POSTED Tue. Dec 3, 2013

Circus cats, gospel choirs and citrus drinks!

Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Well, last night’s game was pretty much the worst start of the week we could have asked for. I feel like need to forget everything that just happened, and fast. So I’m looking forward to actual fun things this week. Including…

1 The Amazing Acro-Cats

Starting on Wed (Dec 4), a cat circus comes to the AllWays Lounge. What, you need to hear more? Sheesh, and we thought the internet was all about cats. Well, apparently our feline friends will ride skateboards, roll barrels, push shopping carts and C’MON. CATS RIDING SKATEBOARDS,PEOPLE. Also, this might happen. Shows start at 7pm and cost $18; the circus cats perform Wed-Sun through Dec 15, and Dec 18-20.

2 Charles Busch

Tonight (Dec 3), for one night only, screenwriter, actor and renowned drag queen Charles Busch performs a cabaret at Café Istanbul (2372 St Claude) as part of the Broadway at Nocca series. The show starts at 8pm, but you may want to grab tickets in advance.

3 Kick-Off to Citrus Season Cocktail Contest

We do love that this city makes a season for everything, and kicks off every season with an excuse to get drunk. To whit: the first ever Kick-Off to Citrus Season Cocktail Contest. Ten local bartenders working with local fruits are going to stretch their cocktail-making imaginations – like Iron Chef, we suppose, but more boozy and held at Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St) and featuring Pyeya, an all female acapella Baltic Folk Trio (pictured above), because this is happening in the Bywater after all. Goes from 6-9pm Dec 4; admission is $20, which gets you gets you samples of each cocktail entry, two drink tickets and food from Elizabeth’s – not bad.

4 Free Christmas concerts at St Louis Cathedral

All kinds of concerts in Jackson Square this week, including Ellis Marsalis (pictured above) tonight, Opera Creole on Wednesday and the gospel of Philip Manuel and Shades f Praise on Thursday. All shows are free and start at St Louis Cathedral a 6pm.

5 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar

I haven’t really been able to watch Kanye since Bound 2, which might have put me off music videos for life, but I’m still oddly entranced with seeing how this crazy dancer shines on. Kanye is appearing with Kendrick Lamar at the New Orleans Area (1501 Girod) on Thursday (Dec 5); doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm, but I have no idea when Kanye is going to ride across the stage and your soul on a motorcycle chased by white horses, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google his latest music video, because I refuse to link to that madness here.


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