Kicks 4 the City, an organization that collects new and slightly worn shoes for the homeless, has begun its annual shoe drive, which will culminate in a shoe giveaway Nov. 19 at the New Orleans Mission. The program began in St. Louis, Missouri in 2012 and spread to New Orleans last year. For a list of locations around town that are accepting shoes, visit www.kicks4thecity.org.
Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield's new album A Beautiful World reached No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. It also is the only jazz album in the overall Billboard Top Sales Chart, coming in at No. 44. Released to raves last month, it includes dozens of local guest stars, including John Boutte, Topsy Chapman, Rebirth Brass Band, Wendell Pierce, Cyril Neville and George Porter Jr.
New Orleans once again came in near the top of Travel + Leisure's America's Favorite Cities, taking the No. 2 spot (behind Norfolk, Virginia). We scored No. 1 in several of Travel + Leisure's subcategories, including festivals, dining and drinking. "This year's top city for food was New Orleans," the magazine wrote, "which earned a collective high score from all the major food and drink categories, including coffee and brunch."