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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Hats Off to Mimi Holaday of HALO MIMI

The Emerging Designer Taking the New Orleans Fashion Scene

The last year has seen a meteoric rise for local fashion designer Mimi Holaday. Her collection HALO MIMI, which launched in 2016, recently won Holaday the Top Design Competition at the seventh season of New Orleans Fashion Week in March. But the designer's recent successes belie her impressive background. Having spent the last decade studying and working in different areas of fashion and business, Mimi Holaday is no simple overnight success. 


“The last year has been very exciting and rewarding,” Holaday shared, reflecting on the path from the beginning of HALO MIMI to now. The blonde NOLA native returned to her hometown to work on her namesake collection following a stint in Los Angeles working in styling, modeling, and design. “I wanted to see what my best looked like. So I took the time away from work and the world to build the collection.” Her efforts were met with great success and accolades from the New Orleans fashion set. 



HALO MIMI is a women’s clothing and accessories line that mixes classic bohemia with a modern flare. Her current collection available for custom order boasts handmade premium felt and straw hats, with intricate hand-sewn, embroidered, and beaded details. Why launch her collection with millinery? “Hats are a signature of a true southern lady,” explained Holaday. The designer was raised in the fashion scene of New Orleans. Her former runway model mother was good friends with Yvonne Le Fleur, a French designer and hat maker who lived many years in New Orleans. "I am unsure when I first fell in love with hats, but there are many photos of me as a child wearing hats." 


The animal-loving designer ensures that all fur pelts used in her works are sheared, and never come from animals killed. Other materials featured heavily in her designs are bohemian details like ostrich feathers, dried spray roses, and vintage scarves. Holaday plays with the texture of each of her personally-curated materials, often combining them in unexpected yet elegant ways. 



Pattern play that most excites the designer? “Sequins paired with fur, or fleeced wool on top of chiffon,” she said. “[Or] modern elements like clear vinyl, but used as a corset or embellished with Venetian lace to give it that timeless feeling.” 


“There is an underlying ethereal vibe at play here,” the designer explained of her collection. Mixing her childhood interests in angels and celestial beings with design details from centuries past, Holaday creates a beautifully bohemian collection that conveys timeless fashion unrestricted by cultural trends. The designer counts her global travels as main influences in her designs and practices — adopting the silk flower and embroidery techniques of Parisian haute couture atelier houses, as well as the manufacturing and production practices of Antiqua, Hong Kong and Italy. 


Currently, each of Holaday’s designs is custom-made — in the future, the designer plans to expand the production of her accessories. “There are ways to recreate my designs in a more affordable way, and I am very open to that,” she explained. 



Her victory at the NOFW Top Design Competition will go a long way toward that. The NOFW Top Design winner traditionally receives a financial prize package to go toward funding the winner’s collection, and HALO MIMI is invited to show at next season’s Fashion Week.


With growing production opportunities for her accessories collection and her ready-to-wear clothing launch scheduled for Fall/Winter 2017, Mimi Holaday is well-poised to conquer the design scene in New Orleans and beyond. Rest assured she will be doing it in style. 



All photos courtesy of Mimi Holaday

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