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    French Truck Coffee expands to Memphis



    Four years after launching the small-batch coffee roasting company French Truck Coffee (1200 Magazine St., 504-298-1115) Geoffrey Meeker is expanding his business to Memphis. Meeker has partnered with Tennessee-based micro-roasting company Relevant Roasters, which will rebrand as French Truck Coffee as part of the deal this September. 

    ?I love waking up to great coffee and I love sharing great coffee with other people even more,? Meeker said in a prepared statement.?

    Review: The Rose Tattoo

    Few roles require an actor to express the full range of human emotions, but Serafina delle Rose (Lillian J. Small), the central character of Tennessee Williams? The Rose Tattoo, explores the entire spectrum of misery, anger, jealousy, fear, lust, madness and eventual joy. During her masterful, more-than-two-hour performance, Small never leaves the stage as her character cycles through profound stages of grief after learning her husband Rosario was killed in a traffic accident.?

    Tulane Avenue improvements coming in August
    When officials with the Regional Planning Commission first announced a $10 million beautification project to a stretch of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, they described a plan that would ?significantly improve visual quality? along the corridor, as well as enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety.

    Five years and nearly $5 million later, officials still tout final plans for a safer, wider street reduced from six lanes to four, thanks to improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

    What didn?t make the cut, however, are features that could have helped ?reinvent? Tulane Avenue, as neighbors had hoped.

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    Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine opens on Freret Street

    Uptown?s newest Latin restaurant, Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine (4714 Freret St., 504-610-7091), is now open. The Freret Street spot opened July 23 for a brief soft-opening period while the owners roll out the full lunch and dinner menu.?

    TCM presents original Planet of the Apes today at Elmwood and Canal Place

    Enduring sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes screens today, July 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m at the Elmwood Palace and Canal Place theaters as part of Turner Classic Movies' continuing Big Screen Classics series, presented by Fathom Events. The original 1968 Apes was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton, The Boys From Brazil) and stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter.?

    Hogs for the Cause moves to UNO Lakefront


    Hogs for the Cause will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced Tuesday.

    The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer.?

    Tiger Army comes to House of Blues Oct. 3
    The California psychobilly-with-eyeliner-and-pomade outfit Tiger Army will be coming to House of Blues Oct. 3 as part of a national tour. With singer/songwriter Nick 13 as the band's constant and influences ranging from The Cramps to 1950s country, Tiger Army has been making music and touring since the 1990s. The band's most recent album, V???, came out in spring 2016.

    Opening for Tiger Army will be Tijuana Panthers.

    General admission is $20.?

    Elmwood Theater presents animated Batman: The Killing Joke tonight

    The Elmwood Theater and Fathom Events present national simulcasts of the new animated film Batman: The Killing Joke tonight, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The controversial film is based on comics legend Alan Moore's 1988 best-selling graphic novel of the same name.?

    Brewsday Tuesday: Beer and spirits combine at Tales of the Cocktail

    The boilermaker and shandy are beer and liquor standards, and variations can be found at many New Orleans venues, including Oxalis, which offers a boilermaker menu, and Urban South Brewery?s tasting room, which makes a shandy with lemonade and the brewery's Charming Wit beer.

    At last week's Tales of the Cocktail, seminars and tasting room presentations showed there are many ways to mix beer in drinks.

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    Y@ Speak: #DavidDukeLooksLike
    Deflated pink balloon David Duke, high on the fumes of Donald Trump's coronation at the Republican National Convention, is running for U.S. Senate (and nearly 4,000 people on Twitter said they'd vote for him). Also this week: New Orleans might host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 and DeRay's bookbag is still in Baton Rouge.?

    Comedy and theater events in New Orleans this week (July 26-Aug. 1, 2016)
    Big RiverThu.-Sun. July 28-31 | Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre presents the musical based on Mark Twain's classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which became a Broadway hit a century after the novel was published.?

    Live music in New Orleans this week (July 26-Aug. 1, 2016)
    Davell Crawford CD releaseFri. July 29 | Davell Crawford celebrates the release of the CD version of his latest album, Piano in the Vaults, Vol.?

    Krewe of Sous: Gambit's 2016 Emerging Chefs Challenge
    Sous chef Trey Herty of Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar won Gambit's fourth annual Emerging Chefs Challenge July 13 at The Cannery.?

    Under the Top Chef: Sous chefs keep restaurant kitchens running
    Helen Freund looks behind the scenes at local restaurants In a scene from the HBO series Treme, Eric Ripert, celebrity New York chef and owner of Le Bernardin, takes aside Janette Desautel, a fictional character loosely based on New Orleans chef Susan Spicer, to pepper her with some words of wisdom from his career. ??"Friends, lovers, marriage ? they come and go," he says.?

    Neko Case and the making of super trio case/lang/veirs
    The singer-songwriter performs with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs at The Joy Theater Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cream, Blind Faith, Broken Social Scene, Monsters of Folk and The Traveling Wilburys are all supergroups by virtue of their members being stars before the new bands formed. ??Case/lang/veirs deserves the supergroup title.?

    Review: Exterior. Pool-night
    The NOLA Project takes a dip into an immersive performance If you want to dip a toe into The NOLA Project's latest immersive theater experience, be sure to wear a bathing suit, because you might get wet (swimming is welcome after the show). Exterior.?

    Review: Breaking A Monster
    The Broad Theater screens a documentary about a teen metal trio bucking the industry It's not breaking news that the record industry is not what it was in its heyday. The music streaming freely to smartphones and computers across the globe tells the tale, along with the industry's ever-plummeting sales figures.?

    Review: KOKO?s Love: A Soap Opera Tale of One Family and Summer Crush
    Yoshie Sakai?s Antenna Gallery exhibition and a fantastical group show at The Front Global cities are places where old cultures and newly arrived ethnic groups collide and synthesize into new hybrid communities. The often complicated processes of adjustment are epitomized in California, that state with America's largest Asian population.?

    Marissa Nadler?s Strangers in the night
    The Sacred Bones artist performs July 27 at Gasa Gasa Marissa Nadler's voice is an open invitation to hyperbole. It's been called both angelic and something you would follow straight into Hades.?

    Review: Tal?s Hummus
    A casual Israeli street food spot on Magazine Street It shouldn't come as a surprise that Uptown's newest Israeli spot, Tal's Hummus, is already enjoying a modicum of success, considering the accolades racked up by nearby Shaya. ??While Shaya's approach is polished and elegant, Tal's is much more casual.?

    Clancy DuBos: David Duke? He?s baaack
    Just when you thought politics couldn't get any crazier, neo-Nazi and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke resurfaced to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Actually, I need to add two more items to Duke's resume: convicted felon and admitted fraud.?

    I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans This Week, July 26, 2016
    1. Beck, Newom added to crowded September concert calendarSinger-songwriters Beck and Joanna Newsom (pictured) bring their tours to New Orleans this fall, adding to a heavy September schedule that includes Alabama Shakes, James Blake, Beyonce, Dinosaur Jr., Dixie Chicks, Drake, Gary Clark Jr., Kraftwerk, Sturgill Simpson and other high-profile acts.?

    Commentary: Pay attention to local races
    While the presidential race and Louisiana's contest for the U.S. Senate will dominate local political news cycles between now and Nov. 8, there are plenty of other important elections on the ballot ? in fact, there are hundreds of them spread among the state's 64 parishes. All six congressional seats in Louisiana are contested, and two of them are "open" because the incumbents in those districts are running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by two-term U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, early next year.?

    Five in 5: New Orleans dishes with watermelon
    AltoAce Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180www.acehotel.com/neworleansWatermelon is topped with cilantro, peanuts and prosciutto and drizzled with yuzu and lime.a MoPho514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845www.mophonola.comSom tam salad includes fresh and pickled watermelon, seasonal vegetables, cilantro, spicy peanuts, sweet cured sausage and Thai chili peppers.?

    Food and drink events in New Orleans this week (July 26-Aug. 1)
    July 26Boudin Boogaloo6 p.m.-9 p.m. TuesdayAce Hotel, Barnett Hall, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180www.acehotel.com/neworleansLucky Peach editor Chris Ying celebrates the release of The Wurst of Lucky Peach.?