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Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 


  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:


Hot or Not

Tales of the Toddy 2014 in Photos



On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. Treo, Sylvain, and Barrel Proof's staff were all repreented amongst the winners. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.


Hand Me Down: District's New Venture Ready to Go


By Ashley Larsen

District. Donuts. Sliders. Brew. The folks behind the decadently inventive donuts found on Magazine are now bringing the same passion and innovation to hand pies at District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar (5637 Magazine Street.)


La Cocinita Rolls onto CNBC


Yet another NOLA product is fining its way into the national media stream. Popular New Orleans food truck, La Cocinita will be featured on the second season of CNBC’s series Restaurant Startup this winter.


Hot Fest

Kirk Estopinal Talks Tales of the Toddy



Tales of the Cocktail’s winter event, Tales of the Toddy is slated to mix things up on Thursday night from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. The contest will feature 48 bartenders, 14 restaurants, 27 spirit brands, and (of course) music. Before the sipping starts, NoDef chatted with one of the evening’s judges, Kirk Estopinal of Bellocq.


Drinking Culture

NoDef's Resident Sinner Heads to the Saint



Gentle reader, I was not lost geographically – I was on Magazine Street, walking upriver through the Garden District – when I ran into our favorite Scotsman, Richie Wolfe. His arms loaded with Christmas presents from a Magazine shopping trip, Richie said he’d been trying to get home for hours. I had done myself great harm over the weekend, and the weekend had spilled over the walls of Sunday like Attila and his hordes, pillaging into Wednesday.  Somewhere on the wrong side of midnight, already concussed with drink and needing succor; Richie and I careened left and into The Saint.


Dag Dog Uses Wurst to Do Their Best for NOMAF


New Year’s Eve may be a night to be naughty, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some good in the process. On New Year’s Eve (12.31), Dat Dog will bear rolling out some specials to benefit the New Musicians Assistance Fund (NOMAF)    


Reveillon Roundup

Revelers Delight in Late Night Food Fix



As if NOLA needed another excuse to eat and be merry, Reveillon dinners have been making their way back from the shadows over the past few years. The City now offers plenty of options to honor tradition (with a modern twist) through the late night dinners.


Butter Barons Crowned in Croissant Contest


The debate over the best gumbo may be eternal, but for one year, New Orleanians have decided upon the best croissants. The Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans (AFNO) teamed up with the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) to host the inaugural Concours de Croissant on Saturday (12.06) and crowned winners in four categories.


Hogs Pigs Out With All-Star 2015 Music Lineup


It may be Christmas Season, but it’s never the wrong time to think about pork or music. Hogs for the Cause, the immensely popular, NOLA BBQ fest announced their music lineup for the 2015 festival today. Like the chefs, the roster is a mix of local favorites and national acts.


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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