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Beyoncé adds New Orleans stop on Formation World Tour in September

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Carter Finley Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé fans, rejoice: Queen Bey will be bringing her Formation World Tour to New Orleans after all. Beyoncé announced an additional seven shows to her North American stadium tour Thursday. The global superstar will perform at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sept. 24, according to Billboard. She also added second shows in Houston and Atlanta. Tickets go on sale May… Continue reading →

Smiley: Know that gender!

Camille Plaisance, who teaches at LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business, can sympathize with that boy named Sue: “With all the talk about mispronounced French last names, how about confusing first names? “My last name, Plaisance, has been mangled like other names mentioned. But my first name, Camille, has caused the most confusion. “I was… Continue reading →

In an antebellum Prytania Street mansion, Altamura plans old-school Italian cuisine and a setting fit for Sinatra

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Magnolia Mansion on Prytania Street will soon be home to a new Italian restaurant, Altamura at Magnolia Mansion. The restaurant will be on the ground floor.

Jack Petronella knows the food for his next restaurant project Altamura by heart. It’s a style of Italian cuisine that’s the standard back in his native New York. What he didn’t know was just where Altamura would call home, and as it turns out he could not have imagined the one he finally found. Altamura will open… Continue reading →

Start with bourbon, and start early: tips from a Kentucky transplant for hosting a Derby Day party in New Orleans

Advocate photo by Cynthia Nobles - Mint juleps are the traditional drink of choice for Kentucky Derby parties, which will be in full swing in New Orleans this weekend.

The Kentucky Derby is a touchstone of home for Carrie Williamson, a writer and marketing consultant who grew up in Louisville and now lives in New Orleans. “We’re big on tradition,” Williamson said of her fellow Kentuckians. “For us, missing the Derby is like being away from home at Christmas time. You have to celebrate… Continue reading →

Break out the bonnets: Free of Jazz Fest conflicts, Kentucky Derby parties are a sure bet in New Orleans

Around New Orleans, bars and restaurants are upping the ante for Kentucky Derby celebrations this year. Pat O'Brien's holds a veiwing party (top), Derby on Fulton returns (right) and bourbon (at left, seen here at the Avenue Pub) will be flowing everywhe

Many New Orleanians customarily spend Kentucky Derby day at the track, though with no race in sight. The biggest day in American horse racing usually coincides with the second Saturday of Jazz Fest, with the Fair Grounds Race Course transformed from a track into New Orleans’ biggest music venue. While plenty of locals keep tabs on the… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Billy Blatty’s Birthday Bash

Advocate photo by Steven Forster --  The electronic duo Manufactured Superstars made music for Billy Blatty’s Obscenely Ridiculous Birthday Bash in the renovated Ohm Lounge, which debuted new video walls and dazzling light show. Costumes? Of course. Guests also enjoyed dunking booths, a jousting ring, a boxing ring, magicians, clowns, and an appearance by members of the 610 Stompers.  Birthday honoree Billy Blatty

The electronic duo Manufactured Superstars made music for Billy Blatty’s Obscenely Ridiculous Birthday Bash in the renovated Ohm Lounge, which debuted new video walls and dazzling light show. Costumes? Of course! Guests also enjoyed dunking booths, jousting and boxing rings, magicians, clowns and an appearance by members of the 610 Stompers.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Musicians for Men

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Charles Neville and Michael O’Hara with his band Resurrection played at  the Willow Uptown to benefit Musicians for Men, a group that aids Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. Sartor’s team recently helped launch four FDA-approved drugs to treat prostate cancer. The benefit is the brainchild of impressario and prostrate cancer survivor Jimmy Anselmo and Gay Sperling, a  cancer center volunteer.  Dr. Oliver Sartor, Jimmy Anselmo, Dr. Prescott Deininger

Charles Neville and Michael O’Hara with his band Resurrection played at the Willow Uptown to benefit Musicians for Men, a group that aids Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. Sartor’s team recently helped launch four FDA-approved drugs to treat prostate cancer. The benefit is the brainchild of impresario and prostate cancer… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan for May 3, 2016: French Quarter Fest, The Links, 25 Club, more

Photo provided by The Links, Incorporated -- Nailah Jefferson, Patrick Anderson

Before music-loving crowds trekked to the Vieux Carré for the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival Inc. presented by Chevron, smaller, but no less enthusiastic throngs, headed to a venerable Quarter landmark, Antoine’s Restaurant, for the Opening Night Gala. Folks were beckoned by the format of a one-hour patron party and the subsequent 3-D delights: “Dinner, Drinks… Continue reading →

Smiley: In the pink

Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, this column’s unpaid legislative observer, files this report from the Capitol: “With all the problems facing the state, it is nice to see the Legislature set priorities and come together in a rare display of bipartisanship to pass a bill that will undoubtedly help propel the state forward.… Continue reading →

New Orleans chefs, bars, restaurants up for James Beard Awards tonight

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Chef Donald Link is a finalist for the Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.

Tonight is the annual awards gala for the James Beard Foundation, and as usual New Orleans is well represented on the slate of nominees for these highly-touted honors. Eight chefs or establishments in New Orleans are up for awards in various categories. New Orleans nominees hold three of the five slots for the regional award for best… Continue reading →

Keith Spera: ‘Through hell and high water,' New Orleans Jazz Fest comes to a close

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  Steve Fredericksen of Red Lodge, Montana and Kitty Appell of Valdez, Alaska dance to Walter 'Wolfman' Washington and the Roadmasters on the Congo Square Stage during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

Before the Allen Toussaint tribute Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s Gentilly Stage, a photo of the honoree appeared on the big video screens flanking the stage. Toussaint looked sharp and grinned broadly. He seemed to be smiling despite, or in defiance of, the persistent rain and gray skies that would remain… Continue reading →

Vendors, patrons dance and slosh through final Sunday of New Orleans Jazz Fest

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Festival-goers walk through mud by the Acura Stage during the second Sunday of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds, Sunday May 1, 2016.

The final day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell was marked by heavy thunderstorms, threats of hail and bits of lightning, none of which stopped festivalgoers and vendors from trudging on anyway. “We are here through thick and thin,” said Pamela Goldfarv Oren, a social worker who came in… Continue reading →

Smiley: Boy to Marine

Billy Couvillion, DDS, of Baton Rouge, has another drill sergeant story to add to our collection: “While at Parris Island, South Carolina, Marine Recruit Depot, I witnessed a very stern drill sergeant approaching a platoon of fresh recruits. In a most vigorous manner, he got in the face of a young man standing at… Continue reading →

At 76, Mavis Staples still collaborating with the best of them

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples last graced the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2012, drawing an overflow crowd to the Gospel Tent. This year, the gospel and soul singer plays the festival’s Blues Tent, a slightly larger room, certainly all the better to accommodate the draw of a legend. It’s also a more appropriate setting for… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Starrings’ Jazz Fest after-party

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- The Jazz Festival concert schedule was over for the day, but the fun was just beginning around the pool at Laure and Mark Starring’s house. Guests hungry after a day at the Fair Grounds loaded their plates with jamabalaya and other food at the couple’s annual Jazz Fest after-party. And thanks to entertainers James Andrews and Friends and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., the music and dancing went on for hours.   Hosts Mark and Laure Starring

The Jazz Festival concert schedule was over for the day, but the fun was just beginning around the pool at Laure and Mark Starring’s house. Guests hungry after a day at the Fair Grounds loaded their plates with jamabalaya and other food at the couple’s annual Jazz Fest after-party. And thanks to entertainers James Andrews… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: May awaits

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Townsmen. Rosa and Preston Edwards

Three fine fêtes filled the calendar on a recent Sunday in April, giving the day social “showers” of conviviality. More festive “flowering’’ will fill up the May days. Men about Town Well over 400 partygoers assembled as they have for years at the Omni Royal Orleans for the annual Dansant… Continue reading →

Calling all shutterbugs for City Park photo contest

'Oak in Meadow' by Frank Coco won first place in a nature category in the 2014 City Park photo contest.

With its lush greenery, sparkling waterways, family-oriented recreation areas and historic architecture, New Orleans City Park might just be a photographer’s paradise. Park officials are sponsoring a photo contest this summer, encouraging shutterbugs to capture that beauty. Categories are: art and architecture; flowers, plants and trees; animals; people in the park; and recreation and sports.… Continue reading →

Trees have memories: Hole in the world filled with change

Camphor trees are invasive noxious, weeds that damage sewers and drain systems and are actually outlawed in some places. I knew and cared nothing of that at 10 years old and, in fact, loved the large camphor tree that grew directly behind my maternal grandparents’ home. That tree anchored the large yard of the cozy… Continue reading →