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September 22nd

Luke Winslow King
d.b.a., 7p.m.

Young singer-songwriter with an old soul


New Orleans Civic Symphony Fall Concert
UNO Recital Hall, 7:30-9:30p.m.

Performing music by Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Schumann


Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.
Bring an instrument and join in (free)


Real Estate, Regal Degal
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Dreamy, kitschy pop vibes from New Jersey ($18)


Glen David Andrews
d.b.a., 10p.m.
The Tremé Prince brings his trombone to Frenchman


King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


September 22nd

Crescent City Farmers Market
Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Michael Rubin: The Cottoncrest Curse
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author’s new mystery, set on a Louisiana plantation


Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
Spotted Cat, 6.p.m.

Jazz singer with a vintage twist


Peter Abadie: Green in Judgement Cold in Blood
Garden District Books, 6-7:30p.m.
Abadie’s latest is about the motivations of assassins 


Stanton Moore Trio
Snug Harbor, 10p.m.

Moore, Singleton, and Torkanowsky play Frenchmen on Tuesdays in September ($15)


September 24th

6x6: Six 10-Minute Plays
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.

A staged reading perfect for short attention spans


Kelcy Mae
BEATnik, 8p.m.

NOLA songwriter combines folk, Americana, bluegrass, and pop


Walter “Wolfman” Washington
d.b.a., 10 p.m.
Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week


Felice Brothers
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New York-based folk rock band, plus Spirit Family Reunion ($15)


Horse Thief
Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Psychedelic folk rock on tour from Oklahoma City ($5)


September 25th

Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4-8p.m.

This week ft. Russell Batiste and Friends, Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, Mike Soulman Baptiste


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Tim Laughlin and The New Orleans Review launch party


Emery Van Hook Sonnier: “Food as Medicine”
New Orleans Athletic Club, 7p.m.
Associate Director of famers’ market org discusses merits of eating local


A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)


The Geraniums
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Moody local rock foursome ($5)


Rue Fiya
Maison, 10p.m.
Feel-good music with influence “from Afro-Funk to Zydeco”


Big Freedia, Partners N Crime, 5th Ward Weebie
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Bounce all-stars celebrate Q93's DJ Ro’s Birthday


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:

Dat Dog, Adelita's Way, On A Leash for LA-SPCA

Dat Dog is a little wacky, but not the type of establishment to go off the leash. To the contrary, the popular hot dog destination will be hosting “Dog on a Leash” to raise funds for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA). On Wednesday (9.24), the Dat Dog downtown location (601 Frenchmen Street) will be the site of a Yappy Hour and an Eat n’ Greet with rockers Adelita’s Way.

Into the Child

Kopfler Opens l'Enfant at Molly's at the Market

 Chef Matt Kopfler has an impressive stack of experiences. The St. Stanislaus grad has lived in destinations ranging from Caribbean islands to the island of Nantucket. He has worked in classic kitchens, private kitchens, and co-founded popular pop-up PPX. Now, at Moly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur Street), the prodigal son is attempting to cull all of those experiences together with his his new venture l’Enfant.


Food Truck Park Coming to St. Claude

Look out Austin! NOLA is about to get her first food truck park. A vacant lot on the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Feliciana Street will provide an outdoor food court populated by the trendy trucks from October 2 - November 8. Of course, this is Louisiana not Texas; so, the venue will also feature beer and food.


The area will be outfitted with picnic tables and strings of Christmas lights. In addition, there will be portapotties, bike parking, and security. The park will operate Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6p.m. to 9p.m.


New Stock at Bellocq

Lee Circle Cocktail Destination Rolls Out Food Menu & New Drink List

Bellocq at the Hotel Modern is taking a step towards the present wile keeping touch with their vintage roots. The lounge, CureCo’s cobbler capital, has long had no food of its own, relying on their proximity to Tivoli & Lee. Now, Bellocq will feature their own food menu. Additionally, the bar will continue serving the 19th century classic, but they will sit aside other offerings on a new drink menu.

Cajun Cooking 101

An Excerpt from a People's History of Acadie

What is the nature of Cajun food? The books will tell you that it’s a rustic and spicy mélange (mixture) of the cuisines of many ethnicities—Cajun, African, Spanish, German, Native American, and Caribbean—and produced with mostly local ingredients. And although it is a rustic, rural fare, I can unequivocally say that it is among the tastiest cuisines in the world. Growing up as only half-Cajun with a mother who was Irish and German, I ate mostly "American" food. But my father, being a Broussard, could not live long without the staples of the kind of home cooking he grew up with: gumbo, jambalaya, rice and gravy, sauce piquant.

Bean Town Drinks Downtown

Boston’s Drink came of fame as a cocktail bar without a menu. On Wednesday (9.10), noted bartenders John Gertsen and Cali Gold of Drink are bringing the experience to NOLA. The duo are trekking to San Francisco and stopping for a guest shift at Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street.)

We Live to Eat! Restaurant Week Kicks Off In NOLA

One could argue that every week is Restaurant Week in New Orleans, but next week, they’d be right. We Live to Eat Restaurant Week kicks off this Monday, September 8, and runs through the Sunday the 14th. Local heavyweights like Antoine’s, Emeril’s, Commander’s, and Ruth’s Chris are set to participate, as well as newcomers like Booty’s and Mizado Cocina.

Bam! Emeril to Star in New Reality Cooking Show

Chef Emeril Lagasse will star in a new cooking competition show premiering on TNT in October. The show, called On the Menu, features amateur cooks battling to have their original dishes featured at a major chain restaurant. Watch the trailer below.


Bourbon Suite (Recipes)

Tomorrow starts National Bourbon Heritage Month and this time, we’re not talking about the French dynasty. In one of Congress’ more productive acts, they legislated September to be a celebration of Kentucky’s finest whiskey. NoDef is spending the month talking to bartenders about their favorite bourbon beverages. For starters we talked to Chris Benton at Le Foret (129 Camp St.), Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St.) and Emeril’s gang at NOLA (534 St. Louis St.)

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