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MERCREDI

August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint

 

The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health

 

Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert

 

Trainspotting

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show

 

Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party

JEUDI

August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ

 

Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band

 

Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group

 

Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman

VENDREDI

August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

Feat. The Pfister Sisters

 

Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels

 

More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets

 

Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne

 

Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster

 

Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers

SAMEDI

August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments

 

New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head

 

Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series

 

Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers

 

Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace


  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:


Rum Head


Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 


The Return of the Long Lunch


If you’re looking for some sweet relief from the work week blues, look no further than Bywater watering hole Bacchanal. On Friday (8.4), the premiere spot to wine and dine al fresco offers New Orleanians a very worthwhile excuse to cut out of work and get the weekend started early with a midday feast with Wayward Owl Brewing Company.


Big Shrimpin'


It's mid-summer, which means you might have had your fill of crawfish boils by now. Turn your attention to another fruit of the sea with this weekend's upscale shrimp boil at The Ace Hotel. On Saturday (7.29), chefs from three top restaurants around town will go head to head to benefit the Audubon G.U.L.F. Institute. 

 


The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Tequila



Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. Ahead of National Tequila Day on July 24th, we begin with the spirit from our southern neighbor, and a favorite of 20-somethings everywhere. Shots!

 


Bring It All Daiq


Today (7.19) is National Daiquiri Day! Whether you prefer more upscale versions or you are more partial to the Queen Latifah-approved drive-through variety, the daiquiri is arguably one of the signature drinks of New Orleans. The standard recipe includes rum, sugar, and lime, but these days pretty much any variation boozy and slushy makes the cut. Celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy (er, Big Freezy) for this cool beverage. 

 


The Big Freezy


We’re in the thick of New Orleans’ summer season, and how better to beat the heat than with some cold sweet treats? The folks at Freezy Street, a new Marigny dessert outpost, are here to help with some Instagram-friendly ice cream creations. In just three days since the Saturday opening of their St. Claude Ave. brick and mortar, Adam Enterkin and Frances LaMagna have seen New Orleanians go crazy for their handmade rolled ice cream. 

 


A Day Fit For A Praline


New Orleans is a city well-loved for it’s food, but not as well known for its sweets outside of cake-y creations like beignets, bread pudding, and King Cake. If you live in the Big Easy, chances are there is a certain sugary treat that is rather ubiquitous in your life: the praline. The humble praline is a staple in this city, and its sweet influence has finally garnered it it’s very own national holiday on June 24th.

 


Top Hops: Second Line Brewing’s Comeback Kid


You know what we here at NoDef love about these craft beers, man? We get older, but they stay the same taste. This weekend, Second Line Brewing will re-release a real crowd favorite: an IPA brew as smooth as Mr. McConaughey himself.

 


Chicken-Fried Festin'


If the repressive summer heat leaves you feeling a bit cooped up, you can run afoul (or more accurately, a fowl) this fall at the second annual National Fried Chicken Festival. Today the team behind FCF dropped some finger-lickin' facts about the fall fest. 


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