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Mercedi

March 4th

Shpongle

Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound

 

Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow

 

Kevin James

Mahalia Jackson, 7p.m.

The comedy pops off with the King of Queens

 

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 6-8:30p.m.
9 bartenders compete for the high ball

Jeudi

March 5th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes

 

Bounce ft. Sissy Nobby

Republic, 10p.m.

Wobble, baby

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Rouler, 10p.m.

Enjoy these brass rebels and a game of pool!

 

Greensky Bluegrass

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

This Michigan quintet knows how to rock bluegrass

Vendredi

March 6th

Six Years of Beers

NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.

Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects

 

Gogol Bordello

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side

 

Francisco Goldman

Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.

Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit

 

Celtics v. Pelicans

SKC, 7p.m

 

Mario Cart Challenge

Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID

Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G

Samedi

March 7th

Julia Street

Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.

 

Haiku With Ghosts

Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.

Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!

 

Jim Roche: Culture Mechanic

Ogden, 6p.m.

Opening of acclaimed retrospective

 

Grizzlies v. Pelicans

SKC, 6p.m.

 

Katt Williams

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour

 

Tank and the Bangas

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song

Dimanche

March 8th

Tobymac, Mandisa, & Capital Kings

Saenger Theater, 7p.m.

Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings

 

Bo Burnham (Sold Out)

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web

 

Glen David Andrews

Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.

Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!


Company Burger, Cartes des Vins Combine Forces for Freret Pop-up


by Brad Rhines

The restaurant boom on Freret St. has come full circle, as the young restaurants have now been around just long enough to start opening establishments within themselves. Over the weekend, Dat Dog left some extra room for the NOLA Pie Guy. Just down the street, Company Burger will pair up with Magazine St. wine shop, Carte des Vins, for a wine-and-food fête tomorrow night called BTG.

 

Company Burger owner and chef Adam Biderman will be hosting his old friend Joe Briand, who manages the Magazine Street wine shop Carte Des Vins. Naming their venture after the food industry acronym for "By the Glass," the two want to bring a wine bar experience to Freret Street, where customers can explore new, interesting wines while snacking on creations from the kitchen. 

 

Biderman and Briand both made their bones at Herbsaint, where Biderman cooked and Briand waited tables before working his way up to an executive position managing the wine program for Chef Donald Link’s restaurant group.

 

Carte Des Vins gives Briand the chance to talk, taste, and sell wines, but it doesn’t allow him to actually spend time with the folks drinking and enjoying his wines. For his part, Biderman has been wildly successful at Company Burger, but the pop-up concept gives him the opportunity to branch out beyond burgers and get back to his upscale roots.

 

“Really, the whole idea,” Biderman told NoDef, “is to have a really cool, super-intense wine bar in the burger joint.”

 

Just don’t come expecting burgers, warns Biderman. He said the food will be “totally off-the-menu,” not exactly paired with the wines, but prepared to hit “certain notes,” like earthy flavors that might work well with a French white.

 

“The idea behind this is a bad-ass joint where you can come in and get a great glass of progressive French wine that may not be able to find anywhere else, be exposed to something different, have a fun time doing it, and then have a couple of things to eat,” said Biderman.

 

“There are very few rules,” he added. “The only rules are bad-ass wine, great food, fun people.”

 

While some pop-ups around town are operating on a regular weekly schedule, the Company Burger wine bar will be a little more sporadic. After the initial run on Tuesday, Biderman says they’ll try to figure out how to keep it going past the holidays and hope to open up twice a month or so for the near future.

 

The vino starts flowing at 7 p.m.




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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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