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Second line Sunday: Dumaine Street Gang and Westbank Steppers parades
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Start: Treme Center, N. Villere and St. Philip.?
Review: Manchester by the Sea
Sometimes things just don?t work out for films that once seemed destined for adulation and awards. There?s no better example from recent years than celebrated playwright Kenneth Lonergan?s Margaret.?
Restaurant news for Piccola Gelateria, Cafe Anglais and more
Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 954-618-8141), a gelato-focused cafe, is now open. Owners Ria and Ross Turnbull began a soft opening Nov. 17 and host a grand opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2).
The cafe specializes in Italian coffee drinks and gelato, with 18 house-made flavors, many of which will change seasonally.?
Books roundup: Five book-related events in December in New Orleans
Between awkward office Christmas parties, family members with questionable politics and hot chocolate with too many/not enough marshmallows, the holidays can be a trying time of year. Find solace at one of these (mostly) non-Christmas-related book parties.
New Orleans short-term rental laws get final vote
Following several years of debate, New Orleans officials passed a series of ordinances Dec. 1 to legalize, and enforce, short-term rentals. With input from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, Airbnb and the City Planning Commission, the New Orleans City Council passed several ordinances that amend the city's governing zoning code to include rules for short-term rentals on websites like Airbnb and HomeAway in New Orleans.
"The depravity and the sweetness": author Paula Mejia on The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy
In 1985, The Jesus and Mary Chain released its massively influential landmark debut Psychocandy, an electric shock of rock 'n' roll and sugary sweet pop as one big feedbacking sound.
The band was lauded in the U.K. press for its irreverence and unpredictably destructive live shows, But, as Paula Mejia writes in a new book from the 33 1/3 series, the album is "an unapologetic swooning love letter to pop music" from a band unabashedly embracing not only the leather-clad Hamburg-era Beatles, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, and Marc Bolan and David Bowie, but '60s girl groups, bubblegum and the full spectrum of pop.
Though exhaustive research and conversation, Mejia dives into the band's history, interviewing band members Jim and William Reid, Douglas Hart and Bobby Gillespie, as well as scene familiars and Glaswegian contemporaries, finding a band shaped as much by Margaret Thatcher's U.K. and the realities of their neglected working class neighborhoods as it was by its deliberate pop ambition, despite its seemingly anarchic noise.
In celebrating its 30th anniversary, the band embarked on a reunion tour, which touches New Orleans Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater.?
Freret Beer Room opens Uptown
Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468) is now open. The beer-focused restaurant from owner Eli Gay opened Wednesday, Nov. 30, but there?s no booze for the time being, pending alcohol permits.?
Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn headline Bayou Country Superfest in Dome May 26-28
Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts will headline the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest, which moves from Baton Rouge to the Superdome for for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017. If the festival is a success, New Orleans may be its new home, says Superfest producer and Festival Productions director Quint Davis.
"If it ain't broke, you don't fix it," Davis says.?
Chalmette Movies presents month-long Buster Keaton classic film series
Chalmette Movies (8700 West Judge Perez Drive) will present four newly restored comedy classics by the great Buster Keaton on four weekends starting this Sunday, December 4. All Sunday screenings begin at 2:30 p.m., with encore screenings the following Monday at 7:30 p.m.?
Promo: Battle of the Bands - A STOMP Troopers Fundraiser
Presented by NOLArts Learning Center Saturday, Dec. 3 | 8pm ?
Hansen?s Sno-Bliz to open December 16-18
Though the weather might indicate otherwise, it?s about to get a bit chillier when snowball favorite Hansen?s Sno-Bliz ( 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788) opens for a surprise three-day holiday special next month.
The popular snowball shop made the announcement Tuesday, Nov. 29, on social media.?
The fight for $15 an hour in New Orleans
Sharika Evans grew up working in fast food. But, she said, the minimum wages she's received ? at $7.25 an hour ? are not enough to support a family, her health care, utilities and her bills, Evans said she was fired from the McDonald's on Canal Street following a Fight For $15 protest at the restaurant earlier this year.?
Neil Diamond 50-year anniversary tour to stop at Smoothie King Center May 2
Sweet Caroline. Cracklin' Rosie.?
National Board of Review kicks off movie awards season, honoring Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight
The movie awards season ? which won't end until the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 26 ? began today with National Board of Review's picks for the best of the year. Kenneth Lonergan's moving character study Manchester by the Sea was named Best Film, also earning awards for Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay (Lonergan).?
Mid-City Library to open at new Canal Street location Dec. 5
The Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library, which closed its location in the American Can building Oct. 22, will reopen Dec. 5 in its new home ? the Automotive Life Insurance building at 4140 Canal Street. Mayor Mitch Landrieu will attend the opening in the new branch, according to a memo from New Orleans City Librarian Charles Brown.?
Dining events: Sqirl at Shaya, Josephine Estelle?s Feast of the Seven Fishes
Jessica Koslow, owner and chef of the buzzy Los Angeles restaurant Sqirl, is teaming up with New Orleans? Alon Shaya for a one-night cocktail and book release party on Dec. 2.
Koslow began selling her sought-after jams and preserves at a tiny 800-square-foot space, which soon blossomed into one of the city?s most popular eateries, featuring a very L.A.-driven menu (think jam-draped toasts, brown rice bowls steeped in almond milk, and buckwheat pancakes with cacao nib and coconut).
Brewsday Tuesday: Wayward Owl opens tasting room
New Orleans? newest brewery, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646), has opened a tasting room to sell test batches of beer before the brewery's official grand opening event on Dec. 17. Located in the converted Gem Theater in Broadmoor, the brewery's tasting room is open 4 p.m.-8 p.m.?
Promo: Gambit's POP Quiz
November 29 - December 5 Put on your thinking cap, it's time for Gambit's weekly POP Quiz! Each week, we'll compose a short quiz to test your knowledge of who's who and what's what in the Big Easy.?
A Very Y@ Speak Thanksgiving
Sidney "Has Claimed 'Garbage King' Title Unironically" Torres, the New Orleans Saints being exceptionally petty, and an unfortunate cranberry plate of cranberry sauce, all in this week's edition.
Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2016)
The Lion in WinterThu.-Sun. Dec. 1-18 | Leslie Castay, Kevin Murphy and Alex Martinez Wallace star in James Goldman's Tony Award-winning drama about Henry II, who's plotting to sire a new heir behind his queen's back while his three sons vie to succeed him.?
Live music in New Orleans this week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2016)
Lauryn HillThu. Dec. 1 | Riffing off her ageless opening-and-closing statement The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) and the inaugural Diaspora Calling!?
Long Shot: read an exclusive excerpt from the book chronicling Edwards' campaign for governor
Veteran political reporters Jeremy Alford and Tyler Bridges on the election of a long shot: Gov. John Bel Edwards A dark horse politician surges, defying the odds and beating an established ? but not well liked ? politico for the top job. That may be the story of the 2016 presidential election, but it?s also the story of Louisiana?s 2015 gubernatorial matchup in which state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, eked out a victory over Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in a very red state.?
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided $325,000 in funding to the 22nd Judicial District Court drug treatment program in Covington. The federal grants provide three years of funding to expand abuse treatment in adult and family drug courts and Tribal Healing to Wellness courts.?
I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans this Week (Nov. 29, 2016)
1. FREE FLU SHOTS FOR HOSPITALITY WORKERSMusicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF).?
Review: in A Man Called Ove, not all grumpy old men are created equal
The Swedish film screens at The Broad Theater Bleak realism long has characterized the cinema of Sweden, from the art-house classics of Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries) to more recent, noirish crime stories including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Sweden's official entry to next year's Academy Awards and winner of several recent film festival awards, A Man Called Ove comes on like the antidote to decades of emotional austerity.?