New Orleans Jazz Fest hunt for hats | NOLA.com

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011 is a hunting ground for Times-Picayune fashion writer Susan Langenhennig and art writer Doug MacCash, who search for the oddest hand-made headwear.



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Jazz Fest airplane banner falls, tangles in power lines | NOLA.com

A plane was dragging one of the many advertising banners flown over Jazz Fest when the banner fell and tangled in power lines at Esplanade Avenue and Moss Street...

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Lunch Brunch & Happy Hour | My New Orleans

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Have you ever been stuck debating with co-workers about where to go for lunch or for happy hour, or looking for a new place for the family to go for Sunday brunch? Fear not, because below are nine of the area’s best places for such occasions. Each location offers delicious food, atmosphere and spirits, so start planning and enjoy...

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Shareholders approve Hancock buyout of Whitney | BusinessWeek

Hancock Holding Co.'s proposed acquisition of Gulf Coast banking rival Whitney Holding Corp. was approved Friday by shareholders of both companies. In a joint statement, the two companies said the deal was backed by 98.4 percent of Hancock's shareholders and 98.7 percent of Whitney's common shareholders.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest highlights for the first Saturday | NOLA.com

On Saturday, April 30 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Fantasia, Ricky Skaggs, Ahmad Jamal and many others...

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Jazz Fest Live! Webcam from Liuzza's by the Track | NOLA.com #jazzfest #jf2011

Join NOLA.com live from Liuzza's by the Track both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Or, if you're out at the Fest, stop by Liuzza's for a drink and a bite to eat where you can stand in front of cam and wave hello to the folk back home!

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Saints choose quality over quantity in NFL Draft | WVUE

California defensive end Cameron Jordan holds up a jersey after he was selected as the 24th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Imagine my surprise as I sat through the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft at Saints Headquarters. As the Saints made their moves, it dawned on me Team President and GM Mickey Loomis had been telling us media types the truth. Not necessarily the whole truth, mind you. He did leave some details out...
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New Orleans Jazz Fest dances to rhythm of all things Haitian | NOLA.com

As the New Orleans Jazz Fest prepares for the world's largest presentation of Haitian music since last year's earthquake, it will also be preparing for what might be best called political royalty. "It's a fascinating time for Haitian music," said Ned Sublette, author of "The World that Made New Orleans." "Haitians voted for the music ticket. You cannot deny the importance of communication through music in Haiti. And this is something New Orleanians know well." …

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Stream Live Performances from New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011 | RollingStone.com

The 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off today with a typically eclectic lineup featuring Arcade Fire, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, the Neville Brothers, Wilco, Jeff Beck and Allen Toussaint, among many others. If you can't make it down this year, you're in luck -- Rolling Stone will be broadcasting performances from the show online on May 7th and 8th... 

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Death and Dysfunction in New Orleans | PBS

One month before Katrina ravaged the city, Raymond Robair showed up to work on her house. It was early on a Saturday and Kimble was still asleep, so Raymond sat down to eat. The 48-year-old roofer knew this Treme neighborhood well - some of his handiwork down the street would survive the storm. Robair, however, wouldn't make it past breakfast.

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New Orleans Public Belt Railroad decides to lease antique railcars | NOLA.com

After opting last month not to sell a trio of antique Pullman railcars at the fire-sale price offered by a single bidder, board members of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad on Monday agreed to try to lease out at least two of the cars, which became a symbol of profligate spending at the quasi-city agency...

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New Orleans Jazz Fest's Congo Square new in books | NOLA.com

Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans

By Freddi Williams Evans (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, $20)

"The bloodlines of all important modern American music can be traced to Congo Square, " Wynton Marsalis says of the legendary place where African slaves and free people of color spent their Sundays for more than 100 years. "The defining history of this national landmark, " according to Marsalis, the book covers the music, dances, religious customs and marketing traditions followed here as well as in similar gathering places in the West Indies, "reflecting New Orleans' relationship with Caribbean countries and shedding light on its role in extending and perpetuating African music and dance in North America."
Freddi Williams Evanswill sign the book, with teaching resources including a timeline, maps and extensive endnotes and bibliography, Saturday, 4-5 p.m., Jazz Fest Book Tent. A reading at Octavia Books is May 3, 6 p.m.
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The Haiti Pavilion: Vodou Ceremonial Art, Drumming & Live Performances at Jazz Fest | Gambit bestofneworleans.com

The Haitian Pavilion is between the Congo Square Stage and Congo Food area. Through both weekends, it will be the site of drumming and Vodou ceremonies, craft demonstrations and art and cultural exhibits. There is a replica of a Vodou temple where Mama Lola, Mambo Florence Jean Joseph and Mambo Marie-Lourdes Simeon will lead ceremonies...

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CCC tolls to end? The Future of the Crescent City Connection | BGR > Reports

In Over the River: The Future of the Crescent City Connection Bridge & Ferries, BGR examines the implications of allowing bridge tolls to expire and options for funding the bridge and ferries in the future.

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EPA proposes new emissions standards for PVC plants | ABC2 News

The EPA is proposing stronger air emissions standards for polyvinyl chloride or PVC production facilities. There are 17 PVC production facilities in the U.S., with most of them in Texas and Louisiana...
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NOPD K-9 unit reinstated | WWLTV.com


New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas suspended the NOPD's troubled canine unit after U.S. Justice Department officials reviewed the operation and found serious problems last October. They found handlers unable to control their police dogs, with one dog even biting its handler...

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Where The Tuba Lives: 5 New Orleans Songs Featuring The Fat Horn ‎| NPR

Lehva via Flickr Kirk Joseph of Dirty Dozen Brass Band on sousaphone.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival begins Friday, and music fans from all over the world will flock to the city's racetrack for seven days of music. A lot of things make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind music town, but one is the tuba, the monstrous brass instrument worn like a python squeezing its victim...

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New Orleans is back, and so is the talent | USATODAY.com

Nowhere is the strength of local musical muscle more evident than at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, unfolding on 12 stages Friday through Sunday and May 5-8. Much of the region's talent lies in the fest's 50 gospel groups, 35 traditional jazz acts and scores of Cajun and zydeco bands...

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The return of oyster po' boy | Marketplace-American Public Media

A po-boy sandwich (Adriene Hill)
A year after the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast oyster -- and the oyster po-boy -- are back. Though maybe not like you remember. The Justice Department says BP has agreed to put $1 billion into coastal restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Projects like rebuilding marshes and barrier islands...

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Here's how to eat crawfish | The Birmingham News

Read AL.com's tips so you won't look like a rookie when you get your big ol' plate of boiled mudbugs aka crawdaddies aka crawfish at this year's Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil...
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City issues parking, permit reminders for 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest | NOLA.com

With the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest set to open at the New Orleans Fairgrounds on Friday, April 29, City officials issued a reminder regarding the procedures and requirements for permitting for public parking in the festival's vicinity as well as businesses selling goods. This year's Festival dates are April 29 - May 1 and May 5 - 8...

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Will The Lakefront be shutdown the 4th of July weekend. | WVUE-TV

It is a favorite place for residents like Edna Klein and her son Gaitlin. But as of July 1st, the public may not have access to the Lakefront or its park spaces on weekends. The Non Flood Protection Asset Management Authority says unless it receives money to pay for police patrols and maintenance, it can't afford to keep the Lakefront area open seven days a week...


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In Cleaning Oiled Marshlands, A Sea Of Unknowns | NPR

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On a coastal marsh south of New Orleans, oil still saturates a 30-foot-wide stretch. Where hip-high grass should be, the oil has formed a hard, dark mat. If you dig though that crust, you find a thick, oozy layer of oil. "It hasn't weathered or degraded much since it came ashore in early June," says scientist Scott Zengel, a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who is overseeing the marsh survey crews...
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A first-timer's guide to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | Gadling #jazzfest

New Orleans Jazz Fest: A Pictorial HistoryThe annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or simply Jazz Fest, is a massive springtime music and cultural festival that takes place over two consecutive weekends in late April and early May. Many music lovers of all ilk consider it the country's premier music festival and return year after year. Others have called it the best party in America...

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Behind the Sorbet: The True Story of Mango Freeze | WWOZ

The recipe for Mango Freeze was created in the early 1990s by Tracy Westin, who worked in the kitchen at Bayona during the early years of Susan's Spicer's restaurant. Westin offered to create a mango sorbet product that the station could sell to raise funds. Mango Freeze was first sold at Jazz Fest in 1994. At that time, WWOZ was just launching its live broadcasts, and the entire staff consisted of only five people. 'OZ was at that time, in the words of General Manager David Freedman, “boiling, messy, nascent.”
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One year later: Gulf Coast is still not whole | the Grio

Today marks the one-year anniversary of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster. For 153 days, Gulf communities suffered as their economic, environmental and health care realities were shaken. Many of the area's residents are still left with questions of when their lives will be restored. While BP's efforts, under government supervision, have made some strides with some residents, many people in the Gulf are still greatly suffering...

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Playing For Change Headed To Margaritaville and New Orleans Jazz Fest | antiMUSIC.com

Playing For Change are heading to New Orleans to perform at the renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 8 and for two performances at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville on May 6 and May 7. PFC2: Songs Around The World is a continuation of filmmaker Mark Johnson's journey to blend diverse styles of music from around the globe into powerful performances. The album features an incredible range of nearly 150 musicians from 15 countries including Baaba Maal, Keb Mo, Tinariwen, Stephen Marley and the now legendary Grandpa Elliott to name just a few...

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A year after the oil spill, the Cat Island ecosystem struggles to recover | PhotoBlog

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Meredith Birkett writes:Last year, Associated Press photographer Gerald Herbert covered the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath. This month, he returned to see how one impacted area off the coast of Louisiana, Cat Island, is faring a year after the environmental disaster. He discovered a changed ecosystem where land is eroding and vegetation is dead or dying. Biologists from the Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife say Cat Island is struggling to recover because the island was completely washed by oil, in part because of poorly maintained oil booms.

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Head of BP compensation fund on Gulf claims | MSNBC.com Morning Joe

Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator, BP compensation fund speaks with Morning Joe...

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BP Oil Spill 1 Year Later : Is The Water Safe | ABC Good Morning America


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What became of the oil from the BP spill? | CBSNews.com

The BP oil spill leaked over 200 million gallons of oil in to Gulf of Mexico. With the one-year anniversary of the disaster approaching, questions remain about what became of it all. Mark Strassmann returned to the Gulf for answers.


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Ground Breaks on New Orleans' University Medical Center | WVUE-TV

With much fanfare ground was broken Monday for the $1.2 Billion LSU teaching and research hospital in Mid City.
It is to be called the "University Medical Center," and is touted as the linchpin for the emerging "Bio Medical District," in New Orleans. But some people in the area believe the project is hurting their business...


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Spike Lee's 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise' is released on DVD | NOLA.com

The DVD box of "If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," Spike Lee's Peabody Award-winning followup to his 2006 Hurricane Katrina HBO documentary "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," will be released Tuesday (April 19). "If God is Willing" premiered on HBO August 23-24. Lee does a commentary track for the film, and a bonus featurette -- "Pickin' Up Da Pieces" -- contains outtake interviews...

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Filmmaker Andrew Bryan talks to Timecode: NOLA about the NOFS Then and Now | Timecode:nola



In conjunction with the Contemporary Arts Center’s exhibit “Then and Now,” which looks at earlier and later work from Louisiana artists, the New Orleans film society presents a showcase of four short films representing two decades of Louisiana filmmaking Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the CAC with several of the filmmakers in attendance.  Tickets are $5 for NOFS / CAC members, $7 general admission.

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Along Gulf, spill still defines state of mind | BusinessWeek

n the small brick church across the road from the chocolate waters of Bayou Lafourche, the Rev. Joseph Anthony Pereira unbuttons his collar as the last parishioners pull out of the lot. Tonight, nearly a year after the BP oil spill began, he's asked his congregation of shrimpers and oil industry workers to think about lessons learned when survival is in jeopardy...

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Gulf Alive - A celebration of Louisiana cuisine, the Fishermen of the Gulf ...

A celebration of the cuisine and culture of Louisiana, the Fishermen of the Gulf, the Farmers of Louisiana, our Creole and Cajun Chefs and home cooks, the American Culinary Federation visiting chefs and everyone who has ever tasted the gumbo, danced to the rhythm and loved the French Market!

April 18 - 20, 2011 at the historic French Market



Seminar speakers will represent the finest of Louisiana's chefs, cooks, food authorities, farmers and fishermen.

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Spring Dining Guide uncovers the best late-night eats | NOLA.com

 The Times-Picayune's Dining Guide, Spring 2011
Restaurateurs John Harris, James Eustis and Evan Hayes have all had their hunger denied. It might have been too late for a family dinner, sure, but it was puritanically early by the standards of a city famously reluctant to let the clock be its master...

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Bails Out Nicolas Cage | ABC News

After being arrested on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace, Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage was reportedly bailed out by reality television star Dog the Bounty Hunter.


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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Announces $16 Million in Supply Chain Savings | 4-Traders

Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc. announced the Popeyes restaurant system achieved a supply chain cost savings of approximately $16 million in 2010. The benefit to franchisees was estimated at one full percentage point improvement in restaurant operating profit margins before rent, compared with the prior year...

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City demolishes homes used in Treme ads | WVUE-TV

The producers of HBO’s Treme backed preservationists' call to save some blighted houses. But, the city went ahead with the planned demolition of the seven houses in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood of Central City.


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Gulf Residents March 1200 Miles to Congress to Call for BP Spill Action | Treehugger

We're almost upon the one year anniversary of the BP Gulf spill. And though much of the nation seems ready to forget about the devastation wrought on the region, Gulf residents are still coping with the impacts from the spill even today...

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Lil Wayne Treats Hometown Fans To Surprise Appearances By Drake, Chris Paul | MTV.com

Before getting into "Go DJ," Wayne called out to DJ 45, "We in my hometown! You got some bounce for me?" And later, in his homage to fallen hip-hop icons, Wayne called out, "And if you from New Orleans, put your hands up for Soulja Slim," paying his respect to the late rap star.
"It's good to be home, New Orleans," hometown hero Lil Wayne told the audience after taking the stage at Hornets Arena in the Crescent City. And the sold-out crowd of his birthplace loved him for it...
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Feral chickens running wild in New Orleans | CBS News

New Orleans is often described as a large village with many folksy traditions and a somewhat country atmosphere, especially in its swampy outer areas. Keeping chickens in backyards as a means to improving mealtimes was far from unheard of before Hurricane Katrina. Once the storm came and destroyed many of the fences that contained them, few residents had the time or energy to even contemplate the fate of the farm animals...
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Gulf residents at BP meeting: We were treated like 'criminals' | World Blog from NBC News

"It's humiliating! They treated us like we were criminals," said Tracy Kuhns, who had traveled from Barataria Bay, La. to attend BP's annual shareholder meeting in London on Thursday. She and her husband, Michael Roberts, had made the long trip with three other Gulf Coast residents hoping to address BP shareholders about their ongoing plight almost one year after the catastrophic oil spill began on April 20, 2010. But even with their proxy cards in hand, which they believed would allow their participation in the shareholders meeting, all five Gulf Coasters were denied entry...

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New Orleans closer to green image | WWL First News

New Orleans gets closer to its first curbside recycling effort since Hurricane Katrina. It's the last day in New Orleans to register for recycling containers, if you want it delivered on time for next month's start date for curbside pick-up.

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2 arrested for alleged taxi permit scheme | WVUE-TV

New Orleans police have arrested two people, including a city inspector and a top executive at one of the city's biggest cab companies. This is the culmination of a nearly two year long investigation involving inspection stickers issued twice a year to all cabs in New Orleans...

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TSA Gives Pat Down to 6-Year-Old Girl in New Orleans | AOL Travel News

A new video on YouTube is causing an uproar, as critics question why Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at the New Orleans airport gave an intense pat-down to a 6-year-old girl.



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Working group tackles Orleans Parish Prison reforms | NOLA.com

Despite criminal justice reforms, the city's jail population has not yet dropped below 1,438 inmates. To bring the inmate numbers down further, the working group is examining reforms that would address racial disparities in pretrial jail stays, set bonds more uniformly and help former state prisoners from New Orleans better re-enter mainstream society.

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New book pays tribute to the iconic New Orleans Radiators rock band

"I Got the Fish in the Head: A Radiators Retrospective" by Jay Mazza is a collection of new and previously published essays on one of New Orleans' longest-running and best-known rock bands.

The Radiators have been one of the preeminent acts on the New Orleans rock scene for more than 30 years and a major influence on numerous bands that came and went since the late 1970s. A longtime fan and friend of the band, Mazza offers a collection of essays and articles that chronicle the arc of the Radiators' musical trajectory while commenting on the changing city that serves as their home and inspiration. The book is titled after the band's own description of their sound as "fishhead music," a comment that led fans to proudly dub themselves fishheads.

"From the very first time I saw the Radiators, I was hooked," Mazza says. "Over the course of the next 30 years, I saw the Radiators play hundreds of shows. I became obsessed in a way I had never been before and I loved it. They moved me and aroused a new passion for music that became a part of my spirit."

Intended for fans of New Orleans music and culture, the book is as much a cultural commentary on the city and its music scene as it is a musical tribute. Filled with distinctive characters that passed through the bars and clubs where the Radiators played, the book is a retrospective of the New Orleans scene as told by someone who was there at almost every important juncture of the last 30 years.

"I Got the Fish in the Head: A Radiators Retrospective" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

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Rebirth Brass Band at Brooklyn Bowl - Review New Orleans Horns, Raw and Funky | NYTimes.com

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The Rebirth Brass Band finishing up its set at Brooklyn
Bowl on Thursday night amid energized fans.
The Rebirth Brass Band ended its full-throttle show at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night more or less swarmed, yielding the stage to an eager throng. This of course was a handy bit of showmanship, timed to coincide with several of the band’s best-loved New Orleans anthems (“Feel Like Funkin’ It Up,” “Cassanova,” “Do Whatcha Wanna”) and with the climax of accumulated energies in the room...
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City faces decision in ongoing battle over Jackson Square artists | New Orleans CityBusiness

Ricco Rideaux works on some pieces he sells at Jackson Square.
(Photo by Frank Aymami)
In 90 days, the war over the sale of prints in Jackson Square most likely will come to an end, attorney Brian Begue said. That’s the time he expects it to take the city to come to its senses and rework a 2005 ordinance that banned artists from selling reproductions of their original work in the historic artist colony...
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'The Big Uneasy' review: was New Orleans flooded by incompetence, cover-up? | OregonLive.com

The polymath Harry Shearer -- comic, vocal actor, musician, radio host, author and more -- adds ‘documentarian’ to his resume with “The Big Uneasy,” a damning but somewhat meandering look at some of the myths surrounding the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina...

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Groundbreaking for new University Medical Center set for April 18 | WWL

The groundbreaking for the new University Medical Center hospital in New Orleans is April 18. There has been talk that the hospital would be scaled down. But today we got an answer to that question...
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Program to fight French Quarter termites nears end | KLFY

A 13-year-old federal program aimed at fighting Formosan subterranean termites in New Orleans' French Quarter is nearing its end...

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New Orleans museum praised | The Seattle Times

As a New Orleans resident and a Hurricane Katrina survivor, I appreciate the article about the museum exhibit very much [“Remembering Hurricane Katrina at New Orleans museum,” NWTraveler, April 3]. A good description was given, however, a misconception was stated. Reporter Mary Foster wrote, “the monster hurricane that battered New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,600 people.”
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'Treme' A Vital Platform For New Orleans Musicians | Billboard

At any of Kermit Ruffins' barroom gigs in his hometown of New Orleans, you can bet that there's someone in the audience who's tapping a new visitor on the shoulder, saying, "That's the guy from 'Treme.'"


Basin Street Records president Mark Samuels, whose label has released Ruffins' music for 13 years, says he sees it happening with growing frequency at the vocalist/trumpeter's weekly set at Vaughan's Lounge, and at other performances in the city...
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BP’s Gulf of Mexico drilling could resume in July | MarketWatch

BP PLC could be just a few months away from resuming drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico after reportedly asking to strike a deal with U.S. regulators less than a year following the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 and triggered the worst oil spill in American history. BP company officials, the New York Times reported on its website Sunday, said that the oil major hoped to restart drilling at 10 existing development and production wells in the Gulf in July, but that no new drilling would be undertaken in the region.

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TypeCon2011 in New Orleans: Surge | Dexigner

TypeCon2011 will take place between July 5-10, 2011, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans.
TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.

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Edwards heart valve trial results impress | Reuters

A heart valve replacement technique developed by Edwards LifeSciences Corp that spares patients open-heart surgery had a slightly lower death rate at one year, outweighing a higher risk of major stroke. One year after implantation using the Edwards valve called Sapien, 24.2 percent of patients died -- compared with 26.8 percent of those who underwent open-heart surgery in the highly anticipated 699-patient study...

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New Orleans tourism officials expect one of the strongest springs ever | NOLA.com

Every one of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's 10 halls is occupied this weekend. Both the American College of Cardiology and the Boat Show are occupying space in the facility. On Friday, the cardiology group put the finishing touches on its setup.
Included in this year's figures are two citywide conferences. In addition to the The American College of Cardiology, which will be the city's largest meeting this year, is the American Institute of Architects. That group, which is expected to attract 24,000 guests, will fill the center in mid-May.

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K Hotels expands portfolio with New Orleans hotels | Breaking Travel News

K Hotels is expanding its southern family with the collaboration with New Orleans Hotel Collection - Dauphine Orleans Hotel, The Bourbon Orleans Hotel , Hotel Le Marais, and The St. Louis Hotel.
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New Orleans chef shows students that crawfish and health can go together | NOLA.com

The finished product, which the students ate with relish. nola.com
In her demonstration, New Orleans Chef Dione Duhon delved into the historical origins of the Louisiana delicacy, and discussed nutritional values of Southern foods at the International School of New Orleans. And of course, taste-testing followed, much to the delight of the students...
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Patio dining season kicks into full gear in New Orleans | NOLA.com

A group of people make their way off of a boat to
the new outdoor deck at Middendorf's restaurant in Akers.
It's been really nice outside for a while now, so much so that spending virtually any time inside counts as a bad play. Here's a short list of restaurants to sit down to a meal under the sun or stars. The season in which it's ideal to do so is upon us, and it always is shorter than you think...

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Blighted New Orleans properties on the block | WWL

Nearly a hundred blighted New Orleans properties get sold to new owners Saturday. Mostly homes, there are also some vacant lots up for auction.

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Lead is found at area playgrounds | The Louisiana Weekly

New Orleans announced last week the results of an initial investigation of lead on painted surfaces and in surface soil at 13 playgrounds throughout the city...

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Freret Street Festival, Saturday April 2nd


The Freret Street Festival is the Kick-off to Festival Season
  • Over 200 Local Vendors Including Vega, Martinique, Shabby Chic
  • Slightly Used Dogs and Cats For Adoption
  • Live Music On 4 Stages Including Big Sams Funky Nation, Tin Men, Debauche, Free Agents Brass Band
  • Kid Zone with Six Inflatables and a Petting Zoo
Plus a Live, Free Outdoor Rollerderby Bout with the Big Easy Rollergirls after the Festival
Free parking in two nearby lots: 1) On Napoleon Avenue at S Robertson Street & 2) On the corner of Magnolia and Cadiz Streets


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