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NOLA's First Edwardian Ball Promises Murder, Madness, and More

Looking for a night of mischief and magic? Break out your leather and lace, and take a trip back to the turn of the century at the first ever Edwardian Ball New Orleans on Saturday (3.25) at the glamorously refurbished Generations Hall. The Ball will honor the master of macabre, illustrator and writer Edward Gorey. 

Slam Dunk!

From Room 220

April may be known for fests to locals, but the cruelest month holds lots of importance in the literary world. Team Slam New Orleans will celebrate National Poetry Month with a Youth Poetry Showcase and Adult Cash Slam on Sunday (4.01), from 1p.m. until 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle).

Biker Bash

Bicycle culture is huge in NOLA, but a new event is focused on “bikes,” the motorized kind. This week, a group of locals announced that from September 23rd to the 25th, New Orleans will be hosting her first Bike Week since the Federal Flood.

Later Gator

Pitmaster Damian Brugger grew up on barbecue in Texas. Since his childhood, he has smoked just about everything. At Black Label Icehouse, he focuses on Texas classics like brisket and barbecue staples like pulled pork. At events like Hogs For The Cause, he has been known to get funky, even tossing crawfish into the smoker. However, tonight (11.17), Brugger is exploring some uncharted territory: the whole, smoked alligator.

Sazerac Storm Surge

The Sazerac Bar is going retro. Bust out your best vintage wear, and come celebrate the day women were first allowed to enjoy their drinks at the Roosevelt Hotel’s signature bar. On Friday, October 9th the Roosevelt is going to party like it’s 1949 to commemorate the day that the CBD hotspot went co-ed.

Y'at Pack

In New Orleans, we love our local music, but there is still a respect for the masters. On October 23rd, local musical institution David Torkanowsky will convene a meeting to honor the Chairman of the Board. The Orpheum Theater will play host to a night honoring Frank Sinatra.

Pulp Party: Bukowski's Birthday Bash

The International House will be hosting a birthday tribute for Charles Bukowski tonight, from 8p.m. to 11p.m. (Bukowski’s actual birthday was August 16th, 1920.)  The event will mimic the style of a writers’ salon, with poetry readings, an open mic, 7’installation art, food and drinks.

Lineup Reveal: Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer

That sweat rolling down your back makes it hard to forget that summer is raging right now. However, winter fall is coming. Star chef Emeril Lagasse is rolling out the lineup for his autumn  crowdpleaser, Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer. Tickets for the November 13 event go on sale this Saturday (8.01).

Espirit de Corps: Peace Corps Parties at Rusty Nail

By Lucy Leonard

Tonight (7.23), the Louisiana Peace Corps Association (LPCA) is hosting the inaugural Louisiana Peace Corp Festival at The Rusty Nail. The event aims to share the stories of returned Peace Corp members as well as educate the community about the work that the organization is doing and will feature panels, raffles, photo presentations and more. 

August Alsina Takes City to Task

R&B artist and New Orleans native August Alsina is furious with city government for throwing a wrench into his plan to host a community event. Alsina took to Twitter to post videos about how he feels wronged and discriminated against by local officials, whom Alsina said put the brakes on his event partially because he is a famous, but mostly because he is black. 

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