True to its name, the world came to a rather abrupt end for the restaurant La Fin du Monde, which had a brief run recently on Magazine St. in the space that formerly housed Cafe Rani. Undaunted, Chef Jonathan Lestingi, along with bar manager Sonali Fernando, snapped up a sweet spot in the hoppin' Bywater for their newest venture, Oxalis, which opened today.
Louisiana loses about one football field worth of wetlands every 45 minutes. By the way, what are you doing with your old Christmas tree this year?
Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the city will once again be collecting Christmas trees after the holidays to help protect the Louisiana coastline. Naked Christmas trees, without tinsel or other trimmings, will be picked up curbside on regularly scheduled recycling days Jan. 9, 10, and 11. The city won't take flocked or artificial trees, and nothing in plastic bags.
According to Tyler Gamble, a spokesperson for the mayor, more than 9,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish last year and airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of program to create new marsh. The trees trap silt and help encourage the growth of marsh grasses.
"The Louisiana National Guard dropped the trees in pre-selected coastal zones as determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," Gamble said via email. "The strategic placement of trees in wetland habitats will stimulate the formation of new marsh, providing vital habitat to wintering waterfowl, wading birds and other wildlife. Over the past few years, this project has reestablished approximately 100 acres of marsh in Bayou Sauvage."
“New Orleans is earning a great reputation as an eco-friendly city, and this service is one of the ways our citizens can help protect and restore our environment," Landrieu said in a statement. "Together, we can save thousands of trees from being thrown out to waste and also provide critical support to help preserve our wetlands."
Before New Orleans City Council met at its regular meeting yesterday, several groups stirred that a "new" noise ordinance would be introduced — one that wasn't based on acoustician and sound expert David Woolworth's report commissioned by the City Council in 2011. Yesterday, City Council introduced its draft of a noise ordinance, sponsored by all council members. Of course, that ordinance has not yet been discussed in any public meeting or City Council committee, so the ordinance was read into the record on first reading.
Advocacy group the Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO) warned that the proposed ordinance is similar to the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates' (VCPORA) document "7 Essential Items to Make Our Noise Ordinance Work for the City of New Orleans," which was supposed to be released at a press conference that never happened in June 2013. City Council, MACCNO and VCPORA have grappled with redrafting the city's noise ordinance for more than a year.
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Every time Ignatius J. Reilly cracked open a bottle of Dr. Nut in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, I found myself longing for a taste the written word was not able to give. I didn't even know what Dr. Nut was; a regional soda long extinct by the time I made it into the world. But something about the descriptions of that cold drink running down the esophagus of Ignatius sparked a curiosity (a slightly repulsive curiosity, but still):
"The Dr. Nuts seemed only as an acid gurgling down into his intestine. He filled with gas, the sealed valve trapping it just as one pinches the mouth of a balloon. Great eructations rose from his throat and bounced upward toward the refuse-laden bowl of the milk glass chandelier. Once a person was asked to step into this brutal century, anything could happen." -Toole
The New Orleans soft drink stopped appearing on shelves when its producer, The World Bottling Co., was busted for not paying its taxes. But Phillip Collier's new book, Making New Orleans, provides some hope for those who want to experience a cooling, gassy sip of New Orleans literature and history in a glass. The book is an homage to the brands that have made New Orleans, past and present, and it includes a history of Dr. Nut in addition to a recipe that might get you close to the original.
"For nostalgic individuals," the book says, "according to drinksmixer.com, mixing 2 ounces of Dr. Pepper soda with 4 ounces of amaretto almond liqueur will make an 'adult' Dr. Nut beverage that will take your taste buds right back to the soda you grew up with." Though Ignatius, of course, drank his "virgin."
Collier will be signing his new book at noon tomorrow at Octavia Books.
When one thinks of aged spirits, the first things that come to mind might be whiskey, rum, tequila or Cognac. But three month-old eggnog? Domenica's executive pastry chef Lisa Marie White gambled on a recipe, and it's paying off.
It's no secret that Hollywood saves many of the year's best films for the holiday season, when those attending family gatherings need a good excuse to get out of the house and Oscar voters are considering their favorites. But we can't recall a better crop of films opening on pre-Christmas weekend than the one happening right now.
Starting their official runs today in New Orleans are three films that have already (and deservedly) won multiple best-of-year honors from critics' associations across the country. American Hustle, David O. Russell's wildly entertaining tale of small-time con artists hoping to outsmart the FBI, is the real crowd-pleaser of the three (read our full review here). Inside Llewyn Davis is darker but gets under your skin in a way that's unique to the always-fascinating Coen Brothers (full review here). Nebraska, Alexander Payne's warped valentine to the American heartland, is also not to be missed.
Nebraska is screening exclusively at the Elmwood Palace, and Inside Llewyn Davis can only be found at Canal Place. American Hustle is showing all over town. These films may have their runs extended (or return to local screens if they've already gone) after the Oscar nominations are announced on January 16, but the best advice is to see all three of them on the big screen while you can.
“If it was never new and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song,” explains the fictional folk singer at the center of Joel and Ethan Coen's brooding and utterly original film, Inside Llewyn Davis. It’s an apt description of a style of music unique to a particular time and place: New York City’s Greenwich Village just before Bob Dylan arrived (in February 1961) and everything began to change. Those words also serve as an elegy for the era lovingly recreated by the film — one that lacks the cultural currency of both the Beat Generation that preceded it and the rock ’n’ roll era that followed. But the Coens find something universal in this unlikely setting, a window on the price paid by artists of any time who value authenticity above all else. As brilliantly played and sung by musician-turned-actor Oscar Isaac, Davis represents the legions of artists with enough talent to earn a wide audience but who mostly fall victim to bad timing, their own poor choices or the harsh realities of the culture industries.
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