2020 New Orleans Film Festival In a chaotic year where most New Orleans festivals have been scrapped, one festival hopes to safely continue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Orleans Film Festival still plans to move forward with its 2020 event, albeit a month later than its usual October launch. While some details were still […]
The Bayou Bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel is offering two new fall cocktails that will make you feel all cozy inside. The “Duck Fat Sazerac” features smoked duck fat Sazerac rye, bitters, Herbsaint and sugar. We all know that duck fat takes French fries to the next level, but it turns out the same can […]
When the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) opened its doors in January 2019, the hospitality industry was booming. The nonprofit culinary school, a passion project of local restaurant titans Ti Adelaide Martin and Dickie Brennan and developer George Brower, seemed ideally positioned to supply the city’s surging number of restaurants, bars and hotels […]
ADOPT ME! Sparkle, a 3-month-old black and white puppy, lives up to her name. Sparkle has lots of energy. She’s feisty, loves to play, and will light up your life. She does great with other dogs, and quickly learns commands like “sit.” To adopt visit la-spca.org These are trying times. Finding joy in life’s simple […]
Fall in New Orleans is a time when we really start to move away from all things summer. The air gets a little lighter. The oppressive humidity of those dog days finally wanes. We break out the gumbo pot and all the fixings; comfort food is on the menu. It’s also, usually, a season of […]
If you plant a finger on a map of the U.S., aiming for the heart of the South, you’ll likely hit Lookout Mountain. Rising up from the Cumberland Plateau in Georgia and Alabama and stretching into Tennessee where it overlooks the Tennessee River and the city of Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain remains the stuff of legends. […]
There are, of course and unfortunately, many serious and tragic consequences of the pandemic and resulting quarantine: not only death and illness and grief, but also mental health concerns, social isolation, and economic impacts for so many families. There are also the more frivolous consequences, the kind that people joke about on social media: the […]
Many know David Shaw as the front man for local rock band The Revivalists. For over a decade, Shaw and the band have been a staple at festivals and concerts around the country, but like many who have tried something new during the pandemic, this front man is turning solo artist for the first time. […]
Save this column, it could be a collectors’ item. These words will attempt something seldom seen in journalism, and that is to identify the exact location of a place that did not exist. That, in itself, made the evidence more difficult to collect. Nevertheless, the pursuit continued: In August, the town criers announced woefully that […]
My friend Awlette says every public restroom is a death trap. She tells me this on the I-10, with 18 hours to go until we get to New Jersey. I got to explain. Our Aunt Chlorine in New Jersey, who gave us a place to stay after Katrina, needs our help. It’s time to take […]
On one hand, you could refer to Plume as a new Indian restaurant in Algiers. On another, you could say it is an expression of personal experiences born of travel and discovery during a long sojourn across India, as its very evolution was organic. “When we first started our pop up we were not planning […]
Diving headfirst into fall with mini cool fronts and pre-holiday prep happening, it’s the best time to start implementing comfort food into the dinner rotation. What says ,“It’s fall y’all,” better than a creamy sauce over chicken with roasted potatoes? I love to work with chicken because so many people say the same thing: “I […]
Back when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin, me and my friends would routinely go to the open-mic night at the Student Union every Wednesday night for kicks and giggles. There was this one guy who showed up every week. He was terrible, but he was funny. He rolled out one sorry […]
Chef Eric Cook and Gris-Gris recently gained international attention, after being featured on “Gordon Ramsay’s: Uncharted” TV series with National Geographic (June 2020). Now, after battling the ups and downs of operating a restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic, Gris-Gris is offering a new, exclusive and private dining option that allows guests to book the entire […]
Singing the popular World War I ballads “Over There” and “Mademoiselle from Armentières,” thousands of American soldiers and sailors passed through New Orleans on their way to Europe to fight in the Great World War to “end all wars.” Here, New Orleans photographer John Hippolyte Coquille captured this image of U.S. Army troops in formation […]
Bartender Toure Folkes founded Turning Tables in July 2019. Turning Tables advocates for equity in the hospitality industry providing mentorship, educational tools and classes, as well as exposure for the brown and black community of New Orleans. A core component of his students’ training sessions is learning about the “mother cocktails.” These core cocktails, like […]
In a year when many people have more than their usual share of free time and/or time at home, an outdoor space offers a productive way to occupy leisure hours and enjoy nature. Fall’s cooler temps are conducive to DIY projects and professional overhauls ranging from planting to pools. “Timing is everything on a lot […]
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in a year when most health news has been focused on the pandemic, now is an important time to be reminded of the other diseases that affect our communities and loved ones. Whether in the office or via telehealth appointments, healthcare professionals across the city have resumed […]
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In a chaotic year where most New Orleans festivals have been scrapped, one festival hopes to safely continue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Orleans Film Festival still plans to move forward with its 2020 event, albeit a month later than its usual October launch. While some details were still undisclosed at press time, this year’s festival will take place from November 4-22. It will be held mostly online, but festival organizers hope to have some live, in-person components like outdoor screenings (pending approval from city government).
Now in its 31st year, the New Orleans Film Festival has consistently brought world-class films and filmmakers to the Crescent City. In recent years, the festival has showcased future Best Picture winners like “Green Book,” “Moonlight,” and “12 Years a Slave,” as well as future crowd-pleasing box office smashes like “Knives Out” and “Ford v. Ferrari.” It has also championed the narrative and documentary works of Louisiana filmmakers, and will continue to do so in 2020 and beyond. For up-to-date information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit the website at NewOrleansFilmSociety.org.
National World War II Museum
One of the Crescent City’s most popular museums reopened in June. The National World War II Museum requires mask at all times, and reservations for specific times on specific days must be made in advance at their website NationalWW2Museum.org.
City Park Tennis Complex
If you’re looking to play competitive sports while social distancing, tennis is one of your best bets. The City Park Tennis Complex is open seven days a week, but you must make reservations; call 483-9383 for more information.
The Big Door Prize
by M.O. Walsh
Baton Rouge-born author and University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop Director M.O. Walsh recently published his newest novel, “The Big Door Prize.” The residents of a small Louisiana town find their lives turned upside down when a mysterious machine appears at the grocery store. For $2 and a cheek swab, the machine tells users their life’s potential. The main characters are a husband and wife who believed they were perfectly happy until they discovered they were capable of much more.
“The Big Door Prize” has received starred reviews from both “Publishers Weekly” and “Booklist.” “Booklist” wrote “It’s hard to believe that Walsh wrote this moving novel long before the COVID-19 pandemic, for there is eerie prescience in its soulful message that gratitude and grace are not to be taken for granted and that life can be upended in an instant.”
On Aug. 4, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, the longest tenured coach of any sport in SEC history, retired after 43 seasons at LSU.
In July, Xavier University of Louisiana received a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, the largest donation in the school’s history.
October is when the weather usually starts to get a little nicer after New Orleans’ oppressive summer heat. Take advantage of the dropping temps with an excursion to the city’s newest park, Crescent Park. Located in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, the beautifully landscaped 1.4-mile trail hugs the banks of the Mississippi River. Along the way, you’ll see stunning views of both the river and the New Orleans skyline. There’s room on the trails for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Parking is available on the park’s eastern end at Mazant Street, as well as at the parking lot at Chartres Street and Piety Street located halfway through the park. Park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.