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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

 

 


Raising Canes Set to Open 4 East Bank Eateries


by Ashley Rouen

If Southerners can agree on their love of one thing, it’s fried chicken. New Orleanians should be revved up about two new Raising Cane’s locations in Orleans Parish. Friday (7-18) marks the grand opening of the chicken finger eatery at 3235 S. Carrollton Ave. On Thursday, July 24, the fast food restaurant chain, named after the beloved yellow lab of founder, CEO and New Orleans native Todd Graves, will swing open the doors of yet another location at 1406 St. Charles Ave.

 

Raising Cane’s is set to open three more locations between now and January, including one in Gentilly on Chef Menteur Hwy and another at Claiborne and Toledano. The company predicts the expansion will create rougly 350 jobs, which they will be looking to fill in the next six months. “It gets people back to work,” said New Orleans Area Director Derrick Dunne, “and aids the entire economy.” 

 

The first 100 customers to dine at the newest spots will receive a free Cane’s T-Shirt and voucher for a Box Combo. In addition to those fun freebies, customers can choose to participate in Cane’s “Give Back Giveaway,” which puts their name in a raffle to win a $1,000 donation to the local charity of their choice and free Cane’s for a year.  

 

Their local presence extends to the brand’s community dedication. In preparation for the S. Carrollton Ave. opening, last week they interacted with the Hollygrove community by helping clean and landscape their garden.  

 

“We look for opportunities to get out and help and stay involved," Dunne said. "It’s really the core value of what we do as a brand.”  

 

Next week, in conjunction with their debut on St. Charles Avenue, they’ll do the same thing by visiting St. Michaels Special School to tidy up from summer activities and get them ready for the new school year.  

 

Giving back is a staple of the company created by of 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.  

 

“Being Louisiana born and bred and based in Baton Rouge,” says Dunne, “This area is near and dear to our hearts.  It’s big to open in our home state and good to return to our roots.  It’s the reason we got our start.  We love to provide and give back.” 

 

Raising Cane’s now has 191 restaurants nationwide, with 69 in Louisiana.  They are located in 18 states as far west as Las Vegas and north as Minnesota and Boston.  

 

Anyone interested in Cane’s community involvement should request info online or contact a manager at one of the many locations.  For job inquiries, visit CaniacCareers.com.




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