Author: Fritz Esker

Home Renewal: Roof Rules

In a city like New Orleans, the weather can be brutal. It often rains — and as anyone who has spent a summer here knows — it often rains hard. A house’s first line of defense in protecting its residents…

Performing Arts: December

Through December 15 Scrooge in Rouge This cross-dressing musical take on A Christmas Carol was created by and stars Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Yvette Hargis and Jefferson Turner. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com…

Marquee: December

Mandatory Merriment Southern Rep hosts this irreverent holiday comedy musical from Dec. 4-29. Due to unforeseen circumstances, six strangers end up stranded at a French Quarter tavern and are forced to find new ways to celebrate Christmas. Information, SouthernRep.com. Mystery…

Performing Arts/OnStage Calendar

Through November 10 Higgins: The Man, the Boat, the War The life of legendary New Orleanian Andrew Higgins is told through live-action newsreel recreation, musical revue and dramatic history.  BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, NationalWW2Museum.org Through November…

November

The Bloody Mary Festival The Howlin’ Wolf will host The Bloody Mary Festival on November 2 and 3. Aficionados of the classic alcoholic beverage will be able to sample a wide variety of Bloody Marys, as well as local food…

Under Pressure

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can result in potentially fatal problems like heart attacks and strokes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov), Louisiana ranked fifth in the country for deaths by heart disease and third for…

Healthy Louisiana: Preventative Cures

In an era where so much information is at our fingertips, it can sometimes be hard to know how to direct our mental energy. What should Louisianians be most concerned about according to statistics? The numbers point to heart disease,…

Performing Arts/OnStage Calendar

  Through 6 August: Osage County A highly dysfunctional family airs their grievances with each other as they gather for their patriarch’s funeral.  Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857, SouthernRep.com Through 13 The Rocky Horror Show This stage adaptation…

October

  Crescent City Chamber Music Festival The Crescent City Chamber Music Festival’s fourth season will take place from October 3-13. There will be exciting, interactive musical performances at 30 venues across the city, as well as six free performances in…

Best of the Fall Fests

  With the weather turning cooler (please?, pretty please?) it’s time to get outside, throw on some jeans and enjoy food, fun and festivities at the ever-growing list of festivals in and around the city. From September through December, there…

Home Renewal | Green Living

As more and more attention is paid to climate change, homeowners around the country are looking for ways to be more eco-friendly in their homes. The good news is that there are lots of simple things homeowners can do to…

Healthy Louisiana: There's an app for that

One of the good things about smartphone technology is it can put a wealth of information at your fingertips. Here are some of the best apps available for health and nutrition info. Most of them are free, too, so there’s…

Performing Arts/OnStage Calendar

1 Charlie Wilson Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson performs some of his biggest hits like “Chills” and “There Goes My Baby.”  Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com 5 Rhett & Link: Live in Concert Rhett & Link,…

September

2019 Curtain Call Ball Le Petit Theatre kicks off its 103rd season on Sept. 13 with the 2019 Curtain Call Ball. Broadway actress and singer Betsy Wolfe will perform, accompanied by a cast of local favorites. There will also be…

August

Backstreet Boys One of the world’s most popular boy bands comes to the Smoothie King Center on August 30 as a part of their DNA World Tour. It will be the biggest arena tour the group has done in 18…

August

1 Bring It! Live: The Dance Battle Tour Legendary coach Dianna Williams and her team of Dancing Dolls perform never-before-seen routines, including fan versus Dancing Doll stand battles.  The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com 2-4 JPAS Theater Kids…

Medical Innovations

Acadiana is filled with history, culture and places that exude small-town charm, but the region is also full of talented physicians employing cutting-edge technology in state-of-the-art hospital facilities. Whether you’re suffering from orthopedic problems, heart disease, cancer or any other…

July

  3 French Quarter Comedy Show Kick off the 4th of July weekend with comics DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson and DC Young Fly.  The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com 5-7 ESSENCE Festival Missy Elliott, Big Freedia, Morris Day…

July

Family Block Party at the World War II Museum If you’d like to take your kids to something fun and educational during summer vacation, try the first annual Family Block Party at the National World War II Museum on July…

Healthy Louisiana: Heat Wave

If you like exercising outdoors, what can you do to work out safely during the brutally hot and humid Louisiana summers? Here are three tips for safe outdoor workouts when the temperatures are on the rise. See Your Doctor Dr.…

Dance the Night Away

  When planning a wonderful wedding day, one of the most important considerations is music. A great reception is accompanied by great music. So it’s best to think ahead about what music option is best for you and your guests.…

June

  Through June 2 Come From Away The critically acclaimed musical tells the story of the small town in Newfoundland who welcomed 7,000 people stranded in the wake of 9/11.  The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com Through June…

Music: Dance the Night Away

When planning a wonderful wedding day, one of the most important considerations is music. A great reception is accompanied by great music. So it’s best to think ahead about what music option is best for you and your guests. As…

Photography: Moments Captured

Wedding days go by in a blur. That’s why it’s important to have great pictures you can use to look back on the occasion as years go by. But just like anything else with a wedding, you need to find…

June

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane – “Much Ado About Nothing” From June 14 - 30, visit Tulane University’s Lupin Theatre to see Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at…

Home Renewal | Curb Appeal

  The old cliché says, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is true for people and houses. The first impression a visitor will get of a home is the exterior. There are many things…

May

2 Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Swing in the Park The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs favorites from the past and present in an outdoor concert that promises to be fun for the whole family.  Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., 523-6530, LPOMusic.com…

May

Bryan Adams If you’re a fan of 80s and 90s pop music, you will want to stop by Champions Square on May 9 to see Bryan Adams in concert. Adams became internationally famous for his #1 hit songs “Heaven” and…

Catch of the Day

Bonus: Louisiana seafood a local and sustainable food! But if you’re watching your weight and trying to stay heart healthy, is it something to embrace or avoid? The Good News! Local seafood is good for you! Molly Kimball, a registered…

My Toughest Case: Elena Pecoraro

After becoming an American citizen as a teenager, Pecoraro studied chemical engineering at LSU. But after graduating, she put aside her initial plans of going to med school to try law school instead. She enjoyed articulating her thoughts and opinions…