 3/2 CA&H, 12’ ceilings, wood/ ceramic flrs. Fully furnished. Move In ready. Info (228) 348-1754


2537 River Road; 2 brm/1ba, water pd $850/mo OR 315 S. Rocheblave, studio apt, wtr piad, $555/mo includes fridge, range, w/d hkkps. No pets/ pool/smoking. 504-887-1814


2BR/1BA located 1 block off Jefferson Hwy. Priv. fenced yard. Fridge & stove inc. Approx. 800 sq. $850 per month + $850 deposit. Call 985-233-1701


3137 CALHOUN ST.- BROADMOOR 1200 Sq. Ft. $1400/ Mo. High Traffic Area. Call Donna, 504-208-7696


8716 Palmetto St. 3BR/1ba. $604/m. 50% med income req. Subj to app fee/BG ck. Sec.8 Ok. 504-723-9253 after 6p.m.


$329,000 Great 4,5 or 6 plex Uptown close to Ochsner and Thriving Freret St. $4,250 mo income, coin op laundry, Good location, Good Investment! Gardner Realtors, LOUIS 874-3195

2219 W Canterbury, LaPlace

1201 CANAL ST.

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New Orleans Area (Metairie) 10 Min to Downtown N.O.


LOVE THE OUTDOORS! 4BR/4BA, lg patio w/brick flrs, wood ceil w/3 outdr fans, ceil lights, fshpnd. Lg mstr w/ fireplce, custm clset, spa & ba. Liv area w/fireplace, blt-in shlves, HD wiring, surrnd snd, patio view. Granite in Kit.More! $335K. Kembra Lee, 504-382-0226, Gardner Realtors, 985-652-3304.

FRENCH QUARTER/ FAUBOURG MARIGNY (Krause Bldg) 2 Bdrm/2Bath Condo. French Quarter view. Parking available. $320,000 Call (504) 450-7215


Modern 1 BR apt, $700/mo. 2 BR Apt $800. Unfurnished. Wifi, internet & assigned parking included. 504-491-1591

814 Amelia St. 385,000

SENSATIONAL NEW CONSTRUCTION. 10’ ceilings w/8’ frosted doors. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA home Stainless steel appl, Carrera Marble backsplash wall mounted pot filler. Master w/en-suite marble bathroom featuring double sinks. Joshua Walther, Gardner Realtors, 504.717.5612 cell; 504.891.6400 ofc.

No flood in lovely 3BR/3BA Victorian home w/master down. Cath ceil in den, w/wood burn fp. Kit updated w/granite & tile. Ingrnd pool. Inside lndry. Storage rm. Monitored alarm. $210,500. Kembra Lee, 504-382-0226. Gardner Realtors, 985-652-3304

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HOME OFF I-59, PICAYUNE, MS EX 6 2,419 sq. ft., 3 bdrms, 2 baths, open kit., frplc., fenced yard, custom blt in cabinets everywhere, on .75 acre. $155,000, 601-749-0498. MUST SEE! (Cat not included!)


3 BR, 2BA, Jacuzzi, screened porch, stainless steel appl, cathedral ceiling in living area, laundry room, wooden floors, located on 2 acre lot surrounded by mature trees. Workshop & carport for 2 cars. Private and safe setting. (10 mi. N of I-12 off Hwy.1077/ Turnpike Rd.) 50241 Huckleberry Lane , One year min. lease. Avail now. $1,500/mo.

985.796.9130 •

1466 Magazine St., $539,900

1005-07 Fouth St., $279,900

5 suites currently used as a Bed and Breakfast with large yard and off street Parking. Real Estate Only $539,900. Owner/Broker

3 units located just off Magazine Street in one of the best blocks of the Irish Channel, Off street parking and nice rear yard.

Call (504) 483-3100

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

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

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Lovely 3 BR/2 BA w/kit update. New cabinets, sink & wtr htr. Granite counters. Energy effic dble insul storm wndws. Real wd flrs in DR, LR & foyer. Kitchen w/ bay wndow. Firepl. Warranty. Theresa Ploom, 504-919-1444. www.theresaploom. com ReMax Partners, 504-888-9900. Each office independently owned & operated.


1027 Nashville Ave.

Motivated Sellers. Grand living up, tall ceil, big master ste w/walk-in closet. 3BR/2.5BA. Great kit opens to deck. Office, media, lndry rm & 2nd & 3nto 1; can easily be changed to 4 br. $699K. Claudette Blanchard, (504) 810-7950 mobile. Thomas K. Winingder, R. E. Inc., (504) 586-8305.


3296 Castle Dr.


923 Nashville. Spacious 4,000’ 4 or 5 bdrm hm walking distance to Whole Foods & Magazine boutiques. Home has everything! $999,000. Call Sylvia Roy, (504) 957-9444 for appt. Gardner Realtors, Corporate Headquarters, 3332 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, LA


GENERAL REAL ESTATE Taking care of all your appraisal needs. Real Estate, Divorce, Bail Bonds Bankruptcy, Estate Property Tax Assessment Appeal Kevin T. LaGraize New Orleans R.E. Appraisal Services 504-284-3445

38 Muirfield Dr., LaPlace

A MUST SEE DREAM HOME on Belle Terre #6 green. 4BR/4BA. Lg master suite down w/2 wlk-in closets. Jacuzzi, spa shwr, steam sauna, exercise rm overlks pool. $335K. Kembra Lee, 504-382-0226. klee@gardnerrealtors. com Gardner Realtors, 985-652-3304.

9 GLEN ABBEY WAY, English Turn, 4 BR, 3.5 BA, $3500 /mo or sell $547K. 610 BURGUNDY - Fab French Qtr cottage, beautifully furn, 2 BR, 3.5 BA, courtyd, parking, $4900/mo. 656 MELODY DR. METAIRIE - 2 BR, 1 BA. $1500/mo. Eileen Wallen - 504-250-5656. Gardner Realtors 504-861-7575




3218 Desaix Blvd. Single home, 2 BR/1BA, LR/DR, furn kit, office, W&D hkkps. CA&H. Fenced yard. $1100 per month + deposit. Call 504-952-5102


1713 BURGUNDY, 1 bd/1 ba, furn kit, all elec, ac, carpet, wtr pd. 1 yr lse. No pets. $750 + dep. 949-5518

1 BR/1BA Furnished Condo in the Warehouse District. Secure building, top floor. Rent includes pool, gym, cable, internet. Apt has W/D, stainless steel appliances, central heat/air. Central to French Quarter, West Bank, Uptown, parade route, streetcar. Loft with desk. $1800, negotiable. $1800/mo. Call Bonnie 504-220-1022 at Soniat Realty, 504-488-8988,






2 BR, Newly renov shotgun style $895/mo 1BR, $695/ mo. Also: Rms by week, private bath, all util incl . $175/wk. 504-202-0381, 738-2492.

French Quarter Realty • 504-949-5400


1204 Chartres St #9 1/1.5 1017 Ursulines Space #10 825 Bourbon Maisonette 2/1 715 Esplanade “C” 1/1 517 Dumaine #4 2/2.5 931 Bienville Parking

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Conveniently located nr businesses/ shopping. Resort-style pool/spa, fitness cntr, library, clubhse w/kit. Lush landscaping. Gated community. 9ft. ceil, crown mldg, cherry panel cabinets, SS appliances. Jacuzzi, Wlkin shower, smoke alarms, outside storage, 13 seer A/C unit & more. Flood Zone C. No Pets/Smokers. One year lse req’d. Call 504-812-2704.

Great loc, hi ceil, w/d on site, large ctyd, 2nd flr $900 Motorcycle/Scooter,Gated,OffstPkg,YrLease$100 1400 sq ft, pvt ctyd/balc, free-stding bldg $2000 Exc Loc Lge Ctyd, Ingnd Pool, Ldry on site $850 Furn. renov. pvt deck. cable & net inc $3,200 uncovered spot for $200, covered for $250





DORIAN M. BENNETT • 504-236-7688

2BR, 2BA w/ appls, beautiful courtyard setting w/swimming pool, quiet neighborhood. $875/mo. 504-495-6044 or 504-756-7347

Above Wit’s Inn, 1BDR/1BA, Kitchen $600/mo. A/C. Stove, refrigerator, Wi-fi, Water Pd, No Pets/Smokers 486-1600.


404 Notre Dame - 1 bd/ 1 1/2 ba ....... $3000 407 Baronne - 1 bd/ 1 ba .............. $2495 317 Royal - 1 bd/ 1 ba ................... $1750 5224 Sandhurst - 3 bd/ 2 ba ......... $1300 2133 Chippewa - 2 bd/ 1 ba ............ $900 CALL FOR MORE LISTINGS!

2340 Dauphine Street • New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 944-3605

421 Burgundy #1


421 Burgundy #3

1/1 Bamboo flrs. exp wood Central HVAC. $180,000

Nice size grnd fl just off crtyd. $180,000

1233 Esplanade #16

2/1 Twnhse style. pkng, pool & more. $137,500

1608 N Broad

2/2 Sngl fam renov. Near fairgrounds.$82,500

333 Julia #418

1 /1 Updated condo. wh dist. pool & more. $192,900

1125 Royal #3

1/1 3rd flr, exp beams, storage! Lush crtyrd $269k

1418 Chartres D

2/1 Fully furn w/exp brick & glossy wd fls. $225,000

1115 Prytania #303

2/2 SS appl, pvt terrace, pool & pkng! $355,000

824 Burgundy #5

1/1 Updated w/ tons of FQ charm. POOL. $275,000

1119 Dauphine #6

2/1.5 Spacious. 2nd flr balc Light & charm $339,000

3141 Ponce De Leon #8 1/1 Fab loc Bayou St John. tons of light $165,000 611 Dauphine B

1/1 townhouse w/ common courtyard $199,000

823 Burgundy #3

2/2 1,600 sqft, brand renov, balcony, $599,000

917 Toulouse #11

3/2 Luxury!pkng,elev,pool,Prvtbalcfurn.$1,175,000

COMMERICAL 3817 Chartres Huge comm 3k sqft whse&3k sqft office space $6,500/mo 2200 Royal comm 3,760sq/ft. Blue chip loc HMC-2 Zone $4k/mo 512 Wilkinson Row Comm comm condo on quaint FQ street $445,000 840 N Rampart Comm HMC-2 zoned $209,000

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