"You know what I like about Sarah Vowell books?" Jon Stewart asked Vowell on an episode of The Daily Show a few years ago. "I laugh, and I learn."
On April 16, the writer, historian and comedian, who's known for her frequent contributions to This American Life and her six books that aim to link an American past to an American present, lectures at Tulane's Woldenberg Art Center at 6 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Freeman Auditorium and there will be a book signing after.
It's hard to talk about crime in New Orleans without revealing something personal. When people from out of town ask me what neighborhoods are "safe" or "un-safe" I try to dodge the question and say that New Orleans is "patch-work" and the the important thing it to stick to crowded, well-lit areas "just like any other city."
Of course, this does little to explain the nature of violent crime in New Orleans. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to explain how, where and why crime happens in this or any other city. Not to say that data maps explain all the reasons behind crime, but they can be useful in tracking where it occurs and helping identify how those areas are different from the ones that don't see crime. But if you try to track crime on your own, that can be a challenge.
Thankfully, software engineer Benjamin Eckel has come up with a fascinating take with the "NOLA Crime Heatmap." Rather than just pin-pointing where individual crimes take place, the map takes the data and shows crime by its concentration in certain areas.
Eckel admits it's not perfect — if you zoom out enough all of Orleans Parish looks like a scorching red dot of crime and there are only a few categories to choose from compared to other crime mapping sites — but it does create some pretty cool visualizations.
Eckel posted the link to his heatmap on reddit and has been taking some positive feedback over there and said he is working on improving the site's algorithm and create more accurate maps.
The French Ciné-Club, a series of French language films with English subtitles presented by l'Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans (AFNO), presents Christophe Honoré’s 2007 Love Songs (Les Chansons d’Amour) tonight, Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul inside the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Love Songs is a musical romantic comedy that pays homage to classic French musicals and features the songs and voice of Alex Beaupain. The third of six film collaborations so far by Honoré and Beaupain, Love Songs won the César Award for Best Original Score and made both artists' reputations in France and beyond.
General admission is $5, free for members. More info here.
When on the hunt for farm-fresh produce in the New Orleans area, the West Bank probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind.
Great seafood? Sure.
The best Honduran food in the city? Absolutely—but definitely not garden beds full of beets and bok choy.
In Marrero, a small but mighty contingent of restaurants, nonprofits and farmers is working to change that perception, as its members construct an oasis of locally sourced produce and innovative urban farming techniques.
Just over a year after the grand opening of Wendell Pierce’s first Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero, Cafe Hope — a local farm-to-table restaurant working to train at-risk youth — is playing host to the area’s first-ever Local Food Fest on Sunday, April 6.
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* Celebration begins at 11am
* Parade begins at 1pm.
(route details after the jump!)
Chef Jason Goodenough and general manager Stephen Deisinger oversee ambitious food and drink menus. Both are recent transplants from Philadelphia, and Goodenough worked locally at Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA and Ralph’s on the Park since moving to New Orleans in 2011. Goodenough’s menu features many creative interpretations of Louisiana and Southern dishes. “I’m a Yankee cooking Southern food,” Goodenough says. His version of chicken and Dumplings combines house-made gnocchi tossed with speck, creme fraiche and tarragon. Fried pork tail tots features deboned pig tail meat, pickled peppers, garlic chips and Creole mustard jus. The menu incorporates many locally sourced ingredients, and Goodenough grows 10 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and vegetables in his own garden to use at the restaurant.
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