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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

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.”


Matzo Meal: Shaya Unveils Passover Prix Fixe


The limelight has been good to Chef Alon Shaya as of late. Two new restaurants and a James Beard nomination have guaranteed plenty of ink. However, fame has not caused Shaya to forget his traditions. Today, the star chef announced the menu for his annual Passover dinners. 


Hannukah Gift: Domenica's Alon Shaya to Fry Up Latkes at Bellocq


NOLA is immersed in Christmas, but there is also another Festival of Lights. Hanukkah starts on the night of December 16, and the Jewish Children’s Regional Services (JCRS) will be staging an early celebration on December 11 with Domenica’s Alon Shaya at the Hotel Modern's Bellocq.


Besh, Emeril, McPhail Among New Orleans' James Beard Award Finalists


From almost a dozen nods in the semfinals, five New Orleans interests have made the final cut for the James Beard Awards, set to be given out on May 6 in New York City. New Orleans once again outpaces the rest of the region in the Best Chef: South category, and will see one of her own earn recognition for giving something back.


Master Barista Heads to CBD Next Week


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Coffee snobs and everyday caffeine addicts alike can look forward to next week’s espresso extravaganza. Monday and Tuesday nights in the CBD, restaurants Merchant and Domenica are teamed up to host illy Master Barista Giorgio Milos. 


Today's Events: 4/12/11


April 12 is, like most days, a day of births- rollcall: Henry Clay (1777), Beverley Cleary (1916), Herbie Hancock (1940), David Letterman (1947), Bacchus King Andy Garcia (1956), Shannen Doherty (1971)…and what’s life without death? FDR died on this day in 1945, as did (Brandeis alum) Abbie Hoffman (1989). And what’s life without milestones? The Civil War began on this day (Fort Sumter, 1861), Simon and Garfunkel released ‘The Boxer’, and 1988 saw Harvard U. simultaneously patent the genetically engineered mouse while Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs. These hapnin’s are hard to beat, but we’ll try:


NoDef Nods

Top 10 Places to Eat in 2010/Top 11 Places to Eat in 2011



2010 was a year when casual dining reasserted itself in NOLA- from street food, to Pho, to star chefs gone dress-down, we loved to eat without airs this year. 2011 will bring us a bit more of the same, conversely some bar food gone fancy, lots of ethnic cuisine, and a few other surprises. The (again, unordered) list y’all...


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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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