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MARDI

March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"

 

Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop

 

Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness

 

Laelume

The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music

 

Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees

 

Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke

 

Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


Bitter Sweet

Negroni Week Begins



In New Orleans, we really don’t need any excuses to drink, but that doesn’t stop us from finding new reasons all the same. For example, for the next five days, we will be celebrating Negroni Week. As part of a national charity campaign sponsored by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, bars across the United States will be serving this classic Italian aperitivo cocktail and donating $1 or more to charity. Here in the Crescent City, the United States Bartenders’ Guild and Tales of the Cocktail have partnered to support the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medical assistance to local musicians.

 

The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

“It is very balanced, a cocktail bartender’s drink. I like mine with Beefeater Gin, Cocchi Tornio Vermouth, and Campari. Serve on the same rocks you stir it with” declares Braden LaGrone, bartender at Cafe Henri. “Put it in a glass and give it to me!”

 

It is one of few classic Italian cocktails. In a culture where beverage and food is enjoyed for its simplicity and natural beauty rather than masking with mixtures and spices, cocktails never achieved the status of wine or cordials. The integral ingredient in the Negroni, Campari, is an amaro. Amari (the plural for amaro) are popular digestivo meant to settle the stomach after a large meal. Made of bitter herbs, roots, and citrus peels, they are complex and delicious. Many are available in the New Orleans market and can found in great variety at Kiefe and Co. in the Warehouse District. Campari is the most popular in the United States, having struck American soldiers during World War II with it’s unique bitter deliciousness.

 

The origins of the Negroni begin with another cocktail, the Americano, named after the American soldiers who were ordering a drink called the Milano-Torino comprised of sweet (Torino) vermouth and Campari (made in Milano) and in their American way adding soda water to the mix. Garnished with an orange slice, the Americano is low proof and incredibly refreshing, a great drink to mix at a picnic or at a festival, no stirring or straining required. Legend has it that a certain Count Negroni, while tippling at Caffe Riviore in Florence, instructed his bartender Lucca Picci to substitute the soda with gin, and the Negroni was born.

 

In celebration of this legendary cocktail, bartenders across the city are serving up classic renditions as well as their own modern interpretations. Check out the recipe for the original and a list of participating bars below.

 

Classic Negroni

1oz London Dry Gin

1oz Sweet Vermouth

1oz Campari

Stir, serve on the rocks

Garnish with an orange peel

 

Get out and drink for a cause! The participating bars and restaurants:The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

  • 30/90
  • 45 Tchoup
  • Ancora
  • Angeline
  • Arabella
  • Arnaud’s French 75
  • AVO
  • Balise
  • Bar Tonique
  • Barrel Proof
  • Besh Steak
  • Bourbon O
  • The BullDog
  • Cafe Amelie
  • Cafe Henri
  • Capdeville
  • Cavan
  • Company Burger
  • Cure
  • d.b.a.
  • Dat Dog
  • The Davenport Lounge
  • El Libre
  • Felipe’s/Tiki Tolteca
  • Grand Isle Restaurant
  • The Irish House
  • Maison
  • Marigny Brasserie
  • Mid City Yacht Club
  • Pal’s Lounge
  • Pearl
  • The Phoenix
  • Revel
  • The Rusty Nail
  • St. Joe’s
  • Saint Lawrence
  • Saveur
  • Sukho Thai Uptown
  • Twelve Mile Limit
  • Treo
  • Victory NOLA
  • Wood Pizza Bistro

 

Portions of this article previously appeared in NoDef.

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