What’s Now in NOLA: November 2018

New, notable and not to be missed in New Orleans

Explore

Followers of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will want to make a pilgrimage to City Park, where his “Rose Crystal Tower” was installed earlier this month. The 22-foot-tall sculpture, constructed from steel and Polyvitro (a plastic material with similar visual properties to glass), is located at the entrance to the park’s beautiful Botanical Gardens (worthy of a visit as well), where it will remain through November 2020. Chihuly fans will also spot his trademark glassworks hanging in the lobby of the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District and the artist’s “Crystal Blue and Amber Tower” rising from a reflecting pond between two buildings in the University Medical Center complex on Canal Street. Returning in the spring? Catch Chihuly’s April 2019 exhibit at Arthur Roger Gallery. —DB

Dale Chihuly sculpture New Orleans City Park

Eat

Gumbo, the iconic soup/stew, knows no seasons—we eat it all year ‘round—though, when a sturdy chill hits the air, there’s nothing more warming or soul-satisfying. Every gumbo is different, every family has a recipe or three, and everyone you talk to will say that theirs is best. Gumbo’s most common partner is rice. For years, I thought rice was ubiquitous; there was no other go-along. I was wrong. Cajun country people put potato salad or deviled eggs in their gumbo; it is a delicious revelation. Recently I discovered there was another favorite gumbo partner, a dunking partner: the grilled cheese sandwich. Walk into Heard Dat Kitchen (or order from a third-party delivery service), and ask for the Gumbo Combo—a piping-hot bowl of seafood-and-sausage gumbo that comes with rice, a scoop of potato salad and a grilled cheese sandwich. Everyday white bread, generously buttered, and American cheese, griddled and pressed flat. Pick up a crispy-edged half, dunk and bite. Yes, this is the sweet spot, the place where planets align, the rubber meets the road. Trust me, you’ll never eat gumbo any other way again. —LG

Heard Dat Kitchen New Orleans

Discover

Sure, you’ve seen paint-by-numbers art but paint-by-puppet? It’s a thing, and it’s happening on the streets of the French Quarter. Most days visitors will find puppeteer/painter Sierra Kay at the corner of Royal and Orleans, where she sets up a small stage to showcase the big talents of Meme, a marionette version of herself that creates mini-masterpieces while captivated crowds look on. “My process of creating paintings by dangling a paintbrush from a string may seem limiting, and in fact it is,” says Kay, “but those limitations allow me to create art that is more organic and spontaneous.” We’re not talking crude stick figures, but real-deal portraits that range from $40/paper to $250/canvas. Custom commissions are also available, as are Sierra and Meme for parties, corporate functions and other events. —DB

Sierra Kay and the Painting Puppet New Orleans

Douglas Brantley
About the author

Doug serves as the New Orleans editor for Where. He has lived ...