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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


Let Them Eat Cake

Results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in



The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the second year in a row, 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. The barren platters at the event's end provided evidence that there are no loosers in the world of cake.

 

Similar to last year's competition, Cake Cafe was another popular choice with their Apple and Goat Cheese filling, but the chocolate of Bittersweet Confections wooed the masses.

 

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)

A non-traditional king cake took the prize for the third year in a row. With a whopping 51 toothpicks, Bittersweet's rich chocolate cake stands out among the rest.  

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 Haydel's and Gambino's, and other traditional competitors. However, the crowd gravitated towards the sightly apple and goat cheese creations once more this year garnering 39 votes.

 

Laurel Street Bakery (2701 South Broad Street)

The Uptown bakery entered three light and fluffy cakes into the competition this year. Their elegant presentation caught the eyes of walkers and landed them in third place at the end of the event. Guests commented that the Laurel offering was a perfect compromise between the classic cake and the new, "funky" varieties.

Their blueberry stuffed cake might have been the messiest at NoDef's walk. 

 

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. 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. Though 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. 

 

Mister Gregory's (806 North Rampart Street)

The young Rampart St. bakery was the only to submit versions of traditional French king cakes. Historically, king cakes usually made with a flaky puff pastry crust and fruity frangipane filling.

In this case, the bakery offered a variety of cakes which may have hurt them in the end voting. However, the selection did not hurt them in the tasting. Mister Gregory's confections were the first to go.

Like Cochon, Mister Gregory’s went out on a limb and also entered a cake with meat in it. Their French inspired recipe featured some of Louisiana’s finest Andouille sausage.

 

PJ's

Many a local relies on PJ’s for early morning libations on the regular, but it’s also a great spot to pick up a Carnival treat (especially during the busy season.) PJ’s cake was simple and to the point pulling out ahead of Mister Gregory’s with by one vote.

Guests were surprised by how much they liked the shop's cake.

 

Robert's Fresh Market

Even though Robert’s 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. Robert’s has locations in Uptown, Lakeview, and Metairie. Soon, they’ll open another store on St. Claude in the former Schweggman’s building. 

 

Swiss Confections (747 St. Charles Avenue)

“It’s my favorite thing,” said one woman whose idea of heaven must be lined with these epiphany cakes. “I love them, they’re ooey gooey goodness. They are ooey gooey, aren’t they?”

 

If her question was meant to be rhetorical, then perhaps the unspoken answer is Swiss. They take the prize for ooeyest, gooeyest cake. We’re dubbing them the party cake for the colorful confetti that topped their juicy confection. With a solid midtable vote tally, Swiss was a viable competitor in the contest. 

 

Tartine

Another bakery representing Uptown landed in a solid mid-table position.The buttery brioche was flakey, moist, and delicious, complementing the cinnamon-sugar mixture that was folded into the brioche’s thick folds.  The sweetness of the royal icing neither overpowered the buttery goodness of the dough nor made the cake difficult to consume.  The smoothness of the icing, the softness of the brioche and the crunch of the granulated sugar combined in a pleasing texture.

 

Whole Foods

Whole Foods may dominate many facets of healthy eating, but the grocery giant has not quite mastered the art of New Orleans’ most famous dessert. They came in last with two votes. 

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