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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year's in New Orleans |

When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve in grand style, New York's Times Square has nothing on New Orleans. In New York, tens of thousands of people stand around in the street for hours in the chilly winter cold, waiting for a ball to drop. And then, ten minutes after that happens, it's all over. The police and street sweepers are clearing everyone off the streets. In New Orleans we do things differently. Midnight on New Year's Eve is just the beginning of an exciting night...

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Louisiana Tourism officials plan fishing website | The Advocate

Want to know the best fishing spots in Louisiana? Looking for a charter boat captain? Need a fishing license? State tourism officials are launching a “fishing microsite” in January that provides online information to those wanting to land the big one or talk about the one that got away. The microsite will be a link on the tourism agency’s website,

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A musical look back at 2012 | Louisiana Weekly

It seemed that week after week in 2012 there was a festival of one sort or another happening around the city. Not that anyone’s complaining. Impressively, except for the biggies—the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience—most of the events were free.

The addition of the new, spring and fall series of Jazz in the Park really hit the mark in its goal of bringing life back to the long, under-utilized Armstrong Park. The presenters, People United for Armstrong Park, get props for the organization’s imaginative bookings and for truly welcoming long-time Tremé residents to the festivities. Some of the outstanding shows included strong performances from the Africa-meets-New Orleans sound of Africa Brass. Vocalist Stephanie Jordan, undoubtedly being heard by many in attendance for the first time, impressed the audience with her emotional and sophisticated delivery. The Tremé Funktet led by one of this city’s finest trombonists and a Tremé native Corey Henry and featuring the back-on-the-scene trumpeter, Travis Hill, boosted the band’s reputation with its hot set.

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Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District | MarketWatch (press release)

RLJ Lodging Trust announced that it has opened its Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District. With the opening of this hotel, RLJ has completed its seventh and final brand conversion that was planned as part of its comprehensive 2011 and 2012 capital program.

The hotel operated as an independent hotel until it was closed in 2008. RLJ purchased the distressed hotel in 2010 for $6.4 million. After an extensive $16.9 million renovation, the property reopened as a 132-room Hotel Indigo. The all-in price of $23.3 million, or approximately $177,000 per key, represents a significant discount to replacement cost...

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Hubig's sues company over factory fire | WWL

Hubig's Pies is suing the Kenner company that created and maintained its fire suppression system.
Its plant in the Faubourg Marigny was destroyed in a massive fire in July.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Who's Running Southeast Louisiana Hospital? | Gambit

When the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), along with St. Tammany Parish government, announced earlier this month that they had found a company to keep 58 patient beds — 42 juvenile and 16 adult acute — at Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELH) open and operating, it was a relief to those who feared the Mandeville facility would shut down its mental health services entirely...

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Legendary Locals of New Orleans an Arcadia book |

In 128 pages with approximately 140 to 230 photographs, this series takes a different approach and design to reveal the faces of pioneering citizens who have built and shaped communities large and small across the United States. Individuals featured will run the gamut from local politicians to high school coaches and athletes; from notorious personalities to beloved entertainers. While famous personalities will be documented, the true purpose of the series is to highlight the unsung local heroes and stories of humanity. Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by expert local authors will reveal the character of the people, past and present, who make up the fabric of each community.–Arcadia

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Curbing murders in New Orleans: Editorial |

Director Spike Lee speaks with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Oct. 2 at the Joy Theater during the launch of the new "Flip the Script" PSA campaign by Lee's company that is part of the mayor's "NOLA For Life" anti-violence campaign. (Photo by Matthew Hinton,, The Times-Picayune)

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New Orleans sets festive table for reveillon | USA TODAY

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history...
Gerald Herbert, AP

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Friday, December 21, 2012

New Orleans' Best Cheap Eats, as Decided by Readers | NOLA Eater

Eater asked readers to recommend their favorite dirt cheap eats in New Orleans. Here are 15 of the best low budget dining recommendations from Eater readers, in map form...

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The Cosmic Convergence Festival | NOLA Defender

The Cosmic Convergence Festival is an all day affair, taking place at the Sugar Mill. Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Star of The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens hosts the Apocalypse prevention festival along with The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The party will feature DJ’s and a long list of musicians including the Hot 8 Brass Band, electronic psy-rockers Ghostland Observatory, Alex McMurry and the Interstellar All-Stars, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rotary Downs, James Singleton and Sun Domingo...

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Algiers Point Bonfire is back for second year since Katrina | NOLA Defender

Even the most elaborate Christmas décor will barely glimmer against this weekend’s bonfire at Algiers Point. The federal flood did all it could to wash out the time-honored tradition, but it returned last year to reclaim its rightful home near the ferry. Saturday at the point will be filled with merriment in the form of food, music, and Santa on a Segway.

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Hike for KaTREEna Big TREEsy 1000 Tree Giveaway for New Orleans | Faubourg St. John

Hike for KaTREEna is partnering with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways for the third of five tree-giveaway events.

1000 free trees will be available on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at City of New Orleans Dept. of Parks & Parkways, 2829 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

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New Orleans Council makes 'difficult decision' of raising S&WB rate | WWL

In a 5-2 vote on Thursday, the City Council approved raising the rate by 10 percent a year for the next seven years. That will raise more than $500 million to pay for repairs to the city's aging sewer and water system. For the average consumer who pays $52 a month, next year's monthly bill would be about $58. By 2020, that same bill would be $112.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Young is upbeat on Jefferson Parish | WWL

An optimistic and promising State of the Parish address today from Jefferson President John Young.  Young foresees even better days ahead but warns that the fiscal cliff crisis in Washington better get straightened out and soon.  In an interview today with WWL-TV, Young predicted the economy is about to really take off, which could help with one of the biggest problems facing his parish.

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La. SPCA helps shelter animals displaced by Sandy | San Francisco Chronicle

The Louisiana SPCA says in a news release that it has sent a team of staffers and volunteers to the emergency boarding facility established in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn by the ASPCA with help from a $500,000 grant from TV personality Rachael Ray.

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Under Investigation | WSJ

Rodney Williams, center, who is accused of bribing former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, leaves federal court in New Orleans following his arraignment on Tuesday. The Times-Picayune/Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are investigating as part of an ongoing corruption probe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who rose to national prominence as the city's leader during Hurricane Katrina but whose popularity was eroded by frustration with rebuilding efforts. Though federal prosecutors are investigating Mr. Nagin, any charges aren't imminent, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park 2012

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park remains one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country, attracting over 122,000 people in 2010. Park and experience one of the nation's most unique month-long festival of lights!

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Weekend only November 23, 24 and 25th.
  • Open nightly November 30th through Jan. 1, 2013
  • (Closed Dec. 24th and 31st)
  • Holiday Hours:
  • Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday evenings: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday evenings: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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Jimmy’s Music Club reopens on December 28 | Offbeat Magazine

The city needs more nightclub owners like Jimmy Anselmo, so it’s good that he is coming back to begin a new string of memorable shows. It was sure great to be there in the ’80s. Hot, sweaty and great.

Jimmy’s Music Club reopens on December 28 with a reunion show featuring the Limit with Christian Serpas, Jeff Oteri and Manny Reyes; the Models; Stephie and the White Sox; and the Backstabbers.

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The Complete New Orleans Christmas Guidebook | New Orleans Online

15 version of Christmas New Orleans Style tv spot featuring Bryan Batt

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