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Marcus Fraser’s 1894 sidehall featured on Bywater Home Tour

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Marcus Fraser's  Bywater home with side gallery.

Marcus Fraser has no bedroom in his 1894 sidehall house in the Bywater. When he’s ready to sleep, he unfurls a bedroll on the floor of the one-time dining room and drifts off. “It isn’t that there are no rooms in the house that could be bedrooms,” he said. “It’s just that those rooms are… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Master Gardeners offer herb tour, tastings

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Herbs are lined up for sale at the Herb Society's annual event Saturday, April 18.

The St. Tammany Master Gardeners Association has a treat in store for gardeners and home cooks on Monday afternoon, April 20: A guided stroll through the herb garden at the Slidell Public Library, accompanied by herb tasting and other events. Now is the time to plant herbs for spring, according to Master Gardner Linda Franzo, and the… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, April 1

HERB SOCIETY SPRING PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2202 Gen. Pershing St. Butterfly plants, herbs, annuals and perennials will be offered for sale to benefit the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens and the Herb Society of America. Free. NEW ORLEANS MUSIC HISTORY TOUR: 9:30 a.m., Old… Continue reading →

Religion bulletins for April 18, 2015

SUPPER AND MOVIE: 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. movie, St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd. “God’s Not Dead.” There will be a time of conversation and fellowship and a beef brisket supper with the movie to follow. The movie is about a college freshman who is challenged by his… Continue reading →

Smiley: The hole truth

Dear Smiley: Please tell me, did I witness a hole in one? I was in my backyard when I heard a group of golfers yelling after teeing off on Hole No. 7. As I looked towards the Stonebridge green, I saw the ball resting on the edge of the cup. It was a “near” hole… Continue reading →

Mapping Your Appetite: The Spring Dining Guide for the New Orleans area

Good problems to have are still problems, as the food lovers of New Orleans know so well these days. Dining around this city is a sumptuous pleasure. But picking the destination can be vexing. It’s only grown more difficult as so many new restaurants keep opening, bringing so many different cuisines, flavors and trends for our… Continue reading →

‘On the Air’: National World War II Museum stages a home-front musical

Photo provided by the National World War II Museum -- From left, Ron Flagge, Troi Bechet, Lloyd Meekins and Tom Hook in 'On the Air.'

During World War II, as soldiers endured the horrors of the battlefields, families back home gathered in front of their radios and listened to Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald and the Mills Brothers sing the songs that helped a nation stay supportive and optimistic. It is this glorious music that the National WWII Museum’s Stage… Continue reading →

One-man show features music, humor, chat

Photo by Steve Vaccariello -- With a career spanning decades, Alan Cumming has stories to tell.

A self-described “Scottish elf trapped inside a middle-aged man’s body,” Alan Cumming has brought his mischievous charm to the stage, the big screen, television and the printed page. Fresh off an extended stint as “Cabaret’s” flirty Master of Ceremonies, Cumming is now free to roam the land and give audiences a little one-on-one time. His… Continue reading →

The Farmers Market: Arrival of green onions a sure sign of spring

Photo by Lacey Dupre  --  Green onions await customers at Red Stick Farmers Market.

It’s truly springtime when the immature onions commonly called green onions begin showing up at local farmers market. The term “green onion” is applied to several members of the onion family with the long green stems, including a distinct variety called “scallions.” The names are used interchangeably, but a true scallion has a base with straight sides… Continue reading →

Smiley: Keeping ladies happy

Keith Horcasitas offers us guys a sure-fire way to “stay out of the doghouse” and score some major points with our loved ones of the opposite gender. At a women’s prayer breakfast at the Our Lady of Mercy activity center, he noticed that of the 350-plus attendees, “I was probably one of only… Continue reading →

Sense of place, Sense of taste: Now settled into its new home, Southern Food & Beverage Museum hosts a three-day party this weekend

Photo provided by SoFAB Institute - The Cenrtal City building that now houses the Southern Food & Beverage Museum started out more than a century ago as a public food market,

Some museums offer a chance to connect with the highest achievements of art and ingenuity, to gaze over priceless wonders or better understand pivotal moments of human history. At the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, some of what resonates most richly may be artifacts you once had in your pantry, old brand names whose jingles are still stuck in… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Stire, Branum open at UNO-St. Claude

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- A big crowd filled the UNO-St. Claude Gallery, as they celebrated the opening of two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions that will run through the month of April. Brad Stire opened his exhibit of video and photography in 'Armchair Tourist,' and Craig Branum opened with video, sculpture and prints in his exhibition titled 'esc.' Saturday April 11, 2015. Grace Rennie, Charlie Tatum, Ann Hackett

A big crowd filled the UNO-St. Claude Gallery, celebrating the opening of two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions that will run through the month of April. Brad Stire opened his exhibit of video and photography in “Armchair Tourist,” and Craig Branum opened with video, sculpture, and prints in his exhibition, titled “esc.”… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Life of public service rings true for Bell

Photo provided by SHANNON DOMINGUE -- State Beta Club president -- Iberville Math Science & Arts Academy East Junior DWayne Bell II was elected as Louisiana Senior Beta Club president on Jan. 16 in Lafayette.

At 17, D’Wayne Bell II has made academics and community service a priority at his high school, where he is honing his skills for public service and leadership. Since becoming president of the Louisiana Beta Club in January, the junior at Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-East in St. Gabriel is out to let teens know… Continue reading →

Smiley: Heavenly land deal

Dolores Benedetto says “It was so fitting” that the Passover seder of Baton Rouge’s Congregation B’nai Israel was held in Mother Alice Hall at St. Joseph’s Academy: “As the tale goes, in the early 1940s Mother Alice of the Sisters of St. Joseph walked into Lewis Gottlieb’s office — he was president of… Continue reading →

Ponderosa Stomp announces lineup for its fall festival

Photo by JOE A. ROSEN -- Roy Head

The Ponderosa Stomp, one of New Orleans’ great music festivals, has announced the lineup for the roots-music festival’s 12th edition. Running Oct.1 through Oct. 3 at Rock ’n’ Bowl, this year’s extensive Ponderosa Stomp lineup includes four singers billed as the “sisters of soul” — Motown recording artist Brenda Holloway, New Orleans’ Irma Thomas,… Continue reading →