NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2021
/ VOLUME 56 / NUMBER 1
Trick and Treat Halloween in New Orleans
BY SUZANNE TAFUR,
Escape Hatch Fall Travel Planner
BY CHERE COEN
STANDARDS 8 10 12 14 16
FROM THE EDITOR
Ready for Fall
How you Can Help JULIA STREET
Bumps in the Night NEWS + NOTES
News from NOLA Kitchens Fall into Comfort Felton Jones, III
Top Things to Do, Read & Try
Best Bars, Drinks & More
Evacuation Blues HOME ADVICE
Zach Tyson CHEERS
Bitters Sweet NOSH
Comfort Food DINING GUIDE
Listings from Around the City
80 STREETCAR Before They Were Meteorologists
DIAL 12, D1
WYES-TV will broadcast and stream a new documentary on the life and career of GRAMMY Award-winning artist Irma Thomas in — IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. The 90-minute documentary will include an extensive interview with Irma herself, as well as archival and new interviews from many of her colleagues. For all program details, go to wyes.org.
FROM THE EDITOR
his fall has truly been a roller coaster ride. From new COVID-19 Delta cases to back-to-school adventures to the unexpected (and very unwelcome) arrival of Ida, it feels like we all are reeling. First and foremost, our thoughts remain with our neighbors that have been hardest hit. For those of us who endured the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we remember those long days of clean up and recovery. We know that while many things may be lost, spirits remain strong. We’ve included a list of resources for those of us that are fortunate enough to lend a helping hand through donations of time, supplies or money. With the arrival of October, we remain hopeful that fall is bringing with it cooler temperatures, calmer weather and some costumed fun. In this issue, we celebrate spooky season the way Have something you only New Orleans can, with ghostly stories, haunted history, creepy want to share with costumes, frightful events and more fun for everyone. us? Email ashley@ myneworleans.com. We’ve also put together our fall travel planner so that you can get a jump on a winter holiday, an escape in the new year or early spring break, with trips near and far. Plus, we have the latest restaurant news, food, drinks, fun and more to fill your fall with plenty of things to do and places to go. Here’s hoping this month brings us plenty of treats (we’re done with the tricks.)
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HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY REBUILD THE UNITED WAY
Reaching Out How to help our neighboring parishes in need
Hurricane Ida slammed south Louisiana with near-Category 5 force winds on August 29. Areas across south Louisiana were devastated. Here are a few ways we can reach out to our neighbors to lend a helping hand, as they work to rebuild. RESOURCES BAYOU COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Aiding Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle. Bayoucf.org/ disaster-recovery. UNITED HOUMA NATION
Run by United Houma Nation Tribal Communities. @United_ houma_nation. SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
Feeding all of south Louisiana. No-hunger.org. AMERICARES
Aiding health centers and clinics across the area. Americares.org. AMERICAN RED CROSS
Providing shelter and distributing water, comfort kits, ready-to-eat meals. @americanredcross, RedCross.org.
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
Chef Jose Andres formed World Central Kitchen in 2010 when he saw a need to feed communities around the world hit hard by natural and manmade disasters. Since then, the organization has been boots on the ground, responding to emergencies in every part of the world and locally, including New Orleans, Lafitte, Barataria, and beyond. The group works with local chefs, volunteers and organizations like the Cajun Navy to get nutritious meals to those needing relief. Follow @ wckitchen on Instagram and WCK.org, for ways to volunteer or contribute.
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana has set up a relief fund to help communities get back into their homes and schools, as well as to get the essential care they need. In partnership with WWL-TV, individuals can donate $10 to $10,000, with all proceeds going to local efforts, community grants and partner organizations. The organization has also coordinated supply donation drop off locations, for items such as baby formula, toiletries and cleaning supplies, in New Orleans and on the north shore. Check their Instagram for the latest donation information. Follow @unitedwaysela on Instagram or visit UnitedWaySELA.org. RESTORE DTB MUTUAL AID FUND
DTB Mutual Aid Fund is a self-proclaimed “neighbors helping neighbors” non-profit organization in south Lafourche. The group aims to distribute cash in hand to those in need in the wake of Hurricane Ida to meet their immediate needs, such as temporary housing, gas, food, baby and hygiene items. Follow @ Dtb_mutualaidfund on Instagram for ways the group is helping and how you can donate.
CAJUN NAVY RELIEF AND RESCUE
“BLESS YOUR HEART” TEE AND BLESS YOUR HEART NONPROFIT
Place an order for this fetching tee from Fleurty Girl (fleurtygirl.net) for a stylish way to help out. A portion of the proceeds benefit the “Bless Your Heart Nonprofit” organization, which works to address social, educational, and financial needs in the Bayou Region, and has been coordinating Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in the area. You can also check out Bless Your Heart via their Facebook page, and donate directly through PayPal at blessyourheartnonprofit@ gmail.com and Venmo @ blessyourheartnonprofit. “SOUL IS WATERPROOF. LOUISIANA” TEE AND BAYOUFUND.ORG
Dirty Coast is donating a portion of the proceeds from its classic “Soul is Waterproof. Louisiana” tee to Bayou Fund, which is working to hand out cash payments to people in bayou communities impacted by the storm. Get yours at DirtyCoast.com. You can also donate much needed financial help directly to Bayou Fund’s GoFundMe account, run by local restaurant and business Mosquito Supper Club, at BayouFund.org.
This 501(c)3 organization was formed in 2016 in response to catastrophic floods to hit Louisiana. The group accepts monetary donations, as well as donations of supplies such as bug spray, bleach, wet wipes and gloves, and offers ways for individuals to sign up and volunteer. Follow @CajunNavy on Instagram, or visit CajunNavyRelief.com.
W I TH P O Y DR AS THE P A RROT
Bumps in the Night DEAR JULIA,
Each year around Halloween time I hear mention of Grunch Road and Mona Lisa Drive. Where are they located and what is supposed to have happened there? Nothing good, I imagine. Best to Poydras, Janetta Bourgeois (Prairieville, La.)
Isn’t that the way? I do all the work and Poydras gets all the best wishes. Grunch Road falls into the category of urban legends that were lovers’ lane stories. The road was usually located wherever the hot spots, so to speak (not to be confused with the internet term) were located. Early versions of the story had Grunch Road along Hayne Boulevard in Lake Pontchartrain’s then undeveloped south shore area. According to one legend there had been some sort of research facility nearby where a mad scientist created creatures that were part human and part goat. They were known as “grunches,” and as fate would have it, they escaped and hid in the nearby thickets. For some reason they did not like cars parked for romantic purposes in their neighborhood so they would throw stones at the vehicles. That of course made the night a lot less amorous. The late Ethelyn Orso, an anthropologist at the University of New Orleans, did a study on urban legends and noted that the location often shifted with the demographics. As the region became more suburbanized, Grunch Road was more frequently identified For more of Julia, check out her with Jefferson Parish, particularly along the Kenner lakefront. Do monthly blog at Grunches still exist? Perhaps. Poydras advises not to make-out in MyNewOrleans. the parking lot if you go to the Treasure Chest casino. com/Julia-Street Mona Lisa Drive was located in City Park in the vicinity of the old mansion that now houses Christian Brothers school. This urban legend was not in the lovers’ lane category, but a ghost story. A family that once lived in the house had a beautiful young daughter named Lisa, who fell in love with a sailor. The couple would frolic along the lagoons near the building. Eventually the couple became engaged, although her father was critical of the news. Then things got worse when the sailor was ordered to ship out. Something went wrong because the sailor was never heard from again. Lisa became quite mournful and would spend her evenings pining away along the lagoons. Then one night she jumped in, never to be seen again; except perhaps for the ghost of a mournful young female sometimes spotted near the water. The ghost would become known in popular legend as “Mona Lisa,” although Ourso noted in her research that in school yards, which were the hotbeds of urban legends, many students referred to her as “Moaner” Lisa. As for the sailor, Poydras has checked the ship logs and says he is due to return to New Orleans, coincidentally, this Halloween.
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KREWE OF BOO!
Considering how many largescale October events have been canceled already, this one may not happen. However, it is, as of press time, still tentatively scheduled to parade through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District on Saturday, October 23. Definitely check out KreweOfBoo. com for the most up-to-date info.
THE AUDUBON ZOO
The weather usually takes a turn for the better in New Orleans in October, which means it’s a great time to visit, or re-visit, the Audubon Zoo. It’s consistently ranked among the top zoos in the country. The zoo recommends purchasing tickets in advance online. AudubonNatureInstitute.org.
1 STONE TEMPLE PILOTS & BUSH
Fans of 90s grunge rock can flock to Champions Square on October 5 for an outdoor concert featuring Stone Temple Pilots and Bush. Even though Champions Square is an outdoor venue, the website indicates proof of vaccination/negative test will be required. Champions-square. com
The Battle of New Orleans is not just an important event in New Orleans history, but American history. Chalmette Battlefield, off St. Bernard Highway, will make for a great day trip in the (hopefully) more pleasant October weather. nps.gov/ jela/chalmettebattlefield.htmt.
3 “SET IT OFF”
Musical theater aficionados can get excited that musicals are back. The Saenger Theater will host “Set It Off” on October 29. It’s an adaptation of the film of the same name that tells the story of four Black women who try to fight their way out of poverty by robbing a bank. SaengerNOLA. com.
“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”
If you’re looking for an evening at the theater the whole family can enjoy, visit the Jefferson Performing Arts Center on Airline Drive on Oct. 8-17 for “The Addams Family.” Wednesday Addams is dating a nice “normal” boy and must find a way to make sure his family gets along with hers. jpas.org.
“FORGET PRAYERS, BRING CAKE: A SINGLE WOMAN’S GUIDE TO GRIEVING”
New Orleans-based writer Merissa Nathan Gerson makes her book debut with a partmemoir, part self-help guide to grieving. Gerson writes about her experience coping with the death of her father while she was in the midst of other life changes (a move, a house renovation). While the book talks about Gerson’s own journey, it’s not limited to her experience. It offers relatable, real-world tips for coping with grief of any kind. Considering the events of the past year and a half, a book offering this kind of help might be just what some people need in a world turned upside down. Praising the book, Deborah Miller of “The Jewish Book Council “writes, “This book is significant for anyone who may be accompanying a grieving family member, friend, or acquaintance and wants to do so with compassion.”
Please check each venue's website for the most current information, as circumstances may change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of press time, the statewide mask mandate and Orleans Parish’s vaccine/negative COVID-19 test mandate for indoor venues are still in effect.
BY MISTY MIL IO TO
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By Design The Double Dealer, the subterranean cocktail bar located beneath the Orpheum Theater, has been nominated by the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2021Shortlist Americas for Visual Identity. The Double Dealer joins only three other nominees in North, Central and South America to win the award and represents New Orleans as the city’s only finalist in this year’s competition. Designed by Denver- and Los Angeles-based The Made Shop and New Orleans-based Farouki Farouki, the premier cocktail bar resembles the backstage setting of a 1920s vaudeville theater. 129 Roosevelt Way, 300-0212, doubledealernola.com.
The newly opened tropical roadhouse restaurant, Mister Mao, features a quirky bar with a robust cocktail program. Libations include Cathouse Spritz, a refreshing aperitif featuring Amaro Nonino, Campari and lime; Billion Dollar Betsy, a boozy riff on a piña colada with dark and overproof rum, allspice, pineapple and orgeat tres leches; and John’s Secret Dragon Lady, a tiki-style cocktail with a bit of sweetness and saltiness featuring Malort, Benedictine, velvet falernum, orange and saline. Also on the menu is a selection of virgin cocktails, including the Hibiscus Masala Lemonade and Coffee Science Shrub + Tonic. There’s also a small-production focused wine list and local brews from Zony Mash Beer Project. 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 345-2056, mistermaonola.com.
Twelve Mile Limit is offering a specialty fall cocktail called Red Bottoms (aka Bloody Shoes), just in time for Halloween. This bright and complex tequila cocktail is presented in the vein of a classic Mexican Firing Squad, but it takes its name from a slang term used for Christian Louboutins popularized by rapper Cardi B in her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow.” Created by bartender Kamari Stevens, it features tequila, Giffard Peche de Vigne (peach liqueur), pomegranate syrup, lime juice and Regan’s orange bitters. 500 S. Telemachus St., 488-8114, twelvemilelimit.com.
FOOTBALL SEASON HANGOUT
Ernst Café, the oldest continually operated bar in the Warehouse District, is offering $1, $2 and $3 beer specials, plus awesome bar food, for football season with multiple TVs and a huge balcony. The beers on offer for the special will rotate, but the food menu will stay the same with options such as debris fries, chicken and sausage gumbo, seafood platters, burgers, po-boys and more. 600 S Peters St., 525-8544, ernstcafe.com.
BY MISTY MIL IO TO JAVA SPOT
The newly opened Virgin Hotels New Orleans is home to a new coffee shop, the Funny Library Coffee Shop, located on the hotel’s first level. While it features dark wood and feels like a classic library, it is anything but. Eclectic furnishings and playful elements, like mixed patterns and bright colors, jazz up the space. The communal workspace also features an assortment of games and funny books curated from local book shops. In addition to coffee by La Colombe, Funny Library Coffee Shop offers a selection of pastries and light bites. 550 Baronne St., virginhotels.com/new-orleans. DINNER SERIES
Brunch, Please! For the first time in its 24-year history, Red Fish Grill is now offering a seafood-forward weekend brunch (offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Expect two hours of bottomless brunch cocktails for $25, specialty brunch cocktails, menu items by executive chef Chris Vazquez (like flash-fried BBQ oysters, Croque Madame, and blueberry and lavender pancakes) and music by Joe Krown (Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) The restaurant also is offering a Black & Gold Blitz Brunch every Sunday noon home game, beginning Oct. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It features a three-course meal, paired with an Eye-Opener cocktail, for $35. 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, redfishgrill.com. Meanwhile, Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery also just started serving Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast items and weekly specials. Menu items include everything from chocolate hazelnut croissant French toast to a roast pork and white cheddar grits bowl. Brunch is available for dine-in or take-out service. Cocktails include sangria, seasonal mimosas and Bloody Marys with all of the fixings. 3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 766-6763, lardergourmetmarket.com. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is inviting guests to enjoy Brunch Month this October. The weekly series of three-course brunch pop-ups ($60 per person) will be hosted by some of New Orleans’ most renowned chefs and personalities. Taking place at the Louisiana Kitchen and Gallery at SoFAB, the lineup includes Drag Brunch hosted by Poppy Tooker, with dishes by Chef Jason Goodenough (Oct. 2), Filipino Kamyan Brunch, featuring Cristina Quackenbush (Oct.16), Barrow’s Beyond Catfish, featuring the team from Barrow’s Catfish (Oct. 23) and Halloween Boheme Brunch, with Colleen Allerton and Camille Staub of Luncheon (Oct. 30). 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-0405, southernfood.org.
DINING FOR A CAUSE
One of the Northshore’s most popular culinary events, “Men Who Cook,” takes place this year Nov. 7 from 4-7 p.m. The gala partners local celebrity cooks with top local restaurants in a competition to see who can craft the best dish, and who can raise the most money for the Children’s Advocacy Center - Hope House to fight child
Chef Meg & Company: A Commander’s Palace Dinner Series Benefitting the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute features dinner at Commander‘s Palace with a welcome cocktail, a collaborative five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and a coupe de milieu cocktail. Each dinner features a distinguished New Orleans chef, and current students and alums from the Turning Tables organization. Two dates still remain through the fall (Oct. 20 with Frank Brigtsen and Dec. 7 with Edgar “Dooky” Chase IV). Proceeds from the dinner benefit NOCHI, a nonprofit at the forefront of culinary and hospitality co-founded by Commander’s co-proprietor Ti Martin. 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, commanderspalace.com. CULINARY SHOW
Alton Brown, the popular host on the Food Network, created a new form of entertainment - the live culinary variety show - with his “Edible Inevitable Tour” and “Eat Your Science,” which played in more than 200 cities. Now, he is bringing “Beyond the Eats” to New Orleans with a show at the Saenger Theatre Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Fans can expect a mixture of cooking, comedy, music and science. 1111 Canal St., altonbrownlive.com.
sexual abuse and trafficking. The event also includes complimentary wine and beer, the opportunity to win prizes and entertainment by Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces. The gala will be preceded by a full month of dine-in promotions at top local restaurants across the north shore. Tickets are $70 each or $125 per couple. 601 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, cachopehouse.org/events.
BY ANDY MY E R
Bundle up in this gorgeous deep green quilted Usha coat in Pine (also in black). Handmade in India, Usha’s oversized fit makes it an easy 'throw on the go' staple, with a matching quilted ribbon belt for a more streamlined fit when desired. Available through Lekha, shoplekha. com.
Shimmy up to your home bar and warm up with a cocktail. GoodWood’s chic new bar cart is offered in a variety of woods (shown here in black walnut and hackberry) and is outfitted with wheels allowing you to take the party with you from room to room. Available through GoodWood, goodwoodnola.com.
Stun in this incredibly beautiful Boulder opal ring, set in either 14k yellow or rose gold with a stone hand-selected from a family-owned Boulder mine in Australia. Opal is said to represent justice, harmony and protection – a few things we could all use more of these days. Available at Crowe Jewelry, crowejewelry.com.
Fall into Comfort A most welcome and thrilling chill is in the air. Keep those tootsies toasty while looking fabulous in these plaid wool boots by Italian brand MSGM. Available at SOSUSU Boutique, sosusuboutique.com.
As the weather gets cooler, cozy up indoors and throw on your favorite tunes. There are few things more fun than beefing up your vinyl collection (case in point this Bowie record), playing DJ for the evening and dancing around the house. Available at 22 Sound, 5200 Highway 22, Mandeville.
Add instant texture to your space with this jungle-themed pillow in a rich range of autumnal colors. “Sadie Forest” is a fluffy, fringed 24” x 24” velvet snuggler with a feather and down insert. Available at Eclectic Home, eclectichome.net.
BY KE L L Y MASSIC O T
FELTON JONES, III
here have been many a day that I wished I had an IV of caffeine. A simple jolt to get me through the rest of my crazy day. Over the past - almost two years of juggling a pandemic, hurricanes, work from home and more, we’re sure many have had this same thought (maybe more about vodka, but that’s not where our story leads). Every Oct. 1, the world celebrates this liquid gold, as it is International Coffee Day. New Orleans is filled with delicious, local coffee makers and purveyors and one of those at the top of his game is Felton Jones, III. Jones is the roastmaster and coffee buyer for PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans. Having learned under owner Phyllis Jordan and achieving roastmaster status in 2003, Jones truly treats coffee as a passion and work of art. This month, we catch up with the roastmaster to talk coffee, PJ's and more. Q: Who is Felton Jones? I’m a born and raised New Orleanian. I went to St. Augustine High School and was a member of the Marching 100, which were some fun times. I went to college at Xavier University and a few years into that, coffee just fell into my lap. It was supposed to be a part-time job for me, and I had no idea that it was going to afford me the opportunities to learn and grow the way that it did. And I lost interest in my pursuit of engineering, gained more interested in pursuit of learning more about coffee. Phyllis Jordan founded the company – wonderful lady to work with, I spoke with her yesterday and called her "mother" and she just cracked up because I
always say I consider as my coffee mom. She took me under her wing and taught me everything that she could, you know, feed into me, even when I didn’t realize I was sort of in the making of becoming this. The rest was history. It’s just a matter of, I enjoyed it. It was interesting. Here I am 26 years later, and still learning. And I think that’s what really makes it interesting. Q: How did you wind up in your current role as roastmaster and buyer for PJ's? To get into the
current position was really time and education. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. But there’s a lot of intricacies to coffee. It won’t all come to you at one time. For me, my start was in production. I spent enough time learning the do’s and don’ts and the how-tos, but I think that it really took off for me when I when I took over as the delivery driver. I consider myself as a people person, so interacting with our customers, whether it be our cafes or outside customers, it really resonated with me. I recognized through that process how much people really love this brand, product and what we did, and everybody knew Phyllis, everybody was so familiar with her, so it was really something that made you feel good about being connected with the company. I stayed with it, but I had a brief time away from the company with Phyllis’ blessing. It was an opportunity to go and learn more in depth about coffee beyond what the world of PJ’s, but when I did that and she said, “You know, I want you to do this, I want you to go and take that opportunity with the understanding that when we have a
place to bring you back here, bring that knowledge that you would actually be willing to do”. So, I did. And then it was at that time, I came back in the capacity of warehouse manager and quality control. From that point, I think I recognized that with Phyllis retiring, and my predecessor recently passing away, Scott Reed (a very big icon in the coffee industry), that this whole PJ's thing was in my lap, in my hands. I was good with that. I didn’t recognize what I was taking on at the time. And I’m kind of glad that I didn’t recognize the magnitude of it. Because it just all kind of happened organically. And then my colleagues, ownership, management, all started to really look to me and trust me with making the decisions on coffee and knowing everything that we needed to know, to know that we were doing the right things. And I relied heavily on everything that Phyllis instilled in me, knowing that she was there for me in the event that I needed to talk with her or consult with her. I think it made it easy for me. It was really all organic, to be honest. Q: What exactly is a roastmaster? My job entails sourcing coffee for the company. I deal with the futures market, the commodities market. Coffee is so tremendous in size. As far as an industry, most people don’t have any idea it’s the second largest industry, commodity industry second only to oil. It’s a big, big industry. That’s a big part of the job. That’s an important part. And that can sometimes be a pressure part of the job for me. I make the decisions on how coffee needs to be roasted, ensuring quality and consistency, overseeing the warehouse. Everything
that happens in the warehouse falls under my command and I’ve got a great team that helps make me look good in that aspect. But from a roastmaster's perspective, obviously tasting coffee, understanding coffee, relationship building with importers and farmers. We do have two farms that we’ve adopted – one is in Honduras and one is in Nicaragua. For safety reasons, I’ve not visited the Nicaragua farm yet. That farm is owned by a Nicaraguan native and it was his family’s farm, but he happens to reside in New Orleans. So, that makes it pretty easy. As far as our Honduran farm, I have made it a point to visit that farm twice a year for the last five years, not including last year, obviously. And then for the company, there’s a tremendous aspect that has to do with the marketing side. I consider myself a big part of the marketing team, as well as our sales force in that way. I would tell anyone, I’m not a sales guy. I don’t like sales. I’m not good at sales, but they make it easy for me. They usually bring me to the table after they’ve made the introductions, and then I can just come in and talk about who we are and what we do and what sets us apart. And I do enjoy that part.
To continue this conversation, and find out more about Felton Jones, visit our website for exclusive online content. MyNewOrleans.com.
TRUE CONFESSION The irony of wanting to be a pilot [when I was a kid] is I probably didn’t fly for the first time until I was an adult. And then I was pretty horrified of getting on an airplane. So, I can’t explain that one.
Favorite program on WYES? MASTERPIECE – I particularly love the period dramas. I also love the WYES local productions – the cultural and history documentaries, cooking series, and profiles of those who have made outstanding contributions, in a variety of disciplines, for New Orleans and our region. Favorite TV show (in general)? MASTERPIECE Favorite thing to do around the city? Dining is a favorite thing to do in New Orleans. There are so many good restaurants – I don’t think that I will ever get to them all. Another favorite thing to do is drive along St. Charles Avenue in the spring when all of the azaleas are blooming – it is just gorgeous.
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Shortcut Trouble ROTFL and SMH
My mother-in-law says she don’t know what anybody is talking about no more. I ask if she is having a problem with her hearing aids, but she says no, that that ain’t what she means. “Nobody talks in words no more, Modine,” Ms. Larda says to me. “They just use initials.” “My own sons say they are going to the W.C., instead the terlit. Or the P.O. for Post Office. Or they smirk and say CYA for ‘Cover your (ahem).’ Sometimes the initials take longer to say than the actual words they stand for. “The air conditioner - excuse me, A/C - repair guy came out and started jabbering about PWR and KWs and finally I had to get rid of him and call up somebody who spoke Chalmettian. “And if it ain’t initials, it is bad words. Even when they ain’t mad about nothing, people just sprinkle them in whatever they say, like hot pepper. Even when they mean to give compliments. ‘That was funny as BAD WORD!’ ‘She is so BAD WORD gorgeous.’ It don’t make no sense to me.” “And texting…I don’t want to talk about texting.” But she goes ahead and talks about texting. “Ty; lol; smh - What is that? You know what I do? I just make something up and type it in. ‘Glzyk!’ Let THEM figure it out.” I dunno. Glyzk might actually mean something dirty. I notice most weirdsounding words do. But before I can warn her about that, her phone rings, and it is Gloriosa, my sister in-law. She got a flat tire and needs Ms. Larda to rush off and pick up her little daughter Flambeau from pre-school. Now, the teachers at this preschool have been making an art project out of the COVID-19 masks. They pass out the child-size disposable kind and tell the kids to draw the bottom halves of scary faces for Halloween. One day they got monster mouths, the next, Dracula fangs, the next, witchy noses and like that. Then the teachers paint their eyes to match, with washable makeup.
When Ms. Larda pulls up in the schools’ pick-up lane, Ms. Noonie, the teacher, is outside waiting with kids swirling around her - today they are all wearing orange pumpkin smiles and triangle noses and triangles around their eyes. Most also have knit caps because it’s a little chilly. Ms. Larda asks for Flambeau, and Ms. Noonie lifts the little redhead into the car seat and straps her in. After a half-block, Ms. Larda looks over and says, “Looka you! I bet you’re the only little girl in your class with a Batman cap!” “Girl? I ain’t no girl!” the child announces, and pulls off the cap. It’s true. This ain’t no girl. It also ain’t Flambeau. Ms. Larda suddenly realizes she is kidnapping somebody else’s redheaded child. She automatically stomps the brake and almost gets hit by a lady behind her, who stomps her brake, and everybody behind that lady stomps their brakes and honks and shouts bad words (not meaning them for a compliment), and Ms. Larda starts to shout them too, before she realizes she would be setting a bad example for whoever this kid is. So she just snarls and wheels around and drives back to the school, where another redhead - this one wearing a Disney Princess Merida cap - is squalling to some man and everybody else that Ms. Noonie put the wrong kid into her grandma’s car, while Ms. Noonie, wearing her own pumpkin mask and triangle eyes, is wringing her hands, and a lot of little kids in their own versions of pumpkin masks, stand around watching the show. “That’s my daddy,” yowls the redhead in the car, pointing at the man, so Ms. Larda gets out the car and hands him over to his daddy. Ms. Noonie apologizes about 20 times, and starts to apologize for the 21st time, when Ms. Larda interrupts and, says to the daddy “BTW, I’m Larda Gunch and this is Flambeau.” The daddy says, “I’m A.J. and this is J.D.” “Of course,” Ms. Larda says “SMH,” and drives away with her own redhead.
LORI OSIECKI ILLUSTRATION
BY JO HN R . KE MP
hild labor in America was a major issue among Progressives place. Earns $1.50 a day. Works part of the time with her sick baby in her in the early decades of the 20th century. In 1906, the National arms. Father works on the dock.” Child Labor Committee, or NCLC, a leader among reform The work, he said, was “hard, exhausting and deadening in its monotonous efforts, hired the Wisconsin-born photographer Lewis Hine simplicity.” Toddlers wandered about the sheds, playing among the shells to travel the nation to document all the abuses he could find. and imitating their parents. When a little older, bosses assigned them In the spring of 1911 and 1916, he visited the Gulf Coast, investigating either to shuck at the tables or to take care of the smaller children, or both. At another cannery, a young girl told Hine, “I shucks six pots if I don’t child labor conditions in the region’s oyster and shrimp canneries. In a series of reports back to the NCLC, he claimed these canneries got the baby; two pots if I got him.” Parents desperately A 4-year-old girl exploited immigrant children more than any other industry. needed the money their children earned. Children’s wages shucking oysters in a He found thousands of Polish and Bohemian (now Czech were meager, but every bit helped. Small children rarely cannery in Dunbar, La., Republic) immigrants hired by bosses in Baltimore and a small company village received more than five cents a day. that once sat at the other southern cities and shipped by train to the Gulf Coast. mouth of the Pearl River He described still another location at three in the morning: just across the Orleans One of those canneries was in Dunbar, Louisiana, a “Near the dock is the ever present shell pile, monument of Parish line. Photo by factory-owned village once located just across the Orleans mute testimony to the patient toil of little fingers. It is cold, Lewis Hine from the Library of Congress. Parish line on Pearl Island at the mouth of the Pearl River. damp, dark. The whistle blew some time ago, and the young According to New Orleans archaeologist Brian Ostahowski, workers slipped into their meager garments, snatched a bite hurricanes and rising sea levels destroyed Dunbar almost a century ago to eat, and hurried to the shucking shed. The padrone told me, ‘If dey don’t git up; I go and git ‘em.’ . . . Boys and girls, six, seven, and eight years of and the site now is mostly underwater. When Hine visited Dunbar in March 1911, he found what he was looking age, take their places with the adults and work all day. Some shuckers took for. In his report, he described the scene in this 1911 photograph: “Fourshort lunch breaks at noon, but most continued to work while they ate.” year-old Mary Kosco, who shucks two pots of oysters a day at Dunbar. In 1918 Hine left the NCLC and two decades passed before Congress Tends the baby when not working. The boss said that next year Mary will enacted meaningful child labor laws. work steady as the rest of them. The mother is the fastest shucker in the
By Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, with haunted histories by Topher Daniel select photography by Cheryl Gerber
Halloween handbook to scare up some frightful fun
N obody does Halloween like New Orleans. It’s a fact. We love to slip on a fresh persona, add a dash of glitter, and PARTY – and then do it in a mysterious setting. Think voodoo, vampires, above-ground cemeteries and giant homes with a gory past. ¶ The potential for a tantalizing evening is boundless. But there are also plenty of opportunities for G-rated fun, whether you wander through neighborhoods with distinct personalities, scooping up sticky sweets along the way, drop by a Halloween party hosted by a beloved New Orleans institution, or host a festive gathering of your own. Trick or treat? Just take your pick.
Places to go, ghosts to see
Nestled beneath the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson, New Orleans Nightmare boasts more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor horror experiences, interactive exhibits spread across movie-quality sets, and special effects that will make you jump out of your skin. The sprawling spook show is open on select nights through Nov. 6. New Orleans Nightmare will host its signature attraction – Phobia Sensory Overload in Complete Darkness – where dedicated daredevils navigate pitch-black labyrinths, relying solely on their sense of sound, smell, and touch. It will also offer new attractions that explore such themes as “The
Boogeyman,” hallucinogens that trick victims into feeling as though they’ve lost their minds, and a witch joined by spirits of the underworld, who terrorizes a town. Plus, you can enjoy Mini Escape Games that will make your heart race. New Orleans Nightmare is open to everyone, but organizers say it is not recommended for small children, toddlers or babies. Folks who do attend can order food from the concession stand, and drinks from a full bar – for a bit of liquid courage. General admission begins at $24.99. Fast pass and skip-the-line tickets are available starting at $34.99. They can be purchased online at neworleansnightmare.com and at the gate on show days. 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson.
General admission tickets, starting at $25, can only be purchased online; VIP tickets, starting at $50, are available online and onsite. The skip-the-line pass is available online for $125. The Mortuary experience is not suitable for children, pregnant women or people with heart conditions. 4800 Canal St., themortuary.net.
Although the Krewe of BOO! is branded as New Orleans’ “Official Halloween Parade,” it is so much more than a roving street party. Krewe of BOO! comprises a collection of boisterous events, beginning with a Royal Luncheon at House of Blues, on Friday, Oct. 22. The private luncheon is followed by a jazzy second line that winds through the French Quarter, before stopping by Pat O’Brien’s (718 St. Peter St.) for the Krewe of BOO!’s cocktail happy hour. The 3 p.m. gathering is free and open to the public. That night, Krewe of BOO! and ScreamFest will stage the Captain’s Masquerade Ball for members only. But once Saturday rolls around, early-rising revelers are welcome to join Krewe of BOO!’s New Orleans Zombie Run. Dress up as a decaying zombie and make a mad dash for the finish line as the Big Easy Roller Girls hunt you down. The two-mile race, presented and fueled by PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, begins and ends at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St.). The race starts at 9 a.m., but onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Entry costs $35 to $45. Race participants can also preregister online at neworleanszombierun.com and pay $25. You are guaranteed a race t-shirt if you register in advance. Krewe of BOO!’s main event, the Halloween parade, rolls on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Like Carnival, but with a creepy twist, the rollicking procession features decorative floats and dancing groups, plus seasonal throws and yummy treats. The parade appeals to spectators of all ages, especially kids, so feel free to throw on a costume and make the evening a family affair. The parade route stretches from Elysian Fields and Chartres Street, to Tchoupitoulas and Andrew Higgins Drive. Visit kreweofboo.com/parade for the full route. But, wait! There’s more. Krewe of BOO!’s Halloween parade is followed by its Monster Mash costume party at Generation’s Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.). The scintillating celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. and includes costume contests, live entertainment, and lots of libations. Purchase tickets from kreweofboo.com/monstermash.
One of the most terrifying attractions in the city has returned for the 2021 Halloween season. The Mortuary Haunted House has self-guided tours on select nights throughout October. Built in 1872, the mansion that houses The Mortuary was literally a mortuary, and it’s now surrounded by graveyards. The locale has been featured on Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab”, Syfi Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters International,” and The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” So just a word of warning, what lurks behind these legendary walls will make thrill-seekers scream. Fiends and monsters hide throughout the mansion’s theatrical sets, waiting to scare anyone who enters.
Both a major fundraiser and a frolicsome weekend for the LBGTQ community, Halloween New Orleans is back. This year’s theme: “The Arcade.” Halloween New Orleans (HNO 38) benefits Project Lazarus and runs Oct. 29-31. Launched in 1983, Halloween New Orleans was established as a nonprofit organization, with the purpose of raising funds to support the mission of Project Lazarus. Project Lazarus provides transitional housing to homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. The weekend of festivities initially began as a dinner party meant to honor loved ones who died from AIDS, but it is now the largest cumulative donor to Project Lazarus. Over the past 37 years, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the Hosts of Halloween New Orleans have raised almost $4.6 million for Project Lazarus. On Saturday, the HNO GLO dance party and costume contest happens at the Howlin’ Wolf (907 S. Peters St.) There will be more dancing on Sunday – this time at Oz on Bourbon Street– followed by
Visitors often arrive in New Orleans in search of a few particulars: good food, strong drinks and a decent spook. At the right place, all of the above can be found under one roof. Several bars and restaurants in the region purport to be haunted, and perhaps most infamous among them is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. The sturdy brick building was built in the early 1700s and, though historical documentation is limited, is said to have been the site of a smuggling operation run by Jean and Pierre Lafitte. The French brothers were forced to find alternate means of conducting their privateering business when the Embargo Act of 1807 prohibited American ships from docking at foreign ports. Jean allegedly took charge of smuggling goods out of Barataria Bay until he could traffick his treasures to New Orleans, where Pierre, himself a blacksmith, managed the commercial aspects of the business. Though the manner and location of Jean’s death is often disputed, he is rumored to have made one last stop in New Orleans to hide some of his plundered wealth before he met his fate. Patrons at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop have reported seeing the pirate’s spirit standing in the shadows or staring out of the fireplace, ensuring no one ever finds his hidden treasure. Just like Lafitte’s, Muriel’s Jackson Square, a staple of authentic Creole dining, has taken its haunted reputation in stride. Restaurant management attests that several ghosts inhabit the building, but chief among them is the spirit of Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, who once owned the site and took his life there after losing the property in a poker game. Guests have reported seeing strange shadows and hearing disembodied voices in the restaurant’s Seance Lounge. An aptly labeled “Our Ghost” page on the Muriel’s website reads: “Those who have seen or felt a presence have never felt threatened, and instead we’ve welcomed an old kindred spirit to dine by always keeping a table reserved for Mr. Jourdan set with bread and wine.”
a jaunty second line. Tickets start at $80. Visit halloweenneworleans.com to view the options.
Note to the nocturnal: Endless Night’s New Orleans Vampire Ball happens on Oct. 30 at the House of Blues. Father Sebastiaan, an expert on vampire subculture and an Endless Night organizer, described the ball as “a Venetian masquerade, meets a vampire court, with the elegance of a burlesque cabaret and the energy of a rock concert.” The events leading up to the Vampire Ball begin with a meet-and-greet on Thursday, Oct. 28, when Father Sebastiaan opens the “gates.” On Friday, guests are invited to the VIP registration, where they can hang with “fangsmiths” (artisans who create vampire fangs) while sipping cocktails and enjoying live music. The dress attire is “dark casual.” The gathering is followed by the Parisian-inspired Salon Noir, complete with a burlesque performance. Wear black or bust. Fangs and other vampire-related accessories are encouraged. The festival’s grand gala happens on Saturday night, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and features an acrobatic “cirque” at midnight, live entertainment and a “group howl.” The dress code, which is divided into three levels – ranging from Venetian Carnival, with a New Orleans twist, to “formal vampire” – is strictly enforced. Endless Night’s finale takes place on Sunday, with a masque soirée set to an “Eyes Wide Shut” theme. The rituals wind down at the break of dawn. Endless Night activities happen at The House of Blues (225 Decatur St.; 310-4999). The events will follow local and state COVID guidelines. Check endlessnight.com/neworleans for a detailed schedule and ticket information.
Fun for everyone.
If you don’t want your babies waking in the middle of the night, terrified of the slobbering monsters under their bed, check out these frightfully friendly events. The Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) celebrates Halloweekend (October 30 and 31) with storytelling near a mock-campfire, pumpkin-painting activities, demonstrations that explore the life cycle of a pumpkin, and creepy crawler decomposers that nourish
the soil. Museum staff members will dress up all weekend as children’s book characters, and offer healthy treats. Guests are invited to get into the spirit by wearing a costume as well. LCM’s fall hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grown-ups and children two-years-old and older must wear a mask while inside the museum. Timed-entry tickets are required and available for purchase online (lcm. org) for both members and non-members. 15 Henry Thomas Dr., inside City Park, 523-1357.
Scout Island Scream Park will not take place this year, but New Orleans City Park will host family-centric, Halloween cheer with Ghost in the Oaks. Get a thrill while riding roller coasters or taking a spin on the Ferris wheel. Kids can also go trick-ortreating, traipse through a pumpkin patch or partake in festive arts and crafts. Food and beverages will be available. The four-day event happens in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park October 21 through 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early admission starts at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $20 for early access. Friends of City Park members receive a $3 member discount. Proceeds benefit City Park’s maintenance and preservation efforts. 7 Victory Ave., City Park, friendsofcitypark.com.
Get ready for Audubon’s always-popular, Boo at the Zoo. The annual Halloween hit happens October 20 through 24, and boasts spooky-but-safe activities for children. Costumes are encouraged. Since the weeklong event is held during regular zoo hours, you can explore animal exhibits while there. Beware of slithering snakes, creepy crawlers and sharp-toothed reptiles! Contributions from Boo at the Zoo benefit Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Guests pay the zoo’s admission price for entrance; Audubon members enter for free. 6500 Magazine St., 861-2537, audubonnatureinstitute.org.
On Saturday, October 23, the French
TERROR IN THE TELLING
There are some tales so widely exchanged, and so embellished with each iteration, that the act of telling them is just as much a part of New Orleans’ culture as the true histories they were born from. Take, for instance, the LaLaurie mansion, where Madame Marie Delphine Macarty LaLaurie supposedly conducted tortuous medical experiments upon her slaves. While she undoubtedly owned slaves and subjected them to cruel, inhumane treatment, the extent of Madame LaLaurie’s abuse is disputed by historians who say rumors of mutilation and gruesome body modifications are the result of hearsay. A similar lore-spun mythology gave rise to the story of the Casket, or Casquette, Girls. The legend goes that a group of pale and morally-corrupt girls arrived from France with nothing in tow save for small wooden boxes called cassettes. The Casket Girls were taken in by the Sisters of the Ursuline Convent, and their casquettes were stored on the third floor—but when, finally, the Sisters investigated the contents of these strange boxes, they were found to be empty. If not earthly possessions, what could have been carried in these casquettes? Lore and speculation naturally point to one result: the Casket Girls had been carrying bodies and themselves had been vampires all along. In reality, the story of the Casket Girls needs no help yielding horrors. Women and girls as young as 14 were gathered from French orphanages, prisons and poorhouses and shipped to Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, where the men of the budding French colonies complained of a shortage of women. The women who survived the journey were married off and were expected to produce children, but many of them were deemed unvirtuous prostitutes and were blamed for contributing to an increasingly sinful culture. While some of the Casket Girls adapted to their new lives, their treacherous journeys, lack of agency in their marriages and subsequent scorning suggests that the women were not perpetrators of monstrous acts, but rather the victims of them. MYNEWORLEANS.COM
A visit to a pumpkin patch feels like a full embrace of fall – and for kids, a countdown to Halloween. Sure, picking the perfect pumpkin for your jacko-lantern or doorstep display is important, but that’s not the only reason to visit a pumpkin patch. The outdoor markets often feature music, big bales of hay, games, scary but cute decorations, and plenty of photo ops. Here are pumpkin patches taking place throughout metro New Orleans. Check their Facebook pages for detailed schedules and updates. First Presbyterian Church 5401 S. Claiborne Ave., 866-7409. facebook.com/ fpcno. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-0123, facebook.com/ standrewsnola. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 3412 Haring Road, Metairie, 887-4801, facebook.com/StAugustinesPumpkinPatch. Houma Pumpkin Patch 1916 Highway 311, Schriever, 985-851-6915, facebook. com/houmapumpkinpatch. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7357, facebook.com/STMChurch. Banting’s Nursery 3425 River Road, Bridge City, 436-4343, facebook. com/bantingsnursery. St. Paul’s Episcopal School 6249 Canal Blvd., 4881319, facebook.com/ stpaulslakeview. Sugar Roots Farm 10701 Willow Drive, 766-7780, facebook.com/ sugarrootsfarm.
Market District will hold the Boo Carré Halloween Haunt, with live, family-friendly entertainment from Johnette Downing and Bamzy Baby, fall-themed activities, trick-or-treating and a second-line. The celebration runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available from nearby restaurants. Admission is free, and costumes are encouraged. 1008 N. Peters St., frenchmarket.org.
If you are trying to avoid crowds this year, and you prefer your spooks on the subtle side, check out an outdoor play. On Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, The NOLA Project will host “Tell It to Me Sweet: A Winding Trail of Tales by Brittany N. Williams” in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, right alongside the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). This live theater production takes a new look at old fables, pulled from European and African American fairy tales and folklore. The audience will meet wolves, wicked stepmothers, devils and ghosts over the course of an evening. Shows start at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets from nolaproject.com. NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 302-9117.
The New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome on Oct. 31 at 3:25 p.m. Tune in for the football, but stay for the costumes. Saints fans are known for their flamboyant style and if the last Halloween-time home game is any indication, the get-ups at this game will not disappoint. From scary Who Dats to people wearing pumpkin helmets emblazoned with fleur-de-lis and witches draped in black and metallic gold robes, the Dome was full of spectacle. Even the Saintsations switched it up a bit. For a sneak peek of what you may see this year, or for your own costume inspiration, check out the Halloween 2010 Saints versus Steelers photo gallery on saintswire.usatoday.com.
The usual suspects Historic New Orleans is packed with blood-curdling amusement, all year round, but these attractions become especially menacing during the month of October. Save Our Cemeteries – the only nonprofit touring organization in the city of New Orleans – guides cemetery expeditions through St. Louis No. 3 near City Park. It was originally a cemetery for victims of leprosy, but is now the resting place of such legendary New Orleanians as architect James Gallier, Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq, and chefs Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme. Tour guides will explain the city’s unique burial customs and the story behind jazz funerals. Save Our Cemeteries also leads tours across Lake Lawn in Metairie and throughout the Garden District. Tours last a little more than an hour and cost $25. Since a few local cemeteries are temporarily closed, check saveourcemeteries.org for the most current information. Or call 525-3377. Gators and Ghosts hosts a variety of twilight ghost tours, ranging from $20 to $45. You can saunter through the French Quarter and investigate sites inhabited by the supernatural, perhaps because of a horrific tragedy that once occurred in that very spot. Or, you can hop on a bus and explore haunted locales beyond the Vieux Carré, including select cemeteries. Gators and Ghosts also hosts a daytime cemetery tour that examines the city’s famous aboveground cemeteries on Canal Street and the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. All walking tours are less than a mile and take nearly two hours to complete. If you decide to book a tour, bring
your camera. You may just capture some ghostly images. Gatorsandghosts. com, 888-481-8188. Haunted History Tours offers a slew of tour packages, such as a haunted pub crawl, a deep-dive into the world of voodoo, and a 5-in-1 tour that covers ghosts, witches, vampires, voodoo and unexplained mysteries. Oh my! Haunted History Tours will take you outside the French Quarter and into the Garden District and Storyville, for cemetery and history tours. Prices range from $25 to $45. Hauntedhistorytours.com, 861-2727. In addition to organizing journeys throughout haunted New Orleans – including a tour of the “dead and famous” – Bloody Mary will host séances, psychic readings, “How-to Voodoo & Hoodoo” classes, and a workshop focused on gris-gris bags and candle-burning. You can also wander through Bloody Mary’s Haunted Museum, situated in a 200-year-old building, and gaze upon crystals, spiritual charms, paranormal exhibits, a vast collection of voodoo dolls and potions from a voodoo pharmacy. 826 and 828 N. Rampart St., 909-6666, bloodymarystours.com.
If you are curious to learn more about voodoo or hoodoo – away from the touristy areas, that is – try Crescent City Conjure in the Marigny. The shop provides magical goods, witchcraft products, and a range of spiritual services and classes. Step in for an ancestral awakening candle, a blue sage cleanser, “Break the Curse” bath salts, chicken’s foot protection charms, and gris-gris bags that may lead to a love connection. Crescent City Conjure also hosts readings. 2402 Royal St., 421-3189, crescentcityconjure.us/.
History buffs, and individuals with an interest in the macabre, should check out Gallier House’s October exhibition – Creole Death and Mourning. You can tour the Victorian townhome and discover how 19th-century Catholic Creoles paid homage to the dearly departed. The one-hour tours run
on weekdays from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1. Book your spot by visiting hgghh.org/events/galliermourning1. 1132 Royal St., 274-0748.
Spend a few minutes at the Skeleton House. Every fall, the majestic home on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street becomes quite the skeletal spectacle. Its vast front yard is peppered with skeletons brandishing puns that pay homage to sports, pop culture, and local life. If you take the time to visit, you may meet “Howard STERNum,” “TromBONE Shorty,” “The DEADverly KILLbillies” or “Scarrie Underwood.” After taking a break in 2020, Ghost Manor will once again illuminate Magazine Street with its eerie, multi-hued glow. The Victorian home, which rests on the corner of Magazine and Second Streets, is truly a sight to behold. A layer of fog
HUNGRY LIKE THE WEREWOLF?
Red Fish Grill will offer a three-course brunch on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Halloween weekend. Diners can add bottomless boozy drinks or indulge in creepy cocktails, such as the “vamp-a-rita” – a mixture of pineappleinfused tequila, hibiscus tea syrup, mathilde orange liqueur and pineapple juice. The rim of the glass is lined with black salt. Savage! 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, redfishgrill.com. On Saturday, October 30, The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) will host a “Halloween Boheme Brunch,” featuring the cuisine from chefs Colleen Allerton and Camille Staub of Luncheon. The theme is a nod to the bohemian origins of brunch in the French Quarter in the early 1900s, with updated versions of what may have been served back then, with a focus on seasonal, fresh ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a-la-carte classic brunch cocktails, and punches from Eve Marie Haydel, the bar director for Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, and a coffee-based treat. Priced at $60 per person, the three-course brunch includes tax and gratuity (excluding alcohol). 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., 5690405; southernfood. org.
covers the lawn, where the dead rise from their graves; a crew of skeletons guard the front porch; and skulls line a wrought iron fence. Ghosts flit through the air. The display runs from Oct. 15 through Oct. 31. Although the scene changes each year, you can get an idea of what it looks like by sifting through Ghost Manor’s Instagram page @ghostmanornola. Do not miss it. Ghostmanor.org.
What are you wearing?
When it comes to costumes, we all take a different approach – one that mostly depends on our timeframe, budget and lifestyle. If Halloween sneaks up on you, or you decide to dress up at the last minute, you can likely find a costume at major chains throughout the city or online. Party City, Amazon. com, Walmart, and Pottery Barn Kids are reliable bets. But if you’d like to keep it local, consider Mardi Gras New Orleans as your one-stop Halloween shop. Each season, the Carnival depot stocks up on orange and black loot, costumes, tutus for little girls, headpieces, and glow-inthe-dark sunglasses. You can also scoop up ghoulish décor, plus tiny plush Frankenstein dolls, when you’re there. 2812 Toulouse St., 482-0000, mardigrasspot.com.
Revelers who decide to make their costume, or have someone make it for them, are in the right city. New Orleans is rife with creative talent – including artists and costume designers – and shops that sell costume accessories, vintage clothing, and crafting supplies. New Orleans attorney and costume-enthusiast Laura Ashley loves to go all out on Halloween. Since 2008, she and her friends have dined at Galatoire’s Restaurant the
Friday before Halloween – an event dubbed “Ghoulatoire’s.” However, her tribe doesn’t show up wearing something pulled off the rack from a big-box store. They choose a theme well in advance and sport custom-made costumes. Think: a group of devils – from deviled eggs to “The Devil Wears Prada.” sensational funeral attendees, or a vibrant circus theme. After costume inspiration strikes, Ashley connects with local costume designers or design companies, such as Carl Mack Presents. Carl Mack Presents stages out-of-this-world events, complete with live entertainment – and not just musical acts. Carl Mack can bring alligator handlers, contortionists, hula hoopers and fortunetellers to your next fancy party. If
you’d like to watch ballerinas twirl inside six-foot, inflatable bubbles, Mack can make it happen. Carl Mack Presents also boasts a costume closet brimming with thousands of imaginative garments, available for rent. Different themes to choose from include Venetian Carnival, pirates, the circus, burlesque and superheroes. Costumes start at $75. Prospective clients can contact Mack for an appointment. Carlmack.com; 858-8228. Brittany Schall, the force behind La Adorna (@la_adorna on Instagram), creates wearable art that comes in eye-popping colors, often sculpted from shiny vinyl and other unexpected materials. Schall designs custom pieces for clients, and sells a select number of vestments that were made for runway shows – which she views as solo art exhibitions. Depending on how labor-intensive the item is, a custom piece may take anywhere from 48 hours to two weeks to create. Contact Schall at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Artist Parrish Lee creates wearable art headpieces. Saint Claude Social Club (1933 Sophie Wright Pl., 218-8987) carries them all year round. Check out The New Orleans Costume Center for one-of-a-kind costumes and all of the supplies you need to make one. The shop
carries feathers, fabric, sequin appliques and trims, customized sashes, head turbans and – well – the list goes on and on. The New Orleans Costume Center can also connect you to a designer who will devise a look just for you. 2716 Royal St., 430-2493, saintclaudesocialclub.com. For an extraordinary wig that’s destined to be the centerpiece of your costume, look no further than Fifi Mahony’s. But since you have to see these wigs in order to believe they exist, visit Fifi Mahoney’s Instagram page @FifiMahonys or drop by their charming boutique and have a look for yourself. While there, grab a set of fake eyelashes and a jar of body glitter. 934 Royal St., 525-4343. Looking for a fab facemask(not the COVID-19 kind)? Head to Maskarade. Their upscale masks are fashioned from leather, papier maché, neoprene and other durable materials. You can opt for goofy, sinister, animalistic or seductive, but classy. No matter what, you will exude mystery. Oh, la la! 630 St. Ann St., 568-1018, themaskstore.com. Uptown Costume & Dancewear is jam-packed with wigs in all sorts of styles, colors, and lengths, along with hats, capes, and other costume accessories. Searching for the perfect, feathered bustier? Try this place. 4326 Magazine Street, 895-7969.
No matter the time of year, Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costume is a must-stop for folks who love to dress up. The Uptown shop sells zany apparel for both men and women, along with wigs, sequined hot pants, vintage purses, scarves, sunglasses, and shoes. Basically, you never know what you will come across. 4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310. For upscale vintage clothing and accessories – from brooches and headpieces, to boots and jewelry – visit Bambi DeVille’s boutique in the French Quarter. As a stylist, DeVille can help you assemble a glamorous get-up that screams
Zsa Zsa Gabor, or a polished look that’s oh so Jackie O. 608 Chartres St., 491-0824. You can also swing by Century Girl Vintage (2023 Magazine St., 875-3105, centurygirlvintage. com), which carries a carefully curated selection of garments and accessories from yesteryear, including formal gowns, clutch bags, and dazzling jewels. Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587, funkymonkeynola.com) and Buffalo Exchange (4119 Magazine St., 891-7443, buffaloexchange.com) are good bets for vintage clothing, accessories and overall quirky treasures.
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If you plan on assembling a costume from scratch – whether it’s simple or elaborate, check out New Orleans Craft Culture, a retail shop sparkling with ALL of the glitter, confetti, rhinestones, feathers and just about everything you need to assemble a fabulous costume. You can find body-glitter made by New Orleans-based companies, such as Elektra Cosmetics. Also, the folks who work there are passionate about crafting and they are happy to answer questions, or possibly offer advice on how make your costume idea come to fruition. New Orleans Craft Culture has offered workshops focused on the art of glittering, sewing and even second line umbrella designs. They host private parties and community workshops. Unfortunately, a late summer surge in COVID-19 cases put the kibosh on group crafting, so check the nolacraftculture.com for updates. 127 S. Solomon St., 454-8837, or, 504-GLITTER, nolacraftculture.com. Pro-tip: The day you costume, carry an extra pair of pantyhose, some BandAids and Advil, plus bonus glitter.
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If wearing sequins from head-to-toe is the name of your costume game, you can likely find a sparkling ensemble at the apparel shops already mentioned, or you can try Fringe + Co. They sell sequined jumpsuits, crop tops, high-waist party pants, and (so you can literally swath yourself in sequins) floor-length caftans. Fringe + Co. also offers ah-mazing tinsel jackets, as well as kids' clothes. Fringe-co.com.
You can’t have Halloween without creepy home décor, especially since the invention of the house float. Whether you are driving down St. Charles Avenue, where mansions are swathed in spooky, but elegant trimmings, or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, you are likely to spot some imaginative displays at work. For an ominous tone in and around your home, follow Carrie Bart Marks’ advice. The local interior designer suggests choosing a theme – whether it be scary, silly or classic. (However, if you take the scary route, keep the automated decorations outside so that a cackling witch doesn’t startle you at 7 in the morning.) When searching for decorations, Marks turns to Etsy.com and narrows her
search down to New Orleans artists and businesses. That way, she can support local companies while shopping online. A few of her favorite brick-and-mortar stores include Home Malone (various locations, homemalonenola.com), which sells seasonal door hangers made by local artisans, and Perch Home (2844 Magazine St., 899-2122, perch-home.com). The Magazine Street shop is the perfect destination for elevated, seasonal home décor items, such as velvety pumpkins available in various sizes and shades of the color wheel. Marks is also a fan of Lou’s Ballz (lousballz.com), run by local architect Lou Tonore. You are likely familiar with Lou’s Ballz, whether you realize it or not. This is the company behind now ubiquitous Mardi Gras decorations – garlands of Carnival-colored plastic balls, strung across balconies and front yard fences. For an outdoor Halloween spectacle that will stop traffic (a la house-float style) contact The Stronghold Studios. The New Orleans-based design company creates sculptures, massive props, and signs. They were also one of the major masterminds behind Mardi Gras house floats. Take a peek at their website (strongholdstudios.com) for an impressive portfolio of their work.
For high-quality, Halloween-themed tableware and décor that you will treasure for years to come, try local boutiques like Phina (phinashop.com, various locations), Lucy Rose (shoplucyrose.com, various locations), Hazelnut (5525 Magazine St., 891-2424, hazelnutneworleans.com) and Hilltop Shoppe (3714 Magazine St., 533-9670; hilltopshoppe.com). NOLA Gifts & Décor (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 407-3532, nolagiftsanddecoronline.com) carries door hangers, decorations and crafty doodads and toys for kids. Don’t be surprised if you leave with more than you need.
Even if there were no rumors of its spectral inhabitants (and there are many) the story of Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, “The Little Theatre,” would be just as marked by mystery and tragedy. The building at 616 St. Peter St. predates the city of New Orleans as we know it, built a year after the 1788 Good Friday fire that destroyed more than 75 percent of existing structures in the city. And while the building was not a victim of that particular blaze, it was destroyed just five years later by the second inferno to sweep through the city: the Great New Orleans Fire of 1794. After its reconstruction in 1797, 616 St. Peter was used as a governor’s mansion, an army barracks for U.S. soldiers during the Civil War and, eventually, fell into disrepair. It was not until 1922 that the building was purchased and restored by the Drawing Room Players, thus becoming one of the nation’s oldest and most storied playhouses. What building, marked by natural disaster and war, could escape without attracting a few spirits of its own? More than three dozen spirits are said to walk in and around the building, including a bride who allegedly leapt from a ledge on her wedding day, uniformed Union soldiers in perpetual wait for their next battle, an actress who fell from the catwalk, a ghostly pianist, a nun who has been known to slap unsuspecting performers and crew members, and the tormented spirit of a former manager who is said to have taken his life in the theatre lounge. One thing is certain: Le Petit Theatre is guaranteed to deliver a fantastic show, be it a musical, drama or comedy on stage—or a mystery, tragedy or horror behind the scenes. 40
Diabolical Doses There is no shortage of spectacles both fascinating and unsettling in the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum: porcelain pots once filled with squirming medicinal leeches, a trephination drill used to relieve headaches by puncturing the skull, and centuries-old hypodermic needles clutter glass displays alongside shelves packed with dusty opium bottles and gold-coated pills. But aside from the museum’s odd trappings and spine-tingling medical devices, tales of the pharmacy’s creation, and legends of its present-day supernaturalities, add yet another layer of intrigue to this historic site. The pharmacy opened its doors in 1823, when the country’s first licensed pharmacist Louis Defilho, Jr. arrived in New Orleans during the yellow fever epidemic. Defilho’s scientific approach to curing diseases was seen as revolutionary at the time: before Louisiana Governor William C.C. Claiborne passed an 1804 law requiring licensing examinations for pharmacists, apothecaries were often helmed by people with little training and no regulation, resulting in improper dosages and concoctions with no proven medical results. Defilho went on to play a key role in treating the city’s outbreak of yellow fever (which had claimed the life of his own brother), as well as nursing other common ailments with prescriptions that sometimes included narcotics like cocaine and laudanum. Here, local lore takes a darker turn, when Defilho sold the pharmacy to Dr. Joseph Dupas in 1857. Dupas maintained a reputation for conducting experimental treatments that at best were ineffective, and at worst were deadly. Visitors and staff of the pharmacy museum (which today is helmed by a descendent of original owner Defilho) have reported seeing the ghost of the crooked Dr. Dupas wandering the store at night, moving objects and setting off alarms. Whether or not there is truth to those accounts, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is no doubt a harrowing reminder of an epidemic that once ravaged the city and was ultimately brought under control by mosquito regulation, though it remains troublesome in other parts of the world
For sites that are home to thousands of New Orleans’ dead, the city’s cemeteries are said to be teeming with life—or rather, afterlives. Aside from the more commonly sought-after tombs like that of Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (kept under lock and key since 2015 following several acts of vandalism), the lesser-known cemeteries of New Orleans are just as charged with historical and cultural significance—and are just as likely to deliver a supernatural sighting. St. Roch Cemetery, sprawling approximately 150 acres, contains the final resting place of legendary Storyville madam Josie Arlington. In her lifetime, Arlington ran one of the most extravagant brothels in the red-light district out of her four-story home on North Basin Street. However, after a fire destroyed the home, Arlington retired and turned her sights toward ensuring her elite status would be preserved in death. To that end, she commissioned an exquisite marble tomb, adorned with stone torches and the statue of a woman pushing on the copper double doors. Soon after Arlington’s death on Valentine’s Day in 1914, two gravediggers reported seeing the statue stroll away from her post outside the tomb, while several other passersby claimed to have seen the stone torches burning with real fire. So rampant were these rumors that, distraught by the attention, Arlington’s family had Josie’s body moved elsewhere in the cemetery, in a location that remains secret to this day. Meanwhile, Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District maintains its own ghostly notoriety for its large population of yellow fever victims. Although there are no named ghosts wandering among the rows of tombs, several paranormal investigators have recorded and released electronic voice phenomena, or EVPs, of the anguished spirits uttering phrases such as “Leave now,” and “Get us to the light.”
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arla Fowler loves Disney. As in adores the theme parks. “I’ve been going to Disney World for 30-something years,” the New Orleans-area luxury travel advisor said. But it’s not always magical when crowds fill the theme parks and wait times stretch to two hours per ride. This year, Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary, beginning on Oct. 1, and despite the pandemic expects huge attendance. That scene has repeated itself throughout the country, as people have hit the road in a desire to travel again. One thing Fowler learned watching Disney visitors get frustrated was to find alternatives to tough travel situations, including overcrowding. Her advice when traveling is threefold: pay attention to where you lay your head, choose dining options well, and pick experiences that create great memories. We kept that advice in mind when choosing a few destinations. And yes, Disney’s on the list. As always, check websites and Facebook for updates and safety protocols.
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It’s a quick drive to Laurel, Mississippi, a quaint town that’s become popular — and more adorable by the day — thanks to HGTV’s “Home Town.” Laurel makes for the perfect weekend getaway, with its resplendent downtown, its growing culinary scene and great opportunities for arts exploration. New Orleanians may also park the car at Union Passenger Terminal and hop aboard the Southern Crescent, Amtrak’s service from New Orleans to New York with a stop in Laurel. The threehour train ride leaves New Orleans in the morning, with return trips in late afternoon. A Great Stay: Veteran travel writer and Laurel native Mary Ann DeSantis recommends the Wisteria Bed and Breakfast owned by Peggy and Earl Schneider, built in 1901 for one of the city’s founders. “Peggy makes the most amazing breakfasts for guests and Peggy and Earl are a wealth of information about Laurel,” DeSantis said. “If you want to stay in one of the historic homes, this is the place.” An Awesome Meal: Miss Pearl at Pearl’s Diner serves up Southern cuisine such as fried chicken, along with great conversation. Another landmark is Café LeFleur, which has been a fixture on Magnolia Avenue for years. Bird Dog Café and owners Conner and Elliot Bell were featured on “Home Town” and the restaurant’s been making waves ever since.
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There’s still lots on the calendar for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, where outdoor fun allows for ample social distancing. The Wharf in Orange Beach continues to attract big acts such as Brooks & Dunn and Gulf Shores carries on its Movies at Meyer Park, where families can watch films on a big screen under the stars. The annual Coastal Alabama BirdFest brings in both birders and birding experts Oct. 6-9 at events across Coastal Alabama.
A Great Stay: The all-inclusive Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa continues its activities through the fall, said Kevin Hellmich, director of sales and marketing, serving up classes in its Beverage Academy & Culinary Academy every month. For those who love the outdoors, the resort celebrates both the birding and Monarch butterfly migration in October with special activities; both bird and butterflies rest along Alabama’s Eastern Shore as they make their way south for the winter. The hotel remains an ideal spot to relax and unwind at its luxurious pools, spa and while sipping cocktails overlooking Mobile Bay. An Awesome Meal: Off the beaten path, serving steaks and seafood in a quiet ambiance, is Jesse’s in Magnolia Springs. Sage in Fairhope serves up such great Mediterranean fare that Vince Vaughn and Liam Helmsworth have dined there while filming in the area. For the fun factor, stop at Lulu’s on the Intracoastal Waterway for fresh seafood dishes, sand pit activities, live music and special events.
It’s a pleasant drive north through Mississippi, with stops to enjoy history, catfish and hushpuppies and blues at numerous stops in the Mississippi Delta. Learn about the blues heritage at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, then head next door to hear the real deal at Ground Zero Blues Club, Hooker Grocer & Eatery or Red’s Lounge. Lodging in Clarksdale veers from the historic Clark House to unique boutique accommodations such as the Lofts at the Five and Dime and High Cotton Condos. Honor one of Mississippi’s most celebrated musicians at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola or enjoy the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland while relaxing at the Cotton House with its hip guest rooms and signature dining at the celebrated Delta Meat Market. Eventually make your way to Memphis, home to the studios that first recorded the blues and later rock ’n’ roll, funk and rhythm and blues. There are several outstanding museums that showcase this history of Southern music that paved the way for most of the music we listen to today. For a real fall treat, head east to the Memphis Botanic Gardens to stroll trails full of flowering treats. The Gardens offer a variety of plant collections, from herbs and pollinators to the elegant Japanese Garden, all accented by outdoor sculpture and art. Children will especially love the prehistoric plant trail, the fragrance garden and the interactive My Big Backyard. Work off those Memphis barbecue dinners at Shelby Farms Park, a former farm consisting of 4,500 acres of green space and 11 miles of urban trail that’s ideal for hiking and biking with ponds for paddling. A Great Stay: New to the Memphis hotel scene is The Memphian in historic Overton Square that’s being revitalized and now stands as an arts, dining and entertainment complex. An Awesome Meal: For an authentic meal, visit the downtown location of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, serving up Southern fried goodness and sides. If meat isn’t your thing, Sweet Grass on Cooper Street serves up delish vegetarian dishes, such as General Tso’s Cauliflower made with coconut rice, scallions and sesame seeds. As always, The Peabody is the place to enjoy a cocktail in its famous lobby, with or without parading ducks.
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Fall in southern California can be magical: temperatures drop, humidity levels are low and the rains have yet to arrive. It’s a great time to hike the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands and the exquisite town of Santa Barbara,
Clockwise left to right: Pearl's Diner, Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Gulf Shores, Hooker Grocer & Eatery
nicknamed the “American Riviera” for its Spanish architecture and Mediterranean climate. There’s so much to see and do, from water sports and whale watching to upscale dining and shopping. Visitors can use Santa Barbara as the jumping off point to explore California’s central wine region, or utilize its expansive urban wine trail. “Our wine scene has continued to expand, with about 30 on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail,” said Karna Hughes, director of public relations for Visit Santa Barbara. A Great Stay: The Spanish-influenced Kimpton Canary Hotel offers everything, from a rooftop pool to a hot mixology program in the heart of Santa Barbara, Hughes said. For a coastal retreat, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara rests on 78 acres overlooking the Pacific. For a little of both, Hotel Milo offers access to downtown as well as Santa Barbara’s West Beach. An Awesome Meal: Start your day with a homespun breakfast three miles south of Santa Barbara but a world away at the Summerland Beach Café. The Victorian home is a feast for the eyes as well as taste buds; check out the historic photos lining the walls. Afterwards, stroll along the more pristine Summerland beach, with a stop at The Sacred Space for tea in its heavenly garden that will erase all stress of the modern world.
DO DISNEY DIFFERENTLY
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration begins Oct.1, which means the park likely will fill to capacity for weeks. To avoid crowds this fall or later, New Orleans luxury travel advisor Maria Fowler suggests paying extra for the VIP tours, a private guided trip through the park for up to 10 guests. “The VIP guide is a human fast pass,” she said. “You can go on any ride you want.” The fireworks cruise is another trick, Fowler said, small pontoons that hold up to 10 people and float the park’s lagoons an hour beforehand and then stall in the water during the fireworks show. A Great Stay: Fowler, who arranges Disney packages for Glass Slipper Concierge, recommends staying as close to the Orlando parks as possible. Cheaper accommodations farther away may result in long transit times. Her number one favorite is the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, located in the back of the upscale Golden Oak gated community. The resort offers spa, golf, onsite Disney character meals and is a quiet alternative to other Orlando resorts. A nice hotel allows for time to relax from a day at the theme parks, Fowler said. An Awesome Meal: Disney World offers everything from fast food to fine dining. In between are what Fowler calls “tapas lounges,” small establishments with wait service and menus but not bound by reservation. “They’re usually not crowded because a lot of people think children aren’t allowed,” Fowler explained. “But all Disney lounges are family friendly.” Naturally, the price increases with these extras and more upscale accommodations. “There are a lot of extras that Disney will sell to you,” Fowler said. “Choose what makes your vacation special.”
Clockwise left to right: Sage in Fairhope, The Memphian, Memphis, Disney World
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The quaint village of Abingdon, Virginia, one of the oldest Englishspeaking settlements west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dates to the American Revolution. Its entire 20-block historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Naturally, we were going to hear about ghosts. There are plenty of great ghost tales in Abingdon, and “Haint Mistress” Donnamarie Emmert loves to share them as host of Abingdon Spirit Tours. Take a walk with the Mistress and hear about the lovesick apparition at the Martha Washington Inn, a woman of the night still wanting to turn tricks at circa-1779 Tavern restaurant and a horse shot during the Civil War who still roams the streets. Yes, the horse. It’s all part of this colonial town’s charm, and only one of many great things to do in Abingdon and the surrounding countryside, especially this time of year when temperatures drop and the nearby mountains turn vibrant shades of autumnal hues. STAY
There are numerous hotels and bed and breakfasts but the grand dame remains the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. This four-star hotel was original constructed in 1832 as a private residence but morphed into a finishing school for women and later a women’s college. The massive building still owns a historic air with its creaky wood floors, elegant staircases
Martha Washington Inn & Spa
and a discerning library filled with books and historic memorabilia. Accommodations run the gamut, from singles to suites, and there’s a decadent spa, heated saltwater pool, restaurant and fire pit area with Jacuzzi so modern sensitivities will be satisfied. PLAY
Barter Theater, the state theatre of Virginia, beats as the heart of town. Founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, the abandoned opera house attracted out-of-work New York actors who set up a barter system, sharing performances for food. Ernest Borgnine and Gregory Peck have graced its stage. Today, you must pay admission, but Barter still attracts top-name actors. And yes, there is a ghost hanging about. “I don’t know why ghosts love theaters, but they do,” said Artistic Director Katie Brown. Feel safer watching theater
outside sans mask? Barter at the Moonlite Drive In offers live theater from the comfort of your vehicle. GET OUTSIDE
The Virginia Creeper Trail, a shareuse trail stretching 34.3 miles to the North Carolina border, is a delight any time of year, but more so in the fall when foliage sets the hills aflame. For those preferring a faster ride, rent a bicycle at the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop and coast from mile marker zero to Alvarado Station, an 8 ½-mile trip. Pause after the ride at nearby Abingdon Vineyards and enjoy one of Elizabeth Hill Gardner’s varietals (she relocated from Napa) while overlooking the peaceful stretch of the South Fork Holston River. The 12-acre farm and winery offers live music, wine dinners, vintner classes and picnic flights. EAT
Eat American and German dishes in
the original section of The Tavern, built in 1779, or outside on the expansive patio to enjoy fall weather. Just don’t call the libertine who haunts the place, “The Tavern Tart” or she’ll mess with you. For something unique, The Girl & The Raven offers a caféstyle breakfast and lunch — not to mention craft coffees — and tapas for dinner with craft cocktails within a restored 1886 Victorian. GET SPOOKED
There’s plenty of ways to enjoy the culture and history of Abingdon — History Alive Tours and the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center to name two — but if you still want to chase ghosts, contact the Haint Mistress, who celebrates 25 years of Abingdon Spirit Tours this fall. Text (276) 706-6093 for an appointment for the ghost tours (ages 10 and older) or visit haintmistress.com.
Some things go together well. Chocolate and peanut butter, for instance. Bourbon and ginger ale. Oreos and milk. Lime juice and fresh mango. But then there are some combinations that are terrible or even dangerous. Toothpaste and orange juice. Ammonia and bleach. Hurricane evacuations and an entire region that doesn’t seem to believe COVID actually exists. I am so depleted from the past 18 months of COVID, to say nothing of the recent and sudden death of my mother, that I truly didn’t think I had the mental reserves to evacuate for Hurricane Ida with my two kids, one of whom is too young to be vaccinated -- and so we stayed. We rode the storm out at my in-laws’ in Metairie because they had a generator, and although it was pretty scary and absolutely worse than I anticipated, we made it through without any real damage. Our own home, in Broadmoor, didn’t fare quite as well; we had some roof damage and our upstairs bathroom windows blew out. Overall, though, we felt relieved to have been spared the catastrophic damage of other nearby areas. Hearing that there was no timetable for when we could realistically expect to have power again, though, we decided it was time to hit the road. Evacuating with four people and an 80-pound half-blind dog in a Corolla is not an experience I want to repeat in the near future, nor do I ever want to relive having to take an unvaccinated 9-year-old into a gas station where there isn’t a single
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for my 83-year-old father, coordinate with our amazing friend who stayed behind and boarded up our windows, figure out when schools would be reopening, stay in touch with our employers and our neighbors. In addition, none of us like being away from our home and especially not away from New Orleans. I couldn’t find my favorite kind of coffee. My husband wanted to make gumbo, but we couldn’t find any decent seafood. I didn’t know where the light switches were in the home where we were staying and constantly opened the wrong drawers looking for silverware. I gained 5 pounds over the course of a week because of stress-eating so much junk and not being able to stick to my usual exercise routine. I kept noticing the smell of new shampoo, unfamiliar laundry soap, and it would constantly bring me back to the reality of our situation. I tried to keep some sense of perspective and remind myself that there were people in harder-hit regions, people who didn’t have the resources to leave and were stuck in the heat, people suffering … but that didn’t actually make me feel better; it only made me feel like the world’s biggest asshole for being annoyed that I couldn’t find LaCroix in the a dairy farm and pick tomatoes and grocery store in rural Tennessee. apples. We met up with (vaccinated!) Ultimately, we heard we had power friends for pizza at their house, and restored and headed home on Sept. we even took a side trip to get a 8, eager to get back to some kind of picture of Georgia at the Georgia normal and help our home state state welcome sign. and its people however Even knowing how For more Eve, we could. lucky we were didn’t check out her blog Georgia liked visiting “Joie d’Eve” on exactly make it a vacation, Tuesday mornings at Georgia, but for all of though. We were trying to myneworleans.com us, New Orleans and connect with our insurour family is the only ance company, file a FEMA claim combination that makes sense.
We know we were lucky, but it still wasn’t a fun time. masked person to be seen. I hadn’t realized how jarring it would be to see other people’s gross face holes on public display after the past 18 months in my New Orleans bubble, but we definitely hurried through our bathroom breaks as much as we could. Once safely settled into a generous friend’s home in Tennessee, though, we tried to make the best of it. We took the kids and dog to romp on
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Zach Tyson is a realtor and contractor, specializing in residential properties. His family’s business, Tyson Construction, builds custom homes and remodels existing properties in the Greater New Orleans Metro area. Tysonconstruction.com
ZACH TYSON Fall home maintenance 1
enjamin Fr ank lin famously said, “You may delay, but time will not.” Many a homeowner, who has put off home maintenance, knows this well. “The biggest mistake is deferring home maintenance and kicking the can down the road — whether it’s a small issue or a larger one, most of the time, it’s only going to get worse over time,” said realtor and contractor Zach Tyson, who owns Tyson construction with his parents Patricia and Larry Tyson. Tyson says staying on top of maintenance is essential and offers advice on how to manage the demands of maintenance, so you’re not overwhelmed. He suggests making separate lists for exterior and interior items – based on the unique materials involved, such
as brick vs. wood — and doing a yearly walk-thru to assess each item. Exterior concerns include roof, gutters, windows and doors, and pest control. In New Orleans, where climate, termites, hurricanes and rainstorms take a toll, he advises a roof inspection every three to five years, regular gutter cleaning, making sure windows and doors are sealed and caulked against the elements, and having a termite contract. An interior checklist should cover a service agreement with an air condition company that includes an annual or semi-annual inspection, keeping electrical, plumbing and water heater systems in good shape, making sure windows and doors are sealed for energy efficiency, and checking inside cabinets and around bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms for leaks. Taking care of these things
Know your house and its materials, so you can formulate interior and exterior to-do checklists.
2 Do an annual walkthrough to assess needs and address them in a timely manner.
3 Don’t forget exterior details like shutters and railings that add to your home’s curb appeal and value.
will keep a house comfortable and protect its value. “The biggest enemy of any house is moisture or water outside or inside,” he said. Maintaining the exterior cladding (whatever that may be), landscaping and hardscaping will go a long way toward adding to its curb appeal, which in turn adds to its value. Gentle pressure washing can prolong the life of a good paint job, while tending to railings, porch flooring, shutters, driveways, walkways, lawns, trees and flower beds will keep both eyesores and intruders like termites at bay. Tyson points out that DIY projects can help save money, as can materials designed to resist rot and termites – like Hardie Board and PVC, and low-maintenance materials like artificial turf instead of grass. But he recommends hiring professionals for gutters, roofing, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing before problems get out of hand. He also suggests an annual maintenance budget to help cover out of pocket costs. “For most people, a home is the single largest investment they will have in their lifetime,” said Tyson. “These things will protect their investment.”
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A bubbly concoction in the French Quarter
2 ounces citrus-infused Peychaud’s Aperitivo* 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1/2 ounce lime juice 3/4 ounce simple syrup Bruised cucumber slice Combine all ingredients in tin, shake, fine strain over ice into Collins glass, top with seltzer, garnish with cucumber slice.
Most New Orleanians are familiar with Antoine Peychaud’s bitters, a key ingredient in the city’s official cocktail, the Sazerac. Now there is a new Peychaud’s, his namesake bar located in his one-time residence on Toulouse Street. Head bartender Nick Jarrett describes it as “an oasis from the pandemonium of Bourbon Street.” Jarrett is a veteran of both craft cocktail bars (Cure) and late-night dives (The Saint). He brings a wealth of experience to Peychaud’s menu, which reimagines the classics. The house cocktail, the Peychaud’s Fizz, is a bubbly citrus drink with an effervescence that Jarrett notes is a nod to another French Quarter favorite, the Pimm’s Cup. Jarrett dubs the raucous Toulouse and Bourbon Street intersection “the heart of the Quarter,” and while that nexus may be pulsing with life, there aren’t very many places nearby making quality cocktails. How apt that this historic property fits the bill.
*For each bottle of Peychaud’s Aperitivo, add peels from one grapefruit, three oranges, and six lemons. Seal, let stand in a cool, dry place for 24 hours, fine strain and bottle.
1 Always build drinks from the least used ingredient (in this case, each citrus juice) to the largest (the Aperitivo). That way, if anything goes wrong, you’re not tossing the baby out with the bathwater.
2 While it’s no substitute for an actual infusion, the “donation” of expressing (squeezing) citrus swathes to a tin or mixing glass before preparing a drink can capture some of the richness that a citrus infusion imparts.
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In many cases, combining lemon and lime juice to form a sort of a-la-minute sour can lend added depth to complex or bittersbased cocktails.
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Comfort Food Years ago, my friend Jennie Merrill shared a version of this easy, Keto-friendly makeahead crowd pleaser would be an excellent choice if you dare to entertain for Halloween. It makes for flavorful use of use of the abundant butternut squash and kale that are currently available on the cheap in markets. It freezes well so consider making extra in disposable pans for sharing, potlucks, or later use.
1 If you are trying to get more vegetables into your diet this is a good place to do it. I have sweated down an entire giant, family-sized bag of kale for use in this dish.
2 Hate kale? Spinach, collard, or mustard greens can be used interchangeably.
3 Pretty much any type of sausage can be used- Andouille, Italian, chicken, plant-based.
4 Gruyere cheese is pricey. For a more economical dish use shredded Swiss, mozzarella, or Cheddar. The flavor profile will be different, but the dish is very forgiving and adaptable. It will still be delicious.
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AUTUMN BUTTERNUT SQUASH, KALE, AND SAUSAGE LASAGNA
Serves 8-10 COOK WITH US!
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1 medium butternut squash 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 6 fresh sage leaves 5 link sausages (1 pound), casings removed, sausage chopped or crumbled (I used a chicken and apple sausage with sage), see NOTES 5 packed cups chopped kale, see NOTES 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon ground sage 1 large shallot, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground sage 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (not shredded) 1 large egg, beaten 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese, see NOTES 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF degrees.
2. Cut the bottom off the butternut squash (the seeded part.) Slice the top off to ensure that it is perfectly flat. Peel the butternut squash, cut in half, widthwise, scrape out the seeds, and slice the squash into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside 3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the sage leaves and cook until crispy, taking care not to burn. Transfer the sage leaves to a small paper towel-lined plate and set aside. 4. Immediately crumble in the sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, 5-7 minutes. Then, add the kale, garlic, red pepper flakes, ground sage, and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the mixture until the kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. If the kale is not breaking down add a little water to the pan and cover. 5. While the sausage mixture is cooking, add the ricotta, Parmesan, and egg to a bowl. Whisk together and set aside. 6. Once the sausage is cooked, gather all prepared ingredients. Cover the bottom of a 4.2 quart or 9-X-13-inch casserole dish with a layer of the butternut squash. Add a layer of the kale and sausage mixture, then top with a layer of the ricotta mixture. Top with a layer of butternut squash, then a layer of the kale and sausage mixture, then a layer of ricotta mixture. Add a final layer of butternut squash, then, top with shredded Gruyere cheese. 7. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Peel back the foil and poke a fork into the top layer of squash. If it yields easily, it is done. If not, bake another 5 minutes then test again. 8. Remove the dish from oven and discard the foil. Place the casserole under a low broiler and cook until lightly browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately scatter the reserved sage leaves atop. Rest for 5 minutes then carefully cut the lasagna into equal portions.
DINING GUIDE The Dining Guide is comprised of restaurants recently reviewed and visited by New Orleans Magazine. The list will change regularly to provide information on others that are also worth noting and acknowledging. Please check restaurant websites for up-to-date hours and locations. If you feel that a restaurant has been misplaced, please email Editor Ashley McLellan at Ashley@MyNewOrleans.com. $ = AVERAGE ENTRÉE PRICE
Acorn City Park, $ AcornNola.com Audubon Clubhouse Uptown, $$ AudubonInstitute.org
$ = $5-10
$$ = $11-15
Ye Olde College Inn Carrollton, $$$ CollegeInn1933.com Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill Multiple Locations, $$$ ZeaRestaurants.com
$$$ = $16-20
$$$$ = $21-25
Bayou Burger French Quarter, $$ 5SportsBarNewOrleans.com
$$$$$ = $25 & UP
The Delachaise Uptown, $$ TheDelaichaise.com ITALIAN
ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN
Port of Call French Quarter, $$ PortOfCallNola.com
Arnaud’s Remoulade French Quarter, $$ Remoulade.com
Boulevard American Bistro Multiple Locations, $$$ BoulevardBistro.com
Blue Giant Lower Garden District, $$ BlueGiantNOLA.com
The Company Burger Uptown, $ TheCompanyBurger.com
Chartres House French Quarter, $$$ ChartresHouse.com
Caffe! Caffe! Metairie, $ CaffeCaffe.com
Hoshun Restaurant Uptown, $$ HoshunRestaurant.com
Café NOMA City Park, $ CafeNoma.com
Little Tokyo Multiple Locations, $$ LittleTokyoNola.com
Domenica CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ DomenicaRestaurant.com
Camellia Grill Riverbend, $ 309-2679
Lotus Bistro Lakeview, $$ LotusBistroNOLA.com
District Donuts Sliders Brew Multiple Locations, $ DonutsAndSliders.com
Magasin Uptown, $ MagasinCafe.com
Five Happiness Mid-City, $$ FiveHappiness.com
MoPho Mid-City, $$$ MoPhoNola.com
Martin Wine Cellar Multiple Locations, $ MartinWineCellar.com
Rock-N-Sake Multiple Locations, $$$ RockNSake.com
New Orleans Social House CBD/Warehouse District, $$ NOSocialHouse.com
Union Ramen Bar Lower Garden District, $$ UnionRamen.com
Parkway Bakery and Tavern Mid-City, $ ParkwayPoorBoys.com
Restaurant August CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ RestaurantAugust.com
Breads on Oak Carrollton, $ BreadsOnOak.com. Café du Monde Multiple Locations, $ CafeDuMonde.com
Rib Room French Quarter, $$$ RibRoomNewOrleans.com
CC’s Coffee House Multiple Locations, $ CCsCoffee.com
The Grill Room CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ GrillRoomNewOrleans.com
Gracious Bakery + Café Multiple Locations, $ GraciousBakery.com
The Pelican Club French Quarter, $$$$$ PelicanClub.com Upperline Uptown, $$$$ Upperline.com
Ruby Slipper Café Multiple Locations, $$ TheRubySlipperCafe.net
Broussard’s French Quarter, $$$$ Broussards.com Café Degas Faubourg St. John, $$ CafeDegas.com Coquette Uptown, $$$ CoquetteNola.com Justine French Quarter, $$$ JustineNola.com La Crêpe Nanou Uptown, $$$ LaCrepeNanou.com La Petite Grocery Uptown, $$$ LaPetiteGrocery.com Lilette Uptown, $$$$$ LiletteRestaurant.com GASTROPUB
Bouligny Tavern Uptown, $$ BoulignyTavern.com Cane & Table French Quarter, $$ CaneAndTableNola.com Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro French Quarter, $$$ OrleansGrapevine.com Patrick’s Bar Vin French Quarter, $$ PatricksBarVin.com Sylvain French Quarter, $$$ SylvainNOLA.com
Gianna Restaurant CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ GiannaRestaurant.com Irene’s Cuisine French Quarter, $$$$ IrenesNola.com Josephine Estelle CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ JosephineEstelle.com
LATTER HOSPITALITY: THE BOWER
The Bower is the most recent outpost in Latter Hospitality’s expanding clutch of wine-centric dining destinations. This Lower Garden District jewel box is also one of its most ambitious, with a luxe-forward menu featuring curated Old World proteins like whole Branzino to accompany a constellation of wine-friendly pairings including charcuterie and cheese boards. Its farm-friendly stable of local vendors balances its bespoke, small plate appeal.
Liuzza’s Mid-City, $$ Liuzzas.com Muriel’s Jackson Square French Quarter, $$$$ Muriels.com Napoleon House French Quarter, $ NapoleonHouse.com Pascal’s Manale Uptown, $$$$ PascalsManale.com Red Gravy Uptown, $$ RedGravy.com Restaurant R’evolution French Quarter, $$$$$ RevolutionNola.com Tommy’s Cuisine CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ TommysNewOrleans.com Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Multiple Locations, $$$ VicentsItalianCuisine.com
MID CITY PIZZA
The pizza game has gotten a lot stronger in New Orleans over the past several years and home-grown favorite Mid City Pizza is one of the reasons why. It’s a refreshingly no-frills, unassuming pizza joint with two locations that turns out excellent thin crust pies. Crowd-pleasing usual suspects like pepperoni share billing with more esoteric NOLA variations like shrimp Remoulade on the menu. Complementary items like salads, calzones and sandwiches like an excellent “Chicken Parm” are features as well.
Acme Oyster House Multiple Locations, $$ AcmeOyster.com Antoine’s French Quarter, $$$$$ Antoines.com Arnaud’s French Quarter, $$$$$ ArnaudsRestaurant.com Austin’s Metairie, $$$ AustinsNo.com Boucherie Carrollton, $$ Boucherie-Nola.com Brennan’s French Quarter, $$$$ BrennansNewOrleans.com Brigtsen’s Riverbend, $$$$$ Brigtsens.com Café Reconcile Central City, $$ CafeReconcile.org Casamento’s Uptown, $$ CasamentosRestaurant.com Clancy’s Uptown, $$$ ClancysNewOrleans.com Cochon CBD/Warehouse District, $$ CochonRestaurant.com Copeland’s Multiple Locations, $$ CopelandsofNewOrleans. com Commander’s Palace Garden District, $$$$ CommandersPalace.com Court of Two Sisters French Quarter, $$$$$ CourtOfTwoSisters.com Crabby Jack’s Metairie, $ CrabbyJacksNola.com Criollo French Quarter, $$$ CriolloNola.com Dooky Chase Restaurant Treme, $$ DookyChaseRestaurant.com Drago’s Multiple Locations, $$$$ DragosRestaurant.com
Emeril’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ EmerilsRestaurants.com Galatoire’s French Quarter, $$$$$ Galatoires.com Gautreau’s Uptown, $$$$$ GautreausRestaurant.com Herbsaint CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ Herbsaint.com House of Blues French Quarter, $$ HouseOfBlues.com/ NewOrleans Jack Rose Garden District, $$$$ JackRoseRestaurant.com Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Mid-City, $$ KatiesInMidCity.com Mandina’s Mid-City, $$ MandinasRestaurant.com Mother’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$ MothersRestaurant.net Mulate’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$ Mulates.com NOLA French Quarter, $$$$$ EmerilsRestaurants.com/ Nola-Restaurant Palace Café CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ PalaceCafe.com Ralph’s On The Park Mid-City, $$$ RalphsOnThePark.com Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant French Quarter, $$$ RichardFiskes.com Royal House French Quarter, $$$ RoyalHouseRestaurant.com St. Roch Market Upper 9th Ward, $$ StRochMarket.com SoBou French Quarter, $$ SoBouNola.com
Tableau French Quarter, $$$ TableauFrenchQuarter.com
Le Bayou French Quarter, $$$ LeBayouRestaurant.com
Mr. John’s Steakhouse Uptown, $$$ MrJohnsSteakhouse.com
The Bistreaux French Quarter, $$ MaisonDupuy.com/dining
Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Metairie, $$ AustinsNo.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Multiple Locations, $$$$$ RuthsChris.com
The Bombay Club French Quarter, $$$$ TheBombayClub.com Toups’ Meatery Mid-City, $$$ ToupsMeatery.com Tujague’s French Quarter, $$$$$ TujaguesRestaurant.com PIZZA
Pizza Delicious Bywater, $ PizzaDelicious.com Reginelli’s Pizzeria Multiple Locations, $$ Reginellis.com Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, $$ TheosPizza.com Pizza Domenica Multiple Locations, $$ PizzaDomenica.com SEAFOOD
Borgne CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ BorgneRestaurant.com Briquette CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ Briquette-Nola.com Deanie’s Seafood Multiple Locations,$$$ Deanies.com Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House French Quarter, $$$$ BourbonHouse.com Don’s Seafood Metairie, $$$ DonsSeafoodOnline.com Grand Isle Restaurant CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ GrandIsleRestaurant.com GW Fins French Quarter, $$$$$ GWFins.com Kingfish French Quarter, $$$ KingfishNewOrleans.com
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Multiple Locations, $$$ MrEdsRestaurants.com/ oyster-bar New Orleans Creole Cookery French Quarter, $$$ NewOrleansCreoleCookery. com Oceana Grill French Quarter, $$ OceanaGrill.com Pêche CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ PecheRestaurant.com. Pier 424 French Quarter, $$$ Pier424SeafoodMarket.com Red Fish Grill French Quarter, $$$ RedFishGrill.com Sac-A-Lait CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com
The Steakhouse at Harrah’s CBD/WarehouseDistrict, $$$$$ HarrahsNewOrleans.com WORLD
1000 Figs Faubourg St. John, $$ 1000Figs.com Barracuda Uptown, $ EatBarracuda.com Bayona French Quarter, $$$$$ Bayona.com Bywater Brew Pub Bywater, $$$ BywaterBrewPub.com Compére Lapin CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ CompereLapin.com El Gato Negro Multiple Locations, $$ ElGatoNegroNola.com
Lucy’s CBD/Warehouse District, $ LucysRetiredSurfers.com
Antoine’s Annex French Quarter, $$$ Antoines.com/AntoinesAnnex
Lüke CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ LukeNewOrleans.com
Mona’s Café Mid-City, $ MonasCafeAndDeli.com
Crescent City Steaks Mid-City, $$$$ CrescentCitySteaks.com Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse French Quarter, $$$$ DickieBrennansSteakhouse. com Doris Metropolitan French Quarter, $$$$ DorisMetropolitan.com Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak French Quarter, $$$ Galatoires33BarAndSteak. com La Boca CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ LaBocaSteaks.com
Patois Uptown,$$$ PatoisNola.com Saba Uptown, $$$ EatWithSaba.com Saffron NOLA Uptown, $$$ SaffronNOLA.com Seaworthy CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ SeaworthyNola.com Shaya Uptown, $$$ ShayaRestaurant.com
Louisiana. The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum set in a nurturing and multicultural community. Graduates of Ecole Bilingue excel in both traditional American and global high schools. The school’s curriculum adheres to a strong English Language Arts, American math, and social studies program that complements the French national curriculum. Located off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, Ecole Bilingue spans across a four-building campus. Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. For more information on Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit ebnola.com. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500.
Education & Open Houses
etween Hurricane Ida and the pandemic, Louisiana schools have seen disruptions like never before. Still, educators across the city and state aim to keep your child’s learning on track and are finding solutions for a variety of challenges faced. As the school year moves along and you begin planning for the future, it’s important to keep an eye on the options available to families, whether you seek a continuous, K-12 school or a specialized elementary or high school dedicated to educating children during certain stages of life. Many virtual and in-person open houses are scheduled for fall and winter, allowing parents and guardians the opportunity to see firsthand what an institution offers. Compare the differences between religious schools, charter programs, STEM-focused curricula and more with information from a variety of area schools offering unique learning experiences and opportunities for kids.
EARLY EDUCATION Kehoe-France Kehoe-France is a school known for offering transformative and meaningful academic experiences that instill a lifelong love of learning, leadership, and service. A nurturing and engaging environment for children as young as eight weeks through 7th grade, Kehoe-France sets children on a path to discovery while developing the skills they need to be productive citizens of a global community. Each student experiences a rigorous and balanced curriculum focused on developing the whole child and preparing them to succeed and make lasting relationships in an increasingly connected and innovative world. As part of the International Schools Partnership, Kehoe-France is one of a growing group of private schools committed to improving schools and learning opportunities for students across the world. For more information on the school and admissions, call 504-733-0472 or visit kehoe-france.com. Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is a private French school accredited by both the French Ministry of Education and the State of 68
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Founded in 1957, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a co-educational, independent school serving children 12 months through Grade 8. It is the oldest Episcopal School in New Orleans with 64 years of inspiring and educating the mind, body, and spirit of each child. St. Andrew’s offers a nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders. Educators strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on individual strengths, interests, and abilities while also fostering teamwork within the greater school community. Small classes give teachers the flexibility to customize lessons, connect with students, and inspire life-long curiosity. St. Andrew’s provides a challenging learning environment where students grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and information literacy skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. See the school in action—call or register online for a private tour. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions. Jewish Community Day School Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans (JCDS) is a coeducational independent school for students ages two months through 6th Grade. Balancing challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program, a JCDS education is interdisciplinary, projectbased, and holistic. The school’s small class size and differentiated instruction ensure each child is valued for their individual strengths. Students bring what they’ve learned at JCDS beyond the school’s boundaries, too, using their education to fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olum, repairing the world. JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders. The school’s fall open house takes place on Sunday, October 24 at 12 p.m. To learn more or schedule a tour, please call 504-887-4091 or email email@example.com.
CONTINUOUS EDUCATION / K-12 Arden Cahill Academy Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment minutes from downtown. Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the 12-acre campus currently serves students from six weeks in its Infant Center through 12th grade in its High School. Arden Cahill Academy enrolled its first class of high school freshmen in August 2019 and is proud to continue its tradition of academic excellence and cultural enrichment through its college preparatory curriculum. Arden Cahill Academy will be graduating its first class of high school seniors next year. Horse stables, a petting farm, a STEAM Lab, art studios, band and music rooms, and a 300-seat theater make the Arden Cahill Academy campus unique. The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp that has been voted Best of New Orleans by Gambit readers. For more information on registration, please call
504-392-0902 or visit ardencahillacademy.com. Tours are scheduled daily by appointment. Interested families are encouraged to attend a virtual or in-person tour or come to the Winter Open House on January 6. Isidore Newman School Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is committed to the intellectual, ethical, emotional, and physical development of each student. Newman offers a challenging, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate curriculum for students in grades Pre-K through 12, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to four years old. A Newman education encourages critical and independent thinking, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and provides superior guidance and support for high achieving students and families. Located in the heart of Uptown, Newman is the only accredited co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Visit newmanschool.org for more information or to schedule a tour.
HIGH SCHOOL Mount Carmel Academy The Mount Carmel Academy experience is filled with opportunities for each student to pursue her passions, uncover new talents, grow spiritually, and discover the person God created her to become. Students collaborate with peers, view failures as opportunities for growth, and approach an ever-changing and complex world with an inquisitive mind. Small class sizes (average of nine) ensure an interactive and inclusive learning environment. Students are encouraged to expand
their interests as they navigate through more than 50 extracurricular activities and become active participants in the community through the school’s service learning program. Graduates depart from Mount Carmel Academy with confidence in themselves and a love for each other. They are well prepared for college and beyond. Explore the Mount Carmel Academy campus, meet students and teachers, and learn more at an Open House on October 14 from 2 - 7:30 p.m. RSVP on mcacubs.com.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES University of Holy Cross The University of Holy Cross (UHC) provides an atmosphere of learning and growth that not only expands the mind but also nourishes the heart. A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs to more than 1,000 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience virtually and on a close-knit campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling, and Nursing. The university was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting. For more information, visit go.uhcno.edu.•
Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights at Baytowne
erhaps your perfect fall day is spent hiking or biking woodland trails and enjoying a picnic under changing leaves, or perhaps it’s spent shopping and strolling the streets of a quaint and quiet small town. Better yet, it could be collecting seashells along Gulf Coast beaches or sipping wine and eating hors d’oeuvres at a lively food and beverage festival. With the shift of seasons comes a shift in attitude, a freeing feeling that accompanies the cool temperatures and festive seasonal occasions, holidays, and events. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this year’s fall weekends, from visiting art exhibitions and dining al fresco to simply opening the windows of a new apartment overlooking the city. October brings a variety of options for rest, relaxation, and recuperation after this year’s hot and challenging summer. Take a load off this fall, and enjoy a weekend full of activities that replenish the soul.
NEARBY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS Greenwood, Mississippi Get away from it all in Greenwood, Mississippi. It’s the perfect place to relax, recharge, and reconnect to the things that matter most. Greenwood is a place where you can still ask a local where to find 70
the best steak in town, treat yourself to the finer comforts of life, find yourself in awe of the beauty of nature, and be moved by the uniquely Southern soul of the Mississippi Delta. Foodies love the original Viking Cooking School’s demonstrations and hands-on lessons from expert instructors and chefs, and unwinding is made easy with eats and drinks at a variety of local restaurants. Greenwood also attracts shoppers and treasurehunters— the town’s unique and diverse merchants offer everything from antiques and boutique items to one-of-a-kind gifts, beautiful home decor, artisan-crafted items unique to Mississippi, and even the latest in fashion design. Meanwhile, history buffs enjoy selfguided tours of the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and its Freedom Trail as well as the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. For more details and Greenwood destinations, go to VisitGreenwood.com. Visit Vicksburg In Vicksburg, Mississippi, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. A city that harbors U.S. history at some of its most poignant turns, Vicksburg features art at its most creative angles, food
at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling turns. Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining, and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture, and homes in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss. Just relax—it all runs on river time in Vicksburg. From restaurants and shops to historical sites and museums, you’ll find destinations, events, and lodging for your next adventure at VisitVicksburg.com. Ruston & Lincoln Parish This fall, experience the best of North Louisiana’s great outdoors with an adventure to Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Enjoy the cooler breezes and changing leaves in the area’s many parks and waterways, and you’ll likely find yourself returning year after year. No matter how you like to experience the outdoors, an adventure awaits. Mountain bikers from across the country flock to Lincoln Parish Park, where its top-rated mountain bike trail offers 10-miles of excitement for both advanced riders and beginners. A walking path winds around the park’s serene lake, which welcomes fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Meanwhile, free park Wi-Fi keeps you connected when you want to be. Another outdoor paradise is James Lake Birding Trail, one of Louisiana’s best places to spy a variety of birds. The lake area also features pavilions, restrooms, an RV park, playground, and amphitheater. Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway is another gem that offers a shareduse walking, running, and cycling path throughout the area. Just a few miles away, discover outdoor art, dining, and shopping in Downtown Ruston. For more information, visit experienceruston.com. Harvest Wine & Food Festival Fall is the perfect time to head to the beach for Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, this lavish event provides attendees the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor, Florida, November 4 - 7. The festival kicks off with two nights of intimate wine dinners, hosted in restaurants and private homes throughout South Walton. The festival’s signature Grand Tasting returns Saturday, November 6, after a year hiatus. Guests will once again be welcomed to WaterColor’s Cerulean Park for an afternoon of epicurean excellence featuring tasting stations from wineries around the world, as well as culinary stations manned by celebrity chefs from the best restaurants in the Southeast. The weekend concludes with the popular Better Together Brunch featuring Chefs Kristen Hall and Victor King of Birmingham’s The Essential and cocktails curated by the team at Better Together Beverage and Distillery 98. A silent auction will be available virtually throughout the event. Visit HarvestWineandFood.com for tickets and more information. The Village of Baytowne Wharf & Sandestin Wine Festival The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Sandestin Wine Festival will kick off the holiday season with its 9th Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights event on Saturday, November 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Pop the bubbly! The Sparkling Wine and Holiday lights event is the perfect way to kick off a festive holiday season. Thrilled to be hosting the 9th annual celebration, The Village of Baytowne Wharf welcomes visitors from across the Gulf South and beyond to stroll and sip champagne and sparkling wines while savoring delicious and decadent appetizers. Enjoy the charming sights of the decorated streets and end the night with The Village’s spectacular choreographed grand finale light show, 12 Nights of Lights. Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights takes place on the beautiful, festive streets of Baytowne Wharf and features more than 30
champagnes and sumptuous food samplings from featured Village restaurants. Enjoy an enchanting evening of holiday cheer, singing carolers, plenty of bubbles, and impressive, shimmering lights. Learn more and purchase tickets at baytownesparklingwinefest.com. Premier Island Management Group Make the most of the fall travel season with an escape to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. No matter who comes along with you, guests of all ages will enjoy the property selection and amenities of Premier Island. More than just another beach vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com, or call 866-966-1420. Big Bay Lake Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000, and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun- filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit bigbaylake.com. Newman-Dailey It’s been a difficult time for moms, and to help her off-set anxiety and stress levels, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, a premier vacation rental company in Destin, Florida, is introducing the MOMosa Vacation package, which combines low fall rates on vacation rentals with rewarding mom with a refreshing MOMosa drink to start her day. The MOMosa package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, three Ocean Spray mixers, govino flutes for her and her girls, and a soft-side cooler. Whether getting away for a solo escape, with girlfriends, or with a special family member, the beaches of South Walton and Destin are an ideal backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation. Newman-Dailey’s diverse collection of vacation rentals suit groups of all sizes and offer guests peace of mind staying in a sanitized private vacation rental. MOMosa vacation package is available with stays between now and November 19. Call 1-800-225-7652 or visit DestinVacation.com to learn more and become a Dailey Insider.
DINING & IMBIBING Briquette Welcome the fall season with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-tofind wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list. This month, reserve your spot at Briquette’s October Italian Wine MYNEWORLEANS.COM
SPONSORED Dinner, which features topnotch Italian varietals paired with a number of delicious food courses from the Briquette grill and kitchen. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496. With onsite valet parking and space for hundreds of guests, Briquette is well suited to host your fall or winter event, whether a corporate dinner, reception, rehearsal dinner, or a cocktail party. Every menu is hand-crafted to suit your needs. Briquette is currently open for dinner Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. until close. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. New Orleans Creole Cookery Celebrate the arrival of fall and football season this year with a return to New Orleans’ favorite traditions: weekend brunch and oyster happy hours. Join friends and family to celebrate in the heart of the French Quarter at New Orleans Creole Cookery, where you can enjoy the beautiful fall breezes from its charming courtyard or settle into its traditional dining room. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant’s weekend brunch features bottomless mimosas and rosé along with new brunch items. Highlights include excellent Bloody Mary selections, shrimp and grits, crispy chicken and waffles, and signature Gator Hash. New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Famous for its authentic Creole fare and the time-honored classics such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain, the restaurant is also perfect for a quick snack or a leisurely weekend feast. Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.
NEW ORLEANS ARTS & LIVING The Helis Foundation Take a stroll through the Arts District and view Downtown New
Orleans’ signature mural collection presented by The Helis Foundation. Featuring local and international artists, Unframed, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, is the first multimural exhibition of large-scale artwork in Downtown and comprises eight vibrant murals. Residents and visitors will soon enjoy a new mural slated to be unveiled later this fall. Unframed is part of a range of arts initiatives presented by The Helis Foundation that are free and open to the public. Learn more about Unframed (#unframednola) and other arts programming at www. TheHelisFoundation.org. Lumina Apartments Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops. Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and a chefinspired kitchen with a custom-designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure. With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778.
aintaining good health always deserves our best efforts. Just as dominoes fall one after the other, a person’s health can rapidly change when one issue causes another and perhaps more issues after that. Preventing a domino effect can be accomplished by staying on top of nutrition, treating injuries or pain, and getting the regular wellness checkups recommended by your primary care physician. And when complex healthcare options are needed, specialists can step in with new breakthroughs and evolving treatments. Get to know a few of the options available across the region, and learn about the latest news from a variety of providers. From new leadership announcements to research programs that need your help, you can stay ahead of the curve and on top of your health with helpful tips and the expertise of area specialists.
LOW BACK PAIN Southern Pain & Neurological At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. Low back pain is one of the most common sources of pain, and it’s important to note that 15-25 percent of people with low back pain actually have SI joint dysfunction. At Southern Pain & Neurological, the advanced, minimally invasive PsiF System allows your doctor to stabilize your SI joint from a familiar posterior approach by inserting strategically designed implants directly into the joint. The procedure is done through a small (1 inch) incision and typically takes less than thirty minutes. Patient testimonials have demonstrated that treatment with the PsiF system improved pain, patient function, and quality of life. If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic-like pain, hip/pelvis/ groin pain, stiffness, leg instability, disturbed sitting and sleeping, and pain when active or lying on one side, the PsiF System may be an option for you. To learn more about SI joint dysfunction, the PsiF System, and Southern Pain & Neurological, call 1-800-277-1265.
PEDIATRIC CARE Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital New Orleans is proud to appoint an internationally known leader in child health, accomplished researcher, and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Mark Kline, as Physician-in-Chief and Chief Academic Officer for Children’s Hospital New Orleans and the LCMC Health Pediatric Market. Dr. Kline works together with Children’s academic partners, LSU and Tulane, to advance academic medicine, training, and teaching at Children’s Hospital, the first and largest full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South. “Dr. Kline’s expert leadership, together with the excellent pedigree of our academic partners, will allow Children’s to innovate care delivery while training our next generation of pediatricians,” says John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans. While overseeing Children’s Hospital’s pediatric academic medical programs, Dr. Kline will also help expand academic programs through faculty positions at both LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine and develop innovative, cohesive strategies to improve the future health and wellbeing of Louisiana’s children. For more information on Dr. Kline and the services of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, visit chnola.org.
PHARMACY & INSURANCE Patio Drugs Patio Drugs has been servicing the community since 1958 as a fullservice retail pharmacy including sterile and non-sterile compounding as well as medical equipment services. Many seniors benefit from the services offered in their long-term care pharmacy. As the longestoperating pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs has a unique awareness of its customers’ needs and has geared services to address those needs. Free prescription delivery in Greater New Orleans is offered. Unit dose medication cards and multi-dose drug packaging cards assist patients with remaining adherent to their drug therapies and allow them the independence to do so. With their medication synchronization program, Patio Drugs can coordinate with patients to have all their prescriptions filled on the same day each month, eliminating the worry of running out of a medication or forgetting to call and order a refill. Additionally, the pharmacist team at Patio Drugs offers a comprehensive medication review with each patient to discuss any questions or concerns about medications, diet, and overall health. Their team works collaboratively with physicians to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care and the clearest understanding of medication therapies. Humana You know that creating a successful team starts by celebrating the differences of each member on it. That’s how Humana sees your employees’ health, too—personal, unique, and vital to your workplace. That’s why Humana offers expansive plan options to help your employees better manage their health needs. Humana is constantly innovating and negotiating in order to strengthen its products and partnerships, working hard to create seamless, supportive experiences that are easier on you and your employees. Caring for members’ unique needs with actions that go beyond their expectations—that’s what Humana calls human care. For more information, please contact Marcus Taylor, Humana Vice-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-722-8303.
RESEARCH PROGRAMS Tulane University School of Medicine, Clinical Translational Unit All Of Us Research Program: A Precision Medicine Initiative What is the All of Us Research Program? The All of Us Research Program is a large research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. NIH hopes that more than one million people will join the All of Us Research Program. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns in this information, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health. The All of Us Research Program will last for 10 years or more, allowing researchers to study health over time. If you decide to join the All of Us Research Program, you will be contributing to an effort to improve the health of generations to come. You also may learn about your own health. Learn more about the All of Us Research Program by visiting JoinAllofUs.org/Tulane.
Cancer Care T
here are more options than ever for patients facing a cancer diagnosis, and from innovative new cancer centers that offer comprehensive services to accomplished researches and specialists spearheading breakthroughs, there’s hope to be had. In addition to advanced surgical treatments and the tried and true methods that continue to improve, there are rehabilitative and support services that can also contribute to a smooth journey to survivorship. Southeast Louisiana is home to a variety of resources for those with cancer and their families. From institutions with brand new offerings to those with long-standing reputations for offering expert, quality care, you’ll find a variety of options that can be useful for prevention and education, screenings and diagnosis, treatment, and more. Explore your local healthcare providers and their latest news and offerings today.
Touro Touro’s Comprehensive Cancer Program provides collaborative care and support through cancer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and survivorship. At Touro, you’ll find the latest cancer-fighting treatments and expert surgeons and specialists offering compassionate care and support to patients and their families. Patients can visit with several specialists in one location, often during one appointment, and receive one-stop cancer care. Touro’s supportive cancer care program provides mental, emotional, spiritual, and social support from the time your cancer is diagnosed through treatment and beyond. The Touro team takes an approach that focuses on the whole person, not just the disease. Touro’s Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, which is recognized as the gold standard in cancer care. This accreditation reflects Touro’s commitment to offer the highest level of cancer care for patients. Learn more about Touro’s Cancer Program by visiting touro.com/cancer/.
HOME CARE CANCER CENTERS Thibodaux Regional Health System Construction continues on Thibodaux Regional Health System’s new 80,000-square foot Cancer Institute. Designed with the patient in mind, the Institute will feature an open design with lots of natural light and soothing decor that creates a warm and caring healing environment. The innovative and technologically advanced facility will include radiation therapy and chemotherapy infusion, medical and radiation oncology clinics, clinic space for visiting oncology specialists, an education center, an activity center, a diagnostics center, a laboratory, an onsite pharmacy, a conference center, and a chapel. The Cancer Institute will also further integrate wellness services with the latest treatments. “When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we have a multidisciplinary team that works together to ensure every patient receives the best treatment possible,” says Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux Regional. “The new Cancer Institute will help foster greater collaboration and communication among physicians and care providers to enhance and save lives.” For more information about cancer care at Thibodaux Regional, call 985-493-4008. 74
Personal Homecare Services When you can’t be at home to care for your family member, you want peace of mind knowing that the person who is there will treat your loved one with the same level of care and concern that you would. At Personal Homecare Services, your family is their family. For over 22 years, Personal HomeCare Services has been Providing 24/7, in-home companion care. The company offers clients the ability to remain in the comfort of their own home with their personal memories and possessions while you regain the time and energy needed to experience being a real family again. Personal Homecare Services is one of the first nonmedical services specializing in live-in care and working in conjunction with doctors, healthcare providers, and hospices to provide continuous around-the-clock care without the worry and expense of hourly services. They’ve built a solid reputation with word-of-mouth referral, evidence of the trust their clients have in their caretakers and services. Services include meal preparation, help with personal hygiene, medicinal reminders, light housekeeping, transportation to/from appointments, and companionship. References are available upon request. To learn more, visit PersonalHomecare.net or call 318-757-1225. •
A Special Section of New Orleans Magazine WYES-TV/CHANNEL 12 PROGRAM & EVENTS GUIDE OCTOBER 2021
IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC
PHOTO CREDIT: RICK OLIVIER
REPEATS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 8PM AND 9:30PM; SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 5:30PM
SPECIAL THANKS TO
WYES-TV will broadcast and stream a new documentary on the life and career of GRAMMY Award-winning artist Irma Thomas in — IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. The 90-minute program is produced by Michael Murphy Productions with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC is written and directed by Cilista Eberle and Mwichael Murphy. IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC will include an extensive interview with Irma herself, as well as archival and new interviews from many of her colleagues including record producer Scott Billington; producer and director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Quint Davis; former GRAMMY Awards telecast producer Ken Ehrlich; recording artist Erica Falls; recording artist and actress Ledisi; singer and songwriter Bonnie Raitt;
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is honored to be a co-producer in this documentary celebrating the tremendous talent and achievements of Irma Thomas. This film is in step with the Foundation's mission to honor and support Louisiana musicians," said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the Foundation. "We are delighted we can put a spotlight on her amazing career by using materials from the Jazz & Heritage Archive.”
creative director of Preservation Hall Ben Jaffe; pastor of the Nazareth Baptist Church Reverend Marc A. Napoleon; musician, songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint, and his children Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Reginald Toussaint; and Recording Academy Membership & Industry Relations representative Reid Wick. Included in the documentary will be archival performance and interview footage culled from decades of performances filmed by Michael Murphy Productions. The footage is now part of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive. The program will also include rare photos from Thomas’ career. IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC is produced by Cilista Eberle, Rachel Lyons, Jim Moriarty and Michael Murphy. Serving as executive producers are Peggy Scott Laborde, Don Marshall, Blue Resnick and Jeff Resnick.
IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC is part of WYES’ Jazz Fest in Your Living Room. Throughout the month of October, WYES will broadcast Jazz Fest inspired programming. Enjoy legendary performances without the crowd in the comfort of your own home. All programs part of WYES’ Jazz Fest in Your Living Room are highlighted in the color green throughout the issue.
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PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS WYES-TV/CHANNEL 12 PROGRAM GUIDE | OCTOBER 2021
WYES-TV’s broadcast streams simultaneously at wyes.org/live and on the WYES and PBS apps. CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 Sundays, October 3-November 14 at 7pm The beloved British series returns for its 10th season! It’s 1966, and it’s a testing time for the midwives. But there’s excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s help, Sister Julienne is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr. Turner deals with an array of difficult cases including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions. Sister Monica Joan experiences a crisis of faith. Sister Frances realizes she needs to be a little less spiritual if she’s to really connect with the local women. MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” Sundays, October 3-November 14 at 8pm Trouble is brewing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) continues to relish his role as a firebrand vicar while his best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), finds his principles shaken.
AMERICAN MASTERS “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” Tuesday, October 5 at 8pm and Sunday, October 10 at 5pm Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Jon Batiste” Saturday, October 16 at 10:30pm Continuing its 47 season, ACL welcomes New Orleans bandleader and GRAMMY and Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste. In the high-energy performance backed by an 18-piece band, Batiste performs selections from his soulful album We Are in a must-see hour. Photo Credit: Scott Newton courtesy of Austin City Limits
MASTERPIECE “Baptiste, Season 2” Sundays, October 17-November 21 at 9pm The acclaimed series continues with retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) as he delves into Budapest’s corrupt underworld to find a British Ambassador’s family who goes missing on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains. Ambassador Emma Chambers (Shaw) is thrust into the crosshairs of Baptiste’s most complex case to date, as the detective navigates an untrustworthy Hungarian police force and international media interest as he hunts for her husband and two sons.
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
8pm LEGENDS OF NEW ORLEANS
8:30pm WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE
9pm SATCHMO IN NEW ORLEANS
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES
9pm THE KENNEDY CENTER AT 50 Echoing “An American Pageant for the Arts,” the 1962 event conducted by Leonard Bernstein, this special celebration and re-launch of live, in-person performing arts in America will be hosted by six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald with special guest Caroline Kennedy and feature the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). The concert will be directed and choreographed by Emmy Award® winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse and feature newly announced conductors JoAnn Falletta, Steven Reineke and Thomas Wilkins. 10:30pm LEGENDS OF NEW ORLEANS showcases many of the most famous musicians to call the Big Easy their home. Among the artists performing are the Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John — all captured on stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt also makes an appearance.
10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall” The Texas natives hit the small West Texas town of Marfa to create The Marfa Tapes, a stripped-down and intimate set of songs generated around a campfire (“to let the dust get in ‘em,” said Lambert) that could only come from a band of pals with time to kill and talent to burn.
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: LOS ANGELES
7pm DEACON JOHN’S JUMP BLUES Enjoy a stellar lineup of New Orleans music all-stars as they salute the “jump blues” tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Filmed at the historic Orpheum Theater, local music legend Deacon John leads performances by New Orleans music
8pm MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” (Pt. 1/8) It’s 1958 and trouble is brewing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) continues to relish his role as a firebrand vicar while his best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), finds his principles shaken. In the first episode, a muchneeded summer break at a vacation resort takes an unexpected turn for Will and Geordie when the camp owner is found dead in suspicious circumstances. 9:30pm MYSTERY OF THE PURPLE ROSE: THE SAGA OF THE CREOLE JAZZ
11pm BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND
10pm HALIFAX: RETRIBUTION (Pt. 2/8)
11:30pm BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND
11pm PROFESSOR T, SEASON 3 “Every Home” (Pt. 6/13)
3 SUNDAY Noon CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Pts. 2-8/8) Binge almost all of Season 9 before the premiere of Season 10 tonight at 7:00 p.m.
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
PREMIERE WYES-TV/CHANNEL 12 PROGRAM GUIDE | OCTOBER 2021
7:30pm LOUISIANA: THE STATE WE’RE IN
icons Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Henry Butler, Wardell Quezergue, Herlin Riley, Teedy Boutte, Davell Crawford and many other NOLA stalwarts. The film was produced by Cyril Vetter and his daughter, Gabrielle Vetter as a preservation project to document the creation of the foundations of the genre of Rock and Roll at Cosimo’s studio in the French Quarter.
4 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Extraordinary Finds 2” (Hour 3/3)
PREMIERE PREMIERE 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 (Pt. 1/8) Season 10 opens in the year 1966 at a trying time for the midwives. But there is excitement too as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s (Helen George) help, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) deals with an array of difficult cases, including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions. In the first episode, Sister Julienne and Dr. Turner clash over whether to provide a private care service.
8pm IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC spotlights the GRAMMY Award-winning artist’s amazing 60-year career. The documentary includes a recently recorded interview with Irma, as well as archival and new interviews from many of her colleagues. Archival performance footage is also included. The program is produced by Michael Murphy Productions with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Photo Credit: Rick Olivier.
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10pm POV ”Fruits of Labor” A teenager with dreams of graduating high school and going to college is forced to work when ICE raids threaten her family.
ALMA’S WAY gives children ages 4-6 the power to find their own answers to their problems, express what they think and feel, and recognize and respect the unique perspective of others.
5:00AM XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 5:30AM ARTHUR
6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7:00AM HERO ELEMENTARY
8pm NOVA “Particles Unknown” 9pm LIFE FROM ABOVE “Colorful Planet”
10pm IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS “Skinny Skyscraper”
7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “To the Manor Born”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
NOON SESAME STREET 12:30PM DONKEY HODIE 1:00PM PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE 1:30PM LET’S GO LUNA! 2:00PM NATURE CAT 2:30PM HOW SHE ROLLS
7:30AM ALMA’S WAY
3:00PM ALMA’S WAY
8:00AM CURIOUS GEORGE
3:30PM XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM
8:30AM DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
7pm IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS “Skinny Skyscraper” Witness the construction of the skinniest skyscraper ever to make it off the drawing board. The team will attempt to build the world’s thinnest skyscraper on the construction equivalent of a postage stamp.
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7:30AM & 3:00PM ALMA’S WAY
6:00AM MOLLY OF DENALI
4:00PM ODD SQUAD
HIGHLIGHT 8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
7pm STEPPIN’ OUT Each week host and producer Peggy Scott Laborde welcomes regular guests Poppy Tooker, Alan Smason, plus new roundtable visitors to discuss New Orleans restaurants, arts and entertainment. Missed an episode? Go to wyes.org/steppinout. 7:30pm BRITISH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Pts. 2 & 3/8) 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “Eats Out”
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams” chronicles the personal stories of composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of In the Heights in the months leading up to its 2008 opening night.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9:00AM DONKEY HODIE
9:30AM ELINOR WONDERS WHY
5:00PM MOLLY OF DENALI
10:00AM SESAME STREET
5:30PM READY JET GO!
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10:30AM PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC
6:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm INFORMED SOURCES
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7:30pm LOUISIANA: THE STATE WE’RE IN
11:00AM DINOSAUR TRAIN
9:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “Eats Out” Panelists give update on New Orleans restaurants since COVID-19. Peggy Scott Laborde hosts. Premiered July 2020.
11:30AM CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
8:30pm WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8pm IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC Joining the documentary with new and archival interviews are Scott Billington, Quint Davis, Ken Ehrlich, Erica Falls, Ledis, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Jaffe, Reverend Marc A. Napoleon, Allen Toussaint, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux, Reginald Toussaint and Reid Wick. The program is produced by Michael Murphy Productions with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Photo Credit: Getty Images
9:30pm IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC
2pm SATCHMO IN NEW ORLEANS Enjoy a tribute to the legendary New Orleans jazzman.
11pm BEAUSOLEIL LIVE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
3pm LEGENDS OF NEW ORLEANS showcases many of the most famous musicians to call the Big Easy their home.
10pm WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: THE GREATEST JAZZ STORY NEVER TOLD explores the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the leading contributors to the legacy of Jazz music in the world.
5pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 (Pt. 2/8) Sister Frances finds herself in a tricky situation when a pregnant woman confides in her.
4pm BEAUSOLEIL LIVE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL Zydeco masters Beausoleil, led by fiddler supreme Michael Doucet, offer up “Reel de Dennis McGee,” “Happy One-Step,” “Le Chanky-Chank Francais,” “Poison Love,” “Le Terre de Mon Grandpere,” and other lively, toetapping songs. 6pm DEACON JOHN’S JUMP BLUES Filmed at the historic Orpheum Theater, local music legend Deacon John leads performances by New Orleans music icons Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Henry Butler, Wardell Quezergue, Herlin Riley, Teedy Boutte, Davell Crawford and many other NOLA stalwarts.
8pm MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” (Pt. 2/8) Will and Geordie negotiate a complex family dispute. A sinister letter arrives for Leonard. 9pm WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: THE GREATEST JAZZ STORY NEVER TOLD 10pm HALIFAX: RETRIBUTION (Pt. 3/8) The shooter claims two more victims as Jane tries to grapple with a case from her past. Twenty years ago, Jane was instrumental in putting Sharon Sinclair in prison for the murder of her father and stepmother. Now a successful crime writer, Sharon has a motive for harming Jane, and Jane confronts her alone. Is Jane too conflicted to help the task force after all?
11pm PROFESSOR T, SEASON 3 “Other People’s Happiness” (Pt. 7/13) Professor T’s trial begins with a big surprise. Back at the prison, there’s turmoil when a guard is found murdered in the laundry. Flamant’s testimony reawakens bad memories for Professor T’s mother.
11 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Modern Icons” Cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and longlost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds. 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Mansion Masterpieces”
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9pm LEGENDS OF NEW ORLEANS: THE MUSIC OF FATS DOMINO A look at the music of Fats Domino including interviews with Fats, Allen Toussaint, Cosimo Matassa, and author/music journalist Mikal Gilmore along with songs from Fats’ performance the 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
9pm DEACON JOHN’S JUMP BLUES 10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Cured” Homosexuality was a mental illness to be “cured” until LGBTQ activists fought the Establishment—and won. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
12 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “The Shirts on Their Backs” 8pm FRONTLINE “Taliban Takeover” The Taliban take over Afghanistan, and the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda intensifies. 9pm RAISING THE FUTURE: THE CHILD CARE CRISIS An examination of the nation’s fractured child care system and its impact on women, children, people of color and the economy.
10pm FAT BOY: THE BILLY STEWART STORY The documentary explores the journey of the singer from his days as a piano player to a famous R&B balladeer.
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11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Pt. 4-5/8)
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10:30pm LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9:30AM KEVIN BELTON’S COOKIN’ LOUISIANA In his fourth public television series, awardwinning Chef Kevin Belton visits locations across the state for a look at the authentic food traditions of Louisiana cuisine. Back in the kitchen, Chef prepares his take on recipes that reflect Louisiana’s complex blending of cultures. Photograph by Denny Culbert. Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.
5:00AM MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD 5:30AM ARTHUR 6:00AM MOLLY OF DENALI 6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7:00AM P. ALLEN SMITH'S GARDEN HOME 7:30AM WOODSMITH SHOP 8:00AM AMERICAN WOODSHOP 8:30AM THIS OLD HOUSE 9:00AM ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 9:30AM KEVIN BELTON’S COOKIN’ LOUISIANA 10AM KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS 10:30AM CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME’S ALWAYS COOKING
on topics ranging from health and education to the economy and cultural institutions. Watch the latest installment in the series. The program is produced and hosted by WYES Community Projects Producer and INFORMED SOURCES host Marcia Kavanaugh.
11:00AM LIDIA’S KITCHEN 11:30AM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED NOON COOK’S COUNTRY 12:30PM CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET 1:00PM PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE 1:30PM STEVEN RAICHLEN'S PROJECT FIRE 2:00PM SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS 2:30PM HOW SHE ROLLS
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS “Ice World” Over the top, ambitious and naturedefying, China’s incredible Ice World will transform 37 acres of sub-tropical quarry into a sub-zero ski resort. The construction team will have to battle the worst nature can throw at them. But if they can pull it off they’ll make science fiction a reality.
9pm LIFE FROM ABOVE “Patterned Planet”
7pm INFORMED SOURCES Now in its 37th year, the weekly series hosted by Marcia Kavanaugh and produced by Errol Laborde, gives an in-depth look into the important news of metro New Orleans and Louisiana. Repeats Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
10pm IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS “Ice World”
7:30pm LOUISIANA: THE STATE WE’RE IN
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
8:30pm WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE
8pm NOVA “Arctic Drift”
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm STEPPIN’ OUT
3:00PM NOVA 4:00PM NATURE 5:00PM ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
7:30pm LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL WYES’ on-going series continues to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our community focusing
9pm LA FRONTERA WITH PATI JINICH “Miles from Nowhere” (Pt. 1/2) Acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich, travels from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park. She discovers the people, places, and food — from burritos to middle eastern cuisine, that make this region unique. Pictured: Pati with author Sergio Troncoso at La Tapatia in Ysleta, Texas.
10pm ELIADES OCHOA: FROM CUBA TO THE WORLD See how the streets of Santiago de Cuba led him to become a legendary Cuban musician.
11pm STEPPIN’ OUT
5:30pm IRMA: MY LIFE IN MUSIC spotlights the GRAMMY Award-winning artist’s amazing 60-year career.
16 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: TRIBUTE TO IRVING BERLIN 7pm SARAH BRIGHTMAN: A CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY Enjoy a holiday performance by the international singing superstar from the historic setting of London’s Christ Church Spitalfields, a fully restored, English Baroque-style Anglican church built in the early 1700s. *TICKET OFFER! Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony on Tuesday, December 21 at 8pm The Saenger Theater
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 (Pt. 3/8) A complicated pregnancy leads the Nonnatus team on a path of discovery.
9pm MASTERPIECE “Baptiste, Season 2” (Pt. 1/6) Julien Baptiste travels to Hungary to help the British Ambassador, Emma Chambers, find her missing family. When a body is found, the pressure is on to save Emma’s two sons. 10pm HALIFAX: RETRIBUTION (Pt. 4/8) In his most horrific attack yet, the shooter unleashes a spray of bullets on a packed party boat. Jane reaches out to the shooter, who at last makes contact, beginning a dangerous game of cat and mouse. 11pm PROFESSOR T, SEASON 3 “Murder on Prescription” (Pt. 8/13)
HIGHLIGHT 10:30pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Jon Batiste” Continuing its 47 season, ACL welcomes New Orleans bandleader and GRAMMY and Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste. In the high-energy performance backed by an 18-piece band, Batiste performs selections from his soulful album We Are in a must-see hour. Photo Credit: Scott Newton courtesy of Austin City Limits 11:30pm AMERICAN PIANISTS AWARDS 2019 GALA FINALS
19 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Anchored to the Past”
8pm MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” (Pt. 3/8) Will and Geordie are drawn into local politics when the death of a councilor prompts a parish election. An allegation against Leonard rocks life at the vicarage to its core.
8:30pm MAKE IT FUNKY! tells the story of New Orleans through words, sound and picture in this documentary featuring the best of New Orleans’ musicians, plus special guests Ahmet Ertegun, Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards.
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
18 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Best Bargains” 8pm SARAH BRIGHTMAN: A CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY Enjoy a holiday performance by the international singing superstar. *TICKET OFFER! Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony on Tuesday, December 21 at 8pm The Saenger Theater 9:30pm JOSEPHINE BAKER: THE STORY OF AN AWAKENING
8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Becoming Helen Keller” Revisit Helen Keller’s rich career and explore how she perpetually put her celebrity to use to advocate for human rights in the pursuit of social justice, particularly for women, the poor and people with disabilities. Photo: Circa 1904 9:30pm MAKE IT FUNKY!
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11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
5pm MYSTERY OF THE PURPLE ROSE: THE SAGA OF THE CREOLE JAZZ
10:30pm POV “La Casa De Mama Icha”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
20 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” Wildlife cameraman Martin Dohrn films more than 60 species of bees in all shapes and sizes in Bristol, England, during the COVID-19 2020 lockdown. 8pm NOVA “Edible Insects” 9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Magellan’s Crossing” Ferdinand Magellan set sail and completed the first circumnavigation of the earth 500 years ago. 10pm NATURE “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
21 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm STEPPIN’ OUT 7:30pm BRITISH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
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8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Pt. 6-7/8)
7:30pm LOUISIANA: THE STATE WE’RE IN
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
6:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “Eats Out”
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10:00AM VARIOUS PROGRAMMING
11:00AM KEVIN BELTON’S COOKIN’ LOUISIANA
6:00AM MOLLY OF DENALI 6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7:00AM HERO ELEMENTARY 7:30AM ALMA'S WAY 8:00AM WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE 8:30AM LOUISIANA THE STATE WE’RE IN 9:00AM FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER
7pm INFORMED SOURCES
5:00AM MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
9:30AM INFORMED SOURCES
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11:30AM KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS 12:00PM PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE 12:30PM STEVEN RAICHLEN’S PROJECT FIRE 1:00PM RICK STEVE'S EUROPE 1:30PM GREAT SCENIC RAILWAY JOURNEYS 2:00 - 5:00PM VARIOUS PROGRAMAMING
10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Sarah Jarosz/ Billy Strings” 11pm FRONT AND CENTER “Glen Campbell: Live From The Troubadour” Campbell’s last recorded performance from August 2008 at The Troubadour features ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ ‘Galveston,’ and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ along with covers of hits by U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Velvet Underground, The Replacements, Green Day, Foo Fighters, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Scottish band Travis.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
11:00AM KEVIN BELTON’S COOKIN’ LOUISIANA Love the series? You’ll love chef’s new cookbook by the same name, Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana. The cookbook features 78 recipes (3 from each episode of the TV series) along with a generous helping of Kevin’s captivating stories and humor. Head to kevinbelton.wyes.org/shop/ to purchase an autographed copy for $34.50.
8pm BEAUSOLEIL LIVE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
8:30pm WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE looks at the past week’s market and brings local and national investment professionals to you. Have a question for André? Email email@example.com. 9pm LA FRONTERA WITH PATI JINICH “Miles from Nowhere” (Pt. 2/2) 10pm 34TH HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS 2021 is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions and features top Latinx leaders being honored by top performers and personalities. Presented by Target. 11pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
23 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: TRIBUTE TO FRED ASTAIRE 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Anchored to the Past”
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 (Pt. 4/8) It’s July 1966, and Britain is in the grip of World Cup fever. Nonnatus House awaits the arrival of four new pupil midwives. One of them, Nancy Corrigan (pictured), makes quite an impact. Cyril and Lucille’s relationship continues to blossom. 8pm MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” (Pt. 4/8) When an American airman dies in the police station, a quiet late shift turns into a challenging night for Will and Geordie. Leonard and Daniel reassess their relationship. 9pm MASTERPIECE “Baptiste, Season 2” (Pt. 2/6) Julien and Zsofia track down the tattooed man but he gives little away. Things escalate when the police receive a hostage video, and Emma takes drastic action for her family. 10pm HALIFAX: RETRIBUTION (Pt. 5/8) The shooter hacks Jane’s phone and they continue their conversation, but his motives are still unclear. Jane discovers Ben had been paying Mandy thousands of dollars over the course of a decade. 11pm PROFESSOR T, SEASON 3 “The Hit and Run” (Pt. 9/13) Professor T hunts for the
7pm NATURE “Season of the Osprey”
11pm STEPPIN’ OUT
8pm NOVA “The Universe” (Pt. 1/5)
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Lady Sapiens”
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Tearjerkers”
10pm NATURE “Season of the Osprey”
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: HALLOWEEN PARTY
8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Kooky to Spooky”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “No Irish Need Apply”
9pm COUNT BASIE: THROUGH HIS OWN EYES This revealing biography, told in Count Basie’s own words, uncovers for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.
8pm NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA “The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)” (Pt. 1/6)
10pm POV “Things We Dare Not Do”
7:30pm BRITISH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Pt. 8/8)
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Three Divas at Versailles” Three-time GRAMMY-winner Isabel Leonard joins Nadine Sierra and Ailyn Pérez to perform timeless selections by Mozart, Offenbach and Bizet.
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “No Irish Need Apply”
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm STEPPIN’ OUT
10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Brandy Clark/ Charley Crockett” 11pm FRONT AND CENTER “Dustin Lynch”
31 SUNDAY 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 10 (Pt. 5/8) With Sister Hilda away on a refresher course, Sister Julienne steps in to carry out home visits.
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culprit when his colleague Professor Van der Weyden is struck by a hit-and-run driver.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
29 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
8pm AMERICAN VETERAN “The Crossing” (Pt. 1/4) illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history. This multi-platform initiative traces the veteran experience through a broadcast series, podcast, and digital shorts. Every voice featured is a veteran’s. 9pm FRONTLINE “Shots Fired” Amid record police shootings in Utah, an investigation into the use of deadly force in the state.” 10pm BEAUSOLEIL LIVE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
27 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm LOUISIANA: THE STATE WE’RE IN 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm WALL $TREET WRAP-UP WITH ANDRÉ LABORDE. 9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Now Hear This: Beethoven’s Ghost" 10pm ONE VOICE: THE SONGS WE SHARE “Country” 10:30pm ONE VOICE: THE SONGS WE SHARE “American Roots”
8pm MASTERPIECE “Grantchester, Season 6” (Pt. 5/8) Will and Geordie investigate an audacious bank robbery, which sees Geordie unexpectedly cross paths with an old friend from his army days. 9pm MASTERPIECE “Baptiste, Season 2” (Pt. 3/6) As Julien and Zsofia investigate controversial politician Kamilla Agoston, Emma finds a lead on Alex’s computer that takes her and Julien to a shocking and bloody discovery. 10pm HALIFAX: RETRIBUTION (Pt. 6/8) The shooter hacks into city systems broadcasts his message — a manifesto about big data and loss of privacy— and takes control of the police minister’s car, controlling all its functions. 11pm PROFESSOR T, SEASON 3 “Zilverspar Residence” (Pt. 10/13) The police consult Professor T when the daughter of a nursing home resident is killed by another patient.
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Before They Were Meteorologists
atching the Hurricane Ida coverage remined me that long before they were called “meteorologists,” the people who forecast the weather on TV were known simply as “weathermen.” In New Orleans the first and best known of the climate watchers was Nash Roberts who started with WDSU TV, Ch. 6, in 1951, back when it was the only station in town. He had a long career that eventually took him to channels Four and Eight, as well. Roberts’ name became such a brand for weather reporting that eventually his brother, Ep, and son, Nash Jr. were on TV too, as though the Roberts family controlled the clouds. On most days the weather is usually routine. (Mark this down: Here is my personal prediction of tomorrow’s weather: partly cloudy and mild with the possibility of scattered afternoon thundershowers.) But then there are those worrisome moments when nothing is more important than the weather news. Will it rain on Mardi Gras? What’s Christmas going to be like? How about that system forming in the Gulf? Roberts did not have the sophisticated technology that the weather folks have today; there was no Doppler radar, no satellite imagery, and when a hurricane was approaching, little was known about wind shear or the effect that the mountains in Puerto Rico might have. Weathermen of his day relied largely on information from nearby weather stations reporting on various disturbances and their direction. It was up to them to interpret the data. Roberts proved to be very good at that and wowed the TV audiences with his near-exact predictions of the track of two of the major nemesis storms - Betsy (1965) and Camille (1969.) He did so without the benefit of computerized graphics, but simply a board pad and a grease pen upon which he would draw the various tracks and
countervailing systems. Known for his accuracy, one of his greatest moments was in 1998. Most of the local forecasters predicted that Hurricane Georges would barrel down and head directly for New Orleans. Roberts, on the other hand, accurately saw the possibility of a small pressure ridge intervening and (like a cue ball knocking an eight ball) turning Georges to the east. Great news for New Orleans, not so good for Biloxi. By 2005 as Katrina roared, Roberts, who had retired in 2001, made only a brief TV appearance. He represented the pioneering days of TV meteorology, but enhanced oceanography, graphics and the new technology would be telling the story from now on. Among the chroniclers of the New Orleans Carnival, one story in particular should survive. In addition to his TV title, Roberts was also the Rex organization’s “Royal Meteorologist.” One year that title was called into action. The weather for Mardi Gras looked awful, with rain throughout the day. Asked what to do by Rex’s captain, Roberts consulted his charts, did his figuring and then pin-pointed a certain moment. He told the Captain that there might be a break in the weather and if the parade could leave exactly at that time and move at regular speed, they might make it. Whistles began to blow, the riders loaded the floats and at the appointed time the doors of the Rex den opened to the world. Through them came Rex and his masked constituency. At that moment the rain stopped. The parade continued its circuitous route onto St. Charles and then Canal street with appropriate toasting along the way. Finally, the parade reached the unloading zone. And, as the story is told, right as the last float reached its destination the downpour started again. Thanks to Nash Roberts, Rex had had a rainless reign. And wind shear was never a factor.
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