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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


The Joint's New Location

Inside the Breens' Bigger Bywater BBQ Biz



BYWATER - Starting tomorrow, one of downtown New Orleans' favorite food outposts will be located a little closer to the center of the city.

 

The old little building on Poland Ave. that housed The Joint for almost eight years has been closed since January 31, as owners Jenny and Pete Breen moved shop to the corner of Royal and Mazant Streets over the weekend. Opening Saturday, The Joint now has a bigger kitchen, storage, bar, and grubbing space. For our benefit, they kept the paper towel turnstiles on the wooden picnic tables.

 

Jenny Breen is a native of Pensacola, and has lived in New Orleans for 12-13 years. Her husband Pete Breen is from Baltimore and has lived here for 14 years. The couple is on their second viewing of The Wire. Though the previous location was “real good to [the Breens],” Jenny said they are looking to “minimize the chaos” that often occurred in the hole in the wall's little kitchen

 

Now that they bought the new location and are settling in, Jenny said the relieving realization finally hit her that this – The Joint – is what the couple is doing with their lives.

 

The new location used to be Niedermeiers Grocery for many years, before becoming a Vietnamese-owned grocery that also served hot plates. The Breens had to start from ground zero on the paperwork to get proper restaurant licensing.

 

“We had to get it rezoned and go through every hoop possible for a restaurant to open,” Jenny Breen said.

 

They were on the lookout for a new location ever since the storm, and tried acquiring this specific location since 2009. When the Breens actively began renovations of the space in June, the windows were still boarded up with steel by the previous owners due to rampant looting post-Katrina.

 

To pay their respect to the history of the building, Jenny will hang black and white photographs of Niedermeiers Grocery on the walls.

 

The renovations went relatively stress-free, Jenny said. The result is a homey BBQ roadhouse, as opposed to the cramped, hole in the wall feel of the previous location. The floor is a beautiful mix of old layers of blue and green paint from the previous businesses, with patches of grey cement beneath it all. The walls are thin, horizontal wooden boards that run across the restaurant. The hanging ceiling fans with light clusters bring an old bar feel. Over a tiny cutout window for the cooks to see out of the kitchen at how busy the joint is hangs a sign, “MOJO MAN,” just in case someone is wondering whose pair of peering eyes they belong. There is a long patio on the side of the restaurant for outdoor steaing. The humungous smoker, which was custom designed by Pete Breen and an Uptown metal sculptor, also made the trip. They may get another smoker.

 

Currently, the hours will be the same from 11:30am – 9:00pm, Monday through Saturday. They will shoot to be open longer from 11:00am – 10:00pm eventually. Also, in time, they plan to add more to the menu, including cornbread, fresh seasonal sides, bacon, smoked fish, and smoked cheese.

 

Though the Bywater Neighborhood Association has given their support for The Joint, the Breens have yet to acquire their alcohol license, but expect to be pouring at the end of this month.

 

The Joint will open Saturday and is located on the corner of Royal and Mazant Streets in the Bywater. Monday – Saturday, 11:30am – 9:00pm. 

That "uptown metal sculptor"

That "uptown metal sculptor" is David Borgerding. Represent, yo.

I love the fact that Bailey

I love the fact that Bailey is chilling out front in the 'street view' pic. Yeah dawg!

Yum! And congrats!

Yum! And congrats!

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