Event of the Week The ultimate pairing of delicious meats and down-and-dirty blues returns again at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival in Lafayette Square Park, with dozens of bands and a focus on regional BBQ styles. Whether you’re into Memphis-style dry rub ribs or Alabama’s smokey chicken with white sauce, all you want and more is right this way
Thursday, October 17th Just in time for Halloween season, your favorite cabin-in-the-woods horror flick (other than The Cabin in the Woods) gets a Broadway makeover with Evil Dead: The Musical at the Shadowbox Theater. Here’s hoping the chainsaw will have a plaintive solo. Click here for more (but don’t even THINK of reading that diary aloud)
Friday, October 18th “Down in the Treme, it’s me and my baby, we’re all going crazy”, sings John Boutte in the opening credits to the only HBO series named after a New Orleans neighborhood (we think, we honestly didn't research it at all). If you don’t know what the real Treme is all about, find out this weekend at the Treme Culture Fest. For info on all the “buck-jumpin’ and havin’ fun” -- including a neighborhood stroll and bar hop -- head here
If you happen to love both Irish culture AND the cinema (whaaat?!!), you’re in luck this weekend, as the Prytania Theater presents the New Orleans Irish Film Festival. Of course, The Commitments will be prominently featured. Just don’t expect any cabbages to be thrown at you like at the St. Patrick’s day parade. For details, click here
Saturday, October 19th Checklist: Texas hold-em poker tournament; Gulf Coast Wrestling; beauty pageant; bar rodeo; carnival rides; live music. That’s right, the International Acadian Festival, over in Plaquemine, has ALL OF THESE. Click here to learn more
You may have went to a big event, looked around and said to yourself, “Man, this is such a sausage festival!” Well, you can be literal about that in LaPlace this weekend at the annual Andouille Festival. Requisite cook-offs and sausage-eating contests on hand, of course. More info this way
If you couldn't spring for the big comic cons in New York or LA this year to show off that Sailor Moon cosplay you’re so proud of, never fear, CONtraflow has all your geek-tastic needs filled over in Kenner. Click here for details, but just remember: Han shot first, dammit
Sunday, October 20th If you didn’t already know that New Orleans hosts one of the fastest-growing Vietnamese populations in the country, well... now you do. Better still, you can taste all the flavors of Saigon -- plus plenty of entertainment -- at the 2013 Pho Festival on the West Bank this weekend. For the lowdown on the hot, spicy action, head this way.