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August 29th

Mad Decent Block Party
Mardi Gras World, 2p.m.
Ft. A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis & more ($45)


Friday Nights At NOMA
NOMA, 6-8p.m.

Art historians speak on Hale Woodruff’s murals, plus music by Arpa Quartet


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie


The Producers
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.

The 80s new wave band, live! ($20)


Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans
Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.
Starring Paul Sanchez, Bryan Batt, Michael Cerveris, and local musicians ($20-50)


Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - A Reading
Mid City Theatre, 8p.m.
A comedy reading that’s half Shakespeare, half Dude ($10)


Underdogcentral HeadPhones Release Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Ft. Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Dappa, Kaye the Beast, No Suh, Kash Akbar


Amanda Shires
Freret Street Publiq House, 9p.m.

Texas singer and violinist (and wife of Jason Isbell)


Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Ft. Gravity A’s tribute to the Talking Heads


TNM Presents: The Match Game
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement resurrects the ‘70s game show for laughs ($8)


August 30th

The Cincinnati Kid
Historic NO Collection, 10:30a.m.
Starring Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson (free)


George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Tab Benoit
Howlin’ Wolf, 4p.m.
Plus Bonerama, The Boogiemen, Dave Ferrato and Tchoupazin & more


Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & His Thunder Band
Kajun’s, 5p.m.
Stay late for karoke


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - A Reading
Mid City Theatre, 8p.m.
A comedy reading that’s half Shakespeare, half Dude ($10)


Panty Waste, TV-MA, Beautiful Sons, Liquid Nailz
Siberia, 9p.m.

Decadence punk show benefits LGBTQ prisoner advocates Black & Pink New Orleans


Yelephants, Donovan Wolfington, Pope
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
All-star local band lineup in the Quarter ($5)


Rebirth Brass Band
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Grammy-winning band is a can't-miss New Orleans standout ($15)


Caddywhompus, Vox and the Hound
Carrollton Station, 10p.m.
Local indie math rock champions


Part Time, Sea Lions
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
California synth-psych ($5)


Naked Karaoke—Decadence Edition
Allways Lounge, 10p.m.
Clothing optional, in case karaoke wasn’t bad enough

TNM Presents: The Megaphone Show
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.
The New Movement’s flagship storytelling improv show ($8)


August 31st

Musical Mediation: Travis Bird
Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.
Local singer-songwriter offers a partially improvised set (by donation)


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Bounce TV Summer Music Festival
Lakefront Arena, 7p.m.
Starring Maze ft. Frankie Beverly & Patti Labelle ($60+)


Hi Ho Silver Oh, Dark Rooms
the BEATnik, 10p.m.
Precious pop from Los Angeles


Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe
Southport Hall, 10p.m.
Choral rock band from Dallis (rescheduled date)


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:

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.

In Defense of the Pina Colada

By Nick Detrich

A few weeks ago, cocktail enthusiasts and bartenders flooded New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. From his perch behind the bar, Cane & Table's Nick Detrich saw and tasted it all. Well, almost all. Detrich was disturbed to notice that amongst the thousands of cocktails, the Pina Colada received little attention, and when mentioned, it was often as the butt of a joke by one of his peers in the cocktial world. Today, he offers his defense of the Pina Colada.

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