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December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Blue Oak Bringing BBQ to Chickie Wah Wah

by Sam Nelson

A pair of local smoker savants are looking to fill up the 'cue on Canal. Starting October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will move in permanently to the kitchen at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), replacing The Sammich. To kick off the transition, Blue Oak is going whole hog with a pig roast for the Saints game on Sunday, September 15.


The barbecue joint opened in July 2012 in the kitchen at Grit’s bar in Uptown, where they’ve served food six nights a week.


“We’re very excited about these guys coming,” Chickie Wah Wah’s co-owner, Dale Triguero said.  “They serve great food. They are young, ambitious, and serious about what they do."


The pig roast on Sunday is a chance for Blue Oak proprietors Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley to introduce their food to Mid-City.


“We want the neighborhood to get to know what we do before we move in,” Evans said. “For us, it’s just a new neighborhood we love about this city.  And it’s a great venue for music that we think will be good for barbecue.”


Evans and Moseley will begin roasting a 45 lb. piglet at 3 a.m. and smoke it for almost 12 hours before serving it during the Saints game, which kicks off at 3:05 p.m.


“We’ll have a big old smoker parked right in front of the bar,” Evans said.  “It’s a process, but when it’s all said and done, it’s worth it.”


Blue Oak will also be selling brisket, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, St. Louis-style ribs, their version of deviled eggs, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, and their signature dish “smoked chicken wings.”  All food is smoked over local oak wood they source from a farm on the West Bank, Evans said.


“We’re still working on our menu for the kitchen, though,” Evans said.


Beginning October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will open its kitchen weekdays daily at 4 pm for happy hour (featuring $2 domestics at the bar) and stay open until midnight, Triguero said. They will serve food on weekends for LSU and Saints games.  


Triguero noted that everyone knows Chickie Wah Wah for its music.  


“But we only have music three out of 24 hours in a day," he said. "I really prefer people to think of us a eatery who just happens to have music. That would be ideal.” 


Blue Oak BBQ will begin serving food at 2:30 pm before the Saints-Bucaneers game.  Immediately after the game, Andreux and the See of Sounds will play a live music set.  


“We think it’s going to be the start of a good relationship,” Triguero said.  

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