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Lundi

March 2nd

Salad Days
Prytania, 7:30, 10p.m.
WTUL fundraiser

 

Rachel Breunlin & Bruce
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
The intergenerational traditions behind brass band music

 

Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Brass Band
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.
A family tradition, debatably the oldest brass band in NOLA

 

Luke Winslow King,
d.b.a., 7p.m.
Young singer-songwriter with an old soul

Mardi

March 3rd

Jesmyn Ward
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
National Book Award winner reads for 1718 Society

 

Fat $inatra
Apple Barrel, 6:30p.m.
The name says it all

 

Alvin Youngblood Hart
Blue Nile, 9p.m.
A True Southern Bluesman

 

The Sidemen
The Prime Example
Soulful jazz well worth the the cabfare

 

Dear White People
Indywood, 7p.m
Life as a millennial black on white dominated campuses

Mercedi

March 4th

Shpongle
Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound

 

Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow

Mercedi

March 4th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes


  Food

NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections



When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:


Bam Jam: Measles Hits Emeril's Nevada Outpost


One of Emeril Lagasse’s satellite restaurants will not be kicking it up a notch this week. Instead, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand will be down with disease. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) linked three cases of measles to the establishment. 


Out of the Frying Pan

New Orleans Fish Fry Season Picks Up Steam



For many Catholics, the 40 days following Mardi Gras is a time of fast punctuated by fish on Fridays. For many more locals, Fridays are a time for community and unity. Fish Frys are popping up around New Orleans today and for weeks to follow. 


Drinking Culture

Columnist Launches His Own Tet Offensive



Gentle reader, I say to thee, cung chúc tân xuân! And through the written word, you are spared my pronunciation in wishing you the best new spring. Come with me now and throw off pale winter like a tired cloak. The Lunar Calendar is turning in that most vibrant of New Orleans communities, the Village de L’Est, Little Vietnam. Food and drink! Music, explosions and Lion Dances! Games of chance! My friends, the Year of the Horse has passed into the great glue factory of time. But hark! In The East, the Year of the Goat breaks upon the horizon a new dawn.  


Dillard's Culinary Showdown


There are few things that Louisianans love more than debating the finer points of cooking. On March 7, Dillard will give locals a chance to settle the score. DU will be hosting their “Taste of Dillard,” a cook-off open to chefs and home cooks alike.


NOLA Nets 12 Beard Award SemiFinalists


Local New Orleans restaurants and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today when the 2014 James Beard semifinalist list was released. 12 nods were garnered by local eateries and chefs, many of them no stranger to the awards known as the “culinary Oscars.”


Monster Mash: Brooklyn Brewery's MiniFest to Return March 23


For most New Orleanians the last week has been a haze of purple, green, and gold. However, in New York City, yesterday was just Tuesday. So, the folks over at Brooklyn Brewery spent last week putting together some details for the launch of their multinational 2015 Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour in NOLA from March 23-29.


Drinking Culture

Escaping Carnival at Mick's Irish Pub



Gentle reader, minor collapses are to be expected. Nay! Welcomed.  Kindly catastrophes of body and spirit burst forth like dryads from the oaks, slinging tiny fistfuls of poppy dust. And we are saved from ourselves. For the way to Mardi Gras is long, and along that way, we sometimes must rest.  My full intention was to write from some famous watering hole along the Uptown parade route, dear friends. But beset by the hepatic rigors of the past few weeks, strategic retreat was my only option. I needed somewhere out-of-the-way. Somewhere I could have a quiet drink and a few friendly bar games to salve my Carnival anxiety. And so it was that I made my way after a small ordeal into Mick’s Irish Pub on Bienville.      


Cannery Go: Abita Root Beer Goes Aluminum


Carnival time often goes hand in hand with alcohol. However, even the most seasoned of livers needs a break sometimes. Abita is rolling out root beer in cans just in time for thirsty parade goers to drink along the route.


In the Service of the King

Chris Hannah's Mardi Gras



NoDef’s new series profiles the people that work during Mardi Gras and how they celebrate (or don’t) Fat Tuesday. In this installation, we talk to Chris Hannah of French 75. While his bar is closed on Mardi Gras, Hannah still manages to serve 13 gallons of libations all on a Mardi Gras Day.


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock