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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

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

 

 


NOLA Raised A Cane


Raising Canes only serves one thing: chicken fingers. However, one outlet is just not enough for New Orleanians. On Thursday (1.22), the company will open an outpost at 2900 South Claiborne Avenue, their sixth opening in the city over a one year time period.

 

The company was founded by native New Orleanian Todd Graves and it shows. NOLA values shine through at the atypical fast food restaurant. On the food end, the fingers are made fresh. Additionally, the company places a value on community. Beyond the standard tax-deductible donation, Cane’s encourages their staff to actually get out in the community and perform public service.

 

Greater New Orleans Area Director Derrick Dunne points out that the new store’s staff and management have already been out helping with cleanup around Loyola. Dunno notes that is just one of the projects that the NOLA locations have assisted with.

 

“The past 12 months have allowed us to strengthen our bonds with the entire New Orleans area, not just by bringing our chicken fingers to more residents but in building up our local communities with new jobs and charitable support,” said Dunne. “Each new opening has brought with it outreach opportunities, service projects and fundraisers benefitting everything from cancer research programs to local schools. We look forward to investing in the rejuvenation efforts currently taking place on S. Claiborne as our restaurant takes root here.”

 

Giving back is a staple of the company created by Graves, who dreamed of owning a chicken finger restaurant. He originally introduced the idea in a business plan for a college class, which the professor rejected, and he received worst grade. That did not deter him.  

 

The now multi-millionaire took a job as a boilermaker for an oil refinery and travelled to Alaska, fishing for Sockeye salmon 20 hours a day. When he finally saved enough money to qualify for a loan, he began renovating the first ever Raising Cane’s, which opened its doors on LSU’s campus back in 1996.  Canes now has 62 locations in Louisiana and 212 restaurants nationwide.

 

The first 100 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive a commemorative S. Claiborne Cane’s T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo – containing four fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers, Texas toast, secret recipe Cane’s sauce, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries and a drink – that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit. 

 

From Jan. 22 - 29, customers will also be invited to participate in the company’s “Give Back Giveaway” tradition, in which one lucky customer will win a $1,000 donation to his or her local charity of choice, along with Free Cane’s for a Year. 

 

Hours of operation at the new Raising Cane’s are Sunday through Thursday 10a.m. to 11p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10a.m. to 12a.m.




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