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Review: Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
The Civil War drama at Loyola runs through June 25 Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3 is an emotionally moving epic about the U.S. Civil War written by Suzan-Lori Parks and presented by Southern Rep Theatre. It borrows themes from classical Greek theater to heighten the drama about a slave named Hero (Sam Malone), who faces an awful dilemma.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Summer concerts and festivals in New Orleans
Music and festival highlights 2017 SUMMER CONCERTS June 20WimpsSiberia…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Summer events and exhibits at New Orleans museums
New shows (and cool air conditioning) at eight local museums Museums are more than just darkened spaces with plenty of air conditioning in which to hide from the heat. New Orleans' museums have a bevy of summertime exhibitions that cover everything from contemporary art to the spiritual ramifications of the African diaspora.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Do you melt in the sun? Here's your air-conditioned entertainment guide
Escape rooms, indoor sports and gaming in New Orleans It's summertime and you want to do something active and fun, but the stifling heat and sticky humidity push you back to the sofa for another session of binge-watching. There are options: Several art and history museums (see p. 18 for deals) have interesting exhibits, and movie theaters provide a respite from high mercury — or try one of these other indoor adventures:…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Free stuff to check out at your local library this summer
From coding for kids to civil rights workshops Any branch of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) is a great place to chill out in the summer heat, and the NOPL has a calendar of summer events available on its website (www.nolalibrary.org). Here are a few things to do for kids, teens and adults — and a list of free resources available through the NOPL to keep you entertained well after the heat finally breaks.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Where to see summer movies and special screenings in New Orleans
Theaters, bookshops, hotels and other venues screening films this summer Though "summer movie season" — with its signature explosions, far-fetched plots and comic book characters in form-fitting attire — now seems to last all year, actual summer is still a pretty good time to sit in a cold, dark room with a big screen. Here's our rundown offerings in the coming months.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Easy riders: social bike rides rolling around New Orleans
Where to find street parties on wheels New Orleans' bike infrastructure has grown significantly over the last decade.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

FestiGals returns to New Orleans June 22-24
The empowerment event includes a parade led by Robin Barnes FestiGals, a weekend of celebrations, empowerment for women and fundraising for issues that affect them, includes the Bodacious Bras for a Cause brunch and auction (9:30 a.m. Saturday) of bras made into works of art to raise money for breast cancer organizations.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)
Domaine Saint Prefert dinner, Michael Gulotta, Treme Food & Music Experience June 23Domaine Saint Prefert Dinner & Tasting6 p.m.-8 p.m. FridayMartin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne St., (504) 899-7411www.martinwinecellar.comA four-course dinner is served with Domaine Saint Prefert wines from the Chateauneuf du Pape district.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: William Eggleston and more photography at the Ogden
A collection of color photographs from Southern artists runs through Oct. 26 Though better known for producing writers than visual artists, the state of Mississippi indirectly enabled color photography's acceptance as an art form through native son William Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo show at New York's Museum of Modern Art — a show that set the tone for much subsequent color photography, as we see in these two adjacent exhibitions.   Troubled Waters is a selection of mostly low-key Eggleston works from the William Greiner collection.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Live theater in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)
Annie Get Your Gun Annie Get Your GunThu.-Sun. June 22-25 | Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre opens its 50th season with Irving Berlin's musical based on sharpshooting entertainers Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, featuring songs such as "There's No Business Like Show Business."…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Louisiana Bicycle Festival rolls into Abita Springs
The annual bike event returns June 17 The 17th annual Louisiana Bicycle Festival returns to Abita Springs Saturday. Before 10 a.m., participants gather for an informal marketplace featuring sales and swaps of bikes and bike parts, including unusual and rare bicycles.…

16 June 2017 | 12:00 pm

Tombs and Thou perform at Neutral Ground
The bands perform June 22 Of all the modifiers used to subdivide and categorize metal, "coffeehouse" somehow got missed. Yet here comes Tombs — Brooklyn's self-disemboweling, re-reincarnating metal-metamorphosis masters, spreading newly sprouted wings on this week's The Grand Annihilation (Metal Blade) — to cap off your cortado with a steaming shot of cyanide.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)
Wimps, Jacuzzi Boys, Black Marble, Sea Battle, Naughty Professor, Cajun-Zydeco Festival WimpsTue. June 20 | Seattle's Wimps' 2015 LP Suitcase (Kill Rock Stars) anti-romanticizes every old guy at the party and the dumps they call home.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Close to home: New Orleans band The Deslondes releases Hurry Home
The band's second full-length album is out June 23 For a band hailing from all points, home can mean a lot of things. There's the South, from Arkansas to North Carolina, and families and roots planted across the country, and there's the wide-open road and the shows paving the way between them.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Rough Night
Kate McKinnon steals the show in a bawdy comedy You can tell a lot about a summer movie from the way Hollywood markets it. The latest example is Rough Night, the first feature by Lucia Aniello, who is best known for her work as a writer and producer on Comedy Central's Broad City.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Louisiana lawmakers, activists urge Sens. Cassidy and Kennedy to condemn Senate health care bill

With the release of a 142-page draft early Thursday morning, the Senate finally revealed its much-anticipated (and, by many, dreaded) plan that could make good on the long-term Republican promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

The bill's release offered the first opportunity for the public — and many underinformed senators — to view and critique the Senate's plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.…

23 June 2017 | 8:36 am

Louisiana's child care assistance program to start waiting list July 1

Louisiana's aid program to help cover the costs of child care will open a waiting list as the program braces for "overwhelming demand" with a limited budget. Eligible families must apply by June 30 to secure a slot, according to an announcement from the state's Department of Education.…

22 June 2017 | 4:55 pm

The 2017 New Orleans mayoral race: A familiar but unique election scenario

No two elections are alike, but this year’s race for mayor of New Orleans reminds me (so far) of the 2002 mayor’s race. Ray Nagin won that contest, but don’t panic.…

22 June 2017 | 3:18 pm

Review: It’s Only a Play

The 1980s Broadway theater community, known all too well by award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, comes to life on the stage of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in It’s Only a Play, presented in conjunction with The NOLA Project. (McNally updated the work in 2014 so celebrity names, cultural references and personalities seem contemporary.)…

22 June 2017 | 2:22 pm

Editorial: 'Smart on crime' one of the successes of the 2017 Louisiana legislative session
T
he 2017 regular legislative session has been widely — and rightly — criticized for its failure to produce long-term fiscal reform. Yet, despite lawmakers’ failure to work together on fiscal issues, they showed true bipartisanship in succeeding on another, equally important front: criminal justice reform.…

22 June 2017 | 1:41 pm

Congressional Black Caucus, led by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, declines Trump's request for meeting

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group of 49 lawmakers led by New Orleans-area U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, today formally rejected a 12-day-old request from President Donald Trump to meet with the president.

According to POLITICO:
Lawmakers in the 49-member group each received an invitation last week from Omarosa Manigault, the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide who has pitched herself as an unofficial liaison to the CBC.

“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.

But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised.…

21 June 2017 | 5:17 pm

Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth host free show at Tipitina's

Cowboy Mouth and Guy Fieri. Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth.…

21 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Summer specials at Carrollton Market, Josephine Estelle, Brown Butter

Uptown bistro Carrollton Market (8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928) is extending its weekend brunch service and adding a weekly family-style dinner event for summer.

Chef and owner Jason Goodenough and his team will serve a three-course family-style dinner every Wednesday from June 28 through the end of July.…

21 June 2017 | 2:08 pm

There's a blood drive at Twelve Mile Limit June 24

Mid-City neighborhood cocktail bar Twelve Mile Limit and local blood bank The Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.…

21 June 2017 | 10:00 am

Review: The Passenger by Kaori Maeyama and Tastier by Leslie Friedman

Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive.…

20 June 2017 | 3:50 pm

'Scalise Strong' blood drive in Metairie garners 40 pints of blood

Local Democrats and Republicans alike turned out yesterday for a Metairie blood drive in honor of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot last week at a baseball practice in a Virginia suburb. Scalise still is hospitalized, but his condition continues to improve, according to doctors and visitors.

“I didn’t vote for him, but this shouldn’t have happened to him,” one woman said as she left the one-day "Scalise Strong" blood drive hosted by the real estate firm of Engel & Völkers in Metairie.

20 June 2017 | 2:38 pm

New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday.…

20 June 2017 | 1:00 pm

Smokehouse Grill open in Bucktown

Smokehouse Grill (200 Metairie Hammond Highway, 504-252-4797), a new barbecue and grill restaurant, opened in late May on the edge of Bucktown.

Owners Brandon Herty Arnold and chef Joe Rouchon met while working at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

20 June 2017 | 9:33 am

Brewsday Tuesday: New beers at local taprooms

Brewery taprooms have plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs.…

20 June 2017 | 8:00 am

Louisiana lawmakers, activists urge Sens. Cassidy and Kennedy to condemn Senate health care bill

With the release of a 142-page draft early Thursday morning, the Senate finally revealed its much-anticipated (and, by many, dreaded) plan that could make good on the long-term Republican promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

The bill's release offered the first opportunity for the public — and many underinformed senators — to view and critique the Senate's plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.…

23 June 2017 | 8:36 am

Louisiana's child care assistance program to start waiting list July 1

Louisiana's aid program to help cover the costs of child care will open a waiting list as the program braces for "overwhelming demand" with a limited budget. Eligible families must apply by June 30 to secure a slot, according to an announcement from the state's Department of Education.…

22 June 2017 | 4:55 pm

The 2017 New Orleans mayoral race: A familiar but unique election scenario

No two elections are alike, but this year’s race for mayor of New Orleans reminds me (so far) of the 2002 mayor’s race. Ray Nagin won that contest, but don’t panic.…

22 June 2017 | 3:18 pm

Review: It’s Only a Play

The 1980s Broadway theater community, known all too well by award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, comes to life on the stage of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in It’s Only a Play, presented in conjunction with The NOLA Project. (McNally updated the work in 2014 so celebrity names, cultural references and personalities seem contemporary.)…

22 June 2017 | 2:22 pm

Editorial: 'Smart on crime' one of the successes of the 2017 Louisiana legislative session
T
he 2017 regular legislative session has been widely — and rightly — criticized for its failure to produce long-term fiscal reform. Yet, despite lawmakers’ failure to work together on fiscal issues, they showed true bipartisanship in succeeding on another, equally important front: criminal justice reform.…

22 June 2017 | 1:41 pm

Congressional Black Caucus, led by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, declines Trump's request for meeting

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group of 49 lawmakers led by New Orleans-area U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, today formally rejected a 12-day-old request from President Donald Trump to meet with the president.

According to POLITICO:
Lawmakers in the 49-member group each received an invitation last week from Omarosa Manigault, the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide who has pitched herself as an unofficial liaison to the CBC.

“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.

But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised.…

21 June 2017 | 5:17 pm

Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth host free show at Tipitina's

Cowboy Mouth and Guy Fieri. Guy Fieri and Cowboy Mouth.…

21 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Summer specials at Carrollton Market, Josephine Estelle, Brown Butter

Uptown bistro Carrollton Market (8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928) is extending its weekend brunch service and adding a weekly family-style dinner event for summer.

Chef and owner Jason Goodenough and his team will serve a three-course family-style dinner every Wednesday from June 28 through the end of July.…

21 June 2017 | 2:08 pm

There's a blood drive at Twelve Mile Limit June 24

Mid-City neighborhood cocktail bar Twelve Mile Limit and local blood bank The Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.…

21 June 2017 | 10:00 am

Review: The Passenger by Kaori Maeyama and Tastier by Leslie Friedman

Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive.…

20 June 2017 | 3:50 pm

'Scalise Strong' blood drive in Metairie garners 40 pints of blood

Local Democrats and Republicans alike turned out yesterday for a Metairie blood drive in honor of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot last week at a baseball practice in a Virginia suburb. Scalise still is hospitalized, but his condition continues to improve, according to doctors and visitors.

“I didn’t vote for him, but this shouldn’t have happened to him,” one woman said as she left the one-day "Scalise Strong" blood drive hosted by the real estate firm of Engel & Völkers in Metairie.

20 June 2017 | 2:38 pm

New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday.…

20 June 2017 | 1:00 pm

Smokehouse Grill open in Bucktown

Smokehouse Grill (200 Metairie Hammond Highway, 504-252-4797), a new barbecue and grill restaurant, opened in late May on the edge of Bucktown.

Owners Brandon Herty Arnold and chef Joe Rouchon met while working at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

20 June 2017 | 9:33 am

Brewsday Tuesday: New beers at local taprooms

Brewery taprooms have plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs.…

20 June 2017 | 8:00 am

Beer buzz: news from Port Orleans and new brew partnerships
Wayward Owl collabs with Brieux Carre, plus Urban South meets Parleaux New breweries are a sign of the times. In 2000, there were about 1,500 microbrewers and brewpubs in the country.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Review: Bratz Y'all! in Bywater
The biergarten serves brats, brews and other German specialties It's hard to resist the allure of a good biergarten. At Bratz Y'all!, rows of wooden picnic tables face lattice-lined walls, giant barrels serve as stands for overflowing potted plants and dangling pendant lights illuminate the outdoor area.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Justin Devillier to open brasserie in French Quarter
Restaurant to open in Hurtwitz Mintz building La Petite Grocery's Justin Devillier will open a new French brasserie in the historic Hurwitz Mintz building on Chartres Street, a representative for the restaurant confirmed last week. The project is still "in its infancy" and so far no name or opening date have been selected.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

3-course interview: Lisa Nelson, chef
Queen Trini Lisa talks Trinidadian cooking Lisa Nelson runs the Trinidadian food shop in the back of Hank's Meat Market on St. Claude Avenue, which her family purchased in 2013. (On social media and to her customers, most people know her as Queen Trini Lisa.)…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

South American steakhouse opens on Metairie Road
Brasa Churrasqueria serves wood-fired meats, chimichurri and craft cocktails South American steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria (2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-570-6338) opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Chateau du Lac. The new restaurant is being opened by Antonio Mata and Edgar Caro, owners of Basin Seafood & Spirits and Baru.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Wine of the week: 2016 Fleurs de Prairie Rose
Cotes de Provence, France Retail: $14-$22 Roses are light, bright versatile wines that can be equally accommodating whether paired with brunch, picnics, seafood boils, barbecues, desserts or an aperitif.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Dustin Brien to helm Public Service at NOPSI Hotel
The boutique hotel opens in July Chef Dustin Brien pictured will helm the kitchen at Public Service when the new restaurant opens next month inside the NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St.).   The luxury boutique hotel opens July 6 in the historic building that once was the headquarters for New Orleans Public Service Inc., the city's public utility and streetcar operator.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Five in 5: variations on negroni cocktails
Ancora4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636 www.ancorapizza.com A Miller's Negroni is made with Martin Miller's Gin, Cocchi Torino and Campari. Cafe Henri800 Louisa St., (504) 302-2357www.henri.cafeThe frozen Negroni features Oryza gin, sweet vermouth and Luxardo Bitter.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Where to drink, eat and lounge in the pool in New Orleans
Summer pools, outdoor bars and ice cream Summertime in New Orleans has always been a tempting time to escape the city's heat and humidity.…

19 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

Microsoft Store launches its new Surface Laptop and tablet
The Microsoft Store (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-841-5180; www.microsoft.com/store) launches its new Surface Laptop and the latest Surface Pro tablet noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15.…

12 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

Gambit's CUE, July 2017
Pools with 'wow'; tropical prints; Father's Day gifts and more

12 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

The Shops at Canal Place celebrate summer
The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St., 504-522-9200; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com) celebrate summer 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17 with live music, complimentary wine and Abita beer and summer shopping specials at select retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Mignon Faget.

12 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

The second annual Mermaids & Monograms shopping event at Monogram Express
The second annual Mermaids & Monograms shopping event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Monogram Express (2109 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-4490; www.monogramexpressnola.com).…

12 June 2017 | 3:00 pm

12 Father's Day gifts that show him you're glad to call him 'dad'
From spa days to sweet 'staches

12 June 2017 | 2:40 pm

Wear + where: Hadi Ktiri and Tales of the Cocktail
Bartender, Sazerac Bar What led you to the hospitality industry? I grew up in Southern California in a household that traveled and entertained continuously.…

11 June 2017 | 3:00 am

From the Editor
As I pen this note, I'm at my desk under the swirling arctic winds of summertime air conditioning, but the luscious tropical prints in this month's New & Cool are ushering in a warm but not-too-humid ocean breeze. (I can dream, can't I?)…

11 June 2017 | 3:00 am

Tropical prints for summer
Summer-ready goods inspired by jungles and islands

11 June 2017 | 3:00 am

Suit up: summer swimwear for 2017
High necks and waists, off-the-shoulder ruffles and uncommon materials ring in the season

11 June 2017 | 3:00 am