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Live Music at the Carousel Bar; New Abita Select to Support Team Gleason

FRENCH QUARTER?The recently remodeled Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone is back open, and the expanded lounge area will reopen officially on Friday, though the renovations won't be complete until mid-January. One new feature is a music series with two free nights every week. [TP]

ELMWOOD?New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton's Play it Forward Foundation is making a donation of "food and essentials" to the Second Harvest Food Bank today, one of 18 such drop offs his foundation is making. [AP]

CITYWIDE?Abita Brewing Company's next Abita Select beer, an Imperial Red Ale, will be a charitable brew for Team Gleason, the foundation for former Saints player Steve Gleason, recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Y'all can go over to Team Gleason's Facebook and suggest a name for the new brew. 25 cents from each pint sold will go to the Gleason Family Trust. [EaterWire]

Carousel Bar

214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA