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November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

John Besh Sets 'My Family Table'

by Brad Rhines

New Orleans chef-lebrity John Besh steps out of the kitchen and into the limelight today with the release of his second tome on local cooking, My Family Table.  Besh will be making the rounds to promote his new book through the end of the year, starting with a few signings and appearances around town this week before making stops in New York, Texas, and Alabama, with a heaping helping of TV appearances undoubtedly thrown in along the way. 


Tonight he’ll be Uptown at the Garden District Bookshop, then on to the WWII Museum gift shop on Wednesday, Octavia Books on Thursday, then the Magazine Street oil-and-vinegar emporium Vom Fass on Friday afternoon before heading across the lake to Mandeville Friday night.  A complete list of tour stops is available on Besh’s Facebook page.


It’s not unusual for today’s crop of celebrity chefs to spend more time on the press circuit than the hot line, sometimes resulting in backlash and questions of quality at the restaurant, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Besh.  The former Marine commands a company of eateries around town—August, Luke, Besh Steak, The American Sector, Domenica, and the Soda Shop, opened earlier this year—all of which continue to do brisk business among both tourists and locals in search of food destinations.


Like My New Orleans, his first book, My Family Table focuses on food as family culture. The folks over at Eater got a sneak peek of the book last week and they reported that the recipes include “some ambitious holiday menus, including a 15-dish jazz brunch and a Christmas roast goose feast,” though the book primarily functions as “a system for feeding a large, busy family.”  My Family Table also features lots of glossy photos of familiar scenery from around south Louisiana, along with plenty of pics of the chef and his family.  We think that’s a good thing, since Besh’s gleaming, perfectly even rows of pearly-whites make for one of the flashiest smiles on television.    

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