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March 28th

Revolt of the Beavers

Stein’s Deli, 8p.m.

Cripple Creek begins a year long experiment of theatre for the people


Easter Egg Hunt

NOMA, 11a.m.

Find the eggs in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden


Rising Appalachia

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

Mountain folk


Tank and the Bangas and the Second Line Show

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.


March 29th

Micah McKee & Little Maker

Circle Bar, 5-9p.m.

Free music for happy hour


Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Take a holiday with this gal's swingin' pipes


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

Hot brass from locals


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:

Sweet Eats

NOLA Food Fest Takes Over Quarter

Foodies will be pigging out this weekend. In addition to Hogs, the annual Food Fest will be taking over four blocks of the French Quarter this week and turning it into a sunny smorgasbord of eats.

Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.

Drinking Culture

Pal's Lounge, Mid City's Living Room

Gentle reader, at the six month point of my chronicle, I found myself wondering again at the qualia of a good local bar – its essential nature. A half bottle of Pernod later, I declared myself unequal to the task. Mine is but to see and to say, and no more. So it was that this sunny Sunday past, I walked into a sleepy corner of Bayou St. John. My friends, in lieu of pontification at this milestone, I offer my thousand-odd words as picture of a place: this, an abstract of a neighborhood, Pal’s Lounge in Mid City.   

Movin' On Up: NOLA's James Beard Finalists

The next round of James Beard nominees was announced today. After a strong showing in the semis, seven locals made it into the finals of the “Oscars of the culinary world.”

Griller Warfare

Marcus Jacobs of Herbsaint & Sparklehorse Talks Grilling (Recipe)

Marcus Jacobs, Executive Sous Chef at Herbsaint, is getting ready to pop-up Sparklehorse Grill, his collaboration with fellow Herbsaint staffer Caitlin Carney on March 29. Spraklehorse's travelling kitchen inlcudes a smoker, a wok, and a charcoal grill creating an effect that Jacobs calls, “smoke, fire, and spectacle.” With temperatures rising, NoDef took the opportunity to grill the chef about some outdoor cooking tips.

Green Dot Special

Liberty’s Kitchen has been steadily growing for years, but the organization never forgot their roots. The culinary community group will continue that growth while offering a reminder of their early days following the Federal Flood with the opening of the Green Dot Cafe at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center (4300 South Broad Street).

Drinking Culture

Second Lines & Set-ups: A Trip to Tapps II

Gentle reader, joyous it is to visit a culture that is not one’s own and be there welcomed! For nothing in our New Orleans is entirely our own. The nations of earth have built here a dreaming city where any may look and find some remembrance of home. But in the next instant, on the next block, scenes unfold as rare as any bazaar of ancient Samarkand. Come with me friends, and travel ways that are home to some and shrouded in mystery to others. I go to look upon a place that is to me at once foreign and familiar. It’s Super Sunday, and we’re bound on a journey through Mardi Gras Indians and Second Lines for a drink at Tapps II Lounge in Central City!

Compton Straight Into NOLA

The Crescent City is filled with people who came to visit, but never left. Chef Nina Compton is joining those ranks. The popular chef fell in love with the city during her appearance on Season 11 of Top Chef, and decided to return when it was time to open her own restaurant.

Luck of the Irish: Finn McCool's Named Top 10 Pub

On St. Patrick’s Day, it is only proper to ponder the importance of the Irish pub. The Irish Times gave the topic some thought last week and New Orleans was represented. Finn McCool’s (3701) Banks Street made the Celtic standard’s list of the top ten Irish pubs outside of the Emerald Isle.

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