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Events in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
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20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Review: The Basketball Hoops Project
Rob Hammer's photographs at Boyd Satellite Gallery In America, sports have evolved into a big, multibillion dollar spectacle, but in the late 20th century, sports also became a great, if imperfect, democratizing force by which anyone with talent might succeed regardless of race, color or creed. Although the massive multistory "Equality" banners on the Benson Tower by the Superdome suggest a bit of satisfying civic schadenfreude after the NBA All-Star Game was moved here in response to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, equality is what makes America's democratic version of patriotism very different from mere mean-spirited nationalism.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Rex and Zulu celebrate on Lundi Gras
Live music and the arrival of Rex on the riverfront The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club holds its Lundi Gras Festival in Woldenberg Park and Rex, king of Carnival, and King Zulu meet at Spanish Plaza at 6 p.m.   Zulu introduces its royalty and characters (Big Shot, Witch Doctor, Mayor, etc.) and presents live music on two stages in Woldenberg Park.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Baby dolls and skeletons march on Fat Tuesday
The traditional masking groups hit the streets Denise Trepagnier Murph grew up in the Seventh Ward, surrounded by neighbors who masked as Mardi Gras Indians in tribes including the Yellow Pocahontas and Creole Osceolas. She learned to sew bead panels for friends' Indian suits.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Marigny Opera Ballet shines in The Art of Jazz
The performance features three pieces weaving music and dance "Special" was a word uttered several times by participants in The Art of Jazz to describe their recent performances at The Marigny Opera House. Since its founding two years ago, The Marigny Opera Ballet has featured live music in its performances, a rarity considering only major dance companies such as The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet work with live music.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
Feb 21Pay What You Can Day11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday1631 Cafe Reconcile, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157www.cafereconcile.comThe cafe, which provides restaurant training to at-risk youth, holds a "Pay What You Can Day" in which guests pay whatever they wish for their lunch.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: week one
Rex Duke™'s guide to parades and throws, walking krewes, maps and more The NBA All-Star Game returns to New Orleans Feb. 19, just in time for our season of courts, balls, free throws, crowds and excitement. The first weekend of the official Carnival season offers plenty of action for fans throughout the New Orleans area.…

17 February 2017 | 2:00 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
Jonathan RichmanWed. Feb. 22 | The original Modern Lover returns to One Eyed Jacks in the same setup as his 2012 and 2015 visits (solo, save for his timekeeper, ex-Giant Sand drummer Tommy Larkins) but with a new offering: Ishkode!…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Eiffel Society launches new music series
AF THE NAYSAYER, Alfred Banks and others perform Feb. 21 Eiffel Society, despite its best efforts, never will be an ideal venue for live music (i.e., the next octagonal, 6,000-square-foot glass-walled recording studio will be the first). But the Parisian recycling project has more to offer than challenging acoustics, all of which are interrelated: a towering lineage, an abundance of style, dramatic St. Charles Avenue real estate and creatively flexible curators.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Review: Toni Erdmann
The drama screens at The Theatres at Canal Place Do we ever really know our children? It's easy to feel close to the little ones, their young minds and budding personalities constantly betraying their need for a parent's love and understanding.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall: Fractious and furious constituents shout down the senator

Town halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie today for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.

People began arriving around noon to line up and hold a parking lot rally before the doors opened at 3 p.m., so attendees already were tired of waiting when Cassidy arrived 22 minutes late to the 3:30 p.m. town hall.…

23 February 2017 | 2:02 am

City Council defers vote on rental registry to March 9

The New Orleans City Council will delay a vote on a rental registry and inspection program to next month. At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams and District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell sponsored a measure that would require landlords of most private rentals to register their properties with the city and subject them to inspections that must meet a checklist of health and safety requirements before they can be rented out.…

22 February 2017 | 10:35 pm

Slideshow: Protesters, supporters at Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie


Congressional town hall meetings have become heaty affairs back home, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall today at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Public Library is no exception. Several hundred people — mostly protesters — gathered outside starting at noon for the event, which was not scheduled to begin until 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few of the signs and people in the crowd.


22 February 2017 | 9:05 pm

Carl Schaubhut’s DTB to open on Oak Street in Spring

The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market.…

22 February 2017 | 8:58 pm

Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.…

22 February 2017 | 8:37 pm

Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

The Young Leadership Council's annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.

Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15.…

22 February 2017 | 7:33 pm

Broad Theater introduces "$2 Tuesday" movie screenings

The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) will introduce a new "$2 Tuesday" film program in April with a series of four cult favorites hand-picked by the theater's staff. Here's the full schedule:


April 4 — Wild at Heart

April 11 — Bloodsport

April 18 — The Lair of the White Worm

April 25 — The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

22 February 2017 | 3:46 pm

Report: Alien to land UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday

Lost in the hurlyburly of the first weekend of Mardi Gras, the first month of Donald Trump's presidency and the firehose of "fake news" comes this definitely-not-fake-news from Weekly World News, the former supermarket tabloid that now seems to be an online-only affair.

Billed (rightly) as a "Mardi Gras STUNNER!," the WWN seems to be the only media outlet to report an alien vows: "I'LL LAND MY UFO ON BOURBON STREET — ON FAT TUESDAY!"

The alien from Planet Zeeba, we are told, "wants to paint New Orleans red!"…

21 February 2017 | 6:59 pm

Special election for Troy Brown's vacated Senate seat set for April 29
Since Troy Brown stepped down last week as state Senator from District 2 (covering parts of several parishes south of Baton Rouge), the seat is empty heading into the regular legislative session that begins in April. Today Louisiana Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, called a special election to fill the District 2 seat.

Qualifying will be held March 15-17, and the election will be April 29.…

21 February 2017 | 6:23 pm

Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson to perform in New Orleans

Comedians Louie Anderson and Jim Gaffigan will perform in New Orleans on the same night on different stages this spring. Anderson is at The Joy Theater and Gaffigan is at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 21. Tickets to both shows go on sale at 10 a.m.…

21 February 2017 | 5:20 pm

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab and Brieux Carre are close to opening

Just off Frenchmen Street, the compact brewery and taproom Brieux Carre (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) features a cozy bar area with 12 taps and there is a beer garden in back.

Owner Robert Bostick, head brewer Taylor Pellerin, investors and friends built the brewery, from hand-mixing concrete and digging drainage trenches to creating the bar top from a tree they found near Bogue Falaya. Local brewhouse fabricator Craft Kettle made the brewing equipment.

“Literally everything in here has a story behind it,” Bostick says.

21 February 2017 | 3:00 pm

Y@ Speak: Hey now, you're an all star. Guy Fieri? Pa-rades.
As the corporate-branded fog over the French Quarter begins to clear, we find a graveyard of Popeyes boxes, broken beads and daiquiri-clutching partiers waking from the peaceful slumber that follows a week of near-belligerence to news that Boogie is coming to New Orleans. Also this week: The Hoy Boys reunite... with Guy Fieri, and Master P transcends incredible levels of petty over the Falcons' loss in the Super Bowl.

20 February 2017 | 10:32 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Wednesday, Feb. 22
Druids and Nyx roll Uptown Druids6:15 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 19Archdruid: secretThrows: Druid wands and hats, cups, doubloons and medallion beadsThe Mystic Krewe of Druids' themes typically feature the group's dry and sometimes cryptic wit. The organization is secretive: The identity of the Archdruid is not revealed and the group has no court or ball.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Tuesday, Feb. 28
Zulu, Rex and Argus roll Zulu 8 a.m.UptownTheme: Stop the ViolenceFloats: 30King: Adonis C. ExposeQueen: Donna M. GlapionThrows: decorated coconuts and medallion beadsIn response to the deaths of children of Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club members, the krewe is highlighting a "Stop the Violence" message, which is included on cups and some beads. Proceeds from sales of the parade poster will be donated to Crimestoppers.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
Jonathan RichmanWed. Feb. 22 | The original Modern Lover returns to One Eyed Jacks in the same setup as his 2012 and 2015 visits (solo, save for his timekeeper, ex-Giant Sand drummer Tommy Larkins) but with a new offering: Ishkode!…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Monday, Feb. 27
Proteus and Orpheus are set to roll Proteus 5:15 p.m.UptownTheme: Der Ring des NibelungenFloats: 20King: secretQueen: announced day of parade Throws: seahorse medallion beads, plush fish and seahorses, doubloons, cups, bracelets and lighted tridents, flambeaux and beadsThe krewe celebrates Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, and floats depict its famous pieces, "Flight of the Valkyries," "Rhinegold" and "The Destruction of Valhalla." The krewe also has replicated its 1882 king's float.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Rex unveils its 2017 parade bulletin
A history of the Rex bulletin In the mid-1870s, newspaper coverage of Carnival season began to augment descriptions of the pageants with small, black-and-white engravings of the float designs. The evolution of these printed images magically paralleled the increasing grandeur of their subjects, and in 1882, the first "broadside" sheets appeared.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Sunday, Feb. 26
Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, Bacchus, Napoleon and Athena Okeanos 11 a.m.UptownTheme: Okeanos Salutes American IconsFloats: 21King: Michael Charles BiermanQueen: Caroline Ann LundgrenThrows: Crawfish trays, krewe logo sand pails and cups, doubloons in eight colorsThe parade theme celebrates famous Americans, including Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, industrialist Henry Ford and entertainers Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. New Orleans icon Vince Vance serves as grand marshal.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Thursday, Feb. 23
Babylon, Chaos and Muses roll Uptown Babylon5:30 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 24Sargon: secretQueen: announced day of paradeThrows: theme T-shirts, headbands, doubloons and lighted krewe crests, streetcars and medallionsThe krewe doesn't announce its theme until the day of the parade, but floats titled "Golden Buddha" and "Golden Calf" promise a rich vision of iconic figures. Signature floats include the "Babylonian Barge" and the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon."…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Saturday, Feb. 25
N.O.M.T.O.C., Iris, Tucks, Endymion and Isis N.O.M.T.O.C. 10:45 a.m.West BankTheme: N.O.M.T.O.C. Salutes Icons of the SeventiesFloats: 29King: Wilfred Dennis Jr.Queen: Jada Cymone WashingtonThrows: Jug Man, lighted Jug Man and krewe crest beadsThe parade theme celebrates icons and iconic pop culture from the 1970s, including Jimi Hendrix, Thelma Houston, ABBA and Soul Train. The procession also honors the state championship football teams from Edna Karr and L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker high schools.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: week two
Rex Duke™'s guide to the final week of parades Gambit's Carnival expert Rex Duke™ previews the final weekend of parades Mardi Gras is A true sharing economy, as krewes, high school marching bands and walking groups all pitch in to entertain us.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Friday, Feb. 24
Hermes, d'Etat and Morpheus roll Uptown, and Centurions and Excalibur are in Metairie Hermes6 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 30King: secretQueen: announced at krewe ballThrows: plush spears, pillows, cups, doubloons and beadsThe krewe often chooses a theme from the ancient world or literature and doesn't announce it until the day of the parade. The krewe introduces a new signature float depicting St. George the dragon slayer.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Events in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
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20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
The Trombone Shorty Foundation,founded by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, has matched every donation up to $50,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's (GNOF) Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund. GNOF awarded $100,000 in emergency grants to 13 organizations working in New Orleans East following February's devastating tornado.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Rex and Zulu celebrate on Lundi Gras
Live music and the arrival of Rex on the riverfront The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club holds its Lundi Gras Festival in Woldenberg Park and Rex, king of Carnival, and King Zulu meet at Spanish Plaza at 6 p.m.   Zulu introduces its royalty and characters (Big Shot, Witch Doctor, Mayor, etc.) and presents live music on two stages in Woldenberg Park.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall: Fractious and furious constituents shout down the senator

Town halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie today for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.

People began arriving around noon to line up and hold a parking lot rally before the doors opened at 3 p.m., so attendees already were tired of waiting when Cassidy arrived 22 minutes late to the 3:30 p.m. town hall.…

23 February 2017 | 2:02 am

City Council defers vote on rental registry to March 9

The New Orleans City Council will delay a vote on a rental registry and inspection program to next month. At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams and District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell sponsored a measure that would require landlords of most private rentals to register their properties with the city and subject them to inspections that must meet a checklist of health and safety requirements before they can be rented out.…

22 February 2017 | 10:35 pm

Slideshow: Protesters, supporters at Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie


Congressional town hall meetings have become heaty affairs back home, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall today at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Public Library is no exception. Several hundred people — mostly protesters — gathered outside starting at noon for the event, which was not scheduled to begin until 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few of the signs and people in the crowd.


22 February 2017 | 9:05 pm

Carl Schaubhut’s DTB to open on Oak Street in Spring

The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market.…

22 February 2017 | 8:58 pm

Krewe of Muses introduces rubber duck floats

Members of the Krewe of Muses have tossed rubber ducks to parade spectators for years. The krewe hopes to supersize the ducks' popularity with a new signature float, which will debut on the Uptown parade route Thursday night.…

22 February 2017 | 8:37 pm

Wednesday at the Square announces 2017 dates, lineup

The Young Leadership Council's annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square returns March 15-May 24. Admission is free.

Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste open the series on March 15.…

22 February 2017 | 7:33 pm

Broad Theater introduces "$2 Tuesday" movie screenings

The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St.) will introduce a new "$2 Tuesday" film program in April with a series of four cult favorites hand-picked by the theater's staff. Here's the full schedule:


April 4 — Wild at Heart

April 11 — Bloodsport

April 18 — The Lair of the White Worm

April 25 — The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

22 February 2017 | 3:46 pm

Report: Alien to land UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday

Lost in the hurlyburly of the first weekend of Mardi Gras, the first month of Donald Trump's presidency and the firehose of "fake news" comes this definitely-not-fake-news from Weekly World News, the former supermarket tabloid that now seems to be an online-only affair.

Billed (rightly) as a "Mardi Gras STUNNER!," the WWN seems to be the only media outlet to report an alien vows: "I'LL LAND MY UFO ON BOURBON STREET — ON FAT TUESDAY!"

The alien from Planet Zeeba, we are told, "wants to paint New Orleans red!"…

21 February 2017 | 6:59 pm

Special election for Troy Brown's vacated Senate seat set for April 29
Since Troy Brown stepped down last week as state Senator from District 2 (covering parts of several parishes south of Baton Rouge), the seat is empty heading into the regular legislative session that begins in April. Today Louisiana Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, called a special election to fill the District 2 seat.

Qualifying will be held March 15-17, and the election will be April 29.…

21 February 2017 | 6:23 pm

Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson to perform in New Orleans

Comedians Louie Anderson and Jim Gaffigan will perform in New Orleans on the same night on different stages this spring. Anderson is at The Joy Theater and Gaffigan is at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 21. Tickets to both shows go on sale at 10 a.m.…

21 February 2017 | 5:20 pm

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab and Brieux Carre are close to opening

Just off Frenchmen Street, the compact brewery and taproom Brieux Carre (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) features a cozy bar area with 12 taps and there is a beer garden in back.

Owner Robert Bostick, head brewer Taylor Pellerin, investors and friends built the brewery, from hand-mixing concrete and digging drainage trenches to creating the bar top from a tree they found near Bogue Falaya. Local brewhouse fabricator Craft Kettle made the brewing equipment.

“Literally everything in here has a story behind it,” Bostick says.

21 February 2017 | 3:00 pm

Y@ Speak: Hey now, you're an all star. Guy Fieri? Pa-rades.
As the corporate-branded fog over the French Quarter begins to clear, we find a graveyard of Popeyes boxes, broken beads and daiquiri-clutching partiers waking from the peaceful slumber that follows a week of near-belligerence to news that Boogie is coming to New Orleans. Also this week: The Hoy Boys reunite... with Guy Fieri, and Master P transcends incredible levels of petty over the Falcons' loss in the Super Bowl.

20 February 2017 | 10:32 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Wednesday, Feb. 22
Druids and Nyx roll Uptown Druids6:15 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 19Archdruid: secretThrows: Druid wands and hats, cups, doubloons and medallion beadsThe Mystic Krewe of Druids' themes typically feature the group's dry and sometimes cryptic wit. The organization is secretive: The identity of the Archdruid is not revealed and the group has no court or ball.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Tuesday, Feb. 28
Zulu, Rex and Argus roll Zulu 8 a.m.UptownTheme: Stop the ViolenceFloats: 30King: Adonis C. ExposeQueen: Donna M. GlapionThrows: decorated coconuts and medallion beadsIn response to the deaths of children of Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club members, the krewe is highlighting a "Stop the Violence" message, which is included on cups and some beads. Proceeds from sales of the parade poster will be donated to Crimestoppers.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
Jonathan RichmanWed. Feb. 22 | The original Modern Lover returns to One Eyed Jacks in the same setup as his 2012 and 2015 visits (solo, save for his timekeeper, ex-Giant Sand drummer Tommy Larkins) but with a new offering: Ishkode!…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Monday, Feb. 27
Proteus and Orpheus are set to roll Proteus 5:15 p.m.UptownTheme: Der Ring des NibelungenFloats: 20King: secretQueen: announced day of parade Throws: seahorse medallion beads, plush fish and seahorses, doubloons, cups, bracelets and lighted tridents, flambeaux and beadsThe krewe celebrates Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, and floats depict its famous pieces, "Flight of the Valkyries," "Rhinegold" and "The Destruction of Valhalla." The krewe also has replicated its 1882 king's float.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Rex unveils its 2017 parade bulletin
A history of the Rex bulletin In the mid-1870s, newspaper coverage of Carnival season began to augment descriptions of the pageants with small, black-and-white engravings of the float designs. The evolution of these printed images magically paralleled the increasing grandeur of their subjects, and in 1882, the first "broadside" sheets appeared.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Sunday, Feb. 26
Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, Bacchus, Napoleon and Athena Okeanos 11 a.m.UptownTheme: Okeanos Salutes American IconsFloats: 21King: Michael Charles BiermanQueen: Caroline Ann LundgrenThrows: Crawfish trays, krewe logo sand pails and cups, doubloons in eight colorsThe parade theme celebrates famous Americans, including Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, industrialist Henry Ford and entertainers Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. New Orleans icon Vince Vance serves as grand marshal.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Thursday, Feb. 23
Babylon, Chaos and Muses roll Uptown Babylon5:30 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 24Sargon: secretQueen: announced day of paradeThrows: theme T-shirts, headbands, doubloons and lighted krewe crests, streetcars and medallionsThe krewe doesn't announce its theme until the day of the parade, but floats titled "Golden Buddha" and "Golden Calf" promise a rich vision of iconic figures. Signature floats include the "Babylonian Barge" and the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon."…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Saturday, Feb. 25
N.O.M.T.O.C., Iris, Tucks, Endymion and Isis N.O.M.T.O.C. 10:45 a.m.West BankTheme: N.O.M.T.O.C. Salutes Icons of the SeventiesFloats: 29King: Wilfred Dennis Jr.Queen: Jada Cymone WashingtonThrows: Jug Man, lighted Jug Man and krewe crest beadsThe parade theme celebrates icons and iconic pop culture from the 1970s, including Jimi Hendrix, Thelma Houston, ABBA and Soul Train. The procession also honors the state championship football teams from Edna Karr and L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker high schools.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: week two
Rex Duke™'s guide to the final week of parades Gambit's Carnival expert Rex Duke™ previews the final weekend of parades Mardi Gras is A true sharing economy, as krewes, high school marching bands and walking groups all pitch in to entertain us.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mardi Gras 2017: parades for Friday, Feb. 24
Hermes, d'Etat and Morpheus roll Uptown, and Centurions and Excalibur are in Metairie Hermes6 p.m.UptownTheme: announced day of paradeFloats: 30King: secretQueen: announced at krewe ballThrows: plush spears, pillows, cups, doubloons and beadsThe krewe often chooses a theme from the ancient world or literature and doesn't announce it until the day of the parade. The krewe introduces a new signature float depicting St. George the dragon slayer.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Events in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-27, 2017)
[image-1[ Lundi GrasMon.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
The Trombone Shorty Foundation,founded by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, has matched every donation up to $50,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's (GNOF) Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund. GNOF awarded $100,000 in emergency grants to 13 organizations working in New Orleans East following February's devastating tornado.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Rex and Zulu celebrate on Lundi Gras
Live music and the arrival of Rex on the riverfront The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club holds its Lundi Gras Festival in Woldenberg Park and Rex, king of Carnival, and King Zulu meet at Spanish Plaza at 6 p.m.   Zulu introduces its royalty and characters (Big Shot, Witch Doctor, Mayor, etc.) and presents live music on two stages in Woldenberg Park.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Beer buzz: Miel Brewery to open in 2017
Brewery to open in the Irish Channel Alex Peyroux and Janice Montoya announced plans to open Miel Brewery (www.mielbrewery.com) near the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Sixth streets in the Irish Channel by the end of 2017.   Peyroux's ancestors came to New Orleans from France in 1740.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Poke Loa opens Uptown
Poke, the Hawaiian raw fish salad, has a home in New Orleans with the opening of Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993; www.eatpokeloa.com).   The restaurant has a Chipotle- esque build-your-own bowl setup.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

3-course interview: Amy Chan with Pythian Market
The market opens in a historic building on Loyola Avenue Amy Chan grew up in restaurants. Her parents founded the first Chinese restaurant on the West Bank in the 1970s.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Lula Restaurant Distillery opens on St. Charles Avenue
Lula Restaurant Distillery (1532 St. Charles Ave., 504-267-7624; www.lulanola.com) opened Feb. 13.   Co-owners Jess Bourgeois and Bear Caffery hatched the idea for the restaurant and distillery several years ago when the duo met while traveling in New Zealand.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Courtyard Brewery holds chili cookoff Feb. 27
Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) holds a chili cook-off starting 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Five in 5: steak sandwiches
Liberty Cheesesteaks5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447www.libertycheesesteaks.comThe steak hoagie includes American or provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and olive oil on an Italian hoagie roll. Luca Eats7329 Cohn St., (504) 866-1166www.lucaeats.comThin-sliced grilled sirloin is topped with caramelized onions, white cheddar and horseradish sauce on ciabatta.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Wine of the week: 2014 Librandi Ciro Rosso Classico
Calabria, Italy Retail $11-$14…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Review: The Crepe Place in Bywater
Simple, fresh, sweet and savory crepes in a casual cafe The Crepe Place is less a French restaurant than a cafe that pays homage to the country's best-known portable snack. Anchoring the airy space on Poland Avenue is the spot's raison d'etre, a custom-built wooden crepe cart.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

The Bead Shop Mardi Gras Workshop
The Bead Shop (4612 Magazine St., 504-895-6161; www.facebook.com/beadshopneworleans) hosts a Mardi Gras costume jewelry workshop 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Porter Lyons debuts first fine jewelry collection
Porter Lyons (631 Toulouse St., 800-585-0348; www.porter- lyons.com) debuted its first fine jewelry collection, featuring precious stones like sapphires, diamonds and emeralds. The Crescent City Collection showcases designs inspired by the stars and the serpentine curves of the Mississippi River.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Elle Boutique Sale
The sale is on at Elle Boutique (2108 Magazine St., 504-522-4929; www.shopelle.com). Patrons can enjoy 60-75 percent off winter styles.

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

What's in store: Bra Genie
Jeanne Emory, owner of Bra Genie (2881 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8638; www.thebragenie.com), DRAWS ON her many years in the bra industry to make women feel their best. Born and raised in Michigan, Emory graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in fashion merchandising and has been working in the bra industry since 1999.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Warby Parker Frame Studio spring collection
Warby Parker Frame Studio (3964 Magazine St., 504-799-2830; www.warbyparker.com) released its spring collection of eyewear early this month. The brand's metal and plastic frames range in style from aviators to wing-tips and start at $95, including prescription lenses.…

20 February 2017 | 10:00 pm

Women's Travel Fest heads to New Orleans
The fourth annual Women's Travel Fest at the New Orleans Jazz Market March 3-5 At last count, the tally of New Orleans’ annual festivals was well over the century mark and growing.…

19 February 2017 | 12:41 pm