Dec 15, 2012

As the Jewish community approaches the final nights of Chanukah, I am reminded of a recent conversation I had with Domenica’s Alon Shaya. Of course, his interpretation of traditional Jewish holiday meals is now legendary.

The Israeli-born Alon was browsing market stalls for root crops. He described to me how he had recently catered a kosher wedding, and then stepped forward to say, “The way I see it, Kosher is not only among the original health codes (pre-dating our Health Department by a few thousand years) but it’s also a code for sustainability.”

Do you believe in Black Santa? Sadly, people are probably more religious about what type of Santa they have in their homes than about going to church on Christmas Day. If you have children around, this is probably the time when you should turn down your radio. No, let them listen. We must tell the truth about Santa’s background. Santa Claus is a transgendered Latina who’s on dangerously high doses of testosterone.

Holiday Gift Books

Dec 11, 2012

This week on The Reading Life: Booksellers Donna Allen of Maple Street Book Shop, Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books, and Britton Trice of Garden District Book Shop offer holiday gift book suggestions, and Susan has some of her own.

Celebrate the Holidays with WWNO!

Dec 10, 2012

Join WWNO as we present a month of holiday programming! This week we celebrate Hanukkah with Candles Burning Brightly (airing Tuesday at 8 p.m.), where hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday, and Hanukkah Lights (airing Friday at 8 p.m.), hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg, where five authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories.

The holiday spirit continues through December with these other great shows:

The French Market

A schedule of some of the holiday-related events coming up at the French Market.

December 1

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  St Nicholas Day Fair in Dutch Alley.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  WWOZ Cookbook Celebration at the French Market. Taste samples, purchase cookbooks and aprons, meet the musicians behind the food and more!

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has announced service changes and expected delays for the Thanksgiving holiday through the Bayou Classic this weekend.

Riders headed downtown tomorrow are advised there will be numerous cancelations, delays and detours due to the Thanksgiving Day parade.

The complete rider advisory is here:

Thursday, November 22 – Sunday Service Levels

Downtown Thanksgiving Parade, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Turkey Confidential 2012

Nov 19, 2012
The Splendid Table

Turkey Confidential is a live call-in show on Thanksgiving (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT) that airs on public radio stations nationwide and will be streamed live on the web.

Let It Sneaux: Loyola To Truck In 20 Tons Of Snow

Nov 19, 2012
Loyola University

Twenty tons of manufactured snow will blanket the Marquette Horseshoe lawn at Loyola University next month, creating a winter wonderland open to Loyola faculty, staff and students, as well as the public. The annual Sneaux@Loyno event, will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m.

Loyola University

Loyola University will ring in the Christmas season with its annual Christmas at Loyola musical celebration on Dec. 3 at Holy Name of Jesus Church. A popular tradition for 20 years, the concert showcases several Loyola ensembles, including the Loyola Chamber Orchestra directed by Jean Montès, Loyola Chorale and Chamber Singers directed by Meg Frazier, and the Loyola Brass Ensemble directed by Nick Volz.

The concert features a mix of classical Christmas music and a Christmas carol sing-along. Christmas at Loyola is free and open to the public.

Today is Bastille Day. In celebration, head over to the West Bank. You can drive on an avenue named for a French head of State, Charles De Gaulle. He actually visited New Orleans in 1960. And while you are there, why not pop over to the Gretna Farmers Market to purchase a bottle of Henry Amato’s orange wine. With it, you can prepare a refreshing French cocktail in honor of the occasion.