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August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Life of Will Smith to be Celebrated at 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil

In the year since the killing of beloved Saints captain Will Smith, his death has left a void in the New Orleans community and beyond. After the one year anniversary of his passing on April 9, Smith's life and legacy will be celebrated at the Mid-City Yacht Club this weekend with a second annual crawfish boil benefitting his namesake memorial scholarship fund. 


The Cajun Buckeyes, the New Orleans alumni club of Smith’s alma mater Ohio State, will host the event on Saturday (4.15). The day of crawfish and keg beers in the Yacht Club’s courtyard overlaps with the spring game for Ohio State's football team — a fitting tribute for the College Football All-American player. 


Smith’s death at the age of 34 — following a minor traffic incident — occurred just days before the Cajun Buckeyes’ boil last year, which the club quickly changed to a memorial for their fallen alum. “He was a friend to so many in New Orleans, a good man, a gentle giant to all who knew him,” said Bobby Fredritz, member of the Cajun Buckeyes and the organizer of this weekend's boil at the Mid-City Yacht Club. “Not just Ohio State, not just Mid-City. He touched a lot of people.” 


Each year, the Cajun Buckeyes offer a scholarship to a Louisiana student to matriculates to Ohio State. A student from Ursulines Academy was granted the scholarship this year. Fredritz says the group aims to expand the program to award three students soon enough, and hopes that this weekend’s event will help raise the funds to establish an endowment with Ohio State to ensure a self-sustaining scholarship can continue. 


Tickets run $20 online/$25 at the door ($15 for under 21 attendees), with all proceeds benefitting the Will Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. Attendees can make additional donations for the scholarship fund as they wish. The Ohio State spring game will kick off at noon. Guest speaker Frank Masowitz, founder and publisher of Buckeyes Sports Bulletin, will speak at half time during the event.


2nd Annual Will Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund Crawfish Boil

Saturday (4.15), 11AM-4PM

Mid-City Yacht Club, 440 S. Saint Patrick St. 

Learn more here.

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