POSTED Mon. Nov 18, 2013

What's on this week, New Orleans?

What's on this week, New Orleans?
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Po’boys, Fringe Fest and a Dirty Bird Fry.

1 New Orleans Fringe Festival

The main thing going on this week? Fringe Fest, one of our favorite festivals of the year. Partly because it’s much less of a festival, in the eating-all-the-time, multiple-music-stages, New-Orleanian sense of the word, and more of a showcasing of the cutting edge talent and creativity of the local theater scene. It’s also a fantastic way to get acquainted with two of the downriver faubourgs: the Marigny and the Bywater. Keep an eye peeled for Yard Art tours of bohemian backyards in the Bywater. Fringe goes from Nov 20-24; see our guide to the party here.

2 Po'boy Festival

We have plenty of iconic food in New Orleans, with a festival for about every indigenous dish (seriously, we had a party for gourds two weeks ago), and it’s time to celebrate the sandwiches. Po’boy fest is on Sunday, Nov 24, on Oak St, and it is to fillings between bread what Fringe is to local theater: a celebration of the creative, cutting edge and quirky. The full menu for the day can be found here, and it already reads like a mad scientists’ itinerary, if mad scientists worked at local deli and take out counters. Doner po’boy with garlic sauce? Sign us up.

3 Ghost: The Musical

Remember Ghost? Got made into a musical, and said musical hits the Saenger from Nov 19-24. Does Unchained Melody factor in? You better believe it. Snag tickets here.

4 North Mississippi Allstars

On Friday, the North Mississippi Allstars are taking the stage at Tip’s. Always a good gig.

5 Pelicans vs Jazz

There have been plenty of ridiculous arguments over renaming our NBA team the Pelicans, and as we have stated before, we think the name is brilliant. That said, we still think it’s ridiculous that Utah of all places gets the name their team the Jazz. The Utah Jazz makes about as much sense as the Anchorage Palm Trees. It’s time to take revenge on Salt Lake City for stealing our name sake when the Pelicans take on the Jazz Wednesday, Nov 20. Get tickets here.

6 Saints vs Falcons

And finally, the Saints are playing the Falcons on Thursday, Nov 21, but you already knew that, because the Saints are playing the Falcons, which is on the local level importance scale of, say, the Pope visiting, or Fat Tuesday. We recommend watching this away game at the Avenue Pub, which A) has great beer and B) has a kitchen that has been consistently knocking out of the park with game day specialty menus.


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    The Arts Council of New Orleans

    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


    WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


    As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

    Southern Food

    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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