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New Orleans designer Melissa Rufty says decor should have staying power

Photo by Brittany Ambridge -- Melissa Rufty Design Studios foyer entryway in the Traditional Home Southern Style Now show house featured a hand-colored fabric wallcovering by Rule of Three Studio,

A crowd of design aficionados had just left the shop Malachite on Magazine Street after meeting designer Melissa Rufty and her business partner, Adrienne Casbarian. The group, visiting for the Southern Style Now festival, left with a new appreciation of what New Orleans has to offer in the realm of design, Rufty said. “I think… Continue reading →

Fashion, fitness, art: Events bridge the gap between consumers, creators

Photo by April Moore -- A shopper browses art at a Brandshop event in Atlanta. Besides exploring fashion and art, participants can take classes in fitness, party planning, and other lifestyle topics.

In an age of big-box retailers and online vendors, shopping can feel impersonal. There’s a certain convenience to instant access and vast inventory, but for those who value a unique experience, entrepreneurs Hillary Crittendon and Laura Mills will bring their vision for personal shopping to New Orleans this week in the form of a pop-up… Continue reading →

‘Accidental Hero’ tells a wartime liberation story

The World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen will host two performances of “The Accidental Hero,” on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Both can be accompanied with a meal from the American Sector restaurant. This multimedia play tells the true story of American soldier Matt Konop, who grew up in… Continue reading →

New Orleans Classical, Sacred Music Calendar, May 26-June 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS CONCERT BAND CHAMBER WINDS: 7 p.m. Thursday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The ensemble of 10 performs. neworleansconcertband.org. MARINE CORPS BAND NEW ORLEANS: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. In advance of Memorial Day events, the celebrated local band plays patriotic… Continue reading →

Smiley: Stuff that owl!

Gerald Moses offers this sports commentary: “Florida’s baseball team came up with a stuffed owl to answer LSU’s ‘Rally Possum.’ But as the game wore on into Thursday morning, it became clear that the owl didn’t give a hoot.” Two final thoughts on a new name for the New… Continue reading →

'Real down-home wedding’: Photos from Governor's Mansion reception for John Bel Edwards' daughter

Photo by LEE WHEELER -- Bride and groom Samantha Bel Edwards and  Jonathan Ricau are surrounded by family and the wedding party at their reception at the Governor's Mansion May 21. Pictured are, front row from left, Sarah Ellen Edwards, John Miller Edwards, Gov. John Bel Edwards, first lady Donna Edwards, the bride and groom, Alison Ricau, Jackson 'Jack' Ricau Jr. and Whitney Watkins; second row from left, Bobby Hutto, Helen Hutto, Kristina Temple Dale, Shelby Reid and Kathryn Hutto McElveen; and, back row from left, Adam Abraham, Michael Burks, Christopher Wood, Brandon Ankeny and Jackson 'Jay' Ricau  III.

When you’re the governor’s daughter and you’re getting married, a huge splashy wedding with lots of dignitaries might be expected. Not so for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ daughter Samantha, who grew up in the small town of Amite. For her, it was all about family and friends. Samantha Bel Edwards, 24, and Jonathan Paul Ricau, 25,… Continue reading →

Smiley: The Possum Files

“All of Baton Rouge is talking about the ‘Rally Possum’ at LSU baseball games,” says Susan Lipsey. “It’s a frenzy I’ve never seen before. “I was at a bridge luncheon, and many friends told me they saw me on TV swinging my stuffed possum by the tail to rally the team.… Continue reading →

Big on desserts? This New Orleans pastry chef is boosting the temptation by thinking small

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The dessert tray at Salon by Sucre in the French Quarter.

On a recent afternoon, a woman walked into the sunlit dining room of Salon by Sucré, the French Quarter restaurant run by chef Tariq Hanna. She stopped short when she spotted a silver dessert platter covered with small colorful confections. Although she hadn’t ordered lunch, she already knew what she was having for… Continue reading →

A new look at local food: Wild boar, lionfish, even kudzu -- it’s all fair game during the Eat Local Challenge

Photo by Beau Ciolino - A rooftop in Central City is the setting for some events during the annual Eat Local Challenge. A dinner held last year featured wild edibles foraged from around the area. This year the focus is on invasive species.

The shopping list for people looking to eat local in New Orleans has been expanding fast as homegrown brands proliferate and more producers crop up. In the weeks ahead, however, you may start seeing a different side of local food, one that expands to include the innovative, the overlooked or underutilized and even the invasive.… 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 →

Rock-n-Sake on a roll: fourth location for the sushi bar planned for Metairie

Photo courtesy of Rock-n-Sake -- The sushi restaurant Rock-n-Sake started in the New Orleans Warehouse District in 1998 and is now expanding in Metairie and Lafayette.

Closing in on 20 years in business, Rock-n-Sake has seen a lot of changes around its original Warehouse District address, and some of its regulars have changed too. “We have customers who have been coming here since we started,” said Tisbee Dantin, a managing partner at Rock-n-Sake. “Now, though, we hear from them saying, ‘We love you… Continue reading →

Smiley: Love and traffic

Shelly Strobel, of Watson, knows an elderly lady who put a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker on her car, and said she was thrilled by all the people who expressed their love — most often when they were behind her at a red light and it changed to green.… Continue reading →

Timelessness, mystery drew Bob Dylan to New Orleans

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. Fifty years into his career as a recording artist and a week away from release of an extraordinary new CD, Dylan spent his Tuesday evening where he seems to feel most comfortable ó on a stage. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

During the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Museum of Art mounted an exhibit of paintings by Bob Dylan in its Great Hall. The mostly undated canvases, which remain on display through July 31, are being shown under the title “The New Orleans Series.” Some of the works, like “Rampart Street Courtyard,” a standout… Continue reading →

Review: In Le Petit’s ‘Forum,’ inspired lunacy of the highest order

Photo by John Barrios -- John Michael Haas, Tracey Collins, Bob Edes, Keith Claverie in 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' at Le Petit Theatre.

Stephen Sondheim once described Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart’s script for “A Funny Thing that Happened on the Way to the Forum” as “the best farce ever written.” The composer and lyricist would go on to say, “The songs could be removed from the show and it wouldn’t make any difference.” Obviously, Sondheim is being modest,… Continue reading →

Smiley: An ill wind...

As hurricane season approaches, Pete Lambousy tells a chilling story about “hurricane hunter” planes: “After reading the story in the Thursday Advocate about hurricane hunters, my mind was jogged back to 1963 at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico, where the planes were stationed. “As a journalist for the… Continue reading →

Prebiotic created by LSU researchers helps feed good bacteria

Photo provided by ISOThriveISOThrive is a prebiotic nectar based on technology created by LSU AgCenter scientists.

Good bacteria in your gut are the talk of the medical world. Doctors have found that these helpful microorganisms — called probiotics — create a barrier against harmful substances and can help prevent some diseases. But to stay healthy, probiotics need a food source — certain carbohydrates that researchers have named prebiotics. “The probiotics… Continue reading →

Smiley: Goodbye, Mr. Fix-It

Rob Foley adds to our growing “funny funerals” file: “Several years ago, my father’s younger brother, Don Foley, passed on, leaving behind his 14 children and his wonderful wife, Ro, in Lafayette. “Uncle Don may have been the originator of the saying, ‘If it can’t be fixed with WD-40 or… 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 →

Keith Spera’s Parental Advisory: Growing up means navigating new hazards

Advocate photo by Keith Spera -- Celia Spera graduated recently from her 'kids' day out' program, meaning she'll move on to big school, with bigger hazards.

For Christmas, Sophie, my 8-year-old, received a toy bow-and-arrow set, an item high on her wish list. The “arrow” consisted of a thin, 2-foot-long wooden shaft topped by a plum-sized ball of cotton wrapped in pink fabric. It felt as harmless as a pillow. When a brother and sister who live in the neighborhood stopped by one… Continue reading →

Blooming blue flowers adds to picturesque summer landscapes

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Passion flower

Got the blues? I don’t mean the heart-rending, cry-in-your beer, delta version — I mean the blue flowering summertime plants that add a jolt of the unexpected to any garden palette. Right now, you don’t have to look hard to find local landscapes displaying flowers in many shades of blue — from clear sky blue to blue-violet to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Loving closeness

Dear Smiley: Your recent readers’ comments on Louisiana traffic reminded me of a certain trait I noticed years ago. When I moved down here from the Midwest back in 1980, I tried to follow the Midwest rules I had learned earlier as a teenager. One of them was, when driving in traffic, you stayed… Continue reading →

2016 Southern Style Now Festival! spotlights Southern design

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Shaun Smith's design of the front parlor in  the Southern Style Now Showhouse called for 25 coats of paint and putty to achieve the luminous white lacquered walls and ceilings.

A conference focused on Southern design debuts in New Orleans this week, with panels, exhibitions, and a roster of well-known speakers. The inaugural Southern Style Now Festival! is intended to spotlight Southern design and lifestyle, according to organizer Robert LeLeux. One highlight of the week is the Southern Style Now/Traditional Home Showhouse at 7618 St. Charles… Continue reading →

Three things: Fun by land and sea this weekend

Photo provided by CHARLES BIRDSONG -- Visitors can peruse and purchase a variety of bromeliads at this weekend'sannual Bromeliad Show and Sale at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, Independence Boulevard. Admission is free.

1. Music, paddle contests, food and art will draw crowds to the banks of Bayou St. John for the MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO, Mid-City, Friday 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. TheBayouBoogaloo.com 2. Experience another culture without… Continue reading →