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April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

Nigel Hall and Friends 

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

with Eric Bolivar, Andrew Block, Eric Bloom, and Eric Vogel 

 

Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more

 

Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  

 

Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  

 

YG

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  

 

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   

Samedi

April 19th

Booksigning with Arita Bohannan

Gallery Burguieres (7 p.m.)

Author reads and signs copies of crime drama ‘Docket 76’  

 

Easter Keg Hunt

 

NOLA Brewing (1 p.m.)

?Scavenger hunt beginning at the taproom, to benefit Gulf Restoration Network 

 

Gaynielle Neville

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

CD Release Party  

 

Mystikal

Howlin’ Wolf (9:30 p.m.)

Plus YMCMB Flow, G Unit’s Kidd Kidd, 5th Ward Weebie, and 3D Natee

 

SwampGrease feat. Nigel Hall & Terence Higgins 

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Andrew Block, Eric Vogel, Erica Falls, Kendrick Marshall, plus John Lisi and Delta Funk

 

Shoebox Lounge

Shadowbox Theatre (8 p.m.)

Shoes, booze, and prostitutes

 

Earth Day Fest

Armstrong Park (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Green Business Expo, music, and more from La. Bucket Brigade 

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.- 3 a.m.)

Rare grooves from the '70's every Saturday 

 

Corey Henry's Treme Funktet

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Local trombonist and his band play traditional NOLA music, from blues, to jazz, to gospel 

 

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.


Freret Fenced In

Freret Street Owners Speak Out Against Simultaneous Road Projects



Surrounded by construction, small business owners in the Freret Street corridor are growing increasingly frustrated as they see sales dwindling, and a lack of consideration from the City. The bars, restaurants and other spots that were held up as a model of renewal are suffering from the limited access. Many of the merchants believe poor planning and inadequate provisions are to blame. 


Christmas Spirits

NOLA Bar Owners and Craft Cocktailers from Cure and French 75 Share Secrets on Warm Weather X-Mas Drinks, Including Recipes for Home



Hot buttered rum is a classic December drink, but Christmas cocktailing in New Orleans requires those behind the bar to get creative with “cold weather” beverages.


Cure Owners Buy Pravda, Implement Perestroika


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The team of artisanal cocktail creators at Cure decided that it was time for Lower Decatur to come out from behind the Iron Curtain. The newly named Perestroika at Pravda (1113 Decatur) is restructuring, offering the city’s Slavophiles even more to love about the dimly lit den on Decatur. Co-owners Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estiponal and have already refocused the spirit selection, banned smoking inside, and they have plans to start serving Eastern European cuisine.


Sazerac City

Owner of Cure, Bellocq Talks About Continuing the Tradition of New Orleans' Official Cocktail



As Tales of the Cocktail begins, booze buffs are gearing up for Spirited Dinners, demos and seminars like "Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker." But the annual event wouldn’t be complete without the legend of at least one libation, and there's no better place to turn than the official cocktail of the Crescent City. NoDef caught up with local bar owner and mixologist Neal Bodenheimer for the saga of the sazerac.


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Ian Hoch, Will Dilella, Chris Rinaldi, Lianna Patch, Phil Yiannopoulos, Cate Czarnecki, Mary Kilpatrick, Norris Ortolano, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Kailyn Davillier, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham

Staff Writers

Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings

Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Deputy Managing Editor

M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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