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Pandora founder Tim Westergren is the driving force behind Internet radio — and Pandora’s rise is rewriting the rules for musicians’ royalties.

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has been honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE). The longtime businessman and philanthropist was selected for his work with the Goldring Family Foundation, which has aided many of the city’s public and private institutions. He recently received The Times-Picayune’s Loving Cup and was Gambit’s 2003 New Orleanian of the Year. This year’s NOWFE will be held May 22-26, and Goldring will be honored at a dinner on the opening night.

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Julius Cosey played — Pandora paid out $149 million to music performers in 2011, more than half of its overall revenue. (The company has yet to turn a profit.) But a Frenchmen Street band with a self-released CD shouldn’t be pricing Audubon Place real estate just yet. The benefits of Pandora and other Internet radio services are less tangible. At least for now.

Tim Westergren founded Pandora, the Internet radio company that has 69 percent of the market. In 2011, Pandora paid $149 million in royalties to both songwriters and musical performers. Traditional radio is only required to pay royalties to songwriters, not musicians themselves.

Not every city is fortunate to have radio stations like WWOZ-FM and WTUL-FM, which realy heavily on good local music. That, for the uninitiated, is where a service like Pandora comes in. Go to Pandora’s website ( or start up the app on your smartphone and you’re given the opportunity to either listen to one of 200 pre-formatted stations (including several jazz options, as well as Cajun/zydeco) — or, as most listeners do, create a personalized radio “station” of sorts. Commercials are minimal (three short breaks per hour) and can be eliminated with a $36 annual subscription. page 9


was fired by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand after videos surfaced on YouTube featuring the officer performing some expletive-laced bits in which he impersonated President Barack Obama and local attorney Michael Hingle. Cosey, who wore a JPSO polo shirt in the second video, already had been suspended for an unrelated matter.

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ou don’t hear a lot of Preservation Hall music on the radio, even in New Orleans,” says Tim Westergren. “Part of our mission is not just growing an audience, but also giving musicians a chance to be heard.” Westergren, the founder of Pandora Radio, was in town during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the 5th annual Sync Up, a music industry conference. It’s been a good year for Westergren and Pandora, which has emerged as the country’s largest Internet radio service with 69 percent of the market; the service has more than 125 million registered listeners. An April survey by the company Media Audit found Pandora is now the largest radio provider in Los Angeles, far ahead of the city’s terrestrial radio stations. In the two months surveyed, Pandora had nearly 2 million listeners in the L.A. area. Those numbers, Westergren says, are reflective of the numbers around the country, including New Orleans. At a morning meeting with Gambit during Jazz Fest, Westergren said, “One of the great benefits of the transition from broadcast radio to web radio, is that web can accommodate a wider range of music. In our collection now we have over 900,000 songs that are part of the system, and we play over 95 percent of those every month. So [Pandora plays] a lot of music that’s not getting any airplay. “In the case of New Orleans, whether it’s blues music or oldschool jazz or traditional jazz,” Westergren added, “it’s being played to an audience that explicitly has an interest in that kind of music. It’s not just average exposure. It’s really targeted. That’s something super-valuable.” Valuable for Westergren and his company, of course, but also — potentially — for Louisiana musicians who can draw tens of thousands of people to a festival but still can’t get played on commercial radio. Because there’s one big difference between commercial radio and Internet radio services like Pandora, Slacker and Commercial radio doesn’t compensate the musicians it plays — only the songwriters. By federal law, Internet radio must pay both of them. When a mega-hit single like Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was played ad infinitum on radio, the performance earned nothing for either Houston or her record label. The person who made the money from all that radio exposure was songwriter Dolly Parton. “I Will Always Love You” hit No. 1 on the iTunes music charts again earlier this year when Houston died, with concomitant radio play. According to an analysis by The Hollywood Reporter, Parton received $70,000 in royalties for the nearly 40-year-old song in just the one month after Houston’s death. And, unlike AM/FM radio, Internet radio spins of “I Will Always Love You” benefited Houston’s estate as well. With the continuing rise of Internet radio, more and more musicians can expect to be paid something when their music is

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    Type in “Soul Rebels,” for instance,  and Pandora creates a station that  plays not just the Soul Rebels Brass  Band, but also Trombone Shorty, the  Rebirth Brass Band, Bo Dollis and  Monk Boudreaux. Listeners can finetune their stations using thumbs-up  and thumbs-down buttons. The service learns from this, building a playlist of familiar and unfamiliar artists.  Since the software that determines  each song is popularity-agnostic,  fame and sales numbers have nothing  to do with the next song in the queue.      Westergren says 95 percent of the  songs in Pandora’s library — more  than 900,000 in all — are played at  least once each month. Each time a  song is played on Pandora or another  Internet service, the performer earns  money — “a fraction of a penny,” says  Westergren. (Still, that’s enough for  The New York Times to call Pandora  “perhaps the biggest name in digital  music after Apple.”) Westergren  says Pandora pays about two cents  for each hour of radio streamed on  its service.     For most musicians, that adds up  to crumbs. Mark Samuels, owner of  Basin Street Records, which releases  music by Kermit Ruffins, Jon Cleary,  Theresa Andersson, Los Hombres  Calientes and many other New Orleans artists, says that Internet royalty  payments for his musicians do come  in on a regular basis, but “they’re  not much.”     Meaning they’ll pay for rent, or pay  for dinner?     “Pay for dinner,” Samuels says.

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SoundExchange is required to keep  royalties for three years, but Huppe  says there’s an indefinite grace  period; the organization strives to get  musicians as much back pay as it  can. “Sure, we send checks to Lady  Gaga and Lady Antebellum,” Huppe  says, “but last year, of the 60,000 payments we made, 90 percent of those  checks were for $5,000 or less. We  get letters saying ‘Your check helped  me replace instruments that were  destroyed in a flood,’ or ‘That check  helped me buy my kids winter coats.’”     In the future, Westergren says,  Pandora will be able to help artists  track their music’s popularity on a  map. If there’s substantial listening  interest in one area of the country,  they might want to add a city on tour.  And if a listener gives thumbs-up to  an artist who will be passing through  town soon, a pop-up might appear on  screen with venue and ticket information. For a label owner like Samuels,  such targeted demographic information might be more valuable than  small quarterly royalty checks. “That  would be really cool,” he says.     For a small musician, Internet  royalties are still crumbs — but taken  together, all those crumbs made a  $292 million cake last year. So why  shouldn’t Louisiana musicians get  a slice?  — Musicians and their estates can register with SoundExchange (www. to begin the royalty-seeking process, which is free.











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Tracking these performance royalties  is a Washington D.C.-based service,  SoundExchange, which analyzes  broadcasters’ logs, collects the  money and distributes quarterly payments to musicians.     “In 2005, we distributed $20 million  worth of royalties,” says SoundExchange president Michael Huppe. “In  2011, it was $292 million. In the first  quarter of this year, it was more than  $100 million. And 90 percent of those  checks were for $5,000 or less.”      A search through SoundExchange’s databases last week found  446 songs on Basin Street Records  had been played recently on Internet  radio, from artists that included the  above-named musicians, as well as  Irvin Mayfield, Henry Butler, Jeremy  Davenport and more. They weren’t  alone. Irma Thomas had 239 songs  played; Professor Longhair, 236.  Even now-obscure Louisiana musicians like Bobby Marchan had 24  different songs played. Cookie and  the Cupcakes, a swamp-pop band of  the 1950s and 1960s, had 23.      “Those numbers keep getting better every period,” says Samuels, but  he says royalties paid by Internet radio  listeners are still a small fraction of the  business. “If somebody stumbles on 

our artists [and it] eventually makes  them go to a show or buy a CD, that’s  probably more valuable.” (Westergren  points out that Pandora listeners who  like a song can click on it to purchase  at the iTunes Music Store or Amazon. com; Pandora receives a cut of that  sale as well.)      The exponential growth of Internet  radio, and income, is due mainly to  two things, according to Westergren:  broadband Internet access and Wi-Fi  taking the place of dial-up connections, and the introduction and adoption of smartphones. Internet radio  listeners were no longer tethered to  a desktop computer; Pandora and  other services are available as free  apps on the iPhone, Android and  BlackBerry smartphone platforms, as  well as the iPad.     A third factor is now coming into  play: car stereos. Westergren’s goal  is to make Pandora both as ubiquitous and easy to use as a conventional radio. Pandora has deals with  more than two dozen car manufacturers, meaning a smartphone owner  can control the program through the  dashboard just as easily as AM/FM  radio. As car radios become Internetcompatible, listenership is expected  to have a third major spike, which  would raise royalties even higher.


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the no-Hunger Games fooD BaNk ScramBLeS To coLLecT eNoUgh fooD for SUmmer second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is trying to make up for a 46 percent drop — or about 2.5 million fewer meals — in the U.s. Department of Agriculture (UsDA) commodities it receives by using donated refrigerated trucks as mobile food pantries. Last week, walmart donated 30 trucks to food banks across the United states, including two to second Harvest. “it’s critical to our ability to get the food out,” says Leslie Doles, communications and public relations director at second Harvest. “The nature of the food (donated) at the food bank is changing. More perishable donated food items are coming through our facility instead of the traditional canned items people associate with the food bank.” in Louisiana, second Harvest serves 263,000 different people a year, including 82,000 children and 40,000 seniors, Doles says. Normally the food bank has about 2 million pounds of food in its warehouse at any given time, but now that amount is down

to an average 1.2 million pounds. To keep food on peoples’ plates, second Harvest has scheduled several fundraisers and food drives in the coming weeks: • Rubber Duck Derby — Adopt a rubber duck for $5 (there are special rates for adopting multiple ducks) at and watch them race in Bayou st. John at 4:30 p.m. May 20 during the Bayou Boogaloo. Prizes include a Chevy sonic or Ford Fiesta from Banner Chevrolet and Ford, dinner for 10 at Zea Rotisserie & Grill and a luxury suite for 20 at a New Orleans Zephyrs game. • Food drive — Letter carriers will pick up nonperishable items left by mailboxes at homes and businesses May 12. • Can-struction — Architects and designers are using canned goods to build structures commemorating Louisiana’s bicentennial. The structures will be on display May 25-26 during New Orleans wine & Food experience (NOwFe) tasting events at the ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall J. The cans of food used in the constructions go to second Harvest. • NOWFE partnership — NOwFe is donating 40 percent of proceeds from its 2012 event to second Harvest. The other 60 percent will be given to groups that further culinary education. — KANDACe POweR GRAves



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Sheriff’S office acceDeS To PUBLic DefeNDerS Attorneys for Orleans Parish sheriff Marlin Gusman reached a settlement with lawyers for the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) on May 3 to resolve a lawsuit in Civil District Court. The suit alleged unconstitutional restrictions to attorney-client meetings at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). The OPD suit, filed in October 2011, claims the sheriff’s office has failed to honor attorney visiting hours, makes attorneys wait hours before seeing their clients, and doesn’t provide places for attorneys and clients to hold private “contact visits” — at a desk in the same room, rather than on a telephone behind glass. in late March, OPD moved for a preliminary injunction demanding immediate changes, saying that “not only have visitation conditions not improved, attorneys say they have actually worsened” since the March 1 opening of OPP’s Temporary Detention Center. OPD claims there are no uniform visiting hours at the temporary center and attorneys are forced to speak to their clients through a video system that anyone inside the facility, including guards, can view easily. A group of professors from the stuart H. smith Law Clinic and Center for social Justice at Loyola University was added as plaintiffs March 30. Under the settlement, which was finalized and signed by Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese, Gusman will set aside 10 hours for weekday attorney visits: three hours in the morning, four in the afternoon and three in the evening. Attorneys will get four hours’ visit time on weekends and court holidays. wait times for meetings — which OPD’s lawsuit claims are now as long as two hours — will be reduced to 30 minutes, and the sheriff’s office will make arrangements for contact visit spaces, provided attorneys give several hours notice. Reese said he will hold a status conference within 30 days of implementation to make sure both sides are in compliance. After the agreement, Gusman’s office is-

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Half-cocked halk up another one for the National Rifle Association (NRA). After more than an hour of debate on May 2, the state House Criminal Justice Committee voted 9-5 in favor of Senate Bill 303, which enjoys the NRA’s wholehearted backing. The measure, a proposed amendment to the state constitution, already sailed through the state Senate and now awaits final consideration by the House. If SB 303 gains the required two-thirds majority in the House — and what Louisiana lawmaker would dare oppose the putative rights of gun owners? — the issue will appear on the November ballot for voter approval. The proposed amendment states: “The right of individuals to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and liberty, and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be denied or infringed, and any restriction on this right must be subjected to strict scrutiny.” It sounds simple, but legal observers point out, rightly, that SB 303 is anything but simple. “Strict scrutiny” is the highest standard of judicial review. The NRA correctly describes it as “the highest level of legal protection given to other fundamental rights such as life and free speech.” The government must prove a “compelling” state interest in order to restrict such a right. Enshrining strict scrutiny into the state constitution to protect gun owners would not bar schools and houses of worship from designating themselves as gunfree. It would, however, open the door to litigating the issue. The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), a good-government watchdog, has taken the unusual step of joining this discussion, noting, “The threat of protracted litigation involving our university systems is yet another distraction we don’t need.” We agree. State Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, the bill’s author, admits the NRA advised him on its crafting. Not surprisingly, the measure has won the enthusiastic support of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who never misses a chance to earn more “Bubba” bona fides. In early April, Jindal spoke at the NRA’s annual convention in St. Louis. “It’s the reason I push as hard as I can every day to protect our Second Amendment rights, not only in Louisiana but across this great country of ours,” he told the crowd — with one eye, as usual, cast toward the national stage. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who has seen much more gun violence than has Jindal — and who is hardly soft on crime — opposes the measure. “I can guarantee you [the proposal] does not stop crime in Orleans Parish,” he told the House committee. He was joined by fellow district attorneys Charles Ballay of Plaquemines Parish and John DeRosier of Calcasieu Parish, who echoed his message.

At the committee hearing, Democratic State Reps. Roy Burrell, Dalton Honore, Barbara Norton, Terry Landry and Helena Moreno repeatedly asked why Louisiana needs to amend its constitution to protect gun ownership. “I’m just trying to figure out how this gun bill is going to make Louisiana better and make citizens safer,” said Landry, a former head of the Louisiana State Police. He added that he didn’t want to send the state back to “the Wild, Wild West.” Riser said he introduced the bill to protect Second Amendment rights from future legislative bodies, should they want to introduce additional gun control bills, or “a liberal body in the future that won’t let me shoot a pellet gun in my yard.” We hope Riser’s aim with a pellet gun is better than his grasp of the law. For starters, federal laws and constitutional protections regarding firearms supersede any laws the state might pass. Moreover, any Louisiana lawmaker foolhardy enough to

Federal laws and constitutional protections regarding firearms supersede any laws the state might pass. try to restrict gun ownership would find him or herself immediately bounced out of office. (When Riser was asked by Norton to name three places he’d like to carry a firearm that he can’t under current law, Riser said he’d like to be able to bring a gun to the state Capitol, to any person’s home and across parade grounds — all currently prohibited.) SB 303 doesn’t roll back any existing gun laws. But it does monkey with the Louisiana Constitution while allowing some lawmakers to posture like tough guys — in defiance of the wisdom of the real tough guys, the DAs and cops who have to deal with the real bad guys who will no doubt take illicit advantage of laws like SB 303. We get it: the thought of saying “no” to the NRA puts a yellow stripe down the backs of many Louisiana legislators. Nevertheless, SB 303 is a half-cocked notion. It should be defeated.

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Bobby jindal’s Bad math The Republican wunderkind has failed Louisiana as a fiscal steward.


In every year since Jindal took office, the administration’s budget numbers have proved way off the mark. Jindal’s bad math has become a chronic problem for louisiana. How did this happen? The rEC shares part of the blame — and rest assured Team Jindal will make sure someone other than the governor gets blamed. as its name implies, the rEC is charged with estimating state revenues — independently of the governor and lawmakers — and its estimates are binding. Since 2008, the rEC, packed with Jindal backers, has overestimated revenues. That’s anything but a conservative approach. according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 20 states have crafted current-year budgets without midyear corrections. So it is possible to budget prudently, even in these difficult economic times. one of the reasons louisiana does not rank among the

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Jindal’s bad math has become a chronic problem for Louisiana. prudent states is because it’s easier for Jindal to pretend there’s no real crisis — until after the annual legislative sessions. Then he can cut as he pleases without major legislative battles. If he has a fiscal policy, it could be summed up in a question: Why deal with a budget crisis today when you can put it off till tomorrow? So here we are. State government salaries are higher than ever, especially in the executive branch, while funding for education and health care — especially mental health care in New orleans — has been cut significantly. What would have happened if, back in 2008, Jindal had invested that $1 billion surplus and prodded lawmakers to temporarily suspend Stelly instead of repealing it? The answer is speculative, but no guessing is required to conclude that Bobby Jindal has failed louisiana as a fiscal steward. — Jeremy Alford is a freelance journalist in Baton Rouge. Contact him at jeremy@ Follow him on Twitter: @alfordwrites.







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hen Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in January 2008, he inherited a state budget that included a $1 billion surplus. during these tough economic times, that seems like a distant memory, almost a fairy tale — yet it was only four years ago. What did Jindal do with all that money? In the hip-hop vernacular, he made it rain. He rolled back income taxes that voters approved under the so-called Stelly Plan in 2002, plowed $245 million into lawmakers’ pet projects and created a slew of tax breaks, including one with a price tag of $360 million. Jindal called it “terrific news.” The good news didn’t last long. Jindal’s first Christmas in the governor’s mansion brought news of a $341 million midyear budget shortfall. The young governor, an avowed fiscal conservative, somehow had allowed the state to spend more money than it took in. Complicating matters, revenue forecasters warned of a possible $2 billion deficit for the 20092010 budget year. from that point forward, louisiana’s fiscal fortunes went into free fall, even as the governor’s press office cranked out news releases crowing about louisiana’s supposed good fortunes. during the summer of 2009, Jindal convinced lawmakers to establish the Streamlining Government Commission. He called for $802 million in recommended cuts. The commission made 238 recommendations toward that goal, but less than half of them were enacted. In 2010, lawmakers faced a $580 million midyear budget deficit amid reports of a $1.6 billion fiscal “cliff” the following year. The centerpiece of Jindal’s 2010 legislative package was a bill aimed at online sex predators. In essence, he told voters to pay no attention to that fiscal demon behind the curtain. as the 2011 session neared, the $1.6 billion shortfall loomed large; some said it could approach $2 billion. Thanks to some clever accounting and some fiscal legerdemain that would make Enron blush, the $1.6 billion “shortfall” was covered. at least for one year — enough to get Jindal past his re-election campaign. or was it? In december, two months after his “landslide” re-election, Jindal had to make $251 million in midyear cuts. Then, last month, the revenue Estimating Conference (rEC) announced another revenue gap, this one exceeding $514 million — $211 million for the current fiscal year and an estimated $303 million for the new year beginning July 1.

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t was more than a tad ironic that former Congressman Bill Jefferson reported to federal prison the same week the state House Appropriations Committee voted to defund the Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) — the only entity devoted exclusively to preventing and exposing waste, fraud and corruption in Louisiana government. Ironic, but also perhaps totally fitting, given Louisiana’s history of political corruption. One would think that Jefferson’s spectacular fall from grace and his banishment to the federal pokey would serve as a cautionary tale for Louisiana pols, particularly given that “Dollar Bill” got his start in the state Legislature. Nah. Two days before Jefferson started serving his 13-year prison term for racketeering, bribery and other acts of corruption, the House Appropriations Committee voted 11-4 to defund the OSIG starting July 1. The main argument in support of the committee’s decision no doubt would have appealed to Jefferson, who claimed the bribes he received were merely business payments unrelated to his “official acts” as


a congressman. With equal pretense, 11 state representatives agreed last week that the OSIG is “redundant” because the state attorney general, the State Police and the Legislative Auditor do the same thing. No, they don’t. For starters, the inspector general’s office is accessible to citizens. Its mission also sets it apart. That mission is “to help prevent and detect waste, mismanagement, abuse, fraud and corruption in the executive branch of state government without regard to partisan politics, allegiances, status or influence.” The Attorney General’s office, on the other hand, is the state’s primary legal office. It litigates and opines — but only elected officials can request an official opinion from that office. The AG’s office does have a consumer protection division, but it pursues private businesses that rip off consumers, not state agencies that misspend taxpayers’ money. The State Police, meanwhile, are charged with law enforcement and public safety. The agency also supervises gaming, which is where most if not all of its

The inspector general’s office is accessible to citizens. Its mission also sets it apart. auditors can be found. The OSIG does not regulate gaming, and its auditors examine the books and workings of the entire executive branch. Then there’s the Legislative Auditor, which, like the OSIG, audits governmental entities. However, mere citizens cannot request a legislative audit — but citizens and whistleblowers can file complaints (and trigger audits and investigations) with the state IG’s office. Not much redundancy in any of those offices, though they often work together. In fact, eliminating the OSIG as “redundant”

would be like eliminating cops and sheriffs because prosecutors also work to put criminals in jail. What is redundant is the penchant of some elected officials to use the power of their offices to pursue personal or political agendas. Jefferson was an extreme example. I’m not accusing those who voted in committee to defund the OSIG of being crooks, but the end result of their vote — if the House goes along with it — will be enabling the next “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. Do they really want that as their legacy? The inspector general’s annual budget for the current fiscal year is $1.7 million. According to the OSIG’s annual report for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, the office saved taxpayers $3.2 million — and helped send several crooks to jail — during that 12-month period. The House takes up the appropriations bill May 10. It will be interesting to see if the OSIG is amended back into the bill — and who votes against that idea. I’m guessing the debate would bring a smile to Dollar Bill’s face … were he allowed by the Bureau of Prisons to watch.


Did you know that May 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Catholic Mass in Lakeview? The 50th anniversary in 1962 was a huge event at St. Dominic’s Church. It was attended by clergy from all over the region. J. Craven Dear J., On May 13, 1962, a solemn Mass was celebrated at St. Dominic Catholic Church and School on Harrison Avenue to commemorate the golden anniversary of the first Mass offered in the Lakeview area. The Very Rev. John E. Marr of Chicago Dominican Provincial sang during the Mass, Archbishop Joseph F. Rummel presided over it, and the Rt. Rev. Edward C. Prendergast of St. Rose de Lima Church preached. Around 1909, Archbishop James Blenk put the Dominican Fathers, a Catholic religious order, in charge of the territory from Carrollton (present-day Riverbend and Carrollton Avenue) to Lake Pontchartrain. At that time, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church was the nearest Catholic Church to the Lakeview area. A

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lack of transportation and streets made it extremely difficult for families living in Lakeview to attend Mass. The first Mass in Lakeview was offered for a small group of the faithful at Mannassler’s Pavilion, a large, two-story dance hall at the intersection of Robert E. Lee and West End boulevards. The Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lorente, who was in charge of the St. Anthony of Padua Chapel (now Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) on North Rampart Street. On Oct. 21, 1912, the first formal place of Catholic worship was dedicated in Lakeview. A small wooden chapel, it bore the name Ave Maria. Another chapel was erected the following year, but both were destroyed in 1915 — one by fire and the other by a hurricane. A new chapel was dedicated in 1917. When the Rev. Paul Perretta arrived in 1921, there were 82 families in the Lakeview area. In 1924, Archbishop John Shaw established St. Dominic Parish. A new two-story brick building was erected on Harrison Avenue and Catina Street. The first floor housed the church, and the upper floor was divided into classrooms. St. Dominic Parochial School started classes in September 1924. By 1942, the parish had outgrown

St. Dominic Parish was established in 1924 with 82 Catholic families living in the Lakeview area. Today it is one of the largest in the state. PHOTO By KANDACE POWER GRAVES

the church, and additional Masses were celebrated in the Lakeview Theater. A new brick church (now used as a gymnasium at St. Dominic) was built in 1944 to accommodate everyone who wanted to come, and a new school building was completed in 1950. The present St. Dominic’s Church (pictured) was dedicated in 1961, and the last of its stained windows was installed around the time St. Dominic Parish celebrated its golden anniversary in 1974. Today St. Dominic is one of the largest parishes in Louisiana.

St. Dominic Church sustained extensive damage in the flood following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Pews rotted in the 12 feet of water that flooded the nave. Three months after the disaster, the church celebrated its first Mass in a neighborhood with no electricity, no commerce and few residents. More than 1,200 people attended, many coming from temporary housing in the area and others from locations where they evacuated. St. Dominic’s reopening was a milestone in the comeback of Lakeview.

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tors of correctional and detention facilities in the United States,” the report reads. Its closest competitor is the Global Expertise in Outsourcing (GEO) Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., which controls 79,000 beds and contracts at the local, state and federal levels. Six months after CCA hired Lappin, it offered to spend $250 million to privatize publicly owned prisons across the country. “I am writing to brief you in advance about a new program — the CCA Corrections Investment Initiative — that we plan to begin discussing with you and other key decision makers in the coming weeks,” the letter said. “In short, CCA is earmarking $250 million for purchasing and managing government-owned corrections facilities.” Two months later, Louisiana had a new prison privatization bill — with the full support of Gov. Bobby Jindal.


Paul Wilson’s papers — hundreds of printed pages taken from newspaper articles and Wikipedia entries — are at first stacked in a neat pile by his laptop. Slowly, throughout the course of an April 26 interview with Gambit, the documents spread across the table at Nanny’s Restaurant in Marksville, La., ultimately leaving little space to eat.

Wilson is not terribly concerned with this meal. His main concern is how he — and the nearly 300 employees of Avoyelles Correctional Center (AVC) in Cottonport, La. — will feed themselves and their families if the state Legislature passes a bill handing over the prison to private control. “Avoyelles Parish … there’s only two major industries here,” says Wilson, a corrections captain at AVC and head of the union local that represents 100 of the 239 corrections officers employed there. One of those industries — the Paragon Casino, opened in 1994 — is a five-minute car ride down Tunica Drive. The other, AVC, is about 20 minutes south, just around the corner from Cottonport Elementary School and past a small row of neat, one-story homes, an apartment complex and a few acres of farmland, at the end of Prison Road. AVC opened in 1989, the first of three state prisons to begin operations in that year and the next. The three prisons are nearly identical in size. Each has the capacity to hold about 1,500 inmates. All are medium security. The others, Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield and Allen Correctional Center in Kinder, were ushered in under the auspices of the Louisiana Private Corrections Management Act of 1989, which legalized privately operated public prisons. Since then, more

than 20 parish facilities have turned to private management, as has the Lasalle Detention Center in Jena, a federal jail for undocumented immigrants. Lasalle is owned by GEO. Wilson has been working at AVC for 19 years and oversees more than 500 inmates in two housing units — nearly one-third of AVC’s population of 1,546. He makes $60,000 a year, plus benefits, as a state employee. That makes him among the better-paid officers there. Entry-level officers start at about $25,000 a year, or $11 an hour based on an 86-hour biweekly pay schedule. The average salary is about $38,000, according to Wilson, but in an interview with Gambit, Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections (DPSC) Secretary James LeBlanc placed the figure at $43,000. As Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration sees it, that’s too much. With the state facing a deficit of more than $200 million this year (and much more next fiscal year), Jindal hopes privatization will reduce expenses at AVC by about $8 million per year, savings that LeBlanc says he hopes can be reinvested into rehabilitative programs. He says AVC is a perfect candidate for the plan because it’s so similar to privately run Winn and Allen. page 20

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Terry Terrell is warden of Allen Correctional Center in Kinder, one of two state prisons under private management.

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    “We know already what it costs at Allen and Winn,  so anything we give in at Avoyelles ought to be  comparable,” he says. Operators, he said, are also  more comfortable with running a newer facility, like  AVC, than older, oddly designed and ultimately more  expensive one. “Know this … If approved, if we do the  [request for proposals], it’s going to have to show us  that we can save and that they can live by our department regulations.”


House Bill 850 — sponsored by Rep. Henry Burns,  R-Haughton, and backed by Jindal — is the governor’s  second attempt to privatize AVC. A similar bill failed last  year. It would have sold that prison, along with the Allen  and Winn facilities which are owned by the state but  are under private management) to private operators. As  originally written, this year’s bill authorizes the sale and  private takeover of AVC.      Selling the prison ostensibly would net $35 million for  the state’s reserve fund. The bill was amended during  the House floor debate on April 18, however. Now the  sale is off the table. Privatization is still in. The bill, which  was returned to the calendar after the vote to amend,  can be called up for debate at any time.      “I think they know it will not pass with the sale because representatives and senators know we should not  sell state assets,” says Avoyelles Parish District Attorney  Charles Riddle III. Along with Wilson and Rep. Robert  Johnson, D-Marksville, Riddle has been among the bill’s  most vocal opponents. “They’re going to vote for it now  because it’s just privatization.”      Budget documents show that during the 2010-2011  fiscal year, the state paid nearly $42 per day for each  offender at AVC and $53 at the J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center in nearby Pineville. At privately operated  Allen and Winn, the per diem was only $32.44. Private  management, according to the fiscal note attached to  the bill, would save the state $40 million over the next  five years.     Wilson, Johnson and Riddle say that whatever  money is saved, it’s not worth the price. They agree  that privatization will save money. They just worry about 

what Louisiana will have to give up in return for private  management and fiscal savings.     “I think private prisons as a policy is antiquated, not  modern. It’s not on the cusp,” Riddle says.     Louisiana already has the highest rate of incarceration in the country, one that state officials claim they are  trying to reduce. Current state contracts with GEO and  CCA, however, guarantee minimum occupancy rates  of 95 percent. During the last push for privatization  in 2011, the state released a request for information  — seeking statements of qualifications from prospective operators — based on a guaranteed 96 percent  occupancy rate.      Meanwhile, HB 1, the 2013 fiscal year budget bill,  calls for closing the Dabadie facility and moving its  330 minimum-security inmates to medium-security  AVC, which is at capacity already. Opponents of the  plan say this would require double-bunking minimumsecurity offenders from Dabadie with AVC’s more  serious offenders, but LeBlanc says an operator  would house offenders together based on classification and vulnerability.      Then there’s the workforce at AVC.      The 2001 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)sponsored study “Emerging Issues on Privatized  Prisons,” which questioned the purported savings  private operators offer state governments, found that  average government savings nationwide were only  about 1 percent. In Louisiana, at least, savings appear  to have the possibility of being much higher. Last year’s  general fund allocation to AVC was more than $24 million. Allen and Winn each received about $17 million,  approximately 28 percent less. The study concluded that most of the savings are  achieved by reducing salaries and benefits for employees.  Dramatic salary and benefit cuts at AVC won’t be good for  the surrounding community, Johnson says.       “I can tell you it means a lot,” he says. “You talk to  bankers and they’ll tell you: You cut 80 employees … you  cut that rate of pay in half, which was the plan when it  was originally proposed a year ago … and those people  have car notes and house notes. That’s going to affect  their ability to make those payments,” he says. “The local  businesses, the grocery stores, the gas station. Some  of these people commute … $38,000 is a good job in  Avoyelles Parish. A good job. You cut their salaries in  half. You take that kind of money out of the economy.  That’s a big deal.”     Beyond that, opponents fear that pay cuts will attract a  less experienced workforce.      “You and I both know — and any businessman knows  — that if you’re paying someone $15 an hour versus $9  an hour, the chances of hiring a qualified person at $15  increase dramatically,” Riddle says. He adds that putting  under-qualified people into a dangerous, sensitive environment such as a prison endangers AVC staff, inmates  and the public.     Johnson points to DPSC statistics regarding contraband inside the three nearly identical prisons. The stats  show that between July 2011 and February 2012, staff  found 132 illegal cellphones at privately operated Winn.  During the same period, staff found two at AVC and none  at Allen. Johnson says that inside a prison, a cellphone is a  bigger problem than a weapon because it allows offenders to connect with the outside world: Drug dealers can  speak to other drug dealers. Sex criminals can terrorize  their victims.      According to state budget documents, AVC had 35  inmate-on-staff assaults between 2006 and 2011. Winn  reported 88, and Allen reported 191 in the same period.  Although sex crimes were trending downward at Allen  and Winn while going up at AVC during that period, AVC’s  largest number of sex crimes in one year was 100 in  2010-2011, followed by 77 in 2009-2010. Allen and Winn 

consistently report more than 200 sex crimes per year.  All have populations of similar sizes.     DPSC spokeswoman Pam Laborde says those  statistics are deceptive because they don’t indicate  the seriousness of the offenses. A minor fight or even  a temper flare-up — anything that’s reported — could  be categorized as an assault. A sex crime could be  something as minor as an inmate exposing himself to a  guard, Laborde says.     “You cannot assume that those are serious incidents,” she says.     Spokesmen for GEO and CCA declined Gambit’s request for interviews, instead offering the  following statements.     From Pablo Paez, vice president in charge of corporate relations for GEO:     “We are proud of our long-standing public-private  partnership with the State of Louisiana, where we have  operated the Allen Correctional Facility since 1990.  Our company has always adhered to strict contractual  requirements and has operated its facilities, including  the Allen Correctional Center, pursuant to the highest  standards in our industry including those set by the  American Correctional Association.”     And from Steve Owen, CCA director of public affairs:      “Safety and security for our employees, the inmates  entrusted to our care and the communities where we  operate is our top priority [sic]. We meet and often  exceed the high standards set forth by the independent  American Correctional Association (ACA) — the gold  standard for professional correctional management services. We take all allegations of wrongdoing seriously  and act swiftly if our standards have not been met.     “CCA is committed to providing solid, lasting career  opportunities with competitive compensation and benefits to all of our 17,000 employees. I personally started  in an entry-level position in Texas and can attest to the  opportunities that are available at CCA. One of the things  we’re most proud of is how we help veterans find fulfilling  careers after leaving active duty. Our company is consistently ranked by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the top 100  military-friendly employers in America, and we’re the only  corrections company to earn this distinction.” Neither CCA’s nor GEO’s corporate offices responded  to Gambit’s queries about average salaries at those  facilities. But privatization supporter Rep. Jim Fannin, DJonesboro, the powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee, admitted that costs would be reduced  via labor cuts.     “There’s no question no matter who you ask,” Riddle  says. “The reason why private prisons operate cheaper  is not because they’re more efficient. It’s because they  pay cheaper labor. Food costs are the same. Utilities are the same. Maintenance — they probably save on maintenance. You go to Avoyelles and Allen and you tell me.”      On April 27, Gambit toured Allen and AVC, accompanied by Johnson and DPSC spokeswoman Pam  Laborde. Despite Riddle’s claims, there were few easily  noticeable differences.     Both have four dormitory units with open sleeping  and living areas, and one cellblock for inmates with  disciplinary problems. Both were clean and generally  well-maintained. The floors were more polished and  less cracked in AVC’s Hope dorm than at Allen’s Saturn dorm, but the windows between the guard center  and the corridor in Saturn were better maintained  than Hope’s.      AVC has a better library. Allen has more computers in  its classrooms. AVC has cattle and a vegetable garden.  Allen has a factory where inmates build and repair office  furniture for state and local governments. AVC has an  inmate newspaper — The Cajun Pride — and a donated  page 22

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Allen’s ‘elite tier’ is an incentive program for good behavior. Inmates here have more privileges and living space than in the rest of the prison.


chapel in its yard. Allen has a recording studio and is  raising money for a chapel.     There were other differences: AVC deputy warden  Gary Gremillion and Allen warden Terry Terrell clearly  had different messages they tried to get across during  the respective tours.      In nearly every part of the AVC tour, Gremillion took  pains to point out areas where budget cuts already have  led to reductions: some guards were replaced with a  camera system and pressure-sensitive fences. The  newspaper used to publish a quarterly glossy magazine  that the prison no longer can afford.      Outside of the vocational training center: “We used to  have a diesel tech program; it got cut. We used to have  body and fender repair. We lost our teacher.”      Asked whether there are emergency medical technicians on call in the infirmary: “We’ve got a couple. We  used to have more.”      Terrell, meanwhile, emphasized the perks at Allen,  taking an extra-long side trip to Saturn’s “elite tier” — a  dorm with extra space between beds (which therefore  must be double-bunked), a large TV and a video game  console — where the best-behaved inmates live.      Also noteworthy was what appeared to be a significant difference in inmate activity. On the day of the tour,  only a handful of inmates were inside the AVC dorms.  Most were working or in school. At Allen, however,  dorms were nearly full in the middle of the day.     Allen’s school was empty save for a few inmates  mopping floors. Two inmates, identified as tutors,  worked on a lesson plan for their students. According to  education coordinator Ty Pearce, it was the last Friday  of the month, when the school building is out of use  for cleaning.     “Right now, today, our road crews, project crews and  prison industries, they only work four days a week. They  don’t work on Friday. So that’s why we have a few more  inmates right now,” said Chris Wharton, who oversees  Saturn dorm for GEO.      The most obvious difference between the two was  the age of the corrections officers. Allen’s appeared, on  average, to be at least 10 years younger than AVC’s.

Jena staff put the lives of at least 46 youth and some staff  at risk and used excessive force. …      “When the grenade was rolled into Falcon C, staff and  juveniles fled through the unlocked door. Juveniles were  made to lie face-down outdoors on concrete in the cold,  some in only their underwear, for many hours. … During  this time, at least four juveniles were sprayed in the face  with a hand-held canister of mace while they were on  the ground.”     Such problems aren’t limited to Louisiana prisons. In  April, the state of Mississippi cut its contract with three  GEO prisons after the DOJ cited one of them — Walnut  Grove Youth Correctional Facility — for numerous civil  rights violations. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves  concluded that the company “has allowed a cesspool  of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to  germinate” at Walnut Grove.      Last year, without admitting responsibility, CCA settled  a $150 million lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of  inmates at Idaho Correctional Center. The plaintiffs  claimed guards were encouraging, even compelling,  inmates to fight each other as a management tactic,  earning the prison the nickname “gladiator school.” The  Associated Press reports that even during the lawsuit  and after the settlement, the prison remains the most  violent in the state.     “We’re trying to find efficiencies. I’m trying to maintain  our re-entry, rehabilitative programs,” LeBlanc says.  “That’s what this plan does for us. It allows us to reduce  our costs and keep our programs and keep probation  and parole whole. That’s the genesis of this project.  Unfortunately, as I’ve said in committee, this does fall  on the backs of our employees. That’s the hardest part      From a public policy standpoint, Riddle, Johnson and  of this for us. It is hard. It’s not easy. But the alternative  Wilson agree that the main problem at private correctional  is shutting down programs, moving backwards with our  facilities is an inexperienced, underpaid workforce. corrections system.”     “The average [worker] at Avoyelles Correctional right  So why is the state of Louisiana so intent on privatizing  now [has] 12-and-a-half years,” Riddle says. “Compare  prisons? Johnson says he believes it’s because Jindal  that to the private prisons. If they’re up to three years, I’d  can’t stand to lose.  be surprised.” (LeBlanc says it’s “somewhere around      “I kind of think it’s personal and punitive … because  seven years.”) we defeated the bill in committee last year, and we      DPSC personnel reports on the three facilities show  shouldn’t have,” he says. “I hate to say it’s personal, but I  that 42 security staff members left AVC between July  think it is personal.” 2011 and February 2012. Winn has lost 67, and Allen has      Wilson, on the other hand, believes it’s part of a larger,  lost 72. In that same period, AVC reported one security  politically fashionable push to down-size government.  vacancy that had gone unfilled for 30 days or more in  He points to tens of thousands of dollars in contributions  September and December 2011. Allen had a 30-day plus  to Jindal, Fannin and other privatization advocates from  vacancy in October, November, December and again in  companies like CCA and GEO (both contributors to the  February. Winn, meanwhile reported at least 14 and as  conservative American Legislative Exchange Council or  many as 23 30-day-plus vacancies every month.  ALEC, also a major source of campaign dollars), as well      “Turnover is higher,” LeBlanc says. “But let me say that  as smaller prison operators like Ruston-based LaSalle  the turnover at Allen and Winn is higher in the first year.  Southwest Corrections.  Once they get past that first year, they do a pretty good job      State campaign finance reports show the Jindal camof keeping them.” paign received a total of $10,000 from Lasalle, $11,000      Winn and Allen are the only state prisons currently  from CCA and $15,000 from GEO (or Wackenhut)  under private management. They haven’t always been. In  between 2003 and 2009. CCA CEO Damon Hininger  the 1990s, the state approved two privately owned-andalso gave the Jindal campaign $2,500 in 2009. Fanoperated juvenile facilities — GEO’s (then operating under  nin received contributions totaling $1,500 from CCA in  the name Wackenhut’s) Jena Juvenile Justice Center (now  2008 and 2009, $500 from GEO in 2010 and $500 from  the Lasalle Detention Center) and Trans-American DevelGEO’s political action committee in 2011. opment’s Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth.       “When you’re a state legislator … and they’re going to      That arrangement ended after the DOJ investigated  put several thousand dollars in your pocket, which way are  the juvenile facilities. The feds found serious civil rights  you going to vote?” Wilson says.      He also sees a political motive in Department of Public  violations at both, including inadequate protections from  Safety & Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc’s support  violence and a culture of sadism among the guards. (A  of the bill, though Wilson is less forgiving of that. 2003 Gambit report by Katy Reckdahl, “The Other Tal    “The biggest thing is Secretary LeBlanc works for the  lulah,” reported on the harrowing conditions in Tallulah  governor,” he says. “So he’s got to do what the governor tells Correctional Center.) him. I told the representative down there, we had a lot of faith      A 2000 DOJ report describes one night in November  1999, when, in response to restive inmates, guards rolled  in our previous secretaries, because of the way we’ve been  handled. We don’t have quite as much faith this time. a heavy-duty tear gas grenade into their housing unit.      “That’s what hurts a lot of people. It really hurts a lot of      From the report:      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Let this cheerful dolphin garden ornament leap across a sea of caladiums to entertain you, $32 at SUNKEN GARDEN (5590 Canal Blvd., 265-0725).


Fresh bouquets fade, but a preserved arrangement of banksia gold is as vibrant, vivid and lasting as your love for Mom, $535 at ECLECTIC HOME (8211 Oak St., 866-6654;



Mom’s collection of family jewels grows more valuable with these diamond earrings, $1,950 (1 carat) to $8,500 (4 carats) at WELLINGTON & COMPANY (505 Royal St., 525-4855;



New Orleans ladies stay smooth and fragrant with a five-piece gift set that includes bath bonbons, sugar scrub, body souffle and a cleansing bar, $44.99 at NOLA CHIC (5733 Heebe St., 733-8402; PAGE 29

Unique Gifts for Mom

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Sunday, May 13th • 11am-3pm

Celebrate Mom with our special Mother’s Day Luncheon menu. Make your reservations today, 504-309-3570. Come and experience

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A long, glittering strand of rutilated quartz can be looped around the neck or waist, $16,365 at PIED NU (5521 Magazine St., 8994118;


A sterling silver and bronze charm pendant by Jose Balli has all the sweetness of beignets (and none of the sugary mess), $120 at JOSE BALLI (800 Old Metairie Road, 8328990;



Toast Mom with the spicy, fruity Chateau St. Martin de la Garrigue Coteaux du Languedoc Rose 2011, $12.49 at MARTIN WINE CELLAR (3500 Magazine St., 8947420; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; Village Shopping Center , 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; www.


Turquoise has ornamented rulers of ancient Egypt and the Shang Dynasty; with these 18-karat gold turquoise and diamond drop earrings, your mother can join their distinguished lineage, $2,995 at AUCOIN HART JEWELERS (1525 Metairie Road, 8349999;






Strikingly understated and geometric, a handbag by Kristen Aronsson comes in silver, gold or black, $160 at A GIRL IS A GUN (6010 Magazine St., 891-4475;


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YOUR MOM DESERVES THE BEST Rouses Floral Director personally picks the very best from growers, fields and greenhouses around the world. She makes sure Rouses expert floral designers have only the prettiest and freshest cut flowers for their arrangements.


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Big DaDDY iS in THE “HOUSE” Meet Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. from the Food Network Show “Big Daddy’s House” presented by Fresenius Medical Care Gambit > > may 8 > 2012

On “Big Daddy’s House,” Chef McCargo shares his passion for big, bold


flavors and fun, family cooking, bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. He will present healthy cooking demonstrations to promote healthy, flavorful diets for dialysis patients. Following the demonstrations, Chef McCargo and Fresenius Medical Care dietitians will meet with attendees to discuss how to prepare dialysis-friendly recipes and review grocery-shopping tips. Free and open to the public.

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Family By Missy Wilkinson


would lose its je Server Kirsten ne sais quoi. “It Gustafson and freaked a lot of co-owner Leigh people out, but Peters describe we felt comforted Dick and Jenny’s by the fact that we as “fancy but had been here casual.” forever,” she says. “But we were super nervous, because people in New Orleans tend to not like change a whole lot.” The restaurant offers a seasonal menu heavy on Gulf seafood. Chef Stacy Hall is a New Orleans native who cut her teeth in local kitchens and as sous chef at an Alaskan island resort. “She has a ridiculous ability to cook fish, which really helps when you’re in such a seafood-driven city,” Peters says. Peters says while her favorite dish is the Abitabraised short ribs, the fried oysters are the most popular menu item. “The secret is all in the fry,” she says. “It’s all corn — cornmeal and corn flour — which makes it crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside.” There are many regulars among the mostly local customer base, some of whom have been coming since the restaurant opened. “They’ve been around so long, some of them even have pull with the menu changes,” Peters says. In fact, the longer regulars stick around, the more the distinction between staff and customers fades. “The way I started working here was, I was a regular,” says server Kirsten Gustafson. “I came in so much that … eventually I got a job. It’s good people here. Good hearts, very family-run, and fancy but casual.”

Green Parrot Nursery 201 Nashville Av • New Orleans, LA • (504) 894-1100

Go to Hell, Goodell! Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm Sunday: 11am-4pm

SHopping NEWS

EiffEL SociEty (2040 St. Charles Ave., 525-2951; hosts a Kano Branon trunk show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 11. Admission is $5.

The AccESS to trEASurE market (2059 Jackson Ave., 452-1266; holds its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The open-air market offers new, used and oneof-a-kind merchandise. Just in time for last-minute Mother’s Day shopping, the MAGAziNE StrEEt MErchANtS ASSociAtioN’S chAMPAGNE

by Megan Braden-Perry

StroLL takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12. There will be complimentary Champagne from MArtiN WiNE cELLAr, Champagne cocktails, trunk shows, live music, art openings, in-store promotions and hors d’oeuvres. VErNoN’s (2049 Magazine St., 309-5929; summer collection has arrived. There are ties, pocket squares and bow ties by Micaiah Bethune of Wild Life Reserve and new pieces from local designer Leah Milana, including silk tops, palazzo pants and halter jumpsuits.

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eigh Peters, co-owner of Dick and Jenny’s (4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www., describes one of her favorite menu items as a “fancy po-boy”: “It’s on that nice banh mi bread from Dong Phuong (Oriental Bakery),” she says. “Also, we’ll do crazy things, like put on fried green tomatoes, shrimp remoulade and shrimp ravigote. I call it fancy comfort food.” This theme — upscale cuisine tempered with down-home comfort — is reflected throughout the restaurant. A former grocery store, the 19th-century bargeboard structure is bedecked with practical touches that belie the sophistication of its menu: Soft drinks come in mason jars, white cotton tier curtains soften the light and oilcloth covers the tables. Paintings by Richard Benz, one of the original owners and the “Dick” in the restaurant’s name, still hang from the walls. An employee of Dick and Jenny’s since 1999, Peters and her husband William took the reigns from Benz and his wife Jenny immediately following Hurricane Katrina. “Jenny said, ‘If you want to run the restaurant for us, you could potentially buy it, because we think we’re going to stay up here (in New York),’” Peters says. “I’ve always loved this place, but given the path I was on before the storm (marketing for hospitals), I probably never would have ended up owning a restaurant.” Peters says her job is “a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.” Upon taking ownership of the restaurant, one of her biggest challenges was placating restaurant regulars who feared Dick and Jenny’s









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5 618 J E F F E R S O N H W Y • H A R A H A N , L A 7 0 12 3 • [ 5 0 4 ] 7 3 3 - 0 9 0 1 Located across from Smilie’s Restaurant

Monday -Saturday 9am-6pm

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FOrk + center By IAN MCNuLTy Email:

putting everything on the table what

Tamarind by Dominique


936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0909;


Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.

how much expensive

reservations recommended

what works

original dishes, cocktails in sync with the cuisine

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fusion concepts are often relegated to sides and sauces

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French technique meets Vietnamese flavor with local foods

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Manager Van Nguyen and chef Dominique Macquet present a dish at Tamarind by Dominique.

but proved disappointingly bland and the underwhelming lime beurre blanc failed to bring it all together. Tamarind delivers an offbeat meal, even if Vietnamese/Creole fusion is not exactly groundbreaking. Cafe Minh has been working this territory for years, and more Vietnamese flavors are finding their way into the mix at other contemporary Creole bistros. Macquet and Tran have added some original ideas, but too often these are confined to sides and sauces. It seems there is plenty more room to explore. The lunch menu focuses more on Vietnamese dishes, and some ideas show promise. Shrimp-and-pork spring rolls are encased in paper-thin feuille de brick pastry rather than the usual rice paper wrapper. And the banh mi are the best and most creative renditions I’ve had outside the standards. Crusty, fatty hunks of lamb belly fill one, and garlic and kaffir lime pulse around large sauteed shrimp with spicy remoulade in another, all under crumbling caps of Dong Phuong baguettes. Tamarind’s bright, modern dining room has a view of Lee Circle and streetcars rumble past the windows, but it’s a small space and tables are pressed close together. The bar is large by comparison, giving cocktail maven Kimberley Patton-Bragg plenty of room to craft drinks with an arsenal of salted plums, lemongrass syrup and ginger liqueur alongside the vermouth and bitters. Original and potent, they’re reason enough to hop off the streetcar here and explore a little fusion in the glass.


2011 Chateau St. Martin de la Garrigue Tradition Rose Coteaux de LanguedoC, FranCe $13 retaiL

This inexpensive rose from the south of France is a fresh and lively summer quaffer. Blended from 50 percent cinsault, 30 percent syrah and 20 percent grenache noir, the wine packs a passel of light fruit aromas of ripening raspberry, spring strawberry and blood orange. On the palate, taste delicate hints of watermelon, tart red cherry, currants, citrus and spice notes, a touch of white pepper, minerality and a crisp finish. Drink it with oysters, sushi, grilled shrimp, boiled crawfish, salads, tamales, barbecue, pork and veal chops and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Cochon and Clancy’s.

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By Ian McNulty


Those who choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle have long found the going a bit bumpy in New Orleans. From waitstaff suggesting crab cakes as a meatless option to “vegetable soup” starring big hunks of beef to innocent-sounding side dishes richly imbued with ham hocks, vegetarians may indeed feel like some New Orleans cooks are out to get them. For those diners, it must be a welcome relief to see the New Orleans Veggie Fest ( on the calendar this weekend, May 12-13. Planned by the Humane Society of Louisiana, the event is a showcase for the vegan lifestyle. Now in its fourth year, it will be at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave., 940-1130; www., the multipurpose complex in the Faubourg Marigny that’s also home to the New Orleans Food Co-Op. Admission is $9 per day or $15 for a two-day pass, $5/$8 for those under 18. Veggie Fest includes a slate of national speakers giving presentations on topics like nutrition, fitness and preventative medicine. There will be a screening of the documentary film Vegucated (www.getve-

WinE OF THE week

A new restaurant explores Vietnamese/ Creole fusion. ate smeared across a banh mi at a Vietnamese noodle shop and meuniere sauce on the trout at a Creole grande dame each speak of a colonial legacy shared by two of France’s very different former holdings. Exploring what happens when their respective flavors interact are the marching orders at Tamarind by Dominique, a new restaurant from chef Dominique Macquet. This well-traveled chef tapped a veteran of his earlier restaurant kitchens, Vietnamese native Quan Tran, as his chef de cuisine at Tamarind, which opened in the new Hotel Modern on Lee Circle a few months after Macquet abruptly split with the partners at his previous venture, Dominique’s on Magazine (now called Apolline). Their approach to Vietnamese/Creole fusion tastes like this: buttery smooth tuna tartare threaded with garlicky ginger soy and garnished with planks of fried plantain; a jungly-hot shrimp remoulade over a fried green kohlrabi cake — replacing the more familiar fried green tomato; sharp galangal and the tang of lemongrass piercing clusters of cured salmon, topped with buds of black caviar. Among my favorite entrees here is golden-crusted drum over shiitake and scallion risotto, circled by a sauce somewhere between cilantro pesto and lemony vinaigrette. Also very good were plump, sweet scallops etched with grill marks amid a tangle of garlic noodles, crisped at the edges after a dip in a hot wok. Roasted shrimp arranged around a cylinder of rice and ribbon-cut mirliton looked beautiful and were perfectly cooked

Veggie Fest



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interview on Sunday, and the Taboo Brass Band and dancer Moxie Sazerac of the Slow Burn Burlesque troupe are among the local performers on the bill. For some though, the strongest draw is the cornucopia of vegan foods Veggie Fest offers. There will be cooking demonstrations and food from New Orleans restaurants, caterers and chefs for hire who specialize in vegan options. The festival also has a bazaar featuring local resources and national suppliers ranging from raw food producers to fair-trade coffee importers. It’s a chance to sample vegan ice cream, mock meats and dairy-free dips and to see myriad foods and drinks made from hemp, soy, rice and nuts, including a vegan version of jerky. Being vegan is about a lot more than just what one chooses to eat, and Veggie Fest takes in the full measure of this lifestyle. But it also puts food front and center, and in this way at least the Veggie Fest format isn’t so different from the many other festivals around town. Nothing gets New Orleans out to an event like food, and that seems to be as true for local vegans and vegetarians as it is for the omnivores. For schedules and tickets, see www.

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ovey Wakefield is a native of Erath, a Cajun hamlet just south of Lafayette, and her husband Brett Wakefield is from New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, they lived in Houston and were unable to get some of the Louisiana foods they wanted to eat. That inspired them to launch (877-789-6652;, an e-commerce business that functions like an online Louisiana grocery. They now stock 500 different Louisiana food products and other goods and ship around the world. The Wakefields moved to New Orleans in 2009. You’ve said holidays are your busiest time, but what are some other spikes in demand for Louisiana foods? Wakefield: We discovered quickly that we’re a very seasonal business. Our big, big time is from October to May because that’s also the tourism season when people are thinking about New Orleans and seeing New Orleans in the media. And any time the Saints are doing well, we’re doing well, because people keep hearing about New Orleans that way too. What do you stock beyond the well-known Louisiana brands? W: There are so many little mom-and-pop businesses that make great products but don’t have the money for a big web presence and can’t get into stores beyond the little groceries in their towns, so we offer access to them. There are items like pickled quail eggs or pickled mirliton, just because pickling whatever you have on hand is such a country thing to do around here. But we don’t do pickled pig feet. We can get them no problem, but I just don’t want to look at them. So besides pigs’ feet, do you have to turn other items away? W: We’re very specific that whatever we carry has to have a Louisiana connection. People buy Big Shot Soda by the truckload, and even though it’s not made here any more, it was once and it’s still synonymous with New Orleans for a lot of people, so we’ll carry that. We also have to stick closely with FDA rules. So someone will occasionally ask if we can carry their blood boudin. Well, as much as I know my customers would love that, I just can’t do it. — IAN MCNULTY

Bistro Daisy 5831 magazine St., 899-6987 Roasted chicken with porcini dust and thyme is reminiscent of the chef’s work at Peristyle.

Lilette 3637 magazine St., 895-1636 A textbook French rendition is abetted by balsamic-glazed onions.

Maximo’s Italian Grill 1117 decatur St., 586-8883 Rustic-style roasted chicken gets a kick from Italian sausage seared in habanero-infused olive oil.

Munch Factory 5339 franklin ave., 324-5372 Chicken is sauteed, roasted and finished with a creamy fines herbes sauce.

Root 200 julia St., 252-9480 Dehydrated mushroom paper is draped over a deeply smoky bird.

OFF tional programming and community outreach efforts. For details visit www.

hot competition You know you’re in a respectable south Louisiana hardware store when beside the hammers and paintbrushes, you can find propane burner rings, large stockpots and wooden paddles — all tools of the trade for the serious crawfish boiler. In the same spirit that some approach the barbecue smoker, others around the region are fanatical about crawfish and they have their methodologies worked down to some unique cross between science and ritual. On Saturday, a new event called Crawfish Mambo is putting this passion on display with a competitive boil and inviting the public to feast on the results. This inaugural Crawfish Mambo, scheduled for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, rain or shine, is a benefit for the

University of New Orleans Alumni Association, and it will be held on the UNO Lakefront Campus. Spokesman Jeffery Ory says teams based around restaurants, bars and even law firms have all stepped up to participate, with each team agreeing to boil a minimum of 10 sacks of crawfish. At an average weight of between 30 and 40 pounds per sack, there’s bound to be a lot of crawfish, and while official judges will determine the festival winners, the public gets to have all they want of the various entries. The festival provides the crawfish, and seasonings, sides and extras are up to the discretion of the teams. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, and beer and other beverages will be for sale around the grounds. Six musical performers are scheduled throughout the day, including Paul Sanchez, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and Bonerama. The deadline for team registration is Wednesday, May 9. Visit www. for details.



Trends, notes, quirks and quotes from the world of food. “If I offered any (food) truck that they’d never have to be on the street again and they only had to do catering, every single one would do it.” — Matt Geller, CEO of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association, a Los Angeles-based industry group for food truck operators, quoted in a recent National Public Radio story about how issues from parking to city regulations have more operators looking to get off the streets and into private catering.

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The Hollygrove name has been turning up on menus at more and more New Orleans restaurants, where it’s practically become a byword for locally-sourced food. On Monday, May 14, you can see a lot of these same restaurants at Hollygrove Market & Farm (8301 Olive St., 483-7037; for its annual Party in the Garden. The event is an important fundraiser for Hollygrove, a nonprofit urban farm, a market for other small-scale farmers and food producers, an education center and a hub for the local food movement. Guests have the run of Hollygrove’s gardens, while restaurants and bars serve food and drink from stations around the site. Since forming in 2008, Hollygrove has developed a strong distribution network with local restaurants, and 21 of them will be on hand for the event, serving food prepared in part with local produce. Participating restaurants include La Petite Grocery, Iris, Satsuma Cafe, The Company Burger, Boucherie, Crescent Pie & Sausage Co., Maurepas Foods, The Three Muses and others. Restaurants aren’t the only participants. Local produce has been turning up on craft cocktail menus, and the Party in the Garden will feature garden-inspired drinks from Cure, Bellocq and others. The Party in the Garden includes live and silent auctions of items donated by Hollygrove supporters and an auction for a farm-to-table dinner at Covey Rise Farm, a Hollygrove supplier on the Northshore. The party is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds support Hollygrove’s educa-




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The first 250 women who have a mammogram at D.I.S. between May 10-14 receive a FREE D.I.S. Collapsible Can Koozie! All mammograms performed by a FEMALE technologist What do women, who chose D.I.S. for the very first time in 2012 and had a mammogram, say about their patient experience? “The technologist was very comforting and pleasurable to deal with. She actually made my first mammogram almost pleasurable.” “Their facility was clean & very comfortable. The staff was very courteous & polite, as well as prompt with service. I will invite others to go to D.I.S.” “I was very nervous – everyone was nice and helped me to put aside my fears!” “Impeccable.”

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you are where you eat

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


TED’S FROSTOP — 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 — The Lotto burger is a 6-oz. patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Frostop’s secret sauce and cheese is optional. There are waffle fries and house-made root beer. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BAR & GRILL BAYOU BEER GARDEN — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; — This casual restaurant offers a mix of burgers, salads, hot wings and cheese fries and the menu is updated frequently.The housemade veggie burger includes 10 different vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE RIVERSHACK TAVERN — 3449 River Road, 834-4938; — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 — Shamrock serves burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, Reuben sandwiches, cheese sticks and fries with cheese or gravy. Other options include corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $ ZADDIE’S TAVERN — 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 8320830 — Zaddie’s serves burgers, alligator sausage, boudin, tamales and meat or crawfish pies. Thursday’s steak night special features a filet mignon, buttergarlic potatoes, salad, grilled French bread and a soft drink for $15. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARBECUE BOO KOO BBQ — 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq. com — The Boo Koo burger is a ground brisket patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, boudin and sweet chile aioli. The Cajun banh mi fills a Vietnamese roll with hogshead cheese, smoked pulled pork, boudin, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrot, pickled radish and sriracha sweet chile aioli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., latenight Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $ SAUCY’S BBQ GRILL — 3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 322-2544; — Saucy’s serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled or jerk chicken. Side items include smoked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw and Caribbean rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


BURGERS BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL — 4905 Canal St., 4887357; — Top a 10-oz. Beach burger with cheddar, blue, Swiss or pepper Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms or house-made hickory sauce. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE CAFE FRERET — 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret. com — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ GOTT GOURMET CAFE — 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; — This cafe serves a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers and more. The cochon de lait panini includes slowbraised pork, baked ham, pickles, Swiss, ancho-honey slaw, honey mustard and chili mayo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE — 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is available all day on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK — City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 — Located in the old Casino Building, the cafe serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads and ice cream till early evening. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PRAVDA — 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola. com — Pravda is known for its Soviet kitsch and selection of absinthes, and the kitchen offers pierogies, beef empanadas, curry shrimp salad and a petit steak served with truffle aioli. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $



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CAFE BEIGNET — 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www. — The Western omelet combines ham, bell peppers, red onion and white cheddar, and is served with grits and French bread. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ O’HENRY’S FOOD & SPIRITS — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 8669741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 461-9840; www. — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SOMETHIN’ ELSE CAFE — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. There are burgers, po-boys and sandwiches filled with everything from cochon de lait to a trio of melted cheeses on buttered thick toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.Sat. Credit cards. $$

DMAC’S BAR & GRILL — 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 3045757; www.dmacsbarandgrill. com — Stop in for daily lunch specials or regular items such as gumbo, seafood-stuffed po-boys or pulled-pork sliders topped with barbecue sauce. Bar noshing items include seafood beignets with white remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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COFFEE/DESSERT ANTOINE’S ANNEX — 513 Royal St., 581-4422; www. — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines mozzarella, pesto, Creole tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The honey and ham panino is dressed with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PINKBERRY — 300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; — Pinkberry offers frozen yogurt with an array of wet and dry topping choices including caramel, honey, fruit purees, various chocolates and nuts and more. There also are fresh fruit parfaits and green tea smoothies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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BAYONA — 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; — House favorites on Chef Susan Spicer’s menu include sauteed Pacific salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and the appetizer of grilled shrimp with black-bean cake and coriander sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ OAK — 8118 Oak St., 3021485; — This wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes like char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and a red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and a memorable cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT — 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; — The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French Creole dining might have been like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms. Signature dishes include oysters

Rockefeller, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ MELANGE — 2106 Chartres St., 309-7335; — Dine on French-Creole cuisine in a restaurant and bar themed to resemble a lush 1920s speakeasy. Lapin au vin is a farm raised rabbit cooked served with demi-glace, oven-roasted shallots, tomatoes, potatoes and pancetta. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$ MONTREL’S BISTRO — 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 — This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

REDEMPTION — 3835 Iberville St., 309-3570; — Chef Greg Piccolo’s menu includes dishes such as the crispy avocado cup filled with Louisiana crawfish remoulade. Roasted duck breast is served with red onion and yam hash, andouille, sauteed spinach and grilled Kadota fig jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ — Toulouse Street Wharf, 569-1401; — The Natchez serves Creole cuisine like its blackened Paddlewheel pork loin while cruising the Mississippi River. It’s bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Gile’s menu includes pan-seared Maine diver scallops with chimichurri sauce and smoked bacon and corn hash. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ MARTINIQUE BISTRO — 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; — This French bistro has both a cozy dining room and a pretty courtyard. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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

INDIAN JULIE’S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO’S — 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; — The cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $


NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE — 4308 Magazine St., 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. $$

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


DELI KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; — This New York-style deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $ MARTIN WINE CELLAR — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , 896-7350; www.martinwine. com — Gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as other deli items are sold at this wine emporium. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA’S RESTAURANT — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie 834-8583; — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ CAFE GIOVANNI — 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www. — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ MOSCA’S — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-8950; www. — Popular dishes include shrimp Mosca, chicken a la grande and baked oysters Mosca, made with breadcrumps and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

RED GRAVY — 125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe. com — The cafe serves breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and pastries. At lunch, try meatballs, lasagna and other Italian specialties, panini, wraps, soups and salads. Open Sundays before New Orleans Saints home games. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ VINCENT’S ITALIAN CUISINE — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www. — Try house specialties like veal- and spinach-stuffed canneloni. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAPANESE KYOTO — 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644 — Kyoto’s sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. “Box” sushi is a favorite, with more than 25 rolls. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $$ MIKIMOTO — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$ MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE — 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro. com — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE — 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake. com — Rock-n-Sake serves traditional Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. There’s a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls or spicy gyoza soup, pan-fried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ WASABI SUSHI — 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; — Wasabi serves a wide array of Japanese dishes. Wasabi honey shrimp are served with cream sauce. The Assassin roll bundles tuna, snow crab and avocado in seaweed and tops it with barbecued eel, tuna, eel sauce and wasabi tobiko. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boule-

LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY BOUCHE — 840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; — This wine bar and restaurant serves creative dishes like tasso truffle mac and cheese with three cheeses and Mornay sauce, baby spinach salad with Maytag blue cheese and bacon lardons, and crispy duck breast with Grand Marnier sweet potatoes and vanilla-balsamic extract. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ K-PAUL’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN — 416 Chartres St., 596-2530; — At chef Paul Prudhomme’s restaurant, signature dishes include blackened Louisiana drum, Cajun jambalaya and the blackened stuffed pork chop. Lunch service is deli style and changing options include po-boys and dishes like tropial fruit salad with bronzed shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ MANNING’S — 519 Fulton St., 593-8118; — Named for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant’s game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The fish and chips feature black drum crusted in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ RALPH’S ON THE PARK — 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; — Popular dishes include baked oysters Ralph, turtle soup and the Niman Ranch New York strip. There also are brunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ TOMAS BISTRO — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes like semiboneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ TOMMY’S WINE BAR — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790 — Tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of Tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN ATTIKI BAR & GRILL — 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www. — Attiki features a range of Mediterranean cuisine including entrees of beef kebabs and chicken shawarma. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and latenight daily. Credit cards. $$ BABYLON CAFE — 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www. —The Babylon

platter includes stuffed grape leaves, hummus, kibbeh, rice and one choice of meat: lamb, chicken or beef kebabs, chicken or beef shawarma, gyro or kufta. Chicken shawarma salad is a salad topped with olives, feta and chicken breast cooked on a rotisserie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ PYRAMIDS CAFE — 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 — Diners will find authentic, healthy and fresh Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


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MEXICAN & SOUTHWESTERN COUNTRY FLAME — 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 — Country Flame serves a mix of popular Mexican and Cuban dishes. Come in for fajitas, pressed Cuban sandwiches made with hickory-smoked pork and charbroiled steaks or pork chops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ JUAN’S FLYING BURRITO — 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 4869950; www.juansflyingburrito. com — Mardi Gras Indian tacos are stuffed with roasted corn, pinto beans, grilled summer squash, Jack cheese and spicy slaw. Red chile chicken and goat cheese quesadilla features grilled Creole chicken breast, salsa fresca, chile-lime adobo sauce, and Jack, cheddar and goat cheeses pressed in a flour tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS’ BAR & RESTAURANT — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; — This surf shack serves CaliforniaMexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ SANTA FE — 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 — This casual cafe serves creative takes on Southwestern cuisine. Bolinos de Bacalau are Portuguesestyle fish cakes made with dried, salted codfish, mashed potatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions and egg and served with smoked paprika aioli. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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MUSIC AND FOOD BOMBAY CLUB — 830 Conti St., 586-0972; — Mull the menu at this French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. The duck duet pairs confit leg with pepper-seared breast with black currant reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, latenight Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ GAZEBO CAFE — 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www. — The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

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ouT to EAt HOUSE OF BLUES — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; — Try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. The buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ THE MARKET CAFE — 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; — Dine indoors or out on seafood either fried for platters or po-boys or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SIBERIA — 2227 St. Claude Ave., 2658855 — This music clubs serves dishes like fish and chips, spicy hot wings, tacos and more. There are weekly specials and vegetarian and vegan options. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEIGHBORHOOD ARTZ BAGELZ — 3138 Magzine St., 3097557; — Artz bakes its bagels in house and options include onion, garlic, honey whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, salt and others. Get one with a schmear or as a sandwich. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ BRAXTON’S RESTAURANT — 636 Franklin St., Gretna, 301-3166; www.braxtonsnola. com — Braxton’s serves a mix of salads, po-boys, deli sandwiches and entrees. Start a meal with oysters Louise, featuring fried oysters on a bed of spinach and cheese. The seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, catfish strips, french fries, potato salad and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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


OLIVE BRANCH CAFE — 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5145 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe. com — These cafes serve soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and entrees. Chicken and artichoke pasta is tossed with penne in garlic and olive oil. Shrimp Carnival features smoked sausage, shrimp, onion and peppers in roasted garlic cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$



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

OUT to EAT THEO’S NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZA — 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www.theospizza. com — There is a wide variety of specialty pies or build your own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. Also serving salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ WIT’S INN — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 888-4004 — This Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS DRESS IT — 535 Gravier St., 571-7561 — Get gourmet burgers and sandwiches dressed to order. Original topping choices include everything from sprouts to black bean and corn salsa to peanut butter. For dessert, try a chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP — 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of poboys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. There are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $ MAHONY’S PO-BOY SHOP — 3454 Magazine St., 8993374; www.mahonyspoboys. com — Mahoney’s serves traditional favorites and original poboys like the Peacemaker, which is filled with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese. There are daily lunch specials as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SLICE — 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria. com — Slice is known for pizza on thin crusts made from 100 percent wheat flour. Other options include the barbecue shrimp po-boy made with Abita Amber and the shrimp Portofino, a pasta dish with white garlic cream sauce, shrimp and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE STORE — 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; — The Store serves sandwiches, salads and hot plates, and there is a taco bar where patrons can choose their own toppings. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille and a corn bread muffin. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$


GRAND ISLE — 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; — The Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and carmelized onions; and olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herbroasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ RED FISH GRILL — 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www. — Seafood favorites include hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ VILLAGE INN — 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 — Check into Village Inn for seasonal boiled seafood or raw oysters. Other options include fried seafood platters, po-boys, pasta and pizza. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

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

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TAPAS/SPANISH MIMI’S IN THE MARIGNY — 2601 Royal St., 872-9868 — The decadant Mushroom Manchego Toast is a favorite here. Or enjoy hot and cold tapas dishes ranging from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ SANTA FE TAPAS — 1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915 — The menu includes both tapas dishes and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops are served with mango and green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo are jumbo shrimp with garlic, shallots, chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ VEGA TAPAS CAFE — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 8362007; — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VIETNAMESE AUGUST MOON — 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www. — August Moon serves a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. There are spring rolls and pho soup as well as many popular Chinese dishes and vegetarian options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ CAFE MINH — 4139 Canal St., 482-6266; — The watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and served with crispy shrimp chips. Beef short ribs are braised with lemon grass and five spices and served with garlic mashed potatoes and Asian slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ DOSON NOODLE HOUSE —135 N. Carrollton Ave., 3097283 — Traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlight the menu. The vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$ LE VIET CAFE — 2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339 — The cafe offers pho, banh mi, spring rolls and rice and noodle dishes. Pho is available with chicken, brisket, rare beef or meatballs and comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapenos. Vietnamese-style grilled beef ribs come with a special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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PARRAN’S PO-BOYS — 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; — Parran’s offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. The veal supreme po-boy features a cutlet topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Metairie, 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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Tarzan of the Swamp A new look at the silent film blockbuster shot in Louisiana. By Will Coviello


    The premiere  created as much  buzz as a highly anticipated blockbuster  does today. Opening  week tickets in New  York cost as much  as $1.50, Bohl says.  Theaters draped  vines in their lobbies  and dressed tickettakers in gorilla suits.  Tarzan ran in theaters  for a decade.     The film was very  successful, but it  was only one part of  the booming Tarzan  franchise, which  included two dozen  more books; Sunday  comics, which were  then bound into early  comic books; and  many more films.  Burroughs also got into merchandising.     “There was Tarzan glue, Tarzan cigarettes,” Bohl  says. “Warehouses all over Los Angeles were full of  that stuff.”     The original film ran more than two hours, but no  known copies exist. Instead, an hourlong digest  version survived. Bohl thought that version was confusing, so he re-edited it, added credits not included  in the original and recorded a new score. Chalmette  Movies screens this version.     The 74-minute documentary covers a lot of  ground and the flow is not confusing even if it  seems unorganized — but there are many fascinating avenues of inquiry. Burroughs was a restless  and often frustrated man who wanted to get rich  quickly and ultimately succeeded. He failed to earn  admission into the military academy at West Point,  so he tried a number of trades, including railroad  security and panning for gold in the Northwest.  After the success of his Tarzan novels, Burroughs  became a war correspondent after witnessing the  Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.     The documentary addresses the original film,  its sequel The Romance of Tarzan and the Johnny  Weissmuller versions, but there were dozens of  others, including a recent version by Disney. The 

footage in Morgan City includes  what sounds like hearsay from  Enid Markey and Elmo a swamp tour operator and  Lincoln starred in Tarzan of speculation from an Audubon Inthe Apes. stitute scientist about what type  PHOTO COuRTESY OF AL BOHL of monkeys might have been  brought to the set. The film also  MAY Tarzan of the Apes  tries to address the tumultuous  and Tarzan: Lord of period when the book and film  the Louisiana Jungle were created, so there’s newsreel footage of everything from  2 p.m. & 7 p.m.  Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution to  Friday-Thursday the American suffrage moveChalmette Movies,  ment. The original film alludes to  8700 W. Judge  Darwinian ideas, and the documentary detours into sinister  Perez Drive, Chaluses of eugenics (leading to file  mette, 304-9992;  footage of Hitler). The documenwww.chalmettetary also stretches to address current filming in Louisiana and  the state’s tax credits, which  seem removed from the Tarzan  phenomenon. There are a lot of interesting aspects  to Burroughs’ career and his iconic hero. Even with  changes straying from the creator’s vision, the film  is still a good summer thriller. 

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embers of the New Orleans Athletic Club  probably can’t qualify their dues for state film  tax credits, but a group of members once  answered the call from a studio to work as extras. In  1917, roughly 30 members went to Morgan City, La. to  play apes and other extras in one of the first $1 millionearning silent film thrillers: Tarzan of the Apes.     Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the story in 1912 and  it was published as a novel in 1914. By 1917, it was  in its 14th printing. Burroughs himself invested in a film  version (though he later withdrew), and half of it was  shot in the swamps and parks around Morgan City.     Rumors that various species of monkeys had been  brought to the area and left to live in the wild first  interested filmmaker Al Bohl in 2008.     “The thing that triggered (my interest) was that it  was a Louisiana story,” Bohl says.     As he started posting questions on a Burroughs  fan website, a wealth of leads and information flowed  back. Bohl began work on a documentary and reedited a version of the Tarzan film. He released both  in April, and they will be screened as a double feature at Chalmette Movies. Bohl will attend a Saturday  screening and answer questions about the films.     Half of Tarzan of the Apes was filmed in Louisiana and half in California, and there is file footage  from Africa, mostly of animals. The jungle scenes  were shot at five locations around Morgan City in  the balmy heat of July and August 1917. In the book,  married British nobles are left stranded in the jungle  when mutineers take over their ship. Though they  don’t survive long, they have a son, who is later  adopted by the female ape Kala. He takes the name  Tarzan and the book focuses on his rise to dominate  the animals of the jungle. It’s a classic tale of the  noble savage, a man of brute strength and innate  integrity who prefers living in the wild to modern  society. As a superhuman outsider, he’s a precursor  to many comic book heroes.     The screenwriters switched some of the story to  focus on human relations. In the book, Jane, Tarzan’s  soon-to-be mate, is carried off by an ape, but the film  changed the abduction to a tribal chief. (Part of the reason for the change was that the film’s apes were played  by acrobats and gymnasts, and though the costuming  was clever, they still looked human.) The studio hired  hundreds of African Americans to play the tribe, and the  documentary includes interviews with people whose  relatives were in the film. It was a significant choice in  an entertainment industry that often used white actors  in blackface to play black characters.


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Bistreaux — aaron lopezbarrantes, 7 BMC — Carolyn broussard, 5; eudora evans & Deep soul, 8; st. legends brass band, 11 Bombay Club — monty banks, 7:30 Chickie Wah Wah — sweet olive string band, 5; tommy malone & bill malchow, 8 Chophouse New Orleans — John autin, 6:30 Columns Hotel — John rankin, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — new orleans streetbeat, 6 d.b.a. — treme brass band, 9 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — tom Hook, 9:30

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Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Katie paisant, 9; sazerac the Clown’s Cabinet of wonders, 10 Old U.S. Mint — tom Hook, noon

Burlesue Ballroom feat.

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Carolyn broussard & Company, 2:30; soulabilly swamp boogie band, 9:30

Old Point Bar — mumbles, 8


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Funky Pirate — blues masters feat. big al Carson, 8:30 House of Blues — 311, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — wess “warmdaddy” anderson, 8 The Maison — gregory agid Quartet, 6; magnitude, 9 Maple Leaf Bar — rebirth brass band, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — blue trees, 6; Chris polacek & the Hubcap Kings, 9:30 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Jackie myers band, 9 Old Point Bar — Josh garrett & the bottom line, 8 Old U.S. Mint — richard scott, 3 Preservation Hall — preservation Hall-stars feat. shannon powell, 8 Siberia — rusty lazer, nicky Da b, nola fam, lucky lou, lonesome leash, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — one o’Clock lab band, 8 & 10

WeDneSDAY 9 12 Bar — brass-a-Holics, 9 Banks Street Bar — major bacon, 10 The Beach — Chicken on the bone, 7:30 Big Al’s Deckbar Seafood & Blues — oscar & the blues Cats, 8 Bistreaux — aaron lopezbarrantes, 7 BMC — andre bouvier band, 5; blues4sale, 8; Deja Vu brass band, 11

One Eyed Jacks — acid mothers temple, phantom family Halo, 9 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — lars edegran, topsy Chapman & palm Court Jazz band, 7:30 Preservation Hall — preservation Hall Jazz band, 8 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Joe Krown, 8:30 Siberia — black pistol fire, blacksmoke band, ben Jones, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Delfeayo marsalis & the Uptown Jazz orchestra, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — ben polcer, 4; orleans 6, 6; st. louis slim & the frenchmen street Jug band, 10 Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum — Victory belles, noon Three Muses — lynn Drury, 4:30; lisa lynn, 7 Victory — sombras brilhantes, 8


Bombay Club — monty banks, 7:30

12 Bar — Country Club album release feat. sun Hotel & Caddywhompus, 10

Buffa’s Lounge — ben De la Cour, 7

AllWays Lounge — simon lott/anthony Cuccia Duo, 10

Chickie Wah Wah — meschiya lake & tom mcDermott, 7

Armstrong Park — Kyndra Joi, robin barnes, big Chief Donald Harrison, 5

Chophouse New Orleans — amanda walker, 6:30

Bacchanal — Courtyard Kings Quartet, 7

Columns Hotel — riccardo Crespo, 8

Banks Street Bar — Claude bryant & the all-stars, 10

Crescent City Brewhouse — new orleans streetbeat, 6

The Beach — Chicken on the bone, 7:30

d.b.a. — tin men, 7; walter “wolfman” washington & the roadmasters, 10

Bistreaux — aaron lopezbarrantes, 7

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — bob andrews, 9:30

BMC — soulabilly swamp boogie band, 5; andy J. forest, 8; Young pinstripe brass band, 11

The Famous Door — Darren murphy & big soul, 3

Bombay Club — matt lemmler Duo, 7:30

Funky Pirate — blues masters feat. big al Carson, 8:30

Buffa’s Lounge — tom mcDermott & aurora nealand, 8

Howlin’ Wolf Den — Hillbilly Hotel, 10

Carrollton Station — plus one songwriter showcase feat. skyler stroup & amanda wuerstlin, 9:30

Irvin Mayfield’s I Club — Davis rogan band, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Kipori woods, 5; irvin mayfield’s noJo Jam, 8 Lafayette Square — wednesday at the square feat. Karl Denson’s tiny Universe, robin barnes, 5 The Maison — Drew Calhoun, 6; Upstarts, 9; penthouse sessions (upstairs), 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill —

Chickie Wah Wah — andre bohren, 8 Chophouse New Orleans — John autin, 6:30 Circle Bar — rocketboys, Vox & the Hound, england in 1819, 10 Columns Hotel — fredy omar, 8 Crescent City Brewhouse — new orleans streetbeat, 6


Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. with the Phantom Family Halo

Kawabata Makoto isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to base an album on a pun. Or is he? In between six-stringed exorcisms and spiritual awakenings, Makoto — the itinerant mystic at the smoking controls of Acid Mothers Temple’s long, strange trip — has peppered the catalog of his Japanese psych/ rock collective with enough pop-culture 10 p.m. Wednesday hodgepodge to make Alfred Yankovic May blush: from influential signposts like One Eyed Jacks Pink Floyd (The Ripper at the Heaven’s 615 Toulouse St., Gates of Dark) and Jimi Hendrix (Are We Experimental?) to absurdist dead ends 569-8361 like Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Mutants) and Olivia Newton-John (Pink Lady Lemonade). Falling somewhere in the middle is the new offering from Makoto’s flagship wackos, the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., whose Son of a Bitches Brew (Important) bears only the faintest resemblance to Miles Davis’ unshackled classic. In Makoto’s hands, free jazz tunnels back into the institution only to find it overrun by wild basses and stark raving saxophones, the walls all spraypainted and the floors one big Slip ’n Slide. It makes you wonder what he could do with Kind of Blue Balls. The Phantom Family Halo, whose tumbleweed-rolling EP The Mindeater cast collaborator Will Oldham as an apparitional Rango, opens along with the Clang Quartet. Tickets $12. — NOAH BONAPARTE PAIS


Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Todd Duke, 9:30 The Famous Door — Darren Murphy & Big Soul, 3 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Irvin Mayfield’s I Club — Pockit Tyme feat. Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Cornell Williams, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Roman Skakun, 5; James Rivers, 8 The Maison — Erin Demastes, 5; Chicken & Waffles, 7; Ashton Hines & the Big Easy Brawlers Brass Band, 10 Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Alabama Slim Blues Revue, 4; 30x90 Blues Women, 9:30

Oak — Kristin Diable, 9 Old Point Bar — Blues Frenzy, 6:30 Old U.S. Mint — Richard Scott, 3 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Crescent City Joymakers, 7 Pavilion of the Two Sisters — Thursdays at Twilight feat. John Autin, 6 Preservation Hall — Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band, 8 Ray’s — Bobby Love Band, 6 Rivershack Tavern — Acadias, 8 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, 8:30 Saturn Bar — Alex McMurray, 10 Siberia — Unnaturals,

Bruiser’s House of Surf, Sun Year, 10


Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy, 4; Miss Sophie Lee, 6; Smoking Time Jazz Club, 10


Three Muses — Tom McDermott, 4:30; Bad Penny Pleasure Makers, 7:30

Mother’s Day

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Spencer Bohren, 8 & 10

Vaughan’s — Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 8:30 Vega Tapas Cafe — Ven Pa’Ca, 7 Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar) — Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 6

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Andrea’s Capri Blu Lounge — “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont, 7 Austin’s Restaurant — Scott Kyser, 7 Banks Street Bar — Hannah KB Band, 9 Bayou Bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel — Philip Melancon, 8 Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7

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BMC — El DeOrazio & Friends, 3; Peter Novelli Band, 6; Dana Abbott Band, 9; Deja Vu Brass Band, 12:30 a.m. Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6; Lisa Lynn, 9:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, 8 Chickie Wah Wah — Paul Sanchez, 8; Geraniums, 10 Chophouse New Orleans — Amanda Walker, 6:30 Circle Bar — Ricky B, DJ Q, 10 Columns Hotel — Alex Bachari Trio, 6 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 The Cypress — Joystick, Squirt Gun Warriors, Donovan Wolfington, Losing Streak, 7 Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9 d.b.a. — Red Stick Ramblers, 10 Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall — Sarah Quintana, Meschiya Lake, 6:30 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Eric Traub Trio, 10 Emeril’s Delmonico — Bob Andrews, 7

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Fair Grinds Coffeehouse — Jacob Green, 7:30


Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 Heritage Park — Music in the Park feat. Mixed Nuts, 6:30 House of Blues — Southdown, 9 House of Blues (Parish) — Washed Out, Airbird, Dog Bite, 10 House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Cha Wa, 5

Band, 7

train Hotel — Philip Melancon, 8

The Maison — Those Peaches, 5; Loose Marbles, 7

Bistreaux — Aaron LopezBarrantes, 7

Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Soul Project, 4; Fredy Omar con su Banda, 7:30; Javier Olondo & AsheSon, 10:30 Mudlark Theatre — Sam McPheeters, Ethan Clark, 7 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — High Ground Drifters, 7; Joe Barbara, 9; John Parker, 10 New Orleans Museum of Art — Paul Soniat, 5 Oak — Jen Howard, 9 Old Point Bar — Rick Trolsen, 5; Big Al & the Heavyweights, 9:30 One Eyed Jacks — Eyehategod, Fat Stupid Ugly People, 9 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Wendell Brunious & Palm Court Jazz Band, 7 Pelican Club — Sanford Hinderlie, 7 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Jazz Masters feat. Leroy Jones, 8 The Reserve of Orleans — Naydja CoJoe & the Jazz Experience, 8 Rivershack Tavern — Troy Turner, 10 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Josh Garrett, Essentials, 9:30 Siberia — Mad Conductor, Bujie & the Highrise, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Bridge Trio, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Ben Polcer, 4; Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, 6:30; Cottonmouth Kings, 10 Three Muses — Bart Ramsey, 4; Moonshiners Quartet, 6:30; Glen David Andrews, 10 Tipitina’s — Battle of the Bands: Galactic, Stooges Brass Band, Lafayette Gilchrist & the New Volcanoes, Anwan Glover & the Backyard Band, 9 Treasure Chest Casino — Chicken on the Bone, 9 Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar) — Shannon Powell Trio, 5

Howlin’ Wolf — Hearing Projection Project fundraiser feat. Torgo, Jones Unleashed, Swiss Chriss, OSYM, DJ G-Cue, 7:30

Windsor Court Hotel (Polo Club Lounge) — Michael Watson Quartet, 9

Hyatt Regency New Orleans — Anais St. John, 9

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Irvin Mayfield’s I Club — Walter “Wolfman” Washington, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Joe Krown, 5; Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, 8 JuJu Bag Cafe and Barber Salon — Michaela Harrison, Todd Duke, 7:30 Le Bon Temps Roule — Dave Reis, 7 Le Roux — The Bobby Love

AllWays Lounge — Neslort, 10 Andrea’s Capri Blu Lounge — “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont, 7 Atchafalaya — Atchafalaya All Stars, 11 a.m. Austin’s Restaurant — Scott Kyser, 7

Blue Nile — Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, 7 BMC — Benefit Concert for Gypsy Elise De Sade feat. John Lisi & Delta Funk, Blues 4 Sale, Band of Brothers, Fredy Omar, noon; Chris Polacek & the Hubcap Kings, 3; Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, 6; Lil Red & Big Bad, 9; Ashton & the Big Easy Brawlers Brass Band, midnight Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 6; Luther Kent, 9:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Royal Rounders, 8 Carrollton Station — Craig Paddock Band, C Veazy Trio, 9:30 Chickie Wah Wah — Gregory Alan Isakov & Cameron Folkcore, 10 Chophouse New Orleans — John Autin, 6:30 Circle Bar — The Local Skank, I Luv Luv Birds, Letters to Voltron, 10 Columns Hotel — Andy Rogers, 9 Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 The Cypress — Traitor, Conquer the Throne, Before I Dream, Try Heart, 7 Davenport Lounge — Jeremy Davenport, 9 d.b.a. — John Boutte, 8; Little Freddie King, 11 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — Vivaz, 10 Emeril’s Delmonico — Bob Andrews, 7 Funky Pirate — Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, 8:30 House of Blues — Brees Dream Foundation & J.K. Livin Foundation benefit concert feat. Kenny Chesney, 8:30 Hyatt Regency New Orleans — Anais St. John, 9 Irvin Mayfield’s I Club — Iguanas, 8 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Glen David Andrews, 8; Deja vu Brass Band, midnight The Maison — Kelcy Mae, 4; Emily Estrella & the Faux Barrio Billionaires, 7; Honorable South, 9:45; Debauche, 11; Voodoo Town, 1 a.m. Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Mumbles, 12:30; Emily Estrella & the Faux Barrio Billionaires, 4; Eudora Evans & Deep Soul, 7:30; Fuego Fuego, 11:30

Banks Street Bar — Autotomii, Something Burning, 9

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Sandra Hummel, 7; Lilli Lewis, 8; Clyde Albert, 9; Allegra Bluegrass, 10

Bayou Bar at the Pontchar-

Oak — Colin Lake, 9

MUSic LISTINGS Old Point Bar — Dana Abbott, 9:30

Columns Hotel — Chip Wilson, 11 a.m.

Old U.S. Mint — Seva Venet Trio, 2

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6

One Eyed Jacks — Heartless Bastards, These United States, 9

d.b.a. — Palmetto Bug Stompers, 6

Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Lionel Ferbos & Palm Court Jazz Band, 7 Pelican Club — Sanford Hinderlie, 7 Preservation Hall — Preservation Hall Swing Kings feat. Steve Pistorius, 8 Ritz-Carlton — Catherine Anderson, 1 Rivershack Tavern — Pig Pen & the Porkchops, 10 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles Tribute Band, 9:30 Ruby’s Roadhouse — Broken Heart Pharaohs, 9:30 Siberia — Kristin Diable, 5:30; Jack Oblivian, Famovs, Bunny Matthews & the Playboys, 10 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Astral Project, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Panorama Jazz Band, 6 Tequila Blues — Javier Tobar & Elegant Gypsy, 7 Three Muses — Mumbles, 6:30; Frenchmen Street Jug Band, 10 Tipitina’s — Thrice, Animals as Leaders, O’Brother, 10 Tommy’s Wine Bar — Julio & Caesar, 10 Windsor Court Hotel (Cocktail Bar) — Tim Laughlin & David Boeddinghaus, 5:30

SUNDAY 13 3 Ring Circus’ The Big Top Gallery — Small Bones, Mystic Inane, 2 AllWays Lounge — Lovey Dovies, Heat Dust, 10 Banks Street Bar — Mid-City Pickers, 6; Ron Hotstream & the F-Holes, 9 BMC — Eudora Evans & Deep Soul, 3; Faux Barrio Billionaires, 6; Marc Joseph’s Mojo Combo, 9 Bombay Club — Matt Lemmler Duo, 7:30 Buffa’s Lounge — Some Like it Hot!, 11 a.m. Cafe Rani — Courtyard Kings, 11 a.m. Chickie Wah Wah — Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, 7 Chophouse New Orleans — Amanda Walker, 6:30 Circle Bar — Natalie Mae Palms, 10

House of Blues Voodoo Garden — Mia Borders, 3 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Germaine Bazzle & Paul Longstreth, 7 Le Pavillon Hotel — Philip Melancon, 8:30 a.m. The Maison — Dave Easely, 5; Cristina Perez, 7; Eric Gordon & the Lazy Boys, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Tom McDermott & Kevin Clark, 11:30 a.m; Riccardo Crespo, 4; Emily Estrella, 7; Javier Guitierrez & Vivaz, 8:30; Fuego Fuego, 11:30 Old Point Bar — Drop D Jazz Combo, 3:30 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Lucien Barbarin & Palm Court Jazz Band, 7 Preservation Hall — St. Peter Street All-Stars feat. Lars Edegran, 8 Rita’s Tequila House — Aaron Lopez-Barrantes, 1 Ritz-Carlton — Armand St. Martin, 10:30 a.m; Catherine Anderson, 2 Roosevelt Hotel (Blue Room) — James Rivers Movement, 11 a.m. Siberia — King James, 5:30; Sirens, Sarah Quintana, Meschiya Lake, Julie Odell, Luke Allen, Anthony Cuccia, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — John Mahoney, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Rights of Swing, 3; Pat Casey, 10 Three Muses — Raphael Bas & Norbert Slama, 5:30 Tipitina’s — Sunday Youth Music Workshop feat. Terence Higgins, Jake Eckert & Roger Lewis, 1; Cajun Fais Do Do feat. Bruce Daigreport, 5:30 Triage — Gypsy Elise & the Royal Blues, 6

MoNDAY 14 Apple Barrel — Sam Cammarata, 8 Banks Street Bar — Controller, Lollies, Matt Wixson & his Flying Circus, 9 BJ’s Lounge — King James & the Special Men, 10 BMC — Lil Red & Big Bad, 6; Smoky Greenwell’s Blues Jam, 9 Bombay Club — Monty Banks, 7:30 Chophouse New Orleans — John Autin, 6:30

Crescent City Brewhouse — New Orleans Streetbeat, 6 Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar — John Fohl, 9:30 The Famous Door — Darren Murphy & Big Soul, 3


House of Blues — StarKid, Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes, 6:30


Howlin’ Wolf Den — Josh Garrett & the Bottom Line, 10 Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse — Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 8 The Maison — Chicken & Waffles, 5; Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, 7; New Orleans Super Jam, 9:30

Showcasing Local Music

Maple Leaf Bar — Papa Grows Funk, 10 Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill — Meghan Stewart & the Reboppers, 6; Pocket Aces Brass Band, 9:30 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse — Uke Joint, 7; Jonathan Tankel, 9; Chapman Suther, 10 Old Point Bar — Brent Walsh Jazz Trio feat. Romy Kaye, 7 Preservation Hall — Preservation Players feat. Mark Braud, 8 Siberia — Black Bananas, Dwarr, Magik Markers, Babes, 9 Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro — Charmaine Neville Band, 8 & 10 Spotted Cat — Sarah McCoy, 4; Dominic Grillo, 6 Three Muses — Joe Cabral Trio, 7

clASSicAl/ coNcertS Champions Square — Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., 587-3663; www. — Sat: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Kermit Ruffinins, 7:30 First Baptist Church of Covington — 16333 Hwy. 1085, Covington, (985) 892-2149; — Fri: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 feat. Yakov Kasman, 7:30





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Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts — 1419 Basin St., 525-1052; www.mahaliajacksontheater. com — Thu: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 feat. Yakov Kasman, 7:30 Trinity Episcopal Church — 1329 Jackson Ave., 522-0276; — Tue: Organ & Labyrinth Organ Recital feat. Albinas Prizgintas, 6

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Windsor Court Hotel (Polo Club Lounge) — Shannon Powell Band, 9

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

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NOw shOwING THE AVENGERS (PG-13) — a dream team of superheroes assembles when a supervillian poses an unprecedented threat to earth. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 21 JUMP STREET (R) — Channing tatum and Jonah Hill play undercover cops assigned to a high school in the new orleans-shot comedy based on the 1980s tV show. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20

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BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES (NR) — the museum screens a 4-D film, bringing audiences into battle using archival footage and special effects. National World War II Museum Solomon Victory Theater


BORN TO BE WILD 3-D (PG) — morgan freeman narrates the documentary about two animal preservationists: Daphne sheldrick, who created an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, and Dr. birute mary galdikas, who set up an orphanage for orangutans in borneo. Entergy IMAX THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) — while vacationing in a remote cabin, a group of college friends encounters backwoods zombies and other horrors controlled by scientists. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9 CHIMPANZEE (G) — tim allen narrates the Disney nature documentary about a young chimpanzee who finds himself alone in the african forests until he is adopted by another chimpanzee. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Grand, Hollywood 14 DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (PG-13) — a group of female friends seeking to lift spirits at their predominately male college targets a new student.

AMC Palace 20 DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (PG) — the computeranimated film based on the Dr. seuss book features Zac efron and taylor swift voicing characters. Hollywood 9 THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) — after becoming engaged, a couple (Jason segel and emily blunt) postpones the wedding date and wonders if they should get married at all. AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) — in the film adaptation of suzanne Collins’ popular young adult book, teenagers from the 12 districts of what was once north america must fight to the death in an annual televised event. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal place, grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU (NR) — the film tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact that louisiana’s disappearing wetlands has on hurricane protection. Entergy IMAX LIONS 3-D: THE ROAR OF THE KALAHARI (G) — in botswana’s Kalahari Desert, a life-and-death struggle between a real lion king and a fierce, young contender unfolds. Entergy IMAX THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) — in the nicholas sparks romance shot in new orleans, a soldier (Zac efron) returning home from a tour of duty in iraq wants to meet the woman in a photograph he kept as a good-luck charm. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC palace 20, grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 MIRROR MIRROR (PG13) — Julia roberts and lily Collins star in the revamp of Snow White. Hollywood 14 THE PIRATES! BAND

OF MISFITS (PG) — the animated adventure follows a pirate captain who sets out to defeat his rivals and snag the pirate of the Year award. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE RAVEN (R) — a detective in 19th-century baltimore discovers a string of murders that seem to be inspired by edgar allan poe stories. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 SAFE (R) — russian gangsters target a young math prodigy, and an ex-cage fighter whose family was murdered by those gangsters comes to her aid. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13) — a group of men turns the tables on their girlfriends when they realize they are hooked on relationship advice from the steve Harvey bestseller the movie is based on. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 9, Hollywood 14 THE THREE STOOGES (PG) — the famous tV trio is faced with losing their home, and a quest to earn the money they need finds them in a murder plot and as stars on a reality tV show. AMC Palace 10, AMC Palace 12, AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, Grand, Hollywood 14 UNDER THE SEA 3-D (G) — Jim Carrey narrates the documentary exploring the great barrier reef. Entergy IMAX WRATH OF THE TITANS (PG-13) — perseus (sam worthington) leads a group to rescue his father Zeus, who has been betrayed by his son and brother and captured by the ancient titans. AMC Palace 16, AMC Palace 20, Hollywood 14

OPENING FRIDAY DARK SHADOWS (PG13) — tim burton’s reboot of the gothic tV series from the 1960s and ’70s stars Johnny Depp as barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire.

sPEcIAl scREENINGs BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (NR) — the museum hosts an outdoor screening of the 1961 classic starring audrey Hepburn with food trucks, live music and other activities. Tickets $3 NOMA/New Orleans Film Society members, $6 general admission, free for ages 17


Premiering Mother’s Day! THE Stage Door Canteen’s Elegant New

Sunday Buffet Brunch! The newest “star” at the Stage Door Canteen--Chef John Besh’s bountiful new Buffet Brunch of regional delicacies created especially for our Sunday Matinées. Just look at these show-stoppers! Traditional Breakfast Favorites plus Eggs Crawfish Sardou · Grillades and Cheddar Jalapeño Grits · Honey Ham · Crawfish Bisque · Carved Roast Prime Rib of Beef · Crab Boil Home Fries · Assorted minidesserts including Ponchatoula Strawberry Crumble, Brendan Bread Pudding with Irish Sticky Goo, Crème Brulée and Chocolate Pots de Crème

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The Avengers (PG-13) those of us without a particular taste for Directed by Joss Whedon comic books or the movies they spawn may be forgiven for not knowing that something Starring Mark Ruffalo, of a renaissance has occurred on the film Robert Downey Jr. and side of that world. Scarlett Johansson Sure, the Batman and Spider-Man franchises have turned out some good Wide release summer movies, but for every success like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, there’s been a bunch like The Green Lantern. It’s safe to say that more New Orleanians remember the traffic jams caused by The Green Lantern’s shooting schedule two summers ago than anything in the movie itself. But times have changed. the independent Marvel Studios established something called the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a shared fictional space for the Marvel Comics superheroes that were first created for print decades ago. the result has been a string of movies since 2008 that were not only successful but consistently pretty good. the two Iron Man movies, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger all seemed to satisfy those who live to attend comics conventions. they also did well at the box office with general audiences and even pleased the critics. And Marvel — like many of its fictional villains — had a not-so-secret plan to bring all these characters and others together in a movie franchise of epic proportions. Shared details were slipped into each of those five Marvel Studios movies to set the stage. the basic idea behind The Avengers is nothing new — the first Avengers comic book series debuted in 1963. But bringing together six disparate superheroes in a single movie without creating an overstuffed mess is another story. the task required one additional outsized character: hyper-talented writerdirector and cult figure Joss Whedon, known mainly for tV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and himself the author of countless comic books. He was a daring choice to make this movie. Whedon’s reputation as a purveyor of small-andquirky pop culture is now a thing of the past. His gargantuan blockbuster The Avengers is very hard to resist. the story is simple: Something goes wrong in a sustainable energy experiment and a window is opened through which aliens attack the earth. Can the Avengers come together and save us? the movie’s first big success is Whedon and company’s script, which is smart and funny and actually makes sense if you’ve never read a comic book. then there’s the cast: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson generate just the sort of effortless charisma needed to humanize mythical figures. they’re cool instead of hokey. the way their characters sort out personal differences is the starting point for action in The Avengers and rings true. In IMAX 3-D, at least, The Avengers’ 3-D effects are both realistic and spectacular. The Avengers isn’t exactly Shakespeare (though Whedon’s next film is an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, shot entirely in his California home— sometimes small-and-quirky is a self-fulfilling prophecy), and its charms won’t be enough to win over those who will never be interested in a superhero universe. the rest of us, however, should just relent and get in line. The Avengers is going to be hard to beat this summer. — KeN KORMAN

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and under. Activities and vendors begin at 5 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 6584100; CEDDO (NR) — The 1977 Senegalese film depicts a group trying to preserve its culture against the influence of Islam, Christianity and the slave trade. The screening is part of the New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival. Tickets $5. 6:45 p.m. Friday, Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.; GRACE & MERCY (NR) — Luis Pena’s documentary is about a brother and sister help orphans in Haiti after the recent earthquake. The screening is a benefit for the Hope For Haitian Children Foundation. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; HISTORY OF AN OCCUPATION (NR) — The documentary from Al Jazeera examines how Occupy Wall Street went from a small New York protest to a national movement. A discussion with Al Jazeera producer Jordan Flaherty and local Occupy organizers Gahiji Barrow and Kezia Kamenetz follows. Admission is by donation. 6 p.m. Saturday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; MOVIES IN THE PARK — The park shows full-length family films on a 25-foot outdoor screen. Visit the website for the full schedule of films. Free admission. 8 p.m. Saturday, Rivertown Heritage Park, 2020 Fourth St., Kenner, 468-7231; THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE (NR) — The syndicated radio program performs an episode live in New York via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters around the U.S. and Canada. Local theaters screening the show are AMC Palace 16 (Westbank), AMC Palace 20 (Elmwood) and Hollywood Movies 14 (Covington). Visit for details. 7 p.m. Thursday. THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER (NR) — The event screens the first part of the four-part HBO documentary series, which follows youth from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools as they work to get healthy food in public school cafeterias. A discussion follows. Free admission. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, 523-4352; AMC Palace 10 (Hammond), (888) 2624386; AMC Palace 12 (Clearview), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 16 (Westbank), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 20 (Elmwood), (888) 262-4386; Canal Place, 363-1117; Chalmette Movies, 304-9992; Entergy IMAX, 581-IMAX; Grand (Slidell), (985) 641-1889; Hollywood 9 (Kenner), 464-0990; Hollywood 14 (Covington), (985) 893-3044; Kenner MegaDome, 468-7231; Prytania, 891-2787; Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, 527-6012


LISTINGS — Works by Joachim Casell, Rene Ragi, Phillip Sage and Jack Miller, ongoing.

COLE PRATT GALLERY. 3800 Magazine St., 8916789; www.coleprattgallery. com — Paintings by Phil Sandusky, through May 26.


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BARRISTER’S GALLERY. 2331 St. Claude Ave., 5252767; www.barristersgallery. com — “Visions of the Unnatural World,” paintings by Nikki Crook, Amy Guidry and Monique Ligons, through June 2. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

ACADEMY GALLERY. 5256 Magazine St., 899-8111 — Works by Robert Seago and Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux, through Saturday.

DU MOIS GALLERY. 4921 Freret St., 818-6032; www. — “Visages,” works by Devin Meyers and Fat Kids, through June. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. THE FRONT. 4100 St. Claude Ave.; www.nolafront. org — Works by Ariya Martin, Philippe Landry and Rachel Avena Brown, through June 3. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

GOOD CHILDREN GALLERY. 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427; — “That Passes Between Us,” a group exhibition of installation, photography, print and video, through June 3. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. STAPLE GOODS. 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331; www. — “Sculptures I Wish I Had Made,” photography based mixed media by Cynthia Scott, through June 3. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. STELLA JONES GALLERY. Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 132, 568-9050 — “Louisiana Roots,” paintings by Ed Clark; sculture by Harold Cousins; both through June 29. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

ANTON HAARDT GALLERY. 2858 Magazine St., 309-4249; www.antonart. com — Works by Anton Haardt, Christopher Moses and others, ongoing. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY. 432 Julia St., 5221999; www.arthurrogergallery. com — “Down Highway 23,” paintings by David Bates; sculpture by Joseph Havel, through May 19. THE BEAUTY SHOP. 3828 Dryades St. — Works by Rebecca Rebouche, ongoing. BEE GALLERIES. 319 Chartres St., 587-7117; www. — Works by 15 local and regional artists including Martin LaBorde, ongoing. BENEITO’S ART. 3618 Magazine St., 891-9170; — “Geishas and Courtesans,” oil paintings by Bernard Beneito, ongoing. CAFE BABY. 237 Chartres St., 310-4004; www. — Paintings and works on paper by Mark Bercier, ongoing. CALLAN CONTEMPORARY. 518 Julia St., 5250518; — “Undercurrents,” works by Mitchell Lonas, through May 25. CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY. 840 Napoleon Ave., 895-6130; — “MindScrape,” works by Masahiro Arai, through May 26. CASELL GALLERY. 818 Royal St., 524-0671; www.

COUP D’OEIL ART CONSORTIUM. 2033 Magazine St., 722-0876; — “Modern Ritual,” photographs by Mark Glaviano, through Saturday. COURTYARD GALLERY. 1129 Decatur St., 330-0134; — Hand-carved woodworks by Daniel Garcia, ongoing.


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D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 5243936 — “Iconic Inspiration,” paintings by Cheryl Cabrera, through May. GALLERY 3954. 3954 Magazine St., 400-9032; www. — Works by Fifi Laughlin, George Marks, Julie Silvers, Kathy Slater and Neirmann Weeks, ongoing. GALLERY VERIDITAS. 3822 Magazine St., 267-5991; — “A Little Old, A Little New,” works by J. Renee and Luis Colmenares, through June. GUY LYMAN FINE ART. 3645 Magazine St., 8994687; www.guylymanfineart. com — Mixed media with mechanical light sculpture by Jimmy Block, ongoing. HERIARD-CIMINO GALLERY. 440 Julia St., 525-7300; www.heriardcimino. com — “Intrinsic Systems,” paintings by Andree Carter, through May 30. JACK GALLERY. 900 Royal St., 588-1777 — Paintings, lithographs and other works by Tom Everhart, Gordon Parks, Al Hirschfeld, Stanley Mouse, Anja, Patrick McDonnell and other artists, ongoing. JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; — “Close to Home,” paintings by Charles G. Smith, through May. JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 522-5471; — “Game Room,” works by Michael Combs; “The Sleeping Water,” video and mixed-media works by Ken Matsubara; both through May 19. LEMIEUX GALLERIES. 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www. — “Made in Louisiana,” paintings and drawings by Shirley Rabe Masinter, through May 26. MARTINE CHAISSON GALLERY. 727 Camp St., 304-7942; — “Parallel,”

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GALERIE ROYALE. 3648 Magazine St., 894-1588; — “New Orleans,” ink and watercolor on paper by Lee Kessler, through May. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

ANGELA KING GALLERY. 241 Royal St., 524-8211; — Works by Patterson & Barnes and Christian Vey, through May 18.


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“Approach them carefully, they’re very aggressive.” No, it wasn’t a cage of tarantulas, this was an art gallery and the assistant gallerist was offering practical advice. New Orleans photographer Mark Glaviano’s stark color the Sleeping Water — photographs of young men and women tHru Mekong Delta suspended from hooks, oozing little MaY rivulets of blood, are indeed aggresJonathan Ferrara Gallery, sive, literally lending a new level of 400A Julia St., 522gravitas to body piercing. Like much of 5471; www.jonathanferthe modern primitives movement, this is patterned on ancient rituals, and while the process is said to require practice and preparation, a lot of what we see in this Pain Tribe series looks colorfully chaotic. Amore (pictured) is emblematic, as troll-like figures hoist a gagged man with a mohawk in a dramatic tableau like something from a punk production of Satyricon. Similar scenes abound, along with occasional moments of levity when nubile women with buzz cuts coquettishly cut up with riding crops. Hey, girls just wanna have fun. Glaviano’s Modern Ritual photos take us to a netherworld where anthropology meets pain at its most rapturous, as the spirits of the tribal past return with a vengeance. the tone could not be more different in Ken Matsubara’s ethereally beautiful, yet no less unsettling, mixed-media works. Like futuristic magic lanterns from a high-tech alchemist, Matsubara’s silvery bell jars come to life with floating forms of young men and women seemingly washed away in tsunami tides in Sleeping Water — Mekong Delta. Here they recall the drowned figures in local film collective Court 13’s great video Glory at Sea. Others resemble magic mirrors, or large animated Daguerreotypes in works such as Storm in a Glass, where the water in a tall clear glass sloshes from side to side in a self-contained mini-tsunami — and once again we are reminded we are living in times when the old gods suddenly can become quite restless. — D. ErIC BOOKHArDt


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MUSIC BOX. 1027 Piety St., (347) 784-5226; www. — “the Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory,” an interactive installation, through June 2. NEW ORLEANS ARTWORKS. 727 Magazine St., 529-7279 — “Printemps,” glass sculpture by Curtiss Brock,

glass torch-worked jewelry by tucker Kelley and gyotaku prints by Scott Johnson, through May.

NEWCOMB ART GALLERY. Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 865-5328; www. — “Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost,” through June. NOUVELLE LUNE. 938 Royal St., 908-1016 — Works using reclaimed, repurposed

or salvaged materials by Linda Berman, Georgette Fortino, David Bergeron, Kelly Guidry and tress turner, ongoing.

OCTAVIA ART GALLERY. 4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; — “Order/Chaos,” paintings by Jeffrey Pitt, through May 26. PETER O’NEILL STUDIOS. 721 Royal St., 527-0703; www.

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Papa Grows Funk, Feufollet, Geno Delafose, Mia Borders, Renard Poche’ Band, Russell Batiste & Uptown Indians featuring Jason Neville, Camile Baudoin & Living Rumors, JAM-ALL featuring Jamal Batiste, Bachaco, Brassaholics “GO-GO Brass Funk”, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Gravy, Earphunk, Irene Sage Band, CaddyWhompus/Sun Hotel/Native America and many more!

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REYNOLDS-RYAN ART GALLERY. Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., 896-6369; — Works by Ron Bechet, through May 16. RHINO CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS GALLERY. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., second floor, 5237945; — Works by Cathy Cooper-Stratton, Margo Manning, Chad Ridgeway and teri Walker and others, ongoing. SCOTT EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581 — “Photosmith’s Quintet,” music photographs by Zack Smith, Chris Felver, Barry Kaiser, Greg Miles and Bob Compton, through June. SIBLEY GALLERY. 3427 Magazine St., 899-8182 — “Perceptions,” works by Julie Robinson, through Wednesday. SOREN CHRISTENSEN GALLERY. 400 Julia St., 5699501; — “Reveille,” paintings by Melissa Herrington, through May. STUDIO 831. 532 Royal St., 304-4392; — “In a Mind’s Eye,” sculpture by Jason Robert Griego, ongoing.

THREE RIVERS GALLERY. 333 E. Boston St., (985) 8922811; www.threeriversgallery. com — Works by Gail Glassman, through thursday. UPTOWN POPUP ART GALLERY. 7835 Maple St. — “Study of Dynamics,” works by Kenneth A. McAshan, through Saturday.

call for artists ART MELT. Forum 35 accepts art submissions and marketplace entries for the annual Art Melt, an arts market and juried show to be held at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on July 14. Visit or www. for details. Submissions deadline is June 1. COLD DRINK PRINTMAKING INVITATIONAL. Du Mois Gallery, 4921 Freret St., 818-6032; — the gallery seeks printmakers for its annual

NEW ORLEANS BY NEW ORLEANS. Artwork is needed to illustrate the upcoming community anthology of short stories and poetry. Visit www. for details. NEW ORLEANS LOVING FESTIVAL. Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy St., 2983161; — the festival seeks original artwork and films with themes concerning the multiracial experience for the exhibition “Mixed Messages 2.” Email mail@charitablefilmnetwork. org for details. Submissions deadline is May 28.

spare spaces DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8500; www. — Works by Mario Ortiz, ongoing. THREE MUSES. 536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; — Portraits by Zack Smith, ongoing.

museums CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 528-3800; — “NOLA NOW Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana”; “Spaces,” works from artist co-ops Antenna, the Front and Good Children Gallery; both through June 10. HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — “Furnishing Louisiana, 1735–1835,” an exhibition exploring early Louisiana furniture and woodworking, through June 17. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM CABILDO. 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt. — “New Orleans Bound 1812: the Steamboat that Changed America,” through January 2013. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESBYTERE. 751 Chartres St., 568-6968; — “the Louisiana Plantation Photos of Robert tebbs,” 60 gelatin silver prints by the architecture photographer, through November. “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond”; “It’s Carnival time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; both ongoing. NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM. 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; — “September 11, 2001: A Global

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NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; — “Hard truths: the Art of thornton Dial,” through May 20. “Mass Produced: technology in 19th-Century English Design,” through June 24. “Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III,” through Sept. 9. “Dario Robleto: the Prelives of the Blues,” through Sept. 16. “Forever,” mural by Odili Donald Odita, through Oct. 7. OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART. 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www. — “Maximalist and Naturalist,” paintings by Merk Messersmith; “Remedies,” oil paintings by Alexa Kleinbard; “Duck Blinds: Louisiana,” photographs by Nell Campbell; “Elysium,” photographs by Colleen Mullins; “Field Work,” photograms by Woody Woodroof; photographs by CC Lockwood; “Plastic Gulf,” video by Lee Deigaard; all through July 23. SOUTHEASTERN ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE. Jones Hall, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5699; — “Following Wright,” an exhibit highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence with drawings by architects Edward Sporl, Albert C. Ledner, Philip Roach Jr. and Leonard Reese Spangenberg, through Dec. 7. SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; — “IlluminEAting,” photographs by Meredith Beau, through June 10. “tanqueray Olive” and “Guinness Pint,” prints by tom Gianfagna, through Jan. 21, 2013. “Lena Richard: Pioneer in Food tV,” an exhibit curated by Ashley Young; “then and Now: the Story of Coffee”; both ongoing. TULANE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOM. Jones Hall, room 205, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5000; www. — “the Art of Proteus,” an exhibition showcasing the krewe’s costume and float designs from 1882-1907, through May 30.

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VELVETEEN RABBIT. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www. — ann mahoney Kadar directs southern rep’s reimagining of the classic children’s story. Visit www.southernrep. com for details. tickets $10. noon and 3 p.m. saturday and sat., may 19.

DANCE THEATER AS YOU LIKE IT. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 658-4100; — sam Dudley directs the nola project’ site-specific production of the shakespeare comedy. tickets $16 general admission, $8 students, noma members and children 17 and under. food and drink vendors arrive at the garden at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. wednesday-thursday, sunday, may 16-18 and may 20. LADY DAY. Emerson’s, 5363 Franklin Ave. — new orleans r&b singer sharon martin plays billie Holiday in the musical dramatizing her final performance. Call 872-0969 for reservations. advance tickets $20 general admission, $16 seniors, $12 students; $25 at the door. 8 p.m. fridaysaturday and 5 p.m. sunday.

PSYCHO BEACH PARTY. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., 488-1460; — fred nuccio directs Charles busch’s dark comedy set in 1962 malibu beach that lampoons surf movies, psychodramas and horror movie moms. tickets $25. 8 p.m. thursday-saturday and 6 p.m. sunday, may 11-13 and may 25-26; 9 p.m. thursdaysaturday and 7 p.m. sunday, may 18-20. SHIRLEY VALENTINE. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; — in willy russell’s one-woman show, ricky graham is a middleaged, working class liverpool housewife who contemplates life before and after a trip to greece. Call 522-6545 or

THREE BY TENNESSEE. Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road (off Lee Road), Covington, (985) 8931671; www.playmakersinc. com — the theater presents a trio of tennessee williams plays that includes The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot and The Case of the Crushed Petunias. tickets $15 general admission, $10 students. 8 p.m. friday-saturday, then 8 p.m. friday-saturday and 2 p.m. sunday, may 18-may 27.

BURLESqUE & CABARET BURLESQUE BALLROOM. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2270; — trixie minx stars in the weekly burlesque show featuring the music of leon “Kid Chocolate” brown. Call 553-2331 for details. 11:50 p.m. friday. FLEUR DE TEASE. One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; — the troupe does a burlesque take on Wizard of Oz. tickets $15 general admission, $20 reserved seating. Call 319-8917 or email for reservations. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. sunday. STORYVILLE STARLETTES. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446; — the burlesque troupe presents “Cold war Cabaret.” tickets $10. 10:30 p.m. friday.

FAMILY PLAY/WRITE SHOWCASE. Dillard University, Cook Theatre, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., 816-4857; www.dillard. edu — in the culmination of goat in the road productions’ children’s playwriting festival, ten plays written by fifth and seventh graders throughout

A CONCERT OF CLASSICS. Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., 483-3816 — Jefferson ballet theatre performs Pas de Quatre, the “le Jardin” sequence from Le Corsaire and act 2 of Giselle. Call 468-1231 or email for reservations. tickets $20 general admission, $10 students and $5 children. 7:30 p.m. friday. JOFFREY BALLET. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052; — the acclaimed Chicago-based ballet company performs. Call 522-0996 or visit for reservations. tickets $20-$80. 8 p.m. saturday.


MYSTICAL CELEBRATIONS. NOCCA Riverfront Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., 940-2787; — students from the noCCa Dance Department perform a concert of classical ballet, modern and jazz dance. tickets $5. 7 p.m. thursday-saturday.

AUDITIONS CATCH THE WALL. NOCCA Riverfront, 2800 Chartres St., 940-2787; — teen actors and dancers are needed for a new play about the new orleans charter school system and bounce music. auditions are by appointment only. Call (908) 692-2992 or email for details. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. saturday-sunday. NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE FESTIVAL. the festival, held in september, seeks burlesque dancers (men and women), singers, comics, magicians, contortionists, duos, troupes, novelty and other variety acts. email or visit www.neworleansburlesquefest. com for details. there is a $15 application fee. application deadline is may 27.

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ComEdy ALLSTAR COMEDY REVUE. House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St. — the comedy show features special guests. 8 p.m. thursday. BLOCK PARTY. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; www.newmovementtheater. com — the open mic allows participants to take the stage for five minutes to present anything they want. tickets $5. 9:30 p.m. thursday. COMEDY BEAST. Howlin’

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COMEDY CATASTROPHE. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099; www. — Cassidy Henehan hosts the weekly comedy showcase. Free admission. 9 p.m. tuesday.

FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY SHOWCASE. The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., 3715543; www.maisonfrenchmen. com — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts a stand-up showcase featuring New Orleans comedians. Free admission. 8 p.m. Friday.

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EVENTS THurSday 10 THE GREEN NATTIES AWARDS. Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., 525-2951; www.eiffelsociety. com — the inaugural awards recognizes accomplishments of new orleans businesses that participated in a “sus-

tainability audit” over the past year. the ceremony also features local, sustainable food, music by fredy omar, the sketch comedy group stupid time machine and a silent auction. tickets start at $25. Visit for details. patron party 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., general admission 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. MAGIC IN MELPOMENIA. Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, 1717 St. Charles Ave., (888) 899-2288; www. — the felicity street redevelopment project, a nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of the lower st. Charles avenue corridor, hosts a fundraiser with a cocktail reception and art auction. Call 581-3701 or email for details. admission $50 per person, $75 per couple. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE SEMINAR. 1515 Poydras Building, 1515 Poydras St., fifth floor auditorium — the seminar topic is “building real Connections in business: why networking alone won’t get You there.” admission $10 chamber members, $20 nonmembers. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. REBUILDING TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS KICKOFF PARTY. Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-7032; — the group hosts a party with wine and hors d’oeuvres where guests can learn more about the organization’s october building initiative. email ryoung@ or visit www.rtno. org for details. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. SCANDAL! A BRIEF AND SENSATIONAL HISTORY OF THE MASCOT, THE MOST NOTORIOUS NEWSPAPER OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE GILDED AGE. Louisiana State Museum Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; — writer and photographer

sally asher presents a brief history of the sensationalist new orleans newspaper The Mascot, including readings of the paper. free admission. 6 p.m. STROKE AND BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING. West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 3475511; — Dr. andrea toomer of Culicchia neurological Clinic and roquel savoy of medtronics discuss “Coping with pain and spasticity after a stroke or brain injury.” Call 349-6396 or visit for details. 4 p.m.

Friday 11 DON’T SMOKE, PREVENT STROKE. Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St., 528-9400; —

part of the american Heart association’s campaign that asks businesses to go smoke-free for one day, bourbon Heat hosts a party with food, drinks and a silent auction. all proceeds benefit the local american Heart association. admission $25. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. SENIOR FEST. Human Performance Center, University Of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 280-6683‎ — the new orleans Council on aging’s event celebrating seniors includes information from vendors, food, activities and music by arthur Johnson and the Chosen few and baby boys brass band. Visit for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE Y’ART. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www.noma. org — the museum’s weekly event features music, performances, lectures, film screenings, family-friendly activities and more. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. fridays. WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE LUNCHEON. Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. — bridge House/grace House hosts its 17th annual benefit luncheon honoring “women of Hollywood south.” Call 821-7385 or visit www.bridgehouse. org/events/women-of-substance for details. admission $85. silent auction 11 a.m., luncheon 12:30 p.m.

SaTurday 12 ANIMAL HELPER CRAWFISH BOIL FUNDRAISER. Parlay’s, 870 Harrison Ave., 482-4700 — the dog- and

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Park, Big Lake Lawn — The nonprofit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women hosts a 5K walk. Visit for details. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk. FORESTIVAL. A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, 394-5977; — Tulane’s A Studio in the Woods hosts a celebration of art and nature. The festival showcases the resident artists’ work and there is live music. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOPE ON DECK. St. Joseph’s Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., 522-3186 — Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans hosts a fundraiser with food, drinks, entertainment and a raffle. Admission $25. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. LIBERTY HOUSE MOTHER’S LUNCHEON. Dillard University, Kearny Building, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., 283-8822‎; — Liberty House, a transitional home for homeless young women

who are either pregnant or have at least one child, hosts a fundraiser luncheon with music and entertainment. Call 412-3914 or visit for details. Admission $40. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEW ORLEANS LADIES ARM WRESTLING BRAWL. Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-9653; — Arm wrestlers assume professional wrestling-esque personas and compete in theatrical bouts to raise money for Covenant House New Orleans. The event also features half-time entertainment by Slow Danger Brass Band. Admission is free, but a $2-$5 donation is suggested. 8 p.m. NOLA VEGGIE FEST. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 9489961; — The Humane Society of Louisiana hosts a two-day vegan food festival with lectures, live music, film screenings, cooking demonstrations and more. Call 264-1101 or visit www.

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SAMUEL WILSON JR.. Pitot House, 1440 Moss St., 482-0312; — The tour beginning and ending at Pitot House traces the architect’s legacy along Bayou St. John. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit www.aianeworleans. org for details. Admission $35. 2 p.m. CHAMPAGNE STROLL. Magazine Street merchants serve free Champagne and Champagne cocktails, host promotions, art openings and trunk shows at the event that also includes live music and food. Visit for the full list of participating vendors. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. CRAWFISH MAMBO. University of New Orleans, Lakefront Campus — The UNO International Alumni Association hosts a crawfish cook-off with live music. Call 280-2586 or visit www. for details. Admission $15 in advance, $20 day of event. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. DRESS FOR SUCCESS POWER WALK. City

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ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET. Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi — The market showcases fresh seafood, local produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. Call 355-4442 or visit www. for details. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

TOUR DE LIS. Popp’s Fountain, City Park, 1 Palm Drive — The 5K walk/run and three-mile bike ride raises funds for cancer prevention and survivor support. The event also features live music, food and family activities. Email or visit for details. Admission $35. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk/run, 9:15 a.m. bike ride.

Monday 14 LET’S TALK. Gates of Prayer Synagogue, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie — The new

support group for families of young, hearing impaired children meets at the New Orleans Oral School inside the synagogue. Pre-registration is requested. Call 885-1606 or email neworleansoralschool@yahoo. com for details. 8:45 a.m. PARTY IN THE GARDEN. Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St., 483-7037; — Hollygrove Market and Farm hosts its third annual fundraiser with live music, live and silent auctions, and food and drinks from more than 20 local restaurants. Admission $40 in advance, $45 at the door. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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TV’s Impact Wrestling appear at the event. Visit www. for details. Admission starts at $20. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. BIG EASY ROLLERGIRLS BOUT. Human Performance Center, University Of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 280-6683‎ — The Big Easy Rollergirls All-Stars take on the Memphis Hustlin Rollers. Visit www. for details. General admission $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $6 children 7-12, free for children 6 and under. 7 p.m. Saturday.

woRdS ANN BENOIT. Sunshine Boutique, East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-5659; www. — The author signs Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard Cookbook. 10 a.m. Wednesday. ANNE BUTLER. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 899-7323 — The author signs and discusses Main Street of Louisiana. 2 p.m. Saturday. BEN SANDMEL. Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 304-7115; www.maplestreetbookshop. com — The author signs Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. THE BLACK WIDOW SALON. Crescent City Books, 230 Chartres St., 524-4997 — Michael Allen Zell hosts the literary salon featuring David Rutledge discussing Vladimir Nabokov and creative nonfiction. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. “CORNBREAD NATION 6: THE BEST OF SOUTHERN FOOD WRITING”. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 899-7323 — Contributors to the collection, including Sara Roahen, Lolis Eric Elie, Wayne Curtis, David Grunfeld and Bob Marshall, sign and discuss the book. 6 p.m.

Wednesday. DALE ARCHER. Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 304-7115; www. — The author signs Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. IMRAN AHMAD. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., 8997323 — The author signs and discusses Unimagined.

6 p.m. Thursday.

JACQUELINE WOODSON. University of New Orleans, Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive — The author of children and young adult books including Miracle’s Boys discusses her work. 6 p.m. Thursday. LESLIE CRAWFORD COSTNER. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — The author discusses and signs Goodnight Acadiana. 11 a.m. Saturday. PATTY FRIEDMANN. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — The discusses and signs No Takebacks. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. PETER J. MURRAY. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — The author discusses and signs Mokee Joe is Coming. 1 p.m. Saturday. “SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: A GLOBAL MOMENT” BOOK DISCUSSION. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; — The group discusses Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in conjunction with the museum’s September 11 exhibition. 6 p.m. Tuesday. THE WELL: A WOMEN’S POETRY CIRCLE. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., 947-2121; www. — The group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Mondays. Call 655-5489 or email hwoodie104@gmail. com for details.

CaLL FoR wRITERS WILLIAM FAULKNER-WILLIAM WISDOM CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION. The competition offers cash prizes in seven categories of unpublished work, as well as a guest spot at the Faulkner Society’s annual Words & Music festival. Email faulkhouse@aol. com for details. Submissions deadline is May 15.


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Iggy is a 3-year-old, neutered,

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This young, handsome boy is super friendly, and gets along with other cats. He is fully vetted; just waiting for a family to love! 601-749-0268, spaymart@


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Squit is a 5-year-old, spayed, DSH

with pastel tortie markings. Her owners were moving and could not take her with them. She’s good around dogs, cats and children and is hoping her new family is a big one! To meet Squit or any of the other wonderful pets at the LA/SPCA, come to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), 10-4, Mon.Sat. & 12-4 Sun. or call 368-5191. To look for a lost pet come to the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. (Algiers), Mon-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5 or call 368-5191 or visit

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Percy was returned to SpayMart when his owner had a baby. He is a super sweet orange boy with a big personality; fully vetted and chipped. 601-749-0268,


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Dear Rebecca, I can totally understand your doubts about college, particularly considering that there has been extensive media coverage about college tuition increases, skyrocketing student loans, and lots of articles on whether a university degree is still worth pursuing. In a May 2011 research poll, 57% of respondents believed that higher Grant Cooper education is not worth the cost and 75% feel that college is now too expensive for the average American. Do you absolutely need a college degree? No. You and Bill Gates can both be successful, and neither of you has a college degree. However, would it be advisable for you to pursue a college degree? Absolutely, and here are my reasons: 1) The future is uncertain in today’s volatile economy. Many scenarios could place you out of work at some point in the future. As successful as you have been as a restaurant employee, you may wish to try something different in the future, and the lack of a university degree could present an obstacle to competing for a quality job in the employment market. 2) You are young now, and you can take advantage of your energy to take part-time, evening, or weekend courses, and earn a degree within a few years. Whether or not you decide to pursue your degree, those years will pass... So, the only question is, a few years from now, will you have a degree or won’t you? 3) Like it or not, we live in a world of judgment, and at times, snobs. Some should be ignored (“Oh, you didn’t graduate from college! What a shame!”). However, others can either open doors or close them. Whether it is the boss of a cool new place you’d like to work, or a new career you’d like to pursue, the lack of a college degree can present a problem.



4) There is very little downside. Providing that you still work and avoid astronomical student loans, you will forever thank yourself for having done this. Fully 94% of parents surveyed by Pew plan on sending their child to college. Someday you may have a teenage (biological or adopted) son or daughter… try convincing him or her to go to college if you didn’t.

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Dear Job Guru, “I graduated from high school a few years ago, but I didn’t go to college. I’ve been making good money waiting tables at a French Quarter restaurant, and now I’m worried about whether I should go to college or not. Since you’re a résumé writer, can you tell me if it’s really worth it, considering the student loans I’d need?” — Rebecca A., Uptown

As a career coach and résumé writer for nearly two decades, I can honestly say that I have never had a client who regretted getting an undergraduate degree… but I have had tons of clients who regretted just the opposite. The Pew Research Center estimates a $650,000 lifetime difference between the earnings of the average high school graduate and the average college graduate.





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Over thirty-one years ago, the first issue of Gambit was published. Today, this locally owned multimedia company provides the Greater New Orleans area with an award-winning newspaper and website ( and sponsors many cultural events. CAREER-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

Internships are great resume-building opportunities for college students seeking to participate in a fast-paced, team-oriented, hands-on, media work environment. EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Gambit has two unpaid editorial internships available for the summer semester. Submissions may be sent by e-mail or mail. (See details below.) The deadline for intern submissions is Monday, May 21. Application packages sent by mail will not be returned. No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. • Editorial A dedicated, conscientious and talented college student is sought for this unpaid, 12- to 20-hour-a-week summer semester internship. Interns will learn a wide range of editorial duties, write both on deadline and for long-term projects, and gain a better understanding of the editorial process of an alternative newsweekly under the tutelage of an award-winning staff. Send a resume, a cover letter explaining your goals for an internship, and 3-5 writing samples (published samples preferred but not required) by e-mail to, or by mail to Will Coviello, A&E Editor, Gambit Communications, 3923 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70119. • Editorial: CUE Magazine Gambit’s CUE magazine (a lifestyle magazine covering fashion, home and beauty) is seeking a style-minded individual with experience and/or interest in writing and/or photography. The program is an unpaid, 12- to 20-hour-a-week internship. Interns will learn a wide range of editorial duties, work on deadline and for long-term projects, and gain a better understanding of the editorial processes of a lifestyle magazine and an alternative newsweekly. Send a cover letter explaining your goals for an internship, a resume and 3-5 writing samples (published preferred but not required) by e-mail to, or by mail to Missy Wilkinson, Special Sections Editor, Gambit Communications, 3923 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

EMPLOYMENT Are you a service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new opportunity at a top New Orleans restaurant?

We have the following openings available:

Servers • Cooks

If you are interested, please email your resume to Ja’net Torrance at ja’ Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA

Are you an energetic and service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new and exciting opportunity? We are now hiring for the opening team of René Bistrot! We have the following openings available:

HOST/HOSTESSES • SERVERS BARTENDERS • COOKS If you are interested, please stop by between 3pm and 5pm to submit your resume. Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA


To purchase, price and promote products and to ensure adequate receiving and stocking of grocery items to meet objectives for sales, margin, inventory turns, labor, product selection guidelines and customer service. Duties include: • Purchasing bulk & refrigerated grocery, as well as other items as required by Grocery Manager. • Stocking, merchandising, & ensuring product freshness in: packaged, refrigerated, frozen, bulk, & non-food grocery. • Researching local products & supporting the development of the co-op’s product selection. • Supervising department staff in Grocery Manager’s absence. • Providing a welcoming environment, excellent customer service, and prompt, accurate check ou for our owners and community members.

readers need

CASHIER & GUEST SERVICES ASSOCIATE To provide prompt, friendly, courteous customer service; efficient & accurate cashiering; and a clean, attractive, fully-stocked store during shifts.

Benefits include: • Wages based on experience • 15% discount on groceries • Medical insurance • Paid time off • Other benefits Apply online at or pick up an application at the store, 2372 St. Claude. No phone calls please. Position open until filled.

Good food, real people, meaningful jobs make a living cooperatively!

a new JOB You can help them find one.

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Duties include: • Provide a welcoming environment & excellent customer service. • Deliver prompt, accurate check out & bag groceries. • Educating community members about co-op values and mission; promote investment in co-op ownership • Perform opening & closing duties • Maintain a clean, orderly cashier station & store. • Answer & route calls • Stock & face products and maintain attractive displays.


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

Great Weekend Home

Completely furn 2BR/2.5BA TH on Cardinal Course, 17th green. Diamondhead, MS (45 min to NO) $125,000. Century 21, Betsy, 1-800-221-2423


With $800 upper revenue: 2478 sq ft total, tropical setting, 1/2 blk streetcar, 2 blks river. 8129 Maple St. $440,000. 504-314-1455. MUST SEE!

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 1929 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

Two-story office building approx. 2,160sf. REDUCED price of $249,000. Can also be for lease $1,900/mo., triple net. Emily Kramer, Corporate Realty 581-5005


Vacant lot 50 x100, Castine St great neighborhood Re/Max Partners 888-9900. Each office independently owned and operated. Phyllis Seely 236-6464

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

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

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



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

New Orleans Office Condo

$100,000 or best offer. Motivated Seller. 1,200 sf. Ample parking. Picturesque office park. Emily Kramer, Corporate Realty 504-581-5005



2 BR, 2.5 BA. Furn, healthclub, pool, parking. All util incl, wifi. Minimum 1 month. $3000/mo. Also 3 BR Penthouse $3800/mo. 781-608-6115.


Diversity. Cultural Competence. CONDO. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, offstreet parking. Quiet area. 1 month minimum. $2800. For more info, call 225-281-9875

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542-44 Lowerline Street New Orleans 70118 $915,000

New Orleans Area (Metairie) 10 Min to Downtown N.O. 1 & 2 Br Apts, 1 Ba, furn. Qn bed, WiFi, Cbl. Pkg.Util Incl. Lndry Fac. Sec Cameras From $1200/mth. 1 mth min. 2200 Pasadena, Met. 781608-6115..


2273 Barataria Blvd. 900 sq ft office + half bath. 2 rms, prof’l mgmt. Easy free parking. Desks avail. $800/month. 781-608-6115



Professional Office Space

Near Causeway & Vets. Rent includes use of 2 conference rooms, kitchen & reception area. Ground floor space, hardwood floors, crown moldings, drive up parking. Call Albert 504-837-1304.




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



Modern 1 BR Apt. $775/mo incl free wifi & assigned pkg. 1 yr lease. $400 sec dep & rental application. 2325 Pasadena Ave. (nr Clearview & I-10). 504-366-7374 or 781-608-6115.


Near heart of Metairie, dead end street. 1br + bonus room from $750. Rsvd pkg;1 car, water pd. No smoking/ pet s. Call 504-780-1706 or visit us at


2511 Metairie Lawn. 2BR/2BA, w/d, pool, security. No pets. Rent $950/ mo. Sale $149,000. Call 427-1087


3br/2ba. dr, den + attached garage. Fenced, off street parking. Ceiling fans. Wired for cable. Seperate dog run. Pets w/deposit. $1600/mo & dep. Avail Jun 1st. 913-4803.

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Fabulous Home-ideal for entertaining.4 br, 2 1/2 bA. 3512 sf living. Large entertainment space includes formal living,dining,den and sun room. beautiful hardwood floors and architectural details. Wonderful front porch. ready for new owner to add their renovation touches.


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

Upscale Tri-plex. Current rental income is $7,465. Owner financing available 4851-53 Magazine Street


Licensed in Louisiana for 32 years, building on a real estate heritage since 1905

455 Phillip Street, $ 239,000

817 Amelia Street, $239,900 SOLD

Andrew Severino Investment Specialist

504-571-9576 Sharpe Realty LLC 1513 St. Charles Avenue Suite A New Orleans, LA 70130 • (504)- 684-4448

Was gutted to the studs in 2004/05 and underwent a high quality renovation. 3 independent bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with whirlpool plus nice walk-in closet, off street parking in a great close to town location.

Rustic charm on this unique home fashioned from joining two separate cottages. Great flowing floor plan and with a second front door that’s great for working from home. Off street parking.

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

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




Mature female professional to share private home nr Metairie Rd. $550 mo incl util, cable & more. Long-term pref. Refs & dep. 504-838-6161.


Renovated, large 2 BR apt with 12 x 24’ liv room plus sep dining room, furn kit. Sunset deck, bike path, laundry on premises, offst pkg. No pets. Avail 6/1. $824. 504-236-5776


NOLA * Gretna * Metairie * Kenner. Affordable Luxury Living, 1, 2, 3 BDs, $545 & up! Gtd. Pkng, Lndry, Courtyards, FREE WI FI. 504-304-4687


Big Marigny & 7th Ward

Warehouse Rampart 5000sf. $1250 mo. +2 Great Locations 4 Downtown Living Nice 3BR/1BA, Cen.A/C, Big Yd $1350 BayouRd/Bell $975, 3BR Ph. 432-5104

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


3/2, completely furn kit, w/d, all appl . included,ca/h, carport w/storage in back alley. All renov’t. Sm dog negotiable, no smoking. $1200 + $1200 sec. dep. 1 yr lease, refs. 455-2674.


Beautiful Marina Living

128 N. Roadway, In a boathouse $1700/mo, 1 bed, 350 sq ft 40 ft slip Jennifer LaNasa Evans HGI Realty 504 207-7575


2BR/1BA upper, 1000 + sf, hdwd flrs, furn kit, w/d, porch, fen yd, off st pkg, no smokers, pet negot. $985/mo + dep. 488-2969



MID CITY - Offstreet parking for one vehicle. Separate entrance. Available Now. Contact Jane, (504) 482-5292



Living room, large bedroom, tile bath, furnished kitchen. Private fenced backyard. No pets. $800/month + deposit. 504-494-0970 1 BR Newly renovated. Hi ceil, granite countertops, wd flrs, w/d on site, , walk to Park or Bayou. On Canal St Car line. $800/mo. 713/204-5342

Fully Furn’d studio/effy/secure bldg/ gtd pkg/pool/gym/wifi/laundry. Avail NOW. 985-871-4324, 504-442-0573.


Studio, newly remodeled kit & ba, hdwd flrs. $750 mo. Huge 2 BR Apt. Bright, spacious,, high ceilings, hdwd flrs, $1095. Both have Cent a/h, laundry facility avail 24 hrs. Walk 1 blk to St. Charles St Car, easy access to I-10, CBD & FQ. No pets/No smokers. 1-888-2396566.






1205 ST CHARLES/$1075


3222 Napoleon Rooms For Rent

Spacious house, 6 large private bedrooms. Large equipped kitchen, 3 baths, dining room, front porch. Central heat & air. $625 each includes all utilities & internet, cable & laundry facilities. No Pets + Deposit 504-376-4676. Grad students welcome.


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EstatEs auction

Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), “Saturday Night at the Honky Tonk,” c. 1966, oil on board, signed l.r., purchased by the current owner’s grandmother from the artist at Melrose Plantation in 1966, framed, H.- 15 1/2 in., W.- 23 1/2 in.

KPM Porcelain Plaque, 19th c., of a draped classical nude beauty in repose, reading in a landscape, H.- 6 3/8 in., W.- 9 1/4 in.

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Fine Tiffany Sterling Art Nouveau Center Bowl, c. 1906, # 16346A, 3547, H.- 3 in., Dia.- 12 in., wt.- 28.45 troy oz. Carved Mahogany Tall Case Clock, 19th c., the brass and steel dial labeled Thomas Armstrong & Brother, Manchester, time and strike, H.- 88 in., W.- 18 1/2 in., D.- 9 3/4 in.

Wesley Webber (1839-1914), “Sheep at Pasture,” 19th c., oil on canvas, signed l.r., presented in a gilt and gesso frame, H.- 11 in., W.- 14 in. Robert Rucker (1932-2000), “The Shed by the Horse Barn,” 1970, watercolor, signed and dated l.r., H.- 14 1/4 in., W.- 21 1/8 in.

French Provincial Carved Cherry Sideboard, c. 1800, on cabriole legs to scrolled toes, joined by an arched skirt with a central carved shell, H.- 40 3/4 in., W.- 34 in., D.- 24 in. French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Cherry Double Door Armoire, c. 1850, H.- 96 1/2 in., W.60 in., D.- 26 in.

Victor Mazier, “Praying to the Virgin Mary,” and “Priests in Prayer,” 1864, pair of arched oils on canvas, the latter signed, dated, and marked Paris, l.l., unframed, H.- 128 1/4 in., W.- 58 1/4 in.

Fine Antique Persian Kashan Carpet, 10’ 2 x 14’.

Large Selection of Jewelry includes, Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, Pearls.

American Classical Carved Mahogany Gothic Secretary Bookcase, c. 1850, H.- 86 1/2 in., W.54 3/4 in., D.- 24 in.

Florine Hyer (1868-1936), “Still Life of Flowers in a Basket,” oil on canvas, signed l.r., H.- 20 1/4 in., W.- 30 in.

Ninety-Seven Piece Set of Sterling Flatware, by Gorham, c. 1954, in the “Willow” pattern, wt.- 97.7 troy oz.

Antonio Frilli, “Seated Classical Warrior,” bronze, signed on the side of the base S.A.A. Frilli, Fond. Benedice, Marinelli & Co., Firenze, H.- 21 1/2 in., W.- 9 1/4 in., D.- 10 in.

Chickering Ebonized Baby Grand Player Piano, 20th c. accompanied by six Ampico paper rolls, H.- 39 in., W.- 581/2 in., D.- 69 in.

Three Ladies Stainless Rolex Wristwatches, Two with Gold, all mounted with diamonds.

Hunt Slonem (American/Louisiana, b. 1951), “Two Birds,” 1997, oil on canvas, signed and dated en verso, unframed, H.-37 in., W.- 37 in.

Louis Philippe Carved Walnut Chest, c. 1840, H.- 37 in., W.49 1/2 in., D.- 21 in.

Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC French Provincial Louis XIII Style Carved Walnut Double Door Armoire, 18th c., with carved “star” panels and steel fiche hinges and escutcheons, H.- 85 in., W.- 67 in., D.- 29 in.

Maria Szantho (1898-1984), “Reclining Nude,” 20th c., oil on canvas, signed l.r., H.- 24 in., W.- 32 in.

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Emile Roy, “Miracle de sa Charite,” “St. Elisabeth de Hongrie: son Castel,” and “La Supreme Sacrifice,” triptych, oil on canvas, presented in a single frame, each signed, unframed, H.- 71 in., w.- 133 1/2 in.

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