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LABOR DAY

September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers

 

Viridiana
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue

 

Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues

MARDI

September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium
 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show

 

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating

MERCREDI

September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)

 

The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)

 

Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)

JEUDI

September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

VENDREDI

September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band

 

Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics

 

Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus

 

Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?

 

Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret

 

G-Eazy
Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)

Bonnet Carre Breakdown (VIDEO)


by Liz Davas

New Orleanians can make a party out of any situation. A wedding, a funeral, or in this case, being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on I-10 over the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Posted to Facebook by Lana Hunt, a video that was taken following a fiery crash Sunday afternoon shows stranded motorists coming together and gettin’ down. Check it all out in the video. 


Three-Legged Alligator Angles for Better View at Zurich Classic (VIDEO)


With their humble beginnings on the putt-putt green, golfers are plenty accustomed to alligators as obstacles on the course. But at this stage of their career, the pros competing this weekend at the Zurich Classic in Avondale probably weren't expecting live reptiles. On Thursday's opening round of the competition, an alligator with three legs climbed out of the water and started making its way onto the course, and it got about as . Click through to view:


NOPD Officer Does the Parade Route Wobble During Mardi Gras (VIDEO)


TV news viewers saw Mayor Mitch do the Wobble over Mardi Gras, but he wasn't the only one cutting a rug in an official city capacity. A police officer on parade duty surprised revelers as he joined them on the greatest dance craze since the Cupid Shuffle. Click through to view the video that's quickly going viral:


Mardi Gras Beatdown Caught on Video


One man's Carnival ended down with the uncaught throws after he threw a beer at police, then followed the move up by swinging at a cop. The video of the scene, in which police pile on the man and administer some fist justice, is fast going viral. Click through to view.


'Mixologist' Parodies Craft Cocktail Scene (VIDEO)


Just in time for next week's Tales of the Cocktail, the white guy rappers from the other LA that brought you that Whole Foods parody of Mr. Ghetto's Wal-Mart chime in with a send-up of the fancy drinking scene. With references to cocktails from "pre-Civil War New Orleans," the Ramos Gin Fizz, and huge ice cubes that seem like they would do the trick on an afternoon when the Heat Index is hovering around 110, New Orleanians can find plenty to relate to in "Mixologist." On the other hand, the coasts can have their laughs during the part about $20 cocktails. Certain things are too frightening to be funny. Click through to view:


Les Miles Disowns 'Tiger Son' (VIDEO)


Les Miles has many children, but until today many didn't know about his paternal relationship with Mike the Tiger. In a new ad designed to spotlight a new feature in the NCAA Football 13 video game that allows gamers to swap players among teams, The Mad Hatter's catches the mascot playing as LSU with Robert Griffin III. The lines he delivers next have all the makings of a Tiger Nation craze. Forget the Honey Badger, this thing could be entering Charlie Sheen territory. Watch the ad after the jump:


Horn-Toting German Youth Doesn't Blame Trombone Shorty...For That (VIDEO)


When Trombone Shorty was the same age as Thomas, he was already leading his own brass bands. Being from Germany, the youngster might not have had a to get out in front of a second line quite yet. But a YouTube camera is another story. In a video that Shorty called "one of the best gifts I've ever received," our young singer-trombone player looks into the eyes of his hero's picture, and belts out an accent-heavy rendition of the Tampa Red cut, "Don't Blame Shorty for That." Now isn't that just the cutest thing come over here and let me get a....just watch it:


VIDEO: Bobby Hebert Gives Voice to the LSU Frustrated


As T-Bob's dad and a former Saints Quarterback, Bobby Hebert could probably get an audience in the Mad Hatter's lair anytime he wants. But, empowered by fans' boos of Jordan Jefferson and his media credentials, Hebert decided to lambaste Les Miles during the postgame press conference Monday night. For 43 seconds, Hebert tore into the Mad Hatter because the Tigers didn't play QB Jarrett Lee, or create any offense in the BCS Championship. Since the New York Times says it will live on long past this game, it's probably worth a look:


VIDEO: 'LSU Championship Bounce' Backs That BCS Up


In case you ain't heard, LSU is going to the BCS Championship. Well, actually, they're coming to the championship, because the most important game ever played in the history of college football (Part II) is happening right here in New Orleans. In a related development, it appears the Bounce stylings DJ Jubilee have managed to travel all the way up I-10 to Baton Rogue, and Tiger Stadium is the new Wally World. In a YouTube video that appears poised to go viral titled "LSU Championship Bounce," some LSU students send up their gridiron heroes. Azz not included, so it's safe for work. Now eat grass with it:


Cows Thinking About Forming Social Aide and Pleasure Club


Here in New Orleans, we know that the best way to attract a crowd is to get a few friends and their horns together, and start in with a standard. But French quintent, The New Hot 5, is taking a more scientific approach. And since there are animals involved, it's perfect for YouTube. In this viral video that's taking Europe, "Jazz for Cows," the group plays before a pasture in the countryside, only to have a herd of cattle crowd near them. Look closely, and you might see one of the heifers start to buckjump. Click through to see the video!


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock