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Defender Picks



March 22nd

Arsenic and Old Lace

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant


The Bubble Lounge

The Tasting Room, 3PM

Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)


NOFW Top Design Competition

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize


Poetry Reading

Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM

Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin


NOCCA March Magic Dinner

Press Street Station, 6PM

Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner


NOFLAG Discussion: Bathrooms, Bodies, Technocracy

Peristyle in City Park, 6PM

NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights 


Book Release and Poetry

Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM

Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson 


Art After Dark

Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM

Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students


Rosé at the Museum

American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM 

A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market 


Tincture Making 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures 


New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

Two-step in the Marigny at this show 


H Jon Benjamin

Tulane University, 8PM

The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form


Snake and the Charmers

The Carver Theater, 8PM

Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand 


Film Screening: Indians A Comin' 

Bar Redux, 8PM

Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians 


Dikembe and Expert Timing

Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Featuring All People and Hestina in support


March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers


Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone


Painters Painting Painters


Local artists celebrate each other in their work


Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library


Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter


Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one


Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles


Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds


JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 


Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show


John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more


Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM



Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused


The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop


March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri


Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'


Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest


DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 



House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop


Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 


Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister


Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball


Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party


Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party


Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999


March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA


Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds


Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour


Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy


Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill


Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA


Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide


Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 


Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes


The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music


Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty


Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove


March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food


Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house



Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko


Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician


LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more


Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs


Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters


Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers


Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz


Joe Krown Trio

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.


Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde...
Upcoming appearances:

Oct. 4 Octavia Books, 6 p.m., with Karen Benrud, Drew Ramsey, Liz Williams, Sal Sunseri, Margarita Bergen


Oct. 16 The Irish House Restaurant, 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Oct. 17 Margarita Bergen’s Round Table Luncheon, Royal Sonesta Hotel, noon with monologues by Peggy, Karen Benrud & Margarita Bergen


Oct. 20 Book Signing at Café Du Monde, 1: p.m. with Peggy, Karen Benrud of Cafe Du Monde and Troy Kleinpeter


Nov. 1 Garden District Book Store, 6 p.m., with Peggy, Nell Nolan, Margarita Bergen, Drew Ramsey & Janet Daley


Nov. 16 White Night at Mid-City Market, 6 p.m., with Chef Don Bergeron and Troy Kleinpeter



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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