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Review: The NOLA Project stages The Spider Queen
The group presents an imaginative story in City Park The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park is enchanting even without the appearance of super-sized puppets, medieval costumes, trolls, elves, druids and a minotaur. So, as The NOLA Project introduces a cast of fantastic creatures and lighting effects in its original production, The Spider Queen, audience members' imaginations ignite.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Festivals in New Orleans this week (May 23-29, 2017)
NOWFE and Greek Fest New Orleans Wine & Food ExperienceThu.-Sun. May 25-28 | Vintners open more than 1,000 wines and there's food from local restaurants at events including multi-course wine dinners, a Grand Tasting at Mardi Gras World on Saturday, the Royal Street Stroll block party Friday night and The Big Gateaux pastry competition and burlesque show.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (May 23-29, 2017)
Crawfish and beer, Galatoire's wine dinner, Serigne Mbaye May 23Louisiana crawfish and beer dinner6:30 p.m. TuesdayCafe b, 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700www.cafeb.comThe dinner features four crawfish dishes served with beer from Mudbug Brewery.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Review: The Artist’s Muse and Monstrous Diabolics
Weird America in works by Jim Sohr, Sean Starwars and others One of the more enduring art world myths is that right-wing presidents provoke a backlash of creative bohemianism. Dubious at best, it is doubly dicey if the president is stranger than Salvador Dali and more nihilistic than the Dadaists.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (May 23-29, 2017)
Ty Segall, Jacqui Naylor, Trey Songz Ty SegallFri.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Bayou Country Superfest debuts at the Superdome May 26-28
Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brooks & Dunn headline the country music festival Miranda Lambert (pictured), Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Hank Williams Jr. headline Bayou Country Superfest, which in its eighth year moves to New Orleans from Baton Rouge.   The festival kicks off with a free concert featuring young singer- songwriters Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay and Dylan Scott in Champions Square at 7 p.m.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

On new record, The Mountain Goats channel their inner Goths
The band performs at Republic May 26 The Mountain Goats' May release, Goths, name-checks Siouxsie and the Banshees, Andrew Eldritch (The Sisters of Mercy) and Robert Smith, among others. But for an album that reflects on the icons and artifacts of morose-to-grandiose goth culture, some of its songs can seem positively cheery.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Waiting for Erykah Badu
The singer returns to New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena May 28 Whatever Is the opposite of selling out (buying in?), no artist in the new millennium personifies it more than Erykah Badu. Earning an immediate, unlimited cachet cache after her 1997 debut Baduizm went triple-platinum and blessed/cursed her with Billie Holiday comparisons, Badu reinvested her artistic net worth in getting loud and proudly weird — exploring per- sonal, political and stylistic protests on increasingly conceptual albums instead of cranking out "Tyrone" callbacks or plucking low-hanging fruit from "Appletree."…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Review: A Quiet Passion
A fictional account of Emily Dickinson’s life screens at The Broad Theater There's something uniquely sorrowful about any great artist who doesn't find recognition during her lifetime. Then there's Emily Dickinson, who ranks among the greatest American poets but lived to see only 10 of her approximately 1,800 poems find their way to print — and those were published anonymously, mostly in small regional newspapers.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

The Godfather returns to three local screens

What can you say about Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 masterwork The Godfather? It's one of very few films ever made that seems to reach some ideal of perfection.…

27 May 2017 | 1:24 pm

FitLot, a community fitness center on the Lafitte Greenway

Adam Mejerson was struck with an idea while walking on the boardwalk in Tel Aviv.

The boardwalk was full of the usual suspects: wandering tourists and joggers, but what was unusual about these joggers is that every few hundred feet or so, they would stop at a fitness station to do a quick workout before continuing to run.

Mejerson, who grew up in a household where his exercise physiologist father trained clients in their home, and who’s no stranger to fitness himself, having worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, had a thought.

“Other cities in other countries have spaces like (this) throughout the city so that everybody who wants it has access (to training equipment),” he says.…

27 May 2017 | 8:00 am

New Orleans sexual assault survivors speak out against DA; Cannizzaro's office responds

Steps away from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office May 26, rape survivors and advocates called out what they said was chronic negligence and apathy towards sexual assault cases within the New Orleans criminal justice system. A new group, Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC), urges police and prosecutors to end discrimination against survivors of sexual assault, and encourages other survivors to share their stories. Several survivors shared their stories and invited others to do the same.

26 May 2017 | 9:15 pm

Ashé presents free screening of City of Joy documentary

Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents a free public screening of new documentary City of Joy on May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ashé Power House (1731 Baronne Street). The film is described as a portrait of "the visionaries who imagined a revolutionary place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse learn to lead amidst a war driven by greed, economics and colonialism."…

26 May 2017 | 4:35 pm

Review: Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Maybe it’s a reaction to the shrill, contentious tone of our public discourse today, or there could be something in the air. Whatever the reason, Asian-Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming’s animated Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is the third major independent film about poetry to hit local screens this year.…

26 May 2017 | 3:15 pm

Mitch Landrieu to address Confederate monument removal on Sunday's Meet the Press
Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments — a move that's garnered plenty of controversy locally and a flurry of approving press coverage around the country,

In this clip from the interview, tweeted out by @MeetThePress, Landrieu says, "This didn't have anything to do with politics."

Meet the Press — with the full interview — will air on NBC at 9 a.m. May 28.

Also on the Sunday shows: Sen. Bill Cassidy will appear on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace at 9 a.m. to talk about health care and the budget.

26 May 2017 | 2:18 pm

Royal Brewery celebrates grand opening in New Orleans East

Royal Brewery celebrates its grand opening over a long Memorial Day weekend with music, food and, of course, beer. Right now, brewers Raymond Pumilia and Michael Ogden are working on Royal’s Culicidae Ale, an American pale ale fermented with British ale yeast.…

26 May 2017 | 12:17 pm

New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

The New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

The festival, which debuted in 2010, aims to educate festival patrons about the benefits of Louisiana Gulf oysters and raise funds for coastal restoration efforts.…

26 May 2017 | 9:27 am

Restaurant news for Mizado and Salon by Sucre

Mizado Latin Kitchen (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-885-5555), the Mid-City Mexican restaurant and margarita hub that announced its impending shutter just a few weeks ago, will stay open after all.

The restaurant’s owners made the announcement Thursday in a news release, saying the restaurant had experienced “an overwhelmingly high demand” after news broke of the June 4 closing.…

26 May 2017 | 9:06 am

After 13 years, DJ Soul Sister closes out her weekly Saturday night dance party
After more than a decade of dance parties set to rare groove and addictive funk and soul pulled from a seemingly infinite stash of vinyl records, DJ Soul Sister's popular Saturday night dance party will no longer be held on a weekly basis.

"I might change my mind in a couple years, but right now, every Saturday is out," she says. "I'm not afraid of change and this is what it is."

Hustle — Melissa Weber's nearly 13-year-old Saturday night dance party — will hold its last weekly edition May 27 with guest DJ Mannie Fresh.…

25 May 2017 | 3:30 pm

Remembering Bill Broadhurst: The lion who never roared

The old political lions are leaving us, one by one. Each one’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled — and reminds us that we won’t see their kind again.…

25 May 2017 | 2:15 pm

Minimum wage bill killed in state Senate Finance Committee

The state Senate Finance Committee, buttressed by warnings that any mandated increase in the state minimum wage could cost jobs, today killed a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage from the federal minimum of $7.25 to $8 in 2018, and to $8.50 in 2019. The vote was 7-3.…

24 May 2017 | 3:36 pm

Editorial: Anybody here seen our old friend John (Kennedy)?

Shortly after taking office in January, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told The New York Times, “There’s this feeling among many in America that it’s harder than ever to get ahead in our country, that it’s easier than ever to do nothing. There’s a feeling that the people in Washington don’t listen and they don’t care.…

24 May 2017 | 1:20 pm

State Senate rejects expanding domestic abuse protections to same-sex couples

The state’s domestic abuse laws will continue to exclude same-sex couples after a bill to extend the law’s protections failed in a 17-14 Senate vote. But the measure may not be dead.…

24 May 2017 | 12:41 pm

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience highlights, Grand Tasting moves to riverfront


The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is this weekend (May 25-28), and it features more than 1,000 wines from more than 100 wineries and food from more than 75 New Orleans’ chefs.

Kicking off the festival’s 25th year on Thursday (May 25) are a host of wine dinners at restaurants throughout the city.…

24 May 2017 | 12:40 pm

The Godfather returns to three local screens

What can you say about Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 masterwork The Godfather? It's one of very few films ever made that seems to reach some ideal of perfection.…

27 May 2017 | 1:24 pm

FitLot, a community fitness center on the Lafitte Greenway

Adam Mejerson was struck with an idea while walking on the boardwalk in Tel Aviv.

The boardwalk was full of the usual suspects: wandering tourists and joggers, but what was unusual about these joggers is that every few hundred feet or so, they would stop at a fitness station to do a quick workout before continuing to run.

Mejerson, who grew up in a household where his exercise physiologist father trained clients in their home, and who’s no stranger to fitness himself, having worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, had a thought.

“Other cities in other countries have spaces like (this) throughout the city so that everybody who wants it has access (to training equipment),” he says.…

27 May 2017 | 8:00 am

New Orleans sexual assault survivors speak out against DA; Cannizzaro's office responds

Steps away from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office May 26, rape survivors and advocates called out what they said was chronic negligence and apathy towards sexual assault cases within the New Orleans criminal justice system. A new group, Judicial Reforms For Sex Crimes (JSRC), urges police and prosecutors to end discrimination against survivors of sexual assault, and encourages other survivors to share their stories. Several survivors shared their stories and invited others to do the same.

26 May 2017 | 9:15 pm

Ashé presents free screening of City of Joy documentary

Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents a free public screening of new documentary City of Joy on May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ashé Power House (1731 Baronne Street). The film is described as a portrait of "the visionaries who imagined a revolutionary place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse learn to lead amidst a war driven by greed, economics and colonialism."…

26 May 2017 | 4:35 pm

Review: Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Maybe it’s a reaction to the shrill, contentious tone of our public discourse today, or there could be something in the air. Whatever the reason, Asian-Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming’s animated Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is the third major independent film about poetry to hit local screens this year.…

26 May 2017 | 3:15 pm

Mitch Landrieu to address Confederate monument removal on Sunday's Meet the Press
Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments — a move that's garnered plenty of controversy locally and a flurry of approving press coverage around the country,

In this clip from the interview, tweeted out by @MeetThePress, Landrieu says, "This didn't have anything to do with politics."

Meet the Press — with the full interview — will air on NBC at 9 a.m. May 28.

Also on the Sunday shows: Sen. Bill Cassidy will appear on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace at 9 a.m. to talk about health care and the budget.

26 May 2017 | 2:18 pm

Royal Brewery celebrates grand opening in New Orleans East

Royal Brewery celebrates its grand opening over a long Memorial Day weekend with music, food and, of course, beer. Right now, brewers Raymond Pumilia and Michael Ogden are working on Royal’s Culicidae Ale, an American pale ale fermented with British ale yeast.…

26 May 2017 | 12:17 pm

New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

The New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

The festival, which debuted in 2010, aims to educate festival patrons about the benefits of Louisiana Gulf oysters and raise funds for coastal restoration efforts.…

26 May 2017 | 9:27 am

Restaurant news for Mizado and Salon by Sucre

Mizado Latin Kitchen (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-885-5555), the Mid-City Mexican restaurant and margarita hub that announced its impending shutter just a few weeks ago, will stay open after all.

The restaurant’s owners made the announcement Thursday in a news release, saying the restaurant had experienced “an overwhelmingly high demand” after news broke of the June 4 closing.…

26 May 2017 | 9:06 am

After 13 years, DJ Soul Sister closes out her weekly Saturday night dance party
After more than a decade of dance parties set to rare groove and addictive funk and soul pulled from a seemingly infinite stash of vinyl records, DJ Soul Sister's popular Saturday night dance party will no longer be held on a weekly basis.

"I might change my mind in a couple years, but right now, every Saturday is out," she says. "I'm not afraid of change and this is what it is."

Hustle — Melissa Weber's nearly 13-year-old Saturday night dance party — will hold its last weekly edition May 27 with guest DJ Mannie Fresh.…

25 May 2017 | 3:30 pm

Remembering Bill Broadhurst: The lion who never roared

The old political lions are leaving us, one by one. Each one’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled — and reminds us that we won’t see their kind again.…

25 May 2017 | 2:15 pm

Minimum wage bill killed in state Senate Finance Committee

The state Senate Finance Committee, buttressed by warnings that any mandated increase in the state minimum wage could cost jobs, today killed a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage from the federal minimum of $7.25 to $8 in 2018, and to $8.50 in 2019. The vote was 7-3.…

24 May 2017 | 3:36 pm

Editorial: Anybody here seen our old friend John (Kennedy)?

Shortly after taking office in January, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told The New York Times, “There’s this feeling among many in America that it’s harder than ever to get ahead in our country, that it’s easier than ever to do nothing. There’s a feeling that the people in Washington don’t listen and they don’t care.…

24 May 2017 | 1:20 pm

State Senate rejects expanding domestic abuse protections to same-sex couples

The state’s domestic abuse laws will continue to exclude same-sex couples after a bill to extend the law’s protections failed in a 17-14 Senate vote. But the measure may not be dead.…

24 May 2017 | 12:41 pm

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience highlights, Grand Tasting moves to riverfront


The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is this weekend (May 25-28), and it features more than 1,000 wines from more than 100 wineries and food from more than 75 New Orleans’ chefs.

Kicking off the festival’s 25th year on Thursday (May 25) are a host of wine dinners at restaurants throughout the city.…

24 May 2017 | 12:40 pm

Beer buzz: Tin Roof and Great Raft redo some flagship beers
Recipes, reimagined Trying to fix a recipe can force a brewer back to the drawing board.   Great Raft Brewing (www.great- raftbrewing.com) in Shreveport had to reconsider the recipe of its flagship beer, Southern Drawl, after last year's harvest yielded hops that contained half the alpha acid bittering agents the beer needed.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Dave & Busters opens in CBD
The sports bar and arcade chain opens a New Orleans location Dave & Buster's, a chain of hybrid sports bars and video and game arcades for adults, opened a location (1200 Poydras St., 504-226-3300; www.daveandbusters.com) in the CBD on May 22.   The business will occupy 40,000 square feet on the top floor of the six-story building on the corner of Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Wine of the week: 2013 Steele Cabernet Franc
Lake County, California Retail $17 Cabernet Franc is one of the major grape varietals and one of five red grapes in Bordeaux-style blends, along with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Adolfo Garcia closes Primitivo
The OC Haley restaurant closes after two years Chef-restaurateur Adolfo Garcia' s hearth-focused restaurant Primitivo served its final meals May 20. The restaurant opened two years ago on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, one of a string of new businesses on the developing Central City stretch, including Casa Borrega, Dryades Public Market and the outdoor food hall Roux Carre.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Audubon G.U.L.F. dinner series announced
Chefs advocate for Gulf seafood and sustainable fisheries The Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) announced its second annual Summer of Sustainability dinner series, which begins June 1 with a dinner highlighting oysters at the Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St.).   G.U.L.F. advocates the use of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and sustainable practices by fishermen, purveyors and restaurants.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

La Casita in the Warehouse District closes
The taco nook keeps its Oak Street spot La Casita, the Warehouse District Mexican restaurant, closed Saturday, May 20.   The restaurant was known for its happy hour margarita specials and creative tacos.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Five in 5: where to find 5 great dips in New Orleans
1000 Figs3141 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 301-0848www.1000figs.comRicotta and pumpkin seed dip is served with house-made pan bread. Lebanon's Cafe1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200www.lebanonscafe.comFoul features smashed fava beans, jalapeno peppers, garlic, olive oil and lemon.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

3-course interview: John T. Edge
The author discusses his latest book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South John T. Edge is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a James Beard Award winner. He recently released The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Review: Shank Charcuterie on St. Claude Avenue
Kristopher Doll's butcher shop and deli offers a short menu of creative fare Kristopher Doll knows his way around a piece of meat. The Lafayette native and local chef has plenty of experience with all things salumi, evidenced by his tenures at Cleaver & Co., Cochon Butcher and several of chef/restaurateur Adolfo Garcia's restaurants.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Athleta hosts Swim into Summer
Athleta (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.,Metairie, 504-833-6808; www.athleta.com) hosts Swim into Summer 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 25.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

CUE's Bride Book, summer 2017
Wedding stationary, modern dresses, flower power and more

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

How to do wedding beverages right on the big day
Event specialists and mixologists on the setup, cocktails and what to drink You've got the rings, the outfits, the venue and the love of your life. Now, let's party!…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Magnolia Makeup Complexion Perfection Garden Party
Magnolia Makeup (5331 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-564-7992; www.magnoliamakeup.com) debuts its collection of liquid foundations and highlighters at its Complexion Perfection Garden Party 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

Brooks Brothers Spring Savings Sale
Brooks Brothers (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-522-4200; www.brooksbrothers.com) holds a Spring Savings Sale, featuring 40 percent off men's sweaters and outerwear and select women's styles, and select men's summer suits are two for $899. The sale is for a limited time only; the men's summer suit deal is valid until May 25.

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

What's in store: Short Stop Poboys
The Metairie shop has been family owned for more than 50 years "Everything with cheese," says Jerry Hendrick, owner of Short Stop Poboys (119 Transcontinental Ave., Metairie, 504-885-4572; www.shortstoppoboysno.com). "Always.…

22 May 2017 | 2:47 pm

New Orleans wedding venues off the beaten path
Beautiful venues, from antique to new-kid-on-the-block chic Adaptability, intimacy and character are factors that mold the optimal wedding locale.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Stationary boutiques in New Orleans
The case for going local with wedding invitations With an abundance of Internet options offering wedding invitation suites, engaged couples can overlook local stationery shops — often because they mistakenly think they'll save money by ordering online.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Bridal jewelry that balances personal style and tradition
Adore your adornments The trick to accessorizing a bridal ensemble is balance.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Flower arrangement tips and trends for summer brides
Love in bloom Whether it's a single sunflower carried by a barefoot, backyard bride or a pave arrangement of roses chosen for a candlelight cathedral ceremony, flowers are an important (and for many, essential) part of weddings.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Personalized wedding guest gifts do's and don'ts
Ideas and trends for wedding favors According to A 2016 Real Weddings Study by the website the knot, the average number of guests invited to a wedding decreased by 10 percent from 2009 to 2016, while the average amount spent per guest increased from $194 to $245. The numbers don't lie: Personalized experiences and gifts for an intimate group of guests are the new norm.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Not your mother's wedding dress
Strapless, no lace, all-lace, plunging necklines and varying hemlines are making their way down the aisle ON THE COVER: Strings of beads drape the back of this sleeveless embroidered tulle gown by Allure Bridals, $2,360 at Pearl's Place.

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Bridal shoe trends for summer
From beaded heels to bejeweled slip-ons As wedding ceremonies, dresses and the traditional notion of "bride and groom" have evolved, so has bridal footwear. White satin dyeables aren't the go-to footwear they used to be.…

21 May 2017 | 3:00 am