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Smiley: Gator racing

You people are not cooperating! For some time, I’ve been trying to convince residents of the Frozen Nawth that folks down here don’t all live in houses built on stilts over the swamp and have to fight off alligators every day on our way to work. And what do you do? You keep sending me stories… Continue reading →

In New Orleans area, DogVacay app offers a new way for pet owners to find services like boarding, day care

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Paula Touchstone of Old Jefferson has two Labrador retrievers of her own and sits other dogs at her home using the app service DogVacay.

Paula Touchstone’s Art Deco cottage is already filled with playful barking from five Labrador retrievers when her cellphone’s ringtone joins the chorus. It’s a rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as performed by still more barking dogs. It’s a ruckus, but for Touchstone it’s just another day playing host to a visiting pack at her Old… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Opening for photographer Owen Murphy

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Dignitaries, photographers and fans turned out for the opening of Owen Murphy’s photographic exhibition 'El Viajero' at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. The show continues through July 11. The consulate sponsors art, music and literary events to promote the culture of Mexico. Photographer Owen Murphy, Belinda Flores, Consul General of Mexico Ramon Gonzalez Jamesome

Dignitaries, photographers and fans turned out for the opening of Owen Murphy’s photographic exhibition “El Viajero” at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. The show, in collaboration with the New Orleans Photo Alliance, continues through July 11. The consulate sponsors art, music and literary events to promote the culture of… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Surprise! It’s Suzette Toledano’s birthday

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Very few things surprise New Orleans entertainment attorney Suzette Toledano. But she wasn’t expecting a thing when husband Bill Roberti masterminded a birthday party for her at the Ritz-Carlton’s Juneau-Hartley Penthouse. Festivities were co-hosted by Wendi Berman and Leslie Snadowsky, with live music by Coolbone to entertain a crowd of friends and family. Suzette Toledano, House of Blues Director of VIP Services Dwight Payne, co-host Wendi Berman

Very few things surprise New Orleans entertainment attorney Suzette Toledano. But she wasn’t expecting a thing when husband Bill Roberti masterminded a birthday party for her at the Ritz-Carlton’s Juneau-Hartley Penthouse. Festivities were co-hosted by Wendi Berman and Leslie Snadowsky, with live music by Coolbone to entertain a crowd of friends and family.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday; Women’s National Book Association; farewell to British Consul General

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- English Speaking Union. Herschel and Anne Abbott, John and Bonnie Boyd

“A Buckingham Palace Garden Party” was the billed attraction for the annual Celebration of the Official Birthday of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It occurred at the invitation of the English-Speaking Union New Orleans Branch at the New Orleans Country Club. “High noon” was the stated time, the music… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events, July 7-30, 2015

New Orleans area Book events “SCOTLANDVILLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Drs. Rachel L. Emanuel, Ruby Jean Simmons, Charles Vincent and Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden read and sign this story of the town in East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Smiley: Fictional Louisiana

Dear Smiley: In 1972, I was stationed with the U.S. Army in Heidelberg, Germany. I quickly discovered that a majority of GIs and Germans had preconceived notions of our state, and nothing I would say could change their minds. So quickly I started going along to get along.… Continue reading →

Plantation parlor moved lock, stock and rosewood sofa into NOMA

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Visitors look at some of the features of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation Home parlor at the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. NOMA has acquired the furnished parlor of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation of St. Francisville, La., unchanged since the 1860s, and installed it in its entirety in the museum.

It takes a while to pull a room together until it’s right. Harriet Flower Mathews took nine years to complete her parlor at Butler Greenwood plantation in St. Francisville. She bought the 537⁄8 yards of carpet with its eternal bunches of red roses in 1852, the $200 golden drapery in 1859. Finally, on Jan. 25,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: ZOObilation and Wednesday at the Square

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Zoobilation.

Today, July 4, will have thousands of Orleanians enjoying a holiday with many of the celebrations scheduled for outdoors. But before going forth on the Fourth, scores filled a pair of park areas to revel, most with their families, at dusk.

They All Asked for Zoo! ZOObilation was the draw for thousands when the Audubon Nature Institute held… Continue reading →

Herbs, fruit trees flourish where blight once ruled

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Garden on Dauphine Street

When Kathy Muse and a band of volunteers were cleaning up the 4800 block of Dauphine Street back in 2011, one vacant lot proved especially troublesome. Overgrown and nearly impassable, the lot had become a dumping ground for tires, construction debris and trash. Today, however, it’s a restful pocket park and orchard in the Continue reading →

At 93, the identical New Orleans twin Lastrapes sisters celebrate 75 years as nuns -- together, of course

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sisters Canisius and Canice Lastrapes, are twins and belong to the Sisters of the Holy Family order. They are celebrating their 75th year as nuns. A portrait of the order's founder, Henriette Delille, hangs on the wall above them.

Ninety-three-year-old identical twins, Sisters Canice and Canisius Lastrapes, of the Sisters of the Holy Family, seemed born to their destiny. Seventy-five family members came from around the country to the order’s motherhouse on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans on a recent weekend to share in the celebration. “They’ve just been an enormous inspiration… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, July 4-Aug. 8, 2015

MASTER GARDENER APPLICATIONS: Through July 31. The LSU AgCenter of St. Tammany is accepting applications for its Master Gardener training program, which consists of 50 hours of instruction on plant diseases, insects, trees, vegetable gardening, lawn care and more. In return for their extensive training, Louisiana Master Gardeners provide 40 volunteer… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, June 10-16, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Betty K. Adams sold this home at 1904 Ute Drive in Harvey to Kin K. Hui and Hui P. Ren for $80,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for June 10 to June 16 CAMBAY DRIVE 120: donation, no value stated, Susan Lacombe and Steven Lacombe to Wayne R. Lacombe. CAMBAY DRIVE 165: $33,000, Dolly F. Marse, Michael J. Marse, Stephen Marse and Russell L. Marse to Randazzle Properties LLC.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, June 10-16, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Kevin P. Breen sold this home at 3425 Cypress St. in Metairie to Salvador A. Pellittieri for $370,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for June 10 to June 16 COLONIAL AVE. 624: $405,000, Gregory Mikevich and Katherine E. Mikevich to David H. Coe and Rachael M. Coe. ELMWOOD SUBDIVISION, LOT P-2: $3,456,892, Fre Gretna LLC to AE1 Income & Growth Fund 25 LLC. GENERES DRIVE 2305: donation, no… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers, June 9-15, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Rockwell Builders LLC sold this home at 38 Mark Smith Drive in Mandeville to Martin E. Padilla and Trisha C. Padilla for $799,750.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for June 9 to June 15 BALD EAGLE DRIVE 148: $85,000, Money Hill Plantation LLC to B&J Land & Development LLC. GRANDE HILLS ESTATES, LOT 4, SQUARE 1: $180,000, Gallo Investments LLC to Richard A. Lang and Elizabeth T. Lang. PACKET PLACE 71153: $187,500, Dennis… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, June 8-11, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Karen A. Barousse sold this home at 4732-34 Iberville St. in New Orleans' 2nd District to Jonathan F. Randall for $333,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for June 8 TO June 11 ANNUNCIATION ST. 1461-A: $230,000, Louis Hebert and Cindy M. Hebert to Ronald J. Mizell and Susan M. Mizell. BANKS ST. 3238: $439,000, Vivia C. White to BP&K LLC. CARONDELET ST. 334, UNIT 309: $310,000, Western Union Building LLC… Continue reading →

Review: An ‘Overnight’ to remember

The Orchard photo by John Guleserian -- From left, Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling and Jason Schwartzman share a scene in 'The Overnight.'

Thirty-something couple Alex and Emily and their young son, R.J., have been Los Angeles residents for two weeks. They moved to L.A. for Emily’s job, which means it’s the unemployed Alex who takes R.J. to the park to play. In the park, R.J. befriends the son of L.A. couple Kurt and Charlotte. When Kurt sees the… Continue reading →

Review: 'In Stereo' tone deaf and stuck on mono

Photo provided by Greenleaf & Associates -- Micah Hauptman, top, and Beau Garrett star in ‘In Stereo.'

“In Stereo” is another of those New York stories about artists in turmoil. The film’s characters wallow in their selfishness, ingratitude and inability to love. These characters have their ups and downs, just as non-artists who don’t live in New York City do, but exactly why they’re so unhappy and maladjusted remains a mystery.… Continue reading →

Essence Music Festival lineup to include Erykah Badu

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Erykah Badu performs during the 2014 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The talent lineup at the Essence Music Festival always has an aspirational undercurrent. Mary J. Blige, who performs Sunday night, presents her life, and those of many African-American women in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as operatic in emotional scale. When Erykah Badu performs Saturday, before Missy Elliot and Usher, she’ll present a very different… Continue reading →

Smiley: Incarcerated Mom?

From our “Memorable Misunderstandings Dept.,” this story from Arthur Paine: His daughter-in-law Allison was on a business trip to San Francisco, but had time for some sight-seeing. She called home to speak to husband Mike, son Trey, 12, and daughter Jaidan, 8. Here’s how the call went: Mike: “Hello!”… Continue reading →

Smiley: Worth fighting for

T-Bob Taylor, our correspondent in Panama City Beach, Florida, says, “I was listening to the local news outlet and a story popped up that two workers had to TWICE be separated in the heat of a serious fight. “I’m thinking, ‘What a couple of nuts!’ “Then the announcer tagged, ‘The argument… Continue reading →

From grilling to thrilling: getting more flavor from your barbecue, and taking some heat off the cook, with help from a low-and-slow expert

Photo by Andrew Purcell - Low and slow cooking can leave a distinctive smoke ring on the interior of meats, like this ribs.

I’ll admit it. A cookout at my house usually means lighting some charcoal, throwing meat on the grill and hoping for the best. The setting is normally a social one. We’re having guests, and they all seem to arrive at once in a commotion of children, side dishes and questions about where to stash the beer just… Continue reading →

Killer Poboys plans second French Quarter location

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Killer Poboys opened inside the Erin Rose in 2012. Its chefs plan to expand this summer with a stand alone restaurant on Dauphine Street.

They work from the very embodiment of the hole in the wall, in a kitchen so small you’d expect to find it on a submarine. It’s in the back room of Erin Rose, a French Quarter bar that doesn’t look big enough to have a back room. Their standard menu lists just four po-boys, all… Continue reading →

At a Vietnamese food festival, fresh ideas from a deep well of tradition

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - A circle of women chat as they prepare leaf-wrapped beef kebabs at the Pho Festival in Gretna.

New Orleans has grown pretty accustomed to pho, banh mi, spring rolls and other staples of the casual Vietnamese noodle house. But over the weekend, the Pho Festival showed some different sides of the cuisine, with dishes springing from family traditions, customs of the Old Country and even religious observance. It also pointed to the potential… Continue reading →