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VENDREDI

March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


King Cake Walk

Best of the Annual King Cake Tasting at the Ogden



The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the third consecutive year, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. Within 90 minutes, there was not even a crumb or wayward baby left reminding us that all king cakes are winners. Our favorites follow below.

 

For the the third year, Cake Café's Apple and Goat Cheese filling propelled the bakery to a strong second place finish.

 

The annual event takes place during Ogden After Hours. Guests walk through a semicircle of tables, each with cakes representing different bakeries. NoDef's unscientific voting process asks tasters to drop toothpicks into corresponding cups, to be counted once the confections are mere crumbs.  

 

Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine Street)

For the third year in a row, Bitterswet's king cake blew out the competition. There is something about chocolate, especailly high quality chocolate that appeals to the people. Unlike previous

The oval has a consistency of a chocolate croissant, flaky with a rich, super sweet chocolate filling and outer layer. 

 

Cake Cafe (2440 Chartres Street)

In 2013, the Marigny eatery's signature cake caused some controversy for beating out traditional styles for the win. While Cake Café fell a dozen votes short of Bittwersweet this year, the showing was still strong. Numerous tasters compared the confection to the best danish they ever had.

 

Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas)

Emeril's blew the competition away on style points and took home an overall bronze in the process. Although, the famed restaurant does not regualrly bake king cakes, Pastry Chef Jeremy Fogg serves up a delicous king cake monkey bread accompanied by a different sauce every week. For the King Cake Walk, Fogg offered massive loaves of the cake, perfectly shaped to pull off a chunk. Initially, a couple tasters remarked that they cake was onthe drier side--then they applied the sauce. Choices including praline and banana foster elevated the pastry to a divine level.

The maestro's presentation wowed the audience.

 

Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas)

Bacon, peanut butter, and banana. These are the three main ingredients in Cochon’s cake they’ve named after the King of Rock ‘N Roll. “The Elvis” is topped with bacon and marshmallow cream. The Elvis is gooey and impossible to eat without a mess, but the cleanup is well worth the joy. You won’t find a baby in this cake. The porcine focused establishment includes a tiny pig in lieu of a king cake baby. 

 

Haydel's (4037 Jefferson Highway) 

It seems the crowd was too busy praising Haydel's Bakery with their words to show love at the voting cup. Once again, they only pulled 20 votes, the Jefferson Parish bakery still made it in the top tier for favorite cakes. Sometimes all you want is a simple cake. Haydel’s offers just that. This year, the iconic bakery honored Nyx with porcelin clutches in addition to the baby.

 

Mister Gregory's (806 North Rampart Street)

The Rampart St. bakery had the competition's only savory entry. Their mix of flaky crust with artichokes and sun-dried tomatos was nothing short of divine. Only, Mr. G's only had one cake to try (as oposed to five from the other bakeries), they still garnered an impressive 14 votes. Guests could not stop raving about the entry

 

Fresh Market

Even though Fresh Market toothpick count was on the lower end, several attendees commented that it was their favorite pick. The local grocery’s signature cake comes dazzled with doubloons, Mardi Gras beads and the common cinnamon pizzazz inside. The chain has locations in Uptown, Lakeview, and Metairie. 

 

La Boulangerie (4600 Magazine Street)

La Boulangerie's cake also came with a pig shaped baby. That's because Donald Link now owns the popular Uptown establishment. So, repeat tasters were concerned about the quality. La Boulangerie once again presented an old-school, French style king cake. That means no frosting or colors, just buttery confection. As for the big question? Yes! Boulangerie's cake is as good as ever!

 

Rouse's 

The Louisiana supermarket provided a classic style king cake. Many guests nominated the market for a "Most Improved" award. There was nothing fancy about this entry, just a nice, fluffy cake with the proper dose of cinamon.

Correction: Fresh Market was initially referred to as "Robert's Fresh Market." The two stores are unrelated.



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