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    Editorial: A failure to communicate

    Cedric Grant, director of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB), held a press conference last week to address the city?s latest boil-water alert, which was issued at 10 a.m. on July 24. The alert came a full seven hours after power went out at the Carrollton water plant, potentially allowing for contamination of the East Bank water supply.?

    Magazine Street restaurant The Standard now open

    Whenever Lana Banks and Ali Wild would come into New Orleans for a weekend, they would eye a tiny shop on Magazine near Milan Street.

    ?We?d always walk by and think, ?What a great spot for a restaurant,?? Banks says.?

    Council President Jason Williams calls special meeting to discuss boil-water advisory

    New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams, who also chairs the council's Utility Committee, has called a a special meeting tomorrow to discuss last weekend's boil-water advisory on the East Bank of New Orleans ? and the Sewerage & Water Board's response to the issue. 

    The advisory was issued Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m., about seven hours after a power surge at the S&WB's Carrollton plant fell below 15 pounds per square inch, which is considered an unsafe level. The advisory was issued after many residents had awoken, had coffee, brushed their teeth, showered and gone to work ? and it continued throughout the day and evening, forcing businesses to use bottled water or find workarounds.?

    Fire on the bayou: 10 marijuana songs from Louisiana bands

    This week's Gambit cover story looks at Louisiana's latest moves to get medical marijuana to the state, but the products are still several years down the road. So, while we wait, here are 10 songs celebrating weed by Louisiana artists.


    Review: Pterodactyls

    Pterodactyls begins with a brief history of dinosaurs, followed by a rushed, selective and entertaining account of what has happened on Earth since they disappeared. We don?t know exactly why the dinosaurs died off, but what seems most important here is that their demise was sudden, which sets the stage for an examination of the modern upper-middle-class life of the Duncan family.

    Almost like a TV sitcom set, the family?s living room fills the tiny stage at Old Marquer Theater, with stairs leading to a second floor and front and back doors as the only exits.?

    Covington's Ox Lot 9 team to open barbecue restaurant

    Smoke BBQ  (1005 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, 504-907-3985), a new restaurant from the team behind Northshore restaurant Ox Lot 9, will open Aug. 1. 

    Ox Lot 9 chef Jeffrey Hansell, who cooked at Luke and Commander's Palace, and his wife, Amy, who is the general manager at the fine dining bistro inside the Southern Hotel, say their new restaurant will open this weekend, pending inspections.

    The new restaurant is in the building that formally housed Thai Kitchen, near the intersection of Collins Boulevard and Lee Road.?

    Solange to host Make it Right benefit Aug. 29

    Singer and actress Solange will host a benefit for Brad Pitt's Make it Right foundation at House of Blues Aug. 29. The event also will feature as yet unnamed special guests.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: IPA Day is August 6

    The fifth annual IPA Day is Aug. 6, and some area bars will celebrate it. Founded in 2011 by beer writer Ashley Routson (aka The Beer Wench), it?s intended to honor the most popular craft beer style in the country.

    An important aspect of enjoying this hop-heavy and bitter beer style is freshness.?

    Live Theater Events (July 27 - Aug 2, 2015)
    MiguelTue. July 28 | Miguel Pimentel is an iconoclast who excels at and exceeds genre standards.?

    Live Music Events (July 27 - Aug 1, 2015)
    Jeff The BrotherhoodThu. July 30 | On its 2015 album Wasted on the Dream, the Nashville mega-guitar and uber-drums duo upgrades its fuzzy rock 'n' roll to slick, capital R Rock.?

    Events (July 27 - Aug 2, 2015)
    White Linen NightSat. Aug. 1 | Warehouse District galleries and museums host receptions for new shows at the summertime art celebration, and there is live music and bars, food booths and food trucks along Julia Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.?

    Food & Drink Events (July 27 - Aug 2, 2015)
    July 29Stag's Leap wine dinner7 p.m. WednesdayGalatoire's 33 Bar & Steak, 215 Bourbon St., (504) 335-3932www.galatoires33barandsteak.comThe dinner features wines from Stag's Leap Winery paired with hors d'oeuvres and dishes including scallop crudo with pomegranate-lime vinaigrette, crab ravioli with creamed corn and pork reduction, grilled venison and chocolate cake.?

    Medical marijuana in Louisiana: when?
    The state approves medical marijuana for some illnesses ? but prescriptions are years away by Alex Woodward Wrapped in a blue cardigan, Michele Hall pulled out several large bottles of prescription medicines from a clear plastic bag and placed them on the table in front of a silent Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare. Her 4-year-old adopted daughter, Elle Grace, has suffered chronic seizures since she was 1.?

    Quick hits: four things to know about medical marijuana in Louisiana
    Is medical marijuana legal in Louisiana now? No. The Louisiana Legislature tasked several state agencies to write the rules for growing and dispensing medical marijuana, but there's nowhere to get it ? yet.?

    Bouquets & Brickbats
    They get what they deserve The Home Depot Foundationpledged a $125,000 grant to Volunteers of America (VOA) Greater New Orleans as part of a $1.6 million grant program for 10 VOA projects in seven states. The national effort will help build or refurbish 354 veteran housing units.?

    Preview: Satchmo SummerFest
    The salute to Louis Armstrong is always a hot weekend with some cool music by Will Coviello French Quarter Festivals' 15th annual Satchmo SummerFest is highlighted by three days of music at the Old U.S. Mint, and there is a scholarly conference, a jazz Mass at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, kids' activities and more. The music lineup features mainly jazz and brass band music and there are dance lessons at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage throughout the weekend.?

    Review: Peter Pan
    The Lost Boys and Tinkerbell fly to Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts by Will Coviello With the wide availability of special effects in movies, video games and even smartphone applications, it may be surprising to see young audiences gasp at the illusion of flight, but when Peter Pan helps Wendy Darling and her two younger brothers soar above the stage, it's a captivating moment in Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts' production of the Broadway musical. ??The adaption of J.M. Barrie's story starts in the Darling bedroom shared by Wendy (Christian Tarzetti), Michael (Jaden Norris) and John (Simon Rucker), after the family dog (Katie Lynn Cotaya) finds herself unfairly exiled to the yard for sniffing out a mysterious nighttime visitor, Peter Pan (Ross Quinn).?

    As housing prices skyrocket in New Orleans, are miniature houses the answer for homebuyers?
    by Robert Morris and Sarah Tan Tiny houses veer between fad and architectural fascination in cities across the world, but in New Orleans ­? where waterways and old plantantion lines make frequent curiosities out of the street grid ? they may be finding a natural home. ??With undeveloped standard-sized lots increasingly scarce among the most sought-after neighborhoods along the Mississippi River, architects and developers are looking for building opportunities on small parcels that have been overlooked until now.?

    Preview: The Book of Liz at the Theatre at St. Claude
    A new theater in the AllWays Lounge launches with a comedy by Amy and David Sedaris by Will Coviello When Elizabeth Donderstock yells into the kitchen for orders of "Williamsburgers" and sides of "John Browns" at the Pilgrim-themed Plymouth Crock restaurant, she's displaying the take-charge attitude that has her primed for a promotion to manager after a few weeks on the job. But she's concerned about new uniforms the company's marketing team wants to adopt.?

    Preview: My Morning Jacket
    On the heels of the band?s new release The Waterfall, MMJ hits Champions Square July 31 by Noah Bonaparte Pais On The Waterfall (ATO), My Morning Jacket fumbles through its pockets and finds scraps of every band it's ever been: silo-shaking Kentucky farm boys, epically sad country balladeers, six-string-windmilling guitar heroes, orbital Saturn surfers, falsetto-funk drag kings and baked-crispy chakra ramblers. It's tempting to call this seventh LP a something-for-everyone approach, yet Jim James does nothing for anyone outside his five-man circle, which has earned the loyalty and then some by remaining a contained unit through lean early years, several lineup changes, the buzz-band buildup and the arena-headlining blowup, not to mention the mantle-shunning detours that followed ? weird candylands springing "peanut butter pudding surprises" as if trying to lose their own scent.?

    Review: Ceniztanos
    Mixed-media work by Joshua Edward Bennett at Good Children Gallery by D. Eric Bookhardt Is contemporary physics overshadowing religion and philosophy? While most science sticks to matters tangible and quantifiable, modern theoretical physics often overlaps with the traditional metaphysical beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.?

    Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment
    Kyle Patrick Alvarez?s dramatization of an infamous 1970s psychology course and a mock prison by Ken Korman The real-life events depicted in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment are familiar to just about anyone who took an introductory psychology course in college. In the summer of 1971, a group of 24 male college students participating in an academic study were assigned random roles as guards or inmates in a mock prison on a nearly empty Stanford University campus.?

    Kids Events (July 27 - Aug 2, 2015)
    July 31-Aug 2Satchmo SummerfestOld U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; Saturday and Sunday, kids can make their own instruments, decorate Zulu coconuts, visit the New Orleans Public Library's Book Nook, become a Junior Park Ranger and participate in special kids' second lines. Admission $5; children age 12 and under are free.?

    What to do with New Orleans? Confederate monuments
    Clancy DuBos on a possible solution that marries the past with the future by Clancy DuBos Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not attend a forum on the fate of local Confederate monuments last Thursday at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH). That's too bad.?

    Review: Angeline
    Chef Alex Harrell has a sure hand with elevated Southern comfort food at this French Quarter spot by Helen Freund I'll always remember when I fell in love with collard greens. ??It was November 2011, and I was seated at the bar at the French Quarter gastropub Sylvain, and Alex Harrell was helming the kitchen.?