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Landmarks Society honors 18 remarkable restorations

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center was dedicated today on North Rampart street. After a major renovation, the former funeral home will house the Don ÒMooseÓ Jamison Heritage School of Music, and the foundationÕs other programs while also serving as a community arts center.The Jazz & Heritage Center is named in honor of George Wein and his late wife Joyce, the festival producers who helped to launch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society announced this week the winners of its 2015 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, crowning 18 projects around the city with laurels. Projects range from the adaptive reuse of an office building as apartments, a mix of new construction and rehab of a cluster of houses, and… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Krewe of Hermes, Knights of Babylon

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Babylon Ball. Front: Ayushi Purohit, Hadley Mary, Kay Frederickson, Sadie Cohen. Back: Lilly Brown, Emily Persich, Abby Brown, Eva Cohen

Concurrent Carnival festivity occurred when the Krewe of Hermes and the Knights of Babylon held their masked balls, respectively at the Hilton Riverside and the Marriott New Orleans hotels. Gracing the courts as their majesties were Miss Anna Elise Reed (Hermes), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marc Leslie Reed, and Miss Miriam Mae Lobrano, daughter… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, Feb. 3-16, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Charles DiLauro and Helen E. DiLauro sold this home at 1426 N. Derbigny St. in New Orleans to Bonnie Jean Klein for $355,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Feb. 3 TO Feb. 16 BANKS ST. 4037: $395,000, K&T Institute LLC to Daniel H. Salzer and Diana Pipes Eustis. BARONNE ST. 301, 305: $1,750,000, 305 Baronne LLC to K&J Land & Development LLC. BARONNE ST. 740, JULIA ST. 819: $1,860,000, Susan Swanner… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, Feb. 3-10, 2015

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Feb. 3 TO Feb. 10 ABITA SPRINGS ANNEX SUBDIVISION, LOTS 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, SQUARE 35: donation, no value stated, Gustave W. Altobello Jr. and Patricia A. Corona to Sandra Altobello Lucas. South Abita Springs subdivision, lots 18, 20, 22, 24, 26,… Continue reading →

East Jefferson Parish property transfers, Feb. 6-11, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Nelson T. Ducote and Jeanine H. Ducote sold this home at 6117 Bridget St. in Metairie to Myers L. Marshall for $225,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Feb. 6 to Feb. 11 ANTHONY AVE. 264: $167,000, Michael H. Goebel and Marlene M. Goebel to Lindsey L. Malbrough. CAROLYN DRIVE 427: $147,000, Terri L. Danna to Ivy B. Zacharias. ELMWOOD INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBDIVISION, LOT 27, SQUARE A: $175,000, JLC3 LLC to Rudy &… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, Feb. 6-11, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Margaret G. Carbo sold this home at 117 Jasmine Lane in Waggaman to Meg C. Powell for $55,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Feb. 6 to Feb. 11 BECKY DRIVE 112: $84,370, Bank of America NA to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. OAK AVE. 900: $65,000, Succession of Lenes J. Boudreaux Sr. and succession of Maude A. Boudreaux to Michael G.… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers, Feb. 2-6

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Steve Mullins and Gina Perilloux Mullins sold this home at 79 Ridgewood Dr. in LaPlace to Howard Columbus Bias, Jr., for $185,000.

St. John Property transfers for Feb. 2 to FEb. 6 RIVER POINTE 141: $133,000, Tanisha Danielle Jones to Freddie Vick and Audrey Russell. CANE DRIVE 26: $182,000, Cortney Lee Ballon Stevens, wife of /and Benny A. Stevens, III to De Juan N. Reid and Jannon B. Leonard. West… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Feb. 2-6, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Guy Bourgeois and Tasha B. Bourgeois sold this home at 303 Nottaway Drive in Destrehan to Stephen Shayne Prine and Brittni D. Prine for $262,000.

St. Charles Transfers for Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 KING’S ESTATES PHASE 1 LOT 418: $28,000, RJM Enterprises Inc. to Family Resources of New Orleans Inc. KING’S ESTATES PHASE 1 LOT 418: Donation, Family Resources of New Orleans Inc. to Allison Smith. KING’S ESTATES PHASE 1 LOT 413:… Continue reading →

Home and garden calendar, Feb. 28 - April 7, 2015

ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465 EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES: 10 a.m. to noon, Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden. “Lessons with Lee” is… Continue reading →

Smiley: Edited letters to Mom

Dear Smiley: After reading Claude Nall’s story about letter writing, I was reminded of a post-Hurricane Katrina find. While going through the flood-ravaged contents of my mother’s house in Chalmette, I came across a box stuffed with letters she had received over the years. I found a half-dozen or so I had written… Continue reading →

Three places to get fried fish today

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Fried catfish

Lenten fish fries offer families a break from cooking and organizations a way to raise money and build community. Here are just three of the many possibilities frying today: 1. UPTOWN: The Knights of Columbus, de la Salle Council 3411, will host its fish fry every Friday through Lent at 6:30 p.m. at the… Continue reading →

Smiley: No knife fight here

Donna Goudeau says, “During one of our annual two-week summer visits to our grandparents’ home in Jennings, Maw-Maw Suiter was outside with us one afternoon while we played. “Always making the best use of her time, she sat in the swing peeling potatoes. When she finished, she and her neighbor visited over the fence. “During their conversation, Maw-Maw… Continue reading →

A joyous Jewish occasion of feasting, Purim also remembers intolerance

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Families often give platters of sweets and fruit to friends or people in need during the Jewish holiday of Purim. A typical platter contains, clockwise from top, Pecan Squares, Travados (Jerusalem Cinnamon Nut Cookies), Outrageous Brownies and Hamantaschen, the traditioinal Purim cookie.

Beginning at sundown on March 4, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim, a holiday often compared with Mardi Gras for its feasting, drinking and masquerading. The roots of Purim, as related in the Biblical Book of Esther, go back to ancient Persia, where the Jews were prosperous and prominent. King Ahasuerus, believed by scholars to… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Everyday meals for the family

Lorraine Wallace believes it’s important that families sit down together for supper. But as a home cook she knows getting supper on the table is easier said than done, the wife of “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace writes in her third cookbook, “Mr. & Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers.” While an empty-nester now, she says she spent years… Continue reading →

Smiley: Dead reckoning

It’s probably not nice to laugh at obituaries, but Richard Crane, of Mandeville, says our recent mention of them reminds him that “obits often reveal interesting info about the deceased. And, written under pressure, obits can sometimes contain some funny lines as well.” He gives these examples, gleaned from past obituaries:… Continue reading →

WYES documentary explores recent explosion of Latino restaurant options

Photo provided by WYES -- A variety platter of meat, beans, rice and more, the bandeja paisa is the most popular dish at Mais Arepas.

Enjoy a fresh, citrusy well-spiced ceviche? How about a thick, earthy molé sauce? Maybe you’re thirsty, and a smoky mezcal cocktail is more up your alley. Learn about Latin flavors and their local history on the WYES program “Latino Cuisine in New Orleans,” showing on Channel 12 at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, and… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central for Feb. 25, 2015

Photo provided by Steven Forster -- Steven Forster, Advocate New Orleans social columnist and photographer

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate. Events featured in this edition: • Conspicuous Consumption: A tragicomic sendup of Alexander Dumas’ consumptive heroine, the play “Camille” enjoyed a warm reception at Mid-City Theatre. The NOLA Project production was directed by… Continue reading →

Digging In: Seafood lovers toast a different cocktail at Balise

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - The blue crab cocktail from the garde manger menu at Balise.

UPSCALE Blue Crab Cocktail Balise 640 Carondelet St., (504) 459-4449; balisenola.com When discussing his very new CBD restaurant Balise, chef Justin Devillier seems most excited about the garde manger. This is both a section of the menu for chilled dishes, from salads… Continue reading →

Ian McNulty: Vietnamese restaurateur breaks from the expected, takes more contemporary path

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - The restaurant Kin is slated to open the first week of March near Xavier University.

As his first restaurant has taken shape over the past few months, Hieu Than constantly heard variations on the same refrain. “Everyone who saw this place and saw us working on it, they’d ask if it’s going to be, you know, insert-Asian-restaurant-concept-here,” said Than. “I’m Vietnamese, that’s my heritage, but that’s not where my culinary outlook… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Little pitchers always have their ears on

I found out the hard way that not everything you say in your home is going to stay within its walls, particularly if you have Wi-Fi and internet. As the old saying goes, “watch what you say around your children.” Sometime during the Mardi Gras break, I tripped on the shower curtain and the… Continue reading →

Smiley: When everybody sang

“The most amazing thing happened just before the start of the Mardi Gras Mambo race this past Saturday,” says Dick Speyrer. “There were probably 2,000 people on North Boulevard in front of the Old State Capitol, both race participants and spectators. “Before the gun sounded to start the race, the National Anthem was played over… Continue reading →

New Orleans man proud of his 1950s music, memorabilia collection

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Gabriel Puccio holding a signed 45 of Fats Domino's first album, The Fatman.

When Gabriel Puccio walks through his front door at 4 p.m. every day, the ritual is always the same. “Hello, Elvis! Hello, Fats! Hello, Ernie!” That’s Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Ernie K-Doe to most of us. Does Puccio live in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame?… Continue reading →

UNO creative writing professor celebrates debut novel

'My Sunshine Away' by M.O. Walsh

M.O. “Neal” Walsh is having a happy moment. It says so right there in his author biography: “He is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where he lives and works, happily, with his wife and family.” And truly, he has a lot to be happy, even jubilant, about.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Elves of Oberon, Prophets of Persia

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Oberon Ball. Becca Lapeyre

In 1895, principals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” appeared on the Carnival horizon with the Elves of Oberon, whose namesake was the king of Fairyland. Moving into the 20th century, the Prophets of Persia, in 1927, began a tableau tradition that continues to this day. “The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine” titled the first… Continue reading →

Smiley: Senior meets Lon

“Funny things happen to us seniors, especially in the fourth quarter of life,” says Paul Rozas, of Eunice: “After church services last Sunday, as my wife and I exited, a young man and (probably) his wife were also exiting. “He approached me with his hand out and said, ‘Hey, Mr. Paul!’… Continue reading →

Testing young hearts: Student-athlete deaths have doctors urging cardiac evaluations

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Harris McKey, a Dunham High School sophomore who plays on the basketball and football teams, gets an ultrasound Wednesday at the Our Lady of the Lake Medical Plaza.

Chad Falgout’s heart pounds when he sprints down the basketball court, but the 14-year-old doesn’t pay much attention to his most important muscle. Even when he hears stories about student-athletes collapsing on the court or dying in a locker room, he never considers his heart. “You should, but I haven’t really thought about it,” said… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Rex Ball. Rex Christian Brown, Laney Langenstein

Carnival aficionados await this moment year after year: the Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus. The highlight, and there are many, occurs amid the conjoined Carnival pomp and elegance when the four monarchs stand on the stage together at the ball of the Mystick Krewe of Comus and sweep, in unison, three scepters and one silver… Continue reading →

Former queens of Comus gather for luncheon

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Former queens of Comus pause  for a group photo at their annual luncheon. Back row: Jessie Sinnott Monsted, Grace Parker LeCorgne. Second row: Elaine Leverich Collenberg, Mary Kock Dickson, Anne Kock Montgomery. Third row: Libby Grace Hoefer, Lyn Howard Anderson. Fourth row: Elizabeth Smart Wooten, Nina Pratt Gensler, Ellen Simmons Ball, Sandy Smither Haygood. Fifth row: Mary Scott Westfeldt McKinnon, Lindsey Powell Vodanovich, Anne Lykes, Virginia Freeman Rowan, Muffin Labouisse Adriance. Sixth row: Dorothy Ball, Anne Kock, Elizabeth Grace Hoefer, Anne Phillips Ziegler, Kathleen Wisdom. Seventh row: Joanne Fenner Sullivan, Alston Montgomery Kerr, Polly Ukrop, Carolyn Crusel Wogan, Gladys Gay LeBreton

Former queens of the Mystic Krewe of Comus gathered at the St. Charles Avenue home of Mrs. George R. Montgomery (who reigned as Anne Kock in 1947) for their annual luncheon. Also known as the Morris-Downman House, it was erected in 1888. Included were Mmes. Jason W. Adriance, Harry S. Anderson, F. Macnaughton Ball Jr., Stewart… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central for Feb. 22, 2015

Photo provided by Steven Forster -- Steven Forster, Advocate New Orleans social columnist and photographer

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate. Events featured in this edition: • If You Build It: Architecture was the theme when the Krewe of Armeinius threw its lavish 47th Mardi Gras Bal Masque, “If You Build It They Will… Continue reading →