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Friday, December 27, 2013

Live Oak Cafe opens Jan. 4

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Oak Street Cafe is closed for renovations.
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Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St.) opens Saturday, Jan. 4, in a renovated space that less than a month ago was Oak Street Cafe. That breakfast and lunch restaurant closed Dec. 13, and partners and cooking team Helena Hjort, Clare Leavy and Bryan Harrison began revamping the interior and reworking the menu.

The new restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have table service and a menu of classic breakfast fare and comfort food. The focus is on making everything on the menu from scratch, including sausage, and procuring all-natural produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from local sources.

The cafe also will be environmentally responsible, partnering with Hollygrove Market & Farm for composting, recycling cooking oil from its kitchen and placing a recycling bin outside for the public to use. The team isn’t trying to revolutionize Oak Street, however.

“We want to keep with the history of the neighborhood, be a part of that and build on it,” says Leavy, a native of Chicago who has worked at Oak Street Cafe on and off for several years. She also has cooked at Carmo, Pizza Delicious and Vizard’s. Hjort is from Sweden and Harrison is a New Orleans native.

“We’re all from different places,” Leavy says of her partners. “We’ll take classic cooking that feels like home to us and meld it together for the best taste. We want [customers] to learn to trust us, so that they know whatever is on the menu, it will be good.”

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Angela Hill going to WWL radio

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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Angela Hill is coming out of a short retirement from WWL-TV to host her own show on WWL radio from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Sept. 30.

Garland Robinette, Hill’s former husband and longtime co-anchor at WWL-TV, announced Hill’s new show Thursday during an interview with her on The Think Tank With Garland Robinette.

He promised another programming announcement on his show Sept. 23 — this one regarding John “Spud” McConnell, whose Talk Gumbo with John “Spud” McConnell program will be displaced when Hill takes the time slot Talk Gumbo now fills.

In a news release issued after the announcement Chris Claus, vice president and general manager of Entercom New Orleans, WWL’s parent company, said, “Spud isn’t going anywhere. We have big and exciting plans for him.” It was followed by a pitch to tune in at noon Sept. 23 for the announcement.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Makin’ groceries for Tennessee Williams

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

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You've got to eat, so you may as well make buying groceries a cultural outing — or at least one that supports cultural — by shopping on Wednesday, Aug. 7, when Whole Foods Market (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) donates 5 percent of its net sales for the day to the Tennessee Willliams/New Orleans Literary Festival.


Visit the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival table at the store and register for a chance to win a VIP all-access pass to the 2014 festival, valued at about $400. A festival spokesperson says, “Tennessee will be there, too,” (albeit in cardboard form), so bring your camera.


The festival is March 19-23, 2014, and includes five days of seminars, panel discussions, master classes, writing contests, performances, tours, playwriting, a popular Stella shouting contest and more at venues in the French Quarter. Speakers at the 2014 festival include Dorothy Allison, Emily Raboteau, Justin Torres, Robert Pinsky, Victor LaValle and others, and the NOLA Project will stage a production of Williams’ Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. For more information about the festival, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.


Several times a year, individual Whole Foods’ stores hold “5 percent” days to benefit a local nonprofit or charity as part of their mission to give back to their local communities.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Orleans ranked 13th for sugar daddies

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

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From the “Gee, I’m in the wrong business” file:

A national study conducted by the dating website SeekingArrangement.com and released this week, shows New Orleans has 2.43 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, putting the Big Easy 13th on the list. In another survey of sugar daddies released in December 2012, the website broke down statistics by religion, finding the highest number of sugar daddies were Jewish (28 percent), 17 percent were evangelicals (17 percent), 14 percent were Catholic and 8 percent were Protestant. (Twelve percent of sugar daddies in the study were not affiliated with a specific religion, and 3 percent identified themselves as atheist or agnostic.

The new study ranks Atlanta in first place, with 5.98 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, Scottsdale, Ariz., came in second with 5.23, San Francisco dropped two places from last year with 4.94, Tampa, Fla., takes fourth with 4.48 and Boston places fifth with 4.29 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men. Charlotte, S.C., came in last (20th) with a 1.49 count.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neil Barclay named director of Contemporary Arts Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

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The Contemporary Arts Center named Neil Barclay its new executive director. Most recently, Barclay was a consultant with Arts Consulting Group, a group that handles interim management and organizational services for arts and cultural institutions.

Barclay served as associate director of the Performing Arts Center for the University of Texas at Austin for seven years. He was the founding president and CEO of Pittsburg, Pa.'s August Wilson Center. And he recently worked on capital development for Los Angeles' Vision Theater, originally built by Howard Hughes for the city.

Barclay has served as a peer panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Gerbode Foundation and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Barclay joins the CAC May 1. He replaces longtime CAC director Jay Weigel. Weigel will focus on his work composing and arranging music.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brooklyn Brewery Mash heads to New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

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The Brooklyn Brewery Mash rolls into town next week with a six-day schedule of events at venues around town mixing cuisine, art, film, music and, of course, beer.

New Orleans is the second stop on an 11-city national tour for the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, which is organized by the New York-based brewery and benefits the nonprofit Slow Food USA. The Mash continues across the country all year, and at each stop event organizers orchestrate collaborations between people in the local food and art scenes and counterparts from Brooklyn traveling with the road show.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pre-teen helps animals for Lent

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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While many Christians will make a pledge today to give up an indulgence — chocolate, alcohol, meat, entertainment — for Lent leading up to Easter, 12-year-old Ethan Carroll is giving up his time instead to collect necessities for Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter.

It’s the fourth year for Ethan Carroll’s Lent Project. He’ll collect pet food, blankets, pet toys, cleaning supplies and more to deliver to the St. Tammany Humane Society after Easter. Ethan and his father, Tim Carroll, will pick up donations in the Greater New Orleans area (call 504-655-1381 or email plantim1024@yahoo.com). Since beginning the project, Ethan, a seventh grader at St. Andrew the Apostle School and a musical theater student at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has found support among individuals, businesses and schools.

So how does a young boy decide on such an undertaking?

His mother Laura Carroll, operations and events director at Gambit, says her son didn’t have any vices or indulgences, since he wasn’t particularly fond of chocolate or soft drinks, so giving up something he didn’t care about for Lent would have been meaningless. He wanted to do something that would make a difference. Because he had to give up his dog, Sapphire, to a shelter, Ethan wanted to make sure the humane society had what it needed to care for his dog and the other animals there.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Barcadia promises burgers, beers and joysticks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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A new venture called Barcadia is gearing up to open in the Warehouse District with a concept mingling vintage arcade games, craft beers and burgers. Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat and other classics of the coin-op kingdom will line the floor, while the bar will feature 40 or so draft beers and the kitchen will stay open late.

Barcadia is taking shape in the ground floor of a parking garage just off Poydras Street where the developers are also building an upscale cocktail bar called Ohm Lounge. Barcadia is expected to open in early January, with Ohm Lounge following later in the month.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Y@ Speak: R.I.P. Uncle Lionel Batiste

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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Locals mourn New Orleans brass band legend Uncle Lionel Batiste, who died Sunday morning at age 81. Also this week: Sean Payton gets divorced, ex-Times-Picayune people get hired at WWL-TV, Essence Fest happens and people flip out on Twitter.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy birthday Paul McCartney

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

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English singer-songwriter Paul Weller has recorded his version of the Beatles’ hit song “Birthday” in honor of Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday June 18 — and to raise money for young people in war-torn areas.

Today (June 18) only, music fans can download the song for 70 cents at www.amazon.com. Proceeds from sale of the single will benefit War Child International, a group of humanitarian organizations trying to help children and young adults living in areas of armed conflict survive and move forward.

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