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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


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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