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August 5th

Wet Hot American Summer
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
The summer camp cult comedy classic

 

Good Old War
HOB, 11p.m.
Indie band from Philly

 

The Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Snug Harbor, 10p.m.
Directed by Delfeayo Marsalis

 

Noontime Talk with Mel Buchanan
NOMA, 12p.m.
A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste & Context talk

 

The Tribe
Zeitgeist, 7p.m.
Delve into the world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf

Corset Crawl

Freret Street Gets Risqué for Charity



Some say that fashion is pain. But can fashion also be philanthropy? On Saturday, July 25, The Creativity Collective will host its first ever Corset Crawl. The crawl will benefit the Collective’s project, Gradeuxity, and will travel to the various food and drink establishments along Freret Street.


Medicinal Mezcal: Pedro Jimenez Gurria Coming to Cure


The cocktail renaissance in New Orleans is indisputable. These days, one can not step into the Vieux Carré without encountering a Vieux Carré. However, CureCo’s Braden LaGrone believes that one potable, agave distillates, is still not receiving its place proper place in the parade. LaGrone is out to remedy this and on June 28, he is bringing in some reinforcements. Mexican Mezcal legend Pedro Jimenez Gurria to host a special night of tasting at Cure (4905 Freret Street).


CureCo's LaGrone Branches Out With Mexican Pop-Up (Recipe)


Tiki is the talk of the town, libations wise. However, one cocktail creator is looking for liquor in a different region south of the border. On Sunday (11.24) night, Braden LaGrone (Cure, Cane & Table) rolled out his new Mexican cocktail pop-up, Diamanté K, at Oxalis (3162 Dauphine Street.)


Cure Team Earns 3 TOTC Spirited Awards Nominations


The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience ends after Saturday's Grand Tasting, but local libation lovers can still take a glass-half-full approach to the beginning of summer since Tales of the Cocktail is right around the corner. In addition to tastings and swag, Tales honors the worldwide mixology industry's finest with their annual Spirited Awards. This year, a number of locals are among the nominees.


Cure-All

Company Burger's Adam Biderman Takes Over New Freret Cocktail Spot's Kitchen



The meat maven behind Company Burger has taken over the menu at Cure, adding his own culinary touch by creating palate pleasers that compliment the Freret Street spot's cocktails. 


Nick Detrich Offers 'Carnival Time' Cocktail Recipe (Video)


While many are content with warm beer or mixed drinks in styrofoam cups, the Carnival season is also a time for craft cocktails. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson came up with his own recipe, and Cane & Table's (1113 Decatur) Nick Detrich gave NoDef a short video that teaches viewers how to make Johnson's signature drink. 


Shift Change: Boozing Up Bubbles Part II


by Rhiannon Enlil

The second half of Rhiannon Enlil’s New Year’s Eve column explores mobile mixes with a bubbly base to ring in the New Year. Those hopping from party to party can take these drinks on the go, without sacrificing taste for travel. Click for recipes, plus some history on the classic champagne based cocktails.    


'Nogged!

Cane & Table's Detrich Explains Virginia Eggnog



Christmas' constellation of quaffables is crowded with the likes of mulled wines, hot brandies, and traditional scotches, but eggnog is the undisputed king. Yet, even the bottled bliss from Brown's wears old after a few weeks. So, NoDef learned how to make 'nog from scratch from Cane & Table's prodigal publican Nick Detrich.

 


Team Eggnog Takes Tales of the Toddy


Seasonal spirits were flowing this weekend at the 8th annual Tales of the Toddy. The offshoot of the famous summer cocktail convention brought in the city’s finest mixologists to create, and to judge the event. NoDef caught up with Rhiannon Enlil and Neal Bodenheimer to discuss the best team, and individual cocktails. 


Freret Update: Construction Continues Post-Repaving


The Freret Street corridor has come a long way from being fenced in by construction, but business owners will have to weather a few more months of orange cones and reflective vests. Paths to Progress has completed the repaving portion of their program, by the expected completion date of December 9. However, the Department of Public Works requested some additional work to be done, slated for completion by March of 2014.


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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,

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Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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B. E. Mintz

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