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LABOR DAY

September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers

 

Viridiana
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue

 

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

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

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

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues

MARDI

September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium
 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show

 

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating

MERCREDI

September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)

 

The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)

 

Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)

JEUDI

September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

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

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

VENDREDI

September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band

 

Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics

 

Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus

 

Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?

 

Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret

 

G-Eazy
Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)


  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:


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.)


Liberty Dwell

Liberty's Kitchen ReOpens on Broad



Formerly located in a shotgun house, underneath a law office, Liberty’s Kitchen has found a new home in the ReFresh Project at North Broad and Bienville. While the non profit  only moved five blocks from its original location — for staff members and students — the move is more than just physical. At today’s grand opening, the sentiment was felt by all - including program director Dennis Bagneris. 


Operator Chosen for St. Roch Market


After nine years of vacancy, a 3.5 million dollar restoration, and countless public meetings, the St. Roch Market will re-open. Today, the city announced that they have chosen an operator for the space. According to 'da Mayor's Office, the usage will include vendors selling local, fresh foods in 2015.


Master Chef Casting in NOLA


Do you like cooking? Do you like being screamed at? If the answer to both questions is a resounding "yes," you're in luck. Master Chef, the popular cooking show hosted by outspoken chef Gordon Ramsay, is holding auditions in New Orleans.


Sushi Fest Rolls Over Mardi Gras World


Sushi as a New Orleans culinary staple? It seems unlikely despite our proximity to the Gulf and abundance of fresh seafood. But the folks at Renaissance Publishing are looking to change the city’s mind this weekend at the first annual New Orleans Sushi Fest. 


Araña Taqueria Opens on Magazine Street


Araña Taqueria y Cantina is Uptown and running. The latest Magazine St. Mexican spot opened its doors at 3 p.m. Tuesday, making good on a prior promise to open in August. 


Kebab on St. Claude

First Taste: Hearty Sandwiches, First-Rate Falafel from Pizza Speakeasy Pair



I love Mediterranean food. I’ve made more midnight solo trips to Cleo’s, the CBD’s 24/7 gyro grocery, than I care to admit. I’ve trekked out to the International Market for bargain tahini sauce and big canisters of falafel seasoning. But there’s no room for a vertical spit roaster in my kitchen, so I was eager to try Kebab (2315 St. Claude Ave.), a new joint bringing quality seasoned meat downtown to St. Roch.


Abita's Wrought Iron IPA Debuts in Fall


Abita is already hopped up for fall. On the heels of the success of the summer's Seersucker Pils, the Northshore brewery is introducing a new fall offering that seems destined to have taste buds dropping like leaves.


The Love Shuck

On National Oyster Day, a Little History and a Big Recipe



For the bivalve lovers out there, today is going to be a good one — it’s National Oyster 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

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

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