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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.

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.

Every Man A King

Dead Huey P. Long turns has a birthday at the end of August. Where better to celebrate than the Quarter restaurant bearing his name: Kingfish (337 Chartres Street). On Tuesday (8.11), the downtown destination revealed details of their Third Annual Huey P. Long Birthday Celebration and Look-a-Like Contest. (And, yes, there will be Spud.)

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. 

Punch Line

Bon Vivants Bringing Pig & Punch Back to Frenchmen

This weekend is your chance to pig out for a good cause. The sixth annual Pig & Punch event will take place this Sunday (7.19) from noon until 5p.m. as a part of Tales of the Cocktail. There will be punch and pork galore— and all to support education in New Orleans. 

French Bliss

Bastille Day Storms NOLA

It’s time to support the red, white and blue again— but this time in celebration of France. In honor of Bastille Day, this weekend (7.11-7.12) New Orleans will honor the country that founded our City (and gave us our hardest-to-pronounce street names). From the Bastille Day Fête to a French Dog Contest, the city will party “a la Frances.”

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. 

Magnolia Ball's Blossoms Bloomin'

Pollen isn’t the only thing in bloom this summer. Next Saturday (6.20), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will play host to its second annual Magnolia Ball. The soiree, which benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design, will honor southern artists. Like any proper NOLA party, the event will feature an open bar, two auctions and food from numerous vendors. 

Party Like It's 1959: Havana Whites

By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Put down the pastels and put on your Gauyabera. On Saturday, May 16th, the International House and Loa (221 Camp Street) present their annual Summer Dress transformation, this year entitled, Havana Whites. The sensibilities will be a little less sartorial and little more social, with an emphasis on our Cuban sister city to the (way) south.

Up in Smoke

The Lawsuit, Enforcement, Vaping, & a Party on the Eve if the Ban

New Orleans nightlife is about to change. Councilmember LaToya Cantrell likens the shift the integration of Carnival. Others liken it to the government’s history of fiscal mismanagement. Either way, on Tuesday (4.21), smoking indoors will be illegal in NOLA. But what about that lawsuit? How is anyone going to enforce this law? And, where’s the party? NoDef has your answers.

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