Pelican Briefs: Drago’s Sizzling Sixth

An oyster hotspot opens in Lake Charles
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Photo courtesy Drago’s

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Drago’s owner Tommy Cvitanovich (pioneer of the charbroiled oyster) and his team served over 5,000 plates of free shrimp pasta in L’Auberge Casino Resort’s parking lot, consequently partnering with L’Auberge to prepare daily meals for crews, which lasted until Thanksgiving. Now, diners can enjoy those sizzling chargrilled oysters and seafood specialties at Drago’s sixth location, opening this summer inside L’Auberge (


New Orleans, Paris
New Vampire in Town
AMC’s upcoming Anne Rice TV adaptation of “Interview with the Vampire” is scheduled to begin New Orleans pre-production for the new eight-episode drama in July. Production begins in November and it wraps in April 2022. Character Daniel Molloy returns as an aging journalist and online professor during COVID-19. He chances an interview with 146-year-old (former brothel owner) vampire Louis de Pointe Du Lac, described in casting calls as “Creole, beautiful, with eyes of brilliant green” (


Canada Goose

Of Wild Geese and Gumbo
Good news for gumbo fans: The 2021-22 migratory bird hunting seasons and quotas have been announced. This year, Louisiana hunters may take five Canadian geese in their daily bag limit of dark geese for the entire season. The previous daily bag limit was just three Canadian geese. More geese, more gumbo (


Grand Isle, Madisonville
Following the Flow
The Smithsonian’s traveling Water/Ways interactive exhibit continues July 10-Aug. 21 in Grand Isle and Aug. 28-Oct. 9 at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, showcasing how water has shaped our history and affects lives. A division of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street educational initiative for rural audiences (

Searching for Talent
The Bossier Arts Council is looking for local artists to fill gallery spaces (East Bank Gallery and the Emerging Artist Gallery). Accepted artists will get a two-month show and be marketed to thousands of potential patrons. Deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2021 ( for a submission form or contact Michael Byrnes, community development coordinator (


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