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    Restaurant news: La Boulangerie changes hands, restaurants offer reveillon dinners

    Uptown bakery La Boulangerie (4600 Magazine St., 504-269-3777) has been sold to Donald Link?s restaurant group. The French bakery and cafe made the announcement Nov. 22 on its Facebook page.?

    Da Winnas & Da Loozas: A 2015 Louisiana campaign recap

    A friend of mine told me this anecdote about six weeks before the Oct. 24 primary: Months ago, when U.S. Sen. David Vitter was still pretending to care what people thought of him, he asked former Gov. Mike Foster to identify his (Vitter?s) biggest weakness as a candidate for governor.?

    Boulevard American Bistro opens in Metairie

    Boulevard American Bistro (4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-889-2301) is now open for lunch and dinner in the former Houston?s spot in Metairie.

    The restaurant is the latest project from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which also runs French Quarter restaurants Broussard?s, Kingfish and the Bombay Club.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: NOLA Brewing collaborates to create funky brews

    This holiday season, NOLA Brewing is releasing two collaboration beers with breweries 7venth Sun from the Tampa Bay area and Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis.

    The Fulton collaboration springs from the fact that the Mississippi River starts in Minnesota and ends in Louisiana.?

    The New Orleans Exercist visits City Surf

    The only thing I know how to surf is the Internet, so I feel somewhat intimidated when I arrive at City Surf (5924 Magazine St., 954-609-5725; The front door reads #NOBADDAYS, but the rainy, chilly weather disagrees.?

    Y@ Speak: unpopular
    Bobby Jindal, Rob Ryan and David Vitter pack up their book bags, sling them over their shoulders and scan the cafeteria for somewhere, anywhere, anyone. Also this week: Refugee hysteria, Allen Toussaint, election night and po-boys.


    Rihanna to perform in New Orleans in March 2016

    With the expected Black Friday release of her anticipated 2015 album Anti, R&B artist Rihanna has announced a globe-trotting 2016 world tour. She stops in New Orleans at the Smoothe King Center on Tuesday, March 8, among 70 international dates through August.?

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    Events (Nov. 23 - 29, 2015)
    Bayou ClassicThu.-Sat. Nov. 26-28 | Bayou Classic festivities begin with a Thanksgiving Day parade from the Superdome to the French Market.?

    Live Music (Nov. 23 - 29, 2015)
    NobunnyTue. Nov. 24 | Justin Champlin's masked, meat-covered pop-punk persona (think Dr. Frank N. Furter fronting the Ramones) is the panties-wearing rock 'n' roll answer to too-serious, dudes-in-denim lo-fi greaseballs.?

    Gambit?s 2015 Big Bar Guide
    From craft cocktail emporiums to dive bars, places to get your drink on Alcohol and social drinking are as much a part of New Orleans' culture as Mardi Gras and New Orleans Saints fandom. But there' s a lot more going on at local bars than just serving drinks ? they rev up the fun factor with live music, comedy shows, stage productions and specialty nights.?

    GIVERS are back with a new album, New Kingdom
    The band performs an album release show at One Eyed Jacks this week The day GIVERS released its debut album IN LIGHT in 2011, guitarist and vocalist Taylor Guarisco huddled over a phone in Texas, several hundred miles from the band's home in Louisiana, and beamed through every word on a round of press calls. Four years later, the day before the release of the band's anticipated follow-up, he's tired and still on the road, as if GIVERS had never stopped touring.?

    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
    Rachel Piercey, executive director of The Pro Bono Project, will retire Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years with the organization, which provides free legal services to underserved communities in southeast Louisiana. In 2015, the Pro Bono Project served more than 2,000 people and handled more than 1,400 civil cases among its 1,800 volunteer attorneys and paralegals.?

    Gov. Bobby Jindal's third-quarter fundraising total in the presidential race
    $579,438.39 Jindal's poll numbers never did rise out of the low single digits, but the Nov. 17 suspension of his presidential campaign also had financial roots. In the same third quarter, one of the GOP frontrunners, Ben Carson, raised $20 million, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised $13.4 million.?

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu?s administration should reconsider the proposal to double downtown parking meter rates and hours
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration seems determined to double downtown parking meter rates and extend meter hours to 10 p.m. ? but the administration seems to be alone in thinking that's a good idea. As the law is written, Landrieu and the Department of Public Works have the authority to raise meter rates without the City Council's approval.?

    I-10: Ten things to know in New Orleans this week: November 24, 2015
    Tax amnesty, a new march against Confederate monuments and Syrian refugees in Louisiana 1. A Confederacy in BeantownA big-budget stage adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces opened last week in Boston, with Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman (pictured) playing the lead role of Ignatius Reilly (often portrayed on local stages by Spud McConnell).?

    A letter to our new governor
    Clancy DuBos offers his advice to the man who will succeed Bobby Jindal Good morning, Governor. Congratulations on your hard-fought victory.?

    The autopsy of Gov. Bobby Jindal?s presidential campaign
    National press weighs in on what went wrong ? and one writer says Jindal would have been best nominee 'A CAREENING PANDER-FEST' The Washington Post's Chris Cilizza comes to praise Jindal, saying that when he first spoke with gubernatorial candidate Jindal 12 years ago, "he was one of the most impressive candidates for any office that I had ever met."?

    Review: Willa Jean
    The enormously popular bakery has top-notch baked goods, but not service to match At Willa Jean, there are chocolate chip cookies laced with flecks of sea salt, crusty baguettes, inky loaves of pumpernickel, croissants enveloping thick strips of chocolate and showered with pistachios and tiny pumpkin bread cakes that are almost too cute to eat. It's a near- perfect bakery operation, but Willa Jean isn't just a bakery; it's a full-fledged restaurant, an all-day, every day operation.?

    3-Course Interview: Daniel Esses
    Chef and consultant for the new Dryades Public Market In October, chef Daniel Esses was hired to help reboot the stalled Jack & Jake's Public Market, now called Dryades Public Market (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). Esses, a co-owner at Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St., 504-252-4801; also runs a pasta company, Esses Foods.?

    Preview: Big K.R.I.T.
    K.R.I.T. plays House of Blues Nov. 30 Stop us if you've heard this one: Country-fried underground rap act rockets into outer space on an interstellar second studio LP. There are a few more shared coordinates between OutKast's ATLiens and Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica (Def Jam) ? see the 808-bumped Mason-Dixon funk rumbles and Cadillac-as-flying-DeLorean mode of travel ? but also one major deviation: K.R.I.T.?

    Review: Juana: Structures of Reverie
    New work by Josephine Sacabo In this exhibition, Josephine Sacabo explores the meandering, shadowy passageways of the psyche as a kind of ethereal visual architecture. Inspired by Juana La Loca, the 16th-century "mad queen" of Spain who was imprisoned for 46 years, the series features spectral and dreamlike female figures positioned within intricately labyrinthine structures that look rock solid yet are elusive as rays of reflected light.?

    Review: Fishers of Men
    A powerful story of life on the streets in New Orleans On his nightly ministry on the streets of New Orleans, Deacon Job finds a drug dealer named Debarrow pointing a gun at a man. In that moment, Debarrow hears a "whisper" ? maybe a sign from God ? and puts down his gun. He agrees to go with Job to meet Bishop Perriloux and comes face-to-face with his murderous past in Harold Ellis Clark's Fishers of Men, which ran recently at the Ashe Power House Theater.?

    Review: Spotlight
    A true story about Boston investigative journalists and the Catholic Church The newspaper picture was once an institution in Hollywood, from early examples like The Front Page and His Girl Friday to the Watergate-era success of All the President's Men. (Even Citizen Kane begins as a newspaper picture.)?

    Preview: Luna Fete
    The annual show of New Orleans architecture and spectacular light Photo by Aaron Rogosin Last year, the Arts Council of New Orleans' Luna Fete presented a video projection on Gallier Hall's facade of New Orleans landscapes and festival scenes.?