National Award Winner “Streetcar” by Errol Laborde, 1st Place Winner, Columns Category City & Regional Magazine Association 2013 This was the year I had to come to terms with what to do with too many grapefruit. The simple answer, I once thought, was to give them away. That, as I had already learned from the […]
It was my first improv class at The New Movement theater, and I was terrified. My nerves began to dissipate when our instructor – Tami Nelson who, along with Chris Trew, runs the theater – led us through our first warm-up. “This is your space to get real dumb,” she said. For that day’s warm-up – the […]
Coup De Chef at Creole Grille Jeff’s Creole Grille, 5241 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992 Jeff Smith, chef for three years at The Creole Grille & Bar on Veterans Boulevard, has just bought the restaurant with his family. As well as a name change to “Jeff’s Creole Grille,” he has also introduced a range of promotions. […]
There are plenty of things I’m not any good at. Volleyball. Singing. Financial planning. One thing I am excellent at, though, is finding silly things to worry about. And so it was that I woke up at about 3 a.m. the other night to feed the baby and suddenly I got all worried that I […]
During the time that we have been the time that we have been working on this, our annual Best Doctors Issue, a news story happened that’s a harbinger of health care and doctoring in the future. The Jefferson Parish council unanimously approved action that will allow the council (bypassing the need for a public vote) […]
In August, everybody should wear just muumuus – and that’s it. Well, maybe underpants, in case a stiff wind whips up or we step on a sidewalk grate like Marilyn Monroe. But nothing else; it’s too hot. My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, says if I’m complaining now, I should’ve grown up before air conditioning. She says that […]
Way back when, during the late 1950s and early ’60s, there were those all too infrequent nighttime forays through the French Quarter when you were curled up in the back seat of the family car, heading for chocolate milk and beignets at the French Market. What your dad and mom and your geeky sister sitting […]
JAZZ Harry Connick Jr., one of New Orleans’ most famous natives, released album No. 30 earlier this summer with Every Man Should Know. Some of the 12 original tracks stick with the smooth jazz style the three-time Grammy Award winner is famous for, while others are a variation on Connick’s signature sound. Local fans will […]
Whether they’re served on trays of ice or chargrilled, the shells from the oysters you have for dinner at select New Orleans restaurants may soon end up serving a new role along the Louisiana coast. This fall, the nonprofit Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is set to begin its Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration […]
The film industry is big business in New Orleans these days, bringing top directors, famous actors and big-budget productions to the city. But quietly, and well behind the scenes, more local students are developing their own skills in filmmaking and storytelling through some innovative new programs reaching into New Orleans public schools. “Film is a […]
Sunstar Americas and RDH magazine have awarded LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry assistant professor Jennifer Hew a Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction. Hew, a registered dental hygienist, is one of eight recipients nationally. At the LSUHSC School of Dentistry, Hew launched a program that integrates care for special needs adults and children […]
When Saints fans pour into downtown New Orleans this season, they may notice something new along erstwhile empty blocks near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome: progress. Namely, it’s the opening salvo of the ambitious South Market District retail and residential project. The New Orleans-based developer Domain Companies began construction over the summer for the first phase of […]
If the local World Trade Center had as many tenants as there have been failed plans to redevelop it, there would be no current controversy about what to do with the building. Its capacity would be full. Unfortunately, the building, which is located at what is often referred to as being the most valuable plot of land in the state, stands closed. The once-glorious visions […]
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Not too long after White Linen Night, revelers paint the town red for the annual Red Dress Run, which draws red dress-clad droves for day drinking and little actual running through the French Quarter. Cowboy Mouth and Dash Rip Rock perform at this year’s installment of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers’ (NOH3) event on Aug. 10. NOH3 members have the option of participating in a Lingerie Run the night before and Hangover Run the day after (the website has details on becoming a member). Registration includes free beer, food and giveaways. Information, NolaRedDress.com
Films En Francais
For those feeling the ennui of a summer movie season rife with action movies and other brainless blockbusters, the New Orleans Film Society offers something a bit more refined in its annual French Film Festival, held Aug. 2-8. This year’s fest includes a mini retrospective of the early films of Jacques Demy, an obscure filmmaker whose The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (which will be shown in the retrospective) launched Catherine Deneuve. The festival screens two films from the The Weinstein Company that won’t be released until the fall – Haute Cuisine and Populaire – as well as Renoir, a biopic of the French impressionist painter. Information, NewOrleansFilmSociety.org
Sweden has a long history of producing irresistible pop music, from ABBA in the 1970s to Robyn more recently. The latest Swedes to resonate with American pop fans is Icona Pop, a pair of best friends who make music seemingly tailored for girls’ nights. Their pulsing break-up anthem “I Love It,” which was featured on the HBO series “Girls,” contains such defiant missives as “I threw your s--- into a bag and pushed it down the stairs / I crashed my car into a bridge / I don’t care / I love it.” K. Flay and Sirah open at the House of Blues on Aug. 20. Information, HouseOfBlues.com
Dog Days of Summer
City Bark’s Jackie Shreves, left, and Sue Guarisco
New Orleans’ first full-fledged dog park, NOLA City Bark, a veritable canine heaven located behind City Park’s Popp Foundation, hosts its 101 Donations fundraiser at the new Arbor Room across from the dog park on Aug. 24. The Mexican fiesta-themed event features live music, food, margaritas and more. Jackie Shreves, NOLA City Bark’s board vice president who’s chairing the event with Sue Guarisco, discusses the park.
How did you envision NOLA City Bark before opening it? Our goal was always to become the gold standard of dog parks … not just a fence in a grassy area. We wanted it to reflect New Orleans so that when people visited they would remember the dog park in New Orleans, and they do. As someone remarked to me, this is doggy nirvana. Our mission has always been to be a part of the larger dog community.
What will the fundraiser’s proceeds benefit? City Park receives no operating funds from the city or the state, so entities in the park need to be self-supporting. Our annual permit fee supports the day-to-day operations, but there isn’t enough left over to make improvements or large repairs.
There is a tremendous amount of wear and tear at the dog park because of the high usage. One of the biggest reasons that dog parks fail is lack of maintenance. We are determined that won’t happen at our park.
How did you get involved in NOLA City Bark? I’m on the board of the LA/SPCA as well as a City Park commissioner. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the LA/SPCA was going to build an adoption center and a dog park in City Park. With the shelter and the park flooded, those plans were no longer possible. As the city began to rebuild, returning residents who had visited dog parks in other cities talked about why New Orleans did not have a dog park. I had also visited dog parks in New York where my daughter lives, so when an email circulated about the possibility of building one I answered it … that was in August 2007, and I’m still here. What’s great about the dog park is it allows me to work on behalf of my passions, animals and parks.