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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

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:


Clutch Cakes


Haydel’s king cakes are a Carnival Season tradition, but that doesn’t mean the fabled bakery is opposed to throwing in a new touch every now and then. This year, Haydel’s new touch will be a throw. Their cakes will include a miniature version of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx’s signature throw—a decorated purse.


Let Them Eat Cake

Results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in



The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the second year in a row, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. The barren platters at the event's end provided evidence that there are no loosers in the world of cake.


King Cake Baby: Ryan Haydel Talks About the Family Biz


By Ashley Larsen

King Cakes are kind of a big deal in New Orleans. The delicious treat is almost synonymous with Mardi Gras itself, and in NOLA perhaps no other bakery is as famous as Haydel’s. With Mardi Gras season gearing up the bakery has gone into overdrive but Nodef managed to sneak away Ryan Haydel, third generation baker and co-owner, from the kitchen just long enough to find out what it’s like to be a King Cake baker.


Cake & Bake

NoDef Talks to Gambino's About King Cakes, the Saints, and Trad vs. Filled



Carnival season is officially here, and bakers all over the city are working hard to feed the festive masses. NoDef talked to Gambino’s Bakeries owner Sam Scelfo about Twelfth Night sales, traditional vs. filled, and new flavors for 2014. Those loyal to Haydel's can get their cakes in Orleans Parish, at the bakery's SnoWizard pop-up.  


King Cake Quest: The Results

Cake Café Conquers Carnival Confections



After several years of sending writers out to sample the Crescent City's many takes on King Cake, NoDef opted this year to let the people weigh in. On Jan. 24, hundreds of guests piled into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly After Hours event to help us choose the most outstanding oval in NoDef's first public King Cake Quest.


King Cake Returns

Mardi Gras Treats From Haydel's, Tartine Reviewed



Sure as the streetcar will ride down St. Claude and Joan of Arc will have another birthday, Twelfth Night means we are once again free to dig for the Baby J When the clock strikes Friday, the season of king cake is once again upon us.


Royal Treatment


by Marguerite Lucas

A New Orleans fixture for over 52 years and the holder of the Guiness record for world’s largest King Cake, there is no denying that Haydel’s Bakery knows its way around the ringed dessert. As our Quest has shown over the past week, many upstarts are kneading their way into the world of the King Cake. But, as ever in this town – and especially during Carnival – it's important to remember from whence we came.


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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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