Monday, December 5, 2016

Ruby Slipper Cafe to open Uptown, short-lived Brick and Spoon closes

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:03 PM

The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017. - COURTESY RUBY SLIPPER CAFE/FACEBOOK
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  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open a fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January 2017.

Regional breakfast franchise Brick and Spoon closed its Magazine Street location last week, but another popular breakfast and brunch spot has quickly jumped on the spot. Ruby Slipper Cafe will open its fifth New Orleans location at 2802 Magazine St. in January, the restaurant’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5. The company also has two out-of-state locations in Orange Beach and Pensacola, Florida.

“We are excited that our Ruby Slipper family has the opportunity to expand within our home city of New Orleans” owner Jennifer Weishaupt said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had our eye on opening a location Uptown for years and this location off the corner at Washington and Magazine Street seems like the perfect spot. We look forward to sharing our own brand of Southern charm with another New Orleans neighborhood for many years to come."

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Church Alley Coffee Bar to close Central City cafe, move to Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter. - CHURCH ALLEY COFFEE BAR/FACEBOOK
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  • Church Alley Coffee Bar will close its Central City location on Dec. 30. The local cafe will reopen in Mid-City in late January 2017, along with merchandiser Goods That Matter.

Church Alley Coffee Bar (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) is moving from its Central City location to Mid-City, the cafe’s owners announced Monday, Dec. 5.

The community-minded coffee shop and cafe, which shares a space at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, will close Dec. 30. It will open in late January at its new home at 4201 Canal St., along with fellow Central City tenant The Good Shop, from local retailer Goods that Matter.

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Bryan Ferry to perform in New Orleans in 2017

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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Before he returns to Europe to continue a 2017 world tour, Bryan Ferry will headline several U.S. shows, including a stop in New Orleans in March. Ferry performs Thursday, March 16 at the Saenger Theatre.

Ferry — the crooning vibrato in front of Roxy Music and over a dozen solo albums — released his fifteenth LP, Avonmore, in 2014, featuring Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers and electronic producer Todd Terje, among others, extending Ferry's sophisticated pop legacy from the gorgeous renderings of his 1973 debut These Foolish Things to his modern-minded compositions.

Tickets are $39-$90 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 via Ticketmaster and the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St., 800-745-3000).

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Lisa Lampanelli coming to Orpheum Theater April 14

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Lisa Lampanelli. - COURTESY HUKA ENTERTAINMENT
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  • Lisa Lampanelli.

Insult comic queen Lisa Lampanelli, who played the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2009 and 2012, will return to New Orleans for a show at the Orpheum Theater April 14, 2017. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. on the Huka Entertainment website and the Orpheum Theater website.

Lampanelli was nominated for a Grammy Award last year for Best Comedy Album, and has previously been a regular on Comedy Central's yearly roasts of the famous and infamous. She also was a contestant on the pseudo-reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, which was hosted at the time by the president-elect of the United States.

In this standup special, Lampanelli talks Trump:

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Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders plan March 2017 show at Smoothie King Center

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Stevie Nicks performs March 15 at the Smoothie King Center. - KRISTIN BURNS
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  • Stevie Nicks performs March 15 at the Smoothie King Center.

Top-hatted, cape-wearing singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham-Nicks, witches) extends her 2016 tour with The Pretenders into 2017 with 20 new dates. The Pretenders will open for Nicks Wednesday, March 15 at the Smoothie King Center.

Her tour follows 2014's revisiting of older demos on a well-received eighth studio album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault. The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde (with producer Dan Auerbach) helmed a 2016 release with Alone, the band's first in nearly a decade.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 12. American Express card holders can access tickets beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 via LiveNation.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Second line Sunday: Dumaine Street Gang and Westbank Steppers parades

Posted By on Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Dumaine St. Gang King 2011 Henry James
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  • Dumaine St. Gang King 2011 Henry James

DUMAINE STREET GANG S&P CLUB 19TH ANNUAL PARADE

Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016

Featuring: Dumaine Street Ladies Trolley Division, On More Time S&P Club, Young Rollers S&P Club, TBC, All Stars and Da Truth brass bands


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Manchester by the Sea

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
  • Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

Sometimes things just don’t work out for films that once seemed destined for adulation and awards. There’s no better example from recent years than celebrated playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret.

The follow-up to You Can Count on Me, Lonergan’s Oscar-nominated debut as a film director, Margaret got buried in lawsuits after years in which Lonergan wouldn’t — or couldn’t — deliver a contractually obligated, 150-minute edit of his post-9/11 New York City epic. In the end, Margaret’s story was told by The New York Times Magazine in a story headlined “Kenneth Lonergan’s Thwarted Masterpiece.” An extended cut of the movie is now available (and should be seen by anyone interested in current film), but the bottom line is that Margaret will never find the audience it deserves.

No such fate awaits Lonergan’s masterful third feature, Manchester by the Sea, the story of a handyman with a troubled past and broken spirit made to confront his demons after a death in his family. The film has all the ingredients that make many of Lonergan’s previous works for stage and screen so special.

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Restaurant news for Piccola Gelateria, Cafe Anglais and more

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Piccola Gelateria, a cafe specializing in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, is now open on Freret Street. - COURTESY PICCOLA GELATERIA
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  • Piccola Gelateria, a cafe specializing in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, is now open on Freret Street.

Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 954-618-8141), a gelato-focused cafe, is now open. Owners Ria and Ross Turnbull began a soft opening Nov. 17 and host a grand opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2).

The cafe specializes in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, with 18 house-made flavors, many of which will change seasonally. Ross Turnbull makes the small-batch gelato in-house daily. There are traditional flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and Nutella and daily creations from a rotating list, including pomegranate sorbet, pistachio, sea-salted caramel, lemon mint, tiramisu and nougat.

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Books roundup: Five book-related events in December in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

JOE SHLABOTNIK
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Between awkward office Christmas parties, family members with questionable politics and hot chocolate with too many/not enough marshmallows, the holidays can be a trying time of year. Find solace at one of these (mostly) non-Christmas-related book parties.

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