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    Take 'Em Down NOLA marches against Jackson statue

    Led by drums and chants of "no justice, no peace" and "Black Lives Matter," hundreds of people marched through the French Quarter Sept. 24 demanding the removal of Andrew Jackson's statue at the heart of Jackson Square. Take 'Em Down NOLA ? a group that has urged for the removal of all symbols of and monuments to white supremacy, including the four Confederate-era monuments at the center of a lawsuit and city ordinance for their removal ? had organized the march following what organizers consider the city's inaction.?

    Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco dies at 68
    Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco died early this morning at the age of 68, according to his longtime manager Ted Fox. Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural Jr., had been suffering from lung cancer and unable to perform for most of 2016.?

    Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Annual Parade


    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 1-5pm

    Dedicated to the Memory of Bros. Elroy Stroughter and Howard Turner, Sr.

    (route details below the jump!)

    Start : Young Men Olympian Clubhouse, 2101 S. Liberty St. Up Josephine St. to Simon Bolivar.?

    Review: The Magnificent Seven

    On the surface, director Antoine Fuqua?s The Magnificent Seven may seem another ill-advised remake of a classic Hollywood movie. Producers and studio executives typically justify the practice by explaining that today?s audiences just aren?t familiar with many of the all-time-great films.?

    Film Society presents free screening of The Wiz tonight at Palmer Park

    The New Orleans Film Society will screen The Wiz tonight, Sept, 23, at the monthly Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park (S Carrollton at S. Claiborne avenues). Directed by Sidney Lumet, the 1978 film was based on the Broadway musical, which reimagines L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of African-American culture.?

    Grow Dat announces Dinner on the Farm series

    Grow Dat Youth Farm (150 Zachary Taylor Drive) announced a lineup for chef-driven dinners as part of its Dinner on the Farm series. 

    The urban farm in New Orleans City Park held its first such dinner in collaboration with The Link Stryjewski Foundation in May, when Cochon?s Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt of Peche prepared a three-course dinner on the farm's seven-acre grounds. The organizers are launching a new set of dinners beginning Oct. 9, and they benefit the farm. 


    CAC to renovate, add The Domain Companies as tenant

    The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) announced it will begin renovations and add as a tenant The Domain Companies, the New York and New Orleans-based developer behind South Market District, Ace Hotel and other local projects. The project will begin Oct. 1, according to a press release. 

    The third and fourth floors of the CAC will become The Shop, an office hub for "technology, arts and cultural-based businesses."?

    Broad Theater celebrates first annual Art House Theater Day with screening of Time Bandits

    Taking place Sat., Sept. 24 is the first annual Art House Theater Day, a national celebration of independent movie theaters and the cultural role they play in local communities.

    In New Orleans, The Broad Theater will join the celebration with a 6:45 p.m. screening of Terry Gilliam's satirical time-travel fantasy adventure Time Bandits.

    The film stars Gilliam's fellow ex-Monty Python member John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson and Ian Holm as Napoleon. Seriously, they don't make them like this anymore.?

    A preview of Trader Joe's, opening Friday in Metairie

    Trader Joe's
    (2949 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-0253) second Louisiana location ? the first in the greater New Orleans area ? celebrates its grand opening at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23.?

    Farewell to Gary Esolen, Gambit's spiritual godfather

    We at Gambit lost our founding father and longtime mentor Monday (Sept. 19) when Gary Esolen, the paper?s first editor and publisher, died at East Jefferson Hospital after a brief illness. He was 75.

    In addition to his groundbreaking work at Gambit, Gary also was the co-founder and first executive director of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation (NOTMC).?

    Review: Pippin

    Pippin, the Tony Award-winning musical, written by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, dazzled Broadway audiences in the ?70s and a talented cast is delighting audiences with a season opening production at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.?

    First look at Meril, opening Saturday in the Warehouse District

    Meril (424 Girod St., 504-526-3745), Emeril Lagasse?s first new restaurant to open in New Orleans since 1998, opens its doors Saturday, Sept. 24. It?s named after his daughter and joins his flagship Emeril's New Orleans, NOLA and Emeril?s Delmonico.  

    Chef de cuisine Will Avelar is a New Orleans native who began working for Lagasse in 2005 and moved on to lead the kitchen at Delmonico.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: NOLA Brew Bus launches brewery tours

    Matt Marsiglia is building on New Orleans? growing beer culture with his tour company, NOLA Brew Bus, which starts tours on Sept. 30.

    ?I want to bring the experience that tour guides give in the French Quarter to my tour, except it will be beer-centric.? Marsiglia says. ?I want them to get off the bus and say ?Wow.?

    Ariana Grande coming to Smoothie King Center April 11, 2017

    Pop star Ariana Grande, who came to the Smoothie King Center in 2015 on her "Honeymoon Tour," will return to New Orleans and the SKC next year with the "Dangerous Woman Tour." 

    Presale tickets will be available Sept. 20, and tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 24. 

    Here's a preview of what to expect from the "Dangerous Woman Tour," and a video of Ariana licking a donut (as one does).?

    Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform at Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced dates for part of its 2017 tour. The band performs at the Smoothie King Center Jan. 10, 2017.?

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    The gospel according to Alabama Shakes
    The band performs Sept. 22 at Champions Square The first word came down from Andy "Be Wiser, Call" Bizer. New Orleans' own Saul Goodman moonlights as a manager for Hurray For the Riff Raff, and in late 2011, he was searching for a label home for Alynda Lee Segarra's then-unsigned country/folk band.?

    Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 20-26, 2016)
    Progression Music Series feat. HildegardTue.?

    Shape notes: Zoe | Juniper opens Contemporary Art Center?s 40th season
    The company premieres the Sacred Harp-inspired Clear & Sweet Sacred Harp or shape note singing is a communal form of singing that arrived in the U.S. from England, became popular in the early 1800s and spread across the country largely in religious communities. It took root in some Baptist communities in the South, and though it has been practiced for quite some time, dancer Zoe Scofield had never heard it until she returned to her childhood home in Gainesville, Georgia a few years ago.?

    Three Muses expands Uptown with Maple Street spot
    Almost six years after opening on Frenchmen Street, the restaurant and music hub Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St., 504-252-4801; is expanding to Uptown. ??Chef Daniel Esses, mixologist Kimberly Patton-Bragg and singer Sophie Lee opened Three Muses Maple (7537 Maple St., 504-510-2749; last weekend.?

    Lakefront seafood restaurant Station 6 opens in Bucktown
    Station 6 (105 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie, 504-345-2936; opened in Bucktown Sept. 9, and it's all about family. ??Husband-and-wife team Alison Vega-Knoll and Andrew Knoll run the show, and their sons help out in the dining room and the kitchen.?

    Chef Phillip Lopez to helm restaurant, bars at Troubadour Hotel
    Chef Phillip Lopez, owner of Root and Square Root (1800 Magazine St., 504-309-7800; opened the high-end delicatessen Part & Parcel (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-827-1090; in August. He also will run food operations including a restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar at the Central Business District hotel The Troubadour (1111 Gravier St.;, which is slated to open Nov. 4.??The 184-room boutique hotel is the first New Orleans property from Joie de Vivre hotel group.?

    Review: Bakery Bar?s sweet spot
    Cakes, cocktails and other treats in the Lower Garden District Bakery Bar is fun. The board games on shelves lining the walls and the lively late-night crowd that packs the bar show that, but the spot is built around the odd marriage of cake and cocktails.?

    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
    Sarah Grayan assistant profes-sor of psychology at Tulane University, was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant through the Brain and Behavior Re-search Foundation. The two-year, $70,000 grant will fund the study of the development of children who have been exposed to trauma.?