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New Orleans Jazz Museum Celebrates Pete Fountain



2017 marked the first Mardi Gras in over forty years that Pete Fountain did not lead his merry krewe through Uptown to wake up the city to the day’s offerings. The legendary clarinetist died last August, but New Orleanians could take comfort that during Carnival his spirit was very much alive. There is a similar feeling walking through The New Orleans Jazz Museum’s new exhibition, “Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast.” Perhaps it's the dozens of album covers, Jazz Fest posters, and photographs that cover the walls, or perhaps it’s the life-sized figure of Fountain himself holding court in the corner of the exhibition room — but within the walls of the Old U.S. Mint, Fountain never left us. 


Emeril's Meril Names Chef


Emeril Lagasse is slated to open Meril, his first new NOLA project in nearly two decades, this year. To date, few details beyond name and location, have been released, but new information is trickling out. Today, the restauranteur announced that Chef Will Avelar will serve as Chef de Cuisine of Meril.


Nice Rack!


Lately, there has been much discussion about the new New Orleans and an influx of higher priced luxury goods contrasted with an existing populace unable to afford such items. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is doing their best to let locals have their cake and eat it too. Today, the mall by the Mississipp’ announced that Nordstrom Rack will move in as a new anchor.


Curly Fries In The Sky: Canal Street Arby's Closes


Friends, the days of curly fries and Meat Mountains are gone. The Arby’s on Canal shuttered their doors. A new, local food focused is restaurant is set to build out the space and open their doors before the season begins in force.


Cinema File

Film Fest Details Projected



The projectors are getting warmed up, the popcorn is popping, and the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is nearly ready to roll. Today, the NOFF unveiled key details of the fest including their opening and closing films as well as some lagniappe.


Locked Down: Gusman Announces Opening Date for Phase II


After years of fighting between the Feds, the City, and the Parish, a replacement for OPP is almost ready to open. On Thursday (8.06), the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) announced that the new inmate housing facility will be ready to open in mid Septemebr.


Open Season: Ursa Major, Avo, Compére Lapin Set Set For Launch


Memorial Day kicked off restaurant opening season in New Orleans. Three big names are opening there doors this week. Ursa Major, Avo, and Compére Lapin are all welcoming the public this week.


Compton Straight Into NOLA


The Crescent City is filled with people who came to visit, but never left. Chef Nina Compton is joining those ranks. The popular chef fell in love with the city during her appearance on Season 11 of Top Chef, and decided to return when it was time to open her own restaurant.


Twerk of Art (Photos)


Twerkaholics get ready. The Queen of Bounce is back on the air tonight. Big Freedia’s reality show will begin its third season on FUSE at 10:00p.m. Before the big premiere, Freedia also debuted “Twerk of Art” her new gallery show. Photos from the Hollywood opening are after the jump.


Game Developer Lands


By Shay Sokol

The arc of angry birds can drop just about anywhere; a smartphone game-maker will set up a development studio in New Orleans, creating 146 jobs over the next ten years. Gameloft, the Paris-based digital video game company, has 24 development studios around the world, but this will only be the second in the U.S., Forbes reports.


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