Author: Lake Douglas

Hello Dolly

Yes, it holds up, yes, it still works, yes, it’s faithful to the original, and yes, even an orangutan could probably play the title role, as Dolly the First has noted. This production of “Hello Dolly” is a special delight. …Read More

Pizza Moto

Up for a pizza adventure? Try Pizza Moto in Brooklyn – a delightful discovery serving Neopolitan-style pizza from a wood-fired oven dating from decades ago. Evolving from a food truck, this outfit is now in a building that, in the …Read More

Uniquely New Orleans – The Classical Tradition and Jazz

A concert presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Cathedral-Basilica of St Louis, King of France, New Orleans When was the last time you went to a symphonic concert that included the music of Charles …Read More

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

This year’s “must see” exhibit is “Seeing Nature,” Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection organized by the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. If you missed it in Portland, Washington DC, or Minneapolis, you’ve got …Read More

History of the Cocktail: Absinthe

Where would you go for a Saturday afternoon symposium on cocktails, free, open to the public (show your ID), with samples given? In New Orleans, you’d go to the Robert E. Smith Library, the Lakeview neighborhood branch of the city’s …Read More

Letter from Paris

If summer travels take your Paris, at the top of your list should be the new 2,400-seat Philharmonie de Paris building in the Parc de la Villette (19th arrondissement), opened earlier this year (architect’s rendering, below). The park was designed …Read More

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

Open the curtain and light the lights! With magic to do, Jack Viertel’s “The Secret Life of the American Musical” How Broadway Shows Are Built” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) deconstructs the American musical, and, in the process, brings on …Read More

Happy End

I wasn’t around for the premier of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “Happy End” in 1929; I didn’t see the Broadway production in 1977, nor subsequent versions mounted since and I still regret not having seen Lotte Lenya when I …Read More

New Orleans Restaurants: Pêche and Tableau

Having out-of-town guests is always a good reason to try new restaurants, so when friends from the Big Apple came to the Big Easy for the recent French Quarter Festival — smaller and, some say, better than the Jazz and …Read More

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

Upon arrival in Denver recently for a convention, we found three exhibit opportunities that promised to be far more interesting that the convention itself. There was a Dale Chihuly installation at the Denver Botanic Garden, but we missed it because …Read More

Let Me Be Frank with You

OK, I’ll be frank with you: There are numerous reasons to read the latest from Richard Ford, whose writings many of us have followed for decades. Here’s one: as always, you’ll encounter lyrical and breathtaking sentences -– often unexpectedly but …Read More

Lee Morais “The Gilded Edge”

Art-minded visitors to New Orleans know there are myriad opportunities in the Crescent City for viewing art in galleries –- from uptown (Magazine Street) to downtown (Warehouse District) to way-way-downtown (St. Claude Avenue and beyond). These venues attract everyone from …Read More

Afton Villa, St. Francisville, Louisiana

It’s time someone spoke about gardens. And from my remote seat at the VDP, what better place to start than with Louisiana’s Afton Villa, a garden with which many are likely unacquainted but truly is one of the grand private …Read More