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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each

 

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Celebrate National Cheese Day with Winnimere and Beer


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Dieters and vegans beware, it’s National Cheese Day! There seems to be a day set aside for everything from secretaries to bacon, but that won’t stop cheese lovers everywhere from gorging in honor of the tastiest mold around. If you have the afternoon in front of you and haven’t made luncheon plans, consider grabbing your favorite cheese, a baguette, and some friends to enjoy the beautiful weather.

 

For more on cheese, NoDef talked to Richard Stutton of the St. James Cheese Company about how they’ll be celebrating the occasion.

 

“Every day is National Cheese Day, we eat cheese all day long,” Stutton said.

 

 NoDef asked Stutton for some cheesy expertise, and he suggested Winnimere, an unpasteurized, gooey cheese from Jasper Hill, Vermont, with a little funk.

 

“It has a spectacular taste, it’s just coming up on the end of its season," he said. "It’s a wash-rhined, unpasteurized cow's milk cheese. It’s special because it’s a rare category.”

 

Apparently, the guidelines in the US make it difficult to produce cheeses that are both gooey and unpasteurized.

 

NoDef also was surprised to learn that Winnimere, like many cheeses of its kind, pairs better with beer than with wine.

 

Stutton said that, although wine and cheese are often the perfect combination, beer is more forgiving for cheese lovers with a large selection in front of them.

 

“The flavor profile is friendly to beer. If I have a plate of six or eight cheeses, you’d be hard pressed to find a wine that could accommodate all of them.” 

 

To celebrate the day, Stutton is cutting off 10 percent off the price for all American cheeses, so swing on by 5004 Prytania if you’re Uptown. 




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