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Algiers Christmas Tree & Holiday Gift Sale

if you need a Christmas tree and holiday gifts anyway, why not have your purchases benefit the Hubbell Library in Algiers? They have “trees, wreaths, garlands, jewelry, books, art and more.” And Santa will be there! ’til 5pm @ Gulf Pizza.


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Chili Cook-Off at the Allways

I missed the one-woman show, “A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood” when it was running here in town. If it is up again, I absolutely won’t miss it. I hear it is great. Its creators sent me this invitation to what sounds like a super-fun event for a worthy cause. They are having a Texas-to-Canada themed party to raise money for a Canadian tour of the show. Just remember to take your Beano.

Come to the All-Ways Lounge the Saturday after Thanksgiving to sample and judge the rockin’est chili in the city! Only $5 gets you all you can eat until the chili runs out… Also screening (at 9pm) Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film “The Gold Rush” with live musical accompaniment, plus trivia games and prizes!

15 spicy, savory, and super-secret chili concoctions will compete to win the favor of your tastebuds… try them all, and help crown the first quadrennial chili champion of New Orleans!!!

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DanFest @ Dragon’s Den

I’m not exactly sure what Dan Fest is a fundraiser for…I guess it’s so the NooMoon people can put on a music festival? Today already looks kind of like a music festival to me…Anywho, over at Dragon’s Den there are about 20 bands playing, from about 4pm-midnight on two stages. The flyer says it starts at noon, but I think that’s changed because of the Saints game. Check out the line-up:

4: Reecy and the Postmodern Bullshit
5: Fat Camp
6: Schatzy
6:30: Jazzholes
7:30: Hammadruz
8:30: Rob Cambre
9:30: Polymos
10:15: Debauche
11: Ray Bong
11:30: Mikronaut
midnight: DJ Proppa Bear

4: Dead People
4:45: ManWitch
5:30: White Bitch & Bones
6: Cherry Brown burlesque
6:15: Won Ton Lust
7: R. Scully
7:45: Gris Gris Strut
8:15: Ratty band
9: Dummy Dumpster
9:45: Stix da Clown
10:30: Happy Talk
11:15: The Unnaturals

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World’s Largest Mac & Cheese

Yesterday it was the world’s largest king cake. Today, it is the world’s largest mac and cheese! It’s funny, in a cruel sort of way, what the universe sends one’s way when one is trying to reduce her body weight by 14%! That’s right folks, I will have to live vicariously through your tales of cake and mac and cheese.

So, Vermont’s Cabot Creamery Cooperative has teamed up with Chef John Folse who is cooking this record breaking-ly large mac and cheese in a huge cast iron kettle that dates back to 1797. Umm, rad! The final dish will weigh 2100 pounds.–speaking of reducing one’s body weight by 14%. The dish is then being served in all-you-can-eat bowls for $5. And it all benefits the Magnolia School and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

Today! From noon-2pm at Fulton Square.

Oh, here’s the recipe for you to recreate at home:


  • 575 pounds cooked macaroni
  • 286 pounds mixed Cabot cheese
  • 56 pounds butter
  • 26 pounds flour
  • 1,100 pounds of milk
  • 61 pounds dry seasoning blend

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Worlds Largest King Cake

Haydel’s Bakery has made the world’s largest king cake! Apparently this thing is so large, it wraps around the Superdome twice! Today you can eat a piece of that history. They are going to start slicing it up at noon (continuing until 3pm) at the Superdome. The New Orleans Saints will be there, and it’s all for a good cause. There will also be music and prizes!

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Benefit Dinner for P&J Oyster Shuckers

Wanna splurge on dinner for a great cause?

Tonight at Tujague’s–the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans–there is a special benefit dinner for P&J Oyster shuckers, who have been out of work due to the Gulf disaster. $125 gets you the entire meal, including tax and tip. All proceeds go to the shuckers. Cocktails start flowing at 6:30, with hors d’oeuvres at 7:15 p.m. Not a bad deal, actually, and a worthy cause.

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Red Dresses and Dirty Linen

Oh dear, it’s the Red Dress Run again. Presumably, if you are participating you are already at Washington Square Park. For the rest of us: beware. Starting at noon, hundreds of drunk people are going to be running through the Marigny, the French Quarter and beyond. You will know them by the red clothes they are wearing. By evening, this tends to get a little, uh, loose. And just in time to collide with Dirty Linen Night. From 6pm-10pm, the entirety of Royal Street in the Quarter (200-1000 blocks) will be a great big party. More than 60 venues, mostly galleries, will be open, including artists in their studios. Dirty Linen Night Headquarters is located at Creole Cuisine, where there will be food and the official Dirty Linen Martini.–Just the night cap those Red Dress people need.

They do raise a lot of money for charity, though. Just sayin’.

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