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Chris Champagne reveals Secret New Orleans
Book details Gram Parson’s grave, Cosimo Matassa’s studio and many local relics and oddities There are many guidebooks and tours focusing on New Orleans history. Poet and comedian Chris Champagne recently released his guide to the city's lesser-known landmarks, Secret New Orleans (Jonglez Publishing), and it focuses on the city's historical relics and oddities.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Comedy and theater events in New Orleans this week (Dec. 5-11, 2017)
Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents... and Steel Poinsettias Comedy Central Stand-up Presents...Fri.-Sat. Dec. 8-9 | Comedy Central returns to New Orleans to film another round of its half-hour stand-up comedy series.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Hari Kondabolu on Bobby Jindal and The Problem with Apu
The comedian performs at The Joy Theater Dec. 10 Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal officially announced his campaign for president on June 24, 2015 via an online video in which he shared the news with his children. The video was noticeable for its awkwardness and his children's lack of enthusiasm.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: The Happy Elf
Slidell Little Theatre presents Harry Connick Jr.’s jazzy holiday musical From the opening scene of the musical The Happy Elf, currently running at Slidell Little Theatre, there's a profusion of candy cane stockings and pointy green and red caps. Scott Sauber directs a cast of 35 actors, including four entire families.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: PhotoNOLA
The photography expo appears in galleries across the city through December When levee failures following Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans uninhabitable in 2005, many questioned whether it would survive. Would its residents, including its creative community, return?…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Dec. 5-11, 2017)
Alex Harrell, SoBou and Le'Ordre de Bon Temps Dec 9Celebrity Chef Dinner Series: Alex Harrell6:30 p.m. SaturdayGoldring Center for Culinary Medicine, 300 N. Broad St., Suite 102, (504) 988-9108www.culinarymedicine.orgAngeline chef/owner Alex Harrell prepares a dinner with wine pairings at the fundraiser for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Soul Rebels team up with Talib Kweli, Curren$y and Robert Glasper
The brass band makes more connections with hip-hop Breathless proof of the wide-ranging appeal of New Orleans brass bands, The Soul Rebels have in recent years funked up performances around the world by Metallica, Marilyn Manson and Macklemore (the latter two at once, if you can believe it, for Japan's 2015 Summer Sonic Tokyo Festival). However fantastically disorienting it is to hear "Enter Sandman" or "The Beautiful People" honking out of a sousaphone, no genre benefits more from some symbiotic Crescent City shine than hip-hop, and in return someone more tenured than Professor Macklemore is politely requested.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Valerie Sassyfras follows a space oddity on Blast-Off
The one-woman powerhouse holds a launch party at One Eyed Jacks Dec. 11 Roswell, New Mexico's 1947 "UFO incident" is real, and Valerie Sassyfras has seen the evidence. Inspired to write an album about space, Sassyfras — a longtime New Orleans performer whose live shows are powered by a keyboard beat machine, accordion, pre-recorded tracks and a mobile set designed for her one-woman DIY cabaret — went to the library, checked out books on planets and the solar system, and "came across a story about the alien invasion."…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (Dec. 5-11, 2017)
The Drums with Hoops, United Bakery Records, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Bully The Drums with HoopsTue. Dec. 5 | Likeminded bands that made substantial leaps in 2017 — Bloomington, Indiana's Hoops with May's Routines (Fat Possum), and New York City's The Drums with June's Abysmal Thoughts (Anti-) — combine forces in this twofer showcase.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Novitiate
Young women join the Catholic church in Margaret Betts’ drama There's an early scene in first-time narrative feature director Margaret Betts Novitiate — a secular humanist drama about the religious passion of nuns, set in Tennessee in 1964 — in which a teenage novice laughingly admits that Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story inspired her to devote her life to the church.   That moment rings true, as Hepburn's performance in the 1959 film has been credited with leading many young women of the time down a path of religious commitment.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Movie awards season begins with critics' accolades for Lady Bird, The Florida Project and Call Me By Your Name

The annual three-month movie awards season always begins in early December with a spate of awards given out by critics' associations in cities and regions across the country. This week, the influential New York Film Critics Circle named Great Gerwig's Lady Bird best picture and awarded the film's star, Saoirse Ronan, best actress.…

8 December 2017 | 4:40 pm

Review: The Disaster Artist

Every year brings its share of ill-conceived or poorly executed movies. Much harder to come by are films awful enough to earn the love and devotion of those attracted to epic big-screen failure.…

8 December 2017 | 2:42 pm

Dead & Company show rescheduled for Feb. 24, 2018

The Dead & Company show in New Orleans that was scuttled by John Mayer's obstinate appendix a few days ago has been rescheduled. It now will be Feb. 24, 2018.

Tickets for the original show will be honored, and for those who can't or choose not to make it, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

8 December 2017 | 12:33 pm

The fall of Mike Edmonson

Former state Police Col. Mike Edmonson seems to generate scandals faster than troopers write speeding tickets. His epic fall from grace after nine years as Louisiana’s top cop have tainted a long-respected agency that deserved better than his legacy of petty corruption and lies.

Edmonson announced his retirement amid controversy in March after four of his favored officers took a totally gratuitous road trip to California to watch him receive a national award.…

8 December 2017 | 12:20 pm

Geaux Talk campaign promotes comprehensive sex ed in Louisiana schools


Louisiana has some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people in the U.S. The state has the highest rate of syphilis among adolescents, the second highest rate of gonorrhea and chlamydia among adolescents, and the third highest rate of HIV diagnoses among adolescents. The state also has the sixth highest teen birth rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most parents believe their children deserve comprehensive sex education in schools, and most parents think their children already are getting it — but that’s not necessarily the case.…

7 December 2017 | 5:25 pm

Say Bonjour to the Lady book signing today
Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York is not a how-to book on child-rearing. It’s a humorous and charmingly illustrated rumination on the differences between American and French parenting styles — written from the perspectives of two ex-Parisians who moved to New York and are raising their children there.

Florence Mars, who co-wrote the book with Pauline Leveque, will sign books and discuss her work from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at The French Library (3811 Magazine St., 504-267-3707; www.thefrenchlibrary.com).…

7 December 2017 | 11:51 am

Review: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley



Inbetween scenes of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, the maid (Erin Sheets) at Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Pemberley estate doubles as a sign carrier, presenting the audience with brief notes, such as “Transition,” in a flowery script surrounded by glossy images of garlands. The signs look like labels on holiday fruitcakes or plastic-wrapped gift baskets, and I don’t know if the sign bit is included in the script of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s comedic sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but it’s a tipoff to the lighthearted, easy humor in the holiday drama.

7 December 2017 | 10:03 am

Amanda Lucidon, one of few women White House photographers, to speak at Keller library

Amanda Lucidon, one of the few women photographers to work in the White House and who spent four years photographing former First Lady Michelle Obama, will speak at New Orleans Public Library's Keller branch Dec. 14.

Lucidon will talk about her recent book Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, which collects dozens of never-before-seen candids of Obama in a variety of settings, from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the White House's South Lawn to a Liberian high school.…

7 December 2017 | 8:46 am

Editorial: Saving 'net neutrality' — what you can do

Next week, the U.S. government seems poised to roll back the Open Internet Order, a 2015 policy approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of a strategy to ensure what is broadly called “net neutrality.” Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to be “neutral” pipelines, neither favoring one site over another nor getting in the way of what consumers want to see. They are not allowed, for instance, to create fast and slow loading speeds for particular websites, nor block any websites in general.…

6 December 2017 | 3:39 pm

Gov. Edwards organizes task force to review sexual harassment policies

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order Dec. 6 assigning a seven-member team to review sexual harassment and discrimination policies within state agencies and departments.

The task force will review all agencies that fall under the executive branch and "identify which current policies are effective and which ones are not, whether new ones need to be implemented and whether additional changes need to be made in these areas," Edwards said in a statement. "The goal is to ensure state employees are safe at work and have the confidence in knowing that any allegation made will be taken seriously and that there are adequate procedures in place to address those complaints."

All state agencies within the executive branch have been directed to review their policies and submit them to Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne before Jan. 1. The task force will report back to Edwards' office before March 2018.

"Every person, whether they work in state government or private industry, should be able to do their jobs without fear of being sexually harassed or discriminated against,” Edwards said.…

6 December 2017 | 3:35 pm

Free holiday movie screenings at Convention Center Plaza

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will present free outdoor screenings of holiday movies at Convention Center Plaza (corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd.).

On Friday, Dec. 8 it’s The Polar Express, and Friday, Dec. 15 brings a screening of Elf , each starting at 6:30 p.m, The movies will be shown on a 26-ft. screen and popcorn and hot chocolate will be available. The first 75 families to arrive at each screening will receive a free fleece blanket.…

6 December 2017 | 8:02 am

'Songs of My People: 25 Years' opens at Dillard University Dec. 9 as part of PhotoNOLA

The 12th annual PhotoNOLA photography exhibition kicks off this weekend at galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the city, and “Songs of My People: 25 Years" — a collection of works by African-American photographers and visual journalists — opens at the Dillard University Art Gallery Dec. 9.

The curator is Imani Cheers, an assistant professor of media at George Washington University, and the daughter of photographer D. Michael Cheers, whose work was included in a 1992 exhibit, “Songs of My People," which featured 50 black photographers.

5 December 2017 | 4:03 pm

New Orleans launches Blue Bikes bike rental program

New Orleans officials celebrated the official launch of a citywide bike rental program Dec. 5, opening 15 kiosks that dispense bright blue cruisers for hourly or annual use available 24 hours a day.

The city has selected 70 locations for the bike stations, totaling 700 bikes, expected to roll out over the next several months. Depending on rider demand, the city could expand to 90 stations with 900 bikes.

Dubbed Blue Bikes, the program operates with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield with bikes from bike rental company Social Bikes, which has launched bike rental programs across the U.S. and Canada.…

5 December 2017 | 4:00 pm

Comedian Kamari Stevens premieres rap-inspired "TED Talk meets house party"

After briefly falling out of love with rap, Kamari Stevens thanks Migos for partially inspiring his latest show, an homage to his conflicted relationship with hip-hop but “sprinkled with a one-man show."

“Granted, they talk about a limited amount of things,” Stevens says. “But can you do it the best?…

5 December 2017 | 3:00 pm

Chef Robert Vasquez departs Briquette and Opal Basil

Just two months in, Warehouse District restaurant Briquette (701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496) and its opening executive chef Robert Vasquez have parted ways.

Restaurateurs Anna and Anthony Tusa opened the restaurant with Vasquez and his wife Lindsey Jo Vasquez on Oct. 5.…

5 December 2017 | 2:06 pm

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in December

Happy holidays, y'all! We've (mercifully) arrived at the end of the year, and though 2017 certainly left much to be desired, that shouldn't get in the way of a little celebrating with your nearest and dearest book-loving friends.…

5 December 2017 | 1:49 pm

Migos, Jay Electronica and more artists announced for Buku 2018

Atlanta rap trio Migos joins the lineup for 2018's Buku Music + Art Project, which also will feature a rare live performance from New Orleans emcee Jay Electronica. They join a lineup with previously announced artists MGMT, SZA, Sylvan Esso, Borgore and many others.

The festival revealed additional performers on next year's lineup, including Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Little Dragon, Rich the Kid and Princess Nokia, among others.…

5 December 2017 | 10:47 am

Fleet Foxes announce New Orleans show at the Orpheum Theater

With the 2017 release of third album Crack-Up reintroducing Fleet Foxes with its first album since 2011's Helplessness Blues, the band has announced a string of live dates through the southern U.S., including a March 2018 show in New Orleans.

The band performs March 12 at the Orpheum Theater.

June's Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records) departs from the band's folk-inspired Pacific Northwestern idylism into the unexplored, charting a course with vast, sweeping compositions and orchestral flourishes while keeping its sound grounded in the acoustic textures and ethereal harmonies it first introduced on its 2008 self-titled debut.

The band's 2018 tour through the South includes four stops in Florida and shows in South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

Tickets are $34.50-$64.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m.…

5 December 2017 | 9:10 am

Hogs for the Cause announces music lineup for March 23-24 event

North Mississippi Osborne, Turnpike Troubadours, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The SteelDrivers and other country, Southern rock, bluegrass and funk bands will perform at the 10th edition of Hogs for the Cause March 23-24.

5 December 2017 | 8:00 am

Movie awards season begins with critics' accolades for Lady Bird, The Florida Project and Call Me By Your Name

The annual three-month movie awards season always begins in early December with a spate of awards given out by critics' associations in cities and regions across the country. This week, the influential New York Film Critics Circle named Great Gerwig's Lady Bird best picture and awarded the film's star, Saoirse Ronan, best actress.…

8 December 2017 | 4:40 pm

Review: The Disaster Artist

Every year brings its share of ill-conceived or poorly executed movies. Much harder to come by are films awful enough to earn the love and devotion of those attracted to epic big-screen failure.…

8 December 2017 | 2:42 pm

Dead & Company show rescheduled for Feb. 24, 2018

The Dead & Company show in New Orleans that was scuttled by John Mayer's obstinate appendix a few days ago has been rescheduled. It now will be Feb. 24, 2018.

Tickets for the original show will be honored, and for those who can't or choose not to make it, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

8 December 2017 | 12:33 pm

The fall of Mike Edmonson

Former state Police Col. Mike Edmonson seems to generate scandals faster than troopers write speeding tickets. His epic fall from grace after nine years as Louisiana’s top cop have tainted a long-respected agency that deserved better than his legacy of petty corruption and lies.

Edmonson announced his retirement amid controversy in March after four of his favored officers took a totally gratuitous road trip to California to watch him receive a national award.…

8 December 2017 | 12:20 pm

Geaux Talk campaign promotes comprehensive sex ed in Louisiana schools


Louisiana has some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people in the U.S. The state has the highest rate of syphilis among adolescents, the second highest rate of gonorrhea and chlamydia among adolescents, and the third highest rate of HIV diagnoses among adolescents. The state also has the sixth highest teen birth rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most parents believe their children deserve comprehensive sex education in schools, and most parents think their children already are getting it — but that’s not necessarily the case.…

7 December 2017 | 5:25 pm

Say Bonjour to the Lady book signing today
Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York is not a how-to book on child-rearing. It’s a humorous and charmingly illustrated rumination on the differences between American and French parenting styles — written from the perspectives of two ex-Parisians who moved to New York and are raising their children there.

Florence Mars, who co-wrote the book with Pauline Leveque, will sign books and discuss her work from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at The French Library (3811 Magazine St., 504-267-3707; www.thefrenchlibrary.com).…

7 December 2017 | 11:51 am

Review: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley



Inbetween scenes of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, the maid (Erin Sheets) at Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Pemberley estate doubles as a sign carrier, presenting the audience with brief notes, such as “Transition,” in a flowery script surrounded by glossy images of garlands. The signs look like labels on holiday fruitcakes or plastic-wrapped gift baskets, and I don’t know if the sign bit is included in the script of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s comedic sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but it’s a tipoff to the lighthearted, easy humor in the holiday drama.

7 December 2017 | 10:03 am

Amanda Lucidon, one of few women White House photographers, to speak at Keller library

Amanda Lucidon, one of the few women photographers to work in the White House and who spent four years photographing former First Lady Michelle Obama, will speak at New Orleans Public Library's Keller branch Dec. 14.

Lucidon will talk about her recent book Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, which collects dozens of never-before-seen candids of Obama in a variety of settings, from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the White House's South Lawn to a Liberian high school.…

7 December 2017 | 8:46 am

Editorial: Saving 'net neutrality' — what you can do

Next week, the U.S. government seems poised to roll back the Open Internet Order, a 2015 policy approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of a strategy to ensure what is broadly called “net neutrality.” Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to be “neutral” pipelines, neither favoring one site over another nor getting in the way of what consumers want to see. They are not allowed, for instance, to create fast and slow loading speeds for particular websites, nor block any websites in general.…

6 December 2017 | 3:39 pm

Gov. Edwards organizes task force to review sexual harassment policies

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order Dec. 6 assigning a seven-member team to review sexual harassment and discrimination policies within state agencies and departments.

The task force will review all agencies that fall under the executive branch and "identify which current policies are effective and which ones are not, whether new ones need to be implemented and whether additional changes need to be made in these areas," Edwards said in a statement. "The goal is to ensure state employees are safe at work and have the confidence in knowing that any allegation made will be taken seriously and that there are adequate procedures in place to address those complaints."

All state agencies within the executive branch have been directed to review their policies and submit them to Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne before Jan. 1. The task force will report back to Edwards' office before March 2018.

"Every person, whether they work in state government or private industry, should be able to do their jobs without fear of being sexually harassed or discriminated against,” Edwards said.…

6 December 2017 | 3:35 pm

Free holiday movie screenings at Convention Center Plaza

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk will present free outdoor screenings of holiday movies at Convention Center Plaza (corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd.).

On Friday, Dec. 8 it’s The Polar Express, and Friday, Dec. 15 brings a screening of Elf , each starting at 6:30 p.m, The movies will be shown on a 26-ft. screen and popcorn and hot chocolate will be available. The first 75 families to arrive at each screening will receive a free fleece blanket.…

6 December 2017 | 8:02 am

'Songs of My People: 25 Years' opens at Dillard University Dec. 9 as part of PhotoNOLA

The 12th annual PhotoNOLA photography exhibition kicks off this weekend at galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the city, and “Songs of My People: 25 Years" — a collection of works by African-American photographers and visual journalists — opens at the Dillard University Art Gallery Dec. 9.

The curator is Imani Cheers, an assistant professor of media at George Washington University, and the daughter of photographer D. Michael Cheers, whose work was included in a 1992 exhibit, “Songs of My People," which featured 50 black photographers.

5 December 2017 | 4:03 pm

New Orleans launches Blue Bikes bike rental program

New Orleans officials celebrated the official launch of a citywide bike rental program Dec. 5, opening 15 kiosks that dispense bright blue cruisers for hourly or annual use available 24 hours a day.

The city has selected 70 locations for the bike stations, totaling 700 bikes, expected to roll out over the next several months. Depending on rider demand, the city could expand to 90 stations with 900 bikes.

Dubbed Blue Bikes, the program operates with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield with bikes from bike rental company Social Bikes, which has launched bike rental programs across the U.S. and Canada.…

5 December 2017 | 4:00 pm

Comedian Kamari Stevens premieres rap-inspired "TED Talk meets house party"

After briefly falling out of love with rap, Kamari Stevens thanks Migos for partially inspiring his latest show, an homage to his conflicted relationship with hip-hop but “sprinkled with a one-man show."

“Granted, they talk about a limited amount of things,” Stevens says. “But can you do it the best?…

5 December 2017 | 3:00 pm

Chef Robert Vasquez departs Briquette and Opal Basil

Just two months in, Warehouse District restaurant Briquette (701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496) and its opening executive chef Robert Vasquez have parted ways.

Restaurateurs Anna and Anthony Tusa opened the restaurant with Vasquez and his wife Lindsey Jo Vasquez on Oct. 5.…

5 December 2017 | 2:06 pm

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in December

Happy holidays, y'all! We've (mercifully) arrived at the end of the year, and though 2017 certainly left much to be desired, that shouldn't get in the way of a little celebrating with your nearest and dearest book-loving friends.…

5 December 2017 | 1:49 pm

Migos, Jay Electronica and more artists announced for Buku 2018

Atlanta rap trio Migos joins the lineup for 2018's Buku Music + Art Project, which also will feature a rare live performance from New Orleans emcee Jay Electronica. They join a lineup with previously announced artists MGMT, SZA, Sylvan Esso, Borgore and many others.

The festival revealed additional performers on next year's lineup, including Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Little Dragon, Rich the Kid and Princess Nokia, among others.…

5 December 2017 | 10:47 am

Fleet Foxes announce New Orleans show at the Orpheum Theater

With the 2017 release of third album Crack-Up reintroducing Fleet Foxes with its first album since 2011's Helplessness Blues, the band has announced a string of live dates through the southern U.S., including a March 2018 show in New Orleans.

The band performs March 12 at the Orpheum Theater.

June's Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records) departs from the band's folk-inspired Pacific Northwestern idylism into the unexplored, charting a course with vast, sweeping compositions and orchestral flourishes while keeping its sound grounded in the acoustic textures and ethereal harmonies it first introduced on its 2008 self-titled debut.

The band's 2018 tour through the South includes four stops in Florida and shows in South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

Tickets are $34.50-$64.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m.…

5 December 2017 | 9:10 am

Hogs for the Cause announces music lineup for March 23-24 event

North Mississippi Osborne, Turnpike Troubadours, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The SteelDrivers and other country, Southern rock, bluegrass and funk bands will perform at the 10th edition of Hogs for the Cause March 23-24.

5 December 2017 | 8:00 am

Wine of the week: Campo Viejo Garnacha 2015
Rioja, Spain Retail $9-$14 Garnacha is often used as a blending grape in Spanish wines, but it also stands alone, as in this easy-drinking red from the Rioja region.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

3-course interview: Caroline Richter, Medusa founder
The group organized to address sexual misconduct In the wake of reports of sexual misconduct in the restaurant industry, a local group has been formed to address the complaints. Medusa, started by Turkey & The Wolf server and bartender Caroline Richter, held its inaugural meeting last month at the Irish Channel restaurant.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Big Freedia releases signature rosé
The bounce star's Ca' Di Freedia is now available Madonna. John Legend.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Five in 5: holiday cocktails
Antoine's Restaurant713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422www.antoines.comPeppermint Patty combines vodka, white creme de cacao, white creme de menthe and cream. The Columns Hotel3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308www.thecolumns.comColumns' Poinsettia is Champagne topped with raspberry vodka and cranberry juice.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 serves holiday tiki drinks
Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack pop-up returns Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com) is again hosting a Sippin' Santa Surf Shack pop-up menu of holiday drinks served in holiday glassware. This year's menu includes Mutiny in…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Restaurant news for Mariza, Alma and Carmo
Bywater restaurant to close; new pop-ups and more Mariza (2900 Chartres St., 504-598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com), the Bywater restaurant serving chef Ian Schnoebelen's take on contemporary Louisiana cooking will close at the end of the year, co-owner and general manager Laurie Casebonne says. NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune reported that Chef Nina Compton and husband Larry Miller, owners of Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com) are purchasing the restaurant and will open their second restaurant in the space in February 2018. — WILL COVIELLO…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

New Orleans chefs star in Cajun Aces on Food Network
Sac-a-Lait’s Cody and Carroll explore Cajun culture on TV show New Orleans chefs and husband-and-wife team Cody and Samantha Carroll star in Cajun Aces, which premiered Dec. 2 on Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cajun-aces).   The couple runs the Cajun-inspired restaurant Sac-A-Lait (1051 Annunciation St., 504-324-3658; www.sac-a-laitrestaurant.com) in the Warehouse District and Hot Tails in New Roads (www.hottailsrestaurant.com).…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Bird is the word at Good Bird
Rotisserie roasted chicken stars on Freret Street and at St. Roch Market There are few things more wonderful than a perfectly roasted chicken — hot from the oven with crisp, caramel-colored skin giving way to juicy, tender meat. With the prick of a fork or a carving knife, the aroma of roasting juices, garlic and herbs escapes, instantly spurring feelings of comfort, home and hearth.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm

What's in store: St. James Cheese Company
The cheese shop and cafe has Uptown and Warehouse District locations As far as specialty shops go, St. James Cheese Company (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com) may be as niche as a shop can be. The stores offer a vast assortment of ripe cheeses — the passion of owners Danielle and Richard Sutton.…

4 December 2017 | 3:30 pm