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Prytania Theatre, 10AM
A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant
The Tasting Room, 3PM
Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)
Civic Theatre, 5PM
Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize
Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM
Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin
Press Street Station, 6PM
Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner
Peristyle in City Park, 6PM
NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights
Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM
Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson
Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM
Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students
American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM
A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market
Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM
Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures
Marigny Opera House, 7PM
Two-step in the Marigny at this show
Tulane University, 8PM
The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form
The Carver Theater, 8PM
Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand
Bar Redux, 8PM
Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians
Gasa Gasa, 8PM
Featuring All People and Hestina in support
Civic Theatre, 5PM
Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers
Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM
40 chefs compete for top taco prize
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Bob Malone
Local artists celebrate each other in their work
The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM
To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library
Blue Nile, 7PM
Folksy local singer-songwriter
Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM
Worship and yoga in one
The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM
Music of the Beatles
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM
A night of angelic sounds
Bar Redux, 8PM
NOLA funk, trad and electric blues
Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
Red Bean hosted stand-up show
Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM
Papa grows funk and so much more
Saturn Bar, 9PM
Café Negril, 9:30PM
All genres of NOLA music fused
Le Bon Temps, 11PM
6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop
LIFE Yoga, 7AM
An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri
Adler's New Orleans, 11AM
Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'
Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM
Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest
The Broad Theater, 7PM
Short film showcase
Blue Nile 7:30PM
Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen
House of Blues, 8PM
Hebrew hip hop
Cafe Istanbul, 8PM
Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!"
Joy Theater, 8:30PM
Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball
Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM
Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party
Bar Redux, 10PM
All-British dance party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM
Party like it's 1999
Crescent Park, 10AM
Eat to benefit LA/SPCA
Fair Grounds, 12PM
Family day at the grounds
The Yum Yum, 6PM
NPR faves come home from tour
St. Mark's Church, 6PM
Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill
The Saenger Theatre, 7PM
Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA
House of Blues, 7PM
80s vs. 90s - decades collide
One Eyed Jack's, 8PM
FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland"
The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes
The Willow, 9PM
Masquerade ball with live music
The Circle Bar, 10PM
Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty
Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM
Free show to move and groove
Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
'One Beignet at a Time'
New Book Brings 'Foodie Monologues' of Local Notables From Stage to Page
A heartfelt celebration of local food culture has been transformed from a performance to a compilation of foodie tales in a coffee table book complete with mouth-watering photographs and recipes.
Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde... compiles monologues from a show of the same name. Each story is accompanied by a montage of related photographs shot by Baton Rouge native Troy Kleinpeter and includes an assortment of recipes. Drew Ramsey of Hubig Pies, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Kip Holden and trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, are just a few of the local notables who contributed.
The concept began as a production modeled on The Vagina Monologues. Drawing from her background in Los Angeles’ acting industry and her childhood memories of hearty Southern cooking, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald created a show based on a series of personal anecdotes focused on the topic of food. The show premiered at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville in May, 2010, and was an instant hit, as famous Chefs, charismatic actors, restaurant owners and foodies alike took the stage to tell comical tales about food and its power over our emotions.
The idea came to McDonald when a friend described getting drunk the night before Thanksgiving and eating the entire coconut cream pie she was supposed to bring to her boss’ house the following day. At the time she had been upset that she was spending the holiday working rather than in the company of her family but in retrospect it became a hilarious anecdote that encapsulated the familiar urge toward comfort food.
"The more I retold the story, the funnier it got," Sweeney-McDonald said.
A publisher from Pelican Books attended the show’s second run in New Orleans, and asked Peggy if she’d be interested in compiling the monologues into a coffee table book.
The book release coincides with a double anniversary for Café Du Monde as this year marks 150 years since its’ founding and 70 since Hubert Fernandez gained its ownership. In homage, Fernandez’ granddaughter contributed her food story to the book and will be reading at the café on Oct. 20.
Due to the performance based history of the book. Readings and signings will be framed as theatrical events. Today’s book launch takes place at Octavia at 6pm. Not only will attendees be provided with an opportunity to have their copies signed by multiple authors but food will be served as well, in accordance with the event’s theme.
“The stories are to be acted rather than simply read, that’s why I like to call it Reality Dinner Theater,” McDonald explains.
A part of the book’s intent is to capture the sense of comfort surrounding food and the relief provided by the ritual of familiar eats.
Despite nods to the famous café, it is not a regional book, as Peggy puts it, everyone has their “Café Dumonde; that diner, deli, restaurant or café that they know they can afford, where they know what to expect and when the place will be open, they know what to order and most importantly, they know that the meal will be enjoyable regardless of whatever else is going on in their lives”.
It is this magical relationship to food that Peggy captures with the book.
“No matter where I live or what’s going on in my life I always find myself back there, just taking life one beignet at a time,” she says.
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