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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
5 Reasons Vegans are Sexy
The Burly Beat: NOLA Veggie Fest Edition
You know how we do—as one festival winds down, another one is gearing up in the wings, ready to kick our collective asses with more drinking and debauchery and, wait, what’s that you say? This weekend is the NOLA Veggie Fest? As in, a weekend devoted to health, healing, and wellness?
It’s true. This weekend, the New Orleans Healing Center opens its doors to all comers: carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and even half-nekkid ladies like yours truly. A low-on-the-food-chain gal for over ten years, I’m proud to come shake what my produce gave me in the company of a wide array of speakers, vendors, and all sorts of yummy vegan treats. But a vegan food festival in an Andouille town? Read on, skeptics, for five reasons veggies and veganism are super hot.
1. Veganism is Sexy. Joining me this Sunday will be The Lady Lucerne, a fellow vegetarian and sexy broad by all accounts. An informal survey reveals a high predilection for vegetarian diets among local burlesque dancers. Coincidence? Decide for yourself after learning more about how a plant based diet can increase longevity, flexibility, and overall health.
2. Veganism is Cheaper Than You Think. One common misconception about an animal free diet is that it’s all expensive meat substitutes and pricy off-season produce. Not so, especially in a town with access to bulk grains and legumes, and fresh seasonal citrus, berries, roots, and greens. I was pleasantly surprised by the affordability of my New Year’s vegan cleanse, and if you’re curious about how to eat vegan on the cheap, be sure to catch Ellen Jaffe Jones’ demo on how to eat vegan on $4 a day.
3. Veganism is Easy. Recipes abound online for dairy and meat free dishes, and you’ll find plenty of cooking and shopping tips at the Fest. Too lazy to cook? Like hanging out with friends? Done. Check out the monthly Vegan Potluck or the NOLA Vegan Meetup, and you’ll be chilling with meat-free chow before you know it.
4. Eating Out Like a Vegan is Awesome. If home cooking ain’t your thing, you’re in luck. The number of options for vegan eaters in New Orleans has multiplied over the past several years, and at most places you can even bring your meat-eating pals. Sugar Park, Sukho Thai, and the delightful Café Carmo offer both traditional and vegan options for most of their dishes, while Garage Pizza’s menu ranges from chicken wings to tempeh. When my girl Ruby Rage went vegan for Lent, we fueled a Slow Burn rehearsal on vegan slices from Pizza Delicious, who now offer vegan cheese on any of their tasty pies. If you’re looking for a sexy date night, you’ll do well to take your sweetie to Boucherie, where I near passed out over a curried beet concoction topped with fried turnips.
5. Vegans are Virtuous. It’s true, because fancy-pants economist Tyler Cowen said so. Real talk, now: eating a diet rich in plants and low in animal products will significantly reduce your human sized impact on our delicate, gorgeous little planet. Not to mention the sweet freedom of unplugging from the shady workings of modern factory farming. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I like knowing with certainty there’s no pink slime roiling away in this here body.
For more information, be sure to check out www.nolaveggiestfest.com, or just pop in to the Healing Center to catch some hot, pet-owning, vegetarian ladies shaking it and soliciting donations for this weekend’s beneficiary, the Humane Society of Louisiana.
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