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NOLA Recommends: Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Swirl Wine Bar (RebeccaTodd)

It’s that time of the week again–hope you all survived the thrills and chills of Halloween and All Saints Day! But New Orleans never slows down (thank goodness!), and there’s a full schedule of fun events going on in our city this weekend. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, check out our list, attend your favorites, and check back with us on Monday for next week’s picks!

Thursday, November 4

An Evening of Latin Music and Wine
In need of some relaxing Latin beats?  Come to Swirl, and revel in the smooth acoustic rhythms of Javier Gutierrez.  And while you’re there, sample the fantastic South American wine specials at the bar for $5 a glass. To quell your hunger, snack on the Spanish cheese plate–$10, for one night only!  No reservations required, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Swirl Wine Bar and Market
3143 Ponce de Leon St

Friday, November 5

Doogie’s YeahBrahCaDaBrah Magic Extravaganza CD Release Show
Doogie, the comedic rapping puppet and favorite of New Orleans-area natives, is back!  And Friday, he’s celebrating the release of his newest CD at the House of Blues!  The diminutive but foul-mouthed puppet has become a fixture in the NOLA entertainment scene, with music videos taking him all around the city. The release party is sponsored by Dirty Coast Press (who will be carrying the CD starting Friday, too). 9:00 pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online. NOTE: Though he is a puppet, Doogie is definitely a performer for adults.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St

Hot 8 Brass Band 15th Anniversary
Celebrate 15 years of New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band at Howling Wolf this Friday! The members of this iconic local group all grew up in the Crescent City, many of them attending high school together. Today, they delight audiences at second lines and venues throughout the city. They recently gained national fame after being featured in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Come celebrate 15 years of passion and performance! Doors open at 9:00 pm; tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
Howlin Wolf
907 S. Peters

Saturday, November 6

Mirliton Festival
What’s a mirliton? A gourd-like vegetable used in many New Orleans recipes–and the proud inspiration for a great festival!  On Saturday, the Bywater Neighborhood Association presents the Mirliton Festival, the bohemian neighborhood’s signature event. This year’s event features music by Kermit Ruffins, Happy Talk Band, the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, and other local greats. Bywater restaurants will offer food–enjoy treats from such favorites as The Joint, The Country Club, and Jack Dempsey’s, all while drinking wine from Bacchanal!  An Art Market and Children’s Activities are just a few more reasons to come out to this annual celebration. $5, 11:00 am -7:00 pm.
Markey Park
Piety St. at Royal St.

504 What Style Rock Art Circus
Local artist L. Steve Williams presents an afternoon of PBR Beer and artistic revelry!  The free outdoor festival will feature the trappings of a modern circus–like burlesque dancers and fire breathers! Art by musicians and inspired by music will be on display, and guests can jam to the heavy metal sounds and videos of Suplecs, as well as Spickle, Terranova, and more. Come in your best circus-horror-rock attire! Noon-8:00 pm
Juan’s Flying Burrito
4724 S Carrollton Ave

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