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Steven Forster’s Party Central: Bollywood on the Bayou

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon held a festive summer fete with  fabulous food, live entertainment, and a pool party overlooking Bayou St. John. And, of course, Indian attire was requested. “Bollywood on the Bayou” was the theme of the celebration, with host Marshall Harris. Cecile Covert, Brian Guidry, Nicola Wolf, Julie Guidry

The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon held a festive summer fete with fabulous food, live entertainment and a pool party overlooking Bayou St. John. And, of course, Indian attire was requested. “Bollywood on the Bayou” was the theme of the celebration, with host Marshall Harris.… Continue reading →

Trends of the Cocktail: High-concept drink ideas trickle into corner bar

Photo provided by Tales of the Cocktail -- A fiery crown and tiki-inspired drinkware made these beverages a hot item when Anchor Distillery presented  PeruvianTiki Gods at Tiki Tolteca during Tales of the Cocktail.

Simpler drinks in fancy glassware. Lower-proof concoctions that lure drinkers to linger. And tiki, tiki everywhere. Those were among the trends spotted at the recent Tales of the Cocktail industry convention in New Orleans — trends that are likely to pop up at your neighborhood cocktail lounge soon, if they haven’t already. Here are… Continue reading →

Smiley: Horsing around

Diane T. Martin, of Morgan City, gives us another reason to cherish our children — they’re so cute when they remind us how old we’re getting: “When my son Rob was in first grade, he came home one day excited about having learned how and when different things came into being: the steam… Continue reading →

Review: Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' best viewed as a glimpse into the writing process of 'Mockingbird'

'Go Set A Watchman' by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” brings to mind Fyodor Dostoevsky’s observation that, if asked not to think of a polar bear, it would be impossible to think of anything else. The same is just as true of elephants as it is polar bears. Of course, the elephant in this literary room is “To Kill a Mockingbird.”… Continue reading →

The Librarian and Lee: LSU’s Jessica Lacher-Feldman was Harper Lee’s ‘handler’ for literary events

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor, at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Lee has started a nonprofit company that will produce a play about the book  "To Kill A Mockingbird", ending a dispute that threatened to derail the long-running performance, a publishing group said Saturday, April 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File) ORG XMIT: NY108

Almost every literate American has read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but few know its author, Harper Lee. Jessica Lacher-Feldman can check both boxes. Lacher-Feldman, 47, head of special collections at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library, met Lee several times when Lacher-Feldman held a similar position at the University of Alabama. Lee, a resident of Monroeville, Alabama, attended the… Continue reading →

Community briefs July 28, 2015

Photo provided by LORI JOHNSON -- National Teen Best Dancer -- Baton Rouge dancer Payton Johnson, right, with choreographer Jason Parsons,  earned the honor of National Teen Best Dancer at The Dance Awards.

Baton Rouge dancer Payton Johnson, 16, has earned the honor of National Teen Best Dancer at The Dance Awards July 5-12 in New York City. The University High School student was chosen over 130 contenders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Art of teaching

George McLean, of Metairie, continues our series on great teachers: “Way back in 1942, when I was a freshman engineering student at Tulane, one of my classes was taught by the dean, Dr. Roberts. “One day, while discussing a problem with the class, I asked why a certain conversion factor was… Continue reading →

Pennington study tests what role diet, exercise play in infertility, ovarian cysts

One of the most common causes of infertility in women may be cured with exercise or a healthy diet. Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center are testing whether walking on a treadmill and eating better work as a treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome, a disorder that causes cysts to form on a woman’s ovaries and raises… Continue reading →

Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Crispy millet bibimbap, roasted sesame sweet potatoes with peach gochujang sauce

Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. Not familiar with it? You’ll want to be! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl — white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, the meat is tossed in Korean barbecue sauce, lending a perfect sweetness to balance out the tangy and spicy… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What are some risk factors for bladder cancer?

What are some risk factors for bladder cancer? Is it a common cancer? As with most cancers, the exact cause of bladder cancer is unknown. However, there are risk factors that can increase the chance of developing the disease. According to the National Library of Medicine, cigarette smoking has been attributable to 50 percent of bladder… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: How to transition somone into adult day care

My sisters and I want our mom to attend an adult day center for more socialization, but she is very hesitant to the idea. How do we make such a transition more comfortable for her? Adult day services offer a variety of benefits for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and research indicates stimulation early… Continue reading →

Smiley: No lunch for Sam

OK, I give up. I’ve tried to convince folks outside Louisiana that we’re not hip-deep in alligators, but the stories of encounters with gators keep coming in. So I guess I’ll just keep running them, even if they frighten readers in the Frozen Nawth. Pat Alba, of Metairie, tells… Continue reading →

Even with numerous businesses and websites dedicated to matchmaking, you can still find love just taking your dog for a walk

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rich Bouchner and Elizabeth Fahey, with their dog, Easy, at their home in New Orleans on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

The road to dating is paved with such websites as,, even and (we’re not talking fish here) … and then there’s Fido. No cyberspace required. Just ask those whose canine companions led them to their significant others. It was just another day in New Orleans’ City Bark dog park for Rich Bouchner,… Continue reading →

Easy to be engrossed in astronaut’s quest

'Watch the Lady' by Elizabeth Fremantle

“The Martian” by Andy Weir. Crown, 2014. $25. I started seeing “The Martian” pop up on a lot of “best of” lists a few months ago, and when I found out it was being made into a movie starring Matt Damon, I knew I had to pick up a… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events

“LOW & SLOW 2 — THE ART OF BARBECUE, SMOKE-ROASTING AND BASIC CURING”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Gary Wiviott and Colleen Rush sign and offer tastings from the second in their culinary series. (504) 899-7323. “NAVEL OF THE MOON”: 6 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Les Enfants de la Patrie

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bastille Day. NMCB27 Marc Lumbroso, Consul General of France Gregor Trumel, Nadine Ramsey, Consul of France in Lafayette Christian Goudeau

Events surrounding the French National Day, Tuesday, July 14, were many and merry. The chief one occurred that day: the reception given by the Consul General. In addition, and before and after, there were the full-day Bastille Day Fête on the preceding Saturday, Sunday’s French Mass and Déjeuner, and, in a cabaret format, “Encore… Continue reading →

Metairie garden thrives in hottest part of year

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Gregg Porter's garden in Old Metairie Friday, July 17, 2015. ORG XMIT: BAT1507171224109870

Ever since Jeannie McKeogh bought her house on Vincent Avenue in Old Metairie in 1981, she struggled to bring her vision for its garden to fruition. But no matter which landscape designer she worked with and no matter how lovely the result, it never seemed to represent exactly what she could see in her mind’s… Continue reading →

Architects look at post-Katrina changes in city’s built environment

Photo courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple -- The BioInnovation Center on Canal Street, one of the buildings included in the AIA exhibit,  won an "AIA COTE Award - Committee On The Environment"  honor, given to top examples of sustainable and ecological design.'

What will New Orleans look like 10 years from now? The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is posing the question even as it is rolls out a new exhibit that addresses how the city’s built environment has changed in the decade post Hurricane Katrina. Called “10 Years/10 Stories,” the exhibit opens Saturday, Aug.… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, July 25, 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, NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM: 8:30 a.m.… Continue reading →

Summer Salutes

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Alvin Bertel Award. Rusty Barkerding, Sean Duffy

The annual C. Alvin Bertel Award hosted by the World Trade Center of New Orleans unfolded on a recent Wednesday and honored Michael W. Kearney, chairman and CEO of The Kearney Companies Inc. It’s a New Orleans-based “third party logistics company that serves the supply chain needs of many… Continue reading →


“WHAT IF JESUS CARRIED A BRIEFCASE?”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. Donald C. Moore signs his devotional format guide to business leadership. (985) 626-8884. BLOOD DRIVE: 8 a.m. to… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers, June 26 to July 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Keith J. Alphonso and Lisa L. Alphonso sold this home at 248 Rue Jonathan in Slidell to Shane L. Penton and Lisa Relan Penton for $359,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for June 26 to July 1 ABITA SPRINGS DUNDEE LOOP NORTH 2060: $135,000, Flora Morgan Stutzman to Kristin Marie Tortorich. FAIRWAY DRIVE 73504: $413,645, Rinaldi Builders LLC to Van Richard Hornsby and Jessica B. Hornsby. GULCH ST. 70278: $393,000, Adrian B. Hancock Sr. to Ryne Paul Sepcich and… Continue reading →