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History rests peacefully among tombs of 19th-century cemetery

Photos by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Details from St. Roch Cemetery No. 1.

Where I’m walking: St. Roch Cemetery No. 1, 1725 St. Roch Ave. The 1873 cemetery is in Faubourg St. Roch, called “New Marigny” on the National Register of Historic Places. The rough boundaries of the neighborhood are North Claiborne Avenue on the north, St. Claude on the south, Press Street on the east… Continue reading →

Camellia and cousin sasanqua are a sure sign of fall

ShiShi Gashira increases the number and visibility of Camellia sasanqua in early winter. Technically, ShiShi is a Cameilla hiemalis which is lumped into the sasanqua group (Photo provided by the LSU AgCenter)

When Paul Mezo sees a Camellia sasanqua in bloom, it tells him one thing. “It’s how you know it’s fall,” said Mezo, a horticulturist at Banting’s Nursery on River Road in Bridge City. “It’s the one sure sign that we’ve moved out of summer and are heading toward winter.” Sasanqua camellias bloom earlier in… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social turns

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Notre Dame Seminary Gala. Byron Adams Sr, Shannon and Byron Adams Jr, Yvonne Adams

During the course of the Notre Dame Seminary gala, one prominent attendee beamed with satisfaction, saying, “We had well over 900 reservations.” And the party pack was truly out in numbers, making rounds from 6 p.m. (the patron party ran from 6-7 p.m.) until the 10 p.m. closing… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden events, Nov. 1-Dec. 14, 2014

FRERET MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. Outdoor market offers more than 90 vendors of food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. Free. STAINED GLASS TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., departs and returns to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2320… Continue reading →

Vampire author Anne Rice’s devotees flock to Halloween ball

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club presented the

Lestat is back, and so is author Anne Rice, his creator. After an absence of a decade, the Vampire Lestat makes an appearance in Rice’s newest novel, “Prince Lestat,” fueling passions of his devotees worldwide. New Orleans will host many of them Friday night, when they make their annual pilgrimage to the city for the Continue reading →

Three ways to scare up Halloween fun

Photo by -- From left, Justine Magowan as Columbia, Rachel Hannah Lubell as Magenta, Jamie Rosenburg as Frank and Caroline Davidson as Riff Raff take a real-life spotlight at the Prytania during a screening of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'

1. Jim Monaghan’s 19th Annual Halloween Parade 6 p.m.: The late Jim Monaghan, founder of Molly’s at the Market, knew how to draw a crowd. Revelers march and ride carriages from Molly’s (1107 Decatur St.) to the Erin Rose bar (811 Conti St.) for a costume contest before returning to Molly’s.… Continue reading →

Voodoo festival still casting a spell

Photo provided by Live Nation -- Outkast performs at 9:20 p.m. Friday

The Voodoo Music Experience can be hard to get a handle on. With no MTV, website or radio station that covers the breadth of contemporary music, bands have audiences, but few listeners know everybody. Last year, Voodoo moved to City Park’s Festival Grounds, where it was easier to feel part of the event. On… Continue reading →

Alex Rawls: Marching band, an Angel and First Aid

Photo by NEIL KRUG -- First Aid Kit

Friday 10 p.m. Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St. The Voodoo Music Experience ends around 11 p.m., but its programming continues at the Joy with ska/rock veterans Fishbone. The group remains enthusiastic and irreverent after 35 years, and it will be joined by DJ Quickie Mart,… Continue reading →

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Photo by CHUCK ZLOTNICK -- Jake Gyllenhaal plays photo journalist Lou Bloom ‘Nightcrawler.’

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Gourmet Galley: Healthy, hearty soups a good start for a family Halloween

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- For Corrine Cook's Gourmet Galley Eat Your Veggies Column:

Let’s face it, everything gets a little hectic on Halloween, especially if you’re getting children ready to go trick-or-treating. Make it easy on yourself and put on a pot of soup early in the day. Serving them something nourishing beforehand, like a few vegetables, you won’t feel so bad when the children get into their bags… Continue reading →

Covington chef participating in Best of Mid-South Friends event

Photo from Taste of Home  --  Halloween snacks don't have to be sweet. Pepper Popper Fingers, made with jalapeno peppers, are baked instead of fried, making them a scary and healthful choice.

Jeffrey Hansell, chef/owner of the new Oxlot 9 restaurant in Covington, will be one of six chefs participating in the Best of the Mid-South Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Nov. 8 at The Peabody Memphis hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The six-course dinner will showcase signature dishes from each chef, along with wine pairings. Hansell, who specializes… Continue reading →

What’s Happening for Oct. 30, 2014

B(Roux) Tasting Dinner set at Remoulade Remoulade Restaurant is teaming up with NOLA Brewing for the second annual B(Roux) Tasting Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Remoulade, 309 Bourbon St., New Orleans. The dinner will include five courses of Remoulade’s Cajun cuisine, complemented by the lagers and ales of New Orleans-based… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Magazine columnist’s Louisiana cookbook worth a look

Fans of Stanley Dry’s “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life Magazine will want to read his first cookbook, “The Essential Louisiana Cookbook,” which is based on the New Iberia resident’s column. The author emphasizes using quality local ingredients for preparing the book’s 50 scrumptious recipes, which… Continue reading →

A Brennan's blend: A look at historic New Orleans restaurant's menu, bar as it prepares to reopen

Photo provided by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group - Crispy veal cheek grillades and grits is on the breakfast menu at the new Brennan's.

At one point, the work to remake the historic Brennan’s Restaurant saw the ground floor taken down to dirt and Bobcat tractors roaming freely inside. For the chefs charged with creating the culinary identity for the new restaurant, which is set to debut as soon as next week, the approach had to be a bit more… Continue reading →

Digging In: Szechuan stir fry will play tricks with your tongue

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Szechuan stir fry at Mondo.

WILDCARD Szechuan Stir Fry Mondo 900 Harrison Ave. (504) 224-2633 Like Bayona, its big sister in the French Quarter, Mondo runs all across the globe for its flavors and inspirations. That explains why, between the wood-fired pizzas and the Mexican-style roasted… Continue reading →

Ian McNulty: Cook it, and they will come

Image provided by Good Work Network -- Work begins this week on the Roux Carre food court in Central City.

Momentum has been building for years along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, the once-thriving but long-tattered commercial stretch in Central City, and lately food concepts have been drawing more attention to the potential here. Thursday will mark a new milestone as the nonprofit Good Work Network hosts a free, public launch party and… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground, Don't ignore workplace check-ups

If your job offers health checkups, go ahead and sign up. When my workplace offered its employees a free flu shot, health evaluation and a wellness game plan, I signed up with no hesitation. That — coupled with a chance to win an HD television and cash for our respective school — made it more appealing.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster's Party Central: Happy Haunting

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- The Anba Dlo Festival Halloween Party capped off an eventful day at the New Orleans Healing Center. It began with a symposium about the vital role of water in our world, continued with a Halloween parade and ended, back at the center, with a costumed celebration.  Amber Heenan, Bryan Chisesi, Dwan Savoie

The Anba Dlo Festival Halloween Party capped off an eventful day at the New Orleans Healing Center. It began with a symposium about the vital role of water in our world, continued with a Halloween parade and ended, back at the center, with a costumed celebration.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster's Party Central: Fired up

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Talk about a hot ticket! “Descent: The Inferno” was the theme of the sizzling costume party benefiting Project Lazarus recently. The gathering was held at the Marigny Warehouse Space in the Faubourg Marigny. Valoen Power,  Marc Wuertemburg

Talk about a hot ticket! “Descent: The Inferno” was the theme of the sizzling costume party benefiting Project Lazarus recently. The gathering was held at the Marigny Warehouse Space in the Faubourg Marigny.… Continue reading →

Steven Forster's Party Central: The Cool Ghouls

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- The third annual Ghoulwill Ball, benefiting Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. was held at The Parish at House of Blues. The theme of the annual fundraiser, “Ghoulwill goes Hollywood” brought out the best-costumed boys and ghouls. Jameeta Youngblood, Ricardo Thomas, Deborah Anderson, Ashley Green

The third annual Ghoulwill Ball, benefiting Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. was held at The Parish at House of Blues. The theme of the annual fundraiser, “Ghoulwill goes Hollywood” brought out the best-costumed boys and ghouls.… Continue reading →

Halloween 2014: The knives come out for jack-o-lantern carving time

Photo provided by Terry Palmer -- Terry Palmer, of Palmer Graphics in Lafayette, refers to the field of 32 artificial gourds in his flower beds as the Palmer Pumpkin Patch.

When night falls in October, a soft orange glow illuminates streets and yards in Louisiana. It’s pumpkin-carving time, and folks here take pride in creating the spookiest or most creative jack-o’-lanterns. The Advocate summoned the spirits of the season, requesting pictures of pumpkins that might be a cut above the rest. Here’s a sample.… Continue reading →

Three years later, New Year’s resolution is a vampire-centric bestseller

Author Alys Arden

It started as a New Year’s resolution. New Orleans native and University of New Orleans graduate Alys Arden never thought her debut novel, “The Casquette Girls,” would become an Amazon bestseller, have over 1 million online reads or earn her comparisons to Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. Continue reading →

In ‘Metal Grasshopper,’ a comic approach to headbanging scene

Photo provided -- From the web comedy series 'Metal Grasshopper': musician Philip H. Anselmo, left, and comedian/author Dave Hill.

“Metal Grasshopper” begins with comedian Dave Hill in a black T-shirt and black jeans struggling to push his Marshall amp up a rural Louisiana road on a sunny July morning, all to prove to heavy metal icon Philip Anselmo that he is “metal” enough to be Anselmo’s student.… Continue reading →

New Orleans artist Heather Hanson joins kinetic exhibit of balloons, videos and drawings

Photo by Bryan Tarnowski -- Artist Heather Hansen creates a kinetic drawing in  'The Luna Series,

Think action painter. “Who is the first person you think about?” asks Elizabeth Weinstein, curator for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Well, there’s the combination of movement and paint of Jackson Pollock. “That’s right,” Weinstein continues. “Jackson Pollock was the first action painter — the first action artist — where… Continue reading →

Laughing through the pain: ‘SNL’ alum Hammond to speak on mental health

Photo provided by William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentDarrell Hammond, the longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, will appear at the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Behind all the jokes that made Darrell Hammond a star was the suffering caused by an abusive childhood. Hammond, 59, a stand-up comedian and writer and the longest-tenured cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” lived with drug and alcohol addictions and the self abuse of cutting. He believes telling his story may help others… Continue reading →

Comedian’s sharp humor draws audiences, and now a filmmaker

Photo provided -- Comedian Jonah Bascle ran for mayor in 2010. 'I lost by 68,702 votes,' he notes. 'It was close.'

“This is torture. It’s like being waterboarded,” said 28-year-old comedian Jonah Bascle about 1 a.m. outside of La Nuit Comedy Club on Freret Street. It was the first brisk evening of the year and Bascle had already waited two hours for his turn at the Friday night open mic. Apparently, he was… Continue reading →

Author discussions, music, kids’ crafts on tap for annual literary event at Capitol

Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- This year, the Louisiana Book Festival is dedicated to the late George Rodrigue. Several of his paintings will be on display at the State Library of Louisiana.

For Rick Bragg, the Louisiana Book Festival is like coming home. “I’ve been coming to the Louisiana Book Festival for almost as long as I’ve had a writing life,” the bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner says. “It’s like old home week for me. And it’s in one of the most interesting places on Earth.”… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random” : Older writers show how to be brief

This month, quite by coincidence, I’ve been reading three books written by men who are all well past retirement age. Experience has taught them to write concisely about big topics, a skill that no writer ever really perfects. In “The Meaning of Human Existence,” 85-year-old scientist Edward O. Wilson discusses what he’s learned about why we’re here… Continue reading →

School spirit appropriate for every kind of dress code

When Travis and I moved to Crowley from New Orleans in 1984, we were able to obtain LSU season football tickets. What a delight that was for two alums! The last time we had attended an LSU game was in the early ’70s. Everyone dressed up for the occasion — men in ties and coats and women… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Raising claims

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Touro Foundation Dinner. Jared Brossett, Sarah Bates

A flashback recalls the birth and death dates of Judah Touro — 1775 (Newport Rhode Island) and 1854 (New Orleans) — and the legacy he left, especially in buildings in this city. Touro Infirmary bears his name and at the recent foundation gala at Mardi Gras World, Dr. Harris Hyman III and Dr. Salvador Caputto received… Continue reading →