You can’t keep a good krewe down. The Krewe of Orpheus’ second annual 13th Night party — the group’s official kickoff of the Carnival season — naturally falls on the 13th night after Christmas: Saturday, Jan. 7 — the same time as the Saints’ first-round playoff game against the Detroit Lions. In true New Orleans style, instead of perceiving the playoff as competition, Orpheus is making it a feature of its party, setting up a big screen as well as smaller screens around the venue.
The 13th Night party is from 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) to midnight at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive) and features live music by the Gashouse Gorillaz and a special performance by the 610 Stompers. Refreshments include an open bar, a raw bar by Acme Oyster House and a variety of dishes from other local restaurants.
About 1,000 New Orleans public school students will learn the benefits of attending class every day during a special party for scholars with perfect attendance. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place).
More than 600 Recovery School District (RSD) students in the fifth through eighth grades who have perfect attendance for a year were invited to the event. Each of thos students is allowed to bring three guests, and each child who attends receives a gift. Party goers also can play games, enter Wii tournaments, meet and take pictures with Hornets forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Carl Landry, guard Marco Belinelli and center/forward Jason Smith. Head coach Monty Williams and some assistant coaches also will be on hand, as well as Hornets mascot Hugo, the Honeybees and Santa Claus.
Emerge is an attendance incentive initiative for middle school students in the RSD, and the Salvation Army Greater New Orleans Area Command, the Hornets, Richard’s Disposal and other groups provide incentives (including passes to special events at the Audubon zoo, a Hornets pep rally and more), throughout the year to encourage students to attend school every day. The Hornets organization said in a news release that since the program began, the total number of students with perfect attendance for an entire school year has more than doubled, and monthly attendance has increased 14 percent.
Though Warren Leruth died a decade ago, the legacy of this New Orleans chef, food scientist and restaurant consultant is still palpable. You can taste it in such local staples as oyster and artichoke soup, one of the original standards at his renowned restaurant LeRuth’s; in Green Goddess salad dressing, which he developed in the early 1960s; and even in the recipes for biscuits, red beans and dirty rice from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, which he created for that company when it was based in Louisiana.
But Leruth’s legacy also lives on in the success of the many other restaurateurs who count him as a mentor and in those touched by the philanthropic generosity for which he was known. To honor that spirit, St. Michael’s Special School today unveiled a new seven-foot statue of Leruth at its Uptown campus before a gathering of local chefs, Leruth family members and the St. Michael’s student body.
The school, which serves developmentally-disabled children, has for more then 30 years been the beneficiary of the Chefs’ Charity for Children. This culinary fundraiser was created in 1978 by Leruth and his longtime friend, the late journalist Phil Johnson of WWL-TV, and has since raised more than $1 million.
“My father was at a point then where he wanted to give back and especially to people who really needed it,” explained Larry Leruth, the late chef’s son. “One of the things my father annunciated throughout his life was love — love for his fellow chefs, love for each other and love for God.”
The hotel will also house Sweet Olive, a neo-American restaurant by Coquette chef and co-owner Michael Stoltzfus; the Burgundy Bar, a speakeasy-inspired spot that will host live jazz music; and Halo, a rooftop bar and lounge that will open in the spring.
It’s a good weekend to enjoy some crisp fall weather amid Cajun, zydeco and country music, cultural activities and demonstrations, and a variety of food and crafts vendors Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6 at the Louisiana Swamp Festival at Audubon Zoo. Activities include opportunities to interact with animals and watch them being fed in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. There also will be musica performances there.
Food choices include shrimp and crabmeat gumbo, spinach and crawfish bread bowls, cochon du lait po-boys, cochon nachos, grilled alligator sausage, soft-shell crab po-boys — and for extreme decadence, there are fried Oreos, Twinkies and bananas.
The festival is free to Audubon Zoo members and is include in the cost of zoo admission for nonmembers.
Check out the music schedule below the jump.
Who thought it was a good idea to create a baby doll to commemorate President Obama? Apparently Ashton-Drake Galleries, a respected manufacturer of life-like dolls, porcelain figures and commemorative dolls of famous people like Lucille Ball, Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama (as an adult) did and hired "Master Doll Artist" Linda Murray to make it a best-seller.
The Barack Obama doll, however, is discomfiting and, quite honestly, pretty creepy. It seems a disrespectful depiction of a president reminiscent of Lil' Bush, 2007-08’s satirical cartoon on Comedy Central.
The doll is really cute, though the price tag is $166.98. I just don’t want to have a picture of my president in a diaper — OK, a diaper covered in jean shorts — and T-shirt stuck in my head.
The product description says the doll is made for “adult collectors” and not recommended as a toy, although it’s made of vinyl. Reviews on Amazon.com have been less than stellar, averaging one star out of a possible five. Some reviewers even accused Amazon.com of taking down reviews because of a lack of positive feedback.
I’m not averse to satire and making fun of our political figures — it’s an American tradition; making a bobble head or funny action figure is all in good fun. I'm not even a big fan of Obama, but creating a lifelike baby doll of the president as a commemoration of the leader of the free world is misguided at best. To top the insult, it has a tag that reads, “Made in Kenya.”
Second line behind the New Birth Brass Band in Audubon Park Saturday, Oct. 8, to raise awareness about the services and resources available in the New Orleans area for people with mental illness and their families. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) New Orleans is sponsoring NAMI Walks for the Mind of America, a 1.8-mile course that starts at Audubon Park Shelter No. 10 (on Magazine Street across from Audubon Zoo). Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. New Birth will lead a second line for the entire walk.
The New Orleans event is part of a nationwide fundraising and awareness program, with NAMI Walks for the Mind of America being staged in more than 80 communities across the U.S. NAMI officials say they expect the 2011 walks collectively to raise more than $8 million.
Registration is free, but donations are encouraged (it is a fundraiser, after all). Last year’s inaugural New Orleans walk raised more than $94,000, and all the money raised is used locally for services including housing, case management, drop-in centers, education programs, support groups and psychosocial rehabilitation programs.
The League of Women Voters of St. Tammany (WVST) is commencing a study Monday, Oct. 3, about the federal government’s role in education. The league is inviting the public to attend four informational sessions held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 in the cafeteria at the Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital (64030 Hwy. 434, Lacombe).
Each of the sessions will cover a different topic:
• Oct. 3: common core standards and assessments
• Oct. 10: early childhood education, equity, and funding
• Oct. 24: funding and equity issues
• Nov. 7: funding for the education of disadvantaged children.
On Nov. 14, the league will hold a meeting to determine consensus using data collected at the four sessions. That information will be used for formulate a position the league will vote on at its national convention in June and will form a basis for the national organization’s action on the role of federal government in education.
For more information about the study, visit the league’s website, www.lwvst.info.
It’s a great weekend to celebrate fall: spend some time outdoors, hear some free music, check out different beers for a cheap price — and help raise money for the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA). WWL-TV chief meteorologist Carl Arredondo (http://www.wwltv.com/weather/?nTar=OPUR&iq_id=7823934) says it will be sunny, with highs in the mid-70s — good weather for the second annual New Orleans on Tap beer festival at City Park today (Saturday, Oct. 1).
The free festival is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. by the boathouse at the Big Lake (across from Christian Brothers School on Friedrichs Avenue). There’s music, prizes — and if you need it, a free cab ride home.
Admission is free, but festivalgoers buy tickets to pay for refreshments, games and more. Beers from home brewers and local, national and international breweries are available in two sizes: samples start at $1, and large beers are $3 and up. Local brewers represented include Abita, NOLA Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Covington Brewhouse, Heiner Brau Microbrewery and Bayou Teche Brewing. Other labels available are He’Brew, Harpoon, Blue Moon, Paulaner, Ommegang, Sam Adams, Kronenbourg and many others. (For a complete list of beers or more information, visit www.neworleansontap.org.) Food offerings include jambalaya, Zapp’s chips, hamburgers, hotdogs and sno-balls.
Live music starts at 2:30 p.m. with Rotary Downs, followed by Flow Tribe at 5 p.m.
Festivalgoers also can enter raffles for Saints vs Falcons tickets from findargyle.com, a $429 bicycle from East Bank Cyclery, and a $250 pair of tickets to the LA/SPCA’s Howling Success benefit gala Nov. 5.
Southern Eagle is sponsoring free cab rides after the event.
Tickets go on sale at City Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, and packages include an interactive Around the World Pass that allows attendees to try beer offerings from around the world. (Passholders get a free New Orleans on Tap T-shirt.) Other ticket packages are $20 for 22 tickets, $50 for 58 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
If you’re already thinking about adopting a dog, the St. Tammany Humane Society (STHS) (20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, 985-892-PETS; www.sthumane.org) — a no-kill shelter — is encouraging you to do it in October, during National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. To help meet its goal of adopting out 50 puppies in October — 20 more than it normally does a month — the humane society is giving away two Rescue Dog Basket containing a dog bed, collar and leash, flea and tick prevention, a gift certificate to STHS and more.
One basket will be given away in a raffle among adoptive families. The other will go to the winner of a “My Rescue Dog” story contest detailing an experience with an adopted dog. Email the story with a photo of your pet to email@example.com. All stories and photos will be posted under “Happy Tails” on the STHS’ website, www.sthumane.org.
All dogs available for adoption have been spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on vaccinations, are microchipped and have been tested for heart worms Adoption includes six months free heart worm preventative. Adoption prices range from $50 to $150. Cats also are available for adoption at STHS.
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