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K10: La Renaissance de la Nouvelle-Orléans

An Op-Ed by Alexandre Vialou of

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees destroyed lives and the physical infrastructure of the City of New Orleans. With it, the indigenous connection that had existed between New Orleanians and their French cultural heritage for 297 years was -yet again- put to test. Iconic Cajun and Creole restaurants had to close, local french-singing musicians were scattered all around the nation. Uncertainty even surrounded the fate of Carnival in 2006.

Balancing Act

Waiters & Bartenders Race on Decatur on Sunday

The pros say the trick is to never look at the tray. This Sunday (7.12), waiters and bartenders from across New Orleans will test this theory at the French Market Bartender and Waiters Race as a part of citywide Bastille Day celebrations. Waiters races are a Parisian tradition that have spread world wide. 

French Flies: New Website Helps Locals Be French

New Orleans is a city with strong French roots from our bread to our names. However, sometimes it can be hard to find French events amidst the sea of fleur-de-lis. The Consulate General of France in Louisiana is offering a novel solution. is a new website offering a calendar of events for Francophones and Francophiles.

Convent Confidential

Review: Saints and Sisters: Nuns with Guns in Old New Orleans

It’s a good thing feisty, can-do sisters Jessica and Jasmine James have a destiny to fulfill. Otherwise they’d snipe affectionately and banter forever, telling one another things each should already know so the audience can find out too. But a visit to a speakeasy presided over by Pappy, an extremely well-informed bartender (and populated by a batty old drunk lady, for fun) sends them to the door of the Ursuline Convent. There, they are ushered into a hidden society of ninja nuns devoted, so they claim, to the protection of New Orleans, presided over by a mysterious Mother Superior and her lackey priest.

Alliance Française Holds Open House as NOLA Says Bienvenue to New Consul

Are you thinking about learning French? This Saturday, Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans invites the public to enjoy une journée portes ouvertes, or open house, to sample the organization’s language courses—glass of wine in hand, of course. With a new Consul General of France arriving in New Orleans this week, it’s a great time to take up la belle langue.

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