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April 23rd

 

Movie Screening: Love in the Afternoon

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Billy Wilder's Audrey Hepburn classic

 

Awaken the Goddess Retreat

NOLA Spaces, 10AM

Sword dancing, chakra and reiki clearing, energy reading, improvisational tribal dance

 

Sunday Brunch with Kermit

Little Gem Saloon, 11AM

Brunch with Kermit? We partyin'

 

Urban Beekeeping

Southbound Gardens, 12PM

Learn how to start your own apiary

 

GetUpNRide Community BikeFest

2500 Bayou Rd., 12PM

Inaugural bike event, plus food vendors, live music, and merch

 

Paper Collage Workshop

Home Malone, 1PM

Join paper artist Megan Jewel

 

Bark Aid!

Barcadia, 3PM

Bulldog rescue adoption event

 

Tank and the Bangas Backyard Hangout

BANGAVILLE, 6PM

See the NPR faves before they embark on their Tiny Desk tour

 

Beauregard-Keyes Sunset Garden Gala

Beauregard-Keyes House, 6PM

Buffet, auctions, and music from Deacon John & the Ivories

 

Ramen Y'all

Barrel Proof, 6PM

Taste Chef Yutaka's authentic tonkotsu ramen


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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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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