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A game plan for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Photo by Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times -- Wine experts say tastings like the upcoming Grand Tasting and Vinola! event in New Orleans are training grounds for making satisfying choices at restaurants and wine shops.

There’s a vast world of wine out there, and this week a lot more of it is flowing into New Orleans. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, the city’s largest annual wine event, returns Thursday through Saturday. The schedule is a little different this year, though the format is mostly the… Continue reading →

Quick tips for the best sips: wine pros on finding your favorites, to spit or not to spit, and when enough is enough

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Wine experts say tastings like the upcoming Grand Tasting and Vinola! event in New Orleans are training grounds for making satisfying choices at restaurants and wine shops.

With the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience returning this week, we asked a few wine pros for practical tips and guidelines on etiquette at the tasting table. Below are comments from master sommeliers Madeline Triffon and Evan Goldstein, who are both visiting for NOWFE, and from Commander’s Palace “wine guy” Dan Davis… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: ‘Dystopia’ at Barrister’s

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- It was titled “Dystopia,” but people were having a lovely time when Barrister’s Gallery hosted an opening reception for the show. Dan Tague curated the exhibit, which included work by artists John Barnes, Vanessa Centeno, Jason Childers, Charles Handler, David Hassell, Charlie Hoffacker, TIM (Time Is Money), Jamie Ruth, Christopher Saucedo, Nina Schwanse, Jesse Shaw and John Isiah Walton.  Meanwhile, Jason Chaffin hosted a pop-up show called “Sunflowers.” --  Scotty Carroll, Elyssa Lovejoy, Bernard Johnson

It was titled “Dystopia,” but people were having a lovely time when Barrister’s Gallery hosted an opening reception for the show. Dan Tague curated the exhibit, which included work by artists John Barnes, Vanessa Centeno, Jason Childers, Charles Handler, David Hassell, Charlie Hoffacker, TIM (Time Is Money), Jamie Ruth, Christopher Saucedo, Nina Schwanse, Jesse Shaw… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Krewe of Petronius Cocktails and Crowns

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- The Krewe of Petronius announced its royalty with pomp and prizes at the Cocktails and Crowns party, which doubled as a fundraiser for the krewe’s 56th Carnival costume ball. Queen Petronius-elect Kayla Starr and King Petronius-elect Joseph McManus, aka Starr Alexander, will reign over Bal Masque LV,   themed “The Seven Deadly Sins.” An array of tsars, empresses, grand marshalls and other titled locals enjoyed a buffet, door prizes and a silent auction.  -- King Petronius LVI Starr Alexander, Queen Petronius LVI Kayla Starr

The Krewe of Petronius announced its royalty with pomp and prizes at the Cocktails and Crowns party, which doubled as a fundraiser for the krewe’s 56th Carnival costume ball. Queen Petronius-elect Kayla Starr and King Petronius-elect Joseph McManus, aka Starr Alexander, will reign over Bal Masque LVI, themed “The Seven Deadly Sins.” An… Continue reading →

Mid-City’s Bayou Boogaloo is back with boat contests, more music, floating bar

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - People flock to Bayou St. John each spring for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, which combines music, food and art in a setting along the historic waterway.

Awards for boat decorations, more water activities, a floating bar and a wider selection of local craft beer are new this year at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, New Orleans’ annual late spring festival along Bayou St. John. The free festival, between Dumaine and Lafitte streets, invites attendees to enjoy the historic waterway while listening… Continue reading →

2016 Bayou Boogaloo festival beefs up its musical roster

Anders Osborne performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH109

If the musical roster for this weekend’s 11th edition of the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo seems a bit more marquee than usual, that’s because it is. The Bayou Boogaloo is produced by the nonprofit Mothership Foundation and its president-founder, Jared Zeller. While planning the 2016 event, Zeller secured a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for… Continue reading →

Food at the Boogaloo: flavors from a growing Mid-City dining scene and a root beer ‘float’ right on the bayou

Photo provided by MoPho -- A vermicelli bowl, topped with glazed pork, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, from MoPho.

The scene at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is famously relaxing. Deciding what to eat may be the most difficult part of your day. The waterfront festival’s collective menu consists of ethnic delicacies, Creole mainstays, vegetarian plates and inspired beverages that will cool you to the core. “We have a variety of food that appeals to anyone and… Continue reading →

Sia, Sturgill Simpson, Young the Giant, Skynyrd/Frampton tours all headed to New Orleans

Photo provided -- The pop singer-songwriter Sia is bringing her first arena headlining tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Nov. 3, 2016.

This week has started off with a slew of announcements about upcoming New Orleans concerts by Sia, Sturgill Simpson, Young the Giant, comedian Ron White, a group composed of members of Yes, and a classic rock double bill of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton. Pop star Sia, she of the face-obscuring wig, will bring her first arena… Continue reading →

Marigny Opera Ballet to reprise ‘Orfeo,’ add premieres

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- Phillip Rush in 'Orfeo.' The production, which sold out last season, returns to the Marigny Opera House next April, for the 2016-17 season.

Blending jazz, New Orleans and Greek mythology, the Marigny Opera Ballet announces a tantalizing season of dance starting in November. The company, based at the Marigny Opera House, was founded in 2014 and continues to highlight the work of local dancers and choreographers, performing with live music and frequently premiering new works. “Giselle Deslondes” begins the… Continue reading →

Through a room-sized pinhole camera, Vera Lutter spies a world in reverse

Photo by Vera Lutter, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery --   Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XVII

Like answering machines and carbon paper, photographic negatives are a once common technology that’s become obsolete. But they’re central to the work of artist Vera Lutter, whose “Inverted Worlds” exhibit currently is on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The show consists of a dozen large-scale negative photographic images that Lutter created… Continue reading →

New Orleans events calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Photo providedTerrance Osborne's "The Wine Connoisseur" fits the theme for this year's Art&Soul Gala: "Home is where the art is" to benefit the NOCCA Institute Saturday. A giclee of the work will be sold during the live auction, part of the evening's events that include live performances, food and a silent auction. A variety of ticket configurations are possible, ranging from patrons to to a special after-hours dessert party. $75 and up. 6:30 p.m., Chevron Forum, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 940-2900. noccainstitute.com.

BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, through May 29, New Orleans. Nine days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more. birdfootfestival.org. BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela. LITERARY LUNCHEON: 11:30… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jazz and R&B singer Nayo Jones will perform with the Nayo Jones Experience at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863.

JIVE!: 2 p.m., Music at the Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. (504) 568-2841. JAZZ IN THE PARK WITH HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND, ZION TRINITY AND DARCEY MALONE AND THE TANGLE: 4 p.m., Armstrong Park, 835 N. Rampart St. DIRTYFACE: 4 p.m., RF’s, 301 Dauphine St. (504) 586-0972. ALEXANDRA SCOTT AND JOSH PAXTON: 5 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Symphonic, sacred music calendar, May 19-26, 2016

SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The Jefferson Community Band performs. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net. “A HERO’S LIFE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra closes the season with a look at musical heroism, including a fanfare, composed by LPO Principal Bassist David Anderson,… Continue reading →

Stages calendar, May 19-26, 2016

Photo providedLisa Wolpe portray's Shylock from "The Merchant of Venice," one of many male characters she has protrayed, which will come to life in Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender. Wolpes production melds the Bards most iconic male characters with stories of her life for the opening show of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; Lupin Theater, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.. $20. (504) 865-5105. neworleansshakespeare.org.

“BOBBY BONES — FUNNY & ALONE COMEDY TOUR”: 7 p.m. Friday, The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Syndicated radio host funny man brings his show to New Orleans, with special guests Love and Theft, and Nikita Karmen. $25 and up. (504) 528-9569. thejoytheater.com. “The BOne ISLE —A SINISTER FUNDRAISER ON… Continue reading →

Art openings, May 19-26, 2016

File photo -- "Tujague's: 160 Years of Tradition" is an exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opening Saturday. It looks at the storied history of the French Quarter restaurant. The exhibit, which includes this early photo that hangs in the restaurant, coincides with the naming of the restaurant to the National Culinary Heritage Register. It will be up through October. 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org.

ARTISTS’ GALLERIES DE JUNEAU: 5 p.m. Thursday meet the artists. Music by Robert Torme; demonstration by Tammy Morris; book signing by Leif Pedersen, “The Swamp Kids”; charcoal portraits by Jaime Ortega. 2143 First St., Slidell. (985) 326-8286. juneaugallery.com. HALL-BARNETT GALLERY: 5 p.m. Thursday opening reception. “Finding Our Place” exhibit explores landscape directly and conceptually, with works by Southern-based artists,… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Group show ‘Interpretations’

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Fifteen local artists were represented at the lively group show “Interpretations,” which opened at the New Orleans Art Center on St. Claude Avenue. Among the artworks were abstract paintings, drawings that drew on print and book covers, and an interactive exhibition, centered on the Confederate monument controversy, called New Heritage Trails. -- Artist Blake Boyd, Boyd | Satellite Gallery's Ginette Bone

Fifteen local artists were represented at the lively group show “Interpretations,” which opened at the New Orleans Art Center on St. Claude Avenue. Among the artworks were abstract paintings, drawings that drew on print and book covers, and an interactive exhibition centered on the Confederate monument controversy called New Heritage Trails.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Wetlands art at Good Children

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- As part of the third annual Wetlands Art Tour, Good Children Gallery opened “Louisiana’s Wetlands: Proud To Call It Home”  in the gallery’s back room. Exhibitions throughout the city this month explore coastal land loss and conservation. Artists at the Good Children show include Annie Lousteau, Drew Cooke, Matthew White, Richard Waller, Heather Weathers, Katie Wibell and Susan Norris-Davis. Meanwhile, the Good Vibes group show, a fundraiser, offered up work by gallery members and friends.  Artist Heather Weathers

As part of the third annual Wetlands Art Tour, Good Children Gallery opened “Louisiana’s Wetlands: Proud To Call It Home” in the gallery’s back room. Exhibitions throughout the city this month explore coastal erosion and conservation. Artists at the Good Children show include Annie Lousteau, Drew Cooke, Matthew White, Richard Waller, Heather Weathers, Katie Wibell… Continue reading →

Wetlands Art Tour tour spotlights beauty of disappearing coastal marshes

Photo courtesy of artist Delaina LeBlanc --  'Red Knot' by Delaina LeBlanc.  LeBlanc is also the migratory bird coordinator for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

When local talk show personality John Calhoun started interviewing coastal restoration activists on his show, now called “Spotlight New Orleans,” he realized a greater need for awareness of Louisiana’s massive land loss problem. So he asked Mark Davis, founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, how non-scientists can make… Continue reading →

At Newcomb museum, high art and humble materials

Photo provided by the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, by Jason Wyche -- Diana Al-Hadid. 'In Mortal Repose,' bronze and concrete

Art often reflects a particular time. Less often, it reflects the passage of time itself. And sometimes, as in the art of Diana Al-Hadid, on view at the Newcomb Art Museum, it reflects both. Born in Syria, raised in Ohio, and based in New York City, Al-Hadid draws from multiple cultural sources to create… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans for May 12-18, 2016

Photo provided by the Andy Warhol Museum -- Andy Warhol's 'Beethoven'

Thursday, Friday and Sunday The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents the classic symphony, “Beethoven’s Fifth.” Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto presents a pre-concert talk. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, also 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans; also, 7:30 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.com.… Continue reading →

Keith Spera’s Sound check: Shows you need to know about in New Orleans for May 12-18, 2016

Chris Stapleton performs at the 2016 Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., on April 30, 2016. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Chris Stapleton 7:30 p.m. Thursday Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive Tickets: Sold out The country music industry knew all about Chris Stapleton’s talents long before most fans did. For more than a decade, Stapleton had written No. 1 songs for other artists and contributed his soulful voice and guitar to other artists’ recordings.… Continue reading →

Tickets on sale this weekend for upcoming Beyonce, Twenty One Pilots concerts in New Orleans

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at NRG Stadium on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Houston Texas. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Tickets go on sale this weekend for Beyonce’s upcoming extravaganza at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and a Twenty One Pilots concert at the Smoothie King Center in early 2017. Beyonce’s much-anticipated Formation Tour, presented by Live Nation Entertainment, pulls into the Superdome on Sept. 24 as one of several North American dates added after the tour’s European… Continue reading →