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Saturday, December 21, 2013

In New Orleans, the More Restaurants the Merrier | NY Times

By one count there were already 65 restaurants on the three miles of Magazine Street, a major artery through this city’s upscale districts. But on a recent Monday, diners were eager for No. 66. The minute the lights went on at Ivy, an autumnal little lounge with an as-seen-on-TV chef, the curious were at the door.

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New Orleans City Council introduces noise ordinance with new limits |

photo by Steven Forster
The New Orleans City Council introduced revisions to the city's noise ordinance Thursday (Dec. 19), setting new limits on decibel levels that opponents said could damage the city's storied live music scene.

The ordinance, introduced by the entire council, is based in part on a seven-point proposal created and approved by a coalition of neighborhood groups led by Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

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Aaron Neville on CBS This Morning Saturday

Aaron Neville is scheduled to perform on CBS This Morning Saturday, Dec. 21. Neville will sing “The Christmas Song,” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. CBS This Morning airs 6-8 a.m. on WWL-TV in New Orleans.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Orleans Yoga Jeanie Riess navigates | Gambit Magazine

Yoga offerings are vast now. While vinyasa, or flow yoga, might suit one person, the more strenuous ashtanga discipline may be better for someone else. Like the food, service and ambience of restaurants, yoga varies studio to studio and form to form. After Hurricane Katrina, a flurry of yoga studios came into the local market, further varying the yoga scene here and encouraging the country's most widely circulated yoga magazine, Yoga Journal, to proclaim New Orleans among the top 10 cities for yoga in America.

There are now more than 20 yoga studios in the New Orleans area, each offering differing styles of the ancient Indian discipline — so how does a hopeful yogi make the right choice?

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New Orleans police arrest man in shooting death of 13-month-old girl The Republic

New Orleans police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a toddler.

Police said in a news release Wednesday night that Keelen Armstrong has been booked with first-degree murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Londyn Samuels. He was also booked with attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of the child's caretaker...

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New Orleans culinary tours | USA TODAY

Photo: Sam Hanna

New Orleans and eating go together like feathers and Mardi Gras. It's impossible to experience one without the other. In a town with more than 1,300 restaurants, most independent and locally owned, the moveable feast never ends.

Locals are passionate about iconic dishes that reflect this port city's historic gumbo of cultures, from African, French and Spanish to Italian, Irish and Southeast Asian. Typical Creole fare is on the rich side -- simmered seafood bisques, local trout swabbed in buttery Meunière sauce and garlicky étouffée larded with crawfish and sausage.

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New Orleans Rolling in Cash Sees Rebirth: Real Estate | Bloomberg

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Sean Cummings has developed 18 New Orleans projects, including condominiums, hotels and luxury lofts with floor-to-ceiling windows at a former rice-processing plant in a gentrifying neighborhood. Up next: a residential complex planned for a weed-choked lot currently home to an abandoned school bus. This year through May, commercial real estate transactions in the Big Easy totaled $424.7 million, up 41 percent from the $301.1 million in all of 2012, according to New York-based Real Capital Analytics Inc. New Orleans was the only U.S. market among 55 tracked by the research firm in which sales have surpassed last year’s total.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New restaurant bars in New Orleans deliver hybrid pleasures for diners |

New Orleans restaurant bars used to feel like holding tanks for patrons awaiting tables. Fun sometimes happened, but clock-watching and growling stomachs were often part of the experience, too.

Not anymore. And, especially not in New Orleans, where bars have become central to the dining experience at long-established flagships such as Galatoire’s, at culinary destinations such as Donald Link’s Peche, and at a host of new places across the city...

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Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled | WWL

Walter Oil & Gas is hiring a jack-up rig to start drilling a relief well at the site. The jack-up rig will be towed in next to the Hercules drilling rig, where it will start drilling a relief well into the Gulf of Mexico to intercept Hercules' well...

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Fight Over New Orleans Jail Reform Funds to Resume | ABC News

The legal tussle over the costs of reforming the notoriously dangerous New Orleans jail is about to resume in a federal courtroom, where lawyers are expected to press the case that the sheriff doesn't need more money from the city to implement court-ordered improvements aimed at ending violence, poor security and inadequate health care.

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Hangover helpers: What's your cure for too many cocktails? | #totc

"The downside to drinking is, of course, the hangover, an unpleasant topic that has come up numerous times during Tales of the Cocktail's 11 years of seminars and parties," writes Judy Walker. "This year, there was the decidedly more pleasant Hangover Hospital Cocktail Brunch at Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar on Saturday."

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hollygrove initiative aims to improve kids' outcomes from birth | The Advocate

City and state officials Tuesday detailed the second phase of a three-year initiative in New Orleans’ Hollygrove neighborhood designed to improve children’s health from birth by helping young mothers with other struggles in their lives.

The program, called Best Babies Zone and funded by a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is modeled on an approach taken by the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership in a specific 14-block area in Harlem. That program reduced infant mortality by 50 percent in Harlem and improved birth outcomes.

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Where to Drink During Tales of the Cocktail | The Daily Meal #TOTC

New Orleans knows how to put on a party: where to drink whether you’re boozing at TOTC or not. Cocktails and New Orleans go together like Cajun bites and Sno-balls. It’s no secret that New Orleans may just be home to the most burgeoning cocktail scene in, dare we say, the country (no offense, New Yorkers), so it only makes sense that New Orleans puts on the biggest cocktail party of the year: the Tales of the Cocktail, held July 17 to 21.

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Lionel Ferbos, city's oldest active musician, turns 102 today | WWL

Credit: Dominic Massa
How many 102-year-olds will celebrate their birthday by picking up a trumpet and performing at their own party?  You can expect Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest active musician, to do just that tonight, as he celebrates with family and friends.

Ferbos turns 102 on Wednesday, and remains a living legend of New Orleans jazz – still performing regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Café on Decatur Street, where he’ll celebrate his birthday with a special party.  Though he has had some recent minor health issues, he is still performing, and friends expect him to do that, at least for a few songs, tonight.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

First of two new lakefront restaurants sets sail this week |

The drinks have been flowing for about a week now at Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant & Bar, and from its elevated, westerly-facing deck people have been toasting boaters as they return to port after day on Lake Pontchartrain. On Wednesday evening, the kitchen at this new waterfront restaurant will get rolling with regular service.

Brisbi’s is one of two new restaurants along Lakeshore Drive. Finishing touches are underway at the second, Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar, which is just a short walk up the canal. Blue Crab manager Kent Burgess expects his restaurant to open within the next few weeks.

Both restaurants are elevated on piers, with steps leading to the docks and plenty of windows to take in the lakefront views. At Brisbi’s, there’s a stand-up oyster bar overlooking the harbor and garage doors that can open to connect the dining room to the covered deck outside.

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Sister Helen Prejean & Bill Pelke on Freeing the Death Row Prisoner Who Killed Pelke’s Grandmother | Democracy Now

In a remarkable story on the journey from grief to forgiveness, Bill Pelke joins us along with renowned activist and "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean to discuss the latest victory for the movement against the death penalty.


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NOPD Investigates Hollygrove Triple Shooting | WGNO

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting that happened just before 7:00 Tuesday night at the corner of Hollygrove and Peach streets.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Corps of Engineers concludes $10.3 billion, 98-mile-long Morganza to the Gulf levee is 'economically justified' |

The Army Corps of Engineers has concluded that construction of a 98-mile-long, $10.3 billion Morganza to the Gulf hurricane levee system that will protect Houma and surrounding communities from storm surges “is economically justified, environmentally acceptable and engineeringly sound.”

The conclusions are contained in a recent proposed design report/environmental impact statement released by Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, chief of engineers for the corps. The report contains minor changes from a version released in January by New Orleans corps officials.

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New Orleans Musicians' Clinic blood drive |

Two enormous bloodmobiles — one in neon chartreuse, the other, well, blood-red — stretched down Frenchmen Street from the Apple Barrel to the Spotted Cat May 22. The event was called "Frenchmen Street: Roll Up Your Sleeves," and it was a replacement blood drive for the 19 victims of the Mother's Day second-line shooting in the 7th Ward — a shooting that had occurred seven blocks away down Frenchmen Street May 12.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

High end homes in New Orleans are hot properties | WWL

Extremely low interest rates are one reason home prices in the New Orleans area are on the rise. And, high-end properties appear to be extremely hot items...

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Barber Laboratories: Termites, Roaches and Rats, Oh My! | New Orleans Voices

Linda Auld – also known as the "bug lady" – is the owner of Barber Laboratories. Linda's grandfather, Ernest Barber, started the business in 1921 as Barber Entomological Laboratories. Because of New Orleans' warm climate, we have more than our share of vermin. Linda gives us some insight into three of our most common pests: termites, roaches and rats...

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Beyond the beignets: New Orleans’ modern food movement | Lonely Planet

New Orleans is a food city, no question; it always has been. No offense to those hearty regional faves – gumbo, jambalaya and the ubiquitous beignets – but the association has long been one of over-indulgence rather than variety and refinement. The good news: a number of the city’s recently opened establishments are now breaking with convention. Championing a global outlook and a love for regional produce, NOLA’s new crop of inventive chefs are serving up crisp interpretations of local staples, and doing so with mouthwatering results.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Welcoming the Dalai Lama to New Orleans, a City Still Rebuilding | Huffington Post

From a talk given at Temple Sinai in New Orleans on May 9, 2013. This is part one in a series.

The Dalai Lama has come to New Orleans. If I were to speak with him, this is what I might say.

Your Holiness, you are coming to New Orleans at a time of some optimism, some hope. Eight years ago, after Katrina, there was some concern we might not survive as a city. Many of us had lost everything, our homes, our community our relatives and friends, and most of all our trust in the large institutions and government we thought should have protected us. The levees broke and so did our hearts, and out in the country there were many dark voices who said we had no right to exist, to continue as a city. We might have lost all faith in each other, but somehow we did not. In the first place, from all over, there was a tremendous outpouring of love and help, of compassion. There was a new influx of young people with energy and hope. We have not exactly triumphed, but we have rebuilt much of our city, our schools...

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New Orleans CVB Honored in NTA's Distinct Dozen Awards | Travel Agent

The National Tour Association (NTA) has awarded New Orleans with two honors at their Second Annual Distinct Dozen Awards. The awards, recognizing product quality and partnership, are distributed based on votes by NTA tour operators.

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Bayou Saint John Marsh Creation Project | Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Most of the bayou is within the levee system around New Orleans, with a flood gate where it meets Lake Pontchartrain. In the spring of 2013, the Orleans Levee District will dredge a channel from the flood gate to the lake to improve water flow.  The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will beneficially use some of the dredged sediment to create a half acre of wetland along the banks.

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Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom? | NPR

Troy Henry (from left), Jim Hatchett and Wendell Pierce, co-owners of Sterling Farms grocery store, meet at the store's soft launch on March 21. Pierce, an actor, gained fame through his starring roles in David Simon's The Wire and Treme. David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/Landov

Plenty of celebrities leverage their star power to raise awareness of complicated food issues. Some of the biggest names include Michelle Obama, Jamie Oliver, Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.

Down in New Orleans, actor Wendell Pierce, who stars in David Simon's Treme and, previously, The Wire, has been taking on food insecurity in low-income communities with brand new convenience stores. Pierce has received plenty of attention for his efforts and appeared this week on NPR's Tell Me More to talk about the opening of the first grocery store in his New Orleans-based Sterling Farms chain earlier this spring.

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"Cajun" Bills Debated | KATC

Cajun pride is the focus of several bills that Acadiana lawmakers are backing. From culture to French language, the bills are aimed at showing the world what's unique about Acadiana.

Senator Fred Mills is proposing legislation that would allow drivers to put "I'm Cajun" or "I'm Creole" on their driver's license.
"We have a bill right now that on your driver's license you could basically put "I'm a Cajun" and the proceeds would go to CODOFIL, and it's a permissive bill it would be only if you want to do it. But it would be a proud way to support CODOFIL, say "I'm a Cajun," and promote our heritage," (R) Senator Fred Mills (district 22) said.
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Police: 2nd suspect arrested in New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting | CBS News

A second suspect has been arrested in the shooting that injured 20 people at a parade on Mother's Day, police said Thursday afternoon.

Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday, police Chief Ronal Serpas said. He is the brother of 19-year-old Akein Scott, who was arrested Wednesday night in the shooting...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Three Timeless New Orleans Cocktails | Garden & Gun

Cedric Angeles

Mix some history with these Crescent City classics. Belly up to your home bar and try one of these timeless New Orleans cocktails:

  • The Sazerac
  • Ramos Gin Fizz
  • Pimm's Cup

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Squabble over New Orleans eatery goes to court | NBCNews

Brennan's, a New Orleans restaurant that famously invented the Bananas Foster dessert six decades ago, is more recently known for a long-running family clash over ownership of the French Quarter eatery.
Infighting among relatives of the restaurant's late founder, Owen Edward Brennan, flared up last month when a shareholder meeting led to a standoff inside the restaurant. Police were called to intervene. The heated confrontation ended with a temporary truce, but the tangled family dispute is heading to court.

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Asian Pacific American Society Festival | Audubon Zoo

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, the Audubon Nature Institute and the Asian Pacific American Society will partner once again in hosting The Asian Heritage Festival.

The day long event will feature live entertainment; hand-made crafts from India, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and other Asian countries; internationally themed displays; and authentic Asian dishes. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this colorful celebration of Asian pride, partnership and progress...

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Manhunt underway for suspect in Mother's Day shooting | WWL

On Tuesday morning, a massive manhunt was underway for the suspect in Sunday's second line shooting. Read more via WWL

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The 19 Coolest Small Businesses In New Orleans | Business Insider

New Orleans is a hugely popular tourist destination for its food, music, history and Mardi Gras.
The city's economy took a big hit after Hurricane Katrina devastated the cityscape in 2005. But since then New Orleans has rebuilt and reinvented itself. From startups to restaurants and bars, several very cool small businesses have sprouted up...

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Your guide to American Craft Beer Week in New Orleans | Gambit

American Craft Beer Week kicks off Monday, we're starting off things early with a craft beer pub crawl tomorrow, May 11. At "FestivALES," $24 gets you 20 beer tastings (and if you can stand more, you can buy extra tickets). There will be 30 local and craft beers available.

In 2006, the Brewers Association’s recognition of American Beer Month was refocused into American Craft Beer Week, a weeklong coordinated effort timed to kick off the busy summer craft beer season. ACBW provides a manageable length of time for brewers, distributors, retailers and consumers to devote to celebrating America’s small and independent craft brewers. This week is a time to recognize craft brewers as integral parts of their local communities and their success in reshaping how beer is seen in the U.S. today.

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'Top Chef': Season 11 heading to New Orleans | Entertainment Weekly (blog

Bravo Media’s Top Chef, in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are pleased to announce that the new season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning show will take place in New Orleans. The vibrant food scene of New Orleans will be a welcome addition in the 11th season of the series...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Louisiana levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders | Daily Comet

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran has proposed amendments to a federal water resources bill to protect coastal areas from flooding or storm surge threats that might result from a new flood control proposal for Louisiana.

Cochran's proposals would generally require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to certify that that new flood control projects designed to protect the New Orleans region wouldn't be harmful to coastal Mississippi.

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A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made | A Blog Supreme NPR Jazz

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day. Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.

Every performer is welcome. This year, singer Patti Smith held a crowd spellbound in the mud just as easily as Billy Joel lifted his audience off dry ground. Jazz stylist Diane Reeves sang a Fleetwood Mac song on the first weekend just as compellingly as Fleetwood Mac sang its own songs the following weekend. And artists across nearly all of the stages played Allen Toussaint songs — including Toussaint himself.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mayor kayoes Head's food truck ordinance | Gambit Magazine

Following last month's New Orleans City Council passage of an ordinance — nearly a year in the marking — that redrafted the city's decades-old mobile vending (aka food truck) laws, Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoed the measure May 1. Landrieu said he feared the ordinance violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

  Landrieu wrote that even the ordinance's supporters have expressed its unconstitutionality, including its author, Councilwoman-At-Large Stacy Head, who voted in its favor yet also spoke against several last-minute amendments. As written, the ordinance would open 75 additional food truck permits, increase the amount of time food trucks can operate (from a previous 45-minute rule), require trucks to operate within 300 feet of a restroom and make trucks park at least 200 feet from brick-and-mortar restaurants...

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Whole Foods calls North Broad Street location 'perfect' |

Mark Dixon, president of the southwest region for Whole Foods Market, said North Broad Street is the perfect location for a new store and hopes to continue expansion in the New Orleans market in the coming years. The national grocery chain announced in February that it will open a new store by December in the former home of Robert's Fresh Market at the intersection of Broad and Bienville streets.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Comes Full Circle With Its Mission | Forbes

The building in New Orleans’ Treme area will be
transformed into a state-of-the-art music education center.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, its foundation by the same name announced plans that will bring its mission full circle, 43 years after inception. At the announcement Friday morning, foundation leaders and board members revealed that their new education and community center in the New Orleans Treme area, merely blocks away from the festival’s original site, will be named in honor of founder George Wein and his late wife and business partner, Joyce.

The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center will become the permanent home of its Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free educational program that was founded in 1990 to educate children in the community about the fundamentals of jazz performance and theory. For the past 13 years, however, the program has been operating from Dillard University classrooms on Saturday mornings.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Rain brings Jazz Fest business boom to some Mid-City stores | WWL

Thursday's unyielding rainstorms had Jazz Festers trying to stay dry. Many searched for the right gear and gave local stores a boost in business. While some Jazz Festers threw on ponchos, garbage bags, umbrellas and hats to fight the rain, others chose to brave the elements without much help...


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Waterproofing Jazz Fest: Don't let the rain spoil your fun |

Photo Credit: Kathy Anderson / Times-Picayune

This story was originally printed in The Times-Picayune in April 2009. We've posted it here, so this year's Jazz Fest goers are prepared for possible rain.
No lightning, no problem. In fact, there's the bonus of smaller crowds. It might not make the festival happy, and we know it's a hardship for the vendors. On the other hand, nobody who easily gets a front-and-center spot at a main stage after a deluge is complaining about the up-close-and-personal view. Better than watching from 200 yards away on the jumbo video screen.

So here's what most fest goers learned for past rain experiences at Jazz Fest...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Orleans weather forecast: Jazz Fest | AccuWeather

On Thursday through Saturday, the heaviest showers and thunderstorms are likely to target southern Louisiana, southern Alabama and southern Mississippi...

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Arriving to Mid-City by boat to do the Boogaloo | Tri Parish Times

What began as a one-day event to help restore a broken city and promote local artists has blossomed into a free weekend celebration of New Orleans culture and the strides the city has made since the summer of 2005. The event, hosted by the Mothership Foundation, began as a small project after Hurricane Katrina with big hopes of contributing to the restoration of the damaged city.

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Fleetwood Mac to perform earlier as Jazz Fest tweaks start times | WWL

Jazz Fest officials have slightly altered the start times two days the second weekend.
Some of the changes: Fleetwood Mac will start at 4:40 p.m., moving up the start time 30 minutes and lengthing the band's set. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will start 10 minutes earlier, at 5:35 p.m., and Aaron Neville will start 15 minutes earlier, at 5:45 p.m., on Sunday...

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Past Lives: Historic New Orleans Brewery Hopping Again as Apartments | Curbed NOLA

Photo: Falstaff Apartments and Dorgenois Lofts
New Orleanians probably don't know what a Falstaff beer tastes like, but they know where it was once made. For 60 years, an iconic, 11-story Falstaff sign has topped the brewer's one-time home in the Mid-City area. Now, three decades after Falstaff shuttered its New Orleans operation, the former brewery has helped turn around its depleted surroundings in its new role as residences...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Popeyes Founder's Kin Seek Elegant Memorial Statue Involving Speedboat | Gawker

At long last, a little chicken-fried class may be coming to roost in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Some descendants of Popeyes Chicken founder Al Copeland are hoping to commission a tasteful memorial statue of their patriarch in a local park in Metairie, Louisiana. That's "tasteful" not as in "The national World War II memorial is understated and tasteful," but as in "Mmm, this Popeyes Bonafide® fried chicken sure is taste-ful and also featured in this garish memorial statue."

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New Orleans in The Top 12 American Boomtowns | Bloomberg

Photograph by Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

The Bloomberg news service has listed New Orleans among its "Top 12 American Boomtowns," citing the city's population recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

"The area is growing as it rebuilds from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," the article says. "Tourism is booming, and the New Orleans area gained more residents than any other in the U.S. from 2007 to 2011. The population rose to 1.2 million in 2012."

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Retail is 'Hot as a Pistol' in New Orleans | My New Orleans


Among the “big deal” announcements are plans by Swedish fashion retailer H&M to open its first Louisiana store soon in the former Hard Rock Cafe space in the French Quarter. The H&M news came shortly before big national shoe retailer DSW Inc. announced the opening of a new store in the Elmwood Shopping Center.

On top of those openings, local shoppers soon will have access to one of the country’s biggest retailers when Costco Wholesale Corp., whose annual sales top $60 billion worldwide, opens at the site of the former Carrollton Shopping Center this fall.

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Food Is Half The Pleasure At The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | The New Orleans Menu

The food at the Jazz Festival is exactly as good as the music. In exactly the same way.

A long-held belief among people who have festivalled every year for decades is that the most memorable music is from the most obscure acts on the smallest, most remote stages. Even with the coming of extremely big names at the JazzFest, this remains valid.

Jazz Festival FoodIt's also true of the food. Almost none of the food vendors are chefs or restaurateurs. Most of the food is prepared by cooks whose main business is appearing at other festivals. Some of them have no food involvement outside the Jazz Festival...

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Park at the Haus for Jazz Fest | Faubourg St. John

Park at 1700 Moss just off Esplanade.
Short walk to Jazz Fest.
Parking hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
30 dollars per car.
Sorry, no in and out.

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New Orleans ponders streetcar expansion | RailwayAge Magazine (blog)

The general manager of New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority Tuesday set forth a proposal for expanding the Crescent City's venerable streetcar system, though funding for such work was not identified. Proposed expansion includes a new line along Elysian Fields Avenue from the riverfront to Claiborne Avenue, where it would turn left and link with Canal Street. That line could continue past to Poydras Street past the Superdome and end at the new Loyola Avenue line.

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Parking and transportation tips for Jazz Fest | WWL

The gates to the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival open at the Fair Grounds at 11 a.m. Friday. The first acts, including John Mayer, The Charmaine Neville Band and Jeremy Davenport,  will hit the stage 10 minutes after that. City officials reminded businesses that if they want, they can turn their property into a parking lot, but they must have a permit...


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Mid-City bomb-laden truck allegedly part of man's insurance fraud scheme |

Photo by Kathleen Flynn, / The Times-Picayune
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a New Orleans man accused of trying to bomb his own pickup truck before filing a fraudulent insurance claim in February. The bomb scare caused police to shut down traffic around the busy intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway and evacuate the area for four hours...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Billy Joel, John Mayer, Phoenix, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite headline AXS TV’s 3-Day Jazz Fest Broadcast

An impressive lineup will be on the display as AXS TV has announced the broadcast lineup for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The 3-day television event begins Friday, May 3rd and will feature over 25 artists and over 25 hours of live music.


Jazz Fest artists scheduled to appear throughout AXS TV’s national broadcast include headliners, discovery artists and local musicians: Billy Joel, John Mayer, Phoenix, Widespread Panic, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Gary Clark, Jr., Willie Nelson & Family, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gipsy Kings, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Better Than Ezra, Laura Bell Bundy, Galactic, Marcia Ball, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, Bonerama, Marc Broussard, and Cowboy Mouth among others.

AXS TV’s coverage of Jazz Fest will begin at 3pm ET/Noon PT each day and conclude at Midnight ET/9pm PT offering music fans over 25 hours of live music over the 3-day broadcast. In addition to live concert coverage, AXS TV will also offer viewers behind the scenes access at the festival and artist interviews with host Allison Hagendorf, co-host Bob Santelli (GRAMMY Museum, Executive Director), and correspondent Savannah Jane Buffett. Schedules and artists are subject to change and the network will release a complete program guide by day and artist in the coming days with updates throughout the festival.

Don’t miss out on this LIVE and totally social television experience. Follow AXS TV on Facebook & Twitter using #axsJazzFest. Additionally, keep up with updates and bonus content at

For more information on Jazz Fest and the Official Jazz Fest app, visit:

Jazz Fest Bible 2013 | Offbeat Magazine

The annual "Jazz Fest Bible" features:

  • Pocket guide to the Fest 
  • Jazz Fest A-Z: Every artist performing at Jazz Fest
  • Stages
  • Local chefs scoop on Jazz Fest favorite eats
  • Offbeat's Picks
  • Club listings 

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The Greatest Place on Earth -- New Orleans | Huffington Post

Can you name the three things in the world that always make you happy? I can. In no particular order they are 1. The Goonies, 2. A burger at the Corner Bistro and 3. Joan Jett singing "Love is All Around" (the Mary Tyler Moore theme song) live. I have decided to add a fourth -- the Crescent City, the Big Easy, New Orleans, LA, or for short, NOLA...

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Meet the Threadheads | Gambit

After attending her first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006 and finding similar-minded fans on the Jazz Fest message board, Heather McCamey knew what to call herself. "That's where Threadheads live, and I became a Threadhead," says McCamey, who serves as president of the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the New Orleans label Threadhead Records, which launched in 2009...

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Anthony Bourdain on New Orleans food | Gambit Magazine

"In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. ... With the best restaurants in New York, you'll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it's a must-see city because there's no explaining it, no describing it. You can't compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans."
   —Anthony Bourdain, host of the CNN travel show Parts Unknown

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New Orleans' World Trade Center: Demolish or renovate? Developers offer differing ideas |

Developers and local tourism leaders have proposed varying
ideas for what should be done with the defunct World Trade Center
 building on the New Orleans riverfront. (Architects' renderings)
Two largely out-of-town development teams would like to renovate the vacant World Trade Center office tower at the foot of Canal Street for use as a hotel and other purposes. On the other hand, a broad-based coalition of New Orleans tourism leaders wants to demolish the 33-story building built in the 1960s and replace it with a new "iconic" structure as part of a sweeping redevelopment of much of the city's east bank riverfront -- but what that new structure might be remains a question...

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Harbor Police join search for missing teacher | WWL

Local authorities will again return to Bayou St. John to search for a missing Jefferson Parish teacher Terrilynn Monette. Harbor Police will be joining the search, bringing a 50-foot boat to help in scouring Lake Pontchartrain... Read more via WWL

LB Scott Fujita Signs One-Day Contract with New Orleans Saints, Announces Retirement |

The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that linebacker Scott Fujita has signed a one-day contract with the team and will announce his retirement from professional football. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

WWOZ Hosts' 2013 Jazz Fest Recommendations |

If you were an 'OZ DJ, where would you Fest?...

Several of WWOZ's show hosts have agreed to share their "Not-to-be-missed-lists" for Jazz Fest 2013. Take advantage of their vast stores of musical knowledge and make it your best Jazz Fest yet...

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Top 10 better-for-you Jazz Fest dishes |

Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine's shrimp bun (skewered shrimp)
If you go to Jazz Fest for just a day or so, what you choose to eat and drink probably isn't a big deal, nutritionally speaking. But for those who attend multiple – or all – days, food choices can really add up. Fortunately it's absolutely possible to experience all that Jazz Fest has to offer – food included – without sacrificing your health or your waistline...

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Dishcrawl is coming to Oak Street | Oak Street New Orleans

Dishcrawl is coming to Oak Street Tuesday, April 23rd. Four restaurants, which are kept secret until 48 hours before our event, are hidden gems that deserve to be showcased. Too often the uptown neighborhoods are overlooked in favor of the more popular French Quarter and other more notable tourist destinations. Our inaugural NOLA Dishcrawl, the Carrollton Crawl, brought 40 new diners to the Riverbend area of Carrollton and we hope the momentum continues with the Oak Street Crawl...

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Experience Maple Street in New Orleans | Maple Street Business Association

Maple Street offers authentic dining cuisine, boutique shopping, salons and spas, pubs, and many other professional services. Visitors will enjoy all of the conveniences and luxuries of a commercial corridor nestled in the six blocks of Maple Street between Carrollton and Broadway...

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Prytania Street - Garden District Beauty and Beyond

Those looking to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Garden District need look no farther than Prytania Street. Prytania begins at the distinctive I -10 overpass at Calliope Street in the Lower Garden District and runs upriver into Uptown, ending just past Audubon Park at the banks of the Mississippi River. Situated between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue, Prytania blends the charm of both popular thoroughfares into its own unique style...

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