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When Sucré was originally opened in 2007, Ayesha Motwani was pregnant with her first child. She and her husband had three more children over the years as they became ever more loyal customers to the sweet shop. Then the family learned the sad news. “We were so disheartened to learn that our favorite family sweet spot had closed and would not be a part of our future memories,” Ayesha remembered. Sucré permanently shuttered in 2019 amid scandal and financial losses. “The sexual harassment and exploitation of Sucré employees were shocking and reprehensible to me as well. So was the abrupt disclosure, leaving all those employees jobless without warning.”
Under the glow of tiki torches, she hosts a speakeasy-esque concert series in her own backyard. It’s an intimate view of live music, during a year when live music has been very much elusive. “I have been going to see concerts my whole life. I have never realized how much a musician needs an audience and how much an audience needs a musician,” says Emily Hingle.
How do you keep an interactive, energetic entertainer like Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation from getting into the crowd as he performs to them? While we must stay socially distanced from each other, Big Sam has found a way to reach into his frenzied fans with his trusty trombone once a week.
It’s no secret that the other major passion of bounce artist Big Freedia is cooking. Since COVD-19 hit and tours got canceled, she was able to delve deeply into her passion of cooking in front of an audience by hosting the Garden Cookout in City Park’s Botanical Garden Kitchen. Since June, Freedia has cooked multi-course meals for her guests, and this is just the beginning of something new. “I want to open my restaurant called Freedia’s. I definitely want to transition into something bigger, and hopefully I get a cooking show on a network where I’m doing something different that no one else has done with their cooking show. I’m just excited to do new and different things exploring the food world.
It’s 5:45 on a perfect Saturday, Fall weather has just arrived, and I’m sitting outside listening to SaxKixAve, a new project from rapper Alfred Banks and Albert Allenback of Tank and the Bangas, live in a concert for the Band Room Backyard Concert series. Life is good, and the thirty other people seated six feet apart in lawn chairs and on blankets seem to agree.