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LUNDI

February 20th

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10PM

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)

 

Detox to Retox

Big Easy 'Bucha, 6:30PM

Free yoga and kombucha for a mid-Carnival cleanse

 

Jazz Manouche Mondays

The Dragon's Den, 7PM

Cover all your bases with a gypsy jazz jam session, dance lesson, and dinner potluck 

 

Blue Velvet & Kuwaisiana & Green Gasoline

The Allways Lounge and Theatre, 7PM

A triple threat lineup of independent rockers

 

Alexis & The Samurai

d.b.a., 7PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7PM

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Alex McMurray

Chickie Wah Wah, 8pm

A New Orleans classic, belting out fox-trot slot-machine music

 

Bluegrass Pickin' Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

Bring an instrument and join in 

 

Comic Strip 

Siberia, 9PM

Burlesque and standup ($5)

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

Weekly poetry open mic with live music ($5)

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 10PM

NOLA brass with a touch of DC go-go

 

 

MARDI

February 21st

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Film Screening

Burgundy Picture House, 8PM

John Cassavetes' 1970 film Husbands

 

Comedy Beast

Howlin' Wolf Den, 8:30PM

Free comedy show

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Intergalatic future funk at this high-energy show

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 10PM

Benny Jones and friends keep classic NOLA music thriving

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters play their weekly gig

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 11PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9AM-1PM

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Sure Fete

Bastille Day NOLA Brings Music, French Cuisine, Food Trucks, and Block Parties



Although the monarchy is alive and well in our Mardi Gras parades, New Orleanians will join France this weekend to celebrate the overthrow of the crown. Kicking off Friday night, festivities will unfold for Bastille Day, also known as France’s Independence Day, observed annually on July 14. 

 

Bastille Day recognizes the Fete de la Federation, the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Citizens of France, fearful of what they viewed as an oppressive monarchy, stormed the fortress-prison, the Bastille. Although there were only seven inmates, the event carried with it great symbolic significance. One year later, the French held a huge feast to celebrate a successful French Revolution. Nearly a century later in 1878, July 14 became an official holiday.

 

New Orleans only recently got on board with Bastille Day, but it is quickly growing into a citywide celebration. This is the second year that the Alliance Francaise has partnered with the French Consulat and the French American Chamber of Commerce to organize a full menu of events, according to Alliance Francaise’s Director, Aurelie Champvert.

 

The events include live music, gourmet French dinners, cooking demonstrations, waiters’ races, walking tours, and kids’ activities. Revelers can join in all the way from Dijon (1379 Annunciation) to the Old U.S. Mint.

 

According to Juliet Dietzen, the Alliance Francaise’s marketing and events manager, the event will connect New Orleanians to their French ancestors in the homeland. In fact, La Nouvelle Orleans will be tapped into a live radio broadcast from Paris.

 

“We’ll be able to hear what’s going on in Paris, France,” said Dietzen. “New Orleans is known worldwide for being a French city, and Bastille Day provides an opportunity to celebrate that in a public way. We wanted to make it a public affair,” said Deitzen.

 

Whether or not your dog is a French breed, he or she can still participate in Saturday's French Dog Contest. The only stipulation is, canine competitors will have to be dressed up froggy style. Slap a beret on your mut, and he is dressed for the occasion. Register via phone at 568-0070. 

 

Perhaps the most famous event of the whole weekend is the waiter's race, a sprint (more of a power walk) through the Quarter in which servers do their best to balance their beverage trays. It's too late to register, but it's free to watch (route below). 

 

Director of Alliance Francaise Aurelie Champvert said the celebration benefits tourists as much as it does locals.

 

“In France it’s really a celebration of freedom and human rights, and that is the message we want to carry,” she said. “In France it is a family event, and it’s about enjoying the time. We thought this could fit well with the way of life in New Orleans."

 

Full Schedule of Events:

 

July 12:

 

Bastille Day Kickoff

 

Cocktail Party, Dijon Restaurant (1379 Annunication), 7pm-10pm. Free

 

July 13:

 

French Dog Contest

 

Dutch Alley (between Dumaine and Phillip Streets), 9am-10am. Register 568-0770.

 

Sidewalk Parade

 

French Market Performance Pavillion, following the dog parade. Free

 

French Quarter Walking Tour

 

Joan of Arc Statue (Decatur & St. Phillip) to the Old U.S. Mint, 2pm-3pm. Free. First come, first serve, up to 20 people. No reservations. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the tour.

 

Bastille Day Fete 

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue), 3pm-8pm. Live music, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities, live radio broadcast with Paris & other U.S. celebrations.

 

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue), 3pm-8pm. Live music, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities, live radio broadcast with Paris & other U.S. celebrations.

Musical Lineup: 3:15-4:15pm Pascal Valcasara 4:45-5:45pm Dorian et ses Chansons 6:15-7:45pm Meschiya Lake

 

Faubourg St. John Block Party

 

3100 block of Ponce de Leon, free. Music, drinks, arts, and more

 

4-14 Fest

 

Dijon (1379 Annunciation St.) Celebrity chef French-Centric wine dinner, 7pm. $100. RSVP 522-4712

 

Bastille Day Tumble

 

500 block of Frenchmen Street, 8pm. Win the Pair-A-Dice tumblers. Free.

 

July 14- Bastille Day:

 

Wreath Laying Ceremony

 

Joan of Arc Statue, 10:30am. Free

 

French Quarter Walking Tour

 

Joan of Arc Statue to the Old U.S. Mint. First come, first serve, up to 20 people. No reservations. Arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the tour. Free.

 

French Cooking Demos & Music

 

French Market, 11am-3pm, free

 

4-14 Fest

 

Dijon (1379 Annunciation Street). Gourmet brunch, family friendly. Cocktails, kids’ activities. $30 for adults, $15 for kids. RSVP: 522-4172

 

 

Picnic and Vintage French Car Show

 

Dauphine and Frenchmen Streets, near Washington Square Park, 12pm-4pm. My House Nola and CitroeNola Automobile Club present an afternoon full of food trucks and French cars. Brigade Coffee, La Cocinita, Empanada Intifada, Food Drunk, Rue Chow, the NOLA Truck, Nate the Pie Guy

 

Bartenders and Waiters Race

 

French Market, 4pm-5pm. Free. Deadline to register has passed. Come out and watch!

 

Trinity Artist Series Concert, ‘Chanson d’Amour d’Hier et Aujourd’hui’

 

Trinity Episcopal Church (1329 Jackson Avenue), 5pm. Free. Singer/Pianist Albinas Prizgintas will perform songs by Aznavour, Piaf, Gainsbourg, and Brel. Baritone Dorian Hall singing songs by Bizet, Faure, Ravel, and more. Handicap access and elevator available.

 

Helen Gillet Celebrates Bastille Day

 

Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen Street), 8pm, 10pm. $12 per show. 

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