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NOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do This Week in New Orleans

Hazelnut on Magazine Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)

In New Orleans for the week and looking for some fun events and activities to fill your time? You’re in luck! The Crescent City is always hopping, and this week is no exception. Check out our list of great events for the weekdays, and be sure to check back on Thursday for our weekend list. Get out there and have a good time–it’s what the locals do!

Monday, November 8

Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping on Magazine Street
Whether you’re admitting it to yourself or not, you’ve got less that two months until holiday giving begins–why not bring home a little bit of New Orleans for your friends and family to enjoy? There’s no better place to find shops that exude NOLA style than Magazine Street, a six-mile stretch through the heart of the city that’s full of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. Our suggestions? Find cute New Orleans apparel at Fleurty Girl, grab a bit of the past at Neophobia, and don’t forget the kids! Whether you’re driving or catching a cab (it’s a bit of a walk), there’s always something to discover on Magazine Street!
Magazine St

Tuesday, November 9

Black and Gold Super Fans Calendar Signing
Who Dat! The Black and Gold Super Fans–those Saints enthusiasts who put heart and soul into some of the best game-day costumes New Orleans has to offer–are back, and they’re promoting their 2011 calendar!  Select Super Fans will be in attendance signing autographs at the event, which takes place at the Carousel Bar in Hotel Monteleone. Best of all, proceeds from calendar sales will benefit Friends of the Fishermen, a fund to assist Louisiana fishermen affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. The Carousel Bar will also offer Saints-themed cocktails. Free, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal St

Hop on a Streetcar
The weather seems to have cooled off–finally! Catch New Orleans autumnal grace period and enjoy a streetcar ride down one of New Orleans’ iconic thoroughfares. The famous St. Charles Avenue line will take you past Audubon Park, Loyola and Tulane universities, and lots of gorgeous southern mansions.  You can ride the Canal Street line from the river all the way to City Park, where Botanical Gardens and Storyland await. And if you’re set on the French Quarter, try the Riverfront line, that takes visitors back and forth from the Old US Mint to the Convention Center. Enjoy the ride!
St Charles Ave
Canal St

Wednesday, November 10

Book Signing with John Besh
World-famous chef and New Orleans local John Besh will be signing his new book, My New Orleans: The Cookbook, on Wednesday at  the New Orleans Museum of Art. The book includes 200 recipes and several NOLA stories from Besh himself, creator of such staple restaurants as August, Domenica, and the American Sector. The event takes place in the Museum Shop. For more information, call (504) 658-4133. Free, from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collin Diboll Circle

Givin’ Up Food Fo’ Funk at Tipitina’s
Tipitina’s presents its first annual “Givin Up Food Fo’ Funk,” a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans. This jamming night will feature the sounds of Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove: a sousaphone-funk virtuoso and his band, made of the cream of the NOLA musician crop. Jessie Hiatt Band will also perform their world-soul tunes. $10, 9:00 pm.  Ages 18 + .
Tipitina’s Uptown
501 Napoleon Ave

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