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click to enlarge Wig design by Brooklyn Shaffer for Fifi Mahony’s

Photo by Gabrielle Geiselman

Wig design by Brooklyn Shaffer for Fifi Mahony’s

Best art gallery

»1. Terrance Osborne Gallery
3029 Magazine St., (504) 232-7530; www.terranceosborne.com
Entering the Terrance Osborne Gallery is a treat for the senses. The aroma of lavender essential oils, the high pile of a plush entryway rug, the sounds of New Orleans icons such as Dr. John and Trombone Shorty on the stereo and the vibrant hues of Osborne's portraits of life in the Crescent City that adorn the gallery walls welcome shoppers to the Lower Garden District shop. The space isn't merely a hub of art, but also hosts weekly meditation classes, signings and other events, such as an open house beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 when Osborne will sign and give away 100 prints of his painting From Nothing.

2. Gallery B. Fos
2138 Magazine St., (504) 444-2967; www.beckyfos.com

3. Arthur Roger Gallery
432 Julia St., (504) 522-1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com

click to enlarge PHOTO BY LASHAWN SIMONS
  • Photo by Lashawn Simons

 

Best nursery/preschool

»1. The Little Red Schoolhouse
2055 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 838-7979; www.littleredschoolhouseofmetairie.com

2. Little Gate
Louise S. McGehee School, 1538 Philip St., (504) 523-9911; www.littlegate.com

3. Green Trees
Isidore Newman School, 1903 Jefferson Ave., (504) 899-5641; www.newmanschool.org

 

Best grammar school

»1. Lusher Charter School
7315 Willow St., (504) 862-5110; www.lusherschool.org

2. Isidore Newman School
1903 Jefferson Ave., (504) 899-5641; www.newmanschool.org

3. Holy Name of Jesus School
6325 Cromwell Place, (504) 861-1466; www.hnjschool.org

 

Best high school

»1. Benjamin Franklin High School
2001 Leon C. Simon Drive, (504) 286-2600; www.bfhsla.org

2. Jesuit High School
4133 Banks St., (504) 486-6631; www.jesuitnola.org

3. Mount Carmel Academy
7027 Milne Blvd., (504) 288-7626; www.mcacubs.com

 

Best food festival

»1. Oak St. Po-boy Festival
www.poboyfest.com

2. New Orleans Oyster Festival
www.nolaoysterfest.org

3. Louisiana Seafood Festival
www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com

 

Best local foot race

»1. Crescent City Classic
www.ccc10k.com

2. Red Dress Run
www.nolareddress.com

3. San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
www.nolabulls.com

 

Best local college/university

»1. Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave., (504) 865-5000; www.tulane.edu

2. University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 280-6000; www.uno.edu

3. Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave. (504) 865-3240; www.loyno.edu

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Best golf course

»1. Bayou Oaks at City Park
South Course, 1040 Filmore Ave.; North Course, 1051 Filmore Ave., (504) 483-9410; www.cityparkgolf.com
Generations of New Orleanians have worked on their handicaps at New Orleans City Park golf courses, which numbered four until the levee failures of 2005. The park reopened the North Course in the ensuing years, but the highly anticipated $26 million championship South Course just opened in April after two years of construction. The 7,300-yard, par-72 course was designed by architect Rees Jones, offering holes with multiple tee locations to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Both courses have sand traps, water features and dozens of bunkers. The South Course opening is the latest in a number of upgrades at City Park, including expanded water activities and a miniature golf course.

2. Audubon Park Golf Course
6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5290; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/golf

3. TPC Louisiana
11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale, (504) 436-8721; www.tpc.com/louisiana

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Best New Orleans sports mascot

»1. Sir Saint
Step aside, Pierre. The original Jay Leno-chinned, rectangular-jawed New Orleans sports icon is the best in town, so say the fans. After making his debut in the late '60s, the steely eyed wearer of No. 1 came to life as a sideline favorite in 2008 alongside his St. Bernard pal Gumbo (see No. 2, who wears double zero). Despite his popularity and long history with the New Orleans Saints, he remains a man of mystery. Why doesn't he wear a face guard or chin strap? Who gave him knighthood? What's with the half smirk? And why is his chin so big? We may never know.

2. Gumbo

3. Baby Cakes

 

Best marching group

»1. 610 Stompers
www.610stompers.com

2. St. Augustine High School's Marching 100
www.staugnola.org/clubs-activities/marching-100/

3. Pussyfooters
www.pussyfooters.org

 

Best Mardi Gras parade

»1. Krewe of Endymion
www.endymion.org

2. Krewe of Muses
www.kreweofmuses.org

3. Mystic Krewe of Nyx
www.kreweofnyx.org

 

Best nonprofit

»1. Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org

2. Second Harvest Food Bank
700 Edwards Ave., (504) 734-1322; www.no-hunger.org

3. Team Gleason
www.teamgleason.org

 

Best Summer Camp

»1. JCC New Orleans Summer Day Camp
5432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 897-0143; www.nojcc.org

2. Audubon Zoo Summer Camp
6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

3. Newman Summer Day Camp

(504) 896-6297; www.newmansummer.com/index.php/day_camp

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman

 

Best music festival

»1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
www.nojazzfest.com
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival treated fans to a parade of headliners over the course of two weekends at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. This year's event brought Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Usher (pictured) and the Roots, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Widespread Panic, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Meters, Wilco, Irma Thomas, Los Van Van, Chucho Valdes and many others. The festival lineup is deep, whether attendees want to listen to blues and R&B legends or gospel choirs, dance a Cajun two-step, second-line with a brass band, parade to Mardi Gras Indian beats and chants or discover up-and-coming rock and country acts or singer/songwriters on the more intimate Lagniappe Stage. This year's festival also offered a taste of Cuban music and dancing, both on larger stages and in the cultural pavilion tent. It's a hard-to-beat music lineup, and that's in addition to all the local food, crafts and folk culture curated on the grounds.

2. French Quarter Festival
www.fqfi.org

3. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
www.voodoofestival.com

 

Best museum

»1. New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www.noma.org
The beautiful Beaux Arts entrance to New Orleans City Park looks staid, but in the last decade it's made some interesting forays into contemporary art, hosting performances by artists like Swoon and Quintron. The museum's most recent acquisition of modern art, donated by gallerist Arthur Roger, is on display through the end of this week. There's also the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which is a perfect stop for families and little ones who would prefer climbing around a cool giant spider than looking at paintings.

2. National WWII Museum
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944; www.nationalww2museum.org

3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St., (504) 539-9650; www.ogdenmuseum.org

click to enlarge PHOTO BY KANDACE POWER GRAVES
  • Photo by Kandace Power Graves

 

Best place for a first date

»1. New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888; www.neworleanscitypark.com
As a date venue, City Park excels for its versatility. The budget-conscious dater can enjoy free and cheap options, such as strolls and picnics under its historic oaks or a shared order of beignets at Morning Call ($2.44, cash only). Whimsical types can squire dates through a few rounds of mini-golf at City Putt or go on a pedal boat adventure, and those who want a little "cultcha" can take in the free sculpture garden attached to New Orleans Museum of Art or the flora at New Orleans Botanical Garden. The park neatly sidesteps a variety of common date obstacles: in addition to being affordable, most attractions are accessible for the under-21 set, and if your prospective sweetheart abstains from alcohol, it's a place to get to know each other that isn't a bar. During the holidays, Celebration in the Oaks at the Storyland amusement park (rides, hot cocoa, romantic lights) has been a classic date for a generation of New Orleanians.

2. Bacchanal Wine
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com

3. Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com



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