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17 ON THE COVER The New New Orleans How is New Orleans changing — for better or for worse? ............................................................ 17 One native’s take on her changing 7th Ward neighborhood ........................................ 17 The demographics of our changing city.........26

7 IN SEVEN Seven Things to Do This Week........................... 5 Ani DiFranco, Alice Ripley, Phunny Phorty Phellows and more

NEWS + VIEWS News.............................................................................7 Top 10 political stories of 2013 Bouquets & Brickbats ...........................................7 This week’s heroes and zeroes C’est What? ................................................................7 Gambit’s Web poll Scuttlebutt................................................................ 9 News briefs from all over Commentary............................................................10 New Year’s resolutions ... for others Blake Pontchartrain..............................................11 The N.O. It All

30 Life in the Bowls ....................................................12 New Orleans’ history of bowl games

STYLE + SHOPPING What’s In Store ......................................................29 Barcadia

MENU Review ......................................................................30 Counter Fork + Center ...........................................................30 All the news that’s fit to eat 3-Course Interview .............................................32 Pete Giovenco of Deer Depot Drinks ........................................................................33 Beer Buzz and Wine of the Week Last Bites .................................................................35 5 in Five and Off the Menu

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013 A&E..............................................................................43 Music .........................................................................45 Film..............................................................................51 Art ...............................................................................53 Stage..........................................................................56

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Tue. Dec. 31 | Party like it’s 1979 at DJ Soul Sister’s 11th annual New Year’s Eve bash, in which vintage Soul Train projections sub for home movies and the Booty Patrol Dancers drop more than the ball. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

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Tue. Dec. 31 | The annual New Year’s Eve countdown fleur-de-lis drop is at Jax Brewery, followed by fireworks over the Mississippi River. Eric Lindell and the Honey Island Swamp Band perform at a stage on Decatur Street at Jackson Square at 9 p.m. PAGE 59

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Equal parts reckoning and reveling, Ani DiFranco’s 17th studio album, Which Side Are You On? (Righteous Babe), is drawn from a Pete Seeger cover, and the legendary folk singer guests on its incendiary title track. Zoe Boekbinder opens at 9 p.m. at House of Blues.

Mon. Jan. 6 | Alice Ripley starred in the Broadway shows Sunset Boulevard and Side Show and won a Best Actress Tony Award for Next To Normal. She’s joined by pianist Jessica Means for a cabaret-style show. At 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

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Mon. Jan. 6 | On Twelfth Night, the costumed Phunny Phorty Phellows get the Carnival season rolling with a ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. The revelry begins at the Willow Street car barn at 7 p.m.

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Tue. Dec. 31 | Ringing in the New Year with apocalyptic dread, Goatwhore — New Orleans’ reigning wizards of blackened death metal — headlines Siberia’s New Year’s Eve festivities with old acquaintances Gasmiasma, Abysmal Lord and Ossacrux. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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Top 10 political stories of 2013

was named a recipient Dec. 16 of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The studio, now a Tulane University artist residency, is one of 895 Art Works grant recipients. The grant will fund residencies to artists for the series “Ebb & Flow: Dialogues between art and water.” The 2014 Art Works grants total $23.4 million.

shared a donation of 28,000 pet toys from an anonymous donor with partner shelters and rescue groups. Groups that received the toys just before Christmas include Animal Rescue New Orleans, Humane Society of Louisiana, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter and more than a dozen others.

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By Clancy DuBos “Coastal czar” Garret Graves, seen here touring an oiled marsh in 2010, was among those in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration who pushed back against a lawsuit filed against oil, gas and pipeline companies that do business in Louisiana. The lawsuit, and the fight against it, was one of the year’s top political stories in the state. C O U RT ES Y L A G O H S EP

community. Some cheered Heebe’s victory against overzealous prosecutors, while others lamented the downfall of former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, who resigned the previous December amid an online commenting scandal. The drama at Poydras and Camp streets did not end there. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt tossed the guilty verdicts in the Danziger Bridge case (largely because of the online commenting scandal), setting off a chain reaction that’s still playing out. Meanwhile, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned NOPD officer David Warren’s conviction in the Henry Glover case, and Warren was acquitted in a

created by New Orleans Saints kicker Thomas Morstead, donated Christmas presents to children at Ochsner Medical Center on Dec. 17. Morstead and Saints players Terron Armstead, Bryce Harris, Senio Kelemete, Lance Moore, Cameron Jordan, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon handed out gifts and posed for photos.

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one of four BP employees charged with crimes related to the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, was found guilty Dec. 18 of obstruction of justice by a federal jury in New Orleans. Mix deleted hundreds of text messages related to the event, which killed 11 people, and at least some of the messages regarded the amount of oil discharged, which varied from BP’s official number. Mix faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Our annual recap of the year in local politics once again produced a bumper crop of craziness.

rom the local levee authority’s lawsuit against Big Oil to the fight over Jefferson Parish’s public hospitals, from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s popularity slide to the St. Tammany Parish coroner scandal, politicians across Louisiana worked overtime this past year to make our annual list of the Top 10 political stories. Enjoy the ride. I sure did. 1. The case against Big Oil — The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) threw down a huge gauntlet in July when it filed a groundbreaking environmental lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The suit seeks to hold Big Oil accountable for decades of coastal land loss and for higher flood-control costs in metro New Orleans. The pushback was immediate and intense. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his “coastal czar,” Garret Graves, rushed to the defense of the energy industry, ousting several SLFPA-E members who supported the suit (particularly vice chairman John Barry, one of the nation’s leading flood protection experts). Jindal and Graves were aided by a so-called “independent” nominating committee chaired by local business and civic dynast Jay Lapeyre, who also is chairman of the board of directors of ION Geophysical Inc., a Houston-based oil service company. Just when all seemed lost, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes sued more than two dozen oil companies. Jindal wants state lawmakers to put the kibosh on the SLFPA-E suit in 2014. Meanwhile, other parishes may file suits of their own. Regardless of how this story ends, it will shape state politics for decades. If Big Oil wins, nothing much changes; we’ll keep sinking into the Gulf and taxpayers will get stuck with the tab for the still-unfunded Master Plan to restore Louisiana’s coast. If the levee authority and the parishes prevail, it will mark the first time in nearly a century that Big Oil has not dictated Louisiana’s environmental policy — and the energy industry will pay for much of the Master Plan. Pay close attention to this one, folks. 2. Federal freefall — The feds’ prolonged investigation into local landfill magnate Fred Heebe and his company, River Birch, ended abruptly in March, sending shock waves through the political

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do-over trial. In the midst of it all, new U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite took the reins of a troubled office — one that the Justice Department ostensibly is still investigating for the online commenting scandal. 3. Jindal’s slide — Gov. Bobby Jindal did not have a good year. His proposal to eliminate the state income tax and replace it with the nation’s highest combined state and local sales tax drew fire from the left and the right, at least within Louisiana. It was so unpopular that Jindal pulled the plug on his proposal on the opening day of the legislative session. The failure of Jindal’s tax-swap plan underscored his low voter approval ratings, which plummeted to the mid-30s in the spring before “rebounding” to the low-40s in October. Jindal became a pariah among state lawmakers, too. The so-called legislative fiscal hawks (a mostly GOP group in the House) completely rewrote his budget, and the most conservative congressional district in the state (the 5th, based in northeast Louisiana) rejected his anointed successor to former Congressman Rodney Alexander, opting to send first-time candidate Vance McAllister to Washington instead. With two years left in his term, the emperor clearly has no coattails. 4. Orleans Parish Prison blues — Sheriff Marlin Gusman has managed to make the Keystone Cops look like Scotland Yard, only this is no laughing matter. Gusman’s jail is arguably the worst-run prison in America: inhumane conditions; prisoner-on-prisoner violence; inmate deaths; escapes; a viral video of prisoners partying with guns and drugs in the jail; and a federal consent decree that somehow leaves Gusman still in charge. Even more astounding, Gusman is now favored to win re-election, which can only mean more headlines next year, and the next. 5. Ray Nagin indicted — The feds formally (and finally) accused City Hall’s former narcissist-in-chief of bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, moneylaundering and filing false tax returns. The 21-count indictment of the former mayor accuses him of taking more than $200,000 in bribes from four city vendors to whom he steered millions in post-Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts. Nagin’s trial was postponed several times; it’s now scheduled for Jan. 27. If he doesn’t plead, his two sons face possible indictment. 6. Jefferson Parish hospitals fight — Parish leaders recognized several years ago that Jefferson cannot remain in the health care business much longer, but the council’s Byzantine process for selecting a private operator for the parish’s two publicly owned hospitals makes the Obamacare rollout look like a well-oiled machine. The selection was supposed to happen months ago; now

it’s set for late January, but there’s no guarantee it will happen then. 7. Entergy loses power — The New Orleans City Council launched a “prudency” investigation of Entergy New Orleans (ENO) over two corporate decisions that, according to the council’s utility advisers, favored ENO’s parent company over ratepayers. Entergy soon thereafter abandoned its bid to sell off its transmission grid to an unregulated “third-party” interstate owner after Mississippi regulators rejected the idea. The prudency investigation is a complex story, but it will be big news in 2014. 8. The bridge toll fight — Voters in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes voted overwhelmingly (well, in the do-over election, at least) to discontinue tolls on the Crescent City Connection. That came after a Baton Rouge judge tossed the results of a May 1 referendum in which the toll renewal proposition passed by less than 40 votes. The judge ordered a new referendum after concluding that many voters were improperly denied the opportunity to cast ballots in May. 9. The St. Tammany coroner scandal — Dr. Peter Galvan resigned as St. Tammany Parish coroner in October and pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiracy to steal public money. Galvan helped himself to hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars by cashing out vacation and sick pay that he wasn’t owed and using public employees to work in his private enterprises. Galvan’s antics also led to state legislation to change how the office operates. 10. Mike Bagneris enters mayor’s race — Just when it appeared Mayor Mitch Landrieu would get a coronation for his second term, Civil Court Judge Michael Bagneris retired from the bench and qualified to run against him. Bagneris was the leading spokesman for judges seeking a stand-alone new courthouse, which Landrieu opposed. The mayor wants to turn the former Big Charity hospital into a “civic center” housing the courthouse and a new city hall. Bagneris denies that he’s running out of spite, but nobody expects this race to be a “civil” contest as the national GOP is set to pour money into a third-party advertising campaign designed to tarnish the Landrieu brand. The real target, of course, is the mayor’s sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who’s up for re-election in November 2014. It should be quite a spectacle: The folks whose stock in trade has been suppressing the black vote are suddenly supporting a black candidate and doing all they can to suppress white voter turnout. Politics truly makes strange bedfellows. No doubt there will be more twists and turns in the coming year, which will give us lots to talk about 12 months from now. Happy New Year!


SCUTTLEBUTT Quote of the week

“I think that’s very obvious to everybody who has been paying attention.” — Sen. David Vitter on C-SPAN, on whether Gov. Bobby Jindal was planning to run for president in 2016. Vitter said he would make his own decision in January whether to run for governor — which is also very obvious to everybody who has been paying attention.

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Minyard, Stone leave races shortly after qualifying Soon after qualifying closed for the Feb. 1 municipal elections, two prominent candidates announced they had changed their minds about running. Dr. Frank Minyard, who was seeking an 11th term as Orleans Parish Coroner, withdrew from the race Dec. 23, endorsing Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Rouse over the other candidates, Drs. Dwight McKenna and Vincent Culotta. The same day, Reid Stone, one of two Republicans in the race for the District A City Council seat, withdrew and threw

his support to Drew Ward, the other Republican in that contest. In a statement, Stone said, “‘Republican’ has become a term that warrants rebranding, but my focus on poverty and Drew’s community involvement demonstrate a new face of what it means to be a Republican in New Orleans and what it means to put service above politics.” Ward will face incumbent Susan Guidry, as well as David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Stephen Gordon. Gordon has no political party; the others are Democrats. — KEVIN ALLMAN

Campaigning, dot com

Mayoral candidates’ online presence varies With the municipal elections just a month away, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is the only one of the four mayoral candidates (as of press time) to have assembled a strong online presence, with a fleshedout campaign website (www.mitchlandrieu.com), a Facebook page and two active Twitter presences (@MayorLandrieu and @MitchLandrieu) with a total of more than 26,000 followers. Danatus King, an attorney and president of the NAACP New Orleans Branch, has had a website for months (www. dkingformayor.com) and a Facebook page, but his Twitter account (@KingForMayor), which was created in October, has been dormant since then — with only four tweets and eight followers. Former judge Michael Bagneris has put up a placeholder website (www. bagnerisformayor.com) and created his “Bagneris For Mayor” Facebook page Dec. 17, though he’s not yet on Twitter. Perennial candidate and comedian Manny “Chevrolet” Bruno — who ran for mayor in 2002, 2006 and 2010 — has neither a campaign website nor a Twitter presence, relying entirely on Facebook to convey his singular message. As in previous years, Bruno’s slogan is “A Troubled Man For Troubled Times,” and his page urges supporters, “We need any help you can give, from pole dancing to begging in the streets.” While an online presence is just one strategy in a modern political campaign, the Pew Research Journalism Project studied the issue in a 2012 report and found that candidates who used new technologies in their campaigns tended to find success. “From Franklin Roosevelt’s use of radio, to John F. Kennedy’s embrace of television, to Ronald Reagan’s recognition of the potential for arranging the look and feel of campaign events in the age of satellites and videotape,” Pew reported, “candidates quicker to grasp the power of new technology have used that to convey a sense that they represented a new generation of leadership more in touch with where the country was heading.” — KEVIN ALLMAN

Clarification

Photographer Linda Rodgers took the photograph of author Nancy Dixon in “Fleur-de-lit,” (A+E, Dec. 24, 2013).

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Lt. Gov. defends Robertson family While local and national politicians rallied to the defense of north Louisiana’s Robertson family after Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s controversial remarks about gays and pre-civil rights blacks, few were as voluble as Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. “I am prepared to work with the motion picture industry in Louisiana to keep @DuckDynastyAE on-air if they cannot reach an agreement w/ A&E,” Dardenne tweeted Dec. 21 — seeming to say the state of Louisiana might have an active hand in keeping the “reality” show alive if the Robertson family could not come to terms with the A&E network. Two days later, Dardenne attempted to clarify his position: “I am advocating for @DuckDynastyAE to utilize the existing motion picture infrastructure in LA, not offering ‘state aid.’” As Duck Dynasty already “utilizes the existing motion picture infrastructure” in the state — and, presumably, enjoys the benefit of Louisiana’s generous film tax credits, which were written by Dardenne himself, it was unclear what the lieutenant governor was proposing. It was a confusing week all around. Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an official statement on the matter, saying “I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment,” apparently confusing the constitutional right to free speech with the responsibilities attendant to airing a television program. And the Tennesseebased Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, which has 10 locations in Louisiana, pulled Duck Dynasty-branded items from its gift shops, only to reverse course quickly after furious backlash from Duck-o-philes. Regarding Cracker Barrel, Dardenne told the New York Daily News, “It seems to be a wise business decision since Duck Dynasty merchandise flies off the shelves faster than a green winged teal headed south for the winter.” — KEVIN ALLMAN

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Be it resolved … t this time every year, we look back at the previous 12 months and attempt to put the madness into some sort of perspective. We also look forward to the New Year, hoping things will be better. In that spirit, we offer the following suggested New Year’s resolutions for local political leaders and public figures: • Mayor Mitch Landrieu — As he gears up for his re-election campaign, Landrieu is touting a record of success, much of which he can legitimately claim. Should he win re-election, the mayor should address very real fears that the recovery isn’t buoying the poor and middle class. Statistics bear that out. When adjusted for inflation, wages have not increased in New Orleans, yet rents and housing prices have gone up dramatically. The “brain gain” that resulted from young people moving here after Hurricane Katrina hasn’t had a matching gain when it comes to good jobs for all. And while the mayor’s ambitious

needs. Pandering to tea party groups is no substitute for leadership in a state as diverse and complex as Louisiana. We’d like to see Vitter resolve to run a campaign that unites rather than divides the state he says he loves. • The Jefferson Parish Council — The proposed lease of Jefferson Parish’s two publicly owned hospitals is the biggest fiscal and policy decision to face council members in at least a generation. Unfortunately, the process of making that decision has been as flawed and protracted as that for building the parish Performing Arts Center. The parish should scrap the process and start over — with the aim of selling the hospitals in a “cleaner” transaction that also could create a trust fund to provide funding for badly needed infrastructure and public safety needs. • Coastal levee boards and parishes — The environmental lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against 97 oil,

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anti-violence program, NOLA For Life, has seen some successes, our city is still far too violent. • Gov. Bobby Jindal — Last year, we asked the governor to spend more time in Orleans Parish, the economic driver of the state on which he brags so much. That didn’t happen. Instead, he traveled the country as head of the Republican Governors’ Association, promoting his own brand and offering advice to the national GOP — very little of which he applied back at home. If President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will be the president’s legacy (for better or for worse), the governor’s mean-spirited rejection of Medicaid funds to offset the costs of Obamacare in a state near the bottom of every health ranking likely will be his legacy. Jindal’s resolution should be to put his state first and his ambition second, but we’re not confident he’ll do that. • U.S. Sen. David Vitter — While Louisiana’s junior senator says he’s still deciding whether to run for governor in 2015, few people doubt he already has made up his mind (including Jindal, who has said as much). Vitter’s political resurrection after his notorious prostitution scandal is one for the ages, but most of his “comeback” has come from defining himself in opposition to President Barack Obama. That’s not a platform from which to lead a state with so many “local” troubles and

gas and pipeline companies was a bold attempt to get Big Oil to help pay for fixing what it helped to break. Since then, two parishes have filed environmental lawsuits against energy companies. Other coastal levee authorities and parishes should resolve to follow suit. • Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman — The beleaguered sheriff, or his successor should he not win re-election, should resolve to hire the best jailer in the nation to run the city’s correctional center in a humane, constitutional and professional manner. He also should resolve to reform the office’s ridiculously expensive and patronage-heavy contracting practices. • The New Orleans Saints — If 2012 was a coachless disaster and 2013 was a year of rebuilding, 2014 should be the year that the Black and Gold learns how to play consistently on the road — and in all kinds of weather conditions. • The New Orleans Pelicans — There have been some bumps along the way in the Pels’ first season under their new name and banner, but the team’s resolution should be to play well enough to turn New Orleans into a first-class basketball city — with the fan base to match. In years past, few of our suggestions were followed. Let’s hope this year things are different. Happy New Year!


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Colors with shorter wavelengths, including green and blue, usually have a calming effect, whereas colors with longer wavelengths, such as red, stimulate the nervous system. On pleasant days, the porch is where Southerners gather to relax and catch up with neighbors. Since the blue ceiling resembles the sky, it can promote the feeling of an extended day, which helps during the shorter days of winter. In the South, particularly South Carolina and Georgia, porches, shutters and window and door frames were painted “haint blue” to keep out “haints,” or evil spirits. It was believed that haints could not cross over water and painting these entrances to resemble water was a way to trick them. This folklore can be attributed to the Gullah, a group of African-Americans, originally from rice-growing regions of West Africa, who lived on the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. Over the years, the concept spread throughout the South. People also noticed the blue paint repelled insects, and some surmised it was because the insects were fooled into believing the blue ceiling was the sky, a place where they were in danger of being eaten. It’s likely, however, that substances once used in paint actually repelled insects. The chemical composition of paints has since changed, but many blue porch ceilings are still around.

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here will be 35 NCAA-sanctioned bowl games played in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) — the highest level in collegiate pigskin — during the 2013-14 season. The list of events ranges from Bowl Championship Series events — including New Orleans’ Sugar Bowl and the national championship game — to smaller contests like the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Belk Bowl and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. More than half of the FBS teams in the country will play in bowl games, which have existed for more than a century, and although the number of bowl games is seen by some to diminish their relevance, they provide us with some good stories. Here are some games featuring New Orleans and Louisiana teams. • The 1910 Bacardi Bowl, in which the Tulane Green Wave competed, was played in Havana, Cuba. The contest, held sporadically for four decades, usually pitted a team from the southern U.S. against an aggregation of Cuban all-stars. The championship was named after a major sponsor — then-Cuba-based booze-maker Bacardi — a concept that was ahead of its time. The game on New Year’s Day 1910 was the second version of the contest. The inaugural one in 1907 featured Louisiana State University trashing Havana University 56-0. At the end of the 1909 regular season, The Green Wave received an invitation to compete in the Bacardi Bowl on Jan. 1, 1910, a development greeted with huzzahs by Tulane Weekly, the university’s student paper: “The consensus of opinion around college is highly favorable

concerning the proposed trip, as the students feel that the team which has so successfully defended the University this year, should receive some reward, and a more fitting reward is impossible to be imagined, for the men will not only receive much pleasure, but they will be benefited as well,” read an article in the Dec. 9, 1909 issue. The article proferred that the bowl bid would promote Tulane in Cuba and allow traveling student Green Wave fans to experience a different culture. There wasn’t much to promote in terms of Tulane’s football prowess as the Green Wave choked, losing to the Havana Athletic Club, 11-0. A national newswire story about the contest said the Greenies “were outweighed and outplayed by their opponents,” adding that the showdown “was witnessed by a big crowd, among whom were the highest representatives of Havana society.” • The 1958 Oyster Bowl. The regular-season bowl game in Norfolk, Va., pitted the winless Tulane Green Wave against the unbeaten, nationally ranked and highly favored U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen. Navy was expected to field a blowout, but Tulane pulled off a stunning 14-6 upset in front of about 32,000 fans and had the national media alternately scratching their heads and dropping their jaws. “Unsung Tulane, convinced it was a better football team than its 0-4 record indicated, completely overpowered unbeaten Navy,” Martie Zad wrote in The Washington Post. PAGE 14


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“For Tulane it was a big victory. After losing to three teams ranked in the Nation’s top 20 in close battles, the young Greenies turned on sixth-ranked Navy. ... The Green Wave was a spoiler ... today, but it was no fluke.” • The 1973 Bluebonnet Bowl. Between the Greenies’ glory years of the 1920s and ’30s and Tulane’s unbeaten 1998 campaign, the Wave’s best season may have been 40 years ago in 1973, when Tulane alum Bennie Ellender coached the squad to a 9-2 mark in the regular season. That record included the Green Wave upsetting its vaunted rival LSU on Dec. 1, 1973, the Greenies’ last major win at Tulane Stadium. Less than a week later, Tulane offered Ellender a new 10-year contract, and United Press International later named Ellender its coach of the year. Those successes landed Tulane a bid to the Bluebonnet Bowl, playing the University of Houston Cougars at the Astrodome, the Cougars’ home field. In the days leading up to the Dec. 29 game, Green Wave players and coaches remained optimistic about their chances against Houston’s high-powered

offense and stingy defense. That positive thinking didn’t transfer onto the field, however, and Houston mauled Tulane 47-7, the Green Wave’s most lopsided loss since the Cougars beat Tulane 54-7 in 1968. The 1973 Cougars’ 47 points and 40-point margin of victory both were Bluebonnet Bowl records. Despite the shellacking, the 1974 edition of the Tulane yearbook, Jambalaya, dedicated a two-page photo spread to the Bluebonnet disaster and summed up the overall season on a positive note: “By compiling a 9-3 win-loss record, the 1973 edition of Tulane football had left its mark. … The one question that does remain is whether or not the 1974 team will repeat the success of the 1973 squad. Only time will tell.” And time told a sad tale as the 1974 Green Wave went 5-6. Tulane didn’t go to another bowl until 1979, when it lost to Penn State 9-6 in the Liberty Bowl. Tulane didn’t win a post-season game until the 1998 Liberty Bowl, when it defeated Brigham Young University 41-27. Over the years, the Crescent City has held its share of monumental pigskin matchups, from the Sugar Bowl to the Super Bowl. But for two years in the mid-1970s, New Orleans played host to what was billed as the “black college national championship” — the Pelican Bowl. The first edition of the Pelican Bowl was played in Durham, N.C., in 1972, when

Louisiana’s Grambling State University Tigers devastated the North Carolina Central University Eagles, 56-6. After skipping a year, the big game came to New Orleans in 1974, and Tulane Stadium was selected for the showdown between the respective champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The announcement elicited a plea for local black fans to attend the contest by Louisiana Weekly sports editor Bobby Hall. “[T]here is no excuse this year,” Hall wrote. “Top-notch football right in your backyard.” The Pelican Bowl was preceded by a clash that simply meant more to football fans among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): the first Bayou Classic, now a yearly confrontation between Grambling and Southern University that has blossomed into the premier HBCU gridiron event in the country. In the first meeting in 1974, Grambling, led by quarterback Doug Williams, beat the Southern Jaguars in a contest at Tulane Stadium that attracted nearly 77,000 fans, the largest crowd ever at that facility. In the Pelican Bowl a week or so later, SWAC champion Grambling swamped MEAC leader South Carolina State 28-7. But attendance at the event was thousands less than the earlier Bayou Classic, making the 1974 Pelican Bowl anticlimactic. That lack of enthusiasm was evident the following year, when the Pelican Bowl almost didn’t happen due to apathy and a lack of support among HBCUs. In fact, Grambling coach Eddie Robinson refused to play in the 1975 game. “As far as the Pelican Bowl is concerned, I don’t want to play it, ” Robinson told Ebony magazine sportswriter Doc Young. Organizers of the Pelican Bowl scrambled to get teams for what turned out to be its final game, settling on Grambling’s Louisiana rival, Southern University, and the South Carolina State Bulldogs. Though played in the brand-new Louisiana Superdome, the contest was lackluster, with the Southern Jaguars scoring a tepid 15-12 victory over the Bulldogs. Fans cared so little about the 1975 Pelican Bowl that it received no coverage in the Louisiana Weekly, and the “HBCU national championship” died a quiet death. Today, the Sugar Bowl dominates the college bowl season in New Orleans. But the city also hosts the New Orleans Bowl, which was founded in 2001 and features top teams from Conference USA and the New

Orleans-based Sun Belt Conference, which signed contracts in August for six-year commitments to the bowl. While not as well-known as the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl has a television contract with ESPN and decent attendance — a game-record 54,700 fans watched the University of Louisiana-Lafayette eke out a 24-21 victory over hometown Tulane last week — and as of 2011 offers a $500,000 payout to participating teams. This was the Ragin’ Cajuns’ third straight New Orleans Bowl victory, The question is whether we need the New Orleans Bowl or the other three dozen post-season college football contests, especially with the Sugar Bowl already in New Orleans. New Orleans Bowl and conference officials, including Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson, say instead of too many college bowls, there aren’t enough — because some teams with winning records (like 8-4 Middle Tennessee State University of the Sun Belt last year) are left without a bowl invitation. Benson disagrees with the notion that the New Orleans Bowl is pointless because of the Sugar Bowl, saying the New Orleans Bowl has more modest expectations than the BCS game and that those expectations are more than being met. “We might not have the same type of prestige or history [as the Sugar], but for the past [few] years, with Louisiana-Lafayette playing, we have had the type of energy, excitement and form of attraction,” he says. “It may be on a different stage, but for the last [few] years, it’s been on a big stage.” New Orleans Bowl officials echo some popular arguments for the crowded college bowl season. Billy Ferrante, executive director of the New Orleans Bowl, believes his contest and other bowl games, have value and relevance because they provide revenue for the local hospitality industry, donations of time and money for community groups, positive press for New Orleans and a reward for hard-working student athletes. “When anybody raises that point [of irrelevance], I say to look at each of the last [three] years at what it’s done for the Louisiana-Lafayette players, and at the last [14] years and what it’s meant to all those players,” Ferrante says. “[The bowl system] allowed 35 teams to win their last game last year.”


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eople around the city — of all ages, races and income levels — seem to agree that New Orleans is changing rapidly. The direction of that change, and whether it’s a good or bad thing, is up for debate, and it’s the genesis of our “New New Orleans” series, which will be an ongoing feature in Gambit in 2014. Here are the first people with whom we spoke, and we’ll be asking other people this question throughout the new year. We would like you to participate. If you live in metro New Orleans (it doesn’t have to be within city limits), and would be willing to talk with a writer about how you see New Orleans changing, email us at response@gambitweekly.com with the subject line “Changing New Orleans.” Some interviews were edited and condensed for length; the full versions can be found at www.bestofneworleans.com/newneworleans. Edited by Kevin Allman

SASHA MASAKOWSKI

NEW ORLEANS NATIVE, JAZZ SINGER

I keep hearing national media sources claiming New Orleans is the fastest growing city in the U.S., and it’s been amazing to watch the city expand. Certain elements of that growth are great — we all know New Orleans has a remarkable propensity to attract artists from every corner of the earth, and I see how our arts community has blossomed from that. However, with the influx of so many great artists — from actors to writers to musicians to chefs to fashion designers — I also witness the destruction of important New Orleans emblems and wonder why that is. Companies like The NOLA Project have made strides in strengthening our local theater scene, yet the iconic Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre was turned into a restaurant. Brilliant, talented musicians from all over the country have flocked to New Orleans to integrate into our music community, yet most of our prominent music clubs exclusively hire bands that cater to the New Orleans tourism machine. Beautifully designed new restaurants with nationally renowned chefs are popping up left and right, and yet a “Mid City Marketplace” housing only fast food chains opened up just blocks away from the New Orleans Museum of Art. I suppose you have to take the good with the bad. I just hope that with all this growth and expansion our culture doesn’t get lost along the way. — AS TOLD TO ALEX WOODWARD PAGE 18

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t’s 1994, the height of a murder wave in New Orleans. I’m 9 years old, home alone waiting for my mom to come back from Walgreens on St. Bernard Avenue and Broad Street. As I’m watching Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird, I hear gunshots. I start sobbing, terrified my mom’s been killed. When my mom returns unharmed half an hour later and I explain to her why I was hysterical, she starts to understand that the New Orleans where she is raising me is very different from the New Orleans where she grew up. Now I am experiencing the same feeling. My mom was an art teacher and a real bleeding heart when it came to her students. Most of them were twentysomething black men who thought of her as a mom and me as a nerdy little sister. Since I was an only child and only grandchild, I loved it when they would play

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I left [New Orleans] early and went to Detroit. I used to come back every year with my dad. I moved to Detroit in 1948, when I was 14. Back then Bourbon Street used to be full of jazz. Now, up and down Bourbon Street, you don’t hear jazz anymore. You hear country and Western. All music is good, but what you hear is different. The city itself is really growing. I used to live on Conti and Galvez (streets). I went to St. Katherine’s school on Tulane Avenue, across from Charity. Now New Orleans is growing at such a rapid pace. Everything I have seen is for the better. When I was here, there was segregation. Now that’s changed. And then they built the (I-10) highway (overpass). (Now) people can go anywhere. It’s a different perspective than when I was here then. Now that area’s going to be a medical center. I have traveled in a lot of different bands. I tell everyone that they have to go to New Orleans at least one time in their life. It’s such a beautiful place, and the music and the food. It all goes in the gumbo, there’s no place like New Orleans. I started playing music professionally at age 11. I was playing with the Eureka Brass Band. It was during the war. A lot of the musicians were in the service. I was able to read music. My dad had taught me. There’s a line of musicians in my family. My great grandfather Narcesse Gabriel moved to New Orleans; he was a base player. My grandfather Martin Joseph had the National Jazz Band. Freddie Keppard was a member of that band. When the musicians were in the war, they called my father and said, “Man, we have a job for you.” And he said, “I can’t take it, but you can take the kid.” I was able to play with all those musicians — Kid Rena, Kid Clayton, Willie Humphrey and Percy, Kid Sheik and all those guys — when I was 11. I came back permanently in 2009 because I joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Hurricane Katrina was devastating — so many musicians were displaced across the country. I had never seen anything like that before. I wanted New Orleans to still be what it is known for: the birthplace of jazz. ... The Preservation Hall band has to embrace all sorts of music. They’re a foundation for preserving culture. They have to preserve jazz, because everything else came from abroad. We reached out with Del McCoury and did bluegrass. We reached out with Jim James and a lot of different things with his music. It’s something we should be apart of anyway. You have to have one foot in the past and one foot in the future. ... The music isn’t locked in a box, the music is going to keep on changing anyway. I don’t think that by playing something a bluegrass band would play or something that a Cajun band would play dilutes the music. Each thing has its own distinct personality that fits who they are. But music does change. — AS TOLD TO WILL COVIELLO

I live in a neighborhood [St. Roch] that 10 years ago I would have been scared walking in in the daylight. In the past few years I’ve seen it change, and I see a lot of people who aren’t from here, that I feel aren’t respectful or aware of the culture, kind of overtake these neighborhoods. I think essentially New Orleans has always been made up of people from different places and we repeat that pattern, but what’s different now is the scale. My fear is that people like me, or people that have been in multigenerational homes for years, will be suddenly priced out of it. When I was real little, I went to elementary school in the East and I saw the racial, white flight stuff happen to New Orleans East: black folks move in, single homes get knocked down, apartments built up, I saw all the patterns happen. I still got family and friends of family that have been there for 40 years, because they can’t afford to move. I think Arabi is the next Bywater. I think they’re just gonna keep going down river. When they come in numbers like this and when it becomes a hot place and we’re making all these lists like “the coolest place for hipsters,” that’s when you gotta be worried. I’ve definitely seen the 9th Ward change. Maybe the Bywater’s lost. Maybe it’ll take another hurricane or a murder spree or some shit to shake it up. — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY

CATHERINE S. BOVELAND NEW ORLEANS EAST RESIDENT, EDUCATOR

We only have Winn-Dixie on Chef Highway, or you travel to Chalmette to the Walmart there where you’ll see a lot of people from the East. For Christmas shopping I had to travel all the way out to Metairie to shop, where I used to just run out to the Plaza and pick up something. My mom is in the hospital and she’s all the way at Touro. ... Something like a hospital, that should have been one of the first things they worked on. … I think more people would have come back to the East if they knew they’d have a hospital nearby and a supermarket with reasonable prices, a nice restaurant. We still don’t have any nice restaurants. People in the East have to eat, too. You go out to these places all over the city and in Metairie, and who do you see but your neighbors. So we’re bringing all our money out of the city. I remember being the only one in the block after the storm and saying, “God, all I need is for grass and trees to be green instead of brown, to have some lights and to have a few neighbors.” And I got that, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. With the Walmart coming, and the hospital coming and there being schools out here — though they’re all a bunch of new schools with new names in new buildings — things should get better. — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY


DELORES HAYNES NEW ORLEANS NATIVE; RETIRED FROM ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

I used to love Gentilly, but not anymore because of crime and affordability. That’s why we’re still seriously contemplating leaving the city. We’re folks who formerly loved New Orleans but have become disenchanted. I’d hoped for better for the city. The folks who are coming in to teach our kids don’t have the interest of true education for the kids of our city at heart. They are opportunists who come into the education system and will more than likely be here temporarily and then on to more lucrative careers in another city. They don’t have a vested interest in education because they aren’t educators, first and foremost. There is an image that’s being portrayed nationwide of New Orleans, and a recruitment to get a certain caliber of individuals in the city race-wise as well as economically. I feel like after [former Mayor Ray] Nagin made the statement about New Orleans being a “chocolate city,” people made sure that would no longer be the case. The recruitment is to get young people to come to the area, but they’re not going to stay here, live here, work here and raise families here. The large majority of folks aren’t coming here for that. We need to get rid of that image that New Orleans is a good-time city and you can come here and do what you want to do and then go away. People think they can come here and do what they want, and then they go back to their nice communities and their corporate jobs after wreaking havoc here, though they don’t want that where they live. It’s still business as usual here with corruption and politics and it’s discouraging. I was encouraged to come back and rebuild, but at this point it’s not getting any better. If I don’t see an improvement within the near future, I’ll no longer be a resident of New Orleans. — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY

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The renaissance of individual New Orleans neighborhoods is shifting away from the French Quarter being the only thing people thought we had going on here. Seeing corridors like Freret Street, the Riverbend, Oak Street, certainly what’s happening in Bywater, Bayou St. John, and all these places that have their own things going on — neighborhoods are becoming more walkable and bikeable, seeing a wide array of businesses pop up. People aren’t necessarily interested in staying in the CBD, or in other cities, the “hotel district.” That’s not what everyone is looking for anymore. They’re not looking for the Marriott Experience, the Hilton Experience. They want to be P H OTO B Y in neighborhoods and experience the CH ERYL GER B ER place the way locals do. At the restaurant, we went from people being cautious or openly against what we’re doing, to openly embracing us. A lot of the people who were trying to prevent us from opening are now our regulars and appreciate what’s going on in the neighborhood. But what’s going on with New Orleans, and Louisiana in general — Louisiana’s HIV infection rate is twice the national average, and much of it comes down to our public policy, and a lot of our police policy makes no sense. Louisiana doesn’t allow needle exchanges, and that absolutely impacts HIV infection rates. It just makes me so sad; there’s a younger generation growing up here with a much higher rate of exposure to these things I was lucky enough to not pick up along the way. One of the things I see going on in the city is apathy — just accepting the broken things about our city just because “it’s New Orleans” and that’s the way it has been — people trying to change things, being defeated, and giving up on it. A lot of the things I end up in hot water for — whether it’s talking about bicycles or walkable neighborhoods or community organizations, the things people roll their eyes for — those things make my head explode. New Orleans does a fantastic job of celebrating itself in this massive plurality, but individuals who want to make a change for the better are often smacked down. I wish we could as a city support people doing positive things instead of rolling our eyes and saying, “Good luck with that.” — AS TOLD TO ALEX WOODWARD

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There are so many more fledgling theater companies and production companies and there are fewer venues. It’s become more difficult for a successful show to maintain a longer run. The other big problem is there are so many distractions. There are so many other things: music festivals, there’s racing. If you’re a general citizen of New Orleans, it’s exciting there are so many choices, but if you’re a theater person, it’s become more of a struggle. But there are so many more opportunities for entertainment. So that’s a good and bad thing. When I was growing up the neighborhoods used to be so defined and so specific. If you went to Lakeview, you went to go to a seafood restaurant. Or if you went to Metairie, you were going to a store or to visit a relative or something. But now it seems like the neighborhoods are blending. Now there’s a tendency to label neighborhoods more specifically. When I was growing up, people didn’t say Broadmoor or Treme. Now there are all these labels on neighborhoods, but the borders seem to be blending. People don’t seem to stay in their neighborhood and do things like they used to. There seems to be more interaction among the different neighborhoods and areas of the city, which is a good thing. There’s been a lot of attention to — I always say “Marigny types,” guys in porkpie hats and there are girls on bicycles wearing ballerina skirts and puppy dog ears on their heads. And I am sure they’re wonderful people, but to me that was never New Orleans, that was always Austin or Seattle. It seems that aspect has been foisted on us. This is the new New Orleans? If it is, that’s kind of sad. Ladies in muumuus with curlers in their hair sitting on their front stoops peeling shrimp — that’s something I’ve always been used to and that I can accept with a good heart. I am afraid that’s going away. A lot of that “ain’t dere no more.” And that’s a shame. The whole New Orleans ethos has been assumed by the newcomers and regurgitated as something else. The hipsters will have like a phrase, like a “making groceries” phrase, but they use it ironically, as opposed to embracing something that’s inherent to the city. The only thing that is constant is change. I don’t know if any change is good as opposed to staying stagnant. I don’t know. I can’t answer that as far as the culture is concerned. Is the basic culture of the city and some of that inherent stuff that’s made it so unique — is that becoming homogenized with Austin and Seattle, which have their own weirdo population? And I am sorry, but I love having a Walmart on the East Bank, in Orleans Parish. I love it. We just need to put a Target on Canal Street and I’ll be happy. — AS TOLD TO WILL COVIELLO

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I think the biggest change that’s taken place in New Orleans is that it’s gone from being a cat city to being a dog city. It sounds kind of stupid, but if you think about the symbolic implications, it makes a lot of sense. It’s becoming an American, golden retriever city. There used to be something more aloof and mysterious about the way New Orleans was, and now things are being sort of parceled off and understood and made to be more accessible. There is more competition in the city now, and that is a good thing and a bad thing. On one hand, it’s a bad thing because competition usually is about individual betterment. And a lot of New Orleans, the way it’s developed has been community-based. It’s been about community experiences and community betterment. The community aspects of New Orleans are despite all of the oppression that the people of this city have been saddled with, and despite the difficulties of life here. And it’s been really special. ... I think what’s changed is that there’s a new player. Things are being sold now as a New Orleans experience to a more savvy consumer. It’s not the same as Bourbon Street was 10 years ago or whatever, where you would have this really kitschy experience and go home to wherever and say that you had your “New Orleans Experience” but everybody knew it wasn’t real. Now, the real New Orleans and the New Orleans Experience are kind of confused. Everybody feels confused, at this point, about whether what they’re living is the real New Orleans Experience. Even I do and I’ve lived here my entire life. My parents were transplants, so I feel like I’m a second-generation transplant. It’s something really important about New Orleans that is transplant culture. That term really annoys me, but that’s what people call it. The people who move here are really important to the identity of the city. I think it’s the volume. There are more people moving here, and people are asking the city to accommodate them more than they choose to accommodate the city. I don’t think that’s all bad. It would be really awesome if the bus system in New Orleans was the same as the bus system in any other major city in the U.S. ... I think there are a lot of things that are part of this systemic oppression, and I want to be really clear that I’m not confusing that, I’m not feeling nostalgic for this darkness, but it’s part of the conversation, still. We have to acknowledge that when things change for the better, the beautiful ways that people coped with darkness are also going to change. — AS TOLD TO JEANIE RIESS


TRACEE DUNDAS DESIGNER; FOUNDER OF NEW ORLEANS FASHION WEEK

I am from Cajun country. My dad is from New Orleans. I always felt like New Orleans was a second home to me growing up, because I spent all my summers and holidays here. It was exciting to see the movement happening in a metropolitan city — the hustle and bustle of Canal Street. [In the late 1990s) I was starting my modeling agency, so I was reaching out to a lot of department stores to pitch the idea of coordinating fashion shows for them. Back then, we had the [Lake Forest] Plaza Mall in New Orleans East, and that became a primary account for me. Shopping malls had larger budgets back then and an appreciation for putting on a fashion show. It has been exciting to see industries that were nonexistent in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have returned with such resiliency — fashion being one of them. There’s certainly a younger, hipper vibe accompanying the rebuilding of the city. Young professionals have brought a fresh infusion of ideas, appreciation for the environment and energy. We still have a few hurdles to overcome. It saddens me when I drive out to the East and am looking at a flat piece of land where the Plaza stood for so many years. It was very iconic in the 1980s — the most high-end shopping center of its kind in the region. Fortunately, we have new retailers and development happening there, but it saddens me that there is not a shopping center in that part of the city in general. I think it is quite positive that we have H&M and Tiffany & Co. and the revamping at the Riverwalk. It is going to help grow the fashion industry in totality. I see the growth continuing, especially from the entrepreneurial spirit and startups. It will take a concerted effort to compete with other top cities without becoming them, while maintaining all things uniquely New Orleans. But it’s something we do well. — AS TOLD TO MISSY WILKINSON

I’d left the city before Katrina for a lot of reasons — crime, bad service. My stepson was murdered. My mom was murdered. Things that are still in place today were in place prior to Katrina. We just had an unnatural disaster put us in the position of being a new frontier. Katrina was a forced migration that forced everybody up and out of New Orleans. I do have some concerns about the changing face of New Orleans, though change is inevitable. I see white people walking in neighborhoods and living in houses where I don’t ever remember there being white people. They are people who have wealth and means to come, but the people who want to come back home can’t. I wanted to come back home and I’ve been back here for two going on three years, but I’m not staying here. What’s happening on Frenchmen Street with the music and the Quarter quieting down, that’s just falling in line with the rest of the country. New Orleans used to be the whore of America. People could come down here and do all of the things they wouldn’t do in their hometowns. But now New Orleans is their hometown and they don’t want to see that. I don’t go to second lines and dance in the street anymore. It is a culture that is being exploited. Every occasion wasn’t an occasion for a parade. And to say that’s how the people of New Orleans are? I find that insulting, because we ain’t like that. I tell people very clearly that I can’t dance in these streets being all jovial because I look around and see what the hell is going on. They might have somebody’s blood on that same street where you’re doing your little dance. I went to Super Sunday and the whole flow of what’s going on is interrupted by white girls jumping out there taking pictures. Stay y’all ass on the side of the street and just watch them go by and go, “Oh, you’re so pretty!” You don’t have to take a picture. The Disneyfication of our culture bothers me. What future are we providing for our children when the only industry is tourism? — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY

[Central City] is a community like many across the country that has had a great history and has fallen on hard times and is resurrecting itself in a fabulous way. It is a place where poor people, people of African descent and other immigrant communities have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. Making this place work in contemporary times is a critically important thing to do. There’s an opportunity to cook up the recipe for neighborhood in a different way, a way where everyone sits around the table. People who are terribly attracted to New Orleans may say they’re attracted to the music or the food, but what they’re really attracted to is the culture, and the core element of culture is people. They love what connectivity we have here. The social and cultural fabric of the city is one of our greatest assets. In our zeal to catch up, I really caution us not to take for granted the thing that has been the endearing and enduring heartbeat of New Orleans, which is the people. What I see is people just focusing on the part of: How do we improve our economy? How do we bring in some new blood? How do we manage to rebuild? How do we manage to get in step with what the present and the future require? I see some people doing that with an eye toward being certain that they are weaving together a strong bond between what our history has been, what our present is and who the people are who are there to bring them along. It is critical for us to be clear about what it is that we’re doing and understanding that a homogeneous community is not what we’re looking for. We’re looking for a community that is very diverse and colorful and has lots of different flavors. We’re not looking to make a New York or an Atlanta. What we’re doing is looking to refine what we have that is so, so special — the culture. A lot of why these folks are coming is that they came to help us out after the storm and thought they were going to go back to their lives. But the lives they had ended up feeling less perfect after they came to New Orleans. Even in distress we had a way of being able to live life in a fashion that would be attractive to other people. In our zeal to pursue economic opportunity, we don’t want to lose the vitality, the vibrancy, the very soul of the city. — AS TOLD TO KANDACE POWER GRAVES PAGE 23

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MELISANDE SHORT-COLOMB NEW ORLEANS NATIVE; MOVED AWAY IN 2004 AND RETURNED IN 2010; PARTNER IN CAJUN MOON CATERING

CAROL BEBELLE NEW ORLEANS NATIVE; CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ASHE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

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MARY MATTHEWS NEW ORLEANS NATIVE, RETIREE, LAMBETH HOUSE RESIDENT

We had fewer restaurants. And we had the old restaurants. You could go anywhere, Pascal’s Manale, that’s an old restaurant. Of course, Galatoire’s, Antoine’s, the St. Louis, Arnaud’s — you’d go in and you’d ask for a demitasse and they knew exactly what it was. Nowadays, and it’s because of all these new people coming in and new restaurants and people from all parts of the country coming down and opening restaurants, they have no idea what a demitasse is, and that’s New Orleans. And it just seems such a shame to lose something that’s so typical of the French or European. A demi is a little bit, and a tasse is a cup. It’s a little bitty cup, that after you have your dinner, it settles your stomach. And it was usually black. Nowadays, you put milk or sugar. But usually it was black, very black, and a lot of times people would put a liqueur in it, you see? It would give a little spark to it. As far as restaurants go, they have no idea what it means to open a New Orleans restaurant. Like eating grits and grillades — those things are so typical of New Orleans. Everybody always had a demitasse after dinner, in people’s homes. Nowadays, coffee has changed. People drink decaf, which is diluted. It’s not strong. Coffee was definitely a part of New Orleans culture. It’s very French and very Creole. There was an aroma all over town. You could smell it very definitely below Poydras Street, near the waterfront, say Magazine or Tchoupitoulas. There must have been a place there where they ground the coffee. … [The new people] are also positive, because New Orleans was too satisfied with itself before. They didn’t want to look out into the world. And now the people coming in have made a big difference. It’s exciting. I think they don’t research New Orleans but at the same time, they come and they think it’s a unique place, which it is, there’s something about it, and you read about all these people coming and saying how exciting it is, how different it is, the French element and the architecture. I think it still needs to keep that quality somehow. — AS TOLD TO JEANIE RIESS

NEW ORLEANS NATIVE;

Before the storm, I lived in [Bywater] for years and years, and it was a bad neighborhood. People got attacked, people got shot. It was bleak. And it hadn’t been that way when I was a kid. That neighborhood was working-class families almost entirely. I don’t know when it started to change, but by the time I was 20 years old and living down there — and I lived there starting when I was a late teenager — it was so bad, I wouldn’t walk around at night. And I didn’t like walking around in the day. The reason I lived there was because I liked it being a bad neighborhood. I was left completely alone. I could do whatever I wanted, which was never bad — f—ing with motorcycles or playing loud music or having a party or something. And nobody cared. The tradeoff was that you just had to f—ing watch your back. And I was completely fine with that. Now, suddenly, the entire neighborhood is full of these young people from the suburbs who came in such f—ing numbers after the storm. They had this weird bubble of romanticism and entitlement, so they just walked around down there like nothing was wrong. Their overwhelming presence and complete denial of anything bad happening pushed out the criminal element from that neighborhood in a way that cops never could have or would have. And now at night you can f—ing walk around. To me, that is f—ing mindblowing. You know, when it started to get really gentrified and people were moving in, I was angry as f—. But after I saw what happened with the crime, I realized that even though it was more inconvenient to live there and I don’t really like those people, it’s so much safer that I’m not mad at them anymore. And I’ve gotten older. The other thing I realize is throughout New Orleans’ history, it has been a destination where new people showed up. There has always been this port city, nationality-switching, kind of chimeric, weird element to living here ever since Bienville showed up. Once I accepted that, I’m not upset about that type of change, really. — AS TOLD TO MISSY WILKINSON

I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who are grumbling and fighting the greater jihad to keep New Orleans culture pure from the interlopers who have set up shop here since Katrina — many of them, by the way, interlopers themselves 10 or 20 years ago. We are not a brittle civilization so easily overturned. We are a self-determined, sovereign tribal unit in the depths of an Amazon rainforest. If not the Amazon, then New Orleans certainly lives and thrives in another dimension, historically always amazingly polysemous, and always filling up with curious, new and diverse life forms regularly slipping through the veil into our realm from their definitely dreary worlds. Rest assured, all of these life forms will be bent to our cultural will — I feel comfortable saying “our cultural will” because I have lived in New Orleans twice as long as I did in my native New York City. But before we absorb and digest these outsiders entirely — you know, turn them into dorky spasmatic second-liners — perhaps we can learn something from their “alien” ideas: how to eat healthier food occasionally, for example, and how to protect and better educate our children, how to end rampant social injustice, how to make use of public transportation and ride bicycles to the grocery store, how to care for our wetlands and how to build a sustainable economy in our city. Our culture is certainly in need of fresh, interdimensional ideas. — AS TOLD TO ALEX WOODWARD

SADITH PAZ NATIVE OF PANAMA; 30-YEAR RESIDENT; RETIRED TEACHER

The negative aspect I see is that we still have a third of the population that has gone, that never came back, OK? That part of the population, mainly the poor and black, they were very essential to the makeup of the essence of what New Orleans is, or was. Negative also is that the development and the progress that has been made has been very selective. For example, the areas most affected are extremely slow in getting back to some degree of normalcy. In the Lower 9th Ward they really have to struggle. And Arabi, Chalmette, those people, both black and white, have had to struggle with the lack of extension of the aid and rebuilding efforts to them. The other negative is this replacement of all experienced teachers, seasoned teachers, by Teach for America 22-year-olds who come from out of nowhere and have no experience, nor do they have any kind of relation, any kind of cultural relation to the kids they are assisting. ... What I got paid, paid for three of them. ... It’s politics, not policy. If you don’t have a population with good education, then you don’t have anything. I had kids last year who were 20 years old and in the ninth grade. The positive is that New Orleans, despite its shortcomings, is the single most unique city, culture, in the United States. The people are essentially good. They’re warm. They’re friendly. For those of us who own homes, it’s been good because they are coming in and raising the real estate (values). But along with it, you have raising rents. They buy these houses … and then they build on it, and then the property taxes have gone up. There are a lot of yuppies in the Bywater. Even though it’s good, it’s missing its basic essence. It’s missing what made New Orleans because these people are “Pringles” who have no sense of culture. They’re Protestant and we’re Catholic and we’re Latin. You know what I’m saying? They’re trying to suck up all of our uniqueness and they are trying to conform, but they’re not contributing to the rich cultural essence that New Orleanians give. The city feels good, and despite all of its shortcomings, if I had to live anywhere else in the United States, I would go home to Panama. There’s not a place that I’d rather be except New Orleans. — AS TOLD TO JEANIE RIESS

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HENRY RHODES TATTOO ARTIST

ANDY ANTIPPAS OWNER, BARRISTER’S GALLERY

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with me and bring me tapes, candy and toys. Many of them were eventually killed on the streets of New Orleans: Tassi, Nell, Ronald and several others whose names I can’t remember all got shot. I think of one particular man every time I pass the Parakeet Lounge: He was talking to his girlfriend on the pay phone outside, when some guy shot him in the head. In an apartment complex behind the McDonald’s on North Broad Street in the 7th Ward, a pregnant lady was shot. I think her name was Sheila. I used to play with friends over there all the time, jumping rope with telephone wires, playing hand games, It and house. The lime green- and black-trimmed complex eventually was shut down, but only after another year of violence. Because of incidents like those, the New Orleans where I grew up wasn’t some hip place you moved when you didn’t know what to do with your life. It wasn’t a “blank slate.” It was a place where you lived because you had ties there, because you were stuck there or because your job was there. You didn’t just come to New Orleans with a guitar and a dream.

After Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, natives and preKatrina New Orleanians were doing what so many transplants are doing now: seeking authenticity. These are newcomers who romanticize the city, shaking their heads at natives who don’t start the day with beignets, eat red beans every Monday or attend second lines. My Dillard University classmates and I would go from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside to Capt. Sal’s on St. Claude Avenue — back when you wouldn’t see white people there — and eat po’boys at least twice a week. Then there were the Cafe Du Monde beignet runs, going to family members’ houses whenever there was gumbo, daiquiri trips and strolls down Bourbon Street. We missed what we thought we might never get again, so we wanted it all the time when we could find it. I feel like these newcomers and TV producers looked at our Facebook posts post-Katrina and said, “Yes, this is what New Orleanians love! Gumbo, second lines, red beans, this Schwegmann’s place and these Hubig’s pies!” That’s what New Orleanians grieving for the city wanted, but that’s what these newcomers never knew. Why are these people grieving for what they never knew? Who gave them the right to come to the pulpit and give our eulogy? Before Katrina, no transplant would judge a native for liking fajitas at Chili’s or burgers from Wendy’s or for being excited about a new chain coming to the city. These super NOLA transplants don’t know that there was no fussing from residents or even from Cafe Du Monde higher-ups when Krispy Kreme came to the French Quarter in 2002. There was no griping when other chains came to New Orleans either, like Fatburger, Planet Hollywood, Sizzler, Garfield’s and so many others. Chains opened, they thrived or didn’t thrive, some stayed open and others closed. Then it happened again. It will keep happening.

When I was growing up, white flight was what plagued New Orleans. Poor, likely black people move into a neighborhood. More well-to-do, likely white people move out further into the suburbs. Stores are shut down or left to rot slowly, sometimes replaced with stores some higher-up thinks will suit the now-majority black or poor clientele. Then it happens again. In post-Katrina New Orleans, however, there’s no one area for white flight because so many out-of-town landlords are happily collecting Section 8 rent for houses they bought all over the city. People who want to come back home or move back to their old neighborhoods often can’t afford it, because people are coming in from out of town in droves, buying up houses or paying high rents. Many of them are eager to give us poor backwoods New Orleans folk the gifts of authentic bagels, artisanal sandwiches and innovative ideas about education, health care and entertainment. I’m 28 now and I’m still in the same house where I grew up, in the 7th Ward near St. Bernard Avenue and Broad Street, except now I’m there with my white husband, our cat Ellington and a baby on the way. The white neighbors with whom I grew up have all moved to Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. The man who inherited a house behind me is an absentee Section 8 landlord who lives in Houston. He rented out the house to a family of drug dealers and addicts, one of whom was arrested for rape in the Garden District. Our schizophrenic neighbor was evicted and lived in their yard for a while, before moving to her Range Rover. My new Creole neighbor and I filled out hot sheets, called the cops, went to HANO, looked through records and did everything we could to get rid of them. Nothing worked. Thankfully, they lost their Section 8 voucher after their son’s rape conviction. I must admit, I miss listening to their jail stories from my bathroom window late at night. I have a neighbor named Gumbo who likes to steal things and sell them for beer money. His sister cries and begs for food. A young black family moved in down the street. People are always getting evicted from the rentals across the street from me and behind me; I’m friends with our new white neighbors down the street. Two houses across from me are being inhabited for the first time since Katrina. There’s been a significant decrease in the number of murders, but an increase in the amount of simple criminal damage and car theft. High school kids broke my back windshield recently and a few days later my husband caught someone breaking into our repairman’s truck. A lady’s car was taken after she left the keys in it while she went in the corner store, something no one would have done there in the ’90s. My Creole neighbor has worked hard to make her house beautiful, but her chairs and parts of her fence have been stolen — some by Gumbo. The amenities in my neighborhood are pretty much the same: clubs, corner stores, fast food, seafood places. A few places have closed, like Triangle Deli, Pampy’s and an arcade where my mom wouldn’t let me go because people there sold drugs. That’s it. However, I feel my neighborhood changing. There’s now the opposite of white flight: an influx of white people. When I was growing up, four out of nine houses on my block were occupied by white people. The rest of the neighbors were black. Aside from when the kids would play outside, our white neighbors mostly stayed inside. Now, my new white neighbors and other white people passing through the neighborhood are outside all the time, riding bikes at all hours of the day, walking dogs, going to music clubs and stores nearby. I used to do that because I had no car and I had to do that. I feel like they are trying to make their presence known in the neighborhood. Is it good or bad? I don’t know yet. I don’t want to say it’s gentrification — because my property values have been rising steadily since before all the new people got here; because I don’t think many residents in my neighborhood will be priced out; and because there’s not a lot of property for sale here like there was in the 8th and 9th Wards. My job is here, I have ties here and my house keeps me stuck here. Whatever happens, I’m most likely staying here. I’m just going to sit and watch while people move in and eventually stay or go, as they always have.

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Maybe I’m a conspiracy theorist, but I think many decisions made by politicians are only made to help build a utopian New Orleans for whomever is spending the most money, regardless of the impact on everyday folks. Between 1996 and 2001, the Housing Authority of New Orleans received funding to demolish and rebuild the St. Thomas and Desire projects, moving tenants into the St. Bernard Project — regardless of the common knowledge that Uptown often clashes with Downtown and displaced St. Thomas residents were likely to attack St. Bernard residents. In 2001 in the St. Bernard Project, my friend Clarence Hubbard was killed. He was 17. A guy came to his family’s apartment asking for him, pretending to be a friend. Clarence came out and the guy shot him. He was from the St. Thomas. Incidents like these weren’t isolated. Now that several of the projects have turned into mixedincome housing, I know former residents who say they no longer can reside in them because of their new neighbors — or they can’t afford to do so. Residents of the Iberville Project who worked in the French Quarter were able to get to their jobs quickly, without having to rely on public transportation. Some French Quarter chefs now say their employees who are former Iberville residents are having trouble getting to work on time or staying late because they’ve had to move to New Orleans East, Chalmette or the West Bank, and relying on public transportation is difficult.

It’s reminiscent of how people come to the city. They come, survive and stay or leave. Then it happens again.

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How are we changing? W The New New Orleans:

e used information from a recent report by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC)’s Vicki Mack and Elaine Ortiz to look at the changes in metro New Orleans over the past few years.

For more information about the changes in New Orleans, visit the Community Data Center’s website (www.gnocdc.org) and download the groups PowerPoint presentation “Who Lives in New Orleans and the Metro Area Now?”

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DAVID KROLL JULIET MEEKS DORA SISON LYN VICKNAIR & JASON WHITTAKER

In 2000, three in 10 New Orleans households had children under 18. Today, it’s fewer than one in four.

2000 2012 SOURCE: GNOCDC A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . CENSUS BUREAU D ATA F R O M CENSUS 2000 SF3 & AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2012.

-7%

-9%

-6%

-4%

22%

26%

31%

27%

29%

30%

33%

40%

33%

33%

ORLEANS

JEFFERSON

ST. TAMMANY

METRO

U.S.

2000 14,826 HISPANIC (ANY RACE)

[POPUL AT IONS FO R PRE & PO ST -KAT RINA, ORLE ANS PARISH ]

IN THE THRE E M OST P OP ULOUS PARISHE S, THE M E TRO, AND THE UNITE D STATE S

-8%

2012

African American, White & Hispanic

Households With Own Children Under 18

128,871 WHITE 323,392 BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN

19,656 HISPANIC (ANY RACE)

113,887 WHITE 219,511 BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN

= 50,000 PEOPLE

SOURCE: GNOCDC A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . C E N S U S B U R E A U D A TA F R O M C E N SUS 2000 & POPULATION ESTIMATES 2012.


WE ARE

BETTER

MORE MONEY EDUCATED ON RENT. Median Gross Rent

THAN WE WERE.

IN 2012 IN F L ATI O N-ADJUSTE D DO LLARS

2012

JEFFERSON

26%

34%

JEFFERSON U.S.

$749 $876

$844 $884

N O T E S : 2 0 0 4 D A TA N O T A V A I L A B L E F O R S T. TA M M A N Y P A R I S H . S O U R C E : G N O C D C A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . C E N S U S B U R E A U D A TA F R O M A M E R I C A N C O M M U N I T Y SURVEY 2004 AND 2012.

2004

ARE SPENDING MORE–

A LOT MORE. 28%

JEFFERSON

ST. TAMMANY

2012

ORLEANS 2004

2012

WHEN ADJUSTED

22% 32%

24% 27 %

METRO

U.S.

Renters with Severe Housing Cost Burdens 50% O R MO RE O F PRE-TA X INCO ME O N HO US I NG N O T E S : 2 0 0 4 D A TA N O T A V A I L A B L E F O R S T. TA M M A N Y P A R I S H . S O U R C E : G N O C D C A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . C E N S U S B U R E A U D A TA F R O M AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2004 AND 2012.

28%

23%

24%

29%

27%

29%

WE’RE MAKING

FOR INFLATION,

LESS MONEY THAN WE WERE 12 YEARS AGO.

S $37,390

22% 30%

U.S.

S O U R C E : G N O C D C A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . C E N S U S B U R E A U D A T A F R O M C E N S U S 2 0 0 0 S F 3 AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2012.

1999

24 %

36%

NEW ORLEANIANS

23%

METRO

$34,361

ORLEANS Median Household Income 2 0 12 I NF L ATI O N- ADJUSTED DO L LA RS

$65,983

$56,650

$52,964

SS SS $45,519

JEFFERSON

ST. TAMMANY

$57,868

$48,667

$51,371

$44,379

METRO

U.S.

S O U R C E : G N O C D C A N A L Y S I S O F U. S . C E N S U S B U R E A U D A T A F R O M C E N S U S 2 0 0 0 S F 3 AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2012.

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WHILE AMERICANS ARE SPENDING ABOUT THE SAME FOR RENT AS THEY WERE NINE YEARS AGO (WHEN ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION),

21%

2012

METRO

ST. TAMMANY

2012

$688

1999

2012

2012

$795

FO R T H E P O P U LAT IO N 25 YE A RS A N D O LDE R

ORLEANS

2004

1999

$858

Bachelor’s degree or higher

2012

$861

2000

1999

ORLEANS

In 2000, just over one in four New Orleanians had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Today it’s more than one in three.

2012

SPENDING

1999

WE ARE

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Game ON By Katie Walenter

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days, the bar offers $15 buckets of beer, $5 bombs and $3 shots when the home team scores. “We also have a loyalty card that once you drink 50 beers you get your name on the wall with a quotation of your choice,” Tully says. “It’s the perfect opportunity to go down in infamy.” Barcadia’s full menu, prepared by chef Nick Hufft, is what Tully describes as “scratch-made American classics that pair well with a pint.” While burgers and fresh-cut fries are the focus, healthier options include grilled chicken and veggie wraps. “You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the truffle [Parmesan] frites,” Tully says. At the back of Barcadia is the restaurant Ohm Lounge, which serves sake, cocktails and Asian-inspired small plates. “If you want a break from Barcadia, you don’t have to leave,” Tully says. “You can pop in the back for a bit more chill atmosphere.” Tully says Barcadia offers an alternative to regular watering holes. “I just think it’s a unique option [compared] to your typical bar in New Orleans,” Tully says. “Where else can you come and play a bunch of awesome games?”

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The Fresh Market (3338 St. Charles Ave., 504895-5160; www.thefreshmarket.com) invites children ages 15 and under to enter its 2014 Design our Bag Challenge. Children can draw a picture of their favorite food item and submit it at the store by Jan. 28, 2014. Winners’ art will be printed on reusable store bags, and they also receive a $200 gift card for The Fresh Market and a goodie bag. Fifty percent of proceeds from sales of the bags benefits No Kid Hungry.

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Italy Direct (631 Royal St., 504-522-2231; 709 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-566-4933; www.italydirectclothing.com) has Italian name-brand clothing for men and women. Customers who mention Gambit receive 25 percent off their purchases. Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery (3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-455-9933; www.boppskin.com) offers a special through January: Buy one syringe of Restylane for $600 and get the second syringe for half price.

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ix years ago, Billy Blatty invited Miles Tully Jr. to Dallas to check out his establishment, Barcadia. “He asked me if I would be interested in managing the concept if it came to New Orleans,” Tully says. “I said no, but I would be his partner.” He is now operating partner of Barcadia New Orleans (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-3351740; www.barcadianeworleans.com). Part gastropub, part arcade, Barcadia is a place for your inner child, Tully says. “It makes you feel like a kid again in the best way possible with great food, classic games, adult beverages and a personable staff,” Tully says. “We want to make it the place that everyone loves to hang out.” There are approximately 25 arcade games, including Pop-a-Shot, air hockey and pinball, as well as retro selections like Street Fighter, Tron and Ms. Pac-Man. More games are coming in 2014. The games cost between a quarter and a dollar per play. The bar offers about 100 beers and has daily drink specials. “Every day and night at Barcadia is different,” Tully says. On Tuesdays, most arcade games are free, and it’s also movie night. “If you dig chill nights when you can play games and drink beer, then Free Play Tuesdays is your day,” Tully says. On Wednesdays, the bar offers $2 PBRs and $3 shots of Jameson. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans game

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Kingfish goes casual with grab-and-go sandwiches.

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t’s a welcome thing that chef Greg Sonnier is back in action in the kitchen. After a protracted battle with the city left Sonnier and his wife Mary unable to reopen their beloved neighborhood restaurant Gabrielle for years following its destruction after the levee failures. Sonnier eventually found himself at the helm of Kingfish. Kingfish is a fine place to eat, and it has many of the hallmarks locals remembered fondly from Gabrielle, including the chef’s signature duck dish. Kingfish is a different restaurant; it recently expanded its operation with a lunch counter next door, simply labeled Counter. Once it might have seemed strange for a fine dining operation to start selling sandwiches and salads for wandering tourists and locals on the go, but any doubts went out the window with the success of Donald Link’s Counter offers gourmet sandwiches and quick items to grab and go. Cochon Butcher. Counter is P H O T O BY C H ER Y L G ER B ER looking to get in on some of that action. Counter is a modest affair, arugula and aioli on rye bread. Counter’s sliced with a few simple tables and chairs in a cozy room dom- Cuban, filled with mojo-marinated pork, sliced inated by a long counter. The first thing patrons notice ham, pickles and mustard, is terrific, easily one of when entering is likely the make-your-own bloody mary the best versions of that sandwich in town. Even bar. Counter has clearly put thought and effort into it, a vegetable wrap, the saddest sandwich on many starting with its own vodka slowly infused atop the bar menus, was surprisingly hearty and filling. with pickled vegetables, including cocktail onions, spicy There are a few soups available, including green beans and plenty of garlic. One can add tomato smoked rabbit gumbo and a decadently rich crab juice and a multitude of sauces, spices (everything from soup that’s well worth a try. Among the salads, file powder to Swamp Dust seasoning blend), and an the succotash — loaded with black-eyed peas, impressive array of garnishes. If you take advantage flambeau beans, corn, carrots and red peppers of the full range of options (garlic-stuffed olives, celery, — wasn’t particularly flavorful, but Sonnier’s cucumber, pepperoncini, pickled okra and more) you combination of duck and soba noodles makes wouldn’t need to order one of Counter’s salads. Be forewarned: There’s enough garlic in the house vodka to up for that. It’s a bold, meaty salad, albeit on the oily side. ward off a dozen vampires. It’s tasty, but pungent. Despite being a humble lunch counter If Counter is looking to give Butcher a run for its and take-out joint (many cold offerings are money in the sandwich game, it’s doing a fine job. The available to “grab and go”), Counter service is Red Eye Gator Boy, a hearty po-boy featuring alligator friendly and helpful, eager to answer questions meatballs braised in red gravy and topped with melted and extol the virtues of the menu. There are provolone, is a satisfying sandwich. Clearly, this one plenty of virtues to extol. Those dropping in for takes its cues from Sonnier’s shakshuka alligator dish a quick bite in the Quarter should find it to be a next door at Kingfish. Another winner is the “D.A.T.,” a combination of coffee-cured duck bacon with tomato, satisfying encounter.

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Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St., phone n.a.) opens Jan. 4, 2014 in a renovated space that less than a month ago was Oak Street Cafe. That breakfast and lunch restaurant closed Dec. 13, and partners and cooking team Helena Hjort, Clare Leavy and Bryan Harrison began revamping the interior and reworking the menu. The new restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have table service and a menu of classic breakfast fare and comfort food. The focus is on making everything on the menu from scratch, including sausage, and procuring all-natural produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from local sources. The cafe also will operate in an environmentally responsible way, partnering with Hollygrove Market & Farm (www.hollygrovemarket.com) for composting, recycling cooking oil from its kitchen and placing a recycling bin outside for the public to use. The team isn’t trying to revolutionize Oak Street, however. “We want to keep with the history of the neighborhood, be a part of that and build on it,” says Leavy, a native of Chicago who has worked at Oak Street Cafe on and off for several years. She also has cooked at Carmo, Pizza Delicious and Vizard’s. Hjort is from Sweden and Harrison is a New Orleans native. “We’re all from different places,” Leavy says of her partners. “We’ll take classic cooking that feels like home to us and meld it together for the best taste. We want [customers] to learn to trust us, so that they know whatever is on the menu, it will be good.” — KANDACE POWER GRAVES

Whiskey and small plates True to its name, the world came to an abrupt end for the restaurant La Fin du Monde, which had a brief run on Magazine Street in the space that formerly housed Cafe Rani.


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Undaunted, chef Jonathan Lestingi and bar manager Sonali Fernando set their eyes on a spot in Bywater for their latest venture, Oxalis (3162 Dauphine St., 504-782-7346; www.oxalisbywater.com), which opened Dec. 20. Lestingi didn’t venture far from the menu at La Fin du Monde. Fans of the former restaurant can find the same Korean bo ssam — pork belly, mushrooms or shrimp served with popcorn rice and kimchi on butter lettuce. Small plates include duck pate, charcuterie and cheese plates, sweet potato poutine, a jar of pickles with kimchi, fries with a pair of sauces and Cajun-spiced buttered rum popcorn. There also are American and Korean-style chicken wings, burgers, steak frites and duck confit. Vegetarian options include cauliflower steak, as well as seasonal vegetables with polenta. The drink menu focuses on American whiskey, especially bourbon. Those looking for staples such as Bulleit, Basil Hayden’s, Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace will find them on Oxalis’ shelf, whiel less expensive offerings include Mellow Corn, Fighting Cock and Old Charter, among others. Oxalis opens daily at 4 p.m. — SCOTT GOLD

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Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St, 504-267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com) is changing its offerings for the New Year, dispensing with lunch and adding weekend brunch service. “Lunch has been OK, but nothing crazy,” says chef/ proprietor Michael Doyle. “Saturdays and Sundays are our busiest days now. Given that I have this great sous chef, a great pastry chef and a great bar, brunch always seemed like a natural to a lot of people, even though I held out against the idea for a long time.” The shift will allow Doyle and his crew to focus more attention on dinner P H O T O BY service during the SCOTT GOLD week. “We’re hoping to be a little leaner and meaner,” Doyle says. “With lunch and dinner, we were having to make a few concessions along the way, but with the change, we don’t have to really do that any more.” Doyle hasn’t finalized the brunch menu, but like the dinner menu, it will highlight ingredients from local farms. “Today we got in a big shipment of beef from Two Run Farm, so we’re going to be corning beef,” Doyle says. “You can definitely hope for a corned beef hash. We have sauerkraut working, and we’re deep in the midst of the hash-brown versus home fry debate right now. We’re also working on a merguez country gravy, and doughnuts are also in the works. “We’re looking to do something more on the breakfast side,” Doyle adds. “In other cities, brunch can be more on the lunch side rather than focusing on breakfast items. But we definitely wanted to do something more in tune with New Orleans-style brunch, more eggy and fatty.” Maurepas Foods serves its final lunch Tuesday, and brunch begins Saturday. Dinner is served begining at 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. Food is available continuously Saturday and Sunday, with brunch beginning at 10 a.m. and dinner beginning at 3 p.m. — SCOTT GOLD

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Pete Giovenco

Founder of Deer Depot With deer season in full swing, many local hunters turn to Pete Giovenco to butcher wild game. For more than five decades, he’s done so at his family business, Deer Depot (188 Almedia Road, St. Rose, 504-469-4369; www.deerdepot.com).

How did you find yourself processing game professionally?

Giovenco: I’ve been cutting deer for 51 years. When I first started, I was working at corner stores and supermarkets and I was cutting deer at the same time during my off-hours. Then I got laid off, and my wife said, “Why go off and get another job when you can just cut deer?” So 33 years ago, we went into the business and started cutting game for everybody professionally, not just for friends and family. This is a real family business. Everyone’s involved: my wife, my son and even my grandson when he can. We worked out of my house for 20 years, but then we just didn’t have enough space, so we bought this property and moved into the building 13 years ago. We’ve been here ever since, and we specialize in wild game. We’ll do game from Canada, New Mexico, British Columbia, you name it, all year long. Other people might cut traditional meat in the morning, maybe make ground beef and pork chops, and in the evening they do deer. But we do deer all day, five days a week — seven days during deer season.

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G: There isn’t anything I don’t do. We do nutria; I was selected by the Louisiana (Department of) Wildlife and Fisheries a while back to make nutria sausage. They wanted me to make a test amount, and before you know it, they had me making anything I could make out of nutria, like smoked sausage and spiced snack sticks. It was going pretty well for a few years there. It’s a wonderful product, and I love it. It’s better than eating chicken, it’s very healthful and tasty, but it never really caught on. Maybe they should’ve called it “Cajun rabbit” or something. It could feed a lot of people, but sadly, it didn’t work out. I’ve done rattlesnake sausage, rabbit, and we do duck all the time. Also antelope, blackbuck, sika (deer), and I’m cutting an elk right now. We do quite a few animals from all over, all the exotics. Hogs are a big business here, too. People don’t talk about that, but we’ll do wild hogs. When I first started, we used to make only three kinds of sausages, and now we have 26 different products.

What are you best known for?

G: Actually, one of our most popular items is our New Orleans French Market-style beef tamales, like Manuel’s Hot Tamales that you used to be able to get on the street corners. We make every tamale by hand; we do not use a machine. They’re rolled and cooked by our staff right here in house. I love tamales, and it was something I was crazy about my whole life. I must’ve gone through about eight or 10 different recipes until I got the right one that I wanted. We also make old-fashioned jerky, where it’s sliced, marinated and cooked in the smoker, just like it was hundreds of years ago. We never use a food dehydrator. My son invented what we call the Cajun Po-Boy, and right from the start, it just exploded. We patented the name and the product. It’s made out of venison backstrap. I’ll take the silver skin off of it, then roll it out flat like a sheet of paper and stuff it with a Creole meat mix. We add bacon, parsley, green onion and smoked sausage right there in the center. Then we roll it all up like a football and wrap the whole thing again from end to end with bacon, tie it with string and smoke it for six to eight hours, all night long. When it comes out, it’s completely cooked and ready to eat. All you have to do is warm it up. — SCOTT GOLD


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BEER buzz In 2013, both supply and demand for craft beer grew in Louisiana. Three new breweries — Chafunkta (www.chafunktabrew.com) in Mandeville and Great Raft Brewing (www.greatraftbrewing.com) and Red River Brewing Co. (www. redriverbeer.com), both in Shreveport — opened, along with a new brewpub, Old Rail Brewing Company (639 Girod St., Mandeville, 985-612-1828; www.facebook. com/oldrailbrewingcompany). Louisiana now has nine breweries and two independent brewpubs. Parish Brewing Company (www.parishbeer.com), NOLA Brewing Company (www.nolabrewing.com) and Great Raft Brewing opened tap rooms at their breweries, which enables them to sell up to 10 percent of what they produce directly to the public. New beer-focused bars opened this year as well: German-style Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall (1515 Prytania St., 504-8915774; www.facebook.com/alinestreetbeergarden) and Evangeline (329 Decatur St., 504-908-8008; www.eveanglinenola.com), which serves only local beer on draft. It expanded that selection steadily throughout the year. Local breweries experimented and released many new beers this year. Under the direction of new head brewer Gar Hatcher, Bayou Teche Brewing released a series of seasonal beers including the springtime Saison D’ecrevisses, bourbon barrel-aged Biere Joi, tripel IPA Cocodrie, honey beer Miel Sauvage and imperial stout Loup Garou. Parish released its Farmhouse IPA and Dr. Hoptagon black IPA, and NOLA Brewing released a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing called Swamp Grape Escape, made with local muscadine grapes. Tin Roof Beer (www.tinroofbeer.com) released a double black IPA called Rougarou, and Abita released more than half a dozen select and seasonal beers this year, including French Connection, Mayhawk, Macchiato Espresso Stout, Spring IPA and Grapefruit Harvest IPA. Covington Brewhouse (www.covingtonbrewhouse.com) changed ownership and released its new flagship beer Anonymous IPA. All this activity was rewarded by the Louisiana Legislature, which passed a resolution last summer establishing the last week of September as Louisiana Craft Brewer Week. The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism created an online Louisiana Brewery Trail (breweries.louisianatravel.com) to help visitors find breweries in the state. — NORA McGUNNIGLE Email Nora McGunnigle at nora@nolabeerblog.com

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs CARNEROS, CALIFORNIA RETAIL $16-20

This award-winning sparkler is a complex and elegant wine from Gloria Ferrer, which was established in Carneros in California by the world’s largest sparkling wine producer, Spain’s Freixenet. Located across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge at the southern entrance to Sonoma County, the Carneros AVA provides an ideal terroir for cool-climate grapes. Sunsplashed days, chilly breezes and foggy evenings — thanks to nearby San Pablo Bay — assure the development of the fruit and its balanced acidity. This cuvee from Ferrer’s 340acre estate is a blend of 92 percent pinot noir and 8 percent chardonnay. During the wine’s second fermentation, it spent 18 months on its lees. In the glass, it offers bright red berry, apple and light toast aromas. On the palate, one tastes citrus, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, brioche and a touch of vanilla leading to a lingering finish. Drink it by itself or with everything from foie gras to fried chicken. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Vieux Carre Wine and Spirits, Dorignac’s, Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket, Saia’s Super Meat Market and some Rouses locations. Drink it at: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, The Roosevelt New Orleans, P.F. Chang’s and Cafe Lynn. — BRENDA MAITLAND Email Brenda Maitland at winediva1@bellsouth.net

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930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-7675 www.cochonbutcher.com

The Elvis king cake is filled with peanut butter, banana and house-cured bacon and topped with marshmallow and traditional Mardi Gras decoration. A small pink pig replaces the baby. Available by slice or whole cake when ordered in advance.

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Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 606-8392

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5 p.m. Tuesday Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243 www.theavenuepub.com The event features rare beers including Cantillon Mamouche from Belgium’s Brasserie Cantillon, barrel-aged beers from Belgium’s De Struise Brouwers and some from Orange County, Calif.’s The Bruery.

King Cake Festival

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Cottage Catering and Bakery, 1536 River Oaks Road W., Harahan, (504) 343-5706

www.mycottagecatering.com King cakes are sold and there are food tastings, games and kids’ activities. All proceeds from Caluda’s king cake sales, at least $25,000, benefit Team Gleason, Animal Rescue New Orleans and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Customers choose which charity will benefit from their purchases.

www.debbiedoesdoberge.com

During Carnival season, order a king cake-flavored doberge cake with eight layers of pudding and cream cheese inside with buttercream and poured fondant on the outside. Pudding flavors include cream cheese, lemon, blackberry, blueberry and strawberry.

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Sneaux@Loyno and king cake party 6 p.m. Monday Loyola University, Thomas Hall Plaza, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 861-5888

www.loyno.edu Play in more than 20 tons of snow, eat king cake samples and watch the Phunny Phorty Phellows. The snow event is free, but a king cake party that includes cocktails and appetizers costs $15.

4 Maurice French Pastries

3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-1526 www.mauricefrenchpastries.com

The Bourbon Street features chocolate custard flavored with bourbon, toasted pecans and Chantilly cream.

5 Sucre

3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277 www.shopsucre.com

Chef Tariq Hanna crafts king cakes with handmade Danish dough, sweet cream cheese filling, light sugar glaze and glitter on top.

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The cake is filled with salted caramel, bananas, roasted pecans, mascarpone cheese and caramel latte and covered in praline glaze. A small bean replaces the hidden baby. Available by the slice or whole cake.

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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 willc@ gambitweekly.com, fax 483-3116 or call Will Coviello at 483-3106. Deadline is 10 a.m. Monday.

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

AMERICAN Huh! A Restaurant & Bar — 3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 2292484; www.huhrestaurant.com — This restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and sweet and savory crepes. The king cake crepes are available in plain and filled varieties topped with purple, green and gold icing and sugar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., and open Sundays during New Orleans Saints games. Credit cards. $$ Knuckleheads Eatery — 3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858; www.knuckleheadsnola. com — This casual eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bar noshes. Mulligan Mike’s all-Angus chuck burger is topped with grilled ham and Swiss or cheddar cheese and comes with fries and a pickle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ O’Henry’s Food & Spirits — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, (504) 461-9840; www.ohenrys.com — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Somethin’ Else Cafe — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; www.somethingelsecafe.com — 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) 4438000; www.treasurechestcasino. com — The all-you-can-eat buffet includes New Orleans favorites including seafood, salad and dishes from a variety of national cuisines. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$

BAR & GRILL American Sports Saloon — 1200 Decatur St., (504) 522-2410 — This sports bar serves burgers made with house-ground patties, chicken wings, 12 beers on tap and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Bayou Beer Garden — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., (504) 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.Sat. Credit cards. $ Down the Hatch — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; 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. $ Jigger’s Bar & Grill — 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3555 — The sports bar serves sandwiches and bar noshing items. Half or full-round muffulettas are filled with Italian ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and house-made olive salad and served toasted. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ Rendon Inn’s Dugout Sports Bar — 4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www.therendoninn.com — The Boudreaux burger combines lean ground beef, hot sausage and applewood-smoked bacon on a ciabatta bun with cheese, onions and remoulade. Fresh cut fries are served with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $ The Rivershack Tavern — 3449 River Road, (504) 834-4938; www. therivershacktavern.com — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Shamrock Bar & Grill — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (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. $

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

CAFE Antoine’s Annex — 513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines. com — The Annex is a coffee shop

Five Happiness — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-3935 — The large menu at Five Happiness offers a range of dishes from wonton soup to sizzling seafood combinations served on a hot plate to sizzling Go-Ba to lo mein dishes. Delivery and banquest facilities available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Jung’s Golden Dragon — 3009 Magazine St., (504) 891-8280; www. jungsgoldendragon2.com — Jung’s offers a mix of Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Chinese specialties include Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan dishes. Grand Marnier shrimp are lightly battered and served with Grand Marnier sauce, broccoli and pecans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE/DESSERT Angelo Brocato’s — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com — This sweet shop and serves its own gelato, spumoni, Italian ice, cannolis, fig cookies and other treats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Rue de la Course — 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-4343; www.facebook. comruedelacourse — The coffeeshop offers a selection of bagels (plain, sesame, everything, honey whole

wheat or cinnamon-raisin) from Artz Bagelz. The Downtown sandwich includes turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. The Lakeview features chicken or tuna salad dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a bagel and comes with a side. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $ Pinkberry — Citywide; www.pinkberry.com — Pinkberry offers frozen yogurt with an array of wet and dry topping choices including caramel, honey, fruit purees, various chocolates and nuts and more. There also are fresh fruit parfaits and green tea smoothies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CONTEMPORARY Bayona — 430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; www.bayona.com — House favorites on Chef Susan Spicer’s menu include sauteed Pacific salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and the appetizer of grilled shrimp with black-bean cake and coriander sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ One Restaurant & Lounge — 8132 Hampson St., (504) 301-9061; www. one-sl.com — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes inlcuding char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE Antoine’s Restaurant — 713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com — The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French Creole dining might have been like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms. Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner MonSat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Cafe Gentilly — 5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220; www.facebook.com/ cafegentilly —Crab cake Benedict is French bread topped with poached eggs, a hand-made crawfish sausage patty and hollandaise. Breakfast is available all day, and the creamed spinach, crawfish and Swiss cheese omelet can be served in a po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Ignatius Eatery — 3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242; www.ignatiuseatery. com — The menu includes classic Creole dishes such as red beans and rice, speckled trout meuniere and crawfish etouffee as well as sandwiches, salads and pasta. Crawfish Ignatius pasta features crawfish cream sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and bell peppers topped with grated Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Landing Restaurant — Crowne Plaza, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-5611; www.neworleansairporthotel.com — The Landing serves Cajun and Creole dishes with many seafood options. Louisiana crab cakes are popular. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Ma Momma’s House — 5741 Crowder Blvd., (504) 244-0021; www. mamommashouse.com — Traditional home-style Creole dishes include red beans and rice, shrimp pasta, fried chicken, cornbread and more. Chicken

and waffles includes a Belgian waffle and three or six fried chicken wings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Palace Cafe — 605 Canal St., (504) 5231661; www.palacecafe.com — Palace Cafe serves creative Creole dishes. Crabmeat cheesecake is topped with Creole meuniere. Andouille-crusted fish is served with Crystal buerre blanc. For dessert, there’s white chocolate bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$ Roux on Orleans — Bourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave., (504) 571-4604; www. bourbonorleans.com — This restaurant offers contemporary Creole dishes including barbecue shrimp, redfish couvillion, gumbo and catfish and shrimp dishes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, dinner Tue.Sun. Credit cards. $$ Saints & Sinners — 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com — Styled to reflect era of Storyville, the restaurant serves Creole and Cajun dishes, raw oysters, seafood, steaks, po-boys, burgers and more. The Politician’s Special features a trio of jambalaya, crawfish pie and a cup of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$ Tableau — 616 St. Peter St., (504) 9343463; www.tableaufrenchquarter.com — Tableau’s updated Creole cuisine includes bacon-wrapped oysters en brochette served with roasted garlic butter and grilled Two Run Farm lamb chops served with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. Balcony and courtyard dining available. Reservations resommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Willie Mae’s Scotch House — 2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503 — This popular neighborhood restaurant is know for its wet-battered fried chicken. Green beans come with rice and gravy. There’s bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DELI Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com — This New York-style deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $ Mardi Gras Zone — 2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787; www.mardigraszone. com — 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; www.martinwine.com — The wine emporium’s dinner menu includes pork rib chops served with house-made boudin stuffing, Tabasco pepper jelly demiglaze and smothered greens. The Deli Deluxe sandwich features corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and Creole mustard on an onion roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Qwik Chek Deli & Catering — 2018 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 4566362 — The menu includes gumbo, po-boys, pasta, salads and hot plate lunches. The hamburger po-boy can be dressed with lettuce, mayo and tomato on French bread. Shrimp Italiano features shrimp tossed with

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Boo Koo BBQ — 3701 Banks St., (504) 202-4741; www.bookoobbq.com — The Boo Koo burger is a ground brisket patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, boudin and sweet chile aioli. The Cajun banh mi fills a Vietnamese roll with hogshead cheese, smoked pulled pork, boudin, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrot, pickled radish and sriracha sweet chile aioli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $ Hickory Prime BBQ — 6001 France Road, (757) 277-8507; www.hickoryprimebbq.com — Proprietors Billy Rhodes and Karen Martin have won several barbecue competitions. They serve Texas-style brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and more. The pulled pork platter features pork cooked for 12 hours over hickory and white oak and it comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Saucy’s — 4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755; www.saucysnola.com — Saucy’s serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled chicken. The cochon blue is a sandwich of pulled pork, blue cheese and melted mozzerella on a bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and honey-Dijon panino is topped with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Suite A, (504) 324-8271; www.breadsonoak. com — The bakery offers a range of breads, muffins, pastries and sweets. Pain au chocolat is a buttery, flakey croissant filled with dark chocolate, and a vegan version also is available. The breads include traditional, handshaped Parisian-style baguettes. No reservations. Breakfast Thu.-Sun., lunch Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Cafe Freret — 7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ 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. For breakfast, an omelet is filled with marinated mushrooms, bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Tuna salad or chicken salad avocado melts are topped with melted Monterey Jack and shredded Parmesan cheeses and served on a choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

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

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

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

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Julie’s Little India Kitchen At Schiro’s — 2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; www. schiroscafe.com — The cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.Sun. Credit cards. $ Nirvana Indian Cuisine — 4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from chicken to vegetable dishes. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN Amici Restaurant & Bar — 3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola. com — Amici serves coal-fired pizza and Italian dishes. The broccoli rabe salsica Italiana pie is topped with marinara, mozzarella, sauteed bitter Italian greens and Italian sausage. Pasta carbonara features pancetta and green peas in white sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Andrea’s Restaurant — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; 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. $$$ Cafe Giovanni — 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Shrimp Dukie features Louisiana shrimp and a duck breast marinated in Cajun spices served with tasso-mushroom sauce. Belli Baci is the restaurant’s cocktail lounge. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Maximo’s Italian Grill — 1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com — Sit at the bar overlooking the open grill and watch chefs prepare dishes like the fish of the day pan-sauteed in habanero-infused olive oil and served with seasonal vegetables. Osso buco is a braised veal shank served with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, herb-roasted Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, lunch Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ Mosca’s — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950; www.moscasrestaurant. com — This family-style eatery has changed little since opening in 1946. Popular dishes include shrimp Mosca, chicken a la grande and baked oysters Mosca, made with breadcrumps and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$ Red Gravy — 125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com — The cafe serves rustic Italian fare. Pork bracciole features pork loin stuffed with cheese, currants and pignoli nuts that is braised slowly in tomato sauce and served over house-made pappardelle. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon. & Wed.-Fri., lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Ristorante Filippo — 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie (504) 835-4008 — The Creole-Italian menu includes a crabmeat salad featuring half of a tomato filled with jumbo lump crabmeat over romaine lettuce dressed with remoulade and balsamic vinaigrette. Veal Sorrentina is sauted veal layered with prosciutto and eggplant, topped with marinara and mozzarella and served with spaghetti marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com — Try house specialties like veal- and spinach-stuffed canneloni. Bracialoni is baked veal stuffed with artichoke hearts, bacon, garlic and Parmesan cheese and topped with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAPANESE Asuka Sushi & Hibachi — 7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555; www.asukaneworleans.com — Asuka serves sushi and grilled items from the hibachi. The Shaggy Dog roll features tempura-fried shrimp, snow crab and avocado topped with crabstick and eel sauce and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux — 7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; www.kakkoii-nola.com — Kakkoii offers traditional sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine as well as dishes with modern and local twists. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ 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. $$ Mikimoto — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi. com — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$ Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse — 1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 4109997; 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. $$ Rock-N-Sake — 823 Fulton St., (504) 5817253; www.rocknsake.com — Rock-n-Sake serves traditional Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. There’s a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls or spicy gyoza soup, pan-fried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ Yuki Izakaya — 525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook.com/yukiizakaya — This Japanese tavern combines a selection of small plates, sake, shochu, live music and Japanese kitsch. Dishes include curries, housemade ramen soups, fried chicken and other specialties. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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

LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY 7 On Fulton — 700 Fulton St., (504) 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com — New Orleans barbecue shrimp features a peppery butter sauce made with blonde ale. Oven-roasted lobster tail is topped with Louisiana crawfish and corn cream sauce and comes with fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Dick & Jenny’s — 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880; www.dickandjennys. com — The menu combines contemporary Creole dishes and Italian items from Christiano’s pop-up. Pork loin roulade is stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts and served with spinach, stone-ground grits and balsamic-infused pork jus. Pappardelle is served with pulled duck confit, charred pepper and mustard greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ Heritage Grill — 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 150, Metairie, (504) 934-4900; www.heritagegrillmetairie.com — 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 Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$ Manning’s — 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.com — Named for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant’s game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The fish and chips feature black drum crusted

in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Ralph’s On The Park — 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark. com — Popular dishes include turtle soup finished with sherry, grilled lamb spare ribs and barbecue Gulf shrimp. Tuna two ways includes tuna tartare, seared pepper tuna, avocado and wasabi cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ Restaurant R’evolution — 777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www.revolutionnola. com — Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto present a creative take on Creole dishes as well as offering caviar tastings, house-made salumi, pasta dishes and more. “Death by Gumbo” is an andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail with a roux-based gumbo poured on top tableside. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Sainte Marie — 930 Poydras St., Suite 101, (504) 304-6988; www.saintemarienola. com — Barbecue jerk shrimp are served with coconut rice and mango chow chow. Sam’s Yak A Mein combines braised beef, chicken, shrimp, egg noodles and a soft-boiled egg. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Tomas Bistro — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes like semi-boneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Tommy’s Wine Bar — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790 — Tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of Tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN Attiki Bar & Grill — 230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756 — This restaurant and hookah bar serves an array of Mediterranean dishes. Tomato Buffala features baked tomatoes and mozzarella topped with basil and olive oil. Grilled filet mignon is topped with creamy mushroom sauce and served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$ Pyramids Cafe — 3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602 — Diners will find Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEXICAN & SOUTHWESTERN Casa Borrega — 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www.facebook.com/ casaborrega — The barroom and cantina is decorated with folk art, and there’s seating in the back courtyard. Chicken enchiladas are served with mole, rice and beans. Pozole de puerco is Mexican hominy soup featuring pork in spicy red broth with radish, cabbage and avocado and tostadas on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Juan’s Flying Burrito — 2018 Magazine St., (504) 486-9950; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito. com — Juan’s serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, salads and more. Roasted pork tacos are topped with spicy slaw. Vegetarian Mardi Gras Indian tacos feature roasted corn, beans, cheese and spicy slaw on corn tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


OUT to EAT Lucy’s Retired Surfers’ Bar & Restaurant — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurders.com — This surf shack serves California-Mexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MUSIC AND FOOD

NEIGHBORHOOD Cafe B — 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www.cafeb.com — This cafe serves an elevated take on the dishes commonly found in neighborhood restaurants. Grilled redfish is served with confit of wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, charred Vidalia onion and aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Joey K’s — 3001 Magazine St., (504)

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

PIZZA Marks Twain’s Pizza Landing — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com — Disembark at Mark Twain’s for salads, po-boys and pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ Mellow Mushroom — 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8827 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www. mellowmushroom.com — The Holy Shiitake pie tops an olive oil and garlic brushed crust with shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, carmelized onions, mozzarella, montamore and Parmesan cheeses and black truffle oil. The Enlightened Spinach salad is topped with dried cherries, apples, candied pecans and feta cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Slice Pizzeria — 1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria.com — Slice serves pizza by the pie or slice, plus salads, pasta and more. The Sportsman’s Paradise pie is topped with Gulf shrimp, andouille, corn, diced tomatoes and caramelized onions. Full bar available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza — 4218 Magazine St., (504) 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., (504) 302-1133; www.theospizza.com — There is a wide variety of specialty pies and diners can build their own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. The menu also includes salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Wit’s Inn — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600 — This Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS Bear’s Poboys at Gennaros — 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-9226 — The roast beef po-boy features beef slow-cooked in house, sliced thin, soaked in gravy and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on toasted Leidenheimer bread. The

10-ounce Bear burger is topped with roast beef debris, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on a toasted brioche seeded bun and served with fries or loaded potato salad. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ 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. $ Killer Poboys — 811 Conti St., (504) 2526745; www.killerpoboys.com — At the back of Erin Rose, Killer Poboys offers a short and constantly changing menu of po-boys. The Dark and Stormy features pork shoulder slowly braised with ginger and Old New Orleans Spiced Rum and is dressed with house-made garlic mayo and lime cabbage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $ Magazine Po-Boy Shop — 2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of po-boys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. There are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ Wilma’s Cheesesteaks — 801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411; www.jugheadsneworleans.com — Wilma’s specializes in cheese steaks on toasted Dong Phuong bread. The regular cheese steak features thin-sliced rib-eye, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic and melted provolone and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SEAFOOD Acme Oyster House — 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.com — The original Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter has served raw oysters for more than a century. The full menu includes chargrilled oysters, cooked seafood dishes and New Orleans staples. The Peace Maker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Bourbon House — 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com — Bourbon House serves seafood dishes including New Orleans barbecue shrimp, redfish cooked with the skin on, oysters from the raw bar and more. Large picture windows offer views of Bourbon Street, and the bar is stocked with a large selection of bourbons. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ Chad’s Bistro — 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com — The seafood Napoleon features fried eggplant medallions topped with crabmeat on a bed of angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin sauce. The seafood boat is a bread loaf filled with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish and stuffed shimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri. dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Galley Seafood Restaurant — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular softshell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Grand Isle — 575 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com — The Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of

three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and caramelized onions. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant — 910 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 838-0022; www.mredsno.com — The menu includes seafood, Italian dishes, fried chicken, po-boys, salads and daily specials. Eggplant casserole is stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Red Fish Grill — 115 Bourbon St., (504) 5981200; 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. $$

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

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

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

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Bombay Club — 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com — This elegant French Quarter hideaway is styled like an English manor and is known for its martini menu. Louisiana crab and roasted Creole tomato fondue is finished with manchego cheese, scallions and grilled crostini. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ The Columns — 3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com — There’s live music in the Victorian Lounge at the Columns. The menu offers such Creole favorites as gumbo and crab cakes and there are cheese plates as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Thu., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Gazebo Cafe — 1018 Decatur St., (504) 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola. com — The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ House of Blues — 225 Decatur St., 3104999; www.hob.com/neworleans — Try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. The buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ Little Gem Saloon — 445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com — Little Gem offers creative contemporary and Creole dishes and live jazz. Louisiana black drum is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served with spinach, black-eyed peas and sherry cream. Rabbit and cauliflower gratin is served with apple-cabbage preserves. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ The Market Cafe — 1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; www.marketcafenola. com — Dine indoors or out on seafood either fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ Siberia — 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 2658855; 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. $

891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com — This casual eatery serves fried seafood platters, salads, sandwiches and Creole favorites such as red beans and rice. Daily specials include braised lamb shank, lima beans with a ham hock and chicken fried steak served with macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ Katie’s Restaurant — 3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity. com — Favorites at this Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. The Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. There also are salads, burgers and Italian dishes. No reservations. Lunch daily, Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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ing “honorary member” Steve Gleason), The Cure and Nine Inch Nails rocked the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, as well as surrounding neighborhoods. When rock acts weren’t on the main stage, a steady stream of bass pumped from its electronic music stage. Electronic music is driving the rapid growth of the Buku Music + Art Project (see “Rewind,” p. 45). The annual festival calendar is busier than ever. Several events followed the local festival template and supersized themselves at New Orleans City Park’s new festival grounds. They include the Louisiana Seafood Festival and fundraiser Hogs for the Cause. Under the guidance of new Executive Director Neil Barclay, the Contemporary Arts Center announced an impressive array of visual and performing arts shows. Pittsburgh’s Kyle Abraham presented Pavement in a basketball court-like stage in the warehouse space. The CAC reopened its third floor to accommodate two floors of Edward Burtynsky’s stunning photography show Water, curated by the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Russell Lord (see “New Worldview,” p. 53). On a smaller scale, the Marigny Opera House continued to renovate its interior and scheduled everything from puppet and dance festivals with commissioned pieces to classical concerts and shoestring opera productions, including a lively rendition of Xavier University professor Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position. It was again a venue in the ever-growing New Orleans Fringe Festival, which serves as a platform for independent and alternative theater. On a grander scale, New Orleans got its cameo on screen. The critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, which was filmed in Louisiana, opened the New Orleans Film Festival. Bounce rapper Big Freedia starred in his own reality TV show, Queen of Bounce, on Fuse. HBO aired the fourth and final season of David Simon’s Treme. Several entertainment strips saw the addition of new businesses. The Freret Street corridor between

Napoleon and Jefferson avenues added more restaurants and the Lily Keber’s documentary Bayou Maharajah, about the late James music venues Gasa Gasa and Publiq Booker, was the closing film House. Dat Dog moved across the at the New Orleans Film Festival. street to a larger location, added a Magazine Street location and is conP H O T O BY A N T O N C O RB I J N structing a third spot on Frenchmen Street. The Faubourg Marigny cluster is constantly changing, and renovation of the building at 514 Frenchmen St. into the restaurant and music club Bamboula’s was a big addition to the Frenchmen strip in October. New restaurants opened across the city. The small plates and rum-focused craft cocktails spot Cane and Table opened in an unassuming space on lower Decatur Street. Casa Borrega brought authentic Mexican food to Central City. Galatoire’s added a steak house on Bourbon Street, and Gautreau’s owner Patrick Singley added two upscale restaurants, the small plates boutique Ivy in Uptown and brasserie Marti’s in the former home of Anne Kearney’s Peristyle on the edge of the French Quarter. One dining trend was the proliferation of food trucks and food truck roundup events, which seems fitting for an entertainment scene that kept locals busy and on the go.

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n 2013, New Orleans’ entertainment options expanded, with reopened theaters, renewed institutions, new venues on strips including Freret and Frenchmen streets, rapidly growing festivals, a slew of new restaurants and craft cocktail bars and more. With its prime downtown address, no opening was more conspicuous than the reopening of the Saenger Theatre following a $52 million renovation. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, it was best known as the local home to touring Broadway shows, and those productions returned, starting with a run of the hit musical The Book of Mormon (see “Final Curtain,” p. 56). But the Saenger Theatre booked a wide variety of shows including national comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Chris Tucker, etc.), grandes dames Diana Ross and Bonnie Raitt, the Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Abyssinian Mass and even Long Island medium Theresa Caputo. Other downtown theaters also reopened and/ or booked full schedules for the first time. The Civic Theatre welcomed concerts, comedians and New Orleans Film Festival presentations, including Lily Keber’s remarkable documentary about James Booker, Bayou Maharajah (see “Artistic directors,” p. 51). The Joy Theater announced a 2013-2014 schedule that includes concerts and theatrical runs, most notably the just-concluded holiday show Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas by dance-based production company Lightwire Theater. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre reopened after three years, having sold 60 percent of its space to Dickie Brennan and Co., which opened the restaurant Tableau. Standup comedy blossomed in New Orleans in 2013. Besides Seinfeld’s gigs, the Saenger hosted Brian Regan. There were laughs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts (Jim Gaffigan), Civic (Bo Burnham), Harrah’s New Orleans (Anthony Jeselnik), The Howlin’ Wolf (W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson), House of Blues (Amy Schumer), Tipitina’s (Pete Holmes) and One Eyed Jacks (Dave Attell, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Eric Andre) and The New Movement (Hannibal Buress). November’s Hell Yes Fest! brought Todd Barry, Sara Schaefer and many others to New Orleans. The Big Easy’s heavyweight festivals were loaded with knockouts. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup included Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Patti Smith, Billy Joel and many others. Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J and Janelle Monae headlined Essence Music Festival. Pearl Jam (includ-

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Hurray for the Riff Raff’s My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, released in June as the band announced it joined the ATO Records roster. Bounce star Big Freedia debuted his reality TV show Queen of Bounce, and Freedia wasted no time highlighting proper booty-shaking tecniques following the world’s first mega-glimpse of “twerking” thanks to Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. In March, the second annual Buku Music + Art Project brought Kendrick Lamar and Public Enemy, among others, to a whirlwind, hyper-colored two-day festival along the Mississippi River — though public outcry over the event’s loudness overshadowed some of the stellar sets. (The event returns to Mardi Gras World March 21-22, 2014, with headliners The Flaming Lips.) The similarly loud Voodoo Music + Arts Experience held its first outing at City Park’s festival grounds and upset some Bayou St. John neighbors, but many of them watched The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam on the main stage’s big screens from folding chairs along the bayou. Fleetwood Mac (and a bug that Stevie Nicks said flew in her mouth) were the overall pick at the 44th annual

Fleetwood Mac performed at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. P H O T O BY S C O T T S A LT Z M A N

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which also welcomed back former New Orleans resident Frank Ocean as well as Hall & Oates, in full-on greatest hits mode — crowd-pleasing pandering in the best way. 2013’s end was bittersweet, with The Meters again denied entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that week, New Orleans guitar hero Walter “Wolfman” Washington marked his own milestone and celebrated his 70th birthday at the Maple Leaf Bar. The New Orleans music world lost several members in 2013: No Limit Records artist Awood Johnson, aka Mr. Magic, died in March; Bill Johnston, who opened the Warehouse music venue in 1970, died in August; Joseph LaCaze, drummer for metal behemoths Eyehategod, also died in August; and jazz preservationist, recording stalwart and Palm Court Jazz Cafe founder George Buck died in December.

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owntown New Orleans welcomed two major venues back into the musical fold in 2013: the Saenger and Civic theaters. Though each has a different look and caters to different tastes, the venues can house not-quite-arena-sized-but-bigger-than-midsized acts. The Saenger’s opening season, which kicked off in September, hinted at its older crowd-pleasers, including Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osborne, Diana Ross and Bonnie Raitt, while the Civic had up-and-coming artists Laura Marling and Passion Pit, along with Steve Earle and The Black Crowes, among others. Jeff Mangum — who performed two sold-out nights at One Eyed Jacks in January — reunites with Neutral Milk Hotel for two nights at the Civic in January 2014. Beyonce strategically bookended and dominated 2013 — from her blackout-creating performance at February’s Super Bowl and show-stopping tour stop for July’s Essence Festival, both inside the Superdome, to her lateDecember album Beyonce. Queen B’s arena-sized world tour wasn’t nearly as ambitious as Kanye West’s, who brought his headline-streaking Yeezus tour to the New Orleans Arena in December. The club scene buzzed with nonstop schedules: New Orleans glimpsed buzz bands Purity Ring (in January), Milk Music (in June) and Haim (in October) before their bigger breaks. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant made a surprise harmonica-wielding drop-in at BJ’s Lounge in the 9th Ward before a July gig at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Several familiar faces made strong album efforts, including Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s ambitious firstever collection of original compositions, That’s It!, and Allen Toussaint’s Grammy Award-nominated Songbook. Toussaint will join fellow New Orleans nominees Terence Blanchard, Andrew Duhon and the Hot 8 Brass Brand at the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26, 2014. Other notable releases in 2013 include Brass Bed’s The Secret Will Keep You (named one of NPR’s albums of the year), Dumpstaphunk’s Dirty Word, Generationals’ Heza (its first for Polyvinyl), Trombone Shorty’s Say That To Say This, and Truth Universal’s Invent the Future, as well as

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house — NOJO Jam, 8 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Roosevelt Hotel — Robin Barnes, 5:30 Rusty Nail — Jenn Howard, 9 Siberia — Tail Light Rebellion, Stumps Da Clown, Greg Sherman, 6

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Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Antoine Diel & the New Orleans Power Misfits, 2; Eric Muller & the Twisted Dixie, 6; Dr. Sick & the Late Greats, 10 Three Muses — Zazou Trio, 3

All show times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

TUESDAY 31 Banks Street Bar — Scarecrow Sonic Boombox, Country Fried, Isidro, 10 Blue Nile — Honey Island Swamp Band, Stooges Brass Band feat. Mia Borders, Maurice Brown, 9 Bombay Club — Lucas Davenport, 7; Ingrid Lucia, 10:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 9 Bullet’s Sports Bar — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7:30 Chickie Wah Wah — Tommy Malone, 10

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Circle Bar — Eric Lindell, 10

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The Civic Theatre — Revivalists, Dirtfoot, Cardinal Sons, 8:30 Columns Hotel — John Rankin, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Soul Rebels, 10 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots, 9:30 Dragon’s Den — Divergent Rhythms feat. The Real Steven, 10 House of Blues — Whiskey River Band, 10 Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — Dumpstaphunk, Hot 8 Brass Band, 10 Joy Theater — New Mastersounds, Eddie Robert’s West Coast Sounds, Gravity A, 9 Kerry Irish Pub — Jason Bishop, 9 Little Gem Saloon — Anais St. John, 9:30 The Maison — Gregory Agid, 6; Dirty Bourbon River Show, Debauche, DJ Jubilee, Matt Scott, 10 Maple Leaf Bar — Rebirth Brass Band, 11

Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Old Point Bar — Gunja Dynn, 9:30 One Eyed Jacks — DJ Soul Sister, 10 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall-Stars feat. Shannon Powell, 8

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

THURSDAY 2 Banks Street Bar — Emma Eisenhauer, Swamp Lillies, 9 Blue Nile — Micah McKee & Little Maker, 7

Rock ’N’ Bowl — Tab Benoit, 8:30

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 8

Siberia — Goatwhore, Gasmiasma, Abysmal Lord, Ossacrux, 9

Buffa’s Lounge — Tom McDermott & Aurora Nealand, 8; Monty Banks, 8

Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 6; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 10

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

Tipitina’s — Galactic, Orgone, 10

Champions Square — Sugar Bowl Fan Jam feat. MoJeaux, AlleyCats, 4

Tropical Isle Original — Way Too Early, 1 Twist of Lime — Zombies Eating Sheep, Finfox, Harvey Castle, 9

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

Chickie Wah Wah — Erica Falls, 8; Barbarella Blue, 9:30 Columns Hotel — Kristina Morales, 8

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Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Banks Street Bar — Major Bacon, 10

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 5:30

Blue Nile — New Orleans Rhythm Devils, 8; Caesar Brothers, 10:30

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

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 & 9 Cafe Negril — Gettin’ It, 7; Sam Cammarata & Dominick Grillo, 7:30; Another Day in Paradise, 9:30 Chickie Wah Wah — Meschiya Lake, 8 Columns Hotel — Andy Rogers, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Tin Men, 7; Colin Lake, 10 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Norbert Slama & Albane, 9:30 House of Blues — Jet Lounge, 11 House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Domenic, 6 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Play-

Gasa Gasa — Max Bernardi & The Trail Mix, Bayou Chieftons, 8 Irish House — Lauren Oglesby, 6 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — James Rivers Movement, 8 Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich & Friends, 11 Old Point Bar — Lunch Truck Specials, 8 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola feat. Crescent City Joymakers, 8 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, 8:30 Roosevelt Hotel — Ingrid Lucia, 5:30 The Roosevelt Hotel Bar — Kirk Duplantis Trio, 9 Siberia — Stevie’s Bday feat. Babes, Dummy Dumpster, Super


MUSIC LISTINGS Nice Bros., The Sweat, DJs Quintron & Miss Pussycat, 9 Spice Bar & Grill — Stooges Brass Band, 9 Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy & the Oopsie Daisies, 4; Miss Sophie Lee, 6; Jumbo Shrimp, 10 Three Muses — Tom McDermott, 5

Siberia — SXSW Bounce Fundraiser feat. Katey Red, Sissy Nobby, Magnolia Rhome, BJ So Cole, Culotta Rock, Killy Keys, Walt Wiggady, Da Danger Boyz, DJ Lil Man, 10 Spotted Cat — Andy J. Forest, 4; Washboard Chaz Trio, 6; Cottonmouth Kings, 10

Vaughan’s — Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, 9

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

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

Three Muses — Royal Roses, 6; Glen David Andrews, 9

FRIDAY 3 8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9

Treasure Chest Casino — Harvey Jesus & Fire, 7 Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar) — Shannon Powell Trio, 5

Banks Street Bar — Isla NOLA, Mid City Allstars, 7

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Blue Nile — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Amanda Shaw, 7; Brass-A-Holics, 11

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

Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Eudora Evans, 9 Buffa’s Lounge — HONOR, 5; Marc Stone, 8 Bullet’s Sports Bar — Guitar Slim Jr., 7:30 Cafe Negril — El DeOrazio, 7 Capri Blue Bar at Andrea’s Restaurant — Phil Melancon, 8

8 Block Kitchen & Bar — Anais St. John, 9 Banks Street Bar — Caesar Brothers Funk Box, 10 Blue Nile — Washboard Chaz Trio, 7; Treme Brass Band, 11 Bourbon Orleans Hotel — Geo Bass, 8 & 9 Buffa’s Lounge — Shotgun Jazz Band, 11 a.m.; Royal Rounders, 8; Noggin, 11

Chickie Wah Wah — Paul Sanchez, 8

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

Circle Bar — Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, 10

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

Columns Hotel — Ted Long, 6

Chickie Wah Wah — Helen Gillet & Friends, 9

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 The Cypress — A Life Less Ordinary, Addison Faceplant, Flying Raccoon Suit, 5:30

Circle Bar — Richard Bates, 6:30; Kaleigh Baker, 10 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9

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

d.b.a. — Little Freddie King, 11

DMac’s — Vincent Marini, 7

Gasa Gasa — Autotomii, The Harbinger Projekt, 9

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Tom Fitzpatrick, 10 Golden Lantern — Nighthawk, 7 Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, 10 Irish House — Elli Perry, 7 Le Bon Temps Roule — Joe Krown, 7 Little Gem Saloon — Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 8

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz, 10

House of Blues — Ani DiFranco, Zoe Boekbinder, 9 House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Cody Blaine, 1 Howlin’ Wolf Music Club — Genitorturers, Scattered Hamlet, 10 Irish House — Gunns and Drums, 7

Oak — Mumbles, 9

Little Gem Saloon — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 7

Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5; JD Hill & the Jammers, 9:30

Maple Leaf Bar — 101 Runners, 10:30

Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Mark Braud & Palm Court Jazz Band, 8

Old Point Bar — The Un-Naturals, 9:30

Rock ’N’ Bowl — Groovy 7, 9:30

One Eyed Jacks — Eric Lindell, 10

Ritz-Carlton — Catherine Anderson, 1 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Flow Tribe, 9:30 Siberia — Sarah Quintana, 6; Freetown Hounds, Brother Dege, Large Marge, Ryan McKern, 9 Spotted Cat — Antoine Diel & the New Orleans Power Misfits, 2; Panorama Jazz Band, 6; Davis Rogan Band, 10 Yuki Izakaya — Norbert Slama, 8; Montegut, 11

SUNDAY 5 Banks Street Bar — NOLA County, 4; Ron Hotstream, 7 Blue Nile — Mykia Jovan, 8; To Be Continued Brass Band, 11 Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like It Hot, 11 a.m.; Jason Marsalis & Austin Johnson, 8 Circle Bar — Whiskey Highway, 10 Columns Hotel — Chip Wilson, 11 a.m. Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

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MONDAY 6 Apple Barrel — Sam Cammarata, 8 Banks Street Bar — South Jones, 8 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10

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Brass Bed Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7 Chickie Wah Wah — Alexis & the Samurai, 8 Columns Hotel — David Doucet, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — Luke Winslow King, 7; Glen David Andrews, 10 Dmac’s Bar & Grill — Danny Alexander, 8 Gasa Gasa — Magnetic Mondays feat. Magnetic Ear, 8 Hi-Ho Lounge — Bluegrass Pickin’ Party, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 8 Old Opera House — Chicken on the Bone, 7:30 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Living Legends feat. Maynard Chatters, 8 The Roosevelt Hotel Bar — Jazz Factory Night with the James Partridge Septet, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Charmaine Neville & Friends, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy & the Oopsie Daisies, 4; Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street All-Stars, 6; Jazz Vipers, 10

With Quintron and Miss Pussycat abdicating their annual New Year’s heave, it’s time for a new tradition. This one feels right: Lafayette’s Brass Bed — whose long-resolved breakout came this summer with The Secret Will Keep You (Crossbill/Off the Air), my pick for the top Louisiana album of 2013 — performing at a venue, Gasa Gasa, that didn’t exist this time last year. My favorites from the past two years, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Preservation in 2011 and Dr. John’s Locked Down in 2012, only underscored the popular misconception (guilty) that the best music in and around New Orleans is made largely by older men and women. Brass Bed’s Secret turns that notion on its head in more ways than one. It’s unquestionably a youthful record, the band’s bouncing Beatles signature subverted by extended noise meltdowns, bridges to nowhere and swift changes in tempo and direction. But it’s deep and strangely cohesive in a way unlike other Brass Bed records, playing out like a sleep study constructed with dream logic and sounding like an entire life flashing before you, incomplete but mostly fulfilled. It’s also an apt reminder that, although still young by any measure, this band is older than the one that made Melt White and Midnight Matinee. Forget all that when “Please Don’t Go” cuts off “Auld Lang Syne” and kiss your neighbors. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. — NOAH BONAPARTE PAIS

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FILM

be there do that

Artistic directors The year in film By Ken Korman

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Blancanieves. A black-and-white silent-movie version of Snow White from Spain? Pablo Berger’s whimsical yet affecting film was the year’s most unexpected blast of fresh air. Fruitvale Station. The debut feature from 27-yearold filmmaker Ryan Coogler imagines the devastating final day of Oscar Grant, who was killed during a routine arrest by a transit police officer in Oakland, Calif. Inside Llewyn Davis. It seems like Joel and Ethan Coen always make the year-end movie lists. But what other American filmmakers reinvent themselves every time they pick up a camera? Mud. There’s something irresistibly Southern about Jeff Nichols’ rich and engaging film, which wraps a crime drama around a doomed love story to hide the comingof-age tale at its center.

Director Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave was filmed in Louisiana.

Nebraska. Alexander Payne’s best film since 1999’s Election finds humor in bitter truths about old age, family and American greed. War Witch. Canadian Kim Nguyen’s little-seen masterwork of magical realism used a 12-year-old’s perspective to humanize the atrocities of guerilla warfare in sub-Saharan Africa. Films that nearly made the list: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Blue is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, No, Stories We Tell and West of Memphis.

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hough it got off to a slow start, 2013 turned out to be a banner year for film — even more consistent and varied in its artistic successes than 2012. The formerly sharp divisions between the worlds of Hollywood and American independent film continued to blur, benefiting filmmakers and audiences. Last year, the major studios seemed eager to hire visionary, often up-and-coming filmmakers to tackle big-budget movies. This year it was well-established directors borrowing style and techniques from their younger, hipper counterparts — perhaps in an effort to hold onto their jobs. Advances in digital camera technology helped veteran filmmakers find the courage to embrace spontaneity, using minimal lighting and three-dimensional sets to create looser and less formulaic movies. Those relatively agile methods also allowed actors to shine brightly in 2013. In year-defining movies like Blue Is the Warmest Color and American Hustle, those in front of the camera were openly acknowledged as full partners in the creative process. One artist stood apart from the crowd: Matthew McConaughey, who emerged from self-imposed exile in the netherworld of romantic comedies. In two of the year’s best films — Mud and Dallas Buyers Club — the native Texan transformed himself in body and spirit to offer a revealing study in Southern manhood. Dallas Buyers Club and Fruitvale Station stood among many 2013 films “based on true events” that succeeded by imagining the inner lives of characters drawn from newspaper headlines. What follows is an alphabetical top 10 list of personal favorites from the films that debuted in New Orleans in 2013: 12 Years a Slave. Stunning for its lack of Hollywood-style drama and sentiment, British director Steve McQueen’s film finally made real the horrors of an ordinary day under American slavery. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. This poetic and understated second feature from David Lowry recalled the 1970s classics of Terrence Malick and Robert Altman and set a high standard for indie films in 2013. American Hustle. The only disappointment in David O. Russell’s finest film arrives when the lights go up and you realize you’ll never know what happens next to his endlessly endearing characters. Bayou Maharajah. Local filmmaker Lily Keber’s imaginative documentary delivered the untold story of piano genius James Booker while reminding us what it means to love New Orleans.

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47 Ronin (PG-13) — The remake of a 1941 Japanese film tells the story of a group of samurai seeking to avenge the dishonorable death of their master. Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank American Hustle (R) — A con artist (Christian Bale) and his sexy partner (Amy Adams) are forced to work for an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who teaches them how to break up mob rings and crooked political posses. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13) — The follow-up to the 2004 cult classic has kind-of-a-bigdeal Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) delving into 24-hour news in New York. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Beyond All Boundaries (NR) — The museum screens a 4-D film, bringing audiences into battle using archival footage and special effects. World War II Museum Blue Jasmine (PG-13) — A fancy New Yorker visits her sister in San Francisco. Chalmette The Book Thief (PG-13) — The book-turned-film features a young girl who steals books to share with others and is sent to live with a foster family at a Jewish safe house in Germany during World War II. Elmwood Dhoom 3 (NR) — A circus performer joins a new show so he can rob its owners, men he accuses of murdering his father. Westbank Frozen (PG) — A prophecy traps a kingdom in a never-ending winter in this animated Disney film.

Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Great White Shark 3D (NR) — Shark encounters are shared in the documentary. Entergy IMAX Grudge Match (PG-13) — In this Peter Segal sports comedy, retired boxing rivals (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) return to the ring to settle the score 30 years after their last match. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) — The second installment in the Hobbit has Bilbo and the dwarf party facing Smaug the dragon. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Prytania, Regal, Slidell, Westbank The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) — Francis Lawrence directs the second movie in the Hunger Games series featuring Katniss and Peeta becoming targets of the Capitol following their hubbub-sparking victory. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Hurricane On The Bayou (NR) — The film tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact that Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands has on hurricane protection. Entergy IMAX Inside Llewyn Davis (R) — The Coen brothers’ film illustrates a week in the life of a 1960s Greenwich Village folk singer braving the winter. Canal Place Justin Bieber’s Believe (PG) — This documentary explores Justin Bieber’s rise to stardom. Elmwood, Slidell, Westbank Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (PG-13) — Idris Elba stars in the biograph-

In director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a voraciously greedy young stockbroker who gets caught up in financial excess and corruption in the 1980s. ical film about Nelson Mandela, from childhood through his inauguration in South Africa. Canal Place, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Nebraska (R) — In Alexander Payne’s black and white film, an elderly man believes he’s won a $1 million magazine sweepstakes and forces his estranged son to drive from Missouri to Nebraska to claim it. Elmwood Penguins 3D (NR) — A king penguin returns to his native land in the subAntarctic to find a mate. Entergy IMAX Philomena (PG-13) — A journalist grows deeply vested in the true story of a woman whose son was taken away after she was forced to live in a convent while pregnant. Elmwood Santa v. Snowman 3D (G) — A lonely snowman discovers Santa’s Workshop but gets caught. Entergy IMAX Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) — Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) struggles to get author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to agree to a film adaptation of her Mary Poppins novels. Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) — In the film adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, a magazine copy editor (Ben Stiller) imagines putting the moves on his colleague (Kristen Wiig) and living a great life as a means to escape his pushover reality. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Thor: The Dark World (PG13) — In the sequel to 2011’s Thor, the title character (Chris Hemsworth) embarks upon his most challenging journey yet. Clearview

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) — The ballsy, buxom family matriarch visits a friend’s daughter out in the country for Christmas. Canal Place, Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (PG) — The animated 3-D documentary-style family movie imagines what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the world. Chalmette, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank The Wolf of Wall Street (R) — Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a wealthy but crooked stockbroker, in this 1990s-set Martin Scorsese film adaptation of Belfort’s autobiography. Canal Place, Clearview, Elmwood, Kenner, Regal, Slidell, Westbank

OPENING FRIDAY Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R) — A young man who bears a unique mark is haunted. Chalmette, Kenner, Regal, Slidell

SPECIAL SCREENINGS Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) — Two women meet and begin a romantic relationship. 6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Every Which Way But Loose (PG) — A trucker (Clint Eastwood) explores California with an orangutan. 10 a.m. Sunday, Prytania Here Comes the Devil (NR) — Parents lose their kids in Mexico while on vacation, and the kids change emotionally. 9:15 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Hud (NR) — Paul Newman plays a wild young man named Hud. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Prytania

The NeverEnding Story (PG) — A boy explores a fantasy land through a book. The 9:30 screening features activities for kids and the midnight screening is BYOB for adults. 9:30 a.m. & midnight Friday-Saturday, Prytania Reservoir Dogs (R) — A jewelry heist goes awry in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 thriller starring Harvey Keitel. Screenings are BYOB. Midnight Friday-Saturday, Prytania The Theatres at Canal Place, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., (504) 581-2540; www.thetheatres. com; Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 304-9992; www.chalmettemovies,com; AMC Clearview Palace 12, Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-1257; www.amctheatres.com; AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, (504) 733-2029; www.amctheatres.com; Entergy IMAX Theatre, 1 Canal St., (504) 581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org; The Grand 14 Kenner, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 229-4259; www.thegrandtheatre.com; The Grand 16 Slidell, 1950 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 641-1889; www.thegrandtheatre. com; Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., (504) 891-2787; www.theprytania. com; Regal Covington Stadium 14, 69348 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 871-7787; www.regmovies.com; AMC Westbank Palace 16, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 263-2298; www. amctheatres.com; Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net


ART

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New worldview

New Orleans art built connections to the outside world in 2013. By D. Eric Bookhardt

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Caribbean and New Orleans anticipated the evolution of modern performance art.” Meanwhile, across town on Bayou Road, the Joan Mitchell Center (JMC) recently named New Orleans native Gia Hamilton as its new director. The only American satellite facility of the influential New York-based Joan Mitchell Foundation, JMC recently hosted not only a national artist residency program but also a Mardi Gras Indian chief retreat, among other innovative programs. In some ways, 2013 could be deemed the year of the curator. Former CAC Visual Arts Director Amy Mackie returned to New Orleans to become co-director of the Parse Gallery in the CBD. Mackie says that in its new iteration, Parse is “all about bringing curators to New Orleans ... who are engaged in dialogue about contemporary art internationally,” a direction also evidenced in the increasing number of recent international art events in town. In September, the Mexican consulate opened its own gallery to highlight that nation’s vibrant contemporary art scene. Throw in all the St. Claude art spaces that have hosted European artists over the past year and the trend lines are clear. Although the New Orleans’ art scene has been vibrant for decades, it also was very insular. That is no longer the case as a new paradigm of local and global arts collaborations continues to take shape.

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n the New Orleans art scene, as in the city itself, change is in the air. Drivers can’t help but notice the construction zones that have turned many city streets into obstacle courses. Now orange mesh caution fences even appear in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where a newly acquired Roy Lichtenstein sculpture, Five Brushstrokes, is being installed. But most of this years’ local art news has taken the form of incremental changes — new programs, plans and personnel — that the observer must divine like tea leaves. What do they portend? On close inspection clues abound, and all the current signs and omens point to a deeper emphasis on local culture coupled with an expanded relationship with the world at large. Anyone wondering what that means need look no further than the preview of the Prospect.3 New Orleans contemporary art biennial sketched out Dec. 12 by Creative Director Franklin Sirmans at Xavier University. Titled “Notes for Now” and inspired by Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer and its theme of how people come to understand themselves through others, Prospect.3 will feature more than 50 artists from 20 nations. It’s a colorfully diverse mix that includes a series of paintings by the late Haitian-American art star Jean-Michel Basquiat that focused on our region as the birthplace of jazz and other uniquely American cultural idioms. With an organizational structure spread between New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles, it also reflects a degree of tri-coastal collaboration that would have been unthinkable in years past. Local and global connections also appear in the ongoing collaborations between NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), as seen in the vast Water expo (open through Jan. 19, 2014) of monumental large-scale photographs by Canadian master Edward Burtynsky. Organized by NOMA photography curator Russell Lord, Water covers two floors of the CAC with images that graphically illustrate how the world’s bodies of water affect us, as well as illustrating how the two institutions can pool resources to create internationally acclaimed exhibitions. New CAC Director Neil Barclay also announced recently the appointment of Claire Tancons as guest curator for a large-scale multinational expo titled En Mas, slated to open in late 2014. A Guadeloupe-born, New Orleans-based curator of international biennials, Tancons says Mas (a Caribbean term for masking) “explores the intersections between contemporary art and historical masquerade” while revealing how Carnival in Europe, the

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OPENING Ariodante Gallery. 535 Julia St., (504) 524-3233; www. ariodantegallery.com — Contemporary craft exhibition by Georgia Polkey, Arlyn Jimenez, Jessica Steen, Hopella Designs and Rita Coenson. Artists’ reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Callan Contemporary. 518 Julia St., (504) 525-0518; www. callancontemporary.com — “Beneath the Shades,” pencil and gouache on paper by Norah Lovell. Artist’s reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Sibley Gallery. 3427 Magazine St., (504) 899-8182; www.sibleygallery.com — “Materia Humana,” paintings by Juan Francisco Adaro. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Ten Gallery. 4432 Magazine St., (504) 333-1414; www. facebook.com/NOLAartsalon — “Amid the Strikes,” paintings by Peter Barnitz. Artist’s reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

GALLERIES A Gallery For Fine Photography. 241 Chartres St., (504) 568-1313; www.agallery.com — “Beyond Thought: Homage to Clarice Lispector,” photogravures by Josephine Sacabo, through Tuesday. Photographs and photo books from all eras by various photographers, ongoing. AKG Presents the Art of Dr. Seuss. 716 Bienville St., (504) 524-8211; www.angelakinggallery.com/dr-seuss — Works by Dr. Seuss, ongoing. Alex Beard Studio. 712 Royal St., (504) 309-0394; www.alexbeardstudio.com — Drawings and paintings by Alex Beard, ongoing. Anton Haardt Gallery. 2858 Magazine St., (504) 309-4249; www.antonart.com — “Deep Blues,” Southern folk art group exhibition, ongoing.

Ariodante Gallery. 535 Julia St., (504) 524-3233; www.ariodantegallery.com — Group craft exhibition, through Tuesday. Barrister’s Gallery. 2331 St. Claude Ave., (504) 525-2767; www.barristersgallery.com — Group photography exhibition, through Saturday Beneito’s Art. 3618 Magazine St., (504) 891-9170; www. bernardbeneito.com — Oil paintings by Beneito Bernard, ongoing. Benjamin Franklin High School. 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive, (504) 286-2600; www. benfranklinhighschool.org — “The Franklin Collection: Volume 2,” alumni mixed media exhibition, through January. Boyd | Satellite. 440 Julia St., (504) 581-2440; www.boydsatellitegallery.com — “Celebrity,” photographs of celebrities and entertainers by Steven Forster, through Tuesday. Byrdie’s Gallery. 2422 St. Claude Ave., (504) 656-6794; www.byrdiesgallery.com — “Streets Not to Cross,” cyanotype-based mixed media exploration into the demographics of New Orleans by Philip Roderic Yiannopoulos, through Jan. 7. Carol Robinson Gallery. 840 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-6130; www.carolrobinsongallery. com — “Annual Christmas Exhibition,” group painting exhibition, through Tuesday. Catalyst Gallery of Art. 5207 Magazine St., (504) 220-7756; www.catalystgalleryofart.com — Group exhibition of New Orleans-inspired art, ongoing. Chester Allen’s Oasis of Energy. 221 Dauphine St., (504) 292-8365; www.chesterallen-oasisofenergy.tumblr. com — “Universal Groove,” silversmithing by Chester Allen, ongoing. Courtyard Gallery. 1129 Decatur St., (504) 330-0134; www.woodartandmarketing. com — New Orleans-themed reclaimed wood carvings by Daniel Garcia, ongoing. The Foundation Gallery. 608 Julia St., (504) 568-0955; www.

foundationgallerynola.com — “Tips: An Insider’s Look at Bourbon Street,” PhotoNOLA exhibition by Kara Khan benefiting Cafe Reconcile, through Feb. 1. Freret Clay Center. 2525 Jena St., (504) 919-8050; www. freretclaycenter.com — “The Human Condition,” metal rusts, wood rots’ collage, ceramic tiles and vessels by Barbie L’Hoste and Bill Darrow, ongoing. The Front. 4100 St. Claude Ave., (504) 301-8654; www. nolafront.org — “PhotoBOMB,” group photography exhibition curated by Lee Deigaard and AnnieLaurie Erickson. “Lawss of the Land,” photography by JoAnne Carson and Kant Smith, through Sunday. Gallery Burguieres. 736 Royal St., (504) 301-1119; www.galleryburguieres.com — Mixed media by Ally Burguieres, ongoing. The Garden District Gallery. 1332 Washington Ave., (504) 891-3032; www.gardendistrictgallery.com — “Holiday Open House,” mixed media group exhibition, through Feb. 2. Good Children Gallery. 4037 St. Claude Ave., (504) 616-7427; www.goodchildrengallery.com — “Friday the 13th,” PhotoNOLA exhibition curated by Sophie T. Lvoff. “Unhad Conversations I Have With Girls I Love,” photography by Patrick Duncan, through Sunday. Graphite Galleries. 936 Royal St., (504) 565-3739; www.graphitenola.com — Group mixed media exhibition, ongoing. Hall-Barnett Gallery. 237 Chartres St., (504) 522-5657; www.hallbarnett.com — “Fine Photography: Featuring Wanda Boudreaux and Timothy Pakron,” PhotoNOLA exhibit curated by Edward Hebert, through January. International House. 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550; www. ihhotel.com — “Magdalena,” mixed media juried exhibition of art about Mary Magdalene, through Jan 5. J & S Gallery. 3801 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 952-9163 — Wood carvings and paintings by local artists, ongoing. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art. 600 Julia St., (504) 895-7375; www.jeanbragg.com — “Waterways of Louisiana,” group painting exhibition, through Tuesday. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. 400 Julia St., (504) 522-5471; www.jonathanferraragallery. com — “circa: now,” photography, video and mixed media art by Generic Art Solutions; “Fallen Animals,” photography by Marcus Kenney; Both through Tuesday. La Madama Bazarre. 1007 St. Mary St., (504) 236-5076; www. lamadamabazarre.com — Group exhibition celebrating the whimsical and weird side of Louisiana, ongoing.


ART LISTINGS Lisa Victoria Gallery. 616 Royal St., (504) 315-0850; www.lisavictoriagallery. com — Mixed media group exhibition, ongoing. M. Francis Gallery. 1938 Burgundy St., (504) 931-1915; www.mfrancisgallery. com — Acrylic on canvas by Myesha, ongoing. May Gallery and Residency. 2839 N. Robertson St., Suite 105, (504) 316-3474; www.themayspace.com — “Butt Joints,” large-scale sculpture and painting exhibition by MOMO, through Jan. 25. Michalopoulos Gallery. 617 Bienville St., (504) 558-0505; www.michalopoulos.com — “Down and Dirty,” paintings by James Michalopoulos, ongoing. Morrison. 1507 Magazine St., (504) 451-3303; www. morrisonsculpture.com — Sculpture and drawings by Thomas Randolph Morrison, ongoing. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. 1205 N. Rampart St., (504) 522-4786; www.jazzandheritage.org — “Epaul Julien: A 10-Year Retrospective,” photography by Epaul Julien curated by Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, through Tuesday. New Orleans Photo Alliance. 1111 St. Mary St., (504) 610-4899; www. neworleansphotoalliance. org — “From the Sea,” Deb Schwedhelm’s PhotoNOLA Review Prize-winning underwater photography exhibition, through Jan. 19.

New Orleans Public Library, Rosa Keller Branch. 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2675; www.nutrias.org — “Inquisitive Minds, Artistic Answers,” Women’s Caucus for Art of Louisiana member exhibit, through Jan. 11. Newcomb Art Gallery. Woldenberg Art Center, (504) 314-2406; www.newcombartgallery.tulane.edu — “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in nearly 30 years, through March 9. Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Second floor, (504) 523-7945; www.rhinocrafts. com — Contemporary crafts by Sean Dixson, Cathy Cooper-Stratton, Margo Manning, Nellrea Simpson and others, ongoing.

Sheila Phipps Studio & Gallery. 8237 Oak St., (504) 5966031 — Oil and acrylic portraits and abstracts, ongoing. Sibley Gallery. 3427 Magazine St., (504) 899-8182; www.sibleygallery.com — “Haute Lumiere,” group photography exhibition, through Tuesday. Soren Christensen Gallery. 400 Julia St., (504) 5699501; www.sorengallery. com — “The In-Between,” conceptual photography by Brooke Shaden; “Witness,” mixed media abstract art by Gretchen Weller Howard; Both through Tuesday. St. Tammany Art Association. 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-8650; www.sttammanyart. org — “Icons: Personal Visions,” mixed media group exhibition about religious and secular icons, through Jan. 25. Staple Goods. 1340 St. Roch Ave., (504) 908-7331; www. postmedium.org/staplegoods — “The Goods,” mixed media group exhibition, through Jan 5.

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Brent Stirton’s photo God’s Ivory — Tsavo, Kenya is among the awardwinning images in the Visions of Excellence photojournalism expo at the Old U.S. Mint through Feb. 28, 2014.

Hey! Cafe. 4332 Magazine St., (504) 891-8682; www.heycafe. biz — Cartoons from Feast Yer Eyes magazine, ongoing. La Divina Gelateria. 621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com — Art and photographs by Thom Bennett, Mary Moring and Rita Posselt, ongoing.

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

Old Florida Project. between Florida Avenue, Mazant Street, Gallier Street and North Dorgenois Street — #ProjectBe features tributes, remembrances and social statements spray painted in the long blighted Florida project by local artist and Gambit 40 Under 40 honoree Brandan “B-Mike” Odums, ongoing.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net — “Body Sellers: The Sex Workers of Thailand,” photography by Gerry Yaum, through Tuesday.

SPARE SPACES Bellocq. Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0900; www.thehotelmodern.com — “Dreams do Come True,” photography by L. Kasimu Harris, through Jan. 19. Bonjour Lingerie. 4214 Magazine St., (504) 309-8014; www. facebook.com/bonjournola — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing.

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The Country Club. 634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com — “All Amzie All the Time,” group exhibition of art celebrating Amzie Adams, ongoing.

Vieux Carre Gallery. 507 St. Ann St., (504) 522-2900; www.vieuxcarregallery.com — “French Quarter Scenes,” paintings by Sarah Stiehl, through Wednesday.

Windsor Fine Art. 221 Royal St., (504) 586-0202; www. windsorfineart.com — Etchings, engravings and woodcuts by Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Durer, through Jan. 19.

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Top Drawer Antiques. 4310 Magazine St., (504) 897-1004; www.topdrawerantiques.net — Mixed media black light art by Mario Ortiz, ongoing.

MUSEUMS Ashe Cultural Arts Center. 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www. ashecac.org — “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present,” National Museum of Mexican Art pieces about the contributions of Africans to Mexican culture, through Feb. 28. Contemporary Arts Center. 900 Camp St., (504) 528-3800; www.cacno.org — “Water,” large-scale aerial photographs by Edward Burtynsky, through Jan. 19. “Cinema Reset,” video group exhibition, through Feb. 2. “SubMERGE,”

art by Lee Deigaard, through Feb. 20. Historic New Orleans Collection. 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc.org — “Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War,” collection of items conveying New Orleanians’ feelings during the Civil War, through March 9. “Civil War Battlefields and National Parks,” photography by A. J. Meek, through April 5. Louisiana State Museum Cabildo. 701 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. state.la.us — “Images and Instruments: Medical History,” artifacts and images of 19th and 20th century medical equipment, ongoing. Louisiana State Museum Presbytere. 751 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; www.lsm. crt.state.la.us — “They Call Me Baby Doll: A Carnival Tradition,” an exhibit about the Baby Dolls, and other black women’s Carnival groups, through January. “It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; both ongoing. Madame John’s Legacy. 632 Dumaine St., (504) 568-6968; www.crt.state.la.us — “The Palm, the Pine and the Cypress: Newcomb College Pottery of New Orleans,” ongoing. National World War II Museum. 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org — “We Can... We Will...We Must!,” allied propaganda posters of WWII, through Feb. 16. New Orleans Museum of Art. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www. noma.org — “The Making of

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an Argument,” photography by Gordon Parks, through Sunday. “Lin Emery: In Motion,” kinetic aluminum sculptures by Lin Emery, through Jan. 12. “Photography at NOMA,” group photography exhibition, through Jan. 19. “Cities of Ys,” art by Camille Henrot, through Feb. 23. Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org — “Into the Light,” photographs by various artists, “Currents 2013,” New Orleans Photo Alliance’s member showcase; both through Sunday. Works by Walter Inglis Anderson from the museum’s permanent collection; an exhibition of southern regionalists from the museum’s permanent collection; paintings by Will Henry Stevens; all ongoing. Old U.S. Mint. 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www. crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/usmint — “Visions of Excellence,” group exhibition of award-winning photojournalism from around the world, through Feb. 28. The Saratoga. 212 Loyola Ave.; www.moviehousenola. com — “Moviehouse NOLA,” multimedia exhibition about historic New Orleans movie theaters, through Feb. 9. Williams Research Center. Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc.org — “Daguerreotypes to Digital: A Presentation of Photographic Processes,” historical exhibition of photography from 1840 to present, through March 29.

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New Orleans Public Library, Robert E. Smith Branch. 6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638; www. nutrias.org — “Winter Quilt Exhibition at Smith Library,” quilts made by Lakeview Sheperd Center seniors, through January.

Scott Edwards Photography Gallery. 2109 Decatur St., (504) 610-0581; www. scottedwardsgallery.com — “Da Parish: A Journey Through St. Bernard Parish,” photography by Fridgeir Helgason, through April 5.

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he reopening of downtown theaters was good news for local theater patrons in 2013, but it was a great year for original works across town and many companies presented shows outdoors. There were remarkable shows staged everywhere from the lavishly renovated Saenger Theatre to the barest of New Orleans Fringe Festival spaces. One of the biggest headline grabbers was Jim Fitzmorris’ A Truckload of Ink, about changes at a major New Orleans newspaper — one not at all unlike The Times-Picayune. The NOLA Project commissioned the drama about a daily paper’s newsroom struggling with drastic changes. The ensemble work featured more than a dozen reporters, editors and executives in well-orchestrated. controlled chaos. Many of the year’s premieres focused on local subjects, and John Biguenet’s impressive Mold was a refreshingly vivid and visceral return to the days of post-Hurricane Katrina grief in the final installment of his trilogy about the storm (preceded by Rising Water and Shotgun). Southern Rep presented the drama at the Contemporary Arts Center, but its 2013-2014 season is a sort of odyssey, featuring no two major shows at the same venue. A couple of ambitious debuts grappled with difficult formats for their enganging subjects. ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro’s Cry You One was a theatrical journey along the levee in St. Bernard, and while there were many intriguing concepts and contributions to the unique piece, its execution bogged down considerably. Wayne Self’s Upstairs, about the fire at the Upstairs Lounge, debuted on the 40th anniversary of the deadly French Quarter fire in a gay bar. It shed light on some of the patrons and heroes of the event, but ultimately it struggled to manage the weight of the tragedy in a musical. Other original works included NOLA Project Artistic Director A.J. Allegra’s boisterous and fun comedy Oregon Trail, based on the computer adventure game, in which a family barely survives a 19th-century frontier quest. Cripple Creek Theater’s Andrew Vaught’s Possum Kingdom, staged outdoors at the Truck Farm, was an absurd allegory about swamp dwellers whose economic livelihoods are at the mercy of distant economic forces. Gabrielle Riesman’s Catch the Wall explored a New Orleans charter school and the role of local music in students’ lives. On the heels of its 2012 semifinalist finish on America’s Got Talent, Lightwire Theater began work on two new shows. The holiday production Lightwire: A Very

The Book of Mormon kicked off the return of Broadway touring shows at the Saenger Theatre.

Electric Christmas, presented at the Joy Theater, mixed elements of The Nutcracker and a story about a family of birds to create a charming family show. Lightwire launches its first full-length touring show in Dallas in February. Spaces that locals were happy to see return included Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre and the Saenger Theatre. After nearly three years shuttered, Le Petit completed a renovation and reopened with Love, Loss, and What I Wore, followed by Lombardi and the musical Hair. The Saenger reopened with three shows by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and a two-week run of the raucous musical The Book of Mormon was a triumphant return of touring Broadway shows to the historic theater. Notable shows and performances included Cripple Creek’s Clybourne Park at Shadowbox Theatre, Anthony Bean taking the stage at his namesake theater as Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop, and a production of Killer Joe, about a Texas family and a hitman, at the AllWays Lounge & Theatre. The NOLA Project had another successful spring in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, giving Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing a Southern drawl and a lively production. The New Orleans Fringe Festival continued to grow and presented many good shows by local and visiting companies. Fringiness also spread beyond the festival. The 2012 festival favorite Trash Rabbit returned to the Marigny Opera House for a second run and workshop. And Elm Theatre presented two runs of the entertaining Edinburgh Fringe Festival-premiered The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger. With the return of theatrical productions to Canal Street and the expansion of productions to small and alternative venues, theatergoers had plenty to choose from and much to look forward to as the theater community grows in every direction.


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theater hosts an all-ages improv comedy show. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday. Friday Night Laughs. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; www. nolacomedy.com — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts an openmic. 10 p.m. Friday.

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THEATER The Golden Girls Live. MidCity Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1460; www. midcitytheatre.com — Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Brooklyn Shaffer, Sean Patterson, Brian Johnston and Jefferson Turner perform three episodes of The Golden Girls. Tickets $30. 8 p.m. Friday-Monday.

BURLESQUE, CABARET & VARIETY Beach Blanket Burlesque. Tiki Tolteca, 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www. facebook.com/tikitolteca — GoGo McGregor hosts a free burlesque show. 9 p.m. Wednesday. Bits & Jiggles. Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855 — The show mixes comedy and burlesque. Free admission. 9 p.m. Monday. Broadway @ NOCCA: Alice Ripley. NOCCA Riverfront Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., (504) 940-2787; www.nocca. com — The musical actress performs, shares stories and answers questions. Tickets start at $50. 7 p.m. Monday. Burlesque Ballroom. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.sonesta.com — Trixie Minx stars in the weekly burlesque show featuring the music of Romy Kaye and the Brent Walsh Jazz Trio.

AUDITIONS Crescent City Sound Chorus. Delgado Community College, Isaac Delgado Hall, Drama Hall, third floor, (504) 616-6066; www.dcc.edu — The Crescent City Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, holds auditions for its chorale. For details, visit www.crescentcitysound.com. 7 p.m. Monday.

COMEDY Accessible Comedy. Buffa’s Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www. buffaslounge.com — J. Alfred Potter and Jonah Bascle do stand-up shows on a rotating basis. 11:55 p.m. Friday. Allstar Comedy Revue. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com — Leon Blanda hosts the stand-up comedy show with special guests and a band. Free admission. 8 p.m. Thursday. Comedy Beast. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 522-9653; www.thehowlinwolf.com — The New Movement presents a standup comedy showcase. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Catastrophe. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., (504) 944-0099; www.lostlovelounge.com — Cassidy Henehan hosts the weekly comedy showcase. Free admission. 9 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Gumbeaux. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 522-9653; www.thehowlinwolf.com — Local comedians perform, and amateurs take the stage in the open-mic portion. 8 p.m. Thursday. Comedy Sportz. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; www. nolacomedy.com — The

Johnny Rock. C. Beever’s Bar of Music, 2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-9401; www.cbeevers.com — Comedian Johnny Rock hosts an open-mic comedy night. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Laugh & Sip. The Wine Bistro, 1011 Gravier St.; www. facebook.com/TheWineBistroNO — Mark Caesar and DJ Cousin Cav host the weekly showcase of local comedians. Call (504) 6066408 for details. Tickets $7. 8 p.m. Thursday. Lights Up. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; www.tnmcomedy. com — The theater showcases new improv troupes. Tickets $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. The Megaphone Show. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., (504) 302-8264; www.tnmcomedy.com — Each show features a guest sharing favorite true stories, the details of which inspire improv comedy. Tickets $8. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic & Showcase. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge. net — Andrew Polk hosts the open-mic series that features a booked showcase. Free admission. 8 p.m. signup, 9 p.m. show. Sunday. Sit-Down Stand-Up. Prytania Bar, 3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773; www. prytaniabar.com — Jonah Bascle hosts the stand-up comedy show presented by Accessible Comedy. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Monday. Sketch Comedy. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., (504) 231-7011; www. nolacomedy.com — The Sketchy Characters perform sketch comedy. Visit www. sketchycharacters.net for details. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Think You’re Funny? Comedy Showcase. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., (504)  865-9190; www. carrolltonstation.com — The weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. Sign-up 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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Rivertown Theaters’ Season Announcement Preview. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, (504) 461-9475; www.rivertowntheaters.com — There are musical performances from the upcoming season’s shows, hors d’oeuvre and Champagne. There is a silent auction and a cash bar. Admission $20. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Call (504) 553-2331 for details. 11:50 p.m. Friday.

Give ’Em The Light Open-Mic Comedy Show. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www. houseofblues.com — Leon Blanda hosts the showcase. Sign-up 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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

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Crescent City Farmers Market. Tulane University Square, 200 Broadway St. — The weekly market features fresh produce, kettle corn, Green Plate specials and flowers. Visit www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org for details. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Figure Drawing Class. Forstall Art Supplies, 3135 Calhoun St., (504) 866-4278; www.forstallartsupply.com — Call to register for the figure drawing class. Admission $10. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s All About the Music BIke Ride. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, North Rampart and St. Ann streets — As part of NOLA Social Ride, bicyclists cruise around the city, stopping a few times along the way to enjoy free live music. More information is available at www.facebook. com/groups/nolasocialride. 6 p.m. Miracle on Fulton Street. Fulton Street at Poydras Street near Harrah’s Hotel — Celebrate the holiday season with a faux snowfall from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., pictures with Santa Claus from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., shopping, live entertainment, light shows, a huge decorated tree, dining and holiday treats. Visit www.miracleonfulton.com for details. Through Jan. 6. New Year’s Eve Fleur de Lis Drop and Fireworks. Jackson Square — A fleur de lis is

dropped at midnight, there are fireworks along the river at Woldenberg Park and there are musical performances by Eric Lindell and Honey Island Swamp Band. Free admission. 9 p.m. to midnight. New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org — Kids celebrate New Year’s Eve by making hats and noisemakers, Lagniappe Brass Band performs and there’s a confetti toss and a balloon drop. Sesame Street’s Count von Count assists with the countdown to noon. Admission $10. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reggae Night. The Other Place, 1224 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 943-7502 — DJ Kush Master spins reggae, there’s food from Coco Hut and there are cultural vendors. Free admission. 8 p.m. Toddler Time. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm. org — The museum hosts special Tuesday and Thursday activities for children ages 3 and under and their parents or caregivers. Admission $8, free for members. 10:30 a.m. WYES Wine and Coffee Pairing Dinners. Chefs at restaurants in New Orleans, on the Northshore and in Baton Rouge create multi-course dinners using Community Coffee in at least one of their dishes. Bus service is available for an additional $10 per person, and a portion of the proceeds benefits WYES. Visit www.wyes.org for menus and reservation instructions. Dinner $85, including tax and tip. 7 p.m. Zoo Year’s Eve. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 5814629; www.auduboninstitute. org — Families toast to 2014 with soda, the Imagination Movers perform and kids’ television and movie characters meet kids. Included with zoo admission. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 1 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. Project 1399 BIble Study. Thompson United Methodist, 1023 St. Roch Ave., (504) 327-9274 — The Bible study is independent and non-denominational. Visit www.project1399.com for details. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Propaganda Art Making Activities. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org — Kids color propaganda posters and do other small art projects associated with the museum’s propaganda exhibition. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through 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 2 Art Activities During After Hours. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org — The Ogden offers art activities for kids during weekly After Hours concerts. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art on the Rocks at W New Orleans. W Hotel New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; www.wneworleans.com — Artists in residence showcase and sometimes demonstrate their work and there’s a DJ, drink specials and giveaways of lodging at W Hotels across the country. Visit www.wneworleans.com/artontherocks for details. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Marketplace at Armstrong Park. Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., (504) 658-3200; www.pufap.org — The weekly market features fresh produce, baked goods, Louisiana seafood, handmade beauty products, art, crafts and entertainment. Visit www.icdnola. org for details. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. NOLA TimeBanking, DyverseCity Etsy Training. DyverseCity, 3932 Fourth St., (504) 439-4530 — Attendees can set up TimeBank accounts, learn how to run Etsy shops or get computer coaching. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous. Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-3431 — Group members help each other utilize the


EVENT LISTINGS 12-step method to recover from compulsive eating. For details, contact Sarah at (504) 458-9965. 7 p.m.

Taylor Drive, (504) 377-8395; www.growdatyouthfarm.org — Grow Dat Youth Farm sells its produce. 9 a.m. to noon.

Sistahs Making a Change. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070; www. ashecac.org — Women of all levels of expertise are invited to dance, discuss and dine together at this health-centered event. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday & Thursday.

Rivertown Farmers Market. Rivertown, 400 block of Williams Boulevard., Kenner, (504) 468-7231; www.kenner. la.us — The twice-monthly market features local fruit, vegetables and dairy, homemade jams and jellies, cooking demonstrations and more. 8 a.m. to noon.

FRIDAY 3 Friday Nights at NOMA. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www. noma.org — The four-part weekly event includes an art activity, live music, a film and a food demo. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market. Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market, 922 Teche St. — Produce, seafood and more are available for purchase. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY 4 Crescent City Farmers Market. Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod streets, (504) 861-5898; www. marketumbrella.org — The weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon. German Coast Farmers Market. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan — The market features a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. Visit www. germancoastfarmersmarket.org for details. 8 a.m. to noon. Gretna Farmers Market. Gretna Farmers Market, Huey P. Long Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, Gretna, (504) 3628661 — The weekly rain-orshine market features more than 30 vendors offering a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. Free admission. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grow Dat Farm Stand. Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary

Yoga. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, (504) 658-4100; www. noma.org — The museum holds yoga classes. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 8 a.m.

SUNDAY 5 SoFAB cooking demo. French Market, corner of Governor Nicholls Street and French Market Place; www.frenchmarket.org — Local chefs cook their signature dishes. 2 p.m. Swing Dance Lesson With Amy & Chance. d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., (504) 9423731; www.dbabars.com/ dbano — The bar and music venue offers free swing dance lessons. 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY 6 Dat Truck Mondays. Dat Dog, 5030 Freret St., (504) 8996883; www.datdognola.com — Dat Dog and My House NOLA present a gathering of food trucks, with drink specials and live music. To find out which food trucks will be present, visit www. facebook.com/myhousenola. 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tai Chi/Chi Kung. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, (504) 658-4100; www.noma.org — Terry Rappold presents the class in the museum’s art galleries. Call (504) 456-5000 for details. Free for NOMA and East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center members, $5 general admission. 6 p.m.

SPORTS Sugar Bowl. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., (504) 5873663; www.superdome.com — University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide plays University of Oklahoma’s Sooners. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, 2605 River Road, Westwego, (504) 833-4024; www. cancer.org — The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for upcoming events and to facilitate patient service programs. Opportunities are available with Relay for Life, Look Good … Feel Better, Hope Lodge, Man to Man, Road to Recovery, Hope Gala and more. Call for information. Another Life Foundation Volunteers. Another Life Foundation seeks volunteers recovering from mental illness to help mentor others battling depression and suicidal behaviors. Free training provided. For details, contact Stephanie Green at (888) 543-3480, anotherlifefoundation@ hotmail.com or visit www. anotherlifefoundation.org. Bayou Rebirth Wetlands Education. Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit www. bayourebirth.org for details. Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, 2626 Canal St., Suite 203, (504) 309-7304; www.bbbssela.org — 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. Bilingual Evacuteers. Puentes New Orleans and Evacuteer seek bilingual volunteers to assist the Spanish-speaking population with mandatory evacuations in New Orleans during hurricane season. Email Luis Behrhorst at luis@puentesno.org for details. CASA New Orleans. The organization seeks volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent abused and neglected children in New Orleans. The time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours per month. No special skills are required; thorough training and support is provided. Call Brian Opert at (504) 522-1962 ext. 213 or email info@casaneworleans.org for details. Crescent City Farmers Market. CCFM and marketumbrella.org seek volunteers to field shoppers’ questions, assist seniors, help with monthly children’s activities and more. Call (504) 495-1459 or email latifia@marketumbrella.org for details. Dress for Success New Orleans. The professional women’s shop seeks volunteers to assist clients with shopping, to manage inventory and share expertise. Call (504) 891-4337 or email neworleans@dressforsuccess.org to register. Each One Save One. Greater New Orleans’ largest oneon-one mentoring program seeks volunteer mentors. Visit www.eachonesaveone.org for details. Edgar Degas Foundation. The nonprofit seeks volunteers to contribute to the development of the foundation. Call (504) 821-5009 or email info@degashouse. com for details. Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run seeks running buddies, assistant coaches, committee members and race day volunteers. Email info@gotrnola.org to register. Visit www. gotrnola.org for details about the program. Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. The center seeks part-time civil rights investigators with excellent writing skills, reliable transportation and no criminal convictions to help expose housing discrimination in the New Orleans metro area. Call

(504) 717-4257 or email mmorgan@gnofairhousing. org for information. Green Light New Orleans. The group that provides free energy-efficient lightbulbs seeks volunteers to help install the bulbs in homes. Call (504) 324-2429 or email green@greenlightneworleans.org to apply. Visit www.greenlightneworleans.org for details. HandsOn New Orleans. The volunteer center for the Greater New Orleans area invites prospective volunteers to learn about the various opportunities available, how to sign up for service projects and general tips on how to be a good volunteer. Call (504) 304-2275, email volunteer@ handsonneworleans.org or visit www.handsonneworleans.org for details. Hospice Volunteers. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Carla Fisher at (504) 832-8111 for details. Iron Rail. The book collective seeks volunteers to host shows and other events, help catalog the library, host free movie nights, organize benefits and other duties. Email ironrailbookcollective@gmail. com or visit www.ironrail. org for details. Jackson Barracks Museum Volunteers. The museum seeks volunteers to work one day a week for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles and equipment for display. Call David at (504) 837-0175 or email daveharrell@ yahoo.com for details. Lakeview Civic Improvement Association. The association’s green space committee needs volunteers for the adopt-a-block program to pick up trash or trim trees. Sign up with Russ Barranco at (504) 482-9598 or rpbarranco@ cox.net. Louisiana SPCA Volunteers. The Louisiana SPCA seeks volunteers to work with the animals and help with special events, education and more. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and complete a volunteer orientation to work directly with animals. Visit www.la-spca. org/volunteer to sign up. PAGE 60

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Parents Night Out. Bethel Baptist Church, 201 Filmore Ave., (504) 486-4679 — Kids have fun playing games, doing crafts, watching movies and eating snacks while their parents enjoy some free time. Call pastor Wayne Adams at (985) 981-1144 or associate pastor Roger Hurd at (985) 400-3149 for details. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi, (504) 355-4442; www. visitstbernard.com — The market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Twerk & Werk Bounce Dance Class with Dwight & William. Passion Dance Center, 2619 Dreux Ave., (504) 284-3955; www. passiondancecenter. com — Bounce dancers Dwight and William, who have performed with Big Freedia and Walt Wiggady, teach a bounce dance class. Contact Tamika at (504) 376-3069 or tamika@ passiondancecenter.com for details and to sign up. Class $10, $5 with college ID, first class free. 8 p.m.

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lowernine.org Volunteers. Lowernine.org seeks volunteers to help renovate homes in the Lower 9th Ward. Visit www. lowernine.org 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 (504) 888-5880 for details. National World War II Museum. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www.nationalww2museum.org — The museum accepts applications for volunteers to meet and greet visitors from around the world and familiarize them with its galleries, artifacts and expansion. Call (504) 527-6012 ext. 243 or email katherine. alpert@nationalww2museum. org for details.

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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 mrowand@globalgreen.org for details.

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Operation REACH Volunteers. Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers from all over the country to assist in providing recreation and education opportunities for New Orleans-area inner-city youth and their families. For information, visit www.thegyac.org and www.operationreach.org. Public School Volunteers. New Orleans Outreach seeks volunteers to share their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the ARMS-Outreach after-school program.

Volunteers are needed in the arts, academics, technology, recreation and life skills. Email jenny@nooutreach.org or call (504) 654-1060 for information.

hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Local Writers’ Group. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5135 — The weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Senior Companion Volunteers. New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., (504) 821-4121; www. nocoa.org — The council seeks volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently. Start the Adventure in Reading. The STAIR program holds regular volunteer training sessions to work one-on-one with public school students on reading and language skills. Call (504) 899-0820, email elizabeth@ stairnola.org or visit www. stairnola.org for details.

Open Mic. Drum Sands Publishing and Books, 7301 Downman Road, (504) 247-6519; www.drunmsandspublishing. com — The bookstore and publishing house hosts an open mic for writers of all genres. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Teen Suicide Prevention. The Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. Call (504) 831-8475 for details. Touro Infirmary. Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7011; www.touro.com — The hospital is currently in need of adult volunteers to assist in a variety of assignments, including the chemo infusion center, information desks, family surgery lounge and book cart. For information, call Volunteer Services or email denise.chetta@touro.com.

WORDS Barnes & Noble Jr. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 455-5135 — The bookstore regularly hosts free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625; www.nutrias.org — The group

Poets of Color. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., (504) 947-2121; www.stannanola.org — Poets participate in a writing circle. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Story Time with Miss Maureen. Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St., (504) 866-4916; www.maplestreetbookshop. com — The bookstore hosts a children’s book reading. 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

NEW YEAR’S EVE New Year’s Eve Fleur de Lis Drop and Fireworks. www.crescentcitycountdown.com — A fleur de lis is dropped at midnight at Jax Brewery, there are fireworks over the river and musical performances by Eric Lindell and Honey Island Swamp Band on Decatur Street at Jackson Square. Free admission. 9 p.m. to midnight. New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org — Kids celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon by making hats and noisemakers, Lagniappe Brass Band performs and there’s a confetti toss and a balloon drop. Sesame Street’s Count von Count assists with the countdown to noon. Admission $10. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Zoo Year’s Eve. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org — Families toast to 2014 with soda, the Imagination Movers perform and kids’ television and movie characters meet children. Included with zoo admission. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tao Poetry. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., (504) 891-3381; www.neutralground.org — The coffeehouse hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Well: A Women’s Poetry Circle. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., (504) 947-2121; www.stannanola. org — The group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Monday. Call (504) 655-5489 or email fleurdeholly@gmail.com for details.


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Dear New Orleans Job Guru, “Every article I read says that networking is the way to get jobs. I have joined a few groups and I go to some meetings, but it doesn’t seem like it will lead to anything. What am I doing wrong? I do have a job, but it’s not what I want, so I’m looking for something better.” — Alex T., New Orleans, LA Dear Alex, The articles you have read are on target, and yes, networking through joining groups and attending meetings is one excellent step in the process. Of course, you should definitely combine virtual networking via social media sites like LinkedIn in order to maximize your networking effectiveness. Also, I congratulate you for embarking on a networking campaign before you are out of work. So many people wait until they are laid off or in a difficult employment situation before they start networking, and then wonder why it doesn’t yield immediate results.

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I’m not sure which mistakes you may be making, but here are my top 10 tips on how to optimize your in-person networking activities: Try to select groups and events that relate to your career goals. Professional associations, business groups with people at or above your level, and groups with healthy attendance are good bets. Show up early. Eat before you go so you don’t spend too much time at the food table. Make yourself useful. Offer to help with seating, greet attendees, or any other assistance the organizers could use. Dress appropriately. Business casual is usually best for after-hours sessions. Be sure that your clothes are pressed and neat, your shoes are polished, and your grooming is professional. Smile! By all means, have a business card or a networking card that has your contact information. Be sure to exchange cards with those in attendance. When you approach people, make them your primary focus. Be a good listener. Show an interest in their jobs and families, and ask about their goals and challenges. When you do mention your job search, always ask for advice and general suggestions, as opposed to directly asking for a job. Be sure to take some notes after the meeting so that when you follow up, you will remember those personal and individual items that make connections powerful. I recommend JibberJobber.com as an excellent tool to track your entire job search process.

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If you do encounter people who are particularly influential in the field you are targeting, look for opportunities to meet with them later and offer to volunteer on special projects with them. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket and don’t expect great results with just one meeting. Attend as many different groups on as many dates as possible.

CHEDDAR’S IS INTERVIEWING RESTAURANT MANAGERS FOR OUR NEW CHEDDAR’S COMING SOON TO SLIDELL, LA! First thing you should know is that this isn’t a typical restaurant job. That’s because Cheddar’s isn’t a typical restaurant. We approach things differently, part of which involves setting a high bar for food, service and for our team. Cheddar’s is for people who want to play a vital role in advancing our simple idea: offering guests an inviting neighborhood restaurant with high quality handmade food at reasonable prices, while always valuing everyone (guests and associates alike) and treating them with respect. While that might be a simple idea, it’s not so simple to bring it to life. Success depends on every member of our team staying focused on and committed to, the vision, from the front of the house to the back of the house to our restaurant support center. Still with us? Good! Because with a thriving group of restaurants and plans for continued growth, we’re always interested in adding exceptional people, especially when they bring valuable experience to the table. A background in cooking from scratch, for example. Or skill in the art of serving guests. Or a talent for seamless teamwork in a high volume, fast-paced environment. Experiences like those can be powerful tools for success at Cheddar’s second only to a shared attitude and a genuine concern for our guests and each other. If it sounds like we’re talking about you, we hope you’ll talk to us. There might be a place for you on the Cheddar’s team. (By the way, don’t let geography stand in the way. Assistance is available for relocation). https://cheddarscareers.clickandhire. net/index.cfm?action=questionnaire. questionnaire CHEDDAR’S

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY NOTICE is given to all parties whom it may concern, including the heirs and creditors of the decedent herein and of her estate, that the Administrator of this succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell the interest of the succession in certain immovable property belonging to the decedent in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($100,000.00) Dollars for the whole of said property.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE Notice is Given that the administrator of this Succession has petitioned this Court for authority to sell immovable property belonging to the deceased at private sale in accordance with the provisions of Article 3281 of the Code of Civil Procedure for the sum of fifty-two thousand five hundred and 0/100 ($52,500.00) dollars cash, with the succession to pay its pro rata share of the property taxes and seller’s closing costs. The immovable property proposed to be sold at private sale is described as follows:

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NO.: 2011-30354 DIV. F SUCCESSION OF AUDREY MAE HURTSELL ADOLPH NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO SELL IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that Jeanie Adolph Morlier, as the duly appointed Administratrix of the Succession of Audrey Mae Hurtsell Adolph, pursuant to the provisions of LSA-CCP 3281 has petitioned this Honorable Court for the authority to sell the following described immovable property at private sale for the sum of $60,000.00 cash with a waiver of all rights of redhibition by the purchaser. Said immovable property is more particularly described as follows:

Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 1101 Mercury Avenue. NOW therefore, and in accordance with law, notice is hereby given that Jeanie Adolph Morlier, Administratrix of the Succession of Audrey Mae Hurtsell Adolph proposes to sell the above referenced immovable property, at private sale, for the price and under the terms set out above, and any heir, legatee, and creditors are required to make opposition, if any they can or have, to such sale, within seven (7) days, including Sundays and holidays, from the date whereupon the last publication of this notice appears. Malise Prieto, Clerk of Court St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Attorney: Eric R. Bissel Address: 227 N Columbia St. Covington, LA 70433 Telephone: (985) 893-1222 Gambit: 12/10/13 & 12/31/13

LOT 26-B, SQUARE 4, UNIVERSITY CITY SUBDIVISION, City of Kenner, State of Louisiana. Improvements thereon bear Municipal No. 4062 Loyola Drive West. Being the same property acquired from James J. Culotta, Inc. on October 5, 1971, registered in COB 746, folio 401, Entry No. 535162. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his opposition within seven (7) days from the date of the publication of this notice. Gretna, Louisiana, this 26 day of December 2013. Attorney: Wallace H. Paletou Bar Roll No. 10278 Address: 3601 North 1-10 Service Road West Metairie, Louisiana 70002 Telephone: (504) 456-2626 Gambit: 12/31/13 & 1/21/14 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of D.V. ALEX WELLS, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SUCCESSION OF EDWARD CAMPBELL, please contact Bobby Hawkins, Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a certain Promissory Note payable to TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., executed by THEODORA W. GUILBEAUX, and dated March 1, 2007, in the principal sum of $171,112.00, bearing interest at the rate of 7% percent from dated until paid, and providing reasonable attorney fees, and all charges associated with the collection of same. Please contact Herschel C. Adcock, Jr., Attorney at Law, at P.O. Box 87379, Baton Rouge, LA 70879-8379, (225) 756-0373. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Andrea Leblanc Roser, please contact attorney Steven Jupiter at 504-5338720. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Christopher Ivan Lund, please contact William Boyles, Atty, at 504-232-2940. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of CLEMENTINE L. ZARDERS or her succession, heirs, & assigns, LOUIS J. ZARDERS or his succession, heirs & assigns, SAHAR TEYMOR ZADEH or his succession heirs and assigns regarding 822-24 N. Prieur, St, NOLA contact Atty Carol Anderson, cander1709@yahoo. com ; 504-319-7843; 650 Poydras, Suite 1400 NOLA Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Fidel Hernandez Fleitas, contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Cualquiera que conozca el paradero de Fidel Hernández Fleitas, contacto con abogado, Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265.

STATE OF LOUISIANA, PARISH OF ORLEANS ONE CERTAIN LOT OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon and all of the rights, ways, privileges, servitudes and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situated in the Second District of the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, in Square No. 342, bounded by North Broad Street, St. Philip, North Dorgenois Streets and Ursulines Avenue, designated by the letter “K” on a survey made by E. L. Eustis & Sons, Civil and Surveyors, dated September 11, 1962, a copy of which is annexed to Act of Sale before Margaret Gaudin, Notary Public, dated September 25, 1962, in COB 849, folio 160 and according to which said lot forms the corner of North Broad and St. Philip Streets and measures fifteen feet front on North Broad Street, by a depth between equal and parallel lines of one hundred twenty-six feet, ten inches and three lines. Improvements thereon bear the municipal number 1000 North Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Any heir or creditor who opposes the proposed sale must file his opposition within seven (7) days from the date on which the last publication of this notice appears. By Order of the Court Dale N. Atkins, Clerk of Court Attorney: Thomas G. Donelon, Bar #04999 Attorney for Mover Address: 2626 N. Arnoult Rd., Ste. 130 Metairie, LA 70002 Telephone: (504) 887-1780 Gambit: 12/10/13 & 12/31/13 Elsa Guillen Chacon, 1161 Beechwood Drive, Harvey LA, 70058 or her heirs, or anyone knowing her whereabouts please contact Geralyn Garvey (504) 838-0191. Patricia Cassanova A/K/A Patricia Catherine Cassanova, 2521 Metairie Lawn Drive, Unit 12-306, Metairie, LA 70002, her heirs, or anyone knowing her whereabouts please contact Geralyn Garvey (504) 838-0191. U.S. Financial Agency LLC is dissolved, no assets insolvent. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of DANIELLE REED CONNELL and/ or DANNY P. CONNELL and/or their children, heirs, legatees, assigns, relatives or successors in interest, please contact attorney Julien F. Jurgens at (504) 722-7716 IMMEDIATELY. Property rights are involved in Civil District Court, Orleans Parish, Case # 13-8744.

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THAT PORTION OF GROUND, together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, and all of the rights, ways, privileges, servitudes, appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situated in the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, in AIRLINE PARK NORTH SUBDIVISION, being a portion of Elmwood and Lafreniere Plantations, all as per plan of said subdivision made by H.E. Landry, C.E., dated September 1, 1954, and revised October 20, 1954, and which said plan of subdivision was approved by the Police Jury for the Parish of Jefferson, under Ordinance No. 2535, recorded in COB 366, folio 627, as per plan of subdivision made by H.E. Landry, C.E., dated October 28, 1954, approved by the Police Jury for the Parish of Jefferson under Ordinance No. 2592, registered in COB 369, folio 450, and as per plan of resubdivision of H.E. Landry, Sr., C.E., dated May 5, 1955, approved by the Police Jury for the Parish of Jefferson, under Ordinance No. 2749, recorded in COB 379, folio 298, described as follows: LOT 10, SQUARE 222, which said square is bounded by Amhurst Street, Mercury Avenue, Cummins Street, Lair Avenue, Loraine Street, and Peggy Avenue, all as per print of survey made by H.E. Landry, Sr., C.E., dated February 23, 1956, a copy of which is annexed to act of sale before Shirley H. Kirkes, Notary Public, dated March 23, 1972. LOT 10, SQUARE 222 commences at a distance of 530.72 feet from the corner of Cummins Street and Mercury Avenue and measures thence 57 feet front on Mercury Avenue, 57 feet in width across the rear, a depth on the Cummins Street side of 95.81 feet and a depth on the opposite side line nearer to Amhurst Street of 95.28 feet.

The immovable property to be sold is described as follows:

STATE OF LOUISIANA

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Marion A. Vincent, and/or his heirs contact Carl V. Williams, Esq at 504.586.9177. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Chester Jenkins, and/or his heirs contact Carl V. Williams, Esq at 504.586.9177. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Diana McCray and/or her heirs contact Carl V. Williams, Esq at 504.586.9177 Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mervin Douglas, a/k/a Mervin A. Douglas, and/or his heirs contact Carl V. Williams, Esq at 504.586.9177. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Theodore Hartford, Jr., and/or his heirs contact Carl V. Williams, Esq at 504.586.9177. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jeanetta Burton a/k/a Jeanetta Burton Jordan, contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Joyce Linzsey Jackson aka Joyce L. Jackson aka Joyce Jackson, or any of her heirs or any heirs of the Succession of Desiree McCullom, please contact attorney Vincent B. LoCoco at (504) 483-2332. Property rights are involved relative to 3904-3906 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Lance V. Ford, Heir of Carl J. Ford, please contact atty. Toni R. Arnona at 504-250-6502. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Melvin Williams please contact Atty. A. Griffin at 504-473-7347. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Richard Martin Pollar, Jr. please contact Atty. A. Griffin at 504-473-7347. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Rose M. Cotton and/or Charles A. Stokes, Sr., contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sharon Thomas London (A/K/A Sharon Thomas, Sharon T. London, Sharon London) please contact J. Benjamin Avin Atty, 2216 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 525-1500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shayne Leon Sparrow and/or Jessica Dorris Sparrow, please contact atty. Naomi Kim at 504-528-9500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Stephen V. Trager and Ronna Price Trager, please contact Atty. Naomi Kim at 504-528-9500. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tiffany A. Romano, contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Vyntrella Brewer Menzies, contact Atty. Bonita Watson, 504.799.2265.

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