leisure 01.22.04

New Orleans Dossier

There aren't many decent Cajun restaurants in the city right now. One of the few is Cooking with Jazz, 1201 154th [12th Ave.] Qns 718.767.6979, which is offering a Cajun cooking class this coming Saturday, January 24 from 10-2, as well as on 2/14, 3/6, and 4/10. It costs $100 (no more than 7 people in a class) and you need to call ahead to make sure there's still room.

What evokes NOLA faster than the Preservation Hall Jazz Band? They'll be at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, January 27 at 7pm to celebrate the release of their new label, Preservation Hall Recordings and its three inaugural releases, as well as pumping out some hot jazz, old-time dances, marches, dirges, second-line grooves, and spirituals. 212.239.6200 for tickets ($20).

Next month, on February 29 at 6:30pm, you can dance to zydeco at Laura's New York City Cajun/Zydeco Dance at the Hungarian House, 213 E. 82nd [2nd/3rd] 212.685.7597, with music from the cool, young zydeco star Geno Delafose and his French Rockin' Boogie band. $20.

Voodoo dolls (as well as occult, witchcraft, and other mystical accoutrements) are available at Enchantments, 341 E. 9th [1st/2nd] 212.228.4394.

Faulkner, A Confederacy of Dunces, Anne Rice, and A Streetcar Named Desire are just a few of the literary progeny of the city. The best guide to the books, authors, literary history, and festivals was written by Susan Larson, the book editor of Times-Picayune. It's called The Book Lovers' Guide to New Orleans.

The Mardi Gras madness starts this year on February 24th. Get all the Mardi Gras info here. Air fares go way up during that period. If you want to skip Mardi Gras and go in the next couple of weeks, you can expect to pay about $190 roundtrip. We found those prices on Orbitz and Travelocity, as well as on JetBlue.

The Nets moving to Brooklyn? Not if Joe can help it.

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