Commander's Palace Wine Benefit for Sous Chef Jay Wells | Eater NOLA

Commander's Palace is hosting a fundraiser wine tasting next Tuesday, November 1, from 4:00-6:30PM. All proceeds from the event will go to Commander's sous chef Jay Wells, whose home caught fire October 25. With the funds raised, Commander's will buy gift cards from Macy's and Stein Mart to help Wells and his wife rebuild their lives. Guests will sample Far Niente varietals from the Nickel & Nickel winery, along with passed hors d'oevres, in the restaurant's patio area...
Cost: $25, no reservations required. Enter through the garden gate behind the restaurant.

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New Orleans Dining Uptown Under $20

Overwhelmed by all the uptown restaurants and not looking to blow through your wallet in one meal? Here’s a handful of sure-fire picks...
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New Orleans Tourism officials hope to attract more young people | WWL

Tourism officials are working to attract more visitors in the age range of 18 to 35. Officials from the Convention and Visitor's Bureau said less than a quarter of tourists last year fell into that age group...


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New Orleans has 2nd widest income gap in US | WWL

New Orleans has the second widest income gap between rich and poor of all major U.S. cities, according to U.S. Census numbers. Only in Atlanta is the difference greater, and Loyola Economist Dan D'Amico says Atlanta has a high number of corporate executive offices, which give that city a disproportionately large sample of wealthy people...

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I-10 closure causing backup | NOLA.com


While the lanes are closed, crews will install girders on the ramp from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to eastbound I-10 and pour a concrete deck for the ramp from southbound Causeway Boulevard to I-10. ..
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Morgus movie re-emerges for Halloween weekend in Chalmette | NOLA.com

Sid Noel, left, stars in the 1962 feature film 'The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus.'
The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus Chalmette Movies. The local movie theater presents a special Halloween-weekend engagement of the 1962 comedy "The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus" (7 nightly, Friday through Monday), starring Sid Noel, Dan Barton and Jeanne Teslof in a story about a doctor who invents a machine that can turn people into sand then back again...
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Tabasco Brand Gives Out $10000 Prize ‎| QSR magazine

Creating an original entrée recipe inspired by the popular street food trend sweeping the nation was the challenge for the 2011 Tabasco Brand Hottest Chef Contest.


The $10,000 grand prize was recently awarded to one professional chef for his “Triple Threat Carnitas” featuring his special blend of multicultural influences and three flavors of Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce...
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Filming Begins in New Orleans for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Production has commenced in New Orleans, Louisiana on the feature film adaptation of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's well-known short story. Popart Film Factory & Leverage Entertainment are pleased to present the first photograph from set, which hints at the eerie dream world that has been created for this literary thriller.

Starring Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan and Peter Bogdanovich, this film adds a touch of romance to the suspenseful plot. Also joining the cast is Jacob Vargas ("Devil," "Traffic," "Jarhead") and Damon Whitaker ("Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai").

Flueger, most recently seen on the big screen in Paramount Picture’s "Footloose," is playing the lead role, and joining him as the female lead is the stunning McGowan, known for her roles in "Grindhouse," "Scream," "Jawbreaker," "The Black Dahlia" and "The Doom Generation," in addition to the popular series "Charmed."

Bogdanovich is playing the iconic one-eyed old man. Esteemed as a director for classics including "Paper Moon," "The Last Picture Show," and "What’s Up Doc?," he started out training as an actor under the tutelage of the legendary Stella Adler before making a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s great filmmakers.

Director John La Tier has teamed with producer Daniel Zirilli, who has produced and/or directed more than 250 music videos (for artists from The Rolling Stones to Three 6 Mafia) and 20 feature length films, to bring this story to life.

“It has been my goal since the start of this production to stay true to the nefarious world that Edgar Allan Poe creates in all of his stories,” says La Tier. “Filming with this cast in the city of New Orleans is truly making this captivating story come to life.”

In addition to the first photographs from set, "The Tell-Tale Heart" has launched a Facebook page, which is being updated throughout production with behind-the-scenes videos and photographs at http://www.facebook.com/TellTaleHeartTheMovie.

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Homeless Encampment Beneath Expressway Cleared‎ | WDSU

City officials have moved to clear people from one of the most visible homeless encampments in New Orleans, placing many of them in shelters and helping some get reunited with family members. More than 100 homeless individuals had made the Baronne Street area by the Pontchartrain Expressway their makeshift campsite, filling the space with mattresses and carts...
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Happy Birthday Mahalia Jackson - Queen of Gospel

Happy birthday, Mahalia Jackson! October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972. Jackson was an African-American gospel singer possessing a powerful contralto voice, referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world, and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist; entertainer Harry Belafonte called her "the single most powerful black woman in the United States". Jackson recorded about 30 albums during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"—million-sellers.
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BP wins approval for new deep-water drilling in Gulf of Mexico | Salt Lake Tribune

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BP won approval from the Interior Department to drill its first exploratory oil well in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion touched off the country’s worst offshore environmental disaster.
The new well will be much farther out to sea and in deeper water than BP’s Macondo well, which exploded in April 2010, killed 11 workers and spewed nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean over several months. 
At a depth of more than 6,000 feet, the proposed well is part of the company’s Kaskida oil and gas development drilling area in the Keathley Canyon located about 250 miles south of Lafayette, La.

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New Orleans council raises fine to $500 for trains blocking streets | NOLA.com


City Council voted to increase the fine on trains for
blocking the street for more than 10 minutes, or five minutes
if stopped, from $50 to $500.
It has long been unlawful for trains to block streets in New Orleans for more than 10 minutes at a time if the train is moving, or five minutes if it is stopped. However, the fine for violations has been only $50, hardly a major deterrent for a large company. Hoping to give the law more teeth, the City Council has raised the fine to $500, the maximum amount for any municipal violation under state law.
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Louisiana unemployment rate lowest since April 2010‎ | BusinessWeek

Louisiana's employment picture brightened in September as the state registered its lowest unemployment rate since April 2010, the state Workforce Commission reported Wednesday. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the state's unemployment rate in September also was 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in August. The national jobless rate was 9.1 percent for both months.
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Grand opening of expanded concourse at Armstrong International | WWL

The New Orleans Aviation Board celebrates the Grand Opening of the Concourse D Expansion at Louis Armstrong International (MSY) with a revamped concourse that will better serve both the public and the air carriers...
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Update on St. Charles Avenue Streetcar: accessibility and precision in language | Blog Of New Orleans

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In a September cover story on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar Gambit reported that the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, the privately managed public body responsible for every bus and streetcar in the city, had made little progress in making the historic line accessible to disabled riders. NORTA claimed, however, that it had formed a "committee" to address the problem.
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International art show opens across New Orleans | Auction Central News

An international art exhibition has opened in New Orleans. "Prospect.2'' - a follow-up to the "Prospect.1'' exhibition of 2008 - opened Saturday. The Times-Picayune reports that the exhibition includes 28 displays and performances aimed at an avant-garde audience.
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Broadmoor recovery on cusp of new horizon | WWL

In Broadmoor, people who live here say they live in the heart of the city-- but that heart nearly stopped six years ago when eight and a half feet of water swamped Broadmoor after Hurricane Katrina. Six years later, though, places once taken for granted are now on the cusp of return. Case in point: the Rosa Keller Library, which is set to re-open in January, with a community center attached to it...
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YouTube du Jour: Friday at Voodoo | OffBeat Magazine

Each day of this weekend’s Voodoo Experience offers a host of names, each of which are known by one audience but not by another...
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1918: New Orleans as the cradle of jazz | NOLA.com

Jazz has a long history in New Orleans, but acceptance of it came slowly. In 1838, The Picayune noted a mania in the city for horn playing, while in 1853, an editorial mentioned the growing number of brass band funerals being held. According to a Picayune report in 1853, brass bands played somber dirges on the way to the cemetery and “gay and lightsome” airs on the return. Today, most brass bands that play funerals follow the same practice...
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Saints set points record, beat Colts 62-7 | SFGate

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a touchdown reception as Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker Pat Angerer (51) covers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
Drew Brees completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a franchise record for points and victory margin in a 62-7 demolition of the hapless Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night...
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Louisiana Gov. Jindal wins re-election easily | CBS News

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers his victory speech with his wife Supriya at the Renaissance Hotel on election night, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Advocate, RICHARD ALAN HANNON)
Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or deep-pocketed opposition. The 40-year-old son of immigrants from India overwhelmed nine competitors in the open primary Saturday. In Louisiana, a candidate wins the race outright if he or she receives more than 50 percent of the vote...
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Squeal BBQ’s Pulled Pork and Slaw Tacos | WVUE-TV


To make the tacos simply pull the pork and lightly toss it in your sauce and place a generous amount in the center of a grilled corn tortilla.
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Creole String Beans pull on their 'Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits' on new CD | NOLA.com

Somewhere, Ernie K-Doe is smiling. On their new Threadhead Records release “Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits,” the Creole String Beans uncork a letter-perfect re-creation of “Here Come the Girls,” a sax-y, Allen Toussaint-penned K-Doe strut. Elsewhere, they ace the swamp pop chestnut “Shirley,” Lloyd Price’s “Just Because” and Fats Domino’s “Be My Guest.” …
The Creole String Beans perform at Rock 'n' Bowl on Friday, Oct. 21. Show time is 9 p.m.
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Oak Street Po-Boy Fest rolls out improvements to deal with crowds | NOLA.com

Though the festival’s footprint was expanded from four to seven blocks — plus side streets — some festgoers still waited in line more than 30 minutes to land an old standby, like a hot sausage, or one of the more exotic offerings, like a paté & pickled vegetables. To improve the experience for the masses, there will be roaming drink vendors throughout and bicycle parking in the lot behind the Whitney Bank on Carrollton. Parkway Bakery is also sponsoring an area with tables, chairs and restrooms in the parking lot behind Castellon’s Discount Pharmacy at Oak and Dante streets...

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Love it, Like it, Hate it - New Orleans Pizza | WGNO

Love pizza but feel guilty when you indulge?  Well we’ve got good news for you, it IS absolutely possible to enjoy pizza without completely derailing your diet!  With pizza ranging from 140 calories per slice to 400 calories or more, it’s clear that not all pizza is alike! …
 

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome Lit Up | WGNO

Crews have been installing 26,000 lights; it's the final portion of the $85 Million in upgrades to the Dome. General Manager Alan Freeman says,"We've got the ability to program those colors to different things. One color for Saints games for instance, a different color for Tulane games. We'll do different colors based on the season of the year." …

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What is the hottest band coming to New Orleans for Voodoo? | NOLA.com

Earlier in October, the Voodoo Experience began its unusual method of releasing the music festival’s lineup. Rather than announce the entire roster at once, they trickled out names as the bands were booked.

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Grocer says food prices are heading higher | WWLTV

Higher grain prices are now translating into the higher grocery prices you're seeing on the shelves. Generally, it takes several months for higher grain prices to translate into higher grocery prices...


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New Orleans cookbooks by John Besh, Peggy Scott Laborde and several others | NOLA.com

John Besh's second cookbook, subtitled "A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking," is the biggest local release of the season. Like his award-winning first cookbook, "My New Orleans," this one is coffee-table-size, beautifully illustrated with dozens of photos of Besh...

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Gambit's semi-annual guide to weddings | Gambit New Orleans

L'Image Weddings, Gambit's semi-annual guide to weddings, both traditional and unconventional...

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Occupy New Orleans protest draws large crowd | Louisiana Weekly

Four hundred protesters marched Thursday afternoon in solidarity with a loose national movement, which began in New York City under the “Occupy Wall Street” banner. Like its national counterpart, the Occupy New Orleans chapter of the protest movement, which marched from the Criminal District Courthouse at Tulane and Broad to Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans, has no formal leadership or appointed spokesperson, and arrives at all of its decisions through consensus...

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A New Orleans interstate loop is long overdue | WGNO

Did you know New Orleans is one of the few major cities in North America that doesn't have an interstate loop around it's city? Most cities, even smaller ones than New Orleans - like Mobile, Alabama or even Lake Charles, Louisiana - have an interstate loop...

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome gets new permanent lights | WVUE-TV

As a part of the $85 million in upgrades to the newly renamed Mercedes-Benz Superdome, officials will ‘flip the switch’ on Thursday to illuminate the Louisiana landmark with a state-of-the art lighting system that will wash the building’s exterior in a spectrum of animated colors. The lighting event will feature a special program that showcases the broad array of the system’s dynamic illumination capabilities set to a special soundtrack scripted especially for the event.

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New Orleans Can Thrive: Goodbye Fair Grinds owners and thank you

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Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival - Schedule of Events | NOJ&HF


Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
Oct 14–16, 2011

Friday, Oct: 14: 5:30-8:00 p.m.;
Saturday, Oct. 15 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Lafayette Square Park
530 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Admission: Free!

The sixth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, celebrates Southern soul with the best in local and international blues and R&B talent, plus the greatest assemblage of home-style barbecue to be found in New Orleans.

2011 Performance Schedule:


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
St. Charles Ave. Stage
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Henry Butler
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Walter "Wolfman" Washington

SATURDAY, OCT. 15
Camp Street Stage
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Jimmie Duck Holmes
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm South Memphis String Band
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm Mel Waiters

St. Charles Ave. Stage
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm King James & the Special Men
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm Little Freddie King
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm Tab Benoit
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Kenny Wayne Shepherd

SUNDAY, OCT. 16
Camp Street Stage
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Voodoo Blues Challenge Winner Ed Wills & Blues 4 Sale with guest Chance Casteel
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Homemade Jamz
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Super Chikan & Watermelon Slim
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm Marcia Ball

St. Charles Ave. Stage
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm Eric Lindell
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm Luther Kent & Trick Bag
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm The Campbell Brothers
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Bettye LaVette


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City Council looking to modernize NO taxis ‎| WWL

"We've got these mega-events coming over the next 18 months, and this is going to lay the groundwork for how visitors are affected when they first land in a plane here in New Orleans," said Stephen Perry, president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We want younger, cleaner taxicabs"...

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Hyatt Regency rises from Katrina's destruction‎ | Daily Herald

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, reopens Tuesday after a $275 million rebuild that creates a new business model for the downtown hotel. The hotel is part of a complex centered on the Superdome that was heavily damaged by the hurricane...

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New Roads Post-Storm Make New Orleans Cycling City ‎| NPR

For decades, blogger Joseph Donnelly saw few improvements for urban cyclists like himself in New Orleans, so he used the title of a website he started five years ago as a call to arms: "How To Start A Revolution In An Unfriendly Bike City." But a push by the city to use Hurricane Katrina recovery money to make the roads more accommodating has left him with little choice but to scrap the label in favor of something more prosaic...

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New Orleans becomes gateway to Cuba‎ | WWL

New Orleans has been approved by the Cuban government to serve as a gateway city for commercial air travel to Havana. The next step is securing an airline to provide those direct flights. There will be some restrictions on what they're calling ''purposeful travel,'' which includes being involved in education, religion, medical or agriculture business or having close relatives in Cuba. Wilcut thinks those people just wishing to have a good time can do that as well...

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'Occupy New Orleans' Group Plans To March ‎ | WDSU New Orleans

A groundswell of anti-corporation protests has been generating headlines, and police said they have resulted in hundreds of arrests. A group that calls itself "Occupy New Orleans" said on Monday it is planning to march on the streets this week.

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Louisiana Superdome gets new name and image: Mercedes-Benz ‎| Los Angeles Times


That's right: The Louisiana Superdome will henceforth be known as the "Mercedes-Benz Superdome."
The deal will apparently be a good one for Louisiana as well, as it's expected to end the state's long-running subsidy of the Saints.


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New Orleans awards $885000 in Wisner grants to local nonprofits |‎ NOLA.com

Nearly three dozen nonprofit organizations will share $885,000 in grants from the Edward Wisner Donation this year, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced Friday. The Wisner awards traditionally are distributed annually, but these were the first handed out under Landrieu, who placed the program on hold after he took office in May 2010.

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New Orleans opens life sciences development center ‎| BusinessWeek

In a small laboratory in the newly opened New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Sudhir Sinha and four employees work on what he hopes will be the next major advances in DNA testing -- profiling the smallest of genetic samples and having results on DNA comparisons completed within an hour or two. The 66,000-square-foot center, which opened in June, already houses 11 companies, including two venture capital firms. It has the space for 40 to 50 companies employing up to 200 people, Miscenich said. Miscenich works with a staff of four.

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