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October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Mudbugs No Match for Black Widow's Web

by Brad Rhines

Don’t let her size fool you.  Though she weighs in at just under 100 pounds, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas can put away more food than men twice her size, and she can do it faster.  Ranked as the #4 eater in the world by Major League Eating, an organization that oversees professional eating contests, Thomas once again ate her away to victory at the Rouses Crawfish Eating World Championship on Saturday at the French Quarter Festival.     



Hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, Thomas has found plenty of success eating in the Big Easy.  This year’s event was the third annual contest and the third victory for Thomas, who continues to crush the competition when it comes to crustaceans.  And she’s not bad at bivalves, either.  In addition to being the three-time crawdad champ, Thomas won the 2010 Acme Oyster Eating Contest, and she holds the MLE record for oysters after slurping down 46 dozen in 10 minutes back in 2005.  



On Saturday, Thomas scarfed down 3.3 pounds of crawfish in 10 minutes.  This year’s total was less than her world record setting performance in 2011, when she ate a total of 6.5 pounds, though she had more time to do so, as last year’s contest found Thomas in an overtime eat-off with Baton Rouge native Adrian Morgan.



Morgan, a relative newcomer to the Major League Eating scene, has impressed the veterans and now holds a #7 ranking among the elite eaters of the MLE.  While a victory at home would have been nice, Morgan had to settle for third this year with 2.45 pounds, finishing behind fan-favorite Crazy Legs Conti from New York City, who ate his way to second place with 2.8 pounds.



By way of comparison, Da Paper’s James Karst won an amateur contest featuring members of the local media earlier in the day, eating 1 pound of crawfish and edging ahead of last year’s amateur winner, WDSU’s Travers Mackel.

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