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- ”Restaurant artifacts” including skillets, silverware, and artwork from former New Orleans dining institution K-Paul’s are for sale on the restaurant’s website, just in time for the holidays. The iconic Cajun restaurant, founded by chef Paul Prudhomme in 1979, closed permanently over the summer as a result of the pandemic. The restaurant says K-Paul’s fans can “bring the charm and character of K-Paul’s to your own kitchen” with items like ceiling tile prints, skillets, bread baskets, butcher paper, and cooking spoons.
- Local musicians, music venues, and advocates are criticizing the city’s new special event permitting process, saying it forces a “pay to play” situation for musicians during a time when they are struggling to earn a living. The permits are required for the limited forms of live entertainment now permitted in New Orleans, including front porch concerts, drive-in concerts, or barx or restaurants hosting a band in an enclosed outdoor courtyard. Critics say the fee to obtain the permit, particularly for one-time porch concerts, requires musicians to spend nearly as much as they might be compensated for a potential gig.
This is not the way to do this. Mandating a $100 permit for a porch concert when we’re playing for tips? Our own city is making us Pay to Play and that’s just not right. Were any musicians involved in drafting this plan? I’d love to hear from them. https://t.co/AjBoqIqxP8— Mia Borders (@miaborders) November 13, 2020
- Warehouse District music venue The Howlin’ Wolf is hosting a “turkeys and toiletries drive” this Saturday, November 21, to benefit local musicians this Thanksgiving. The venue is asking people to drop off a whole turkey or new, unopened toiletries donations from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic ‘Meals for Musicians’ program. Text 504-270-1306 with questions.
- New Orleans Saints safety Malcom Jenkins is working with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Broadmoor Improvement Association — both key organizations helping feed New Orleanians throughout the pandemic — to feed at least 500 New Orleans families in November and December. His foundation’s “Feeding the 504” initiative launched at the end of last month. Not long after on November 6, the Philadelphia native purchased food for the roughly 300 poll workers still counting election votes at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
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