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Jeudi

January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5

       

Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event

 

Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas

 

 

Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”

 

Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

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

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

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

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


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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Contributors:

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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Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

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Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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B. E. Mintz

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